"Our sense of what's right is what separates us from the vampires. Don't forget that."

Gunmar is a Nord hunter and master trainer in Smithing. He is an old friend of Isran, who mentions that he hates vampires almost as much as Isran himself does.


He looks out for the Dragonborn and will often comment that morality is very important, as it is what separates humans from vampires. Like Isran, he is honorable, though less staunch, more relaxed and more open-minded. Upon first meeting him he exclaims, "By the Eight," suggesting he may have abandoned or rejected Talos worship. His family was killed by vampires, much like Isran's, and he chooses to defend others from vampire attacks, rather than seek revenge, always keeping the same message running through his mind: to never let another human being face the same fate he did.


A New OrderEdit

Isran asks the Dragonborn to find and recruit Gunmar into the Dawnguard. Gunmar can be found hunting outside at the following radiant locations:

If a marker does not appear on the map for Gunmar while in Skyrim, travel to the Solstheim locations.

Fort DawnguardEdit

Once a member of the Dawnguard he will move to Fort Dawnguard. There he will offer a variety of services.


In addition, he will also give radiant quests to slay vampires in a number of locations:


  • "Cozy little place isn't this?"
  • "This is fine for now, but we can't stay holed up here forever."
  • "We can't give up. There's no one else to stand against these monsters."
  • "We'll stop these monsters. We have to; we're the only ones who can."
  • "It's no Warmaiden's, but I've got a decent supply."
  • "What do you need, blades, armor, smithing materials?"



This section contains bugs related to Gunmar. 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.
  •  PC   360   PS3   PS4   Gunmar can have upwards of 70,000 GoldIcon on him, due to the fact he seems to not be actually buying any items the Dragonborn attempts to sell him. He accepts the item, but his gold neither decreases, nor does the Dragonborn receive payment. In essence, he gets it for free.
    •  PC(Fix)   Opening the console, click on Gunmar and typing removeitem f 20000 replacing the 20,000 with an amount of GoldIcon that will get Gunmar back below 20,000.
    • Best way to prevent this is to make sure he never has more than 20,000 GoldIcon on him, which means Dragonborn needs to watch how much they pay Gunmar for Smithing training.
  •  360   Should Gunmar's initial encounter occur at Cronvangr Cave or Honeystrand Grove, the bear might not appear, and the Dawnguard storyline will not be able to be advanced by recruiting him.
    • Fix for Cronvangr Cave: Entering the cave before talking to Gunmar may cause the bear to spawn and allow the quest to be continued as normal.
  •  PC   360   Gunmar's initial encounter occurring at Cronvangr Cave can also leave him hostile to the Dragonborn and he will attack on sight, stopping the Dawnguard storyline because he cannot be recruited.
    • Fix: sneak behind him then talk to him
  •  PC   360   PS3   Gunmar may not give the Dragonborn any quests even if other Dawnguard members say he has something for them.
    •  PC(Fix)  : Open the console, and type setstage DLC1RH03 10. The quest will not appear immediately, but when it does, Preemptive Strike or other Gunmar quests will have started. Complete the quest, and Gunmar should have regular dialogue.
  • Gunmar may stand outside Honeystrand Cave and whenever he is approached will simply say, "Mind yourself, there's a vicious bear on the loose." and will not move from the spot, even once all bears are cleared from the area and the cave.
  • Gunmar may not appear in Fort Dawnguard.
  •  PC   PS3   Gunmar may be hostile at Crystaldrift Cave, which can be easily fixed by attacking him until he is down and then waiting 24 hours.
  •  360   Sometimes, Gunmar will still have his dialogue from the end of his recruitment quest when speaking to him at Fort Dawnguard.
  •  PC   360   PS3   PS4   XB1   NX   Gunmar's quest marker may not appear. There is no known fix for this glitch. If all the DLCs are installed, Gunmar may be on Solstheim. The marker will not appear on the map until the Dragonborn travels to Solstheim.


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  • Gunmar not on map.

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  • gunmar

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    • He's probably in Solstheim. Head over there and check. Dragonborn DLC only...
    • he doesnt appear for mine either but i am using 360 version. I went to solstheim and he wasnt on map there either and i have tried to fast tra...