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Creature
High dragon

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High dragons are fully mature adult female dragons, the rarest of all dragonkin. At the end of the Blessed Age, many in Thedas believed that all the dragons had vanished until one went on a rampage in the Frostbacks. Divine Faustine II declared the next age to be the Dragon Age.[1] The scene of the dragon's rise also inspired Teyrn Loghain Mac Tir to lead his army into victory over the Orlesian army at River Dane.[citation needed]

Behavior Edit

High dragons hollow out massive lairs for themselves, for they need the space to house their harem of drakes as well as their eggs and the dragonlings. Living for more than a thousand years, they are seldom seen and spend most of their time sleeping and mating, living off the prey their drakes bring back.

Once every hundred years or so, the high dragon prepares for clutching by emerging from her lair and taking wing. She will fly far and wide, eating hundreds of animals, most often livestock, over the course of a few weeks and leaving smoldering devastation in her wake. She then returns to her lair to lay her eggs and will not appear in the skies again for another century.[2][3]

Involvement Edit

There are two (optional) high dragon encounters in Origins and two in Awakening. Please see the relevant quests for details.

Ico Quest
The Urn of Sacred Ashes
Ico Quest
Flemeth's Real Grimoire
Ico Quest
The Lost Dragon Bones
Ico Quest
Depths of Depravity

Dragon Age: Origins Edit

Mountain Top Edit

See High dragon (strategy) for details on defeating this high dragon.
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“We now have a dog and Alistair is still the dumbest one in the party.” — Morrigan
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The Warden is given the option to battle a high dragon during or any time after The Urn of Sacred Ashes quest. After (optionally) battling Kolgrim and emerging onto the Mountain Top, a short cutscene of a dragon flying above the Warden is seen. The Warden can engage the dragon by using Kolgrim's Horn (PC), by hitting the gong seen shortly after emerging on the Mountain Top area (X360 and PS3), or by attacking her on her perch (for example, with spells such as Winter's Grasp). If the Warden decides to help Kolgrim and follows through, the party won't be able to fight the dragon before killing Kolgrim and his followers. This can be done by speaking to him and selecting the option stating that he is too dangerous to be left alive. When he is slain, the gong can be interacted with again (or the party gains the horn).

Notably, this could be the High Dragon which the Dragon Age was named after. The dragon which rampaged in 8:99 Blessed was from the Frostback Mountains.

Abilities Edit
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Breath
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Buffet
Fire Spit icon
Fire Spit
Ico Grab
Grab
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Massive Attack
Roar icon
Roar
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Slap
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Sweep
Loot Edit
Plt ico drake scales
Dragon ScaleDragon Scale
Generic
An iridescent dragon scale.
Ico longbow
Antivan LongbowAntivan Longbow
Longbow
Varies (Tier 1-7)
Requires: 14 dexterity

Damage: 6.00
Critical chance: 1.00%
Armor penetration: 4.00
Strength modifier: 1.00
+1% ranged critical chance
Ico amulet
Deadhead ChargeDeadhead Charge
Amulet
A north-made brute force channel to the Fade granting the physical resolve that only a lack of sense can bring.

+20 physical resistance
-1 willpower
Ico dagger
Crow DaggerCrow Dagger
Dagger
Varies (Tier 1-7)
Requires: 10-30 dexterity

Damage: 4.00-6.40
Critical chance: 3.00%-4.80%
Armor penetration: 4.00-8.00
Strength modifier: 0.85
+15% critical/backstab damage
Ru flame grandmaster
Grandmaster Flame RuneGrandmaster Flame Rune
Weapon Rune
This lyrium rune is the ancient Tevinter symbol for Toth, god of fire.

+5 Fire Damage
Ico helm massive
Heavy Infantry HelmetHeavy Infantry Helmet
Massive helmet
Varies (Tier 1-7)
Requires: 22 strength

Armor: 1.50
Fatigue: 3.00%
Ico armor massive
Heavy Plate ArmorHeavy Plate Armor
Massive chestpiece
Varies (Tier 1-7)
Requires: 22 strength

Armor: 8.75
Fatigue: 21.00%
x2
Ico boots massive
Heavy Plate BootsHeavy Plate Boots
Massive boots
Varies (Tier 1-7)
Requires: 22 strength

Armor: 1.5
Fatigue: 3.00%
Ico gloves massive
Heavy Plate GlovesHeavy Plate Gloves
Massive gloves
Varies (Tier 1-7)
Requires: 22 strength

Armor: 1.25
Fatigue: 3.00%
Ico greataxe
Maetashear War AxeMaetashear War Axe
Battleaxe
Silverite (Tier 6)
Requires: 34 strength

Damage: 15.00 (PC) 13.50 (Console)
Critical chance: 4.50%
Armor penetration: 5.25
Strength modifier: 1.10
Rune slot Rune slot
+1 damage
+5% melee critical chance

-1 dexterity
Ico shield kitemetal
Metal Kite ShieldMetal Kite Shield
Kite shield
Varies (Tier 1-7)
Requires: 18 strength

Fatigue: 3.20%
Strength modifier: 1.00
Ico dog collar
Pure Bitch BraidPure Bitch Braid
Collar
Trademark of The Line, an ancient monastic order dedicated to preserving a purebred strain of mabari. There have been four "Pure Bitch" designations during the last century, legendary hounds each.

+8 attack
+8 armor
Ico gloves light
Qunari Siege GauntletsQunari Siege Gauntlets
Light gloves
Hardened Leather (Tier 4)
Requires: 14 strength

Armor: 1.00
Fatigue: 1.08%
+1.5 armor penetration
Ico gloves light
Storm TalonsStorm Talons
Light gloves
Inscribed Leather (Tier 6)

Armor: 1.33
Fatigue: 1.13%
+20% electricity damage
Ico helm light
The Long SightThe Long Sight
Light helmet
Drakeskin (Tier 7)
Requires: 20 strength

Armor: 2.25
+5% ranged critical chance

Secret Edit

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“We now have a dog and Alistair is still the dumbest one in the party.” — Morrigan
This article contains spoilers for Dragon Age: Origins. Click here to reveal them.
See Flemeth the Shapeshifter for details on defeating Flemeth.
In addition to the Mountain Top encounter, the Warden can fight another high dragon if he/she chooses to kill Flemeth in the quest for her grimoire. She will shapeshift into a high dragon, which must be killed. The attack can be avoided using certain dialog options. If you do so, you will be able to fight Flemeth at a later date.

Dragon Age: Awakening Edit

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Dragon Age II Edit

See Mine Massacre (strategy) for details on defeating this high dragon.

A high dragon is fought in the Bone Pit during the quest Mine Massacre (Act 3).

High dragon (The Silent Grove)

Other appearances Edit

Another High Dragon is depicted in Dragon Age: The Silent Grove guarding the Silent Grove in the Tellari Swamps and its mistress Yavana.

In a flashback memory recited by Sten in Dragon Age: Until We Sleep, a mysterious Witch of the Wilds leads a simple dog handler to a cave where an ancient high dragon lays dying, after which the man slits the beast's throat and drinks its blood in order to gain its power.

Trivia Edit

  • The Archdemons take the form of massive corrupted high dragons.[4]
  • To become a true Reaver a ritual must be done using dragon blood, although, wyvern blood may be used to unlock base level Reaver powers, as possibly done with the Warden.
Splr dao
“We now have a dog and Alistair is still the dumbest one in the party.” — Morrigan
This article contains spoilers for Dragon Age: Origins. Click here to reveal them.
  • In Dragon Age II, Flemeth's High Dragon form is unique compared to other high dragons, being of a larger size with a dark red/purple tint, and having many spikes on her head.

Gallery Edit

References Edit

  1. Codex entry: Thedas Calendar
  2. Codex entry: Dragon
  3. Dragon Age logo - new Dragon Age: The World of Thedas, vol. 1, p. 164
  4. Dragon Age logo - new Dragon Age: The World of Thedas, vol. 1, p. 166
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