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Castle Volkihar Redux
CastleVolkiharRedux IntroPic2
Hold Haafingar
Location North of Northwatch Keep
Type Castle

Castle Volkihar Redux is an extensive modification of Castle Volkihar, a location added in The Elder Scrolls V: Dawnguard which rests on a secluded island in the Sea of Ghosts. The castle serves as the primary base for the Volkihar Vampires. Once the quest Kindred Judgement has been completed as either a Dawnguard vampire hunter  or a Volkihar Clan, the Dragonborn will own the castle and can find many new quests, perks and unique items. This mod was created by DiGiTaL CLeaNeR .

This mod requires the Dawnguard DLC to be installed in order to use it.


Castle Volkihar is located in a previously inaccessible region in the far northwest corner of Skyrim, near the sea border with High Rock. The entrance can initially be accessed via Icewater Jetty, northwest of Northwatch Keep. The castle can also be reached by Ferrymen, or by swimming across the channel. Castle Volkihar is a location added by the Dawnguard DLC.

After the Teleport Tower West has been discovered, a spell tome Return to Castle Volkihar can be found sitting on a lectern just after entering the top floor.


This mod brings the castle far beyond a simple repair from the crumbled dilapidated state in which it is inherited after finishing the Dawnguard questline. It restores the castle to it's former glory by opening every blocked portal making Castle Volkihar the size of a town. It is populated with over 80 new entities: gargoyles , draugr , wrathman , mistman , new Volkihar vampire personalities and a few other creatures.

It also includes custom armor , magic, blessings and weapons influenced by Molag Bal . This mod was published on the Skyrim Steam Workshop February, 28th, 2013. This vampire Dragonborn's home also offers many unique perks such as a blood bath , potion cauldrons, seven additional quests and fifteen follower ready guest rooms.

Marriage partners will have the option to move in once the final Dawnguard quest Kindred Judgement has been completed. There are presently five additional wings added to the castle as well as decorating and populating the existing and unused parts of the castle.

A full FAQ for this mod and many Skyrim issues can be found here on the Steam Workshop .

Vampire LairsEdit

There are three lairs external to Castle Volkihar added by this mod. They are designed to be a safe haven for new vampires starting out who have not yet been able to gain access to the castle when they finally finish the entire Dawnguard DLC questline .

Volkihar Coven Authority HeadquartersEdit

This safe house is similar to any other inn located in Skyrim accept it's exclusive to vampires. It will also serve as the headquarters for the Volkihar Authority which will someday be a new quest line added by this mod in the near future.

Secret SewerEdit

This lair is not available as a home until the quest "The scent of old death " has been completed.

Abandoned HouseEdit

This lair is not available until the quest "Just the bare necessities of life " has been completed.

Towers of the CastleEdit

North Tower VaultEdit

This wing of the castle was designed for storage, display, utility and pleasure. Whether it be to admire accomplishments in loot, prizes or just relaxation. To read more click here .

Master Throne WingEdit

Although this wing of the castle is where the Dragonborn will realize the true throne in Skyrim, it is also where they will find storage, utility and service. To read more click here .

Valerica's Tower (formerly the Ruins )Edit

The Central Tower of Castle Volkihar was left to fall into ruin after Valerica 's escape into the Soul Cairn . Fortunately, with a few hard working vampires, under the watchful eye of their new king, Volkihar has finally been restored to it's former glory and beyond. To read more click here .

East TowerEdit

This wing of the tower provides an armory and training facility, an alchemy lab and eight follower ready rooms. To read more click here .

Daedric South TowerEdit

Prior to the time Harkon and his army inhabited the castle, there was a tower where powerful daedric artifacts and prized magical trophies were displayed. When the quest The Forgotten Tower is completed, it will be a fully restored part of the castle once more. To read more click here .

Teleport Tower WestEdit

Valerica brought her knowledge of the soul cairn 's teleportation magic to the castle. A special teleportation wing has been added. It includes two teleportation networks, one for the castle internally and six major cities: Solitude , Windhelm , Winterhold , Riften , Whiterun and Markarth . To read more click here

Volkihar KeepEdit

The Volkihar Guild Hall and it's inhabitants have been virtually left untouched accept for adding decorative objects, gargoyles and two doors. A trap door to the Undercroft and one to the East Tower . To read more click here


The following dungeons are located inside Castle Volkihar

Gargoyle Lair EntranceEdit

Access to this cavern is gained from Gargoyle Point. The castle's foundation has caverns below it. An ancient tower inside the cavern provides access to the Gargoyle King's lair. To read more click here .

Gargoyle King's LairEdit

This medium sized dungeon plays host to the gargoyle army and its leaders. The Stone Gaurdians and finally the Gargoyle King himself. Access to this dungeon is gained through the gargoyle king's entrance cave .

Secret CaveEdit

The secret cave has 2 entrances and an exit. One entrance is near the start of the peer that goes to the Volkihar Shipyard on the North West side of the island. The other is an old well hidden in the north west corner of the Volkihar courtyard. To read more click here .

Volkihar Undercroft CVREdit

The undercroft was originally an old escape tunnel out of the castle. After installing Castle Volkihar Redux and the Dawnguard quest touching the sky has been completed, the undercroft transforms into a underground vampire flea market.  To read more click here .

Volkihar CourtyardEdit

Once CVR is installed and "Touching the Sky " has been completed, the Volkihar Courtyard will upgrade into a virtual paradise. To read more click here .

Physical Training WingEdit

Castle Volkihar Redux also has a continuous supply of enemies to kill in the Physical Training Wing . This room is an arena styled combat simulator which allows the Dragonborn to spawn as many enemies as wanted by pulling levers. Either ranged or hand to hand options are available.

Unique ItemsEdit

Gargoyle King's Subduer'sEdit

Two etheral swords are added with this mod. The Gargoyle King's Subduer and the Gargoyle Kings offhand. Both are well enchanted. More information can be found by clicking the "Weapons" link above this paragraph.


Robes of the minions of Molag Bal. These highly enchanted robes help Molag's minions carry out his desires throughout the plane of Tamriel and beyond. More information can be found by clicking the "Armor" link above this paragraph.


Several books are added to the game by this mod. Click the "Books" link above this paragraph for further information.

Spell TomesEdit

Several spell tomes are added to the game by this mod. Click the "Spell Tomes" link above this paragraph for more information.

Blood CauldronEdit

Blood cauldron's and Blood Buckets allow the Dragonborn to create blood potions . This mod and these blood potions require the Dawnguard DLC. These are unique items added to the game by CVR.

Blood BathEdit

If the Dragonborn has chosen the dark gift from Harkon in the Dawnguard quest bloodline , or has Sanguinare Vampiris and has turned into a vampire , the Dragonborn will then able to benefit from the blood bath's full effects. Non vampires will simply get cured of all diseases.

Molag Bal ShrineEdit

Castle Volkihar Redux add's a unique shrine to Molag Bal which bestows a very hefty set of gifts. When successfully used the shrine gives a well fed buff for vampires, sneak and muffle are increased by 35% for eight hours and Illusion is permenantly increased by 70 points.

NPC Follower'sEdit

There are 72 unique follower ready NPC's added by this mod. Draugr guards , gargoyle sentries , new Volkihar vampires , a Hagraven witch, thralls and a daedric spider .

Minions of Molag BalEdit

Minion's of Molag Bal have already passed the right of ascension into the plane of Cold Harbor , Molag Bal's domain. Once there, they were sent back to Tamriel /Skyrim to bring more initiates into the fold.

Draugr Castle GuardsEdit

Once controlled by Harkon , the castle guards now serve the Dragonborn . Draugr guards will automatically patrol Castle Volkihar inside and out once the quest Kindred Judgement has been completed.

Gargoyle Volkihar GuardianEdit

Gargoyle Volkihar Guardians will automatically populate Castle Volkihar inside and out once the quest It's good to be king has been completed. 

Volkihar HorseEdit

An undead horse named Shadow has been added to a stable outside Castle Volkihar the moment Castle Volkihar Redux mod is installed. A summonable version of the Volkihar horse  is also available.

Namira's GiftEdit

Namira's Gift is a unique custom made NPC added by Castle Volkihar Redux mod . The spider is enhanced to be a far better combatant than it's vanilla counter parts. 

NPC EnemiesEdit

Castle Volkihar Redux add's a few enemies to populate it's dungeons. Namely the Gargoyle king and his subjects gargoyle sentinels , a few feral vampiresbonemen and some enemy draugr .

Castle Volkihar Redux also has a continuous supply of enemies to kill in the Physical Training Wing . This room is an arena styled combat simulator which allows the Dragonborn to spawn as many enemies as wanted by pulling levers. Either ranged or hand to hand options are available.

The Gargoyle KingEdit

The Gargoyle king is the main boss in the quest It's good to be king. Twice the size of any ordinary sentinel but also twice as powerful! The vampire alliance with the gargoyles can only be kept as long as they are subdued.

Gargoyle Stone GuardiansEdit

Gargoyle SentinelsEdit

Gargoyles are creatures that appear in The Elder Scrolls V: Dawnguard. They are allied with vampires, and are typically encountered disguised as what look like regular stone statues.

Feral VampireEdit

Vampires are one of the enemies featured in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and its plug-in, Dawnguard. They are individuals afflicted with the disease Sanguinare Vampiris. The disease causes drastic physical and biological changes that are permanent if not cured within three days. Among these changes include a heightened vulnerability to sunlight and fire and an increased resistance to frost. All benefits and inhibitions are sustained by the consumption of blood.


Bonemen have an appearance similar to skeletons, but their bones are much darker and their eye sockets glow white. Although they may look fragile and have a similar appearance to their weaker relatives, Bonemen are powerful foes, difficult to fight even in the mantle of the Vampire Lord.


Draugr are undead Nordic warriors of Skyrim. It is believed that draugr once served the Dragon Priests; some even know several words of power.


Volkihar Front EntranceEdit

This is the main entrance to the castle. After the Dawnguard quest Kindred Judgement is completed.

  • A stable is added to the left side of the bridge. Horses will now automatically stable there when fast traveling to the front of the castle.
  • The exterior towers have been repaired.

Volkihar Docks/ShipyardEdit

A shipyard can be found on the north-west side of the island. The shipyard can be upgraded twice through completing quests.

  • Each crafting station gives a 25% buff to all items created or tempered.
  • There are two safe storage containers on the dock and a trash barrel nearby for unwanted items. 
  • Several follower ready Volkihar Guards patrol nearby.
  • Bonfire's have been added to either side of the Shipyard to attract more trade and prey into the castle at the completion of related quests .

Ships and BoatsEdit

The ship and a boat can be used to travel to the following destinations. 

Ship destinations:

Boat destinations:


Castle Volkihar BalconiesEdit

In addition to the existing balcony attached to Valerica's Study, where the Soul Cairn  portal is still located after CVR has been installed. Another balcony to the East Tower and a tower above the Volkihar Docks/Shipyard are also added to the exterior of the castle.

Secret Cave EntranceEdit

A secret cave entrance becomes available after completing the Dawnguard quest Kindred Judgement. It is located on the north west side of the island near the second stable where a Volkihar horse is stabled.

Gargoyle PointEdit

A platform and large gargoyle door has been added to the north side of the Volkihar island known as Garoyle Point . The boat that travels there will be available in the shipyard after starting the quest It's good to be King.


Releasing the CovenEdit

This quest is added by Castle Volkihar Redux mod and becomes available as soon as the Dawnguard quest: Kindred Judgement is completed and Auriels bow has been acquired. The Dragonborn must travel to Castle Volkihar before the quest will trigger;. If the Dragonborn already had Auriels bow prior to installing this mod, they will need to go in and out of the castle to initiate the quest.

Fortify VolkiharEdit

Becomes available after the Dragonborn completes Releasing the coven and has gone outside to the Volkihar docks. During this quest the Dragonborn will create three draugr guards. Two of the guards will now patrol the daedric south tower and the last guard will patrol the undercroft. This quest also shows how to enable the portal to the Forgotten Vale and how to clean and decorate the master throne wing's catacombs.

It's Good to be KingEdit

Becomes available when the Dragonborn has completed the Dawnguard quest Kindred Judgement and has exited the guild hall (Volkihar keep). If the Dragonborn has already completed Kindred Judgement prior to installing Castle Volkihar Redux, it will be necessary to enter and exit the guild hall to initiate this quest.

Port of CallEdit

Becomes available after completing the quest Releasing the Coven and the Dragonborn has moved in and out of any of the castle's interior areas to the exterior of the castle. Allows the upgrade of the Volkihar docks to a port of call. This adds lit bonfires, shipping signs, crates, a merchant booth and a coffin. Once completed captain Wheeler will begin selling Volkihar real blood (potion of blood ) across Skyrim which yields a monthly income of 5,500 gold. Captain Wheeler will travel to the Dawnstar and Winterhold jetties and the Solitude and Windhelm docks. When he returns to the Volkihar docks each month the Dragonborn must ask him for the gold.

The Forgotten TowerEdit

Becomes available after the Dragonborn completes the Castle Volkihar Redux quests Releasing the Coven and Port of Call and has moved into the master throne wing . This quest opens up a new tower in the castle, the daedric south Tower . It has both daedric and aedric displays for specific artifacts as well as weapon display cases and mannequins.

Keep em ComingEdit

Becomes available after completing Releasing the Coven, Port of call and The Forgotten Tower. The Dragonborn has moved from the daedric south tower into the master throne wing. The quest opens up the thrall prison in the master throne wing catacombs. It gives the option to spawn two essential death hound followers. A lever that spawns vampire cattle appears near the cage door on completion of this quest.

The Scent of old Death (starts in Solitude - hideout for start vampires)Edit

Becomes available when Solitude is discovered. The Dragonborn will not be able to find the first quest marker until inside the actual city. This quest awards a vampire lair when completed. Feral vampires will find their way back from time to time. This safe house includes coffins, vampire cattle , an alchemy lab, and blood bucket for creating blood potions.

Just the Bare Necessities of Life (starts in Windhelm - Hideout for start vampires)Edit

This quest starts when the Dragonborn opens up the housing area of Windhelm through the Skyrim quest Blood on the Ice and they must exit and enter Windhelm once again. This home comes with a coffin, blood bucket and a storage safe chest.


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  • After finishing the quest "touching the sky" the exterior of the castle is repaired.
  • Namira's gift will be bestowed when placing Namria's ring on her shrine in the south tower.
  • Display's for all dragon priest masks and claws can be found in the "north tower".
  • The castle's courtyard is completely restored. Beauty and tranquility await!
  • The "master throne wing" will make the dragonborn feel like the true king of skyrim, as it should be.
  • Master throne wing now has a study. Meetings Monday, Wednesday and Friday's at 6:30pm.
  • Volkihar's exterior is heavily guarded.
  • Valerica's Tower is heavily guarded.
  • Rescue the boy from the witch in the secret cave.
  • 15 follower ready rooms throughout the castle
  • Alter of Molag Bal gives a serious buff.
  • North Tower vault storage is safe through any updates!
  • Blood bath gives unique buff, well fed & strips off follower & players armor
  • Refurbished and decorated the guild hall & Harkon's cathedral.
  • Teleport Tower west gives access to both internal and external teleportation.
  • Secret vampire tavern in valerica's Tower, with live entertainment 24x7.
  • Box seats follower ready valerica's Tower tavern.
  • Master throne sleeping quarters (spouse ready!).
  • Live training east Tower - Pull a lever, see what comes out!
  • On completion of the quest: Releasing the coven, the Dragonborn will expand the empire!
  • Valerica's Tower has a secret vampire tavern.
  • 4 New Balconies throughout the castle, east, west & the courtyard.
  • Follow the ghost nearly headless Nick! He will lead a tour of the castle.
  • 4 bards take turns singing automatically in Valerica's Tower Tavern
  • Luxurious Bathing & Swimming Pool, 5 bathers included 3 female 2 male
  • Temple of Molag Bal.
  • Vampires from all over Skyrim will come to barter and join in Volkihar's Pleasures
  • Alchemy Parlor East Tower 25% buff to all potions made & Max Trainer Merchant
  • Internal Teleport System Coupled with Teleport Home Spell makes all 30 strides away
  • Teleport Tower West
  • Blood crafthing stations all over the castle.
  • Molag Bal's day walker's hood.
  • Completing the quest "fortify the castle" opens up this portal to the vale.
  • The Gargoyle King
  • Daedric and Aedric displays of all kinds in the daedric south Tower.
  • Gargoyle point - A new undiscovered area for the quest "It's good to be king".
  • Molag Bal's robes of worship - See Molag's picture on the back
  • Collect and display dragon claws in the North Tower Vault.
  • More daedric displays shown here in the daedric south tower.
  • NPC's and guards have extensive movement packs. This is Selene practicing with her swords.
  • The undercroft is now an underground vampire black flea market.
  • Option for the Dragonborn's spouse to move into castle, when the quest kindred completed.
  • Not only is Harkon's cathedral restored, the Dragonborn can now get a blessing there.
  • Craftable Molag Bal worshipper's robes can be found at the forge under misc
  • New weapon's from Coldharbor await the Dragonborn in the quest "It's good to be king
  • If this head is restored, the Dragonborn will get a tour giude. Valerica's Tower.
  • Cookies can be found all over the castle.
  • Unique and powerful bosses
  • Look for my other Plugin mods that upgrade the castle. Attitude Adjustment.
  • The Dragonborne's spouse will be found here or sleeping in the master vampire wing's coffins.
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