The Entrance to Dimhollow Crypt in Skyrim Dawnguard

Awakening is a main story quest in Skyrim: Dawnguard.

Starting Location[edit]

The quest Awakening starts inside Fort Dawnguard

Quest Giver[edit]

Awakening is given by Isran, the leader of the Dawnguards.


I've met Isran, the leader of a group of vampire hunters known as the Dawnguard. The vampires that attacked the Hall of the Vigilants may have been after something in a place called Dimhollow Crypt. Isran has asked me to find what the vampires are looking for.


Find out what the vampires are seeking

Speak to the mysterious woman.


Go to Dimhollow Crypt, north of Volunruud and east of Ustengrav[1].

Kill the enemy vampires inside

Enter Dimhollow Cavern

Solve the Brazier Puzzle by pushing all braziers into a hole such that purple smoke comes out of every Brazier

Talk to Serana

Previous Quest[edit]

Dawnguard, where you learn about the vampire hunters and travel to Fort Dawnguard

Next Quest[edit]

Bloodline, where you escort Serana to Castle Volkihar and then refuse Lord Harkon's gift of blood (which would have made you into a Vampire Lord


  1. Skyrim Dawnguard Walkthrough: Awakening