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Note: See the Approval (Inquisition) page for an explanation on point values

Cassandra's Disposition Edit

The player can tell generally how Cassandra feels about the Inquisitor by engaging her in a "generic" conversation (i.e. a conversation where her greeting and farewell are not changed by any other factors such as a quest or cutscene).

Hostile (-75 to -5):
Cassandra will greet the Inquisitor with:
  • "Go on, then."
  • "What is it?"
  • "Surely you have better things to do."
Cassandra will bid the Inquisitor farewell with "As you wish."
Neutral (-5 to 34):
Cassandra will greet the Inquisitor with:
  • "Greetings."
  • "Yes?"
  • "Do you need something?"
Cassandra will bid the Inquisitor farewell with "Another time, then."
Warm (35 to 74):
Cassandra will still use the "Neutral" set of greetings, but may also add:
  • "Hello again."
  • "Is there anything you need?"
  • "I trust all is well?"
Cassandra will bid the Inquisitor farewell with "Another time, then."
Friendly (75 to 125):
Cassandra will drop the "Neutral" greetings and will still use the "Warm" set of greetings, but may also add:
  • "What do you need, my friend?"
  • "It's good to see you."
Cassandra will bid the Inquisitor farewell with "Another time, then."
Note: If Cassandra is romanced, she will drop all standard greetings and will greet the inquisitor with "The sight of you warms the heart." and "You are quite distracting you know?"

Cutscenes Edit

Prologue Edit

It may be the key to stopping this, but there isn't much time.
  • If I can help, I will. -
    DAIApproval Approves
  • Will helping save me?
  • Do I have a choice? -
    DAIApproval Disapproves
Drop your weapon. Now.
  • (Mage only) - I don't need a staff. -
    DAIApproval Slightly Disapproves
  • All right, I'll disarm. -
    DAIApproval Approves
  • You need to trust me. -
    DAIApproval Disapproves
  • I need this weapon!
How do you think we should proceed?
  • Take the mountain path. -
    DAIApproval Slightly Disapproves
  • Charge with the soldiers. -
    DAIApproval Approves
The Breach is stable, but it is still a threat. I will not ignore it.
  • I did what I could. -
    DAIApproval Slightly Approves
  • I'm still a suspect.
  • I'm your only hope.
Providence. The Maker sent her/him to us in our darkest hour.
  • I am not a "chosen one." -
    DAIApproval Slightly Disapproves
  • What more do you want?
  • Are you serious? -
    DAIApproval Slightly Disapproves
  • Are you sure? -
    DAIApproval Slightly Disapproves
  • You want my help. Again.
No, we are on our own. Perhaps forever.
  • I want to help. -
    DAIApproval Slightly Approves
  • This is rather strange.
  • I agree. For now.

Did I do the right thing? Edit

Haven only, first attempt to speak to her...

(Disgusted Noise.)
  • (Romance) You're impressive. -
    DAIApproval Slightly Approves
  • Are you all right?
  • You need stronger dummies. -
    DAIApproval Slightly Approves
  • Was that supposed to be me?
One day, they may write about me as a traitor, a madwoman, a fool. And they may be right.
  • [Investigate.]
No approval changes
  • You had to do it.
  • It's too late to turn back.
  • It was foolish. -
    DAIApproval Disapproves
I cannot afford to be so careless again.
  • You had cause. -
    DAIApproval Approves
  • Glad to hear it. -
    DAIApproval Slightly Approves
  • No, you can't. -
    DAIApproval Slightly Disapproves
Her wording here will vary depending on whether or not the Herald has openly voiced an opinion on being the Herald of Andraste. All variations come down to a single question...
I'm curious. Do you even believe in the Maker?
  • (Special) I believe in Elven gods. (Elf only)
  • (Special) I'm Qunari, remember? (Qunari only)
  • (Special) I'm a Dwarf, remember? (Dwarf only)
  • Yes -
    DAIApproval Approves
    [WARNING: This will establish the Herald as faithful and prevent them from declaring the Inquisition for order or to do what's right at the end of In Your Heart Shall Burn.]
  • No -
    DAIApproval Slightly Disapproves
  • I don't know.

Return to Haven's Chantry. Edit

Haven only, after Address the Chantry in Val Royeaux.

Cullen: It's a shame the templars have abandoned their senses as well as the capital.
No approval changes
Cullen: You think the mage rebellion is more united? It could be ten times worse!
  • We should meet the mages. -
    DAIApproval Slightly Disapproves
  • We should find the templars. -
    DAIApproval Slightly Approves
  • You must choose soon. -
    DAIApproval Approves

Deal. With. It. Edit

Haven only, after In Hushed Whispers OR Champions of the Just
A cutscene will play of Cassandra arguing with a mage or templar. That bit will vary, but her lines with The Inquisitor, The Inquisitor's lines and the dialogue choices are always the same. There is one romance option, but otherwise no choices cause any approval changes.

A toast to you. Edit

Skyhold, requires an approval of [-30] or lower...

  • You're drunk!
  • A pathetic display -
    DAIApproval Disapproves
  • What's wrong now? -
    DAIApproval Disapproves
  • You're angry at me?

And I'm the one who raised you up.

  • I didn't ask for this!
  • We don't need you.
  • Yes, you did.
  • I'm doing my best. -
    DAIApproval Slightly Approves

The fight with Varric Edit

Skyhold, after speaking to Hawke...

if chose [Stay out of it.]...
Varric: Look at her! She's finally lost it!
  • Stop this Fighting! -
    DAIApproval Slightly Disapproves
  • This is funny. -
    DAIApproval Disapproves
  • Leave me out of this. -
    DAIApproval Slightly Approves
If [Intervene] is chosen the conversation picks up here instead:

Cassandra: Hawke would have been at the Conclave! If anyone could have saved Most Holy...

  • Cassandra, back off!
    DAIApproval Disapproves
  • It wasn't Varric's fault.
(other options have no approval change.)
Cassandra: We all know who's side you're on Varric. It will never be the Inquisition's.
  • We need to work together.
    DAIApproval Varic Slightly Approves
  • Varric's earned his place. -
    DAIApproval Disapproves
  • That's unfair Cassandra. -
    DAIApproval Disapproves
  • I'm well aware. -
    DAIApproval Approves
Varric leaves...
I am such a fool.
Q What if it had been different?
  • (Romance) I still like you. -
    DAIApproval Slightly Approves
  • Don't blame yourself. -
    DAIApproval Approves
  • We're all fools, Cassandra. -
    DAIApproval Approves
  • We need to do better. -
    DAIApproval Disapproves
Choosing [What if it had been different?] will remove the romance option.

Sword & Shields Edit

Skyhold, requires +35
Begins Guilty Pleasures

A good book?
"gasps"! I don't know what you're talking about!
No approval changes
It's... one of Varric's tales. Swords & Shields. The latest chapter.
  • You don't need to hide it. -
    DAIApproval Slightly Approves
  • So you've read them all?
  • Why waste your time? -
    DAIApproval Slightly Disapproves
Whatever you do, don't tell Varric.
  • (Romance) I should read it. -
    DAIApproval Slightly Approves
(other options have no approval change.)

Writing Edit

Skyhold, after Here Lies the Abyss...

Writing does not come naturally to me, as I'm certain you can imagine.
  • [Romance] Love poetry, I assume? -
    DAIApproval Slightly Approves
(other options have no approval change.)
I was there, I saw it with my own eyes. It must be recorded./ I wasn't there, but others were. Their accounts must be recorded.
  • That could be used against us. -
    DAIApproval Slightly Disapproves
  • That's a good idea. -
    DAIApproval Slightly Approves
  • I don't care about historians. -
    DAIApproval Slightly Disapproves
  • Just be careful. - No approval change.

Missing Seekers Edit

Skyhold, requires a certain level of positive approval.
Begins the war table operation Locate the Missing Seekers.

(Sighs.) I can keep staring at this, but I won't get any closer.
  • Can I help? -
    DAIApproval Slightly Approves
(other options have no approval change.)
I've a growing suspicion Corypheus has imprisoned them.
  • This is important to you. -
    DAIApproval Slightly Approves
  • They might be his allies. - No approval change.
  • Whats the point? -
    DAIApproval Slightly Disapproves

End conversation for the quest "Promise of Destruction" Edit

Skyhold, at the conclusion of Promise of Destruction

And now it falls to me.
  • (all options have no approval change)
It should only be used on those who cannot control their abilities... but that has not always been the case.
  • (all options have no approval change)
But it appears we've always known how to reverse the rite. From the beginning.
  • (all options have no approval change)
I thought to rebuild the Seekers once victory was ours. Now I'm not certain it deserves to be rebuilt.
  • (Romance) You can do anything.
    DAIApproval Approves
  • (other options have no approval change)
Upon completion, automatic
DAIApproval Greatly Approves

On Being Divine Edit

Skyhold, after Wicked Eyes and Wicked Hearts...

Mother Giselle: Talk to her, Your Worship.
  • Is she bothering you?
  • Having fun? -
    DAIApproval Slightly Approves
  • What's this about?
So now the Chantry bandies our names about without even asking us first.
Q Is that even possible? (repeat)
  • (Special) Why am I not a candidate? (repeat)
  • So refuse.
  • Who cares about the Chantry? -
    DAIApproval Disapproves
  • You'd be perfect. (Adds +5 for Cassandra in Divine Election.)
The Chantry should provide faith. Hope. Instead, it cannot veer from its course, even in the face of certain death.
Q Do you really feel that way? (repeat)
  • The Chantry has failed. -
    DAIApproval Greatly Disapproves
  • These are extreme times.
  • So do better. -
    DAIApproval Approves
It needs to change. Perhaps I must be the one to change it.
[Special.]
  • (Romance) I like your determination. (repeat) -
    DAIApproval Approves
  • (Nobility Knowledge) I can help you become Divine. (ends conversation) -
    DAIApproval Approves
    (twice)
[Investigate.]
No approval changes
  • We have other concerns. -
    DAIApproval Disapproves
  • Maybe the Chantry should end. (Adds +1 for Leliana and -1 for Cassandra in Divine Election.) -
    DAIApproval Disapproves
  • A new crusade for you?

Planning Troop Movements Edit

Requires +75
Friendship cutscene
No approval changes

Prompted conversation Edit

It occurs to me... Edit

Haven or Skyhold

I'm... not sure. Where are you from?
Q You don't know? (repeat)
  • [Tell her.]
  • [Make something up.] (ends conversation) -
    DAIApproval Disapproves
Line varies depending on race
  • I hated it. (Approves for a non-mage Trevelyan)
  • Eventually, perhaps.
  • Home is wherever I am. -
    DAIApproval Slightly Approves
  • None of your business. -
    DAIApproval Disapproves
  • I'd go now, if I had a choice. -
    DAIApproval Slightly Disapproves

Something is troubling me... Edit

Available immediately upon reaching Skyhold
Begins Unfinished Business

No one is dealing with these matters. I was hoping we might, before they get worse.
  • Of course.
  • It's not our job. -
    DAIApproval Slightly Disapproves
  • We have a lot to do. -
    DAIApproval Disapproves

[Investigate.] Edit

Tell me about yourself. Edit

Not entirely. I'm just curious as to your motivation. (low approval; threshold unknown)
  • (Romance) I'd like us to be closer. -
    DAIApproval Slightly Disapproves
  • Just being friendly -
    DAIApproval Approves
  • Suspicious, aren't you? -
    DAIApproval Slightly Disapproves
  • Just tell me.
There's... Not much to know. (high approval; +/- 29-30 approval[1])
  • (Romance) Such modesty!
  • I'm not trying to pry.
  • That can't be true
  • Just tell me something.
  1. Choosing all dialogue options that gives the most approval with Cassandra in the cutscenes and the other prompted conversations, before going to the Hinterlands, should give around 29 approval which unlocks the second dialogue.
Cassandra: That's all there is to know, my lady/lord. (Codex Unlocked: The Seekers of Truth)
Q1 You're Nevarran royalty? (Codex Unlocked: The Pentaghasts; adds Q3 & Q4)
  • Is that why you left Nevarra?
  • So you're not on good terms.
  • Others would be thankful. -
    DAIApproval Slightly Disapproves
Q2 Tell me about Nevarra (Codex Unlocked: Nevarra)
No approval changes
Q3 What happened to your brother?
Requires +35; if not enough she'll say she doesn't want to talk about it
No approval changes in first set of choices
It took many years to let go of my drive for vengeance.
  • I understand. -
    DAIApproval Slightly Approves
  • You blamed all mages?
  • You didn't let it go. -
    DAIApproval Slightly Disapproves
Q4 You worked for the Divine?
  • (Special) What is a Right Hand?
  • (Special) You believed in her. (adds Q5)
Q5 How did you become Right Hand?
No approval changes in first set of choices
Yet I became the Right Hand, and they are forgotten.
Q What became of the mages? (repeat)
  • (Romance) You're delightful. -
    DAIApproval Slightly Approves
  • You're still a hero.
  • Impressive!
  • Typical of the Chantry.

Tell me about the Seekers. Edit

Q1 But what are Seekers? (adds Q4)
  • So you led the templars?
  • They did a bad job -
    DAIApproval Slightly Disapproves
  • Then who watched you?
  • (Special) Could that be fixed?
Q2 Why did the Seekers rebel?
  • (Special) You disagree?
  • It was inevitable.
  • Mages should be free. -
    DAIApproval Disapproves
  • I agree with you. -
    DAIApproval Slightly Approves
  • You care deeply about it.
Q3 How do you become a Seeker?
  • (Special) What is the vigil?
  • It does sound wonderful -
    DAIApproval Approves
  • Was it magic?
  • You were delirious. -
    DAIApproval Disapproves
Q4 What abilities do you have?
No approval changes

Let's talk about the Chantry. Edit

No approval changes

So you're a romantic? Edit

Skyhold, available after cutscene Swords & Shields...

It is passion. It is being swept away by the pursuit of an ideal. What is not to like about that?
  • (Romance) I like that you like it. -
    DAIApproval Slightly Approves
  • Nothing at all. -
    DAIApproval Slightly Approves
  • It's just unexpected.
  • You're wasting time. -
    DAIApproval Disapproves

Do you want to be Divine? Edit

Skyhold, available after cutscene On Being Divine

Why should what I want matter?
No approval changes
So I look upon this as an opportunity.  I owe it to myself and all of Thedas to seek the Sunburst Throne.
  • You'd make a good Divine. (Adds +5 for Cassandra in Divine Election.) -
    DAIApproval Approves
  • Perhaps there's another way. (Adds -1 for Cassandra in Divine Election.) -
    DAIApproval Slightly Approves
  • Forget the Chantry. (Adds -5 for Cassandra in Divine Election.) -
    DAIApproval Disapproves

Unfinished Business Edit

  • Kill first target with her in the party -
    DAIApproval Greatly Approves
    &
    DAIApproval Approves

  • Kill first target without her in the party -
    DAIApproval Approves
    (twice)

Guilty Pleasures Edit

See the Guilty Pleasures quest page for complete approval changes.

In The Field Edit

Approval changes only occur when Cassandra is in the active party unless otherwise noted. Other characters' approval changes can be seen compiled on the related quest pages.

Hinterlands Edit

  • Completing "Agrarian Apostate" -
    DAIApproval Slightly Approves
  • Speaking to Sister Tanner in Redcliffe Village during "Business Arrangements":
    • (Special) "Cassandra?" -
      DAIApproval Slightly Approves
    • (Special) "Varric?" -
      DAIApproval Slightly Disapproves
    • (Special) "You degrade the Chantry." (Bugged! Do not use!) -
      DAIApproval Slightly Approves
  • Completing "In the Elements" -
    DAIApproval Slightly Approves
  • Speaking to Speaker Anais for the first time in front of Winterwatch Tower to begin "Praise the Herald of Andraste":
    • "I believe I was chosen." -
      DAIApproval Slightly Approves
  • Recruiting Anais after completing "Praise the Herald of Andraste":
    • "Help the refugees." (Anais not recruited.) -
      DAIApproval Slightly Approves
    • "Spread word of the Inquisition." (Recruit Anais for Connections.) -
      DAIApproval Slightly Approves
  • Speaking to Lord Berand in Winterwatch Tower for "Love Waits":
    • "Join the Inquisition." (Recruits Berand for Forces.) -
      DAIApproval Slightly Approves
  • Completing "Shallow Breaths" -
    DAIApproval Slightly Approves
  • Speaking to Hyndel after completion of "Shallow Breaths":
    • (Special) "Go to your family." -
      DAIApproval Slightly Approves
  • Speaking to Ritts during the quest "Strange Bedfellows":
    • "This is a travesty." -
      DAIApproval Slightly Approves
  • Recruiting Ritts upon completion of "Strange Bedfellows":
    • (Underworld Knowledge or Dwarven Inquisitor) No. You have potential. -
      DAIApproval Slightly Approves
  • Recruiting Vale's Irregulars (see here for more information on this quest as it can be quite easy to miss):
    • "Recruit the skilled." (Recruit Vale's Irregulars for Forces.) -
      DAIApproval Approves
      (regardless of whether in the party or not)
    • "Grow our reputation." -
      DAIApproval Slightly Approves
      (regardless of whether in the party or not)

Crestwood Edit

  • Speaking to Mayor Gregory Dedrick for the first time during "Still Waters":
    • "Please, let me help you." -
      DAIApproval Slightly Approves
  • Speaking to the two villagers in Red Horn Tavern during "Still Waters":
    • (Villager: We didn't know you were here, ser. Please don't tell anyone!) "I won't." -
      DAIApproval Slightly Disapproves
  • Speaking to the Spirit in Old Crestwood to initiate "Burdens of Command":
    • (Special) "Cassandra?" -
      DAIApproval Slightly Approves
    • "I'll do it." (Accepting the quest.) -
      DAIApproval Slightly Approves
  • Killing the nug family living in the Flooded Caves at the end of "Still Waters" -
    DAIApproval Slightly Disapproves

Exalted Plains Edit

  • Speaking to Emalien after returning Valorin's effects to complete "Someone to Lose":
    • "Teenagers are stupid." -
      DAIApproval Slightly Disapproves
    • "Blood magic." -
      DAIApproval Slightly Approves

Emprise du Lion Edit

  • Completing "Caged Confession" by giving the letter to Linette and choosing, "Louis killed your brother." -
    DAIApproval Slightly Approves
  • Speaking to Mistress Poulin at the end of "Quarry Quandary":
    • "People died because of you." -
      DAIApproval Slightly Approves
    • "Practical." -
      DAIApproval Slightly Disapproves

DLCs Edit

Jaws of Hakkon Edit

Trespasser Edit

  • Speaking to the Inquisitor's party before leaving the Darvaarad and pursuing the Viddasala through the Eluvian near the end of the Trespasser quest: 
    • (Solas Romance) "I have to save him." -
      DAIApproval Disapproves

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