APS: Dragon Age: Inquisition

By Jonathan Barnes, 2 years ago
After three and a half long years (or five years, if you're one of the many who disliked Dragon Age II so much that you deny its existence), BioWare's Dragon Age series is set to have its console-spanning return with Dragon Age: Inquisition. Tomorrow's release is already garnering rave reviews from critics at large (we'll have our own review in the coming days), but not many have mentioned the achievements. Those looking for a full retail completion could be in for a long haul, but it shouldn't be too taxing. Let's take a look.

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Inquisition features fifty achievements and (at this time) no challenges on Xbox One. Of those achievements, twelve are tied to story progression and two are tied to completing the game on higher difficulties. As a further plus, you won't need an Inquisitor to reveal any secrets from the list, as every achievement can clearly be seen from the outset. Those things out of the way, let's sit down and get to brass tacks.

It's not "Dragon Age" without... well... dragons, so this achievement is almost considered a given.

Wyrmslayer in Dragon Age: Inquisition
Wyrmslayer25 (15)
Kill a high dragon in single-player mode.

Depending on your party, gear, and level, high dragons are nothing to sneeze at. That being said, if slaying one isn't enough of a challenge for you and your best crew, the achievement for slaying ten may leave you with a few scars.

As with most RPGs, crafting will serve as a major facet of Inquisition. Whether it's gear or goods, you're probably going to come across more than a few recipes and ingredients as you journey through Thedas, making this achievement something of a gimme.

Well-Prepared in Dragon Age: Inquisition
Craft a weapon or piece of armor in single-player mode.

If you're anything like me, and who's to say you're not, crafting either sucks you in or turns you off. In the case of Inquisition and its achievements, you should hope for the former as becoming a "Master Builder" will net you another achievement.

Another RPG staple is the elusive critical hit. Nailing those high-damage attacks can really turn the tide of battle and even up the odds. While the next achievement doesn't get any points for originality, it will have you maxing out your attack stats.

Hard Hitter in Dragon Age: Inquisition
Land a single blow in excess of 1,000 damage in single-player mode.

Here's to hoping that the Rogue class' backstabbing still works!

It wouldn't be a BioWare game without a little romance. While there are no achievements specific to embracing your inner Wilt Chamberlain (unless the achievement writer at BioWare has a really dirty mind), there is one for embracing the friend zone.

People Person in Dragon Age: Inquisition
Become friends with at least three of your inner circle in one playthrough.

If you're interested in how to win friends and influence people (two keys to Inquisition, it seems), feel free to set down the controller for a few hours and Google "Dale Carnegie". If you're looking for hints on how to do it in the game world, you'll want to stay tuned for a good community solution!

At this moment, it looks like the toughest achievement (in terms of ratio) could easily shake out to be Inquisitor for beating the game on "Nightmare" without lowering the difficulty. That being said, such an achievement is pretty rote, and (truth be told) you will probably encounter ways to grind up your characters to compensate for some of the difficulty, so the last achievement to gain the spotlight is going a little off course.

Focused in Dragon Age: Inquisition
Focused22 (15)
Spend 10 points in a single ability tree with any one single-player character.

It's always a risk-reward factor to make your character too highly-specialized. Putting ten points into one ability could leave you completely vulnerable in other areas that may be vital to the team's survival. Of course, games like Inquisition generally have a high replay value and, if you're a fan, you'll probably have several different Inquisitors and playthroughs, so dedicating to buff out one of them shouldn't be too taxing.

Wrapping it up, there's a good spread of achievements for leveling characters, making gear, earning gold, slaying monsters, and doing side quests. It's HIGHLY unlikely that you'll pop all of these in your first playthrough and SOMEWHAT unlikely that you'll get them all in your second (considering there are separate achievements for beating the game on "Nightmare" and "Hard", you're going to need at least two playthroughs... unless you want to jump straight into "Nightmare" on your first playthrough... and good luck with that!), so Inquisition may be a game that lives in your console for the long haul when it hits shelves tomorrow.

If there's an upcoming game or DLC pack that you'd like to see featured in the Achievement Preview Spotlight, be sure to let us know in the comments!
Jonathan Barnes
Written by Jonathan Barnes
Jonathan has been a news/views contributor since 2010. When he's not writing reviews, features, and opinion pieces, he spends his days working as an informal science educator and his nights as an international man of mystery.