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For the quest of the same name, see Jaws of Hakkon (quest).
For the group of the same name, see Jaws of Hakkon (faction).

Jaws of Hakkon is the first downloadable content released for single-player in Dragon Age: Inquisition. Announced on March 23, 2015, it was initially released for the PC and Xbox One due to an exclusivity deal between Microsoft and EA on March 24, 2015. It was later made available for download on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 on May 26, 2015. Cost: $14.99 USD.


Complete the war table operation; Investigate Frostback Basin to begin. This mission can be activated upon reaching Skyhold. However, if played after completing the main story, various decisions from the main game will be acknowledged and discussed. While the mission requires 8 power to start, note that, as with other DLC areas in Inquisition, the difficulty of the enemies in the Frostback Basin will scale to the average level of your party when you first unlock it at the War Table.


Enter an overgrown wilderness filled with Avvar, fiercely independent hunters who settled in the southern mountains of Thedas. Explore the culture to uncover what happened to the last Inquisitor and the dragon he pursued. Find an ancient Tevinter fortress that hides a dangerous secret.

This section contains spoilers for:
Dragon Age: Inquisition.

Professor Bram Kenric of the University of Orlais sent word to the Inquisition that he'd found clues regarding the final resting place of the last Inquisitor, Ameridan, who disappeared under mysterious circumstances in the early years of the Divine Age. He believes that this discovery would be beneficial to both academic research and the Inquisition itself, and asks that the Inquisitor join him in the Frostback Basin to help him in his investigation. The region is also home to two different groups of Avvar: those of Stone-Bear Hold, friendly to the Inquisition, and the hostile Jaws of Hakkon.

During their investigation, the Inquisitor learns that Ameridan came to the Frostback Basin on Emperor Drakon I's orders to stop an invasion of the lowlands by the original Jaws of Hakkon. To help them in their endeavor, the Hakkonites had bound the spirit of their god Hakkon Wintersbreath to a High Dragon. As Orlais was already facing the Second Blight, another invasion would have been devastating. Ameridan succeeded in stopping the dragon by freezing them both in time. However, the modern Hakkonites have found a way to transfer Hakkon to another vessel, and are planning on finishing their predecessors' work and invade the lowlands.

The Inquisitor enlists the aid of the Avvar of Stone-Bear Hold to assault the Hakkonite fortress, and their combined forces allow the Inquisitor to get inside to confront their leader, Gurd Harofsen. Though they manage to defeat him before he can complete the ritual, the dragon escapes the fortress. Ameridan is freed as well, though he only has a few minutes to talk before time finally catches up with him.

The Inquisitor goes to confront the dragon and kills him, finally freeing Hakkon Wintersbreath from his centuries of confinement.


Main quests[]

Jaws of Hakkon Jaws of Hakkon
The Basin Beckons The Basin Beckons
What Yet Lingers What Yet Lingers
Avvar Allies Avvar Allies
Storvacker Caged Storvacker Caged (follows Avvar Allies)
On Ameridan's Trail On Ameridan's Trail (follows What Yet Lingers)
Ameridan's End Ameridan's End (follows On Ameridan's Trail)
Hakkon Wintersbreath Hakkon Wintersbreath (follows Ameridan's End)

Side quests[]

Beasts at Bay Beasts at Bay
Guests of the Hold Guests of the Hold (follows Avvar Allies)
A Father's Name A Father's Name (sub-quest of Guests of the Hold)
Hakkon's Trials Hakkon's Trials (sub-quest of Guests of the Hold)
In Exile In Exile (sub-quest of Guests of the Hold)
It Remains to be Seen It Remains to be Seen (sub-quest of Guests of the Hold)
Up and Away Up and Away (sub-quest of Guests of the Hold)
Holding Frostback Basin Holding Frostback Basin
Jawbreaker Jawbreaker
Lead the Charge Lead the Charge
The Loss of a Friend The Loss of a Friend
The Mystery of Winter The Mystery of Winter
The Nox Morta The Nox Morta
They Came From Somewhere Else They Came From Somewhere Else
Worthy of Publication Worthy of Publication
Where Once We Walked Where Once We Walked (follows Ameridan's End)


Rift in the Floor Rift in the Floor
Rifts Along the River Rifts Along the River
Rifts in the Basin Rifts in the Basin
Rifts on the Bank Rifts on the Bank


Astrariums in Frostback Basin Astrariums in Frostback Basin
Landmarks in Frostback Basin Landmarks in Frostback Basin
Shards in Frostback Basin Shards in Frostback Basin

War table operations[]

Note: See war table (Jaws of Hakkon) for operation details.
Investigate Frostback Basin Investigate Frostback Basin
Send Relics of Tyrdda Bright-Axe Send Relics of Tyrdda Bright-Axe
Send Skywatcher to Stone-Bear Hold Send Skywatcher to Stone-Bear Hold
An Appeal to the Shaperate An Appeal to the Shaperate
A Cultured Exchange A Cultured Exchange
Too Grizzly To Bear Too Grizzly To Bear
Assuage Ameridan's Heirs Assuage Ameridan's Heirs
Celebrate With Ameridan's Heirs Celebrate With Ameridan's Heirs
A Conspiracy of Dunces A Conspiracy of Dunces


Frostback Basin Frostback Basin

Notable characters[]


Scout Harding
Professor Bram Kenric
Lieutenant Farrow
Baron Havard-Pierre d'Amortisan
Scribe Dunwich
Scout Grandin
Inquisitor Ameridan

Stone-Bear Hold[]

Arvid Rolfsen
Fullna Hethsdotten
Gyda Myrdotten
Master of the Hunt
Sigrid Gulsdotten
Thane Svarah Sun-Hair
The Augur
Trader Helsdim
Trainer Arrken
Stone-Bear Hold Crafting Materials Merchant
Stone-Bear Hold Weapons & Schematics Merchant

Jaws of Hakkon[]

Thane Gurd Harofsen

Codex entries[]

For a complete list, see Category:Jaws of Hakkon codex entries.

Note texts[]

For a complete list, see Category:Jaws of Hakkon texts.


Main article: Items (Jaws of Hakkon)


Installing Jaws of Hakkon will allow the Inquisitor to add a new ability upgrade labeled Aegis of the Rift. The ability can be upgraded after certain plot events in the DLC mini-campaign.

Inquisitor abilities
Aegis of the Rift
Aegis of the Rift
Effect Type: Activated
You turn the Veil itself into a magical shield that deflects enemy projectiles.
Aegis of the Rift
Retributive Strike
Retributive Strike
Effect Type: Upgrade
Aegis of the Rift now sends bolts of spirit energy flying back at the attackers.
Retributive Strike
Swift Aegis
Swift Aegis
Effect Type: Upgrade
Your expertise at manipulating the Veil lets you summon Aegis of the Rift more easily
Swift Aegis

Achievements and trophies[]

Name Requirement Gamerscore Trophy Image
Firestarter Destroy all the Winter Shards and light all the fires in the Old Temple. 15 Bronze Firestarter
Legend-Marked Impress the Avvar of Stone-Bear Hold and gain their friendship. 30 Silver Legend Marked
Historian Uncover the secrets of a legendary figure. 30 Silver Historian (Inquisition)
Winter's End Dispel a myth of ancient days. 90 Gold Winter's End