vanguard.pngVanguard in Dragon Age: Inquisition is Ability Tree of the Warrior class.

These stalwart warriors protect their allies by making themselves the biggest target on the battlefield. When enemies take the bait, Vanguards pick them apart with brutal precision.


Vanguard Ability Tree


Vanguard Active Abilities

War_Cry.png War Cry

You taunt all nearby enemies with a shouted challenge, gaining extra guard for each enemy affected.

  • Duration: 4 Seconds
  • Guard per Enemy: 20%
  • Cooldown Time: 24 Seconds
  • Cost: 35 Stamina
You draw strength from your War Cry, improving your armor for the coming fight.

  • Armor Bonus: 200%
  • Duration: 10 Seconds


War Cry echoes across the battlefield, catching more enemies and taunting them for longer.

  • Area of Effect: 10 meters
  • Bonus Duration: 4 seconds
  • Requires: Trespasser DLC

Challenge.png Challenge

Your powerful shout carries across the battlefield, taunting a targeted enemy and improving your guard.

  • Duration: 8 Seconds
  • Guard Amount: 10%
  • Cooldown Time: 16 Seconds
  • Cost: 20 Stamina
Successfully hitting a target with Challenge gets your blood pumping, temporarily increasing your stamina regeneration.

  • Bonus Regeneration: 15 Stamina per second


You can challenge as many enemies as you want, with no cooldown.

Charging_Bull.png Charging Bull

You slam into enemies, increasing your guard and knocking them down as you break through their lines.

  • Damage: 150% Weapon Damage
  • Guard Per Enemy: 10%
  • Cooldown Time: 8 Seconds
  • Cost: 5 Stamina per second
After you finish your charge, your next ability costs no stamina.

  • Duration: 6 Seconds


Charging Bull is faster and gives you more control.

Unbowed.png Unbowed

You focus on your defensive training, gaining guard for each nearby enemy.

  • Guard per Enemy: 10%
  • Cooldown Time: 32 Seconds
Unbowed further improves your guard for each nearby enemy, giving you the strength to stay on your feet.

  • Guard Generation Bonus: 100%


Striking a killing blow with Livid active resets its duration.

  • Guard Generation Bonus: 100%

Bodyguard.png Bodyguard

Bodyguard You accept blows meant for allies, taking a portion of the damage.

  • Damage Transfer: 50%
  • Duration: 15 seconds
  • Cooldown Time: 24 seconds
  • Cost: 35 stamina
You ignore part of the damage transferred from party members.

  • Damage Resistance: 50%


You taunt any enemies that attack an ally in Bodyguard's area of effect.


Vanguard Passive Abilities

Untouchable_Defense.png Untouchable Defense

They can't kill what they can't hit. You get a bonus to your maximum guard.

  • Maximum Guard Bonus: 25%
  • Constitution on Unlock: +3

Trust_the_Steel.png Trust the Steel

You know how to make the most of your equipment, gaining a bonus to armor when you have active guard.

  • Armor Bonus: 20%
  • Constitution on Unlock: +3

Itll_Cost_You.png It'll Cost You

Any foe that attacks you in melee is going to bleed for it, taking a portion of the damage they inflict.

  • Damage Returned: 15%
  • Strength on Unlock: +3

Cutting_Words.png Cutting Words

Your party does more damage to taunted targets as you rattle your enemies' nerves and goad them into mistakes that leave them open.

  • Damage Bonus: 20%
  • Strength on Unlock: +3


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