Dragon Age: Origins

Dragon Age: Origins Achievements


Killed 1000 darkspawn  

See Grey Warden for more details.

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Comment #1 by Taylormansa
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 @ 07:00:43 PM

I have killed over 2000 ds with 3 full playthroughs on the main original game only and not have got the blight queller quest. But i have not killed 1000 with a single playthrough is this why i havent gotten this or whats wrong????

Comment #2 by RavenHawkDX
Wednesday, June 23, 2010 @ 04:27:19 PM

ya! i'v been hackin away at DS but i still haven't received this achievement.
if that is the case then we need to find a spot where they spawn infinitely.
Or we just have to keep walking back & forth from one city to the next.

Comment #3 by RavenHawkDX
Wednesday, June 23, 2010 @ 04:38:07 PM

This is what they said to do.

(This will come naturally as you progress through the story.
The Darkspawn are your primary enemies, so you'll get this pretty quickly.
As long as someone in your party kills a Darkspawn, it counts towards this
achievements. The Darkspawn kills count across all of your playthroughs.
There's no need to go out of your way to farm this achievement.)

OK! so they said we don't have to go out of our way to farm it but I've
gone though this game & i still don't have this Achievement,maybe there's a
glitch in the game. if i get it I'll let you guys on here know.

Comment #4 by Heroic Blanket
Monday, July 12, 2010 @ 02:21:21 AM

I killed over 1k in a single play through and didn't unlock it.

I think it might be like the 100 and possible 500 kills where
the main character needs to get 1k kills across all playthroughs

Comment #5 by Taylormansa
Wednesday, July 14, 2010 @ 07:13:07 PM

This is making me mad I have all the other 68 achievements in this game and the 1k kills is all I have left. I have beat the game 3 and a half times plus all the dlc. Damn u bioware fix it now!!!!!!!!!!!

Comment #6 by Synthblade92
Wednesday, August 04, 2010 @ 04:57:56 AM

If it's true your main character has to get 1000 killing blows to get the achievement then I would suggest leaving your group at camp and going into darkspawn areas alone. I'll post back if it works.

Comment #7 by dark_shard
Tuesday, August 10, 2010 @ 12:48:33 PM

This seems to be bugged, but here's how I got it:

I made a save at the Elven Alienage portion of the end battle then ran through killing all the darkspawn with just my player character leaving the others in my team on hold position out of the way. After killing all in the area I saved my game and then reloaded my save at the beginning of the section. It took a lot of runs, but Blight-Queller finally unlocked for me.

Comment #8 by Taylormansa
Monday, August 16, 2010 @ 04:00:30 PM

After my second playthough and i didnt get it, what I did was through my third and all of the dlc i only used my character to kill darkspawn, so i think i should have gotten this a long time ago. I even bought all the dlc thinking maybe they threw some kind of patch in there for this but nope.

Comment #9 by Lord Nikecon
Friday, August 27, 2010 @ 12:03:15 PM

I have exactly 1001 dark spawn kills on one file, I solo'd the game leaving mt party completely empty (other than when you had no choice) and it still hasn't popped at all. It's bugged for sure. The game is great, play through for that but don't bother with this achievement for now.

Comment #10 by bradgardener
Friday, September 17, 2010 @ 04:12:28 PM

Yeah, this is bugging me. I have almost 1,100 on one playthrough. I don't think its just the main character though, because when you look on your stats screen they don't split up drakspawn kills by character. Its only under the party accomplishments.

Comment #11 by BVC74BVC
Sunday, January 09, 2011 @ 02:03:25 PM

No luck for me either with my origins/awakening character Ihave killed 1,136 darkspawn and nothing

Comment #12 by thebrentage
Monday, January 10, 2011 @ 09:05:52 PM

I unlocked the achievement, but it took a long time. I do not think the game is
"bugged" to make this unobtainable, but perhaps the achievement description itself
could've been reworded to "main character kills 1,000 darkspawn" to clear this up.

Here's what I was working with.

-I have the 360, "Ultimate Edition."
-I played through the game once before installing the 'Awakenings' disk.
-Only unlocked the achievement for killing 100 darkspawn, while my darkspawn kill
count reached 700+.
-I did not erase, uninstall, or use a new profile to get the achievement.

I had two complete playthroughs, unlocking all of the Origin story achievements,
and all possible endings in Origins, and 1 playthrough of Awakenings.
While unlocking the last of the 4 endings, the 500 kill achieveme

Comment #13 by thebrentage
Monday, January 10, 2011 @ 09:07:35 PM

t popped up.
During this time, my rogue character was making most of the kills.

I read a bunch of techniques, and tried the one dark_shard mentioned above, and
it worked (thanks man :)) However, I used my mage character, and went solo. I
reloaded 6-8 times before the blight queller achievement kicked in. Now, I don't
know if I made the full 1,000 throughout the original playthrough, on top of this
technique, but my mage made a whole bunch of killing.

So apparently, the game DOES keep track of darkspawn kills from the main character
even if they aren't essentially "saved."

Comment #14 by azctbigbird
Saturday, January 15, 2011 @ 12:44:59 AM

Honestly none of those tactics worked for me. I would replay rooftop archdemon level over and over and the saved kills never carried over wtf! Help me! Please.

Comment #15 by Techno Flood
Saturday, January 15, 2011 @ 09:32:02 PM

to get the darkspawn kill achievments you need to be the one who kills the
darkspawn i got the 500 one at abuot 860 kills, still havn't gotten this one yet

Comment #16 by Kayne808Heart
Tuesday, January 18, 2011 @ 02:32:33 AM

I got both the and ds kills in my frist playthrough

Comment #17 by Goldengreg
Wednesday, January 19, 2011 @ 05:08:22 AM

I'm like azctbigbird, using the dark_shard method, but it looks like the kills don't carry over when I'm reloading the save at the beginning of Elven Alienage. Is it a "secret data" not showed in your "heroic accomplishments?"

Comment #18 by Goldengreg
Wednesday, January 19, 2011 @ 06:04:59 AM

Nevermind, just got it. It seems that there IS a "secret data", heh.

Comment #19 by Voodoowhoodoo
Friday, January 21, 2011 @ 01:36:44 PM

Just posted this under the 500 kills achievement, but anyways, I solo'd the game with my arcane warrior mage (soooo OP! :P) and I can confirm this ach is KILLING BLOWS by your main. So I'd suggest rolling an arcane warrior mage if you want this ach.

Comment #20 by AetherMaster
Saturday, January 22, 2011 @ 02:18:05 PM

Okay, so I FINALLY got the 500 Darkspawn achievement and that was on the Fort Drakon rooftop, so clearly there was no issue. Now my problem is, is there really 1000 Darkspawn to kill in the game (keep in mind I only have the Shale and Soldier's Keep DLC). I barely had around 600-700 Darkspawn kills at the final battle.

Comment #21 by Taylormansa
Sunday, January 23, 2011 @ 06:53:14 PM

Wow I finally got this playing the other week. Here's what I did, I just went
back and loaded up one of my saves at the elven alienage at the final battle.
I just used my guy and killed everyone and reloaded my save over and over again.
The weird thing is when my guy died I just switched to my dog and killed a ds and
the chevo popped. So I got it with my dog on my 4th play through. Hmmmm. Strange.

Comment #22 by TOY 5OLDIER
Wednesday, January 26, 2011 @ 04:45:54 PM


I have the Origins disc, the Awakening disc and all other DLC downloaded.

I took me forever searching but I've figured this out. I don't rember the site but I read that originally the achievement was across all playthroughs, but after the updates it was somehow changed to one playthrough. Because of this, even though your counter may read over 1000, it was reset with the update. So say you killed 600 the first playthrough, then download the update, you won't reach the requirement till your counter says 1600, in one playthrough. The kills count for your whole party, not just the main character.

Unless you want to start fresh through Origins, Awakening, and all the extras, do what dark_shard already said. Make a save at the alienage (or deep roads or somewhere wi

Comment #23 by TOY 5OLDIER
Wednesday, January 26, 2011 @ 04:49:18 PM

*** with alot of darkspawn) kill the darkspawn, reload and repeat. The counter won't go up since you're reloading but the game will keep track and the achievement will unlock. I just got this and my counter reads 625.

Comment #24 by Voodoowhoodoo
Sunday, January 30, 2011 @ 01:22:12 PM

Strange, since I got over 1200 kills with my party on my warrior (1st playthrough), then when I solo'd with my arcane mage, it popped on 1000. That aside, the reloading of the alienage works just fine.

Comment #25 by Dangerous Brian
Tuesday, February 01, 2011 @ 11:43:22 AM

This cheevo is awful. I got it by going through the different endings after giving up on it!

Comment #26 by Slick Thrasher
Tuesday, February 01, 2011 @ 04:36:57 PM

just forget about it and kill everything... you'll get it that way

Comment #27 by E vee dub
Saturday, February 05, 2011 @ 05:14:45 AM

I concur with "DarkShardx" (comment #7).

After the Landsmeet, fight through Denerim until you get to the Alienage.
Tell the elves to stay back. Before walking forward, SAVE.
Proceed and you'll see the Ogre knocking down the gate.
Kill all Darkspawn and reload to get more kills.
This was my last achievement.


Comment #28 by clockwise
Wednesday, February 09, 2011 @ 07:40:56 AM

just got the game today :) gonna start playing soon :) hope this achievement dont cause me any problems :(

Comment #29 by KimikoAmaya
Friday, February 18, 2011 @ 02:08:43 PM

Just use the reload trick and You will be fine.

Comment #30 by moretopride
Sunday, February 20, 2011 @ 05:48:22 PM

i dont know if this has been said because i dont care enough to read all these post but a good way to guarentee you get all killing blows is set the difficuly on casual then to go to the advanced section of the wheel menu and set hold party to one of your assigned buttons when you come into an area with alot of darkspawn stop your party and run in and kill them yourself

Comment #31 by harpax2100
Sunday, February 20, 2011 @ 11:28:52 PM

I just cant get this to go. Im finnishing up my 3rd playthrough, done all the DLC and have just finnished my 16th solo run of the Alienage and still nothing

Comment #32 by k2natural
Thursday, February 24, 2011 @ 11:42:58 PM

Big thanks to Skymadeofglass on for this;


"Kill 1000 darkspawn for this achievement. While this is supposed to be a cumulative achievement across all playthroughs, it can be buggy so it's unclear what is exactly needed for it to unlock and whether all playthroughs actually count.

If you're having trouble and own the Awakenings expansion, one solution is to make your companions hold at the start of the the quest to save the Keep [You can't do this if you decide to save Amarantine] and go to the front gate alone. As long as you are alone in this area infinite darkspawn will spawn here. Therefore it's just a case of killing until the achievement pops."

Comment #33 by LunaBugz
Saturday, February 26, 2011 @ 01:45:12 PM

Waaaah i got this acheivement before on my old acocunt and it was across all playthroughs i have been running through the deep road for hours, got over a 1000 kills been keepin track and now it keeps freezing think its tryin to give me my acheivement and crashin :(

Comment #34 by Bradz90
Monday, February 28, 2011 @ 05:00:21 PM

I've got a copy of the ultimate edition and I only just got the 500 kills not long before the end of the game but after I completed it (just origins not awakening) I started again from redcliff castle on casual to get the other endings and I received this achievement surprisingly quickly.

Comment #35 by Toams07
Saturday, March 05, 2011 @ 06:31:48 AM


I hope that works.
I have over 1500 kills over 3 play's and yet it didn't unlock.
I sure hope that way will save me

Comment #36 by whipcreamdream
Saturday, March 05, 2011 @ 10:47:35 PM

Im not quite sure how this works because I couldn't get this even though I had racked up exactly 1,000 Darkspawn kills with my first playthrough, but when I did my next playthrough it unlocked while my character wasn't even in the party. It was when you fight as the group you left behind in Denerim at the end, and I was playing as Dog and he got a kill and it unlocked. I checked my stats and my charcter had only 539 Darkspawn kills. Oh well, I got that one and the rest I was missing and I have all 76 achievments and I am pumped for Dragon Age 2!!!!

Comment #37 by Carshald
Thursday, March 10, 2011 @ 11:05:01 AM

figured the easiest way to do this is finish origins all the way to "The Final Onslaught", i for example used a Blood Mage/Arcane Warrior with a staff as secondary,
the mage is the best to get the achievement in the final onslaught due to the AoE spells he/she posssess, using the staff is the fastest ranged attack aswell.
So attacking the dark spawn with your staff allows you to kill them fast enough, figuring if you're high enough level so they only take 1 hit to kill. When the darkspawn then stack up around you, you use the blood mages "Blood Wound" spell since its the AoE spell with the fastest casting time. I don't know if it's true but read that you can save and re-do this area and the darkspawn kills still count even thought you're reloading a save before, i don't if it works but i

Comment #38 by Carshald
Thursday, March 10, 2011 @ 11:06:47 AM

certainly intent to try the "saving & reloading" thing out.

Comment #39 by Pezukarhu
Saturday, March 12, 2011 @ 08:14:12 AM

over 1500 kills and still havent got this...

Comment #40 by Love01082008
Monday, March 14, 2011 @ 01:54:17 PM

I have read many entries about what it takes to get this achievement, so I recommend keeping it simple. I did this following the guidelines below.

A previous poster stated that with the version update it reset the kill count on a character/account. This is true. When I first played this game I had Master warden 500 kills, so when I went for this the achievement should have popped at 500 kills, but did not.

I see people talking about across playthroughs, if its a different character the answer is no. I finished the Origins with a rogue, and started Awakening with a mage. I had to get 1000 to get it to pop.

When choosing to save the Keep, its an excellent farm spot, as I was averaging 150 Darkspawn kills per go around (30 mins). When you first begin they enter the main gate. As lon

Comment #41 by Love01082008
Monday, March 14, 2011 @ 02:01:25 PM

As long as the Yellow Darkspawn stays alive, the white hurlocks and genlocks will rush through the gate. The blue guard allies will kill the Yellow DS eventually, but you should have 50 or so kills. Continue through the other battles, when you get to the armored Ogre that is another instance where DS keep coming as long as the Ogre is alive. In my games the Ogre often went for the blue allies, and when he did come near me I would cone of cold him and run away.

-1 main character gets 1000 DS killing blows, party kills don't count.
-1 Playthrough, choose Awakening or Denerim for your save and reload method.
-1st Save load up do the battling, when finished create a 2nd save or save over another file as the 2nd.

I wrote down my kills each session it popped at 950ish kills, most likely

Comment #42 by Uncle Rodgers
Thursday, March 17, 2011 @ 05:00:27 PM

I only recently bought Dragon Age Origins and well...I was hooked from the start. After looking into the achievements I noticed people were having trouble with this so hopefully I can give some advice. The method didn't take long and was quite fun I found but anyway
- (Mage required for player).
- Get to Elven Alienage towards end of game.
- Create one save when you enter (for safety).
- Talk to the Elven girl,(It should auto save)then run to gate,
- Call in an army (I picked dwarfs)
- Cast Inferno on gate (Ogre and enemies should be highlighted)
- Move forward and cast Tempest (Electric AoE) near bride
- Cast Blizzard in the centre
- Have party focus on the General
- Repeat the AoE's focusing them near the bridge exit, this should kill the enemies as soon as they walk off the br

Comment #43 by Uncle Rodgers
Thursday, March 17, 2011 @ 05:03:38 PM

*bridge, when the encounter is over, walk back to Elven girl and save. Then reload auto save and repeat process. Hope this helps. If you get confused please send me a message on Xbox or on this and I'd be happy to try help further.

DO NOT CROSS BRIDGE - If you do, ensure you load up the save you made at the start of Elven alienage.

Comment #44 by Captain Zaraki
Sunday, March 27, 2011 @ 11:38:19 AM

I am getting screwed on this too. I am going to try one of the tricks now though.

Comment #45 by Captain Zaraki
Sunday, March 27, 2011 @ 03:04:42 PM

Oh yeah. Just got it and the Alienage trick worked brilliantly. Only took 4 or 5 loads. I would recommend this method.

Comment #46 by Kratos 1400
Friday, April 01, 2011 @ 07:46:09 PM

Just wondering when doing the Alienage part, do you have to save over a previous Alienage save or do you just save in a new slot every time after you get back to the elven girl?

Comment #47 by Uncle Rodgers
Sunday, April 03, 2011 @ 05:45:50 AM

You create a save at the start of the Alienage which you only use if you cross the bridge by accident and cause the cutscene to occur, the game will autosave when you first talk to the elf girl, then do the process I listed above. When all the Darkspawn are dead, go back, talk to her, save (create new save). When you repeat the process save over that save, make sure it's not the autosave with the elf girl or the safety save.

Comment #48 by Kratos 1400
Sunday, April 03, 2011 @ 06:31:36 AM

Thanks heaps for that.

Comment #49 by BIG EVIL DEEZY
Wednesday, April 06, 2011 @ 04:33:52 PM

this achievement is 10 kinds of craptastic.

Comment #50 by BIG EVIL DEEZY
Thursday, April 07, 2011 @ 02:17:52 PM

i played awakening and killed as many darkspawn as possible solo, got bout 1200 kills but still no achievement, bummer cuz its the last one i need.

Comment #51 by malakra
Friday, April 08, 2011 @ 04:29:26 PM

I hate this one, just thought I'd throw that in with everyone else. Seems the best way to do this is the Arcane Mage solo. Or maybe reload the elven alienage... whatever. It sucks

Comment #52 by A Lil turtle
Saturday, April 09, 2011 @ 07:58:49 PM

omg this achievement is making me mad. ok can someone awnser me this. Ok i start
off at the start of alienage i make my save , i leave everyone put, i go kill
everything starting at 476 ds killed when im done im at 500 then i save again,
then i load my original save at the beginging of the alienage and im back at
476. ok my question is does that 24 kills i got last go around still count and
the game isnt showing it or is there a flaw in the method im using to attempt
this pain in the neck achievement.

Comment #53 by SuggarDaddy5324
Wednesday, April 13, 2011 @ 07:38:30 AM


Comment #54 by Marc Pilkington
Monday, April 25, 2011 @ 05:32:07 AM

I'm trying the re-load a save method for this like everyone else, however as my arcane mage is pretty much crap at the alienage I am doing it on awakening instead. The bit in Vigil's Keep with the armoured ogre is where I keep reloading. I keep killing darkspawn until the ogre comes and to make it last longer and get more kills I keep hacking at darkspawn and let the ogre slowly die on its own. This takes about 15 mins-ish and I've just been reloading this over and over again. Thing is I don't even have the 500 darkspawn kills yet and it says I've had about 1200 kills? I think it's the party ones but surely my own character would have 500 of those??
I'm just wondering if the method I'm doing will work in the end...any help?

Comment #55 by Dinin
Thursday, May 19, 2011 @ 01:28:44 AM

Just got this today thanks to the advice on here. Instead of using the Alienage though I kept doing runs of Redcliff after the Landsmeet. There's about 40 DS in the village and save for an Alpha, 2 Emissaries and 3 Ogres the rest are all really low level and die with 1-hit. I actually used Morrigan at one point to see just how little health they have and they were dying from her default staff damage which was about 25. The good thing about this area is it's size - you can easily ditch the rest of your party to stop them kill stealing and there are a few breaks in the encounters to let your stamina replenish. You can even get the drop on one of the Ogres by using the bridge where there are 3 Hurlock archers on the left. Hope this helps.

Comment #56 by Etheltir
Tuesday, May 24, 2011 @ 09:31:41 AM

I used the Alienage trick as well. Worked like a charm.

Comment #57 by MegsonGrove
Saturday, May 28, 2011 @ 08:49:24 AM

Finally got this stupid achievement! Used the alienage trick, similar to most others on here, and after about an hour or so I finally got it! 100% now :)

Comment #58 by snipercartman
Thursday, June 02, 2011 @ 04:02:44 PM

Finally got this today 6/2/2011! Also used the alienage trick, took only 5 runs but at least i got the dam achievement now just need Enthralling and i'll have all the achievements

Comment #59 by JimmyHood
Monday, June 13, 2011 @ 12:59:47 PM

I've got this using the alienage trick but in the location before Fort Drakon, i don't remember the name sorry.

Comment #60 by thesoyboy
Sunday, June 19, 2011 @ 11:09:32 PM

Just completed 18 runs of the Alienage and still no achievement. Since I killed 56-64 darkspawn each time that should be over a thousand by itslef. Any suggestions?

Comment #61 by TheOneWithBear
Sunday, June 26, 2011 @ 06:07:05 PM

1000 by one's self is actually a lot more than people imagined, that's why people say that they "eventually" got it. You don't actually know for sure how many you've killed, so just keep going and you will get it.

As for thesoyboy, just out of curiosity, why 56-64? I thought that area only spawns a certain amount of enemies? And are you sure that you killed all of them by yourself?

Comment #62 by Natedog14
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 @ 11:55:25 PM

anybody that has gotten this achievement without reloading and all that other
stuff-let me know how you got it because i kill pretty much all possible DS
up to finally killing the archdemon and it says i killed about 980+ just
short of a 1000

Comment #63 by Devourer3
Tuesday, July 05, 2011 @ 11:51:59 AM

whats funny is i have all the add ons to this game and on my first play through i was a rogue dwarf an i played noble story and you got to admit that the oble orgin story you girl the most ds and after beating that whole playthrough i loaded up awakening add on with that rogue and at the beggining of awakeing one ds kill and i got 500 ds kills to get that achievment after beating awakening i played it another time and still no acheevo and all you kill on awakening is all ds

Comment #64 by Devourer3
Wednesday, July 06, 2011 @ 11:11:15 AM

I am thinking the game doesnt know how to keep track of the main character kills and maybe you have to get like 10000 ds kills for your main character before the game thinks you just it 1000 ds kills but idk because i dont load up my game like you all are saying to do i just like to play through the game to get achievments

Comment #65 by FenrirsFangz
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 @ 03:57:09 PM

hell's bells, FINALLY! ...and another happy customer of the "elven alienage again & again"-method. what a drag!

Comment #66 by Twis7ed
Wednesday, July 20, 2011 @ 05:27:58 PM

I did this all with one character. Thanks to Awakening, Golems, and Witch hunt =]

Comment #67 by CrozManiac
Friday, July 29, 2011 @ 06:54:26 AM

Ugh... This one is annoying me...

Comment #68 by Marc Pilkington
Saturday, July 30, 2011 @ 06:52:55 PM

Urgh I'm not even sure if the kills are registering for me as I haven't even got the 500 kills achievement yet for some odd reason...must have missed alot of kills then. I've started to use the alienage method with my arcane mage and she only has 500 or so total kills herself. Quite a good few of those aren't obviously darkspawn but I managed to get up to 55-70 kills on each run and after about what felt like maybe 6 or 7 runs I started to wonder how on earth I don't have the 500 achievement yet...Guess I'll just keep on persisting and hopefully i'll get there.

Comment #69 by LFC legend
Monday, August 01, 2011 @ 04:10:54 PM

I have about 1500 kills but no achievement for 500 or 1000...

Comment #70 by shadowbullets
Friday, August 05, 2011 @ 06:38:33 AM

I think I've succed these achievements out. I was playing through to get the traveler achievement & master warden achievement popped up. I think you have to be controlling character to make 500/1000 kills. IE: I played through the whole came as my created character. When I got the the final bit in the palace district, I switched to Leliana, as she was an archer with high dex. I killed about 5 or 6 darkspawn with her & the acheivement popped up. I think what it is, as long as you make the 500th & 1000th kill, it should pop up. Say for example, Leliana (computer controlled) has killed 600 & I control her & kill one darkspawn, the acheivement should pop up. I think that's how it works any way.

Hope that makes sense?

Comment #71 by TJSosa
Monday, August 08, 2011 @ 04:33:49 PM

100% agree with the Solo Arcane Mage,but take a full group and have them stay back
aways. This will save you when running low on health, just pop back to them for
a quick heal and run back in. Ran through the game on easy this way until the end
when I went back in my saves to do the Perfectionist achievement. I suggest saving before the Landsmeet so you can sacrifice either Alistair or Loghain then load and
grab the other to sacrifice. Also save right before talking to Morrigan about the
ritual. By replaying the end four times and a solo run it should pop.

Also in my opinion, start off with the Mages Circle first.
Make sure to get all of the attribute bonuses laying around.
Kind of a nice little stat booster.

Comment #72 by duffmaanx
Sunday, August 14, 2011 @ 05:19:07 PM

I done the vigils keep defend for this because if you are by yourself hurlock and genlogenlock grunts infinite spawn at the gates so i was just one hitting them all

Comment #73 by FatalStrikes
Tuesday, August 16, 2011 @ 10:19:47 PM

ok i have no fickin idea how i got this but im so glad i got it xD

Comment #74 by Apple2Forever
Saturday, August 27, 2011 @ 06:33:14 AM

Two full playthroughs, Awakenings, and most of a third playthrough and this still hasn't popped dammit!

Comment #75 by monst
Friday, September 02, 2011 @ 12:55:08 PM

hope i havnt missed someone saying this but,
some peeps says its coz of an update, would it ping if you deleted the updates?
just a thought.

Comment #76 by Toams07
Tuesday, September 13, 2011 @ 12:00:08 PM

Something I wonder;
When doing Alienage runs, do you have to clear the game from all updates?
I found a forum saying you should first get rid of all updates and then do Alienage runs.
So delete them or not?

Comment #77 by Fitzdarkness
Tuesday, October 11, 2011 @ 09:21:45 PM

you must kill the ds personally.the character is unimportant as long as YOU get the kills. so your main doesn't need to be the killer, but you need to be controlling the killer for the final blow.

Comment #78 by Grixia
Monday, October 24, 2011 @ 11:00:49 AM

The best way to do this is by telling your party to stay still and run through the Alienage a few times. I'm still not sure how the counter works though, I have over 850 on my stats and yet no 500 achievement. I'm sure patience will work though as this is the second time I have hunted this achievement and the first time I remember getting the 1000 when my stats were closer to 1500. The Alienage runs are the best way providing you don't have Awakening, otherwise going alone to defend the Vigil and fighting the never-ending stream of darkspawn can get this achievement quite effortlessly. Good luck to whoever is still going for this achievement

Comment #79 by Grixia
Monday, October 24, 2011 @ 11:04:42 AM

The best way to do this is by telling your party to stay still and run through the Alienage a few times. I'm still not sure how the counter works though, I have over 850 on my stats and yet no 500 achievement. I'm sure patience will work though as this is the second time I have hunted this achievement and the first time I remember getting the 1000 when my stats were closer to 1500. The Alienage runs are the best way providing you don't have Awakening, otherwise going alone to defend the Vigil and fighting the never-ending stream of darkspawn can get this achievement quite effortlessly. Good luck to whoever is still going for this achievement

Comment #80 by Lord Clews
Friday, November 18, 2011 @ 12:22:29 PM

@79 when you say you have over 850 on your stats, what stat is it?

I am assuming this is darkspawn kills, and not just kills.

As i currently have 1159 party kills and 551 personal kills, but only 222 darkspawn kills.

am i right in only looking at Darkspawn party kills as that seems to be the only meaningful stat?

Comment #81 by Major Monogram
Thursday, November 24, 2011 @ 01:54:20 AM

Yeah, and that stat that the game gives you pertains only to the story's "timeline." It doesn't have anything to do with the hidden counter for this achievement. For example, when you keep reloading Alienage, the in-game stat list will always show the same number every time you load it; but the hidden counter is keeping track of how many you really killed with the character you were controlling.
A lot of you are talking about that number the game gives you in relation to this achievement, but they're not actually related.

Comment #82 by Cubecake
Saturday, December 03, 2011 @ 04:54:16 AM

Actually, just rage around alot, and it will come by call.
...Who am I kidding. This achievement is a damn pain in the arse >_>

Comment #83 by Major Monogram
Monday, December 26, 2011 @ 12:53:05 AM

I played through the main content with a mage, reloading from Eamon's Estate to get the Perfection endings, then all the DLC and finally Awakenings. I went back and loaded up my save from the Alienage maybe 3-4 times, using Inferno (but not even leaving my squad behind) and it popped. I had my Magic score at about 100, so only "yellow" and "red" DS could survive the Infernos for more than a second.

Took like 15 minutes at the Alienage. I never at any point in the game made any special effort to make sure I got kills instead of my squad. I think you really kill a lot of DS in normal gameplay.

Comment #84 by The Metal Serge
Wednesday, December 28, 2011 @ 01:17:51 PM

Ok, the stat of the Darkspawn killing in the game has nothing to do with the actual killing numbers, i just had the achievement and only have 750 Darkspawn kills in the total grup kills so ....... you DON'T have to delete your saves or start again, just save at the start of the Alienage in the final battle (The final part of the game) and keep reloading till that sucker pops up, just be patients it may take some trays.

Comment #85 by Codeine519
Monday, January 09, 2012 @ 11:40:57 PM

Nothing special, took me 2 complete playthroughs to get this one. First as a dual wielding rogue, next as a mage. Popped up during the archdemon fight.

Comment #86 by amrattray
Saturday, January 14, 2012 @ 12:59:18 PM

Thanks for the help guys.

Comment #87 by PhyrexianZ
Saturday, January 14, 2012 @ 04:34:10 PM

2 Playtrought + all DLC and nothins until now... let's try the reload tips now.

Comment #88 by Makeyleth
Sunday, January 22, 2012 @ 08:28:08 PM

ok ive been playing this game and its irritating me with the 1000 DS kills and bloody i cant seem to get it, ive been doing the Alienage runs and i check my DS kills and it goes back to 720... so rly what am I to do????

Comment #89 by AjMadness27
Tuesday, January 31, 2012 @ 09:36:37 AM

Someone can help me?? I've over 1000 DS kills and nothing... I don't know what to do... I've 68/76 achievements so far... and the 500 & 1000 DS didn't pop out... what I need to do?? delete everything and start another playtrought??... PLEASE HELP!!

Comment #90 by Sweptshadow
Saturday, February 04, 2012 @ 07:56:04 PM

hey if any of you have killed more than 1000 drak spawn and not got this i will suggest one thing. (if u have a save game before start of denerim final fight than this will be easy) make the save point before final onslought and den finish the game (let it save) reload the save again and redo the final battle again (aparently the achievement is 1000 drakspwan per a specidif character) so if u had 600+ kills before final battle and u (ur entire party) killed 200+ during final battle you can reload and do it in 2 tries other wise 3 tries (i realised this when i was useing saves to get perfectionist)

Comment #91 by x410xDragon
Monday, February 06, 2012 @ 05:22:04 PM

I'm having trouble with this Achievement as well....

Comment #92 by minh2
Wednesday, February 08, 2012 @ 04:49:48 PM

I did the Alienage trick. I simply killed all the darkspawns, saved on some file and reloaded before the fight. No clearing cache needed at all. I made my whole team hold position and went on to fight alone. It took 6 runs, around 10 minutes each times.

Comment #93 by AjMadness27
Monday, February 13, 2012 @ 03:58:58 PM

omg.... OMG.... This Alienage trick... works... I just got the 500 DS kills achievement....

Comment #94 by x410xDragon
Wednesday, February 15, 2012 @ 06:06:07 PM

This was my second to last achievement. I hate to say it, but I used one of True-Achievements guides.

I do not take full credit for this, as I merely followed it :

"I got this by slightly altering the Elven Alienage method. I had a level 22 dual wield ranger. My party also included Lelliana. Speak with the elves and then -
1) Put party on hold position
2) Use Leliana to activate the Song of Courage(I used Valor because I was a mage - Dragon)
3) Head towards the gate
4) Save just before you get to the platforms
5) Go up to the top of the platform on the right
6) Stand in the front right corner (up against the building and also the wall looking out towards the darkspawn)
7) Watch small groups of ~5 run through the gate towards you and up the stairs
8) Fight the small groups

Comment #95 by WolfmanStarrk
Thursday, April 12, 2012 @ 07:12:13 AM

I have a couple of questions regarding the grinding trick, aside from Redcliffe can the reload trick be done in other areas containing Darkspwan and does it have to be done in one session or can you save to take a break (i.e. need for sleep etc.)

Comment #96 by KissMyUnicorn
Saturday, April 28, 2012 @ 01:33:11 AM

If you're just playing this game to get this achievement then I recommend just saving before you enter the Tower of Ishal right in the beginning of the game and reloading after beating the Ogre. It will be a long process but hey wouldn't you rather do that then play the game for the upteenth time?

Comment #97 by I3east
Sunday, April 29, 2012 @ 10:39:14 PM

This achievement had me scared for abit too. After i finished my 1st run in Origins, i killed 1015 darkspawn but still no achievement. However using the "SAME" character, i keep reloading the game to do different ending, then i suddenly got it on while going for my last ending that i needed. The kill count at that time was at 977 (right before the door to fight the archdemon).

I think the achievement is not screwed up it self but rather some darkspawn that actually goes towards the Darkspawn kill count, does not actually go through for the achievement. Because in theory i should have got it on my first run but it took me : 1 whole run + 3 runs starting before the landsmeet.

Dont panic guys, my only tip is try using the same character killing the DS. Altough i read other saying it doe

Comment #98 by Krome x Comando
Tuesday, May 29, 2012 @ 06:16:39 AM

Bitch of an achievement but I got it

Comment #99 by Mortdieu
Friday, June 08, 2012 @ 04:14:06 PM

i'm still trying to get this and the mater warden, i've gone through the alienage what i swear is at least a dozen times.....hopefully patience works eventually.

Comment #100 by Kirkwall
Monday, July 23, 2012 @ 08:44:52 AM

I've got it on my second walkthrough, when I played to get Romance with Alistair...

Comment #101 by djnono17
Tuesday, September 18, 2012 @ 01:12:41 PM

3 walkthrough, still not got it
Even the alienate trick didn't do it. But I just attempted to finish the game on the third playthrough and my character is bugged (Infinite dragon life), that may be it...

Comment #102 by Femi
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 @ 04:31:10 PM

This way I done it ( Comment #42 by Uncle Rodgers )
It took me about 2 hours. Ty.

Comment #103 by KimikoAmaya
Thursday, November 01, 2012 @ 11:22:43 PM

After so long I finally got this!!! I went for my 100% complete playthrough and tried to get this thru the dlc, got nothing. Went back and remembered I had an alienage save, reloaded that, beat the game, then reloaded again. I just parked in the top left platform so that the General just sat there and I killed all his grunt spawns. That second time in the Alienage I got it.

Comment #104 by dpguto
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 @ 03:03:42 PM

master warden easy but blight-queller...

Comment #105 by variados
Tuesday, January 15, 2013 @ 11:47:50 AM

got it

Comment #106 by chuggadave2
Saturday, January 26, 2013 @ 05:03:47 PM

just got it I used the Elven Alienage method it still works

Comment #107 by MH Maximus
Sunday, February 24, 2013 @ 09:46:00 AM

Is this one play through?

Comment #108 by Fullm3talfuzz
Wednesday, May 01, 2013 @ 08:11:21 PM

fuck bioware and fuck this game this is one of the most bugged games ive ever played.... 2000 kills no cheevos... waiting 30 seconds for loot to appear i cant even remember all the bugs this game has

Comment #109 by D0BBSY DK
Thursday, May 09, 2013 @ 01:15:11 PM

I somehow got this while playing as Sten defending the city gates after finishing the Elven Alienage in the final battle in Denerim. My Warden wasn't a playable character at the time, so the kills do not need to be by your Warden, but there does seem to be a glitch because i had about 1250 Darkspawn kills at the time.

Comment #110 by thegame8133
Saturday, May 11, 2013 @ 12:42:05 PM

If you go back and read earlier posts its one playthrough and the character your playing has to do the killing
places to do save reloads are the alienage during the final battle save the keep solo playing in awakening and the rooftop battle at the end when the archdemon is down to 25%health the ds just keep pouring out onto the roof

Comment #111 by ParadoxReal8
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 @ 12:55:20 PM

The trick here is to do the game and awekening with ordering holding everytimes you can. I don't have it now but i'm sûre i will have it soon cause my 500 kills appears à long time ago

Comment #112 by ParadoxReal8
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 @ 12:58:48 PM

It's takes more times in the main games cause darkspawn are far than the only enemy contrary than with awakening

Comment #113 by MsGamerSE
Saturday, August 10, 2013 @ 05:58:02 PM

OMG Finally!!! CONFIRMED:Using the Elven Alienage-trick this finally popped. Took me around 4 rounds after playing through Origins all endings plus Awakening. My score said I had around 1800 ds kills, but as said above the update must have screwed this one up. XoXo

Comment #114 by quackduck314
Monday, September 23, 2013 @ 09:22:33 PM

I got this on my second playthrough, with about 200 darkspawn killed (by my character) in that playthrough, and around 800 in the previous one. My experience shows that this is across all playthroughs, as I certainly did not hit 1000 in the current playthrough.

Comment #115 by XOli360
Tuesday, October 22, 2013 @ 03:31:23 AM

Just got Master Warden, now going to 1000 darkspawn kill with the Alienage technique. Looong road ahead ! (Which I don't understand why as I finished the game twice and finished all DLC...!). Still great game ! My cousin worked on it :)

Comment #116 by Savvy?
Friday, December 13, 2013 @ 04:30:30 PM

I got this on my first playthrough using the Defending the Alienage mission over and over again. Took me about 30 mins to get Master Warden, and about another hour to get Blight-Queller. I didn't empty my cache, change any patches and I was online the whole time.

What's interesting is after popping Master Warden I counted the kills only my custom character made, and when I got around 780 Blight-Queller popped. So I'm guessing the the counter does include party kills after all :)

Comment #117 by AZookiex3
Wednesday, March 02, 2016 @ 03:35:08 AM

In case anyone is like me and would like to say they've completed every dragon age game so far: The trick about redoing the Alienage end game everytime until you get the achievement STILL WORKS!!! I got it on my 6th try. Note****I deleted all my other saves.

Comment #118 by kb1fdf
Saturday, March 12, 2016 @ 09:01:01 PM

my least favorite achievement for this game other then the kill the harvestor on nightmare. the alienage trick (or the tower of ishal although ive never done it) does the trick. if your character dies dont panic i think it counts which ever character your controlling although its never been officially confirmed.

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Game Info
Electronic Arts


US November 03, 2009
Europe November 06, 2009

HDD Space Required : 6.44 GB
Backward compatible on Xbox One: Yes
Price: $14.99USD
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