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TESV Dragon Priest Shrine

The Dragon Priest shrine.

For other uses, see Dragon Priest Masks.

A Dragon Priest Mask is a unique piece of headgear and can be obtained after defeating each of the eight unique dragon priests that appear in various locations throughout Skyrim. Each mask is unique in color and varies in smithing material. Each mask is named after their respective master and has unique effects; they are defined as either light or heavy armor.

All dragon priest masks require the Arcane Blacksmith perk to upgrade.

As the majority of the priests are found near word walls, they can be easily located by talking to Arngeir, in High Hrothgar, about finding words of power and receiving quests to discover most word walls.


"Legend holds that the highest ranking Dragon Priests were granted magical masks – strange artifacts that defy the laws of time, and grant their wearers powerful enchantments."
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Image Name Prerequisite Enchantment Armor Material
Hevnoraak Mask Hevnoraak Kill Hevnoraak in Valthume Immunity to disease and poison Heavy Iron
Krosis Mask Krosis Kill Krosis in Shearpoint +20% to Lockpicking, Archery, Alchemy Light Iron
Morokei Mask Morokei Kill Morokei in Labyrinthian +100% magicka regeneration Light Moonstone
Nahkriin Mask Nahkriin Kill Nahkriin in Skuldafn, in the main quest +50 magicka; -20% Restoration & Destruction cost Heavy Ebony
Otar Mask Otar Kill Otar the Mad in Ragnvald +30% Fire, Frost, Shock resistance Heavy Malachite
Rahgot Mask Rahgot Kill Rahgot in Forelhost +70 Stamina Heavy Orichalcum
Vokun Mask Vokun Kill Vokun in High Gate Ruins -20% Alteration, Conjuration, Illusion cost Heavy Steel
Volsung Mask Volsung Kill Volsung in Volskygge +20 Carry limit; 20% better prices; Waterbreathing Light Corundum
Wooden Mask Wooden Mask Go to the central barrow in Labyrinthian The wooden mask hums with an unfamiliar energy Light N/A
Konahrik Mask Konahrik Bring the others to Bromjunaar Sanctuary When health is low, may heal you & damage enemies Heavy Gold
Ahzidal Mask Ahzidal DR Kill Ahzidal in Kolbjorn Barrow 50% Resist Fire; Fire spells do 25% more damage Heavy Ebony
Dukaan Mask Dukaan DR Kill Dukaan in White Ridge Barrow 50% Resist Frost; Frost spells do 25% more damage Heavy Ebony
Zahkriisos Mask Zahkriisos DR Kill Zahkriisos in Bloodskal Barrow 50% Resist Shock; Shock spells do 25% more damage Heavy Ebony
Miraakmask Miraak DR Kill Miraak at the end of the questline Increases magicka by 40–70 points Both N/A


  • According to character artist Jonah Lobe in an AMA thread, the decision to give masks to the Dragon Priests were inspired by masks like Vivec's Ashmask in The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind. Lobe also states that the design of the masks themselves was inspired by a Nigerian mask gifted by a family friend.[UL 1]
  • Each mask seems to be made of a different metallic or stone material. This is supported by the fact that the mesh and texture files are referred to by material rather than by which dragon priest it belongs to.
  • Upon retrieving a mask placed on the shrine, all smithing enhancements will be removed from the mask.
  • Dragon Priest masks cannot be disenchanted at an arcane enchanter to learn their enchantments.
  • Although the in-game descriptions for Ahzidal, Dukaan, and Zahkriisos state that only spells of their respective elements will do 25% more damage, weapons enchanted with said elements will also be affected. For example, equipping Ahzidal will cause a Steel Sword of Scorching to do 18 points of fire damage, instead of 15.
  • Vahlok the Jailor is the only notable Dragon Priest who does not have a Dragon Priest mask associated with him.
  • As masks are considered armor, the Alteration perk Mage Armor is negated.
  • In addition to dragon priest masks having powerful enchantments, certain masks have the highest armor rating of any headgear available.
    • For heavy armor, Konahrik has the highest base armor.
    • For light armor, Krosis and Volsung have the highest base armor.
    • However, with the Dragonborn DLC, Miraak's mask has the highest heavy and light armor.


This section contains bugs related to Dragon Priest Masks (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  /  PS5  ,  XS  , 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.
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  •  PC   360   PS3   When equipping a mask and the archmage's robes together; both the mask and the Dragonborn's entire head may disappear, showing only an empty hood.
    • A short term fix is to drop the archmage's robes then pick them up again.
    • Another fix is to store the mask in a container and then equip it directly from the container.
    •  PC (fix)   This can be temporarily fixed by pressing F5, quicksave, and then F9, quick load.
    •  360 (fix)   Clearing the cache will also correct this issue.
    •  PS3 (fix)   Can also be temporarily fixed by saving and loading.
  •  PC   360   PS3   It is possible to equip this item while wearing a falmer helmet, ancient shrouded cowl, the Jagged Crown and circlets.
  •  PC   360   PS3   If a mask is given to Malborn during the quest "Diplomatic Immunity," it may disappear. This has been known to happen with the masks Morokei and Krosis.
    •  PC (fix)   To resolve this, use the console command player.additem <itemID> 1, and it will add the mask to the inventory again.

 PC   360   PS3   If any mask is given to any follower, it may eventually disappear from their inventory.

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