We’ve been waiting a long time to say this: the first official expansion for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is now out! Dawnguard became available this morning for Xbox 360 players as a 30-day timed exclusive, but if you’ve purchased the new content – or are going to – and don’t know how to get started, we’re here to help get you on your way.

The story of Dawnguard allows players to make another important faction-related decision in Skyrim where they can choose to become a vampire or work for the vampire hunters of the Dawnguard. Choose wisely as each choice grants the player a different home and different perks to unlock.

Before you get to enjoy the brand new skill trees for vampires and werewolves, and before you setup shop in Castle Volkihar or Fort Dawnguard, you need to initiate the Dawnguard quest. Here’s how:

  1. Talk to any guard in Riften about vampires/the Dawnguard quest.
  2. Head to the Dawnguard location marker on the map.
  3. Head through the cave (the only way to get there) and follow the path to the castle.
  4. Meet Isran, the Dawnguard leader, there and enjoy your new crossbow.
  5. You’re on your way to rebuilding the Dawnguard order.


The above video from Backend Gaming does a wonderful job of presenting a full walkthrough to launching the Dawnguard adventure but there’s more to it than that. The Dawnguard DLC for Skyrim also adds legendary dragons to the game and hence, a few new exclusive Dragon Shouts. Once you build your character in Skyrim, you’re stuck with the facial design and physical build, but Dawnguard also adds a new NPC which will allow you to alter your appearance. Head to the Riften’s Ratways to find the woman who can help you with a makeover.

Eager to learn more? Check out the Dawnguard trailer and our gallery of screenshots for the first Skyrim DLC. If you’ve been out of the land of Tamriel for a while, busy with other games and such, the latest Skyrim updates added Kinect voice support as well as plenty of big fixes and a few new features, including horse combat!

Dawnguard is now available to download on Xbox 360 for 1600 MS Points beginning Tuesday, June 26, 2012.

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