Skyrim DLC starting locations – How to start Dawnguard, Hearthfire and Dragonborn expansions

As with many of Bethesda’s great adventures, Skyrim received a series of major expansions that introduced new quest lines, weapons, factions, locations, and even the ability to build your own house.

If you are playing the original versions of the game and purchased the DLC, it will appear in the game’s main menu to indicate that it is available. If you purchased the PS4, Xbox One, or PC version of the Special Edition, it will also be automatically included.

If you’re playing the 2021 Anniversary Edition, we’ve got explanations for features like fishing.

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How to start the Dawnguard DLC in Skyrim

To get Dawnguard up and running, talk to the common guards that roam in or around major cities, and they will tell you about the Dawnguard faction. From there, you’ll unlock the ‘Dawnguard’ quest, with a quest marker guiding you to a cave (Dayspring Canyon) before heading to Fort Dawnguard, where you speak to someone inside to begin ‘Awakening’ and the DLC. Properly said.

If you can’t find one of the guards above to activate the location, it’s said that you can go straight to the Fortress and start chatting with those inside to get started anyway. To get to Fort Dawnguard, follow the instructions in the OfficialBackend video below:

How to start the Hearthfire DLC in Skyrim

Hearthfire is not a traditional story-driven expansion, but rather adds the ability to own plots of land, along with other smaller additions throughout the game (including adoption).

To access the meat of the DLC (building your own houses), you must visit specific Jarls and complete quests to unlock them. Our Skyrim House page will break down how to unlock each terrain.

Want more help with Skyrim? Find out how to join each guild and faction, how to earn gold quickly, learn about XP and level up to 100, crafting ults, warrior ults, thief ults and mage ults, how to get married, where to buy one home. , how to start the Dawnguard, Hearthfire and Dragonborn DLC expansions. If you’re on PC, we have a list of console commands and cheats, and you can learn about the remastered version and how to install mods with our Skyrim guide. Finally, for Switch owners, we explain Skyrim’s amiibo support to help unlock special Zelda-themed items.

How to start the Dragonborn DLC in Skyrim

Play the main story by passing through ‘The Path of the Voice’ (where you climb the Throat of the World) and then visit a major city. You should see cultists walking around, who will ask you if you are the Dragonborn.

After the conversation, they should fight you. Check their bodies for orders directing you to the Windhelm Docks. Once there, find Gjalund Salt-Sage on the ship ‘The Northern Maiden’ and ask him to take you to Solstheim.

He will refuse at first, so try the different options available until he agrees to take you to the island to start the DLC. Here’s OutsideXbox with some finer details from the trip:

Of course, this page simply has what you need begin In each expansion, each mission unfolds into a series of main and side quests and encounters, the details of which we prefer not to reveal. As with anything else in the game, you’re free to snooze or chase them whenever you want – the choice is yours!

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