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This article is about NPCs who are vampires. For the disease's effects on the player, see Vampirism.

Vampires

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Vampires are NPCs in Skyrim afflicted with Sanguinare Vampiris. The disease causes them to physically change, giving them supernatural powers and making them vulnerable to sunlight and fire. Vampires are undead and therefore vulnerable to magical effects aimed at the undead, such as Detect Undead. Since they are NPCs, all vampires have black souls.

Vampires usually make their lairs in caves and other dark places, and may also be found gathered around ritual sites in the wilderness. They are often accompanied by mortals called Vampire's Thralls. Vampires usually attack on sight, even if you are also a vampire. If struck by a vampire's Vampiric Drain spell, you can be infected with Sanguinare Vampiris, which, if not cured within three days, will transform you into a vampire.

While most vampires encountered will have the tell-tale signs of vampirism, such as black and red eyes, some have no outward displays of vampirism and can only be discovered with use of Detect Dead - or through lack of aura from Detect Life (like Sybille Stentor and Alva, for example). All generic vampires are female; only boss-level vampires are male. The only exception to this is the vampire that appears in the "Vampire Trick" world interaction: this vampire uses the same data as the generic vampires below, but is always male instead of female.

When the Dawnguard add-on is installed, in addition to several new vampires being added, changes to the physical appearance of vampires from the base game will be seen. Most vampires will have glowing yellow eyes and distorted faces, with bat-like noses, a red line from nose to chin, and ridges above their eyes (similar to Dark Elves). During the events of the Dawnguard quests, vampires will attack some towns or cities. Dawnguard also introduces the powerful Vampire Lords and the Volkihar vampires.

[edit] Vampire Types

All vampires have a Drain Life spell which can drain health, stamina, and magicka at a rate of a few points per second. Low-level vampires can drain only health, mid-level vampires can drain both health and stamina, and the highest-level vampires can drain health, stamina, and magicka.

Vampires also have an ability called "Chill Touch," which creates an ice hazard that deals 10 points of frost damage. All vampires of level 12 or higher have a leveled ability called "Vampire Touch", which grants a constant Fortify Unarmed Damage bonus. The "Vampiric Invisibility" spell allows vampires to become invisible for 20 seconds.

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[edit] Vampires

Although they rely primarily on magic in battle, all vampires carry one of the following one-handed weapons as backup:

Vampires wear a pair of boots and one of the following outfits, depending on the vampire's level:

If Dawnguard is installed, vampires wear either vampire armor or vampire robes along with a pair of vampire boots.

Vampires may carry miscellaneous items, including lockpicks, potions, gems, jewelry, and books, and have a 50% chance to carry a small amount of gold. On death, vampires drop vampire dust and have a 15% chance to drop a leveled potion or poison.

The male vampire that appears during the "Vampire Trick" world interaction carries a leveled dagger (steel, orcish, dwarven. or elven) and may also carry some gold and a random scroll.

Name Level Race Gender ID OBHealthIcon small.png OBMagickaIcon small.png Sta. Spells Perks
Vampire Fledgling 1 Breton Female&F 00107a9b 35 75 50
• Chill Touch
Drain Life
Raise Zombie
• Vampiric Invisibility
None
BretonDG Female&F xx0176fb
Dark Elf Female&F 00107a9c
Dark ElfDG Female&F xx0176fa
High Elf Female&F 00107a9d
Imperial Female&F 00107a9e
Nord Female&F 00107a9f
NordDG Female&F xx0176f9
Vampire 6 Breton Female&F 0003300e 120 120 90
• Chill Touch
Drain Life
Raise Zombie
• Vampiric Invisibility
None
BretonDG Female&F xx0176fc
Dark Elf Female&F 0003315a
Dark ElfDG Female&F xx0176fd
High Elf Female&F 000332c1
Imperial Female&F 000332c4
Nord Female&F 00033424
NordDG Female&F xx0176fe
Blooded Vampire 12 Breton Female&F 00033853 224 169 112
• Chill Touch
Drain Life
Raise Zombie
• Vampiric Invisibility
Vampire Touch
Bladesman, rank 1
Custom Fit
Fighting Stance
Hack and Slash, rank 1
BretonDG Female&F xx0176ff
Dark Elf Female&F 00033854
Dark ElfDG Female&F xx017700
High Elf Female&F 00033855
Imperial Female&F 0003386e
Nord Female&F 0003386f
NordDG Female&F xx017701
Vampire Mistwalker 20 Breton Female&F 00033870 331 226 148
• Chill Touch
Drain Life
Ice Spike
Reanimate Corpse
• Vampiric Invisibility
Vampire Touch
Bladesman, rank 1
Extra Damage 1.5
Fighting Stance
Hack and Slash, rank 1
Necromancy
BretonDG Female&F xx017f84
Dark Elf Female&F 00033875
Dark ElfDG Female&F xx017f85
High Elf Female&F 0003387b
Imperial Female&F 0003387c
Nord Female&F 0003387d
NordDG Female&F xx017f86
Vampire Nightstalker 28 Breton Female&F 0003387e 413 283 179
• Chill Touch
Drain Life
Ice Spike
Lightning Bolt
Reanimate Corpse
• Vampiric Invisibility
Vampire Touch
Bladesman, rank 1
Extra Damage 2
Fighting Stance
Hack and Slash, rank 1
Mage Armor, rank 1
Magic Resistance, rank 1
Necromancy
Savage Strike
BretonDG Female&F xx017f87
Dark Elf Female&F 0003387f
Dark ElfDG Female&F xx017f88
High Elf Female&F 00033880
Imperial Female&F 00033881
Nord Female&F 00033882
NordDG Female&F xx017f89
Ancient Vampire 38 Breton Female&F 00033883 583 348 224
• Chill Touch
Drain Life [1]
Ice Spike
Lightning Bolt
Revenant
• Vampiric Invisibility
Vampire Touch
Augmented Frost, rank 1 Hack and Slash, rank 2
Bladesman, rank 2 Magic Resistance, rank 1
Dark Souls Necromancy
Extra Damage 2.5 Savage Strike
Fighting Stance Wind Walker
BretonDG Female&F xx017f8a
Dark Elf Female&F 00033884
Dark ElfDG Female&F xx017f8b
High Elf Female&F 00033885
Imperial Female&F 00033886
Nord Female&F 00033887
NordDG Female&F xx017f8c
Volkihar Vampire 48 Breton Female&F 00033888 823 413 294
Chain Lightning
• Chill Touch
Drain Life [2]
Ice Storm
Revenant
• Vampiric Invisibility
Vampire Touch
Augmented Frost, rank 1 Hack and Slash, rank 3
Bladesman, rank 3 Mage Armor, rank 2
Dark Souls Magic Resistance, rank 2
Extra Damage 2.5 Necromancy
Fighting Stance Savage Strike
BretonDG Female&F xx017f8d
Dark Elf Female&F 00033929
Dark ElfDG Female&F xx017f8e
High Elf Female&F 0003392d
Imperial Female&F 0003392e
Nord Female&F 0003392f
NordDG Female&F xx017f8f
Nightlord VampireDG 60 Breton Female&F xx00282c 1031 486 318
Chain Lightning
• Chill Touch
Drain Life
Ice Storm
Icy Spear
Revenant
Thunderbolt
• Vampiric Invisibility
Vampire Touch
Augmented Frost, rank 1 Hack and Slash, rank 3
Bladesman, rank 3 Mage Armor, rank 2
Dark Souls Magic Resistance, rank 2
Extra Damage 2.5 Necromancy
Fighting Stance Savage Strike
Breton Female&F xx017f90
Dark Elf Female&F xx00282d
Dark Elf Female&F xx017f91
High Elf Female&F xx00282e
Imperial Female&F xx00282f
Nord Female&F xx002830
Nord Female&F xx017f92
^1  If Dawnguard is installed, the damage decreases from 15 points per second to 13 points per second.
^2  If Dawnguard is installed, the damage decreases from 20 points per second to 14 points per second.

[edit] Vampire Bosses

Name PC Level NPC Level Race Gender ID OBHealthIcon small.png OBMagickaIcon small.png Sta. Spells Perks
Master Vampire 1-20 14 Breton Male&M 0002e1dc 252 177 126
• Chill Touch
Drain Life
Raise Zombie
• Vampiric Invisibility
Vampire Touch
Bladesman, rank 1
Bone Breaker, rank 1 [1]
Custom Fit
Fighting Stance
Hack and Slash, rank 1
Dark Elf Male&M 0002e1dd
High Elf Male&M 0002e1e1
ImperialDG Male&M 0003377b
Nord Male&M 0002e1e2
Master Vampire 28 23 Breton Male&M 0002e1f1 378 268 169
• Chill Touch
Drain Life
Raise Zombie
• Vampiric Invisibility
Vampire Touch
Bladesman, rank 1
Bone Breaker, rank 1 [1]
Custom Fit
Fighting Stance
Hack and Slash, rank 1
Dark Elf Male&M 0002e1f8
High Elf Male&M 0002e1f9
ImperialDG Male&M 0003377c
Nord Male&M 0002e1fc
Master Vampire 38 31 Breton Male&M 0002e509 500 310 210
• Chill Touch Reanimate Corpse
Drain Life • Vampiric Invisibility
Ice Spike Vampire Touch
Lightning Bolt
Bladesman, rank 1 Mage Armor, rank 1
Bone Breaker, rank 1 [1] Magic Resistance, rank 1
Extra Damage 2 Necromancy
Fighting Stance Savage Strike
Hack and Slash, rank 1
Dark Elf Male&M 0002e50a
High Elf Male&M 0002e511
ImperialDG Male&M 00033828
Nord Male&M 0002e519
Master Vampire 48 42 Breton Male&M 0002ea9b 669 414 257
• Chill Touch Revenant
Drain Life [2] • Vampiric Invisibility
Ice Spike Vampire Touch
Lightning Bolt
Augmented Frost, rank 1 Hack and Slash, rank 2
Bladesman, rank 2 Magic Resistance, rank 1
Bone Breaker, rank 2 [1] Necromancy
Dark Souls Savage Strike
Extra Damage 2.5 Wind Walker
Fighting Stance
Dark Elf Male&M 0002ea9d
High Elf Male&M 0002ea9c
ImperialDG Male&M 0003383e
Nord Male&M 0002ea9e
Volkihar Master Vampire 58 53 Breton Male&M 0002eabe 968 458 354
Chain Lightning Revenant
• Chill Touch • Vampiric Invisibility
Drain Life [3] Vampire Touch
Ice Storm
Augmented Frost, rank 1 Hack and Slash, rank 3
Bladesman, rank 3 Mage Armor, rank 2
Bone Breaker, rank 3 [1] Magic Resistance, rank 2
Dark Souls Necromancy
Extra Damage 2.5 Savage Strike
Fighting Stance
Dark Elf Male&M 0002eabf
High Elf Male&M 0002eac0
ImperialDG Male&M 0003383f
Nord Male&M 0002eac1
Nightmaster VampireDG 60 65 Breton Male&M xx002831 1226 531 378
Chain Lightning Revenant
• Chill Touch • Vampiric Invisibility
Drain Life [3] Vampire Touch
Ice Storm
Augmented Frost, rank 1 Hack and Slash, rank 3
Bladesman, rank 3 Mage Armor, rank 2
Dark Souls Magic Resistance, rank 2
Extra Damage 2.5 Necromancy
Fighting Stance Savage Strike
Dark Elf Male&M xx002832
High Elf Male&M xx002833
Imperial Male&M xx002834
Nord Male&M xx002835
^1  The Dawnguard expansion removes the Bone Breaker perk from all boss-level vampires.
^2  If Dawnguard is installed, the damage decreases from 15 points per second to 13 points per second.
^3  If Dawnguard is installed, the damage decreases from 20 points per second to 14 points per second.

[edit] Named Vampires

Name Location Description
Alva Alva's House An agent of Movarth in Morthal.
Arch-Curate Vyrthur(DG) Inner Sanctum An ancient Snow Elf vampire.
Babette Dark Brotherhood Sanctuary A three-hundred-year-old child member of the Dark Brotherhood.
Feran Sadri(DG) Volkihar Keep An alchemist Vampire Lord.
Fura Bloodmouth(DG) Volkihar Keep A nord warrior found in Volkihar Keep.
Garan Marethi(DG) Volkihar Keep A mage formerly of House Dres.
Hern Half-Moon Mill A lumberjack and the target of a Dark Brotherhood assassination.
Hert Half-Moon Mill A lumberjack and the wife of Hern.
Hestla(DG) Volkihar Keep A smith and former member of the Companions.
Laelette the Vampire Morthal A Breton woman turned into a vampire by Alva.
Lokil(DG) Dimhollow Crypt A vampire searching for the artifact sealed in the crypt.
Lord Harkon(DG) Volkihar Keep The Vampire Lord leader of the Volkihar clan.
Malkus(DG) Forebears' Holdout The captor of the Moth Priest Dexion Evicus.
Modhna(DG) Volkihar Keep A low-ranking member of Lord Harkon's court.
Movarth Piquine Movarth's Lair The subject of the book Immortal Blood, who is attempting to conquer Morthal.
Namasur(DG) Volkihar Keep A Redguard vampire living at Volkihar Keep.
Orthjolf(DG) Volkihar Keep A warrior vampire and Vingalmo's rival.
Rargal Thrallmaster(DG) Volkihar Keep The overseer of thralls and cattle at Volkihar Keep.
Ronthil(DG) Volkihar Keep An assistant to Feran Sadri and an expert Speech trainer.
Salonia Caelia(DG) Volkihar Keep An Imperial vampire who becomes involved during The Bloodstone Chalice.
Serana(DG) Dimhollow Cavern A vampire found sealed in a sarcophagus in Dimhollow Cavern.
Stalf(DG) Volkihar Keep Salonia Caelia's accomplice during The Bloodstone Chalice.
Sybille Stentor Blue Palace The court wizard for Elisif the Fair in Solitude.
Valerica(DG) Soul Cairn The wife of Lord Harkon and mother of Serana.
Venarus Vulpin(DG) Redwater Spring An Imperial vampire in search of the Bloodspring of Lengeir's Feast.
Vighar Bloodlet Throne An elderly vampire hunted by his descendant, Dengeir of Stuhn.
Vingalmo(DG) Volkihar Keep A mage vampire and rival of Orthjolf.

[edit] Companions

[edit] Monsters

Vampires are sometimes accompanied by a few monsters, which will vary depending upon your level. The monsters will be the same level as the minimum PC level listed in the table below (so at levels 6-11, the Frostbite Spider companion will be level 6, and so on).

Vampire's Thrall
Without Dawnguard
Player Level Companion
1 Frostbite Spider, Skeever, or Wolf
2 Wolf
3 Frostbite Spider
6 Ice Wolf
7 Giant Frostbite Spider
20 Chaurus Reaper
With Dawnguard
Player Level Companion
1 Frostbite Spider or Skeever
3 Frostbite Spider
5 Death Hound
7 Giant Frostbite Spider
13 Gargoyle
25 Gargoyle Brute

[edit] Vampire's Thrall

Vampire's Thralls are often encountered along with vampires, though they are not actually vampires themselves. All of the thralls are based off the data used for bandits (one-handed melee fighters, two-handed melee fighters, archers, and mages), so they use many different combat styles and can vary greatly in terms of strength, level, equipment, and known spells. They have their own faction and are considered friends to vampires. Note that with one exception, thralls can never be "freed". Killing all of the vampires in the area will not make their thralls become non-hostile. However, if you are a werewolf and you encounter a vampire and its thrall while you are in beast form, you can kill the vampire, change back to human form, then draw and sheathe your weapon as if you were surrendering. This will cause the surviving thrall to cease hostility.[verification needed — Is this true, or even notable?]

[edit] Related Quests

[edit] Dawnguard Quests

Dawnguard's entire main quest is focused on vampires. In addition, vampires are involved in the following Dawnguard side quests:

[edit] World Interactions

[edit] Dialogue

[edit] IdlingDG

  • "...still always hungry... there's no prey down in this hole... need to hunt more... all this hiding and skulking around, pah..."
  • "...first kill is always the best... the blood has never tasted as sweet since..."
  • "...I won't hide down here forever... gather a few of the brethren, we'll strike out on our own..."
  • "...maybe the clans have it right... hunting's so chancy... why not keep a few thralls... blood whenever you want it..."
  • "...blood... so hungry all the time now... need to hunt again soon..."
  • "...she said I'd forget, and usually I do, but sometimes... still remember their faces, their pleading..."
  • "...Dawnguard getting to be more than a nuisance... gather some of the hunters... teach them a lesson..."
  • "...the clans think they're better than us... putting on airs... pah, they'll be the first to burn when the mortals get organized..."
  • "...just fed but still hungry... blood... all I can think about these days... last kill was so good... just the right amount of struggle..."

[edit] GreetingsDG

  • "I don't converse with my prey."
  • "Don't speak to me, meat."

The non-hostile captive vampires encountered in Fellglow Keep have a unique greeting:

  • "Out of the way, meat."

[edit] Combat

  • "Ohh... but I will have your blood..."
  • "My thirst will be sated..."
  • "Oh, I can smell your blood..."
  • "Bleed for me, mortal!"
  • "Just a taste!"
  • "Hssssss!"
  • "You'll beg me to kill you before I'm done!"
  • "No one crosses me!"
  • "Give up, you can't win!"

[edit] CombatDG

  • "Is that your best, mortal?"
  • "Bleed and die!"
  • "Just a taste..."
  • "You're mine, mortal!"
  • "You dare to interfere with me?"
  • "I knew I smelled mortal blood!"
  • "Now your blood is mine!"
  • "Pah, your blood is foul."
  • "Soon... soon your blood will be mine..."
  • "Your blood calls me..."
  • "Why fight me? Your blood is already mine."
  • "Your kind are finished."
  • "Mortal fool, you can't stop us."
  • "We own the night, fool."
  • "The night belongs to us."
  • "The Tyranny of the Sun has been broken!"
  • "The sun cannot protect you any more!"
  • "Behold the power of Night!"
  • "You blood will not protect you from me."
  • "You're no match for me, fledgling."
  • "Stop struggling. I'll give you a swift and beautiful death."
  • "Let me show you how mortal you still are, vampire."
  • "This is my hunting ground."
  • "You should not have come here, vampire."
  • "There's no blood here for you."
  • "You've seen your last dawn. I bring the night."
  • "You dare defy me?"
  • "The night eternal awaits."
  • "I'll drink you dry, mortal!"
  • "Your blood will not protect you!"
  • "It's the Dawnguard! Let none escape!"
  • "When will you fools learn? The night is ours!"
  • "I love it when dinner walks right into my arms."
  • "The prey is here!"
  • "You're mine!"
  • "Die!"

A vampire who has been severely wounded may say:

  • "No... my blood is strong..."
  • "Death is nothing to me..."
  • "I do not fear death."
  • "Never... not yet..."

A vampire who has won a battle may say:

  • "And so you learn the power of the night."
  • "Is that all of them?"
  • "That ends it."
  • "And now for the feast."

[edit] DetectionDG

Vampires will sniff the air and speak one of the following lines when they detect you:

  • "... what's that?"
  • "Something's not right."
  • "We may feed again today."
  • "There's something out there."
  • "Hmm?"
  • "... Hmm? ..."
  • "Running is your only chance to live."
  • "...I'll find you..."
  • "I could feed again."

[edit] MiscellaneousDG

A vampire who has discovered a corpse may say:

  • "Whoever did this is mine."
  • "Someone will bleed for this."
  • "I will avenge you, brother."
  • "I will avenge you, sister."

A vampire who has lost sight of you may say:

  • "Running will warm your blood nicely."
  • "It's gone now."
  • "The scent has gone cold."
  • "Hmm. Nothing."
  • "I was hoping to feed."

A vampire who has lost sight of you and found you again may say:

  • "You had your chance to escape, vampire."
  • "You should have kept running."

[edit] Notes

  • Regular vampires have a morality of "Any Crime", which means they're willing to commit any crime, but boss-level vampires have a morality of "No Crime," which means they are unwilling to commit crimes of any sort. Because of their aggression, however, they will still attack you on sight.

[edit] Bugs

  • Chill Touch may never disappear and continue afflicting you until you die. ?
    • Pc22.pngUse console commands to remove the effect.[verification needed — which commands?]

[edit] See Also

For historical information about vampires, see the lore article.

[edit] Books


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