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The Frostback Basin is a unique region near the southwestern border of Ferelden. Multiple terrain types can be found across The Basin as it lies near the base of the Frostback Mountains.

Background Edit

The Basin is an overgrown wilderness filled with fiercely independent hunters known as Avvar. They settled in the southern mountains of Thedas, spreading their culture across the Basin. An ancient Tevinter ruin lay dormant, hidden away in the Basin in hopes of reawakening a mysterious darkness.


This section contains spoilers for:
Dragon Age: Inquisition.


The Jaws of Hakkon are re-formed in the aftermath of the Fifth Blight. Outraged at the Avvar gods for allowing his hold to be devastated by the Darkspawn, and at the lowlanders for refusing to aid the Avvar in their time of need, Gurd Harofsen forswears all of the Avvar gods and seeks out the stolen god, Hakkon. Harofsen molds his surviving kin in the ways of the Hakkonites of old and vows to unleash Hakkon upon the world once and for all.

Throughout history, few have dared explore the Frostback Basin. Ancient Tevinter ruins lie overgrown by thick forest, their purpose here forgotten. Rare expeditions in ages past returned with little information - or did not return at all. The exception is the Avvar, who have long travelled the basin, and, in more recent generations, established a hold along its steep mountain cliffs.
—Excerpt from the quest journal

Involvement Edit

We have found it. Hakkon himself welcomed us. An ancient Tevinter fortress, sheathed in a wall of ice. It was untouched by lowlanders, who could find no way to breach the walls. Our mages alone, blessed by Silent Hakkon with the gifts of ice, could part the wall for a few heartbeats, giving our people time to climb inside. ―Gurd Harofsen

This section contains spoilers for:
Dragon Age: Inquisition.


The reformed Inquisition launches an expedition to the Frostback Basin on the advice of Bram Kenric, a professor at the University of Orlais. Kenric had sent word to the Inquisition in regards to clues that had been discovered regarding the final resting place of the prior Inquisitor that led the Inquisition during the Divine Age. Kendric is tenured in the histories and formation of the last Inquisition; and is eager to uncover new evidence pertaining to Inquisitor Ameridan.

Ameridan's disappearance has remained a mystery to Orlesian scholars including the circumstances surrounding his sudden departure to the Basin. Kendric believes that the Basin contains all the needed clues to piece the enigma back together as the discovery would be beneficial to both academia and to the Inquisition. The Inquisitor rendezvous with Kendric at a newly set up Inquisition Camp established in the Frostback Basin. Kendric discloses that the region is home to two feuding Avvar tribes. Those that are allied with the Inquisition are found in Stone-Bear Hold; while those that are hostile call themselves the Jaws of Hakkon.

During their investigation, the Inquisitor learns that Ameridan came to the Basin on Emperor Drakon I's orders to stop an invasion of the lowlands by the original Jaws of Hakkon. To help them in their endeavor, the Hakkonites had bound the spirit of their god Hakkon Wintersbreath to a high dragon. As Orlais was already facing the Second Blight, a concurrent invasion from the Hakkonites would have proved devastating to the region.

Ameridan's mission proved triumphant as he succeeded in stopping the Hakkonites by binding himself to Hakkon's dragon form. Ameridan froze time itself around the both of them —knowing that they would bound to one another for all eternity.[1]

The lowland warrior trapped our god in some strange magic the mages cannot understand. They say time is twisted upon itself, like a knot within a knot. They say it may be old Tevinter magic that made it possible... regardless the spirit of Hakkon remains in the dragon, that much is clear. Perhaps we can bring forth Hakkon himself and bind him anew ―to another worthy beast.[2]

The modern-day Hakkonites have found a way to transfer Hakkon to another vessel, and are planning on finishing their predecessors' work of invading the lowlands. The Inquisitor enlists the aid of the Avvar at Stone-Bear Hold to assist with the assault of the Hakkonite fortress. The combined forces allow the Inquisitor to get inside to confront the cults leader, Gurd Harofsen. Though Harofsen is defeated, he successfully manages to complete the ritual, allowing for the massive dragon to break free from the fortress. Coincidentally, Inquisitor Ameridan is freed in the process as the magic that bound the two to one another was shattered.

With the destruction of Ameriden's grasp over Hakkon, the concept of time also returned to Ameriden's mortal form, allowing only a few final moments in his new reality. He discloses the circumstances regarding his mission and gives his blessing to the Inquisitor to finish what he couldn't. The Inquisitor confronts the ice dragon in hopes of finally freeing Hakkon Wintersbreath from centuries of confinement... the Inquisitor can gain access to The Basin by completing the Investigate Frostback Basin war table scouting operation in Skyhold.

Places Edit

Frostback basin map

Map of the Frostback Basin

Note: The 22 regions below make up the Regions in Frostback collection. Discovering all of them grants 500 Influence.

Regions Edit

  • Abandoned Jail
  • Ancient Culvert
  • Basin Floor
  • Boathouse
  • Cliffside Path
  • Cloudcap Lake
  • Eastern Riverbank
  • Endarsen Pass
  • Fortress Gates
  • Small location icon (Inquisition) The Lady's Rest
  • Lakeside Road
  • Nigel’s Point
  • The Old Drains
  • Overgrown Courtyard
  • Razikale’s Reach
  • Research Outpost
  • The Rockspit
  • The Shallows
  • Frostback Basin Icon Stone-Bear Hold
  • Swamp Kuldsdotten
  • Varsdotten River
  • Western Riverbank


Additional places Edit


Inquisition camps Edit

  • Basin Floor Camp
  • Canyon Camp
  • Cliffside Camp
  • Ridgline Camp
  • River Camp
  • Swampside Camp

Characters Edit

Inquisition Edit


Stone-Bear Hold Edit


Jaws of Hakkon Edit

Quests Edit

Quest icon DAI Ameridan's End
Quest icon DAI Avvar Allies
Quest icon DAI The Basin Beckons
Quest icon DAI Beasts at Bay
Quest icon DAI A Father's Name
Quest icon DAI Guests of the Hold
Quest icon DAI Hakkon Wintersbreath
Quest icon DAI Hakkon's Trials
Quest icon DAI Holding Frostback Basin
Quest icon DAI In Exile
Quest icon DAI It Remains to be Seen
Quest icon DAI Jawbreaker
Quest icon DAI Lead the Charge
Quest icon DAI The Loss of a Friend
Quest icon DAI The Mystery of Winter
Quest icon DAI The Nox Morta
Quest icon DAI On Ameridan's Trail
Quest icon DAI Storvacker Caged
Quest icon DAI They Came From Somewhere Else
Quest icon DAI Up and Away
Quest icon DAI What Yet Lingers
Quest icon DAI Where Once We Walked
Quest icon DAI Worthy of Publication

Rifts Edit

Quest icon DAI Rifts Along the River
Quest icon DAI Rift in the Floor
Quest icon DAI Rifts in the Basin
Quest icon DAI Rifts on the Bank

War table operations Edit

Quest icon DAI An Appeal to the Shaperate
Quest icon DAI A Conspiracy of Dunces
Quest icon DAI A Cultured Exchange
Quest icon DAI Assuage Ameridan's Heirs
Quest icon DAI Celebrate With Ameridan's Heirs
Quest icon DAI Investigate Frostback Basin
Quest icon DAI Send Relics of Tyrdda Bright-Axe
Quest icon DAI Send Skywatcher to Stone-Bear Hold
Quest icon DAI Too Grizzly To Bear

Creatures Edit

Enemies Edit

Collections Edit

Astrariums Edit

Astarium icon Astrariums in Frostback Basin

Dragon Hunter Edit

High Dragon icon Hakkon Wintersbreath

Landmarks Edit

Landmark icon Landmarks in Frostback Basin

Shards Edit

Oculara and Shards icon Shards in Frostback Basin

Skyhold Customizations Edit

The following Avvarcentric Skyhold customization items are available for purchase from Trader Helsdim in Stone-Bear Hold:

Skyhold-Customization-icon Avvar Glass for
0000003136
3136 Currency (Inquisition)
Skyhold-Customization-icon Avvar Bed for
0000001426
1426 Currency (Inquisition)
Skyhold-Customization-icon Avvar Throne for
0000000712
712 Currency (Inquisition)
Skyhold-Customization-icon Avvar Heraldry for
0000000712
712 Currency (Inquisition)
Skyhold-Customization-icon Avvar Drapery for
0000000712
712 Currency (Inquisition)
Skyhold-Customization-icon Avvar Decor for
0000000712
712 Currency (Inquisition)

Resources Edit

Herbs Edit

Arbor Blessing icon Arbor Blessing
Deep Mushroom icon Deep Mushroom
Elfroot icon Elfroot
Felandaris icon Felandaris
Spindleweed DAI icon Spindleweed
Embrium icon Embrium


Cloth Edit

Ico AvvarCotton Avvar Cotton
Ico AvvarTwill Avvar Twill
Plush Fustian Velvet icon Silken Nether Cloth


Leather Edit

Ico IceDragonHide Ice Dragon Hide
Ico ImbuedTusket Imbued Tusket Hide
Gurgut Webbing icon Hardened Gurgut Skin
Snoufleur Skin icon Hardened Tusket Skin
Lurker Scales icon Lurker Scales
Craggy Skin icon Craggy Skin


Metal Edit

Ico IceDragonBone Ice Dragon Bone
Ico VeilQuartz Veil Quartz
Everite icon Everite
Silverite icon Silverite

Notable items Edit

Veilfire glyphs Edit


Loot Edit

  • Tyrddas Staff icon Accuser's Staff - Looted from the sarcophagus inside The Mystery of Winter chamber.
  • Vestment-of-the-Dragon-Hunter-icon Armor of the Dragon Hunter - Acquired in The Old Temple upon completing the main quest Ameridan's End if the Inquisitor is a rogue.
  • DAI-Unique-Maul-icon Avvar War-Maul - Looted from a massive Avvar warrior found in Razikale's Reach, see main quest On Ameridan's Trail and from Gurd Harofsen after becoming a Revenant in the Old Temple; see main quest Ameridan's End.
  • DAI-Unique-Axe-icon1 Bitter Axe - Looted from the closing fade rifts.
  • Dhal-Vallasan-bow-icon Dhal Vallasan - Available at the Weapons and Schematics Merchant in Stone-Bear Hold for
    0000016508
    16508 Currency (Inquisition) and looted from a chest next to the Varsdotten River fast travel marker; see main quest On Ameridan's Trail.
  • Hakkon's-Wrath-icon Hakkon's Wisdom - Looted from the high dragon Hakkon Wintersbreath.
  • Hakkon's-Wrath-icon Hakkon's Honor - Acquired in the cave revealed from unlocking Astrariums in Frostback Basin.
  • Hakkon's-Wrath-icon Hakkon's Mercy - Looted from a chest inside the west vault in 'Razikale's Reach' upon the correct completion of the floor puzzle; see main quest On Ameridan's Trail.
  • Hakkon's-Wrath-icon Hakkon's Valor - Acquired upon a second completion in Stone-Bear Hold's arena, after completing the side quest Hakkon's Trials.
  • Hakkon's-Wrath-icon Hakkon's Wrath - Looted from the Ice Giant in the Frostback Basin.
  • Bane of Red Crossing icon Heartstring Bow - Looted from a skeleton after opening the fade rift in Lady's Rest.
  • Helm-of-the-Dragon-Hunter-icon Helm of the Dragon Hunter - Looted off the corpse of the The Nox Morta in Swamp Kuldsdotten if the Inquisitor is a dwarf, elf or human, see side quest The Nox Morta.
  • Helm-of-the-Dragon-Hunter-icon Helm of the Dragon Hunter - Looted off the corpse of the The Nox Morta in Swamp Kuldsdotten if the Inquisitor is a qunari; see side quest The Nox Morta.
  • Tacticians renewal icon Master Cooldown Amulet - Looted from the high dragon Hakkon Wintersbreath.
  • Stamina amulet icon master superb Master Stamina Amulet - Looted from the closing fade rifts.
  • Unique belt icon Master Belt of Focus - Looted from a pile of bones near the Fade-Touched Lurker NW of the starting camp upon first arriving in the region.
  • Unique belt icon Master Belt of Grenades - Looted from a chest, behind the eastern most locked door, in the Abandoned Jail during the main quest Storvacker Caged.
  • Unique belt icon Master Belt of Tonics - Looted from the high dragon Hakkon Wintersbreath.
  • Vestment-of-the-Dragon-Hunter-icon Plate Mail of the Dragon Hunter - Acquired in The Old Temple upon completing the main quest Ameridan's End if the Inquisitor is a warrior.
  • Ritual Breaker icon Ritual Breaker - Available at the Stone-Bear Hold Weapons and Schematics Merchant in Stone-Bear Hold for
    0000013192
    13192 Currency (Inquisition).
  • Saboteur Knife Icon Saboteur's Knife - Available at the Weapons and Schematics Merchant in Stone-Bear Hold for
    0000008572
    8572 Currency (Inquisition).
  • DAI-Unique-Dagger-icon1 Savage Thorn - Looted from the fade rift in Endarsen Pass.
  • Tyrddas Staff icon Scepter of Razikale - Looted from a chest behind the western most locked door in the Abandoned Jail; see main quest Storvacker Caged.
  • Axe of the Dragon Hunter icon Swift Greataxe - Looted upon sealing a rift; see side quest Rift in the Floor.
  • Jade Ham icon The Jade Ham - Rewarded upon completing Send Relics of Tyrdda Bright-Axe war table operation.
  • Logging Stand Icon Torn Page - Looted from the Revenant version of Gurd Harofsen in the Old Temple; see main quest Ameridan's End (unlocks Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Journal of Gurd Harofsen).
  • Vestment-of-the-Dragon-Hunter-icon Vestments of the Dragon Hunter - Acquired in The Old Temple upon completing the main quest Ameridan's End if the Inquisitor is a mage.

Codex entries Edit

Codex icon DAI Codex entry: A Celebration Of Wardens
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: A Good Marriage
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: A Letter to Harding
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: A Tradition of Rebirth
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Ameridan and the Mage
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Ancient Document Protected in a Scroll Case
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Arboreal Fort
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: At What Cost
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Ballad of the Murderer's Gold
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Blood-Stained Shrine
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Colette's Notes
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Constellation: Belenas
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Constellation: Fulmenos
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Constellation: Visus
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: From a Mage's Journal
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Frostback Basin
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Geldauran's Claim
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Inquisitor Ameridan
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Journal of Gurd Harofsen
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Leather-Bound Hakkonite Journal
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Mouth of Echoes
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Mysteries of the Frostback Basin
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Nigel's Point
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: On Avvar Cuisine
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Pages near an Old Campfire
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Questions of Accuracy
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Razikale's Reach
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Scout Harding
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Storvacker
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Tale of Hryngnar, Ice-Troll
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Thane Svarah Sun-Hair
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: The Death
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: The Frozen Gate
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: The Hunt of the Fell Wolf
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: The Mourning
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: The Naming of Stone-Bear Hold
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: The Return
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Two Marked in Battle
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Unfallen Shack

Note texts Edit

Text ico A Baffled Note

Notes Edit

  • The Veilfire torch found near the Fade-Touched Lurker nest can be used to find Veil Quartz on the western ledge above the camp. The Veil Quartz deposit is a bit tricky to reach, for a detailed map see Veil Quartz gallery.

Trivia Edit

  • After the completion of Ameridan's End, the basin will turn from day to night (see gallery below).

Gallery Edit

References Edit

  1. Taken from Codex entry: Journal of Gurd Harofsen
  2. Expanded from Codex entry: Journal of Gurd Harofsen
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