We rode the halla. They leapt with such grace and beauty as to make your horses look like Fereldan dogs by comparison. They were smarter, too. Which often made them willful.


The halla are a type of horned stag. Some of them are herded by the Dalish elves who used them to pull the aravels, or landships. Their milk is also made into cheese and butter.[2] The Dalish do not consider them beasts of burden but noble companions. To get them to accompany a clan, the Dalish elves ask rather than force them to. Alistair remarks that he's heard that the horns of a halla sells for a fortune. It is said that the Dalish carve their antlers for decorative purposes, and that their antlers are particularly prized in the Tevinter Imperium.

Background[edit | edit source]

No creature is more revered by the Dalish than the halla. No other animal has a god of its own. These white stags are much larger than ordinary deer, and the Dalish halla keepers carve their antlers as they grow, making them curve into intricate designs. In ancient times, these stags bore elven knights into combat, but since the fall of the Dales, they are used less as mounts and more to pull the aravels.[3]

The first thing you must understand about the halla is that they are not our servants. They are not our pets. They are our brothers and sisters. Remember that Ghilan'nain, the first halla and mother of them all, was once a huntress of the People. Without the halla, there would be no Dalish.

The second thing you must understand about the halla is that you cannot force a halla to do something against her will. I have heard tales of shemlen who come across herds and attempt to capture the halla, using ropes and bridles. Many shemlen have died impaled on horns as a result of this foolishness. Never forget that the halla once bore our knights into battle. The fierce blood of a warrior still runs through her veins and she would sooner fight to the death than demean herself. Like the Dalish, the halla are proud. A halla knows who she is, and will tolerate no being that tells her she is less.

How then do we harness them to the aravels? How do we ride them, or strap our packs to them? Well, how do you get a brother, a sister, or a friend to do you a favor? Simple, isn't it? You ask. If you have a halla's trust, she will give you her blessing. It's striking that humans never think to ask for a halla's friendship. But then, they are shems, and respect nothing.

—Adara, halla-tender of the Ralaferin clan, to her apprentice[4]

Involvement[edit | edit source]

Dragon Age: Origins[edit | edit source]


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Dragon Age: Origins.


During Elora's Halla, the Warden can assist in examining a halla believed to be stricken with the werewolf curse. If successfully calmed, it is revealed that the halla isn't afflicted, she's distressed because her mate has been infected.


Dragon Age: Inquisition[edit | edit source]

The halla can be found roaming around the Exalted Plains.


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Dragon Age: Inquisition.


The Inquisitor can assist the Dalish clan on the Exalted Plains by herding Hanal'ghilan, a golden halla, towards the Dalish Encampment—allowing it safe refuge from human soldiers who would kill it solely for its antlers.


Notable halla[edit | edit source]

Hanal'ghilan - a unique golden halla encountered on the Exalted Plains

Quests[edit | edit source]

Dragon Age: Origins[edit | edit source]

Dalish Elf Origin Dalish Elf Origin
Elora's Halla Elora's Halla
Nature of the Beast Nature of the Beast - a lone halla in the East Brecilian Forest (near the North Exit)

Dragon Age: Inquisition[edit | edit source]

The Golden Halla The Golden Halla

Locations[edit | edit source]

Dragon Age: Origins[edit | edit source]

Brecilian Forest Brecilian Forest
Dalish Camp Dalish Camp (Dalish Elf Origin)
Dalish Camp Dalish Camp
East Brecilian Forest East Brecilian Forest

Dragon Age: Inquisition[edit | edit source]

Exalted Plains Exalted Plains
Elven Ruins Elven Ruins

Loot[edit | edit source]

Halla Horns Halla Horns
Halla Leather Halla Leather
Fade-Touched Halla Leather (Stealth) Fade-Touched Halla Leather (Stealth)
Golden Halla Hide (Stealth) Golden Halla Hide (Stealth) (only from golden hallas)

Variations[edit | edit source]

Golden Halla

Codex entries[edit | edit source]

Codex entry: Halla Codex entry: Halla
Codex entry: Halla Codex entry: Halla
Codex entry: The Ascension of Ghilan'nain Codex entry: The Ascension of Ghilan'nain

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Elven legend holds that a halla will lead an elf into the afterlife.[5]
  • It is said that halla will only listen to their Dalish tenders.[6]
  • It is said that the halla was elven god Ghilan'nain's favorite creature, and the only one she did not kill when Andruil made her to destroy her own creations.[7]
  • Halla wool is soft and smooth, the gaps in the weave so small it doesn't catch on anything. It feels cool in summer and warm in winter.[8]

See also[edit | edit source]

Clan Shield Clan Shield
Halla Horn Halla Horn

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

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