Heroes of Dragon Age Guide: Challenges [heroes unlocks]

Heroes of Dragon Age. Below you can find a chart listing the Heroes you can unlock by repeating challenge quests in different maps. The characters featured here, regardless of their rarity, can also drop randomly from premium packs.


Challenge NameLocationEnemy DescriptionReward Name
Brecillian ChallengeMap 2 - Zathrian's CurseLevel 73 Bear IVRune of Wounded Targeting
Rune of Health
Lady of the Forest
Deep Roads ChallengeMap 3 - The Deep RoadsLevel 19 Genlock Brute IV
Level 20 Hurlock Emissary IV x 2
Hurlock Bolter
Hurlock Grunt
Hurlock Emissary
Rune of Control
Rune of Control
Dust Town ChallengeMap 4 - The Rise of the CartaLevel 43 Carta Assassin IV
Level 43 Coterie Tief IV
Level 43 Carta Smuggler IV
Level 43 Carta Thug IV
Rune of Control
Rune of Quick Targeting
Carta Thug
Carta Assassin
Coterie Thief
Grey Warden Rogue
Ferelden ChallengeMap 5 - The HighwayLevel 173 Ferelden Knight IVTemplar Carver
Circle Senior Enchanter
Blackstone Irregular
Rune of Health
Rune of Power
Grey Warden Carver
Ser Cauthrien
Tevinter ChallengeMap 6 - ArlathanLevel 37 Tevinter Arcane Warrior IV
Level 37 Tevinter Battlemage IV x2
Level 38 Tevinter Arcane Warrior IV
Tevinter Battlemage
Tevinter Arcane Warrior
Tevinter Warrior
Tevinter Slaver
Rune of Power
rune of defense
Circle Tower ChallengeMap 7 - The Circle TowerLevel 52 Revenant IV
Level 52 Desire Demon IV
Level 53 Skeleton Mage IV
Level 52 Skeleton Archer IV
Circle Mage Bethany
Circle Senior Enchanter
Desire Demon
Elven Mage
Elf Bandit
Rune of Knowledge
Rune of resist
Tevinter Battlemage
Dalish ChallengeMap 8 - March on the DalesLevel 120 Sylvan IVDalish Warrior
Charred Sylvan
Dalish Arcane Warrior
Rune of Health
Elf Bard
Rune of Wounded Targeting
Elf Bandit
Dalish Mage
Qunari ChallengeMap 9 - Par VollenLevel 75 Sten IV
Level 75 Ashaad IV
Level 76 Karashok IV
Level 76 Karashok IV
Tal-Vashoth Marauder
Rune of Power
The Arishok
Undead ChallengeMap 10 - The BlackmarshLevel 142 Devouring Corpse IV
Level 142 Devouring Corpse IV
Level 141 Devouring Skeleton IV
Level 141 Devouring Skeleton IV
The Queen of the Blackmarsh
Pride Demon

94 thoughts on “Heroes of Dragon Age Guide: Challenges [heroes unlocks]”

  1. Just played the Brecilian Challenge 10 times in a row without any reward. They seem to stop rewards to entice real money purchases. Shame. Had high hopes for this.

    1. Random is Random. I’ve personally found that I earn at least a rune on most challenges and usually earn 1 hero per six attempts. I’ve ran probably 60+ challenges at this point.

      Though I have yet to see a big hero drop in a pack or in a challenge. Im still skirting by with my intro tutorial common spider.

    2. Did the map 2 challange to see how long it would thake to get a epic drop and done it like 100 times, had 8 silver monsters, few silver runes, 5 bronze monsters and runes, and 1 epic monster

    3. I am level 60 right now, and have grinder hundreds of challenges. You start to see how percentages of drops really are. If I were to guess, I’d say the percent of getting a red epic from a pack is about 2-3% and legendary about 0.5 – 1.0% and don’t think of these numbers as for every 100 I buy I’ll definitely get 1 green legendary. Because you may not. Think of it as 10 in 1000. You could go 500 without a green. But I’d be feeling like I’m “due” for a good card. When your level 40 or so. Your buying a pack every time you empty your quest energy. 60 and I get 300+gold every battle

    4. I’ve yet to get an Epic or higher through the challenges, but do get tons of Rares. Though it isn’t a challenge, my second Champion pack gave me a Queen of the Blackmarsh. So it is at least possible to get good stuff out of them.

  2. I’ve been farming the Dust Town Challenge for Runes of Speed… but since the last patch all I keep getting are Runes of Control instead of Runes of Speed. Was there a change to this map’s rewards?

  3. I’ve played the heck out of the Brecilian Challenge, enough to get 4 Sylvans and tens of wolves and werewolves, and a 2 or 3 bears. Not one epic yet.

  4. I know it says “challenge” so this may be a dumb question, but do you have to strictly adhere to the rules of that challenge to get the best drops?

    1. I was wondering the same thing. I’ve played the Dustown challenge hoping to get a rare drop but after playing it prob close to 100 times, I haven’t received one. I keep getting common and uncommon over and over again. I have two people who slow guys but I’m wondering if it basically has to be my whole party to get a rare drop.

    2. don’t think so. I’ve gotten rare drops (enough to 4x evolve a char) from challenges and I have one epic character that I got out of a silver pack so it’s all possible. I’m at level 25 for reference.
      I stopped paying attention to the challenge requirements after I beat it the first time.

    1. The way the purchases are set up, you could theoretically get any rare, epic, or legendary drop on any pack. The only difference is that with the common pack you get both commons and uncommons to dilute the mix and the uncommon pack gives you uncommons to dilute the mix. So getting a Legendary – any legendary – early on is just some wicked freaking luck.

    1. George, I play on iPad, and when you tap it once, the box on the right comes up with some info. In the Challenges, it says “Has a chance at rewarding a —“.

  5. What I’d like to know is WHY my guys can get 2x hits again and again in pvp matches (which makes sense since they are epic and legendary with high percentages for 2x). But almost NEVER get even ONE on quests or challenges, even those done repeatedly. This smacks of some kind of pre-programmed win setup for quests against the computer.

    1. I haven’t really noticed a difference. I get criticals on quests all the time. Now I have had really bad luck on draws so… we all get screwed in different ways by luck :)

  6. I’ve been wondering something. I’ve been trying to get Fenris via challenge 6 for quite sometime now. But just recently the game said get your chance to get Fenris. Does that mean the rarest of rare can only be obtained whenever there’s an event? Or is that an alternate Fenris that they’re giving out right now?

    1. When a event is on, all you get is a higher chance of all drops. So like at the moment, Act 3 challenge you would maybe normally get a rune once every 3 turns and a hero after every 4/5. When the event is on, your probably more likely to get the rune to drop 1/2 turns and a hero 2/3. Duncan (I DID get from this challenge) probably will require 12-50 tries. But as said above, it’s just random. Might get it on your first try.

    2. TKT – I like your answer, but question it form this stand point: in the list above on this page, Map 3’s challenge doesn’t name Duncan as an option. Nor does it show an epic character award possible in the lower right hand corner when selecting the challenge during a non-special event time. So, it seems that some of the special event characters can only be won during that time, and that other challenges have epics available during non-challenge times as well.

    3. The Fenris that they were offering through that event was a seperate version. It was the SlaveFenris the regular one looks different and has different stats.

  7. I don’t suppose there’s any way to find out what the odds are for any of these drops, is there? Has EA released that info? It’d sure be handy to know.

    1. I was quite upset yesterday… I’ve been farming dalish challenge pretty much all the time since february and yesterday I managed to get my Merril that I got from a GCP with mage bonus way back to Tier IV and then I bought 500 SP only to get a Merril and then I had 1 energy so I cleared dalish challenge once and another Merril dropped! I already have 2 Tier IV Wynne and 1 Tier III GEF… So right away when I make my Merril Tier IV I get 2 more… Gosh…

    1. I haven’t seen her from challenges. They are prob getting her from packs. Her name is Fiona. She is the head of the circle of magi, a former grey warden and *SPOILER ALERT if you haven’t read the books* Alister’s actual mother. King Maric and her decided together to falsify his heritage bc a life as a bastard was bad enough but an elven bastard would forever outcast him. Duncan (a personal friend of Maric and Fiona) was asked to keep an eye out on him bc he was part of the newly established Grey Warden presence in Ferelden. Duncan recruiting Alister into the Warden’s was likely bc Duncan knew of his true ancestry and he prob thought it a little messed up Fiona’s son was being trained as a Templar.

  8. Hey… the fereldan challenge character just changed to an orgre… pretty cool.. reckon this is actually an easier challenge now…
    Also, why do the bonus quests sometimes shimmer in green (like flame animation around the icons on the map..?)

  9. Is Anders a drop for Map 7 challenge or Map 8 (without events going on)? He’s listed here as being in Map 7, but in the game for the Map 8 challenge it says there’s a chance to win Anders…

  10. the Ferelden Challenge, i tried it 150+ times so far but still no epic drop. Is there a requirement of have single unites to obtain it?

  11. i did the Brecillian Challenge with just Sebastian a couple of times and got bear most of the time, did it with just Fenris and got mostly bears but 2 lady of the forest and i only did it like 20 times

  12. Anyone else getting capped at 10 banners for the bloody valentine today? When it was on the other day I was able to get 40+ a match, now I barely get anything

    1. I got two merrills and one orsino from dailish challenge in one day no event was going on and I did not follow the suggested lineup I think it is just blind stupid luck and I am just stupid lucky

    2. Does following the suggested lineup increase your odds? I have been grinding to try to get Merril for over a month with no luck. I picked up 6 Orsinos but no Merril yet. I haven’t been following the suggested lineup and just using my most leveled squad bc they can kill him before he attacks.

  13. Just to update, I have dropped 3 First Enchanter Orsinos from the Dalish Challenge and they are not mentioned. Still hoping for Merill though :/

  14. First Enchanter Orsino is mentioned in the challenge description. I’ve got him 7 times but no Merill yet. I’ve been grinding that infernal challenge for 2 months now with no luck.

    1. At least you’ve gotten 7 Orsinos, as I’ve been grinding on that one for over a month now and haven’t even gotten him yet in the Dalish challenge, nor a Merill.

  15. Map 8 (sylvian) also drops first enchanter orsino (definitely was not a special event neither). PS: Always keep Fereldan Knight for single troop armies, the high stun rate is a sure-win.

  16. I’ve gotten 2 Arcane Horror, 2 Pride Demon, and an Ash Wraith, not to mention a ridiculous number of rares from the Circle Tower over the last 2 days. I know it isn’t going to happen, but someone please tell me that it will be possible to finish my Arcane Horror if I grind the Circle Tower even past the end of the Sins Challenge. My iPhone doesn’t display a list of possible rewards when I press the question mark, ever. And I really want to finish at least my Horror, as if it was my choice. I know he isn’t listed above, but I’m still hoping.

    1. Unfortunately not. Anders is the usual Epic reward for that challenge. The Arcane Horror seems to pop up fairly regularly in daily challenges and pvp events, though, so you should get the chance eventually. I have accumulated a version 4 and a version 2 of the Arcane horror in the past two months from such challenges.

  17. Finally got Merill. Any tips on the Undead Challenge? I can’t seem to win this one. My current main squad is Wynne (version 3 level 80), Merill (version 1 level 70), Grey Warden Bethany (version 1 level 50) and an Arcade Horror (version 4 level 65). They get crushed every time. I have most of the Epics but only those two legendaries.

  18. Undead challenge? I have beaten it once. I suggest a good stunner like desire demon, I will try with to desire demons, corypheus and grey warden ogren + 2 speed runes next time.

  19. @Feral, The setup needed for the Undead challenge is extremely high, and all the units are quick. IF YOU USE SPEED RUNES notice runeS as in capital S, you have a shot. A small one, but a shot. Usually I have a stunner like desire demon in there with speed runes. I also recommend someone that increases power on your side if you manage to get past round 1 with the speed runes.

  20. I found it Easter to get good drops if you space out spending your gold and genes, I only use gems to push forward on the events with the character I want and same with the challenges, I got Waynne the other day,attacks all an heals group, I have not spent any money on this game, I also only use my gold to buy 5 of each gold pack per day and no more, and I got the legend high dragon that way( or was pure luck) and evey month I spend all my gold I saved up and build up my character s xp an crit rate

    Hope this helps anyone out ther

  21. I just started playing this a few days ago and while I’ve purchased some packs and gem bundles, I’ve gotten several Epic level characters: The Arishok; Aveline Vallen; Grey Warden Bethany; Fenris; and Sebastian Vael. I shift those around as my party, accompanied by Wintersend Dragon. I hit level 13 yesterday evening. What I would like to get is one of the Legendary characters!

    1. I have been playing it for couple of weeks now. I got 7 epic and 34 rare. So far. I got about 20 hero from the champion packs and properly got close to 600 hero from the Soldier pack. So far, NO Legendary at all. I must be the unluckiest guy in the game.

  22. I have been playing it for couple of weeks now. I got 7 epic and 34 rare. So far. I got about 20 hero from the champion packs and properly got close to 600 hero from the Soldier pack. So far, NO Legendary at all. I must be the unluckiest guy in the game.

    1. I have recieved 3 Duncans from the champion packs as my only above rare cards. Im only level 22 atm, but it is still frustrating. Random is what it is

    2. I’ve been playing for a half of a year(about 100 lvl) and no legs from packs at all so far=)

  23. I’m Lvl 75 and have been farming the Dalish Challenge on Map 8 for over a Month while keeping a tally going when I can. For the numbers I was able to write down: 33 Sets of 6, 198 battles total – 63 Gold, 19 Silver, 10 Bronze, 34 Runes, 72 Nothing. Good for gold food, but I want a MERRILL!!

  24. Hi,

    just for the record: I have spent over 2.5M of Soldier packs (1666+ pack) and has farmed Dalish Challenge for 500+ battles. no legendary…

  25. @Xenithos thanks for the tip on the undead challenge. I got Keeper Marathari on a 10 pack of champion. I used her, wynne and two desire demons with two speed runes. I win 5 out of 6 matches. I haven’t got anything worthwhile from the challenge yet (a bunch of commons and uncommons) but it is just a matter of time now (hopefully not the 4 months it took me to get Merril). Thank you so much :)

    1. @Feral : Thanks for letting us know what you used to beat the Undead Challenge. Just wanted to know if the two desire demons that you used were tier 4 and max level ? and have you tried using them with a Merril combination to beat the Undead challenge ?

    2. @Paul The desire demons were initially just version one and not very lvled. I was using them for the hit all moderate stun chance. They are version 4 now bc one of the drops for the undead challenge is a desire demon and having them version 4 and lvled did improve my odds slightly. The main thing with this strat is keep them stunned and have someone who increases the parties attack (keeper Marathari is ideal bc she is blue and gets a damage bonus against black but I suppose Queen Anora could work too but they bonus against her so it is risky). In the back row, I had my attack booster and a desire demon. In the front, I had Wynne and another desire demon. Wynne can really be subbed out for another strong hit all blue, though (like Merill or Vengeance Anders). She is just my biggest bad (version 4 and lvl 85). The double speed runes is so the desire demons attack before they do. Credit really should go to Xenithos, though. He gave me the idea.

    3. @Feral : Thanks a lot for the details. Tried it today with the 2 DD combination along with PD(55/T2), Merril(70/T1) and Cory (65/T4). Was able to win 14/18. Got a few uncommon, common and rares. Since you’ve been doin the UC for some time now whats the drop rate like for Epics/Legends ? Is it worth farming this challenge ? Since i feel it cant be done without the 2 speed runes and getting hold of them is another task.

      Also, would you have tried the FC or the ATC ? A lot of people say that the drop rates on ATC for Epics is amazing. were you able to beat them ? if yes then would you mind telling us what strategy you used ?

    4. @Paul I haven’t landed a Pride demon or a Queen of Blackmash yet so the drop rate isn’t stellar. I not sure if luck just isn’t going my way or if it is going to be another insane grind like it was to get Merril. As for FC and ATC, I not positive what exactly you mean. I’m not too familiar with the games acronyms. If you mean the Fereldan Challenge, the drop rate is really good on it but unless there is an event going on, the best you can get is Grey Warden Carver. I have him version 4. He is ok, nothing special. If an event is going on it, I’d jump on it, though. Ive pulled a few legendaries from Fereldan Challenge during daily events. As for ATC, I’m drawing a complete blank.

    5. @Feral: By FC I meant the Fade Challenge on Map 11 and by ATC I meant the Ancient Thaig Challenge on Map 12. I have a feeling with your 2 speed runes strategy I might be able to beat them with the same team but haven’t tried it yet. Was wondering if you had an easier strategy to beat these two challenges with say one speed rune and one more common rune. And what team have you used ?

    6. I haven’t actually done the ATC yet. The fade challenge, I haven’t actually tried that strat yet bc since this last update, I can defeat it without the speed runes. My squad of two wynes, merril and keeper mari (and now with a queen of blackmarsh wooo hooo) can take them down without runes 5 out of 6 times. I just fortified them all with rare heroes and consumed them to at least version 3 and bam, they got the job done. The speed rune/desire demons/booster would prob still work though. You prob would only need one speed rune, though, bc in the Fade challenge, two of the 3 guys are slow and the last guy is just medium. I haven’t picked up anything other than rares and uncommons, though. I’ll post if I get an epic or legendary since what those are exactly aren’t on this page.

    7. FYI the Epic for the Fade Challenge is an Arcane Horror (really high hp, low damage blue/black tank. Slow speed which hits and double slows one target). Still waiting on popping a legendary on this but at least we now know what the epic is. I’ll post the leg as well if I get so lucky.

    8. Still haven’t got a leg on Fade or Ancient Thaig Challenge yet, but I got Cory as an epic from ATC.

    1. oh! now i have 12 maps , but are impossible for me to do the last 2 ones , i’ve got isabela lv 70 , flemeth lv 60 , morrigan lv 58 , the arishok lv 50 , but nothing i tryed some combination whit enchanter orsino lv 65 , the guardian of gate ,and more , can anyone tell me who i have to use to win in those maps?

  26. I’ve personally am in the same spot on these new maps the are ment for lvl 120 player with max heros I believe I’m currently lvl 87 and with the new update you get up to ten rare heros with every plays number they give you, you can get a hero but who do we contact each other to give numbers that’s a problem seeing how we can talk to each other at all. In game. And as of right now there is an great event challenge going on on map 9 chances at king alester ???? Both rare epic and legendary I already got both rare and epic. I’ll put my player number if everyone else does it with me we get free rare if you friend me with my player number my name is rellol every rare if any one has that name lol.

  27. Been playing for about a week. Between two accounts, main and guest, I got 4 legs & 8 epics. $0 spent, not even the $1.99 packs. Ohgren dropped from the Deep Roads challenge, Guard Capt Aveline came from a Champion pack and my other two legs (The Architect & LotB) came from Soldier packs. On my guest account I have two Epic Duncans that I can’t decide if I should combine or not. Have Ohgren, Cory, Yavana, GWC & the two Duncans on that account. Any advice regarding Duncans? I thought a two-Duncan plus 2 tank team could be pretty sweet.

  28. Can you please update that reward list because the Fade and Expedition Challenges have a pretty nice few drops! I’ve got three merrills from dalish challenge,isabela x7 from Qunari Challenge…lucky me! And king alistair x3 because the event:) but how to win the Undead Challenge??????

  29. Since they don’t seem to be updating this page anymore, I figured I’d post the drops for the Fade Challenge and the Ancient Thaig Challenge.

    Map 11: Fade Challenge
    Devouring Corpse (Uncommon)
    Rage Demon (Rare)
    Revenant (Rare)
    Arcane Horror (Epic)
    Ash Wraith (Epic)
    Shah Wyrd (Legendary)

    Map 12: Ancient Thaig Challenge
    Shriek (Uncommon)
    Armored Ogre (Rare)
    Genlock Alpha (Rare)
    Corypheus (Epic)
    Ogre Commander (Epic)
    Ancient Darkspawn (Legendary)

    I can personally confirm all these drops except the legendaries. I haven’t managed to pull Shah Wyrd or an Ancient Darkspawn yet. I found those from posts online, but I have personally got Cory, the Ogre Commander, Ash Wraith and Arcane Horror from these challenges.

  30. For the undead challenge I use Grey Warden Alistair(epic) level 65 attack 1900 Health 7500 and The First (legendary) attack 1900 health 8500 as my tanks up front to hold back the hits and in back Corphyeus level 65 attack 1200 health 3000 and a desire demon to stun, if the demon does her job corphyeus can finish off the team in 3 turns with his tier 4 high critical percentage. I’ve been grinding for 3 days since I made this team and all I’ve gotten are runes and a bunch of rares

  31. Has anyone else noticed a better drop rate when not using runes? I’m not sure if it is just a coincidence, but I always seem to get the good drops when I go in unbuffed. Don’t get me wrong, the drop ratings aren’t good but every legendary I’ve pulled from a challenge has been on a raw attack. Has anyone else gotten this or did it just happen to stack up that way for me?

  32. It’s nice that they updated Chances at legendary drops, I’ve noticed a big difference in drops overall. Heck, I’ve pulled a high dragon and queen out of the soldier pack in the past week and a half. My problem is the new gem cost for energy. Thought they made it better at 2, then saw it took eleven, all I have to say is wtf?

  33. LOLOLOL Guys I have a good method of getting Legendary and Epic units!!!

    Requirements: Lower level, 2 Experience Runes, PVE Event

    Instructions: Use the two runes then do the challenge over and over. Before you lose all your quest tries, you’ll level up. I used epic runes at level 34 or so..

    I did this method and I got 2 Merrils! I, unfortunately, stopped because I got to level 50 and didn’t have anymore tries because it gets harder to level up every time. 2 MERRILS FROM THIS METHOD!!!!! TRY IT OUT!!! Remember to have the event thingy tho, the popup on the top of the screen that says something like: ex: Map 8 PVE Event!

  34. I have gotten a varterral from map 15. Seems a little strange. But no event was going on. Have not received an epic or leg from any non event map. I have received Cory from map 12 recently and as for map 10 and 15 (both very hard undead challanges) my lineup is gw ogren t3 and architect t4 up front and Cory t4 and uldred t2 in the back. With t2 high dragon. Win percentage is 10/10 map 10 and 7/10 map 15. I am level 98 with several leg and epics. Received gw ogren, Byron, merrell, and verric from events. Gotten 2 morrigans, 2 architects, uldred, baroness, 2 high dragons, and red lyrium merridith from packs.

  35. I can now personally confirm the following drops for eluvian challenge (map 15)
    -Devouring corpse
    -rage demon
    -keeper marathari

    I have gotten all of them as a reward without an event going on. There may be others I have missed. But in my experiance. Rage demon is by far the most common drop. I have gotten about 40 of them. Gotten 18 abomination about 22 devouring corpse. Only 1 varterral and marathari. Hope this helps.

  36. im at 151 on main 142 on guest 74 on other gusst and 17 on another and ive got 22 legs on main this game is getting easier and easier

  37. i’m very new to the game so i dont really know how to do challenges…. can anyone tell me how to do it? i’ve finished mastering a few maps already. thanks

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