Other Notable Sidequests
Although there are other side quests and plenty of
radiant miscellaneous quests (a handful for both the Dawnguard and Vampires,
found in their respective lairs), we’re outlining the ones that offer the most tangible
and valuable rewards - or are just plain interesting.
Arvak’s Head and gain a spectral steed
You main run into Avark’s owner (he’s a soul) on the
main path leading through the Soul Cairn. He’ll give you the quest to find
Avark’s head. You don’t need to accept the quest first to find the head,
Avark’s head is on an altar just southwest of the
massive floating tower atop which you find the archer Boneyard Keeper during
the main questline. Once you have the skull, you can select the misc quest and
look at where you need to go on the map. Return the skull to this location, and
Avark will become yours. You can summon him at any time using the conjuration
spell you now have.
The Reaper is a (sort of) hidden boss that resides in
the “Reaper’s Lair” in southeastern corner of the north half of the Soul Cairn.
You’ll need to collect three Reaper Shards and place them in the receptacle in
the center of the lair for the boss to appear. Reaper Shards can be found in
the chests directly underneath the soul-sapping crystals all around the Soul
Be warned that at the time of publication, this quest can be glitched. Even if
you have the required number of shards, the game may not register this if you
do not place them in the receptacle all at once.
Defeating the Reaper gets you three empty Black Soul Gems, one Daedra Heart,
and one dual-handed Iron weapon (not enchanted). Not exactly enticing,
especially considering the legwork that goes into finding the Reaper Shards.
Just beyond the wall at the center of the Soul Cairn,
to right, you’ll find Morven. For 25 Soul Husks (which can be found all around
the Soul Cairn), you can get your choice of a sword, a battleaxe, light armor,
heavy armor, or a spell tome. None are particularly special. They are random
and match your current level in terms of value and enchantments. If you find
enough husks you can completely buy him out; just know that he only has one of
the Drain Vitality Shout
Though you may already know a shout by this name, the
one in the Dawnguard DLC is a separate shout and has a different effect. You’ll
have to find each word the old-fashioned way.
Stamina: You’ll find this shout in the stadium-like room of
Dimhollow Cavern. Nab it while you are escorting Serana out during the
Magicka: While traversing the Forgotten Vale (part of the
main questline of Dawnguard), you’ll need to search out a duo of dragons that
appear from beneath a large frozen lake. The word wall sticks out like a sore
thumb; the challenge is taking on these two named dragons simultaneously.
This word wall can be
found at Arcwind Point (pictured), far west of Riften. To reach it, look for a
path just east of the dragon’s lair Autonmnwatch Tower leading up the mountain.
Although Arcwind Point was accessible before the Dawnguard DLC, there was no
word wall present.
the Summon Durnehviir shout
After defeating Durnehviir at the Boneyard in the
Soul Cairn as part of the main questline, the dragon will be waiting for you at
the exit. He’ll teach you this shout, which can be used to summon him. He asks
you to head back to Tamriel and use this shout to summon him.
The first three times you summon him, he’ll teach you
one word of a new shout. After he teaches you that shout, he’ll contribute to
battle whenever you summon him.
the Soul Tear shout
Once you have the ability to summon Durnehviir, do so
in Tamriel three times and he’ll teach you this shout. Using the shout raises
the dead and fills a soul gem.