by: Finn Orfano
; edited by: Aaron R.
; updated: 4/18/2012
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A guide to the Herbalism and Improved Herbalism crafting skills in Dragon Age: Origins.
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Dragon Age: Origins Item Crafting
Herbalism is a useful skill to have in Dragon Age: Origins because it allows you to create potions and other helpful items in the field, as opposed to buying them from a vendor. It can be pretty scary if you run out of health poultices in the middle of a dungeon, so having a character in your party who has the Herbalism skill can save you a lot of time as well as money. This article is the first of a two-part series in which we will cover the four ranks of Herbalism and what you can make with each. Recipes and effects are also included.
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The first tier in the Herbalism skill only allows you to make three items, but for some people that may be all you need. Here’s what you can make:
Lesser Health Poultice
Recipe: 1 Elfroot, 1 Flask
The lesser health poultice is the basic healing potion which restores 50 health points. It’s especially useful in battle when you need a quick pick-me-up.
Lesser Lyrium Potion
Recipe: 1 Lyrium Dust, 1 Flask
A lesser lyrium potion will restore 50+ mana points, so it’s very useful for mages who exhaust a lot of mana in battles.
Recipe: 1 Elfroot, 1 Deep Mushroom
The mabari crunch is a treat for your dog that restores its health and stamina as well as cures an injury. If you keep a dog in your party, you should keep a supply of these on hand.
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In order to get Improved Herbalism, which is the second tier of the Herbalism skill tree, you must be minimum level four. This tier lets you make twice as much stuff as the first one. Here’s what you can do:
Recipe: 3 Elfroot, 1 Distillation Agent, 1 Flask
This restores twice as much health as the lesser health poultice.
This restores twice as much mana as the lesser lyrium potion.
Double-Baked Mabari Crunch
Recipe: 2 Elfroot, 2 Deep Mushroom
This does an even better job of healing and restoring stamina, plus it will fix up to three injuries.
Lesser Injury Kit
Recipe: 2 Elfroot, 2 Deep Mushroom, 1 Distillation Agent
This will fix any single minor injury plus restore 10 health. If your character goes down in battle and must be revived after it is over, they will come back with an injury that needs healing and this will help.
This is great to take before going into battle, so long as you don’t have any spellcasting opponents. It’ll temporarily boost your defense by 10 points, but it also lowers your mental resistance while in effect.
Recipe: 2 Deep Mushroom, 1 Distillation Agent, 1 Flask
I personally never use this stuff because even though it’ll boost your armor and physical resistance, it also slows down your movement and attack speed. It’s good for spellcasters who are hanging back casting spells and not moving around.
The swift salve is awesome! It boosts your movement by 20%, attack by 25%, and aiming by 10% for a full minute. If you find yourself against a tough opponent, this salve will make your character move and hit faster.