The Golems of Amgarrak

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The Golems of Amgarrak

Grim Reaper achievement in Dragon Age: Origins

Grim Reaper

Defeated the Harvester on Hard or Nightmare difficulty

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  • TuronelTuronel221,635
    10 Aug 2010 10 Aug 2010 11 Aug 2010
    121 13 49
    This Strategy only works with a Warrior class character.*
    In this Strategy you must have a Sword and a Shield**

    This was done on Hard mode. It is probably smart to save after you have made all the preparations, and before you fight the boss. Make sure that its on hard as well, since its possible to go through the rest of the DLC on whatever difficulty you want, and then change it to hard right before the boss.


    Add a tactic for each character
    - Jerrik / Self: Health < 75% / Use: Health Poultice
    - Runic Golem / Self: Health < 75% / Group Heal
    - Runic Golem / Ally: Health < 75% / Group Heal
    - Brogan / Self: Health < 75% / Use: Health Poultice
    =====>Note: make sure that you save the stronger potions for yourself, and let your allies use the normal potions on themselves.

    Have a lot of Strength and Constitution. Also a moderately high Dexterity. Have them at these amounts give or take 10 points.

    Strength - 80
    Constituition - 70
    Dexterity - 50

    [Hot Key Skills]

    War Cry - Gives enemies around you a penalty to attack.
    Carapace - This skill is key for defeating Harvestor Stage Two. Skeletons will not harm you, and the boss will do little damage against you.
    Second Wind - To keep your stamina up.
    Disengage - This one is optional, but its nice for keeping Harvestor Stage one off of you.

    [Harvestor Stage One]

    The first stage is the harder of the two, but it's still not a problem. There not a whole lot to say here. Some of your allies will die. Heal when you need too. Use Disengage when you need too. Just fight and live.

    I would also like to point out that I used The Reapers Cudgel, which you get from traversing the dungeon. Using this it still did Physical damage while the Red Mist was present.

    [Harvestor Stage Two]

    This one is extremely easy.

    As soon as the fight starts you will have to run from a pack of skeletons, and the boss who is now in a smaller, crawling form. You will run for nearly the whole fight.

    Continue to run in a great big circle around the map. Stay near the walls. The skeletons are fast, and they will hit you while your running a few times. No worries though, because as soon as your ready turn Carapace on and go straight for the Harvestor.

    Have good judgement and pay attention to your health. When you think Carapace has worn off or won't protect you anymore, start to run again. If you need health then heal yourself while Carapace is active before you start striking the boss.

    This is not a long method. The Second Stage of The Harvestor should only take 10 minutes at most.

    Good luck!


    * This strategy could possibly work with other classes if substitutes for the Warrior abilities mentioned are used.
    ** A sword and a shield can be found in the dungeon. You can also use the item obtained in Awakening to reset your stats so that you can learn all the skills necessary, and and change your stat points to the recommended amount.

    Fal1phor - Helped me to perfect this method and made the guide much clearer and easier to understand. Huge props to this guy.

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    Armstrong x360a^^Yes, anytime before the cutscene. Big thanks to the OP, may not have ever finished this beast without these tips. Thumbs up!
    Posted by Armstrong x360a on 08 May 19 at 14:04
    EthigyInsane how crucial Carapace is for the second phase. My build was a two-handed warrior but I made sure to unlock the Carapace ability and what I did was I’d quickly switch to sword and shield, activate Carapace, then switch back to my two-handed sword to deal damage. Ran around when the buff depleted to wait for it to recharge and just repeated that until the harvester was killed.
    Posted by Ethigy on 25 Jan 20 at 07:33
    LLboxedWorked 1st try. Thx!
    Posted by LLboxed on 29 Jan at 22:51
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  • SedgendarySedgendary282,121
    31 Aug 2010 08 Sep 2010
    78 16 31
    This is a very easy way of doing this achievement. One thing to note is that you will want any fighting characters to have aggression talents on.

    Step 1. Set all your regular team to heal themselves with strongest possible potion after dropping past 25% health

    Step 2. Take control of the Golem

    Step 3. Assign Group heal to X

    Step 4. Assign Revive to Y

    Step 5. Hit the Harvester once to get everyone targetting him

    Step 6. Go and stand next to the switch and press D-Pad Up to highlight it when available and activate the switch

    Step 7. Group heal whenever possible

    Step 8. Revive when needed (you shouldn't need it)

    Step 9. Flawless Victory
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    JayD101Brilliant solution! I had my guys set to use greatest health from 50% health. I died a couple of times but didn't take long and I didn't really need to do anything at all in the 2nd part. Occasionally your guys will take too long to heal if they are in the middle of an action when they past the point that they are set to heal so go for 50%. Also it is a pain when the skellies come after the golem but I found if I just walked past my group fighting the harvester the skeletons went off me and I just went back to the switch.
    Posted by JayD101 on 20 Aug 16 at 16:27
    Doktor ZeitIncredibly easy doing this, I thought the achivement would be a pain but I got my first try.
    Posted by Doktor Zeit on 07 Jul 19 at 20:56
    MellyBellaI had tried other methods a heap of times and died miserably. Tried this once without even turning anyone to aggressive, success first time. Thanks so much.
    Posted by MellyBella on 10 Oct 20 at 11:51
  • RothioRothio252,202
    22 May 2012 23 May 2012 23 May 2012
    34 1 9
    After following the solutions that were previously posted i still wasn't successfully defeating the Harvester with my Level 35 mage. I found the video that is linked below and had him beat on the first try. I did not create the video (thanks Tatty4Ever) but thought others might find it helpful.

    The idea behind the strategy is to hide behind the anvil in a crevice (next to the molten waterfall). None of the skeletons can get to you and the Harvester cannot melee you. You need a ranged attack.
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    ZeroEqualsThis worked out perfectly! As a Mage found the use of "Stonefist" quite useful when faced with a crowd.
    Posted by ZeroEquals on 06 Jul 16 at 23:37
    GunTheBossI wish I could vote more. Did ir with a fresh lvl 21 mage. Easiest and longest boss.
    Posted by GunTheBoss on 06 Oct 17 at 23:47
    Lord Nazulethanks
    Posted by Lord Nazule on 14 Jun 19 at 23:30
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