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Race Dragon
Gender Male
Faction Dragon
Rank Alduin's right-hand
Services Assistance in battles
Essential Always
Ref ID 45921
Base ID F6850
"As for myself, you've proven your mastery twice over. Thuri, Dovahkiin. I gladly acknowledge the power of your Thu'um."

Odahviing (ODAhVIiNG in dragon language) is an ally of and right-hand dragon to Alduin. The Dragonborn must summon him to an encounter during the main quest. His name means "Winged Snow Hunter" in the language of dragons.


Odahviing was killed sometime after the Dragon War and was buried in the southeast of Skyrim near Riften.[1]


The FallenEdit


Odahviing captured at Dragonsreach.

In order to find the final location of Alduin, the Dragonborn must capture and interrogate Odahviing. To lure Odahviing into the trap, the Dragonborn must use Dragonrend to force him to land, and walk backwards into Dragonsreach, causing him to be trapped. While captured, Odahviing bargains with the Dragonborn for his freedom. For his release, he trades the Dragonborn his loyalty and safe passage to Alduin's temple of Skuldafn, high in the eastern mountains and reachable only by flight.


Odahviing waiting to be mounted.


After the Dragonborn slays Alduin and is shouted back to the Throat of the World, the Dragons acknowledge the Dragonborn's Thu'um and began flying out and shouting, with Paarthurnax pledging to lead the Dragons and teach them the Way of the Voice. Odahviing then came down to the Dragonborn, wishing Paarthurnax success on his quest to make the dragons follow the Way of the Voice.

Odahviing was already impressed twice over after the battle and pledged his life to the service of the Dragonborn, claiming that he will come to the aid of the Dragonborn whenever the Dragonborn needs help, if he can. Then he flies away and later can be seen circling the top of the Throat of the World.

Call Dragon shoutEdit


Once freed, Odahviing becomes a friendly Dragon that helps the Dragonborn. He can be summoned by using the Call Dragon shout which is learned during the quest The Fallen. He may only be summoned outdoors.


  • When Odahviing is called, he will not harm followers, nor will they harm him. This includes any Legion or Stormcloak members assisted. Odahviing, however, becomes hostile toward Shadowmere.
  • If Odahviing takes too much damage in battle, he will land and stop fighting.
  • He prefers to battle from the sky and is still affected by area of effect spells, such as Lightning Cloak or Fireball.
  • Odahviing, when called to battle a fellow dragon, may enter aerial combat with the hostile dragon.
  • He fights until all hostiles are dispatched.


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Length: 0:06
Description: Odahviing's reaction to being caught.
  • "Dovahkiin, here I am!"
  • "Nid! Horvutah med kodaav. ("No! Trapped like a bear.") ... Zok frini grind ko grah drun viiki, Dovahkiin. ("My most eagerness (to) meet (you) in battle brought my defeat.") Ah. I forget. You do not have the dovah speech."
  • "Alduin has proven himself unworthy to rule. I go my own way now."



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Odahviing at the Throat of the World.

  • Odahviing can be seen flying around the top of the Throat of the World once the Call Dragon shout has been obtained.
  • He is the last being to speak with the Dragonborn when they return from Sovngarde.
  • After his capture, Farengar Secret-Fire will come to examine him, wanting to perform tests and gather samples. He moves around to Odahviing's hindquarters, then Odahviing will shout in pain and let off a burst of fire. Farengar will then flee afterwards.
  • Odahviing is voiced by Canadian actor Charles Dennis.
  • He is one of the few named dragons that can be mounted, with the addition of the The Elder Scrolls V: Dragonborn add-on. He also has unique audio differing from the other dragons.


This section contains bugs related to Odahviing. 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.
  • If attacked while he is trapped in Dragonsreach, no damage is done to him and he will do nothing. Upon release, he becomes hostile.
  •  360   The Jarl must be at the Dragonsreach Great Porch in order for Odahviing to be captured properly.
  •  PC   360   PS3  Bend Will might not work on Odahviing.
  • When he is trapped at the Dragonsreach Great Porch, he may not appear in the trap but hovering at an angle behind it, if this is the case he cannot be spoken to.
    • To resolve this, reload the save before you trap him.



Start a Discussion Discussions about Odahviing


    12 messages
    • I see what's happening. This same exact thing happened to me. I play on 360, happens to me more regularly with Alduin than I care to rememb...
    • Like 87.211 said all you should have to do is lure him to the trap keep him grounded with Dragonrend get his attention on you and lead him in...
  • Odahviing is a frost dragon...

    59 messages
    • I thought it meant he hunted beings of cold and stuff because he like uses fire and crap to melt them and stuff and yeah
    • wrote:it may have to do with his name, translated it means Snow-Hunter-wing. Also him being red Is just showing he is showing he is...

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