"One thing is clear, I must kill them"

Wyverns are a powerful adversary, possessing many powerful physical and magickal attacks, the means of flight, and the ability to breathe lightning to stun their foes. All lesser dragonkin can seize control over the will of Pawns for a brief period to turn them against the Arisen. The Wyvern bears a glowing spot on its back where its heart resides, which serves as an exploitable weakness.



An aerial Wyvern preparing its breath attack

One of the smaller cousins of the titular Dragon.

Wyverns are a species of dragonkin, a lesser dragon type. The Wyvern's heart is located on its back - if mounted when aloft the Wyvern will make strong attempts to throw the attacker off, rapidly draining their stamina. Unlike their cousin the Drake, Wyverns do not breath fire, instead using a strong lightning based breath attack which throws foes into the air - they are also significantly resistant to the thunder element. Like the related Wyrm the Wyvern can cast spells, though less powerfully; unlike a Wyrm they are strong flyers.

In Dragon's Dogma Wyverns are only encountered during Post-Game after The Final Battle. In Dark Arisen Wyverns may also be encountered in the Rotunda of Dread and elsewhere. No matter where they are encountered, defeating a Wyvern forms part of the Serpents' Bane trophy or achievement, awarded for defeating a Drake, Wyrm, and Wyvern.

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

Information and Stats

General Info

Dragon / Boss
Base Experience of 23,000

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


Gransys (Post-Game)

Bitterblack Isle (Pre-Daimon)

Bitterblack Isle (Post-Daimon)


On death

Wyvern Horns Destroyed

Wyvern Wing Destroyed

  • Killing the Wyvern gives a chance of dragon forging equipment depending upon enhancement level of the equipped gear.


Stats Health Attack Defense Magick
70,000 1,200 340 750 380 4,500 kg
Resistances Slash Bash FIRE BASED
100% 100% 100% 100% 25% 100% 100%
Information from  : Dragon's Dogma - ドラゴンズドグマ & Dark Arisen (, the 'Dragon's Dogma Signature Series Guide' , and from in-game testing..


Attack Type Description
Lightning Breath Mag A massive stream of electrically charged wind is let loose from its mouth. Does no direct damage, but lifts its victim high up into the air for fall damage.
Dive Phys A powerful lunge from the air.
Charge Phys Charges at a target on the ground.
Grab (Arisen) Phys The Arisen is grabbed and then smashed into the ground.
Grab (Pawn) Spec A Pawn is grabbed, but instead of being smashed into the ground, the Wyvern instead seizes control of its actions. Causes Possession, which turns the Pawn against the Arisen.
Stomp Attack Phys A powerful attack with its feet, staggers enemies.
Sweeping Backhand Phys A backhanded slap with either one of its front claws.
Tail Sweep Phys A powerful spinning attack with its tail. Knocks party members off their feet.
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.
Aerial Spin Phys If the Arisen or one of his/her Pawns are holding onto the Wyvern while it is in flight, it will spin rapidly, draining a massive chunk of stamina.
Roar Spec/Status

A roar that kills all pawns within range, staggers the Arisen and can cause Skill Stifling.

Torpor Mag/Status Once grounded, the Wyvern can cast Torpor on Arisen and pawns.
Miasma Mag/Status Once grounded, the Wyvern can cast a large poison cloud.
Levin Mag/Status Once grounded, the Wyvern can cast a lightning spell, which can cause thundershock.



  • The Wyvern spends far more time flying than it does on the ground. In fact, it will not land unless it is stunned or knocked out of the air, and even after it recovers it will go back to the air as soon as it can. While aloft the tail can be grabbed and scaled in order to reach the heart.
    • For general climbing tactics see Climbing.
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Heart located on the back.

  • The heart of a Wyvern, unlike all other Dragonkin, isn't located on the breastbone of the beast but instead is on its back, between its wings.
    • All vocations: attack the heart.
    • To kill a Wyvern, the Arisen must land the final blow against its heart. Pawns can reduce a Wyvern to very low health but cannot deliver the killing blow - they will continue to attack while a dragon is in a critical state.
  • Vulnerable to Torpor.
  • Immune to lowered attributes, curse, blindness, drenched, tarred, sleep and petrification
  • Resistant to Lightning.
  • Can be set on fire, and poisoned.
  • May be slightly frozen, but not shattered.
  • The Wyvern is a strong flyer and makes strong efforts to dislodge any foe (which makes attacking an aloft Wyvern's heart difficult or nearly impossible without Adhesion), much like the bucking Cockatrice.
    • Most bow and ranged spell attacks will knock a Wyvern out of the sky - the creature is easier to attack once grounded, and briefly highly vulnerable when initially grounded.
  • The head and wings are minor weak points.
3 Dragons slain in 55 seconds ! Mystic Knight vs 1 Wyvern, 1 Drake, 1 Wyrm (E)02:00

3 Dragons slain in 55 seconds ! Mystic Knight vs 1 Wyvern, 1 Drake, 1 Wyrm (E)

Wyverns and Thunderwyverns spend more time aloft than other Dragonkin. Ranged attacks to the head and heart, and melee attacks to the tail can bring them crashing down. It may be necessary to climb the Wyvern in order to reach their heart (located on their back). In this demonstration, a Mystic Knight slays 3 Dragons in 55 seconds with Abyssal Anguish. Hard mode. No buffs, curatives or Wakestones used.

  • Be aware that the Wyvern will fly away if it is engaged from outside its pre-programmed "zone".
  • If attacking with Thousand Kisses from a standing position, use Instant Reset to interrupt and re-position when the Wyvern moves away.


  • Can be Silenced, preventing spellcasting.
    • Silence does not prevent the Dragon Roar.
  • The Dragon Roar can be interrupted by quickly inflicting enough damage to the heart, before the dragon can fully rear up on its hind legs and initiate the roar.
  • The Stability augment is very useful against all Draconic enemies. All wind attacks are nullified against the Arisen, meaning that one cannot be blown over backwards or interrupted while casting spells or charging skills. Alternatively, the Arisen can jump just before the wind attack to avoid its effect, or block it with a Shield or Magick Shield.
  • The Wyvern's ranged breath will release a stream of electrical and stormy energy. The stream itself deals no damage, but can stagger anyone caught within it. Staying inside of the stream for too long will propel the victim upwards - high enough to receive falling damage upon landing.


  • Mage pawns with a Legion's Might staff will self-resurrect after a Dragon Roar or conventional death. Although the staff has one of the lowest attack stats out of all Mage staffs, its special function allows the Arisen to not worry about reviving this pawn.
  • Strider pawns with a Scather inclination are effective pawns for climbing a Wyvern and shredding the heart.
  • Ranger pawns with weakpoint targeting skills such as Great Gamble can remove several health bars from a Wyvern in a single shot. A pawn with incomplete Bestiary knowledge will randomly target one of four critical targets on the Wyvern (the two horns, the wings, and the heart). To ensure that the pawn targets the heart, the Arisen should try to first destroy the two horns and wings.
  • Consider equipping the pawns with upgraded rusted or golden weapons to torpor or silence the Wyvern.
  • Attempts at possession of allied pawns can be interrupted by staggering - the arm holding the pawn should be specifically targeted with strong staggering attacks to cause the Wyvern to release the pawn.
    • Possessed pawns can still cure themselves, so Placative Brews, Sobering Wines, or other similar curatives are useful.
    • It is advisable to avoid hiring pawns equipped with the Tenacity augment who do not also possess 100% resistance to Possession or curatives, as they will be very difficult to knock out should they become possessed.
    • An alternate tactic to dealing with possessed pawns is to go into the equipment menu and unequip all the pawn's weapons, leaving them helpless and unable to attack.
    • If a pawn has 100% resistance to Possession the Wyvern's possession attempt will be unsuccessful. During this process the dragon will be occupied and unable to attack the rest of the party, creating opportunities for them to use spells and skills with long cast or charge times.
  • Beware the Dragon Roar, which instantly kills pawns.
  • Pawns will exclaim "The horn is destroyed!" or similar when one of the two horns is damaged, and will will declare "'Tis grounded, Master!" or "On solid ground, the advantage is ours!" when the wings are damaged.

Luring Wyverns

The Wyverns are sometimes difficult to engage in battle, as they will often fly off before attacking the party. This is especially true of the Wyverns on Conquest Road in Gransys.

  • The Estan Plains Wyvern is near the shore south of Gran Soren. It can be seen taking flight when exiting through the southern gate and circling the area to the south of Gran Soren when the party approaches from Moonsbit Pass. This Dragon is a regular spawn only until the Arisen enters the Everfall (and initiates the quest Fathom Deep).
  • The Conquest Road Wyvern appears once The (post-game) Everfall is entered and the quest Fathom Deep is initiated. It can be made to attack by moving to a high point (e.g., near Windbluff Tower) and engaging with ranged weapons.
    • When the ambush starts, it may get stuck flying up and down and will never engage. Placing a Portcrystal at the location the Wyvern spawns, then porting in, will cause it to engage as normal.
    • The Wyvern may also attack at the Harpy encounter on the road.
  • (Bugs) In Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen the "ambush" theme-music may trigger but the dragon fails to land or come into range - on some occasions the Dragon will then land or fly into the sea, causing its own death.

Pawn Bestiary Knowledge

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

Enemy Specific :

  • Shoot the Wyvern's wings when it is flying around (not simply hovering) to knock it down.
  • Use Lightning based attacks to realize Lightning has no effect on it (may not be needed).

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

Kills on Thunderwyverns also count towards the overall kill count since they are of the same species, but the Thunderwyvern is much stronger than the Wyvern or special Wyvern.

Trophies or Acchievements


  • Even after the Wyvern dies, two Dragon Horns from the head (if not already broken) and an Great Dragon Alula piece from the back (where the wings intersect) can still be broken off before the corpse disintegrates.
    • (Exploit) 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.
  • The Wyvern's Tear increases the drop rate of Wakestones and Wakestone Shards in the Everfall. When in the player's inventory with the Wyrm's Tear and Drake's Tear, the drop rate percentages increase further.
  • Wyverns generally re-spawn every 7 game days.
  • The Thunderwyvern behaves very much like its smaller cousin; it, however, will cast spells more frequently, is more resilient and hits significantly harder.
  • Like the Special Drake at Conqueror's Sanctuary, the Special Wyvern atop the Bluemoon Tower speaks in Latin with translated captions.


  • In European myth a Wyvern is a term used for dragons with only two legs.
  • The term derives from a similar roots as "viper" - a poisonous snake.


  • "What is happening?!" (Battle Start)
  • "One thing is clear, I must kill them" (Battle Start)
  • "Time to die"
  • "Eaaaugh! The pain!" (When the Heart is exposed)
  • "Try it. Attack me!" (When diving)
  • "Get off me!" (When grabbed onto)
  • "You cannot win, maggot!" (When using roar, killing all pawns)
  • "No... not to this human!" (Death throes)
  • The Wyvern shares some dialogue in common with the Drake and Wyrm.