Traps are a Girl's Best Friend is a side quest in Lothering. Allison has heard that Barlin is setting traps around his land to protect himself from the darkspawn, and she wants to protect herself in a similar fashion. Since Barlin has already acquired all the traps in the village, she hopes someone can make her three Spring Traps.
This quest is only available to a group with the Trap-Making skill. If Allison is approached without a such skilled Warden or companion, the quest will initially not be obtainable, and it seems that dialogue with her is no longer possible. However, if you later acquire the skill, she will initiate conversation again, you can tell her you could help, and you can acquire the quest.
Completing the quest is simple: convert three Trap Triggers into Spring Traps and give these to Allison. Prior to first passage through Lothering, Triggers are available from the Ostagar Quartermaster, Barlin in Dane's Refuge and the bandits' chests on the highway.
- 50 (for each set of three traps)
- 100 XP (for each set of three traps)
This quest is endlessly repeatable (until Lothering is destroyed). The first attempt to speak to Allison after first completion gives another "thanks for the traps I feel a lot safer now" and no dialogue, but after this she will be ready to accept more traps every time you speak with her.
- In the downloaded ps3 version, in the menu wheel, the number of traps (over one set of 99) rarely match what you bought, sometimes appearing to reduce at the same time; it has no bearing on the actual total you have (checking your equipment inventory will show the truth of this).
Problems and mitigation Edit
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 leveled gear while you will likely still be using grey iron. Use with caution, specially on the PC version.
- Item tier bug
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.