Welcome to the Vampire Guide for the Elder Scrolls Online. You might ask yourself how good is a Vampire in ESO? The guide here is split in three parts and will explain all aspects of Vampirism. First we are going to take a look at the basics, the second part is about the Vampire mechanics and in the last part we are taking a look at advanced things such as how and why Vampire is used in PvE and PvP.
Table of Contents
Part 1 – Basics
- What is Vampirism and how to get infected
- Vampire Shrine Locations for all Alliances
- Vampire Quest
- Appearance as Vampire
- Cure Vampirism
Part 2 – Mechanics
- Vampire Levels & Leveling
- Vampire Stages
- How to increase or decrease Vampire Stages
- Vampire Abilities & Passives
- Vampire best Race?
- Vampire Sets
Part 3 – Advanced
Part 1 – Vampire Basics
What is Vampirism and how to get infected
Vampirism in the Elder Scrolls Online is also known as “Sanguinare Vampiris”. It is an affliction your character can catch that has benefits and drawbacks. Before you can get Vampirism, you need to be infected by “Noxiphilic Sanguivoria/Vampirism”. Once you have this debuff in your character sheet, you have to complete a quest in order to turn into a full Vampire.
There are three different ways how you can get Vampirism in ESO. You can simply purchase Vampirism via Crown Store, this will instantly turn you into a Vampire. You can get infected by another player or via a Bloodfiend NPC, once infected you have the debuff “Noxiphilic Sanguivoria/Vampirism” on you. With this debuff you can go to one of the three Vampire Shrines to complete the quest and turn into a Vampire.
Crown Store Method
The easiest way to turn into a Vampire is by purchasing Vampirism via Crown Store. It costs a total of 1500 Crowns, which is a lot and usually not worth it because the other two ways cost nothing and it takes around 20 minutes to finish the process with the quest.
Infection from Bloodfiend NPCs Method
The most difficult way to get infected is via Bloodfiends that can be found in Reaper’s March, Bangkorai and The Rift. They usually spawn around midnight and vanish in the morning during the Blood Moon phase. They don’t spawn every night, it is quite tricky to actually find them and even if they damage you the infection is not guaranteed, you might have to try several times. I don’t recommend trying to get it this way, getting infected via another player is way easier and will be explained below.
Infection from other Players Method (recommended)
The easiest way to get Vampirism without having to pay via Crown Store is getting a bite from another player that already has Vampirism. To get infected by another player, you need to be close to one of the Vampire Shrines and you need to make sure that the player that will infect you has the Blood Ritual skill unlocked. Players that are already infected with Lycanthropy, can not be infected by Vampirism.
Vampire Shrine and Bloodfiend Locations for all Alliances
Here is a map of the three Zones (Reaper’s March, Bangkorai and The Rift) where you can find the shrines and the Bloodfiends.
- Reaper’s March (Aldmeri Dominion)
- Bangkorai (Daggerfall Covenant)
- The Rift (Ebonheart Pact)
After you have been bitten, make sure to read the Ceremonial Scrolls and enter the “Monument of Lamae Bal” Dungeon. Once you have entered the dungeon, talk to the NPC with the quest marker. Now just follow the quest log and check out my pictures below, all you have to do is go to the two basins, first on the right side and then to the left side. You have to watch the vision on each basin, once done make sure to destroy the monument, like you can see in the picture below, step 1 to step 6.
Once you have finished those six steps, you have to go to the middle into the pool filled with blood. Lamae Bal will appear and start the ritual. Your health will drain, but don’t worry, you aren’t going to die!
After the ritual is finished, you are obliged to kill 10 Worm Assassins in the cave once you go through that door on the right side of the area. I marked all the Worm Assassins on the map, so you don’t miss any of them. Once past the door, you have to jump down into the water, you will not receive any damage so just go ahead.
Here you can find all the locations of the Worm Assassins that you need to kill in order to complete the quest.
After you have killed all the Worm Assassins in the cave, you can return to Lamae Bal, she will give you the Vampire Skill-line as a reward, congratz!
Appearance as Vampire
Once you are a Vampire, your appearance will change. Your skin gets more pale with every Vampire stage. Check out the following picture where I showcase the different stages with the skin color.
In case you want to create a very spooky vampire, I can recommend a combination of a few things like here. Dark colors like black and red fit well with the looks of a Vampire. Styles like Fang Lair, Stormlord, Glenmoril Wyrd can also make for pretty good combinations for your outfit. Personalities that you could use that work well with Vampire are the Worm Wizard, Telvanni Magister, Douchess or Scholar.
Here is one example of how your Vampire could look like:
Shoulders: Stormlord Pauldrons – CAB
Chest: Fang Lair Cuirass – CAB/HC/HC
Hands: Glenmoril Wyrd Gloves – CAB/HC/CAB
Belt: Glenmoril Wyrd Sash – HC
Legs: Malacath Greaves – CAB/HC/HC
Boots: Fang Lair Shoes – CAB/CAB
Weapon: Bloodspawn staff – CAB/HC/CAB
Used Dyes: CAB = Coldharbour Ash Black, HC = Hollowfang Cruor
There are a few ways how you can hide the vampire pale skin. All these pictures here have been taken with Vampirism Stage 4 active. The skins that you see here all hide Vampirism:
- Meridian Purified Skin
- Blackmarrow Necromancer Skin
- Maormer Skin
- Decayed Zombie Skin
- Arctic Rime Skin
- Peryite’s Afflicted Skin
Curing Vampirism can be done in two ways. You can find a NPC in the last zone of the base game in the Mages Guild building and ask him to cleanse the curse for a small amount of gold or you can buy a cure vampire token from the crown store, which would be a total waste of money because this method here only costs around 693 gold and takes 5 minutes to complete.
- Ebonheart Pact: The Rift in the Riften town Mages Guild building.
- Aldmeri Dominion: Reaper’s March in the Rawl’kha town Mages Guild building.
- Daggerfall Covenant: Bangkorai in the Evermore town Mages Guild building.
Part 2 – Mechanics
In the second part we are going to take a closer look at all the mechanics of Vampires. There are benefits and drawbacks to each Vampire stage in ESO, we are also going to take a look at the skills and passives. There are also a few things to mention about races and sets for Vampires.
There are a total of 10 Vampire Levels that will unlock both active and passive perks.
Ultimate & Skills for Vampire
1. Blood Scion Ultimate
The Blood Scion Ultimate lets you transform into a Vampire Lord for a short duration and boost your stats like crazy.
2. Eviscarate Skill
The Eviscerate skill is the spammable ability from the Vampire skill-line. Depending on what morph you choose the skill either costs Health or Magicka.
3. Blood Frenzy Skill
The Blood Frenzy skill is a toggle that can be activated or deactivated at any time. It boosts your Weapon and Spell Damage by a lot but drains Health.
4. Vampiric Drain Skill
The Vampiric Drain skill lets you channel an attack that will deal Magic Damage and heal you for some of the damage done. Depending on what morph you choose you either get Stamina or Ultimate bkac.
5. Mesmerize Skill
The Mesmerize Skill is an AoE stun that can be used against enemies. The stun cannot be blocked.
6. Mist Form Skill
The Mist Form skill is a toggle that allows you to mitigate 75% of incoming damage.
Passives for Vampire
7. Feed Passive
The Feed passive lets you feed on enemies, if you feed on enemies your Vampire Stage will increase.
8. Dark Stalker Passive
The Dark Stalker passive lets you ignore the movement speed penalty while sneaking. It also decreases the time it takes to enter sneak by 50%.
9. Strike from the Shadows Passive
The Strike from the Shadows passive requires Vampire Stage 2 or higher. You will gain 300 Spell and Weapon damage when you leave sneak, invisibility or Mist Form toggle.
10. Blood Ritual Passive
The Blood Ritual passive allows you to infect another player with the Vampire infection.
11. Undeath Passive
The Undeath passive requires Vampire Stage 3 or higher. It reduces your damage taken by up to 30% based on your missing Health.
12. Unnatural Movement Passive
The Unnatural Movement passive requires Vampire Stage 4 or higher. It reduces the cost of sprint by 50%. If you sprint for more than 3 seconds, you automatically become invisible.
Note: Vampire will naturally level up while you are getting normal experience. If you get more experience per hour, you will also reach level 10 quicker.
There are a total of four different vampire stages, each stage comes with benefits and drawbacks, you have to make sure to pick the right stage for your needs. As you can see, if you are a stage 1 Vampire, you will have no drawbacks in combat but also no benefits. That means you don’t have to cleanse Vampirism every time you are doing fire heavy content, you can instead just reduce your stage to 1 and get no drawbacks.
- Stage 1
- Stage 2
- -30% Health Recovery
- +8% Extra Fire Damage
- +5% Regular Ability Cost
- -10% Vampire Ability Cost
- Strike from the Shadows is active
- Stage 3
- Stage 4
How to increase or decrease Vampire Stages
- Feed on NPCs to increase your Vampire Stage.
- If you are drinking the Corrupting Bloody Mara you will instantly jump to stage 4 Vampirism.
- If you don’t feed on NPCs the stages will decrease over long periods of time.
- Use the Purifying Bloody Mara Drink, every Double Bloody Mara Drink will reduce your Vampire stage by 1.
Vampire Abilities & Passives
You can also find a full list of all Vampire skills and abilities on https://eso-skillbook.com/skillline/vampire.
- Blood Frenzy
- Vampiric Drain
- Mist Form
Vampire best Race?
Vampires take extra damage from fire, therefore Dark Elf (Dunmer) is one of the good choices that you can pick. Dark Elves have increased fire resistance, it can therefore reduce the extra damage you take from fire as a Vampire. The second choice would be a Breton, they get extra Spell Resistance in their racial passives, therefore overall reducing damage that you take from any source of magic.
That being said, no matter what race you are playing, you can use Vampire with it. As long as you remember the drawbacks that come with it and take them into account with your decision making, you will be fine in most content.
There are three sets that have the name Vampire in it, as you can see below. The Vampire Lord will be the most useful set out of all these because you can further reduce the cost of your Vampire abilities and Ultimate!
Part 3 – Advanced
In this section of the Vampire guide for ESO, I want to talk about the more advanced things such as where Vampires are usually used and why. That way you should be able to get a pretty good opinion on whether you want to be a Vampire in Elder Scrolls Online or not.
Strengths & Weaknesses of Vampires
The extra cost of regular abilities makes Vampire hard to use in PvE. Currently only Magicka DPS classes that use the spammable Blood for Blood use Vampire Stage 1, because that skill deals more damage than other regular spammables by a small margin.
Mist Form is often used because it removes and grants immunity to all disabling and immobilization effects. This is often used as an escape tool to increase your mobility, because enemies usually hammer you with snares, roots and stuns.
There are also plenty of drawbacks, especially for PvP. First off you take increased fire damage, this can be especially devastating if you are fighting a Magicka Dragonknight, which almost exclusively has fire abilities in its kit. You are also going to take more damage from Fighters Guild abilities due to the Skilled Tracker passive. On top of that there is a Glyph that players can use on their weapons that has a devastating effect on a Vampire called “Prismatic Glpyh”. The Glyph deals 7145 Magic Damage to Vampires, which is almost twice as much as any other Glyph in the game. With addons or special skills it is also easy to spot Vampires in PvP zones, therefore experienced players that have a setup made to be effective against Vampires, might target you first.
The Sanguine Goat has a special feature. When the Blood Moon is up, its eyes will glow red. That means there is the possibility that you can find Bloodfiends.