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Bend Will
Bend Will
Your Voice bends the very stones to your will. As it gains power, animals, people and even dragons must do your bidding.
Basic Info
Recharge 10, 90, 120
Locations Saering's Watch,
Learned from Hermaeus Mora during The Gardener of Men.
ID 020179D8
"Some tales tell of ancient Nord heroes whose Voices were powerful enough to tame and ride dragons."
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Bend Will is a Dragon Shout in The Elder Scrolls V: Dragonborn. It is learned during the main questline.


Unlike most shouts, its three words have different effects.

  • The first word can be used to purge the All-Maker Stones on Solstheim during the quest Cleansing the Stones.
  • The second word allows the will of people and animals to be controlled. It makes them temporary allies to the Dragonborn.
  • The third word allows the will of dragons to be controlled. This grants the ability to ride them.

Undead are immune to the effects of all three words of Bend Will, being staggered instead.

Dragon ridingEdit

Main article: Dragon Riding


  • This shout can be used on Odahviing, but not Alduin, Paarthurnax, Durnehviir, Vulthuryol, Voslaarum and Naaslaarum, or the nameless dragons at Skuldafn. First three of those are important characters, and others are immune because of the locations they are found in, which are not located on the main map.
  • Bend Will serves as an effective replacement for Kyne's Peace and it will also work on anything other than animals, including hostile characters. The duration of the effect is limited, however.
  • When used on people, they can't be pickpocketed. Instead, the Dragonborn is able to talk to them while sneaking.


Start a Discussion Discussions about Bend Will

  • Dragons resist Bend Will

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    • If you guys are playing on pc with mods, there are a few dragon mods that increase dragon magic resistance. For me, Deadly Dragons was ...
    • I have the Xbox 360 edition so I can't really mod my games. I should be completing the full shout since it takes around two minutes to be able...
  • Bend Will kills dragons...?

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    • I play on the Xbox version with a level 41 Khajiit, and in my case, Bend Will works on a normal brown dragon without trouble, so long as it...
    • Huh, I guess the weaker dragons are not up to the shout. It is meant for the older ones? I never use it, I got an ill feeling just flying dur...

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