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12th Mar '18 5:19:49 PM Amahn
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*** The novel ''Dawn of the Aspects'' and the official lore compendium ''Chronicles'' revel more about his past. He was essentially already this in life. After eating everything else in his hunting grounds he began to cannibalize other proto-dragons. This twisted and corrupted his very being to the point that eventually the proto-dragons he consumed returned as undead horrors, thereby making him the progenitor and embodiment of necromancy on Azeroth.
12th Mar '18 3:52:40 PM urutapu
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* ''VideoGame/MonsterHunterWorld'' features Vaal Hazak, which probably isn't actually ''undead'', but has a rotting, skeletal appearance and has the power to control decay-related gases, absorb life force from other monsters, and revive those same monsters to attack the player.
20th Dec '17 11:57:41 AM BeerBaron
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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'':
** Skeleton Dragons in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim''. As expected, killing them doesn't net you a dragon soul. It is weaker than live dragons and cannot fly.
** Durnehviir from the expansion pack ''Dawnguard'' states that he is caught "between [[PoirotSpeak laas and dinok]], between life and death", and certainly looks the part. He's a dragon that explored necromancy to the point of selling his soul in exchange for power to the Ideal Masters, rulers of the Soul Cairn where all souls sacrificed for necromancy end up. During his imprisonment in the Soul Cairn for over 4000 years, his body is warped to [[http://img1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20121012041458/elderscrolls/images/2/29/VC-Durnehviir.jpg a rotting skeletal version of his former self]]. The Ideal Masters did keep their promise, though, and granted him powerful necromantic abilities which he uses in combat. After an awesome battle with Durnehviir, the Dragonborn is told that Durnehviir is no longer a normal being and his body can reconstruct itself, which it later does. Out of respect, he then grants the Dragonborn the ability to summon him from the Soul Cairn for a short time, to aid the Dragonborn in battle (which benefits him as well because it grants him even a momentary reprieve from his imprisonment) He's pretty much an ideal Dracolich, even if he never technically 'died'.

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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'':
''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'':
** A Skeleton Dragons in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim''. Dragon appears during a College of Winterhold quest. As expected, killing them it doesn't net you a dragon soul. It is also weaker than live dragons and cannot fly.
** Durnehviir from the expansion pack ''Dawnguard'' DLC states that he is caught "between [[PoirotSpeak laas and dinok]], between life and death", and certainly looks the part. He's a dragon that explored necromancy to the point of selling his soul in exchange for power to the Ideal Masters, rulers of the Soul Cairn where all souls sacrificed for necromancy end up. During his imprisonment in the Soul Cairn for over 4000 years, his body is warped to [[http://img1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20121012041458/elderscrolls/images/2/29/VC-Durnehviir.jpg a rotting skeletal version of his former self]]. The Ideal Masters did keep their promise, though, and granted him powerful necromantic abilities which he uses in combat. After an awesome battle with Durnehviir, the Dragonborn is told that Durnehviir is no longer a normal being and his body can reconstruct itself, which it later does. Out of respect, he then grants the Dragonborn the ability to summon him from the Soul Cairn for a short time, to aid the Dragonborn in battle (which benefits him as well because it grants him even a momentary reprieve from his imprisonment) He's pretty much an ideal Dracolich, even if he never technically 'died'.
3rd Nov '17 10:52:55 PM Actua11y
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* ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' has Gravemoss first pull a [[WebComic/TheOrderOfTheStick Familicide]] on pretty much every Hebridean Black dragon available, then resurrects them as aerial troops, on a direct course for London as part of HYDRA's counter-blow to SHIELD's [[MeaningfulName Operation Overlord,]] meaning that there are ''hundreds'' of Draconic zombies to deal with. Thankfully, their relatively slow flight speed counts against them and they're intercepted by the RAF, War Machine and [[spoiler: Warren Worthington III a.k.a. [[RazorWings Archangel]]]].

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* ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' has Gravemoss first pull a [[WebComic/TheOrderOfTheStick Familicide]] on pretty much every Hebridean Black dragon available, then resurrects them as aerial troops, on a direct course for London as part of HYDRA's counter-blow to SHIELD's [[MeaningfulName Operation Overlord,]] meaning that there are ''hundreds'' of Draconic zombies to deal with. Thankfully, their relatively slow flight speed counts against them and they're intercepted by the RAF, War Machine and [[spoiler: Warren [[spoiler:Warren Worthington III a.k.a. [[RazorWings Archangel]]]].



** The {{Trope Namer|s}} is of course the Dracolich, which combines the worst aspects of a Dragon and a [[OurLichesAreDifferent Lich]]. Across the various editions, Zombie, common Skeleton (weaker and stupider then Dracoliches), Ghost, Wraith and Vampire Dragons have all been offered up as well. The advantages and disadvantages of being a dragon undead are all noted. For example, a draconic vampire [[MustBeInvited can't enter a home uninvited]]... but it turns out a smoldering pile of rubble no longer counts as a home.

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** The {{Trope Namer|s}} is TropeNamer is, of course course, the Dracolich, which combines the worst aspects of a Dragon and a [[OurLichesAreDifferent Lich]]. Across the various editions, Zombie, common Skeleton (weaker and stupider then Dracoliches), Ghost, Wraith and Vampire Dragons have all been offered up as well. The advantages and disadvantages of being a dragon undead are all noted. For example, a draconic vampire [[MustBeInvited can't enter a home uninvited]]... but it turns out a smoldering pile of rubble no longer counts as a home.



** Spectral/Bone Dragons. Despite looking cool, these dragons are arguably the ''weakest'' creatures of their level in any game they have appeared, as they have much lower HP, attack and defense values than average. They make up for it with sheer numbers, though, as V has a building upgrade that increase the number of dragons produced. Spectral Dragons in ''Heroes 3'' do have a redeeming factor in their unique chance to cast a spell upon attack which causes the victims to [[RapidAging age rapidly]] - instantly halving the health points of every unit in the attacked stack, thus making all survivors of the dragons' attack much squishier. Additionally their sight is so terrifying to behold on the battlefield they reduce the enemy's morale just by being there, something even live dragons usually don't do.

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** Spectral/Bone Dragons. Despite looking cool, these dragons are arguably the ''weakest'' creatures of their level in any game they have appeared, as they have much lower HP, attack and defense values than average. They make up for it with sheer numbers, though, as V has a building upgrade that increase increases the number of dragons produced. Spectral Dragons in ''Heroes 3'' do have a redeeming factor in their unique chance to cast a spell upon attack which causes the victims to [[RapidAging age rapidly]] - instantly halving the health points of every unit in the attacked stack, thus making all survivors of the dragons' attack much squishier. Additionally Additionally, their sight is so terrifying to behold on the battlefield they reduce the enemy's morale just by being there, something even live dragons usually don't do.



* One short based on ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon'' involves the heroes being attacked by a skeletal dragon called the Bone Knapper. However, it's revealed at the end of the short that the Boneknapper is actually friendly and that it just wanted its collar bone (which allows it to roar) back. The Boneknapper isn't really skeletal, however. It just wears bones that it finds along the ground as armor.

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* One short based on ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon'' involves the heroes being attacked by a skeletal dragon called the Bone Knapper. However, it's revealed at the end of the short that the Boneknapper is actually friendly and that it just wanted its collar bone collarbone (which allows it to roar) back. The Boneknapper isn't really skeletal, however. It just wears bones that it finds along the ground as armor.
14th Oct '17 11:21:10 PM DudeWheresMyPassword
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* In the ''Literature/CraftSequence'', dragons don't have any particular rules or sentimental inclinations about what should happen to their bodies after death, a fact that is very pleasing to human necromancers. Undead dragons were used as weapons in the [[GreatOffscreenWar God]] [[RageAgainstTheHeavens Wars]], and in ''Literature/LastFirstSnow'' [[spoiler:the King in Red deploys one to put down an alleged rebellion in his city]].
14th Oct '17 8:40:44 AM Prime32
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* ''Manga/TouhouSuzunaanForbiddenScrollery'': The powerful demon [[SealedEvilInACan sealed in Kosuzu's Night Parade Picture Scroll]] is briefly depicted as a wingless Dracolich made out of black smoke, complete with BreathWeapon.
25th Sep '17 1:57:52 PM emperors
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* Shows up as a boss in the rare PAL exclusive game ''Kaan: Barbarian's Blade''. One of the only three bosses in the entire game.
29th Aug '17 6:39:20 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': In "Beyond the Wall", [[spoiler:one of Daenerys' dragons, Viserion, is slain by the Night King and sinks into a frozen lake. It's later dragged out of the ice by the army of the dead and resurrected as a Wight. In the next episode, "The Wolf and The Dragon", the [[BigBad Night King]] rides it into battle and uses it to destroy the Wall. He shoots blue fire, apparently.]]

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': In the season 7 episode "Beyond the Wall", [[spoiler:one of Daenerys' dragons, Viserion, is slain by the Night King and sinks into a frozen lake. It's later dragged out of the ice by the army of the dead and resurrected as a Wight. In the next episode, "The Wolf and The Dragon", the [[BigBad Night King]] rides it into battle and uses it to destroy the Wall. He shoots blue fire, apparently.]]
28th Aug '17 8:20:08 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': In "Beyond the Wall", [[spoiler:one of Daenerys' dragons, Viserion, is slain by the Night King and sinks into a frozen lake. It's later dragged out of the ice by the army of the dead and resurrected as a Wight. In the next episode, "The Wolf and The Dragon", the [[BigBad Night King]] rides it into battle and uses it to destroy the Wall.]]

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': In "Beyond the Wall", [[spoiler:one of Daenerys' dragons, Viserion, is slain by the Night King and sinks into a frozen lake. It's later dragged out of the ice by the army of the dead and resurrected as a Wight. In the next episode, "The Wolf and The Dragon", the [[BigBad Night King]] rides it into battle and uses it to destroy the Wall. He shoots blue fire, apparently.]]
28th Aug '17 6:35:49 AM Ghilz
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** Skeleton Dragons in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim''. As expected, killing them doesn't net you a dragon soul. Should the Dragonborn interrupt Alduin in the middle of resurrecting a Dragon, it will revive instead as one of these. They are weaker than live dragons and cannot fly, but can still use breath attacks.

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** Skeleton Dragons in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim''. As expected, killing them doesn't net you a dragon soul. Should the Dragonborn interrupt Alduin in the middle of resurrecting a Dragon, it will revive instead as one of these. They are It is weaker than live dragons and cannot fly, but can still use breath attacks.fly.



** Due to a bug in the game, sometimes a Dragon's soul may be absorbed while it's still alive. As a result, the dragon is consumed in flames and burns down to a skeleton, but continues to fly around and attack you, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtpviuLT3t4 as seen here]]. Rather terrifyingly, the resulting abomination is invincible, because the game mistakes it as being already "dead".
** In fact, by the time of Skyrim, almost all dragons in the setting are undead, with a few notable exceptions. Though whether they count is debatable, since dragons can't truly die unless killed by a Dragonborn or possibly another dragon.
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