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Guide to Unique Armor Sets in Dragon Age: Origins

by: Sheila Robinson ; edited by: Michael Hartman ; updated: 4/18/2012 • Leave a comment

There are many good sets of armor in Dragon Age Origins. However, there are some unique ones that add good bonuses to statistics and resistances. Details are given on how to find some of the best armor sets that can be found in the game.

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    Wade's Armor Crafting

    Dragon Age Origins boxshot Wade creates the best Dragon Age Origins armor sets. He can craft light, medium and heavy armor sets from Drake and Dragon carcasses. However, you will need to provide him with these items. Find Drakes in the Wyrming Lair. You will need six Drake carcasses to create the first and superior quality drake armor sets. After you obtain them, see Wade in the Denerim Marketplace and ask him to make the armor for you. Note: If you are interested in having Wade create the superior Dragon Plate armor later, you will need to pay for the first two sets of armor. Otherwise this armor set will not be available to you. The first set will cost 10 sovereigns, the other will cost 25.

    To have Wade create Dragon armor, you will need to obtain the carcass from the High Dragon located in the Gauntlet. He is not that easy to kill. To get his attention, ring the gong nearby and be prepared for a battle! Once you defeat him, see Wade in the Denerim Marketplace and have him craft the Dragon armor set of your choice.

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    Wade's Armor Details

    Wade’s Drakeskin Armor

    The armor set gives a bonus of-10% to fatigue.

    • Wade’s Drakeskin Boots-Gives +5 fire resistance
    • Wade’s Drakeskin Leather Armor-Gives +25 fire resistance
    • Wade’s Drakeskin Gloves-Gives +5 fire resistance

    Wade’s Dragonskin Armor Set

    The armor set gives a bonus of -25% to fatigue.

    • Wade’s Dragonskin Boots-Gives +5 fire resistance
    • Wade’s Dragonskin Armor-Gives +25 Fire Resistance
    • Wade’s Dragonskin Gloves -Gives+5 fire resistance

    Wade’s Dragonscale Armor Set

    The armor set gives a bonus of -20% to fatigue.

    • Wades Heavy Dragonscale Boots-Gives +5 fire resistance
    • Wade’s Heavy Dragonscale Armor -Gives +25 fire resistance
    • Wade’s Heavy Dragonscale Gloves - Gives+5 fire resistance

    Wade’s Dragonbone Plate Armor Set

    The armor set gives a bonus of -10% to fatigue.

    • Wade’s Dragonbone Plate Boots -Gives +5 fire resistance
    • Wade’s Dragonbone Plate Armor - Gives+25 fire resistance
    • Wade’s Dragonbone Plate Gloves - Gives+ 5 fire resistance

    Wade’s Superior Dragonskin Armor Set

    The armor set gives a bonus of -25% to fatigue and +5 defense.

    • Wade’s Superior Dragonskin Leather Armor -Gives+50 fire resistance and+1.0 Combat stamina regeneration
    • Wade’s Superior Dragonskin Boots -Gives +10 fire resistance and +0.5 combat/stamina regeneration
    • Wade’ s Superior Dragonskin Gloves -Gives +10 fire resistance and+0.5 Combat stamina regeneration

    Wade’s Superior Drakeskin Armor Set

    The armor set gives a bonus of -10% to fatigue and +5 defense.

    • Wades Superior Drakeskin Boots- Gives +1 dexterity and+10 fire resistance
    • Wade’s Superior Drakeskin Leather Armor – Gives +2 dexterity and+ 50 fire resistance
    • Wade’s Superior Drakeskin Gloves – Gives +1 dexterity and +10 fire resistance

    Wade’s Superior Dragonscale Armor Set

    The armor set gives a bonus of -20% fatigue and +5 defense.

    • Wade’s Superior Heavy Dragonscale Boots - Gives +10 fire resistance and +0.5 combat stamina regeneration
    • Wade’s Superior Heavy Dragonscale Armor - Gives +50 fire resistance,+1.0 Combat stamina regeneration and +25 stamina
    • Wade’s Superior Heavy Dragonscale Gloves- Gives +10 fire resistance and +0.5 Combat stamina regeneration

    Wade’s Superior Dragonbone Plate Armor Set

    The armor set gives a bonus of -10% fatigue and +5 defense.

    • Wade’s Superior Dragonbone Plate boots-Gives +10 fire resistance and +0.5 combat stamina regeneration
    • Wade’s Superior Dragonbone Plate Armor- Gives - +50 Fire resistance,+1.0 Combat stamina regeneration and +25 stamina
    • Wade’s Superior Dragonbone Plate Gloves- Gives +10 fire resistance and +0.5 Combat stamina regeneration
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    Diligence Armor Set

    Dragon Age Origins - Diligence Armor This unique Dragon Age Origins armor gives you a bonus of +5 willpower when the complete set is worn by an appropriate character.

    • Boots of Diligence- Gives +6 defense, +2 armor
    • Armor of Diligence- Gives+0.5 combat health regeneration, +2 armor
    • Gloves of Diligence- Gives+4 armor
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    How to Get the Diligence Armor Set

    Each Diligence armor piece is found in different locations. Find the Boots of Diligence by visiting Owen in Redcliffe Village. Note: This item is only available in his inventory if you have rescued his daughter Valena in the “Lost in the Castle" side quest. The Gloves of Diligence are found in a locked chest in the Orzammar Shaperate. Find the Armor of Diligence in the east side of the Ruined Temple during the Urn of the Sacred Ashes quest.

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    Juggernaut Plate Armor Set

    Dragon Age Origins - Juggernaut Armor This unique Dragon Age Origins armor is made of Silverite and gives you a bonus of +3 strength, +3 constitution when the complete set is worn by an appropriate character.

    • Juggernaut Plate Boots – Gives +5 fire resistance, +5 cold resistance, +5 electricity resistance, +5 nature resistance, +5 spirit resistance
    • Juggernaut Plate Armor - Gives +10 to fire/cold/electricity/nature and spirit resistances
    • Juggernaut Plate Gloves – Gives +5 to fire/cold/electricity/nature and spirit resistances
    • Juggernaut Helm- Gives +1 armor and +10 mental resistance
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    How to Obtain the Juggernaut Armor

    The Juggernaut Armor set is located in the Brecilian Forest and Ruins. Finding the complete set of this Dragon Age Origins armor involves two side quests: Mage’s Treasure and the Elven Ritual. You will need to find all four pieces to complete the set.

    To begin, there are three ancient tombstones located in the Brecilian Forest. Each tombstone is protected by Revenants and skeletons. They will appear when your character disturbs the wards of the tombstone.

    The first Juggernaut armor piece needs to be obtained from the eastern side of the Brecilian forest nearby a ruined structure. This will trigger the Mage’s Treasure side quest. When you are in front of the tombstone, dialog will appear to ask you if you would like to disturb the wards. Do so and fight the Revenant and his skeleton minions. Once defeated, pick up the piece of Juggernaut armor off of the Revenant.

    Next, you will need to find the two other Juggernaut armor pieces in the Brecilian Forest. One of the pieces is in the west Brecilian forest. You will need to look in an area off of the road. Use the map as a guide to find it. Once again disturb the wards and fight the Revenant guardian.

    The third piece of Juggernaut armor can be found once you get past the misty barrier located in the east Brecilian forest. Note: You will need to complete the task for the Grand Oak or Mad Hermit for this to happen. The tombstone is located near the entrance to the Brecilian Ruins area in the center of the forest. If you have triggered the side mission called “Thy Brother’s Killer" (and not completed it yet) you will also see a group of dark mages performing a ritual. At this time, focus on the tombstone. Do what you need to do and grab the next piece of the Juggernaut armor when the fight is over.

    You will need to travel inside the Brecilian Ruins to obtain the fourth piece of the Juggernaut Armor. However, the Elven Ritual side quest must be unlocked. Find the elven tablet in a sarcophagus near the area where you will encounter a ghost boy. Once you retrieve it, continue deeper into the Brecilian Ruins until you find an Elven altar and pool of water. Look in your codex for the precise order of how to perform the ritual. Once completed correctly, the locked door ahead of you will open. Inside is a Shade guarding a sarcophagus. Fight it and obtain the final Juggernaut armor piece from the sarcophagus.

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    Ancient Elven Armor Set

    The Ancient Elven Armor is made of Veridium and gives you a bonus of +5 to defense when the complete set is worn by an appropriate character.

    • Ancient Elven Boots- Gives+1 constitution
    • Ancient Elven Armor- Gives +2dexterity, +2 armor +10 spirit resistance
    • Ancient Elven Gloves- Gives +2 armor, +8% chance to ignore hostile magic
    • Ancient Elven Helm –Gives +25 Spirit Resistance
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    How to Find the Ancient Elven Armor Set

    This Dragon Age Origins armor set is found through exploration. Locate the Ancient Elven Boots in the Lothering Chantry. Talk to Ser Bryant and he will give you a key to a locked cabinet located inside the Chantry. The armor can be found in the lower section of the Brecilian Ruins area. Obtain the gloves in the Ruined Temple during the Urn of the Sacred Ashes quest. To get the Helm, you must trade with the Mad Hermit located in the Brecilian Forest. He will give it to you in exchange for a scarf, book or Dusk ring.

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    Ceremonial Armor Set

    Dragon Age Origins - Ceremonial Armor The Ceremonial Armor is made of Red Steel and said to give you a bonus of +6 defense vs. missiles when the complete set is worn by an appropriate character.

    • Ceremonial Armored Boots – Gives no extra bonus to statistics
    • Ceremonial Armor – Gives +3 armor, +10 mental resistance
    • Ceremonial Armored Gloves – Gives no extra bonus to statistics
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    Chevalier Armor Set

    The Chevalier armor gives you a bonus of +3 willpower and+3 constitution when the complete set is worn by an appropriate character.

    • Chevalier Boots – No extra bonus is given to statistics
    • Chevalier’s Armor – No extra bonus is given to statistics
    • Chevalier’s Gloves – No extra bonus is given to statistics
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    How to Find the Ceremonial Armor Set

    The boots can be purchased from Old Tegrin (merchant you will see on random encounters during your travels around Ferelden). The armor can be randomly dropped by a Cultist located in Lake Calenhad. However, you will first need to talk to the bartender about Brother Genitivi. The Ceremonial Armored glove location is unknown. There is a lot of speculation on this on whether or not it can actually be found in the Dragon Age Origins regardless of which gaming platform used.

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    How to Find the Chevalier Armor Set

    The Chevalier gloves can be purchased from Faryn who is located in the Frostback Mountains. The other pieces may be available after completing Leliana’s personal quest. Marjolaine has a chest that can be accessed after she is defeated. It is also possible to get pieces of this set off of Ser Perth. Unfortunately, that means he has died in the battle to save Redcliffe.

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    Legion of the Dead Armor Set

    Dragon Age Origins - Legion of the Dead Armor This special Dragon Age Origins armor is made of Dragonbone and gives a bonus of + 3 damage and +3 constitution when the complete set is worn by an appropriate character.

    • Boots of the Legion – Gives no extra bonus to statistics
    • Armor of the Legion - Gives +3 willpower
    • Gloves of the Legion – Gives +4 attack
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    How to find the Legion of the Dead Armor

    All items are found in the Dead Trenches. Most pieces are located within a sarcophagus. The final piece (helm) is behind the “Ominous Door" on an altar towards the back of the room. However, once it is taken you will need to fight some Legion spirit warriors.

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    Effort Armor Set

    The Effort armor is Silverite and gives a bonus of -10% to fatigue when the complete set is worn by an appropriate character.

    • Effort boots – Gives +1 armor
    • Effort Armor plate- Gives +15% to healing spells
    • Effort’s Gloves- Gives +1 strength
    • Duty (Effort Helmet) - Gives +2 constitution
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    How to Find the Effort Armor Set

    This Dragon Age Origins armor set is found through exploration. To find the boots go to Dust Town in Orzammar. Speak to Alimar and purchase it from his inventory for 8 gold sovereigns. The Effort armor plate can be found on the Broodmother after defeating her. The gloves can be found in a box next to Ruck in Ortan Thaig (A Mother’s Hope Side Quest). If you have your dog in your party, he can find the Duty (Effort Helmet) in the final room at the Anvil of the Void. This is the room where you will encounter Caradin. Ask the dog if he sees anything. He will bring the helmet to you.

References

  • Screenshots created by Sheila Robinson.
  • Information on Dragon Age armor sets based on Sheila Robinson's game play.

Dragon Age Origins Combat Guide

The basics of armor and combat in Dragon Age Origins.
  1. Dragon Age Origins Combat Guide: The Basics of Combat Strategy
  2. Guide to Unique Armor Sets in Dragon Age: Origins