Run to the back of the room where two Gargoyles and a couple of Skeletons will make an unwelcomed appearance. See them off before opening the shadow-covered chest at the top of the stairs, after which take a right at the top of the stairs and then cross over to the doorway on the left.

Be careful in the main room as there’s a couple of Drauger’s (and a Deathlord) waiting for you once you pull the lever in the centre of the room. Once they’re all dead, you can now make it past the closed gate in the adjacent room.

In the next large room you’ll encounter another Deathlord and additional Skeleton cronies. Deal with them and then use the shout wall to learn the first word of [Drain Vitality] (there’s also a chest you can loot for the [Ring of Peerless Wielding] . Open the iron doors at the top and then make a dash to Skyrim.

You’ll reappear on the mountain side, so make your way to the far-left of the map (South-West of the city of ‘Solitude’), down the steep hill, and towards the ‘Ice Water Jetty’. There’s a boat here that will take you directly to ‘Castle Volkihar’.

Walk up to the castle with Serena and then once you’re inside, go and have a chat with her dad, Lord Harkon. Now’s the time to make a game-changing decision as you can either:

  • Become a vampire and with it have unique powers and access to the castle (but your life drains during the day and you need to 'feed' constantly on people to improve your tolerance to the sun).
  • Stick with being a Dawnguard and be banished from the castle (there'll be one more chance to accept becoming a Vampire in a later mission).
  • Each decision also comes with unique missions and side-missions (that are effectively the same in what you need to accomplish, but for ‘the other side’). It’s really worthwhile making a save before you decide so that way you can experience both options fully. Once you make your mind up, this quest-line will be marked as completed.

    We’ll now cover the main missions for both sides, starting with the Dawnguard (the good guys) first.

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    Guide Information

    • Publisher
      Bethesda Softworks
    • Platforms
      PC, PS3, PS4, Switch, XB 360, XB One
    • Genre
      Action RPG
    • Guide Release
      31 May 2012
    • Last Updated
      24 October 2021
      Version History
    • Guide Author
      Greg Wright

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    Skyrim is the homeland of the Nords, a fierce and proud warrior people who are used to the bitter cold and mountanous terrain that mark the lands of Skyrim. Wracked by civil war, and threatened by the return of the legendary dragons, Skyrim faces its darkest hour. You must make sense of this maelstrom, explore the frozen tundra and bring hope to the people. The future of Skyrim, even the Empire itself, hangs in the balance as they wait for the prophesized Dragonborn to come; a hero born with the power of The Voice, and the only one who can stand amongst the dragons. You are that Dragonborn.

    Version 1.2

    • Introduction to the Races.
    • How to complete every storyline quest.
    • Where to find and conquer every side-mission.
    • Location of every powerful Dragonwall.
    • Search out and defeat every Dragon.
    • How to find hidden, powerful weapons.
    • Over 200 captioned screenshots provide even more help.
    • Dragonborn DLC covered in full.
    • Dawnguard DLC covered in full.
    • Screenshots for the major side-missions.
    • Achievements/Trophy descriptions (includes all 3 DLC packs).
    • Character Creation guide.

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