Aveline Best build - Dragon Age 2 (DA2)

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Aveline Best build

In this post, I will cover Aveline best build in Dragon Age 2. She is the first companion that joins the Champion party. As you can expect she plays an important role throughout the game

There is a high chance that she will be your main tank, this build will revolve around that.

So let's start

Aveline Tank build

This build tries to mix tanking and crowd control warrior abilities. Why is that? Dragon Age 2 rewards better if your tank relies more on CC than threat generation.

Attributes

Generally, I try to allocate points like this at every level:

  • Strength +2 points
  • Willpower/Constitution - +1 point

At level 26 here is the result:

Aveline attributes dragon age 2

  • 30 Constitution - for large HP pool, to soak enemy damage
  • 25 Willpower - high stamina pool for better ability usage
  • 61 Strength - decent damage and high Fortitude to resist various effects

Abilities

This is an important aspect as it will make sure that Aveline can handle enemies and make sure that party members survive. I recommend starting to follow this build at about level 10 and drinking Maker's Sigh

Aveline tank abilities da2

Here is how I recommend progressing the ability points:

Order Skill Description
1 Shield Defense Aveline loses some damage but she has now a larger threat generation and bigger damage resistance.
2 Shield Bash A decent ability that can knock down enemies. Have in mind that on Nightmare difficulty it can also affect allies
3 Taunt Enemies will concentrate on Aveline
4 Pommel Strike + Pommel Blow Stuns enemies, good cheap ability. Moreover, with the upgrade, you apply STAGGER for nice combos.
5 Bellow Increases the radius of Taunt, drawing enemy attention from further away.
6 Assault An offensive ability that can knock back enemies.
7 Pummel Decreases cooldown of Shield Bash and also applies STAGGER. Use this to create combos
9 Perception Makes Aveline immune to flanking, reducing the damage that she takes.
10 Battery Improves Assault ability giving, bonus physical damage against DISORIENTED enemies, and reducing the ability cooldown.
11 Stonewall + Bulwark Makes Aveline almost invincible, soaking most of the damage that she receives.
12 Immovable + Unstoppable This ability makes Aveline build extremely powerful. It increases damage resistance per hit while also reducing her movement and attack speed. The upgrade reduces the penalty she receives.
13 Thick Skin Increases overall damage resistance for Aveline by 15%
14 Indomitable The necessary ability for Aveline tank build. Provides 100% Knockdown and Stun resistance.
15 Bolster Aveline will use this ability to instantly restore stamina under a certain threshold. This way she can always use most of the abilities
16 Second Wind Instantly restores all of the stamina
17 Deep Reserves Provides bonus stamina regeneration
18 Deep Breath Reduces Second Wind cooldown by 15 seconds
19 Rally Gives bonus stamina regeneration to companions
20 Battle Synergy + Fearless Synergy + Hero's Synergy Provides bonus damage reduction, defense. Moreover, transfers damage and threat from Companions to Aveline as long as they are in range.
21 Unite Upgrades Rally to further boost stamina regeneration

Once you have these abilities covered feel free to invest where it is the most useful.

Tactics

For Aveline to be effective here are some tactics that I suggest using with her. You can start by selecting Defender preset.

Aveline tank build tactics dragon age 2

As you can see it is important to have party members who can utilize STAGGER status effect. Moreover, you will need a rogue who can apply DISORIENT for additional damage with Assault ability.

Conclusion

Thank you for reading this post on Aveline best build in Dragon Age 2. She is a great tank character who has good abilities for this role. However, for all of this to work you need a good party who can deal large amounts of damage.

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Discussion

These guides are great, can't wait for the other characters

Haha, will plan working on a few guides this weekend. I am creating a discord channel: https://discord.gg/u2WRdeqQkJ

Feel free to join it and tell what next character build you would like to see

Cheers!