Elder Scrolls
Elder Scrolls

Preemptive Strike is a quest in The Elder Scrolls V: Dawnguard.


Gunmar sends the Dragonborn to kill a Master Vampire at a radiant location. The vampire must be killed before it turns its allies into vampires. As a quest reward, the Dragonborn receives a leveled enchanted apparel item.


Possible locations[]


Preemptive Strike – DLC1RH03
ID Journal Entry
10 Gunmar has sent me to <Alias=Dungeon> where I am to destroy the <Alias=Vampire> before it turns its allies into vampires.
  • Objective 10: Kill the Master Vampire at <Alias=Dungeon>
  • Objective 100: Return to Gunmar
255 Gunmar sent me to <Alias=Dungeon> where I destroyed the <Alias=Vampire> before it could turn its allies into vampires.
  • Quest complete


  • This radiant quest is identical to the vampire side quest "Protecting the Bloodline."
  • When the quest takes place in a radiant location belonging to the Silver Hand, the vampire will immediately be attacked. If the vampire dies in the ensuing battle, the quest will be flagged as completed.
  • There is a chance that the vampire may be located in Morvunskar, which is also the final destination of the quest "A Night to Remember." Should both of them be active when the Dragonborn heads to the dungeon, Sanguine will be present, and he will also attack the vampire.
  • If Dragonborn is installed, some radiant locations may be on Solstheim.


This section contains bugs related to Preemptive Strike. 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 quest mark will not appear (even if you are in Solstheim) and the vampire that needs to be killed isn't at the dungeon.
    • Console command setstage DLC1RH03 100 should skip the stage with killing vampire.