Brrrr, the spooky Black Emporium is back in Dragon Age: Inquisition as free DLC this week. The location, which generally houses a bunch of rare items for you to buy, first appeared in Dragon Age II where it roughly offered the same services that it does now.
Ruled over by a rather spooky merchant named Xenon the Antiquarian, it's a melting pot of the weird and the wonderful, which will turn out to be an obvious observation to anyone who sets foot inside. To access the location, you'll need to first download and install the free DLC from the PlayStation Store. Next, when you're in-game, you'll need to select a particular mission from the war table, which unlocks the area so that you can fast travel to it. And don't worry: the aforementioned mission doesn't cost any power to complete.
When you're ready, simply select the icon from the map, and away you go. Your Inquisitor will be alone during your time visiting the Black Emporium, despite the fact that the game tells you to select a party, so don't fret when your ragtag crew have seemingly ran away in terror.
The location itself is a small one, offering just a single corridor and room, but it's what's within that room that matters. On the far left is the Mirror of Transformation, which you can use to alter your Inquisitor's appearance. A much requested feature, this magical surface means that you can finally change any niggling facial features. If you've got an accidentally crooked nose or you feel like your eyes are far too close together, you can reinvent yourself here. It's also worth mentioning that you can even change your voice, if you feel like it.
At the back of the room are three merchant tables. The first lists legendary tier weapons that you can purchase, along with some intriguing legendary accessories. Needless to say, the gear that's on offer isn't cheap, so you may have to consider the Black Emporium to be a bit of an endgame enhancer. Meanwhile, the second and third tables boast loads of powerful schematics, so if you want to make the most of what the DLC offers, you'll likely have to get back out into the wilderness and gather some fresh materials so that you can get crafting.
Of course, it wouldn't be the Black Emporium if it didn't feature some sort of strange happenings, so you'll naturally find a few miniature animals roaming around. A tiny bear that loves to glitch into the surrounding scenery? What more could you possibly ask for?
And that's just about it for the Black Emporium. You can't really argue with free DLC: the relatively small download offers up some nice little bits and pieces – and it's especially handy for all of those Inquisitors who are in desperate need of a facelift.
What are you buying? Have you brought enough gold for that attractive looking two-handed axe, or are you just here to gaze at cute little furry creatures? Empty your pockets in the comments section below.