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For weapon runes in other Dragon Age titles, see Runes (disambiguation).

In Dragon Age: Inquisition, runes can be applied to any weapon that possess an open rune slot. Runes improve the effectiveness of a weapon and can be applied at any weapon modification table located across Dragon Age: Inquisition. Runes cannot be applied to any armors; once a rune is applied to a weapon, a rune cannot be removed, only replaced.

Runes can be found or crafted by the Inquisitor once the schematic has been obtained. Runes can also be purchased from merchants and awarded for completing quests or war table operations.

A rune's damage effect will change to AoE damage when applied to Dual-Blade Daggers, Greataxes, Greatswords and the Blade of Tidarion, which is a unique staff that functions as a greatsword for any mage character.


Runes Edit

Basic Master Superb
Cleansing rune icon Cleansing Rune Master Cleansing Rune icon Master Cleansing Rune Superb Cleansing Rune icon Superb Cleansing Rune
Corrupting rune Icon Corrupting Rune Master Corrupting Rune icon Master Corrupting Rune Superb Corrupting Rune icon Superb Corrupting Rune
Demon-Slaying Rune icon Demon-Slaying Rune Master Demon-Slaying Rune icon Master Demon-Slaying Rune Superb Demon-Slaying Rune Superb Demon-Slaying Rune
Dragon-Slaying Rune icon Dragon-Slaying Rune Master Dragon-Slaying Rune icon Master Dragon-Slaying Rune Superb Dragon-Slaying Rune icon Superb Dragon-Slaying Rune
Fire Rune icon Fire Rune Master Fire Rune icon Master Fire Rune Superb Fire Rune icon Superb Fire Rune
Frost Rune icon Frost Rune Master Frost Rune icon Master Frost Rune Superb Frost Rune icon Superb Frost Rune
Lightning Rune icon Lightning Rune Master Lightning Rune icon Master Lightning Rune Superb Lightning Rune icon Superb Lightning Rune
Spirit rune icon Spirit Rune Master Spirit Rune icon Master Spirit Rune Superb Spirit Rune icon Superb Spirit Rune

See also Edit

Fire Rune icon Lesser Fire Rune

Rune schematics Edit

Elemental rune schematics (fire, frost, lightning and spirit) are found by revealing special glyphs with Veilfire in different locations throughout Ferelden and Orlais, and they are always found in the order of increasing quality. The first glyph revealed will grant the basic rune schematic. The second glyph will grant the Master Rune schematic and the third glyph will grant the Superb Rune schematic. The Superb schematic cannot be found before the other two.

Conversely, non-elemental runes (cleansing, corrupting, demon-slaying and dragon-slaying) can be obtained in any order. The Superb Cleansing Rune schematic, for example, can always be found at the Suledin Keep merchant regardless of whether the Cleansing Rune or the Master Cleansing Rune has been found.

Refer to the weapon schematics article for a full list of rune schematics.

Notes Edit

  • Spirit runes are restricted to staves only, whereas fire, frost and lightning runes are restricted to non-staff weapon types. Other runes can be applied to all weapons.
  • Spirit runes require nine pieces of a specific essence to craft, whereas the other runes only require six.

Codex entries Edit

Codex icon DAI Codex entry: The Lost Art of Veilfire
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Veilfire

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