Dragon Age 2

Dragon Age 2 Achievements


During each year in Kirkwall, discovered 3 secret messages from the Band of Three.

The achievement requires that you find three special codex in each Act for a total of 9. They will all appear in your journal, under the Enigma of Kirkwall entry in the Lore section. Check this to see how many you have discovered.

* - Indicates messages that are only available through secondary quests.


  1. Lowtown (Night) - You can find the Elven Alienage in the northeastern most point of the map. In it is in the back corner, behind the big tree, located directly behind the sewer grate.
  2. The Gallows - When you return to the Gallows for "The Wayward Son" quest, look to the very North, in a pile of bricks before a gate.
  3. The Bone Pit * - In order to gain access to the Bone Pit during Act I, you must complete your "Birthright". After the main story quest "A New Home" speak to your mother in Gamlen's Home, then speak to your sibling in order to get this quest. After completing it, you will find Bone Pit as a letter on your desk. Once in the Bone Pit, travel to the Southeast dead end and you will see it before the broken train tracks.
  4. Viscount's Keep - This Enigma will not physically appear in your game world, but it DOES exist. After entering Viscount's Keep, head up the left stairs and into the next room. You will see two Guards in front of one door and to the left of them stands Seneschal Bran. Enter through the open door to his left, and on the right wall you will see two pictures separated by a red vase. The enigma will be in the bottom corner of the right picture. Simply go to the area and spam  to pick it up.


  1. Chantry - Head up the right most stairs to the top level and the book will be to the right on top of the table in front of the fireplace. The same location where History of the Chantry was in Act I.
  2. Darktown - Head up the first set of stairs and then take the next set of stairs on your right. Continue toward the "Leave Area" icon on your mini-map and you will see it straight ahead (Leave Area is on your right).
  3. Docks - Upon entering the docks, head up the stairs to the left by the change party station to enter the Qunari Compound. After passing through the gates head up the left side of the stairs to find it.
  4. Gallows Dungeon * - This dungeon can only be accessed during Anders' "Dissent" companion quest. Like all Act II companion quests, you must complete "Blackpowder Courtesy" first. Then visit Anders' clinic with him in your party to start Dissent. Once in the Gallow's Dungeon, progress until you encounter a cut-scene with a group of Templars harassing a mage. After it is over, continue up the stairs. The exit door back to Darktown will be in front of you. Instead of leaving, go to the right and down the northern dead end (the one that looks like a rabbit head on your mini-map) to get this.

All of these are found during the quests listed below:

  1. Justice - You must complete Anders' Act I and II companion quests in order to get this. After starting the quest travel through Darktown to the Sewers. Once you enter, travel to the southern most room, where one of the waypoint markers is located. Before going up the stairs to collect one of the Sela Petrae deposits, look in the small alcove to the left to find this.
  2. On The Loose - After entering the Templar Hall, go into the hallway where the waypoint marker is (it will be the only door you can go through from the main area). Continue down the hallway and enter the second door on your right (the one after the waypoint marker). If you turn around and face the door you came through, the enigma is in the torch to the right of the door.
  3. Gamlen’s Greatest Treasure - Travel to Lowtown and then to Gamlen's House and pick up the crumpled note on the table in front of him. Then speak to Gamlen to get this quest. During the quest you will be asked to head to Smetty's Fish Guttery at the Docks (Night). Once you are inside the Fish Guttery, head to the left and down the ramp to find this in a pile of rubble between the two boats.
  4. The Last Straw - Located on the docks during this quest. Note: Do everything you want to do in Act III before this quest as there is no turning back once you get into it. After your decision to side with the mages or templars in Lowtown, you will enter the docks. Go down the stairs and you will see corpses on the ground and a giant statue holding a torch. After fighting a bunch of shades and a Pride demon, look by the red boxes to the right of the statue to find this.

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User Comments
Comment #1 by Maestro25
Tuesday, February 08, 2011 @ 01:40:30 AM

This one seems missable. I think the timeline of the game is about a decade, so that's 30 messages you gotta find!

Comment #2 by VVolfbiker
Tuesday, February 08, 2011 @ 07:39:10 AM

yeah I read somewhere aswell that it took place over 10 years... should be interesting sideplot none the less, bring on DAII!!! :cheers:

Comment #3 by KiloAlpha1337
Tuesday, February 08, 2011 @ 08:47:15 AM

I hope this isn't too obnoxious like the Traveler achievement was.

Comment #4 by Dude Rain
Tuesday, February 08, 2011 @ 10:18:05 AM

I'm willing to bet that there's no proper way to track this and this will be the troublesome achievement for most players.

In other words, it will start the most "this achievement is glitched" threads.

Comment #5 by Dracotear
Tuesday, February 08, 2011 @ 12:34:23 PM

True Dude Rain, I had it with the If they came to hear me beg. achievement in halo reach
Eveyrwhere people were wining that it's glitched, but if they read it good and that
you should listen to the instructions it's possible. Still I have problems with the
traveler achievement, or the blight qeuller things from DA origins. Anyone has some advise?

Comment #6 by ThisBlueSquid
Tuesday, February 08, 2011 @ 07:50:17 PM

Wehnever it came to the "Darkspawn killing" achievement I know for a fact I probably killed a thousand Darkspawn and it doesn't register.
How do I know?....mainly because I reached 500 at the battle of Ostagar

Comment #7 by solo07
Wednesday, February 09, 2011 @ 09:51:37 AM

No @#6, you definitely didn't kill 500 during Ostagar. I'm pretty sure there isn't even 500 darkspawn at that point in the game.

Comment #8 by Silence
Wednesday, February 09, 2011 @ 08:00:37 PM

I didn't have trouble unlocking either of those two achievements that most people sseem to say are glitched. I guess I just got lucky. The 1000 darkspawn came towards the end for me.

Comment #9 by R0KETM4N
Thursday, February 10, 2011 @ 02:30:32 PM

@5 The problem with blight queller is due to a glitch in the recent patch. A 100% way to get this is to delete your 360's cache in the system settings, this will stop all of your DLCs from working, and will reset the game to a pre-patched state. Then start up origins, and make a new game (DO NOT UPDATE THE GAME). I'd suggest playing as a dwarf commoner or noble because there are a lot of darkspawn in the origin story. Set the difficulty to casual and start playing. Whenever possible, leave your party members behind so you can rack up all the darkspawn kills on your own. If you play through most of the game like this, the achievement will pop eventually. If you still haven't received it by the time you get to the alienage level at the end. Just play through that section, and reload

Comment #10 by x SoLiiTuDe
Sunday, February 20, 2011 @ 01:43:50 AM

yeah i finally got my 500 darkspawn kills on my dwarf noble during the battle with the archdemon. i was disappointed that my kills aren't properly stacking across playthroughs since i've started like 7 characters....

Comment #11 by sloppyjoe811
Thursday, March 03, 2011 @ 10:49:58 AM

Regarding Blight Queller ach, the only thing I can think of is that you personally have to do all the damage on the darkspawn without any help from a party member. I know for a fact I have well over 1,000 and don't yet have the achievement either

Comment #12 by scrummers
Sunday, March 06, 2011 @ 07:59:18 PM

The darkspawn killing achivement in orgins isn't glitched. The person you are controling has to kill the darkspawn with the final blow. Doesn't matter who yo have to have the killing blow. Got it with shale at the city gates in the middle of the final battle.

Comment #13 by JohnVIII32
Thursday, March 10, 2011 @ 03:47:48 PM

Definately missable, reading around, there are four 'messages' during each act, you have to read at least three in each act, for a total of 9. Looks like we have to read everything everywhere to make sure to get this achievo.

Comment #14 by danny27579
Friday, March 11, 2011 @ 04:00:44 AM

You guys do know that for the darkspawn kill achievement you can cheat all you have to do is put the difficulty on nightmare go to the return to Ostagar mission alone save before you go kill as many darkspawn as you can then let the last one kill you and load you game this will take about two hours by it will unlock cuz it keeps track of the ones you killed after you die.

Comment #15 by Jase D Dakota
Friday, March 11, 2011 @ 09:49:28 PM

This thread isn't about the darkspawn killing achievement in another game. Stay on topic.

Comment #16 by Gismor
Saturday, March 12, 2011 @ 10:01:19 PM

This just seems like an annoying achievement if you miss them, anyone know how many total?

Comment #17 by Lithium Wisdom
Saturday, March 12, 2011 @ 10:05:39 PM

I really don't know how anyone could miss this achievement. I found all of the ones in the first two chapters without any help, and all I did was go everywhere and do everything (which is what you're supposed to do in RPGs).

Comment #18 by Duskblade
Saturday, March 12, 2011 @ 10:43:12 PM

Act 1: The Gallows, Lowtown (Night), The Bone Pit, The Viscount's Keep
Act 2: Chantry, Darktown, Docks (Qunari Compound), Gallows Dungeon (during the Dissent quest)
Act 3: All found during the quests of Justice (x2), The Last Straw (Docks), Gamlen's Greatest Treasure

Comment #19 by LURadioDJ
Sunday, March 13, 2011 @ 04:13:46 AM

Son of I missed 1 in the Gallows and now because of that, I gotta do this straight up over again. Really ??

Comment #20 by KohrinSoulez
Sunday, March 13, 2011 @ 09:07:42 PM

Are these labeled as Band of Three?

Comment #21 by Balmung6
Sunday, March 13, 2011 @ 10:51:29 PM

The items from the Band of Three show up as "The Enigma of Kirkwall" - usually it's a pile of rubble they're stashed under.

Comment #22 by Balmung6
Sunday, March 13, 2011 @ 10:53:20 PM

Here are 3 of the messages:

The Enigma of Kirkwall – Gallows, under some cobblestones in the northern-most part, Act 1
The Enigma of Kirkwall – Lowtown (Night), Elven Alienage, eastern-most part on the other side of a drain emitting chokedamp gas, Act 1
The Enigma of Kirkwall – Bone Pit, South-eastern end of outside area, against some rocks, Act 1

Comment #23 by The Master JCL
Monday, March 14, 2011 @ 04:20:15 PM

this guy has all the guides and challenges gifts and armour
stuff on his video guides

Comment #24 by Wrothgar
Monday, March 14, 2011 @ 06:35:21 PM

I didn't miss any and I still never received the achievement as of a few others I know I should have gotten.

Comment #25 by Dermot
Tuesday, March 15, 2011 @ 06:20:04 PM

I feel stupid for asking this but how do you tell what act your on?

Comment #26 by RaistlinRahl
Tuesday, March 15, 2011 @ 08:07:49 PM

Searched viscounts keep all through act 1 and could not find the next band of three codex page.

Comment #27 by chicotime
Wednesday, March 16, 2011 @ 01:21:25 AM

In act 1 go to the office next to the viscounts where the 2 grey chest of draws are and its in that area

Comment #28 by JimmyScene69
Wednesday, March 16, 2011 @ 03:51:39 PM

act one = before you go to the deep roads.
act two = after you finish the deep roads, up until you become the champion
act three = when you become champion, to the end of the game.

Comment #29 by EDENRAINE
Wednesday, March 16, 2011 @ 05:26:41 PM

in total how many are there

Comment #30 by Balmung6
Wednesday, March 16, 2011 @ 09:37:00 PM

#29 - 9 in total

also, found all the Act 2 ones:

The Enigma of Kirkwall – Darktown, pile of rubble just below the south-west exit, Act 2
The Enigma of Kirkwall – Qunari Compound, Docks, northern-most part of the Compound under a pile of rubble, Act 2
The Enigma of Kirkwall – Gallows Dungeon, Darktown, during “Dissent”, at the end of the sidepath just before the exit after Anders runs off, Act 2

Comment #31 by Carshald
Thursday, March 17, 2011 @ 04:35:56 PM

i read some guy say and i agree with him... "Its an rpg, in an rpg you go everywhere, search every corner of everyplace", or something like that, so if u dont get the achievements for this one or the chantry one, you gotta be stupid. because its NOT glitched so if u dont get it you f*cked up... so why on earth go telling ppl where they are.. i get that this page is meant to help u get the achievements but this one is way to easy to get, so grab ur dmn socks and go search through every area of the game.. pretty simple

Comment #32 by Isis524
Thursday, March 17, 2011 @ 07:05:32 PM

Where is the 2nd one in the Justice quest? I located the one in the sewers but cannot find another.

Comment #33 by Balmung6
Friday, March 18, 2011 @ 12:05:58 AM

#32 - i think that's like the one in the Viscount's Keep, it doesn't exist - i searched every scrap of area in the Drakestone Mines and no luck, just a Deep Mushroom

Comment #34 by MR CHEWYNumNums
Friday, March 18, 2011 @ 12:13:28 AM

@#31 - More like we're all more interested in the story than running around like a chicken with our heads cut off looking for pieces of paper that only add a hint of appeal to the story. I for one do look around a lot but when the clock hits 1 or 2 and I'm still up...I tend to just speed to the fight/cutscene (on my first playthrough at least).

Comment #35 by Uncle Rodgers
Friday, March 18, 2011 @ 03:43:33 AM

Hey all I can confirm there are 4 books in the first act
- Bone Pit, Just look around everywhere and it should be under rubble near a blocked exit,
- The Gallows, When you get in, it's to the right of Thrask, look around with LT until it is highlighted.
- The Viscounts Keep, THIS IS GLITCHED. To get it, go into the office next to the Viscounts Office (locked door). Now, go in the middle of the table facing towards the right chair (as you look at it), now at this point spam A (X on ps3) and you should eventually pick it up.
- Lowtown (Night), just outside your friends house. Use LT and it will be highlighted.

Comment #36 by Sithistorian
Friday, March 18, 2011 @ 09:20:09 AM

Thanks Uncle Rodgers. I couldn't find the Viscounts Office one on my first play through.
But I spammed A where you said and I got it on my current run.

Comment #37 by Zabuza0fTheMist84
Friday, March 18, 2011 @ 12:51:01 PM

you had killed500 darkspawn by ostagar hahah funny

Comment #38 by Bradz90
Friday, March 18, 2011 @ 01:34:02 PM

The final Enigma of Kirkwall isn't located in the Bone Pit on the Justice quest but is in fact located in the Templar Hall in the Gallows on the torch in the small solitary room near the end of the hall on the left side.

Comment #39 by Velos
Friday, March 18, 2011 @ 06:31:06 PM

So let me get this straight... there are 4 locations each act, but you only need 3 of them? Three every act, I mean.

Comment #40 by ImCoYo
Saturday, March 19, 2011 @ 04:15:21 PM

I missed 2 in act 2. I cant believe this.

Comment #41 by bbogos01
Saturday, March 19, 2011 @ 10:42:08 PM

Correct. There are 4 in each act. The 4 in Act1 and 3 in Act2 can be found just by wandering around. One in Act2 is tied to an Anders quest. The 4 in Act3 are all tied to quests. You only need to get 3 in each act.

Comment #42 by Balmung6
Monday, March 21, 2011 @ 01:31:19 PM

Found em all!

The Enigma of Kirkwall – Gallows, under some cobblestones in the northern-most part, Act 1
The Enigma of Kirkwall – Lowtown (Night), Elven Alienage, eastern-most part on the other side of a drain emitting chokedamp gas, Act 1
The Enigma of Kirkwall – Bone Pit, South-eastern end of outside area, against some rocks, Act 1
The Enigma of Kirkwall – Chantry, northern room at the end of a table, Act 2
The Enigma of Kirkwall – Darktown, pile of rubble just below the south-west exit, Act 2
The Enigma of Kirkwall – Qunari Compound, Docks, northern-most part of the Compound under a pile of rubble, Act 2
The Enigma of Kirkwall – Gallows Dungeon, Darktown, during “Dissent”, at the end of the sidepath just before the exit after Anders runs off, Act 2
The Enigma of Kirkwall – Dar

Comment #43 by Balmung6
Monday, March 21, 2011 @ 01:32:30 PM

The Enigma of Kirkwall – Darktown, The Sewers, during “Justice”, in the west corner of the southern-most room, Act 3
The Enigma of Kirkwall – Docks (Night), Smetty’s Fish Guttery during “Gamlen’s Greatest Treasure”, near some crates by the water, Act 3
The Enigma of Kirkwall – in the Templar Grounds, on a torch in the room just west of Meredith’s, Act 3

Comment #44 by Samiq MoJo
Monday, March 21, 2011 @ 08:16:14 PM

@42. You are missing the one #35 pointed out in Viscount Keep Act 1
@35. WOW. It was there! Stand between the two chairs facing corner of desk closest to the one on the right and click. Also I've noticed a 'targeting' glitch and have found in battle, and now here, that telling party to "hold position" lets you target again. In this instance the item didn't show as targetable, but it did come up when I pressed A.
Many thanks for this crazy find.... i'm curious do you just manically press A everywhere?? how the heck did you find this? lol

Comment #45 by DTSMichalk
Monday, March 28, 2011 @ 08:26:29 PM

@#35 Thank you, thank you, thank you. I'd have never found that one if it wasn't for you!

Comment #46 by Jibel
Tuesday, March 29, 2011 @ 03:21:54 PM

I just this one right now its a pain

Comment #47 by RAcnid Lemming
Thursday, March 31, 2011 @ 03:00:01 PM

This one took me ages to get

Comment #48 by road kill candy
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 05:27:59 PM

hay i think it saves the ones from last play through cuz when i made a new games the one i found last game could not be looked at when i saw them chillin on the ground

Comment #49 by road kill candy
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 09:56:15 PM

hay i think it saves the ones from last play through cuz when i made a new games the one i found last game could not be looked at when i saw them chillin on the ground

Comment #50 by Shinkou79
Sunday, May 15, 2011 @ 05:18:19 AM

At least in DA:O you could check the Journal to keep track of things like this. Is there something similar in 2 that I'm missing?

Comment #51 by IDiivil
Thursday, May 19, 2011 @ 12:48:39 AM

#50, you can check your codex for it. I think it was under lore?

Comment #52 by iMikeyR
Tuesday, May 24, 2011 @ 02:05:46 AM

Heavy one.

Comment #53 by shyguysamurai
Monday, June 06, 2011 @ 01:16:28 PM

Tough keeping track of this one in-game.

Comment #54 by snox
Saturday, July 02, 2011 @ 05:07:01 PM

i hate this one

Comment #55 by hollowironice
Sunday, July 03, 2011 @ 11:58:15 PM

This achievement is a pain

Comment #56 by SNK575
Friday, July 22, 2011 @ 08:46:35 PM

so there are 4 that u can get in each act right? do u need to get them all or just 3 in each act?

Comment #57 by Lord Alector
Thursday, September 01, 2011 @ 03:06:23 PM

This link lists EVERY entry, you only need to get 3 of the 4 in each act

Comment #58 by DarknessEvolved
Monday, September 05, 2011 @ 03:26:30 AM

#57 And here I thought you meant it listed what entry went with each book. What you gave us, has been mentioned plenty of times already.

See #23 or #42/43, or hell even the road map.

Comment #59 by joshuac141
Monday, October 17, 2011 @ 06:31:34 AM

I killed 100 by the end of Ostagar so how you managed 500 is beyond me.

Comment #60 by XanaVen
Thursday, June 04, 2015 @ 09:41:34 PM

And now that I see the details I understand why I had to look this up. =P

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US March 08, 2011
Europe March 11, 2011

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