Dual-Wield Warrior Build - Dragon Age: Origins (DAO)
A build for those who wish to use Dual weapons with their warrior class. With the selection of talents and equipment below you can have a nimble warrior. You will also have decent armor by using Heavy armor sets.
I definitely recommend this as you do not have the drawbacks of rogue, which needs to use backstabs to deal the maximum amount of damage.
The damage is split between 50% strength and 50% dexterity for dual wielders
Strength – invest 36 attributes, you will need 38 for Wade's Superior Heavy Dragonscale armor set. The additional two you will get from equipment. Of course, you can even try lower with 32 points.
Dexterity – invest the rest of your attributes here. As mentioned this stat will provide half of your damage. However, it will also increase attack and defense. This means that you will land hits more often and be harder to hit by enemies.
This section will cover what skills you should get for the Dual wield warrior build
- Pickpocketing - get 1 point. This unlocks some interesting and rewarding quests in Denerim.
- Combat Training - this should be maximized as soon as possible. Will increase many stats and unlock better talents.
- Coercion - I recommend getting this stat as it unlocks many dialogue options during the game.
I do not suggest getting Tactics. This build mainly concentrates on using Sustained abilities and skips active ones. Due to this, you will have enough slots to activate all of them
In this section, I will cover which specializations you should be getting with Dual Wield warrior build
- Berserker – will give you Berserker ability which will increase your damage, also it will provide +2 Strength
- Reaver – you will get the ability: Blood Frenzy, which will provide additional damage based on the lost amount of health. Perfect for this build
Talents and Spells
In this section, I will cover what talents you should prioritize. If you do not meet the talent requirements, I recommend either choose another one or save points until you can acquire it.
Here is how I suggest progressing with skills:
|You need it for progression, but it will also give a good DPS boost early in the game.
|This will be one of the main sustained abilities throughout the game for this build. It will make the character attack with both weapons at the same time. (Do not forget to reactivate after changing zones)
|Improves the off-hand weapon damage
|Will further boost Dual wielding giving a boost to Warrior's attack and defense
|Take this for progression mainly
|Boosts warrior's HP and reduces fatigue from wearing a heavy armor
|This sustained ability will boost damage but reduce stamina regeneration which we will need less and less.
|Momentum (get as early as you can)
|This is an extremely strong ability that will give the biggest boost to DPS. It will boost your attack speed by lowering stamina regeneration. You can start losing stamina really fast. For this have a weapon or other gear that can boost it.
|Upgrade to Berserk sustained ability.
|Gives a chance to inflict bleeding on the enemy.
|Will reduce the penalty to stamina regeneration from Berserk. This way you can sustain Momentum for longer during each encounter.
|Precise Striking (optional)
|Only take this ability if you have a mage with a Haste spell and always keep it active. It will fix a bug
|You will be able to wear a longsword in the offhand, increasing your DPS greatly. Moreover, it will slightly have your fatigue reduced.
|After you obtain Reaver specialization start with this talent for progression
|We take it for progression
|Aura of Pain
|We take it for progression
|This ability is extremely strong. It will boost the Warrior's damage when HP decreases. That is why we take it fairly late in the game when you will have a strong party.
|We take it for progression
|Gives a bonus to damage and physical resistance.
|A small boost to stamina restoration (if you occasionally use active skills). Not mandatory to take
Although the build is finished you will still have points left. Feel free to get the rest of the talents from the Daul Weapon tree. They will not benefit you much as you will have low stamina. However, you can use them once in a while.
In this section, I will go through what equipment you should use for this Dual Wielding warrior build.
This aspect is especially important and fairly opinionated. Because you will be using Dual Striking, your attack speed depends on the main hand weapon. So it should be a dagger. Also, try to get items that add damage.
Be sure to fill your weapons with elemental master and grandmaster Damage runes. It will greatly boost your DPS.
Our main priority is a dagger weapon
|Has two rune slots and also provides the largest bonus to damage out of all daggers
|The Rose’s Thorn
|This dagger is quite expensive and can be bought in Orzammar. However, it gives all the bonuses this Zevran build needs
|Thorn of the Dead Gods
|Tier 2 version can be obtained in Lothering. Great value early in the game. Later on, you can get higher tiers
For offhand we want Warden to use as strong as possible single-handed weapon
|This is the strongest single-handed weapon for dealing high physical damage. The reason is that it has a higher strength multiplier and outpaces other weapons at high levels
|This sword has high damage, can be obtained in Soldier's Peak, and comes with 3 runeslots
|Another good offensive option that has its damage scale well with Frost Runes. Has 3 rune slots.
|A sword that is a good progression between Oathkeeper and the higher Tier 7 swords.
|A decent early game sword that you can obtain in Lothering. Also comes with 1 rune slot
There are quite many helm choices in the game. Feel free to choose the best one that is available at the time
|Helm of Honnleath
|This is the best helmet in the game. It is THE BEST option. It will increase Warden's damage and stamina
|Although this is an extremely good helmet, you obtain it close to the end of the game. It will boost dexterity allowing Warden to avoid more enemy attacks, especially if you chose him as a tank.
|Use the helmet together with the Cailan's armor set. The helmet gives bonus armor and mental resistance
|This helmet provides bonus stamina. it is not much, but you can probably use one additional ability at the beginning of the combat
|Great helmet that you can buy in the Party Camp. Not only does it boost your defensive stats but it also provides a bonus attack. This results in fewer attacks being missed
|Helm of the Deep
|Boost to the constitution for a bigger HP pool. A great helmet as you earn it for free early in the game
Early in the game, you can use Cailan's armor set or Warden Commander Armor set. They are really great. Later on, your priority should be either Legion of the Dead armor set for maximum damage or Wade's Superior Heavy Dragonscale armor set to increase the stamina and lower fatigue, for better talent management
|Armor of the Legion
|Part of the Legion of the Dead armor set that boosts damage. The armor by itself provides 3 willpower allowing to have a larger stamina pool
|Evon the Great’s Mail
|Counts toward Wade's Superior Heavy Dragonscale armor set. Provides larger bonuses than base armor
|Wade's Superior Heavy Dragonscale Armor
|If you cannot afford Evon the Great’s Mail
|Use the armor together with the Cailan's armor set. The chest piece gives additional armor and physical resistance
|Warden Commander Armor
|Use it together with the Warden Commander Armor set. The armor provides stamina regeneration and armor
|Blood Dragon plate
|I recommend using this armor early in the game because you get it with the Ultimate Edition and no investment is needed. Later on, switch it with one of the armor sets mentioned above
|Gloves of the Legion
|Part of the Legion of the Dead armor set
|Wade's Superior Heavy Dragonscale Gauntlets
|Use it for Wade's Superior Heavy Dragonscale armor set.
|Use it together with the Cailan's armor set. The gloves will be effective with a Critical Strike ability.
|Warden Commander Gloves
|Equip together with the Warden Commander armor set. The gloves give a bonus of 10% fire resistance
|Boots of the Legion
|Part of the Legion of the Dead armor set. unfortunately, the boots by themselves, do not provide any bonuses
|Wade's Superior Heavy Dragonscale Boots
|Use it together with other Wade's Superior Heavy Dragonscale armor set items.
|Use it together with the Cailan's armor set. The boots provide additional armor.
|Warden Commander Boots
|Equip together with the Warden Commander armor set. The boots give a bonus of 50 stamina
|The best belt in the game provides a large boost to all stats and gives stamina regeneration
|Cinch of Skillful Maneuvering
|You get this belt after you finish Witch Hunt DLC. So it may not be accessible to everyone. It provides +1 to all attributes
|Dalish Hunter's Belt
|Provides bonus stamina regeneration. Good belt to allow Warden to use more abilities.
|Dwarven Warrior's Belt
|This belt can only be obtained if your main character has Dwarven commoner origin. It provides a bonus to armor and strength
The High Regard of House Dace is the last recommended amulet. The build's main focus is strength and that amulet, unfortunately, does not provide much of it.
|Pearl of the Anointed
|+1 to all attributes, good all-around amulet
|Heart of Witherfang
|This amulet gives +1 to strength, although you will have to kill Witherfang
|The High Regard of House Dace
|You could call this an overpowered amulet. It gives a lot of cunning, stamina, stamina regeneration, etc. However, to get it you need to finish Golems of Amgarrak DLC.
|Key to the City
|As this is one of the best rings in the game it may be taken by the main character. However, if there is a possibility, equip it on Warden for +2 to all attributes
|This ring is extremely good and provides +4 to strength. Unfortunately, it is available quite late in the game
|Harvest Festival Ring
|Equip this ring if you want Warden to deal more damage and miss fewer attacks.
|Ring of the Warrior
|Similar to Harvest Festival Ring, however, does not provide a bonus attack
|Lloyd's Magic Ring
|The ring can be obtained in Redcliffe Village. it provides +2 strength
|The Lucky Stone
|Another good ring, that provides +1 to all attributes.
The tactics are fairly simple for this character:
Activate 4 sustainable abilities – Dual Striking, Momentum, Blood Frenzy, and Berserk
You do not really need to use any active abilities like Punisher or Whirlwind. They just slow down your DPS
If you have a mage Party member with Haste you can increase the attack speed even more. But there is a bug which you need to take into account for it to be fixed. One solution is to use Precise Striking. Or use mods
If you will be doing your first run, I definitely recommend this build. It is fairly easy to master, you will have high survivability to take on many enemies. This results in not dying too often on higher difficulties.