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Ancient Dragon

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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 29. Furthermore, they are almost identical in appearance to elder dragons.

Battle behaviorEdit

Ancient dragons can use both Fire Breath and Frost Breath and deal significantly more damage compared to other dragons.



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  , and  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.


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