The Elder Scrolls Online: How To Become A Vampire Guide (Pro’s & Cons)

How To Become A Vampire In The Elder Scrolls Online
The world of Tamriel can be a frightening place. Undead roam the lands, unknown terrors stalk the shadows and deadly monsters of myth and legend await those unprepared for the trials that lay ahead. Well, you know what they say. If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. This Elder Scrolls Online: How To Become A Vampire Guide will provide all the information you need to become a creature of the night including related pros & cons so you can make an informed decision on the future of your time in Tamriel. So before we break into the detailed aspects of Vampirism and being a member of the undead, let’s first address the question that brought you here.

How To Become A Vampire In The Elder Scrolls Online

In a very similar way to (Pros/Cons/Unlocks) how you become a Werewolf in ESO, players can contract the Vampirism disease from fellow adventurers. A player inflicted with the disease is able to bite another player to infect them with the disease and open the path to becoming a Vampire. The two players must meet at one of the Ritual Shrines in order to partake in the event. Although the easiest method it’s unlikely that you’ll find players just willing to turn you into a Vampire as there’s a 1 week cooldown, as is the same with Werewolves. So although this will be much more common as time passes, early launch days will likely see players reserving this perk for allies and fellow guild members.

Elder Scrolls Online Werewolf And Vampire Giveaway

Your other option, albeit slightly more challenging, is to contract the disease directly from a Vampire. As with the Werewolves, Vampires will randomly spawn in high level locations across all 3 of the main provinces. Some reports suggest that the current Moon Cycle can play an important role although this has yet to be verified. The good news? You only need to get bitten once to contract the disease so potentially you could become a Vampire as soon as you’re able to sustain a couple of attacks from higher level enemies.

Once the disease is active you’ll be given a quest, Scion of the Blood Matron. The completion of the objectives is required in order to either embrace or cure the Vampirism disease. Sadly I have not yet been able to explore this aspect of becoming a Vampire in ESO so the quest could well be too difficult for lower levels. If you have any experience in this field please leave a comment and I’ll be sure to credit your name in the guide. Now you’ve got the basics in hand, let’s take a look at the skills, abilities, pros and cons of Vampires.

It’s also worth noting that neither another player or Vampire enemy can give you the disease if you’re already infected with the Sanies Lupinus disease via Werewolves.

Vampire Skills & Abilities

After you complete the Scion of the Blood Matron quest you’re given the Vampire skill line. These abilities can be accessed in-game via the World Abilities menu, much in the same way as Werewolves. Although you can get some additional information within the game itself I’ve highlighted some of the basic abilities and passive skills so you’re able to gauge whether or not they suit your character and combat style.

As with other skill lines only the Vampire’s active abilities can currently be Morphed. These add a variety of effects to the Vampires skills including additional damage, AoE effects, invisibility bonuses and increased potency during the night cycle.

Ability Name
Ability Description
Ability Type
Morph Opportunity
Drain EssenceStuns target for 3 seconds and deals magic damage to it, while recovering 150% of the damage dealt as health and stamina to you every 1 secondActiveY
Mist FormYou take 75% reduced damage from all sources and are invulnerable to healing and crowd control effects for 3 secondsActiveY
Bat SwarmSummons a swarm of bats dealing damage to all enemies around youActiveY
Savage FeedingAfter feeding your target is off-balance and stunned for 2 secondsPassiveN
Supernatural RecoveryIncreases magicka and stamina recovery by 5%PassiveN
Blood RitualAllows you to turn another player into a Vampire once every 7 days, giving them the Vampire skill linePassiveN
UndeathIncreases damage mitigation by up to 50% when you are below 30% healthPassiveN
Unnatural ResistanceHealth recovery is improved in Vampirism stages 2 through 4PassiveN
Dark StalkerIncreases your movement speed while sneaking and allows you to enter stealth more quickly at nightPassiveN

The Vampires skill lines and approach to combat make it best suited for players that have focused on developing their magicka stat during character progression. In the same way that the Werewolf relies on stamina pool for damage and execution of skills, the Vampire relies on the magicka pool. Therefore if you decide you want to pursue the Vampirism path, it’s best to make the choice early to get maximum benefits from each stat point increase. Either way, you’ll want to make sure you don’t miss any of the Skyshards in Elder Scrolls Online.

Becoming A Vampire In The Elder Scrolls Online – Pros & Cons

Both the Vampire and Werewolf boast an exciting selection of benefits but each also come with their own unique drawbacks. It’s up to you as a player to decide which suits you best, if any. You can quite happily progress through the entire experience as a mere mortal figure if you so wish. The biggest perk for Vampires, especially when compared to the Werewolf, is that there is no transformation. Unlike their furry fiendish friends Vampires do not have to sacrifice the Ultimate Ability slot in order to retain the powers on offer. Couple this with a selection of powerful active powers and some of the best stealth improvement passives in the game and you have two vital ingredients for a deadly Nightblade. Some of the Vampires abilities also increase during the night cycle, making them the perfect hunters once the sun goes down, but also weakening their abilities once it returns. I have not been able to confirm this yet but some suggest that interior/underground/dungeon combat provides the same benefits as night through the absence of direct sunlight. Should this prove true it would be a huge benefit for PvE and shared dungeons. Please leave a comment if you can clarify/quash these claims, I’ll be sure to credit your name in the article.

Although the Vampire appears to be far superior to the Werewolf at first glance, they also come with a deadly selection of weaknesses. The biggest and arguably most troublesome problem with Vampires is the constant need to feed. There are 4 different stages of hunger, labeled in game as stages 1 through 4 (4 being the stage at which the Vampire is most weakened). Every 30 minutes a Vampires strength deteriorates unless the player feeds on an enemy. For each stage players will suffer severe health regeneration penalties and large magicka cost increase for their abilities. I’ve highlighted the main stages below. It’s worth noting that feeding will restore players to Stage 1.

  • Stage 1: 30 minutes; no additional effects.
  • Stage 2: 60 minutes; -25% health regeneration, -20% mana cost for Vampire skills
  • Stage 3: 90 minutes; -50% health regeneration, -40% mana cost for Vampire skills
  • Stage 4: 120 minutes; -75% health regeneration, -60% mana cost for Vampire skill

Another big drawback for Vampires is a severe weakness to fire. They take an additional 50% damage from all fire abilities, in the same way that Werewolves take additional poison damage. However there’s one major difference. There are currently very few poison attacks in the game however Dragonknights, Siege Weapons, Fire Staves and members of the Fighters Guild all boast the ability to deliver large amounts of fire damage. Vampires also belong to the monster type of Undead. This means they also suffer additional damage to abilities that specifically target or offer increase potency against monsters in that category.

Should I Become A Vampire?

Ultimately the choice is yours. You’ve got most of the information needed to make an educated decision based on your personal preference and play style. The Vampire seems more catered towards fans of magicka skills while the Werewolf opts to use stamina. It’s worth noting that you are able to complete a vast majority of the content without ever considering either options (with the exception of the related quests of course) and there’s always the option to cure the disease should you change your mind.

If you’ve yet to make up your mind you can find additional information in our how to unlock the Werewolf in ESO guide or check out our detailed comparison of Vampires and Werewolves.


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  • Sam Currie

    is there a list of the spawn locations?

    • http://www.gamersheroes.com Captain Camper

      Hey Sam. From the very brief opportunity I had at higher levels in beta, I wasn’t able to test enough to be able to supply any factual info on the spawns. From my experience, and a bit of guessing, I would say that any zone Tier 4 zone (40-50) would be eligible for the random spawns. Although I’m not entirely sure of the other factors. Will update once I learn more.

    • http://www.gamersheroes.com/ Captain Camper

      Hey Sam! Sorry for the delay, I wasn’t notified of your comment. Currently I’ve seen players confirm spawns in Cyrodiil and Rift

      • Viktor

        would be nice with screenshot confimation in rift :(

    • http://www.gamersheroes.com/ Captain Camper

      Some additional info has been added. Appears they spawn in higher level zones (30+) depending on the Lunar Cycle at the time.

  • Michael

    Vampirism Stage 4

    • http://www.gamersheroes.com/ Captain Camper

      Well… After a few beers…You never know? ;)

  • Grymmjow

    That’s awesome, I’m still looking/trying to find out where on AD I can get infected. Anyone know?

  • http://www.gamersheroes.com/ Captain Camper

    A Tamriel explorer posted some information on our Werewolf guide that includes some great info for Vamps as well. Contents below:

    Hey guys I’ve got an update that may help. So the spawning of Werewolves
    and Vampires have to do with the lunar Cycle. Today was The new moon so
    Vampires spawned each time it was night time. There is supposedly a two
    day break before the full moon so Werewolves turn to spawn will be
    either on Saturday or Sunday cause Vampires were today. Assuming the
    questline will be somewhat the same for both vampires and werewolves
    expect the quest to be high lvl(38-42) cause that’s how the Vamp quest
    is. You can find these spawns anywhere in high lvl zones like The Rift
    for edonheart and they are scattered throughout the zone. Good Luck to
    all of you monsters out there and hopefully more info on the matter will
    come up soon. Happy hunting.

    From user: http://disqus.com/fallofdemons/

  • http://www.gamersheroes.com/ Captain Camper

    Attention wannabe Vampires!! We’ve just launched a giveaway that gives you the opportunity
    to get infected with either the Werewolf or Vampire disease. Totally
    free to enter, takes just a second :D

    Check the link for more information: http://goo.gl/pgupvr