Most PC games, and especially the best RPGs, have dragons and dragon-like creatures as both allies and enemies. We do love a big fight, and nothing beats a fire-breathing lizard the size of a skyscraper.
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We’ve put together a list of some of the best PC dragon games where you can meet, fight, or make friends with a dragon. A lot of the best choices come from multiplayer games or massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs). Since dragons are usually hard for a single adventurer to kill (looking at you, Dragonborn), it makes sense that many games that involve dragons have hundreds of players work together to kill them. Here are some dragon games you should try if you feel like your life needs a lot more.
Since it came out in 2020, many people have said that Genshin Impact is like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild in that you can explore a beautiful, open world full of things to do and resources to gather. But Genshin Impact is free, while Breath of the Wild costs money. Both games have dragons, though.
In fact, dragons play a big part in the story of the game because they were the most common species a very long time ago. Genshin Impact also has a lot of different dragons. There are both land dragons and sea dragons, and some of them can even talk. If you want to play with dragons but don’t want to buy a whole new game, this could be a good option. Even if you’ve played Breath of the Wild, this is a similar but still very different game. It’s not a lazy copy.
You’d expect a game set in Dungeons & Dragons’ Forgotten Realms to have good dragons, and Neverwinter definitely does. In this free-to-play RPG, there are campaigns that are all about dragons, quests to kill dragons every week, powerful dragon bosses, and all kinds of good dragon loot to enjoy. Cryptic Studios does a great job of using the rich history of Dungeons & Dragons to make some of the toughest dragons in games.
For most of this MMO’s long history, dragons have been the most difficult enemies to fight. These winged reptiles are often world bosses capable of tearing your character limb from limb, however, thanks to the 4.5 update you can now raise your own dragons in Archeage and use them as mounts.
Skyrim’s dragons have set the standard for scaled animals, just like the game’s horses have set the standard for mountain climbing. In the snowy peaks of the Nord homeland, Alduin and others like him are the last fight for many Dragonborn. Even though the main story arc leading up to the stoic and legendary dragons of Tamriel is a great ending to the story, dragons are just as likely to show up when you’re picking flowers as when you’re looking for them. One of the best and worst feelings in Skyrim is hearing the giant wing flaps directly above you while you’re slowly trudging back to town with looted goods and thinking “oh dear.”
In this free MMO, you won’t run into dragons very often. Instead, dragons are presented as they should be: scary end-game bosses that will wipe your raid group of 20 many times before you finally beat them. To fight the gods of the Blood Storm, you’ll need to do your research and bring a lot of tools.
Elsewhere, Rift feels a lot like Classic WoW, from the fact that you can choose between two alliances and different classes to the talent tree. There are hundreds of hours of grinding, but Rift does a great job of opening up new mounts, abilities, weapons, and loot to feed the power fantasy.
ELDER SCROLLS ONLINE
The Elder Scrolls Online has finally added dragons as enemies, so it doesn’t fall behind Skyrim. Even though they weren’t in the base game of ESO, the giant winged beasts were added in the Elsweyr expansion, which brought players to the homeland of the Khajiit and set fire to all the desert sands. In ESO, dragon fights are open world events that are meant to be done by dozens of players on the same map. Dragons can be seen flying above, and when they land in an area big enough for a fight, players can work together to kill them. In ESO, dragons are no joke. They shoot fire and other nasty AOE effects that can kill any player who isn’t paying attention.
DARK SOULS SERIES
It shouldn’t be a surprise that a series known for being hard would put players up against some of the biggest and meanest fantasy creatures. Even though dragons are a big part of the story of Dark Souls, it’s rare to meet a real one. Most of the dragon kin in the Dark Souls series are related to the big beasts, like drakes, wyverns, and other dragon-like creatures. This doesn’t make them any less dangerous, though. From the truly disgusting Gaping Dragon and Seath the Scaleless in Dark Souls to the not-a-dragon-but-still-huge Ancient Wyvern in Dark Souls 3, each boss is a tough opponent in the Dark Souls style of epic boss fights.
DRAGON AGE: INQUISITION
Dragons do show up in the first two Dragon Age games. In fact, the final boss fight in Dragon Age: Origins is with the giant Archdemon, who is in the form of a dragon. But Dragon Age: Inquisition is by far the best of the bunch. After killing your first dragon anywhere in the huge areas you can explore in Inquisition, you’ll get a new quest to kill the other eight High Dragons. Each one makes your party look small because its wingspan is huge and it has a long list of special resistances and abilities that are just as big. Since the Inquisitor and his group are only four people, dragon fights can last a long time.
DRAGON’S DOGMA: DARK ARISEN
Even though the first Dragon’s Dogma was never ported to PC, Dark Arisen gave us the Monster Hunter-style beast-killing that we missed out on in the first game. Dragon’s Dogma is full of other scary big bad guys from fantasy to kill, but you won’t be surprised to hear that dragons are kind of a big deal in Dark Arisen since their name is in the title. At the beginning of the game, one of these monsters eats your heart. However, in true RPG hero style, “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger,” and you go on to kill all kinds of beasts, including a lot of dragons, despite your new chest cavity.
Lord of the Rings Online (PC)
In Lord of the Rings Online, you can go to J. R. R. Tolkien’s legendary Middle Earth and see places like the ruins of Weathertop and the dark Mines of Moria. Join up with other players to form a fellowship, fight in exciting battles, go on epic adventures, and even fight other players as a servant of Sauron in the realm of Middle Earth.