The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

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Dragons Diversified
Category: Dragons
File Size
67.191 MB
Apr 17, 2012 @ 2:40pm
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Dragons Diversified

This mod is not compatible with the Dragonborn DLC, and is no longer supported. A compatibility patch is available at, with much thanks to NexusMods' evrymetul.

Note: A NexusMods version of this file can be found at For some reason, this version seems much buggier than the one at NexusMods, and I strongly encourage anyone comfortable with NexusMods to download that version instead.

Dragons Diversified
Dragons are certainly intimidating, and they have fancy music, but playing Skyrim will make one lose interest in them pretty quickly. Aside from some breathing fire and other breathing frost, they all behave the exact same way, and there isn’t much to that behavior. This plugin replaces the standard dragons with thirteen new dragon breeds, each heavily scripted to provide more interesting gameplay.

Over a thousand lines of script!
Forty-nine new dragon textures!
Dragons stay on the ground a reasonable amount of time!
An actually satisfying Alduin fight!
Summons! Spell barrages! Exclamation points!
And more!

Note that, if you want to be surprised by the new types of dragon, you may want to skip the following section.

Blizzard Dragon: Conjures a life-leeching blizzard while in combat.
Dracolich: Summons Draugr and can only be harmed by hitting the Essence floating around it.
Dragon Firesage: Launches a steady stream of fire attacks.
Dragon Frostsage: Launches a barrage of frost attacks every ten seconds.
Ice Dragon: Forms a regenerating suit of icy armor.
Illusion Dragon: Conjures phantasmal copies to confuse and chip away at its enemies.
Inferno Dragon: Conjures short-lived sentient fireballs to overwhelm its foes.
Oblivion Dragon: Summons Daedra to its location wherever it lands.
Shadow Dragon: Vanishes as it flies through the air.
Spectral Dragon: Sends an invulnerable, life-draining mist to devour any enemies.
Twin Dragons: Call an ally to help them.
Wild Dragon: Calls a steady stream of wildlife to its aid.
Wind Dragon: Sends anything nearby flying with its tail bash, landings, liftoffs and breath attacks.

Known Bugs and Compatibility
This mod currently breaks the Blade in the Dark quest, where Delphine fails to notice when you kill Sahlokniir and halts the quest progress.

Dragons Diversified may have compatibility issues with any mod that changes the Dragon Leveled List (including the actor that uses it as a template). If you are using Deadly Dragons, make sure you also use the compatibility patch available at

Thanks To
Bethesda Softworks for making quite a serviceable modding wiki. Also, you know, the game.
The Nexus' Grey79, tunaisafish, Arkelius and gsmanners for assorted scripting advice.
My esteemed brother for creative advice and moral support.
The Nexus' Yakusza for doing some rigorous compatibility testing.


v1.05: April 6, 2012
-Made Alduin somewhat less face-meltingly hard. He's still terrifying (much moreso than in vanilla), just not *as* terrifying.
-The Dragon Frostsage's (and, by extension, Alduin's) rapid-fire attacks are no longer AoE.
-The later Ice Dragons' armors regenerate more slowly.
-Made the dragons' assorted summons immune to mind control effects.
-The Spectral Dragon's mist will now vanish when it goes under 30% health, to stop it murdering the player while they rodeo the dragon to death.
-The Spectral Dragon's mist will now move to the Dragon whenever it takes off, in hopes that it will get embarrassingly stuck less.
-The Spectral Dragon will now drop visible remains when slain, and looks a bit fancier while dying. Thanks to the Nexus' Aknevrec.

v1.0a: March 29, 2012
-Now includes actual, bundled-in scripts! Sorry to the almost-500 people who downloaded a completely non-functional mod.

v1.0: March 28, 2012
-Initial release

Anyone may use anything in this plugin for any non-commercial purpose, provided they give credit.
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Dovahkiin Aug 8, 2017 @ 7:08am 
Hey Doopliss, not sure if you still playing skyim or modding for that matter...but if I were to get you the Dragonborn dlc...would you fix this mod to be compatible with deadly dragons and all dlc?
UnderTaker2020 Nov 23, 2016 @ 3:23pm 
This mod only works on nexus install, so I had to dislike it for the steam workshop version
Dovahkiin Sep 6, 2016 @ 5:37pm 
I love this favorite but its NOT STABLE ..yes even with the "Patch" that is on NEXUS...I'm willing to get someone the Dragonborn dlc if and IF they can CERTAINLY FIX this Mod...regardless I hope someone is willing to fix this without the need for incentive other than helping a Awesome mod work
TokHaar Kha1ne Jun 24, 2016 @ 1:48pm 
"An actually satisfying Alduin fight."
I never knew getting blown to bits by magic spam and Alduin commiting suicide due to the magic spam was satisfying. The explosive magic he throws out at a crazy high rate ends up damaging him more than I do so the fight ends in 20 seconds. The fact I cant get any more dragon souls is also an issue. Gonna be unsubbing.
Kek~ ✧ Jun 11, 2016 @ 12:56am 
PS: Even with the mark for death debuff, I can't do enough damage to kill it, any ideas?? ;-;
Kek~ ✧ Jun 11, 2016 @ 12:53am 
How to beat ice dragon on legendary difficulty... I do about 1% damage and it goes back up immediately. wtf D':
Natural Killer Apr 8, 2016 @ 4:32pm 
Thanks, this works great with Ultimate Dragons. It's already making dragon fights so much better!
Loreknight Feb 21, 2016 @ 12:32pm 
Doopliss  [author] Feb 21, 2016 @ 7:22am 
I don't have a copy of the Dragonborn DLC, dude. It's out of my hands.
Loreknight Feb 20, 2016 @ 4:51pm