Elder Scrolls Online: How to Become a Vampire

Vampires return in The Elder Scrolls Online, and contracting the dreaded disease will start up a quest line leading you down the path to darkness. Just like becoming a vampire in Skyrim, there are advantages and disadvantages to the change.

Like joining a guild, contracting vampirism unlocks a new set of active/passive skills to unlock. As time passes, the stages of vampirism increase, adding further buffs or debuffs to your character. To bring the illness back under control, you’ll need to feed on the living. There’s way more to being a vampire, so check out the info below.

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How to Become a Vampire

NOTE: There are many advantages and disadvantages to becoming a vampire in ESO. Check out the info below, and drop a comment if there’s something you think we should add.

Getting the Disease

Warning: Werewolves or those currently infected with the disease cannot contract vampirism.

Method #1: Infection Sites

Vampires can be found in all advanced-level zones of Tamriel. Look for special sites (similar to dungeon or battle zone markers) with a crescent moon symbol. Vampires congregate in these locations.

If you’re bitten and contract vampirism, a new quest called “Scion of the Blood Matron” will drop into your journal. Complete it to either become a vampire, or cure yourself of the disease.

Method #2: Other Players

Other players can bite and infect you with vampirism. This takes place at the Vampire ritual site. There is a 7-day cooldown timer between each bite.

Advantages & Disadvantages

As a vampire, you’ll gain a new skill line in the World Skills submenu, and your avatar will experience four stages of vampiric effects that add particular buffs or debuffs over a period of time.

  • Stage 1 (30 min): +50% Fire Damage Weakness
  • Stage 2 (60 min): -25% Health Regeneration, +50% Fire Damage Weakness, -20% Health Cost to Vampirism Skills
  • Stage 3 (90 min): -50% Health Regeneration, +50% Fire Damage Weakness, -40% Health Cost to Vampirism Skills
  • Stage 4 (90+ min): -75% Health Regeneration, +50% Fire Damage Weakness, -60% Health Cost to Vampirism Skills

Vampires always suffer weakness to fire, and their special vampire skills cost health to cast instead of magicka.

To lower stages of vampirism, the player must feed on human opponents. Using invisibility (Nightblade Skill) or unlocking Dark Stalker makes this much easier. Otherwise, simply crouch and approach a human enemy (PVE) to gain the option to feed.

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5 Comments on Elder Scrolls Online: How to Become a Vampire

Kyle D

On April 2, 2014 at 7:55 pm

Awesome thanks for the info. I didn’t know about the vampire sites (moon markers). Anyway to list what zones might have these?

Kevin Thielenhaus

On April 3, 2014 at 12:04 pm

@Kyle D:

I’ll keep a lookout for lists of zones — right now, I believe they can be found in The Rift or any of the other level 40-50 zones. They won’t appear until later in the game, for sure.


On April 5, 2014 at 7:35 pm

am I understanding this correctly? The higher stage vampirism regenerates health slower and slower?


On May 8, 2014 at 2:57 am

Am Wilson by name, i turn to a vampire any time i want to. i become a vampire because of how people treat me, this world is a wicked world and not fair to any body. at the snack of my finger things are made happened. am now a powerful man and no one step on me without an apology goes free. i turn to human being also at any time i want to. and am one of the most dreaded man in my country. i become a vampire through the help of my friend who introduce me into a vampire kingdom by given me their email. if you want to become a powerful vampire kindly contact the vampire kingdom on their email kingofvampire1@hotmail.com.