|Primary Skills||Alteration, Conjuration, Destruction, Restoration|
|Faction(s)||Creature Faction; Dragon Priest Faction|
Dragon Priests were once the loyal servants of the ancient dragons of Skyrim. They ruled over countless armies of men in their gods' names. They are now found residing in coffins throughout areas of prominent dragon worship. If their sleep is disturbed, the dragon priest will burst out of its coffin with considerable force and prepare to destroy whomsoever intruded upon their resting place.
In combat, dragon priests are incredibly dangerous and can kill even high-level players quite quickly. They will constantly backpedal at a high speed, making it difficult to land any melee strikes. While moving they will attack with various staves and destructive spells, making for an effective opponent both offensively and defensively.
Dragon priests are at the high end of the leveled list of possible draugr-type spawns (see effects of leveling for a description of how creatures are generated according to the player-character's level). Because of this, other radiant named bosses, such as Curalmil and Red Eagle, may also appear as dragon priests if at a high enough level. These enemies will not carry an enchanted mask, however.
When one is close enough to a dragon priest sarcophagus, it will burst open forcefully. All random dragon priests' sarcophagi are horizontal, so that the lid bursts vertically. When a dragon priest is killed, it falls to the ground and almost immediately turns into a pile of ash. The clothing remains intact and is still searchable for loot.
Unique Dragon Priests:
- In Skyrim: Hevnoraak | Krosis | Morokei | Nahkriin | Otar the Mad | Rahgot | Vokun | Volsung
- In SolstheimDB: Ahzidal | Dukaan | Miraak | Vahlok the Jailor | Zahkriisos
Base IDs: Frost Dragon Priest (
000480B9); Fire Dragon Priest (
0008A1C8); Shock Dragon Priest (
The mask Konahrik, which can only be acquired after recovering the other 9 Dragon Priest masks (8 named masks plus the Wooden Mask) from the base game, has the ability to summon a spectral Dragon Priest that will fight for you for 60 seconds.
Named Dragon Priests
In the center of ground-level Labyrinthian there lies a small weathered dome. Within is a weathered altar with pedestals for each of the eight dragon priest masks. Next to the altar is a wooden mask beside a skeleton. When it is equipped, and the player is inside the dome, the player will be transported back to a time when it was in its prime. When all eight of the unique dragon priest masks have been collected, the player can place them all on their respective pedestals. Doing this will reveal the ninth, most powerful, and final mask: Konahrik.
For more information, see the Bromjunaar Sanctuary article.