Taliesin in Halls of the First Dawn Dragon's Dogma 2
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How to complete Halls of the First Dawn in Dragon’s Dogma 2

It's time to save the world.

Dragon’s Dogma 2’s post-game features play out somewhat differently than most games. Typically, the content here allows you to go about in a leisurely fashion, but for the Halls of the First Dawn quest, time is of the essence. So, here’s what you need to save everyone.

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Dragon’s Dogma 2 Halls of the First Dawn quest guide

The Halls of the First Dawn unlocks when players participate in Dragon’s Dogma 2’s true ending. The world around you will be much different, and a red fog will close in to corrupt various settlements. I suggest completing the Excavation Site and Sacred Arbor first, since they’ll be the first to be impacted. While at each location, be sure to take down the enemy at the red beacon, as these fights seem to slow down the fog.

To avoid missing out on specific quests, go to the following areas in order to complete their respective missions:

  1. Excavation Site – Defeat the golem and collect the Diminished Godsway (Shepherd of the Pawns)
  2. Sacred Arbor – Speak to Taliesin at Arborist’s Home twice.
  3. Vermund – Talk to Brant and Sven (The Regentkin’s Resolve)
  4. Volcanic Island Camp – Talk to Ernesto and escort the married couple (The Importance of Aiding Ernesto)
  5. Bakbattahl – Speak to Menella and resolve the civil disputes (Civil Unrest)

Use Ferrystones to get to these areas quickly. Many of them will be rewarded to you for free at this time, so loot any chests on pathways. I also recommend resting at the point after the Excavation Site and Sacred Arbor. If you rest before that, these destinations could be lost to the fog. For a full breakdown of each location, we’ll review what objectives are needed for all cities in Halls of the First Dawn.

Dragon’s Dogma 2 Shepherd of the Pawns

After defeating the golem, follow Henrique, who will give you the Overseers’ Lodge Key. Then, head toward the Agamen Ruins Inn.

Door for the Overseers' Lodge Key in Dragon's Dogma 2 Shephered of the Pawns
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Use the Overseers’ Lodge Key on the door to pick up the Diminished Godsway on the floor. Return the Diminished Godsway to Henrique to complete Shepherd of the Pawns.

Overseers' Lodge Key Door in Shepherd of the Pawns Dragon's Dogma 2
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Evacuate the people of the Sacred Arbor

This Halls of the First Dawn objective is by far the easiest to complete. While some believe you need to complete the Sacred Arbor questline first, you actually don’t need to worry about that, as I was able to achieve it regardless. All you need to do is ensure your Pawn can speak to elves and talk to Taliesin twice at Arborist’s Home.

Arborist's Home in Dragon's Dogma 2
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Taliesin will be sitting near his desk, where he will initially reject the proposal to evacuate. Just talk to him again, and he’ll be convinced this time around.

Dragon’s Dogma 2 The Regentkin’s Resolve

Like the previous Brant quests, go to Stardrop Inn to trigger The Regentkin’s Resolve in Dragon’s Dogma 2. He’ll instruct you to talk to Sven, who will be on the second floor of Vernworth Castle.

The Stardrop Inn in Dragon's Dogma 2
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If you are unsure how to get to the second floor, there are stairs inside the castle. It’s the same area as the A Veil of Gossamer Clouds quest:

Sven's location in The Regentkin's Resolve Dragon's Dogma 2
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Sven enlists your help in two missions: getting Disa on their side and obtaining Oxcarts. For the Disa objective, convince her by acquiring the Ornate Box in her room or bringing her to Sven. If you didn’t complete the Ornate Box quest, your only option is to grab and carry her to Sven’s Chambers. No one should bother you on the way there, so don’t worry about the guards.

Travel to the next waypoint to reach the Oxcart. Similar to Disa, grab Allard to convince him (just let him run away after). Next, converse with Russell near the Oxcarts. Return to Sven to complete The Regentkin’s Resolve.

Dragon’s Dogma 2 The Importance of Aiding Ernesto

Upon entry at Volcanic Island Camp, you’ll trigger The Importance of Aiding Ernesto quest. A new waypoint will be marked at Winwalker’s Home. On your way to the married couple, take down enemies on the path to make the escort more accessible later. It should also be noted that Guatstafr’s speed forbids you from running.

I recommend picking up Guatstafr and escorting the couple to the destination. Once there, they’ll rest at a house at the entrance and ask you to talk to Ernesto (he’ll be nearby).

Volcanic Island Camp location in The Importance of Aiding Ernesto Dragon's Dogma 2
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Ernesto enlists another task regarding a conversation with Lamond, who was part of the Warfarer Vocation quest. Follow the waypoint, and he should be near the Hot Springs area (or at least wandering around it). Tell him, “Request guard for smith and wife.” There will be other options, too, but the first selection results in the best outcome.

Dragon’s Dogma 2 Civil Unrest

A cutscene should trigger near the Flamebearer Palace Road in Bakbattahl, where you must talk to Menella.

Civil Unrest starting point in Dragon's Dogma 2
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Several civil disputes appear around the map, so speak to each group to resolve them:

  • Pilgrim’s Inn- Tell the people, “Neither of you are in the wrong,” and give one of the children nearby some food (not rotten).
  • Vocation Guild – Tell the people, “Agree to bear witness,” and watch the fight unfold until they settle their differences.
  • Fulvio’s Workshop/Rare Book Stand – Attack the two characters (don’t kill them), and they’ll eventually tell you to stop.

Once you have completed all three objectives, speak to Menella and Empress Nadinia. You should then earn The Guardian achievement and complete Dragon’s Dogma 2’s Halls of First Dawn shortly after.


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