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For talents in Dragon Age II, see Talents (Dragon Age II).

Talents are unique selectable abilities that warriors and rogues can use. mages do not use talents and have access to spells instead. The Warden receives one free talent based on their origin, two at character generation and one talent per level, as well as two or three in total after storyline events. Both rogues and warriors receive points after the Joining Ritual and after the Landsmeet, while warriors gain a point after reviving Arl Eamon at the end of The Urn of Sacred Ashes quest (rogues instead gain a skill point). Activated talents have special animations that distinguish them from standard attacks.

Types of talents Edit

Activated Edit

The character executes a special attack or action (e.g. bashing your shield into the opponent, sending them flying).

Passive Edit

A permanent bonus, change in game mechanics, or upgrade to an existing ability (e.g. adding a chance of stun to all two-handed attacks).

Sustained Edit

While activated, the Warden character gains some bonuses or some game mechanics will change (e.g. using your shield to increase your cover vs. missiles).

Important note for power playing: activating a sustained ability will only cost mana/stamina if the mana pool is full. Knowing this allows you to use mana first, and then 'reserve' the empty bit of mana pool for sustained abilities. see tactics to take full advantage of this.

Note: It is possible to stack some sustained talents as long as there is at least 1 remaining point in the stamina pool. But if the player uses all the points or an attack drains all the stamina, then the talents are deactivated and you have to wait until they cool down before you can use them again.

Talent threat bug Edit

See also: Talent Threat Bug Testing Info

Many talents should generate threat on hit/activation. In addition to the threat number found in talent mechanics description (multiply by 10 to get the actual threat value), any damage dealt by the talent should generate additional threat. This additional threat is based on the damage amount in relation to an enemy's maximum health. E. g., dealing 50 damage to an enemy with 100 hit points should generate 50 points of threat -- in other words, the formula is 100 * (damage/enemy health at fully healed hitpoints). However, as of patch 1.02, no activated talent, except Taunt (with or without Frightening Appearance passive bonus) and Threaten, will generate any additional threat. The root of the problem is the AI_Threat_UpdateAbilityImpact() function, that gets properly invoked for spells, but not for talents. The additional threat info is left intact in the specific talent mechanics descriptions.

Class specific talents Edit

Rogue Edit

Talent-DirtyFighting icon
Dirty Fighting
Talent-CombatMovement icon
Combat Movement
Talent-CoupDeGrace icon
Coup De Grace
Talent-FeignDeath icon
Feign Death
Talent-BelowTheBelt icon
Below the Belt
Talent-DeadlyStrike icon
Deadly Strike
Talent-Lethality icon
Lethality
Talent-Evasion icon
Evasion
Skl ico lockpicking
Deft Hands
Skl ico lockpicking 2
Improved Tools
Skl ico lockpicking 3
Mechanical Expertise
Skl ico lockpicking 4
Device Mastery
Skl ico stealth 1
Stealth
Skl ico stealth 2
Stealthy Item Use
Skl ico stealth 3
Combat Stealth
Skl ico stealth 4
Master Stealth
Heartseeker icon
Heartseeker
Talent ghost icon
Ghost
Talent weak points icon
Weak Points
Talent flicker icon
Flicker

Warrior Edit

Talent-Powerful icon
Powerful
Talent-Threaten icon
Threaten
Talent-Bravery icon
Bravery
Talent-DeathBlow icon
Death Blow
Talent-PreciseStriking icon
Precise Striking
Talent-Taunt icon
Taunt
Talent-Disengage icon
Disengage
Talent-PerfectStriking icon
Perfect Striking
Talent second wind icon
Second Wind
Talent peons plight icon
Peon's Plight
Talent grievous insult icon
Grievous Insult
Talent massacre icon
Massacre

More class specific talents can be found on their respective specialization pages.

Weapon talents Edit

Dual Weapon Edit

Talent dw dwtraining
Dual-Weapon Training
Talent dw finesse
Dual-Weapon Finesse
Talent dw expert
Dual-Weapon Expert
Talent dw mastery
Dual-Weapon Mastery
Talent dw dualstriking
Dual Striking
Talent dw riposte
Riposte
Talent dw cripple
Cripple
Talent dw punisher
Punisher
Talent dw sweep
Dual-Weapon Sweep
Talent dw flurry
Flurry
Talent dw momentum
Momentum
Talent dw whirlwind
Whirlwind
Talent twin strikes icon
Twin Strikes
Talent find vitals icon
Find Vitals
Talent low blow icon
Low Blow
Unending flurry icon
Unending Flurry

Archery Edit

Talent arch meleearcher
Melee Archer
Talent arch aim
Aim
Talent arch defensivefire
Defensive Fire
Talent arch masterarcher
Master Archer
Talent arch pinningshot
Pinning Shot
Talent arch cripplingshot
Crippling Shot
Talent arch criticalshot
Critical Shot
Talent arch arrowofslaying
Arrow of Slaying
Talent arch rapidshot
Rapid Shot
Talent arch shatteringshot
Shattering Shot
Talent arch suppressingfire
Suppressing Fire
Talent arch scattershot
Scattershot
Accuracy
Accuracy
Talent arrow time icon
Arrow Time
Talent burst shot icon
Burst Shot
Talent rain of arrows icon
Rain of Arrows

Weapon and Shield Edit

Talent wns shieldbash
Shield Bash
Talent wns shieldpummel
Shield Pummel
Talent wns overpower
Overpower
Talent wns assault
Assault
Talent wns shielddefense
Shield Defense
Talent wns shieldbalance
Shield Balance
Talent wns shieldwall
Shield Wall
Talent wns shieldexpertise
Shield Expertise
Talent wns shieldblock
Shield Block
Talent wns shieldcover
Shield Cover
Talent wns shieldtactics
Shield Tactics
Talent wns shieldmastery
Shield Mastery
Talent juggernaut icon
Juggernaut
Talent carapace icon
Carapace
Talent air of insolence icon
Air of Insolence
Bulwark of the Ages
Bulwark of the Ages

Two-Handed Edit

Talent 2h pommelstrike
Pommel Strike
Talent 2h indomitable
Indomitable
Talent 2h stunningblows
Stunning Blows
Talent 2h criticalstrike
Critical Strike
Talent 2h sunderarms
Sunder Arms
Talent 2h shatteringblows
Shattering Blows
Talent 2h sunderarmor
Sunder Armor
Talent 2h destroyer
Destroyer
Talent 2h mightyblow
Mighty Blow
Talent 2h powerfulswings
Powerful Swings
Talent 2h 2hstrength
Two-Handed Strength
Talent 2h 2hsweep
Two-Handed Sweep
Talent sweeping strike icon
Sweeping Strike
Talent two-handed impact icon
Two-Handed Impact
Talent onslaught icon
Onslaught
Talent reaving storm icon
Reaving Storm

Rogue specializations Edit

Class talents accessible to specializations.

Assassin
Talent-MarkofDeath icon
Mark of Death
Talent-ExploitWeakness icon
Exploit Weakness
Talent-Lacerate icon
Lacerate
Talent-FeastoftheFallen icon
Feast of the Fallen
Bard
Talent-SongOfValor icon
Song of Valor
Talent-Distraction icon
Distraction
Talent-SongOfCourage icon
Song of Courage
Talent-CaptivatingSong icon
Captivating Song
Duelist
Talent-Dueling icon
Dueling
Talent-UpsetBalance icon
Upset Balance
Talent-KeenDefense icon
Keen Defense
Talent-PinpointStrike icon
Pinpoint Strike
Ranger
Talent-SummonWolf icon
Summon Wolf
Talent-SummonBear icon
Summon Bear
Talent-SummonSpider icon
Summon Spider
Talent-MasterRanger icon
Master Ranger
Legionnaire Scout*
Markofthe s
Mark of the Legion
StrengthOfStone
Strength of Stone
EndureHardship
Endure Hardship
BlessingOfTheAncestors
Blessing of the Ancestors
Shadow*
Shadow form icon
Shadow Form
Decoy
Decoy
ShadowStriking
Shadow Striking
Pandemonium icon
Pandemonium

*Only available in Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening

Warrior specializations Edit

Class talents accessible to specializations.

Berserker
Talent-Berserk icon
Berserk
Talent-Resilience icon
Resilience
Talent-Constraint icon
Constraint
Talent-FinalBlow icon
Final Blow
Reaver
Reaverdevour
Devour
Reaverfrighteningappearance
Frightening Appearance
Aura of Pain
Aura of Pain
Classico reaver
Blood Frenzy
Templar
Talent-RighteousStrike icon
Righteous Strike
Talent-CleanseArea icon
Cleanse Area
Talent-MentalFortress icon
Mental Fortress
Talent-HolySmite icon
Holy Smite
Champion
Talent-WarCry icon
War Cry
Talent-Rally icon
Rally
Talent-Motivate icon
Motivate
Talent-Superiority icon
Superiority
Guardian*
Guardians-shield
Guardian's Shield
Fortifying-presence
Fortifying Presence
Master-guardian
Master Guardian
Aura-of-the-stalwart-defender
Aura of the Stalwart Defender
Spirit Warrior*
Beyond-the-veil icon
Beyond the Veil
Soulbrand
Soulbrand
Fade-burst icon
Fade Burst
Blessing-of-the-fade
Blessing of the Fade

*Only available in Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening.

Other talents Edit

Racial abilities Edit

Talent-DwarvenResistance icon
Dwarven Resistance — only available to dwarven characters

Dog talents Edit

Growl
Growl
Dread Howl
Dread Howl
Combat Training
Combat Training
Overwhelm
Overwhelm
Fortitude
Fortitude
Charge
Charge
Shred
Shred
Classico dog
Nemesis

Shale Talents Edit

Pulverizing Blows
Pulverizing Blows
Slam
Slam
Talent-Quake icon
Quake
Talent-KillingBlow icon
Killing Blow
Stoneheart
Stoneheart
Bellow
Bellow
Stone Roar
Stone Roar
Regenerating Burst
Regenerating Burst
Rock Mastery
Rock Mastery
Hurl Rock
Hurl Rock
Earthen Grasp
Earthen Grasp
Rock Barrage
Rock Barrage
Stone Aura
Stone Aura
Inner Reserves
Inner Reserves
Renewed Assault
Renewed Assault
Supernatural Resilience
Supernatural Resilience
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