Dragons Can Absorb Your Soul by powerofthree
Skyrim » Gameplay effects and changes
Added: 26/07/2013 - 02:00PM
Updated: 30/01/2014 - 05:34AM

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Last updated at 5:34, 30 Jan 2014 Uploaded at 14:00, 26 Jul 2013

Dragons Can Absorb Your Soul

Being a dragon must suck.

The Dragonborn get to absorb their souls when they die, but they can't consume the Dragonborn's soul when s/he dies.

Well, this changes all of that.



Version History

V1.2 - Minor tweaks, added Dragonborn support
V1.1 - Added disintegration effects, minor script optimizations
V1.0 - Intial Release


When you are killed by a dragon/Alduin/Miraak, the resulting death cutscene will show your soul being absorbed by said dragon, in a similar fashion to the standard Dragonborn-absorbs-dragon-soul type VFX.
Now comes with fire and disintegrating effects, where your body will burn away, leaving a skeleton behind.

Simple as that.


1.By default, this mod extends the death cutscene (when being killed by a dragon) to 25 seconds.
But if you have Death Cam Duration Options installed, my mod will not override that (ie. time will be 60 seconds or whatever you set in that mod).

2. As of V1.1, when you die, your skeleton will be that of a human. Support for beast skeletons will come shortly.

Upgrading (from a previous version)

1. Uncheck esp.
2. Load game and save.
3. Overwrite the old version with my new version
4. Check esp, and load that save.
5. Profit?


If this is the first time you're installing this mod...

Place this anywhere in your load order.

  • Installing using Nexus Mod Manager/ModOrganizer - Highly recommended. Just click the "Download with Manager" button and it will install.
  • Manually installing - Unzip the contents of this folder into your Skyrim/Data Folder


Don't uninstall this in middle of combat with a dragon. Otherwise, open the ingame console, type "SetStage po3PCDeathDetect 10", save and then uninstall the mod.

  • Uninstalling using Nexus Mod Manager/ModOrganizer- Uncheck DragonsCanAbsorbYourSoul.esp and uncheck the mod.
  • Manually uninstalling - Delete the files/folders associated with this mod

Future Plans

  • Improve the current VFX
  • Support for Khajit, Argonian, and Orc skeletons.
  • Bug fixing


1. Sometimes, when dying, the camera might shift to 1st person with all the HUD elements present. This is merely cosmetic; it will not affect your save game or such.
I have hopefully fixed that for now, but if you come across this issue, please let me know.

2. You might experience a slight drop in FPS at particular times when these effects are being played, but most systems should handle it fine.
If you have a severe drop in FPS however, let me know, and I'll fix it for you.


This modifies the equip sounds in the AudioSFX sound category, but I have tried to maintain compatibility.
If you notice that the equip sound is disabled/enabled when equipping something, please report them to me with any sound affecting mods, and I'll fix it ASAP.

This mod should be compatible with all mods that affect dragons

Other issues not mentioned in Issues, please report them to me and I'll try to fix ASAP as well.

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  • If you want to use any of the files in this mod, please let me know in a PM. However, the skeleton mesh cannot be used without the express permission of myself AND Brumek from SMIM.
  • Please do NOT upload this mod to Steam Workshop under any circumstances.


  • Apollodown of Dragon Combat Overhaul for inspiring me to create this mod finally (after getting my idea shot down over there ...)
  • JustinOther of Death Cam Duration Options for helping me figure out how to extend the death camera
  • Brumek of SMIM for allowing me to use his draugr skull + high res textures.
  • Thanks to the talented folks at the Bethesda forums for helping me with animation issues, and effect shaders.
  • Thanks to Bethesda for creating an awesome game.

Peace out.