Dragon Hunter achievement in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Dragon Hunter

Absorb 20 dragon souls

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How to unlock the Dragon Hunter achievement

  • Shad0wdarShad0wdar379,466
    12 Nov 2011 12 Nov 2011 15 Nov 2020
    52 1 23
    Long solution, but contains everything I know that could help getting dragon souls. Contains some minor spoilers.

    If you want to absorb dragon souls you have to slay dragons. Dragons spawn randomly throughout the game. There are also some dragons which you encounter throughout the main story line. You also can find dragons in villages and cities, just fast travel between the smaller villages and there is a big chance you will encounter a dragon.

    Walk through Skyrim and eventually you hear or see a dragon, sometimes they just fly around and don't battle, and sometimes they do. Be sure to have some potions and some healing spells with you, because they can be pretty powerful depending on difficulty, hit him with a bow when he hovers above the ground and hit him with melee weapons or spells on the ground (the Dragonrend shout from the main story line will help you keeping the dragon on the ground). After you've slayed a dragon, you absorb his soul, it seems like this is glitched sometimes. There is a chance you won't get a dragon soul, this bug has been patched in update 1.2, so be sure to update your game. After you complete the main story, the dragons keep spawning, so don't worry about that. You can also just spend your souls on shouts, without it negatively affecting the achievement.

    Also, you can find dragons on some mountains where you find a word wall with a new dragon shout (shrines). These dragons sometimes respawn so be sure to fast travel between these locations. Some of the these walls are marked on the cloth map you get with the game, they are little red crosses, if you don't have the map, here is a digital version (send me a message if the link doesn't work anymore):
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    If you walk near, you see the wall marked on your 'radar' on top of your screen, it looks a bit like a dragon head or a small tower like icon. It is the dragon lair icon in the next overview picture.
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    You can see how much dragon souls you have collected by going to menu, scroll to the magic tab and there it should be somewhere between the stats. Just battle every dragon you see and you will get this achievement with time. Be sure to collect their scales and bones for money and armor (100 smithing needed), careful though, they are very heavy weight.

    You can ask one of the Graybeards (the one that talks to you, Arngeir) if he knows a location of a word wall, he will mark a dungeon or shrine for you on the map. If he marks a shrine you can go there and there will probably be a dragon. An easy one to find is by going to Riften, keep walking south and eventually it will appear on your map, it's on a mountain, on the border of Cyrodill. Then you know what the symbol looks like and you can fast travel between locations to check if the dragon respawned.

    (If there is anything I should add to the solution, just comment, it may currently be a little bit outdated.)

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    Posted by LadyKillerina on 01 Sep 13 at 00:20
    LuckyKantLink no longer works.
    Posted by LuckyKant on 05 Jan 15 at 21:58
    Shad0wdar@ LuckyConquerer2 Thanks for letting me know! I saw it a bit late but I have edited it now. :)
    Posted by Shad0wdar on 13 Mar 16 at 21:17
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  • NonfaithNonfaith492,431
    28 Nov 2011 04 Dec 2011 09 May 2013
    38 1 4
    Dragon Locations

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    There are 10 discoverable locations on the world map where you fight a dragon, get a shout, and find a chest full of goodies.

    1. Lost Tongue Overlook (S of Riften)
    2. Autumnwatch Tower (W of Riften)
    3. Ancients Acent (SW of Helgren)
    4. Northwind Summit (N of Riften)
    5. Bonestrewn Crest (S of Windhelm)
    6. Skyborn Alter (NW of Whiterun)
    7. Eldersblood Peak (NW of Whiterun, W of Skyborn Alter)
    8. Shearpoint (NE of Whiterun)
    9. Dragontooth Crater (NE of Markarth)
    10. Mount Anthor (S of Winterhold)

    After a period of time has lapsed (about 10 days, the game seems to like 10 days as the default respawn time for things) all of these dragons will be back again for you to kill, loot, and absorb souls from. Just fast travel to each location, kill the dragon, and then go to the next one.

    This will also help towards building up 100,000 gold.

    So just hit all of the locations, wait 10 days. Then hit them again. If you don't see them yet, wait longer, then try. Since I didn't find them all at the same time they sometimes were there in some places and not in others.

    Happy hunting!!!

    *** ADDITIONAL***
    Realistically you'll probably kill around 50 dragons just chasing the quests. By the time I finished the game I had killed more than 60. This is more of a solution for people who want to get all of the achievements in less than a weeks time.
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    NonfaithGlad to hear it.
    Posted by Nonfaith on 22 Aug 12 at 04:42
    LuckyKant+1. BTW, #3 is Ancient's Ascent.
    Posted by LuckyKant on 05 Jan 15 at 22:24
    LuckyKantAlso, Skyborn Altar is probably better described as East of Morthal.
    Posted by LuckyKant on 05 Jan 15 at 23:53
  • Life On SaturnLife On Saturn52,842 52,842 GamerScore
    12 Jun 2015 28 May 2015
    3 0 0
    All you have to do to get this achievement is kill 20 dragons and absorb their souls.
    There are many Dragon Mountains which all contain a dragon, a chest and a shout.
    Their symbol on the map looks like a dragon head, you can go here and there will always be a dragon your first time going onto one. But, I don't think there are 20 mountains(without Dragonborn DLC)so you'll have to find some random dragons that spawn. Some seem to spawn frequently at Dawnstar for me.

    NOTE:Skeletal Dragons do not count towards this achievement as you do not absorb their souls.

    Here are the types of dragons in Weakest to Strongest:
    Blood Dragons
    Frost Dragons
    Elder Dragons
    Ancient Dragons
    Revered Dragons(Dawnguard DLC Only)
    Legendary Dragons(Dawnguard DLC Only)

    I don't think dragon souls such as Paarthurnax's or Alduin's count towards this achievement. There are more Dragon Mounts with the Dragonborn DLC so if you really can't find some, get the DLC, but you shouldn't worry too much.

    Hope this guide helped!
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