Dragons (Dovah, or Dov in plural) are a reptilian race from Akavir that were once widespread throughout Tamriel. Although seeming rather beast-like, they are profoundly intelligent, capable of speech, written language, and comprehension of other languages. Their spoken language can be used to cast powerful magic known as Thu'um or Dragon Shouts. They were virtually extinct until 4E 201, when they resurfaced in Skyrim with the return of Alduin.
- Dragon: Brown-colored dragons; they are the first dragons encountered in Skyrim and are the weakest.
- Blood Dragon: Green-colored dragons that have finned crowns and spade-like tails.
- Frost Dragon: White and blue, ice-affiliated dragons with black-colored dorsal spines.
- Elder Dragon: Bronze-scaled dragons with arrow-shaped tails; second to Ancient Dragons.
- Ancient Dragon: Red, black and orange-colored dragons; the most powerful dragon in the base game.
- Revered Dragon: Orange-colored dragons introduced in Dawnguard; second most powerful variant.
- Legendary Dragon: Black, purple-colored; maximum level dragon introduced in Dawnguard; most powerful variant.
- Serpentine Dragon: Blue-colored, snake-like dragon introduced in Dragonborn.
- Black Dragon: See: Alduin
- Red Dragon: See: Nafaalilargus and Odahviing
- Undead Dragon: See Durnehviir
- Skeletal Dragon: Dragons who are literally living skeletons; they lack muscles, flesh and organs.
|Name||Appearance||Type||Lvl1||Enc2||Shouts3||Resist Fire||Resist Frost|
|Revered Dragon (Dawnguard)||Fire||62||59||3511||50%||25%|
|Legendary Dragon (Dawnguard)||Fire||75||78||4163||50%||25%|
|Legendary Dragon (Dawnguard)||Frost||75||78||4163||25%||50%|
|Serpentine Dragon (Dragonborn)||Frost||58||50||3565||25%||50%|
|Serpentine Dragon (Dragonborn)||Fire||58||50||3565||50%||25%|
|Alduin||PC×1.2 (10–100)||10||2355||50% to all damage sources|
1 Dragons have a fixed level, depending on their kind, which unrelated to the player character's own level.
2 New types of dragons can be encountered once the player character reaches a certain level.
3 Dragons have unique shouts resembling Fireball and Ice Storm spells, although the damage values differ.
These are dragons encountered throughout Skyrim. Essentially identical to random nameless dragons in terms of gameplay, these Dragons are usually encountered during the main quest with individual names and dialogue:
The first-born son of Akatosh. He resurrects the dragons throughout Skyrim so that he may feast on the souls of the dead and the living. One of the black dragons. He is also called the "World Eater."
An undead dragon who resides within the Soul Cairn in The Elder Scrolls V: Dawnguard. He was tricked by the Ideal Masters into staying in the Soul Cairn by agreeing to watch over Valerica until they harvested her soul. As an immortal, Durnehviir took the deal, not realizing Valerica was also immortal.
Alduin's right hand dragon, Odahviing, was captured by the Dragonborn and then was pledged allegiance to him in return for his freedom. He can be called to aid of the Dovahkiin by using the Call Dragon shout. One of the few red dragons.
Leader of the Greybeards and follower of The Way of The Voice, Paarthurnax was part of the cause for thousands of deaths but betrayed Alduin and helped in the original "defeat." He can help the Dragonborn meditate on certain words of power.
An incredibly old Dragon with the ability to breathe both fire and ice, was resurrected by Alduin only to be killed shortly after by the Dovahkiin.
A dragon that has been observed speaking in native tongue to other dragons. This dragon can be randomly encountered while wandering Skyrim. After completing "The Throat of the World," the Dragonborn can witness Alduin resurrecting this dragon from his burial site west of Anga's Mill.
Encountered near his burial site north-west of Bloated Man's Grotto, southwest of Sleeping Tree Camp, and south of Broken Fang Cave. Was being resurrected by Alduin when encountered. Can be found after completing "Diplomatic Immunity."
A dragon encountered underground in Blackreach, underneath Alftand. To trigger this dragon attack, the player must use the Unrelenting Force shout on the massive orange globe hanging above Blackreach.
Dragons can attack anywhere outdoors in Skyrim and random encounters are scripted to take place after a certain amount of in-game time has passed without a Dragon appearance. Thus, fast traveling to an outdoor location is a reliable way to trigger a random Dragon encounter.
There are, however, certain locations where Dragons are scripted to appear. These locations are called dragon lairs that can be found all over Skyrim. In these locations Dragons are typically perched atop word walls that they are guarding.
The following is a list of Dragon Lairs:
- Ancient's Ascent
- Autumnwatch Tower
- Bonestrewn Crest
- Dragontooth Crater
- Eldersblood Peak
- Lost Tongue Overlook
- Mount Anthor
- Northwind Summit
- Saering's Watch DR
- Skyborn Altar
- Other scripted events
These locations are not dragon lairs, but a dragon is guaranteed to be present.
- Outside the unmarked entrance to Bleak Falls Barrow. This location resets.
Dragon Riding is a feature added in The Elder Scrolls V: Dragonborn that grants the ability to temporarily tame and ride Dragons. All three words of the Bend Will shout are required in order for it to work. When the shout is directed at a dragon, it will land and allow the Dragonborn to mount it. As soon as the dragon has been mounted, it will take to the skies. This introduces a new control scheme that allows the Dragonborn to command the dragon they are riding to attack targets.
- Dragon Bones 1–3
- Dragon Scales 1–3
- Dragon Heartscales (can be collected using Kahvozein's Fang)
- Gold, the amount depending on the dragon's level
- Precious gemstones
- Weapons and Armor, with a chance of being enchanted. (Revered and Legendary dragons have an increased chance of dropping Daedric weapons and Daedric armor).
|Click for a list of strategies|
| Dragon Soul|
Absorb a dragon soul
| Dragon Hunter|
Absorb 20 dragon souls
- Dragons can only land on the ground if there is enough flat, open space. If a dragon refuses to land on the ground, consider moving somewhere more open. The dragon can also land on most buildings.
- Dragons can appear inside a walled city and attack various characters. If a quest-giver is killed, their quest may become unavailable.
- When a dragon is killed and characters are nearby, they will rush over to gawk at the corpse and the fact that the player has absorbed its soul.
- While a dragon corpse is burning, the effect can be seen from the world map.
- When a dragon is low on health, they may descend and crash into the ground, leaving a large trench behind.
- Dragons were said to have been ruled by the Tsaesci and flew west to Skyrim.
- Dragons cannot be soul trapped for obvious reason.
- As the Dragonborn continues with the main quest, dragon attacks tend to happen more often.
- In places where dragons are scripted to appear, such as Dragon Lairs, they can be found either perched on a cliff edge, word wall or sometimes even lying down on the ground.
- Although not a dragon lair, there is a scripted dragon appearance at the unmarked exit of Bleak Falls Barrow, overlooking Lake Ilinalta.
- The dragons depicted in Skyrim closely resemble wyverns, a type of dragon found in European mythology.
This section contains bugs related to Dragons (Skyrim). Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:
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|Creatures and Enemies (The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim)|
|Animals||Ants • Bear • Cave Bear • Chicken • Cow • Deer • Dog • Elk • Fox • Goat • Hawk • Horker • Horse|
Ice Wolf • Mammoth • Mudcrab • Rabbit • Sabre Cat • Salmon • Skeever • Slaughterfish • Snow Bear • Snow Fox • Wolf
|Creatures||Chaurus • Frostbite Spider • Frost Troll • Giant • Hagraven • Ice Wraith • Spriggan • Troll|
|Daedra||Dremora • Flame Atronach • Frost Atronach • Storm Atronach|
|Undead||Corrupted Shade • Dragon Priest • Draugr • Ghost • Magic Anomaly • Skeleton|
Subjugated Ghost • Wisp • Wispmother • Vampire
|Animunculi||Dwarven Centurion • Dwarven Sphere • Dwarven Spider|
|Dragons||Dragon • Blood Dragon • Frost Dragon • Elder Dragon • Ancient Dragon • Skeletal Dragon|