Spells that you can cast with your weapon drawn - Dragon Age: Origins (DAO)

By zanuffas
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For those that do Arcane warrior build, the important part is being able to cast spells while wearing heavy armor. Moreover, you will probably use a sword. When using melee weapons not all spells can be cast while it is drawn.

If a spell cannot be cast that way character will automatically put it away and then activate it.

Here is a list of spells that can be cast with a weapon drawn by talent tree:


  • Arcane Bolt

  • Arcane Shield

Primal spells:

  • Flaming Weapons

  • Inferno

  • Rock Armor

  • Earthquake

  • Petrify

  • Winter's Grasp
  • Frost Weapons

  • Lightning
  • Tempest

  • Chain Lightning

Creation spells

  • Heal

  • Regeneration

  • Mass Rejuvenation

  • Heroic Aura

  • Haste
  • Glyph of Paralysis

  • Glyph of Warding

  • Glyph of Repulsion

  • Glyph of Neutralization

  • Spell Wisp

  • Grease

  • Spellbloom

  • Stinging Swarm

Spirit Spells

  • Spell Shield

  • Dispel Magic

  • Anti-Magic Ward

  • Mana Drain

  • Mana Cleanse

  • Spell Might

  • Mana Clash

  • Death Syphon

  • Virulent Walking Bomb

  • Animate Dead

  • Force Field

  • Telekinetic Weapons

  • Crushing Prison

Entropy Spells

  • Weakness

  • Miasma

  • Misdirection Hex

  • Affliction Hex
  • Disorient

  • Death Magic

  • Curse of Mortality

  • Death Cloud

Blood Mage

  • Blood Magic

  • Blood Sacrifice

  • Blood Wound

  • Blood Control

Spirit Healer

  • Group Heal

  • Revival

  • Lifeward

  • Cleansing Aura

Arcane Warrior

  • Combat Magic

  • Shimmering Shield


  • Spider Shape

  • Bear Shape

  • Flying Swarm

Please mention if any spell has been missed

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Maybe this is just me, but I can't use Lighting or Winter's Grasp without sheathing even with Spellweaver.

I also can't use the Power of Blood abilities from the Warden's Keep DLC. Figured someone else might find this info useful, since it's not mentioned in the article.

Just did some testing. It seems you CAN cast the mentioned spells without sheathing. However, it is buggy, and you need spam spell activation. So in reality it does not work :)

Thanks for mentioning I will update the post


What about spells from specializations in DA-Awakening. Like One with Nature, or Thornblades. Can they be cast with the weapon drawn?


Thanks for the hard work here and in the arcane warrior build guide. You're amazing!


What about spellweaver?

The One-handed sword for Arcane warriors

Which allows to casting spells with this sword drawn, as the description of this weapon suggests

I included spells that will be cast without sheathing the weapon when wearing the Spellweaver.

Thanks for pointing out that his have been missed

Is it comfortable to read the skills like this?


Yes, it makes them easy to follow and understand

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