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For the quest, see The Descent (quest).

The Descent is the second downloadable content released for single-player in Dragon Age: Inquisition. Announced on August 5, 2015, it was released on August 11, 2015, for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Cost: $14.99 USD.


Go to the war table in Skyhold. It does not show up in Haven. Find the mission labeled Disaster in the Deep Roads. You must have power to complete it. There is no level recommendation. Requires 16 power to start.


Enter the Deep Roads to battle monstrous darkspawn, bloodthirsty creatures that dwell beneath the surface of Thedas. Explore ancient ruins and cavernous dungeons to find the cause of worsening earthquakes. In this new adventure, the Inquisitor will fight new adversaries, gain epic weapons and armor, and solve one of Thedas' greatest mysteries.

This section contains spoilers for:
Dragon Age: Inquisition.

After the Battle of Haven, earthquakes begin to shake the Storm Coast. Mine shafts are collapsing, threatening the Inquisition's lyrium trade with the dwarves of Orzammar. More pressing, the quakes aren't subsiding. The Inquisitor looks into the matter, meeting a dwarf Shaper named Valta and a Lieutenant of the Legion of the Dead named Renn. Valta believes there is an intelligence behind the quakes, which she attributes to be a Titan. If they could find the titan, perhaps they could put an end to the quakes. Renn is skeptical of a titan's existence, but thinks they still need to find the quakes' source.

The Inquisitor and Valta uncover more of the titans' nature as they delve into the dark. Having gone beneath even the Deep Roads, they are ambushed by baffling assailants: the Sha-Brytol. They descend deeper into hostile territory and uncover consecutive wonders―a massive cavern of pure untapped lyrium, hundreds of feet high; a subterranean and even turbulent sea; and lastly, a gargantuan cavern with its own verdant ecosystem, with stalactites interconnected with bridges and dotted with structures; a full-blown civilization.

Throughout the journey, Valta finds lyrium etchings similar to Orzammar's memories, describing the Sha-Brytol and the Titans. Yet once they reach the verdant cavern, there is no Titan in sight. The Inquisitor considers it, and is struck with an idea. The Deep Roads had felt different ever since they encountered the Sha-Brytol, almost organic; the reason they cannot see the Titan is because they are within it.

At the very end of the mission, Valta accidentally attacks the Inquisitor with some sort of magic. Valta explains to the inquisitor that she "is pure" and wishes to remain in the Titan for further study. The purity that Valta describes is presumed to be the same purity that the Sha-Brytol have. The Inquisitor will inquire what they should tell the Shaparate, to which Valta replies: "Tell them the truth: you don't know." The Inquisitor then leaves Valta with more questions than answers.


Main quests[]

Disaster In the Deep Roads Disaster In the Deep Roads
The Descent The Descent
Holding the Deep Roads Holding the Deep Roads
Rune-Warded Gate of Segrummar Rune-Warded Gate of Segrummar
A Second Rune-Warded Gate A Second Rune-Warded Gate

Side quests[]

Builder's Towers Builder's Towers
Chronicles of Forgotten Wars Chronicles of Forgotten Wars
Exploring the Deep Roads Exploring the Deep Roads
Killing Me Softly Killing Me Softly
The Nug King The Nug King (unmarked side quest)
On Broken Knees On Broken Knees
Sacrificial Gates of Segrummar Sacrificial Gates of Segrummar
A Warm Welcome A Warm Welcome


Gears in the Deep Roads Gears in the Deep Roads
Landmarks in the Deep Roads Landmarks in the Deep Roads
Mugs in the Deep Roads Mugs in the Deep Roads

War table operations[]

Disaster in the Deep Roads Disaster in the Deep Roads

Expedition table operations[]

For a complete list, see Expedition table.


Storm Coast Fissure Storm Coast Fissure
Darkspawn Warrens Darkspawn Warrens
Ruins of Heidrun Thaig Ruins of Heidrun Thaig
Forgotten Caverns Forgotten Caverns
Bastion of the Pure Bastion of the Pure
The Wellspring The Wellspring

Notable characters[]

Shaper Valta
Lieutenant Renn

Codex entries[]

For a complete list, see Category:The Descent codex entries.

Note texts[]

The Gates of Segrummar The Gates of Segrummar


Main article: Items (The Descent)

Achievements and trophies[]

Name Requirement Gamerscore Trophy Image
Deep Roads Commander Complete a mission at the expedition table in the Legion of the Dead camp. 15 Bronze EZXUBCal.png
Giant Slayer Defeat an ogre alpha. 30 Silver EeXN054l.png
Fact Finder Help Shaper Valta discover secret dwarven history. 30 Silver FgXEvJGl.png
Shaper of Stone End the earthquakes threatening the surface. 90 Gold TaFBNKDl.png