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Skyrim:Dawnguard (faction)

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This article is about the faction. For other uses, see Dawnguard (disambiguation).


The Dawnguard is an order of vampire hunters living and operating from Fort Dawnguard. You may join them to fight against Lord Harkon and his plot to blot out the sun. The Dawnguard was re-formed by Isran in order to combat the growing vampire menace in Skyrim, and initially only consists of him, Celann, and Durak when you arrive. As time passes (regardless of which faction you join), more people join the Dawnguard. The Dawnguard also keeps two armored huskies as war dogs, three armored trolls (tamed by Gunmar), and partially shelters several refugees who fled there for relief from the vampire scourge. However, the latter are not permitted to enter the fort itself.

Fort DawnguardEdit

Fort Dawnguard

The Dawnguard's base of operations is the ancient Fort Dawnguard in Dayspring Canyon in the extreme southeast of Skyrim. Built in the Second Era by the Jarl of Riften, the castle served to contain the Jarl's son after he became a vampire. To prevent his son from leaving the castle, the Jarl hired a group of mercenaries known as the Dawnguard, who extended their purpose to root out any vampiric presence in Skyrim. However, the group eventually had to kill their charge, forcing the Jarl to disband them and leave the fort abandoned. At some point in the Fourth Era, Isran, a former Vigilant of Stendarr, rediscovered and repaired the fort and reformed the ancient order.



To join the Dawnguard, you must speak with Isran at Fort Dawnguard. You can learn how to reach the fort by hearing about the vampire hunters as part of the Dawnguard quest. Once there, Isran will ask you to investigate Dimhollow Crypt in the next quest, Awakening.

After completing Awakening, you will become a member of the Dawnguard in the quest Bloodline by rejecting Lord Harkon's offer to become a Vampire Lord.


These benefits should be compared to those offered by the Volkihar.


If you have vampirism but rejected Harkon's offer, members of the Dawnguard will not offer their services to you and will have very limited dialogue until you are cured. Most members of the Dawnguard will suggest you speak with Falion in Morthal, but contracting lycanthropy is another option.


If you become a member of the Volkihar Vampire Clan by accepting Harkon's offer, you will be labeled an enemy of the Dawnguard. You will not be able to use any of the Dawnguard's services and will be attacked on sight by members even if you choose to cure your vampirism. This can be worked around by casting high level Calm spells if you still wish to access the Dawnguard's merchants and trainers. This can be remedied somewhat by destroying the Dawnguard.



Dawnguard knotwork as it appears in the Journal

Primary QuestsEdit

The primary Dawnguard questline consists of twelve required quests and one optional quest. Three achievements (80 points; 2 Bronze and 1 Silver) are unlocked by Dawnguard quests.

  1. Dawnguard: Speak with the leader of the Dawnguard.
  2. Awakening: Find out what the vampires are looking for. (  20 pts/Bronze)
  3. Bloodline: Choose your side!
  4. A New Order: Recruit Isran's old allies for the Dawnguard. (radiant)
  5. Prophet: Find and rescue a Moth Priest from the vampires.
  6. Seeking Disclosure: Bring the Elder Scrolls to Dexion.
  7. Unseen Visions: Perform a ceremony to read the Elder Scroll.
  8. Touching the Sky: Find and retrieve Auriel's Bow.
  9. Kindred Judgment: Confront Lord Harkon. (  40 pts/Silver)

Radiant QuestsEdit

These quests are available after completing A New Order and are repeatable:

These quests are available after completing Bolstering the Ranks and are repeatable:

Other QuestsEdit