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How to Join the Dawnguard in Elder Scrolls Skyrim

Updated on June 29, 2012

Dawnguard is a new add-on pack for Elder Scrolls Skyrim. It was released on Xbox 360 on June 26th, 2011. Dawnguard will also be released for PS3 and PC owners as well. This new content costs 1600 Microsoft points, which is basically $20.00 USD. Joining the Dawnguard is not really difficult, however, finding the location may be.

The Dawnguard are basically a group of vampire hunters who are trying to stop a vampire lord named Harkon. Harkon intends to use the Elder Scrolls to end the tyranny of the sun. Note that you can betray the Dawnguard and join the Volkihar vampires by accepting Harkon's "special gift." Depending on which faction the player chooses, the missions will play out differently in Skyrim.

How to Join the Dawnguard in Elder Scrolls Skyrim

In order to join the Dawnguard, you will first need to find out the location of the Dawnguard Fort in Skyrim. Ask Hold Guards about a group of vampire hunters who are looking for new recruits. You may also hear about the Dawnguard by listening to rumors. Either way, this will give you the location to the Dawnguard Fort.


Skyrim Dawnguard Fort

Enter the Dawnguard Fort and speak to Isran (leader) in there about joining the Dawnguard. He will give you a crossbow. The crossbow is new weapon that shoots faster than a normal bow. All Archery Perks apply to the crossbow.

Once you speak to Isran, you will be a given a mission to go to a place called "Dimhallow Crypt" and investigate the vampires. Even though you have technically joined Dawnguard, you may betray them by joining the Voikihar vampires by accepting Harkon's gift.

By accepting Harkon's gift, you can transform into a vampire lord and receive remarkable powers! However, this means you will be betraying the Dawnguard.


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Other Way to Join Dawnguard in Skyrim?

In my Skyrim game, I did not ask any guards about rumors pertaining to the Dawnguard. I simply fast traveled to Solitude in Skyrim. At that point, a group of vampires attacked the city of Solitude and guards were dispatched to eliminate them. I helped take them out of course.

After the vampires were killed in Solitude, an Orc spoke to me about the Dawnguard. I was then given the location to the Dawnguard Fort. Now, I am not sure if this was random or it happens as long as the player has the Dawnguard DLC.

If anyone found out the location to Dawnguard Fort other ways, leave me a comment below or give your thoughts on the missions.


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    • David 470 profile image

      David 470 5 years ago from Pennsylvania, United States

      Thanks for the comment

      I was originally going to stay with Dawnguard, but ended up going with the vampires.

      I like Serana lot too. Did they do an update to the followers or something (or maybe I never noticed)? Because they will randomly sit down on chairs, or use objects nearby when your just standing somewhere. She is also great with magic and always conjures dead people to fight enemies.

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      James Robertson 5 years ago from Texas

      When I started up the game after downloading the DLC I was in Riften and the person directly in front of me was a guard. I talked to him and the first thing he told me was about the Dawnguard. I was lucky that I didn't have to search for them. I played both storylines and I have to say that the Vampire one was more fun. I loved being a werewolf but being a vampire lord is freaking awesome. It wins right off the bat (ha!) from allowing you to control how long you stay in the transformed state, plus you can levitate. I think the new character Serana was a great addition to the game. She has some charisma that draws you to her. During the whole game of Skyrim I never let people follow me because I hated all of them. I felt that the AI was just stupid and they slowed me down, or I ended up accidentally attacking them and they turned on me. Serana was actually tolerable though. Great outline here. You didn't reveal a whole bunch of the storyline so that is a plus. Voted up. Useful.