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Orichalcum is a crafting resource in Dragon Age II. It is used to craft runes.

Background

Like lyrium, orichalcum is a metal most commonly encountered in liquid form. Unlike lyrium, however, orichalcum forms pools and must be drawn like water rather than mined.

Deep Orichalcum is the most common type of the metal, and is often found in places where opals are mined. The rarer Crystalline Orichalcum is found in small pools in the mountains. Folk wisdom says that a drop of orichalcum mixed with wine is a potent aphrodisiac, though it has a pungent smell similar to lye, so I could not bring myself to put this legend to the test.

—An excerpt from An Alchemical Primer of Metallurgy: Volume One, by Lord Cerastes of Marnas Pell
—From Codex entry: Orichalcum

Uses

Acquisition

  • Act 1:
    • 1 in the Primeval Ruins during The Deep Roads Expedition, at the top of the stairs in the first room after reaching the abandoned Thaig (where you fight the first golem)
  • Act 2:
    • 1 in the Varterral Hunting Ground during Mirror Image a little less than halfway through, at the bottom of a short stair, on a plateau to the left.
    • 2 in the Sundermount Caverns
    • 1 in The Killer's Lair during All That Remains about halfway through. In the first narrow-ish corridor-like section after the large initial room.
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