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Ancient Dragon
Ancient Dragon
Basic Info
Level 50
Health-icon 3071
Spells/Abilities Dragon Shouts
Fire Breath
Frost Breath
Soul Size Dragon Soul
Ref ID 000f811c



The Ancient Dragons in Skyrim are some of the oldest and most resilient dragons the Dragonborn can encounter. They are typically encountered after reaching level 35, and become much more common around level 50. They can, however, be encountered as early as level 28. Furthermore, they are similar in appearance to Elder Dragons.


In terms of overall appearance, these dragons possess a similar look to Elder Dragons, except they possess a color change, being more tan and pink in color, rather than bronze and yellow. The black splotches still remain on the dragon, and are noticeable on the head crests, wings, and tail.

These dragons have a more spiny back, with a seeming triple row of small, stubby spikes, lining down the spine, to the tail. In terms of size, these dragons are the largest, barring Legendary variants, and they, like others, possess a spaded tail.


These dragons are much like Elders in gameplay, and do not possess a set elemental shout, instead using either a Fire Breath shout, or a Frost Breath shout. Being the most powerful, they should be treated like they look, with extreme caution and care. 

Their damage output is massive, and they can easily tear the Dragonborn down with a few Fire Breath shouts, or they can snap at the Dragonborn, causing an extreme amount of damage. Having multiple Health potions would be useful for the Dragonborn, as the dragon's multiple abilities will guarantee massive injury, and most likely death otherwise.



This section contains bugs related to Ancient Dragon. Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:

  1. Confirm all bugs with other editors on the talk page before adding them below.
  2. Always try reloading an old save first, before asking for assistance.
  3. Do not discuss possible bug fixes or origins. Leave those and all other first-person-anecdotes on the talk page, not the article.
  4. Always add  360  ,  PS3  , or  PC   to clarify which system the bug appears on.
  • Sometimes a dragon may be encountered that is labeled an Ancient Dragon, but in reality is a frost dragon because it has massive spikes on its back and uses Frost Breath. This may be due to the Dragonborn being at a low level.
  •  PC   360   PS3  There are texture loading problems where the Ancient Dragon (as any dragon) is not textured properly while fighting. Textures are loaded correctly after it has been killed. Another reported, possible solution is to quick-save and quick-load as soon as the problem is visible.
  • Sometimes when an Ancient Dragon (or any dragon) is killed its soul will not be absorbed by the Dragonborn. A possible fix is to change the difficulty and then change it back again.


Start a Discussion Discussions about Ancient Dragon

  • Ancient Dragon

    3 messages
    • You killed Paarthurnax i'm not sure i should help... Same as you a dragon can get a kill animation if he hits you when you have low health,...
    • you will not be able to, your best bet would be to take out dragonbane and get some levels in one handed and modify yourself to b...
  • No ancient dragons at level 50?

    2 messages
    • For some reason, I have never encountered a Ancient dragon at all in skyrim. It may be due to Dawnguard DLC, but Elders' have been the high...
    • Random spawns being random i guess as Ancient and Elder Dragons can possibly appear at similar levels, the Revered Dragon added by Dawngu...

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