Start Skyrim Dragonborn DLC in Windhelm

By Daniel Chubb - Dec 4, 2012

We’ve heard from a few Xbox 360 gamers having problems starting the Skyrim Dragonborn DLC, and while this might seem strange to some people it has happened before with Dawnguard. This had been thanks to certain gamers missing the tunnel that leads to Fort Dawnguard, although a few videos helped them start the first quest. If you want to know how to start the Skyrim Dragonborn DLC that landed on Xbox Live today, then you’ll find it much easier considering you’re directed to the Dragonborn DLC at almost any town.

One tip would be to take a trip to one of the towns where you’re liked, we visited one where we had some fun with guards and now regret it, but in a nutshell visiting most towns will start the Skyrim Dragonborn DLC. You’ll meet some guys in masks that once defeated allow you to see their orders, which reveals a note directing you to Windhelm. You can see this note in the image below, although you might want to go directly to Windhelm rather than another town to start the Dragonborn DLC.

You can see a couple of videos below this article that show you visually how to start the new Skyrim DLC in search of the original Dragonborn. The first video runs for just over 2 minutes and takes you to a town first, which is where they meet the masked men that hold the note seen above. The second video shows you how to start the Dragonborn DLC by traveling to Windhelm right away, and here you will go to the docks and talk to Gjalund Salt-Sage as seen in the image below.

He will offer you a “fair price” to travel to Solstheim on the Northern Maiden. After parting with 250 gold you will leave immediately to Solstheim and find yourself on the Northern Maiden, although you won’t have control over the camera when pulling into Raven Rock. Watch the second video below to see the first 13 minutes of the Skyrim Dragonborn DLC, and a walkthrough that shows you how to start it. You might want to see our article from yesterday that touched on the fact that Skyrim Dragonborn will release on the PS3 early in 2013, which is also the first DLC on Sony’s console.

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  • The main thing the guides don’t tell you is in order to even have the DLC added to the game world you gotta restart your console ande wait for it to say “Loading Add-Ons.” It seems you can’t play the DLC directly after downloading, which was my case. Once you download it, either restart Skyrim or restart your console on order for the DLC to be added to the game. Then go according to the list above regarding the main story.

  • The boat doesn’t appear and the guys aren’t there. What do you do! >.<

  • wills willy

    lets fap together

    • jimmy savile

      okay lets do it now

  • tomlb

    dragon riding is limited to places you can fast travel, and yoyo only have control of the dragons powers, the flight is controlled by the computer, sucks assure to be honest.

  • theowlman

    i downloaded dragonborn but when i went to windhelm the boat that takes you to the island wasent there i couldnt find the cultists either ive downloaded again several times now but it still doesnt work

    • Joshua

      i have the same problem. do u have 2 finish Dawnguard 1st? wait a certain amount of time? someone please let me kno

    • dravis

      You have to have started or finished “the horn of jurgen windcaller” for the cultists to find you

      • Nick5

        Are you sure?
        I have finished that and i sitll have this issue, anyways, how is that relevant to this quest in the ifrst place?

  • @e222e73fa14b23088781cb84dc8a3240:disqus im not sure. Im playing it now and it wouldnt let me take shadowmere with me to the island with me….so im not sure. I dont know if itll let you take the dragon back or not

    • Pablo

      @facebook-100001752707828:disqus what about using Arvak, or summoning Durnehvirr and/or Odahviing. I’d really like to find out later if they are ridable. Well, its only a matter of time for me because i get off work at 2:45 EST

  • Pablo

    cool…….! can’t wait to leave work and download Dragonborn. Did you see the Ash Spawns? I wonder what new spells there are. I really wanna know if you can ride dragons in skyrim or will you be limited to the island. What do you guys think?

    • Andy

      its apparently a shout so you should be able to use it anywhere

    • dravis

      spells so far ive got are conjure ash spawn and conjure ash guardian