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Dragon Bones
Zaan the Scalecaller
Location Scalecaller Peak
Race Nord Gender Female
Health Normal1,683,986Veteran5,702,217
Veteran6,557,549 (Hardmode)
Difficulty ON-misc-Boss 3.png
Reaction Hostile
Drops
Infected Flesh
Other Information
Faction(s) Peryite Cult
Dragon Cult (formerly)
Zaan the Scalecaller

Zaan the Scalecaller is a Dragon Priest serving as the final boss of Scalecaller Peak. She formerly served the dragon Thurvokun, but after his departure she turned to worshiping Peryite and has been granted his artifact, the Spellbreaker. Following her death at the hands of her irritated followers, she has now been awakened by a cult of Peryite, who plan to unleash a terrible plague upon Tamriel.

Zaan drops a guaranteed sample of Infected Flesh. She drops more samples if defeated in Veteran Hard mode.

Related Quests[edit]

Skills and Abilities[edit]

Zaan with Spellbreaker, casting Winter's Purge

As a boss type creature, Zaan is immune to all crowd control type effects.

Chilling Strike
A basic melee attack that does moderate physical damage. If taunted the boss will be forced to use this attack on the tank only.
Fatal Chill
Getting hit by Chilling Strike applies a moderate frost damage over time to the player.
Dragon's Fury
Zaan will target one player with her fire breath. Zaan will stand in place and turn to face you as she exhales. Keep some distance and sidestep the fire waves as they come; the rest of the party should stand behind Zaan to avoid being hit.
Spellbreaker's Malice
Zaan will bash a target with her shield, dealing very high physical damage around her as indicated by a red circle. If taunted she will be forced to use this attack on the tank only.
Winter's Purge
At 80%, 60%, 40% and 20%, Zaan will summon two Frozen Simulacrums (three on HM) that the group must destroy to progress the fight. The Simulacra themselves cannot attack the group, but while they are alive players will take moderately high frost damage over time that must be healed through. If they are not killed fast enough, the entire group will freeze to death after 10 or seconds. After this mechanic will be a special room wide version of Pestilent Breath.
Glacial Impact
The boss slams her mace into the ground dealing high physical damage and knocking back all enemies near her as indicated by a red circle. While this usually occurs randomly, this attack is guaranteed to happen right after Pestilent Breath when Zaan picks up her shield. If you are standing near Spellbreaker when she picks it up, you will be badly hurt.
Inferno's Hold
Zaan will knock back all enemies around herself as indicated by an expanding red circle, dealing moderate flame damage to all enemies near her. This stun can be broken free from. Following that, Zaan will lift one player into the air, preventing them from moving or using abilities. This stun cannot be broken and is part of the Jet of Flame mechanic.
Jet of Flame
A beam of fire will connect Zaan and the targeted player, dealing very high flame damage over time, with each consecutive hit dealing more damage. Another teammate must rush in front of the beam of fire connecting the affected player to Zaan and block the incoming damage to protect them. It is advised that the tank does, as most DPS players will not be able to withstand more than two or three hits from the beam even with blocking. Alternatively, players can take turns blocking the beam if needed to keep the overall damage on each player low. This attack is usually followed by Pestilent Breath, albeit with only one statue active.
Pestilent Breath
Every now and then, one of the three statues dedicated to Peryite in the north corner of the room will spit poisonous fumes, dealing high poison damage on normal and flat-out one-shotting players on veteran difficulty. Each statue corresponds to the left, middle and right side of the arena respectively. Stand near the edges of these areas to be better able to avoid the poison. Standing nearer to the statues also reduces the amount of distance you need to travel to avoid the poison as the cones are thinner near the statues.
A special room wide version of this attack occurs right after Winter's Purge is complete and the Simulacrums are dead. Zaan will drop her shield and all three statues will glow while a massive AOE will fill the whole room. You must run to where Zaan drops her shield and stand in its protective aura in order to survive. On hard mode, only one person can use Zaan's shield as an avoidance mechanic. For more information, see the hardmode achievement for this fight.

Dialogue[edit]

Intro:

"Did Thurvokun send you to usurp me? To take this temple back?"
"No matter. This mountaintop shall be your grave. Just as it was mine."

Beginning combat:

"He left me, abandoned me! But now I serve another!"
"Once, I was worshiped. Now I shall be feared!"
"I rule over this mountain! And you shall feel my wrath."
"My Lord demands an offering! Your corpses shall do nicely."

Casting room wide Pestilent Breath:

"Peryite's wrath will bring your ruin!"
"Prince of Pestilence! Make them pay!"
"My Lord! Lend me your aid!"
"Peryite! Send my foes your blessing!"

Casting Spellbreaker's Malice:

"Feel Spellbreaker's might!"
"Your bones will break on my shield!"
"Kneel or be crushed!"

Casting Winter's Purge:

"Feel winter's cold embrace!"
"Frost and blight hold you!"
"I'll freeze you where you stand!"
"I will bury you in blinding snow!"

Picking up Spellbreaker after Winter's Purge:

"No, no! Stay away from Spellbreaker!"
"Stay back! You are unworthy of Spellbreaker's might!"
"My Lord's gift! Stay away from it!"
"My shield! How dare you fools make me drop it!"

Casting Dragon's Fury:

"Thurvokun's gift endures! Feel my flames!"
"Fury and flame!"
"I've lost my voice, but my fire remains!"
"Nothing but ash will remain!"

Casting Inferno's Hold:

"Roast over the flames!"
"May the flames take you!"
"Let the fire consume you!"
"Feel how the fire burns!"

Achievements[edit]

The following achievements are related to this dungeon.

Achievement Points Description
ON-icon-achievement-Stand Your Ground.png Stand Your Ground 10 Defeat Zaan the Scalecaller without being knocked back by her shield.
ON-icon-achievement-Breaker of Spells.png Breaker of Spells 50 Defeat Zaan the Scalecaller after reading Zaan's Ritual Scroll in Veteran Scalecaller Peak.
ON-icon-achievement-Daedric Deflector.png Daedric Deflector 10 Defeat Zaan the Scalecaller without taking damage from her Pestilent Breath attack and without using the same avoidance method twice after reading Zaan's Ritual Scroll in Veteran Scalecaller Peak.
ON-icon-achievement-Scalecaller Peak Vanquisher.png Scalecaller Peak Vanquisher 5 Defeat Rinaerus the Rancid and Orzun the Foul-Smelling, Doylemish Ironheart, Matriarch Aldis, Plague Concocter Mortieu, and Zaan the Scalecaller in Scalecaller Peak.
ON-icon-achievement-Scalecaller Peak Conqueror.png Scalecaller Peak Conqueror 5 Defeat Rinaerus the Rancid and Orzun the Foul-Smelling, Doylemish Ironheart, Matriarch Aldis, Plague Concocter Mortieu, and Zaan the Scalecaller in Veteran Scalecaller Peak.
ON-icon-achievement-On Top.png On Top 50 Defeat all encounters in addition to Rinaerus the Rancid and Orzun the Foul-Smelling, Doylemish Ironheart, Matriarch Aldis, Plague Concocter Mortieu, and Zaan the Scalecaller in Veteran Scalecaller Peak, without suffering a group member death.
ON-icon-achievement-Peak Performance.png Peak Performance 50 Defeat all encounters in addition to Rinaerus the Rancid and Orzun the Foul-Smelling, Doylemish Ironheart, Matriarch Aldis, Plague Concocter Mortieu, and Zaan the Scalecaller in Veteran Scalecaller Peak in under 30 minutes. Timer starts when players engage the first group of Scalecaller creatures.
ON-icon-achievement-Mountain God.png Mountain God Defeat all encounters in addition to Rinaerus the Rancid and Orzun the Foul-Smelling, Doylemish Ironheart, Matriarch Aldis, Plague Concocter Mortieu, and Zaan the Scalecaller after reading Zaan's Ritual Scroll in Veteran Scalecaller Peak in under 30 minutes without dying.
ON-icon-achievement-Pustulent Problems.png Pustulent Problems 10 Defeat Rinaerus the Rancid and Orzun the Foul-Smelling, Doylemish Ironheart, Matriarch Aldis, Plague Concocter Mortieu, and Zaan the Scalecaller without a single group member taking damage from a Skeever's Pestilent Pus in Veteran Scalecaller Peak.

Notes[edit]

  • Zaan is the only known female Dragon Priest.