Dragon Age 2

Dragon Age 2 Achievements

Arcane Defender

Sided with the mages five times.   

See "Mage Hunter".

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Comment #1 by Godfather93a
Monday, March 07, 2011 @ 12:25:33 PM

Wait what? Do you have to play the game 5 times for this cheevo? If so that's
fine by me, its just that seems a little silly.

Comment #2 by ll Mr Bubbles ll
Monday, March 07, 2011 @ 03:41:13 PM

none ingame there will be situations where you must choose to side with mages or templars (as we know they despise each other) choose to side with one on a playthrough then the other on a 2nd run through.

Comment #3 by artphobia
Monday, March 07, 2011 @ 04:03:25 PM

At the most you need 3 plays of the game and only two of them completing the story.

Comment #4 by InfiniteRefrain
Tuesday, March 08, 2011 @ 12:26:13 AM

Then again .... these might be stored within your DA or Bioware profile ....
I am hoping at least

Comment #5 by artphobia
Tuesday, March 08, 2011 @ 01:39:35 AM

Incorrect #4. I'm only going to say they are story plot related and unlock based off choices.

Comment #6 by DesolateEnd
Wednesday, March 09, 2011 @ 02:31:14 PM

I've run into I think 3 so far and I've only been playing for a few hours

Comment #7 by KimikoAmaya
Thursday, March 10, 2011 @ 12:42:06 AM

There are apostates freakin' everywhere! They just don't make templars like they used to.
Before you even go into the deep roads, you should run across about three apostate/templar choices.

Comment #8 by shinobigarth
Friday, March 11, 2011 @ 02:34:18 AM

i sided with mages like every time first playthrough and never got this

Comment #9 by an7man
Friday, March 11, 2011 @ 05:39:11 PM

SPOILERS****I got this achievement when I was heading to the Viscount Mansion during the Qunari Uprising.

Comment #10 by gasaraki03
Saturday, March 12, 2011 @ 03:30:06 PM

Farly easy achievement but for this and Templar one gotta play game twice to
get both. Just side when mages whenever you feel like your taking a side.

Comment #11 by spiral_fishcake
Sunday, March 13, 2011 @ 09:11:59 AM

I really hate when an achievement forces me to choose one path or the other, but it seems like there are so many times to choose you might be able to get this and mage hunter in one play-through. I obviously cannot confirm this yet.

Comment #12 by Baujin
Sunday, March 13, 2011 @ 11:11:27 PM

Wayward Son: Send Feynriel to the Dalish
Act of Mercy: Let the mages go free
Enemies Among Us: Spare Keran and call on Bethany or Anders to help the conversation with Idunna.

Night Terrors: Feynriel has to get threw the Fade unscathed/NOT Possessed/NOT made Tranquil

Showdown: Side with Orsino
On the Loose: Let Emile go free

Comment #13 by Baujin
Sunday, March 13, 2011 @ 11:16:43 PM

You Can not get Secret Achievement
"Arcane Defender" and "Mage Hunter"
during the same play threw.

PEACE LOVERS: Side with Mages (Refer to Post #12)
DIE MAGES DIE: Side with Templar's Way of Thinking (Refer to Post #12)

Comment #14 by DarkDevilKing
Thursday, March 17, 2011 @ 11:05:19 AM

ok funny thing can i get the templar achievement with a mage.

Comment #15 by bbogos01
Saturday, March 19, 2011 @ 09:35:00 AM

Actually Baujin, thats not true. There are actually 7 instances where you can side with Mages/Templars. There is one more in Act3 called "Best served cold".
To get both in one playthrough in ActI side with one faction twice the other once. In Act2 save right before you do "Night terrors". Then continue with mission and the game siding with the group that you sided with twice in act1. Once you've sided with one group 5 times (should get it at "Showdown with Orsino") and you get the achievement, simply reload to your save right before "night terrors" and then side with the opposite faction. If you manage your saves right you can every achievement (except epic) in one playthrough. =)

Comment #16 by fredacula
Saturday, March 19, 2011 @ 10:35:21 AM

this is weird:/ i got it just by killing some tempars during the quest "best served cold" and got it. its probaly some weird thing..

Comment #17 by bbogos01
Saturday, March 19, 2011 @ 07:13:15 PM

I mistakenly gave some mis-info in post #15. You will have to do two of the mage/templar quests to get the achievement if you sided with one faction twice in actI. I originally said that the "cheevo" would unlock at Showdown w/ Orsini. This would only b the case if you sided w/ one faction every time. Sorry guys.

Comment #18 by TKS Boseinator
Saturday, March 19, 2011 @ 09:46:30 PM

wouldnt you be able to get this achievement if you save before each mission #12 wrote down? then go back and do the oposite options for the other achievement like this one?

Comment #19 by bbogos01
Saturday, March 19, 2011 @ 11:00:14 PM

that wouldn't work. you have to side with one group 5 times in the same playthrough. okay, so you get past the first one and save. Okay now you do the second one and save. say you're siding with the mages. So now you play out the game saving after each mage/templar choice. You get the mage cheevo. You go backe to your first save and change from mage to templar. okay no problem. BUT, when you go to the second save and change your decision to templar, (according to that save your first decision was mage) you will have one mage and one templar. Then on your third save its the same thing. If you change to templar you will have one templar and 2 mage( according to that save you sided with mages twice. Do you understand?

Comment #20 by xXiMiXx
Tuesday, March 29, 2011 @ 11:59:00 AM

Just thought a reference to this forum post would be rather helpful here...

Comment #21 by Elegie52
Thursday, May 05, 2011 @ 04:18:30 AM

Sided with the mages all the way through my first playthrough, got the achievement and still killed anders, oh the irony of it

Comment #22 by ZeroVega
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 @ 06:04:02 PM

it should probably be mentioned that doing it the way #15 described, you will get your achievement for the second one you choose at the end of the quest Best Served Cold.

For example, if you did Arcane Defender first and restart at Night Terrors to get Mage Hunter, when you talk to Cullen and say to give Samson a second chance, you won't get the achievement at the end of the conversation, you'll get it when you go and report back to Orsino or Meridith, whoever gave you the quest. I was freaking out at first that i did something wrong before Night Terrors and would have to go back, but I went ahead and finished the quest and i got it :)

three more to get all achievements ^_^ just Rival, Epic, and Crowning Glory

Comment #23 by randallm33
Friday, June 24, 2011 @ 12:36:14 AM

@22 - Mee too!

I was really pissed when I selected "kill them all" at the end of Best Served Cold when my Arcane Defender didn't pop. However, I can verify it for people trying to get it that it doesn't pop until after you speak to Orsino in the Gallows and complete the mission. Big relief.

Comment #24 by randallm33
Friday, June 24, 2011 @ 04:20:54 PM

It's not necessary but I too can confirm that saving before the last mission of ACT II with a 2:2 mage/templar ratio works for getting both achievements in the same playthrough. It doesn't take long to backtrack and re-do the first two main quests in ACT III siding with the "other" side; especially if a certain character comes back and you turn her in thus avoiding a pretty big fight.

Comment #25 by A Common Dread
Monday, July 11, 2011 @ 02:40:00 PM

Thank you so much comment 22!! You saved me soooo much stress :)

Comment #26 by Fathemx
Monday, August 29, 2011 @ 05:03:47 PM

secound play through... i didnt get either some how...

Comment #27 by SuperDoodleMom
Sunday, September 11, 2011 @ 04:30:58 PM

I think I did exactly what you were suppose to, to get both achievements in one play through, & I didn't get either of them. Wayward son: Templar, Act of Mercy: Mage, Enemy among us: Templar, Night Terrors: Mage, then the last 3 quests as all of one & then all of the other, & still no achievements. Anybody know why?

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Electronic Arts


US March 08, 2011
Europe March 11, 2011

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