I always strive to get the best gear whatever game I play so I’ve done some research to see which weapons are the absolute best for every class. Here are my findings!
Note: This list has weapons that require DLC content. If you want to see the list for the original game, check out this post.
If you played the previous Dragon Age games, you may expect Unique purple weapons to be the best, but that is not the case. The best weapons in DA: I are crafted. Although there are plenty of powerful unique items, they pale in comparison to crafted gear.
Having said that, let’s take a look at the best weapons for each class, and how you can get them!
The best bow is the Elgar’nan Enaste (schematic). It uses 2 less crafting materials than Hakkon’s Wrath, but has a special effect that makes basic attacks do additional fire damage in a small area around your target.
Keep in mind that to use this bow in the main game (and not just during Trespasser) you would need to find the schematic and use the Golden Nug to transfer it for your next playthrough (or alternatively, download a different person’s save file from nexusmods.com and then use the Golden Nug to make it available for your characters).
Next Best Thing: Hakkon’s Wrath, crafted via schematic. This schematic can be found in the Old Temple in Frostback Basin by using a Veilfire torch to discover several hidden runes, during or after the “Ameridan’s End” quest.
If you don’t have Jaws of Hakkon, you can always go for either the Bow of the Beresaad or the Grunnsmann’s Bow schematics; they are both sold for 12156 gold from the Black Emporium. As long as you use the best grip upgrade, they will be just as good.
Grunnsmann’s is usually the better choice though, because you can stack a lot of critical chance or critical damage thanks to the 3 offense slots.
For dual-wield rogues, the best dagger is the Stone Stalker Blade. This schematic requires the Descent DLC, and can be found as a random drop in the Deep Roads.
Next best Thing: Blade of Red Birth, purchased from the Black Emporium with a price tag of 8478 gold.
For mages, the Encore Schematic Staff is the best weapon , because in addition to decent stats and ugprade slots, it has a chance to cast one of 3 unique buffs for your entire party: Battle of the Bands, Mark of the Riff, and Sing-Along.
However, this schematic is difficult to obtain. You need to have Trespasser installed and then obtain the schematic by following a puzzle, and finally use the Golden Nug so that the schematic will be available during your next playthrough; otherwise, this staff is only usable during the Trespasser DLC. * Thanks to sziszko for the info *
Next Best Thing: the Staff of Corruption offers a good combination of high DPS, ideal slots (all 3 are offense) and the highest number of materials used. This staff can be purchased from the Black Emporium for 16956 gold.
On paper the Greatsword is better because it has higher DPS and uses more crafting materials, but it has a 50% damage cap on basic attacks. I would say the sword is still better though, especially for Reaver warriors since they rely completely on skill damage (Dragon Rage and Devour) rather than basic attacks.
In any case, the axe is much easier to obtain so you’ll be using it until you can get the sword. In order to use the sword you need to complete the Fireworks Mini-mage in the Trespasser DLC, and use the Golden Nug to make the schematic available for your next playthrough.
Next Best Thing: Axe of the Dragon Hunter (schematic) is the second-best two-hander. Unlike other high-level schematics, this one allows you to add a Haft and a Pommel to the crafted weapon, significantly increasing its stats. This axe can be bought from the Black Emporium for 15356 gold.
One-handed (tank) weapon:
Greatest Hits is the best tanking weapon in the game, thanks to its unique defensive buffs. Much like the Encore staff, it gives you a chance on hit to apply one of three buffs to you and nearby party members. The 3 defensive buffs are: A Little Knight Music, Fast Beat, and Bolstering Ballad. This unique sword requires the Trespasser DLC.
Just make sure to get a +guard on hit masterwork somewhere else, since you can’t apply it to the sword.
Next Best Thing: Truncheon of the Master is probably the next best alternative. The truncheon not only provides you with 31% stagger on attacks (31% chance to stun when you hit), but also an upgrade haft slot to further boost your stats, in addition to a special effect that makes your basic attacks briefly stun the target.
This mace also requires Trespasser, and you need to have the new Trials options turned on to a have a chance to obtain this weapon as a Trials reward.
For another option, there is the Valos Atredum sword found in the Deep Roads. This weapon actually has a built-in +5 guard masterwork. Meanwhile, the best non-DLC option is the Mortalitasi Firm Club schematic, bought from the Black Emporium for 6078 gold.
The Revered Defender Bulwark (schematic) is a new addition in ‘The Descent’ DLC and is currently the best available shield. This schematic can be found as random loot in the Deep Roads.
Next Best Thing: Knight’s Second (schematic), random reward when you have Trials options turned on (requires Trespasser). After this, the Masterwork Grey Warden Shield, purchased in Frostback Basin’s Stone-Bear Hold. Finally for the standalone game your best best is the Shield of the Emperor.
As a final note, acquiring these weapon schematics is only half the story. You then need to craft them with proper materials to get the best possible result. There are 3 key tips for crafting your weapons:
- Use Tier 4 crafting materials (Dragon Bone, Dragon Scales, etc. ) for the highest stat numbers, ESPECIALLY for the Damage/Armor slot to get the highest possible DPS/Armor. If you run out, you can also purchase Tier 4 materials at the Black Emporium, in the Deep Roads, and some other locations.
- Choose the appropriate materials for your particular character. For example, if you are crafting a two-handed weapon, you will want to stack stats like + % attack, and the appropriate Masterwork.
- Extra crafting components like runes and weapon grips also have a tier system, so try to craft the best possible version to make your weapon even more powerful. Schematics for these are often sold by merchants or found in the game world.