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For the quest, see The Bloodstone Chalice.

The Bloodstone Chalice is an item in The Elder Scrolls V: Dawnguard. After completing The Bloodstone Chalice for the Volkihar Clan, this item can be activated on the table in Castle Volkihar.

The Bloodstone Chalice[]

"And here we are. Now, this Chalice needs to be filled directly from the bloodspring that is the source of Redwater Den. But that's not enough. Once that's done, the blood from a powerful vampire needs to be added to it."
Garan Marethi[src]

During the quest of the same name, Garan Marethi orders the Dragonborn to take the Chalice to Redwater Den, and fill it with water from the bloodspring. After that, the blood from a powerful vampire must be added to it, and then, the Chalice must be returned to Castle Volkihar.


Activating the chalice grants the effect, Blood of the Ancients. This makes the Vampiric Drain spell absorb Stamina, Magicka, and Health for one day. The duration can be lengthened by completing Ancient Power, up to a maximum of nine days.

Additional chalices[]

After killing Harkon, two additional chalices can be found in a chest. These chalices can be placed in the inventory.


  • If the Dragonborn chose to side with the Dawnguard, but accepted vampirism from Serana after completing Kindred Judgment, the Chalice will be rendered useless as the quest given by Harkon can never be started.
  • The quest "Ancient Power" can be taken and completed multiple times, allowing the chalice's buff to last well over a week.


This section contains bugs related to Bloodstone Chalice. 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.
  • Sometimes, the chest in cathedral is noted to be empty, or containing only one chalice, after killing Harkon.
  •  PC   360   PS3   Dropping the chalice causes it to float in mid-air, allowing it and the other one to be stacked strategically in order to climb to unseemly places.
  •  PC   Once Harkon tells the Dragonborn to go visit Garan Marethi, he will only recognize them as mortal and instructs the Dragonborn to return to Harkon to become the vampire again immediately. Returning to Harkon does not fix the issue as he still views the player as being a Vampire Lord.