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How to Kill a Dragon in Skyrim
Dragons are unarguably the mascot of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. And, unlike many games, Bethesda doesn't hesitate to throw them at you randomly. As the Dragonborn, you have a particular interest in slaying these fierce beasts, who are said to be harbingers of the End Times. But, when you are faced with your first real dragon fight, you may find yourself a bit intimidated. Don't be! The nice thing about dragons is that they level up with you, meaning you won't find an unbeatable battle hurtling toward you from the skies.
Dragons usually have a very predictable fighting pattern. They fly overhead, shooting down fire or another shout, then land for ground combat. The key is to attack the dragon while flying with magic or arrows. The dragon occasionally will halt in midair, making it an easy shot. If you're quick, or you're in an area that makes it difficult to land, you may be able to shoot it right out of the sky.
If not, though, eventually the dragon will alight and crawl over the Earth, seeking you with its jaws and fiery breath. Beware its shouts, as they can do some real damage.
If you get hit, use a restoration spell and heal yourself, or drink potions. You can cast a restoration spell on yourself while the dragon is still shooting fire at you and not take net damage, just don't run out of mana.
Keep hitting the dragon with your weapon of choice. If it takes off again, bring out your magic or bow again, and then repeat as needed until the dragon goes down. It will burst into flames shortly before death, and you will absorb its soul as a new ability. Dragons have some pretty sweet loot, so don't forget to collect your spoils.
And that's all there is to it! I personally find dragons to be easier foes than the Giants and their mammoths, although they are much showier and more fun to kill. So, get out there and start slaying them! If you haven't purchased the game, I can't recommend it enough. It's great fun, beautiful, and will suck up hundreds of hours of your life. (That's a good thing! I swear!)