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Not to be confused with Rescue Mission.
"Arkay has terrible news friend. Your friend, kidnapped!"
―Florentius Baenius[src]

Rescue is a repeatable quest offered by Florentius Baenius in Fort Dawnguard. To complete it, rescue a friend or spouse from a Master Vampire in a randomly selected location across Skyrim. The friend in question is anyone that has a friendly disposition towards the Dragonborn, no matter who it is. It is even possible for the kidnapped friend to be a Jarl or children.

Victims that can become followers will not do so for the duration of this quest. Reporting a successful rescue to Florentius removes this restriction.

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Rescue – DLC1RH06
ID Journal Entry
10 Florentius Baenius has learned that a <Alias=Vampire> has kidnapped <Alias=Prisoner> and is keeping <Alias.PronounObj=Spouse> prisoner in <Alias=Dungeon>.
  • Objective 11: Rescue <Alias=Prisoner> from <Alias=Dungeon>
  • Objective 10: Kill the <Alias=Vampire>
  • Objective 11: Kill the <Alias=Vampire>
  • Objective 10: Rescue <Alias=Prisoner> from <Alias=Dungeon>
  • Objective 100: Return to Florentus Baenius
255 Florentius Baenius learned that a <Alias=Vampire> kidnapped <Alias=Prisoner>. I rescued <Alias.PronounObj=Spouse> from in [sic] [Do not change this to from. This misspelled word is how it appears in-game.] <Alias=Dungeon>.
  • Quest complete


  • If the kidnapped friend gets killed during the rescue, searching their body will complete that part of the quest.
  • The victim may be Hert despite the fact that she is a vampire as well.
  • If Mjoll the Lioness is captured, her follower, Aerin, will also be captured.
  • The quest may also start when walking by a random civilian and hearing them say in a low and raspy voice "Help!" Talking to them will initiate the quest with no quest description. 


This section contains bugs related to Rescue. 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.
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  • Sometimes, if the victim is a spouse, they may remain at their home instead of appearing at the location. If this occurs, check the marital abode or load a previous save. This may fix it and get a new victim.
  • Sometimes the marker for the quest points to a random location on the outdoor map. If you have already killed the Master Vampire, this indicates the rescuee is now located outside, and is moving (possibly returning to their normal spawn point like a stolen horse does when you dismount it). The good news is that chasing them down is possible, and if you can catch up to them and talk to them, the quest completes normally.
  • Occasionally, speaking to a spouse after rescuing them will start a new Rescue quest; leading to a new vampire to kill. However, the vampire doesn't actually spawn in the area - leaving the quest unfinishable, and thus making it impossible to get any more quests from any of the Dawnguard's members.
  • Occasionally, even if the victim is not a spouse, and instead just a friend, they will still call the Dragonborn "my love" when rescued.
  • Sometimes talking to a random friend starts the quest but the vampire does not spawn so its unfinishable (the chance may increase if a quick save is made before starting the quest then quick load after starting the quest).
  • If this quest is done anytime after finishing "A Night To Remember," and the dungeon is Morvunskar, there is a possibility that Sanguine spawns and assists the Dragonborn in killing the vampires.
  •  360   Once you get the quest and travel to the random location, there is a chance that the Master Vampire will not spawn making the quest unfinishable and not allowing anymore quests to be done for the Dawnguard.
  • If you talk to a steward (in this case Valdimar), it will start the quest, but you won't get a quest marker and no details about it in the journal and the quest will stay in your journal.
    •  PS3 (fix)  To fix this don't talk with the steward, go and talk with Florentius Baenius and ask him for work, he should give you the quest. This way the quest will be possible to complete and avoid the bug.