"Most Nords of Skyrim believed Dragons were only a legend. Until now."
Dragons (Dovah, or Dov 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 comprehending 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 have 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.
- 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.
|Shouts3||Resist Fire||Resist Frost|
|Dragon||||Fire||10||1||905||37||• Fire Breath
|Dragon||||Frost||10||1||905||37||• Frost Breath||25%||50%|
|Blood Dragon||||Fire||20||18||1421||75||• Fire Breath||50%||25%|
|Blood Dragon||||Frost||20||18||1421||75||• Frost Breath||25%||50%|
|Frost Dragon||||Frost||30||27||1860||150||• Frost Breath||25%||50%|
|Elder Dragon||||Fire||40||36||2255||225||• Fire Breath||50%||25%|
|Elder Dragon||||Frost||40||36||2255||225||• Frost Breath||
|||Fire||50||45||3071||300||• Fire Breath||50%||25%|
|||Frost||50||45||3071||300||• Frost Breath||25%||50%|
|||Fire||62||59||3511||300||• Fire Breath||50%||25%|
|Legendary Dragon (Dawnguard)||||Fire||75||78||4163||300||• Fire Breath||50%||25%|
|Legendary Dragon (Dawnguard)||||Frost||75||78||4163||300||• Frost Breath||25%||50%|
|Serpentine Dragon (Dragonborn)||||Frost||58||50||3565||300||• Frost Breath||25%||50%|
|Serpentine Dragon (Dragonborn)||||Fire||58||50||3565||300||• Fire Breath||50%||25%|
1 Dragons have a fixed level, depending on their kind, which unrelated to the player's own level. 2 New types of dragons can be encountered once the player 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 few black dragons. He is also called the "World Eater".
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
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.
The first Dragon encountered by the player (other than Alduin). He attacks the Western Tower of Whiterun.
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, south-west 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. Random Encounters scripted to take place after a certain amount of in-game time has passed without a Dragon appearance. Thus, fast travelling 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
- Skyborn Altar
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.
- Dragon Bone 1-3.
- Dragon Scales 1-3.
- Dragon Heartscales (Can be collected using Kavohzein's Fang).
- Gold, the amount depending on the dragon's level.
- Precious gemstones.
- Weapons and armour, with a chance of being enchanted. (Revered and Legendary dragons have an increased chance of dropping Daedric weapons and Daedric armor).