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Dawnguard (Quest)

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Quest Giver Durak or Hold Guards
Location Any main city
Prerequisite Level 10
Next Quest Awakening
Reward A Crossbow
Faction Dawnguard
Type Main quest
QuestID DLC1VQ01MiscObjective
Dawnguard is a quest available in The Elder Scrolls V: Dawnguard. It serves as the introductory quest for the add-on. It involves being recruited into an order of vampire hunters, known as the Dawnguard.


I've learned of a group of vampire hunters known as the Dawnguard. It seems they are looking for new recruits.



The quest can be given by either a Hold guard or an Orc named Durak after entering a hold capital at level 10 or after. It can also be given before level 10 by talking to Agmaer in Dayspring Canyon. They'll ask the Dragonborn about joining the Dawnguard, an order of vampire hunters based in Fort Dawnguard, near Riften. 

Dayspring CanyonEdit

The location of Fort Dawnguard can only be accessed via Dayspring Canyon southeast of Stendarr's Beacon. The initial path leads straight to a glacial waterfall overlooking a lake. Near the lake is Agmaer, a young Nord recruit. He asks if he can accompany the Dragonborn to the fort and remarks on his nervous disposition and his high hopes of joining the Dawnguard.

Fort DawnguardEdit

Upon reaching the fort, the Dragonborn encounters Durak outside practicing with his crossbow. When asked about the weapon he will give them a standard crossbow and some steel bolts to try out. Continuing into the fort, they will walk in on a heated discussion between Isran and Vigilant Tolan.

It is revealed that the Hall of the Vigilant was attacked by vampires and everyone, including Keeper Carcette, was killed. Isran is reluctant to help due to the friction between himself and the Vigilants. Tolan updates the Dragonborn on the vampires' mission: They are looking for something buried within Dimhollow Crypt. He informs them he will meet them there to further investigate, to the great reluctance of Isran at allowing a single Vigilant against a horde of the undead.

After the conversation has ended, the quest will be completed and the next quest, Awakening, will begin.


Journal Entry
I've learned of a group of vampire hunters known as the Dawnguard. It seems they are looking for new recruits.
  • Objective: Speak with the leader of the Dawnguard
  • Quest complete


  • Several of the Dawnguard members are non-essential. Those who endeavor to join the Volkihar Clan can use this to their advantage by quietly disposing of both Durak and Agmaer early on.


This section contains bugs related to Dawnguard (Quest). Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:

  1. Confirm all bugs with other editors on the talk page before adding them below.
  2. Always try reloading an old save first, before asking for assistance.
  3. Do not discuss possible bug fixes or origins. Leave those and all other first-person-anecdotes on the talk page, not the article.
  4. Always add  360  ,  PS3  , or  PC   to clarify which system the bug appears on.
  •  360   PS3   The vampires disguised as Vigilants in front of Dayspring Canyon might not appear.
  • When entering Fort Dawnguard, the floor may not be fully loaded and there will be a small gap between you and Isran along with the water in a cylinder under what would be the floor. Re-entering the area should fix this.
  •  PC   The quest Awakening may not start if you didn't speak directly with Durak when he was searching for vampire hunters.
  •  PC   360   PS3  Upon entering Dayspring Canyon, everyone is hostile.
    • Fix: pay off your bounty in the Rift. If you don't have one, just simply get a bounty and pay it, but beware, this will make you lose all your stolen goods. After that, head back, and everything will be normal.
  •  360   Regardless of level, guards will not mention anything about the Dawnguard, Durak will not appear in any of the Hold capitals, talking to Agmaer will yield no dialogue, and entering Fort Dawnguard will not trigger the quest's dialogue, and Isran cannot be found, making the quest impossible to start.

Start a Discussion Discussions about Dawnguard (Quest)

  • Joining while being a vampire.

    5 messages
    • To start the DLC you have to go to the Dawnguard but you will get the option a little later to become a Vampire Lord (much better than a stand...
    • Oh I thought you meant you wanted to join The Dawnguard, the side against the vampires.
  • I've lost Serana... Where has she gone?

    11 messages
    • its annoying she just cant stay put can she? i finished dawnguard ages ago. and serana has decided without letting me know go drink some co...
    • I recently lost her too, so I went into castle volkihar from the back way. I got to the volkihar balcony and fast traveled away, disappointed t...

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