The Iron Bull is an Companion in Dragon Age 3: Inquisition.
"Qunari are known across Thedas as the brutal horned giants who descended from the north to nearly conquer the continent. These ruthless followers of a harsh philosophy enforce their will through the Ben-Hassrath: their spies and secret police. One brilliant agent did it all, hunting spies, rebels, and deserters until the day he finally broke. To preserve a valuable asset, his superiors sent him to Orlais to observe and report… and The Iron Bull was born.
Today, Bull’s Chargers are famous mercenaries, fiercely loyal to the huge Qunari warrior who leads them into battles and taverns with equal enthusiasm. The Iron Bull still sends the Ben-Hassrath reports, but years of living outside Qunari rules have him wondering which identity is really him. Whoever he is, he’s more than happy to join the Inquisition and get paid to kill demons."
Iron Bull Location
- After Val Royeaux, return to Haven and Krem is standing outside the chantry. He invites you to meet his commander in the Storm Coast, unlocking the quest The Captain of the Chargers. You will need to complete the War Table scouting mission Scout the Storm Coast.
- Once in party, can be found at Skyhold in the tavern for dialogue.
Iron BUll Quests
- Recruitment Quest: The Captain of the Chargers
- Personal Quest: Demands of the Qun (Approval chance: save the charges)
- Romance Quest: Tough Love
- **Gift Quest*: N/A
How to Romance Iron Bull
The Iron Bull is a Qunari mercenary and a companion. Whilst a follower of the Qun and an informant to the Ben-Hassrath, the Iron Bull enjoys life and pleasures and can be romanced by either gender. Players looking to romance the Iron Bull should focus on ???
- Romance by: Males and Females, any race
- Alignment: ??
- Important Approval Choices: Iron Bull Approval for regular quests. Increased approval for having him in-party when fighting dragons and Tevinter forces (Venatori)
- Romance Point: Conversation and positive interactions will initiate the personal background plot Demands of the Qun.. Once this is completed, flirt with him again for him to establish a relationship. If you wish to commit, however, you must craft a gift by defeating a dragon and bringing its tooth to the requisition table to be made into a Qunari amulet, then gift it to him in spite of appearances.
War Table Operations
|Name, Time & Requirements||Best||Forces Reward||Secrets Reward||Connections Reward|
Choose Successor in Lydes (60 min)Recruited the Iron Bull, and Bull remains a member of the Qunari in good standing.
In these operations, you have the chance to manipulate events in order to determine who becomes the next Duke of Lydes. There is no way to fail these operations. Simply eliminate one candidate in each operation. The victor will provide a token of their gratitude.
|Connections||30 Influence||10 Spindleweed||N/A|
Choose Successor in Lydes: Caralina (240 min)Complete Choose Successor in Lydes
Provides Ancestral Shield of Lydes if made Duchess.
|Secrets||N/A||1 Ancestral Shield of Lydes||60 Influence|
Choose Successor in Lydes: Monette (240 min)Complete Choose Successor in Lydes
Provides Ancestral Blade of Lydes if made Duchess.
|Forces||1 Ancestral Blade of Lydes||N/A||60 Influence|
Provides Influence if made Duke.
|Secrets||1 Ancestral Blade of Lydes||1 Ancestral Shield of Lydes||N/A|
The Iron Bull: Hunter Fell Operation Chain
Investigate Hunter Fell (15 min)Recruited the Iron Bull, player has been made Inquisitor, and Bull remains a member of the Qunari in good standing.
You learn about possible Venatori agents in the Nevarran city of Hunter Fell.
Continue Investigation (15 min)Complete Investigate Hunter Fell
Gain more clues about the secret Venatori agent.
|Secrets||60 Influence||60 Influence||60 Influence|
Identify Venatori Agent (1440 min)Complete Continue Investigation
Follow Leliana’s advice. She is, after all, your spymaster.
|Secrets||60 Influence||1 Elfsnake Vitaar, 100 Influence||60 Influence|
The Iron Bull: Venatori Fire Ship Operation Chain
Failed Assassination Attempt Inquiry (15 min)Completed Demands of the Qun and gained an alliance with the Qunari. Here Lies the Abyss or Wicked Eyes and Wicked Hearts complete.
The best option here is to use Josephine. Any other choice will cause diplomatic incidents that will slow your team down.
|Connections||1 Firm Pommel||1 Firm Pommel||1 Firm Pommel|
Follow Venatori Assassins (60 min)Complete Failed Assasination Attempt Inquiry.
Follow Leliana’s advice and send the Ben-Hassrath through the Brecilian forest. Note that if you have made two wrong choices, you may not even unlock the final operation in the chain.
|Secrets||1 Magister Fire Staff, 60 Influence||1 Magister Fire Staff, 60 Influence||1 Magister Fire Staff, 60 Influence|
Stop Venatori Fire Ship (480 min)Complete Follow Venatori Assassins
Follow Cullen’s advice and use the Qunari fleet to stop the fire ship. Assuming you have chosen correctly, they will take down the Venatori before they can set fire to the city of Denerim.
|Forces||1 Templar Commander Armor, 60 Influence||1 Templar Commander Armor, 60 Influence||1 Templar Commander Armor, 60 Influence|
The Iron Bull: Venatori Spymaster Operation Chain
Find Spies in Skyhold (15 min)Completed Stop Venatori Fire Ship (successfully or not)
If you do not want to risk losing operatives, follow Cullen’s advice and have the spy tried and executed. This ends the operation chain. If you want to take the risk, work with Leliana to track the spy to start a series of operations.
|Forces||60 Influence||60 Influence||N/A|
Track Spies in Val Royeaux (60 min)Complete Find Spies in Skyhold
Val Royeaux is noisy and crowded, and Tallis says that it’s the perfect time to move agents in. Go with Cullen to increase your strength here.
|Forces||1 Heavy Orlesian Army Armor||1 Heavy Orlesian Army Armor||N/A|
Track Spies in Val Chevin (60 min)Complete Track Spies in Val Royeaux
Val Chevin is more quiet, so go with Leliana to avoid attracting too much attention.
|Secrets||1 Reinforced Bow||1 Reinforced Bow||N/A|
Track Spies in Nevarra (240 min)Complete Track Spies in Val Chevin
If you haven’t gotten enough Ben-Hassrath agents so far, Tallis will warn you that you don’t have enough agents. Nevertheless, Nevarra isn’t safe for large numbers, and if you go with Cullen, you risk blowing your cover and ending the operation chain. Go with Leliana to keep moving quietly.
|Secrets||1 Amulet of Power||1 Amulet of Power||N/A|
Track Spies in Vyrantium (480 min)Complete Track Spies in Nevarra
Tallis will warn you about problems here, letting you know if you don’t have enough Ben-Hassrath strength, or if the Venatori are on high alert because of your activities already. The safest thing to do in this operation is have Josephine lower the Venatori alertness level rather than moving any agents in.
|Connections||1 Masterwork Archon Staff||1 Masterwork Archon Staff||1 Masterwork Archon Staff|
Destroy Venatori Spy Network (1440 min)Complete Track Spies in Vyrantium
Tallis will give you her final recommendation here, telling you whether it’s best to send in more agents or lower Venatori alertness. If she says that you have the numbers necessary to carry out your attack, then choose Josephine to avoid any risk of tipping off the Venatori. Otherwise, use Cullen or Leliana to send in agents. Good luck! If you succeed, you will have dealt a crippling blow to the Venatori spy network.
|Secrets||120 Influence||120 Influence||120 Influence|
Investigate Redcliffe Castle (240 min)Available after Champions of the Just.
Choose Leliana to unlock the bonus operation, Deal with Venatori Ally.
|Secrets||N/A||60 Influence||60 Influence|
Deal with Venatori Ally (480 min)Complete Investigate Redcliffe Castle with Leliana.
|Forces||N/A||30 Influence||30 Influence|
Investigate Therinfal Redoubt (240 min)Available after In Hushed Whispers.
Choose Leliana to unlock the bonus operation, Hunt Therinfal Redoubt Demon.
|Secrets||30 Influence||3 Red Lyrium, 20 Influence||N/A|
Hunt Therinfal Redoubt Demon (480 min)Complete Investigate Therinfal Redoubt with Josephine.
|Connections||N/A||3 Intense Spirit Essence, 30 Influence||3 Intense Spirit Essence, 30 Influence|
Scout Haven Ruins (240 min)Available after From the Ashes.
Choose Josephine to unlock the bonus operation, Locate Heretic Sister.
|Connections||30 Influence||N/A||60 Influence|
Locate Heretic Sister (480 min)Complete Scout Haven Ruins with Josephine.
|Connections||N/A||30 Influence||30 Influence|
Destroy Adamant Fortress (240 min)Available after Here Lies the Abyss.
Choose Cullen to unlock the bonus operation, Claim Grey Warden Cache.
|Forces||60 Influence||N/A||60 Influence|
Claim Grey Warden Cache (480 min)Complete Destroy Adamant Fortress with Cullen.
|Forces||1 Grey Warden Shield||1 Grey Warden Shield||N/A|
Meet Orlesian Mercenaries (240 min)Available after Wicked Eyes and Wicked Hearts.
Choose Josephine to unlock the bonus operation, Press Orlesian Nobles.
Press Orlesian Nobles (480 min)Complete Meet Orlesian Mercenaries with Josephine
Inflate Inquisition Numbers (240 min)Available after What Pride Had Wrought.
Choose Leliana to unlock the bonus operation, Follow Venatori Map.
|Secrets||120 Influence||120 Influence||N/A|
Follow Venatori Map (480 min)Complete Inflate Inquisition Numbers with Leliana.
|Forces||1 Sentinel Staff||1 Sentinel Staff||N/A|
Iron Bull Alignment & Approval Rating
The Iron Bull's approval rating is determined by your choices in conversation and in the game decisions in Dragon Age: Inquisition. Below is a list of all his reactions to quest and personal dialogue. Special Approval: Killing Venatori with Iron Bull in your party will grant "Iron Bull Slightly Approves" (+1) at random intervals. Approval rating may be checked at the "Gather Party" screen by observing the cards, or by the interactions with the NPC.
Please see the page above to see how judging prisoners affects Approval with this character.
Having The Iron Bull in your party whenever you fight a High Dragon will grant you (??) Approval. There are 10 Total.
Approval on Quest Choices
Iron Bull Approves
- At Redcliffe Castle, make the rebel mages surrender and serve the Inquisition.
- At Therinfal Redoubt, accept the templars as allies.
- Allow the Grey Wardens to join the Inquisition after securing Adamant.
- Support Gaspard or Celene at the Winter Palace.
- Gain enough court approval (85+) to have Florianne arrested at the Winter Palace.
- Allow Empress Celene to be assassinated at the Winter Palace.
- Skip the rituals at the Temple of Mythal.
- Drink from the Well of Sorrows at the Temple of Mythal.
Approval on Dialogue
"... Dialogue trigger."
- example reply. (+2)
- example reply?
- example reply?(-2)
"You've got no leader. No inquisitor"
- Leliana is our leader
- Do We need one?
- Perhaps I should lead (+1)
- "You, Why you?"
- I was chosen by the Maker
- Someone should. I'm willing. (+1)
- I can seal Rifts.
- We've got Cassandra
- Cullend commands the troops.
"...For this? For them?"
- I'm sorry, Gatt.
- Don't call him Hissrad. (+1)
- Gatt, we can salvage this. (-1)
"So much for that."
- We can minimize losses (+2))
- You did the right thing.
- I'm sorry. (-1)
- How are you feeling? (-1)
In Hushed Whispers - While talking to the Magister
- We already disarmed your trap. (+1)
Here Lies the Abyss - Meet Hawke's Warden ally in Crestwood.
- Does Corypheus really have that power? (+1)
- The Wardens are desperate. (+1)
Here Lies the Abyss - Confront the Wardens at the Watchtower.
- Why bother with Demons? (+1)
After Iron Bull says he wants to show you something
"...I know every soldier under my command, you can't afford that luxury, but I figured a few faces would help."
- This was good (+1)