The Frostback Basin is a region in the far southwestern border of Ferelden which lies beneath the Frostback Mountains.

Background Edit

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

This section contains spoilers for:
Dragon Age: Inquisition.

The reformed Inquisition launches an expedition to the Basin on the advice of Bram Kenric, a professor of the University of Orlais who specializes in the history of the original Inquisition and particular its last leader, Inquisitor Ameridan. Not long after arriving Inquisition forces find themselves attacked by an Avvar tribe known as the Jaws of Hakkon.

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

Places Edit

Frostback basin map

Map of the Frostback Basin

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

Inquisition camps Edit

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

Other locations Edit

Enemies Edit

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


Fade-Touched Tusket Hide1 Fade-Touched Tusket Hide (Veilstrike)

Metal Edit

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

Collections Edit

Astrariums Edit

Astarium icon Astrariums in Frostback Basin

Landmarks Edit

Landmark icon Landmarks in Frostback Basin

Shards Edit

Oculara and Shards icon Shards in Frostback Basin

Skyhold customizations Edit

Skyhold-Customization-icon Avvar Bed - sold by Trader Helsdim in Stone-Bear Hold for
1426 Currency (Inquisition)
Skyhold-Customization-icon Avvar Heraldry - sold by Trader Helsdim in Stone-Bear Hold for
712 Currency (Inquisition)
Skyhold-Customization-icon Avvar Drapery - sold by Trader Helsdim in Stone-Bear Hold for
712 Currency (Inquisition)
Skyhold-Customization-icon Avvar Decor - sold by Trader Helsdim in Stone-Bear Hold for
712 Currency (Inquisition)
Skyhold-Customization-icon Avvar Throne - sold by Trader Helsdim in Stone-Bear Hold for
712 Currency (Inquisition)
Skyhold-Customization-icon Avvar Glass - sold by Trader Helsdim in Stone-Bear Hold for
3136 Currency (Inquisition)

Codex entries Edit

For a complete list, see Category:Jaws of Hakkon codex entries.

The Death, The Mourning, and The Return codexes are can be obtained by reading the hidden rune in the cave where Gyda Myrdotten is. Veilfire can be lit on the site where Fade-Touched Lurker nesting at A Father's Name quest taken place.

Note texts Edit

Text ico A Baffled Note

Trivia Edit

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

Gallery Edit

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