Skyrim Dragonborn DLC met with starting problems

By Daniel Chubb - Dec 6, 2012

Getting on the longboat in Skyrim’s Dragonborn DLC is not so simple for certain Xbox 360 gamers, and these players are having problems getting started with the 3rd downloadable content. We touched on how to start the Dragonborn DLC a couple of days ago, but it seems that these instructions are resulting in different experiences for gamers. You might end up at the docks in Windhelm and find no way to travel to Solstheim.

If you head to Windhelm and can’t find Gjalund Salt-Sage, then the solution might be much simpler than you think. The majority of gamers experiencing problems starting the Skyrim Dragonborn DLC have not reached a certain point in the main quest line, which is The Horn Of Jurgen Windcaller. For whatever reason, if you haven’t reached this point in the main quest then you will need to complete that first.

Once you’re at this point you’ll be approached by masked men with a note that leads you to the Windhelm docks where you’ll be able to board the Northern Maiden to Solstheim. You can read more about this in our earlier article, which includes a screenshot of the note and the man, Gjalund Salt-Sage, you’ll find at the docks when the Dragonborn DLC is working right.

Problems with Skyrim Dragonborn DLC on Xbox 360 – following the release of Dragonborn we’ve seen a few of PR’s readers share issues they’re having, which mainly focus on getting started. One gamer said “arrived at Windhelm, the boat that takes you to the island wasn’t there“. This made some people feel they need to complete Dawnguard first, although this isn’t the case but strangely some gamers claim they can’t start the Dragonborn DLC even after finishing The Horn of Jurgen Windcaller. Have you noticed any other problems with the Dragonborn DLC, and are you able to start the latest add-on?

We have also noticed that dragon riding is limited to areas that you can fast travel to, and the flight is limited but you do gain control of the dragons powers. What do you think of the dragon riding?

Are you excited about the Skyrim Dragonborn DLC? Most people know that the PC and PS3 won’t see Dragonborn until early next year, although if you’re on one of the other platforms will you still be interested in playing this expansion next year, or have you moved onto another game? Personally we’ve loved the Dragonborn DLC so far, and while it’s early days this seems like the best add-on for Skyrim yet. It is also worth pointing out that the possibility of Hearthfire and Dawnguard reaching the PS3 looks increasingly doubtful considering the latest developments.

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