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For the quest of the same name, see The Bone Pit (quest).

The Bone Pit is a large quarry outside of Kirkwall. It consists of several mazelike caverns and mines, such as the Bone Pit Mines and the Drakestone Mines.


The Bone Pit, known as the Maharian Quarry, was once controlled by the Tevinter Imperium. During this time, slave labor was used, as with most of the Imperium. One noteworthy Overseer of the quarry had slaves fed to his dragonlings, presumably as a punishment. Some worried that the deaths in the mine had thinned the Veil. It was at this time that it acquired the name "Bone Pit."


This section contains spoilers for:
Dragon Age II.

In Act 1, Hawke receives a letter from Hubert, an Orlesian Hightown merchant. Hubert offers Hawke a reward for finding why production in the quarry has stopped. Hawke finds that the quarry has been overrun by dragons, released from a cavern during mining, who have slaughtered many of the workers. Hawke clears out the mine and returns to Hubert, who offers Hawke a partnership in the quarry as a reward. If Hawke accepts, they convince the miners to return to work.

During Act 2, Hubert will mention that there is a pest infestation at The Bone Pit and ask Hawke to investigate. When they travel to the Bone Pit, Hawke will find Jansen, the miner rescued during Act 1. He alerts Hawke to troubles in the Bone Pit, which Hawke can resolve to improve production of the mines.

In Act 3, Hawke returns to find the Bone Pit scorched, the workers slaughtered by a high dragon. Upon slaying the dragon and returning to Hubert, Hubert declares he is tired of dealing with the quarry, at which point Hawke can ask for it as payment.


Bone Pit Mines Bone Pit Mines (Bone Pit Ledge)
Rotting Cave Rotting Cave
Drakestone Mines Drakestone Mines


Act 1[]

The Bone Pit The Bone Pit - a secondary quest
Herbalist's Tasks Herbalist's Tasks - a secondary quest
Remains of the Outlaw "Bearded Beast" Remains of the Outlaw "Bearded Beast" - a "fetch" quest

Act 2[]

Cave Crawling Cave Crawling - a secondary quest
Cavern of Dead Cavern of Dead - a secondary quest
Pick Up Pickaxes Pick Up Pickaxes - a secondary quest
Forbidden Knowledge Forbidden Knowledge - a side quest
Wentworth's Sixth Finger Wentworth's Sixth Finger - a "fetch" quest

Act 3[]

Mine Massacre Mine Massacre - a secondary quest
Justice Justice - a companion quest for Anders

Hostile creatures[]




Notable items[]

Plot items[]

Dragon's Fang Dragon's Fang

Crafting resources[]

Main article: Supplier

The resources listed below can be obtained in the outside area. Resources found in caves are listed on their respective pages. Act 1

Elfroot Elfroot - on the far east end of the map

Act 2

Deathroot Deathroot - on the right near the entrance
Glitterdust Glitterdust - in front of the second mine entrance toward the east

Act 3

Dragon's Blood Dragon's Blood - collected from the High Dragon's corpse during Mine Massacre

Codex entries[]

Codex entry: Nevarra Codex entry: Nevarra
Codex entry: The Bone Pit Codex entry: The Bone Pit
Codex entry: The Enigma of Kirkwall Codex entry: The Enigma of Kirkwall (Act 1)

Note texts[]

The Bone Pit The Bone Pit


  • After completing one of Jansen's secondary quests, you have to leave the area and come back to get the next quest.