Skyrim's new expansion, Dawnguard, adds a ton of new content for you to explore, but sometimes you just need a really good weapon. We've already shown you the new Dragon Shouts, the new abilities of Werewolves, and the undead power of Vampire Lords. It’s time for you to hit the forge and find that sharp new thing to stab into the hearts of your enemies. For this guide, we’ve scoured every corner of Dawnguard so you won't have to.
You might want to empty out your pockets before you get started on this guide for new weapons and armor in Dawnguard.
Zephyr -- This unique Dwarven Bow can be found during the "Lost to the Ages" quest in Arkngthamz. It's enchanted with a unique ability to fire 30% faster than normal. It's a solid choice for a middle tier bow, but there's a better unique bow in Dawnguard.
Auriel's Bow -- You get this during the main questline in the Forgotten Vale. Not only is it a pretty strong option for a bow with its fast draw time, but it also does extra damage to undead creatures. You can also equip two different types of unique arrows with it: Sunhallowed and Bloodcursed.
Sunhallowed Elven arrows cause the sun to shoot sunbursts at nearby enemies when you shoot them at the sun. Bloodcursed Elven arrows temporarily blot out the sun for a day if you happen to aim for that big ball of fire in the sky. Both arrow types only perform their special abilities when you use them with Auriel’s Bow. You can get more Sunhallowed arrows from Gelebor in the Forgotten Vale, and Serana gives you Bloodcursed arrows after the questline is over.
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Auriel's Shield -- You'll need to find one of the hidden Jewel Paragons in the Forgotten Vale and insert it into the Paragon Portal. Once you use the Ruby Paragon and enter the portal, you'll have to kill a Falmer Warmonger to obtain the unique heavy shield for your own use. Like a lot of the new items, it has a unique enchantment. This massive shield stores up the energy from blocked attacks, and then releases it when you do a power bash.
Shellbug Helmet -- This heavy armor comes from combining Shellbug Chitin and Iron. There's only one instance of Shellbug Chitin in the game: The Forgotten Vale. Head there and search for a group of Falmer and a Shellbug. You have to mine the shellbug to get the material, so try to remember to bring a pickaxe when you go. Taking a pickaxe to this mighty creature will give you enough chitin to make one helmet.
Saint Jiub's Locket -- You'll get this as a reward for finding all 10 pages of Jiub's Opus in the Soul Cairn. It might look like just a necklace, but it has an armor rating, plus it fortifies your Stamina and carry weight by 50 points. This little trinket is a great addition for middle level characters.
Harkon's Sword -- Harkon has it on his body after you kill him. It's not super useful if you've been playing a Vampire Hunter, since its enchantment of absorbing 15 points of Health, Magicka, and Stamina only works for those of the Vampire persuasion.
Aetherial Items -- Completing the quest "Lost to the Ages" gives you the chance to make a one-of-a-kind item. You'll have the ability to make the Aetherial Crown that lets you use the powers of two Gurdian Stones: the Aetherial Shield that makes you ethereal for 15 seconds after blocking, or the Aetherial Staff that gives you the power to summon a Dwarven Spider or Dwarven Sphere of a limited amount of time. If you don’t like any of those options, you can always sell the item for a lot of gold.
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Vampire Royal Armor -- This piece of light armor is a slightly better version of the Vampire Armor. You can find a set in the ruins beneath Castle Volkihar as well as a set on Harkon.
Crossbows -- As one of the major additions to Skyrim, members of Dawnguard will be able to undergo a number of quests to get upgrades for this automated weapon, including various ammo types. Jump through enough quest hoops and you’ll eventually obtain the Enhanced Dwarven Crossbow, a crossbow that ignores 50% of the enemy’s armor.
Dawnguard Armor -- Created in Light and Heavy variants, a full set of either will grant you 25% less damage from Vampire Attacks and Drain Life spells.
Falmer Hardened Armor and Heavy Gear -- These heavy armor versions of Falmer gear are tempered with Chaurus Chitin. This is a relatively strong heavy armor if you haven't quite reached full Ebony sets yet.
Dragonbone Weapons -- Other than the crossbows, these are the only non-unique items added, but they're still worth getting. Not only do they look pretty amazing, these bone white weapons are the strongest in the game from a base damage standpoint. For example, a Dragonbone sword starts three points stronger than a Daedric one. Throw an enchantment on one, and you're all set for just about anything.