Sharp Little Pinpricks is an Act 1 Gangs side quest in Dragon Age II.

Acquisition Edit

The Sharps Highwaymen are trying to take over Lowtown at night. Killing the majority of them will reveal the location of their hideout and leader.

Walkthrough Edit

Enter the "Hovel", which is in the eastern area of Lowtown at night, then defeat the gang and its leader Ignacio Strand. The majority of the enemies will be archers with only a few dual-wielders. Ignacio himself will fight with a bow until attacked, and then will immediately switch to fighting like a dual-wielding Assassin.

Don't forget to loot the chest in the room on the right. Afterwards, return to The Hanged Man at night and speak to A Friend for a reward.

Strategy Edit

The use of the small "hovel-style" layout (like Gamlen's House) for this battle can work to your advantage, if your party has a tank like Aveline and is proficient in making use of area-of-effect spells and talents. Tempest is an excellent spell to unleash here, since it covers virtually the entire map and will deal no friendly fire damage on Nightmare. Alternatively, Firestorm can keep the initial four archers occupied while the party focuses fire on Ignacio, who fights like an ordinary Elite-ranked assassin. More enemies arrive from the side rooms after enough of the initial wave is eliminated, so it is a good idea to make sure Ignacio is one of them.

Result Edit

Hawke can now walk around Lowtown at night without being ambushed by thugs.

Rewards Edit

Notes Edit

  • A Friend only appears at night, in the back room of The Hanged Man. She will continue to give out rewards each time the player clears out a band of thugs in the subsequent side quests.
  • Like all night time gang quests, several waves of enemies will not appear unless Hawke leaves the area and then returns. Also like all other such quests, the hideout location will be revealed even if 1-2 groups of gang members have not been cleared (so as not to be rendered impossible to complete if another quest NPC is currently blocking a group from spawning in a specific location).

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