We rode the halla. They leapt with such grace and beauty as to make your horses look like Ferelden 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. The Dalish do not consider them beasts of burden but noble companions. 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.


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.
—From Codex entry: Halla



Dragon Age: Origins

This section contains spoilers for:
Dragon Age: Origins.

During quest Elora's Halla some hallas were touched by werewolf curse, Elora tried to examine one of them to find if she was sick. Warden can help her to calm the animal down and let Elora discover that the halla isn't sick but worried of own mate.

Dragon Age: Inquisition

The Inquisitor will have several options of ridding mounts to travel from one place to another. Red Hart Halla is one of the optional mounts.


  • Elven legend holds that a halla will lead an elf into the afterlife.[2]
  • It is said that halla will only listen to their Dalish tenders.[3]
  • A variant of the halla, the "Red Hart Halla," will be a useable mount in Dragon Age: Inquisition for those preordering the Deluxe edition.[4]


See also

Ico amulet Halla Horn
Ico Quest Elora's Halla


  1. Dragon Age: The Masked Empire, p. 202.
  2. According to ambient conversation from Zevran Arainai in the Dalish Camp, in Dragon Age: Origins
  3. According to ambient conversation from Wynne in the Dalish Camp, in Dragon Age: Origins
  4. Gamestop Preorder Page.
  5. Dragon Age logo - new Dragon Age: The World of Thedas, vol. 1, p. 161
  6. Dragon Age logo - new Dragon Age: The World of Thedas, vol. 1, p. 161
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