The second item pack for Dragon Age II is available for download and… it’s pretty lame. For 400 Microsoft points/$5, you can add a bunch of new items for your warrior, rogue or mage that will be a total mixed bag as far as usefulness and extremely bland as far as looks go. The timing of the release is pretty lame as well, as both item packs likely would have been way more useful and probably even much more purchased with-in a month or two of the games release, but I digress. I suppose there are still people out there looking for level 7 and 11 items, right? To be honest, though, even if there isn’t a single useful item for your Hawke character in this pack, each one comes with two or three accessory items for your other characters (and of course they can use the weapons too).
The Warrior Pack II comes with three weapons. The first is a huge hammer called The Dogs Of War. The second is an axe called The Mountain-Father’s Haft, and the third is a shield called Wilhem’s Bulwark. They are all decent if you’ve already beaten the game, but really meant for people in the lower levels, as compared to stuff you’re getting in the 7 to 11 range, it is superior. There are two pieces of armor for each of the four classes, and the disappointing part about them is that each one is completely identical in looks. Weak sauce. If you’re going to give essentially two sets of armor, it’s super lazy to make them look exactly the same. I don’t care how cheap the DLC was, that is flat out unacceptable. The two armor pieces are called The Ashen Cuirass and Hauberk of Gelgenig the Faithful. The two sets of Gauntlets are called Coldsteel Gauntlets and Gauntlets of Fait. The Greaves are, you guessed it, Coldsteel Greaves and Boots of Faith. Lastly we have our completely uninspiring The Visionary’s Visor and Helm of the Reborn. The two gems of the pack are Chevalier’s Banded Pride, which is a belt for Aveline and the Band of Emancipation, which is a ring for Fenris. You can check them all out with stats below:
The Mage Pack II comes with one staff called Freedom’s Promise. It’s decent, doing 16% element damage across the board and leveling up as you do (or maybe it is that high because my Hawke is a 23). It looks like a tree branch with a stuffed wolf tied to it, but that’s OK I suppose. Or not. I can’t decide. Like the Warrior pack, the two sets of armor look exactly the same. For the armor itself, you have The Aldernon’s Vestments and The Robe of the Pretender. For the gauntlets, you have The Elusive Gloves and the Gloves of Winter’s Crossing. For boots, you have Quickflight and Stalwart Treads. Finally, for a mask type thing, you have Wisdom’s Eye and The Helm of Marterel. The items received for your other characters include a pendant for Merrill called Sylaise’s Favor and a belt for Anders called Visionary’s Girdle.:
The Rogue Pack II has a pair of axes called Bard’s Honor and Fiona as well as a bow called Longbow of the Avvars. For armor, you get Arms of the River Dane and Arms of Mac Tir (yes, they look the same). For a helmet, you get Helm of the Vanguard and King Maric’s Helm. For Gauntlets, how about the Freeman’s Gauntlet and the Queen’s Guard? And of course, what good rogue doesn’t want a new pair of slippers, we’ve got The River Trudgers and Paths of the Wild. Now on to the good stuff, there is a pendant for Isabella called The Pearl (no comment… OK, that’s kind of funny, let me know if you need it explained), for Sebastian there is a belt called The Adherent’s Belt and for our good pal Varric, there is a belt called The Refined Gentleman’s Sash:
Whether any of this is worth five bucks to you is certainly in the eye of the beholder, but for me, it was totally worth it to be able to give Isabella a pearl necklace. The Item Pack II DLC is available now, or of course you could buy each pack individually. Pick your poison folks.