Dragon Shouts in Skyrim are phrases of dragon language, consisting of three separate words of power, that can be used to unleash varied powerful effects. Dragon shouts are also called The Voice or Thu'um and do not require the use of Magicka or Stamina to activate. Players as the Dovahkiin (Dragonborn), a mortal with the soul of a dragon, are born with this power regardless of race. You can use dragon shouts only after completing Dragon Rising in the Main Quest. Players have to find words of power and unlock the dragon shouts using the souls of dragons that they can now absorb after slaying them. There are a total of 20 dragon shouts in the vanilla Skyrim, and a total of 27 dragon shouts with add-ons. The Dawnguard adds three and the Dragonborn adds four. To unlock all dragon shouts from all DLC, 65 Dragon souls are required. 


Learning Dragon Shouts in Skyrim

To use Dragon shouts players first have to find the words of power then use dragon souls to unlock the shouts. The words of power form parts of dragon shouts that players can learn and use. Different dragon shouts have different number of words related to them. Some dragon shouts will need multiple words of power unlocked before being usable, while others may be used from unlocking the first word of the shout with more unlocked words giving stronger effects. 

A dragon soul is required to unlock each discovered Shouts. Access the shouts sub-menu from the magic menu, locked shouts are shown grayed out. In the bottom right corner of the menu is the number of dragon souls available to use. Dragon souls can be obtained by killing dragons.

According to the Greybeards, a Dragonborn absorbs the knowledge of the words from the dragon's soul.


Finding Dragon Shouts in Skyrim

There are 2 ways to learn words of power in Skyrim. The first is through following the main quest where words of power will be taught to the player directly by various characters during the questline. These are are unlocked when learnt and so do not need additional dragon souls to unlock and learn. 

The other method is to search for and interact with the word walls in the world to learn the words of power. While the locations of the words walls for each shout are fixed, the words are not locked to a specific wall. Therefore, traveling to any of the walls related to one shout will always gain the Dragonborn the first, second, and third words in order. This also applies to words of power that are learnt from quests, the player will receive the word of power of the Dragon Shout in order.


Using Dragon Shouts in Skyrim

After unlocking the Dragon Shout players can assign a shout to their dragon shout button to use. For powers with multiple words unlocked players can tap to quickly unleash the lowest power version or hold to unleash stronger versions. Shouts at full charge will automatically be used. 

After a shout is used the navigation compass on the top of the screen will flare up with a blue and white outline. This shows that dragon shouts are on cooldown and will clear up once the player can once again use a dragon shout. This cooldown is shared by all dragon shouts so switching to another shout will still require the player to wait out the cooldown before being able to use it. Different Dragon Shouts will have different cooldowns so players may choose to use Dragon Shouts with lower cooldowns earlier in a combat to use multiple Dragon Shouts in the same fight.


Skyrim Dragon Shouts Tips

  • After finishing The Horn of Jurgen Windcaller, Players will have the option to ask Arngeir for the location of Shouts. The location will be added to the map and a miscellaneous quest will be added to the journal. Players should be aware that if Paarthurnax is killed, Arngeir will no longer give out the locations of the words of power. 

  •  After shouting in a populated area, a courier may appear and deliver a letter which reveals the location of a nearby word wall, it is possible that the location has already been visited.


All Obtainable Dragon Shouts in Skyrim


Dragon Shout Word of Power Translation Cooldown Word Wall Location
Animal Allegiance A Shout for help from the beasts of the wild, who come to fight in your defense.
Raan Animal 50 Angarvunde
Mir Allegiance 60 Ancient's Ascent
Tah Pack 70 Ysgramor's Tomb
Aura Whisper Your Voice is not a Shout, but a whisper, revealing the life forces of any and all.
Laas Life 30 Northwind Summit
Yah Seek 40 Valthume
Nir Hunt 50 Volunruud
Battle Fury(Dragonborn) Your Thu'um enchants your nearby allies' weapons, allowing them to attack faster.
Mid Loyal 20 Vahlok's Tomb

All words learned during Lost Legacy

Vur Valor 30
Shaan Inspire 40
Become Ethereal The Thu'um reaches out to the Void, changing your form to one that cannot harm, or be harmed.
Feim Fade 30 Ironbind Barrow
Zii Spirit 40 Lost Valley Redoubt
Gron Bind 50 Ustengrav (The Horn of Jurgen Windcaller)
Bend Will (Dragonborn) Your voice bends the very stones to your will. As it gains power, animals, people, and even dragons must do your bidding.
Gol Earth 10 Saering's Watch
Hah Mind 90  Hermaeus Mora- (The Path of Knowledge)
Dov Dragon 120 Hermaeus Mora- (The Gardener of Men)
Call Dragon Odahviing! Hear my Voice and come forth. I summon you in my time of need.
Od Snow 5 Sky Haven Temple or High Hrothgar

All words learned during The Fallen

Ah Hunter 5
Viing Wing 300
Call of Valor The valiant of Sovngarde hear your Voice, and journey beyond space and time to lend aid.
Hun Hero 180 Sovngarde

All words learned during Dragonslayer

Kaal Champion 180
Zoor Legend 180
Clear Skies Skyrim itself yields before the Thu'um, as you clear away fog and inclement weather.
Lok Sky 5 High Hrothgar

All words learned during The Throat of the World

Vah Spring 10
Koor Summer 15
Cyclone(Dragonborn) Your Thu'um creates a whirling cyclone that sows chaos among your enemies.
Ven Wind 30 Benkongerike
Gaar Unleash 45 Kolbjorn Barrow
Nos Strike 60 White Ridge Sanctum
Disarm Shout defies steel, as you rip the weapon from an opponent's grasp.
Zun Weapon 30 Eldersblood Peak
Haal Hand 35 Silverdrift Lair
Viik Defeat 40 Snow Veil Sanctum
Dismay And the weak shall fear the Thu'um, and flee in Terror.
Faas Fear 40 Dead Crone Rock
Ru Run 45 Shalidor's Maze
Maar Terror 50 Lost Tongue Overlook
Dragon Aspect(Dragonborn) Once a day, take on the mighty aspect of a dragon, delivering colossal blows, with an armored hide, and more powerful shouts.
Mul Strength 5 Temple of Miraak
Qah Armor 5 Apocrypha (Waking Dreams)
Diiv Wyrm 5 Bloodskal Barrow
Dragonrend Your Voice lashes out at a dragon's very soul, forcing the beast to land.
Joor Mortal 10 Throat of the World- (Alduin's Bane)
Zah Finite 12
Frul Temporary 15
Drain Vitality(Dawnguard) Coax both magical and mortal energies from your hapless opponent.
Gaan Stamina 30 Dimhollow Crypt
Lah Magicka 60 Forgotten Vale
Haas Health 90 Arcwind Point
Elemental Fury The Thu'um imbues your arms with the speed of wind, allowing for faster weapon strikes.
Su Air 30 Dragontooth Crater
Grah Battle 40 Statue to Meridia
Dun Grace 50 Shriekwind Bastion
Fire Breath Inhale air, exhale flame, and behold the Thu'um as inferno.
Yol Fire 30 Dustman's Cairn
Toor Inferno 50 Sunderstone Gorge
Shul Sun 100 Throat of the World- (Quest: The Throat of the World)
Frost Breath Your breath is winter, your Thu'um a blizzard.
Fo Frost 30 Bonestrewn Crest
Krah Cold 50 Folgunthur
Diin Freeze 100 Skyborn Altar
Ice Form Your Thu'um freezes an opponent solid.
Iiz Ice 60 Mount Anthor
Slen Flesh 90 Saarthal
Nus Statue 120 Frostmere Crypt
Kyne's Peace The Voice soothes wild beasts, who lose their desire to fight or flee.
Kaan Kyne 40 Ragnvald
Drem Peace 50 Rannveig's Fast
 Ov Trust 60 Shroud Hearth Barrow
Marked for Death Speak, and let your Voice herald doom, as an opponent's armor and lifeforce are weakened.
Krii Kill 20 Autumnwatch Tower
Lun Leech 30 Dark Brotherhood Sanctuary
Aus Suffer 40 Forsaken Cave
Soul Tear


Your Thu'um cuts through flesh and shatters soul, commanding the will of the fallen.
Rii Essence 5 One word learned for each time summoning Durnehviir
Vaaz Tear 5
Zol Zombie 90
Slow Time Shout at time, and command it to obey, as the world around you stands still.
Tiid Time 30 Hag's End
Klo Sand 45 Korvanjund
Ul Eternity 60 Labyrinthian
Storm Call A Shout to the skies, a cry to the clouds, that awakens the destructive force of Skyrim's lightning.
Strun Storm 300 Forelhost
Bah Wrath 480 High Gate Ruins
Qo Lightning 600 Skuldafn- (The World-Eater's Eyrie)
Summon Durnehviir(Dawnguard) Durnehviir! Hear my Voice and come forth from the Soul Cairn. I summon you in my time of need.
Dur Curse 5 One word learned for each time summoning Durnehviir
 Neh Never 5
 Viir Dying 300
Throw Voice The Thu'um is heard, but its source unknown, fooling those into seeking it out.
 Zul Voice 30


 Mey Fool 15
 Gut Far 5
Unrelenting Force Your Voice is raw power, pushing aside anything - or anyone - who stands in your path.
 Fus Force 15 Bleak Falls Barrow
 Ro Balance 20 High Hrothgar- (The Way of the Voice)
 Dah Push 45 High Hrothgar- (The Horn of Jurgen Windcaller)
Whirlwind Sprint The Thu'um rushes forward, carrying you in its wake with the speed of a tempest.
Wuld Whirlwind 20 High Hrothgar- (The Way of the Voice)
 Nah Fury 25 Dead Men's Respite
 Kest Tempest 35 Volskygge

Dragon Shouts(Unobtainable)

There are certain Shouts that appear in the game but unique to the NPCs.

Dragon Shout Word of Power Translation Location
Devour Soul This shout is used by Miraak during the battle between him and the Last Dragonborn in Apocrypha. It is the only shout with four words.
 Zii Spirit Observed when fighting Miraak in Apocrypha.
Los Is
Dii Mine
Du Devour
Meteor Storm This shout is used by Alduin to summon a storm that rains meteors down from the sky. Meteor Storm is the only shout with no words associated with it; instead, Alduin's roar is what seems to produce the storm.
N/A N/A Observed during encounter with Alduin at Helgen, and later during Alduin's Bane and Dragonslayer.
Reanimate Dragon This shout is used by Alduin to resurrect long dead dragons from their burial sites.
Slen Flesh Observed at Dragon Burial Mound near Kynesgrove, and several others throughout Skyrim.
 Tiid Time
Vo Undo
Return to Nirn This shout is used by Tsun to return the Dragonborn to Nirn (specifically Skyrim) after the defeat of Alduin in Sovngarde.
Nahl Living Observed by the player in Sovngarde.
Dal Return
 Vus Nirn
Soul Cairn Summon This shout is used by Durnehviir to summon a Boneman, a Mistman and a Wrathman from the Soul Cairn.
Diil Undead Observed when Durnehviir is in combat.
Qoth Tomb
Zaam Slave
Soul Fog This shout is used by Alduin to summon a dense fog that doubles as a soul snare.
Ven Wind Observed by the player in Sovngarde.
Mul Strong
Riik Gale
Phantom Form This shout is used by the Greybeards to summon a spectral clone of themselves for the Dragonborn to practice Unrelenting Force on.
Fiik Mirror Observed inside High Hrothgar during The Way of the Voice.
Lo Deceive
Sah Phantom


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