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For the dog in Dragon Age II, see Dog (Dragon Age II).


"Dog" is the default name of a male mabari war hound, a potential (and unquestionably faithful) companion to the Warden. He is a full party member, counting as a warrior with a unique talent tree and exclusive equipment. He also has party banter, occasional moments of "dialogue", a scavenging function, and a landmark interactive feature.


Dogs are an essential part of Ferelden culture, and no dog is more prized than a mabari. The breed is as old as myth, said to have been bred from the wolves who served the legendary hero Dane.


Dragon Age: Origins[]

This section contains spoilers for:
Dragon Age: Origins.

If Dog was killed...

After falling sick with the Taint, Dog was put down by the Warden.

If Dog was rejected...

Dog became infected with the Taint at Ostagar, and was saved by the Warden. Despite encountering them on more than one occasion, Dog was turned away by the Warden and was never seen again.

If the Warden is a Human Noble...

Dog joins his master's side after raiding the larder in Castle Cousland. He remains beside Duncan at Ostagar until Alistair and the Warden are sent to light the beacon atop the Tower of Ishal. After the Battle at Ostagar, Dog appears alongside Alistair outside Flemeth's Hut and continues on to as a member of the party.

If the Warden is not a Human Noble and recruited Dog...

Dog's master was killed by darkspawn and he himself fell sick with the Taint at Ostagar, but was cured by the Warden prior to the war council. The kennel master repaid the Warden by offering to bond Dog to them, but the disaster at the Battle of Ostagar impeded this plan.

Dog escaped Ostagar and encountered The Warden again along the Imperial Highway on the road to Lothering. Dog helped defeat a band of darkspawn and was taken in by the Warden and their party. Dog remained unconditionally loyal to his master and was well-liked by his fellow companions, finding particular affinity for the Qunari, Sten.

Darkspawn Chronicles[]

This section contains spoilers for:
Darkspawn Chronicles.

Dog bonded with Alistair and was named "Barkspawn", accompanying his master into battle against Urthemiel atop Fort Drakon. Dog was slain by the Hurlock Vanguard.

Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening[]

This section contains spoilers for:
Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening.

If Dog was recruited...

Following the Battle of Denerim, Dog was sent to the Denerim kennels to help replenish the diminished number of mabari hounds. Though he was absent from The Warden's side during the Amaranthine Conflict, he fathered several litters of puppies during this time and returned to his master's side shortly after.

Witch Hunt[]

This section contains spoilers for:
Witch Hunt.

If Dog was recruited...

When the Warden-Commander sets off on a mission to locate Morrigan, Dog accompanies them. When they finally locate Morrigan at the Nest, Dog happily runs up to meet her. If the Warden-Commander chooses to let Morrigan leave, Dog can still be seen excitedly accompanying the Warden afterwards.


Naturally, Dog likes bones. However, his approval starts at the cap of +100 and cannot be lowered by any means. Gifting him the Stick from Feastday Gifts will increase his dexterity attribute by +6 (matching the maximum approval-based attribute increase that other companions can receive). The Protective Cone from Feastday Pranks can be given to him as a prank (and equipped for comic effect or 'style').

Name Notes Description

Beef Bone
Beef Bone
Location: Ostagar and Circle Tower
A shoulder of beef, with bone attached.
Found Cake
Found Cake
Found by Dog
A soggy cake-like object that has probably seen better days. Flecks of dog spittle still cling to it.
Lamb Bone
Lamb Bone
The bone from a leg of roast lamb.
Large Bone
Large Bone
Located: Haven and Soldier's Peak
This large bone is of indeterminate origin. It still looks tasty.
Ox Bone
Ox Bone
This ox bone still has some tendon attached to it.
This sturdy stick is well-weighted for throwing.
Tangled Ball of Yarn
Tangled Ball of Yarn
Found by Dog
A tangled ball of grey-brown woolen yarn. It is still slimy from having been in the mabari's mouth.
Veal Bone
Veal Bone
A juicy veal bone.


See Dog talents for a list of its talents.

Initial attributes[]

Relative attribute weightings on auto-level

Strength Dexterity Willpower Magic Cunning Constitution
1.2 1 1.5 0 0 1.1

Initial talents[]

Dog Talents

Dog's talent tree

Dog has exclusive access to the War Dog talent tree. On the console editions of the game, it can also access warrior talents. pcpcIn Witch Hunt, Dog can also learn Second Wind, Peon's Plight, Grievous Insult and Massacre. Dog starts with 2 talent points already assigned to Fortitude Fortitude and Growl Growl, and gains an additional point every 3 levels: 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18.


DAO Dog - Kaddis and Warpaint comparison

Kaddis and warpaint designs

Dog has two slots for equipment, taking the place of conventional weapons or armor:

Both types can provide defensive or offensive bonuses.

There are twelve warpaints and nine collars available in Dragon Age: Origins. An additional collar and warpaint are available with Return to Ostagar. The Protective Cone, available with the Feastday Gifts and Pranks DLC, can also be equipped as a collar.


Dog can also sense 'stealthed' enemies (such as Genlock rogues) at fairly close range. The stealth is not counteracted, but there is 'in-game notification' in the form of an angry growl. In any case, only a mage has any significant response options (such as inscribing a Glyph of Repulsion to repel an initial melee attack).

Specific tactics can be assigned to Dog, similar to the Warden and companions. Dog starts with 2 'tactics slots' at level 1, and gains additional slot at levels: 3, 6, 10, 15, 20, 25, and 30.

Finding items[]

Dog is said to be very good at finding items,[1] and can be asked in-game "Do you see anything interesting?" almost everywhere outside of camp (though not while he is injured). In most areas he will have a random chance to return with either a minor item from the generic treasure list (such as Elfroot), or one of a limited number of unique items:

Codex entry: A Very Chewed and Moist Book Codex entry: A Very Chewed and Moist Book (Codex: Books & Songs)
Dirty Pair of Pantaloons Dirty Pair of Pantaloons (gift)
Found Cake Found Cake (gift)
Garbolg's Backcountry Reserve Garbolg's Backcountry Reserve (gift)
Piece of Wood Piece of Wood
Tangled Ball of Yarn Tangled Ball of Yarn (gift)

There are also area-specific items he can dig up:

Codex entry: A Letter to Someone in Highever Codex entry: A Letter to Someone in Highever - at Lake Calenhad Docks.
Duty Duty - in the Deep Roads (all over, but definitely a 100% drop rate early in the Dead Trenches).
Deathroot Deathroot - around the Brecilian Forest and Dalish Camp.
Assorted gemstones - at the Mountain Top

Landmark explorations[]

see Codex entry: Mabari Dominance

Throughout Ferelden are several objects labeled Landmark (usually "Landmark tree" but there are a few exceptions). These objects may have a sparkling aura, much like containers. When a landmark is selected without Dog in the party, it has no effect. If Dog is in the party, but is not the one to select the landmark, a message hints at his interest.

When a landmark is 'marked' by Dog, Mabari Dominance is activated, providing him with bonuses of +2 strength, +2 willpower, and +2 constitution. The effect remains active while Dog is in the area, at any distance from the landmark. However, it is not applied inside buildings, even if they are within or adjacent to the landmark's location. (e.g. inside Redcliffe Castle, The Spoiled Princess, Dane's Refuge, etc.)

After Dog leaves an area where a landmark has been activated, Mabari Dominance should automatically reactivate when he returns to that location.


Dragon Age: Origins[]

Note: The Dalish Camp landmark disappears if the Warden sides with the Werewolves during Nature of the Beast.

Witch Hunt[]


Main article: Dog (Origins)/Dialogue
  • Sten: (Snarls.)
  • Dog: (Growls angrily.)
  • Sten: (Lets out a terrifying roar.)
  • Dog: (Barks angrily and lunges at Sten.)
  • Sten: "You are a true warrior, and worthy of respect."
  • Dog: (Barks excitedly.)
  • Morrigan: "Does this mean we are going to have this mangy beast follow us around? Wonderful."
  • Alistair: (Adoringly) "He's not mangy!"
  • Morrigan: "I know it was you rooting in my pack, mongrel."
  • Dog: (Innocent whine)
  • Morrigan: "Who else? Alistair? He's a likely suspect, I admit, but no."
  • Dog: (Bows head shamefully)
  • Morrigan: "I notice you avoided the hemlock."
  • Dog: (Happy bark!)
  • Morrigan: "Yes, yes, very clever. Next time I will disguise it more carefully."
  • Dog: (Sad eyes)
  • Morrigan: "Do not even try it! I would not give you a biscuit had I one."
  • Dog: (Sadder eyes)
  • Morrigan: "Oh... very well. But tell no one!"
  • Shale: I am watching you, dog. Do you know how many of your kind urinated on me in that village? And all I could do is stand there and watch, helpless. If I see one of those legs of yours lift so much as an inch in my direction -- pow!
  • Dog: (Confused whine!)
  • Shale: I am glad we have this understanding. At least your kind can be reasoned with... unlike those damned feathered fiends!

(If Dog is chosen as the Warden's champion to duel Loghain)

  • Loghain: "Will you face me yourself, or have you a champion?"
  • Warden: "My mabari will be my champion."
  • Dog: (Happy bark!)
  • Arl Eamon: "Ah, Warden... No. I'm afraid we can't leave the fate of all Ferelden up to your dog. Anyone with a leftover ham bone could buy his allegiance. Choose someone else."
  • Finn: Dog! What do you call that which covers a tree?"
  • Dog: (Bark!)
  • Ariane: (Sigh)

Codex entries[]

Codex entry: Dog Codex entry: Dog
Codex entry: The Mabari Hound Codex entry: The Mabari Hound
Codex entry: Mabari Dominance Codex entry: Mabari Dominance


Dog concept art

Concept art

  • pcpc1.05 ps3ps3xbox360xbox360 There is a bug where you get the message, "Dog has brought you an item!", but you will receive nothing in your inventory. If you get that message but no item icon on the lower left corner of the screen, you will receive no item.
  • The Human Noble has the earliest access to found items, as any of the non-area-specific ones can be found within Castle Cousland. Piece of Wood is of particular interest, as it could be of use to the Circle mage who joins the new Warden at the foot of the Tower of Ishal.
  • The recruitment quest is still available to human nobles, but will not result in a second Dog.
  • While spattered with blood, one can ask Dog: "Can you do something about this gory mess?" Dog will happily bark and clean the blood from The Warden and is slightly healed for doing so.
  • A long-standing joke among certain regulars of the official Origins forum is that Dog's "official" name is really Rabbit (which was used as an example name by Mary Kirby), and he is still occasionally referred to as such.
  • Dog is referenced in a Penny Arcade comic in which the character, speaking in a comically irreverent modern slang, informs a NPC that he's named his dog Barkspawn.
  • Dog also appears as "Barkspawn" in Heroes of Dragon Age.
  • If you speak to Dog while he has an injury, he will whine instead of his usual greeting, and you will be able to either comfort him, saying, "You've done well", or scold him for "being a baby". Still, his Approval can't be altered for better or worse.
  • Dog cannot utilize Injury Kits and thus must either use a Mabari Crunch or be returned to the Party Camp to be healed.
  • Under the influence of Flaming Weapons or a similar spell, Dog will be given the visual effect on his entire body.
  • While most characters suffer decreased movement speed when in combat, Dog speeds up slightly.
  • While the characters and the codex entries use masculine pronouns when addressing or referring to Dog, Dog has no visible genitalia.
  • A recipe for Found Cake, one of the gift items found by Dog, is given in the official cookbook. The cake found by Dog was noted in this book to be a chocolate cream cake topped with white frosting and strawberries, with the provided recipe being the chef's attempt to faithfully recreate it (minus drool). The photographed cake accompanying the recipe bears a strong resemblance to the icon for Found Cake in Dragon Age: Origins.[2]