So, I've gotten through Dragon Age without a ton of frustration - there were some areas that required a couple of tries but I was able to get through them. Now however, I'm uncertain I'll be able to finish the game. I'm at the Arch-dragon and I'm about to pull my hair out. What's most frustrating is I can get him about 3/4 of the way down in health, but by then, I'm usually down to 1 or 2 party members and I get overwhelmed by the Darkspawn that are endlessly summmoned. I utilize the armies as best i can but I just can't seem to make it through. I've probably tried the battle a dozen times now and I just don't know if I can go on... blurg....
Game wasn't too hard - until now....
If you have a rogue whos maxed on his/her lockpicking skills, it'll be a sight less easier to get through. That way you can just keep using the ballista's on it. Best to have your party members AI behaviour set to cautious aswell so they'll always stick by you, while letting (what I prefer) your dwarven army distract the archdemon and co.
" @Abyssfull said:
"Why would he want it less easy? "
If you have a rogue whos maxed on his/her lockpicking skills, it'll be a sight less easier to get through."
Because I'm an evil son ofa bitch who wants him to suffer, that's why! Or rather because i miss-worded my sentence.
" Morrigan, Allistair and Leliana. And my character is an Arcane Warrior/Mage "That's exactly the build I used for my second playthrough. My Mage also doubled as my healer, and on the normal difficulty setting I beat the Archdemon on my first attempt. I found that the key is using Leliana as the ballista operator, since her ranged attacks are slightly less powerful than the blows of the ballista (hopefully she buffing your party with her Bard special abilities). Also, if Morrigan has a top tier elemental attack (such as Inferno or Blizzard), when the Archdemon separates himself from the battle and just sits on the island that's out of range, just get Morrigan close enough and continually use these attacks on him - this will help chip away at his health. Then when the Archdemon is down to 1/4 health, focus your fire on the darkspawn, not on the Archdemon, but make sure Morrigan is using attacks that will tackle the Archdemon as well as the darkspawn - again, Inferno or Blizzard are god sends.
However, if you're really struggling with the battle, I recommend loading a previous save, make sure you're completely happy with your character builds, find ways to make a few more sovereigns so you can buy tons of high level lyrium and health potions (lower level ones are no good - by the time the character has finished the drinking animation they usually get attacked and you're back to square one), and try and get through the early stages using as few of the army allies as possible. I managed to get through the early stages only using the Golems I acquired from Branka, and by the time the Archdemon lay slain, I hadn't even used the Wolverines I got from the Lady of the Forest.
Best of luck, duder.
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