skyrims dragons

"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.[1] 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.



Appearance Type Lvl1 Enc2 [1]


Shouts3 Resist Fire Resist Frost
Dragon [2] Fire 10 1 905 37 Fire Breath


50% 25%
Dragon [3] Frost 10 1 905 37 Frost Breath

Ice Storm

25% 50%
Blood Dragon [4] Fire 20 18 1421 75 Fire Breath

FireballUnrelenting Force

50% 25%
Blood Dragon [5] Frost 20 18 1421 75 Frost Breath

Ice StormUnrelenting Force

25% 50%
Frost Dragon [6] Frost 30 27 1860 150 Frost Breath

Ice StormUnrelenting Force

25% 50%
Elder Dragon [7] Fire 40 36 2255 225 Fire Breath

FireballUnrelenting Force

50% 25%
Elder Dragon [8] Frost 40 36 2255 225 Frost Breath

Ice StormUnrelenting Force



Ancient Dragon

[9] Fire 50 45 3071 300 Fire Breath

FireballUnrelenting Force

50% 25%

Ancient Dragon

[10] Frost 50 45 3071 300 Frost Breath

Ice StormUnrelenting Force

25% 50%

Revered Dragon (Dawnguard)

[11] Fire 62 59 3511 300 Fire Breath

Unrelenting ForceDrain Vitality

50% 25%
Legendary Dragon (Dawnguard) [12] Fire 75 78 4163 300 Fire Breath

Unrelenting ForceDrain Vitality

50% 25%
Legendary Dragon (Dawnguard) [13] Frost 75 78 4163 300 Frost Breath

Unrelenting ForceDrain Vitality

25% 50%
Serpentine Dragon (Dragonborn) [14] Frost 58 50 3565 300 Frost Breath

Ice StormUnrelenting Force

25% 50%
Serpentine Dragon (Dragonborn) [15] Fire 58 50 3565 300 Fire Breath

Fire BallUnrelenting Force

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.

Named dragonsEdit

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".


An undead dragon who resides within the Soul Cairn in The Elder Scrolls V: Dawnguard.


A dragon found outside of Nchardak after completion of The Path of Knowledge in The Elder Scrolls V: Dragonborn.


A a dragon encountered during the quest At the Summit of Apocrypha in The Elder Scrolls V: Dragonborn.


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.


A dragon encountered during the quest At the Summit of Apocrypha in The Elder Scrolls V: Dragonborn.


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 Serpentine Dragon encountered during the quest At the Summit of Apocrypha in The Elder Scrolls V: Dragonborn.


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 just outside Rorikstead. At the start of Alduin's Wall, the Dragonborn can witness this dragon's resurrection at his burial mound.


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:

Dragon RidingEdit

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.


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