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Preemptive Strike

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Preemptive Strike
Quest Giver Gunmar
Location Radiant
Prerequisite A New Order
Faction Dawnguard
Type Side Quest
QuestID DLC1RH03
Preemptive Strike is a quest available in The Elder Scrolls V: Dawnguard.


Gunmar sends the Dragonborn to kill a Master Vampire at a radiant location. The vampire must be killed before it turns its allies into vampires. As a quest reward, the Dragonborn receives a leveled enchanted apparel item.


Possible locationsEdit


Journal Entry
Gunmar has sent me to <radiant location> where I am to destroy the <leveled vampire> before it turns its allies into vampires.
  • Objective: Kill the <leveled vampire> at <radiant location>
  • Objective: Return to Gunmar
Gunmar sent me to <radiant location> where I destroyed the <leveled vampire> before it turned its allies into vampires.
  • Quest complete


  • This radiant quest is identical to the vampire side quest Protecting the Bloodline.
  • When the quest takes place in a radiant location belonging to the Silver Hand, the vampire will immediately be attacked. If the vampire dies in the ensuing battle, the quest will be flagged as completed.
  • If Dragonborn is installed, some radiant locations may be on Solstheim.


This section contains bugs related to Preemptive Strike. 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.
  • Sometimes the quest mark will not appear (even if you are in Solstheim) and the vampire that needs to be killed isn't at the dungeon.
    • Console command setstage DLC1RH03 100 should skip the stage with killing vampire.

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