Dragon Age: Inquisition has been available for almost a week now and many have already set foot in Thedas in the hopes of saving that world. Rifts have been closed, demons have been defeated, and vistas have been viewed and shared with the world. Now, the dust is beginning to settle and many are venturing into the other half of Dragon Age: Inquisiton: the multiplayer.
The multiplayer offered in this latest installment of the Dragon Age franchise comes in the form of co-op dungeons. It can be surprisingly difficult when you first set out. But don’t you worry, you’ve come to the right place. Here are some quick tips to get you started.
Choose Your Class
Upon first entering the multiplayer of Dragon Age: Inquisition your task will be choosing a class. Your options at the beginning are the Legionnaire, Archer, and Keeper, which represent the warrior, rogue and mage classes respectively. You can unlock variants of each by finding or crafting the required armor.
Picking one of these classes will be the first choice you have to make. Since none of the options really show their two strengths until after you’ve earned quite a bit of experience, it’s best to choose one that you’re already comfortable with. It is a good idea to use the same class that you used in Dragon Age: Inquisition‘s campaign since you are probably already familiar with timing and combat for that class.
If you want to try something different but are still not sure what to choose don’t worry too much. You can change your class at any time and they each have their own experience and skill trees. Play around with them until you find your groove. It is better to play with a class you’re comfortable with in order to provide the best experience and to be an asset to your team.
Variety is Golden
The multiplayer content of Dragon Age: Inquisition can be played with up to three other players. If you decide to play with friends to get you started, one thing to keep in mind is variety. Coordinating your class selections will help in the long run for a few reasons.
For starters, utilizing different classes in your party will allow for much more strategy. Just like in the campaign, different enemies are weak to different attacks and effects. Having a wider range of classes directly translates to more damage options. The Keeper’s chain lightning will prove useful against those archers in high places, while the Legionnaire’s shield wall will protect your ranged party members from advancing forces.
Another reason why you may want to mix up the party is for loot. As you advance through your mission you will notice question marks on your mini-map. These question marks are actually passageways that require either a warrior, rogue, or mage to open. There is always a chest behind one of these and they contain more gold then you’d find just breaking pots or items which can be very hard to come by.
Increasing your chances of acquiring more loot can only help in the long run. Once you start getting into the flow of collecting all of the gold you can, it’s time to save up for the shop.
Save For the Large Chest
Once you start seeing your gold stockpile increase, you may get the urge to start spending. You honestly can’t be blamed since item drops during gameplay are extremely rare and you just want to see something new. However, it must be stated that you shouldn’t just spend frivolously. Getting the most bang for you buck will get you situated a lot sooner.
Since items in chests are 100% random, purchasing the chest with the most items increases your chances of getting something for your selected class. The Large Chest provides 5 loot items and 5 potions. This will help to prepare you for the more difficult battles to come. The Large Chest also saves you a bit of gold since you’re buying in bulk, just another incentive for being patient and saving all of those hard earned coins.
It’s also a good idea to purchase a Potion Chest every now and then. Health potions are not unlimited in Dragon Age: Inquisition‘s multiplayer so make sure you always have some in reserve. Investing solely in the Large Chests and Potion Chests will make the best use of your gold and keep in you in the game a lot longer.
Okay maybe not everything, but you will undoubtedly acquire tons of items you will never use while playing multiplayer in Dragon Age: Inquisition. Weapons and armors are locked to specific classes and characters and there is also a large chance of getting repeat gear. You may feel yourself becoming overwhelmed and a bit frustrated but don’t you worry, everything serves a purpose.
Most loot items can be salvaged for materials. Those materials can then be used to craft something that is actually of use to you. Dragon Age: Inquisition‘s multiplayer has the same crafting system as the campaign so you will be able to truly customize your character and experience.
Get into the habit of going through your inventory often and weeding out the items you don’t need/want. If you feel an item is useful for another class that you plan on building soon, keep it. If not, then take it apart. After doing this enough times you will have amassed a small mountain of crafting materials that can now be put to good use.
Prepare to Die for the Inquisition… a Lot
The multiplayer in Dragon Age: Inquisition can be very brutal at times. Dungeons are randomly generated and so are the creature selections. In one game, you may be fighting against weak human soldiers only to face a horde of fear demons in the very next. It is a constant dance of fighting, earning experience and gold, then dying.
Do not let the initial waves of constant deaths discourage you from embarking on another mission. It may take some getting used to but you will become more powerful and you will learn to walk all over whatever enemy comes your way. Learn with each death, learn the weaknesses of your foes, learn how to better support your team, and learn how to strategize.
Before you know it, you will find yourself cruising through the initial rounds as you prepare yourself for the next challenge. These tips will help get your foot in the door but it is up to you to take the next step.
Have you given Dragon Age: Inquisition‘s multiplayer a try? How have you fared? Feel free to share. Check out the official Dragon Age: Inquisition site for more info.