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"What will you be? Man? Dragon? Or aught else?"

Wyrms are powerful magical casters, possessing an array of deadly magical attacks, the means of flight, and the ability to breathe Ice to freeze their foes solid. All lesser dragonkin can seize control over the will of Pawns to turn them against the Arisen. The Wyrm's glowing red stomach indicates where its heart resides, which serves as an exploitable weakness.



Face to face with a Wyrm

The Wyrm is one of three species of Dragonkin, along with the Drake and Wyvern. Wyrms share many characteristics in common with their cousin species, however the Wyrm rarely flies but is a powerful spellcaster, able to repeatedly and rapidly incant strong spells such as Bolide. Whilst the Drake has an affinity to fire and the Wyvern to lightning, the Wyrm is strong in the ice element. This makes them vulnerable to fire based spells and weapons.

Defeating a Wyrm has a minor chance of dragon forging the player's equipment as long as that equipment has at least one level of enhancement.

Information and Stats

General Info

Type Dragon / Boss
Experience gained

Base Exp of 24,000

Can be more or less depending on a few factors such as:

Location Gransys

Bitterblack Isle:

Rotunda of Dread

The Black Abbey with a Wyvern. (Pre-Daimon)


Health Attack Defense Magick Attack Magick Defense Weight
60,000 800 270 1,300 800 4,500 kg

Damage Taken

Slash Bash
100% 100% 150% 25% 100% 100% 100%


Attack Type Description
Ice Breath Mag A massive stream of ice is let loose from its mouth. Can cause Frozen. The Wyrm can use this move while moving forward or backing away from its target(s).
Dive Phys A powerful lunge from the air.
Charge Phys Charges at a target on the ground to trample it.
Grab (Arisen) Phys The Arisen is grabbed and then smashed into the ground.
Grab (Pawn) Spec/Status A Pawn is grabbed, but instead of being smashed into the ground, the Wyrm seizes control of its actions. Causes Possession, which turns the Pawn against the Arisen.
Stomp Attack Phys A powerful attack with its feet.
Sweeping Backhand Phys A backhanded slap with either of its front claws.
Tail Sweep Phys A powerful spinning attack with its tail, knocks down any struck by it.
Wing Flap Attack Phys Powerful wing flaps that create strong wings preventing the player's party from approaching. The player can counteract this by equipping the stability augment or equipping armor with the bonus enhancement "Prevents wind from affecting mobility." While this negates the buffeting effect of the wind, the dragon's wing flaps will then be able to deliver physical blows.
Roar Spec/Status A roar that kills all pawns within range, staggers the Arisen and can cause Skill Stifling.
High Frigor Mag Creates three spires of ice which can throw its targets into the air and freeze them.
High Levin Mag/Status A series of lightning bolts are created which can cause Thundershock.
High Bolide Mag 10 meteors are summoned to indiscriminately lay waste to the battlefield.
(This will be indicated vocally by the Wyrm)
Lassitude Mag/Status An area of effect sigil is created, inflicting Torpor on those who remain within it.
Exequy Mag A field of death is cast, killing anyone who stands within its area of effect upon the spell's completion.
Anodyne Mag/Spec The Wyrm is still for a moment, then restores 1.75 bars of its health.


Dropped Item Regular Drop (%) Wyrm Horns Destroyed (%) Wyrm Wing Destroyed (%)
Dragon Scale 20% - 14%
Azure Dragon Scale 32% - 5%
Dragon Claw 12% - -
Dragon Horn 1% 100% -
Indurated Dragonsblood 5% - -
Rift Cluster 5% - -
Great Dragon Alula - - 80%
Wyrm's Tear 5% - 1%
Greatwyrm Stone 1% - -
  • Killing the Wyrm gives a percentage chance of dragon forging equipment depending upon enhancement level of the equipped gear.
  • The horns can still be broken off when the Wyrm is dead, but there is a short time window to do so.
  • After a reload or retry, the Dragon's Horns regenerate. This effectively means that after a save and reload, more horns can be broken off allowing for multiple Dragon Horn drops in one fight.
  • Having all three dragon tears in the player's inventory guarantees that the Drake will drop a Wakestone (Post-Game only), and remarkably improves the chances of receiving the above drops.
  • The Wyrm's Tear item drop rate increases substantially in the Post-Game.



Dragon's Dogma Dark Arisen Screenshot 14

The Wyrm's heart is located in its stomach area.

  • The Wyrm's heart is located in its stomach area, directly under the middle of the beast.
    • All vocations : attack the heart.
    • The heart is a weak point - so skills such as Great Gamble are effective.
    • The heart must be struck by the Arisen for the finishing blow.
  • Weak against Fire enchanted weapons and spells - with damage increased several times over.
    • Even overwriting a weapon with a temporary Fire enchantment will make a permanent enchantment damage stronger by either the use of a more effective enchantment or a more powerful buff of the same element.
  • Vulnerable to Silence. A silence Wyrms has the majority of its attacks nulified.
  • Vulnerable to Torpor.
  • Striking the heart or head hard enough can interrupt/stagger the Wyrm and disrupt its spellcasting.
  • The Wyrm is stationary while casting spells, enabling the party to easily hit its weak spots.
  • The Wyrm is more resilient to magic attacks compared to other Dragonkin, so while magic is still functional, hybrid classes may benefit from using physical attacks, and switching melee weapons to pure physical types (or fire enchanted) is also recommened.

Vocation specific


Perfect Blocking Wyrm attacks (Mystic Knight vs 1 Drake, 1 Wyvern, 1 Wyrm) (M)02:31

Perfect Blocking Wyrm attacks (Mystic Knight vs 1 Drake, 1 Wyvern, 1 Wyrm) (M)

A Mystic Knight demonstration of Perfect Blocking of several of the Wyrm's attacks (Ice breath, grab attack, High Exequy and High Bolide spells cannot be blocked). In this video the Arisen demonstrates 2 wing buffet attacks, 1 High Frigor, 2 forward charges, and 1 arm swipe. (Hard mode, without the Prescience augment)

  • Using Magic Defense boosters is recommended if your Arisen or pawns have low Magick Defense.
  • Either silence the Wyrm, or concentrate on interrupting its magick spells - attacks (and weapons) with high stagger are best.
  • The Stability augment is very helpful against all dragonkin. It renders the Arisen impervious to wind attacks, and the Arisen can cast spells and charge skills without being interrupted. The benefits of this augment are also given by Dark Arisen equipment bearing a stability bonus.
  • Wind attacks from dragonkin wings can be blocked or Perfect Blocked with a shield or magick shield.
  • One Sobering Wine clears all status effects from the party and provides an additional 90 seconds of debilitation immunity.


  • A bow using pawn with the Scather inclination and high or full bestiary knowledge of this enemy is more likely to climb the Dragon and shred the Drake's heart.
  • A pawn without full bestiary knowledge of this enemy will tend to target one of four critical targets on the Wyrm (the two horns, the wings, and the heart). To ensure that a Great Gamble equipped pawn targets the heart, the Arisen should focus on destroying the two horns and wings early in the battle.
  • Mage pawns equipped with a Legion's Might staff will auto-revive after a Dragon Roar or conventional deaths.
  • A higher level support pawn can annihilate the entire party if they become possessed. Prepare in advance for possession resistance, either with equipment or potions.
  • Pawns with 100% resistance to possession are unaffected by the grab attack. They free themselves at the end of the grab animation; the futile attempt at possession gives a strategic opening for the rest of the party, allowing them to prepare long cast time spells or charged skills.

Pawn Bestiary Knowledge

For full information, refer to the Pawn Bestiary Knowledge page or the according section on the Drake page.

Enemy Specific

  • Weak to Fire.
  • Silence it (may not be needed).

In addition to witnessing these techniques, it is necessary for Pawns to participate in killing 15 Wyrms either with their own Arisen or while travelling with others.

Kills on Frostwyrms will count towards the overall kill count for Wyrms since they are both from the same species, but the Frostwyrm is a much stronger version than the Wyrm or the Special Wyrm.

Trophies / Acchievements


  • The Wyrm is a smaller, weaker cousin of the Frostwyrm, similar in appearance, behavior, and weaknesses.
  • The Wyrm's Tear increases the drop rate percentage of rare loot. It also increases the drop rate of Wakestones and Wakestone Shards in The Everfall. When in the player's inventory together with the Drake's Tear and Wyvern's Tear, the drop rate percentages increase further.
  • The Wyrm possesses smaller wings than either the Drake or the Wyvern.


  • "A strange trick of meet a fellow countryman. So be it, mayhap there is a new truth to be found in dragon's form... 'Tis the will of the world... Stand against me!" (Introduction)
  • "Fall into Disorder." (Possession attack)
  • "Gather, raging flame!" (Upon casting High Bolide)
  • "The world calls out for a new ringmaster... ...Earth and man and monster all. All are equal parts within the whole."
  • "Which shall you be...? Man? Dragon? Or aught else?" (Death)
  • "Am I to die?" (Death)
  • "The seat of God lies beyond..." (Death)
  • "That's it, show me your power!"
  • "I am your master" (Possession attack)
  • "Come Arisen!"
  • The Wyrm shares some common dialogue with the Drake and Wyvern.


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