Skyrim Has Unlimited Dragons; Might Support Riding Them


Hey Elder Scrolls fans (and/or those looking forward to Skyrim), Todd Howard of Bethesda was interviewed about the game (with the interview being roughly translated to English here), and when asked about the number of dragons being a set number, he responded with:

No, there is an unlimited number of dragons. One of our designers actually put in a random event I encountered, where I ended up being chased by three dragons and I thought “who the hell did this?” I felt like Frodo in Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and was really frightened. So I asked him to remove it. But no, dragons are generated automatically (in addition to that there are a number of specific encounters, of course).

Further into the interview, the interviewee asked whether players could ride dragons or not, with Todd’s response being:

Have we considered it? Yes. Do we allow it right now? No. But we can decide to support it at some point.

Imagine how cool that would be for a minute. Although I am not much of an RPG fan, if they allowed you to actually ride dragons, I’d definitely check the game out. There are a ton of other details, including how the dragons do speak their own language, while a few of them can also be understood by your character, but they didn’t delve into details like that very much, but it’s still an interesting read for sure.

Expect to see it in stores this November.


Written by: Jay - Community Manager / Editor-In-Chief


  1. #1 by Pedro on May 19th, 2011 [ 39949 Points ]

    That’s what they’ve been saying every interview. However they’ve always denied dragon riding as a part of the game.

    I don’t think it’ll be present as an actual part of the game, however, they could use it as a part of a quest or something, that way you wouldn’t necessarily be free with your dragon to go anywhere, but you’d still have fun riding it.

  2. #2 by Jay on May 19th, 2011 [ 83111 Points ]

    We’ll see. Maybe they could allow you to use a dragon as your mount after finishing the main part of the game.

  3. #3 by Pedro on May 19th, 2011 [ 39949 Points ]

    I’m sure they can figure out some way to make it less overpowered if that’s what they’re aiming for.

    Perhaps you could ride a small dragon, with no real abilities other then flying. So it would own everything in your way.

  4. #4 by Jay on May 19th, 2011 [ 83111 Points ]

    well, fire breathing would have to be there as well, since that’s how dragons communicate. I would assume, like what you’re stating, they’d use a juvenile or something if they were to go that route, so it isn’t a fully developed, mature dragon.

    Who knows, maybe it will wind up being a future DLC or something.

  5. #5 by Jason on May 19th, 2011 [ 27516 Points ]

    shh dont give them DLC ideas too early lol

  6. #6 by GeneticMania on May 19th, 2011 [ 1450 Points ]

    As a Bethesda fan & a huge Elderscrolls fan, I’m pretty much okay with whatever they decide to do. Morrowind was great and Oblivion even more so. 20 lvl99 characters in Morrowind, and a lvl 1,336 character in Oblivion. I think it’s better to call me an addict. Dragon riding would be nice, but what I really want is for them to bring back some weapons from Morrowind. Like the spear and crossbow. And maybe levitation.

  7. #7 by Pedro on May 20th, 2011 [ 39949 Points ]

    Jay: well, fire breathing would have to be there as well, since that’s how dragons communicate. I would assume, like what you’re stating, they’d use a juvenile or something if they were to go that route, so it isn’t a fully developed, mature dragon.Who knows, maybe it will wind up being a future DLC or something.  

    There’s certainly going to be fire breathing involved, as it’s shown on the trailers, but I think it wouldn’t for “your” pet dragon… As far as communication goes, dragons can talk and write, so I don’t think they’d need fire on the faces of their friend and burning up their scrolls lol (just kidding, they use stone!) (ok i’ve taken this too far, i have to stop with my fantasy addiction).

    Jason: shh dont give them DLC ideas too early lol  

    lmao

  8. #8 by Oly on May 20th, 2011 [ 131925 Points ]

    I swore this was old news, as he said the exact same thing on GTTv a couple months ago.

    They are already saying the game is too big and will be cutting dungeons and such. So in reality they already have DLC made.

  9. #9 by Pedro on May 20th, 2011 [ 39949 Points ]

    Oly: I swore this was old news, as he said the exact same thing on GTTv a couple months ago.They are already saying the game is too big and will be cutting dungeons and such. So in reality they already have DLC made.  

    Yeah Oly, that’s what they’ve been saying on every interview about the game. Seems to be the biggest question/wish people have about it.

  10. #10 by Royalty32 on May 20th, 2011 [ 1020 Points ]

    To many games in November, must have them all. If it wasnt for MW3 and UC3 this would be first on the list. Game looks fantastic though.

    R.I.P Randy Savage

  11. #11 by Jay on May 20th, 2011 [ 83111 Points ]

    Apparently, what was news was that there would be an unlimited number of dragons. Before, there was no confirmation beyond there being lots of them, which could suggest either a large, set amount, or the confirmed unlimited number

  12. #12 by MAINEiac4434 on May 21st, 2011 [ 3494 Points ]

    Skyrim just keeps sounding better and better…November seriously can’t get here fast enough.

  13. #13 by Markus on May 23rd, 2011 [ 4322 Points ]

    Dragon riding definitely sounds like fun. And unlimited Dragons is genius imo. Dragons are so fun to kill and I find that both DA’s didn’t have enough dragons…

  14. #14 by spaces on June 9th, 2011 [ 140 Points ]

    In the Gameinformer exclusive podcast with todd howard, todd said “there probably is no chance” regarding the riding dragons topic. This game is going to be amazing. I CANT WAIT. Btw, Love the blog even though Im a big 360 fan. I’ll be putting a link from your site on mine.

    If you want to check my blog out that would be sweet. It is exclusively covering The Elder Scrolls Skyrim. You can check it out here: The Elder Scrolls V blog
    Thanks, and check out the live countdown to the release of TESV!

  15. #15 by Captain_CHEETO on June 9th, 2011

    Riding Dragons support, or not …. this game will give you 300+ hours of gameplay. I am sure it will be on our (to buy) list once its out.


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