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Dragon Shouts

Dragon Shouts, known as Dovahzaan in the Dragon Language, are ancient words of power in the fictional Dragon Language in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. In practice, they are essentially powerful spoken spells that have different effects. The player, being a Dovahkiin, or Dragonborn in English, can recite several of these dragon shouts that have magical effects. While several other characters in the game are capable of using the dragon shouts, the player character is the only known Dovahkiin during the events of Skyrim, and is uniquely capable of learning Words of Power with ease and instantaneously unlocking their use by absorbing the souls of slain dragons with no effort (whereas non-Dragonborn characters would have to spend decades learning Shouts). Some of these Dragon Shouts will be found in certain dungeons within Skyrim and others can be learned from characters that already know them.

Dragon Language

Absorbing a Dragon's Soul

The unique draconic language was created specifically for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. There is a thirty letter alphabet which is accompanied by a complete written script. It seems that the written form is heavily influenced by Cuneiform Script from 2400 BC. The written script was also made to look as though a creature with three talons, like a Dragon perhaps, could write it out. The vocal pronunciation is very earthy, heavy, and sharp by focusing on the hard sounds of letters like D, R, K, and V. Also, the additional six letters of the alphabet are merely represented as double vowels, like 'ii,' 'aa,' 'oo,' or specific vowel sounds like 'ah,' and 'oh.'

The language was created to have the same words rhyme in both English and Draconic. That doesn't necessarily mean that words that rhyme in English will have the same rhyming sound in Draconic, just that they will still rhyme with each other when translated to either language.

Available Dragon Shouts to learn

W o P: Word of Power

CD: Cooldown

Dragon shoutDescriptionW o PTranslationCDWord wall location

Animal Allegiance

A Shout for help from the beasts of the wild, who come to fight in your defense.
Summon beasts to battle with the player.RaanAnimal50Angarvunde
MirAllegiance60Ancient's Ascent
TahPack70Ysgramor's Tomb

Aura Whisper

Your Voice is not a Shout, but a whisper, revealing the life forces of any and all.
Detects life forms, can see through walls.LaasLife30Northwind Summit

Become Ethereal

The Thu'um reaches out to the Void, changing your form to one that cannot harm, or be harmed.
Becomes immune to damage but also, unable to attackFeimFade30Ironbind Barrow
ZiiSpirit40Lost Valley Redoubt

Call Dragon

Odahviing! Hear my Voice and come forth. I summon you in my time of need.
Summons a dragon to fight on the Dragon Borns side. All words are learned during the quest "The Fallen".OdSnow5Sky Haven Temple

Call of Valor

The valiant of Sovngarde hear your Voice, and journey beyond space and time to lend aid.
Summons heroes to fight on your side. All words are learned during the quest "Dragonslayer".HunHero180Sovngarde

Clear Skies

Skyrim itself yields before the Thu'um, as you clear away fog and inclement weather.
Clears the sky. All words are learned during the quest "The Throat of the World".LokSky5High Hrothgar


Shout defies steel, as you rip the weapon from an opponent's grasp.
Disarms enemies.ZunWeapon30Eldersblood Peak
HaalHand35Silverdrift Lair
VikDefeat40Veil Sanctum


And the weak shall fear the Thu'um, and flee in terror.
Makes enemies flee from the DragonbornFaasFear40Dead Crone Rock
MaarTerror50Lost Tongue Overlook


Your Voice lashes out at a dragon's very soul, forcing the beast to land.
This shout forces a dragon to land. All words are learned during the quest "Alduin's Bane".JoorMortal10Throat of the World

Elemental Fury

The Thu'um imbues your arms with the speed of wind, allowing for faster weapon strikes.
Makes you attack faster.SuAir30Dragontooth Crater
GrahBattle40Statue to Meridia
DunGrace50Shriekwind Bastio

Fire Breath

Inhale air, exhale flame, and behold the Thu'um as inferno.
Lets the Dragonborn breath fire like a dragon.YolFire30Dustman's Cairn
ToorInferno50Sunderstone Gorge
SholSun100Throat of the World

Frost Breath

Your breath is winter, you Thu'um a blizzard.
Lets the Dragonborn breath ice like a dragon, same as firebreath but with frost related damage.FoFrost30Bonestrewn Crest
DiinFreeze100Skyborn Altar

Ice Form

Your Thu'um freezes an opponent solid.
Encases a enemy in ice.IisIce60Frostmere Crypt
SlenFlesh90Mount Anthor

Kyne's Peace

The Voice soothes wild beasts, who lose their desire to fight or flee.
DremPeace50Rannveig's Fast
OvTrust60Shroud Hearth Barrow

Marked for Death

Speak, and let your Voice herald doom, as an opponent's armor and life force are weakened.
Damages the health and stamina of a target.KriiKill20Autumnwatch Tower
LunLeech30Dark Brotherhood Sanctuary
AusSuffer40Forsaken Cave

Slow Time

Shout at time, and command it to obey, as the world around you stands still.
Briefly makes the time go slower.TiidTime30Hag's End

Storm Call

A Shout to the skies, a cry to the clouds, that awakens the destructive force of Skyrim's lightning.
Creates a storm that strikes down at enemies.StrunStorm300Forelhost
BahWrath480High Gate Ruins

Throw Voice

The Thu'um is heard, but its source unknown, fooling those into seeking it out.
Fools the enemy and make them believe you are somewhere else. All three words are learned from the same Word Wall.FulFool30Shearpoint

Whirlwind Sprint

The Thu'um rushes forward, carrying you in its wake with the speed of a tempest.
Gives the player a quick burst of speed to get past deadly obstacles or enemies. It also allows crossing of small abysses.WuldWhirlwind20High Hrothgar
NahFury25Dead Man's Respite

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