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Vampirism | Tips

This guide for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim provides information on how to become a vampire in the game. It also discusses the different stages of vampire hunger, the advantages and disadvantages of being a vampire, and how to remove the vampire curse.

  • Basic information
  • How to become a vampire?
  • Main principles of being a vampire
  • Vampire hunger stages
  • Advantages and disadvantages of being a vampire
  • Removing the vampire curse

Basic information

Vampirism is more like a curse or a disease than an opportunity. Becoming a vampire gives you access to new skills and powers, and your character becomes stronger in certain situations. However, you also face many restrictions and complications. The most severe scenario is when you become a vampire on hunger (stage 4 of hunger), when NPCs flee or attack you on sight, which can be a problem when completing quests. It is recommended that you read this section of the guide to learn how to control your hunger and how to remove vampirism.

Note: The main character cannot become a vampire if they are already a werewolf. This is to prevent uncontrollable transformations. If you are already a werewolf and want to play as a vampire, you must remove the lycanthropy curse, which is discussed in the Lycanthropy section of this chapter.

How to become a vampire?

You can catch vampirism the same way you catch most diseases: by coming into contact with a certain type of enemy. You can only be turned if you are infected by a person who is already a vampire. Many locations in the game’s world are inhabited by vampires. Most vampires you encounter will be hostile, but some will try to be friendly and hide their true nature (you can provoke them to attack you). During your fights with vampires, you should notice that they use a spell called Vampiric Drain (see the screen above). This spell has a small chance of infecting the victim with vampirism and making them a candidate for becoming a vampire (it does not happen right away).

You will know that you are on the right path to becoming a vampire when the game informs you in the top left corner of the screen that you have caught a disease called Sanguinare Vampiris. This disease will also appear in your active effects window (see the screen above), indicating the curse and temporary health loss.

The main character in the game is about to transform into a vampire, but the process will be slow. The player will receive messages at dusk and twilight for the next three days, which will inform them about the character’s strange thirst and weakness to sunlight. Additionally, the screen will distort.

It is important to act quickly if the player does not want the main character to become a vampire. Once the character is a vampire, it will be tough to reverse the transformation. There are two ways to stop the process. The first way is to drink a potion that cures all diseases, and the second is to visit a shrine to receive a blessing. A temple located in Whiterun or Markarth is an easy way to find a shrine.

After three days, the vampire transformation process will be complete. The player will receive a message about the vampire blood boiling in their veins. The character’s appearance will also change slightly (as shown on the screen).

Main Principles of Being a Vampire

Once the main character has transformed into a vampire, they become addicted to drinking blood from innocent civilians (as shown on the screen). The longer it has been since their last “meal,” the hungrier they will feel. This has both advantages and disadvantages. On the positive side, the player can access new and more powerful vampire abilities. On the negative side, the player must figure out how to hide their true nature and deal with vampire weaknesses. If the player advances to the fourth stage of vampire hunger, they will be unable to hide their nature and will become a target of the people of Skyrim.

Drinking blood is not as simple as it sounds. The player cannot drink blood from a conscious or recently deceased person. The only way to drink blood is by interacting with a sleeping person. If the player is already a thief or assassin, it will be easier to stay undetected. It is best to start hunting at night when most NPCs are asleep.

If your vampire hasn’t reached the final stage of hunger, it will be easier for them to find victims as they can enter all areas, including bedrooms. Places like barracks, castles, and estates are good options. However, if your vampire has reached the last stage of hunger, it becomes more challenging to find potential targets as they are not allowed to enter cities or populated areas. In this case, one has to rely on finding huts located far away from civilization, hunter campsites, and khajiit caravans. Additionally, one should use potions and spells like invisibility and silent movement to stay hidden while searching for people to feed on.

To drink someone’s blood, approach the sleeping person without waking them up, interact by pressing the E key, and choose the left option from the actions list. It’s critical to ensure that the feeding is not interrupted by anyone. Drinking blood satisfies hunger for some time and reverts the vampire back to the first stage of hunger. However, notes should be made to avoid waiting too long and suddenly reaching level four of hunger.

The first stage of hunger is active when one becomes a vampire for the first time, and they are also reverted back to this stage each time they drink someone’s blood. This stage comes with various changes, including receiving active powers like Vampire’s Servant, Vampire’s Sight, and effects like Champion of the Night, Nightstalker’s Footsteps, Immune to Disease, Resist Frost, Immune to Poison, Weakness to Fire, Weakness to Sunlight, and a Destruction spell called Vampiric Drain. It’s essential to note that one can learn more about these powers and effects by opening the magic and active effects tabs.

STAGE 2

If the main character abstains from drinking new blood for a certain period, they can “advance” to this stage. An image distortion will appear, accompanied by a message stating that their vampire powers are strengthening when hungry. Stage 2 retains all the powers and effects from Stage 1, but some are modified, and new ones are added to the list. Below is a complete list of changes:

  1. The active power Vampire’s Servant can revive dead bodies for 60 seconds to fight alongside the main character.
  2. An effect called Resist Frost increases the main character’s resistance to frost damage by 50%.
  3. An effect called Weakness to Fire reduces the main character’s resistance to fire damage by 50%.
  4. An effect called Weakness to Sunlight reduces health, mana, and stamina by 30 points during the day.
  5. The active power Vampire’s Seduction prevents people and creatures on level 10 or lower from escaping (it works for 30 seconds).
  6. The spell Vampiric Drain allows the main character to absorb three points per second of the target’s health.

STAGE 3

If the main character still doesn’t drink new blood after some time has passed, they can “advance” to this stage. An image distortion will appear, accompanied by a message stating that their vampire powers are strengthening when hungry. Stage 3 retains all the powers and effects from Stages 1 and 2, but some are modified. Below is a complete list of changes:

  1. The active power Vampire’s Servant can revive powerful dead bodies for 60 seconds to fight alongside the main character.
  2. An effect called Resist Frost increases the main character’s resistance to frost damage by 75%.
  3. An effect called Weakness to Fire reduces the main character’s resistance to fire damage by 75%.
  4. An effect called Weakness to Sunlight reduces health, mana, and stamina by 45 points during the day.
  5. The spell Vampiric Drain allows the main character to absorb four points per second of the target’s health.

STAGE 4

If the main character continues to abstain from drinking new blood for an extended period, they can “advance” to the final stage. An image distortion will appear, accompanied by a message stating that their vampire powers are strengthening when hungry. Stage 4 retains all the powers and effects from Stages 1-3, but some are modified, and new ones are added to the list. Below is a complete list of changes:

The active power Vampire’s Servant can revive powerful corpses to fight alongside the main character for a limited time. An effect called Resist Frost increases resistance to frost damage while Weakness to Fire reduces resistance to fire damage. Weakness to Sunlight reduces health, mana, and stamina during the day. Embrace of Shadows grants temporary invisibility and improved sight once a day. All inhabitants of Skyrim will become hostile towards the main character if they are a vampire. Vampiric Drain is a spell that allows the main character to absorb the target’s health.

It is recommended to prevent the main character from advancing to stage four of vampire hunger as it can temporarily prevent interaction with others and completing quests. Returning to stage one is difficult as victims must be found outside of big cities. The bonus to resistance to frost attacks is the only significant advantage of being a vampire. Disadvantages include the inability to control the curse, constant monitoring of hunger levels, penalties to health, mana, and stamina, and reduced resistance to fire.

Turning into a vampire should be considered a possibility rather than a necessity. Players must pay attention to hunger levels and save the game often. Lycanthropy may be a better option for those who do not want additional problems.

Removing the Vampire Curse

It’s important to remember that if you want to prevent transformation from a human to a vampire, you can use cure disease potions and shrines that are mainly found in temples. The tips mentioned below are only to be used if the transformation has already taken place and the main character has become a “full” vampire.

To unlock the first method of getting rid of vampirism, you need to go to one of the inns in Skyrim and talk to the innkeeper. Ask about the latest gossip and you might hear about a mage named Falion who lives in Morthal and studies vampires. The game should automatically unlock a side quest called “Rising at Dawn.” You must read its description to find out how to find Falion and how to get rid of the curse with his help (he will require a filled black gem).

The second method of getting rid of the curse is to fulfill all the requirements to become a werewolf. This means you will have to join a group of warriors called the Companions who occupy a Jorrvaskr sanctuary in Whiterun. Start doing quests for the Companions and you’ll have a chance to turn into a werewolf for the first time while completing the Silver Hand quest (shown above). This is when the vampire curse will be lifted. Make sure to read the chapter about the Companion quests and the section about lycanthropy for more details.

Remember that even if you get rid of vampirism (or stop the transformation), you can still become a vampire again if you catch the disease later in the game. The only exception is if you have decided to turn into a werewolf because people affected by lycanthropy are immune to all diseases, including vampirism.

FAQ

What are some common hints that someone is a vampire?

There are several common hints that someone may be a vampire. One of the most obvious is their aversion to sunlight. Vampires are known for being nocturnal creatures and may become ill or weakened when exposed to the sun. Another hint is their need for blood. While some vampires may subsist on animal blood or synthetic alternatives, many require human blood to survive. Additionally, vampires may have heightened senses, such as a heightened sense of smell or hearing, and may exhibit unusual physical abilities, such as superhuman strength or speed.

Can someone become a vampire or is it only inherited?

While vampire lore often includes the idea of being bitten and turned into a vampire, it is also possible for someone to be born into vampirism. Some cultures believe that vampirism can be inherited genetically, while others believe it can be passed down through family curses or supernatural events. It is also possible for someone to become a vampire through a ritual or spell, depending on the specific beliefs and practices of the culture or community in question. However, it is important to remember that vampirism is a fictional concept and not a real medical condition or supernatural ability.

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