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For other uses, see Dawnstar (Arena) and The Elder Scrolls Travels: Dawnstar.

Dawnstar is one of the major cities located in Skyrim. It is the capital of The Pale, and serves as a garrison town along the northern coast of Skyrim. Governed by Jarl Skald the Elder, it is a relatively small town, consisting of two rival mines, a small dock and a small number of residents. Dawnstar is one of the colder settlements in Skyrim; along with Winterhold and Windhelm, as it resides in perpetual snow and ice. Alongside Winterhold, Dawnstar has very high dragon spawn rates.


It was after the destruction of a fortress in Dawnstar during 2E 283 that Potentate Versidue-Shaie declared martial law, leading to one of the most brutal and bloody periods in the history of Tamriel.[1] [2] This also led to the creation of the Fighters Guild, Mages Guild, and Thieves Guild during the Guilds Act.[3][4]

The village was rebuilt at least before the end of the Third Era.[5] However, it is noted in the Pocket Guide to the Empire, Third Edition: Skyrim that Macella was the Queen of Dawnstar, and had married King Thian of Solitude.

Points of interest

Dawnstar Seal




Jarl's residence




TESV Banner Dawnstar

The banner of Dawnstar.

Nearby points of interest



This section contains bugs related to Dawnstar (Skyrim). 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.
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  • Traveling to Dawnstar when a member of the Companions is a follower may cause them to flee inexplicably from a random battle with a dragon.
  • To the left of the Dawnstar Mine, there are some trees and a couple of rocks. Crouch and search around the rocks and the option to search an invisible chest appears. The chest contains the contents of a Khajiiti merchant named Ahkari, denoted by the presence of Moon Sugar and Skooma (cargo appropriate for an Elsweyr smuggler) within the chest. It is possible to take all the items without any consequences. To make the contents in respawn, face Ahkari within interaction distance, wait forty-eight hours then ask what she has for sale. There is a chance that each time talking to Ahkari about what she has for sale will have some items in the chest change randomly, making each visit to the chest a little different.



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  • The Return of the Stormcloaks?

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    • The civil war is very buggy it seems almost like its too comlplicated for the game sometimes there might be some complicated console command...
    • I think i'll just disable Skald and spawn a bunch of Imperial soldiers. It won't be permanent fix but I've put 300+ hours into this save an...
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    • I found an oar next to a flipped boat together with a scimitar (on the shore west of dawnstar), and when i searched for the oar on the wiki...
    • The actual location has its own page at least here.

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