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Drain Vitality
TESV Shout Hex
Coax both magical and mortal energies from your hapless opponent.
Basic Info
Recharge 30, 60, 90
Locations Dimhollow Crypt
Forgotten Vale
Arcwind Point
ID xx008A62
Main article: Dragon Shouts

Drain Vitality is a Dragon Shout used by both Legendary Dragons and Revered Dragons.

Word locationsEdit

The first word is found in the course of the Dawnguard campaign in Dimhollow Crypt, in the large chamber after finding Serana during the quest "Awakening". Another word can be found in the Forgotten Vale, on an island in the middle of a frozen lake east of the world map indicator guarded by the twin dragons Naaslaarum and Voslaarum. Another word can be found at Arcwind Point to the left of the altar.


1 Word: 5 points of damage to stamina for 30s, stagger effect of 0.8

2 Words: 5 points of damage to stamina and magicka for 30s, stagger effect of 0.8

3 Words: 5 points of damage to stamina, magicka and health for 30s, stagger effect of 0.8

This shout does not absorb those values; it only causes damage. It is unknown if this is a bug or was intentionally done by the developers.


  • Gormlaith Golden-Hilt prefers to use this shout instead of Disarm or Unrelenting Force once Dawnguard is installed.
  • The version used by Revered and Legendary dragons does more damage and will home in on the Dragonborn from a distance. Damage can be avoided by standing behind something solid as the creature shouts.


This section contains bugs related to Drain Vitality. 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 Dragonborn has at least 1 word of both the Drain Vitality and Marked for Death shouts known, a second version (or several more) of the former using the same words as Marked For Death will appear in the shout menu and will be usable, with all the words having a cooldown of 12. Its description will say "Drains 1 points of Health per second for 20 seconds. Drains 1 point of Magicka per second for 20 seconds. Drains 1 points of Stamina per second for 20 seconds." Spending a soul on Marked For Death also counts as using it on said copy, since they use the same words. Each time a new word is learned for Marked for Death, it is learned for this alternate version as well
    • The only known way to avoid this bug is to start a new game without Dawnguard installed, then waiting until all 3 words of Marked For Death have been acquired before installing it.[confirmation needed]


Start a Discussion Discussions about Drain Vitality

  • Drain vitality copies?

    14 messages
    • Dragons do use a more powerful version of the shout which i guess drain 10 of each stat persecond. And the copies don`t drain anything they j...
    • Actually, as a Stage 4 Vampire in broad daylight without any Health/Stamina/Magicka Regen and on Xbox(don't know about the other versions), ...

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