Skyrim Introduces “Dragon Shouts”


GameInformer has recently released some new info on Skyrim. A new ability called “Dragon Shout. The way I understand it, Dragons use magic like breathing fire by speaking an ancient language. The player can also speak this language to use the same abilities. Sounds awesome!

Many aspects of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim will feel familiar to longtime fans. The exploration of a vast open world, first-person combat, and interacting systems of melee, magic, and stealth are all tent pole ideas within the franchise. However, Skyrim introduces something new into the gameplay mix: dragon shouts. This special new set of powers stand apart from the existing magic system, offering a broad range of powerful effects. The ability to attain these abilities is unique to your hero in the world, and the path to attaining them is a quest in itself within the larger tale that unfolds over the course of the game. Dragon shouts give the player the same overwhelming might that drives the resurgent dragon population, and the same source of power that launched the last line of emperors….


Written by: Eddie - Contributing Editor


  1. #1 by pedro on January 21st, 2011 [ 39949 Points ]

    I’ve been reading those articles about Skrym on GameInformer and they look very fantastic.

    From what’ve read the “Dragon Shout” work as kind of an aura, or a buff, as you prefer. They seem very similar to battle cry from barbarian classes on most RPGs, although they have some different powers and you’ll even be able to summon a dragon to fight alongside you.

    It seems like quite an intricate system and it’ll be fun to try it out!

  2. #2 by Game Player on January 21st, 2011

    They are certainly taking Skyrim in the right direction. Glad to see they are adding things rather than simply relying on the success of Morrowind and Oblivion.

  3. #3 by Oly on January 21st, 2011 [ 132140 Points ]

    Excited to see the new engine..

  4. #4 by Eddie L. Headley on January 21st, 2011 [ 44542 Points ]

    I’m pretty excited for this game as well. Will be hard to play this and Uncharted 3 at the same time….man I need like two weeks off of work.

  5. #5 by Kenshin on January 21st, 2011 [ 95 Points ]

    SO ready for this. Looks great and all the new info sounds really awesome

  6. #6 by BATTLEFACE on January 21st, 2011

    Can’t wait for this one.

  7. #7 by Luke on January 21st, 2011 [ 27382 Points ]

    I have never played Elder Scrolls. I might actually join you guys on this one when it comes out. It does look pretty good.

  8. #8 by premiersoupir on January 21st, 2011 [ 17020 Points ]

    oh my god, I may need to buy a new computer to play this. oblivion, anyway, on the ps3 was a pale shadow of oblivion on the pc. controls and graphics are wa-a-ay better on the pc, and the mods… thousands of people tailoring and bettering the experience that the dev’s had crafted. I spent untold hours playing oblivion, and I never actually beat the campaign simply because I got sucked into playing so many high-quality user-generated quests with totally new areas, characters, gear, and tilesets. such a good game — best rpg I’ve played (though dragon age comes close in many regards).

  9. #9 by Beastxjason on January 21st, 2011 [ 25926 Points ]

    I have always found the combat lacking in oblivion. @premiersoupir Im with you on the video card and pc.

  10. #10 by pedro on January 21st, 2011 [ 39949 Points ]

    Combat is really one of the downsides in Oblivion. Specially when there are many enemies.

    I always though that enemies leveling alongside you a terrible choice, you never get that super powered feeling, but from what I’ve read, it seems they abandoned that in Skyrim.

  11. #11 by premiersoupir on January 21st, 2011 [ 17020 Points ]

    pedro: Combat is really one of the downsides in Oblivion. Specially when there are many enemies.

    hrm, I never had that experience — maybe because I was a mage with some awesome aoe spells.

  12. #12 by shadowcrazy on January 21st, 2011 [ 325 Points ]

    OH GOD…seriously the pic alone is ALL I NEEDED….seriously LOOK AT THOSE GRAPHICS.

    loved oblivion…and seeing this? will love it even more

    I love the elder scrolls game…hopefully skyrim will have some very EPIC quests…and by epic…i don’t mean some quest for awesome armor. I want a quest as EPIC as the thieves guild final mission…of obtaining an ACTUAL ELDER SCROLL.

    can’t wait :p

  13. #13 by premiersoupir on January 21st, 2011 [ 17020 Points ]

    shadowcrazy: I want a quest as EPIC as the thieves guild final mission…of obtaining an ACTUAL ELDER SCROLL.

    dude, I forgot about the guild quests. totally awesome. I was a member of the thieves, fighter, and mage guilds. thieves probably had the best quests. mages had the best rewards, though — opened up the arcane university in imperial city for the player’s use, complete with the enchanting place and the archmage’s box in his room.

    the cities are so well worked-out and stylistically/architecturally unique in oblivion. that was something I missed in dragon’s age. the only city there was denerim, which was pretty lame, and I guess the dwarf city, if you count that. I was pissed with the leliana dlc for dao, as I hoped to go to orlais… but no, just back in denerim, which in the dlc is even more lifeless than in the game.

  14. #14 by pedro on January 22nd, 2011 [ 39949 Points ]

    premiersoupir:
    hrm, I never had that experience — maybe because I was a mage with some awesome aoe spells.  

    I played as a warrior and I can’t say it was as easy as you said. Also my computer didn’t do much to help.

    shadowcrazy: I love the elder scrolls game…hopefully skyrim will have some very EPIC quests…and by epic…i don’t mean some quest for awesome armor. I want a quest as EPIC as the thieves guild final mission…of obtaining an ACTUAL ELDER SCROLL.can’t wait :p  

    Guild quests were really fun, thieves guild particularly.

    But the ones i enjoyed most were the assassins guild plot. Ever since i accidentally killed some peasant… those late night visits were so mysterious and you had that vampire instructor and the tomb… all awesome!

  15. #15 by kennygk on January 22nd, 2011 [ 25503 Points ]

    Woot can’t wait to get this and uncharted 3 on the same day. It’s gonna be hard deciding which one to play first…

  16. #16 by Eddie L. Headley on January 22nd, 2011 [ 44542 Points ]

    kennygk: Woot can’t wait to get this and uncharted 3 on the same day. It’s gonna be hard deciding which one to play first…  

    well they release 10 days apart. Uncharted releases first I believe.

  17. #17 by ZFM12 on January 22nd, 2011 [ 1495 Points ]

    Sounds to be alot better then Oblivion. I hope atleast.

  18. #18 by kennygk on January 22nd, 2011 [ 25503 Points ]

    Eddie L. Headley:
    well they release 10 days apart.Uncharted releases first I believe.  

    Oh then my decision is suddenly much easier. No primetime specials to announce which game i’m gonna take my talents too lol

  19. #19 by Kane112 on January 22nd, 2011 [ 34187 Points ]

    never really got into the elder scrolls game but this does look interesting

  20. #20 by shout on January 24th, 2011

    dragon shout: Ded-Vu-Kaj

  21. #21 by jscar2000 on January 26th, 2011 [ 50 Points ]

    The PC version probably will be awesome, but the whole reason I got a PS3 PS3 is because I can’t afford to keep upgrading a PC, *sigh* I’ve been an avid CRPG ever since the original Bards Tale, but I had to jump ship to a console. Still looking forward to the game though! Something is aleays better than nothing.


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