Skyrim: Dawnguard – How to Join the Volkihar Vampire Faction

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The ancient vampires have returned and they bring a whole new set of powers in this undead-themed DLC addition to The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. In the Dawnguard DLC, you’ll have the option to join the Dawnguard, then betray them when you meet the nefarious Vampire Lord Harkon. He will offer to give you immense power, at the cost of your very humanity. If you’re willing to take the plunge, find out how to become one of the vile creatures and blot out the sun right here.

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How to Join the Vampire Faction

  1. To join the deadly vampires, you’ll first need to start the DLC quest by joining the Dawnguard. Eventually, they’ll send you out to find out what the Volkihar are up to. It’s then that you can betray the Dawnguard and become a Vampire Lord.
  2. To join the Dawnguard, you must be level 10 or over and travel to any Capitol city on your map.
  3. In the city, you’ll find a new NPC called Durak. Speak with him to start the Dawnguard Quest, taking you to Dayspring Canyon and finally to Fort Dawnguard.
  4. When you arrive at the fort, complete the quest by talking to Isran and Vigilant Tolan who recruit you into the Dawnguard, and send you on your next quest Awakening.
  5. Eventually on the main chain of quests you’ll begin the “Bloodlines” quest after completing the “Awakenings” quest. You’ll be sent to rescue the daughter of Lord Harkon named Serana. Once rescued, she’ll take you to the secret hideout of the Volkihar Vampires called Castle Volkihar by using an entrance near High Rock.
  6. There, you’ll meet Serana’s father Lord Harkon. He’ll offer to turn you into a Volkihar Vampire to betray the Dawnguard. Choose to do so, but there are several options that may occur based on your current status.
  7. If you’re already a regular vampire from Skyrim, you cannot become a Volkihar Vampire. You’ll need to cure yourself first. To cure yourself, you can complete a quest that begins by speaking with any city guard after you’ve properly fed and don’t show any signs of vampirism.
  8. Also, if you’re a werewolf the Volkihar will cure you in favor of their own brand of vampirism. If you do become a Vampire Lord, you can still give up vampirism and become a werewolf again down the line.
  9. Volkihar vampires are not damaged by the sun, only weakened. Also, their hulking Vampire Lord form can be activated then deactivated at will.
  10. The new Volkihar still need to hide themselves in normal society, and must feed on blood either by feeding off sleeping NPCs. To do so, sneak up to a sleeping character then attempt to pick their pocket. Instead of stealing, you’ll be given the option to drink blood.

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8 Comments on Skyrim: Dawnguard – How to Join the Volkihar Vampire Faction


On July 23, 2012 at 1:03 am

The first 4 points on this are wrong- you can join the dawnguard whenever you want, all you have to do is find Dayspring canyon south east of Riften. It looks like a small cave with two burning braziers outside. Go inside and find the fort. As soon as you find it you can join.


On October 21, 2012 at 3:01 pm

can you be more specific on where the cave is henry? i can never find durak. which is why i like your option


On December 10, 2012 at 6:38 pm

do you half to buy a package are something from walmart or is it just you can do it no matter what or is it like a serten game type you half to get pleaze answer back im so lost


On January 31, 2013 at 10:33 pm


Here is how your sentence would look like in English:

“Do you have to buy a package or something from Walmart, or is it just that you can do it regardless? Or perchance ’tis a certain game type that one would have to purchase. Please answer me as soon, for I am a complete and utter moron, and should be reading a dictionary instead of wasting my conscious hours on a video game.”

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On April 2, 2013 at 9:50 pm

Plzzz make me vampire


On January 26, 2014 at 2:07 pm

can you be a valikhur vampire without having to join them in the castle? can you just get bite from any valkihur vampire and become a lord?


On January 26, 2014 at 2:10 pm

I want to be a vampire lord. but I also want to choose to be on the Dawngaurd. can it be done?


On March 25, 2014 at 7:59 am


Yes, if you complete this quest as part of the dawnguard, you can still become a vampire lord. Serena, the daughter of the leader of vampires, will help you from the beginning. You will have a choice to become a vampire during, and after you have completed the quest. After the quest is completed, Serena is then available as a follower (who cannot die) and at any time you can speak with her and ask her to turn you into a vampire.