Varric is one of the most easygoing of all 9 companions. He has a very relaxed type of humor and is not defined by a personal crusade or all-pervading belief.
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He carries a fixed weapon, the Biance, which is a crossbow that increases in power as you add more stats to him as he levels up. It functions exclusively as an archer, he can offer a potent combination of AoE assaults and debilitating attacks that offer you and your companions an advantage.
Recruitment: He is mandatory and joins you at the start of Act 1.
Can He Leave You?: No.
Personality Conflicts With Others?: None, he works well with everyone.
Core Companion Quests: “Family Matter” and “Haunted.”
- Act 1: Inscribed Leather Harness can be bought at Apparel Shop in Lowtown.
- Act 2: Coat Lining with Concealed Pockets can be bought at Shady Merchandise at the Docks.
- Act 2: Silverite-Reinforced Buckles can be found during Quest: “Family Matter.”
- Act 3: Drakeskin Leg Straps can be found during the Quest: “Finding Nathaniel.”
Gifts: The Tethras Signet Ring can be found during Act 2 in the Quest: “Trinkets Emporium in Lowtown.”
This video shows the cut-scene of when Varric joins you at the start of Act 1. He will join you during the cutscene after you have become a resident of Kirkwall. You will see the cutscene at the start of Act 1, some gameplay and the Quest “A Business Discussion.”
This video shows where you will find Varric’s Inscribed Leather Harness in Act 1 at the Apparel Shop in Lowtown:
Recruitment: He is mandatory and joins you early into Act 1 after Tranquility is complete.
Can He Leave You?: Yes and on more than 1 occasion.
Personality Conflicts With Others?: He does not get along with Fenris, Sebastian and Carver.
Core Companion Quests: “Tranquility”, “Dissent” and “Justice.”
- Act 2: Armor Suits can be bought at Lirene’s Ferelden Imports in Lowtown.
- Act 2: Lyrium Weave can be bought at Mage Goods in Gallows Courtyard.
- Act 2: Spirit Essence can be found during the Quest: “Dissent.”
- Act 3: Sigil of the Mage Underground can be found during the Quest: “Best Served Cold.”
Gifts: Tevinter Chantry Amulet can be found in Act 2 during the Quest: “A Bitter Pill.”