Understand Skyhold in Dragon Age: Inquisition

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Understand and Explore Skyhold

The first time you come to Skyhold, your ultimate home base in Bioware's Dragon Age: Inquisition, you will likely be overwhelmed by the myriad of options immediately available to you. You have a map that technically shows where everything is, but the castle has multiple floors, basements, and a variety of areas packed into every nook and cranny. You can of course explore and spend a great deal of time becoming intimately familiar with it all, but if you are looking for a quicker way to see everything Skyhold has to offer, then look no further than this guide. There are some spoilers in this guide, but they are kept to a minimum.

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This Skyhold guide is broken up into the following segments:

  • An explanation of the first version (Fledgling Skyhold) of Skyhold, where most of the castle is still closed off.
  • The complete and ever-expanding version of Skyhold, with an overview map that labels and reveals each area.
  • A breakdown of each individual section of the castle, and what or who is found there.
  • Some final tips and notes regarding what you can do in or with Skyhold.
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Fledgling Skyhold

When you arrive at Skyhold for the first time you will find it expansive and full of places to explore, but it's also very limited. The castle is continually under construction throughout the game, and shortly after you arrive, the majority of the castle opens up to you, but when you first get there, you will not have access to several rooms and options. The only areas you have access to when you first arrive are:

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  • The Courtyard
  • The Throne Room
  • The War Room
  • The Garden
  • The Undercroft
  • The Battlements
  • The Training Grounds

Everything else will open up after you perform an event, even if it's just leaving the castle to go somewhere else for a short while, or judging a prisoner during one of those specific events. It doesn't take long for Skyhold to open up, and once it does you can find everything described in the next two sections.

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Overview of Skyhold

This is a map of Skyhold Castle and all of the major areas in it. Since the castle has multiple floors, some of the areas seem to overlap. In the next section, we will describe each area individually, explain what floor it's on and where it is in relation to other nearby areas. We'll also reveal what can be found in each area. Use this map for a general overview of the area:

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Note: If the map is too small to read in your browser, simply click on the image and it will open as a larger image, with higher resolution. This is done by right-clicking it or left-clicking it until it opens as just the image.

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Skyhold - Individual Sections

Throne Room

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Fast Travel Point: Yes

Companions: Varric and Vivienne

Facilities: Throne

This is the central point of your castle. As the scaffolding is taken down, rooms open up and agents of in the Inquisition fill your castle. You will find it's always the room you are travelling through. Other than two companions and a convenient, fast travel stone, this is also where you go to judge prisoners; a quest marker will pop up on the throne itself whenever this is available. There are also a few named NPCs here, like the Dwarven Architect, who deals with the mosaic tiles you collect. This area has two floors. You will find Vivienne's area on the second floor.

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War Room

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Fast Travel Point: No

Companions: None

Facilities: War Table

The War Room is where you go to travel, send agents on missions, and discuss story based missions with Leliana, Cullen, Cassandra and Josephine. There isn't much more to do there, but it's a very important room located directly off the Throne Room.

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Garden

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Fast Travel Point: Yes

Companions: None

Facilities: Flower Pots

  • Upgrade-able area

The Garden is an area you should constantly visit between your adventures. Located off of the Throne Room, this area has flower pots that allow you to plant the seeds of any plant you've found along the way. You can't get seeds until you've unlocked the Garden. It simply requires that when you harvest a plant in the usual way, there is a small chance you will get a seed with it. Initially there are three flowerpots you can use to plant seeds and rare and common plants. You can come back periodically to harvest them. This area can be upgraded. You can upgrade the garden or turn the garden into a chantry. The chantry upgrade will periodically give you gold, while the garden upgrade will add three additional flower pots. On top of all of this there are some named NPCs can be found there.

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Library

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Fast Travel Point: No

Companions: Dorian and Solas

Facilities: Research Table

At first, The Library will look like a massive circular room with three different floors, but the top floor is separate from the rest since it Houses the Rookery. The 1st floor is Solas' room. It has doors to the Throne Room, the second floor, and one more to the Guard Tower and Battlements. The 2nd floor is the actual library, which has several readable scrolls and books in addition to the research table, Dorian, and multiple named NPCs. It's an important area that is easy to spend a lot of time in.

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Rookery

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Fast Travel Point: Yes

Companions: None

Facilities: None

At the top of the library, technically the third floor is the Rookery. Here you can find Leliana (the Spymaster), a fast travel point, several scrolls to read and a small battlement/balcony area that gives you a great view of the castle. This area is called the Rookery because it's where Leliana sends out birds to deliver messages. It's filled with birds, cages, and a variety of things hanging from the ceiling. There isn't much to see here, but it has some nice cosmetic touches.

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Quarters

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Fast Travel Point: No

Companions: None

Facilities: None

Another completely cosmetic area is The Quarters. These are your character's personal quarters and they are visually pleasant. There are times when you may have events that take place here, but for the most part, you just hang out on the balcony, looking down at Skyhold from your lovely tower.

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Undercroft

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Fast Travel Point: No

Companions: None

Facilities: Crafting Stations and Skyhold Customization Station

This small area is directly off the Throne Room, and it is mainly where you craft weapons or armor and modify them. There is also a Skyhold Customization Station here that lets you change a variety of cosmetic aspects of Skyhold, like the banners, windows, the throne and a few others. The majority of those cosmetic options are unlocked via items that are all over the world. Initially, you cannot do Rune Crafting here, which is how you attach runes to weapons or create new runes, but pretty early on, you can use the war table to unlock that option through a mission called Acquire the Arcanist.

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Kitchens

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Fast Travel Point: No

Companions: None

Facilities: None

The Kitchens are a purely cosmetic area, just a room that bridges the gap between the Vault and the Stables. It does have some NPCs who you can eavesdrop on, which leads to some talking points with Cole, but otherwise, there isn't much to see there.

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Vault

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Fast Travel Point: No

Companions: None

Facilities: Collection Storage

The Vault is accessible from the Throne Room. It's to the right and down the stairs before you enter Josephine's area (before the War Room) or through the Kitchens. It is mostly a cosmetic area, but there is a dusty old library down there with a few books to read and an area that collects all of those weird knickknacks you find throughout the world, like the bottles you can only locate with the search tool.

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Tavern

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Fast Travel Point: No

Companions: Iron Bull, Cole, Sera

Facilities: None

This lively area has three floors, three companions, a minstrel and several named NPCs that you can converse with. Iron Bull is found on the first floor, Sera on the second floor and Cole on the third floor. However, Cole and Sera move into this area after a short period of time and are not inside when you first arrive at Skyhold. There is plenty to do at the Tavern.

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Stables

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Fast Travel Point: Yes

Companions: Blackwall

Facilities: Merchants

This area is far more than just Stables, but generally, the entire area is called, the Stables. Here you will find Blackwall, who resides in the barn next to the actual stables, and several merchants outside who sell a variety of items. Some of these merchants will move in here after certain events, but you can always buy new mounts from the bulletin board right next to the horses. From here you can go to the Courtyard, the Battlements, and the Kitchens.

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Courtyard

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Fast Travel Point: No

Companions: None

Facilities: None

  • Upgrade-able area

What can you do at the Courtyard? Unfortunately - nothing. This is where the infirmary is, the main gate and a few NPCs. Mainly this is just a junction that leads to several other areas, like the Tavern, Training Grounds, and the Stables, but it is upgradeable. You can turn the Courtyard into a focused infirmary or a practice yard. This upgrade costs quite a few resources and can be done through the requisition table by the training grounds (or any requisition table). It's purely cosmetic, but you will receive +1 power for completing it.

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Dungeon

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Fast Travel Point: No

Companions: None

Facilities: Prison Cells

The dungeon is a small area accessible from the training grounds/courtyard. It is a small door directly beneath the Garden. The area has quite a few cells and a single guard. There is normally nothing to be found here, because for some reason, even the prisoners you judge never seem to actually show up down there (could be a bug), but sometimes, a man named Lord Trifles Minutiae will show up down there, a man who has been dubbed The Quizquisition. He shows up in various places around the castle, usually after a major story event, and he will ask you questions related to the lore of Dragon Age. If you answer correctly, you'll receive a prize. This is the only reason to ever check out the Dungeon.

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Guard Tower

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Fast Travel Point: No

Companions: None

Facilities: None

  • Upgrade-able area

The Guard Tower is the third and last upgradeable area, but it is a purely cosmetic upgrade that only gets you +1 power for completing it. Everything about the Guard Tower is purely cosmetic. It's located on the Battlements and it doesn't have any real purpose other than it should be there, functionally, and it looks nice. The two upgrade options are: a Mage Tower or a Templar Tower.

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Battlements

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Fast Travel Point: No

Companions: None

Facilities: None

Like the Guard Tower, the Battlements are there just because they should be, but it is also a place where several NPCs are located and some of them are important. For instance, when it's time to pick your class specialization, you can find the three NPCs responsible for that (after you unlock it on the War Table) on the southwest side of the Battlements.

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Training Grounds

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Fast Travel Point: Yes

Companions: Cassandra

Facilities: Armory and Quartermaster

The Training Grounds should really be part of the Courtyard, and do feel like they are, but it is mainly the area right behind the Tavern. This is where Cassandra is training all the time and where the Armory and Quartermaster is. The Armory is a purely cosmetic area with one or two scrolls to read, while the Quartermaster's area is where you can fill requisitions and talk to a few NPCs. There isn't much to do in the area, but you can fast travel there.

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Final Tips

There are three stages to Skyhold.

  • The first stage is when you first arrive.
  • Shortly after you arrive, you will enter stage two. This is the stage most of the screenshots are in, with scaffolds and construction equipment laying around.
  • Stage three can be reached quickly by completing one major quest after you reach Skyhold.
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Other than that one note, there isn't much more to say about Skyhold. It's your home, so check it out. Discover what each section contains and explore it at a leisurely pace so you don't get burnt out on the wealth of content contained within those walls.

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Resources

General Information:

  • Skyhold - Dragonage.wikia.com[1]

Questions and Answers

How do you get stuff like new thrones and decor from the undercroft? Do you buy it somewhere?

Where do you buy decor so that you can equip it in the undercroft?

First, make sure that you've finished "Inquisition Trappings", a side quest. It serves as an introduction to Skyhold customization, and it's triggered automatically upon completion of the main quest, "In Your Heart Shall Burn".

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Some Sky Hold customization in Undercroft are unlocked by finishing quests, either by exploring the map, or going to the Summon War Council room, selecting either side and fulfilling quests at The War Table (look at the list below the locations).

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Some items can be unlocked by buying them from Val Royeaux (in Orlais) for gold.

To unlock other items:

  • Chantry Topper: unlock the chantry garden
  • Circle of Magi Topper: unlock the image tower
  • Inquisition Topper: capture all keeps in the game.
  • Andrastian Chantry: complete Cassandra's "Inner Circle" quests
  • Chasind: complete "Judgment of Avvar Tribesman"
  • Mage: complete Vivienne's "Inner Circle" quests
  • Ferelden: complete "Judgment of Mayor Dedrick"
  • Orlais: complete "judgment of Mistress Poulin"
  • Qunari: complete Iron Bull's "Inner Circle" quests
  • Boon of the Serault Glassworks: complete the "Serault Operations" with Cullen
  • Inquisition Throne upgrades: complete the "Gather Coin" quest
  • Templar Topper: unlock Templar tower.
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The War Table or location-specific unlocked items:

  • Dalish Topper: Exalted Plains
  • Dwarven Topper: Storm Coast
  • Ferelden Topper: Crestwood
  • Free Marches Topper: Storm Coast
  • Orlesian Topper: Villa Maurel
  • Tevinter Imperium Topper: Hissing Wastes
  • Grey Warden Topper: The Forbidden Oasis

No dragons age Skyhold upgrade quests?

I've been playing the game for quite some time and have none of the quests that allow for the upgrades. None of the requisitions for the garden or courtyard are available. How do I get these?

First, make sure you've finished "Inquisition Trappings", a side quest. It serves as an introduction to Skyhold customization, and will be triggered automatically upon completion of the main quest "In Your Heart Shall Burn". The quest is automatically acquired after the conclusion of either "Champions of the Just" or "In Hushed Whispers". Both quests trigger during "The Threat Remains", which comes after "The Wrath of Heaven", the starting quest.

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To get Courtyard upgrades, pick up the Courtyard Upgrade Recipe on the desk in the Inquisitor's Quarters in Skyhold.

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