Gunmar Assignment Bug Zapper


"Our sense of what's right is what separates us from the vampires. Don't forget that."

Gunmar is a Nord hunter and master trainer in Smithing. He is an old friend of Isran, who mentions that he hates vampires almost as much as Isran himself does.


He looks out for the Dragonborn and will often comment that morality is very important, as it is what separates humans from vampires. Like Isran, he is honorable, though less staunch, more relaxed and more open-minded. Upon first meeting him he exclaims, "By the Eight," suggesting he may have abandoned or rejected Talos worship. His family was killed by vampires, much like Isran's, and he chooses to defend others from vampire attacks, rather than seek revenge.


A New OrderEdit

Isran asks the Dragonborn to find and recruit Gunmar into the Dawnguard. Gunmar can be found outside at the following radiant locations:

If a marker does not appear on the map for Gunmar while in Skyrim, travel to the Solstheim locations.

Fort DawnguardEdit

Once a member of the Dawnguard he will move to Fort Dawnguard. There he will offer a variety of services.


In addition, he will also give radiant quests to slay vampires in a number of locations:


  • "Cozy little place isn't this?"
  • "This is fine for now, but we can't stay holed up here forever."
  • "We can't give up. There's no one else to stand against these monsters."
  • "We'll stop these monsters. We have to; we're the only ones who can."
  • "It's no Warmaiden's, but I've got a decent supply."
  • "What do you need, blades, armor, smithing materials?"



This section contains bugs related to Gunmar. Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:

  1. Please reload an old save to confirm if the bug is still happening.
  2. If the bug is still occurring, please post the bug report with the appropriate system template  360  / XB1  ,  PS3  / PS4  ,  PC  / MAC  ,  NX  , depending on which platform(s) the bug has been encountered on.
  3. Be descriptive when listing the bug and fixes, but avoid having conversations in the description and/or using first-person anecdotes: such discussions belong on the appropriate forum board.
  •  PC   360   PS3   PS4   Gunmar can have upwards of 70,000 on him, due to the fact he seems to not be actually buying any items the Dragonborn attempts to sell him. He accepts the item, but his gold neither decreases, nor does the Dragonborn receive payment. In essence, he gets it for free.
    •  PC(Fix)   Opening the console, click on Gunmar and typing replacing the 20,000 with an amount of that will get Gunmar back below 20,000.
    • Best way to prevent this is to make sure he never has more than 20,000 on him, which means Dragonborn needs to watch how much they pay Gunmar for Smithing training.
  •  360   Should Gunmar's initial encounter occur at Cronvangr Cave or Honeystrand Grove, the bear might not appear, and the Dawnguard storyline will not be able to be advanced by recruiting him.
    • Fix for Cronvangr Cave: Entering the cave before talking to Gunmar may cause the bear to spawn and allow the quest to be continued as normal.
  •  PC   360   Gunmar's initial encounter occurring at Cronvangr Cave can also leave him hostile to the Dragonborn and he will attack on sight, stopping the Dawnguard storyline because he cannot be recruited.
    • Fix: sneak behind him then talk to him
  •  PC   360   PS3   Gunmar may not give the Dragonborn any quests even if other Dawnguard members say he has something for them.
    •  PC(Fix)  : Open the console, and type . The quest will not appear immediately, but when it does, Preemptive Strike or other Gunmar quests will have started. Complete the quest, and Gunmar should have regular dialogue.
  • Gunmar may stand outside Honeystrand Cave and whenever he is approached will simply say, "Mind yourself, there's a vicious bear on the loose." and will not move from the spot, even once all bears are cleared from the area and the cave.
  • Gunmar may not appear in Fort Dawnguard.
  •  PC   PS3   Gunmar may be hostile at Crystaldrift Cave, which can be easily fixed by attacking him until he is down and then waiting 24 hours.
  •  360   Sometimes, Gunmar will still have his dialogue from the end of his recruitment quest when speaking to him at Fort Dawnguard.
  •  PS3   XB1   PS4   360 

Available Gold Bugged[edit]

Okay so trying to confirm this. I've spent money on smithing training with Gunmar and now his available gold always says hugely high numbers but it actually only goes down 750 a most. He'll still buy stuff and it'll think you are getting gold but you won't and his total won't decrease. Lord EydvarTalk | Contribs 22:17, 19 September 2012 (GMT)

Hiring armored trolls[edit]

Can he run out of armored trolls to offer if they die? 01:44, 11 December 2012 (GMT)

Radiant Quests[edit]

For some reason, when I play on the Dawnguard side of the main quest I always seem to be getting most of my radiant quests from Gunmar. Is the probability of receiving radiant quests from Gunmar "higher" than the probability of receiving them from the other Dawnguard members? — Unsigned comment by (talk) at 05:26 on 3 January 2013

Speak with Gunmar for a new assignment[edit]

I have the "Speak with Gunmar for a new assignment, but when I click on him, he doesn't actually have a topic that leads to any assignment. — Unsigned comment by (talk) at 21:16 on 22 February 2013

got this bug too after I finished Ancient Technology. Grelaria (talk) 03:06, 1 July 2013 (GMT)
I've added this to the article as a confirmed bug, hopefully someone else will see it and report a workaround. — ABCface 03:16, 1 July 2013 (GMT)
This bug can be fixed on PC by typing in the console setstage DLC1RH03 10. The quest will not start immediately, but when it does, the quest Preemptive Strike or another quest from Gunmar will begin. Complete the quest, and Gunmar will have regular dialogue.
This doesn't work for me. It doesn't even start the quest, anything else than can be done? 07:42, 28 October 2017 (UTC)

The Bear in Clearspring Cave[edit]

When I follow Gunmar into the cave to kill the bear we find and kill the troll but the bear has been positioned below the floor and we can't kill it. Any way I can bypass this and get Gunmar to go to the Dawnguard? 15:35, 26 January 2014 (GMT)

Bazza14 (talk) 15:44, 26 January 2014 (GMT)

If you ain't on PC then your only option is to reload an earlier save before being given the quest. If you are on PC just go in the cave and enter through the console. — DG#:) 22:04, 19 December 2014 (GMT)

Gold available bug.[edit]

Been searching around online now I've got access to a PC version of the game, and have found a solution to the bug mentioned above where he has loads of gold but it'll only go down down a small amount when selling to him. Seems that merchant gold gets buggy above 32,000, so using (where # is the amount of of gold required to bring their total to below 32,000 gold) will solve this and get them to below sell properly again. Apologies if this has been said elsewhere, thought it might help. AyaHawkeye (talk) 20:03, 16 August 2016 (UTC)

Verification Requested re: Gunmar's change of weapons[edit]

Verification that Gunmar changes his weapon to a Dawnguard War Axe is requested In the following note: "During the quest Kindred Judgment he will change his leveled one-handed weapon to a Dawnguard war axe.[verification needed]"

Gunmar can be clearly seen wielding an ax in the image above the notes section. Does this confirm the weapon change? Gharveynacollectiverepresentative... ;^)Enjoy! 14:11, 20 November 2017 (UTC)

The axe in the image is steel. His leveled list is either Iron, Steel, Orcish, Dwarven, or Elven. It does not contain the Dawnguard axe. However, I see in the quest script that Gunmar is equipped with a Dawnguard axe, shield, crossbow, and steel bolts, so it is verified. Silence is GoldenBreak the Silence 18:48, 20 November 2017 (UTC)


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