Capturing Odahviing | The Fallen Quest Walkthrough

In this section of our guide to The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, we will provide you with a step-by-step walkthrough for capturing the dragon Odahviing. This is a part of the main quest, The Fallen, and involves using a new Shout called Call Dragon. Successfully capturing Odahviing will allow you to interrogate him.

  • New main objective: Learn the Shout to call Odahviing
  • New main objective: Prepare a trap for Odahviing
  • New main objective: Call Odahviing to Dragonsreach
  • New main objective: Defeat and trap Odahviing
  • New main objective: Interrogate Odahviing

New main objective: Learn the Shout to call Odahviing

If you previously participated in the Season Unending negotiations between the Legion and Stormcloaks, then you can learn the Shout in the High Hrothgar conference room. Wait for Esbern to speak after the negotiations, and he will give you the Word of Power for Snow, Call Dragon, Hunter, Call Dragon, and Wing, Call Dragon. This will allow you to call in Odahviing.

If you didn’t participate in the negotiations, you can head to The Throat of the World and speak with Paarthurnax or go to the Sky Haven Temple and talk to Esbern. You will still learn the same Words of Power to Call Dragon.

Regardless of how you learn the Shout, you will unlock the Call Dragon ability.

New main objective: Prepare a trap for Odahviing

New main objective: Call Odahviing to Dragonsreach

Open the world map and fast travel to Dragonsreach. Speak with the Jarl of Whiterun and confirm that you’re ready to trap the dragon. Head to the Great Porch in the north-east part of the location and open the gate to Dragonsreach (as shown in the screenshot above).

Once you reach the porch, move towards the observation point in front of you (as shown in the screenshot above). Open the Shouts menu and set Call Dragon as your active Shout. Look towards the sky and hold down Z to call Odahviing. Be patient, as it may take some time for him to arrive. While waiting, we recommend setting Dragonrend as your active Shout.

New main objective: Defeat and trap Odahviing

Once Odahviing appears, wait for him to start flying towards you or stop in mid-air before using Dragonrend. If done correctly, a blue glow will appear around the dragon (as shown in the screenshot above). Don’t attack Odahviing; your goal is to capture him. Wait for him to fly towards you and hide behind building elements to avoid his fire damage.

Continue towards the gate leading to the main part of Jarl’s estate, while urging the dragon to follow you. Eventually, the dragon will arrive at the large wooden structure and become ensnared automatically (as shown in the screenshot above).

New primary objective: Question Odahviing

Approach Odahviing, who is now trapped, to initiate a conversation (shown in the above screenshot). The dragon will confirm your suspicions that Alduin has fled to Sovngarde and is devouring mortal souls to regain strength. He will also inform you that the only way to reach Sovngarde is by passing through the gate within the Skuldafn Temple. However, as the location can only be accessed by dragons, you must agree to release him in exchange for a ride to the temple. You will address this in the next main quest.

Main quest unlocked: The World-Eater’s Eyrie


1. What is “Catching the dragon”?

“Catching the dragon” is a Chinese idiom that refers to the pursuit of a difficult and elusive goal. The dragon represents something that is hard to capture, like success or happiness, and the act of catching it symbolizes achieving that goal. This idiom is often used to encourage someone to persevere and keep striving towards their dreams, no matter how challenging they may seem.

2. What is “The Fallen”?

“The Fallen” is a term that is often used to refer to angels who have rebelled against God and were cast out of heaven. In some religious traditions, these fallen angels are believed to have become demons and now work to tempt and corrupt human beings. The concept of “The Fallen” has been explored in various works of literature and pop culture, including the TV show “Supernatural” and the “Dark Angels” series of novels by Keri Arthur.

3. How can I catch the dragon?

Catching the dragon requires persistence, determination, and hard work. You need to identify what it is that you want to achieve and then set goals for yourself that will help you get there. It’s important to stay focused on your objectives and not get discouraged by setbacks or obstacles. Surround yourself with supportive people who believe in you and can offer encouragement and guidance when needed. Most importantly, never give up on your dreams!

4. What is the symbolism of the dragon in Chinese culture?

The dragon is a powerful and revered symbol in Chinese culture. It is associated with strength, good luck, and prosperity. In Chinese mythology, the dragon is said to have control over the elements, and it is often depicted as a benevolent creature that brings rain and other forms of good fortune. The dragon is also a symbol of the emperor, who was believed to be a direct descendant of the mythical creature. Dragons are commonly featured in Chinese art, architecture, and literature.

5. Why do fallen angels tempt humans?

According to some religious traditions, fallen angels tempt humans as a way of rebelling against God and trying to gain power and influence over humanity. They are believed to be envious of the special relationship that humans have with God and seek to disrupt that connection by luring people into sin. In other traditions, fallen angels are seen as being motivated by a desire for revenge or a thirst for adventure and excitement. Regardless of their motivations, fallen angels are typically portrayed as being dangerous and deceptive beings who must be avoided.

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