How to make a dragon fail landing/crash on the ground/fall from the sky ?

I don't mean Dragonrend.

I mean when a dragon falls from the sky and land badly, in a way they stop attacking for some seconds while they recover, when this happens, they usually make changes on the land around them, though, you can actually walk through the dirt the crash landing makes.

Example of crash landing:

How do I make this happen?

I've heard that shooting them in the wings may cause this, or does this just happen when it's on low health and in the air?

What actually triggers the crash landing?


You just need to do a bit of damage.

Once the dragon has been injured to a certain extent, usually after half of its health has dropped, it will remain grounded.

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  • I think what you quoted means they will stop flying, not crash-land, or not ? – Ramirez Jul 26 '12 at 3:18
  • @Ramirez It has been my experience that those are one and the same. I've never had a dragon not crash land. – Niro Jul 26 '12 at 3:22
  • Ok, so arrow in the wing while a dragon is on full health doesn't trigger this? :( – Ramirez Jul 26 '12 at 3:50
  • @Ramirez - Nope. Just their overall health. – user9983 Jul 26 '12 at 4:25
  • @fluttershy I have never seen a dragon crash land, except for that one time mission where you see one awaken another. – Kevin Mar 23 '13 at 7:02

Get into an open area where there aren't many structures around, and then he will just land on his own.

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    Do you mean to say dragons are so inept at flying they will crash without any interference from the player? I find that hard to believe. – kotekzot Mar 23 '13 at 7:41

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