For other uses, see Blood Dragon.

Blood Dragons are dragons found in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. They are a unique breed with horizontal slit pupils, a crest on their head, a sail that goes along their back, and a leaf-shaped flap at the end of their tail.

They become common at level 20, starting to occur around level 18, although on rare occasions as low as level 1.


Blood Dragons look radically different from the default Brown Dragon. They are green in appearance, and are slightly larger in size. On their back, they have a small sail. Instead of the regular spade shape at the end of the tail, they have a broad, leaf-like design, ending in a sharp tip.

Blood Dragons also have a unique skull formation, being more rounded before pointing off at the jaw. They have a frill on the back of their skulls, and their eyes–unlike those of the other dragons–have pupils which run horizontally rather than vertically, producing a more unsettling appearance.


Blood dragons follow their targets, even circling around cities when they've been entered. The only way to escape a blood dragon, other than hiding in a cave, is to lead it to a small village or camp and flee as it attacks the village. Only on rare occasions will blood dragons not follow their target into a city.


Blood dragons use finishing moves when the health of their target is low. This animation depicts them biting down on the upper torso of the target. A blood dragon can use either fire and frost breath attacks.




This section contains bugs related to Blood Dragon (Skyrim). 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  ,  NX  , 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   NX   Sometimes, a blood dragon's texture will not load properly until it is killed.
  • As with other types of dragon, a blood dragon may give no soul when killed (when this happens, the dragon's body is not turned into a skeleton).


Start a Discussion Discussions about Blood Dragon (Skyrim)

  • Name Origin

    2 messages
    • Is there any explanation as to why Blood Dragons are called BLOOD Dragons? As far as I can tell the Blood Dragons do not affect blood in any w...
    • My best guess is that their spade-shaped tail is reminiscent of a stylistic drop of blood. Other than that, I have no clue (other than it sou...
  • How to take down a blood dragon?

    • How do you take down a Blood Dragon? what are some of the spells that can be used? If you use a bow, what kind should be used? Thanks
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