Dragon Age: Inquisition - Weapon and Armor Crafting Guide. (Review)

Weapon Schematicsare blueprints used to craft class-restrictive weapons in Dragon Age: Inquisition using crafting materials.

Crafting is by far one of the best ways to get strong and unique weapons and armor for your characters. These schematics can be used to craft certain weapons and weapon modifications, which can be personalized by using variations of ingredients to build items for specific purposes. We will discuss in this article to see which weapons are the absolute best for every class.

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1. How to acquire schematics

To craft, you need to own some schematics - either in a cabinet or bought from a merchant in Val Royeaux. You may have had some without thinking about it when completing the task. I’d recommend downloading 'Black Emporium' DLC too. This is where you can buy rare schematics that produce powerful weapons and armor.

2. Tiered schematics

All schematics have a tier of one, two or three. Tier three schematics yield the strongest weapons but also requires the most materials. At the start of the game you will find tier one schematics, while, you are more likely to find tier three ones from fulfilling more challenging tasks.

3. Modify bought or found weapons

Just because you have gained a decent weapon, it doesn’t mean it can’t be improved! I didn’t have a clue what a “notched grip schematic” was at first, then I realized it was to craft a mod for a weapon. When you start crafting you realize how much of a difference madding the handle of a weapon can make!

Some schematics are to make new weapons while others are to modify aspects of existing weapons. The modification schematics for existing ones are called ‘upgrades’. Rare, powerful weapons can be made and improved by madding handles and grips for instance.

To craft them head to the ‘create armor’ or ‘create weapons’ stands and scroll down your schematics until you hit the ‘hafts’ and ‘grips’ etc. Then craft your upgrade. Upgrades then need to be assigned to a specific weapon or armor. This is done at the “modify weapons” or “modify armor” stand in Undercroft – not the creation ones.

4. How to acquire materials

Materials can be picked up from the ground in any other mission position aside from Sky hold and Val Royeaux. Simply search around looking for materials in your area nearby. If you stand in front of one, it will stand out, and then you can pick it up.

5. How to source better materials

There is a perk that can be unlocked in the War Room that increases the amount of raw materials/herbs found. My advice is unlocking this when you start crafting as you will pick up 8x iron for instance, instead of 3x iron.

Some Inquisition Perks require obtaining materials for crafting at the cost of 1 Inquisition Perk instead of cash. For example, this is Josephine’s ‘The Rare Stocks’ which brings in a shipment of rare and valuable materials for crafting.

6. Don’t be afraid to sell unused weapons

Your inventory fills up pretty quickly! While it’s tempting to hang on to some of the rarer weapons, once your characters have better ones you may as well sell them.

There is another perk of a similar nature that unlocks a 10% discount from merchants. My point is unlocking these before investing in a rare weapon or armor.

Make sure you strip your weapons and armor of any mods you want to hang on to before selling to the merchant. This can be done at the ‘modify weapons’ or ‘modify armor’ tables at Sky hold’s Undercroft. Upgrades that have been stripped off weapons and armor can be reused on other items.

7. How to craft using materials?

Okay, so I got a little sidetracked in making sure you are hell prepared for crafting in the most efficient way possible, now it’s time to get crafting! Head to Undercroft at Sky hold and visit the ‘create weapons’ or ‘create armor’ workbench depending on which you want to craft.


You spend several of those hours at the crafting tables, creating and enhancing armor and weapons using the metals and herbs you collect along the way. If there's anything that slows down exploration, it's the frequent searching and collection of elf root and serpent stone. If you could do with a helping hand, or just want to make sure you’ve covered all bases then this guide can help you out.