The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Magic Guide: Dragon Shouts

Magic in Skyrim plays quite a big role, especially considering how many different things you are able to do by using it. In Skyrim magic comprises various types of spells, as well as Shouts and Races innate powers. Casting regular spells will be costing you Magicka points and by improving your skills in each magical branch you’ll be able to reduce the magicka cost of Novice, Apprentice, Adept, Expert, and Master spell types. Even if you’re not skilled at these spells you’ll still be able to cast them effectively: the only problem is that the Magicka cost will be quite high. Another way to decrease Magicka cost is through the use of robes.

If you’re looking at making your magic spells more powers you’ll have to use some special potion or use the Dual Casting skill which allows you to cast a spell with both hands: Magicka cost will be increased but also will the potency of the used spell.

Spells in Skyrim are learned by reading Spell Tomes: just use one of these tomes while it’s in your inventory and you’ll learn it, with the tome disappearing in the process. Spell tomes can be obtained from vendors and as loot: when tomes are found as loot they will be appropriate to the player’s skill level. The Spell tomes found in vendors are also randomly generated and the only way to a specific tome for sure is by going to the vendors at the College of Winterhold who offer the full selection of spells appropriate for the player’s skill level. You may also want to visit court wizards found in most of the game’s major holds to learn some of the spells.

These are the the Magic branches that we will be covering in these Skyrim Magic Guides: if you want to know the perks associated with these Magic branches you can check out our Skyrim Character Building guides, where we have covered all the available perks of the game.


  • Dragon Shouts

Dragon Shouts are an ancient form of magic that’s not become obsolete in the world of Skyrim. The Dragonborn is able to use the language of the Dragons to great effect. There are twenty shouts in Skyrim. Each shout is performed by the vocalization of specific words of power. Shouts are learned on the Word Walls of old ruins, and are unlocked with Dragon Souls: a few shouts are unlocked by simply completing quests for the Greybeards along the main storyline. The shouts have all different effects and are extremely useful in a variety of situations.

To learn shouts you will need Dragon’s Souls to unlock it: they can be found by slaying dragons.

  • Shouts

Animal Alliegiance – Raan Mir Tah

A Shout for help from the beasts of the wild, who come to fight in your defense.

Aura Whisper – Laas Yah Nir

Your Voice is not a Shout, but a whisper, revealing the life forces of any and all

Battle Fury – Mid Vur Shaan

Your Thu’um enchants your nearby allies’ weapons, allowing them to attack faster.

Become Ethereal – Feim Zii Gron

The Thu’um reaches out to the Void, changing your form to one that cannot harm, or
be harmed.

Bend Will

Your voice bends the very stones to your will. As it gains power, animals, people,
and even dragons must do your bidding.

Call Dragon – Od Ah Viing

Odahviing! Hear my Voice and come forth. I summon you in my time of need.

Call Of Valor – Hun Kaal Zoor

The valiant of Sovngarde hear your Voice, and journey beyond space and time to lend

Clear Skies – Lok Vah Koor

Skyrim itself yields before the Thu’um, as you clear away fog and inclement weather.

Cyclone – Ven Gar Nos

Your Thu’um creates a whirling cyclone that sows chaos among your enemies.

Disarm – Zun Hall Viik

Shout defies steel, as you rip the weapon from an opponent’s grasp.

Dismay – Faas Ru Maar

And the weak shall fear the Thu’um, and flee in Terror.

Dragon Aspect – Mul Qah Diiv

Once a day, take on the mighty aspect of a dragon, delivering colossal blows, with an armored hide, and more powerful shouts.

Dragonrend – Joor Zah Frul

Your Voice lashes out at a dragon’s very soul, forcing the beast to land.
Drain Vitality – Gaan Lah Haas

Coax both magical and mortal energies from your hapless opponent.
Elemental Fury – Su Grah Dun

The Thu’um imbues your arms with the speed of wind, allowing for faster weapon strikes.
Fire Breath – Yol Toor Shul

Inhale air, exhale flame, and behold the Thu’um as inferno.

Frost Breath – Fo Krah Diin

Your breath is winter, your Thu’um a blizzard.

Ice Form – Iiss Slen Nus

Your Thu’um freezes an opponent solid.

Kyne’s Peace – Kaan Drem Ov

The Voice soothes wild beasts, who lose their desire to fight or flee.

Marked for Death – Krii Lun Aus 

Speak, and let your Voice herald doom, as an opponent’s armor and lifeforce are weakened.

Slow Time – Tiid Klo Ul 

Shout at time, and command it to obey, as the world around you stands still.

Storm Call – Strun Bah Qo

A Shout to the skies, a cry to the clouds, that awakens the destructive force of Skyrim’s lightning.

Soul Tear – Rii Vaaz Zol

Your Thu’um cuts through flesh and shatters soul, commanding the will of the fallen.

Summon Durnehviir – Dur Neh Viir

Durnehviir! Hear my Voice and come forth from the Soul Cairn. I summon you in my time of need.

Throw Voice – Zul Mey Gut

The Thu’um is heard, but its source unknown, fooling those into seeking it out.

Unrelenting Force – Fus Ro Dah

Your Voice is raw power, pushing aside anything – or anyone – who stands in your path.

Whirlwind Sprint – Wuld Nah Kest

The Thu’um rushes forward, carrying you in its wake with the speed of a tempest.

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