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For other uses, see Draugr Deathlord and Draugr Overlord.

The Draugr Death Overlord is a variant of draugr found in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. It is the strongest draugr variant, is one of the most powerful types of undead, and typically serves as the final foe in a dungeon of draugr residents.


Draugr death overlords are encountered at level 21 and above, and normally will not make any appearances beforehand.


They use Ebony or Honed Ancient Nord weapons, which may also be enchanted, increasing their effectiveness. Those using one-handed weapons may also carry Ebony shields, making for a formidable defense. Most will use shouts, such as Unrelenting Force, Frost Breath or Disarm.

Death Overlords wielding Two-Handed weapons are extremely dangerous opponents, requiring both skill and strength to defeat. They will often send less powerful minions to surround and disorient the Dragonborn to help in their attack. Like all draugr, they possess a double elemental resistance against both poison and frost, plus an immunity against bleeding damage. They can still be affected by the Ghostblade, Ebony Mail and Targe of the Blooded.


Death Overlords may have the following items in their inventory:


  • At level 21 and above there is a level 34 Draugr Death Overlord on the throne at the end of Volskygge before exiting to Volskygge Peak. Although this means a very difficult fight, it also means that the Dragonborn can get an Ebony weapon (sword or war axe) early on. If the Dragonborn visits this place at 30th level and above, the level 34 Draugr Death Overlord will be replaced by level 45 Draugr Death Overlord.
  • Draugr Death Overlords are one of the few boss draugr able to use the full power Unrelenting Force shout, thus capable of ragdolling the Dragonborn.
  • Although they usually serve as the strongest enemy in a dungeon, they will replace all normal draugr in Skuldafn, if the player is of a high enough level.


This section contains bugs related to Draugr Death Overlord. 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.
  •  PC   PS4   The draugr at the end of Volskygge will always be a Draugr Death Overlord, regardless of the player's level when entering, which can result in a very difficult fight.

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