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For other uses, see Dragon Scales.

Dragon Scales are a crafting material found in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.


Dragon scales are one of the main components used to make dragonplate and dragonscale armor. Dragon Scales are quite valuable, but their heavy weight makes it difficult to carry many at once.


  • Dragon scales are obtained from the skeletal remains of dragons. A dead dragon will normally yield one to six scales.
  • There is a single dragon scale in Rorikstead. At the top of the hill, next to a pile of rubble, there is a shrine to Akatosh where the scale can be found. This dragon scale will replenish once a week, and enough scales for an entire set of armor can be gathered even before completing "Dragon Rising."

Dragon Heartscales[]

Dragon heartscales are a unique type of dragon scale that can be obtained by looting a dragon's corpse while having the unique dragon priest dagger called Kahvozein's Fang equipped in the right hand. Dragon heartscales have the same weight and value as normal dragon scales; however, they have a slight color difference.



This section contains bugs related to Dragon Scales (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.
  • Dropping Dragon Scales in quantities of six or greater for followers to pick up causes them to merge into one clump, as is usual. However, when Followers pick up the scales, they do not always retain their original quantity, rather, they sometimes drop down to one scale. A solution is to trade with followers instead.
  •  360   PS3   If dropped from the inventory in a stack, when picked up they may be marked as stolen.

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