Way of the Artificer is a side quest in Dragon Age: Inquisition. It is one of three potential quests which a rogue Inquisitor can complete to obtain a specialization.

Construct the proper tools, study the methods to use them, and Three-Eyes will reveal the secrets of the trap-laying Artificer specialization. Collect spines from alpha quillbacks at Nazaire's Pass, the Canyons, and near Old Prison Road in the Western Approach. Readings can be found among the belongings of followers who share this discipline. Or, if unavailable, among the wares of the book merchant in Val Royeaux.

While a rogue can only truly specialize in one style, studying others can still be of considerable benefit.


This quest is not available until you complete From the Ashes and reach Skyhold. The War table operation, Specializations for the Inquisitor, will appear when you leave Skyhold for the first time and return.

Three potential trainers, one for each specialization, will arrive at Skyhold to teach a rogue Inquisitor a specialization (unlike in previous games, only one can be learned). To access this quest, talk to the Artificer trainer, Three-Eyes.


You must craft Custom Precision Tools for this quest.

Precision tools, personal to each artificer. Poor implements mean poor creations, and that cannot be allowed on the battlefield. Quality invested here is the difference between being a threat to the enemy, or a danger to oneself.

The following materials are required:

  • Writing on artificer (available from either Varric, on the table next to him in Skyhold, or the book merchant in Val Royeaux).
  • Three alpha quillback spines (found at Nazaire's Pass, The Canyons, and near Old Prison Road in the Western Approach).
  • 20 obsidian.

Craft the tools at a requisition table and bring it to Three-Eyes to complete the quest.


Related codex entries

Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Way of the Artificer
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