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For other uses, see Dawnguard.

Dawnguard is a quest in The Elder Scrolls V: Dawnguard. It serves as the introductory quest for the add-on. It involves being recruited into an order of vampire hunters, known as the Dawnguard.


I've learned of a group of vampire hunters known as the Dawnguard. It seems they are looking for new recruits.



"Heard they're reforming the Dawnguard. Vampire hunters or something, in the old fort near Riften. Might consider joining up myself."
―Hold Guards.

The quest can be given by either a Hold Guard or an Orc named Durak after entering a hold capital at level 10 or after. It can also be given before level 10 by talking to Agmaer in Dayspring Canyon. They will ask the Dragonborn about joining the Dawnguard, an order of vampire hunters based in Fort Dawnguard, near Riften.

Dayspring Canyon[]

The location of Fort Dawnguard can only be accessed via Dayspring Canyon, North-Northeast of Stendarr's Beacon. The initial path leads straight to a glacial waterfall overlooking a lake. Near the lake is Agmaer, a young Nord recruit. He asks if he can accompany the Dragonborn to the fort and remarks on his nervous disposition and his high hopes of joining the Dawnguard.

Fort Dawnguard[]

Upon reaching the fort, the Dragonborn encounters Durak outside practicing with his crossbow. When asked about the weapon he will give them a standard crossbow and some steel bolts to try out. Continuing into the fort, they will walk in on a heated discussion between Isran and Vigilant Tolan.

Isran: "Why are you here, Tolan? The Vigilants and I were finished long ago."
Tolan: "You know why I'm here, the Vigilants are under attack everywhere. The vampires are much more dangerous than we believed."
Isran: "And now you want to come running to safety with the Dawnguard, is that it? I remember Keeper Carcette telling me repeatedly that Dawnguard is a crumbling ruin, not worth the expense and manpower to repair. And now that you've stirred up the vampires against you, you come begging for my protection?"
Tolan: "Isran, Carcette is dead. The Hall of Vigilants... everyone... they're all dead. You were right, we were wrong. Isn't that enough for you?"
Isran: "Yes, well... I never wanted any of this to happen. I tried to warn all of you... I am sorry, you know."

It is revealed that the Hall of the Vigilant was attacked by vampires and everyone, including Keeper Carcette, was killed. Isran is reluctant to help due to the friction between himself and the Vigilants. Tolan updates the Dragonborn on the vampires' mission: They are looking for something buried within Dimhollow Crypt. He informs them he will meet them there to further investigate, to the great reluctance of Isran at allowing a single Vigilant against a horde of the undead.

After the conversation has ended, the quest will be completed and the next quest, "Awakening," will begin.


Dawnguard – DLC1VQ01MiscObjective
ID Journal Entry
10 I've learned of a group of vampire hunters known as the Dawnguard. It seems they are looking for new recruits.
  • Objective 10: Speak with the leader of the Dawnguard
  • Quest complete


  • Several of the Dawnguard members are non-essential. Those who endeavor to join the Volkihar Clan can use this to their advantage by quietly disposing of both Durak and Agmaer early on.
  • It is actually possible to be given 2 crossbows and 90 bolts by speaking to Durak and asking him about his crossbow, then removing it from their inventory before speaking to Isran. Both characters will give the player a crossbow and 45 bolts apiece.
  • It is possible to join the Dawnguard even if the Dragonborn is already a vampire.


This section contains bugs related to Dawnguard (Quest). 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   The vampires disguised as Vigilants in front of Dayspring Canyon might not appear.
  • When entering Fort Dawnguard, the floor may not be fully loaded and there will be a small gap between you and Isran along with the water in a cylinder under what would be the floor. Re-entering the area should fix this.
  •  PC   The quest "Awakening" may not start if you did not speak directly with Durak when he was searching for vampire hunters.
    • Fix: Start the "Awakening" quest manually through the console. The following command should work: SetStage DLC1VQ01 10.
  •  PC   360   PS3   Upon entering Dayspring Canyon, everyone is hostile.
    • Fix: Pay off your bounty in the Rift. If you do not have one, just simply get a bounty and pay it. After that, head back, and everything will be normal.
  •  360   Regardless of level, guards will not mention anything about the Dawnguard, Durak will not appear in any of the Hold capitals, talking to Agmaer will yield no dialogue, and entering Fort Dawnguard will not trigger the quest's dialogue, and Isran cannot be found, making the quest impossible to start.