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"Most Nords of Skyrim believed Dragons were only a legend. Until now."
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See also: Dragons (Lore)

Dragons (Dovah, or Dov plural) are a reptilian race from Akavir that were once widespread throughout Tamriel. Although seeming rather beast-like, they are profoundly intelligent, capable of speech, written language, and comprehending other languages.[1] Their spoken language can be used to cast powerful magic known as Thu'um or Dragon Shouts. They were virtually extinct until 4E 201, when they have resurfaced in Skyrim with the return of Alduin.



  • Dragon: Brown-colored dragons; they are the first dragons encountered in Skyrim and are the weakest.
  • Blood Dragon: Green-colored dragons that have finned crowns and spade-like tails.
  • Frost Dragon: White and blue, ice-affiliated dragons with black-colored dorsal spines.
  • Elder Dragon: Bronze-scaled dragons with arrow-shaped tails; second to Ancient Dragons.
  • Ancient Dragon: Red, black and orange-colored dragons; The most powerful dragon in the base game.
  • Revered Dragon: Orange-colored dragons introduced in Dawnguard; second most powerful variant.
  • Legendary Dragon: Black, purple-colored. Maximum level dragon introduced in Dawnguard; most powerful variant.
  • Serpentine Dragon: Blue-colored, snake-like dragon introduced in Dragonborn.



Appearance Type Lvl1 Enc2 Health-icon


Shouts3 Resist Fire Resist Frost
Dragon Dragon top Fire 10 1 905 37 Fire Breath
50% 25%
Dragon Dragon top Frost 10 1 905 37 Frost Breath
Ice Storm
25% 50%
Blood Dragon Blooddragon top Fire 20 18 1421 75 Fire Breath
Unrelenting Force
50% 25%
Blood Dragon Blooddragon top Frost 20 18 1421 75 Frost Breath
Ice Storm
Unrelenting Force
25% 50%
Frost Dragon Frostdragon top Frost 30 27 1860 150 Frost Breath
Ice Storm
Unrelenting Force
25% 50%
Elder Dragon Elderdragon top Fire 40 36 2255 225 Fire Breath
Unrelenting Force
50% 25%
Elder Dragon Elderdragon top Frost 40 36 2255 225 Frost Breath
Ice Storm
Unrelenting Force


Ancient Dragon Ancientdragon top Fire 50 45 3071 300 Fire Breath
Unrelenting Force
50% 25%
Ancient Dragon Ancientdragon top Frost 50 45 3071 300 Frost Breath
Ice Storm
Unrelenting Force
25% 50%
Revered Dragon (Dawnguard) Revereddragon top Fire 62 59 3511 300 Fire Breath
Unrelenting Force
Drain Vitality
50% 25%
Legendary Dragon (Dawnguard) Legendarydragon top Fire 75 78 4163 300 Fire Breath
Unrelenting Force
Drain Vitality
50% 25%
Legendary Dragon (Dawnguard) Legendarydragon top Frost 75 78 4163 300 Frost Breath
Unrelenting Force
Drain Vitality
25% 50%
Serpentine Dragon (Dragonborn) Serpentinedragon top Frost 58 50 3565 300 Frost Breath
Ice Storm
Unrelenting Force
25% 50%
Serpentine Dragon (Dragonborn) Serpentinedragon top Fire 58 50 3565 300 Fire Breath
Unrelenting Force
50% 25%

1 Dragons have a fixed level, depending on their kind, which unrelated to the player's own level.
2 New types of dragons can be encountered once the player reaches a certain level.
3 Dragons have unique shouts resembling Fireball and Ice Storm spells, although the damage values differ.

Named dragons

These are dragons encountered throughout Skyrim. Essentially identical to random nameless dragons in terms of gameplay, these Dragons are usually encountered during the main quest with individual names and dialogue:


The first-born son of Akatosh. He resurrects the dragons throughout Skyrim so that he may feast on the souls of the dead and the living. One of the few black dragons. He is also called the "World Eater".


An undead dragon who resides within the Soul Cairn in The Elder Scrolls V: Dawnguard.


A dragon found outside of Nchardak after completion of The Path of Knowledge in The Elder Scrolls V: Dragonborn.


A dragon encountered during the quest At the Summit of Apocrypha in The Elder Scrolls V: Dragonborn.


Leader of the Greybeards and follower of The Way of The Voice, Paarthurnax was part of the cause for thousands of deaths but betrayed Alduin and helped in the original "defeat". He can help the Dragonborn meditate on certain words of power


Alduin's right hand Dragon, Odahviing, was captured by the Dragonborn and then was pledged allegiance to him in return for his freedom. He can be called to aid of the Dovahkiin by using the Call Dragon shout. One of the few red dragons.


A dragon that attacks the Western Watchtower of Whiterun, and the first dragon to be fought and slain by the Dragonborn.


A dragon encountered during the quest At the Summit of Apocrypha in The Elder Scrolls V: Dragonborn.


An incredibly old Dragon with the ability to breathe both fire and ice, was resurrected by Alduin only to be killed shortly after by the Dovahkiin.


A Serpentine Dragon encountered during the quest At the Summit of Apocrypha in The Elder Scrolls V: Dragonborn.


A dragon that has been observed speaking in native tongue to other dragons. This dragon can be randomly encountered while wandering Skyrim. After completing The Throat of the World, the Dragonborn can witness Alduin resurrecting this dragon from his burial site west of Anga's Mill.


Encountered near his burial site just outside Rorikstead. At the start of Alduin's Wall, the Dragonborn can witness this dragon's resurrection at his burial mound.


Encountered near his burial site north-west of Bloated Man's Grotto, south-west of Sleeping Tree Camp, and south of Broken Fang Cave. Was being resurrected by Alduin when encountered. Can be found after completing Diplomatic Immunity.


A dragon encountered underground in Blackreach, underneath Alftand. To trigger this dragon attack the player must use the Unrelenting Force shout on the massive orange globe hanging above Blackreach.



A dragon lair.

Dragons can attack anywhere outdoors in Skyrim and random encounters are scripted to take place after a certain amount of in-game time has passed without a Dragon appearance. Thus, fast travelling to an outdoor location is a reliable way to trigger a random Dragon encounter.

There are, however, certain locations where Dragons are scripted to appear. These locations are called dragon lairs that can be found all over Skyrim. In these locations Dragons are typically perched atop word walls that they are guarding.

The following is a list of Dragon Lairs:

Dragon Riding


The Dragonborn takes to the skies.

Main article: Dragon Riding

Dragon Riding is a feature added in The Elder Scrolls V: Dragonborn that grants the ability to temporarily tame and ride Dragons. All three words of the Bend Will shout are required in order for it to work. When the shout is directed at a dragon, it will land and allow the Dragonborn to mount it. As soon as the dragon has been mounted, it will take to the skies.





Dragon Soul (Achievement)
Dragon Soul
Absorb a dragon soul
Points 10 Game points
Bronze trophy

Dragon Hunter (Achievement)
Dragon Hunter
Absorb 20 dragon souls
Points 20 Game points
Bronze trophy


  • Dragons can only land on the ground if there is enough flat, open space. If a dragon refuses to land on the ground, consider moving somewhere more open. The dragon can also land on most buildings.
  • Dragons can appear inside a walled city and attack various NPCs. If a quest-giver is killed, their quest may become unavailable.
  • When a dragon is killed and NPCs are nearby, they will rush over to gawk at the corpse and the fact that the player has absorbed its soul.
  • While a dragon corpse is burning, the effect can be seen from the world map.
  • When a dragon is low on health, they may descend and crash into the ground, leaving a large trench behind.
  • Dragons were said to have been ruled by the Tsaesci and flew west to Skyrim.
  • Dragons cannot be soul trapped for obvious reason.
  • As the Dragonborn continues with the main quest, dragon attacks tend to happen more often.
  • In places where dragons are scripted to appear, such as Dragon Lairs, they can be found either perched on a cliff edge, word wall or sometimes even lying down on the ground.


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  • How many dragons have you faced at once.

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    • I was more concerned with the implication that 32 dragons were killed in a single location. That's a LOT of dragons.
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