Dragon Age 2

Dragon Age 2 Achievements


Completed a full year in Kirkwall without any party member being knocked unconscious.   

Simply complete Act I or II of the story without any party member being knocked unconscious (they are knocked out when their HP bar is fully depleted). If one of your party members is knocked out, simply reload your last save and you can still get this achievement. It doesn't matter how many times you get knocked out, reloading your last save will always work. Note: It is possible that this achievement will not unlock for you during Act III so do it during Act I or II.

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Comment #1 by R0KETM4N
Tuesday, February 08, 2011 @ 06:45:56 PM

Sounds like a tough one lol, especially on nightmare! =)

Comment #2 by LK Tien
Tuesday, February 08, 2011 @ 10:07:11 PM

unless you could play a year solo since you could leave camp with only yourself in DA:O in DA:O

Comment #3 by solo07
Wednesday, February 09, 2011 @ 09:49:48 AM

Finally, this might be a challenge.

Comment #4 by Rukishou
Wednesday, February 09, 2011 @ 08:09:36 PM

I'm all for challenges, but I hope this won't be too hard. It will be a pain restarting from the last checkpoint or save every time someone gets knocked out.

I was planning on only using strategic combat in larger battles and against more important enemies, such as bosses, so it won't get stale and boring, but with this I guess the first year will have to be carefully planned out, battle for battle. I'm probably going to play on one of the hardest difficulties (Hard if there are like Easy, Normal, and Hard difficulties).

Comment #5 by x SoLiiTuDe
Sunday, February 20, 2011 @ 01:46:23 AM

I hope they make the difficulties more manageable this time. I'm not great at these kinds of games but I'd like to think I should be able to play through most games on normal and not die if I have half a brain and a decent game plan but some parts I HAD to go casual to beat. Like Kolgrim and Fort Drakon (during the final fight).

Comment #6 by X iSte
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 @ 10:36:22 AM

DA:O was very hard, i like to think i am good on most games as i can do legendary on fifa and veteran on cod and completed mass effect 2 on hard, but i could never do DA:O on hard and definately nightmare, i didnt see any point in doing it on normal so i just made it easier for myself by doing casual and after playing DA 2 demo which is on normal, it is pretty hard, i like to just charge in swinging my sword and i got knocked down a few times. This should be pretty easy on casual especially if u save regualary like i did on DA:O just to avoid the many glitches.

Comment #7 by solo07
Sunday, February 27, 2011 @ 09:07:52 PM the hell is DA:O hard...

Comment #8 by KuShNsTieN
Sunday, February 27, 2011 @ 10:37:56 PM

buy like 1mill potions so if someone is dying heal em

Comment #9 by Zaxean
Monday, February 28, 2011 @ 06:19:01 PM

@ #6....that's because every game you listed that you're "good at" are completley different play style than DA. CoD is run in guns blazing and you win. DA requires planning and tactical skills. You have to actually think to be good at this game. Mass Effect is a good transition game, beat that a few times on Insanity and then maybe you'll be able to be through DA on normal ;)

Comment #10 by CIKShock
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 @ 09:51:16 AM

Oh, oh, oh, oh, staying alive, staying alive!

This should be an interesting achievement to get, but if the demo is any reckoning, it could be more of a challenge than in DA:O. (Merely because of the micro-managing I had to do with the tank in the "real" ogre fight, can't tell them to taunt when party members are being attacked since you have to be in range of the mob attacking the party member). Anyway, I hope to get this on insane for the challenge.

Comment #11 by Super ToasterR
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 @ 12:09:24 PM

This looks interesting cant wait to give this a try.

Comment #12 by Greg0fTheDead
Thursday, March 03, 2011 @ 10:35:24 AM

#6 - I'm not trying to be a dick but Dragon Age Origins was NOT hard at all. like....really not hard...

Comment #13 by Kunduz
Monday, March 07, 2011 @ 09:45:45 AM

@ #6 Dragon Age: Origins = Hard? Then you're playing it wrong.

Comment #14 by Bl4ckSh33p
Monday, March 07, 2011 @ 11:24:29 AM

Hmm I don't think the DA2 demo was hard. Just used a few heal potions and everything was fine. :)

Comment #15 by DarkDevilKing
Tuesday, March 08, 2011 @ 05:53:34 AM

let me get this straight does the achievement begins from the beginning of the game or the moment you enter kirkwell.
oh and by the way #6 im sorry but DA:O was NOT HARD

Comment #16 by tai0316
Tuesday, March 08, 2011 @ 02:59:45 PM

I was also wondering when the "year" starts?

Comment #17 by tai0316
Tuesday, March 08, 2011 @ 03:17:42 PM

Actually my other question is, how long is the "year"? Is it a matter of a certain number of story-related missions etc.? For this type of achievement I prefer to know ahead of time so I don't have to worry about it on another playthrough.

Comment #18 by k2natural
Tuesday, March 08, 2011 @ 06:37:40 PM

Direct from the Dragon Age II Complete Official Guide:

"Complete an entire ACT without a party member being knocked out. Possible (though tricky) on Normal difficulty level, we'd suggest that players obtain this by completing the shorter Act 3 on casual."

Hope this helps.

Comment #19 by AxleZander
Wednesday, March 09, 2011 @ 10:30:17 PM

Comment #20 by LK Tien
Wednesday, March 09, 2011 @ 11:07:52 PM

can you reload a save?

Comment #21 by tai0316
Thursday, March 10, 2011 @ 09:16:25 AM

Ahhh I see, thank you for the tip from the guide.

Comment #22 by KimikoAmaya
Saturday, March 12, 2011 @ 09:39:53 PM

Really easy; if you die, just reload a save and your good. Same for if your party members go down.

Comment #23 by Baujin
Sunday, March 13, 2011 @ 11:50:26 PM

I was a first time go after about 6 hours of playing through ACT I, I just decided to do everything, but you can just to the basic story line to get the money for the expedition and talk to Anders.

The one year is when you get to Kirkwall and then finish "The Deep Roads Expedition" if you are worried about this, just play it on Normal, there is no achievement for playing it harder then normal, unless you enjoy the NIGHTMARES!

Save before each mission...
Save During missions...
Reload if someone gets knocked out....

Achievement Won!

Comment #24 by Rhhe82
Monday, March 14, 2011 @ 01:52:08 AM

Has anyone got this? Because I'm fairly certain no one in my party got knocked out (and when they did, I always reloaded), but still I didn't get it after the game jumped three years forward.

Comment #25 by Katarn
Monday, March 14, 2011 @ 02:24:37 AM

i played act 3, no knockdowns, no achievement

Comment #26 by planetteri
Monday, March 14, 2011 @ 06:50:43 AM

comment#24, yes one of my brothers friends has unlocked the achievement.

Comment #27 by Bradz90
Monday, March 14, 2011 @ 10:04:04 AM

I've just received this achievement for finishing the deep roads. It's not hard if you just save often and always kill enemy mages 1st in battles.

Comment #28 by Wrothgar
Monday, March 14, 2011 @ 06:33:38 PM

@25 - Same with me. No one in my party even came close to being knocked down and still nothing.

Comment #29 by Zaxean
Monday, March 14, 2011 @ 08:14:52 PM

Yeah I got it after finishing the Deep Roads expedition. From the start of the game until that point is "Year 1" so if you play up to there with no one being knowcked unconscious you'll unlock. This is easily attainable by reloading previous saves if party members, or yourself, do go down. It is important to note that to get the cheevo NO ONE can go down at all. If one member at any point goes to 0 health you will not get the cheevo.

Comment #30 by TheAshcat
Tuesday, March 15, 2011 @ 04:45:52 AM

You get injured when you spring a trap, but you don't die ... wondering if you still get the achievement...

Comment #31 by terraphim
Tuesday, March 15, 2011 @ 05:40:03 AM

will the work with casual gameplay? any confirmed?

Comment #32 by TheAshcat
Tuesday, March 15, 2011 @ 10:20:07 AM

Reloading a save from before a party member dies works.

Injuries from traps don't matter.

Comment #33 by R a Co oN v1
Tuesday, March 15, 2011 @ 03:45:21 PM

does it work on casual

Comment #34 by pablonemesis
Tuesday, March 15, 2011 @ 07:23:42 PM

Do this on casual and u only need to do act 1, to get this.

Comment #35 by terraphim
Wednesday, March 16, 2011 @ 01:57:03 AM

Confirmed, casual fresh start, smashed act 1 in 4 hours. had injuries alot of the time. never died however
skip all the shit side quests, you have to do the main ones, and a few rumours quests before you can move on. by then u make up 50 gold anyway.

Comment #36 by Justice Pie
Wednesday, March 16, 2011 @ 02:25:09 AM

I unlocked it. Played through Act I, achievement popped up after I returned from the Deep Roads expedition, before Act II. Some combats I found were a little tedious on Normal in the Deep Roads so I changed the difficulty to Casual and then back to Normal.

Many have said the trick is to save often and reload if anyone falls in combat. Also it doesn't matter if you change the difficulty either, so if you're stuck, there is no penalty turning down the challenge.

So the year begins once you get to Kirkwall or sometime after you either choose to work for the Mercenaries or Thieves, and ends after the Deep Roads, at the start of Act II.

Good luck.

Comment #37 by mikepaul
Thursday, March 17, 2011 @ 06:52:01 AM

During the first Act I was knocked out several times, then I used to Infinite XP exploit to get to Level 50, which made the Deep Roads easy. Then I had difficulty in the Fade side mission beating one of my own party members so the second Act had ONE knockout. Absolutely no knockouts after that, and NO Achievement, so I don't think they count the third Act as a 'year'. Lame, but that's the way it is...

Comment #38 by GarethGoreYaDig?
Thursday, March 17, 2011 @ 08:10:11 AM

im not sure why but i wasnt knocked out and i didnt get the cheevy and im verrrry sure i didnt get knocked out. i played act 3 on casual. discuss? :S

Comment #39 by AbysmalGale
Thursday, March 17, 2011 @ 06:15:08 PM

Same here, none in my party came close to getting knocked out in
Act 2 and no achievement.

Comment #40 by R0KETM4N
Friday, March 18, 2011 @ 02:04:11 PM

I've noticed that when you accidentally step on a trap, sometimes you will become injured. Perhaps the cheevo looks at whether anyone in your party has become injured during the act, because you will also become injured if you get knocked out. Maybe try playing through an act and making sure none of your party steps on any traps?

Comment #41 by GarethGoreYaDig?
Friday, March 18, 2011 @ 06:00:56 PM

that would be near impossible though since some weapons near the end of the game auto injure you, i know i got injured though due to them so maybe thats why i didnt get the cheevo

Comment #42 by bbogos01
Saturday, March 19, 2011 @ 09:15:18 AM

My suggestion for anyone one having trouble doing this one is to use the glitch (before it gets patched, get your team up to level 50 and try it on act2. Except for the battle at the end of Act2, it seems to be a little easier and more straightforward without quite as many battles. Do it on Normal or Casual. I think the problem some are having is that members of your party can die right as the battle ends. Since they immediately comeback when the battle is over, its easy to not notice that they did in fact die. I think this is what happened to me. I was certain that I had zero deaths in Act 1 on normal. Finished Act 1 and no achievement. Did the glitch in Act2, with almost a sense of paranoia I watched my teams life bars, finished Act2 and BAM got the achievement.
So do the glitch

Comment #43 by bbogos01
Saturday, March 19, 2011 @ 09:18:22 AM

Also, for those inquiring about whether trap injuries count against the achievement. As someone stated in a previous post trap injuries do not affect the achievement. Unless the trap kills one of your team.

Comment #44 by RzrBladeMontage
Saturday, March 19, 2011 @ 07:58:04 PM

This achievement wasn't too hard to get. I played as a mage and I used all boosting and healing spells. I would have healing aura, heroic aura, and arcane shield on, and have them all upgraded fully. Then using group heal and the normal heal spells, I was able to keep everyone alive with no problem. The only thing that sucks is that you can't use any offensive spells with healing aura on. I used glyphs and force magic to defend myself and other mages. I ended up beating the game without using any offensive spells at all (even though taking out certain bosses by myself took FOREVER) I think it was a nice challenge and I enjoyed it. (I played on normal btw).

Comment #45 by Opiate42
Monday, March 21, 2011 @ 10:33:00 AM

I played as a rogue on Casual and brought either Anders or Bethany as they can both do healing and cast a party covering arcane shield which helps huge during the dragon and rock wraith fights in the Deep Roads. The rogues constant critical hits and miasma bombs are very useful here too for finishing fights fast.

Set either to healer at >50% or >25% and make sure they have Arcane shield upgraded to full party and "Any: arcane shield" in their tactics.

Will pop at the end of Act 1 when you return home after the Deep Roads if you didn't let anyone go down. I only had to use a few potions in tight spots.

How the hell do you get to level 50?!!? I beat the game as a level 21 warrior my first run. Didn't know 50 was possible! :-)

Comment #46 by Kyleidoscope
Thursday, March 24, 2011 @ 03:06:34 PM

How is this game? I played Origins and can trade in my Homefront copy for this with no charge. Please let me know. I love RPGs

Comment #47 by Kyleidoscope
Thursday, March 24, 2011 @ 03:09:26 PM

The achievements look like some work but if the game is good then that is no worry.

Comment #48 by joeymac1994
Thursday, March 24, 2011 @ 03:18:36 PM

hey i have beat the game twice non of my party got knocked out all 3 acts but no achievement any help here i have them set to heal them selves and i even went threw as a healing mage my second time no achievement is it possibly glitched

Comment #49 by Aussiesinz
Saturday, March 26, 2011 @ 08:39:27 PM

I found this an easy achievement to get in act one. It didn't matter that some of the the party got injured as long as they weren't killed (knocked out). Hope that helps people.

Comment #50 by rickyticki
Saturday, March 26, 2011 @ 10:13:19 PM

@ all people who tried this in Act III, since you don't actually spend a "year" in Kirkwall during Act III, I am pretty sure you don't get the achievement. You have to get no knockdowns in either the first or second act. This is just speculation though. Hasn't been confirmed. Correct me if I'm wrong.

Comment #51 by H41L TR1GG3R
Monday, March 28, 2011 @ 02:40:54 AM

Got it on the 1st act on my 1st playthrough as a warrior^^

Comment #52 by DTSMichalk
Monday, March 28, 2011 @ 07:28:23 PM

Completed Act 3 with no knockdowns. I didn't get the achievement, either. Hopefully I can get it this next time around.

Comment #53 by Scoski
Wednesday, March 30, 2011 @ 01:00:20 AM

Finished act 3 doing all side quests without any knock outs, no achievement. Act 3 sis nit account as a full year.

Comment #54 by Scoski
Wednesday, March 30, 2011 @ 01:01:35 AM

Wow, gotta love auto txt.

Act 3 "does not" count as an entire year.

Comment #55 by Xander RO
Wednesday, March 30, 2011 @ 07:22:46 AM

Very interesting one...

Comment #56 by FlyingWackyears
Sunday, April 03, 2011 @ 11:45:18 AM

I didn't get knocked down and neither did any of my companions.. I only had one injury due to a trap, but i finished act one and I got no achievement... Does this count if your sister dies in the deep roads?

Comment #57 by Finest216
Friday, April 08, 2011 @ 12:21:54 AM

got the achievement today i thought i had 2 finish the entire game without a death

Comment #58 by II GRAINGER II
Saturday, April 09, 2011 @ 04:34:32 PM

Im nearly at the end of act 2! and not one memeber of my party has been knocked once!since the start of the game! im sure its been over a year in game FFS!!!!

Comment #59 by ACMASTERR16
Saturday, April 09, 2011 @ 05:16:16 PM

@58 wow glitch much?

Comment #60 by pablonemesis
Sunday, April 10, 2011 @ 10:25:22 AM

This can be done in act 1, do all the quests finish the deeps roads expedition
and u will have it, if one the the party members dies in battle
just reload.

Comment #61 by pablonemesis
Sunday, April 10, 2011 @ 10:37:01 AM

Does anybody no how i get my gamertag on here sick of if being invalid :/

Comment #62 by VIXENxREAPERx
Sunday, April 10, 2011 @ 02:51:14 PM

I got this achievement during Act 2 its the act where the qunari start wreaking havoc on the city. I used the mage class during this act and used the spirit healer's group heal ability before any of my party members got knocked out and before you fight the arishok make sure have Fenris as one of your party members because he'll persuade the arishok to fight you one on one but only if you agree and its a better advantage and you only have to worry about healing yourself but that wont be much of a problem if you use your dog to help you out. This is the method that worked for me I'm not saying its full proof but you can give it try.

Comment #63 by Redchief19
Friday, April 15, 2011 @ 08:41:25 PM

#61 umm maybe you didn't register correctly?

Comment #64 by AD 20XX
Friday, April 22, 2011 @ 11:41:56 AM

If you play with Anders in your squad, avoid learning his Regroup spell. Otherwise your party members could be revived without you noticing. If this achievement didn't fire, most likely it was because of something like this.

Comment #65 by Piro
Wednesday, May 11, 2011 @ 07:45:44 PM

@62 You dont need fenris to get the arishock to fight you one on one just make sure isabella is a full or mostly full friend and say you will fight him to get his people to leave. Helps if you try to get the cheevo A Worthy Rival

Comment #66 by CellFrame
Sunday, May 15, 2011 @ 02:18:36 PM

The actual challenge with this achievement is to keep an eye on each character's health bar the entire time.

Comment #67 by shyguysamurai
Monday, June 06, 2011 @ 01:02:45 PM

This one's tough, one teeny slip-up and you're in bad shape.

Comment #68 by natedog12
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 @ 04:09:37 PM

im skipping the supplier and master crafsman achievements in the playthrough im
on now,but im shortly doing the deep roads expedition,so ill let ya guys know if
i manage to unlock the unstoppable achievement

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011 @ 04:16:34 PM

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Comment #70 by Natedog14
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 @ 04:36:52 PM

just ignore natedog12's comments cuz i just registered once again and now i got
my gamertag to show

Comment #71 by xxtheeglovexx
Thursday, July 07, 2011 @ 09:50:33 PM

joke achievement

Comment #72 by ixfubar
Friday, August 05, 2011 @ 09:06:46 PM

Definetly a fairly easy achievement. i just played on easy and took advantage of my mages healing and ranged attacks. thats the easiest way ive found to get this

Comment #73 by AstralNomad
Saturday, August 20, 2011 @ 04:23:26 AM

@72: Yeah I think I'll do it that way. If the mage heal cooldown wasn't so damn long It wouldn't be such a pain.

Comment #74 by ABD CakeTime
Monday, November 28, 2011 @ 02:29:02 PM

Anyone saying DA:O is easy plays on Casual, all the time, every time. Probably with a Cheesemage too.

Mages have a better chance of getting this particular achievement, simply due to being able to Heal other party members without wasting potions.

Comment #75 by alklein35
Thursday, April 05, 2012 @ 10:03:18 AM

Just got this today on Act 1. Second playthrough, because I tried Act 3 like most suggest. Although it's shorter, it's more irritating than Act 1.

@74 Or maybe we know how to play the game? I only played a mage in Awakening to get the level 20 achievement. My full playthrough from beginning of Origins through the end of all DLC was a warrior on Hard, and it was fairly simple. The parts I tried on Nightmare weren't much worse, with the exception of the Harvester in Golems of Amgarrak (which if you look up a strategy or two, it becomes very easy)

Comment #76 by MasterZ
Saturday, June 09, 2012 @ 04:10:58 PM

For those for whom this did not pop I have found a possible reason for this. If you summon your marabi dog and he gets knocked out, you get no notification as he doesn't have a health bar like the rest of the party members. And based on me not getting this achievement without getting knocked out in Act I, it seems that the dog getting knocked out prevents this achiev. so to be safe, never summon your dog.

Comment #77 by chops ro
Sunday, July 29, 2012 @ 02:03:31 PM

is pretty easy in the first act.i had some problems in the deep roads but it was pretty easy still.

Comment #78 by someguyhere
Saturday, March 29, 2014 @ 12:48:17 AM

Already mentioned, but don't do act 3 for this. I tried it with no downs or injuries and didn't get it. The strategy guide does suggest you play act 3 but all of us have problems with it. Also finished act 1 on casual w/ no knockdowns before it and got no achievement. Glitchy game.

I'll try the tip with the dog. It probably is a factor

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Electronic Arts


US March 08, 2011
Europe March 11, 2011

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