Artificer Dual Dagger Build

Artificer Dual Dagger Build - Dragon Age: Inquisition (DAI)

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This post will cover Artificer Dual Wield Build for Dragon Age: Inquisition. The idea is to use Trap and mine spamming to create area-wide elemental explosions. This results in a fun and engaging combat loop with Artificer talents.

Artificer Dual Wielding Dagger build

This Dragon Age Inquisition Artificer dual-wield build is a bit different. It relies on spamming traps to create elemental explosions with mines. Once the area has been covered in Elemental Mines, you will be out of Stamina.

However, this is not a problem, you have access to multi-hit attacks - Throwing Blades and Spinning Blades. These will instantly restore most of the stamina, thanks to the high critical hit chance of Artificer. After that, you follow up with more mines creating a total wreck of enemy positions.

Abilities - before Specialization, Levels 1-10

Before reaching level 10 you will not have Artificer specialization. Due to this, there may be minimal constraints that you have.

Order Skill Description
1 stealth iconStealth + Lost in the Shadows Enter stealth at will, even if you are staggered or under negative effects. Moreover, you will get a small boost of 50% damage with the first attack
2 flank attack iconFlank Attack + Skirmisher Takes you to stealth after the second hit
3 twin fangs iconTwin Fangs + Ripping Fangs We take it to unlock other abilities, but it still gives a good option to deal damage
4 dance of death iconDance of Death Many of your hits will deal killing blows early in the game as you will deal large amounts of damage.
5 sneak attack iconSneak Attack Because you will concentrate on attacking from flanks, this will double your critical rate
6 easy to miss iconEasy to Miss Reduces the threat that you generate

Once you reach level 10~ you should be able to obtain an Artificer specialization. You are then ready to move to the next builds

Abilities - progression till Endgame

Order Skill Description
1 spike trap iconSpike Trap + Pyrotechnics
The first ability to take that greatly increases your survivability and tactical advantage
2 opportunity knocks iconOpportunity Knocks Your best passive ability. Cooldowns are reduced every time you or your companions do a critical hit. This allows you to have much shorter cooldown times if you have a high enough critical rate
3 set them up iconSet Them up Your traps will deal additional damage because the Artificer Dual wield build will use them constantly, this ability is essential.
4 elemental mines iconElemental Mines + Throw Everything This is the Dual Dagger Artificer build main ability. You will spam the whole battlefield with elemental Mines, dealing large amounts of damage. Unfortunately, this will cost all of your stamina, but other abilities will allow circumvent this drawback.
5 and take them down iconAnd Take Them Down A mandatory passive ability. Your whole party will have an increased critical chance. Greatly buffs the Opportunity Knocks effect.
6 stealth iconStealth This is a good ability to have so that you can run away from enemies close to you.
7 caltrops iconCaltrops Take this for progression
8 looked like it hurt iconLooked Like it Hurt This ability will allow the build to restore stamina for each critical hit. You will have many of those, so you can instantly restore your stamina pool
9 cheap shot iconCheap Shot Enables the Artificer to Sunder enemy armor for a while after a successful critical hit.
10 throwing blades iconThrowing Blades + Precision Targeting Due to multiple hits, this ability is effective at generating critical hits. This way you can restore stamina and abilities much faster.
11 flank attack iconFlank Attack + Skirmisher This ability plays an important role. It enables to deal damage and enter stealth at the same time
12 bloodied prayBloodied Pray Increases damage by 10% if Artificer's HP is higher than the enemy that it attacks.
13 unforgiving chain iconUnforgiving Chain A passive ability that adds a bonus critical chance if you make a hit with a normal attack. This piles up until Artificer makes a critical hit.
14 spinning blades iconSpinning Blades + Neverending Spin This is another ability together with Throwing Blades that you can use to instantly generate many critical hits. With the upgrade, you make 9 hits, which can instantly restore most of your stamina.
15 Easy to Miss Reduces the threat that Artificer generates, allowing you to avoid enemy attacks. Moreover, provides a bonus for flanking damage.
16 poisoned weapons iconPoisoned Weapons + Infected Wounds This ability allows poisoning your weapons. This gives a small boost to the overall DPS
17 fighting dirty iconFighting Dirty Gives a 25% bonus duration to the Poison effect.

Stats and attributes

Varric stats for artificer build

  • Critical chance – I recommend having at least 70%. It will ensure that you both have fast cooldowns and an almost full stamina bar.

  • Critical Damage – After you have a high critical rate (70%+), prioritize this stat if you are able.

  • Cunning – if you are not able to get direct investment to critical chance get Cunning bonuses

  • Attack – provides a larger damage bonus, better than dexterity as you usually get much higher bonuses for Attack

  • Dexterity – alternative to critical damage, but provides less bonus

Best Equipment and items

In this section, I will cover the best items for dual wield artificer build in Dragon Age: Inquisition

Weapons - craftable

Priority Item Description
1 Stone Stalker Blade Schematic iconStone Stalker Blade Schematic Gives decent slots, and large damage, but can be hard to obtain. It has the highest base damage out of all daggers.
2 Blade of Red Birth Schematic iconBlade of Red Birth Schematic Alternative to the first option, and can be acquired much easier. Gives 11 Leather offensive slots for bonus flanking damage
3 Coiled Strike Schematic iconCoiled Strike Schematic Single target dagger that has excellent leather slots. Can be bought in Black Emporium. Also comes with a grip slot
4 Barbarian Rock-Crasher Schematic iconBarbarian Rock Crasher Schematic Provides better slots than Coiled Strike Schematic even with a grip, but loses on DPS.

Weapons - obtainable

There are plentiful dagger options to choose from for the Assassin.

Priority Item Description
1 bloody bargain iconBloody Bargain The dagger provides a unique ability that increases movement and attack speed after each kills. Only obtained in the Trespasser DLC.
2 silencer iconSilencer Obtained with The Descent DLC. Gives a large boost to dexterity resulting in higher critical damage
3 cordovas smile iconCordova’s Smile The dagger provides a large boost to Flanking damage and a 20% bonus Focus Gain.
4 gift of the talons iconGift of the Talons The dagger is extremely powerful and hard to obtain early in the game. However, if you manage it, your DPS will skyrocket due Hidden Blades effect

Armors - obtainable

Priority Item Description
1 stone stalker coat iconStone Stalker Coat This armor is a perfect match for this build as it provides a large boost to of 45 Cunning resulting in a much higher critical chance
2 the skin that stalks iconThe Skin That Stalks Obtainable only in the Trespasser DLC. Boosts Critical Damage, Critical Chance, and Attack.
3 Masterwork Prowler Armor iconMasterwork Prowler Armor This armor reduces ability stamina cost by 20% if not attacked for 5 seconds. This should be easy for Artificer build.

Armors - craftable

Priority Item Description
1 superior prowler armor schematic iconSuperior Prowler Armor Schematic This armor has 23 utility leather slots if you include upgrades. Feel free to increase either dexterity or cunning based on what the ARtificer build needs more.
2 Sturdy Prowler Armor Schematic iconSturdy Prowler Armor Schematic This is a cheaper alternative to Superior Prowler Armor Schematic. It also gives less defense and 22 utility leather slots.
3 Stone Stalker Coat Schematic iconStone Stalker Coat Schematic Can be obtained from The Descent DLC. Has decent slots, but is worse compared to the options above.

Helmets - obtainable

Priority Item Description
1 stone stalker mask iconStone Stalker Mask Has both good bonus stats and armor rating. Can be obtained in The Descent DLC
2 helm of drasca iconHelm of the Drasca A decent mid-game option that gives a good boost to critical damage by increasing Dexterity.
3 unique Mask iconAmbassador's Mask Alternative to Mask of the Grand Duchess if you have a high critical chance (50%+)
4 unique Mask iconMask of the Grand Duchess Alternative to Ambassador's Mask if you have a low critical chance

Helmets - craftable

Priority Item Description
1 Superior helm schematic iconSuperior Skirmisher Hat Schematic The best craftable helmet that gives 10 leather utility slots and is easy to obtain
2 skirmisher hat schematic iconSkirmisher Hat Schematic A cheaper alternative of the Superior Skirmisher Hat Schematic. Has only 8 leather utility slots
3 Superior Adventurer Hat Schematic iconSuperior Adventurer Hat Schematic Costs only 182 Sovereigns and gives 7 leather utility slots. Get it if you are short on money.


Priority Item Description
1 Superb Amulet of Dexterity This amulet will increase dexterity resulting in higher critical damage.
2 Amulet of the Rogue This amulet will increase both critical chance and critical damage
3 Superb Amulet of Cunning The amulet will increase the critical chance, allowing to reduce ability cooldowns.


Priority Item Description
1 Superb Belt iconThe Bind That Guides This belt boosts the critical chance. Only obtainable in the Trespasser DLC.
2 Superb Belt iconSuperb Belt of Staggering This belt gives a bonus chance to stagger enemies. This way they will have their attacks interrupted.
3 Superb Belt of health iconSuperb Belt of Health The belt can be obtained in Emerald Greaves. It gives +200 health.
4 belt of life iconBelt of Life Similar to the above belt provides a large increase in HP.


Priority Item Description
1 Superb ring iconSuperb Ring of Critical Damage Provides a large boost to critical damage, especially powerful once you have 50%+ critical chance
2 Superb ring iconThe Hand That Cuts Only obtainable in Trespasser DLC. However, provides large offensive bonuses
3 Superb ring iconRing of Slicing Expensive ring bought in Black Emporium. Boosts your critical damage and critical rate.
4 Superb Ring of Critical Chance Increases Critical chance allowing Opportunity knocks ability to activate more often
5 Superb Ring of Attack Increases overall Artificer build damage


The hard part is to learn to correctly activate Elemental Mines. They take some practice to use, however, they deal huge damage after you get it right.

artificer skillbar

Here is how I approach the fight:

  1. Enter Stealth

  2. Use Poison Weapons (if you don’t have them skip the step)

  3. If enemies are in a group throw, Elemental Mines, otherwise use Spike Trap

  4. Use Throwing Blades

  5. Use Spinning Blades

  6. Use Flank Attack/Stealth to enter stealth get a breather and check how the situation changed on the battlefield.

  7. Apply Poisoned weapons while in stealth

  8. Repeat from step 2

Of course, you can continue Throwing Blades -> Spinning Blades -> Throwing Blades -> Spinning Blades if you are not being attacked.


Thank you for reading this amazing Elemental Mine Artificer build using Dual wielding. This is an exciting setup, offering an engaging combat loop that will provide various options in different combat situations.


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