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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  360   PS3   On the first encounter with a legendary dragon, it is somewhat common that its model and textures will be out of date and smooth; this is the same with most dragons, but even more with legendary dragons due to their rather rare nature, and in some cases, the legendary dragons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 Dragons

    2 messages
    • What level do you have to be to encounter a legendary dragon? At the moment I am level 70 and haven't seen one. I have all DLC for 360 and st...
    • The wiki page says around level seventy eight. That was the last last trophy i had to get on the PS3 i searched for ages with a character aro...
  • Legendary Dragon are Anti-Cimactic

    38 messages
    • > Have all DLC's > Am level 252 (by my maths 252 > 78) > Am playing on Legendary after I started one-shoting Dragur Deathlords (up f...
    • Ahh, found one, Seemed like any other dragon, but I'm on level 252, so It doesn't count in this arguement =P

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