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 the dragons had vanished until one went on a rampage in the Frostbacks. Divine Faustine II declared the next age to be the Dragon Age.[1] The sight of the dragon's rise was thought to be a good omen for Loghain Mac Tir and the rebels, who went on to defeat the Orlesian army at River Dane.[2]

Behavior

High dragons hollow out massive lairs for themselves, for they need the space to house their harem of drakes as well as their eggs and the dragonlings. Living for more than a thousand years, they are seldom seen and spend most of their time sleeping and mating, living off the prey their drakes bring back.

High dragons are extremely territorial and will typically attack almost anything that trespasses near its lair. Even creatures as large and powerful as giants (and even other high dragons) must be cautious when a high dragon's lair is nearby.

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 and leaving smoldering devastation in her wake. During this time entire villages and forests can be reduced to ash, leaving hundreds dead or displaced. She then returns to her lair to lay her eggs and will not appear in the skies again for another century.[3][4]

Involvement

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

Mountain Top

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

This section contains spoilers for:
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), by hitting the gong seen shortly after emerging on the Mountain Top area (X360 and PS3), or by attacking her on her perch (for example, with spells such as Winter's Grasp). If the Warden decides to help Kolgrim and follows through, the party won't be able to fight the dragon before killing Kolgrim and his followers. This can be done by speaking to him and selecting the option stating that he is too dangerous to be left alive. When he is slain, the gong can be interacted with again (or the party gains the horn).


Notably, this could be the dragon which the Dragon Age was named after since the dragon which rampaged in 8:99 Blessed was from the Frostback Mountains.

Abilities

Breath Breath

Buffet Buffet

Fire Spit Fire Spit

Grab Grab

Massive Attack Massive Attack

Roar Roar

Slap Slap

Sweep Sweep

Loot

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


This section contains spoilers for:
Dragon Age: Origins.


See Flemeth the Shapeshifter for details on defeating Flemeth.


In addition to the Mountain Top encounter, the Warden can fight another high dragon if they choose to kill Flemeth in the quest for her grimoire. She will shapeshift into a high dragon, which must be killed. The attack can be avoided using certain dialog options. If you do so, you will be able to fight Flemeth at a later date.


Dragon Age: Awakening


This section contains spoilers for:
Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening.


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.


High dragon (The Silent Grove).png

Dragon Age II


This section contains spoilers for:
Dragon Age II.


See Mine Massacre (strategy) for details on defeating this high dragon..
  • In the Legacy DLC, the final form of the secret boss Malvernis is a spectral High Dragon.



Dragon Age: Inquisition

There are ten fixed place high dragons in Dragon Age: Inquisition plus an eleventh in Jaws of Hakkon. For all eleven of these dragons, they have greater resistance to their breath element and this also determines their vulnerability: Fire breathers are vulnerable to cold, cold breathers to fire, and electricity breathers to spirit.

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

See also Breeding Grounds and Dragon Hunter for related quests.

Other Dragon Age: Inquisition Appearances


This section contains spoilers for:
Dragon Age: Inquisition.


  • Corypheus's Red lyrium dragon is revealed to be a high dragon that has been corrupted by Red Lyrium and augmented by Corypheus's magic. It apparently works as a tribute to an Archdemon or Old God. Additionally at the War table can be revealed that all Dragons possess a high resistance to the Darkspawn Taint though are not immune.[5].The Inquisitor kills the dragon at the end of the main storyline.
  • If the Inquisitor drinks from the Well of Sorrows a high dragon named the Guardian of Mythal must be fought to complete The Final Piece. The dragon then battles Corypheus's dragon, but is killed during the fight.
  • If Morrigan drinks from the Well of Sorrows she, just like Flemeth, gains the ability to shapeshift into a high dragon. She will battle with the Red lyrium dragon. In the middle of the battle she is knocked out for the remainder of the fight.
  • During Jaws of Hakkon, the Avvar god Hakkon is revealed to have been bound to the body of a high ice dragon and frozen in time by the efforts of Inquisitor Ameridan. The Inquisitor must slay Hakkon Wintersbreath (level 25, breath element cold) when Ameridan's magic fails.



This section contains spoilers for:
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


This section contains spoilers for:
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 Dragon are used by Frenic and his followers in the attack on the Ten Year Gathering at the Grand Cathedral.



This section contains spoilers for:
Dragon Age: The Silent Grove.




This section contains spoilers for:
Dragon Age: Until We Sleep.



Trivia

  • The Archdemons take the form of corrupted high dragons.[6]
  • The Cult of Andraste believes 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.

This section contains spoilers for:
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.


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