Scalebound is an action role-playing video game played in a third-person perspective, in which players assume control of Drew, as he progresses through the world of Draconis. Players are bonded to and accompanied by a dragon called Thuban, who can breathe out fire and assist players throughout the game. Thuban is controlled by artificial intelligence, but players can give commands to the dragon when performing attacks. The dragon can be ridden, though not in the beginning of the game, and its shape and appearance can be customized. Players can also upgrade its abilities by using the gems dropped by defeated enemies.