Elder Scrolls
Elder Scrolls

A player-generated character, overlooking a precipice, adorned in Dawnguard Armor.

For other uses, see Quest.

Quests are tasks set for the Dragonborn to perform in The Elder Scrolls V: Dawnguard. In total, there are twenty-two quests featured in the add-on. Twelve are featured in the main quest, with several optional side quests.

The first quest can be started by listening for rumors or asking Hold Guards about a group of vampire hunters who are recruiting. This will steer the Dragonborn in the direction of Fort Dawnguard and the add-on will begin. At level 10, Durak will directly approach the Dragonborn and suggest that they join Dawnguard. Alternately, the questline can be started as early as level 1, by going to Fort Dawnguard via Dayspring Canyon at any time and interacting with the applicants and Dawnguard members.

During the quest "Bloodline," the Dragonborn must decide whether to continue assisting the Dawnguard or join Harkon and the Volkihar Clan. Choosing the path of Harkon opens the Vampire Lord skill tree.

At some point after installing the add-on or starting a new playthrough with it installed, periodic attacks by vampires in the wilderness, as well as on cities and settlements the Dragonborn visits will begin, which can result in the death of various characters, such as merchants, quest givers and other important unprotected characters. To prevent these deaths, it is recommended to reach at least the "Bloodline" quest in the story, after which the attacks will subside.

Main quest[]

Side quests[]





  • The six quests, "Ancient Power," "Culling the Beast," "Deceiving the Herd," "The Hunt," "New Allegiances," and "Protecting the Bloodline," together are considered to be a "round", and the Dragonborn will not be given a duplicate quest during a round. Therefore, to get all of the ancient vampire parts, at least 3x6+1=19 radiant quests have to be done.