Help me pick the third companion, Allistar, Morrigan and?

#1 Posted by amir90 (2134 posts) -

Hello fellow giantbombeders!

I just recently started playing DA:O again, having a blast as usual, especially with Nightmare difficulty.

However, I am in a pickle. I can't seem to decide which third companion would be the best, both strategically and for the dialog parts.

Allistar and Morrigan is a must for me, I like the Mubari dog (which I named him after my little brother), but he isn't the talkative type.

Any suggestions?

For some reason, I don't like Leliana..

#2 Posted by Pierre42 (80 posts) -

Sten, drop Alistar for Shale if you get her, replace Morrigan with Wynne later on unless you are going to do the job yourself.

Golden.

#3 Posted by endaround (2129 posts) -

Really need to know your class. Of course on the PC you can mod the dog in as another party member.

#4 Posted by Icemo (625 posts) -

I would pick Wynne. You can never have too many healers in your party.

#5 Posted by amir90 (2134 posts) -

@Pierre42: @endaround: @Icemo:

I forgot to add that I am a dwarf rogue, and I use mods to change talents on everyone.

Morrigan has frost, healing and Crowd Control spells at the moment.

I also have all the DLC, so I can get that Golem guy.

#6 Posted by Sweep (8541 posts) -

If you are modding everyone's talents anyway then surely it doesn't matter who you pick?

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#7 Posted by Briggs713 (201 posts) -

Sten is a good choice.

#8 Posted by RollingZeppelin (1857 posts) -
#9 Posted by amir90 (2134 posts) -

@Sweep: Well, dialog wise , I love the random party banter.

@Briggs713: Might give him another chance, I didn't get to know him that well last time I played in 2009.

@RollingZeppelin: What, that is it's gender? My god, I have been mislead all these years..

#10 Posted by TullyAckland (237 posts) -

Morri, Alistair and Zevran make a fine combo for banter and gameplay.

#11 Posted by Swoxx (2980 posts) -
#12 Posted by RollingZeppelin (1857 posts) -

@Swoxx: It was in a spoiler warning.

#13 Posted by Swoxx (2980 posts) -

@RollingZeppelin: Not the first one by mr pierre

#14 Posted by ArtisanBreads (3595 posts) -

Leliana was my favorite character from the game I think, though Morrigan went some cool placed by the end. I'd go with her, but you said you didn't like her.

Sten is fine, can always use another warrior, but he's boring as hell. So is the dog in the field. I don't like any of the other characters really.

#15 Posted by TobbRobb (4408 posts) -

I used Morrigan, Alistair and Zevran when I played it. But Shale is cool and the dwarf dude is alright. Ohgren?

#16 Edited by AndrewB (7190 posts) -

I find a good damage-dealer would round out that party. Sten for damage and taking more of a beating, or a pure elemental damage mage (I guess that would be Wynne specced improperly, or a respecced Morrigan, but since you can do whatever you want talents-wise, that part doesn't matter). Once you have a rogue in your party, you really need two other people to draw the opposition away from you. I guess that decision still depends on how your rogue is specced: melee, or ranged.

I think you don't really have much of a choice from a role-playing/dialogue perspective when playing on nightmare. Your party has to be perfectly balanced. Personally, I really hate playing that way, so my advice might not be from a "power gamer perspective".

Sten and Morrigan together would leave you making "neutral/evil" decisions, or else having their approval ratings drop way low. They do, however, have a lot of similar opinions and interesting things to say when it comes to people begging you for help constantly, at least in the early game. Shale would also be interesting from the Dwarf perspective, and Shale can be like a D&D Bard (versatile, but master of nothing), so could fill out any position.

#17 Posted by RedCream (704 posts) -

Sten or Wynne. My party included MC, Sten, Wynne and Morrigan. The banter between Morrigan and Sten is entertaining.

#18 Edited by doosmacleod (186 posts) -

Go with Shale.

Occasionally swap out Alistair and Morrigan for Wynne and Zevran. Or Oghren and Zevran.

And if you just want to win more efficiently, use Wynne after you get the Arcane Warrior spec.

#19 Posted by devilzrule27 (1235 posts) -

dog

#20 Posted by plop1920 (446 posts) -

I always used shale. She's a hybrid, so you can spec her out as a tank or dmg depending on the rest of your group. Also, she just has interesting stuff to say

#21 Posted by Ravenlight (8033 posts) -

I didn't really like any of the characters in DA:O. But I'm pretty sure I'm in the minority with that one.

#22 Posted by WilltheMagicAsian (1543 posts) -

That ginger bard.

#23 Posted by WalkerTR77 (1348 posts) -

I loved taking the dog (Eddie/Boggins), but it's just such a waste of a party member. You miss out on all the incidental banter that fills out the story and characterisation that make dragon age great.

#24 Posted by Demoskinos (13869 posts) -

@amir90 said:

Hello fellow giantbombeders!

I just recently started playing DA:O again, having a blast as usual, especially with Nightmare difficulty.

However, I am in a pickle. I can't seem to decide which third companion would be the best, both strategically and for the dialog parts.

Allistar and Morrigan is a must for me, I like the Mubari dog (which I named him after my little brother), but he isn't the talkative type.

Any suggestions?

For some reason, I don't like Leliana..

Personally I'd go with Sten. You'd have Alistair to tank with his sheild Sten to be the damage dealer while you help him as your rogue and morrigan can help debuff and crowd control. Honestly, personally I don't worry about having a dedicated healer. Morrigan can use some healing spells and as fast as you can chug potions you should be okay as long as your supply doesn't run out mid-battle.

#25 Posted by Demoskinos (13869 posts) -

@Swoxx said:

@RollingZeppelin: Not the first one by mr pierre

Shale isn't a spoiler... when you buy the DLC you clearly know what you are buying a Quest+ Party Member

#26 Posted by Swoxx (2980 posts) -

@Demoskinos said:

@Swoxx said:

@RollingZeppelin: Not the first one by mr pierre

Shale isn't a spoiler... when you buy the DLC you clearly know what you are buying a Quest+ Party Member

Ugh, so not what I was talking about.

I was of course talking about the reveal that shale is a girl
#27 Posted by Pierre42 (80 posts) -

@Swoxx:

Apologies I hadn't considered other people than the OP since he said he'd beat it already, sorry but it's hardly a game changing one.

Also if you ARE going to take Shale, Sten is the perfect dialogue partner.

But yeah if you are just modding people differently....

#28 Posted by Swoxx (2980 posts) -

@Pierre42: I've played it so it's all good. It isn't gamechanging but it is a big reveal in that DLC. At least I was shocked when I played it and learned that fact. Anyway, people are always going to disagree what a spoiler is since it's very personal what you consider important and not.

#29 Posted by kerse (2039 posts) -

Wynne for sure

#30 Posted by VisariLoyalist (2991 posts) -

Dogs are superior to people as friends imo so... but you might consider that prisoner from the first town you go to along the road.

#31 Posted by weavminas (82 posts) -

I didn't get too far into the game but the puppy was my favorite character. Maybe that's why I stopped playing...

#32 Posted by SethPhotopoulos (4852 posts) -

Wyne is the best healer in the game.

#33 Posted by Nentisys (881 posts) -

Zevran and Sten have the best dialog stuff. I really hate Alistair.

#34 Posted by JeanLuc (3518 posts) -

Wynne. Always have a healer.

#35 Edited by Fat_Magnum (68 posts) -

@Pierre42 said:

Sten, drop Alistar for Shale if you get her, replace Morrigan with Wynne later on unless you are going to do the job yourself.

Golden.

That

I totally iced Wynne on my first play through and never knew she could join you. Until I played again, of course.

Don't do that

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#36 Posted by DizzyMedal (398 posts) -

Also if you really like the dialogue, when you get to Denerim, go into the armor workshop run by those two dudes and run around the support pole then leave the shop. Go in again and run around the support pole, leave. And so on and so forth. I don't know if it was ever patched out because I haven't played it in forever, but that used to be a repeatable 'talk' trigger for your companions. Which was nice because you could switch people out on the fly and just keep doing it to hear the stuff they wrote :)

#37 Posted by Crypt135 (63 posts) -

Wynne.

#38 Posted by Angouri (223 posts) -

Zevran. His dialogue is the best in the game. Shale is remarkably useful and funny too.

#39 Posted by buft (3298 posts) -
#40 Posted by amir90 (2134 posts) -

Thanks for the help guys :)

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