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The Tower of Ishal is a tower located to the east of the abandoned fortress of Ostagar and plays an important role in King Cailan's plans to defeat the darkspawn during the Fifth Blight.


Archon Ishal ordered the construction of the Tower at the height of Tevinter Imperium's power as a fortification against the Chasind of the Korcari Wilds. The tower was named after the Archon that ordered its construction and it was reportedly[1] constructed by the dwarves. Due to its massive height the tower had primarily served as a lookout post in order to quickly detect Chasind incursions. After the First Blight the whole of Ostagar, along with the tower, was abandoned and fell into disrepair but the tower still stands strong more than a millennium later.


This section contains spoilers for:
Dragon Age: Origins.

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The Tower of Ishal with the beacon lit.

The entrance to the Tower of Ishal is located to the east of Ostagar. While in the process of Joining the Grey Wardens, the Warden can speak to the tower guard located outside the tower to find out a bit about its history.

At the beginning of the Battle of Ostagar, during the Tower of Ishal (quest), the tower is overrun by darkspawn coming through tunnels beneath the tower. The Warden, along with Alistair, are tasked to enter the tower, reach its top, and light the beacon in order for Teyrn Loghain's troops to attack the darkspawn horde from behind. After Ferelden's defeat at Ostagar, the tower is taken over by darkspawn.

The first floor of the Tower of Ishal can be revisited, as well as the darkspawn-created tunnels beneath the tower, as part of the Return to Ostagar (quest). This requires the Return to Ostagar DLC. Note that other floors cannot be accessed as the entrance to the second floor is barricaded.



Notable items[]

Warpaint of the Wolfhound Warpaint of the Wolfhound - source: Wooden Chest third floor.

Companion Gifts[]

Silver Bracelet Silver Bracelet - source: Chest first floor.
Tribal Necklace Tribal Necklace - source: Barrel upper floor.


First floor

Second floor

Third floor

Upper floor

Special objects[]

  • Ballista (2) - found on the second floor, southeastern portion of the map.
  • Cage release - a lever found on the third floor near the dog kennels. Using the lever will release three dogs to fight alongside your party, as long as you are on the third floor and enemies remain in range of the dogs.

Codex entries[]

Codex entry: The History of the Chantry: Chapter 1 Codex entry: The History of the Chantry: Chapter 1 - discarded book on second floor.



  1. According to the Tower Guard.