Scattered across all corners of Skyrim are strange circular mounds, surrounded by a scattering of standing stones.
These are actually ancient Dragon burial mounds; the final resting place of these creatures when they were slain centuries ago.
How Dragon Mounds openEdit
There are 22 Dragon Mounds scattered throughout the nine Holds of Skyrim. When one is encountered (all are listed in the Atlas, and marked on the Hold maps), it will be in one of four states. Over the course of the Main Quest, these mounds gradually open, releasing the dragons trapped within.
State I: DormantEdit
Each Dragon Mound opens in response to a specific objective in the Main Quest. Before that point, the Dragon Mound is dormant. The ground is covered, and the site could easily be mistaken for an ancient Nordic burial mound, as the two are quite similar.
State II: DesertedEdit
As the Main Quest develops, some mounds will have been opened, but with no dragon nearby. That is, Alduin has visited this site, resurrected a Dragon from the mound, and both Dragons have flown away.
State III: AwakenedEdit
As the Main Quest goes on, more and more mounds will be found in this state. Alduin has visited the site, resurrected the Dragon from the mound, and flown away. Meanwhile, the reborn Dragon remains here, gathering its strength and waiting for a chance to strike.
State IV: ResurrectionEdit
In a few cases, if the right mound is stumbled upon at just the right time, Alduin may be encountered himself. If watched, Alduin will resurrect the dragon, then fly off to his next destination. Attack, and Alduin roars into the skies before making his escape (he cannot be killed). Meanwhile, the resurrected dragon will turn and attack. If this opportunity is missed, the mound will change to State III, with the newly-resurrected Dragon remaining near its mound until the Dragonborn arrives to challenge it. Stage IV mounds can be seen and identified from a distance due to Alduin flying around it. DO NOT stand on top of these mounds before the dragon emerges, as it can cause it to become stuck in the ground.
Dragon Mound stagesEdit
|Name of Dragon Mound||Hold Location||State||Dragon?||
Main Quest Notes
|Autumnshade Woods||The Rift||II||No||Opens during Act I: Bleak Falls Barrow|
|Mzulft Foothills||Eastmarch||II||No||Opens during Act I: Dragon Rising|
|Bonestrewn Crest||Eastmarch||II||No||Opens during Act I: Dragon Rising|
|Witchmist Grove||Eastmarch||II||No||Opens during Act I: The Way of the Voice|
|Kynesgrove Resurrection||Eastmarch||IV||Yes||Act I: A Blade in the Dark. You will visit this location during the Main Quest: A Blade in the Dark, witness the resurrection, and kill resurrected dragon.|
|Karth River Forest||Hjaalmarch||II||No||Opens during Act II: Diplomatic Immunity|
|Robber’s Gorge Bluffs||Hjaalmarch||III||Yes||Opens during Act II: Diplomatic Immunity|
|Autumnwatch Woods||The Rift||II||No||Opens during Act II: Diplomatic Immunity|
|Lost Tongue Pass||The Rift||II||No||Opens during Act II: Diplomatic Immunity|
|Great Henge Resurrection||Whiterun Hold||IV||Yes||Opens during Act II: Diplomatic Immunity. Visit this location before Act II: Alduins Wall begins in order to witness the resurrection.|
|Karthspire Bluffs||The Reach||III||Yes||Opens during Act II: Alduin's Wall|
|Lone Mountain||Whiterun Hold||III||Yes||Opens during Act II: Alduin's Wall|
|Bilegulch Ridge||Falkreath Hold||II||No||Opens during Act II: Alduin's Wall|
|Evergreen Woods||Falkreath Hold||III||Yes||Opens during Act II: Alduin's Wall|
|Bloodlet Peaks||Falkreath Hold||II||No||Opens during Act II: Alduin's Wall|
|Rorikstead Resurrection||Whiterun Hold||IV||Yes||Opens during Act II: Alduins Wall. Visit this location before Act II: Elder Knowledge begins in order to witness the resurrection.|
|Labyrinthian Peaks||Hjaalmarch||II||No||Opens during Act II: Elder Knowledge|
|Sea Shore Foothills||The Pale||III||Yes||Opens during Act II: Elder Knowledge|
|Shimmermist Hills||The Pale||III||Yes||Opens during Act II: Elder Knowledge|
|Reachwater Pass||The Reach||III||Yes||Opens during Act II: Elder Knowledge|
|Ragnvald Vale||The Reach||III||Yes||Opens during Act II: Elder Knowledge|
|Yorgrim Resurrection||The Pale||IV||Yes||Opens during Act II: Elder Knowledge. Visit this location before Act II: Alduin's Bane is complete in order to witness the resurrection. This location is about halfway between Forsaken Cave and Anga's Mill.|