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The Dragonborn absorbing the soul of a dragon.

A Dragon Soul is the soul of a dragon. They are used to activate words of Dragon Shouts, and with Dragonborn, they can be used to regain perks from perk trees, enabling them to be spent on different skills.

Although words of the dragon language can be learned from word walls without dragon souls, dragon souls are required to unlock them.

Dragon souls are absorbed by the Dragonborn immediately after slaying a Dragon.


The number of absorbed dragon souls can be found in the magic tab of the character menu in the bottom-right-hand corner. They are kept until they are spent unlocking a word of a Thu'um. All shouting words other than the ones given to the Dragonborn in the main storyline must be unlocked before they can be used. To do so, acquire a dragon soul, select the word in the magic tab, and press the respective unlock key.

After Miraak is defeated, all the perks in a skill tree can be removed to be used elsewhere at the cost of one dragon soul. This can be done at anytime provided dragon souls are available.


  • In the quest line of Dragonborn, Miraak can steal dragon souls and prevent the Dragonborn from absorbing them.
  • Only Miraak can absorb the souls of the dragons in Apocrypha.
  • If the Dragonborn is not near a dragon when it dies, they may not be able to absorb the soul.
    • However, they can come back days later in-game to absorb the dead dragon's soul.
  • Killing Miraak causes his body to burn up like a dragon's, which releases ten souls, as well as any he had stolen from the Dragonborn.
  • Assuming that a dead dragon's soul has yet to be absorbed, the body will remain unburnt. (All dragons that have their souls absorbed remain as bones)


This section contains bugs related to Dragon Soul. 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.
  •  PC   360   PS3  If the Disintegrate perk is active, using a shock spell may result in the dragon turning into ash and never giving a soul. To fix this, ready both hands as if for a fistfight, and the soul will be absorbed. Confirmed on 360.
  •  PC   360   PS3  If a dragon's corpse falls into water, Miraak cannot absorb the soul.DB
  •  PC   360   PS3  A slain dragon may not burn away, thus preventing the acquisition of its soul.
  •  360   May not be able to obtain dragon soul if dragon is killed while in werewolf form.
  •  360   If you cast Reanimate Corpse on a Blood Dragon right before you start absorbing its soul, it may cancel the absorbing process, preventing the acquisition of its soul.

Start a Discussion Discussions about Dragon Soul

  • Major problem, is there a fix?

    2 messages
    • okay, i really love skyrim, i've played Xbox 360 version since a week after it came out.  I recently purchased an old pc from a close friend...
    • Did you kill the dragon at a dragon lair where you already got a word? Sometimes, that will happen. (PC and 360).
  • No soul?

    7 messages
    • U.F.B. wrote: wrote:Not for me :( I killed abaut 30-40 dragons I'm level 65 and I can't absorb any souls...PC? Yes. I want to ...
    • Nothing usable...Maybe I'm not a drgonborn?

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