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Of all the threats from beyond the Veil, few are more insidious and deceptively deadly than the desire demon.


Far more intelligent than the bestial hunger and rage demons, more ambitious than the demons of sloth, these spirits are among the most skilled at tempting mages into possession.

Desire demons use the yearnings of the victims—lust, wealth, power—to their advantage. Their abilities to affect the mind allow them to assume disguises and even alter the environment to their purposes. As a result, many who become their prey never realize it. While desire demons may resort to an outright mind control, they seem to take greater pleasure in more subtle deceit.

If overpowered, a desire demon will most likely attempt to bargain its way to freedom. These deals usually end with the demon gaining an upper hand, even when the mage believes otherwise.[1][2]

Notable desire demons[]



Dragon Age: Origins[]

Broken Circle Broken Circle - Yevena, a desire demon encountered in the Raw Fade during The Fade: Lost in Dreams
The Arl of Redcliffe The Arl of Redcliffe - The Fade: Concerning Connor
Broken Circle Broken Circle - Great Hall, Templar Quarters
The Golem in Honnleath The Golem in Honnleath - Kitty, a desire demon encountered in Wilhelm's Cellar from The Stone Prisoner DLC

Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening[]

Tears in the Veil Tears in the Veil

Dragon Age II[]

Repentance Repentance - Allure, a desire demon encountered in the Underground Passage in The Exiled Prince DLC
Night Terrors Night Terrors - Caress, a desire demon encountered in Feynriel's dream world
Kind of Want Kind of Want - Hanker, a desire demon and the Followers of She cultist leader
Forbidden Knowledge Forbidden Knowledge - Xebenkeck, an ancient desire demon
Malcolm's Will Malcolm's Will - unnamed desire demon, bound in a chamber in the Grey Warden prison encountered in the Legacy DLC

Dragon Age: Inquisition[]

Call Me Imshael Call Me Imshael - Imshael, a desire demon encountered in the Suledin Keep in Emprise du Lion

Abilities & Skills[]

Dragon Age: Origins[]

Cone of Cold Cone of Cold
Cursed Dance Cursed Dance
Horror Horror
Scream Scream
Weakness Weakness
Winter's Grasp Winter's Grasp

While in the Fade:

Arcane Shield Arcane Shield
Drain Life Drain Life
Flame Blast Flame Blast
Glyph of Repulsion Glyph of Repulsion
Horror Horror
Misdirection Hex Misdirection Hex
Shock Shock
Spell Shield Spell Shield
Weakness Weakness

Dragon Age II[]

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Cold Resistance: Normal
Fire Resistance: Normal
Electricity Resistance: Low
Nature Resistance: Low
Spirit Resistance: Normal (Immune on Nightmare)

Codex entries[]

Codex entry: Desire Demon Codex entry: Desire Demon
Codex entry: Beyond the Veil: Spirits and Demons Codex entry: Beyond the Veil: Spirits and Demons
Codex entry: Demonic Possession Codex entry: Demonic Possession
Codex entry: Spirit of Wisdom Codex entry: Spirit of Wisdom

Note texts[]

Barely Intelligible Scrawl Barely Intelligible Scrawl


  • Solas states in conversation that Purpose is one of the spirits that can be twisted into a Desire Demon.[4]



  1. Dragon Age logo - new.png Dragon Age: The World of Thedas, vol. 1, p. 170
  2. Codex entry: Desire Demon
  3. Note: Barely Intelligible Scrawl
  4. "Wisdom and Purpose are too easily twisted into Pride and Desire." Solas; dialogue exchange upon following the [Investigate] tree, "Tell me about yourself." The order connects Wisdom with Pride and Purpose with Desire. Likewise, Wisdom is shown in canon to be corrupted into Pride.