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Dimhollow Cavern

Dimhollow Crypt

Dimhollow Crypt is a location featured in the Dawnguard add-on. It is located east of Stonehills, north of the Lord Stone. It is the location of one of the word walls for the shout Drain Vitality, as well as where Serana is trapped.


Dimhollow Crypt[]

Inside the crypt are a number of vampires and their thralls, death hounds, as well as draugr and skeletons.

Dimhollow Cavern[]

Dimhollow Cavern is the largest chamber in Dimhollow Crypt. In Notes on Dimhollow Crypt, Vol. 3, which are found in the cavern, Vigilant Adalvald described it thusly:

"Central to this huge cavern is an island of stone in a subterranean lake. Upon this island is something I can only describe as an elaborate ceremonial construction surrounded by stone columns linked by arches. There is no mistaking the stark contrast in architecture here; no ancient Nords made this stonework. Here, too, were more of the gargoyle statues that I first glimpsed in earlier passageways."

Lokil is one of the vampires guarding the central area. After solving the switch puzzle Serana is reawakened.

Note that a word wall can also be found here. Additionally, there are eight Malachite Ore Veins.


The central inland in the large cave comprises five braziers (in an middle ring) and one central switch. First activate the central switch, note that this infects the Dragonborn.

The push out the the south-west and north braziers, by standing between them and the central switch and activate them. The other tree braziers need to be pushed inward, this time stand outside of the braziers and activating them. This turns on the flames of the braziers. Finally activate the central column again, the Stone Monolith, to free Serana.


Items of Note[]




  • The crypt can be completely explored, even before taking on any of the corresponding Dawnguard quests. And since the enemies do not respawn, the caverns will stay cleared.