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Complete overhaul for Dragons made with the help of a SKSE plugin. Improved AI, unpredictable fights, new shouts and more.

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Dragon War has always been a mod I wanted to make, something that let me still being surprised when I fight a dragon. Working on creatures, especially on dragons, has been very, very difficult because very little can be done, not to mention how easy is to breaking stuff or to make them insanely strong. So I hope Dragon War can be of your liking, and that you can enjoy it.


• Skyrim Special Edition 1.6+
SKSE
Address Library for SKSE Plugins
Dragon War NG DLL by alandtse if using Skyrim 1.5.97 or VR
Backported Extended ESL Support if not using Skyrim 1.6.1330+
Andrealphus' Papyrus Functions



• New dragons with Shock, Poison, Sun and Coldfire based shouts
• Each dragon fights in its own, unpredictable but sensible way
• Dragons have more shouts they can use
• Higher level dragons come before than vanilla thanks to the improved progression
• Consistent difficulty across all dragon lairs and dragon mounds
• Slowed main quest pace with unleveled dragons
• More injuries you can take advantage of to decrease their power
• Better loot for more satisfying dragon hunting
• Several bug fixes, dragon stalking fix included



Progression has been adjusted so that the player will encounter high level dragons earlier than usual. Accordingly, the pace of the main quest pace has also been adjusted, and it is suggested to start Dragon Rising around level 10. To make it feel consistent, "Frost Dragon" has been renamed into "Mystic Dragon", and Revered and Serpentine dragons have been removed from world encounters, as now they are respectively unique to Forgotten Vale and Miraak dragons.

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World Encounters
Dragons regularly start to appear after Dragon Rising is completed, and will become stronger as the player levels up.

Dragon - Requires Dragon Rising completion
Blood Dragon - Requires level 10
Mystic Dragon - Requires level 20
Elder Dragon - Requires level 30
Ancient Dragon - Requires level 40
Legendary Dragon - Requires level 50


Dragon Lairs & Mounds
Despite using the same list as the world encounters, dragons spawned from lairs and mounds work a bit differently, as they are affected by Encounter Zones, so the encounters can easily get more difficult.


Unlike vanilla, it's possible to encounter dragons of four different elements, such as Fire, Frost, Shock and Poison, and very few can come with two of them. Two extra elements — Sun and Coldfire — are only available to unique dragons. Each dragon type has unique resistance and weakness, but still share some properties between them, and their strength and shouts variety is determined by their level and appearance. Dragons are very hard foes, and the improved AI and their new attacks make them a real and consistent threat — both in flight and on ground — to not underestimate and to adequately prepare against. Their breaths are capable of creating elemental walls which can reduce your mobility, and their unarmed attacks can both inflict bleeding and extra elemental damage.

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Dragonkind: Dragons resist 25% of incoming damage. Dragons armor rating and unarmed damage are increased up to 300.

Fire Dragons
50% Fire Resistance, 25% Frost Weakness
Fire Breath, Fireball, Unrelenting Force


Frost Dragons
50% Frost Resistance, 25% Fire Weakness
Frost Breath, Ice Storm, Unrelenting Force


Shock Dragons
50% Shock Resistance
Lightning Breath, Chain Lightning, Unrelenting Force


Poison Dragons
50% Poison Resistance, -100 Armor Rating
Poison Breath, Poison Cloud, Unrelenting Force


In addition to the shouts each dragon has by default, more get added depending on their strength.

Storm Call - Available to Blood Dragons and up
Ice Form - Available to Mystic Dragons and up
Drain Vitality - Available to Elder Dragons and up
Marked for Death - Available to Ancient Dragons and up
Time Stop - Available to Legendary Dragons


Main Quest

Mirmulnir (10)
50% Fire Resistance, 25% Frost Weakness
Fire Breath, Fireball, Unrelenting Force


Sahloknir (20)
50% Frost Resistance, 25% Fire Weakness
Frost Breath, Fireball, Unrelenting Force, Storm Call


Vuljotnaak (30)
50% Poison Resistance, 50% Frost Resistance, -100 Armor Rating, 25% Fire Weakness
Poison Breath, Poison Cloud, Frost Breath, Ice Storm, Unrelenting Force, Storm Call


Nahagliiv (40)
50% Frost Resistance, 50% Shock Resistance, 25% Fire Weakness
Frost Breath, Ice Storm, Lightning Breath, Chain Lightning, Unrelenting Force, Storm Call, Ice Form


Viinturuth (50)
50% Shock Resistance, 50% Fire Resistance, 25% Frost Weakness
Lightning Breath, Chain Lightning, Fire Breath, Fireball, Unrelenting Force, Storm Call, Ice Form, Drain Vitality


Paarthurnax (100)
50% Fire Resistance, 25% Frost Weakness
Fire Breath, Fireball, Unrelenting Force, Storm Call, Ice Form, Drain Vitality, Marked for Death, Time Stop


Odahviing (75)
50% Fire Resistance, 25% Frost Weakness
Fire Breath, Fireball, Unrelenting Force, Storm Call, Ice Form, Drain Vitality, Marked for Death, Time Stop


Alduin (100)
50% Fire Resistance, 50% Frost Resistance
Fire Breath, Fireball, Frost Breath, Ice Storm, Unrelenting Force, Storm Call, Ice Form, Drain Vitality, Marked for Death, Time Stop


Blackreach

Vulthuryol (75)
50% Fire Resistance, 50% Shock Resistance, 25% Frost Weakness
Fire Breath, Fireball, Lightning Breath, Chain Lightning, Unrelenting Force, Ice Form, Drain Vitality, Marked for Death, Time Stop


Labyrinthian

Skeletal Dragon (50)
100% Poison Resistance, 50% Frost Resistance, -100 Armor Rating and 25% Fire Weakness
Frost Breath, Ice Storm, Unrelenting Force, Ice Form, Drain Vitality, Marked for Death


Dawnguard

Naaslaarum (50)
25% Fire Resistance, 25% Frost Resistance
Sun Breath, Sun Fireball, Frost Breath, Ice Storm, Unrelenting Force, Storm Call, Ice Form, Drain Vitality, Marked for Death


Voslaarum (50)
50% Fire Resistance, 50% Shock Resistance, 25% Frost Resistance
Sun Breath, Sun Fireball, Lightning Breath, Chain Lightning, Unrelenting Force, Storm Call, Ice Form, Drain Vitality, Marked for Death


Durnehviir (50)
100% Poison Resistance, 50% Frost Resistance, 25% Fire Weakness
Coldfire Breath, Cold Fireball, Unrelenting Force, Storm Call, Ice Form, Drain Vitality, Marked for Death, Soul Cairn Summons


Dragonborn

Krosulhah (50)
50% Shock Resistance
Lightning Breath, Chain Lightning, Unrelenting Force, Storm Call, Ice Form, Drain Vitality, Marked for Death


Kruziikrel (50)
50% Fire Resistance, 25% Frost Weakness
Fire Breath, Fireball, Unrelenting Force, Storm Call, Ice Form, Drain Vitality, Marked for Death


Relonikiv (50)
50% Frost Resistance, 25% Fire Weakness
Frost Breath, Ice Storm, Unrelenting Force, Storm Call, Ice Form, Drain Vitality, Marked for Death


Sahrotaar (75)
50% Poison Resistance, -100 Armor Rating
Poison Breath, Poison Cloud, Unrelenting Force, Storm Call, Ice Form, Drain Vitality, Marked for Death, Time Stop


Most of players find fighting a dragon frustrating at best, so to limit this, dragon injury system has been improved, and two more injuries got added.

Health Injury - Dragons are forced to stay on ground when their Health falls below 25%.
Magicka Injury - Dragons Shouts Cooldown is increased by 50% when their Magicka falls below 25%.
Stamina Injury - Dragons Armor Rating is reduced by 150 when their Stamina falls below 25%.



When it comes to kill a dragon, the most exciting part is the reward. Taken the difficulty, improving the loot with some good addition is the right choice. If this is still not enough, I suggest to take a look at Dragon Hunting.

• Guaranteed Enchanted Jewelry
• up to 500 Gold
• up to 12 Dragon Bone
• up to 12 Dragon Scales
• 25% Chance for a piece of Enchanted Armor
• 25% Chance for a piece of Enchanted Weapon
• 25% Chance for up to 6 Gems





• Compatible with any mesh and texture replacers
• Compatible with Immersive Dragons
• Incompatible with any other dragon overhaul
• Incompatible with Splendor - Dragon Variants. Use Infinite Dragon Variants instead



Colinswrath for the SKSE Plugin. Without him, the update 4.0 wouldn't have been possible. Source
Kittytail for a few assets used for Storm Call.