High dragons are fully mature adult female dragons, one of the rarest of all dragonkin. At the end of the Blessed Age, many in Thedas believed that all of the dragons had vanished. However, a high dragon emerged from the unknown and went on a rampage in the Frostbacks. Divine Faustine II declared the next age to be that of the Dragon.[1] The sight of the dragon's rise was thought to be a good omen for Loghain Mac Tir and his rebels, who went on to defeat the Orlesian army at the River Dane.[2]

Behavior[edit | edit source]

High dragons hollow out massive lairs for themselves; as an abunce of space is needed to house their harem of drakes and dragonlings, and to shelter their eggs. Living for more than a thousand years, they are seldom seen and spend most of their time sleeping and mating, living off the prey produced by the drakes.

High dragons are extremely territorial and will typically attack anything on site that trespasses within its claimed vicinity. Even larger creatures such as giants[3] know better than to free roam near a high dragons domain; this includes other high dragons as well.

Once every hundred years or so, the high dragon prepares for clutching by emerging from her lair and taking wing. She will fly far and wide eating hundreds of animals, most often livestock, over the course of a few weeks, carving a path of sheer destruction engulfed in smoldering flames, devastation anything in her wake. During this time entire villages and forests can be reduced to ash, leaving hundreds dead or displaced. She will then returns to her lair to lay her eggs and will not appear in the skies again for another century.[4][5]

Involvement[edit | edit source]

There are two (optional) high dragon encounters in Origins and two in Awakening. Please see the relevant quests for details.

The Urn of Sacred Ashes The Urn of Sacred Ashes

Flemeth's Real Grimoire Flemeth's Real Grimoire

The Lost Dragon Bones The Lost Dragon Bones

Depths of Depravity Depths of Depravity

Dragon Age: Origins[edit | edit source]

Mountain Top Dragon[edit | edit source]

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Dragon Age: Origins.

The Warden is given the option to battle a high dragon during or any time after The Urn of Sacred Ashes quest. After (optionally) battling Kolgrim and emerging onto the Mountain Top, a short cutscene of a dragon flying above the Warden is seen. The Warden can engage the dragon by using Kolgrim's Horn (PC), or by hitting the gong seen shortly after emerging on the Mountain Top (X360 and PS3). A third option is available by simply attacking the dragon on her perch directly (with some form of spell, such as Winter's Grasp). If the Warden decides to help Kolgrim and his followers, the party will not be able to confront the dragon until Kolgrim and his followers have been slain. To do so, speak with Kolgrim again and select the option stating he is too dangerous to be left alive. Afterwards, the horn can be looted and the gong can be interacted with to commence a confrontation.

The aforementioned dragon may be the same high dragon that led to the naming the current age by the Divine Faustine II, as the high dragon that went on a rampage in 8:99 Blessed[6][7] was also known to be the Frostback Mountains.

See High dragon (strategy) for details on defeating this high dragon.

Abilities[edit | edit source]

Breath Breath

Buffet Buffet

Fire Spit Fire Spit

Grab Grab

Massive Attack Massive Attack

Roar Roar

Slap Slap

Sweep Sweep

Loot[edit | edit source]

Dragon Scale Dragon Scale

Antivan Longbow Antivan Longbow

Deadhead Charge Deadhead Charge

Crow Dagger Crow Dagger

Grandmaster Flame Rune Grandmaster Flame Rune

Heavy Infantry Helmet Heavy Infantry Helmet

Heavy Plate Armor Heavy Plate Armor x2

Heavy Plate Boots Heavy Plate Boots

Heavy Plate Gloves Heavy Plate Gloves

Maetashear War Axe Maetashear War Axe

Metal Kite Shield Metal Kite Shield

Pure Bitch Braid Pure Bitch Braid

Qunari Siege Gauntlets Qunari Siege Gauntlets

Storm Talons Storm Talons

The Long Sight The Long Sight

Secret Dragon[edit | edit source]

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Dragon Age: Origins.

Flemeth's high dragon form in Origins

In addition to the Mountain Top encounter, the Warden can battle another high dragon if they choose to challenge Flemeth in the quest for her grimoire. She will shapeshift into a high dragon, which ultimatley must be killed. The attack can be avoided all together using certain dialog options. However, the Warden can revist the option to challenge Flemeth at a later time.

See Flemeth the Shapeshifter for details on defeating Flemeth.

Dragon Age: Awakening[edit | edit source]

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Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening.

Queen of the Blackmarsh

A third high dragon is encountered near the entrance to Drake's Fall in the Dragonbone Wastes. It has a chance of dropping minor random loot. The Queen of the Blackmarsh is a spectral high dragon that can be encountered at Blackmarsh after completing the main quest of that area.

Dragon Age II[edit | edit source]

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Dragon Age II.

Flemeth's high dragon form in Dragon Age II

The Bone Pit high dragon

See Mine Massacre (strategy) for details on defeating the high dragon..

Malvernis' spectral high dragon form

  • In the Legacy DLC, Malvernis' final form is reveled as a spectral high dragon.

Dragon Age: Inquisition[edit | edit source]

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Dragon Age: Inquisition.

There are a total of ten high dragons found across Dragon Age: Inquisition. An eleventh high dragon was added with the addition of the Jaws of Hakkon DLC. All eleven dragons have greater resistance to the elemental damage produced. This in turn can allow for strategic planning from the vulnerability of the opposite element: Fire breathers are vulnerable to cold, cold breathers to fire, and electricity breathers to spirit.

Name Location Breath Element Level
Fereldan Frostback Fereldan Frostback Hinterlands Fire 12
Northern Hunter Northern Hunter Crestwood Electricity 13
Abyssal High Dragon Abyssal High Dragon Western Approach Fire 14
Gamordan Stormrider Gamordan Stormrider Exalted Plains Electricity 15
Greater Mistral Greater Mistral Emerald Graves Cold 17
Hivernal Hivernal Emprise du Lion Cold 19
Vinsomer Vinsomer Storm Coast Electricity 19
Sandy Howler Sandy Howler Hissing Wastes Fire 20
Kaltenzahn Kaltenzahn Emprise du Lion Cold 21
Highland Ravager Highland Ravager Emprise du Lion Fire 23
Hakkon Wintersbreath Hakkon Wintersbreath Frostback Basin Cold 25

Related quests[edit | edit source]

The Abyssal High Dragon The Abyssal High Dragon
Breeding Grounds Breeding Grounds
Dragon Hunter Dragon Hunter

Other Dragon Age: Inquisition Appearances[edit | edit source]

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Dragon Age: Inquisition.

Red Lyrium high dragon

Guardian of Mythal

  • If the Inquisitor drinks from the Well of Sorrows a high dragon named the Guardian of Mythal must be fought to complete the main quest The Final Piece. Post completion the dragon will side with the Inquisitor against Corypheus and will challenge the Red lyrium dragon. However, the Guardian of Mythal is bested and killed during the final confrontation.

  • If Morrigan drinks from the Well of Sorrows she, just like Flemeth, will gain the ability to shapeshift into a high dragon. She will then confront the Red lyrium dragon in her high dragon form; however, midway into the battle Morrigan will be knocked unconscious rendering her dragon form unavailable.

Hakkon Wintersbreath

  • The events surrounding the Jaws of Hakkon DLC, brings forth that the Avvar god Hakkon is revealed to have been bound to the body of a high ice dragon frozen in time by the efforts of a prior Inquisitor named Ameridan. Leading up to the final confrontation the Inquisitor must slay Hakkon Wintersbreath (level 25, breath element cold) due to Ameridan's magical hold over Hakkon fading.

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Atashi held captive in Trespasser

  • The Qunari tried to use the poison extracted from a high dragon called Ataashi to destroy the Inquisition and all of the southern noble houses of Thedas. In order to stop them, the Inquisitor either kills the dragon or sets it free.

Other Dragon Age Appearances[edit | edit source]

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Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker.

High dragon from Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker

  • A High Dragon is used to allow Avexis to control others of its kind by the Blood mage cult.
  • Several high dragons are used by Frenic and his followers in the attack on the Ten Year Gathering at the Grand Cathedral.

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Dragon Age: The Silent Grove.

Silent Grove high dragon

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Dragon Age: Until We Sleep.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

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Dragon Age II.

Flemeth's dragon form in Dragon Age II

  • In Dragon Age II, Flemeth's high dragon form is unique compared to other high dragons, being of a larger size with a dark red/purple tint, and having many spikes on her head.

  • The Archdemons take the form of corrupted high dragons.[9]
  • The Cult of Andraste at Haven believed the high dragon located at the Mountain Top area is Andraste.
  • To become a true Reaver a ritual must be done using dragon blood, although, wyvern blood may be used to unlock the Reaver powers, as possibly done with the Warden.
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    References[edit | edit source]

    1. Codex entry: Thedas Calendar
    2. Codex entry: Thedas Calendar, Dragon Age: The Stolen Throne
    3. see gallery below
    4. Codex entry: Dragon
    5. Dragon Age logo - new.png Dragon Age: The World of Thedas, vol. 1, p. 164
    6. Believed hunted to extinction, dragons emerge first in Antiva, then devastate rural Orlais and Nevarra. Another dragon is then sighted in the Frostback Mountains, just before the battle of River Dane.
    7. Dragon Age logo - new.png Dragon Age: The World of Thedas, vol. 1, p. 132
    8. Learn More about Dragons
    9. Dragon Age logo - new.png Dragon Age: The World of Thedas, vol. 1, p. 166
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