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Find Arvak's Skull
Arvaks Skull Location
Quest Giver Soul
Location Soul Cairn
Prerequisite Chasing Echoes
Reward Summon Arvak
Type Miscellaneous quest
QuestID DLC01SoulCairnHorseQuest2
Find Arvak's Skull is a quest available in The Elder Scrolls V: Dawnguard.


Upon entering the Soul Cairn, along the initial path that leads to the front of the Boneyard, the Dragonborn will come across a frantic Soul calling, "Arvak, Arvak!". He will tell the Dragonborn how he and his loyal steed Arvak came to this realm and were attacked by monsters. He had told Arvak to run, and claims that Arvak is still running, and has been for a long time.

He begs the Dragonborn to find Arvak and disappears. Arvak's Skull must be located in the Soul Cairn to free him.


Arvak's Skull can be found due east from the front gate of the Boneyard where Valerica is found. It will be sitting on a pedestal surrounded by ghosts that turn into MistmenBonemen and Wrathmen.

After obtaining the skull, the soul who was looking for Arvak will appear nearby, and will teach the Dragonborn how to summon Arvak


This section contains bugs related to Find Arvak's Skull. 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.
  •  PC   360   PS3  The quest marker may not appear on the map.
  •  PC   360   PS3  The game might not register that the skull has been acquired, thus making the quest impossible to complete.
    • Fix:Reloading a save from before picking up the skull.
  •  PS3   Sometimes, when Arvak is first summoned, he will run away as he did before retrieving his skull.
    • Fix: Riding Arvak.    
  •  360   After acquiring the quest, Arvak's owner may reappear after he is spoken to for the first time.
  • Fix: Leaviing the Soul Cairn, waiting a few days and returning. Then, he may then be found on the far side of the map, near the barrier past one of the large floating crystals.

Start a Discussion Discussions about Find Arvak's Skull

  • Arvak skull quest stuck in quest log

    3 messages
    • Aye. That happens to other quests, as well. There's nothing you can really do about it. Just try to ignore it.
    • This game is rife with crap like this. I have no further interest in this franchise.
  • The Quest Marker

    5 messages
    • Would anyone care to elaborate on where Arvak's skull can found? I went east at every gate/building and cannot find it.
    • Ok, I did find it.You go to where you meet Valerica is met and proceed east, but you have to go slightly south. Look around for a building w...

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