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For the spell in Dragon Age II, see Glyph of Paralysis (Dragon Age II).

Glyph of Paralysis is a mage spell from the Creation tree in Dragon Age: Origins.


  • Spell combinations: Paralysis Explosion.
  • The caster inscribes a glyph on the ground for 60 seconds that paralyzes the first enemy that crosses the perimeter (2.5m from the center/point the glyph was placed) for up to 10 seconds (paralysis duration scaled by enemy rank), unless the opponent passes a physical resistance check vs. the attacker's spellpower.
  • Range: 25m.
  • Conjuration time: 1s.
  • This spell is supposed to draw 30 Threat from the target. As of Patch 1.04, no Threat is drawn.


  • Activation base is in mana and values vary with fatigue%.
  • Arcane Warrior spellcasting: the spell can be cast with your weapon(s) drawn.
  • A Glyph of Paralysis acts as a trap, and as such, can be disarmed by a rogue. This also means that a mage who knows Glyph of Paralysis can get the two achievements for setting traps.
  • Since it is treated as a trap, a Glyph of Paralysis will still affect a character even if they have 100% Spell Resistance.
  • If an enemy becomes activated inside a Glyph of Paralysis (e.g., the Sentinels in the Circle Tower Basement that are proximity-activated into enemies), it will not be affected instantly and can initially walk out of the Glyph without triggering it.
  • Glyph of Paralysis can hit multiple enemies at once if you cast it over an area with enemies already in it.
  • Glyph of Paralysis can be cast through barriers and into the fog of war (e.g., behind a closed door).
  • A stealthed character who is paralyzed by the Glyph can be located by the brown rings effects of paralysis but do not automatically lose their stealth and cannot be directly targeted.

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