When walking the streets of Kirkwall, Hawke is often ambushed by gangs. These attacks occur at night in the Docks, Hightown, and Lowtown. While some only appear in later acts, it is possible for early gangs to appear all-throughout if you do not defeat them.

There is a set number of groups in any one area, and when they are all defeated, a side quest becomes available during which you hunt down the gang's leadership. When you have completely eradicated a gang you are able to collect a reward from A Friend. This is not marked on your map or journal as a quest, but is a bonus for cleaning the streets. A Friend only appears at night, in the back room of The Hanged Man. She will continue to give out rewards each time the player clears out a band of thugs in the subsequent side quests.

Act 1

Name Quest Leader Location
Guardsmen Pretenders Night Lies Captain Qerth Hightown

Redwater Teeth

Pier Pressure Leech Docks

Sharps Highwaymen

Sharp Little Pinpricks Ignacio Strand Lowtown

Act 2

Name Quest Leader Location

Dog Lords

Hometown Breed Cor "The Bastard" Blimey Lowtown

Invisible Sisters

Ladies' Lights Out "Gracious" Gillian Winger Hightown

The Undercuts

The Lowdown Kanky Hammertoe Docks

Act 3

Name Quest Leader Location

Crimson Weaver Bloodrangers

Red Run Streets Jakeson "The Bleeder" Hall Hightown

Followers of She

Kind of Want Hanker Lowtown

The Reining Men

Reining It In Jess Varvel Docks


There are also other gangs whose defeat will not earn a reward from a friend.

Sketchy on the Details

During the Act 2 quest Sketchy on the Details, Hawke encounters:

  • Antivan Assassins
  • Carta Loyalists
  • Denerim Avengers
  • Qunari Death Squad
  • Rivaini Legendary Beard


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