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Essences and fonts can be found in Dragon Age: Origins during the Warden's travels in the Fade.


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The Fade realm is theatre of dreams and ideas. It is possible for the fundamental essence of a concept to concentrate in a particular place or thing. Places strongly associated with an essence are known as fonts of it. Other essences gather like rainwater or dew, accumulating quickly but likely to evaporate. Fonts are ongoing wellsprings. Some spirits can also produce essences as a means to bargain with or reward mortals. A mortal spirit in the Fade can take in an essence, incorporating its energy and what it represents. So an essence of cunning might grant cleverness or creativity where an essence of strength can provide vigor.[1]


Dragon Age: Origins[]

During The Fade: Lost in Dreams, the Warden can find a total of 21 essences and fonts scattered across various sections of the Fade. They come in the form of something like dummies or books, with which it is possible to interact and obtain a permanent attribute bonus for an equivalent of 7 level up bonuses. They are often found in hidden and apparently inaccessible zones that may require the use of different shapes.

Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening[]

Other essences can be found in the Blackmarsh Undying during the main quest Shadows of the Blackmarsh. There are essences for each type findable inside and outside the town.


Each essence or font grants a permanent +1 bonus to the named attribute:

  • Font of Strength (x4)
  • Essence of Dexterity (x4)
  • Essence of Willpower (x4)
  • Essence of Magic (x2)
  • Essence of Cunning (x5)
  • Essence of Constitution (x2)

In Awakening, two additional essences for each attribute can be found. The aspect of each essence or font reflect the nature of its type, for example a weapon rack represent the idea of strength.


Weisshaupt Fortress[]

Main article: Weisshaupt (The Fade)
  • Essence of Willpower: Found at the base of the ramp near the pedestal, near where you fought the demon impersonating Duncan. (Requires Spirit Form to activate.)

The Raw Fade[]

Main article: The Raw Fade
  • Essence of Willpower: Found in the room with Yevena. You can go there via the first spirit door available, next to Niall. (Requires Spirit Form to reach.)
  • Essence of Dexterity: Found in the room with the Wisp Wraiths. You can go there via the second spirit door set. (Requires Spirit Form to reach.)

Darkspawn Invasion[]

Main article: Darkspawn Invasion
  • Essence of Cunning: You can find this object by entering the mouse hole in the first chamber to the right and then following the next mouse hole straight ahead. (Requires Mouse Form to reach.)
  • Essence of Willpower: You can find this essence in the room where you gain your Spirit Form ability. (Requires Spirit Form to activate.)
  • Font of Strength: You can find this object directly north of the starting room with the fade pedestal, locked by a Massive Door. (Requires Golem Form to reach.)

Burning Tower[]

Main article: Burning Tower
  • Essence of Cunning: You can find this object by entering the mouse hole to the left in the first chamber. (Requires Mouse Form to reach.)
  • Essence of Cunning: You can find the second Essence of Cunning on the second floor, behind the Spirit Door. (Requires Burning Man Form and Spirit Form to reach.)
  • Essence of Constitution: You can find this Essence in the same room as the second cunning behind the same Spirit Door. (Requires Burning Man Form and Spirit Form to reach.)
  • Essence of Magic: This one can be found through the Massive Door in the northern part of the 3/4th circle. (Requires Golem Form to reach.)
  • Font of Strength: Found behind the Massive Door. In the same chamber where you can defeat Rhagos. (Requires Golem Form and Burning Man Form to reach that room.)

Mage Asunder[]

Main article: Mage Asunder
  • Font of Strength: Through the mouse hole closest to the Fade Pedestal upon arrival in Mage Asunder. (Requires Mouse Form to reach.)
  • Essence of Magic: In the second room on the left after first entering the hallway; on the map, in the room at approximately 3 o'clock in the circular level. (Requires Spirit Form to activate.)
  • Essence of Willpower: After you receive Golem Form and smash the first massive door, go straight down the path and enter the first room on the right (it will be the western room on the mini map).
  • Font of Strength: In the room where you fight three golems; to the left (east on the map) before you open the second massive door.
  • Essence of Dexterity: Through the spirit door in the south. In a small isolated room with a golem and a Mouse Hole. (Requires Spirit Form to reach.)
  • Essence of Cunning: Take the mouse hole from the previous room to a room with the essence of cunning, a Massive Door, and two golems. (Requires Mouse Form to reach.)
  • Essence of Constitution: Through the massive door from the previous room. (Requires Golem Form to reach.)
  • Essence of Dexterity: Also in that same room as the Essence of Constitution. (Requires Golem Form to reach.)

Templar's Nightmare[]

Main article: Templar's Nightmare
  • Essence of Dexterity: Enter the mouse hole in the room next to the starting room. It will lead to a small room with the essence and a Blight Wolf.
  • Essence of Cunning: In the same room as the end boss called Vereveel.

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

Blackmarsh Undying

Main article: Blackmarsh Undying
  • Essence of Constitution: One is inside a coffin in the crypt, the other is near one of the fade apparatus close to town.
  • Essence of Strength: One is inside the town walls and the other is south est of the runestone puzzle.
  • Essence of Dexterity: One is inside the town walls, the other is right as you approach the town before encountering the villager.
  • Essence of Magic: One is inside the crypt, the other is south of the runestone puzzle at the top of the band of water on the far left of the minimap.
  • Essence of Willpower: One is inside the town walls, the other is near the runestone puzzle.
  • Essence of Cunning: One is inside the crypt, the other is on the docks outside of town.


  • To use a mouse hole requires Mouse form.
  • To pass a spirit door requires spirit form.
  • To use an essence of willpower or magic also requires spirit form (this is not necessary in Awakening).
  • To pass a massive door requires Golem form.
  • To pass a fire barrier requires burning man form.


  • pcpcps3ps3xbox360xbox360It is possible to get two +1 attribute bonuses per essence/font. On the PC, this involves first right-clicking the essence to move towards it, then right clicking it again immediately before (almost at the same time) as the player reaches it. If done correctly, two +1 bonuses will be shown on screen, one after the other. Also if you click the essence many times really fast it is possible to get a lot of attribute points. Make sure to save before this is attempted on each essence, if done incorrectly there is no way to repeat. If this exploit is successfully used for every single essence and font available in the Fade, the player can gain not 21, but 42 +attribute bonuses. This is equivalent to 14 level up bonuses. If the game slows down when the player reaches (mostly on the PC) by clicking repeatedly it is possible to get even more bonuses. So far the maximum observed was about 100 for one essence/font. To increase the chance of this happening you can turn up your graphics to maximum quality.
  • pcpc To get more than two points: click on the essence or font rapidly, the first click has to be done at the same time as you hit pause. Then while in pause you can click as many times as you want each click gives you +1 attribute (I got over 100 attribute points on one essence).
    • The above method is unconfirmed. Through thorough testing, results were not reproducible.
    • (Note from a collaborator) Since the first set of fonts I sometimes got up to 22 attribute points from a single essence. Since I entered the crypt, however, I was only able to farm 2 points from any font, no matter how hard I tried. Must say that claiming that you can get up to 100 is very doubtful, but you can always try (Tested on Dragon Age Awakening 1.04).
    • On PC or Mac either with official client or Windows Emulation getting the ~100 points is possible using "Auto Clickers". (Tested on DA:O Ultimate Edition-GOG v2.1.0.4)
    • (Note from another collaborator 2/5/2022) Game lag may be a factor. Through many testing attempts in one session I was able to get +2 on almost all (but harder as Spirit Form essences; only managed it once that session). However, after a while and my game being open for some time and getting laggy I got +3 and +6. But when I tried fresh the next day; I am having trouble achieving +2 again.
    • To improve your odds save and load right next to the Essence or Font.
  • Confirmed for the xbox360xbox360 - if you face the font from a distance, so the name is floating over the top, press A to start moving towards it and then quickly press A again as you reach it, you get two attribute points instead of one. It does however require very precise timing, especially when in Spirit form for Willpower Fonts
  • After importing a character into Awakening and redistributing the attributes via a Manual of Focus, the extra attribute points will be added to the respec. This may come in handy as some of the attribute points learned may not be needed for the player's selected class (e.g., magic for rogues).
  • Confirmed for PC, you can get many more than 2 points by fast pause and click as of 12/4/15. Takes practice and some fonts are easier than others to multi-click on. A fun cheat but not necessary to easily beat the game even on Nightmare.
  • It is possible to enter spirit doors without the form by clicking on a very specific spot of the door. The cursor will change colors indicating the player can pass through. The camera angle may need to be adjusted slightly to allow for the exploit to trigger properly.