One of the features retained from Oblivion, you can still contract Sanguinare Vampiris, a disease that amplifies existing belief in the existence of vampires to manifest characteristics of vampires in people. This guide will show you how to become a vampire in The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim.
How To Become A Vampire in Skyrim
To contract Vampirism, you need to come in contact with another vampire. Each hit by a vampire has a chance of passing Sanguinare Vampiris disease onto you. Transformation takes time but once the disease has been contracted, you will slowly transform into a vampire.
It does not work if you are Immune. You become immune to Sanguinare Vampiris if you are infected with Lycanthropy, werewolf. Hircine’s Ring, Argonians, and Wood Elves can also create immunity to Vampirism.
If you have made sure that you did not become immune then it will take 72 hours for you to become a Vampire. Slowly, between the period of becoming a vampire, you will start seeing messages accompanied by red flashes.
Vampirism isn’t contracted instantly – there are four stages and the effects of vampirism are amplified with each stage. As a vampire, you are immune to disease and poison. You are resistance to Frost and harder to detect when sneaking. Your Illusion Spells are 25% more powerful.
Your resistance to frost increases by 25% and your attributes are reduced by 15 points. Your weakness to fire is increased by 25% but to balance these effects, you gain Vampire’s sight, Vampiric Drain, and Vampire’s Servant abilities.
Your resistance to frost increases by 50% and weakness to fire increases by 50%. Your attributes are reduced by 30 points but you gain Vampire Seduction ability.
Your resistance to frost is increased by 75% and attributes are reduced by 45 points. Weakness to fire is increased by 75% and your current vampire abilities gain strength.
Your resistance to frost is increased by 100% and attributes are reduced by 60 points. Your weakness to fire is increased by 100% and you gain abilities like Embrace of Shadows and enhanced Vampiric Drain and Vampire’s Servant. At Stage 4, you will be attacked by the citizens of Skyrim for being a vampire. If you are Stealth-type character, you can get the most out of Vampirism, but it may get difficult at Stage 4 for other type of characters.
Living as a Vampire
The first thing that will be very harsh for you after becoming a Vampire is Sunlight. Vampires are very vulnerable in sunlight. Between 5 am and 7 pm, you have to save yourself from sunlight. Health, Magicka, and Stamina do not recover if you are out in sunlight.
You receive a lot of perks after becoming a vampire, such as
- The Dragonborn’s vampiric blood gives the player 100% resistance to disease.
- The Dragonborn’s vampiric blood gives the player 100% resistance to poison.
- Vampires are 25% harder to detect while sneaking.
- Illusion spells cast by a vampire are 25% more powerful.
After becoming a vampire you become extremely blood starved. When you go out on hunting, make sure that you drink blood out of sleeping humans. Go out in town and sneak into houses. See if humans are sleeping and slowly go behind them. You are given an option to either pickpocket or feed. You know what to choose.
Become a Vampire Lord:
Dawnguard is an expansion for Skyrim which you require to access the Vampire Lord perks. Once you have Dawnguard expansion, the quest begins as the guards and innkeepers tell the players about the vampire hunters.
Travel to Fort Dawnguard, located in the southeastern corner of the map, to the east of Riften. Speak to the Dawnguard and you will get a quest. You will be sent to Dimhollow Crypt. There, a vampire called Serena will ask you to take her to her father at Castle Volkihar.
After taking Serena to the Castle, take her to Lord Harkon. Here you are given an option by him to turn you into a Vampire Lord. Now it depends on you whether you accept it or not. You are given two more chances to get turned into a Vampire Lord. One is in the quest Chasing Echoes and the other time is in Dawnguard questline
How to Cure Vampirism
You can cure Sanguinare Vampiris by turning to Lycanthropy – Werewolf or by doing the quest ‘Rising at Dawn’. . It can also be cured by drinking a Cure Disease potion or by praying at a shrine.