Arqade is a question and answer site for passionate videogamers on all platforms. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I was at the College of Winterhold and an ancient dragon appeared. I tried to fight him but he wouldn't land, so I summoned Odaviing on him. After a while I suddenly absorbed a dragon soul. What happened? The ancient dragon was still flying, so I figure it must have been Odaviing. Skyrim Wiki says he can't die, but now I'm doubting it.

I tried reloading and not summoning Odaviing this time, and I still absorbed a dragon soul. What's going on?

share|improve this question
You need to use the "edit" button to add info to the question instead of adding more comments. – SevenSidedDie Jun 6 '13 at 1:15
The whooshy light show you get when absorbing a dragon soul is directional - its source is the dragon's body. Try and get somewhere open so you can follow the light back to the dragon's body. I think the skeleton will be named if it is actually Odahviing. 3rd person camera may help. – Alex Jun 6 '13 at 12:32
In my experience you have to be quite close to a deceased dragon to absorb its soul. So if you absorbed a soul you should be able to see a skeleton nearby. Does this happen anywhere else in the game? If not, it's possible you killed a dragon near there before without absorbing its soul, and it's getting absorbed after there are no enemies nearby. The skeleton may or may not still be there. Just a guess here. – SMeznaric Jun 6 '13 at 14:25
I was in Solitude, just having a chat with Captain Aldis, when all of a sudden I had absorbed a soul out of nowhere, and I'm sure I've absorbed every soul of dragons I've slain. – user54010 Aug 20 '13 at 7:17

Perhaps it is because you had previously killed a dragon but never actually absorbed his soul and now that you have returned you are absorbing its soul from before. its also possible your game is glitched out

share|improve this answer
sometimes when others kill dragons you will absorb dragon souls. (this is glitch) – iMAGEbox Aug 20 '13 at 16:47
@iMAGEbox I believe that's actually how it's supposed to work. – SevenSidedDie Aug 21 '13 at 5:43

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.