The Red Templars are a splinter faction of rebel Templars, who have become corrupted by the use of the so-called "Red Lyrium".


This section contains spoilers for:
Dragon Age: Inquisition.

Following the disappearance of Lambert van Reeves, Lucius Corin succeeded him as Lord Seeker and led the Templar Order in the Mage-Templar War.

Lord Seeker Lucius, replaced by an Envy demon pawn by Corypheus, introduced Red Lyrium to the templars, claiming that it was superior to Chantry lyrium. Thinking that red lyrium was just another tool, the templars followed the Lord Seeker's order. The commanders of the Templar Order became corrupted and began corrupting the rest of their subordinates, by force if necessary. Soon, horrific physical changes began to emerge and red lyrium veins appear to manifest on the skin of those exposed. Thus the Red Templar order was born under Corypheus' control.


Dragon Age: Inquisition

This section contains spoilers for:
Dragon Age: Inquisition.

Inquisitor recruits the Mages:

Once the templars of Therinfal Redoubt's corruption was complete, General Samson took over as leader of the Red Templars.

After the mage rebellion is freed from the control of the Venatori, the Red Templars attack Haven under the command of Corypheus.

Samson has been working with red lyrium smugglers in the Emerald Graves to supply him with red lyrium. Mistress Poulin sold him a quarry near Sahrnia which the Red Templars used to enslave the townspeople and use their bodies to grow more red lyrium for the Red Templars to mine. Samson makes the Shrine of Dumat the headquarters of his operations. If the Inquisitor follows Cullen's advice to investigate Samson, the Inquisition will raid the quarry and the Shrine of Dumat.

Inquisitor recruits the Templars:

At Therinfal Redoubt, the templars' use of red lyrium is revealed, in addition to the fact that Lucius Corin had been supplanted by an Envy demon. Immediately, fighting breaks out between the red templars and their uncorrupted brethren before the former are purged. The Inquisitor defeats the demon with Cole's aid, and can choose to either ally the Inquisition with the surviving templars or disband the Order itself and conscript them; either outcome prevents the templars from continuing to use red lyrium. The Venatori then replace the Red Templars as Corypheus' army during the attack on Haven.

Notable Red Templars

Red Templar Standards

Red Templar standards mounted on battlements


  • Red Templar
  • Red Templar Marksman
  • Red Templar Guard
  • Red Templar Shadow
  • Red Templar Horror
  • Red Templar Knight
  • Red Templar Commander
  • Behemoth



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