Dragon Age 2 Shield Equip Armor Glitch

Here is, by far, the easiest glitch to exploit in Dragon Age 2 — and it’s so simple you might not even notice it.

For warrior class Hawke and Avaline, you can actually boost your armor to 100 percent just by equipping and unequipping a shield. It’s extremely simple, and exploits a bug that doesn’t reduce your armor stat after you unequip a shield, but does raise it when the shield is added.

To use the glitch, just equip a shield, then unequip it, then requip it. Just keep hitting the button until your Armor stat is as high as you want it.

We’ve verified the bug for Xbox 360 — does it work on Playstation 3 and PC? Let us know in the comments.

Looking for more cheats, glitches and generally underhanded ways of beating Dragon Age 2 into submission? You’ll want to head over and see the Infinite Gold and EXP Cheat video we’ve made, and also the Item Dupe Glitch video. We’re also building a full text and video game guide, and have even more exploits on the DA 2 Main Cheats page.

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17 Comments on Dragon Age 2 Shield Equip Armor Glitch


On March 11, 2011 at 8:05 pm

just tried it on both ps3 and PC versions, this glitch does not work for either for me.

thanks for the glitches.

Lord of the Dead

On March 12, 2011 at 8:51 am

So…I have tried this glitch and it seems to no longer work. I have tried it again and again and nothing seems to change. Don’t bother using this anymore, i think Bioware has patch this glitch.

Anyways…..have a nice day

Lord of the Dead

Lord of the Dead

On March 12, 2011 at 8:53 am

Oh…I forgot to mention…..I tried it on the Xbox 360. I also forgot to mention that i think the information about this glitch was just a joke. They just wanted to possibly waste our time.

Phil Hornshaw

On March 12, 2011 at 9:36 am

@Lord of the Dead

Nope, we don’t just play jokes on you readers. See the video above — we actually got it to work. You might have gotten patched, but if that’s the case, you can clear your 360′s data cache to kill the patch and then just play offline to exploit this.

daryl wileman

On March 13, 2011 at 3:44 am

i stummbled on this glitch last night only, i was alternating between equioing two different sheilds for avaline.


On March 13, 2011 at 4:55 pm

i just tried it on my ps3.. and it kinda failed. :D
The Dupe glitch works, i know that.. o.o


On March 14, 2011 at 12:53 pm

Glitch still works for the xbox. Ruins the game honestly so I hope they can fix it.


On March 14, 2011 at 5:35 pm

works for me though i don’t want it to lol. ruins using aviline for me, it makes me so sad. still looking around the internet for an answer around this glitch but so far no luck… just gotta wait for a patch

playing on 360. bioware i love your games but i really would not have minded a delay for such glitches to be fixed


On March 17, 2011 at 12:54 pm

It worked for me last night for the 360. It helped alot when I was slaying the high dragon


On March 17, 2011 at 10:08 pm

I wish i never found this glitch accidentally. It ruins the game and there’s no way of reversing it even with maker’s sigh. i hope they release some kind of patch in xbox to fix this stupid thing.


On March 22, 2011 at 8:57 am

this glitch works but found out on my own playin dragon age 2 for 360


On March 23, 2011 at 2:46 pm

It definitely works on 360. My armor increased by about 30 when I tried it out. Thanks Bioware, now I have an unstoppable tank who can almost never die and I didn’t even exploit this.


On March 24, 2011 at 8:13 pm


“My armor increased by about 30 when I tried it out.”
“and I didn’t even exploit this.”



On April 14, 2011 at 3:00 am

I am hating this I did it buy accident a few times and now my armour is way above where it should be, why do people want to cheat? why not just put it on easy if you are that crap? How can i fix this


On April 29, 2011 at 9:10 am

It works but if u use it in Aveline and you take her into the fade when she turns on u she’s almost unstoppable


On May 20, 2011 at 5:39 pm

I’m a lvl 9 rouge and I ran out of quests. Well so I think. Anyway all I have is herbalists task and I dunno how to do it can some 1 help?


On July 17, 2011 at 4:45 pm

Guys it was a game update took the glitch out, just empty your system cache to clear the update and p,ay ur character through and use the glitches…not that hard