How to Become a Vampire

How to become a vampire in ESOBecoming a Vampire in Elder Scrolls Online is a goal for many players. Even if they don’t fully understand the benefits of vampires, it’s still an exciting prospect.

This guide will tell you how to become a vampire, give you exact vampire spawn locations on the map, and explain the pros and cons of vampirism.

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How to become a Vampire

There are several steps involved in becoming a Vampire, the first of which is to get bitten by one. You can either get bitten by players or NPC vampires, and below you can find out how each of these works.

Player bites

Hot vampire

I’d let her bite just about anything…

A player who is already a Vampire can bite other players once a week, assuming they have a skill point into Blood Ritual, a passive skill in the Vampire skill line. For the bite to work both you and the vampire player must be located at a specific ritual altar (locations marked on maps below), and the Blood Ritual spell must of course not be on cooldown.

The good part of getting a vampire bite from a player is that it’s guaranteed to work, whereas finding Bloodfiends (NPC vampires) to bite you can be difficult. The downside is that most players will charge you a fee for the bite, and the prices vary around 5,000g – 10,000g.

Though asking for a bite fee is generally frowned upon in the community there’s a ton of players doing it, and if you have trouble finding NPCs to bite you it’s a very convenient choice.

NPC bites

Vampires in Bangkorai

Bloodfiends spawned in Silaseli Ruins in Bangkorai.

The free way to get your Vampire skill line is finding specific monsters called Bloodfiends. The trick is these monsters are not spawned at all times, and are typically quickly killed by players (often just to make it more difficult to obtain the skill line, thus enabling selling bites).

Bloodfiends that can infect you with vampirism are spawned only at very specific locations in Bangkorai, Reaper’s March, and The Rift (level 37-44 zones). The exact locations are marked on the maps attached below. Note that there are “Bloodfiend” monsters at various locations in the game, but only the ones in these locations will work!

Bloodfiend vampire spawn locations maps:

Below are maps of Bangkorai, Reaper’s March, and The Rift with marked locations of Bloodfiend spawns:

Friendly tip: if you can access the Veteran-rank zones, Bloodfiends also spawn at the same locations and typically have far less players fighting over them.

When do Bloodfiends spawn?

Blood fiend vampires only spawn at night, typically around midnight, in-game time (you can get certain interface addons to show you in-game time if you feel it’s necessary).

You’ll often hear about these monsters only spawning during certain moon phases, but it’s never been completely confirmed.

Your best bet is to check the spawn locations every night, and hope you can find them. It might even take up to a week, since Bloodfiends spawn only once every few days, and may be killed by players by the time you get there.

How to get infected with Vampirism

Once you find Bloodfiends at these locations, you can be nice to your fellow adventurers and leave them alive for others to get infected. All that’s required is to get attacked by them 2-3 times and they will automatically infect you and trigger a quest.

Vampirism buff

Once bitten by a true Vampire, you can verify in your character’s window.

You can verify you got the infection by checking active effects/buffs on your character’s status screen: look for Vampirism.

I got infected by Vampirism, what’s next?

Vampire quest npc

A quest you say? Sounds delicious…

Travel to the nearest wayshrine, and you’ll be greeted by an NPC which will give you a level 38 quest called “Scion of the Blood Matron“. It’s recommended not to try this quest unless you’re at least level 30, but with certain tricks it can be completed even sooner. You will not be able to group for this quest, so don’t expect help from anyone!

Going through the quest will reveal some Vampire lore in ESO you might find interesting, but I’ll skip the spoilers. Simply follow quest objectives like any other quest and once you’re done, you’ll obtain your Vampire skill line and abilities permanently.

Pros and cons of Vampires

Having an additional skill tree is always great, but vampirism has its drawbacks as well. Make sure you read all about benefits and drawbacks of being a Vamp before you decide to become one!

Benefits of becoming a Vampire

It wasn’t until a few months after release that Veteran content got nerfed a bit (damage-wise), and Templar class got buffed. Back in the early days of ESO on my first character (Templar) I had a lot of trouble leveling up in Veteran zones. Some of it was due to my inexperience, but fighting 3-4 mobs at once could get tricky.

Drain Essence and Bat Swarm skills from the Vampire skill line really helped me a lot at that time, as they provided some much-needed sustain during extended fights where I was running out of both health and mana. The point of the story is, if you’re having trouble leveling, vampirism may help your character survive as well and is worth trying out.

You also get largely increased movement speed while sneaking, enabling you to even skip many monsters more easily since they have less time to aggro you while you’re speeding away. Engaging fights by feeding can give you a few precious seconds at the start of the encounter, and Drain Essence active ability gives you a decent amount of health and stamina to keep you alive in a pinch.

Lastly, being a vampire is just cool. As in Wesley Snipes level of cool, not sparkly Robert Pattinson. But whatever you prefer.

Downsides of Vampirism

1. Feeding

Vampire quest sucking

These helpful ladies are sucking the life out of me. You’ll be doing it a lot too!

First important thing to understand about vampires is feeding. Not necessarily a big drawback, but being unable to feed for an extended period can be inconvenient.

Your character can be in 4 different stages of vampirism, depending on the time since you last fed:

  • Stage 1 Vampirism – You take 50% more damage from fire attacks.
  • Stage 2 Vampirism – Your health regenerates 25% slower. You take 50% more damage from fire attacks. Your Vampirisim abilities cost 20% less health to cast.
  • Stage 3 Vampirism – Your health regenerates 50% slower. 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 by sneaking to any humanoid in the game (special skill prompt pops up, followed by a disgusting animation if you accept). If you don’t feed for 30 minutes, you will get from Stage 1 to Stage 2. Not feeding for 60 and subsequently 90 minutes can get you to Stage 4 Vampirism, in which case your health regeneration is substantially reduced.

As mentioned though not necessarily a huge downside, it can be difficult to feed in certain situations (such as clearing a group dungeon), and low health regeneration can hurt you a lot if you’re the tank. You can only suck the life out of warm-blooded humanoid enemies (so no animals, ghosts, etc., and shockingly not even banker NPCs count). In group dungeons, monsters always come in larger groups making it overly dangerous to try and feed off of them (remember, you have to sneak up to them and channel for a few seconds).

What will most definitely hurt you even more though is the extra fire damage you receive. Fire is probably the most common magic damage type in Elder Scrolls Online, and receiving 50% extra damage can make certain encounters quite difficult. More on that below!

2. Fire vulnerability

As a Vampire your character takes 50% extra fire damage! When leveling solo it doesn’t really matter (fire is usually AoE and therefore easy to avoid), but if you’re serious about doing Veteran dungeons you will run into trouble.

It’s far from impossible to be a vampire and do high-level endgame content, but 50% extra fire damage will hurt you eventually, especially in raids (trials). Personally I finished both Hel’ra Citadel and Aetherian Archives as a Vampire on my Templar healer, but only because my guild carried me. Last phase on the last boss in AA for example is impossible to survive as a vampire, so you better hope your group can finish it without you. Hel’Ra is even less Vampire-friendly, but a skilled group and some fancy footwork can get you those clear achievements.

But, Trials may be a long way for you or you may even not want to participate in them, so it’ll rarely be a reason not to take vampirism. Veteran dungeons on the other hand are quite fun, and certain encounters can be difficult for Vampires. If you’re a healer or DPS you can fairly easily reposition and avoid most fire damage, but if you’re a tank I would not recommend being a Vampire as it can be very inconvenient to re-position at times.

Essentially fire damage is very common in the game and in endgame content can hurt a lot with Vampire’s vulnerability, and you should certainly consider this drawback if you intend to dabble in group content.

3. Character appearance

Samurai Vampire

My samurai Vampire is quite ugly without the mempo.

Most players don’t care much about this issue, but becoming a vampire changes your character’s appearance. Your eyes turn red and your skin becomes white, and for some players that’s a deal-breaker.

If you don’t care about your character’s ugly mug, then this definitely doesn’t apply to you.

Alternatively you could always play ESO in black and white by tinkering with your graphics card settings, or use a more convenient solution: wear a helmet.

4. PvP vulnerability

A Fighters Guild ability called Silver Bolts can hurt an awful lot in PvP, and considering the popularity of Vampires and Werewolves it’s no surprise to see every other player using Silver Bolts. Players who primarily PvP and spend their days and nights in Cyrodiil will likely want to avoid vampirism.

How to cure Vampirism

Becoming a Vampire gives you the spells and passives permanently, unless you decide to cure it. Unlike getting afflicted by it, curing vampirism is very simple: find a priest of Arkay in a nearby large town (like Riften), pay a small gold fee and you’ll be free of the curse.

Note that curing Vampirism saves your experience progress in the skill line and ability morphs, so if you decide to get re-infected in the future you won’t have to start leveling from scratch.

Final thoughts

Samurai Vampire in medium armor

Told you.

Vampires are quite popular in the game regardless of their upsides and downsides. It’s quite exciting to immerse yourself in the sneaky and somewhat evil gameplay, not to mention vampiric abilities can be very useful and complement your class skills very well.

On the other hand most Veteran players are sooner or later curing their curse, largely because of the substantially increase fire damage received when infected.

I hope this vampire guide gives you all facts you need to know about this skill line, and it’s up to you to decide if becoming a vampire is good or bad. Either way, let us know what you think about being a Vampire in the comments below.

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32 Responses to How to Become a Vampire

  1. Linda says:

    Hi Everyone out there! This was how me and my Lover
    became VAMPIRES. I got in contact with a guy on the
    internet ,by name Wayne Kennedy. Who happen to be a
    VAMPIRE too. So i told him that me and my
    boyfriend would love to become
    VAMPIRES. He then asked me of my Name
    ,Country, Age ,State , address,which I told him.After we have talked for a time, he asked
    me to pay for shipping cost to send me some of his blood.I obeyed,and
    i did it immediately and in the next 3
    days i got the blood sample through the
    DHL. I and my boyfriend took in
    the blood into our body and after about
    35minutes or there about, I and my lover turned into VAMPIRES.No need for long epistle ,I just felt to let this information out to persons ,who might be interested. If
    you are interested in becoming a
    VAMPIRE, kindly contact his email: [removed].

    • admin says:

      Totally doing that right now, thanks.

      Sorry for censoring the email, it was purely for selfish reasons. We can’t have everyone becoming vampires now can we.

      Also chemtrails.

    • Jasmine Gerald says:

      Hi Everyone,This was how me and my BF become VAMPIRES i got a guy from the internet called Vampire Changer who was a VAMPIRE so i told him that me and my boyfriend would love to become VAMPIRES so he asked me of my Name ,Country, Age ,State , address and asked me to pay for just to send me his blood which i did immediately and in the next 3 days i got the blood sample through the DHL which me and my boyfriend took in the blood into your body and in the next 30 minutes i turned into a VAMPIRE so if you interested in becoming a VAMPIRE kindly contact his [removed] he also has a friend who is a warewolf just incase you want to be one.

      • admin says:

        Though I am personally against sending private details like you did to unknown people on the internet, your Vampire Changer friend sure sounds legit. Judging by some of their fees I’m sure there’s quite a few bloodsuckers working for DHL so I’m grateful for reminding us about this convenient way to send and receive blood samples from strangers.

  2. Wallace Graham says:

    Hello everyone, in 2014 i wanted to become a vampire from one man in UK and he collected my money, and he did not make me a Vampire. In 2015 someone directed me to a vampire lord in Bulgaria and this man make me a vampire. I will advice anyone who want to become a vampire should contact Wallace Graham via email: [removed] the money who make a Vampire.Miss Jennet.

    • admin says:

      I had a run-in with Bulgarian vampire lords, it wasn’t pleasant. I recommend hindu priests many other commenters speak of, it’s a much more pleasant experience.

  3. Santos oliver dinero says:

    i have the hindu priest email, it happens i was bitten and got a blood transfussion vampires Exist and its only those foolish ones who are afraid that will say vampires dont exist, [removed] thats my email you can email me and i will direct you on ways to become a vampire, and also you can call [removed], i do also have the hindu priest contact and you can find out the email from me if interested in all these.

  4. Andre says:

    “You’ll often hear about these monsters only spawning during certain moon phases, but it’s never been completely confirmed.”

    Originally it was by the phases of the moon. But about 2.5 weeks in because all the griefing it was stealth changed to be random.

  5. Elkamel eymen says:

    Hello every one here i am elkeml eymen from United Kingdom,i am a vampire i was initiated at child birth,i was unable to pregnate my wife,i have been searching for a cure online,until i meet this Vampire doctor name Doctor Osifo he work in Ghana hospital,they have all kind of Vampire cure and help,they cure me and my wife,my wife just get pregnate,i never believe that i can be cured,any one here who need their help should contact them,they sell Vampire blood,and cure Vampire,if you want to be a Vampire or cure for Vampire email Them at [removed]

    • admin says:

      Sorry to hear about troubles with your sexual performance. Congratulations on your vampire baby, your wife must be so happy!

  6. lord_drakarys says:

    am a werewolf and the only way to become one is to be bitten or be one genetically personally my parents are the alpha and female alpha (the only wolves apart from the elders aloud to mate) and if you are bitten most packs won’t accept you anyway because you are only half werewolf (you can’t control yourself when you transform) but. I can give. You. What you want but. First contact me via [removed],once. In a lifetime opportunity

    • admin says:

      I know we vampires have our differences with you werewolves, just wanted to drop a quick note to let you know we’re a very welcoming community here and don’t discriminate no matter your smell or lifestyle choice.

      Anyway, a quick question, if one was to get bitten by a werewolf would that person be a full werewolf in control of himself or only a half-werewolf?

  7. GREGORY BROWN says:

    Hello friends, been a Vampire is a very nice thing which you would not know not until you become one, when I heard about it I thought it was a joke and that they were just only kidding but I decided to email the great vampire email address I saw there and told him that I needed to be a vampire too, immediately he turned me to a vampire under 2 days and I am so happy today. Thanks to the great vampire for comforting me, email him now at [removed], to become a VAMPIRE today.

    • admin says:

      The great vampire you speak of is surely a busy “man” and would not take kindly to you posting his name and contact details in such a public way. So, removed.

  8. Kaith bradon says:

    Being a vampire has certain limitations, but it can also be a ton of fun. Your extra strengths and abilities can make you successful in almost every endeavor you participate in and before you know it the money and acquaintances will come streaming in. You can build wealth and gain prestige and notoriety and attempt things you may never have even considered as a human. One thing you will definitely have more of is time. Beef up your education and learn all you every wanted to. Travel the world to see things most people only ever see on TV This is going to be especially fun if you turned to share your life with one of us. Let us show you the wonders of the world. Learn new languages, go skydiving or scuba dive with sharks, visit the African safari. You no longer need to be scared of nature or wildlife you will have become the worlds strongest predator. Have fun with it and your life as a vampire can be more fulfilling than you ever dreamed. Explore, experiment, experience and get excited. There’s a big world out there with lots to see and do and as a vampire, you can do it all, if willing and ever ready to be a full blooded vampire with powers and mighty great skills then these is the opportunity for you to get transformed and turned into a vampire, contact the mighty hindu priest and also he is a vampire lord, find him on his email and lay your request and heart wishes to him, trust me you will find him on: [removed] or you can as well find me on my email [removed]. Be in peace and acquire powers.

    • admin says:

      If I wasn’t a vampire already, I would definitely be convinced by your wonderfully articulate post! And you’re completely right, money and new friendships just came pouring in once I became a vampire and it’s a whole new world filled with limitless opportunities.

      I don’t like your idea of diving with sharks though, can you imagine if one accidentally bit you? I mean we do have to be at least a little bit careful cause making vampire sharks even if not intentional can really mess with the marine life.

  9. Vansaders says:

    Hi, and i just want to share my experience with everyone. I have being hearing about this blank ATM card for a while and i never really paid any interest to it because of my doubts. Until one day i discovered a hacking guy called Leonard. he is really good at what he is doing. Back to the point, I inquired about The Blank ATM Card. If it works or even Exist. They told me Yes and that its a card programmed for random money withdraws without being noticed and can also be used for free online purchases of any kind. This was shocking and i still had my doubts. Then i gave it a try and asked for the card and agreed to their terms and conditions. Hoping and praying it was not a scam. One week later i received my card and tried with the closest ATM machine close to me, It worked like magic. I was able to withdraw up to $6,000. This was unbelievable and the happiest day of my life. So far i have being able to withdraw up to $78,000 without any stress of being caught. I don’t know why i am posting this here, i just felt this might help those of us in need of financial stability. blank ATM has really change my life. If you want to contact them, Here is the email address [removed]. And I believe they will also Change your Life

    • admin says:

      This is a vampire-related page so please refrain yourself from posting off-topic content. I’ll make this a one-time exception though, as your ATM card with magic money can be useful to our community of soon-to-be-vampires. There’s sadly many unscrupulous vampires out there charging a fee for enlarging our vampire flock so in case someone is out of cash I’m sure your magic money card can give them the necessary funding to accomplish their life goals of becoming a vampire (or even a werewolf, we don’t judge).

  10. morrison says:

    i want to inform you that out there people are claiming to be vampire and they turn out to be fake,
    that how i payed them lot of money at the end it was fake.thank God i found the real vampire,who turn me into vampire within one week and his name is albert and you can contact him via email:[removed].

    • admin says:

      Sorry to hear about you wasting money. I agree, there’s far too many fake vampires out there just looking to earn money by sending blood samples through DHL. We all know real covenant-sanctioned vampire turning requires some face to neck time, right? I mean there’s really no end to what some people will think of for trying to earn some money.

      Personally I think it’s great that we have this amazing community here of real vampires advertising their services. Injecting some stranger’s blood received through DHL really doesn’t have the same charm.

  11. williams hurbs says:

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    at night only even at the very middle of broad day light you will be made
    to walk, this is an opportunity to have the human vampire virus to perform
    in a good posture.if you are interested contact us on [removed]

    • admin says:

      Hi William, thanks for your wonderful advertisement.

      you shall be made to be very sensitive to mental alertness

      Where do I sign up to be made very sensitive to mental alertness?

      Thanks.

  12. billywillard604 says:

    How do I find a priest of Arkay to cure vampirism??ANYBODY!!??

    • admin says:

      Priests in Mage’s guilds can cure you. In Riften town (Rift zone) talk to Prelate Sabinus, I think he’s upstairs, should cost you 600 gold or so.

      In Reaper’s March you can go to Rawl’kha town and Valaste should be able to cure you, also inside Mage’s guild.

      Not sure about other locations, but there should be more Priests of Arkay in other towns with Mages Guilds as well.

  13. Michael says:

    my name is Michael and i want everyone to know that they are fake vampires out there….and i want to use the medium to say big to you to my very good friend who directed me to a vampire lord….His name is Wallace Graham, whom later turn me into a vampire….you can contact me through email: [removed] and you can also contact Wallace Graham through this email [removed].

    • admin says:

      Thanks for the advice Michael, sadly we’re already well aware here about fake vampires. This Wallace Graham character sure sounds like a legit vampire lord, cause there’s definitely no way a non-vampire lord person would have such a distinguished name.

  14. World Of Vampire says:

    VAMPIRE FAMILY

    You are welcome to Vampire Brotherhood

    Vampire are REAL, I was give birth to as a FULL BLOOD VAMPIRE MEMBER here in California, United State.

    If you want to JOIN the VAMPIRE FAMILY ORGANIZATION which also mean you want to become a VAMPIRE then kindly visit our web site to fill the Vampire Form.

    Kindly go to our web site to get more information about the Vampire Family Home.
    Jiang Shi Paul
    Vampire Email: [removed]
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    • admin says:

      That’s a mighty fine website you got there, you 100% nailed the Geocities look we all desperately miss. Definitely makes me feel better about keeping my website simple and outdated, I guess in another 15 years someone else might look upon it with equal nostalgic, heart-warming feelings.

      Anyway I filled out your vampire brotherhood application form and await your prompt reply. It’s nice of you to also ask for my email password, but I’m a bit disappointed you failed to include a field for my credit card number because I’d definitely like to immediately start supporting your brotherhood with a recurring donation.

  15. larry says:

    I am thanking god for everything he has done for me, My own Story started in 2010 when i was seeking for a way to become a vampire in south africa and i spent all the money i had and i even sell all my properties here in UK and i did not get the right person until i meet with Mr marcus baur, the man that later turn me into a vampire, This man gave me reason to be happy again. Thank you very much Mr marcus and i can not stop thanking you untill i tell the whole world how good you are and have been to me in making me a vampire,you can contact Mr marcus via email: [removed]

    • admin says:

      Thanks for sharing your story. Even a homeless vampire is better than not being one.

      My own story started much later than yours. Sometime in 2014 while I was exploring the world and meeting all kinds of people, I heard that becoming a vampire was possible. Most of the stuff was just rumors then, and even when someone told you where to find vampires you still had to get lucky enough to come alone. The word spread quickly around the world and people were flocking to become bitten. Unfortunately out of the three well-known vampire covenants at that time it was really hard to get their attention. You knew where to find them, but so did hundreds of others.

      To make matters worse, some people who were already converted by these covenants were coming back every single day to ensure nobody else gets bitten, only to attempt to sell their neck-biting services for profit.

      So I waited. I armed myself with patience and waited in Bangkok. Between work and sleep I spent every moment I could running back and forth between three rumored gathering spots. A week later and I was still a mortal, with even more doubts than ever. Will I ever become a vampire? Will I actually have to spend my hard earned money to pay some unscrupulous individual to make me one?

      It wasn’t until day 8 or 9 — I lost track — that people’s interest dropped. Many were beginning to give up thinking it’s just not worth it. Believe it or not I found myself completely alone, still waiting after all that time, when I finally saw three vampire lords ready to scar my neck. It was a warm and starry night, with seemingly only me and these three vampires out in the open.

      Honestly I was really scared. I crouched behind some cover and slowly started to approach them. I didn’t know what to expect. I had doubts too. Is this even real? Did I really get so lucky to stumble upon them alone? My questions were quickly answered. As soon as these vampires noticed me they started running towards me. I was never more afraid, and their bloody eyes and awkward limb movement made me doubt if I found actual vampires, or was it someone’s practical joke and these were zombies.

      Before I even realized it my legs were already sprinting away. My mind and body were definitely not as one, and while I did my best to slow myself down the primal fear and rush of adrenaline just told me to run as fast as I can. But these were real vampires, with superior numbers and speed. One of them jumped me from behind and hit me several times, trying to knock me off balance. I was powerless to escape, and he finally grabbed me and got a quick bite from my neck. I screamed, but it was out of fear not pain. I just kept running, and it didn’t take too long for the vampires to simply give up. I was confused, but I did not question my luck. Their hunger was satisfied, and my belief is they returned to the same place only to find another victim later in the night.

      The effects of the bite were quickly felt. Things were happening inside my body and I could feel it. Did I really become a vampire, or did some diseased crackhead infect me with something else entirely? I never felt more alone and I had no idea what to do next. I had nobody to guide me and show what’s happening to me. Nobody to comfort or explain. But I endured the pain, put the first thing I found to cover my bleeding neck, and went home. My adventure here was done.

      Just a few moment later, I met my first vampire. One that didn’t immediately attack, that is. It was almost like he knew I was coming and waited. We talked for a bit, and he laid out my path before me. He told me where to go and what to do, and without his help I don’t think I would get through it. What happened next I cannot explain, as I do not want to spoil your own journey. Needless to say I soon met more like-blooded individuals who helped me understand my path.

      In the end the journey was definitely worth it. All the wait, the doubts and fear seem so insignificant now compared to what I gained. Anyone who decides to become a vampire will most certainly not regret it.

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