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For other uses, see Skeletal Dragon.

The Skeletal Dragon is a necromantic dragon in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

Physical appearance[]

Unlike most dragons, who possess a body with pure skin, muscle and flesh, this dragon is purely bone, with no muscle mass or flesh at all.


In gameplay, the skeletal dragon is permanently grounded due to a lack of usable wings. This is proven by the creation kit that has a script which prevents the dragon from flying. This makes pelting it with arrows an easy, and efficient task for ending this undead beast. This fight is not much different, or difficult than a regular dragon, and given the right weapons and abilities, it can be over quite quickly, as the health pool of this specific beast is lower than other dragon types.


The skeletal dragon appears in the College of Winterhold quest "The Staff of Magnus," serving as the guardian of Labyrinthian. It appears in a very large room with four to eight skeletons and uses the Frost Breath Shout. The skeletal dragon does not have a dragon soul or dragon scales (including dragon heartscales), but will drop up to six dragon bones; aside from Paarthurnax, this is the only dragon that drops this many bones at one time.



This section contains bugs related to Skeletal 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.
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  • On rare occasions, during a random dragon fight, the Dragon will suddenly lose its skin and become skeletal. The Dragonborn will even receive a Dragon Soul. The Dragon may become unkillable after the transformation.
  • There is a possibility to turn any dragon into a skeletal dragon. To do so, the dragon must be killed from a distance, and before absorbing the Dragon Soul, use resurrect console command. And when the dragon is brought back to life, the Dragon soul can be absorbed, but the skin and scales will melt away. The Dragonborn must now fight the Skeletal Dragon.
  • If the dragon is spawned using console commands, it will fly like a normal dragon instead of being on the ground.
  • If a Skeletal Dragon that was spawned by using console commands is killed, its health bar will disappear, and it will not die afterwards, causing it to keep flying around the area it was spawned in.
    • Solution: Load a save that does not include the Skeletal Dragon that was spawned.
  • Sometimes the skeletal dragon's mouth will remain moving after it dies.
  • Sometimes, when a Skeletal Dragon dies, the health bar disappears, and then, a few seconds later, the Skeletal Dragon comes back to life. The player must now fight the Skeletal Dragon multiple times.
  • Sometimes, if the Dragonborn uses Fire Breath shout in the Skeletal Dragon, he will summon a Fire Atronach with infinite health.confirmation needed