Skyrim Arvak Vs Shadowmere – Which is better?

How are you finding Dawnguard at the moment? It has been available on the Xbox 360 for a good while now and the new content is packed full of exciting surprises, one of them being a very cool-looking flamed mount called Arvak.

If you haven’t found him yet or are having trouble completing the mission which you have to find Arvak’s Skull, allow us to help you out. Basically during your travels playing through Dawnguard, you’ll come across a soul during the Soul Cairns part of the game who will ask you for help in finding his beloved horse Arvak.

Some people have had a bit of trouble locating the skull, as there isn’t actually a location marker straight away to bring you straight to the item. Instead you find to find it yourself, but it isn’t too difficult if you are already familiar with the large castle in the Soul Cairns.

The castle can be identified by its glowing effects in the sky which are blue in color. From the entrance of the castle, head East until you come across a small broken structure surrounded by pillars. You’ll see Arvak’s Skull floating in the center of the pillows, but you’ll also see some skeletons to kill as well.

Obtaining the Skull grants you access to Arvak, a flaming horse that unlike Shadowmere, can be only be summoned via a conjuration skill from your inventory. However, Arvak doesn’t appear to be very useful in combat, unlike Shadowmere who has retained its fighting capabilities from Oblivion.

Just to point out, summoning Arvak won’t replace Shadowmere or anything like that – so you’ll have to make a choice on which mount you like best. Arvak probably looks the cooler of the two, but then Shadowmere is almost immortal and will help you out when in need, essentially forming a closer bond with the player in our opinion.

Then again, the fact that Arvak can be summoned can come in very useful for times when you are over-encumbered and need to relieve yourself of a few items. A lot of you are pointing out that Arvak also has the better stamina between the two, but Shadowmere still gets the job done in most situations.

If you have already unlocked Arvak, let us know which horse you prefer. After spending all that quality time with Shadowmere in Oblivion, we feel that we just can’t abandon her just because some new flaming badass has entered the scene.

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Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

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