This guide will explain how to become a vampire, give you the exact locations of vampire spawning on the map, and explain the pros and cons of vampirism.
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It takes several steps to become a vampire, the first being to be bitten by one. You may be bitten by players or NPC vampires, and below you can find out how each of these works.
A player who is already a vampire can bite other players once a week, assuming he has a skill point in Blood Ritual, a passive skill in the Vampire Skill Line. For the bite to work, you and the vampire player must be located on a specific ritual altar (locations marked on the cards below), and the Blood Ritual spell must of course not be recharged.
The good part of getting a vampire bitten by a player is that it works, while finding Bloodfiends (NPC vampires) to bite you can be difficult. The downside is that most players will charge you a bite fee, and prices range from 5,000 to 10,000 g.
While asking for bite fees is generally frowned upon in the community, there are a ton of players who do, and if you’re having trouble finding NPCs to bite you this is a very practical choice.
The free way to get your Vampire skill line is to find specific monsters called Bloodfiends. The trick is that these monsters are not spawned all the time and are usually quickly killed by players (often just to make it more difficult to get the skill line, thereby selling bites).
Bloodfiends that can infect you with vampirism are only generated at very specific locations in Bangkorai, Reaper’s March and The Rift (level 37-44 areas). The exact locations are shown on the maps below. Note that there are “Bloodfiend” monsters in various places in the game, but only those in these locations will work!
Here are maps of Bangkorai, Mower Market, and The flaw with locations marked with Bloodfiend spawn:
Friendly tip: If you can access the veteran rank areas, Bloodfiends also appears in the same places and usually has far fewer players fighting for them.
Blood demon vampires only appear at night, usually around midnight, during the game (you can interface extensions to show you the playing time if you consider it necessary).
You will often hear about these monsters that only appear during certain phases of the moon, but this has never been fully confirmed.
Your best bet is to check the places of spawn every night, and I hope you can find them. It can even take up to a week, as Bloodfiends only appears once every few days and can be killed by players by the time you get there.
Once you find Bloodfiends in these places, you can be nice to your fellow adventurers and leave them alive so others can be infected. All that is needed is to be attacked by them 2-3 times and they will automatically infect you and start a quest.
You can verify that you have contracted the infection by checking the active effects / buffs on your character’s status screen: look for vampirism.
Go to the nearest shrine and you will be greeted by an NPC who will give you a level 38 quest called “Scion of the Blood Matron“. It is recommended that you do not try this quest unless you are at least level 30, but with some tricks, it can be completed even sooner. You will not be able to regroup for this quest, so do not expect using no one!
Going through the quest, you will discover vampire traditions in ESO that you might find interesting, but I’m going to skip the spoilers. Just follow the quest objectives like any other quest and once you are done, you will get your vampire skill line and abilities permanently.
Having an additional skill tree is always great, but vampirism also has its drawbacks. Be sure to read all about the pros and cons of being a vampire before deciding to become one!
It was only a few months after the release that the Veteran content weakened a bit (in terms of damage), and the class of the Templars was improved. At the start of ESO on my first character (Templar), I had a lot of difficulty leveling up in the Veteran areas. This was partly due to my inexperience, but fighting 3-4 mobs at a time could get tricky.
The Drain Essence and Bat Swarm skills from the Vampire skill line really helped me a lot at that point, as they provided much-needed support during prolonged fights where I lacked health and mana. The point of the story is that if you are having leveling issues, vampirism can also help your character survive and is worth a try.
You also get considerably increased movement speed while sneaking up, making it even easier for you to jump many monsters as they have less time to aggro while accelerating. Engaging in combat while feeding can give you a few precious seconds at the start of the encounter, and the Drain Essence active ability gives you a decent amount of health and stamina to keep you alive.
Finally, being a vampire is just cool. As in the cool Wesley Snipes level, not scintillating Robert Pattinson. But whatever you prefer.
The first important thing to understand about vampires is diet. Not necessarily a big drawback, but being unable to eat for an extended period of time can be annoying.
Your character can be at 4 different stages of vampirism, depending on the time since your last meal:
- Stage 1 Vampirism – You take 50% more damage from fire attacks.
- Stage 2 Vampirism – Your health regenerates 25% more slowly. You take 50% more damage from fire attacks. Your Vampirisim abilities cost 20% less health to cast.
- Stage 3 Vampirism – Your health regenerates 50% more slowly. You take 50% more damage from fire attacks. Your Vampirisim abilities cost 40% less health to cast.
- Stage 4 Vampirism – Your health regenerates 75% slower. You take 50% more damage from fire attacks. Your Vampirisim abilities cost 60% less health to cast.
You can feed yourself by sneaking up on any humanoid in the game (a special skill prompt appears, followed by a disgusting animation if you accept). If you do not eat for 30 minutes, you will go from stage 1 to stage 2. If you do not eat for 60 minutes and then 90 minutes, you will be able to reach stage 4 of vampirism, in which case your health regeneration is considerably scaled down.
As mentioned, but not necessarily a huge drawback, it can be difficult to feed in certain situations (like removing a group dungeon), and a weak health regeneration can hurt you a lot if you’re the tank. You can only suck the life of warm-blooded humanoid enemies (so no animals, ghosts, etc., and shocking, even banker NPCs don’t count). In group dungeons, monsters always come in larger groups, making it too dangerous to try to feed on them (remember, you have to sneak up on them and channel for a few seconds).
What will hurt you the most is the extra fire damage you receive. Fire is probably the most common type of magic damage in Elder Scrolls Online, and receiving 50% more damage can make some encounters quite difficult. More on this below!
2. Vulnerability to fire
As a vampire, your character takes 50% more fire damage! When leveling solo, it doesn’t really matter (fire is usually AoE and therefore easy to avoid), but if you really want to make veteran dungeons, you will be in trouble.
It’s far from impossible to be a vampire and do high-level content, but 50% more fire damage will ultimately hurt you, especially in raids. Personally, I finished the citadel of Hel’ra and the Ethereal archives as a vampire Templar healer, but only because my guild carried me. Last phase on the last boss of AA for example, it is impossible to survive as a vampire, so you better hope your group can finish it without you. Hel’Ra is even less compatible with vampires, but a skilled group and sophisticated footwork can provide you with these clear achievements.
But, testing can be a long way for you or you may not even want to participate in it, so this will rarely be a reason not to take vampirism. Veteran dungeons, on the other hand, are quite fun, and some encounters can be difficult for vampires. If you are a healer or a DPS, you can fairly easily reposition and avoid most fire damage, but if you are a tank, I would not recommend being a vampire as it can be very annoying to reposition at times.
Basically, fire damage is very common in the game and in endgame content, it can do a lot of harm to Vampire’s vulnerability, and you should definitely consider this drawback if you intend to dabble in the group content.
3. Appearance of the character
Most players don’t really care about this problem, but becoming a vampire changes the look of your character. Your eyes turn red and your skin turns white, and for some players, it’s a break.
If you don’t care about your character’s lousy mug, then this certainly doesn’t apply to you.
Alternatively, you can still play ESO in black and white by tweaking your graphics card settings, or use a more practical solution: wear headphones.
4. PvP vulnerability
A Fighters Guild Capacity called Silver Bolts can do a lot of harm in PvP, and given the popularity of vampires and werewolves, it’s not surprising to see all the other players using Silver Bolts. Players who mainly do PvP and spend their days and nights at Cyrodiil will probably want to avoid vampirism.
Becoming a vampire gives you spells and passives permanently, unless you decide to cure him. Contrary to what is afflicted with it, curing vampirism is very simple: find a priest of Arkay in a large neighboring city (like Riften), pay a small sum of gold and you will be released from the curse.
Note that curing vampirism saves your experience progress in the skill line and ability morphs, so if you decide to re-infect yourself in the future, you won’t have to start leveling from scratch again.
Vampires are quite popular in the game, regardless of their pros and cons. It’s pretty exciting to immerse yourself in devious and somewhat diabolical gameplay, not to mention that vampiric abilities can be very useful and complement your class skills very well.
On the other hand, most veteran players sooner or later heal their curse, mainly due to the substantial increase in fire damage received when infected.
I hope this vampire guide gives you all the information you need to know about this skill line, and it is up to you to decide whether becoming a vampire is good or bad. Anyway, let us know what you think about being a vampire in the comments below.