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. here you can see when they first get unlocked.
- Level 1 – Drain Essence & Mist Form
- Level 2 – Savage Feeding
- Level 3 – None
- Level 4 – Supernatural Recovery
- Level 5 – Bat Swarm
- Level 6 – Blood Ritual
- Level 7 – Undeath
- Level 8 – Unnatural Resistance
- Level 9 – Dark Stalker
- Level 10 – None
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
- 0% Health Recovery
- 0% Extra Fire Damage
- 0% Ability Cost
- No active passives
- Stage 2
- -25% Health Recovery
- +15% Extra Fire Damage
- -7% Ability Cost
- Supernatural Recovery is active
- Stage 3
- Stage 4
How to increase or decrease Vampire Stages
- Activate Vampire abilities, every time you activate an ability you will be -30 minutes closer to the next stage. You can check your character stat window and see in the effects panel how far you are.
- If you are drinking Disastrously Bloody Mara you will instantly jump to stage 4 Vampirism.
- Feed on enemies by sneaking up behind them
- Use the Double 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.
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. Vampire Lord adds 400 Spell Damage to your Vampire abilities. Reduces the cost of your Vampire abilities by 6%. Vampire’s Kiss heals for 5932 Health over 6 seconds when you kill an enemy and Vampire Cloak gives you Minor Protection at all times, reducing your damage taken by 8%.
None of these three sets are particularly good at anything, there are better options, therefore I would try to avoid these sets for combat.
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
There are some nice benefits of being a Vampire for PvE. Tanks often use Vampire for the Undeath passive, because it reduces their damage tremendously on low health, this passive is usually more beneficial than the extra fire damage you take for tanks. On top of that tanks also often use Invigorating Drain to increase their Ultimate regeneration by 5 Ultimate every 1 second for 3 seconds. However, be careful with the usage of this skill, it is a channeled ability and therefore you are going to drop block. For healers and damage dealers they use Vampire often in stage 2 to get the Supernatural Recovery passive, that way they gain 10% stamina and magicka recovery. 10% doesn’t sound like a lot but it can make a huge difference, especially if you have really high recovery numbers.
In PvE the biggest drawback of being a Vampire is the extra fire damage that you take and trust me, there are plenty of fire damage in the Elder Scrolls Online. However, you can kind of predict when you are going into a dungeon or trial that has fire damage or not, that way you can easily calculate if you are going to get hit by fire damage or not and adjust your stage properly.
In PvP Vampire is often used for several purposes. Support characters such as healers with sword & shield (aka permablockers) often use Vampirism to take reduced damage when they drop low on health due to the Undeath passive in combination with healing ultimates such as Remembrance from Templars and Enchanted Forest from Wardens. Devouring Swarm is also used in PvP due to its damage and very strong healing effect. Once the Ultimate is up and you have several enemies around you, your health will jump back up fairly fast because the healing effect is so powerful.
The ability Invigorating Drain is also a very powerful stun tool. It is an undodgeable stun, that means even if the enemy is dodge rolling which nullifies most stuns due to evade, it will go straight through the roll and stun him anyway, which can lead to death if you time it properly with other damage abilities. Another very useful ability that is often used in PvP is Mist Form. Once activated, you can’t cast any other skills and your magicka recovery drops to 0, but while you are in the Mist Form you take 75% less damage and 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.
Builds that are using Vampire
To give you a few examples, here are some builds that run Vampire.
Almost all the PvE Tank builds can use Vampire because the extra fire damage is not such a big deal but the extra damage mitigation is very valuable. However, it is not a must have, you can tank without being a Vampire just fine. On most other setups such as healers and damage dealers I don’t run Vampire, as the extra fire damage is more impactful and might lead to deaths.
- Necromancer Tank Build PvE
- Dragonknight Tank Build PvE
- Sorcerer Tank Build PvE
- Nightblade Tank Build PvE
- Warden Tank Build PvE
- Templar Tank Build PvE
In PvP it really varies a lot, like I mentioned above Vampire is most commonly used on tankier builds, but not exclusively. The Templar Support Build uses Vampire because the setup can almost permablock, therefore the extra damage mitigation on low health due to the Undeath passive is more valuable then the extra damage you take. Another very tanky Healer build from Fengrush also uses some Vampire abilities. In organized group builds Elusive Mist is often used to make sure that if you get pulled away from your group you can catch up fast again without permanently getting snared, rooted or stunned such as in FrozyESOs Group PvP Builds.
- Magicka Templar Support Build
- Guardplar, Templar healer Build
- Magicka Necromancer Group PvP Damage Build
- Magicka Templar Group PvP Healer Build
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.