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For the quest of the same name, see Legacy (quest).

Legacy is story-driven downloadable content for Dragon Age II. It can be played at any time after reaching Kirkwall and takes place before the events of the end game. Although Legacy can be played after the campaign and the equipment acquired will improve based on the player's level, it is also a good opportunity for Hawke to gain experience, gold and equipment early in the main story. Hawke and the party will travel to the Vimmark Mountains.

The DLC was released on July 26, 2011 following its preview at the San Diego Comic Con.[1]


Targeted by a vicious criminal cartel that is hunting "the blood of the Hawke," you must put an end to its relentless attacks. Leave Kirkwall and journey to an ancient Grey Warden prison in order to find the source of the aggression and uncover the harsh truth about the Hawke lineage. Playable from any point in the DAII campaign, face all new darkspawn, forge a powerful new weapon and come face to face with an ancient horror.[2]


A Memento of the Past[]

Main article: A Memento of the Past

Hawke can interact with the griffon statue in their home in any Act after arriving in Kirkwall. This will trigger a cutscene of Cassandra interrogating Varric, before cutting to the party in the Vimmark Wasteland.

The Carta[]

Hawke will have to fight their way through a Carta base swarming with obsessed dwarves who are bound to the will of one they call "Corypheus". After defeating the Carta leader, Rhatigan, the party will proceed into a prison in the bowels of the earth.

The Tower[]

Main article: Legacy (quest)

The majority of the DLC takes place within an ancient Warden prison tower. The party must battle their way to the top of the tower and face the creature imprisoned there. Along the way, they do battle with darkspawn and dwarves, meet the ghoulish and the mysterious Larius, and encounter the powerful mage Warden, Janeka. Hawke will be forced to choose between supporting Larius or helping Janeka. Either character will lead Hawke to the top of the tower and the monster which waits within.


Main article: Corypheus

Hawke will encounter an ancient Tevinter magister, Corypheus, who is responsible for the attacks on the Hawke family. Before Hawke does battle with the ancient evil, a chilling secret is revealed.


A Memento of the Past A Memento of the Past (main)
Malcolm's Will Malcolm's Will (optional)
Altar of Dumat Altar of Dumat (optional)
The Paragon's Heir The Paragon's Heir (optional)
Legacy Legacy (main)


Vimmark Wasteland Vimmark Wasteland
Vimmark Chasm Vimmark Chasm
Carta Hideout Carta Hideout
Corypheus's Prison Corypheus's Prison
Hightown icon Sashamiri's Floor
Hightown icon Farele's Floor
Hightown icon Tower Base
Hightown icon Riannon's Floor (if Hawke sided with Larius in Tower Base)
Hightown icon Daneken's Floor (if Hawke sided with Janeka in Tower Base)
The Final Seal The Final Seal

Notable items[]

Bloodline Bloodline (Bethany)
Lineage Lineage (Carver)
Belt of the Hawke Belt of the Hawke (Hawke w/o Bethany or Carver in party)
Seal of Dumat Seal of Dumat (Anders)
Turquoise Ring of the Archon Turquoise Ring of the Archon (Varric)
Smite Smite
Ichor Ichor
The Hawke's Key The Hawke's Key (Hawke)


Name Requirement Gamerscore Trophy Image
Conductor Defeat an ancient evil in the Vimmark Mountains 30 Silver Conductor
Deep Roads Safari Kill a genlock, genlock alpha, hurlock alpha, bronto, and deepstalker in the Vimmark Mountains 15 Bronze Deep Roads Safari
Family Legacy Apply three effects to Hawke's Key 30 Silver Family Legacy
Family Outing Complete the main quest in the Vimmark Mountains with Bethany or Carver in the party 15 Bronze Family Outing
Tower Sweeper Complete every side quest in the Vimmark Mountains prison tower 30 Silver Tower Sweeper


  • Most of Legacy was written by Jennifer Hepler.[3]
  • The events of the DLC officially take place in 9:37 Dragon[4], the same year as Act 3.
  • If you take Bethany/Carver with you, you will get extra dialogue lines during the Malcolm's Will quest. You will also receive a unique item for the sibling. Obviously, you can't add the sibling to the group after they have died.
    • Also worth noting that at the end of the DLC, your sibling's weapon will be removed from the game if/when they come back during The Last Straw. To avoid this, make sure you unequip them before ending the DLC.
  • If you bring Anders along, you will get an additional cutscene involving Justice in the Tower Base and extra dialogue lines immediately before and after the final fight. You will also get an amulet for Anders.
  • If you take Varric with you, you will be able to talk to Gerav and will get extra comments during The Paragon's Heir quest. You will also receive a ring for Varric. If you investigate further during the initial dialogue, then leave the choice of Gerav's death to Varric, you'll get +5 Friendship
  • Bringing any other companions will result in no additional cutscenes or items. They will still make comments during dialogues with NPCs and participate in party banters.
  • It is recommended to bring a rogue with at least 40 cunning, as there are a lot of locks and traps to disarm.
  • Many of Bethany's and Carver's dialogues with other companions and Hawke differ depending on their fate (Grey Warden or Circle Mage/Templar).
  • If the sibling joined the Grey Wardens but is not taken along, Anders will ask if Hawke has heard from them.
  • It is possible to complete the main story before playing Legacy, but it still takes place prior to the conclusion of the game. If Anders is brought along, he will still comment that you are wasting time while Meredith may be burning down the circle. He will also have group banter with Varric about losing money gambling with Fenris, even though it's possible for Fenris to be permanently gone at this point.
  • The DLC features a secret boss in the Vimmark Wasteland. It becomes accessible after finding the Warm Orb.
  • Despite the DLC officially taking place during Act 3 of the main game, the party banter will depend on the act the DLC is played in. For example, in Act 1 Varric will comment that he will tell Bartrand that Hawke has experience with exploring Deep Roads, or Bethany will say they could have just brought the expedition here with them.


  • An invincibility glitch may occur where Corypheus does not die.
  • Corypheus also sometimes does not attack after being reduced to less than 25% health and remains stuck channeling magic in the center of the room.
  • The armor set Regalia of Weisshaupt (mage) has a stealth buff that when triggered removes any/all sustained abilities (such as blood magic or rock armor) that the mage is currently using.
  • Ogres may prematurely "explode", resulting in an invisible ogre. The effect is purely aesthetic, as the ogre can still be targeted, attacked, killed and looted.
  • In the last darkspawn fight in Corypheus's Prison - Tower Base, you have to kill enemies in this order to make the ogre appear:
  • (potential instance of a general bug) Gerav may become invincible and be impossible to kill. However, if you kill all his guards, the cutscene after will happen either way. After the cutscene he will still stay there idle, and your companions will attack him. Just walk everyone away from him and start the next fight.
  • The Codex entry: A Strange Sighting, which is supposed to be obtained after completing Legacy, is unobtainable via normal means.



  1. Laidlaw, Mike (June 22, 2011). "Real expansion or another item pack?". BioWare Social Network. Retrieved June 23, 2011.
  2. "Official Description". Retrieved 05-26-2014.
  3. Jennifer Hepler's Forum Post
  4. Dragon Age Keep - World Lore - Vimmark Mountains - Events

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