Dragons are scary mythical monsters that are always popular, and these are the best games where dragons show up.
You have to agree that dragons are pretty cool, even if you don’t like lizards. Maybe it’s because a lot of them can fly, have elemental skills, and are usually very old creatures with powers no one knows about. You can find dragons in almost any story, movie, or folk tale.
Video games aren’t any different. Even though dragons are most common in RPGs set in the Middle Ages, that doesn’t mean you can only find them there. If you want to feel a little more like a dragon, these games will do the trick.
Spyro The Dragon
It’s cool to fight dragons. But what about being a dragon? Much more cool. In Spyro the Dragon, you control the purple dragon with the same name after Gnarly Gnorc attacked the Dragon Kingdom and turned all of his relatives into crystal. So, he and you have to make things right.
Even though Spyro has been out for over 20 years, it still feels new. We don’t get to play as dragons very often, so the excitement never wore off. Even though Spyro is a bit cuter than most examples, what would the world be like without this PS1 classic?
Any Pokemon Game
Dragon-type Pokemon have been a feature of the series since the beginning, even though they are not dragons. From the cute Dragonite to the scary Rayquaza, dragons in Pokemon come in all sorts of shapes and sizes.
Dragon-type Pokemon also have moves that are usually stronger than those of most other Pokemon and often have more HP than most other Pokemon. But if you choose a Dragon-type Pokemon, it’s usually because they look cool. The fact that they have good stats is just a plus.
Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door
Isn’t it fun? In Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, there are three different kinds of dragons. Two of them are bosses that you have to fight, and the third is the final test of a tough battle trial. These dragons can and do talk, but most of the time they talk about what (or who) they are going to eat next.
Even though they look like cartoons, their size and hunger give them a scary edge that doesn’t feel like it belongs in a Mario game. They eat your viewers to get healthy, and at the same time they say bad things about you. Who knew that making a monster out of paper like origami could feel so scary… and be so mean?
Even though there are big dragons in every Dark Souls game, there’s something about the scaled monsters in the first game that makes you feel both awe and fear. They are old, unfathomable beasts that used to rule long ago but were taken over by others. Their power is fading but not gone yet.
How could you describe the first time you saw the Gaping Dragon, a creature whose skeleton has turned into a mouth to serve its ravenous hunger? Or the terrible beauty of Seath the Scaleless, who scares you not because of how he looks but because of how big his goals are? These memories of a long-gone time follow you wherever you go, and they make the game better.
FromSoft loves old dragons more than anything else. Like in Dark Souls, the dragons of Elden Ring are the last of a great people who were brought to their knees by “divine” conquest. Even the smallest ones can hurt you. Who doesn’t remember the first time they ran into Flying Dragon Agheel and were completely wiped out?
Even though the field boss dragons are great additions to this open world, the most amazing things you’ll see are the ancient dragons. Look at how Dragonlord Placidusax is made and how big it is, and try to say that it is not beautiful. The dragons in Elden Ring seem to go on forever, and they add a lot of depth and questions to the world.
The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim
Sure, why not? One of the best things about The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim is that it has dragons. After all, you play as “The Dragonborn,” so it makes sense. You must beat Alduin, a god of chaos who looks like he’s about to eat the whole world. To do this, you need to make your “Thu’um” skill stronger by taking the souls of dragons you’ve killed.
And luckily for you, Alduin has been bringing back his long-dead brothers and sisters left and right, giving you lots of chances to prove yourself… and to get stronger. They are out there in Skyrim’s snow drifts. Don’t make people wait.
The Legend Of Zelda: Tears Of The Kingdom
As you swim through the sky, you can see the shapes of dragons. No one will ever forget how amazing it was to see the three dragons in Breath of the Wild for the first time, and Tears of the Kingdom keeps that feeling of awe alive. As they cut through the clouds and the Depths, their calming theme tune makes you feel at peace. You can stop what you’re doing and enjoy their beauty.
Tears of the Kingdom gives the medley a few more dragons. The Light Dragon goes around the highest parts of the sky, and their tears help them find their way back in time. Not everything is peaceful, though. The redesigned Gleeoks, which look like a three-headed western dragon, are the bosses of the overworld and will make you fear the Hylian Goddesses.
Dragon Age: Inquisition
Yes, of course, dragons are in all of the Dragon Age games in some way. But Dragon Age: Inquisition does it best by giving you big, tough fights that test your endurance, willpower, and the strength of your party.
Depending on what you choose, you may have to fight a few dragons no matter what. But the best part of Inquisition is the extra boss fights with the High Dragon in the overworld. These dragons are both exciting and scary. They are forces of nature, and no two are the same.
Final Fantasy 16
Bahamut has been a main character in Final Fantasy for a long time. His name alone makes people respect him as a dragon. Still, Bahamut really shines in Final Fantasy 16, and not just because the character who is its “Dominant” is a cool and likeable guy. No, this Bahamut boss fight is one of the most exciting and intense in all of Final Fantasy.
There are other dragons in Slope Game, some of which are big and some of which are small, but they don’t feel as big as Bahamut. In other Final Fantasy games, Bahamut is a very powerful summon, and FF16 tells us why.
God Of War: Ragnarok
In God of War: Ragnarok, a lot of the animals with scales could, in a loose sense, be called dragons. If you wanted to stretch the meaning, even Jormungandr, the World Serpent, could fit. But if you want to be more specific, Nidhogg and the dragons you can find in the overworld fit the bill much better.
Most of the other things on this list are smarter and more human-like than the dragons in God of War. They are not the people who built ancient societies. Instead, they are creatures with more basic instincts, like the dragons in old European stories.