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For the Dragon Age II guide, see Money making guide (Dragon Age II).
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DAO sovereign

This page provides a guide on the best ways to make money in Dragon Age: Origins. Money can be earned by completing quests, selling items, stealing, or looting fallen enemies and containers. You are occasionally given the chance to ask for monetary rewards above the 'normal' quest reward, and at times the success of such attempts depends on your coercion skill. Money is used for purchasing items, making donations and bribes, and improving the strength of an allied army for the final battle.

You will be able to accumulate at least 350DAO goldpiece trans prior to the Landsmeet, if you've collected all the loot items and sold everything to merchants without donating anything. This amount is enough to buy 3 or more of your dream items from any merchant. It is also possible to accumulate over 1,000DAO goldpiece trans prior to the Landsmeet without making any Potent Lyrium Potions. This requires you to do all the available quests (including downloadable content), pass all the money-related coercion dialogues, steal from all out-of-combat NPCs and in-combat enemies, and sell all items to merchants, except for the items of your four party characters. If you don't want to worry about money and the tasks required for money, you can spend time producing Potent Lyrium Potions.

Basic Mechanics Edit

A sovereign is a gold piece, or 1DAO goldpiece trans (i.e. 5 sovereigns is 5DAO goldpiece trans). Two other types of smaller denominations are used, silver (DAO silverpiece trans) and copper (DAO bronzepiece trans).

Exchange

  • 100DAO bronzepiece trans = 1DAO silverpiece trans
  • 100DAO silverpiece trans = 1DAO goldpiece trans
Note: This conversion of currency happens automatically.

General Notes Edit

  • One of the best sources of money is selling loot. Bear in mind that every time you choose to avoid a battle, you give up the ability to loot the defeated enemies. If that makes you feel better about your character though, you may consider it a good trade-off.
  • The Dwarf Noble Origin yields a special markup rate for selling items to Gorim in the Denerim market district. Income doubles for all looted, stolen, given, or crafted items. Assuming that the sale of items makes up for at least 2/3 of the total income (a very conservative estimate), the Dwarf Noble will have approximately 67% more money than any other origin at the same point in the game. They can also earn 95+ gold by the time Lothering is completed (see The Spellward).
  • Every time there's a dialogue option to ask for money, go for it. There's not one option in-game where you get more money by not asking. Worst-case scenario is you will get turned down and/or receive negative approval from an NPC, but these decisions will not have any long-term effects toward your ending.
  • You will not miss any important plot points for being cheap, so feel free to refuse offering money to people.


Potent Lyrium Potion crafting Edit

Making Potent Lyrium Potions is one of the most profitable activities in the game because the money earned from selling a single potion exceeds the cost of making it. Dwarf Nobles benefiting from Gorim's special discount, get double the revenue, allowing profit to be made from crafting and selling Greater Lyrium Potions and Lyrium Potions as well.


Cost Qty Total Vendor
Lyrium Dust
0000000240
2DAO silverpiece trans 40DAO bronzepiece trans
4
0000000960
9DAO silverpiece trans 60DAO bronzepiece trans
Circle Tower Quartermaster
Concentrator Agent
0000003300
33DAO silverpiece trans 0DAO bronzepiece trans
2
0000006600
66DAO silverpiece trans 0DAO bronzepiece trans
Gnawed Noble Bartender
Distillation Agent
0000001320
13DAO silverpiece trans 20DAO bronzepiece trans
2
0000002640
26DAO silverpiece trans 40DAO bronzepiece trans
Gnawed Noble Bartender
Flask
0000000110
1DAO silverpiece trans 10DAO bronzepiece trans
1
0000000110
1DAO silverpiece trans 10DAO bronzepiece trans
Gnawed Noble Bartender

The table above details what is needed for one potent lyrium potion and the ideal places to get each ingredient. The listed merchants are selected because they minimize travel time, though other merchants are available. Note that although one can buy up to 10 Lyrium Dust(s) in the Wonders Of Thedas Shop, these cost 60 copper coins more thus reducing profts by 2 silver 40 bronze.

The resale value of a potion,
0000012500
1DAO goldpiece trans 25DAO silverpiece trans 0DAO bronzepiece trans, minus the cost of making a single potent lyrium potion,
0000010310
1DAO goldpiece trans 3DAO silverpiece trans 10DAO bronzepiece trans, yields a profit of 21DAO silverpiece trans90DAO bronzepiece trans per potion.
Bug icon Bug! Selling too many of the same item to the one merchant may corrupt your savegame. The bug appears to happen when a vendor gets overloaded with 549 or more stacks of items. The bug has been fixed in patch 1.04.

Note that it is tedious at best when making 500+ potions as the game requires one click per potion, for PC users there is a simple workaround in macro scripting programs such as Autohotkey, though, tutorials are not covered in this wiki. There is a script that will calculate how many potions' ingredents can be bought based on how much gold one has. It appears to be inaccurate about how much a single potion's ingredients cost, however.

Profitable quests Edit

  • Rescue the Queen: During the prison break, earn 80-90DAO goldpiece trans depending on your Coercion skill and 2 votes at the Landsmeet by asking for their money. A highly skilled lock picker is required to maximize gold accumulation.
  • Precious Metals: For an upfront investment of 40DAO goldpiece transyou can earn up to 98DAO goldpiece transin revenue (58DAO goldpiece trans profit) with high persuasion (or a minimum 20DAO goldpiece transif you kill Rogek or steal from him).
  • Asunder: A side quest that takes place in the Deep Roads. For a reward of 25DAO goldpiece trans 50DAO silverpiece trans, the Warden must allow the Pride demon to escape, although if you have more than one party member and pause, 3 of them can tell him to give you money and one to have him fight you.
  • A Lord's Trust: The First Task: Earn 10DAO goldpiece trans (or 15DAO goldpiece trans with high persuasion) during the optional subquest to return the love letters to fighter Baizyl (requires a Lockpicker). The quest requires you to at least temporarily side with Lord Harrowmont and is a subquest of A Paragon of Her Kind.
  • Lost to the Memories: An Orzammar side quest which rewards 5DAO goldpiece trans (plus 10DAO goldpiece trans if you later return to Orzammar and speak to Orta)
  • Pearls before Swine: The Warden can earn up to 4DAO goldpiece trans if chosen the correct dialogue options. This is the only quest known that yields you More money by refusing to Persuade. To maximize the profit: first suggest that you are going to kill them, then choose the dialogue option "Hand over all the money", this will yield you 2DAO goldpiece trans before you could complete the quest which will reward you with another 2DAO goldpiece trans.
  • Thief in the House of Learning: Earn 2DAO goldpiece trans30DAO silverpiece trans by selling the book to Jertrin instead of returning it to the Orzammar Shaperate for no reward.
  • Forgotten Verses: In Denerim, Sister Justine will pay
    0000075000
    7DAO goldpiece trans 50DAO silverpiece trans 0DAO bronzepiece trans for bringing the Ancient Encrypted Scrolls, for a total of
    0000125000
    12DAO goldpiece trans 50DAO silverpiece trans 0DAO bronzepiece trans if you requested the "collateral" mid-dialogue. The extra
    0000050000
    5DAO goldpiece trans 0DAO silverpiece trans 0DAO bronzepiece trans is not shown on the pop-up but it is added.
  • Complete as many Job Board quests as possible. Each of these side quests will yield 1-6DAO goldpiece trans.

Coercion Edit

Maximizing the Warden's Coercion skill gains access to otherwise unavailable persuasion dialogues which often allow stronger negotiating positions with NPCs. Nearly all the notable side quests listed above can benefit directly with high Coercion.

The Strength and Cunning attributes also augment coercion. The strength score minus 10 is your base Intimidation, and your cunning score minus 10 is your base Persuasion. Each rank of Coercion adds 25 to both Intimidation and Persuasion. The highest Persuasion and Intimidation checks are 100, so if you have e.g. a Cunning of 85 for a cunning-based rogue, you will only need one point in Coercion to pass any Persuasion checks, though you will need more for any Intimidation checks. Four points in Coercion negates any need to put points into Strength or Cunning for extra Coercion (though the skill does require 16 Cunning).

Stealing Edit

Stealing will not net you as much money as Lockpicking but you could earn well over 5DAO goldpiece trans by the end of the game simply from Stealing

  • Most of the time, you will get either a Shard or Health Potions
  • Other times, you will get around 2DAO silverpiece trans - 30 DAO silverpiece trans
  • From yellow & orange name NPC, you could get over 2DAO goldpiece trans
  • Profits from stealing will scale with your character level, it's best to steal later from people you know will be sticking around (Lothering for instance will vanish as soon as you finish any of the main quests).
  • Prior to patch v1.03, it was also possible to set Zevran or Leliana to auto-steal during combat in the tactics screen

Lock Picking Edit

Maximizing a rogue character's lockpicking skill will gain access to locked rooms and containers which may contain money or sellable items. The notable quests above should indicate when a lockpicking character is required for maximum earnings.

Warden's Keep Party Chest Edit

With the Warden's Keep DLC, you can store early to mid-game weapons and armor loot in the party chest rather than selling them immediately.

Items stored in the chest will autolevel along with the character, and can be sold for significantly more as a tier 7 item later in the game. This behavior will work on consoles only, not on PCs. There's also a limit for the number of items allowed to be stored in the chest.

The Weapons page lists the price multipliers for the different tiers - a tier 7 (dragonbone) weapon is worth 18 times more than a tier 1 (iron) version of the same weapon. The "average" weapon tier throughout the game is presumably 4 (Veridium) at price multiplier 9 vs. iron, which still yields twice the cash if you postpone selling it until it has turned to dragonbone.

Not all weapons and armor autolevel: Staves and unique items (like the Aodh or Thorn of the Dead Gods) generally don't; the same goes for most items with "darkspawn" in their name. But it works for generic weapons and armor, and can give a quite significant profit.

Console Edit

If you are on the PC, you can just use the console to give yourself as much money as you want. See the Console (Origins) page for more information.


Redcliffe crystal glitch Edit

This is a very fast and profitable glitch that can be done immediately after Lothering. After Hearing about how to help Redcliffe, convince the blacksmith to continue working. Then go to the bar. Make the bartender join the fight without killing him. He will put the girl in charge of the bar. She will sell everything for free, but will not restock. However, if you "buy" her whole inventory, leave the bar and return, she will restock the crystals. After doing this several times, sell them to the blacksmith. The higher level you are, the higher tier the crystals will be.

She no longer sells the crystals in the PC version.

This has been confirmed to work on the Xbox 360 and the PS3 as well.

Note: This isn't actually the sole case. If you talk to the militia who are drinking in the tavern, you'll see a mini-cut scene showing them complaining that Lloyd is making them pay for their ale. Once you've seen/heard this conversation between them, you can then threaten Lloyd into making you co-owner, therefore making it so you can get a small profit every so often (from 20 silver and upwards), but also free items which once again - restock every exit/ entrance. Thus, this makes it easier to get the Helm of the Red during the Redcliffe assault as well as allowing you to take the crystal glitch. - Xbox 360

Infinite money glitch Edit

Main article: Exploits (Origins)#Unlimited Money

ps3Icon ps3 and xbox360Icon xbox360 One of the easiest ways to get money is to put an item in the Junk section of your inventory and then go to a merchant. In the Junk section you have two sell options, "Sell" and "Sell all". When selling the item, hit the "Sell All Junk" button and immediately after hit the "Sell" button. If you hit the buttons quickly enough, you can sell the item twice.

Traps are a Girl's Best Friend Edit

This is a continuous quest in Lothering and you can keep on selling Allison traps (The merchant in the inn sells an unlimited number of trap triggers, the only component you need for spring traps). This only works if you have the three spring traps when you first talk to her, otherwise when you say "I will return with them later" and then later return, the quest becomes complete. This quest becomes impossible to complete if you have fought the desperate refugees, as Allison will refer to you as a troublemaker.

One very important note to make is that you will receive experience each time you do this as well. You will rapidly gain levels, which can lead to difficulty when you next encounter enemies with levelled gear while you will likely still be using grey iron. Use with caution.

If you unequip everything from your party except for Items that don't scale in level, sell them all in Dane's Refuge after achieving your desired level and gold, exit the building then go back in and everything will have scaled up to the appropriate level so you can have dragonbone armour and weapons at the beginning of the game.

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