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BioWare announced that it has planned out two years worth of downloadable content that will range from small items like rings and amulets, short adventures like the Warden's Keep, all the way to full expansion packs with dozens of hours of new game play. Some downloadable content can be purchased within the game with BioWare points, Microsoft points or through the Playstation Store; while others are promotional and can no longer be obtained.


Addons

These addons unlock new areas to discover, such as the Soldier's Peak or new characters and their backstories such as Shale. They can still be obtained - either by buying a new copy of Dragon Age: Origins or through the in-game interface with BioWare points, Microsoft points or through the Playstation Store.

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Released: 3rd November 2009
Warden's Keep is a downloadable content that is available for 560 Microsoft Points (US$7) on Xbox Live Marketplace, US$7 on the PC and the Playstation Store. It is available without extra cost for players who purchase the Digital Collector's Edition.

Warden's Keep will grant players access to Soldier's Peak, two new talents and spells per class from the Power of Blood school, two new achievements, and items. In addition, Warden's Keep will include two new merchants and a Party Storage Chest that allows the player to store additional inventory.

Playtime Added: About 1 to 2 Hours.

Shl module
Released: 3rd November 2009
The Stone Prisoner is available without extra cost for players who purchased a new copy of Dragon Age: Origins. For players who bought a second-hand copy of the game, this downloadable content is available for 1200 Microsoft Points (US$15) on Xbox Live Marketplace, US$15 on the PC and the Playstation Store.

The Stone Prisoner refers to the titular character of this downloadable content, Shale. In addition, The Stone Prisoner also grants player access to the village of Honnleath, the abandoned dwarven Cadash Thaig, two new achievements, and crystals which act as armor and weapons for Shale.

Playtime Added: About 2 to 3 Hours

Return to Ostagar module
Released: 13th of January, 2010 (1st release)
Return to Ostagar will be available for 400 Microsoft Points (US$5) on Xbox Live Marketplace, US$5 on the PC and the Playstation Store.

This downloadable content will feature the return of the Warden to Ostagar. There, the Warden will discover King Cailan's armor, Duncan's weapons and the motivation behind Loghain's betrayal. In addition, Return to Ostagar will also grant the player a second chance at recruiting Dog, access to Ostagar and one new achievement.

Note: Currently Xbox Live has removed this pack because of compatibility issues with specializations.

Playtime Added: About 1 to 2 Hours.

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Available: 15th, March 2010
Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening is the first expansion for Dragon Age: Origins. It is scheduled for release PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 on March 16, 2010 at a cost of US$39.99 and will have both retail and download editions.

The expansion takes place several months after the events of Origins have concluded, in a new explorable location called Amaranthine. Despite the defeat of the Archdemon, the darkspawn are still a threat. A Grey Warden commander (imported character from the core game or an Orlesian Warden) will help rebuild the Grey Wardens and establish Vigil's Keep as a new base of operations.

A new villain, The Architect, is introduced, along with new spells, specializations, enemies, and five new party members. The character level cap will also be raised, and the ability to reallocate skill points added to the game.

Promotional

These promotional downloadable contents can still be obtained - either by uploading your character with Dragon Age: Origins Character Creator, playing Dragon Age Journeys, or simply buying a new copy of Dragon Age: Origins. Each of these DLCs unlock a powerful in-game item that are useful throughout the game. Others like the Collector's Edition of Dragon Age: Origins unlock multiple items.

Blood dragon armor module
Released: 3rd November 2009
Commissioned by an infamous Nevarran dragon hunter, this armor was crafted in a time when dragons had almost been hunted to extinction. Infused with their blood, the armor gained notoriety after the hunter died at the hands of men rather than the dragons it was designed to protect him from.

Blood Dragon Armor Set is available in this eponymous downloadable content. It is available without extra cost to players who purchased a new copy of Dragon Age: Origins. For players who bought a second-hand copy of the game, this downloadable content is available for 800 Microsoft Points (US$10) on Xbox Live Marketplace, US$10 on the PC and the Playstation Marketplace. In addition, unlocking the Blood Dragon Armor Set in Dragon Age: Origins will also unlock it for use in Mass Effect 2.

The Blood Dragon Armor Set is a powerful set of silverite massive plate adorned with a crimson dragon across the left shoulder. The armor is available immediately, while the gloves, boots and helm can be purchased cheaply from Bodahn, a dwarven merchant in your party camp.

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Released: 3rd November 2009
A collection of three special items exclusive to the Dragon Age: Origins Collector's Edition. You'll receive one item immediately. The others are available from Bodahn in the party camp.

The Collector's Edition promotion consists of three items exclusive to Dragon Age: Origins Collector's Edition. The Grimoire of the Frozen Wastes is available immediately, while the helmet, Bergen's Honor and the staff, Final Reason are available for sale from Bodahn at the party camp.

Luckystone module
Released: 3rd November 2009
This old stone, set in a golden ring, has been an aid and companion to dozens of adventurers across innumerable years. Its trip to Ferelden was long and convoluted. Some say it has a life of its own.

The Lucky Stone is a ring available in this self-titled downloadable content. It is available for free to players who uploaded a character made with the Character Creator to the BioWare social site. Or, it can be installed manually by anyone.

Stats: Adds +1 to all stats

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Released: 3rd November 2009
The elven mage of limited talent that volunteered to become one of the Tranquil, Embri of Gwaren proved herself to be an extremely talented enchanter -- if absent-minded. The story goes that she kept an array of magical ingredients on her belt at all times, until the belt itself became magical. Embri died of lyrium poisoning many years later, but the enchanted belt remains.

Embri's Many Pockets is a belt available in this self-titled downloadable content. It is available for free. It can be downloaded in-game by players who have signed up for an account in Dragon Age Journeys. Or, it can be installed manually by anyone.

Stats: +5% fire resistance, +5% cold resistance, +5% electricity resistance, +5% nature resistance, +5% spirit resistance

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Released: 3rd November 2009
Amulet of the War Mage is an amulet available in this self-titled downloadable content. It is available for free. It can be downloaded in-game by players who completed Chapter 1 of Dragon Age Journeys. Or, it can be installed manually by anyone.

Stats: +5% fire damage, +5% cold damage, +5% electricity damage, +5% nature damage, +5% spirit damage

Deephelm module
Released: 3rd November 2009
Helm of the Deep is a helm available in this self-titled downloadable content. It is available for free. It can be downloaded in-game by players who completed all five achievements in Dragon Age Journeys. Or, it can be installed manually by anyone.

The achievements are to reach the gates of Orzammar, kill two monsters in a single attack, convince the Bard to join the party, defeat and ogre with all party members at full health and to defeat the hurlock emissary on any difficulty level.

Stats: +2 constitution, +10 mental resistance, +10 physical resistance

Vigilance module
Released: 13th November 2009
Not all maleficar practice forbidden blood magic, but templars must constantly guard against the possibility that even an innocuous-seeming mage has delved into arts that permit him to control the minds of others. The best mage-hunters are granted these valued amulets as rewards by the Divine. They are often entombed alongside the templar when he dies.

Mark of Vigilance is an amulet available in this self-titled downloadable content. It is available for free. It can be downloaded in-game by players who purchase a Dragon Age: Origins t-shirt from Hot Topic. Or, it can be installed manually by anyone.

Stats: +6 defense, +2% spell resistance, +5 mental resistance

Exclusive

These DLCs were originally available under limited circumstances as an incentive for purchasing particular editions of the game or from a particular retailer. Unless noted, they are also available to other players via manual installation.

Memory band
Released: 3rd November 2009 for any pre-order
Made by the Formari, these lyrium-infused rings are supposed to help apprentices retain their lessons. They work rather well - too well, perhaps, as less capable students sometimes wear three or four per finger.

The Memory Band is a ring available in this self-titled downloadable content.

Stats: Ring adds +1% to gained XP and this DLC also comes with a Formari Tome that add one skill point after reading it. Examine the Ring for its properties. However, there is in fact no change in any statistic from using this ring. There is no stat entry in its item table.

Lionspaw module
Released: 3rd November 2009 for Amazon pre-orders
Lady Rosamund, an infamous outlaw of the Korcari Wilds, wore these regal boots. Through clever ambushes and surprising tactics, she spent decades preying on merchants and eluding the king's guards until one day she simply disappeared. Some still brave the Wilds in search of her hidden hoard of treasure.

The Lion's Paw is a pair of boots in this self-titled downloadable content.

Stats: +1 to armor, +10% to dodge, +10% chance of evading missiles

Feral Wolf Charm
Released: 3rd November 2009 for Gamestop pre-orders
Chasind hunters favor charms like this. The hunters claim that they are enchanted on moonlit nights by scantily clad witches deep in the heart of the Korcari Wilds. But perhaps that is just wishful thinking.

The Feral Wolf Charm is is an amulet available in this self-titled downloadable content.

Stats: +1 to armor, +5 health health regeneration outside combat, +15% nature resistance

Wickedoath module
Released: 3rd November 2009 when ordered from Steam
Countess Luciana of Antiva lived as a virtual prisoner in her husband’s castle until an elven slave offered her a way out. The slave magically bound a small amount of the countess’s blood into a ring in return for a promise of freedom. The countess agreed, and the count was found stabbed soon afterwards, this ring lying beside him. Neither Luciana nor the slave were seen again.

The Wicked Oath is a ring available in this self-titled downloadable content.

Availability: This DLC is manually installable for PC players only.

Stats: Adds +10% to critical strike damage, improves armor penetration by 2 and adds +1 to combat stamina regeneration

Bandfire module
Released: 3rd November 2009 for EA pre-orders.
Magical fire is used with great care in the construction of these rings. After a few unfortunate incidents of singed eyebrows and burnt hair, there is some speculation that this is why the Formari often shave their heads.

The Band of Fire is a ring available in this self-titled downloadable content.

Stats: +3 to constitution, +25 to fire resistance, +10 to spirit resistance

Dalishpromise module
Released: 3rd November 2009 for Direct2Drive or GAME pre-orders
Intended for a Dalish elf's betrothed, this enchanted silver band was blessed by the tribe's Keeper to ensure a long, healthy life.

The Dalish Promise Ring is a ring available in this self-titled downloadable content.

Stats: +1 to health regeneration in combat, +15% to healing effects received, reduces hostility

Guildbelt module
Released: 3rd November 2009 for Game Crazy or Mighty Ape pre-orders
The guilds of Denerim are despised by the peasants of Ferelden because the guildmasters grow fat off their labors. Quite literally in the case of this belt's former owner, who could’ve stood to lose a pound or two. -- Guildmaster's Belt

The Guildmaster's Belt is a belt available in this self-titled downloadable content.

Stats: +3 cunning, +5% to dodge, increases monetary gain

Edge module
Released: 30th November 2009 for Bioware Social Site orders registered by 30 November 2009
Newly forged and sporting an edge sharp enough to cut through boot leather, this blade is the pinnacle of Fereldan crafting skill. Wait, there's more! It slices, it dices, and can make Orlesian potatoes. Yours for just one easy payment.

The Edge is a dagger available in this self-titled downloadable content.

Stats: + 5 damage + 3% critical + 4 attack

Manually Installing Downloadable Contents

There are a few in-game bugs that restrict a player from downloading their content. These instructions are meant to help PC players to manually install their authorized DLC. Downloadable contents can be manually installed in the PC version of Dragon Age: Origins. However, some downloadable contents, such as Warden's Keep, requires authorization. As such, they cannot be enabled in-game until they have been authorized - either by entering a promotional code or by purchasing the content.

To install downloadable contents manually follow these instructions:

  1. Download the DAZIP file.
  2. Locate daupdater.exe in your game folder. For example, Steam users will find the the file at: C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\dragon age origins\bin_ship\. Otherwise, the default location is at C:\Program Files (x86)\Dragon Age\bin_ship.
  3. Run daupdater.exe
  4. Click Load DAZIPs and browse to the location where you downloaded your DLC .dazip file.
  5. Install it.
  6. Run Dragon Age: Origins and check your DLC

Location of Downloadable Contents


Be aware that a majority of the DLC requires an active internet connection and also requires you to be logged into your Bioware/EA Online account that you used to purchase or redeem the content. Otherwise you will get Unauthorized info in the Installed Content.

Resources

Downloadable Contents Modules

Dragon Age:Origins Addons

Wikipedia - Dragon Age:Origins DLC


References

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