Warriors play a vital role on the battlefield in Dragon Age: Inquisition and they considerably help your party during combat. You should always have at least, one warrior in your party, regardless of your preferred playing style. In case of your character being a warrior, you can even try having two warriors in your party. The good news is that from the very beginning of the game, there is already one warrior in your party - Cassandra. A bit later in-game, you get the opportunity to recruit other characters of this class - such as Blackwall or the Iron Bull.
From the chapter entitled Character creation, you already know that warriors can, somewhat, specialize in two fields: Weapon and Shield, or Two-handed Weapons wielder. The specialization that you pick determines the approach to combat that you need to adopt. First of all, warriors with shields are protected better, thanks to which they are capable of withstanding strong enemy attacks for longer. On the other hand, they can also use their shields in the offensive way by, e.g. activating the abilities that allow them to perform powerful shield bashes. As for the warriors with two-handed weapons, they are encouraged to strongly offensive actions. As a result, it is worthwhile to invest points into abilities that allow them to deal lots of damage. Warriors that use two-handed weapons may also try wearing heavy armors. However, this can considerably limit their mobility.
Regardless of the specialization, the purpose of warriors in your team is twofold:
- Attacking and luring away the strongest opponents that deal the most damage and have the longest health bars.
- Protecting the allies that do not do that well in battle when it comes to withstanding damage from the attacks of the opponents, i.e. mages and ranged rogues. Whenever you see them being attacked, try to help them or, thanks to appropriate abilities (e.g. taunts) try to attract the attention of the opponents to your warriors.