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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.


Journal Entry
  • Objective: Find Arvak's skull in the Soul Cairn
  • Objective: Retrieve Arvak's skull
  • Objective: Return Arvak's skull
  • Quest complete


This section contains bugs related to Find Arvak's Skull. 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  , 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.
  •  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.
  •  360   When chasing Avark in the Soul Cairn he might run into a wall and stop. If you approach him, he will stare at you, and won't move/disappear.
  • Fix: Obtain his head.

Start a Discussion Discussions about Find Arvak's Skull

  • The guy doesn't show up

    2 messages
    • After i defeat the enemies around the skull , and then pick up the skull , the guy who gave me the quest doesn't show up . I have loade...
    • I don't think he appears next to you i remember having to look around for him after finding the skull, looking at the Find Arvak's Skull bugs l...
  • 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.

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