The mabari are an essential part of Fereldan military strategy. Trained hounds can easily pull knights from horseback or break lines of pikemen, and the sight and sound of a wave of war dogs, howling and snarling, has been known to cause panic among even the most hardened infantry soldiers.—From Ferelden: Folklore and History by Sister Petrine, Chantry scholar
—From Codex entry: Mabari War Hound
Mabari war hounds are a breed of dogs magically bred by the Formari. Each mabari chooses their master for life in a process called imprinting. Although fierce combatants, a mabari companion is shown to be a highly sociable animal, and though not capable of speech, they can clearly respond to speech with growls, whines, barks and several other actions that demonstrate intelligent comprehension.
Usually, Mabari war hound are used either in war or to defend noblemen's property. To help differentiate their dogs when in battle, kaddis is used by mabari handlers.
In Dragon Age: Origins, the Warden may be fortunate enough to have a mabari dog join their party, either by virtue of being high-born, or by helping to care for a sick dog at Ostagar. After the battle, the dog will find the party on the road, slightly ahead of a horde of pursuing darkspawn.
Even if the dog is not accepted after Ostagar, the Return to Ostagar DLC affords the Warden another opportunity; the mabari will be revealed to have survived the darkspawn infestation and will be alive and willing to accompany the party.
Players who have The Black Emporium in Dragon Age II will obtain a mabari war hound also named Dog (Dragon Age II) like the previous of Dragon Age: Origins. This mabari can be summoned as a small fifth party member akin to a Ranger summoning animals.
Mabari SkillsCharge (Monster) Howl (Monster) Overwhelm
- If you run around as your mabari in the human noble origin, the guards will call you "my lord" when you talk to them.