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I cannot hide in your wake, but I will not be a footnote. Witness Gaxkang!

Gaxkang the Unbound is an ancient Demon encountered in the Quaint Hovel, at the end of the Unbound side quest.

Background Edit

The first of the magus cast themselves deep in the Fade in search of answers and power, always power. They found the forbidden ones – Xebenkeck, Imshael, Gaxkang the Unbound, and The Formless One. Many conversations were had and much of the fabric of the world revealed. And thus the magic of blood was born. ―Unknown mage

Stories and tavern songs tell of an ancient evil known as "the Unbound", a demon. After Gaxkang has been defeated, the quest entry will state that "the unbound revenant Gaxkang was defeated and sent back to the Fade".

Involvement Edit

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Gaxkang is the final boss of the Unbound side quest. He can be found in the Quaint Hovel located in a Dirty Back Alley in Denerim.

Strategy Edit

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Gaxkang possesses the unique ability to switch between a warrior form (revenant) and a magical form (arcane horror). He has different abilities in each form. He is vulnerable to fire damage and immune to curses. Unlike most undead he has little resistance to nature damage, but like normal revenants, he is highly resistant (though not actually immune) to frost damage.

Note: Save your game before entering the door. There is no auto-save once inside and it's a tough fight.

Revenant Abilities

Spell-AuraofWeakness icon Aura of Weakness
Shred Double Strike
Ico Pull Pull
Talent wns shieldwall Shield Wall

Arcane Horror Abilities

HoDA Gaxkang

Gaxkang's Tier Progression in Heroes of Dragon Age

Spell-AfflictionHex icon Affliction Hex
Spell-ConeOfCold icon Cone of Cold
Spell-CurseOfMortality icon Curse of Mortality
Ico Spirit Blast Spirit Blast
Spell-DispelMagic icon Dispel Magic
Spell-DrainLife icon Drain Life
Spell-Horror icon Horror
Spell-Inferno icon Inferno
Spell-Miasma icon Miasma
Mind Blast Mind Blast
Walking Bomb Walking Bomb
Spell-Weakness icon Weakness
Spell-Winter'sGrasp icon Winter's Grasp
Spell-MisdirectionHex icon Misdirection Hex

Gaxkang has a very large damage output on higher difficulties, and it is recommended to ensure your party has staying power for this fight. Having two party members with the ability to dispel magic (Dispel Magic and Cleanse Area both work) is very helpful. Curse of Mortality is very helpful, as it prevents him from healing with Drain. Magebane poison can help reduce his damage output significantly.

One easy way to kill Gaxkang is with the spell Mana Clash. If successful (he can resist it; consider using Spell Might to make it stronger) Gaxkang will immediately take over 300 damage and change into melee form, which makes him far less dangerous compared to his arcane horror form. Once he has regained enough mana he will change back to arcane horror form, at this point one more Mana Clash should be enough to kill him.

Another good way to deplete his HP is to use Glyph of Neutralization which dispels all magic in the glyph's vicinity. While the glyph is active, you can wail on Gaxkang all you want without having to worry about status effects. If you have a warrior based party, Magebane on a dual wield warrior is highly recommended.

As he is vulnerable to fire, another possible strategy is to pick 3 melee and one mage keeping Flaming Weapons up (be careful to keep some distance between the mage and Gaxkang as he will try to dispel it by mass dispel). Together with common fire enchants and some resistance vs spell and cold it should become an easy kill.

Cone of Cold, while dealing little damage against Gaxkang's high frost resistance, has a good chance to freeze Gaxkang for a second or two, reducing his damage output by that much more.

Loot Edit

Ico longsword Keening BladeKeening Blade
Dragonbone (Tier 7)
Requires: 31 strength

Damage: 11.20
Critical chance: 3.20%
Armor penetration: 4.00
Strength modifier: 1.00
Rune slot Rune slot Rune slot
+2 armor penetration
+6 attack
+3 cold damage

Ico shield towermetal Fade WallFade Wall
Heavy shield
Silverite (Tier 6)
Requires: 38 strength

Fatigue: 6.00%
Strength modifier: 1.00
+3 defense
+20% to healing effects received
+1/+2 stamina regeneration in combat
+25 stamina
(occasional drop)

Trivia Edit

  • Gaxkang outranks even the High Dragon under "Most Powerful Foe Slain" found in Heroic Accomplishments under Character Record.
  • Gaxkang is a reference to Kangaxx - a demilich from Baldur's Gate.

See also Edit

Ico codex entry Codex entry: Unbound
Codex icon DA2 Codex entry: Forbidden Knowledge

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