Isabela Best build - Dragon Age 2 (DA2)
In this post, I will cover Isabela best build for Dragon Age 2. She is a captain of a pirate ship. She specializes in being a rogue and using dual daggers
Unfortunately, in Dragon Age 2 it is quite hard to use melee characters, especially on Nightmare difficulty. However, with some abilities, I was able to find a way to maximize her potential.
So let's get started
Isabela Disorient build
This build relies on Isabela constantly changing position, throwing flasks, and teleporting behind enemies. For all of this to work, it is best not to have a warrior companion with AOE abilities, otherwise, she will get killed.
As with all rogues here is my suggestion for attribute point allocation:
First, get Cunning to 30 during Act 1 (before the Deep Roads expedition). This will ensure that you can see all the traps and open all the chests that you encounter
Then you can allocate points like this:
- +2 Dexterity
- +1 Constitution/Willpower changing the points at every level. I suggest stopping leveling willpower at 17 and the constitution at 20
In Act 2 get Cunning to 40 to be ready for any upcoming chests in Act 3
With this point allocation, Isabela should be able to handle herself quite well. Of course, you still need to look after her as she may die easily
Now we get to the most important part. How to allocate the ability points. I think for Isabella this is the most important part as it enables her to not die instantly from enemies when she is left in the hands of AI
I suggest using the build form level 10 as Isabela will have access to most of the ability upgrades. here is how I suggest allocating her points:
|1||Backstab||A good initial ability that allows her to get behind enemies|
|2||Evade||This is a decent ability that will allow Isabela to get away from melee attackers|
|3||Rush||Rush will help Isabela to move through a group of enemies|
|4||Chameleon's Breath||This flask will apply obscure on allies making them take less damage from enemies|
|5||Charge||Upgrade to Rush. Isabela will now knock down enemies when using the ability.|
|6||Blindside||Increases Isabela damage against enemies that are attacking allies.|
|7||Miasmic Flask||We mainly take this for progression|
|8||Fatiguing Fog||This will be an extremely strong ability. It will decrease enemy movement and attack speed by 50%|
|9||Chameleon's Cloud||Upgrade that powers up Chameleon's Breath.|
|11||Impenetrable Fog||When using Fatiguing Fog it will apply Obscure for allies that enter it|
|12||Tactical Withdrawal||When using Evade, enemies will now get stunned|
|13||Overpowering Fog||Applies DISORIENT on enemies in the Fatiguing Fog.|
|14||Savvy||We mainly take it for progression|
|15||Across the Bow||We mainly take it for progression|
|16||All Hands on Deck||This is an AOE ability that can hit multiple enemies and also lands critical hits|
|17||Shore Leave||Provides a 100% stun chance against normal enemies|
|18||Back-To-Back||Isabela can now teleport to an ally instantly|
|19||Follow-Through||Increases stamina regeneration for each normal hit|
|20||Experienced Hand||Increases Attack and Critical Damage by 20%|
|21||Sea Legs||Increases Defense and Critical Chance|
|22||Subtlety||Reduces threat generation for Isabela|
With these abilities, Isabela will constantly change her position to get in and get away from enemies. This will allow getting to survive most of the encounters.
Unfortunately, she is still quite weak against bosses, so be sure to take control of her at that time.
With the abilities covered we will now try to maximize what Isabela can do during combat
As you can see my main focus is to use all the flasks that she can have. Moreover, we create ways for her to get away from enemies.
However, for this build to work here is what I recommend having in a group:
- Aveline or Tank Warrior Hawke
If you play on Nightmare avoid any AOE attacks that could do friendly fire damage.
In this section, I will go through some recommended gear that you can equip on Isabela.
Isabela can only use dual wielding type weapons, this includes axes and daggers.
|1||Finesse||Avery powerful dagger that you obtain in Act 3. It gives critical chance and critical damage boost. Moreover, it gives an additional nature damage bonus|
|2||The Maker's Kiss||You can carry this dagger as an alternative against enemies that are weak to spirit damage.|
|3||Shard of the Fallen||I like this dagger as it allows Isabela to regenerate her health with her fast attacks.|
|4||Bard's Honor||Although this is not a dagger it can still be worn by Isabela. It deals spirit damage.|
|5||Stitch-Maker||A decent Act 2 dagger with a rune slot|
|1||Four-Fingered Eddie's Lucky Talisman||This amulet provides all the main stats that Isabela needs: cunning, dexterity, critical chance.|
||A very good amulet that you can obtain early in the game. It also improves as Isabela levels up.|
|3||The Sacred Heart||Provides bonus attack, critical chance, and physical damage.|
|4||Pewter Pendant of Wolves Howling at the Moon||This amulet increases critical chance by 2% and improves attack value.|
|1||The Belt of Promise||This belt provides bonuses to damage and magic resistance making Isabela sturdier. Moreover, it provides +3 to cunning and dexterity.|
|2||Master Wyvern Hunter's Belt||A purely offensive belt that increases attack speed and provides an increase in critical chance.|
|3||Seven Deadly Cinch||The belt provides +9% critical damage making it a very powerful option to maximize damage.|
|4||The Antivan Garrote||This belt provides +2 critical chance and +4 critical damage.|
|5||Enchanted Silverite Chain Belt||The belt provides +1 to all attributes making it a very effective option for Isabela early in the game.|
|1||Puzzle Ring of the Black Fox||The ring is obtained in Act 2. It gives +2 to dexterity and cunning and provides a +9% critical chance.|
|2||The Graven Circle||The increases critical damage, very good option late in the game when Isabela has a high critical chance.|
|3||Lady's Choice||This ring is specific to Isabela and provides increased damage resistance. Moreover, it provides an offensive boost like attack speed. It improves with Isabela's level|
|4||Carved Ring of the Vhenadahl||The ring gives a +2% critical chance.|
|5||Ring of the Archmage||The ring is obtainable early in the game, it gives a boost to physical damage and critical damage.|
Thank you for reading this post about the best Isabela build in Dragon Age 2. This should cover all the information that you need to best utilize her in your group.
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