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For other uses, see Skull.

Arvak's Skull is an item found in The Elder Scrolls V: Dawnguard. It is a quest item for the miscellaneous quest "Find Arvak's Skull," which in turn allows the Dragonborn to obtain the horse, Arvak


Find Arvak's Skull[]

A frantic soul will tell the Dragonborn how he and his loyal steed Arvak came to this realm and were attacked by monsters, and begs them to find him.


Arvak's skull can be found east of the Boneyard entrance where Valerica is found. It is on a pedestal surrounded by ghosts that turn into mistmen, and will attack should the Dragonborn come close.


  • Returning the skull to the owner will allow the Dragonborn to learn the spell Summon Arvak.


This section contains bugs related to Arvak's Skull. 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  /  PS5  ,  XS  , 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   Sometimes, the skull does not get automatically removed from the inventory after learning Summon Arvak and finishing the quest. It is no longer considered a quest item, however, which would allow it to be removed from the inventory through normal means (e.g. selling it to merchants, dropping it, storing it in a container).
  • Getting off Arvak near the barrier where Valerica is located in the Soul Cairn may cause the dismount animation to glitch the Dragonborn through the barrier and put them on Valerica's side.