Skyrim: Dawnguard – Walkthrough

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  • Video Walkthrough
    • Video Walkthrough
    • Chasing Echoes

      1. Talk to Serana for a long cutscene. You can pick whichever option you want, but eventually, you are going to have to suggest the castle to proceed with the game.
      2. Your next goal will be to get to castle Volkihar and search the courtyard for Valerica. She does have one of the elder scrolls, after all.
      3. You will have to use a hidden entrance on the back side of the island to avoid being detected by Harkon.
      4. Once outside, jump into the water and swim around the land mass to get to the back of the island.
      5. Go up the sets of stars and dispose of the random skeletons to make your way forward.
      6. At the end of the path, open the door to enter the Volkihar Undercroft.
      7. Once inside, dispose of the enemies and take the water filled passageway all the way down to the small set of stairs.
      8. Once you are in the brown hallway with the spider webs, enter the room with the giant spider and pull the lever to open the door to the next area (after taking care of the spider, of course).
      9. Go all the way down the path and open the door that leads to the Volkihar courtyard.
      10. Talk to Serana and listen to her ramble on. The information is semi useful.
      11. Place the missing crests where they need to be.
      12. Your next destination is the Volkihar ruins. Pull the chain to open the door at the end of the path and head dead straight and up the large flight of stairs. Open the wooden door at the end.
      13. In the next area, crouch and use your bow and arrow sneak attacks in order to get rid of the enemies nice and quietly.
      14. Head up the consecutive stair flights and into the room with the giant spider web. Be careful here for an ambush from a gargoyle.
      15. Open the door at the end of the room. In the next room, go down to the end and check the door on the left to pick its lock.
      16. Clear the skeletons out of your way as you make your way deeper into the ruins. Pull the lever above the gargoyle statue and destroy the gargoyle immediately when it comes to life.
      17. Keep heading up the stairs until you reach a door with another lock you have to pick. Go through it and proceed forward.
      18. Once Serana starts talking about there being a passage in the vicinity, approach the candlestick and turn it to unlock the next part of the path.
      19. You will arrive at the destination after you go through the door, but it seems the quest isn’t over yet. Check the bookshelf to the right to dig up Serana’s mother’s journal.
      20. Next, you will have to gather the gem shards, ground bone meal and purified void salts. Plenty of these items can simply be found by looking around all the shelves and tables in the area.
      21. Once you have collected what you needed, place the ingredients in the vessel.
      22. Speak to Serana and jump in the giant portal in the middle of the room to Soul Cairn in order to finish off this quest.

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    9 Comments on Skyrim: Dawnguard – Walkthrough


    On June 17, 2012 at 1:20 am

    when does this dlc come out


    On June 22, 2012 at 11:51 am


    The DLC comes out on the 26th for X-Box 360, with no release date yet for PC and PS3.


    On June 26, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    How many bugs will the day one release of Skyrim Dawnguard for the XBOX 360 add-on have?

    Kevin Thielenhaus

    On June 26, 2012 at 2:59 pm


    First estimates? A whole lot. Bethesda doesn’t have a great track record fixing bugs, and people are already reporting all sorts of problems. Hopefully the major issues will be fixed soon!


    On February 18, 2015 at 2:21 am

    I guess there is different aohrpacpes to solve a problem, I will try this one now But what I currently do also works pretty well, I don’t have a video so I will try to explain in text. Gently tap fast on the twist motion while slowly move the lockpick around, once it starts moving you know you’re in the right spot. Make sure you only lightly tap on the twisting motion or the picks will break like toothpicks. Hope this helps those who can’t do it the listening way.


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