The Hissing Wastes is a large stretch of desert in western Orlais.

Background Edit

The Hissing Wastes is a stretch of sandy desert north of the Western Approach, a lonely place where the wildlife is hungry and hostile. Among the hungriest and most hostile are the dragons that make their nests here. The rare person wandering into the wastes is either hunting prized beasts or hoping to uncover evidence of a long-vanished civilization in the dunes.
—Excerpt from the quest journal

According to Solas, the Hissing Wastes used to be a forest, before encroaching sands destroyed the trees' roots.

Accessible through War table > Orlais > Stop Venatori Activity in the West

Involvement Edit

Dragon Age: Magekiller Edit

Splr mk
"The problem with magic, is that it cheats." — Tessa Forsythia
This article contains spoilers for Dragon Age: Magekiller. Click here to reveal them.
Tessa Forsythia and Marius are sent to the Hissing Wastes to deal with Venatori excavating the ruins. Unable to deal with the problem, Tessa asks Charter to send additional support. This support comes in the form of Dorian Pavus and some of the Bull's Chargers led by Krem. Their main target is a camp of fifty Venatori. While Dorian and Marius provide a distraction, Tessa frees the captive slaves; once all the slaves are clear, Rocky, the Chargers' sapper, brings the cliff wall down on the camp, killing the remaining Venatori.

Dragon Age: Inquisition Edit

Splr dai
“Whatever we were before, we are now the Inquisition.” — The Inquisitor
This article contains spoilers for Dragon Age: Inquisition. Click here to reveal them.

During the conflict between the Elder One and the re-established Inquisition, the Venatori establish a significant presence in the Hissing Wastes. The Inquisitor can access the Wastes by completing Stop Venatori Activity in the West operation at the war table in Skyhold.

It is then possible to explore the Hissing Wastes, gradually establishing Inquisition presence there and reducing that of the Venatori and Red Templars. The Inquisitor will discover the reason for Venatori presence in the desert. Thousands of years ago, Paragon Fairel fled to the surface to escape a catastrophic civil war among the dwarves and his people founded Kal Repartha, the first thaig which was built on the surface. Now the colony is all but ruins but the Venatori are searching for the powerful runes that Fairel had created at his time by excavating his tomb.

Places Edit


Map of the Hissing Wastes

Regions Edit

Note: The 12 regions below make up the Regions in the Wastes collection. Discovering all of them grants 500 Influence.
  • Ancient Road
  • Burial Grounds
  • The Canyon
  • The Colossus
  • The Cove
  • Golden Oasis
  • The Rippling Dunes
  • Rock Top Ridge
  • The Sand Crags
  • The Shallow Basin
  • Sunstop Mountains
  • Tomb of Fairel

Inquisition camps Edit

  • The Canyon Camp
  • The Cove Camp
  • Logging Camp
  • Mountain Fortress Camp
  • Sunstop Mountain Camp
  • Statue Camp
  • Sand Crags Camp

Quests Edit

Quest icon DAI Field of Bones
Quest icon DAI Holding the Hissing Wastes
Quest icon DAI Let's Slay the Beast
Quest icon DAI Notes on the Wastes
Quest icon DAI Sand and Ruin
Quest icon DAI The Tomb of Fairel

Rifts Edit

Quest icon DAI Rifts at the Sunstop Mountains
Quest icon DAI Rifts near the Canyon
Quest icon DAI Rifts near the Cove
Quest icon DAI Rifts near the Sand Crags

Requisitions Edit

Quest icon DAI Artifact Requisition in the Wastes
Quest icon DAI Lazurite Survey in the Wastes
Quest icon DAI Nevarrite Survey in the Wastes
Quest icon DAI Relief Requisition in the Wastes
Quest icon DAI Shelter Requisition in the Wastes

Characters Edit

Creatures Edit

Enemies Edit

Resources Edit

Herbs Edit

Amrita Vein icon Amrita VeinAmrita Vein
Tier 3 Rare Herb

Deathroot icon DeathrootDeathroot
Tier 2 Common Herb

Dragonthorn icon DragonthornDragonthorn
Tier 1 Rare Herb

Elfroot icon ElfrootElfroot
Tier 1 Common Herb

Ghouls Beard icon Ghoul's BeardGhoul's Beard
Tier 2 Rare Herb

Vandal Aria icon Vandal AriaVandal Aria
Tier 3 Common Herb

Witherstalk icon WitherstalkWitherstalk
Tier 1 Rare Herb

Leather Edit

August Ram Leather icon August Ram LeatherAugust Ram Leather

Dragonling Scales icon Dragonling ScalesDragonling Scales

Fennec Fur icon Fennec FurFennec Fur

Hardened Gurn Hide icon Hardened Gurn HideHardened Gurn Hide

Lurker Scales icon Lurker ScalesLurker Scales

Rough Hide icon Rough HideRough Hide

Varghest Scales icon Varghest ScalesVarghest Scales

Wyvern Scales icon Wyvern ScalesWyvern Scales

Metals Edit

Lazurite icon LazuriteLazurite

Nevarrite icon NevarriteNevarrite

Serpentstone icon SerpentstoneSerpentstone

Volcanic Aurum icon Volcanic AurumVolcanic Aurum

Collections Edit

Bottles on the Wall Edit

Bottles On The Wall icon Aqua Magus - Outside the Burial Grounds Tomb, south of "Logging Camp"
Bottles On The Wall icon Flames of Our Lady - Northwest of "Sunstop Mountain camp" in the quarry structures
Bottles On The Wall icon Silent Plains Piquette - In the Venatori main camp south-east of "Sunstop Mountain Camp"

Dragon Hunter Edit

High Dragon icon Sandy Howler

Landmarks Edit

Quest icon DAI Landmarks in the Wastes

Mosaics Edit

Mosaic Pieces icon Sacrifice - 12/12 Pieces

Shards Edit

Quest icon DAI Shards in the Wastes

Skyhold customizations Edit

Notable items Edit

Elven artifacts Edit

  • Northwest of Sunstop Mountain Camp, at the bottom of the ladders leading down from Rock Top Ridge
  • Inside the Tomb at Sunstop Mountains, at the utmost bottom of the scaffolding

Logging stand Edit

  • Northwest of the Logging Camp.
  • North of Sand Crags Camp west of Mountain Fortress Camp near a blue tent.

Quarry Edit

  • Halfway between the Sand Crags Camp and The Cove Camp, directly south of one of the Rifts near the Sand Crags, underneath two giant overlapping rocks. It is far east of the Logging Camp.
  • In the Shallow Basin just north of the Burial Grounds. Directly north of the map marker labeled "The Empty Square".

Veilfire glyphs Edit

Fire Rune Schematic Icon Fire Rune SchematicFire Rune Schematic
Rune Schematic
Adds fire damage to each weapon strike strike
- Found in a tomb east of the Mountain Fortress Camp during the side quest The Tomb of Fairel

Loot Edit

Superb Demon-Slaying Rune schematic icon Superb Demon-Slaying Rune SchematicSuperb Demon-Slaying Rune Schematic
Inflicts bonus damage against demons and undead on each weapon strike.
- looted from a chest in The Tomb of Fairel
Bloodwake icon BloodwakeBloodwake
Unique Staff
"We have made for centuries. We will make for as many more. They could kill every mage, and we would still make. But they cannot. Because of what we make."
Her Hands of the Staveworks

Requires: Level 12

Damage: 49–50 Fire
+10 Spirit Damage
+9% Attack
+16% Heal Bonus
- dropped by a Venatori Overseer during Sand and Ruin
Helm of the Drasca icon Helm of the DrascaHelm of the Drasca
Unique Helmet
The Drasca were an order of warriors formed in the ancient Anderfels to resist the Tevinter Imperium reconquest in -535 Ancient. Renowned for their whirling blades and skill with the bow, they were brutally hunted by the Imperium until the last members fled into the Blasted Hills of the south. Rumors persisted that the Drasca continued on and played a part in the Anders rebellion against Orlesian rule following the Second Blight, but if that is true, they subsequently drifted into obscurity once again.
Requires: Level 19

Armor: 42–44
+8 Dexterity
+8% Magic Defense
+8% Ranged Defense
- for purchase from merchant
Perseverance icon PerseverancePerseverance
Unique Bow
Inscribed in an unusual script: "Long have I endured, as the world has endured. Though time has worn the skies, it shall not reduce me, for I am eternity." Touching the wood gives a sense of devotion... of unknown source.
Requires: Level 15

Damage: 125–130
+4% Critical Chance
+48% Flanking Damage Bonus
- see ... (Inquisition)
Promise of the Storm icon Promise of the StormPromise of the Storm
Unique Dagger
Held lightly, hair on the arm stands on end. Held tight, fingertips numb, leaving a tingle others can feel in the wielder's touch for hours after. Unsubtle power, like the storm that destroys the invading fleet, but also home and hearth. The will that commissioned this is forgotten; even more so are her enemies.
Requires: Level 14

Damage: 105–109
+16 Electricity Damage
+21% Armor Penetration
+2% Attack
+2% Critical Chance
- looted from The Tomb of Fairel

Strange Orb Edit

East of Statue Camp is set of boxes with an orb on top that can be taken but does not appear to do anything, nor does it appear in any quest.

Codex entries Edit

Codex icon DAI Codex entry: A Worn Diary
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Blood-Spotted Venatori Diary
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: The Colossus of Orlais
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Demons of the Stone
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Draft of Letter to Venatori Magisters
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Dwarven Inscriptions: Hissing Wastes
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: The First Blight: Chapter 3
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Folded Letter
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: The Hissing Wastes
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: A Journal on Dwarven Ruins
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Map of Tomb of Fairel
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Note From the Silent Quarter
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: A Sand-Covered Note
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Sketch of Burial Grounds Tomb
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Sketch of Canyon Tomb
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Sketch of Colossus Tomb
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Sketch of Four Pillar Tomb
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Sketch of Sunstop Mountain Tomb

Gallery Edit