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For the dog in Dragon Age II, see Dog (Dragon Age II).


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"Dog" is the default name of a male mabari war hound, a potential (and unquestionably faithful) companion to the Warden. He is a full party member, counting as a warrior with a unique talent tree and exclusive equipment. He also has party banter, occasional moments of "dialogue", a sort of loot-scrounging function, and a "landmark" interactive feature.

Background Edit

Dogs are an essential part of Ferelden culture, and no dog is more prized than a mabari. The breed is as old as myth, said to have been bred from the wolves who served the legendary hero Dane.

Involvement Edit

Dog will join the party in one of two possible ways in Origins; a third, "last chance" opportunity is added with the Return to Ostagar DLC.

Dragon Age: Origins Edit

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“We now have a dog and Alistair is still the dumbest one in the party.” — Morrigan
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A Human Noble Warden will be joined by Dog during an incident in the Castle Cousland larder. At this point he can be named and becomes a companion. During missions at Ostagar, he will wait with Duncan until Alistair and the Warden are sent to light the signal fire atop the Tower of Ishal. Hence there will only be room for one ally to join the party).

A Warden of any other origin who wishes to recruit Dog must complete a particular task after arriving at Ostagar before the war council). On this line, it is explained that Dog's previous owner was killed by the darkspawn and that the hound has been infected with the Taint. The kennel master is reluctant to put down "such a promising member of the breed" and asks the Warden to muzzle him, then fetch a red-and-white flower from the nearby Korcari Wilds; if this line of action is followed through, Dog will recover, but the kennel master suggests waiting until after the battle to bond him to the Warden.

The recovered Dog encounters the Warden again on some Deserted Farmland on the road between Flemeth's Hut and Lothering. After a band of darkspawn is defeated, the new 'recruit' can then be named. Even after saving Dog, if The Warden does not want the extra company they can refuse to let him join - though in that case, it results in Ico DisAppr Heart Alistair disapproves (-10) . If not recruited here the Dog can be recruited if the Warden decides to return to Ostagar.

Dog is permanently loyal to the Warden and the only companion who, if brought along, will never challenge the Warden's decisions or leave the Warden's side in a crisis of faith. His interactions with other companions are usually positive, especially with Sten and Alistair. Although intelligent and capable of acting out complex commands, he is still a dog at heart, and enjoys doing dog things such as playing, begging for food and fetching sticks.

Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening Edit

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If Dog was recruited:

Dog is absent when the Warden-Commander begins rebuilding the Grey Wardens in Ferelden and establishing their stronghold of Vigil's Keep in the Arling of Amaranthine. After the Battle of Denerim, he was sent to the Denerim kennels to help replenish the diminished number of mabari hounds; he mated with several females and fathered several litters of puppies, before returning to the Warden's side.

Witch Hunt Edit

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“Phew! Am I bleeding? Oh look, a rip in my robe.” — Finn
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If Dog was recruited: When The Warden-Commander sets off on a mission to locate Morrigan, Dog accompanies them. When they finally locate Morrigan at The Nest, Dog happily runs up to meet her.

If the Warden perished slaying the Archdemon and one of the Orlesian Wardens became Ferelden's Warden-Commander or Dog was never recruited, a Dog is gifted to them by Teyrn Cousland of Highever.

Darkspawn Chronicles Edit

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“A human lord hunts us, Vanguard. Show him what we know of death.” — The Archdemon
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In the non-canon alternate timeline of The Darkspawn Chronicles DLC, Alistair bonded with dog and named him "Barkspawn", and is one of Alistair's three companions fighting the Archdemon at Fort Drakon.

An unlockable mabari NPC named Barkspawn is also a companion in Dragon Age Legends.

Note that Dog is only an 'automatic' companion if The Warden is a noble: the kennel master can be avoided or ignored, the hound can be killed instead of muzzled, the flower can be ignored or never turned in, and even a recovered Dog can be rejected on the road.

Initial statistics Edit

Dog Talents

Dog's talent tree

See Dog talents for a list of its talents.

Attributes Edit

Relative attribute weightings on auto-level

Strength Dexterity Willpower Magic Cunning Constitution
1.2 1 1.5 0 0 1.1

Talents Edit

Dog has exclusive access to the War Dog talent tree. On the console editions of the game, it can also access warrior talents. pcIcon pcIn Witch Hunt, Dog can also learn Second Wind, Peon's Plight, Grievous Insult and Massacre. Dog starts with 2 talent points, already assigned to Fortitude Fortitude and Growl Growl, and gains additional point every 3 levels: 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18.

Tactics Edit

Dog can also sense 'stealthed' enemies (such as Genlock Rogues) at fairly close range. The stealth is not counteracted, but there is 'in-game notification' in the form of an angry growl. In any case, only a mage has any significant response options (such as inscribing a Glyph of Repulsion to repel an initial melee attack).

Specific tactics can be assigned to Dog, similar to the Warden and companions. Dog starts with 2 'tactics slots' at level 1, and gains additional slot at levels: 3, 6, 10, 15, 20, 25, and 30.

Equipment Edit

DAO Dog - Kaddis and Warpaint comparison

Kaddis and warpaint designs

Dog has two slots for equipment, taking the place of conventional weapons or armor:

Both types can provide defensive or offensive bonuses.

There are twelve warpaints and nine collars available in Dragon Age: Origins. An additional collar and warpaint are available with Return to Ostagar. The Protective Cone, available with the Feastday Gifts and Pranks DLC, can also be equipped as a collar.

Finding items Edit

Dog can be asked "Do you see anything interesting?" almost everywhere outside of camp (though not while he is injured). In most areas he will have a random chance to return with either a minor item from the generic treasure list (such as Elfroot), or one of a limited number of unique items:

Ico codex entry Codex entry: A Very Chewed and Moist Book (Codex: Books & Songs)
Plt ico dirty pantaloons Dirty Pair of PantaloonsDirty Pair of Pantaloons
These pantaloons, crusted in soil, were probably buried for years before the mabari dug them up. On closer inspection, it appears they were once either gold or silver in color.
, gift
Plt ico found cake Found CakeFound Cake
A soggy cake-like object that has probably seen better days. Flecks of dog spittle still cling to it.
, gift
Tre ico fancy bottle 1 Garbolg's Backcountry ReserveGarbolg's Backcountry Reserve
Likely dropped to avoid seizure by authorities, or because of seizure due to drinking it. Garbolg only brewed from 8:74 to 8:92 Blessed, killed when the vapors in his beard spontaneously combusted.
, gift
Ico staff Piece of WoodPiece of Wood
Veridium (Tier 4)
Requires: 24 magic

Damage: 5.20 (Physical)
Armor penetration: 29.00
+1 constitution
+10% nature resistance
Plt ico tangled yarn Tangled Ball of YarnTangled Ball of Yarn
A tangled ball of grey-brown woolen yarn. It is still slimy from having been in the mabari's mouth.
, gift

There are also area-specific items he can dig up:

Ico codex entry Codex entry: A Letter to Someone in Highever - at Lake Calenhad Docks
Ico helm massive DutyDuty
Massive helmet
Silverite (Tier 6)
Requires: 38 strength

Armor: 3.15
Fatigue: 3.75%
+2 constitution
- in the Deep Roads (all over, but definitely a 100% drop rate early in The Dead Trenches).
Rgt ico deathroot DeathrootDeathroot
A harmless enough plant on its own, deathroot's thick leaves contain an extract that the Chasind have used to induce hallucinations for centuries. Sufficiently concentrated, it can be made into a deadly poison.
- around the Brecilian Forest and Dalish Camp

Assorted gemstones - at the Mountain Top

Notes Edit

  • pcIcon pc1.05 ps3Icon ps3xbox360Icon xbox360 There is a bug where you get the message, "Dog has brought you an item!", but you will receive nothing in your inventory. If you get that message but no item icon on the lower left corner of the screen, you will receive no item.
  • The Human Noble has the earliest access to found items, as any of the non-area-specific ones can be found within Castle Cousland. Piece of Wood is of particular interest, as it could be of use to the Circle mage who joins the new Warden at the foot of the Tower of Ishal.

Landmark explorations Edit

see Codex entry: Mabari Dominance

Throughout Ferelden are several objects labeled Landmark (usually "Landmark tree" but there are a few exceptions. These objects may have a sparkling aura, much like containers. When a landmark is selected without Dog in the party, it has no effect. If Dog is in the party, but is not the one to select the landmark, a message hints at his interest.

When a landmark is 'marked' by Dog, Mabari Dominance is activated, providing him with bonuses of +2 strength, +2 willpower, and +2 constitution. The effect remains active while Dog is in the area, at any distance from the landmark. However, it is not applied inside buildings, even if they are within or adjacent to the landmark's location. (e.g. inside Redcliffe Castle, The Spoiled Princess, Dane's Refuge, etc.)

After Dog leaves an area where a landmark has been activated, Mabari Dominance should automatically reactivate when he returns to that location.


Dragon Age: Origins:

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Note: The Dalish Camp landmark disappears if you side with the Werewolves during Nature of the Beast.

Return to Ostagar:

  • Ostagar - A woodpile in the King's Camp.

Witch Hunt:

Gifts Edit

Naturally, Dog likes bones. However, his approval starts at the cap of +100 and cannot be lowered by any means. Gifting him the Stick from Feastday Gifts will increase his dexterity attribute by +6 (matching the maximum approval-based attribute increase that other companions can receive). The Protective Cone from Feastday Pranks can be given to him as a prank (and equipped for comic effect or 'style').

Name Notes Description

Tre ico dog bone 3
Beef Bone
Location: Ostagar and Circle Tower
A shoulder of beef, with bone attached.
Plt ico found cake
Found Cake
Found by Dog
A soggy cake-like object that has probably seen better days. Flecks of dog spittle still cling to it.
Tre ico dog bone 1
Lamb Bone
The bone from a leg of roast lamb.
Tre ico dog bone 4
Large Bone
Located: Haven and Soldier's Peak
This large bone is of indeterminate origin. It still looks tasty.
Tre ico dog bone 2
Ox Bone
This ox bone still has some tendon attached to it.
This sturdy stick is well-weighted for throwing.
Plt ico tangled yarn
Tangled Ball of Yarn
Found by Dog
A tangled ball of grey-brown woolen yarn. It is still slimy from having been in the mabari's mouth.
Tre ico dog bone 5
Veal Bone
A juicy veal bone.

Quotes Edit

Main article: Dog (Origins)/Dialogue
  • Sten: (Snarls.)
  • Dog: (Growls angrily.)
  • Sten: (Lets out a terrifying roar.)
  • Dog: (Barks angrily and lunges at Sten.)
  • Sten: "You are a true warrior, and worthy of respect."
  • Dog: (Barks excitedly.)
  • Morrigan: "Does this mean we are going to have this mangy beast follow us around? Wonderful."
  • Alistair: (Adoringly) "He's not mangy!"
  • Morrigan: "I know it was you rooting in my pack, mongrel."
  • Dog: (Innocent whine)
  • Morrigan: "Who else? Alistair? He's a likely suspect, I admit, but no."
  • Dog: (Bows head shamefully)
  • Morrigan: "I notice you avoided the hemlock."
  • Dog: (Happy bark!)
  • Morrigan: "Yes, yes, very clever. Next time I will disguise it more carefully."
  • Dog: (Sad eyes)
  • Morrigan: "Do not even try it! I would not give you a biscuit had I one."
  • Dog: (Sadder eyes)
  • Morrigan: "Oh... very well. But tell no one!"
  • Shale: I am watching you, dog. Do you know how many of your kind urinated on me in that village? And all I could do is stand there and watch, helpless. If I see one of those legs of yours lift so much as an inch in my direction -- pow!
  • Dog: (Confused whine!)
  • Shale: I am glad we have this understanding. At least your kind can be reasoned with... unlike those damned feathered fiends!

(If Dog is chosen as the Warden's champion to duel Loghain)

  • Loghain: "Will you face me yourself, or have you a champion?"
  • Warden: "My mabari will be my champion."
  • Dog: (Happy bark!)
  • Arl Eamon: "Ah, Warden... No. I'm afraid we can't leave the fate of all Ferelden up to your dog. Anyone with a leftover ham bone could buy his allegiance. Choose someone else."
  • Finn: Dog! What is that in which a tree is covered?"
  • Dog: (Bark!)
  • Ariane: (Sigh)

Notes Edit

The recruitment quest is still available to human nobles, but will not result in a second Dog.

Trivia Edit

Dog concept art

Concept art

  • While spattered with blood, one can ask Dog: "Can you do something about this gory mess?" Dog will happily bark and clean the blood from The Warden - and is slightly healed for doing so.
  • A long-standing joke among certain regulars of the official Origins forum is that Dog's "official" name is really Rabbit (which was used as an example name by Mary Kirby), and he is still occasionally referred to as such.
  • Dog is referenced in a Penny Arcade comic in which the character, speaking in an comically irreverent modern slang, informs a NPC that he's named his dog Barkspawn.
  • Dog also appears as "Barkspawn" in Heroes of Dragon Age.
  • If you speak to Dog while he has an injury, he will whine instead of his usual greeting, and you will be able to either comfort him, saying, "You've done well", or scold him for "being a baby". Still, his Approval can't be altered for better or worse.
  • Under the influence of Flaming Weapons or a similar spell, Dog will be given the visual effect on his entire body.
  • While most characters suffer decreased movement speed when in combat, Dog speeds up slightly.

Gallery Edit

See also Edit

Ico codex entry Codex entry: Dog
Ico codex entry Codex entry: The Mabari Hound

References Edit

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