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Vortex is a monster ability in Dragon Age: Origins.


  • Damage/Healing: 8
  • Damage Type: Spirit
  • Dot/Healing Duration: 5s
  • Attack Penalty: -30
  • Defense Penalty: -30
  • Movement Penalty: -25%
  • Duration: 12s

Combat tactics conditions[]

  • Clustered with same group, 2+ ~ 75% chance
  • Any ~ 20% chance

Used by[]


  • The Archdemon starts to use this attack once the fight enters phase two, which is when its health is at or below 75% and above 50%.
  • Creatures in the area of effect who are not darkspawn take 8 spirit damage upon initial contact and every 5s thereafter, as well as suffer -25% movement speed, -30 attack, and -30 defense unless they pass a physical resistance check against the Archdemon's willpower (the check is every 5s).
  • Darkspawn in the area of effect regain 8 health every 5s, and suffer -30% to all elemental resistances.


  • The code suggests this ability was perhaps intended to give darkspawn a buff rather than a debuff.