Volsung (Dragon Language: VOLSUNG Vol-Sung, "Horror-[?]") is one of the eight named Dragon Priests. His full name translates to "Horrible" in the dragon language.


Volsung can be encountered at the summit of the Nordic ruin of Volskygge.

Notable itemsEdit

Upon his defeat, Volsung drops the Volsung mask—one of the eight mysterious dragon priest masks located throughout Skyrim. Collecting all eight masks is a requirement for the unmarked quest to restore the dragon priest shrine.


  • If the Dragonborn uses the Unrelenting Force shout on Volsung's coffin, it will cause him to be pushed out of it, rather than raise in his scripted animation.
  • Volsung's Command Daedra spell is much stronger than the Dragonborn's, even if level 81 is already reached before encountering the Dragon Priest. As of patch 1.9, however, it may be possible to best his spell.
  • Volsung can be encountered without even going inside of Volskygge. Simply go on the mountain above the first area of the ruin, climb up, and find the summit. There will be a word wall and Volsung's coffin, as Volsung rises out he can be killed and his mask looted. The word wall can also be used, all without having to go through all the areas of Volskygge.
  • Volsung is extremely powerful with maxed-out skills in Conjuration, Destruction, Alteration, and Restoration. He also boasts an exceptionally high resistance against magic, so it is best advised to sneak up and use a bow or crossbow to counter him. It is also possible to distract him with essential followers and then drain his magicka with the Staff of Magnus while also armed with a staff that discharges shock damage. Both of these weapons allow one to simultaneously drain his health and magicka.


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