The Mantle of the Champion is Hawke's signature equipment in Dragon Age II.

This variant of the armor can only be obtained by playing a mage; like the rogue and warrior versions, the locations of the armor remain unaffected by Hawke's class.

Background Edit

Champion: an honor unique to the Free Marches. Other terms of reverence suffer the stains of their holders, the lingering baggage of office and entitlement. But champion is not an appointment that can be sought. It cannot be owned or willed, and the process by which it is bestowed is not argued through policy or guile. It is earned with blood and sweat and leadership in times of great turmoil. Always worthy, as their deeds are of true importance, a champion is greeted not by debate, but by nods of reverence.

The title was most recently granted in Tantervale, 8:82 Blessed, on the resolution of the bloody expansion of Nevarra. Their king, emboldened by the taking of Perendale and the quick yielding of Hasmal, thought the remainder of the Free Marches as easy claim. He who became the Champion. Cade Arvale of Rivain, did what Orlais had not: He stopped a nation in its tracks. There was blood and barter, but Tantervale is still free against all odds.

There is the contradiction of the honor. Champion is not itself a sign of approval. He or she can be respected or feared, their coming dreaded as much as desired. All that is common is that they have an effect and lives are changed.

Kirkwall now adds to the history of the title, a first for the city, on this 9:34 Dragon. The Qunari are repelled by means respected or reviled, and it remains to be seen what follows for this Hawke, the Champion of Kirkwall.

—From The Champion: History, Ancient and Current, excerpted by Philliam, a Bard!
—From Codex entry: Mantle of the Champion

Details Edit

Name Armor Runes
Act Enhancements Notes
Hood of the Champion
Charcoal Washed
Requires: 31 magic
18 willpower
112 1 3 +20 mana
+2 mana/stamina regeneration
+58 attack
Acquired from Grace during the quest Best Served Cold
Gloves of the Champion
Requires: 31 magic
18 willpower
67 1 3 +1 magic
+12 mana
+35 attack
Received automatically at the beginning of the act

Restriction: Mage
Robes of the Champion
Requires: 31 magic
18 willpower
281 2 3 +50 mana
+145 attack
Looted off of the High Dragon in The Bone Pit during Mine Massacre

Restriction: Mage
Boots of the Champion
Requires: 31 magic
18 willpower
101 1 3 +18 mana
+52 attack
+2 mana/stamina regeneration
Looted off the corpse of Huon during the quest On The Loose

Restriction: Mage
Set bonus 0 +3 magic
+5% defense
Total bonuses 561 4 +100 mana
+290 attack
+4 mana regeneration
+4 magic
+5% defense

Trivia Edit

  • This is the armor used by Hawke in most of the trailers for Dragon Age II, it's also the silhouette used for the act transition cutscenes, and the ending.
  • This armor is featured on the cover of the game being worn by Hawke and is what he/she is wearing in the opening, over-the-top sequence at the very beginning of the game.
  • This armor also appears to increase the visual size of Hawke's muscles (particularly the arms), as well as adding a painted sigil to the left arm. This is the same sigil that Hawke traces in the "Destiny" trailer to use blood magic.
  • The collar of this armor appears to be lined with fur. Some of the other armors have this as well.

See also Edit

Armor set bonus Mantle of the Champion for the rogue version
Armor set bonus Mantle of the Champion for the warrior version
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