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The Ultimate Guide to Becoming a Vampire in ESO

Becoming a Vampire in The Elder Scrolls Online unlocks some of the most unique powers. Are you interested in the feared, blood-drinking creature of the night? Then check out this ultimate guide to the Vampire in ESO.


When you become a Vampire in The Elder Scrolls Online, you gain access to some of the most unique powers. However, becoming a Vampire in ESO also has some trade-offs to it. Even though you get access to new powers and become formidable in certain situations, you also inherit some weaknesses.


If your gameplay does not involve plunging into those weak points frequently, becoming an ESO Vampire is a must. But how do you become an ESO Vampire? There are certain actions you need to complete. In this article, we will guide you in detail at each step.


What to Know Before Becoming a Vampire

What to know before becoming a Vampire


Before diving into becoming a Vampire in The Elder Scrolls Online, it is important to consider the end results first. You need to be sure of what to expect after becoming a Vampire, as you will need to alter your playstyle significantly.


Let’s start with “What happens when you become a Vampire in ESO?”



You get access to a new skill line when you become a Vampire in ESO. It paves the way for new deadly powers you can leverage in your gameplay and have an edge. You will certainly notice the new powerful attributes and passive bonuses you get as a Vampire. 


For instance, the Bat Swarm ultimate ability lets you summon a horde of bats that deal damage to all the enemies around you. In addition, the Drain Essence active spell enables you to suck out your opponent’s health and stamina while replenishing yours at the same time. Moreover, the Mist Form teleports you to the position of your cursor and reduces your damage taken from the next three projectiles by 100% while teleporting.


All these strong attributes are further compounded by passive abilities. Passive abilities include Supernatural Recovery, Undeath, Unnatural Resistance, Dark Stalker, Savage Feeding, and the most beloved Blood Ritual. Blood Ritual essentially allows Vampire players to convert other players’ characters into Vampires.



Where you get a host of supernatural strengths as a Vampire in ESO, it is made balanced by attaching certain weaknesses to them. 


Vampires in The Elder Scrolls Online are vulnerable to Fire attacks, receiving more damage than usual. Moreover, you also need to regularly feed on your chosen victims to check your maintenance as a Vampire. For some players, this can quickly become unpopular. Furthermore, your health regeneration is also reduced.


Vampirism (Sanguinare Vampiris)

What happens when you become a Vampire in ESO

Now, having read the benefits and drawbacks of becoming a Vampire in ESO, it is time to know some of the important points regarding Vampirism, also known as Sanguinare Vampiris:


1. You can get infected with Vampirism by a Blood Fiend.

2. Not every attack from a Blood Fiend will afflict you with Vampirism.

3. I f you get infected, there is a 3-day time limit to get yourself cured. 

4. Visiting altars can help in reversing the effects of Vampirism.

5. Moreover, not feeding on NPCs will keep you in Stage 1 of Vampirism.

6. Seduction is always a good way to feed yourself.

7. However, if you regularly feed yourself and reach Stage 4, NPCs will attack you on sight.

8. In addition, when you are a Vampire, your character race disowns you. Vampires stand as their own particular race in ESO.

9. Furthermore, in Stage 4, each character class has its own distinct Vampire look.

10. Also, your skin will get paler as you become a higher-level Vampire in ESO, along with dark circles surrounding your character’s eyes.


How to Become a Vampire in ESO – All 3 Ways Explained

Vampirism in ESO


Now that you know what to expect when you become an ESO Vampire, it is time to move forward. Here, we will explain the three ways to become a Vampire in The Elder Scrolls Online.


1. Let a Blood Fiend Infect You

Blood Fiends are vampiric enemies in The Elder Scrolls Online. You can find them all across Tamriel. They appear at midnight and disappear by daylight. As reported by the majority of players, Blood Fiends appear most during New Moons in the game.


However, keep in mind that they do not spawn every night, and whenever they do, the chances of being hit and successfully getting infected by them are slim. 


There are three specific places where these Blood Fiends have a higher ratio of being spawned. These are the “final” zones of the three factions: Reaper’s March in Aldmeri Dominion, The Rift in Daggerfall Covenant, and Bangkorai in Ebonheart Pact.


After you are hit and successfully infected with Sanguinare Vampiris, you need to complete a quest that will then convert you into a Vampire. To start the quest, you can go to one of the Vampire Shrines in the locations mentioned above.


2. Ask an ESO Player with a Vampire Character in the Game to Bite You

If you do not want to go through the grind in the first step above, there is an easy way out. And this is to request another ESO Vampire player to bite you in the game.


You can achieve this by either entering a zone chat or by joining a dedicated Vampire Guild in The Elder Scrolls Online. Ask there about the Vampire service you need. Sooner than later, several ESO Vampire players would come and like to offer assistance.


However, they will certainly ask for something special in return. Most of the time, it is gold coins, but it can also be some other particular item or something else entirely. It depends from player to player. Most will ask for gold, and if you are running short on it, you can always buy ESO gold coins securely and quickly here


Moreover, when making a deal with a player, make sure that their Vampire character has the Blood Ritual skill unlocked. Plus, both of you need to be near a Vampire Shrine. This is because when bitten and infected with Sanguinare Vampiris, you need a Vampire shrine to start a quest that will finally make you a Vampire.


3. Buy Curse of Vampirism from the Crown Store

Lastly, if you neither like to grind through nor are much of a social player, then the last option you are left with is to buy the Curse of Vampirism from the Crown Store. 


It costs you 1500 Crowns to buy the Curse of Vampirism which instantly makes you a Vampire with the lowest skill level. In addition, Vampire Skill Tree is also available for 3000 Crowns which instantly makes you the highest-level Vampire.


The Quest to Become a Vampire

Scion of the Blood Matron quest

Scion of the Blood Matron quest


To become a Vampire in ESO, you need to complete the quest: Scion of the Blood Matron. It will become available after you are successfully infected with Vampirism.


To start the quest, head to the nearest Wayshrine, where you will meet a Vampire NPC named Vorundil. He will assign you to go to Blood Matron’s crypt (the capital of Vampires).


There you will meet a female NPC named Rahaja. She will introduce you to the fascinating history of vampires and then send you on a quest. 


Firstly, you will be needed to go and see a vision from 2 basins and then destroy them apart. Shortly afterward, you will be baptized in a bath full of blood by Mother Lamae Bal. Then you will be sent off to kill ten targets known as “worm assassins” in a cave.


When done with the killing, return to Lamae Bal, and she will reward you with the Vampire Skill line.


You Can Also Choose to Be Cured

When you meet the Vampire NPC, he will also give you the option of being cured. If you do not want to become a Vampire in ESO, go for this option.


Then, instead of sending you on the Scion of the Blood Matron quest, he will direct you to a nearby town where you need to meet the Priest of Arkay. After charging a small amount of gold, the priest will remove the vampirism curse completely.


The 4 Stages of ESO Vampires

The 4 Stages of ESO Vampire

The 4 Stages of ESO Vampire


Now that you have become a Vampire, it is better to look at what each Vampire stage in ESO has in store for you. As mentioned above, becoming a Vampire in ESO has its advantages and disadvantages. 


Therefore, we will take a look at each stage and see its benefits and drawbacks. The abilities that are unlocked at each stage remain active in the higher stages. However, an ability that unlocks at a higher stage will again become unavailable if your Vampire Rank is decreased.


The following statistics are as per AlcastHQ. Statistics vary across different websites. Check statistics from other sources: DeltiasGamingHighGroundGaming, and ElderScrollsOnline.info.


Stage 1

When you become a Vampire in ESO and are at Stage 1, the following are the attributes you get:

-10% Health Recovery

+5% Extra Fire Damage

+3% Regular Ability Cost

-6% Vampire Ability Cost

Abilities Unlocked: Feed and Dark Stalker


Stage 2

When you reach Stage 2, the following are the attributes you get:

-30% Health Recovery

+8% Extra Fire Damage

+5% Regular Ability Cost

-10% Vampire Ability Cost

Ability Unlocked: Strike from the Shadows


Stage 3

When you reach Stage 3, the following are the attributes you get:

-60% Health Recovery

+13% Extra Fire Damage

+8% Regular Ability Cost

-16% Vampire Ability Cost

Ability Unlocked: Undeath


Stage 4

When you reach Stage 4, the following are the attributes you get:

-100% Health Recovery

+20% Extra Fire Damage

+12% Regular Ability Cost

-24% Vampire Ability Cost

Ability Unlocked: Unnatural Movement


How to Increase/Decrease Vampire Stages in ESO

Changing your ESO Vampire Stage

Changing your ESO Vampire Stage

Now you know what each Vampire Stage has in store for you, it is time to get started with the process of increasing and decreasing Vampire Stages.


When you become a Vampire in The Elder Scrolls Online, it is very important to keep a check on your Vampire Stages. Mainly because each Vampire Stage renders a different gameplay that ESO players can leverage to get an edge.


For example, if you are heading into a combat situation at night where there is no Fire spell usage from enemies, becoming a Stage 4 Vampire would suit you the best. Moreover, if you are planning to move around ESO towns and mingle with NPCs, becoming a Stage 1 Vampire would suit you best.


This is why keeping a check on your Vampire Stage level is important. There are generally two main ways that you can implement to either increase or decrease your Vampire Stage Level.


Increasing Vampire Stage Level

As mentioned above, you need to feed on NPCs to increase your Stage level. Moreover, if you are in a hurry, you need to consume the drink: Corrupting Bloody Mara. It will instantly make you a Stage 4 level Vampire in ESO.


Decreasing Vampire Stage Level

The steps for decreasing your Vampire Stage are exactly the opposite of increasing your Vampire Stage.


Stop feeding on NPCs, and you will notice a gradual decrease in your Vampire Stage. However, it takes a considerable amount of time. Furthermore, you can also drink Purifying Bloody Mana drink. Each consumption reduces your Vampire Stage by one degree.


Which Is the Best Vampire Race in ESO?


Dunmer (also known as Dark Elf)

Dunmer (also known as Dark Elf)

Since you now know everything about being a Vampire, let’s take a look at which race is the perfect candidate for becoming a Vampire in ESO.


In The Elder Scrolls Online, you can become a Vampire with any race. Moreover, there is no restriction on either your class or Alliance. However, it is still important to consider which ESO race performs the best as a Vampire.


As we have seen above, the major drawback of being a Vampire is that you become vulnerable to fire damage. Fire is one of the spells in ESO. Therefore, choosing a race that is resistant to either Fire or overall Magicka is important.


Given the current set of races, Dunmer and Breton are the best. Dunmers are resistant to fire spells, while Bretons have an overall spell resistance.


However, as long as you are fully aware of the cons of being an ESO Vampire, any race would be OK.


How to Cure Vampirism in ESO

Curing Vampirism in ESO

Curing Vampirism in ESO

Lastly, in this article, we talk about curing Vampirism. Let’s assume that you wanted to try out how it feels to be a Vampire in ESO. Initially, you enjoyed being a Vampire and loved feeding on NPCs. However, with the passage of time, you started to grow tired of it. Regular feeding no longer thrills you and is more of a burden now. What do you do?


Fortunately, there is a way to cure yourself and become your original character once again! Therefore, if you haven’t made up your mind yet, this is your opportunity.


Since you can always get back to your original character, there is no harm in trying. You can start by getting yourself gold coins and asking a fellow ESO Vampire player to bite you.


Getting Cured from Vampirism

You need to visit one of the Mages Guilds in the last zones of each Alliance. Below are the instructions:


For Ebonheart Pact, visit the Riften Mages Guild building in The Rift. 

For Aldmeri Dominion, visit the Rawl’kha Mages Guild building in the Reaper’s March.

For Daggerfall Covenant, visit the Evermore Mages Guild building in Bangkorai.


In each of the Mages Guilds above, you will find an NPC who will cleanse the curse for a small amount of gold. For example, you need to talk to Prelate Sabinus in The Rift.


And as usual, if you are not willing to go through the whatever little grind process, you can always buy a cure Vampire token from the crown store.



This is our ultimate guide to becoming an ESO Vampire. Did you find it helpful? Let us know in the comments below!


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