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Companion armor icons (Dragon Age II)

Companion armor icons

In Dragon Age II, the player has little control over what armor Hawke's companions wear. Even though companion armor can be customized with a number of upgrades and may change appearance depending on certain story choices, it cannot be replaced or unequipped. On the upside, it improves with level-up and is among the best armor available in the game.

Armor Edit

Aveline's armor changes when she enlists in the guard and when she is promoted. Similarly, Bethany and Carver switch to the uniform of the faction they join. Fenris, Isabela and Merrill change appearance during Act 2 if romanced. Anders replaces his coat if the Act 3 quest Justice is completed. Varric's armor may change its name during the Act 3 quest Haunted, however, the appearance stays the same.

ArmorActCompanionAcquisitionArmor
modifier
Modified Officers' Issue0AvelineStarting armor92.5%
Hawke's Pinions0BethanyStarting armor85%
Fereldan Man-at-Arms Issue0CarverStarting armor100%
Renegade's Coat (1)1AndersStarting armor85%
Guardsman Plate and Chain1AvelineEquipped automatically
at the beginning of the act
100%
Guard-Captain's Ranked Plate1AvelineCompleting The Way It Should Be100%
Grafted Spirit Hide (1)1FenrisStarting armor100%
Threads of the Eastern Seas (1)1IsabelaStarting armor92.5%
Vestments of the First1MerrillStarting armor85%
Varric's Tailored Leather Duster1VarricStarting armor92.5%
Bethany's Circle Mage Robes2–3BethanyIf joined the Circle of Magi85%
Bethany's Grey Warden Robes2–3BethanyIf joined the Grey Wardens85%
Knight-Corporal Plate2–3CarverIf joined the templars100%
Plate of the Warden-Ensign2–3CarverIf joined the Grey Wardens100%
Grafted Spirit Hide (2)2FenrisRomance armor100%
Threads of the Eastern Seas (2)2IsabelaRomance armor92.5%
Raiments of the Dalish Pariah2MerrillRomance armor85%
Renegade's Coat (2)3AndersCompleting Justice85%
Varric's Armored Leather Duster3VarricCompleting Haunted92.5%
Vael Family Armor2SebastianThe Exiled Prince DLC92.5%
Where the Heart LiesTallisMark of the Assassin DLC92.5%

Upgrades Edit

A Friend in Need

There are four upgrades available for each companion. In the first two acts they are usually sold in stores, while all of the Act 3 upgrades are found during quests. Bethany and Carver receive the last three upgrades automatically with their armor changes after the Deep Roads Expedition.

I Got Your Back

The achievement "A Friend in Need" can be earned by upgrading any of the companions' armor once. "I Got Your Back" can be earned by completely upgrading the armor of one of the party members, except for Bethany and Carver, who each only have one upgrade that can be applied through Hawke.

Upgrade Act Companion Acquisition Effect
Underpadding – Guardsman Pattern1AvelineAvailable at Armor Stand for
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1DAO goldpiece trans 82DAO silverpiece trans 60DAO bronzepiece trans
+(0.5 * ATK(LVL)) attack
Heirloom Amell Protective Sigils1BethanyFound in a Chest in the Amell Estate Cellar during Birthright+10% magic resistance
Fereldan Girded Plating1CarverFound in a Chest in the Amell Estate Cellar at the end of Birthright+(10%) armor
Inscribed Leather Harness1VarricAvailable at Apparel Shop for
0000018260
1DAO goldpiece trans 82DAO silverpiece trans 60DAO bronzepiece trans
Extra rune slot
Lyrium Weave2AndersAvailable at Mage Goods for
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2DAO goldpiece trans 28DAO silverpiece trans 25DAO bronzepiece trans
+(0.5 * ATK(LVL)) attack
Armor Struts2AndersAvailable at Lirene's Fereldan Imports for
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1DAO goldpiece trans 82DAO silverpiece trans 60DAO bronzepiece trans
+(10%) armor
Spirit Essence2AndersFound in a crate in Gallows Dungeon during Dissent+10% magic resistance
Flex-Chain – Guardsman Pattern2AvelineFound on Fell Orden during Raiders on the CliffsExtra rune slot
Impact Plating – Guardsman Pattern2AvelineAvailable at Armor Merchant for
0000018260
1DAO goldpiece trans 82DAO silverpiece trans 60DAO bronzepiece trans
+(10%) armor
Lyrium Scales2FenrisAvailable at Shady Merchandise for
0000016434
1DAO goldpiece trans 64DAO silverpiece trans 34DAO bronzepiece trans
Extra rune slot
Reinforced Straps2FenrisFound in a Chest in the Abandoned Slaver Den during A Bitter Pill+(0.5 * ATK(LVL)) attack
Tevinter Spirit Symbol2FenrisAvailable at Robes by Jean Luc for
0000022825
2DAO goldpiece trans 28DAO silverpiece trans 25DAO bronzepiece trans
Extra rune slot
Lambswool Insoles2IsabelaFound in the Lost-End Foundry during To Catch a Thief+2% critical chance
Rigid Boning2IsabelaAvailable at Apparel Shop for
0000018260
1DAO goldpiece trans 82DAO silverpiece trans 60DAO bronzepiece trans
+(0.25 * DEF(LVL)) defense
Supportive Corselet2IsabelaAvailable at Robes by Jean Luc for
0000022825
2DAO goldpiece trans 28DAO silverpiece trans 25DAO bronzepiece trans
Extra rune slot
Carved Ironwood Buttons2MerrillAvailable at Master Ilen's Shop for
0000022825
2DAO goldpiece trans 28DAO silverpiece trans 25DAO bronzepiece trans
+(10 + 2 * LVL) health
Samite Lining2MerrillAvailable at Robes by Jean Luc for
0000022825
2DAO goldpiece trans 28DAO silverpiece trans 25DAO bronzepiece trans
Extra rune slot
Silver-Threaded Dalish Embroidery2MerrillFound in a pile of bones on Sundermount, past the Sundermount Passage and east of the graveyard+20 health regeneration rate
Enhanced Articulation2SebastianAvailable at Armor Shop for
0000022825
2DAO goldpiece trans 28DAO silverpiece trans 25DAO bronzepiece trans
Extra rune slot
Mail Undertunic2SebastianFound in a chest in the Harimann Estate during Repentance+2% critical chance
Reinforced Bracers2SebastianAvailable at Olaf's Armory for
0000022825
2DAO goldpiece trans 28DAO silverpiece trans 25DAO bronzepiece trans
+(0.5 * ATK(LVL)) attack
Coat Lining with Concealed Pockets2VarricAvailable at Shady Merchandise for
0000016434
1DAO goldpiece trans 64DAO silverpiece trans 34DAO bronzepiece trans
+(0.5 * ATK(LVL)) attack
Silverite-Reinforced Buckles2VarricFound in a chest in the Bartrand's Estate during Family MatterExtra rune slot
Sigil of the Mage Underground3AndersFound in a chest in the Docks warehouse during Best Served ColdExtra rune slot
Deflecting Joints – Guardsman Pattern3AvelineFound on Jeven during Favor and Fault+(0.25 * DEF(LVL)) defense
Enchanted Resin3FenrisLooted from the High Dragon at The Bone Pit during Mine MassacreExtra rune slot
Boiled Leather Plates3IsabelaFound in a pile of bones in the Mountain Cave during A Murder of CrowsExtra rune slot
Halla Horn Buckles3MerrillLooted from a pride demon in Pride's End during A New PathExtra rune slot
Protection of the Faith3SebastianFound on Templar Lieutenant during Best Served ColdExtra rune slot
Drakeskin Leg Straps3VarricFound in a chest in the Deep Roads during Finding NathanielExtra rune slot

Notes Edit

  • Roughly half of the armor upgrades are rune slots, allowing you to better customize each character's armor with the corresponding armor runes. As the armor improves with level up, the runes installed into them will improve with level up as well.
  • One of the most useful applications of a rune slot is with the "Warding" runes; they will confer the numeric value of an elemental resistance such that it equates to resisting 90% of that element's damage at the companion's level. The value of the rune will increase with level up in companion armor, effectively granting them 90% resistance to that element throughout the game. This is particularly useful against the fire, electricity, and spirit elements, all of which are at the core of certain enemies' persistent AoE attacks (namely faction mages and equivalents like Arcane Horrors), and especially so against the spirit element, which chews through 50% of ordinary damage and magic resistance by default.
  • ATK(LVL) refers to the attack value required for a character at a given level to have a 60% hit rate against Normal enemies. Upgrades that increase Attack will provide 50% of this value regardless of how high the companion's Attack actually is. As Attack increases are fixed according to the number of attribute points invested in the attribute, but becoming less valuable as the ATK(LVL) scale increases, these upgrades are exceedingly valuable for maintaining high Attack rates (see Combat mechanics (Dragon Age II)#Attack and Defense for more details):
  • ex.) Varric at 30 Dexterity has 164 Attack. At Level 14, this amount of Attack provides a hit rate of 64%, but only 62% at Level 15, 60% at Level 16, and diminishes sharply to 45% at Level 17 and 34% at Level 18.
  • At each of these levels, the Coat Lining with Concealed Pockets upgrade provides +72, +77, +82, +88, and +95 Attack. These additions into the 164 value grant hit rates of 75%, 73%, 72%, 70%, and 69%. Thus, even as the raw score of 164 depreciates in value with each level up and Varric slips below a 50% hit rate, the upgrade maintains Varric's Attack in the low-to-mid 70s throughout that same window of time.
  • DEF(LVL), similarly, refers to the Defense value required to have 20% Defense against Normal-ranked basic attacks. The upgrades that boost this will determine this number and provide 25% of it.
  • ex.) Isabela, at Level 14, achieves 20% Defense with a score of 143. The Rigid Boning upgrade provides +25% of this, or 36 Defense. For reference, the new score of 170 provides her 29% Defense, a 9% increase, which becomes a lower percentage as she increases Cunning or unlocks the Sea Legs passive, but it's still nice to have.
  • Armor upgrades simply add 10% to the companions' armor value, which in turn improves with level up. It does not improve the armor achieved from regularly upgrading one's shield, so while the upgrade does not provide a great boost to Aveline's armor (once the shield is taken into consideration), it consistently gives Anders an additional 10% on top of armor that scales sufficiently to keep him at 20-21% armor throughout the game, increasing this to 30-31%.