This Dragon Age Inquisition Warrior Specializations Guide will teach you all you need to know to pick the best Warrior specialization for you.
If you’re playing Dragon Age Inquisition, one of the biggest decisions you have to make is selecting the class for your main character, not to mention picking which companions to bring on your adventure.
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If you’re planning to make your Inquisition into a Warrior, you’re going to want to know which of the Dragon Age Inquisition Warrior Specializations are generally considered to be the best and which ones are the worst.
As with the other classes, there are 3 Dragon Age Inquisition Warrior Specializations to choose from: Champion, which is focused on tanking skills and survivability; Templar, which has a combination of support skills and demon-specific spells; and Reaver, which deals greater damage at lower HP.
In addition to getting to know the Dragon Age Inquisition Warrior Specializations for the sake of your Inquisitor, you should also be aware that there’s a party member available for each specialization. Blackwall is a Champion, Cassandra is a Templar and Iron Bull is a Reaver.
With that introduction out of the way, let’s get on with the Dragon Age Inquisition Warrior Specializations Rankings.
3. Templar – Best Dragon Age Inquisition Warrior Specializations
Templars are generally considered to be the weakest of the Dragon Age Inquisition Warrior Specializations, primarily because almost all of their skills only work against demons.
If their skills had their full effect against all enemies, Templars would probably be considered to be pretty good, but that’s not the case: although Templar skills do have an effect on non-demon enemies, the effects are greatly reduced to the point of being nearly useless.
The good news and bad news about the Templar’s demon-specific skill arsenal is that, good news, there are a lot of demons in Dragon Age Inquisition. Bad news, none of the demons are the toughest monsters or bosses, they’re all mostly repetitive trash encounters.
The only skill that Templars get that has universal utility is a 15% damage buff for the party, which is actually a fairly decent skill. Just not decent enough to take a whole specialization to acquire.
Oddly, one of the best things you might say about Templars is that since their skills are so unattractive, they have the opportunity to max out more of the standard Warrior skill trees than the other specializations, all of which are actually pretty good.
Templars aren’t terrible. You can definitely get through the game as one and have a good time, but compared to the other Dragon Age Inquisition Warrior Specializations, they definitely leave a lot to be desired.
2. Champion – Best Dragon Age Inquisition Warrior Specializations
Choosing whether the Champion or the Reaver is #1 among the Dragon Age Inquisition Warrior Specializations is difficult, because Champion is invaluable and definitively the best class for tanking available in the game.
In fact, you’re probably always going to want a Champion in your party, unless you’ve played through the game a few times and you’re just sick of having Blackwall around all the time.
The reason I’m putting Champion at #2 instead of #1 is because, when it comes to picking the class for your own main character, the tanking playstyle is passive and not terribly fun.
Unlike an MMO, supporting your AI teammates doesn’t have very much gratification to it and since the AI will never deal as much damage as a DPS oriented player character, you’re going to end up going through the game much slower if you’re maining the party’s tank.
Additionally, Blackwall manages tanking perfectly well under the control of the AI, meaning the only reason you’d ever really want to play a tank yourself is if you have a personal preference for the tanking playstyle, in which case Champion is definitely #1 among the Dragon Age Inquisition Warrior Specializations for you.
Champions get a ton of tanking bonuses. They get several passive survivability increases, including additional guard and more armor. They also gain active skills that impede enemy movement, give them temporary invulnerability, and an extra taunt.
Between the Champion’s invincibility active skill and their passive skills, they’re basically impossible to kill. You should definitely be rolling with one, whether it’s your own Inquisitor or Blackwall, if you really want an optimized team.
1. Reaver – Best Dragon Age Inquisition Warrior Specializations
Again, choosing between Reaver and Champion for the #1 slot among the Dragon Age Inquisition Warrior Specializations is a difficult choice to make. For your Inquisitor, I think the Reaver is downright the best option. Among your party members, Blackwall is, in my opinion, much more useful than Iron Bull.
Out of all the Dragon Age Inquisition Warrior Specializations, Reaver easily deals the most damage. If played right, it’s also nearly impossible to kill. Reaver deals increased damage at low HP and has a powerful attack called Dragon Rage, which costs HP to use. It has another unique attack called Devour, which deals damage and mostly refills the Reaver’s HP.
Because of Devour, which is essentially an infinite potion on a short cooldown, it’s very difficult to die as a Reaver if you’re paying attention to what you’re doing. Meanwhile, you also put out an amount of damage that almost comes close to what a Rogue is capable of.
That means for your Inquisitor, Reaver is a no brainer. It’s an exceptional class and can even do a decent job as a tank if you choose to go that route.
Unfortunately, the AI doesn’t do a great job at handling the HP management required to excel as a Reaver. Iron Bull will chug all of your potions unless you set his AI to never use potions, in which case he’ll die much more often than you’d like.
Still, since this isn’t a ranking of how well the AI handles each of the Dragon Age Warrior Specializations, but a ranking of the specializations themselves, Reaver is an absolute beast. If you’re going to make your main character a Warrior, you should definitely consider making him or her a Reaver.
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