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Cave Crawling - Introduction
You should be able to pick this one up some time after you complete “Inside Job.” If you go to the Bone Pit, you'll see that the foreman, Jensen, will have a quest for you. Talk to him to learn that they've had a bit of an accident while mining, and they let a bunch of spiders into the mine.
This one isn't too hard. You just need to have a balanced party with you. Two warriors and two mages will be fine, although you can probably bring a rogue or Varric if you want. You'll just be fighting a short battle with a giant spider.
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Cave Crawling - Killing the Queen Spider
Go into the main entrance and look around for a bit. There's some minerals and a chest up the stairs to the right, but the main fight is just out in the main mine. Follow the path just a little ways in and you'll be sure to spot your new foe.
This is actually a very simple battle. There's a queen spider and a few giant spiders to start with. There will be a second wave of giant spiders once you clear the floor, but overall it's not too hard to take them down. The queen is the real challenge. It's basically just the same as the one that you can face in the “Deep Roads Expedition” mission. You need to be careful about getting stunned repeatedly, but for the most part, if you can keep it's focus on your tank, it's a surprisingly easy fight.
There is no secret, other than just hanging tight. Any mage's AOE attack or warrior's ability will probably be enough to kill the spiders hanging around the queen. The queen shouldn't be able to do much to actually hurt a tank, or even a basic warrior, and any healer can probably keep them alive while you clear the floor. Once it's just the queen, you can have everyone focus their attacks on her and bring her down very quickly. Just keep the tank taunting and under attack. If you can't get that to work, you can always just run around in circles and stay out of the spider's reach while everyone else picks away at her.
Loot the bodies and then head back out to report your success to Jensen. Note that this will open up another quest, “Cavern of Dead”. Leaving the area and returning should be enough to make the quest appear. Just talk to Jensen again and you'll be ready to go.
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All screenshots and images from "Dragon Age 2."
All information is based on a "hard" difficulty playthrough, unless otherwise noted.
Despite everything that's going on, you will still find that there's a lot of side work that needs to be done. This walkthrough of Dragon Age 2 will cover the side quests: Raiders on the Cliffs, Herbalist's Tasks - Act 2, Ladies' Night Out, Inside Job