Dragon Essence is a central gameplay element of the clan, playing a role in Happiness management, the acquisition of military units, and unlocking various economic and military bonuses. The amount of Dragon Essence the player has is shown on the essence gauge along with the available essence bonuses. It slowly decreases over time, revealing new bonuses that can be unlocked.
Dragon Essence Bonuses
Only one bonus at a time can be activated. The active bonus is displayed on the left part of the gauge, and its power is affected by the clan's Fame; each fame bonus improves the available essence bonuses and unlocks one additional segment of the gauge. There are 5 segments in total, each with room for 3 essence and 1 bonus, though only 3 of the segments are unlocked from the start.
The different bonuses that can be unlocked are:
|Warchief||Thane rank||Jarl rank|
|Magni's Influence||Attack Power||+10%||+15%||+20%|
|Hönir's Influence||Fame||+3 per month||+4.02 per month||+5.04 per month|
|Idunn's Influence||If not fighting, Dragonkin get healed wherever they are.||Heals x1.3 faster||Heals x1.7 faster|
If the essence gauge runs out of Dragon Essence, not only will the player no longer benefit from any of the bonuses, but there will also be a -10 penalty to Happiness, which will persist until the player gets more Dragon Essence.
Dragon Essence is generally acquired by sacrificing units at the Sacrificial Pyre. The amount of Dragon Essence gained per unit differs depending on the type of unit sacrificed:
- Sacrificing a regular (non-Thrall) unit gives +2 Dragon Essence.
- Sacrificing a Thrall gives +3 Dragon Essence.
It can also be generated by having the Veteran Fighters bonus in the Conqueror military path; this lets Dragonkin generate Dragon Essence when killing units. The amount gained scales linearly based on the slain unit's max health; killing a unit with 50 health grants 0.2 Dragon Essence.