One of my runs through Dragon Age Inquisition is getting pretty high-level, and nearing the end of the game. As such, one of the things I'd like to do is complete all the Shard collection quests, and pick up the resistance boosts that result, to make later dragon hunting a lot easier. Unfortunately, while trying to gather all the shards in the Emprise Du Lion, I came across this Ocularum:

An Ocularum guarded by a dragon

As you can see, even though I'm invisible and not engaged in combat, because the dragon is a boss fight, its health bar is still up. Because of this, I can't seem to get my character to activate the Ocularum, and find the shards; I'm considered in-combat despite having put my weapons away, which is normally enough when around regular enemies.

Is there any way at all to activate it without having to go through the trouble of killing the dragon?

  • I haven't tried this on an Ocularum, but I was able to use the "disengage" action in the radial menu to leave combat and interact with objects near a different dragon.
    – cbirdsong
    Commented Dec 22, 2014 at 15:35

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Sort of complicated, but stand next to the ocularum, activate an ability, and hit the tactical camera while in the animation. You can then click to interact despite being in combat. Unpause the game and you should enter ocularum mode.

  • Huh. Never would have thought of that. Looks like it lets the Ocularum be activated by Tactical mode, but won't let you walk up those rocks correctly that way. Being mid-animation stops it from messing with your position when you go to Tactical mode. Commented Jan 3, 2015 at 19:39

So, in spite of this being months later, I just encountered this problem. If you stand in front of the ocularum, save there, then reload, the game will let you activate it. It worked for me, anyway. I found the last seven shards on that map then hightailed it out of there so I could fight the dragon later.


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