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The "Dragon Age: Origins" Developer Console: Cheating your way through Ferelden

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

Enabling the developer console in Bioware's "Dragon Age: Origins" allows you perform a myriad of cheats or tweaks to the gameplay. With a few simple commands, you can add party members before you meet them in the story, get infinite money, more skill points and talents, and even become invincible.

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    Getting Started - Dragon Age Origins Cheats

    Cheats can make foes like these no challenge at all.   The first thing you'll need to do is enable the developer's console. Right-click on the shortcut you use to launch "Dragon Age: Origins." (If you don't have one, you'll need to create one.) Select "Properties" and add " -enabledeveloperconsole" to the text at the end of the "Target" field. (No quotes, and don't forget the space at the beginning!)

    If you have the Steam version of the game, right-click on it, click "Properties," click "Set Launch Options," and add "-enabledeveloperconsole" to the empty field. (Again, no quotes!)

    Now, go to your "My Documents" folder and look for the BioWare folder. Open the Dragon Age folder, then Settings, and then open "KeyBindings.ini" in Notepad. Find the line that says "OpenConsole_0" and change the text after the equals sign to "Keyboard::Button_Tilde". (Leave off the quotes, as usual.)

    You should now be ready to cheat in "Dragon Age." You can open the console by pressing the tilde key while in the game. The console is unfortunately invisible, so it is generally advisable to install this mod, which makes console commands visible. If you don't install the mod, then you can tell the console is working because normal hotkeys stop functioning.

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    Basics: The bread and butter of "Dragon Age" cheating

    These commands are universally useful when you just can't stand dying to that big group of darkspawn/giant spiders/cave dinosaurs any longer.

    • runscript addxp X (the bread)
      Wherein X is the amount of experience you'd like to give your character.
      • runscript pc_immortal (the butter)
        Wherein the player finds that he or she still takes damage, but can no longer be killed.
      • runscript killallhostiles (the knife)
        Wherein the hearts of all of the creatures onscreen suddenly stop beating. (They die.)
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      Spells, skills and talents - Dragon Age Origins Cheats

      • runscript injury remall
        Removes all injuries from the player character.
      • runscript injury remparty
        Removes all injuries from the rest of the party.
      • runscript zz_add_skills3
        Grants the player character three skill points, which become visible after saving and reloading the game. Caution: Overwrites any unspent skill points you already have.
      • runscript zz_supercrit player
        Grants the player character 1000 mana and health, and 50 Strength and Dexterity
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      Items: Now available for free - Dragon Age Origins Cheats

      • runscript zz_money X
        Free money! X is the amount of copper you need; 100 is a silver; 10,000 is a gold.
      • runscript zz_createrunes
        Places one of every rune type and the Oathkeeper Sword in your inventory.
      • runscript zz_upgrade
        Opens the enchantment menu anywhere.
      • runscript zz_givearmor
        Places a full set of Dragonbone Legion armor in your inventory.
      • runscript zz_set_trap
        Free traps!
      • runscript zz_party_addgifts
        Adds gifts with special dialogue sequences to your inventory.
        Full list: Antivan Leather Boots, Dalish Gloves, Alistair's Mother's Amulet, Duncan's Shield, Andraste's Grace, Cute Nug
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      Party members: Now you can really order them around - Dragon Age Origins Cheats

      • Use these commands to customize your party to your liking.   runscript zz_addparty <NPCname>
        Replace <NPCname> with a party member's name to add them to your party. (Your dog is called Dog.) This does allow you to have more than four party members, but you won't be able to directly control them. They will, however, follow the tactics you set up.
      • runscript e3_addparty
        Adds Jory and Daveth, the other Grey Warden candidates at the beginning of the game, to your party.

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      Plot, achievements, and other miscellany

      • runscript cheater
        Gives you all the achievements, instantly.
      • runscript zz_reveal_map
        Reveals the entire map.
      • runscript warrior XX
        Transforms the player's character into a level XX warrior.
      • runscript rogue XX
        Transforms the player'scharacter into a level XX rogue.
      • runscript wizard XX
        Transforms the player's character into a level XX mage.