Skyrim Dragonborn: How to Ride a Dragon

One of the premier additions in the Dragonborn add-on for Skyrim is the ability to ride a dragon. For the curious heroes of The Elder Scrolls series, learn all about taming and riding dragons with our quick guide below. The feature isn’t exactly what you think it is, so know your capabilities, and check out how to give these gentle giants a ride. No self-respecting Dragonborn should miss out.

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How to Ride a Dragon

  • Dragon Shout Requirement: Bend Will
  • Obtain Bend Will on the main story quest Dragonborn further into the DLC’s main story.
  • To ride a dragon, use the Bend Will shout during an encounter with one.
  • If the shout connects, the Dragon will be tamed and will land nearby. The dragon will speak, and when you get close, you’ll see an option allowing you to ride the dragon by pressing [A].
  • While riding a dragon, you do not have direct control. You can attack enemies on the ground with your magic, or have the dragon attack specific enemies.
  • Press [B] to have the Dragon attack enemies, or [Left/Right] to switch targets.
  • Press the action button again [A] to have the dragon land.
  • The dragon can also be used to fast travel. If there’s somewhere you desperately need a dragon, just bring up the map and the dragon will fly you there.
  • Goodluck, dragonborn!

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10 Comments on Skyrim Dragonborn: How to Ride a Dragon

Nick

On December 5, 2012 at 9:57 am

Wow, lame. Thought you could actually control and fly around and stuff. Waste of money is what this looks like.

Tanos

On December 6, 2012 at 5:48 pm

If all you’re buying the expansion for (and it IS an expansion) is to fly? Then yeah, it’s a waste. If you’re buying it for story, new locations to explore, and tons of new options? It’s a great investment and I’d highly recommend it.

Patrick

On December 7, 2012 at 3:23 pm

I did everything I think the dragon is tame but it don’t talk or fly me ?

Kevin Thielenhaus

On December 10, 2012 at 10:49 am

@Patrick,

If you hit the dragon with the special shout, it should eventually land and speak to you. Then, you can “talk” to it to ride on it’s back. At least, that’s how it is supposed to work. If you’re able to hit the dragon with the special shout, but it doesn’t land, then you might be encountering a bug. I’d suggest saving/loading and trying again, if you haven’t already.

John

On February 11, 2013 at 10:47 am

I quite like the aspect of the dragon riding where you have little control. I am pretty sure the it would be damn near impossible to fly a dragon completely. And if you think it is a waste of money, then you are an idiot. There are so many amazing things in this expansion. And if you don’t like the dragon taming then deal with it. We don’t care if you get it or not, and Bethesda doesn’t. Skyrim made 300 million sales or something crazy.

Phillip

On March 11, 2013 at 9:42 pm

Hey John, you really are a .

pbz

On March 18, 2013 at 5:09 pm

John your retarded you could fly dragons and control them in oblivion. Learn your history.

MrCundy

On April 8, 2013 at 10:43 pm

pbz… That was a mod

Danny

On July 10, 2013 at 8:15 am

i got the dragon tamed but after i land from it, it fly’s over somewhere and never coming back is that how it works?
and the dragon doesn’t really stay at dragonborn side then?

Kevin Thielenhaus

On July 10, 2013 at 10:54 am

@Danny,

The dragon only shows up once called. It doesn’t stick around, unfortunately! That would be pretty cool feature, though. Who wouldn’t want a dragon pet to hang out with?