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"Woe to the unwary explorer who delves deep into the burial crypts of the ancient Nords, and disturbs the Draugr that dwell within."
―Skyrim loading screen for female draugr[src]

Draugr are undead Nordic warriors of Skyrim. It is believed that draugr once served the Dragon Priests; some even know several Words of Power.

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 even use Dragon Shouts, most notably Unrelenting Force, or they can use the Conjure Frost Atronach spell.

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. Their armor can be crafted at the Skyforge in Whiterun after completing The Companions quest "Glory of the Dead," or found in these locations.

Amongst the DraugrEdit

Amongst the Draugr, by Bernadette Bantien, a mage from the College of Winterhold, reports her studies on the subject.

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. Bernadette 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 its construction, we might not have even known any of its inhabitants were dead!"[1]

VariantsEdit

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 bleeding damage, with the additional attribute of possessing 50% resistance to Frost. However, the Ebony Mail and Targe of the Blooded can respectively be used to poison them, and cause bleeding damage. Until the Master of the Mind perk is obtained, all draugr will be immune to illusion spells.

Draugr ArchersEdit

Type Lvl Health-icon MagickaIcon STA Weapons Spells
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

Type Lvl Health-icon MagickaIcon STA Weapons Armor Spells
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 Greatsword Ebony Shield Frost Cloak, Disarm, Unrelenting Force

Draugr Warriors - One-HandedEdit

Type Lvl Health-icon MagickaIcon STA Weapons Armor Spells
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 WarlocksEdit

Type Lvl Health-icon MagickaIcon STA Weapons Spells
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 OverlordsEdit

Type Lvl Health-icon MagickaIcon STA Weapons Armor Spells
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

Hulking DraugrEdit

Type Lvl Health-icon MagickaIcon STA Weapons Armor Spells
Hulking Draugr 26 800 0 505

Ancient Nord Weapon

Dented Iron Shield Unrelenting Force

Other typesEdit

There are three types of draugr lying or standing in burial niches. The first kind look like skeletons and never have loot, nor do they ever awaken. The second kind, which look fleshier than the first kind, but wear no armor, are loot containers. The third kind are sleeping draugr who look like the second kind, but their body model includes armor and these will awaken and attack the Dragonborn if they sense their presence. If the Dragonborn is sufficiently stealthy, a way to distinguish between the second two types is to mouse over the draugr. If the search text comes up, they are loot containers and if not, they are currently susceptible to a sneak attack.

CombatEdit

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 does not knock the Dragonborn off balance. Draugr 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.

The three shouts draugr use, Unrelenting Force, Frost Breath and Disarm, can be countered by any ward spell, Spellbreaker or absorbed using spell absorption.

While draugr possess a partial frost resistance, they will be extremely weak against fire spells, and thus Fire-based attacks will be of great benefit, using spells or weapons with the appropriate enchantment.

Soul trappingEdit

DialogueEdit

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 Sosaal!" ("Break [and] bleed")
  • "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!")
  • "Aav Dilon!" ("Join [the] Dead!")
  • "Sovngarde Saraan!" ("Sovngarde Awaits!")

GalleryEdit

TriviaEdit

  • In Old Norse, the word "draugr" meant "ghost," "spirit," or "undead."
  • Draugr appearance is randomized and not gender specific. This means that a draugr can spawn with a female body and a beard.
  • In the quest "The Staff of Magnus," unique spectral draugr are encountered. According to Creation Kit, the spectral draugr in Labyrinthian (also referred as Hollowed Dead) are classed as DraugrMagicRace, separated from default draugr race.
  • Draugr armors cannot be unequipped, because the character models are counted as a whole piece, instead of separated armor pieces.
  • Higher level draugr, such as Deathlords, will often laugh at the Dragonborn and followers whilst in combat.
  • Draugr with spells only seem to use ice-based or ice-related spells.
  • Attempting to pick the pocket of a sleeping draugr will awaken it and cause it to begin a search and/or attack.

AppearancesEdit

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