The darkspawn are a race of mostly-humanoid tainted creatures that dwell in the Deep Roads. According to the Chantry, they were created when the magisters of the Tevinter Imperium opened a portal into the Golden City, tainting the realm of the Maker with their corruption and returning as the darkspawn, their evil transfiguring them into the monsters they became. When they uncover one of the Old Gods, they expose it to the taint, changing it into an Archdemon, which then leads them in an attack against the surface world called a Blight. The darkspawn are perhaps the greatest single threat to all of Thedas; they are bloodthirsty, exceptionally numerous, and willing to indiscriminately corrupt or kill all in their path.
| Genlocks are the most common darkspawn in the underground. Stocky and tough, genlocks are notoriously difficult to kill, even by magic.
Root Species: Dwarf
| Hurlocks are a breed of darkspawn both taller and more muscular than genlocks and often form the strongest part of darkspawn armies. They are known to excel at using two-handed weapons.
Root Species: Human
| Sharlocks, more popularly known as shrieks because of the ear-splitting cries they emit in battle, are renowned for their speed and agility as well as their stealth. They are the assassins of the darkspawn, penetrating the enemy lines and striking their targets using long, jagged blades attached to their forearms. They have been known to employ poison.
Root Species: Elf
| Ogres are the massive, brutish shock troopers of the darkspawn horde. Dwarfing their darkspawn brethren, ogres attack opponents with brute force and monumental strength, acting as living siege weapons.
Root Species: Qunari
| Broodmothers are giant sessile ghouls capable of spawning vast numbers of darkspawn in a manner reminiscent of an insect queen.
Root Species: Varies
| Children are a unique variety of darkspawn birthed by the Broodmother
Root Species: Boodmother dependent