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Elder Scrolls Skyrim Dawnguard DLC: Vampires, Horse Combat,Crossbows, and More?

Updated on June 27, 2012

Skyrim Dawnguard DLC

New Elder Scrolls Skyrim DLC is coming to Xbox 360, PS3, and PC this summer! The new DLC is called Dawnguard and will have a dark theme revolving around vampires. You will be able to either join the Dawnguard to fight the vampires or side with the vampires and fight the Dawnguard. In the trailer Bethesda released, it shows the character transforming into a winged vampire creature. It looks much more disturbing than the regular vampires we have seen in Skyrim in the past. It is not yet know whether you need to side with the vampires or not to turn into this winged creature.

The movement speed of the winged vampire creature seems to be much faster than traditional speed. It also appears to be hovering over the ground when moving. This is a vampire lord that you can turn into at anytime (similar to werewolf)! The vampire lord will not be able to use conventional weapons, but will be able to use special powers like transforming into bats, conjure a gargoyle, suck blood, and more. There will be a skill tree that you will be able to use for the vampire lord. The more enemies you drain of life, the more experience gained towards acquiring new skills that will make the vampire lord stronger in Dawnguard.

New Horse, new enemies and Crossbows?

A new horse with blue flames will be included in Dawnguard. This horse makes the shadowmere horse from the Dark Brotherhood look inferior! New weapons will be featured in Dawnguard as well, such as the crossbow. In the trailer, there appears to be a Dawnguard soldier using one. New creatures are shown in the trailer. One of these creatures appears to be an Ice Giant with fangs (apparently a vampire). It looks like it will be a formidable foe. Gargoyles will also be a new type of enemy that will make an appearance in Dawnguard. Note that the crossbow will require bolts (not arrows). And all the archery perks will affect the crossbow (such as slow time etc).

What side will you choose first in Dawnguard?

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Skyrim Dawnguard - Vampires no longer affected in sunlight?

It is not yet known at this time, but according to the trailer of Dawnguard, it looks like if you side with the vampires you might be able to block out the sunlight. This would mean that vampires would be able to roam outside without worrying about the sunlight harming them. Considering Elder Scrolls has always been about decisions, it's likely that your decision to either side with vampires or the Dawnguard will affect the ending in some shape or form. However, it may not permanently affect the world of Skyrim itself because Dawnguard might take place in a completely different realm (much like Elder Scroll Oblivion's Shivering Isles expansion dlc).

Dawnguard will cost 1600 Microsoft points on the Xbox 360. The Oblivion expansion "Shivering Isles" cost 30 dollars originally for the Xbox 360, so Dawnguard probably won't be as big of an expansion as Shivering Isles. But still, Dawnguard looks promising with it's dark story theme, new weapons and creatures to fight, and horse combat. Let's just hope it offers enough content to keep players happy. Too often, DLC is released for games and the length does not match the price. Hopefully, Bethesda, will not disappoint fans of the Elder Scrolls series.


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      6 years ago

      I have the dulce and you can become a vamp and get the horse no matter what side you choose. The only difference is the story and gear you get. If you side with the vamps you get your own private castle and sorta rubbish gear ( it's all for the vamp lord form) and hell hound pets. If you side with the dawn guard you get armoires trolls huskies, vampire huntin gear, and upgraded crossbows.

      No matter who you side with

      You get the best companion in the game, a beast bow witch you should

      Never sell, a crossbow, a private zombie dragon, the summon able blue horse, and the vamp lord.

      Oh and if you are a companion you get to become a werewolf again if

      You are cured

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      6 years ago

      that horse looks sweeet can,t for dawnguard to come out im choosing the vamps because you get the horse and vampire lrd form so seee yalllater

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      6 years ago

      I want to join Dawnguard, but I want to join the side that gives you the blue horse, sort of a stupid reason.

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      6 years ago

      Does it matter if they have wings and look different?? No one would be too interested in becoming a "normal" looking vampire, especially as they have to look more intimidating and they have hidden their presence. Skyrim vampires were meant to reach through lakes of ice, but they don't. They're basically weaker versions of Cyrodillic vampires as they aren't physically powerful and have rubbish powers that can be gotten as spells anyway. I would choose the vampires first to get a look at what they can do, plus I wouldn't mind trying out the werewolf perk tree. Afterward I would try the Dawnguard. I hope it is an extended part of Skyrim so there isn't any going from one country to another area but instead travelling to a large extension that has been discovered

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      John Roberts 

      6 years ago from South Yorkshire, England

      Definitely joining the Dawnguard, and thanks for the update you two ^^

    • David 470 profile imageAUTHOR

      David 470 

      6 years ago from Pennsylvania, United States

      I think the reason why they wanted to have winged vampires in it is because it would look more interesting and people would be more compelled to buy it.

      I for one, hope it takes place in a different realm like Shivering Isles.

      Dawnguard will be my first choice most likely.

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      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      John they say it will be wrapped around a lost castle of the shores of skyrim, so im guessing there will be a huge place to explore well at least i hope. + already decided on choosing DawnGuard

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      John Roberts 

      6 years ago from South Yorkshire, England

      Though I look forward to this expansion, I believe it really goes against what they've done in previous games. Did vampires have wings and look severely deformed before? Not that I know of. And by lore, I find it hard to believe that they could evolve after 200 years of looking "pretty normal". Plus, sunlight damage was a huge factor which gave the game a lot of roleplay capabilities, but by removing that there's going to be a lot of trouble with the fans.

      I really hope this takes place in another realm or area because I can't stand to look at Skyrim for much longer. Furthermore, it seems a little odd that the Dragonborn would want to become this winged beast of the night. I know, I know, there's the option to not do it, but still it strikes me odd. Let's hope they know how to balance the perks between remaining humanoid and becoming a winged wretch.

      Voted up, useful and interesting.


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