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Hide and Seek
Traveling Bard Vampire
Quest Giver Gunmar
Location Radiant
Reward Leveled apparel item
Faction Dawnguard
Type Side Quest
QuestID DLC1RH01
Hide and Seek is a quest available in The Elder Scrolls V: Dawnguard.


If the Dragonborn has sided with the DawnguardGunmar sends them to kill a vampire masquerading as a traveling pilgrim, traveling merchanttraveling bard or visiting advisor at a radiant location. The killing of the vampire has to be completed without any citizens or guards seeing it or being alerted.

Possible locationsEdit


Option AEdit

The first option is to convince the target to follow the Dragonborn with a high enough speech skill. If the Dragonborn persuades or intimidates them to follow, they can lure the target to a hidden place and kill them there.

Option BEdit

The second option is to kill them from a hidden location: This is best done with a high sneak skill.

Option CEdit

The third option is to use a hidden identity by transforming. Go to a hidden location and then transform into a werewolf or a vampire lord, if available. Everyone will become hostile to the Dragonborn, but their identity will be hidden and they can kill the target and then flee before taking too much damage from attacking citizens and guards.

Option DEdit

If the Dragonborn's Illusion skill is high enough, the Fury spell can be used to cause the target to become hostile to everyone, this will cause the guards to attack the target and kill them.

Option EEdit

If you can get far enough away, sneak, and shoot them with a bow (while unseen), they should look for you, and chase after you. Lead him away from any people so no one can see, and then kill them. 

Option FEdit

A poison can also be placed in the vampire's pocket to silently kill him, provided the Poisoned perk is acquired.


Journal Entry
Gunmar has sent me to <radiant city>. I am to find and kill the vampire masquerading as a <radiant NPC>. I am to do so discreetly as the law is unaware of the threat and will assume I have murdered a citizen.
  • Objective: Discreetly kill <radiant NPC>
  • Objective: Return to Gunmar
I found and killed the vampire masquerading as a <radiant NPC> in <radiant city>
  • Quest complete


  • This radiant quest is similar to the vampire side quest "The Hunt".


This section contains bugs related to Hide and Seek. 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.
Click to see the list of bugs encountered
  •  360   If the player has the The Elder Scrolls V: Dragonborn DLC, Gunmar can send you to Raven Rock to kill a vampire, even when the main quest has not been completed and Dragonborn has not been accessed yet.
  •  360   PC   The quest marker will sometimes point to a place with no vampire present. This bug was first encountered in The Winking Skeever inside Solitude.
  •  PC   360   PS3   Sometimes, the vampire may be marked as "Visiting Advisor" and won't allow you to speak to him beyond the generic dialogue (such as "Yes?", "Hmm?", and "What do you want?").
    •  PC(Fix)   Solution: tell your companion/follower to attack them, don't fight them yourself.
  •  PC   360   PS3   Sometimes the target will be in Honeyside manor.
    • (Solution) Purchase Honeyside, enter it and leave, then wait a couple of seconds and the target will appear.
  •  PS3   Sometimes when speaking to the Vampire, the second option of speech may say "You're no bard/merchant/pilgrim." instead of assigning one of the three.

Start a Discussion Discussions about Hide and Seek

  • PS3 - Hide and Seek glitch - Help

    6 messages
    • I play on ps3 too, this glitch happened to me aswell. It said he was on Ivarstead, I kept on following my marker and felt satisfied the further...
    • wrote: I play on ps3 too, this glitch happened to me aswell. It said he was on Ivarstead, I kept on following my marker and f...
  • [PC] Visiting Advisor, Riverwood

    2 messages
    • I was sent to riverwood to kill him/her and i cant find them anywhere, there is no quest marker at all either.
    • You could use movetoqt to teleport to him or use the alteration spell that acts like a GPS

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