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Dragonhide is a Master-level Alteration spell in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.


Dragonhide grants 80% physical damage reduction to the caster for 30 seconds. This is the equivalent of achieving a displayed armor rating of 567, which is the maximum possible reduction that can be achieved with regular armor.

This 80% reduction stacks with regular armor, but only if the armor is already equipped when it is cast.


  • Stability - Increases the duration to 45 seconds.
  • Dual Casting - Curiously, being a two-handed spell, Dragonhide can be dual cast by holding down both casting buttons, the animation is no different, but it uses twice as much magicka and increases the duration to 99 seconds when teamed with Stability.
  • Necromage - Vampirism, combined with the Necromage perk from the Restoration skill tree, Stability, and Dual Casting increases the duration to around two and a half minutes.
  • Master Alteration - Cast master Alteration spells for half magicka.

Spell tomeEdit


Alteration Spell Book


  • Weight: 1 WeightIcon
  • Value: 1389 GoldIcon
  • See Spell Tome for a complete table of spell tomes, their descriptions, and their values.



  • Casting this spell before a difficult fight can have a great effect on survivability, if the Dragonborn doesn't have good armor equipped. 80% damage reduction is the cap, and can't be exceeded by any armor. The steep cost of Magicka can be offset by using potions, obtainable en masse using Alchemy, or by magicka reduction clothing/jewelry using Enchanting, or both.
  • Dragonhide is one of the two Master Spells that can actually be overcast to increase the duration, the other being Guardian Circle in the Restoration school.


This section contains bugs related to Dragonhide. Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:

  1. Please reload an old save to confirm if the bug is still happening.
  2. If the bug is still occurring, please post the bug report with the appropriate system template  360  / XB1  ,  PS3  / PS4  ,  PC  / MAC  , depending on which platform(s) the bug has been encountered on.
  3. Be descriptive when listing the bug and fixes, but avoid having conversations in the description and/or using first-person-anecdotes: such discussions belong on the appropriate forum board.
  • Sometimes after casting the spell, the active effects will display the spell only adding one armor point. However, the spell still provides the full amount.


Start a Discussion Discussions about Dragonhide

  • Possible Dragonhide Glitch

    6 messages
    • wrote: After testing the spell in battle, Ive determined that it actually is giving me the proper amount of armor points but it...
    • The tooltip says nothing about armor; it just says that it reduces damage by 80%.  Working as intended.
  • Dragonhide possible bug (Xbox 360)...

    3 messages
    • Playing on PC, my armor rating also changed to 1, but I just tested fighting a conjured dremora lord, and it seems to work just fine. Keep in m...
    • *Two years later...* Oh thanks. I don't remember. I don't have that character's save file anymore. So if when I get around to it, I'll try...

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