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During your explorations in the
, you'll run into several drakes and possibly even a dragon. Each drake will drop a
when it dies, and the dragon will drop a
. The first time you pick up a
, you'll trigger the quest "Drake Scale Armor." The first time you pick up a
, you'll trigger the quest "Dragon Scale Armor."
To put the scales to use, you'll need to take them to Wade's Emporium in the
Denerim Market District
. Wade will be thrilled to have such fine materials to work with, and he'll offer to craft you some armor for free. If you collected at least six
, then Wade will be able to make for you two sets of drake scale armor (using three
each) and one set of dragon scale armor (using your lone
However, there's a wrinkle. Wade can create regular sets of armor and also superior sets, but he'll only produce superior sets if he gets enough practice. If you have him make two sets of drake scale armor for you, then the first set will provide practice for the second set (meaning that you'll always receive one regular set and one superior set of drake scale armor), but to earn enough practice for the dragon scale armor, you'll need to pay Wade to take his time while crafting the drake scale armor. You'll get two opportunities for this -- 10 sovereigns with the first set, and 20 sovereigns with the second -- but you'll only need to pay him once, and it won't make any difference which time you pay him (as long as you pay him before crafting the dragon scale armor), and so obviously it's better to pay him the first time.
So to start out, you should have Wade make for you two sets of drake scale armor, paying him 10 sovereigns to be extra careful with the first set. Wade will need some time for this, and he won't finish until you've exited and then returned to the
Denerim Market District
. This is what you'll receive:
Next up you should have Wade make for you a set of dragon scale armor. You'll have three choices for this, depending on how heavy you want the armor to be. Dragonbone plate requires 42 strength, heavy dragonscale requires 38 strength, and dragonskin requires 34 strength. Wade won't need a lot of time for this armor; he'll simply hand it over to you after you've decided what you want. Listed below are the three sets of armor you can receive:
If you didn't pay Wade to take his time with the drake scale armor, then you won't receive a superior version of the dragon scale armor. Instead, you'll get one of the lesser sets listed below:
Finally, Wade's enthusiasm for the project won't make his business partner Herren very happy, and after you've had Wade make for you two sets of drake scale armor, Herren will refuse to deal with you, except to initiate the dialogue for the dragon scale armor. Since Herren can sell you some nice things, including
The Felon's Coat
Evon the Great's Mail
(after gaining two allies for the Grey Wardens), you might want to delay having the second set of drake scale armor crafted until you've purchased everything you need.
Note: As of version 1.02, it's possible to have Wade craft for you an infinite number of dragon scale armors, which in turn can give you an infinite amount of money. To "cheat" in this way, you'll just need to follow the steps listed below:
- Have Wade craft for you a set of drake scale armor, and pay him 10 sovereigns to complete the job well.
- Receive the drake scale armor from Herren.
- Sell your
Dragon Scale to Herren.
- Talk to Herren and ask Wade to make you a set of dragon scale armor. The game won't notice that you no longer have a
- Receive the dragon scale armor from Wade.
- Buy back your
Dragon Scale from Herren.
- Repeat (starting at step 3) as many times as you'd like.