The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim® - Dawnguard™

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Customer notes

Requires The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Base Game) to play this DLC.


Dawnguard™ is the first official game add-on for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim® - the 2011 Game of the Year. The Vampire Lord Harkon has returned to power. By using the Elder Scrolls, he seeks to do the unthinkable - to end the sun itself. Will you join the ancient order of the Dawnguard and stop him? Or will you become a Vampire Lord yourself? Featuring an all new faction questline and locations, the ultimate choice will be yours.

Key Features:

  • New Weapons, Armor, Spells and Shouts. Join the Dawnguard and wield all new crossbows and craft your own arrows, bolts, and Dragonbone weapons. Use new weapons, armor, spells and shouts, including the Soul Tear shout – that rips the souls from your enemies and turns them into your minions.

  • Become a Vampire Lord. Side with the vampires and become a Vampire Lord yourself. Hover across the ground, turn yourself into bats, levitate your enemies as you drain their life, and more. The Vampire Lord features its own upgradable perk system.

  • Werewolf Perks added. Playing as a werewolf now has its own upgradable perk system including Bestial Strength, Animal Vigor, and Savage Feeding.

  • New Locations and Creatures. Choose from two new fortresses to upgrade and call home, Castle Volkihar or Fort Dawnguard. Discover lost valleys and travel to a new realm of Oblivion, the Soul Cairn. Battle new creatures including Death Hounds, Gargoyles, Armored Trolls, and all new vampires and dragons.

  • Change Your Appearance. Visit Riften’s Ratway and find the woman who can change your appearance, altering your face or hair.

  • Mounted Combat. Skyrim now allows you to do melee and ranged combat while riding a horse.

Customer reviews


Cool addon, cool stuff, good lore and great characters!!

tonydareizer | April 6, 2015 | See all tonydareizer's reviews »

This is one of the DLC's of Skyrim,right? At first, it seems like any other downloadable content pack, but, if you take a look into it and actually see what it adds, it will, less or more, blow your mind. This DLC pack adds lots of new stuff, including a crossbow, new spells and NPC's and also new weapons. Dawnguard provides a solid 20-25 hour gameplay experience. The story of the dlc itself is a quite solid one,because you will not see the vampires from Twilight, you'll see actual ugly vampires, those that you absolutely don't wish to meet in real life. The story divides into two branches when you get to choose what part you will be on : vampire hunter or a child of the blood(vampire). In the vampire quest-line you'll get about 20 something hours of gameplay,and with the other part you still get 14-16 hours of solid gameplay. The lore is also pretty impressive. The character development is great,and there are little plot twists,and also a big one. With that said and me not wanting to spoil anything,there you have it. If you're a true Skyrim player you must try this out.



tv_ | March 12, 2015 | See all tv_'s reviews » strange.

It really doesn't add much to game unless you long for some crossbows. It does bring back a few stabs at highlighted moments of Morrowind if you know where to find the easter eggs for it.

The story is rich and actually you can change the game entirely if you want to with the choices. It might seem like an unnatural DLC to be part of the Elder Scrolls but actually it brings back elements from previous titles...though it's still not really fitting to Skyrim (maybe more along the lines of Daggerfall).

Still, it's not TERRIBLE and it actually does open up the lore a bit more.


A Great DLC to a Great Game!

Kveni | Nov. 11, 2014 | See all Kveni's reviews »

The base game of Skyrim itself seems endless, so why don't you add another 20 hours onto that endless game? This DLC allows you to either fight for, or fight against a Vampire faction that has come to Skyrim. The game gives you SO much more treasure, and allows you to have even more crazy choices to make that add to your overall character. The DLC is so fun, and gives you a whole new reason to come back to Skyrim. You also get a nifty new crossbow weapon that is EXTREMELY deadly, and is super fun to use against enemies, but it does take a long time to reload. You get to go to a new area in Skyrim where fort Dawnguard, a secret Vampire hunting base is, and either join them or fight with the vampires against them, the choice is up to you. Overall, this DLC is amazing.


A lineal experience

Nova4 | July 29, 2014 | See all Nova4's reviews »

By all means, this dlc is not bad... is just... is so linear for the overall openworld Skyrim experience. It expands the lore for the vampires and werewolf "race", but I'm not sure that it quite worth it.

The good:

+Complete update for the vampires and werewolf's.

+More loot, lots of cool stuff

+More skills, powers, spells and shouts.

+1 long and cool quest.

+The power to vanish the sun from the sky!!!

+New factions, companions and npcs.

The bad:

-Is linear!!!!

-Is not quite satisfactory to beat the last boss.

-No consequences to your actions.

For me, it only worth it if you are a vampire, if not, pass it.


Vampires invade Skyrim!

Sganotak | Jan. 22, 2014 | See all Sganotak's reviews »

The first expansion pack for Skyrim, boasts a vampire-centric premise mainly drawing inspiration from popular films like Underworld or Van Heilsing.

The main questline (which can be started if you're level 10 or above) revolves around Harkon, a vampire lord who wants to stop "the tyranny of the Sun" by recovering an ancient artifact. You can either join Harkon and help him accomplish his evil plans or try to stop him by joining the Dawnguard, an ancient order of vampire hunters. Both paths have entirely different quests with a few meeting points, which gives the DLC a huge replay value. No matter which side you choose, you will be joined by Serana, Harkon's daughter who is full of personality. The many conversations you will have with her during the questline will easily make her your favorite follower of the entire DLC.

In addition, Dawnguard adds a lot of interesting features to the already rich gameplay of Skyrim.Both the vampires and the Dawnguards offer various perks for joining them. There is a new weapon type (crossbow) which you can research and upgrade if you join the Dawnguard, you can also have armored trolls as companions and there's also a wide variety of new weapons and armors to choose from. Should you join the vampires, you will become a powerful vampire lord and have a unique set of powers at your disposal. Dawnguards also offers two new big areas to explore, some new interesting boss battles, skill trees for both Vampires lords and Werewolfs and many more.

Dawnguard is not without its technical quirks though. You may have a lot of slow downs and framerate issues when roaming around the new areas. Also, I faced some problem with waypoints not pointing in the right direction. However, all these are really minor issues and won't affect your overall enjoyment of the DLC

No matter if you like vampires or not, Dawnguard is an excellent addon for Skyrim with a huge amount of content, excellent replay value and some meaty additions to the main game. Strongly recommended