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Legendary Dragons are the most powerful breed of dragon found in Skyrim. They are introduced in Dawnguard and typically appear throughout Skyrim at level 78+.


Unlike other breeds of dragon, legendary dragons have distinctive thick, curved horns. They have a black and purple scale color. They are also unique in having what appears to be compound eyes, formed of multiple "eyes" in a single socket.


Legendary Dragon Arcwind 2

Legendary Dragon circling Arcwind Point.

The legendary dragon behaves like any other dragon in combat. It attacks with Fire or Frost Breath, and may sometimes land either on its own accord or because of the Dragonrend shout. Along with the Revered Dragon, it uses the Drain Vitality Shout.

Notable itemsEdit

Along with dragon bones, scales, gold, and gems, legendary dragons also have an additional chance to drop Daedric weapons and armor due to their high level. Very rarely, a Dragonbone Warhammer can be looted.


  • The Legendary Dragon is stronger than Alduin in terms of shouts, health, and bite damage, although Alduin has a 50% resistance to all damage types.
  • Using the console to spawn a Legendary Dragon and then killing it does not count towards its achievement.



This section contains bugs related to Legendary Dragon. 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.
  •  PC   360   PS3  As with all other dragons, when defeated, it might not be possible to absorb its soul.
    • Fix: spend a dragon soul, and the dragon's soul should be absorbed, but it might not necessarily work if you spend several dragon souls.
  •  PC   360   PS3  On the first encounter with a legendary dragon, it is somewhat common that its model and textures will be out of date and smooth; this is the same with most dragons, but even more with legendary dragons due to their rather rare nature, and in some cases, the legendary dragons will remain untextured, never fully rendering.
  •  PS3   Legendary dragons might fly backwards and kill the Dragonborn if it hits you while flying or landing.


Main article: Achievements (Dawnguard)
Achievement Dawnguard Legend
Defeat A Legendary Dragon
Points 40 Game points
Silver trophy

See alsoEdit


Start a Discussion Discussions about Legendary Dragon

  • Legendary Dragon are Anti-Cimactic

    34 messages
    • wrote: I'm lvl 80+. Armor Rating 955 and dual wield a set of Dragon Bone Long Swords which do 458 damage each, plus 58pts of sho...
    • Theres a cap for a lot of things in Skyrim and the cap for armor is a bit under six hundred (like Cheesy Weesy said above).
  • What was your first Legendary Dragon kill like?

    34 messages
    • wrote:I was in the middle of nowhere and it attacked so, I did what I always do here is an easy step by step for you- 1. Sum...
    • That comment was over a year ago but your right. My first one was bit annoying because on my current character at the time one couldn't spawn ...

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