A precursor for this quest is a miscellaneous quest titled, "Ask Esbern about dragon lairs." When the Dragonborn tells him that Delphine mentioned that Esbern was studying dragon lairs, he says that the Blades of the Second Era hunted down many dragons. They kept records "...of where the beasts lived." He states that only the Dragonborn "... can truly defeat these monsters," but they don't have to do it alone. Whenever the Dragonborn is ready to hunt one, they should come back and speak with him, and the Blades will help "... fulfill your destiny." That completes the miscellaneous quest.
When he is approached again, he explains that he has discovered the location of a dragon lair. At this point, a new miscellaneous quest will appear to "Kill the Dragon in (radiant location)." Upon traveling to the lair, all followers who were inducted into the Blades will be waiting. Upon killing the dragon, the followers will leave, and a new miscellaneous quest to "Return to Esbern" will appear in the quest log. Returning to him will complete the quest. However, the quest can be repeated by returning to visit Esbern at various times.
If The Elder Scrolls V: Dragonborn is installed (and the quest "The Fate of the Skaal" completed), then Saering's Watch is a potential target for this quest. Additionally, this quest can be useful if Shearpoint is the target provided (and not visited prior to the quest) as it would not only provide assistance for killing the dragon, but also for the battle with the dragon priest, Krosis, who resides at the lair.
This section contains bugs related to Dragon Hunting. Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:
If the targeted dragon has been killed already, the quest may be impossible to complete, because the dragon may not respawn.
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Resurrect <#>, replacing "#" with the "name" of the dragon that shows when clicking on the corpse with the console open. This will make the dragon respawn. Note that if the Dragonborn dies, the whole process will have to be restarted. This can be fixed by going to the dragon's corpse, opening the
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