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Swiftrunner is a werewolf encountered in the West Brecilian Forest. He seems to be the de facto leader of the werewolves living in Brecilian Forest.


This section contains spoilers for:
Dragon Age: Origins.

Swiftrunner appears to be the second-in-command to Witherfang and will attempt to dissuade the Warden's group from killing Witherfang on two occasions. Swiftrunner is first encountered on the small island with three bridges in the West Brecilian Forest. It is possible to avoid a confrontation on this occasion with a high enough persuasion skill, though if the Warden chooses to fight it will end once any of the accompanying werewolves take 50% damage. The next time the Warden meets Swiftrunner, a confrontation is unavoidable as Witherfang is also present; however, before the Warden deals the final blow to Swiftrunner, Witherfang will step in and save him. A final face-off with Swiftrunner will occur upon meeting the Lady of the Forest.

If the Warden persuades the werewolves to attack Zathrian's clan and recruits them to aid against the Blight, Swiftrunner will appear as an ally atop the roof of Fort Drakon during the final battle against the Archdemon (PC only).


Nature of the Beast Nature of the Beast


West Brecilian Forest West Brecilian Forest
East Brecilian Forest East Brecilian Forest
Werewolf Lair Werewolf Lair
Fort Drakon Fort Drakon (conditional)


A strategy for dealing with Swiftrunner, if possible, is to have all of the party members attack Swiftrunner himself. Encounters with Swiftrunner are a key part of the quest as he is consequently unkillable. If the first meeting results in a fight, once Swiftrunner's health is depleted, the confrontation ends. The outcome is the same for the second confrontation. Lowering Swiftrunner's HP alone will end the confrontation.


  • "Hrrr. You are sent by the treacherous Dalish to kill Witherfang! I will not stand by and allow that to happen!"
  • "It appears the Dalish have sent a human to exact revenge for our attack. What bitter irony..."
  • "The Dalish send a dwarf, of all things, to put us in our place. They send a dwarf to make us pay for our attack."


  • If the Warden convinces Zathrian to reverse the curse (sacrificing himself and the Lady of the Forest) Swiftrunner (as a human) will be surprised and grateful to you for ending the curse. You can demand a reward from Swiftrunner: Swiftrunner's Shield.