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My character is level 19 and I came across a dragon and went about to kill it the usual way (Dragonrend, Sword hacking).

Only this time, the dragon just died when I used Dragonrend. Is this possible? Are there weak dragons to look out for in Skyrim for some quick dragon souls?

EDIT: This is after I have:

already killed Alduin and Paarthurnax.

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Dragonrend causes the Dragon to lose a little life. The dragon takes small amount of damage over time. What is your Skyrim patch version? – ヴァイシャリ Oct 22 '12 at 17:27
I don't know if dragons can take fall damage, but if they can I'd guess that's what killed it after you dragonrend-ed it. – Tacroy Oct 22 '12 at 17:28
@Tacroy I was pretty sure dragons can not take fall damage. But Dragonrend does make a dragon experience mortality (but it does so by draining small amount of its life), so now am not too sure about it. :-( – ヴァイシャリ Oct 22 '12 at 17:37
Well not necessarily; What I meant was that I finished the main story arc. You get Dragonrend way before you even enter Sovngarde. – Sid Oct 22 '12 at 19:02
@desaivv there are a lot of games (older and more recent) that I haven't played but would like to. I appreciate Sid hiding the spoilers and I'm sure others do too. – Alex Oct 23 '12 at 11:04
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Dragonrend apparently does an unspecified amount of health damage over time to dragons. Are you sure the dragon was at full health when you shouted at it? They are surprisingly frail creatures, when matched against groups of bandits or a giant.

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when matched against groups of bandits or a giant. Or even the Dragonborn who has killed Alduin. But a dragon lands once it is at about less than half health. So how do you explain more than half health drained just because of Dragonrend? :-) – ヴァイシャリ Oct 22 '12 at 17:45
@desaivv a) there are ranged weapons and spells in the game b) dragons land when they are above 50% health. – kotekzot Oct 22 '12 at 17:47
Not arguing either with or against you. Been a while since I played Skyrim. This is why I did not post an answer. – ヴァイシャリ Oct 22 '12 at 17:52
Well this was a dragon that landed behind me so maybe it was already at half health. I turned around, used Dragonrend, and it died. It happened too fast for me to check it's health. – Sid Oct 22 '12 at 18:13
Selecting this as the right answer because it was either a glitch or maybe the dragon was already damaged. Further bolstered by the fact that two dragons showed up at once which is a rare occurrence so maybe the game was glitching. – Sid Oct 25 '12 at 23:11

well sometime the dragon has low life because the dragons wil get in fights with each other, because it says that when dragons use the frost breath or fire breath, they are having a strong verbal communication. so the dragon was probobly in a fight before it landed then when u used the dragon rend it finished it off, also some dragons are weaker than other, like the dragons that just say Dragon, they are weaker than the ones with names.

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