I've been playing Dragon Age Origins for a long time now, and it seems that every encounter one of my team dies. Am I doing something wrong?

What is the best possible class to play in order to survive the campaign? I could stick it to 'easy' but it seems defeatist.

Any suggestions on which spells or weapon setups and such?

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There is no "best" class, for parties any class will do, it's all about tactics. If you're going to solo the game, then a Dwarf Rogue is the race/class to choose, those things are tanks if speced right.

Focus fighting, with parties you'll want to focus specific enemies, not always the biggest baddest one, sometimes it's best to kill off that healer or mage, other times the archers are a pain. Sometimes the big bad guy is the best to always target. Spam potions, they're easy and cheap enough to make, and really can save your life. (Both energy and health potions).


It is certainly possible to beat Dragon Age with any class, but I'd say that mages are the most powerful. The main reason is that they have just superior crowd control abilities, you can freeze the enemies, paralyze them, put them to sleep, put them in a force field and so on. And you can deal some serious area of effect damage as well.

I'm a big fan of a two mage party, but you have to actively manage your mages, setting up the AI for that is not really easy.

I have to say that I played mostly when the game was new, I haven't played much after the patches came out. The advantages of the mage have been reduced somewhat, but they are still very powerful.


Well considering I have seen it being solo'd on Nightmare by both mages and rogues, I think any class combination should be fine, don't you?

As a hint, try not to attack groups of mobs directly, as the game itself says in a hint, "nobody will remember your glorious, but failed frontal assault". Use line of sight, and large area aoe like Blizzard to soften mobs up before they even get to you.

  • Ah, I'm playing a Mage and finding it really tough. Will give this a try tonight. Thanks
    – Neon1024
    Jan 17, 2011 at 13:54
  • Remember that you can use the H key (assuming PC) to make the other members of the party wait where they are, thus making it possible to create an ambush with traps or magical glyphs, or as Blindy said with AoE spells.
    – Xantec
    Jan 17, 2011 at 14:09
  • I'm only about 12 hours into the game. But a while back my mage had only dealt about 10% of the total party damage. Then my mage got fireball and now the mage has dealt >50% of the total party damage. When I open a room, he always lobs a fireball into it as a "door knocker". It often kills some % of the critters outright and deals significant damage to even boss monsters - softening then up for the melee types. Typically my second spell is one of the curses (usually the one that spreads to the other critters and decreases their resists).
    – Jim2B
    Nov 21, 2015 at 14:06

I'm playing through with a mage i think they are the best just increase magic to about 40 and willpower don't stop upgrading but you should also increase health and maybe a little of the strength for when you run out of mana


Listen to me. Take a full party along and make it Wynne,Morrigan/Mage origin player, Shale/sten,Dog/Alistair/rouge origin player/warrior origin player.

Keep Zevran and Leliana for your tent.

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