Knight Enchanter Build - Wizard Mage

Knight Enchanter Build - Wizard Mage - Dragon Age: Inquisition (DAI)

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This post will cover the Knight Enchanter Wizard build for Dragon Age: Inquisition. This specialization offers a sturdy layer of protection providing unparalleled survivability. Moreover, you will be able to use all of the mage spells to have full control of the battlefield.

Knight Enchanter - Wizard Mage build

This build variation for Knight Enchanter concentrates on having many elemental spells and keeping a distance from the enemy.

Of course, due to Fade Shield, you can soak a decent amount of damage and fight enemies up close. but we mainly use the barrier to pump up Knight Enchanter's spell damage.

Abilities - before Specialization, Levels 1-10

Just as you reach Haven, you will need to respecialize skills. The reason is, that some of your spells are subpar and they can be put into better ones.

Order Skill Description
 1 Flashpoint iconFlashpoint The best mage passive ability throughout the game. After a critical hit, your next spell does not have a cooldown period
Energy barrage iconEnergy Barrage + Energy Storm Shoots projectiles that deal with your weapon’s elemental damage. As there will be many projectiles one of them should land a critical hit activating Flashpoint. You can also take any upgrade
Static Cage iconStatic Cage + Static Charge Once you get the upgrade, combo this with Energy Barrage. Each projectile will deal an additional 50% of weapon damage
 4 Barrier iconBarrier A good spell to have at the beginning of the game. Increases survivability of the party

If you have any skill points left choose the ones that fit your playstyle the most.

At levels 10-12, you should reach New Haven. Once there, do a Specialization quest to obtain the Knight-Enchanter class. Respecialize skills again. Now you are ready to fully commit to Knight Enchanter.

Abilities - Overview

Here are the abilities that I had at level 21. The detailed version can be found in the next section.

Winter tree

The idea is to have at least one ice spell in this tree against enemies weak to cold.

knight enchanter winter ability tree

Spirit Tree

The last abilities of the tree provide great synergy with the barrier, that you will constantly have on you.

knight enchanter spirit spell tree

Storm Tree

The crux of the build is Energy Barrage. Any other abilities that you take for this build are complementary.

Knight Enchanter Storm ability tree

Inferno Tree

Provides one of the strongest abilities in the game: Fire Mine

Knight Enchanter Inferno ability tree

Knight-Enchanter Tree

Knight-Protector passive ability will allow you to constantly generate barriers and maximize your damage with Chaotic Focus.

Knight Enchanter ability tree

Abilities - progression till Endgame

Once you get Knight Enchanter specialization remember to respecialize skills. The abilities are listed in order of how they should be taken. So once you have a free skill point invest in the next ability.

Order Skill Description
1 Spirit Blade iconSpirit Blade Needed to progress further in the tree. As you will avoid melee range, this ability should only be used on rare occasions
2 Combat Clarity iconCombat Clarity Additional MP regeneration in case enemies are close
3 Fade shield iconFade Shield A very good passive ability that will synergize well with Chaotic Focus. Moreover, increases your survivability as you gain a barrier per hit.
4 knight-protector iconKnight-Protector Reduces barrier decay, and will synergize well with Chaotic Focus later on
5 immolate iconImmolate Casts instantly and deals moderate damage
6 Flashpoint iconFlashpoint After a critical hit, the next spell does not have a cooldown
7 Energy barrage iconEnergy Barrage + Energy Bombardment
Your main spell, because it launches many projectiles, one of it should trigger Flashpoint. Moreover, the element is based on your staff
8 Pyromancer iconPyromancer Buffs Flashfire, but we take it as a progression passive
9 Fire mine iconFire Mine + Searing Glyph Extremely good spell. We use Searing Glyph upgrade so that Chaotic Focus would be activated
10 Clean burn iconClean Burn Reduces cooldowns when using a spell by 1 second.
11 Chaotic focus iconChaotic Focus The cornerstone passive ability of this build. Use it with other fire spells, to increase their damage by draining your barrier.
12 Winter's Grasp iconWinter's Grasp Fairly expensive ability to use. However, allows you to use cold spells, allowing you to deal higher damage to Cold weak enemies
13 Winter Stillness iconWinter Stillness You will need every possible way to increase your mana regeneration due to the many spells that you will be using
14 Chain Lightning iconChain Lightning A great ability to hit multiple enemies, that can be switched to Lightning Bolt
15 Conductive Current iconConductive Current Deal more damage with your spells the less mana you have.

Once you have these spells under your belt there are a few options to prioritize.

More Cold spells

Order Skill Description
16 Ice mine iconIce Mine Although it does not deal damage, you can still use it to protect yourself if enemies are close to you.
17 Ice armor iconIce Armor Progression ability, unfortunately not as useful as some others.
18 Blizzard iconBlizzard + Winter Winds I prefer Blizzard with Winter Winds upgrade. This will allow you to be more agile.

Rejuvenating Barrier

Order Skill Description
1 Barrier iconBarrier It is a useful ability to generate a barrier for your party members on demand
2 Peaceful aura iconPeaceful Aura Enemies will attack you less.
3 Dispel iconDispel Although we take this ability for progression it is still useful. It can one-shot Rift spawning locations, making fewer enemies to spawn.
4 Rejuvenating Barrier iconRejuvenating Barrier Because you will be using some costly spells, having increased mana regeneration, will be beneficial for this build all the time

Strength of Spirits

A similar approach to the previous option. However, now you will increase the size of the barrier to increase spell damage with Chaotic Focus.

Order Skill Description
1 Barrier iconBarrier It is a useful ability to generate a barrier for your party members on demand
2 Guardian spirit iconGuardian Spirit Useful passive ability, when you are close to dying.
3 Mind Blast iconMind Blast We are taking this for progression
4 Strength of Spirits iconStrength of Spirits Increases your barrier capacity by 50%. This will result in larger bonus damage with Chaotic Focus

In the end, you should be able to get most of these abilities by the end of the game. However, it is up to you to decide what type of playstyle you want to emphasize.

Main Stats to prioritize

These are the stats that I recommend prioritize:

  • Critical chance - reach 35% if you have Ring of Doubt, otherwise 45%+. After that concentrate on other stats
  • Critical damage - invest in it once you have a high critical chance. It will drastically increase your damage.
  • Cunning (alternative to Magic) - use this stat to increase your critical chance
  • Dexterity (alternative to Magic)- invest in this attribute so that your critical damage would be higher. Only worthwhile if you have a 50%+ critical chance.
  • Magic - increases the damage for mages.
  • Willpower - increases the damage that you deal
  • Armor - I recommend having a decent amount of armor until level 10 when you unlock Knight Enchanter abilities.


This section covers recommended gear that you should use.

Note: some of the items are not the "best". However, their better versions are only available in Trespasser DLC, which is close to the end of the game. Due to this, they will be useful for a few hours at maximum

I list the gear in obtainable and craftable sections. This way the player can decide the best option available at hand. Generally, crafted items can allow you to maximize the build and in most cases are better.

Weapons - obtainable

Here are some great staves that you can obtain for the Knight Enchanter build

Priority Item Description
1 dai hakkons wisdom iconHakkon's Wisdom Gives +100% critical damage. Extremely strong staff if you have Ring of Doubt equipped
2 Isana's Song iconIsana's Song This staff can be obtained in The Descent DLC. Provides +41 to magic. In terms of pure damage, it has no equals. It also has a 10% chance to cast Chain Lightning.
3 Earnest reprisal iconEarnest Reprisal The staff gives a large bonus to critical damage. Use it together with Ring of Doubt for maximum damage
4 staff of the void iconStaff of the Void Gives a small boost of 6% to critical chance and bonus magic

Weapons - craftable

This is a list of craftable staves that you can make to maximize the builds' damage

Priority Item Description
1 Encore iconEncore Schematic One of the best staves in the game as it gives offensive buffs for all party members
2 Encore iconStaff of Corruption Schematic Although this is Tier 4, I would still go for Wrath of Lovias Schematic which provides better slots for the end game.
3 Encore iconWrath of Lovias Schematic The stave gives leather slots for increased critical chance or critical damage

Armors - obtainable

Here is a recommended list of obtainable armors that you can wear.

Priority Item Description
1 the skin that stalks iconThe Skin That Stalks Obtainable only in the Trespasser DLC. Boosts Critical Damage, Critical Chance, and Attack.
2 Vestments of the pure iconVestments of the Pure Similar to the craftable version. So choose the one that you prefer. Gives 45 points to willpower
3 Unique robe icon.pngMasterwork Battlemage Armor Reduces the cost of the abilities and spells.
4 robes of high keeper iconRobes of the High Keeper If you are an elf this armor is also a good option

Armors - craftable

This section covers a list of schematics to craft armor

Priority Item Description
1 Superior Robe schematic iconSuperior Battlemage Armor Schematic Best craftable Armor. This version has one Cloth and a leather utility slot. Quite powerful and can be bought in Hissing Wastes. Moreover, you can add Arms and Legs upgrades to have an even larger boost to damage
2 suberp antaam saar iconSuperb Antaam-saar Schematic
For this armor, you will need Spoils of the Qunari DLC pack. However, the schematic gives 3 Utility slots to increase offensive stats
3 Vestments of the Pure schematics iconVestments of the Pure Schematic The armor is not as powerful as the options above. However, it can be a good alternative if you think that the second option does not have enough armor

Helmets - obtainable

Priority Item Description
1 stone stalker mask iconStone Stalker Mask Gives a large boost to offensive stats and also increases armor
2 helm of drasca iconHelm of the Drasca
Provides bonuses to dexterity resulting in +8% increased critical damage. Gives a higher armor rating than Winter Palace masks
3 unique Mask iconAmbassador's Mask This mask provides a large boost to critical damage
4 unique Mask iconMask of the Grand Duchess Gives a large bonus to critical chance

Helmets - craftable

Priority Item Description
1 Superior helm schematic iconSuperior Skirmisher Hat Schematic Great slots for increasing critical stats
2 battlemage cowl schematic tier 3Battlemage Cowl Schematic Gives a Cloth Utility slot to increase magic related stats
3 Helmet schematics iconSkirmisher Hat Schematic Can be obtained earlier in the game with a leather utility slot.


Try to find and obtain amulets that have higher priority. They are better for this build

Priority Item Description
1 Superb Amulet iconAndraste’s Sacrifice The best amulet for a mage. Gives higher mana regeneration and decreases ability cooldown. However, you will constantly taunt enemies, so it can be risky without a good Tank.
2 amulet of mage iconAmulet of the Mage A cheap amulet that can be bought in Black Emporium. Definitely recommend it when you have 3k gold
3 Superb Amulet iconSuperb Amulet of Dexterity Boosts dexterity, which increases your critical damage
4 Superb Amulet iconSuperb Amulet of Cunning Equip this amulet if you do not have Ring of Doubt. This way you can increase the critical chance of naturally
5 Superb Amulet of willpower iconSuperb Amulet of Willpower Boosts willpower which increases your damage


Try to find and obtain belts that have higher priority. They are better for this build

Priority Item Description
1 Superb Belt iconThe Bind That Guides Great belt, unfortunately, available only in the late game during Trespasser DLC.
2 Superb Belt iconMaster Belt of Focus More Focus results in more often Mark of the Rift for the Inquisitor
3 Superb Belt iconSuperior Belt of Focus A weaker version of the above belt.
4 Superb Belt iconSuperb Belt of Staggering The belt will give a higher chance to temporarily stun enemies with normal attacks


Try to find and obtain rings that have higher priority. They are better for this build

Priority Item Description
1 Superb ring iconRing of Doubt Probably the best ring for a mage. Guarantees a critical hit after attacking from stealth
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 iconSuperb Ring of Critical Damage Boosts critical damage by 20%, equip it Knight Enchanter either has Ring of Doubt equipped or 50%+ critical chance
5 Superb ring iconSuperb Ring of Critical Chance Boosts critical chance by 10%, use it if Knight Enchanter has less than 50% critical chance


Here are the tactics that I use:

  1. Cast Chain Lightning/Lightning Bolt to set up a barrier

  2. Use Energy Barrage

  3. Now depending on the situation, I would do this:

    1. If the tank is surrounded by enemies cast Fire Mine near him, which will activate after 3 seconds. You need to have enemies in place for it to work well (if you did not take Flaming Array)

    2. Cast Fire Mine near yourself if enemies start running toward you
    3. Otherwise, use Immolate

  4. Cast Winter’s Grasp if enemies are weak to Cold

  5. Repeat from the start

I also change staves based on the enemies I fight. So if an enemy is weak to Fire take out Fire staff, so that Energy Barrage would to Fire damage. I recommend having a few of these items


Thank you for reading the Knight Enchanter Wizard Mage Build. This is an extremely powerful setup in Dragon Age: Inquisition, giving unparalleled survivability and a wide arsenal of spells.


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