You should have a damager, tank, entropist and healer. This will ensure you have one member taking all the damage and bringing the attention away from the rest of the party. Have an entropist (Merrill is recommended) to weaken and demoralize the enemy, a healer to strengthen and maintain the party, and a damager to inflict the pain. This will ensure a well rounded party that covers all aspects of combat.
During one of the dialogues between Fenris and Varric, Fenris asks Varric "Who is Bianca?" When Varric tells him it is a crossbow, Fenris says that he must have named it after someone. Varric replies, "Nope, Mirabelle was taken", referencing the rifle owned by Sir Roderick Von Fontlebottom The Magnificent Bastard from Jade Empire.
Play through the game with a relationship with Anders. At the end of the game, choose to kill him for destroying the Chantry. In the end scene where Varric says that everyone had to leave the hero, he will say, "Everyone, of course, except Anders", even though he is already dead.
If you already have 15 health potions or 10 other potions in your inventory, the game is less likely to give you more potions as random loot drops. You can fool the game into thinking you have less potions by going home and dropping some potions into storage. After that, loot a dungeon and the game will give you more potions in loot until you reach the "cap." Repeat until you have the desired number of potions. Eventually you'll be rolling in health, lyrium, and stamina potions. If you don't need them, sell them for coin.
During one of the dialogues between Anders and Isabella, Isabella mentions that abominations are easy to escape because they make loud noises like "Grr Argh". Anders refutes, saying "Abominations to not go Grr Argh". During the ending credits of the Buffy The Vampire Slayer television series, Joss Whedon's "Mutant Enemy Productions" credit screen shows a little monster which says "Grr Argh?"
Add the -enabledeveloperconsole command line parameter to the end of the "Target" field in the "Shortcut" properties of the "da2.exe" file that is used to launch the game. After that, press ~ during game play, type one of the following codes, then press ENTER to activate the corresponding cheat. Note: The console window and typed codes will not appear onscreen.
1 minute attribute buff, where x is attribute and y is amount.
runscript dbg_setattrib x y
Add experience points to your character(s) for faster leveling up
Allows you to add any member to your party
Changes player to a level 2 mage
runscript chargen mage
Changes player to a level 2 rogue
runscript chargen rogue
Changes player to a level 2 warrior
runscript chargen warrior
Creates a invisible force field that knocks back anything close to you
Gives companions 1000man/stamina, 1000 health and 50 strength and 50 dexterity
runscript zz_supercrit gen00fl_(companion name in lowercase)
Gives player 1000man/stamina, 1000 health and 50 strength and 50 dexterity
runscript zz_supercrit player
Heals your character(s)
kill all enemies
Opens an interface that will let you adjust a companion's Friendship/Rivalry level
Opens the enchantment window
Removes all injuries from party
runscript injury remparty
View and change Hawke's personality
Where "xx" is the amount of gold you want to add to your inventory
During the "Prime Suspect" mission when you meet Mr. Dupries, have Varric in your party. Give the sarcastic response of letting Dupries talk his way out the situation. Varric will make the comment "I bet 20 silver it's 'it wasn't me, it was the one-armed man'", referencing The Mask when Jim Carey tries to defend his innocence when he gets captured.
Purchase Dead Space 2 (new) to receive a code for a suit of armor for Hawke that is designed like Isaac's armor. You can find this, and all other unlockables, in a chest at your uncle's house in Kirkwall.
ACHIEVEMENT - HOW TO UNLOCK Master Craftsman (25 points) - Crafted all of the items from a single crafting tree. Mogul (25 points) - Had 100 or more sovereigns in your purse. Crowning Glory (25 points) - Became the viscount of Kirkwall. Dedicated (15 points) - Reached Level 10. A Friend in Need (5 points) - Upgraded the armor of one of your party members. Enchanter (5 points) - Enchanted an item. Immigrant (5 points) - Became a resident of Kirkwall. Delver of the Deep (10 points) - Explored the Deep Roads. Birthright (15 points) - Kicked the slavers out of your ancestral mansion. Specialized (25 points) - Learned two class specializations. I Got Your Back (25 points) - Completely upgraded the armor of one of your party members. Legendary (50 points) - Reached Level 20. Financier (10 points) - Became a partner in a Deep Roads expedition. Talented (5 points) - Upgraded a spell or talent. Tag Team (5 points) - Used teamwork to perform a cross-class combo. That Thing Has Legs (25 points) - Found and killed a varterral. Weapon Master (25 points) - Mastered a weapon style. Unstoppable (50 points) - Completed a full year in Kirkwall without any party member being knocked unconscious. Craftsman (5 points) - Acquired your first crafting recipe. Dragon Slayer (25 points) - Found and killed a high dragon. Exorcist (25 points) - Found and killed the undying Xebenkeck. Demon Slayer (25 points) - Found and killed the ancient demon, Hybris. Chantry Historian (25 points) - Found all four chapters of "The History of the Chantry," by Brother Genitivi. A Worthy Rival (25 points) - Earned the Arishok's respect. Great Minds Think Alike (50 points) - Earned the friendship or rivalry of four party members. Friend (25 points) - Earned the friendship of one of your party members. Rival (25 points) - Earned the rivalry of one of your party members. Romantic (25 points) - Completed a romance with one of your party members. Epic (50 points) - Completed Dragon Age II twice, o completed it once with a save imported from Dragon Age Origins. Champion of Kirkwall (20 points) - Completed Dragon Age II. Mercenary (10 points) - Allied yourself with the mercenaries upon arriving in Kirkwall. Nefarious (10 points) - Allied yourself with the smugglers upon arriving in Kirkwall. Flirtatious (5 points) - Flirted with one of your party members to begin a romance. Mass Exodus (25 points) - Reached Kirkwall with eac character class across multiple playthroughs. Knowledgeable (25 points) - Unlocked 100 codex entries. Treasure Hunter (25 points) - Opened 50 chests. Darkness Falls (5 points) - Toggled the map from day to night. Explorer (5 points) - Left Kirkwall to explore the outlying regions. Spelunker (25 points) - Visited 10 caves in Kirkwall and the surrounding area. Full House (10 points) - Recruited four party members. Friends in High Places (15 points) - Met Grand Cleric Ethina, Viscount Dumar, Knight-Commander Meredith, and First Enchanter Orsino. Gift Giver (5 points) - Gave a gift to one of your party members. Supplier (25 points) - Found every variety of crafting resources. Archeologist (50 points) - During each year in Kirkwall, iscovered 3 secret messages from the Band of Three. Tale Within a Tale (5 points) - Listened to Varric begin his tale of the Champion of Kirkwall. Avenged (25 points) - Confront the culprit behind the Vael family's murder. Cloak and Dagger (25 points) - Meet secretly with the agent of the Divine Loyalty of the Prince (30 points) - Earn either a friendship or rivalry with Sebastian. Memento (25 points) - Give Sebastian a family heirloom. Conductor (30 points) - Defeat an ancient evil in the Vimmark Mountains. Deep Roads Safari (15 points) - Kill a genlock, genlock alpha, hurlock alpha, bronto, and deepstalker in the Vimmark Mountains. Family Legacy (30 points) - Apply three effects to Hawke's Key. Family Outing (15 points) - Complete the main quest in the Vimmark Mountains with Bethany or Carver in the party. Tower Sweeper (30 points) - Complete every side quest in the Vimmark Mountains prison tower. Stone Cold (5 points) - Defeated the rock wraith on your expedition into the Deep Roads. King of the Hill (10 points) - Defeated the Arishok. Conqueror (15 points) - Defeated Meredith, knight-commander of Kirkwall's templars. Arcane Defender (25 points) - Sided with the mages five times. Mage Hunter (25 points) - Sided with the templars five times. Retribution (25 points) - Dealt with the mercenaries that killed the Vael family.
"Mark of the Assassin" achievements ACHIEVEMENT - HOW TO UNLOCK A New Day (15 points) - Meet Tallis in Hightown. Chasing the Game (30 points) - Lure and kill an alpha wyvern near Chateau Haine. Blackjack Subtle (15 points) - Evade vault security in Chateau Haine. The Take (30 points) - Disarm the fire traps in Chateau Haine's vaults. Secret Achievement (30 points) - Continue playing to unlock this secret achievement.
-Note: The following may only work in the unpatched version of the game. Complete any side quest that does not activate a cutscene while receiving your reward, then save the game. Draw your weapon, then approach the NPC. While your character is putting away their weapon to talk to the NPC, rapidly press A to get unlimited money and EXP. You can keep doing this until you move your character. Repeat as desired.
-Note: The following may only work in the unpatched version of the game. While in Kirkwall, there is a quest in the chantry called "Sister Plinth's Remains." While returning her remains to her brother, do not move as this prevents the exploit from working. Simply keep pressing the button to turn over the remains and the brother will keep giving you the reward. Note: You find the remains in Darktown in the top right corner of the map. They are surrounded by several soldiers.
Take Isabella to the desire section inside the fade. A demon will seduce her with the prospect of a boat in the harbor. When Isabella turns on you, she will say "I like big boats and I cannot lie", referencing Sir Mixalot's "I Like Big Butts" song.
During the second act, when you first enter your Hightown mansion, Aveline will ask you to deal with a problem she has with the Templar Emmeric. During the conversation you will be able to question her about Emmeric's investigation. When you select the question that asks her why she would not investigate it with the guard, she talks about the Gascard de Puis house raid, then finishes it by saying "Why can't he just build a boat like other old men." This is a reference to the television show NCIS and the main character Leeroy Jethro Gibbs, an old federal agent who builds boats in his basement.
Note: This is considered an in-game exploit and may be fixed as future patches are released. It is possible to activate certain abilities that are not designed to be active with others. For example, the abilities Control and Might for the warrior character are not meant to be able to be activated at the same time. To get around this, activate one ability. Then, before it's done casting, activate the other ability. The game will glitch and wind up allowing both abilities to activate. This works for all sustainable abilities that are not meant to be activated simultaneously, giving you an advantage in combat.
Access to the Black Emporium is required for this, as well as enough gold to afford the Maker's Sigh potion that resets all Ability Points/Attributes. Hawke's unique preset skills mean that when you use a Maker's Sigh potion and save, the preset skills will be always be filled. Perform the following steps to easily gain ability points:
1. Use a Maker's Sigh. 2. Save your game and reload the file. 3. Examine your Ability Points; you should see the amount removes plus Hawke's preset abilities. For a Rogue this will be 4-5 points in the fual-wield tree. 4. Use another Maker's Sigh to add those Abilities to the Ability Points. Repeat this as many times as desired as long as you have the potions, but make sure to save and reload the game each time.
After completing the Sebastian's "Repentance" companion quest, return to the chantry. This part is very important: Do not talk to Sebastian, only talk to the Grand Cleric. When you start the dialog conversation with the Grand Cleric, repeatedly select the "You're useless" dialog option to get the +5 rivalry for Sebastian each time. You can repeat this cheat as many times as you'd like.
In order to acquire this unique belt and its codex, sign up for the Dragon Age newsletter through Penny Arcade here (http://dragonage.bioware.com/da2/info/pennyarcade/) using the EA account you use for the game. You can get this belt along with the Staff of Parthalan as long as you sign up for the newsletter using both methods. For Hayder's Razor and its codex entry, simply beat the Dragon Age 2 demo while signed onto the same EA account. Find these and other unlockables in a chest in your uncle's house in Kirkwall:
Hindsight +1 armor, +138 fire resistance, +138 nature resistance, enemies drop better equipment
Staff of Parthalan 22 fire damage (30 dps), 1 rune slot, +2 magic, +24 mana/stamina, +13% fire damage.