Draugr are among the most common foes in Skyrim's many crypts and catacombs. They retain the ability to wield weapons such as swords, axes, and bows, and higher ranked draugr can use Dragon Shouts.
Most draugr use ancient Nordic weapons, although the high ranked variants can use ebony weapons. Some draugr only appear as corpses, usually containing a few pieces of gold. Draugr are weak to fire as well as silver weapons. Draugr loot includes a chance of Bone meal, jewelry, gems, soul gems, ingots or potions; however, their armor cannot be looted and must be crafted at the Skyforge in Whiterun after completing The Companions quest, Glory of the Dead.
Amongst the DraugrEdit
It has taken her seven months to learn how to be able to approach the draugr without being regarded as a threat, although she could not learn to understand their language. In her words, she stated that she had "...always wondered why the ancient priests of the dragon cult insisted that their followers be buried with them," until noticing everyday a different set of draugr would awaken and prostrate themselves before the priest's sarcophagus, after which they would meticulously clean the area. Their dedication after death also seemed to explain why they so ferociously defend their chambers.
After further observation, she reports that when the group of draugr came to pay homage to their fallen leaders, a distinct flow of life-force could be noted between the priest and the followers. The second eternal life of the dragon cult was only promised to those who ascended to priesthood, while the lesser functionaries contributed their life force to sustaining them for eternity.
Directly quoting the book:
I don't know what sort of eternal wellspring they draw from, but it's clear that the draugr carry only the barest whisper of life in them, and it rekindles nightly while resting in its niche. I now believe that the grotesque forms that we see in the barrow were, in fact, buried fully as men and women, and only over the thousands of years that have passed withered into the wretched things we know. If we had visited a barrow directly after it's construction, we might not have even known any of its inhabitants were dead!"
Draugr come in a number of variants. The specific type that is encountered is typically level-dependent, however, lower leveled Draugr can still be encountered at higher levels. All Draugr are immune to poison and have a 50% resistance to Frost.
|Draugr||1||50||0||80||Ancient Nord Bow, Ancient Nord Arrows, Ancient Nord War Axe||None|
|Restless Draugr||6||175||0||205||Ancient Nord Bow, Ancient Nord Arrows, Ancient Nord War Axe||Frostbite|
|Draugr Wight||13||400||0||340||Ancient Nord Bow, Ancient Nord Arrows, Ancient Nord War Axe||Frostbite, Ice Spike|
|Draugr Scourge||21||900||0||480||Ancient Nord Bow, Ancient Nord Arrows, Ancient Nord War Axe||Unrelenting Force, Conjure Frost Atronach|
|Draugr Overlord||30||1000||10||575||Ancient Nord Bow, Orcish Arrows, Ancient Nord War Axe||Frost Cloak, Disarm, Unrelenting Force|
|Draugr Deathlord||40||1300||10||625||Ebony Bow, Glass Bow, Ebony Arrows, Ancient Nord War Axe||Frost Cloak, Disarm, Unrelenting Force|
Draugr Warriors - Two-HandedEdit
|Draugr Thrall||1||12||0||200||One-Handed Ancient Nord Weapon||None|
|Draugr||1||50||0||80||Ancient Nord Battle Axe, Ancient Nord Greatsword||Iron Shield||None|
|Restless Draugr||6||150||0||204||Ancient Nord Battle Axe, Ancient Nord Greatsword||Iron Shield||Unrelenting Force|
|Draugr Wight||13||320||0||340||Ancient Nord Battle Axe, Ancient Nord Greatsword||Iron Shield||Disarm|
|Draugr Scourge||21||700||0||480||Ancient Nord Battle Axe, Ancient Nord Greatsword||Iron Shield||Unrelenting Force, Summon Frost Atronach|
|Draugr Overlord||30||1000||10||575||Ancient Nord Battle Axe, Ancient Nord Greatsword||Iron Shield||Frost Cloak, Disarm, Unrelenting Force|
|Draugr Deathlord||40||1000||10||575||Ebony Warhammer, Ebony Battleaxe||Ebony Shield||Frost Cloak, Disarm, Unrelenting Force|
Draugr Warriors - One-HandedEdit
|Draugr||1||50||0||80||One-Handed Ancient Nord Weapon||Iron Shield||None|
|Restless Draugr||6||150||0||204||One-Handed Ancient Nord Weapon||Iron Shield||Unrelenting Force|
|Draugr Wight||13||320||0||340||One-Handed Ancient Nord Weapon||Iron Shield||Disarm|
|Draugr Scourge||21||700||0||480||One-Handed Ancient Nord Weapon||Iron Shield||Unrelenting Force, Summon Frost Atronach|
|Draugr Overlord||30||1000||10||575||One-Handed Ancient Nord Weapon||Iron Shield||Frost Cloak, Disarm, Unrelenting Force|
|Draugr Deathlord||40||1000||10||575||One-Handed Ancient Nord Weapon, or random Ebony Weapon (both if Ebony Bow)||Ebony Shield||Frost Cloak, Disarm, Unrelenting Force|
|Draugr Thrall||1||50||150||50||Ancient Nord Weapon||Frostbite|
|Restless Draugr||6||150||50||180||One-Handed Ancient Nord Weapon||Frostbite|
|Draugr Wight||13||490||100||280||One-Handed Ancient Nord Weapon||Frostbite, Ice Spike|
|Draugr Scourge||21||700||160||380||One-Handed Ancient Nord Weapon||Conjure Frost Atronach, Frostbite, Ice Spike|
|Draugr Overlord||7||210||0||180||Enchanted Ancient Nord Weapon||Iron Shield||Unrelenting Force|
|Draugr Wight Lord||15||490||0||450||Enchanted Ancient Nord Weapon||Iron Shield||Disarm, Unrelenting Force|
|Draugr Scourge Lord||24||880||0||595||Enchanted Ancient Nord Weapon||Iron Shield||Disarm, Unrelenting Force, Frost Breath|
|Draugr Deathlord||34||1290||10||645||Enchanted Ancient Nord or Ebony Weapon||Iron Shield||Frost Cloak; Disarm, Unrelenting Force, Frost Breath|
|Draugr Death Overlord||45||1400||10||700||Ebony Weapon||Iron Shield||Frost Cloak, Disarm, Unrelenting Force, Frost Breath|
- Main article: Hulking Draugr
|Hulking Draugr||26||800||0||505||Dented Iron Shield||Unrelenting Force|
In battle, higher level draugr make extensive use of the Unrelenting Force shout. Although the ability can throw off a sword swing or an aimed arrow, it typically doesn't knock the Dragonborn off balance. Draugrs can be found using the Detect Dead spell or Aura Whisper, while using a power attack on, or casting a Frenzy spell at a closed coffin containing a draugr can cause it to emerge without harming the Dragonborn. If the Dragonborn has a high enough Sneak skill, it is possible to crouch walk towards a sleeping Draugr and successfully kill them with one hit.
Draugr are some of the very few humanoid enemies who are unaffected by decapitation. Finisher cinematic is used.
- Although the in-game help for soul gems states that 'undead' enemies do not have souls to capture, this is referring to resurrected enemies only. Draugr do indeed yield souls that can be trapped (captured):
- Draugr yield Petty Souls.
- Restless Draugr and Draugr Wights yield Lesser Souls.
- Draugr Scourges yield Common Souls.
- Draugr Deathlords yield Greater Souls (Level 30) or Grand Souls (Level 40).
- Draugr Death Overlords yield Greater Souls (Level 34) or Grand Souls (Level 45).
The following are phrases that are uttered by the Draugr:
- Qiilaan Us Dilon! (Bow before [the] Dead!)
- Bolog Aaz, Mal Lir! (Beg [for] Mercy, Little Worm!)
- Kren Sos Aal! ("Break blood may." Perhaps meaning "May [his] Blood Break.", although that would be Aal Sosi Kren.)
- Dir Volaan! ("Die Intruder!")
- Aar Vin Ok! (Aar means "Slave/Servant." Vin is unknown, but could be Viik meaning "Defeat." Ok means "His," making it "Servant Defeat His." Could mean either "Defeat His Servant" directed at the player's follower or "Servant, Defeat Him"; Aar, Viik Rok.)
- Unslaad Krosis! ("Eternal Sorrow.")
- Faaz! Paak! Dinok! ("Pain! Shame! Death!")
- Fus Ro Dah! ("Force Balance Push," Unrelenting Force shout.)
- Aav Dilon! ("Join [the] Dead!")
- Sovngarde Saraan! ("Sovngarde Awaits!")
Draugr take their mythological inspiration and several traits from the draugr, undead creatures from Norse mythology. It should be noted that one differentiates between sea-draugar and land-draugar (draugar being plural of draugr): while land-draugar were simply undead with numerous magical abilities, sea-draugar were fishermen who had drowned at sea, thus being denied the privilege of being buried. The mythological draugr can also arguably be considered much more terrifying than the game version, as the land-draugar could change their size at will and grow enormous, were somewhat intelligent, possessed superhuman strength, could only be killed if burned completely to ash, and took great pleasure in killing their victims. Most draugr would crush their victims to death by increasing their size, but other methods included hacking them to bits with their weapons or even eating them alive and drinking their blood. In Norse mythology, Odin was the ruler of draugr, and could raise them using a secret, magic song.
- In Icelandic, the word "draugur" translates to "ghost." Although draugr in Skyrim are not technically ghosts, both ghosts and draugr are undead, so a connection between the two is likely.
- Draugr appearance is randomized and not gender specific. This means that a Draugr can spawn with a female body and a beard.
- They have previously appeared in the Morrowind expansion pack Bloodmoon, notably in the barrows of Solstheim.
- In the quest "The Staff of Magnus," unique spectral Draugr are encountered.
- Draugr armors cannot be unequipped, because the character models are counted as a whole piece, instead of separated armor pieces.
- Creation Kit, the spectral Draugr in Labyrinthian (also referred as Hollowed Dead) are classed as
DraugrMagicRace, separated from default Draugr race. According to
- In the event that one encounters a Draugr that has the Unrelenting Force Shout, a good rule of thumb is: If the sound effect is the same as the two-thirds power Unrelenting Force, it will only stagger the player and any followers. However, if the sound effect is identical to the full-power Shout when used by the Dragonborn, it will knock the player character off their feet.
- Higher level Draugr, such as Deathlords, will often laugh at the player and followers whilst in combat.
- If one sneaks and doesn't disturb wandering draugr, or ones asleep in tomb walls, a good rule of thumb to know how powerful that particular draugr is is to note how complete its armor set is; the less armor worn, the less powerful that draugr will be. For instance, Deathlords and Death Overlords wear complete sets of Ancient Nord Armor with no pieces missing, indicating that they are the most dangerous.
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