For other uses, see Dawnstar.

Dawnstar is one of the major cities located in Skyrim. It is the capital of The Pale, and is known for its rich mines and harbor.[1] It also 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.[2][3] This also led to the creation of the Fighters Guild, Mages Guild, and Thieves Guild during the Guilds Act.[4][5]

The village was rebuilt at least before the end of the Third Era.[6] 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.

Around 4E 201, Dawnstar's citizens were suffering from a series of nightmares by the Skull of Corruption. The Last Dragonborn and a former priest of Vaermina, a dunmer named Erandur, went to the Nightcaller Temple and ended the city's suffering.

Points of interest

Dawnstar Seal




Jarl's residence




TESV Banner Dawnstar

The banner of Dawnstar.

Nearby points of interest



  • It is possible that "Dranstar," which is mentioned in the book Ice and Chitin, is a different name for Dawnstar, due to them both being located in northern Skyrim.


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

  1. Please reload an old save to confirm if the bug is still happening.
  2. If the bug is still occurring, please post the bug report with the appropriate system template  360  / XB1  ,  PS3  / PS4  ,  PC  / MAC  ,  NX  , depending on which platform(s) the bug has been encountered on.
  3. Be descriptive when listing the bug and fixes, but avoid having conversations in the description and/or using first-person anecdotes: such discussions belong on the appropriate forum board.
  • 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 of the chest 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.



Start a Discussion Discussions about Dawnstar (Skyrim)

  • Keep getting bounties from nowhere in The Pale!

    11 messages
    • Pure logic, ftw
    • The same thing happened to me, I went to dawn star for like 5 mins and just walked around and left. Like a week later irl I had some thugs s...
  • where do the dead in dawnstar go?

    8 messages
    • It may be likely that Bethseda didn't add a Hall of the Dead to Dawnstar because of time restraints. They had to meet a deadline (11/11/1...
    • It’s very cold there. It’s possible people keep them in cellars we don’t see until the ground is warm enough to easily dig into or they h...