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.|
|Aura Whisper||Your Voice is not a Shout, but a whisper, revealing the life forces of any and all.|
|Battle Fury(Dragonborn)||Your Thu'um enchants your nearby allies' weapons, allowing them to attack faster.|
All words learned during Lost Legacy
|Become Ethereal||The Thu'um reaches out to the Void, changing your form to one that cannot harm, or be harmed.|
|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.|
|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
|Call of Valor||The valiant of Sovngarde hear your Voice, and journey beyond space and time to lend aid.|
All words learned during Dragonslayer
|Clear Skies||Skyrim itself yields before the Thu'um, as you clear away fog and inclement weather.|
All words learned during The Throat of the World
|Cyclone(Dragonborn)||Your Thu'um creates a whirling cyclone that sows chaos among your enemies.|
|Nos||Strike||60||White Ridge Sanctum|
|Disarm||Shout defies steel, as you rip the weapon from an opponent's grasp.|
|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|
|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)|
|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)|
|Drain Vitality(Dawnguard)||Coax both magical and mortal energies from your hapless opponent.|
|Elemental Fury||The Thu'um imbues your arms with the speed of wind, allowing for faster weapon strikes.|
|Grah||Battle||40||Statue to Meridia|
|Fire Breath||Inhale air, exhale flame, and behold the Thu'um as inferno.|
|Shul||Sun||100||Throat of the World- (Quest: The Throat of the World)|
|Frost Breath||Your breath is winter, your Thu'um a blizzard.|
|Ice Form||Your Thu'um freezes an opponent solid.|
|Kyne's Peace||The Voice soothes wild beasts, who lose their desire to fight or flee.|
|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.|
|Lun||Leech||30||Dark Brotherhood Sanctuary|
|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|
|Slow Time||Shout at time, and command it to obey, as the world around you stands still.|
|Storm Call||A Shout to the skies, a cry to the clouds, that awakens the destructive force of Skyrim's lightning.|
|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|
|Throw Voice||The Thu'um is heard, but its source unknown, fooling those into seeking it out.|
|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|
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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
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