Dragon Age Inquisition Companions Guide – How to Recruit Party, Approval, Locations

By   /   Nov 18, 2014

As the head of the Inquisition, you’ll be constantly surrounded by Companions. These members add a dynamic side to the game world as they won’t always agree with you or other members and may hold different opinions than you.

For more help on Dragon Age Inquisition, read our Romance Guide, Specializations Quests and Agents Locations Guide.

Dragon Age Inquisition Companions

It’s very important to maintain a high approval of your party members; something I’ll talk about later in this guide. Furthermore, you’ll be able to have romantic interactions with some of them. Just make sure to check your Race and Gender before making your move.

Varric Tethras

This rogue is one great storyteller and has seen more battles than one can imagine. He’s some pretty high love standards and unfortunately, you’re not one of them.

Location: You’ll first encounter Varric fighting off demons with Solas at the first Fade rift outside Haven. He and Solas will automatically join your party after the Fade rift is shut down.

Specialization
Varric is one excellent rogue and blessed with the knowledge of traps and other devices.

Approval
One of the best ways to gain Varric’s approval is with a good sense of humor, no matter how harsh the times are. In addition to this, several of Varric’s approval are also tied to Dragon Age II. He’s a skeptical dude, so bear that in mind.

Gain Approval

  • Take the mountain path in the Frostback Mountains during the prologue.
  • At Redcliffe Castle, accept the mages as allies (only if Hawke sided with the mages in Dragon Age II).
  • At Redcliffe Castle, accept the mages as conscripts (only if Hawke sided with the Templars in Dragon Age II).
  • Allow the Wardens to join the Inquisition in Adamant (only if Hawke’s Warden Ally is left in the Fade).
  • Exile the Wardens at Adamant (only if Hawke is left in the Fade).

Lose Approval

  • At Redcliffe Castle, accept the mages as allies (only if Hawke sided with the Templars in Dragon Age II).
  • At Redcliffe Castle, accept the mages as conscripts (only if Hawke sided with the mages in Dragon Age II).
  • Say you’ll “do it for my own power” when made Inquisitor.
  • Say “lead them to vengeance” when made Inquisitor.
  • Allow the Wardens to join the Inquisition in Adamant (only if Hawke is left in the Fade).
  • Exile the Wardens at Adamant (only if Hawke’s Warden Ally is left in the Fade).

Cassandra Pentaghast

This noble lady decided to leave all her wealth and status behind to set out on her journey to seek the truth. She puts justice above everything else and can be romanced by any race, but males only.

Location: You’re Cassandra’s prisoner after the events at the Temple of Sacred Ashes. You’ll meet her even before Varric and Solas join your party.

Specialization
Cassandra knows all about Templar’s abilities and know how to deal with evil mages.

Approval
Start off with accepting your role as the Chosen of Andraste and never put personal wealth or interests before the inquisition. Furthermore, you can also complete Unfinished Business to gain some additional approval.

Gain Approval

  • Charge with the soldiers in the Frostback Mountains during the prologue.
  • Go to Redcliffe Castle and accept mages as conscripts.
  • Go to Therinfal Redoubt and ally with the Templars.
  • Say you’ll be a “servant of faith” when made Inquisitor.
  • Exile the Wardens after securing Adamant.
  • Support Gaspard at the Winter Palace.
  • Empress Celene dies at the Winter Palace.
  • Drink from the Well of Sorrows.

Lose Approval

  • Take the mountain path in the Frostback Mountains during the prologue
  • Go to Redcliffe Castle and ally with the mages
  • Go to Therinfal Redoubt and disband the Templar Order
  • Say you’ll “do it for my own power” when made Inquisitor
  • Allow the Wardens to join the Inquisition after Adamant
  • Support Briala at the Winter Palace
  • Allow Morrigan to drink from the Well of Sorrows

Solas

Solas has spent a large chunk of life away from the society and is a wonderful mage. In the time of crisis when other mages have turned their backs against the world, Solas decided to come out from the dark.

Location: At the very beginning of the game, you’ll come across Solas and Varric at the first Fade rift. He’s one of the first members to join your party along with Varric.

Specialization
Solas is able to turn Veil into a powerful weapon and attack his enemies.

Approval
One of the best ways to gain Solas’s approval is by being curious and asking questions. Furthermore, you can also gain approval by finding elven artifacts and activating them. To aid you in finding these, Solas will automatically point them out whenever you’re near one.

Gained Approval

  • Go to Redcliffe Castle and ally with the mages.
  • At Therinfal Redoubt, accept the Templars as conscripts or allies.
  • Exile the Wardens after securing Adamant.
  • Gain enough court approval (85+) to have Florianne arrested at the Winter Palace.
  • Perform the rituals at the Temple of Mythal.
  • Accept alliance with Abelas at the Temple of Mythal.
  • Allow Morrigan to drink from the Well of Sorrows at the Temple of Mythal.

Lose Approval

  • Go to Redcliffe Castle and conscript the mages
  • Say you’re a “servant of faith” when made Inquisitor
  • Say you’ll “do it for my own power” when made Inquisitor
  • Allow the Wardens to join the Inquisition after securing Adamant
  • Support Briala at the Winter Palace
  • Ignore the rituals at the Temple of Mythal
  • Refuse an alliance with Abelas at the Temple of Mythal
  • Drink from the Well of Sorrows at the Temple of Mythal

Vivienne

If there is one woman you shouldn’t be meddling with, it’s Vivienne. She’s one of the most powerful woman you’ll ever meet.

Location: After visiting Val Royeaux, you need to find The Imperial Enchanter quest. You need to travel to the Duke Bastien de Ghyslain after receiving the invitation. It’s in this area where you’ll encounter Vivienne.

Approval
One of the most important that you need to keep in mind is that Vivienne puts discipline above everything else. Furthermore, she doesn’t fully trust Cole and Morrigan so bear that in mind. And lastly, she wants the mage rebellion destroyed above everything else.

Specialization
She’ll always fight from the frontline and with blade, if necessary.

Gain Approval

  • At Redcliffe Castle, conscript the mages
  • At Therinfal Redoubt, ally with the Templars
  • Say you’ll be a “servant of faith” when made Inquisitor
  • Say you’ll “set an example as a mage” when made Inquisitor
  • Exile the Wardens after securing Adamant
  • Drink from the Well of Sorrows at the Temple of Mythal

Lose Approval

  • At Redcliffe Castle, ally with the mages
  • At Therinfal Redoubt, disband the Templars
  • Allow the Wardens to join the Inquisition after securing Adamant
  • Support Gaspard or Briala at the Winter Palace
  • Allow Morrigan to drink from the Well of Sorrows at the Temple of Mythal

Sera

Thinking about the future and making decisions accordingly is not Sera’s cup of tea. She’s extremely impulsive and can do anything to bring out order and peace to the world.

Location: During your visit to Val Royeaux during A Friend of Red Jenny, you’ll be able to add Sera to your Party Members. Once you’ve searched the clues, you’ll have to fight off attackers in the courtyard. After the fight is done, Sera will join the inquisition.

Specialization
Surrounded by alchemical fire, Sera takes the fight amidst the battlefield and crushes down her opponents.

Approval
There are a couple of things which Sera absolutely detests: stealing from the poor and taking on behalf of her. Another important thing that gains her approval is going against the nobilities. And lastly, she hates nothing more than talking to Solas.

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