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The Western Approach is a large, arid expanse in southwestern Orlais.[1] Farther west lie the Hunterhorn Mountains and uninhabited steppes and forests.

Background Edit

Area - Western Approach

This area was the site of a major battle during the Second Blight. The darkspawn swarmed out of the great chasm to the south named the Abyssal Rift and corrupted the land beyond recovery. Now it is a stark and sad place with unstable purple sands, occasional rocky pillars and ridges jutting out of them and strong howling winds. At night the air grows still and the sky is alight with shimmering auroras, but this is also the time when the darkspawn come out of hiding.

The Orlesians put iron towers at least a hundred feet high to mark the path in the badlands: a traveler who reaches one of them is able to see the next. The towers are now old and rusted. Adamant Fortress, built by the dwarves and used as a Grey Warden outpost, stands on the lip of the chasm.[2]

Involvement Edit

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During the Here Lies the Abyss quest, the Inquisitor is following the tracks of the disappearing Grey Wardens. After meeting Hawke in Skyhold, and being introduced to their Grey Warden ally in Crestwood, the Inquisitor learns that the Wardens have been gathering in a Tevinter tower in The Western Approach.

Once in the area, the Inquisitor will have to face multiple dangers while hunting for the elusive Wardens. Local wildlife, White Claws raiders, and Venatori troops present a variety of threats amidst sandy dunes, rocky outcrops, and ancient Tevinter ruins.

When the Inquisitor catches up to the Grey Wardens, they are intent on performing a ritual that Warden Commander Clarel believes will eliminate the Darkspawn once and for all. However, the ritual, lead by Venatori Magister Livius Erimond, is intended to bind the Wardens in Corypheus' service.

Places Edit

Regions Edit

Note: The 25 regions below make up the Regions in the Approach collection. Discovering all of them grants 200 Influence.
Western-Approach-Map

Map of the Western Approach

  • Abyssal Ledge
  • Blight Overlook
  • The Canyons
  • Death Drink Springs
  • Dust Plains
  • Dustytop Fort
  • Echoback Canyon
  • Echoback Fort
  • Forgotten Mine
  • Gates of Andoral
  • Gates of Toth
  • Giant's Staircase
  • Hightown icon Griffon Wing Keep
  • Iska's Stand
  • Lost Spring Canyon
  • Lost Wash Creek
  • Nazaire's Pass
  • Old Prison Road
  • Prison Ruins
  • Sand Flats
  • Sand Rock Mine
  • Shimmer Stone Mine
  • Small location icon (Inquisition) The Still Ruins
  • Valemont Pass
  • The Wastes

Additional places Edit


Inquisition camps Edit

See Holding the Western Approach.
  • Craggy Ridge Camp
  • Echo Back Canyon Camp
  • Lost Spring Canyon Camp
  • Nazaire's Pass Camp

Characters Edit

Quests Edit

Still Ruins Overview

Still Ruins overview

Main article: Quests (Inquisition)

Unlock the area by completing the Investigate the Western Approach War table operation.
Quest icon DAI The Abyssal High Dragon
Quest icon DAI Assault on Griffon Wing Keep
Quest icon DAI Draconology
Quest icon DAI Fortress Squatters
Quest icon DAI Frederic's Livelihood
Quest icon DAI The Heart of the Still Ruins
Quest icon DAI Holding the Western Approach
Quest icon DAI How to Lure a Dragon
Quest icon DAI Hunting Patterns
Quest icon DAI Into the Approach
Quest icon DAI A Manuscript of Some Authority
Quest icon DAI On the Chantry Trail
Quest icon DAI Sharper White Claws
Quest icon DAI A Stranger Rift in the Ruins
Quest icon DAI A Tevinter Relic Hunt
Quest icon DAI The Trouble with Darkspawn
Quest icon DAI The Venatori
Quest icon DAI This Water Tastes Funny

Rifts Edit

Main article: Fade rift

Quest icon DAI Rifts in the Canyons
Quest icon DAI Rifts in Echoback
Quest icon DAI Rifts in Sand and Dust
Quest icon DAI Rifts off the Pass

Requisitions Edit

Main article: Requisitions

Quest icon DAI Code Requisition in the Approach
Quest icon DAI Fauna Requisition in the Approach
Quest icon DAI Lazurite Survey in the Approach
Quest icon DAI Luster Survey in the Approach

War Table Operations Edit

Main article: War Table

Quest icon DAI Crossing the Sulphur Pits
Quest icon DAI Find the Source of Darkspawn
Quest icon DAI Translate the Dragon Text
Quest icon DAI Judgment: Recover Sold Artifacts
Quest icon DAI All That Glitters
Quest icon DAI Improving Morale
Quest icon DAI Deal with the Angry Varghests
Quest icon DAI Secure a Source of Water for Outpost
Quest icon DAI Investigate Ancient Laboratory

Collections Edit

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Griffon statues

Astrariums Edit

Astarium icon Astrariums in the Approach

Bottles Edit

Bottles On The Wall icon Vintage: Warden Jairn - In "Dustytop Fort".
Bottles On The Wall icon Vintage: Warden Eval'lal - In "Ritual Tower".
Bottles On The Wall icon West Hill Brandy - On top of the tower above the Astrarium cave. Climb the southern half of the east rubble slope and then up the ladder.

High Dragons Edit

High Dragon icon Abyssal High Dragon

Landmarks Edit

Quest icon DAI Landmarks in the Approach

Mosaics Edit

Mosaic Pieces icon The Archdemon - 12/12 pieces
Mosaic Pieces icon Freed Are Slaves - 2/12 pieces:

  • In Coracavus, behind a locked door in the "Records Room".
  • In the Still Ruins, behind a locked door, to the right of the first hall.

Shards Edit

Quest icon DAI Shards in the Approach

Skyhold Customizations Edit

Creatures Edit

Enemies Edit

Crafting materials Edit

Echoback Fort

Echoback Fort

Herbs Edit

Amrita Vein icon Amrita Vein
Blood Lotus DAI Blood Lotus
Deathroot icon Deathroot
Deep Mushroom icon Deep Mushroom
Dragonthorn icon Dragonthorn
Elfroot icon Elfroot
Ghouls Beard icon Ghoul's Beard
Spindleweed DAI icon Spindleweed
Witherstalk icon Witherstalk

Leather Edit

Canine Leather icon Canine Leather
Fennec Fur icon Fennec Fur
Phoenix Scales icon Phoenix Scales
Quillback Leather icon Quillback Leather
Rough Hide icon Rough Hide

Metals Edit

Lazurite icon Lazurite
Paragons Luster icon Paragon's Luster
Serpentstone icon Serpentstone

Notable items Edit

Elven artifacts Edit

  • In the "Main Chamber" of the Still Ruins.
  • In the far western corner of the hidden Astrarium room.
  • In Griffon Wing Keep, near the main gate.

Logging stands Edit

  • North-east of "Lost Spring Canyon Camp"
  • East of "Craggy Ridge Camp", near "Valemont Pass" and "Lost Wash Creek". Walk up a little slope from the river.

Quarries Edit

  • "Shimmerstone Mine"
  • South-west of "Echoback Fort"
  • South-west of "Sand Rock Mine"

Veilfire glyphs Edit

Fire Rune Schematic Icon Fire Rune Schematic - In the Astrarium cave (revealed by completing Astrariums in the Approach).
Frost Rune Schematic Icon Frost Rune Schematic - In a small cave accessible from the center of "Echoback Fort".
Spirit rune schematic icon Spirit Rune Schematic - In the Coracavus Holding Cells in the cell containing a hanged man.
Spirit rune schematic icon Spirit Rune Schematic - In the Still Ruins in the Inner Sanctum (unlocked by the The Heart of the Still Ruins quest), on a plaque behind the magic staff.

Loot Edit

Aegis of the Order icon Aegis of the Order - Looted from within the same cave as The Thing in the Dark landmark.
Cowl of the Overseer icon Cowl of the Overseer - Looted from Macrinus during Assault on Griffon Wing Keep quest.
Masterwork Vanguar Mail icon Griffon Plate - Acquired in the cave revealed from Astrariums in the Approach quest.
Unique amulet icon Kitty's Collar - Looted from Macrinus during Assault on Griffon Wing Keep quest.
Cleansing rune schematic icon Master Cleansing Rune Schematic - Looted from Lucanus in the Still Ruins.

Corrupting rune schematic icon Master Corrupting Rune Schematic - Looted from a chest in the Echoback Fort in the area after the Coracavus dungeon.

DAI-unique-lightarmor-icon1 Masterwork Enchanter Mail - Acquired in the cave revealed from unlocking Astrariums in the Approach.
Audacity icon Nameless Blade - Looted from the Abyssal High Dragon.
Staff of the Void icon Pyre of the Forgotten - Randomly sold by the Griffon Wing Keep Merchant for
0000021433
21433 Currency (Inquisition).
Note: Requires The Short List Inquisition perk
DAI sack Sad Splinters - Looted after destroying the keep gate during Assault on Griffon Wing Keep quest.
Unique amulet icon Superb Amulet of Magic - Randomly sold by the Griffon Wing Keep Merchant in the Western Approach for
0000014495
14495 Currency (Inquisition).
Note: Requires The Short List Inquisition perk
Unique belt icon Superb Belt of Magic Defense - Randomly sold by the Griffon Wing Keep Merchant in the Western Approach for
0000014495
14495 Currency (Inquisition).
Note: Requires The Short List Inquisition perk
Unique ring icon Superb Ring of Armor Penetration - Looted from the Abyssal High Dragon.
Unique ring icon Superb Ring of Critical Damage - Looted within a chest in the Coracavus Records Room behind a locked door.
Tempest staff icon Tempest - Looted in the final room of the Still Ruins.

Codex entries Edit

Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Adamant Fortress
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Constellation: Fenrir
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Constellation: Satinalis
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Constellation: Toth
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Coracavus
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: The Creation of a Phylactery
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: The Gate Guardians
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Magister Erimond
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: A Missing Slave
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Old Chantry Trail Signs
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Our Lady of the Anderfels
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Professor Frederic of Serault
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Responsible Blood Magic
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Ritual Tower
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: The Secret Tongue of Slaves
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: The Still Ruins
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Surviving the Western Approach
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: The Western Approach

Note texts Edit

Text ico Ancient List of Prisoners
Text ico Ancient Tevinter
Text ico Ancient Warden Logbook
Text ico Barely Readable Unsent Letter
Text ico A Blood-Spattered Note
Text ico Chantry Logbook
Text ico A Crumpled Note
Text ico Elegantly Penned Note
Text ico Elegantly Written Letter
Text ico Elegantly Written Note (about research team)
Text ico Elegantly Written Note (about Wardens)
Text ico Faded Interrogation Notes
Text ico Faded Journal
Text ico Griffon Wing Keep (from Servis)
Text ico Griffon Wing Keep (to Servis)
Text ico Intercepted Venatori Message
Text ico Journal on Certain Experiments
Text ico A Letter Found on a Grey Warden Mage
Text ico Manifest
Text ico Memorial
Text ico Note from a Templar
Text ico Note of Slight Jealousy
Text ico A Preserved Note
Text ico Rebel Mage's Note
Text ico Research Notes
Text ico A Scrawled Note
Text ico Scrawled Raider Note
Text ico Stern Note of Warning
Text ico Venatori Orders (to Cassius)
Text ico Venatori Orders (to Lucanus)
Text ico Venatori Plans
Text ico Written Note

Notes Edit

  • There are two gates in the Approach: "The Gate of Toth" and "The Gate of Andoral" each one can be opened only from the northern side which requires completion of the Find the Source of Darkspawn War Table operation.
  • There is a sizeable stash of money next to a skeleton right above the Echo Back Canyon Camp. In order to reach it you need to jump on the broken floor (as it can be seen on the left side of the picture) with a mount.

Gallery Edit

Trivia Edit

  • In several published maps of Thedas, The Abyssal Rift is erroneously labeled as "The Abyssal Reach". The former label is the correct one.[3]

References Edit

  1. Dragon Age logo - new Dragon Age: The World of Thedas, vol. 1, p. 182
  2. The Fortress of Adamant. Dragon Age.
  3. David Gaider (October 14, 2014). The Bittersweetest thing. Tumblr.