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Serpentine Dragon

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Serpentine Dragons are a species of dragon introduced in The Elder Scrolls V: Dragonborn.


Unlike other dragons, a serpentine dragon's head resembles that of a snake, hence its name. Furthermore, their scales are much smoother and finer than those of other dragons and they have a pronounced underbite.


The combat is the same as that of other dragons. It attacks with both Fire Breath and Frost Breath, and the typical melee skills of the dragon include a tail and wing slams, along with biting at the Dragonborn.

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  • Despite having an obviously different cranial structure from other dragons, the serpentine dragons leave behind the same skeleton as regular dragons upon death.


This section contains bugs related to Serpentine 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.
  •  PS3   360   Sometimes when you try to kill a serpentine dragon, it doesn't die. It just keeps flying above without a health meter.
    • Solution: Use Bend Will on the dragon, it will try to land but instead it will crash and die.
  •  PC   Serpentine dragons spawned using the console may not give souls when killed.
  •  PC   360   When in combat, a dragon soul will be absorbed even though the dragon is still alive and hostile. The same visual effects when a soul is absorbed will occur - including the dragon's flesh burning - leaving behind a (flying) skeletal dragon. It cannot be killed afterwards. Loading a previous save is the only known fix. 


Start a Discussion Discussions about Serpentine Dragon

  • Is the Serpentine Dragon the coolest dragon...

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    • If the Serpentine Dragons didn't remind me so much of Pisci, I'd hate them alongside the rest of you.
    • wrote: If the Serpentine Dragons didn't remind me so much of Pisci, I'd hate them alongside the rest of you. (S...
  • I hate the serpentine dragons

    2 messages
    • it looks like it is mentally and pysically retarded, it does massive damage. and i am going to tell you to never face a serpentine dragon...
    • Depends on how you decide to approach it. Melee combat is obviously far more risky that trying a Destruction magic or Archery approach. Also...

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