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Main article: Dragon Shouts
"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

The Bend Will shout can be used to ride dragons. However, this feature is only possible if all three words are unlocked and targeted at a dragon.

Word WallEdit

Thu'um Dragon Language
Transliteration Translation
Bend Will
Locations: Saering's Watch, Black Book: Epistolary Acumen, Skaal Village
Gol Gol-wordwall
(This) stone commemorates Bhar the
Earth-Hunter who sat here still
As Earth awaits enlightenment only
To become old instead of wise.


  • This shout can be used on Odahviing, but not Alduin, Paarthurnax, Durnehviir,DG the Skeletal Dragon, Vulthuryol, VoslaarumDG and Naaslaarum,DG 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 cannot be pickpocketed. Instead, the Dragonborn is able to talk to them while sneaking.
  • When one unmounts a dragon after riding them, the dragon will likely fly away, however it may still become hostile towards the Dragonborn.


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  • Bend Will and Miraak

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    • Vampires are more powerful with the dawnguard update, and i have ridden dragons before killing alduin, heres a tip, wait until they land to ...
    • I've gotten to At the summit of apocrypha and have a mod for all shouts and now need to unlock bend will how do I get passed this step...
  • Bend Wind skill not learned

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    • I went to the wall and learned the skill but it isn't in my list of skills. I do not have the option to unlock with a dragon soul (I have...
    • I don't know what else you can do. Perhaps you can reload a save from before getting it, go to Skyrim, get a different shout from a w...

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