Skyrim: Dawnguard – How to Find All 3 New Dragon Shouts

The Dragon Shouts are a big part of Skyrim, and you won’t want to miss these crazy-powerful special abilities in Dawnguard either. Drain enemies of their vitality, convert them to your side, or summon a giant undead Dragon to crush them; that’s the kind of power you’ll have if you can find all three. Only one will unlock in the main plot, you’ll need to find the other two yourself. Find out when and where to unlock these devastating skills with our quick location guide below.

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How to Find All 3 New Dragon Shouts

Soul Tear

  1. To unlock Soul Tear, you’ll need to defeat the Undead Dragon Durnehviir inside the Soul Cairn. The Soul Cairn is available to enter freely after the quest “Chasing Echoes.”
  2. While in the Soul Cairn, you’ll need to face Durnehviir and kill it. As you leave, it’ll reappear to bestow upon you the Summon Durnehviir Dragon Shout.
  3. You’ll then need to use the Summon Durnehviir Dragon Shout three times — each use of Summon Durnehviir will grant you one word of Soul Tear.
  4. Soul Tear rips the souls from your opponents and will turn them into an ally.

Summon Durnehviir

  1. To Summon Durnehviir, you must first face the dragon on the top of the spires of the Soul Cairn.
  2. While on the Main Quests, at one point you’ll travel to the Soul Cairn to help Serana find an Elder Scroll. Once you’ve defeated Durnehviir, he will reappear as you exit to speak.
  3. Here, the dragon will teach you the Dragon Shout. It is key to unlocking another Dragon Shout called Soul Tear, with further instructions in the previous entry.
  4. This Dragon Shout will summon Durnehviir to fight by your side temporarily in battle.

Drain Vitality

  1. During the quest “Bloodline” you’ll travel to a location called the Dimhollow Caverns.
  2. The Dragon Wall that will teach you the words to Drain Vitality is located inside Dimhollow Caverns.
  3. Search the caverns for a large room with a torn banner hanging from the ceiling with a podium, where fire is raising through a grating on the floor. Look for a wall covered in symbols — find it to learn the Drain Vitality Dragon Shout.
  4. The ability will drain health, magic, and stamina points from your enemies.

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2 Comments on Skyrim: Dawnguard – How to Find All 3 New Dragon Shouts


On June 29, 2012 at 4:25 am

i accidentally killed the soul cairn dragon a second time. when i first walked out of the boneyard and saw him there i freaked out and thought of the mother saying he would revive, so i killed it. is there any way to see him again? or have i ruined it?


On March 7, 2013 at 9:32 am

Try going back there to the left side is a broken dragon shout wall. he sits there on it. So proubibly will be still there. If he revived again. else i dont know if its possible.