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[[File:Denerim_city_gates.jpg|thumb|Denerim City Gates]]After the armies of Ferelden push through the gates and into the city of Denerim, the Darkspawn will start putting up a firm defense to halt any advances - seemingly knowing that they have [[Ferelden]] outnumbered. At this early stage you will come across group upon group of Darkspawn Grunts and a couple of Alphas which pose no real threat as everyone you have collected (party) will be involved in the battle alongside Human soldiers and [[Riordan]]. After you clear out the waves of Darkspawn in the area talk to Riordan who will advise you to take [[Alistair]] (or [[Teyrn Loghain Mac Tir|Loghain]]) and two other party members with you, he will also tell you about the Darkspawn Generals and where he is planning to lure the [[Archdemon]] - specifically [[Fort Drakon]]. After forming your party, you will then choose the commander to lead the forces at the gates. Once that is settled, you will have a chance to watch a very touching moment with the party members as they wish you luck other things. Now make your run down the street with the cheering of soldiers along the way.
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[[File:Denerim_city_gates.jpg|thumb|Denerim City Gates]]After the armies of Ferelden push through the gates and into the city of Denerim, the Darkspawn will start putting up a firm defense to halt any advances - seemingly knowing that they have [[Ferelden]] outnumbered. At this early stage you will come across group upon group of Darkspawn Grunts and a couple of Alphas which pose no real threat as everyone you have collected (party) will be involved in the battle alongside Human soldiers and [[Riordan]]. After you clear out the waves of Darkspawn in the area talk to Riordan who will advise you to take [[Alistair]] (or [[Teyrn Loghain Mac Tir|Loghain]]) and two other party members with you, he will also tell you about the Darkspawn Generals and where he is planning to lure the [[Archdemon]] - specifically [[Fort Drakon]]. After forming your party, you will then choose the commander to lead the forces at the gates. Once that is settled, you will have a chance to watch a very touching moment with the party members as they wish you luck among other things. Now make your run down the street with the cheering of soldiers along the way.
   
   

Revision as of 14:43, February 13, 2011

The archdemon has shown itself. The dragon is at the head of the horde. ―Riordan

The Battle of Denerim is the final quest line in Dragon Age: Origins.

Redcliffe Revisited

Note: This is a "point of no return": any unfinished business or purchases should be completed before going to Redcliffe and talking to Arl Eamon. Of particular note is donating any items to the allies' emissaries at the camp who will be unavailable from this point onwards; the donations will help significantly in the final stages.

After the Landsmeet finishes, The Warden must return to Redcliffe to face the Darkspawn attack. When the Warden arrives in Redcliffe, the village is already overrun and the castle is under siege. The Warden must help the garrison fight off the Darkspawn including an Ogre. A large number of Hurlocks have gathered, and at the end of the assault an Ogre Alpha attacks. The Ogre Alpha can and will destroy any remaining guards and unprotected Archer or Mage companions if not slain.

Once the Darkspawn have been defeated, The Warden may approach the Redcliffe officer to enter the castle and speak with Arl Eamon who will explain that the main body of the Darkspawn horde has started marching to Denerim. The Warden and the Arl must gather the troops and march to meet the horde. The Warden may speak to Eamon again after his speech and may also speak with his bodyguards about the upcoming battle.

Afterwards, there is an opportunity to barter with the camp merchants before heading upstairs to talk to Riordan. After speaking to Riordan, return to The Warden's room to find Morrigan who requires an important decision be made (see Morrigan's Ritual for more information). Regardless of the choice made, Morrigan will leave the party either now or at the end of the final battle. By accepting Morrigan's offer, you will unlock the "A Dark Promise" achievement after completing the final battle.

Bug icon Bug! After clearing the Darkspawn from Redcliffe village make sure to save the game before entering the Redcliffe_Castle area. There is a slim chance that the Redcliffe officer will be killed in the battle with the darkspawn here. If that happens, none of the other guards will talk to you, and the doors to the castle will not open. Should this happen there is no way to complete the game without returning to a previous save point and trying again. (Confirmed Xbox 360)(Confirmed Playstation 3).
  • If you encounter this bug, it is possible that leaving the castle and re-entering the castle can fix this bug. Walk up the steps to the castle after re-entering and the guard should confront you regardless of him still existing.

Denerim City Gates

Denerim city gates

Denerim City Gates

After the armies of Ferelden push through the gates and into the city of Denerim, the Darkspawn will start putting up a firm defense to halt any advances - seemingly knowing that they have Ferelden outnumbered. At this early stage you will come across group upon group of Darkspawn Grunts and a couple of Alphas which pose no real threat as everyone you have collected (party) will be involved in the battle alongside Human soldiers and Riordan. After you clear out the waves of Darkspawn in the area talk to Riordan who will advise you to take Alistair (or Loghain) and two other party members with you, he will also tell you about the Darkspawn Generals and where he is planning to lure the Archdemon - specifically Fort Drakon. After forming your party, you will then choose the commander to lead the forces at the gates. Once that is settled, you will have a chance to watch a very touching moment with the party members as they wish you luck among other things. Now make your run down the street with the cheering of soldiers along the way.


  • Equip the best equipment you have on your party members, it's going to help.
  • It is not actually required that you bring Alistair or Loghain with you, Riordan just advises it.
Bug icon Bug! During the dialogue with Alistair, he will claim that either you will both die fighting the archdemon or one of you will die dealing the final blow, as though he knows that Riordan will fail.


There will be another side quest later, after you complete the Alienage quest as you are making your way to Fort Drakon. The Companions you have left behind will be asked to defend the City gates from another series of waves of Darkspawn. Morrigan will still be with the party for this fight, if you had not taken her with you against the archdemon (the epilogue will reveal that she vanishes immediately afterwards). The quest is rather straightforward and should pose no large threat to your companions, who can magically draw on your party inventory of potions, poisons, etc.. Make sure your inventory has enough healing potions for your "B party" to use, if Wynne or Morrigan with healing is not with them. If you have no companions other than the three you take with you to fight the Archdemon, you will skip this quest. There is no apparent impact on the story if this happens.

Bug icon Bug! A party consisting only of Loghain, Morrigan and Shale (left Sten behind in Lothering, killed Zevran when meeting him first, killed Wynne and Leliana at the Urn of Sacred Ashes, killed Oghren in dispute in the Party Camp and executed Alistair at the Landsmeet) with only Dog left behind at the City gates leads to no playable part to defend the gates again. When asked by Riordan, which party member should take the commanding role in the defense, the only option is to select "another companion will lead", since no specific dialogue to set Dog as the leader is available. After selecting said option, an invisible Leliana will take up the role as the commander, despite having been slain by the Warden after defiling the Urn of Sacred Ashes. As mentioned above, the game will not let you defend the City gates again with Dog as the only leftover party member, but instead continue with your party selected to slay the Archdemon. (confirmed on PC 1.04)

Denerim Market District

Upon entering the Market District you should make use of the armies at your command. There are very many Ogres, so keep potions close, and allies closer. If you chose to keep the Anvil of the Void, then Golems are a good counter to the ogres. If the Anvil of the Void was destroyed, strong offensive allies, such as the Werewolf's are very useful at this stage in the battle. They can take down almost all the enemies in this area and still keep over half of their numbers. The enemies you will be facing are Ogres, Genlock Emissaries and one of the two Hurlock Generals (the melee one); there is a set limit of enemies that will spawn into the area at regular intervals from the other map exit up until the General is defeated.

Taking out the Hurlock General is not a tough ordeal, just make sure to have dealt with any wave of enemies before taking him on so that you can have his undivided attention and the support of the armies. The general has Superiority, so his War Cry can knock down any melee fighters engaging him. Simply hammer down on him and attempt to stun him whenever possible or be prepared to use a few health potions every few hits or so - because he is a heavy hitter; his attacks can easily do 100+ damage! (even more for a poorly protected player such as a Mage, etc.) After defeating the general loot him for some nice items (the helmet Corruption is among them) and then move on to the next area which will be The Alienage or the Palace District.

Denerim Alienage

The other Hurlock General is in this area, attacking a barricade that the Elves have erected. Once inside the Alienage, talk to Shianni, she will join the attack if successfully persuaded. If you are a City Elf, she will always help without need for persuasion, insisting even if told to run away; otherwise you will need to pass a high persuasion check. Dwarves are a good support team for this battle as despite having the entire Alienage to fight in, you will be in relatively close quarters when fighting the horde here. The Elves can also prove useful if your party is up to the task of holding the Darkspawn at the gate and within range of their arrows. Also, a mage can freeze the ogre and/or use spells such as fireball or blizzard to do area effect damage that will take out the grunts and injure the general. Taking out the ogre and the grunts also allows every unit to focus on the general once the gates are broken. If the ogre is killed too early (before the gate comes down), another one will come.

The Hurlock General has powerful magic, including a fire based spell that, if you're not careful, can kill your party members. He also will occasionally cast Glyphs of Repulsion around himself in order to knock back any melee characters. The best way to work around this is to attack him with ranged characters, preoccupying your melee characters with the other darkspawn until the barrier goes down. At that point, you can go after the General full force, but always be wary of his spells. The Templars are also quite effective against the magic wielding General. Also, having a mage in the party at this point is useful.

Once the area is clear, talk to Shianni again to complete the quest and receive a reward (Dawn ring). As the party heads over the bridge out of the Alienage, the Archdemon appears and destroys the bridge behind them. Exit the Alienage and head to the Palace District

Note: If you decide to skip the cut scene and press ESC too quickly it is possible to remain on the wrong side of the bridge with no way to exit and be forced to reload the last save.

Bug icon Bug! There seems to be an intermittent bug regarding the Hurlock Generals. If you kill both generals, and move on to the next section of The Final Battle, your quest journal may change, and report after transitioning that one of the generals was not slain; that you only defeated one of them. This appears to be a bug in the journal itself, as the game still regards both generals as dead, and the one falsely reported as surviving never reappears to aid the archdemon. (confirmed on Xbox 360, PC, and PS3)

Denerim Palace District

Upon arriving, begin making your way towards the palace. Darkspawn are positioned on both staircases, championed by Ogres. Fight through them, and once the battle is over, you can enter Fort Drakon. Mages are a good support at this stage in the Final Onslaught as they can keep their distance from the horde while still providing excellent support.

While trying to enter Fort Drakon, you encounter the stairs up, and several darkspawn. Each stair has a number of Genlock archers & one Ogre.

If you use the provided cover by sneaking under them close to the wall, you can blast them all with area spells undetected.

This can be a fairly difficult battle simply due to the sheer number of enemies present. Many of them are only grunts, which should be 1 hit kills at this point. However there are also many archers, Shrieks, and several darkspawn emissaries.

Fort Drakon - Entrance

The entrance to the fort is heavily guarded. There are several Hurlock archers behind barricades, along with two Hurlock Emissaries, two Genlock Alphas, and a few Shrieks near the front door. To make matters worse, a Dragon Thrall swoops in to attack you as you approach.

This can be a very difficult fight due to the tight quarters and numerous ranged attackers you face. It is recommended to use a strong offensive force such as the Werewolves. The werewolves are so strong offensively, they can tear through this fight no problem. Depending on your choices in the quest Nature of the Beast you might not have the werewolves at your disposal. In this case using a ranged army such as the Dalish or Mages can be helpful in pressing the line.

Fort Drakon - Main Floor

At this point in the fight, you can no longer call armies to assist you. However you will be able to call upon them during the battle with the Archdemon. You will encounter more Darkspawn in the halls.

In the large room with four Ballistae, you will encounter the Genlock Conjurer and his summoned shades. He will regularly teleport around the room, so a good option is to dedicate a range attacker to fighting him and let everyone else deal with the shades he conjures, as the ranged attacker will automatically follow his movements without having to chase him around.

Next, you will encounter the Genlock Shapechanger and a Hurlock Emissary in the hallway at the end. They will be assisted by many corpses, but like the Darkspawn Grunts the undead have very little health.

Once you have dealt with the darkspawn on this level and are ready to advance upstairs, you will eventually come across Sandal...inexplicably surrounded by several dead darkspawn. If you ask what's happened he'll say "Enchantment" and take you to the Enchantment screen. He is available to enchant weapons, as well as sell supplies to you one last time before you ascend further up the fort. Once you have finished shopping, head to the second floor.

Fort Drakon - Second Floor

The Second Floor is smaller than the first floor, but the enemies provide greater opposition. Work your way through until you encounter the Genlock Master Assassin and his acolytes. After you dispatch them, head south until you are confronted in a room by a Hurlock Emissary and two Ogres. Before you enter the room with the Emissary and Ogres, if you sidetrack at this corridor, then you will enter a room with a bunch of Genlocks along with a single Genlock Alpha. This room is a dead end, and might prove difficult to escape if your level is too low. (note: if there is a character with poison making in the party, items such as Fire Bomb, Soulrot Bomb, Freeze Bomb, Acid Flask, etc, work great against the Genlocks. Two bombs can kill a group of four!) Once the Emissary and Ogres are defeated, search the crates in the adjoining room for useful potions and supplies. When you are ready, ascend to the rooftop for the final battle.

Fort Drakon - Roof

The Archdemon Urthemiel waits for the Wardens on the roof of Fort Drakon, making quick work of the soldiers stationed there. You can once again call on your armies to assist you. Additionally, Arl Eamon and, depending on choices made during the game, First Enchanter Irving or Knight-Commander Greagoir, Swiftrunner or Zathrian, and/or Kardol will join you in the battle. Check the Archdemon strategy page for battle tactics.

After defeating the Archdemon, there are several ways the ending could play out.

If Morrigan's offer was accepted, the Warden will automatically make the killing blow.

If you did NOT accept Morrigan's offer, if you brought another Gray Warden with you (Alistair or Loghain), they will engage in dialogue with you before someone kills the Archdemon (Either you may insist on killing it or let THEM do it)

You can still import your character to Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening regardless of if you are the one who took the final stroke to slay the Archdemon.

Bug icon Bug! There is a glitch with the game's programming if you decide to have Alistair marry Anora, but still choose to have him die by killing the Archdemon. This leads Anora and even the Epilogue to portray that Alistair is indeed alive even though he is not to be found in the landsmeet hall after the battle. Other characters such as Wynne will continue to act as if Alistair is dead, (there will also be no hint of the Grey Wardens being suspicious of no one dying from killing the Archdemon), which reveals that the problem's source is indeed the decision to have the two marry. (Confirmed Xbox 360).
Bug icon Bug! There is one more bug with the final scene. If you chose Anora to become a queen and Alistair does not marry her, then you accept Morrigan's offer, the Warden kills the Archdemon without any choices. Anora, however, says that Alistair is dead. This could happen even though Alistair marries Anora and becomes king: she (and Wynne) will still talk about him as he is dead (Xbox 360 and Confirmed PS3 and PC patch 1.04).
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