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The Tainted Blade is a rogue talent from the Power of Blood tree in Warden's Keep for Dragon Age: Origins.


  • Talent cooldown is 5s. The Tainted Blade grants a bonus of 5 + [(Cun-10) * 0.2] damage. While activated, it drains -10 health every 2 seconds. Talent upkeep cost is 40 stamina. In Awakening, this talent drains -5 health every 2 seconds.
  • Conjuration time: 1s.


  • Upkeep is in stamina and values vary with fatigue%.
  • The damage bonuses are determined when the rogue begins the mode; changing equipment while the mode is active does not change the damage bonuses.
  • While Tainted Blade is running, any additional bleeding damage from Dual-Weapon Expert is also applied to the rogue. An unofficial fix for PC is available here.
  • BUG: Sometimes when this talent is active while a cutscene is playing, your character may become stuck in a crooked pose. Loading a previous save may fix this. PS3 Confirmed.

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