The main story of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim itself is striking and keeps the player hooked. There is so much to do in the game, making players sink countless hours exploring the Skyrim Shangri-la alone.
Except for the time-consuming character customizer initially, there are several other ways to change your character appearance. One popular method is by becoming a werewolf or a vampire.
Vampirism is fun. Many people would like to try it out once. The number of cons outbalances the pros, and I would not be surprised if you get bored of Vampirism and look for a cure.
How To Cure Vampirism In Skyrim
Now that you are, after searching for how to cure Vampirism in Skyrim, let me assure you, you are at the right place.
With the help of this guide, you will revert back as the Dragonborn that is born to slay Alduin if you have not already.
That said, becoming a Vampire is not that bad if your character is more inclined towards stealth/magic-oriented build.
Still, if you have developed your character into a warrior or playing the game for the first time, the curse is something you should avoid.
How To Cure Vampirism Skyrim: Stages
Before getting into the guide, understanding vampirism is crucial. You can get the Vampirism pathogen after encountering vampires.
There are many ways to get infected by Sanguinare Vampiris; Vampiric Drain, weapons wielded by vampires are some common causes.
After 24-hours of game time, the infected character progresses to a higher stage without feeding. There are four stages in total. More details are given down below:
|1||Frost resistance: 20%|
Fire weakness: 20%
Sun weakness: –15 pts
Champion of the Night
Vampiric Strength: 5 pts.
|2||Frost resistance: 30%|
Fire weakness: 30%
Sun weakness: –30 pts
|Stage 1 base spells + Vampire Seduction||Basic abilities|
Vampiric Strength: 5 pts.
|3||Frost resistance: 40%|
Fire weakness: 40%
Sun weakness: –45 pts
|Same spells as stage 2||Basic abilities|
Vampiric Strength: 5 pts.
|4||Frost resistance: 50%|
Fire weakness: 50%
Sun weakness: –60 pts
|Stage 3 base spells +|
Embrace of Shadows
Vampiric Strength: 5 pts.
There are multiple ways to cure Vampirism in Skyrim, check them out down below:
#1- Drinking A Potion of Cure Disease
After becoming a Vampire Lord, it is hard to cure the disease and limit the number of ways to fix Vampirism.
Before stage 4, it is easier to cure the disease rather than crossing stage 4. If you have not reached stage 4 yet, one of the quickest ways is to make a Potion of Cure Disease.
You can also find these potions from looting the bodies of Vigilants of Stendarr.
These priests are usually found around Stendarr’s Beacon, Hall of the Vigilant, and Skyrim. Silver Hand warriors also have these potions.
Below are the alchemical ingredients that show the Cure Disease effect:
- Charred Skeever Hide
- Felsaad Tern Feathers
- Hawk Feathers
- Mudcrab Chitin
- Vampire Dust
Combine these ingredients to form a potion if you do not want to buy the potions. If you are still infected by the pathogen or unable to make a potion yourself, there are other ways that you can try.
#2- Pray At A Shrine Or Have Yourself Cured
Praying at different shrines scattered across Skyrim not only cures the player inflicted from any disease but also provides a blessing that lasts for 8 in-game hours.
Praying at shrines cures all diseases except advanced lycanthropy and Vampirism.
There are many shrines located throughout the map. If you are an explorer, it is hard to miss these shrines. Some shrines may require the player to complete the quest before having access to praying.
If you have yet to find a shrine, you can use the Skyrim Wiki to visit your nearest shrine. Look for temples in important and big cities, head inside them, and you will likely find a shrine.
#3- Cure The Illness Before It Spreads
Earlier, I have mentioned four stages of Vampirism that spread after some time. Feeding prevents the disease from spreading and prevents it from evolving.
You can feed sleeping people or conscious NPCs, but it can become irritating if someone catches you doing it in broad daylight or at night.
After crossing a particular stage, the illness spreads to the max, and the number of ways that cure the disease reduces to a single quest.
Take your time, explore different abilities of Vampirism and try not to get caught while feeding.
You can prevent the disease from evolving from stage 1 if you continuously feed. No matter which NPC will become your feed, make sure not to get caught.
#4- Asking A Vigilant Of Stendarr To Cure You
While roaming the stunning land of Skyrim, you might have met people from the Vigilant of Stenderr, a militant order formed to eradicate creatures that feed on humans such as vampires and werewolves, witches, and more.
The Vigilant can be found strolling around the Hall of Vigilant in Skyrim. The Vigilant races are comprised of Redguard, Dunmer, and Nords.
An easier way of locating these guys is that they often roam in pairs.
If the Dragonborn is infected, the Vigilant will notice and offer the player to cure any disease afflicting the player, free of cost. Depending on the level of the Dragonborn, the level of Vigilant will vary.
Approach any Vigilant, start a dialogue and then choose the “Please cure me.” option.
#5- Eating Garlic Bread (Hearthfire DLC)
For this workaround to work and cure Sanguinare Vampiris, you would need Hearthfire DLC.
If you do not have the DLC, this cure will not cure the Vampirism of your character. Assuming you have the DLC, the cure itself is pretty straightforward.
In popular media, garlic and holy water are the two weaknesses of vampires. In Skyrim, you can cure diseases by crafting garlic bread in an oven.
Garlic bread is lightweight, easier to carry than other stuff that cures Sanguinare Vampiris.
For crafting garlic bread, you will require the following ingredients:
- 1x Bread
- 1x Garlic
- 1x Butter
You can not only cure Vampirism with this food, but other forms of diseases also cannot hold a candle against this lightweight badass piece of bread.
#6- Command Prompt Method
This is the easiest way to cure the illness, but this counts as cheating, at least to me.
Players who want a clean and cheat-free experience can avoid this step, but players who are tired of Vampirism wish to get rid of the disease by any means.
Note this solution only works for PC players. If you are on a console, this method will not work for you.
The most popular way is by accessing the character creation menu and changing the character’s race.
Note: you will not lose your progress.
Here is how you can access the character creation menu:
- Open the game’s console by pressing the “~” key on your keyboard.
- Type in the following command without quotations: “showracemenu”
- Press the enter key on your keyboard.
This will immediately cure Vampirism, and you will be back to being the normal race that you have chosen.
NOTE: Before using this method, you need to keep in mind one crucial piece of information: changing your character’s race may mess up your stats.
Lycanthropy or transforming into a werewolf is the second primary transformative disease that players can experience in the game.
If you have yet to become a lycanthrope and have not tested lycanthropy before, you can cure Vampirism with this method.
Lycanthropy has its own drawbacks. Like in movies and fiction, werewolves are weaker to silver weapons.
So, if you are a werewolf, you will take extra damage from silver weapons. Moreover, if someone sees you transform into a werewolf, they will attack you on sight.
On the Brightside, you can walk freely in sunlight. Unlike vampires, your melee attacks deal more damage without any weapons.
Moreover, lycanthropes also enjoy a boost in health, mana, and stamina, and players also will be able to carry more stuff than in general.
To become a werewolf, seek and speak to Aela the Huntress, a member of The Companions. She can either be found at The Companion’s headquarters or in the area of Jorrvaskr.
#8- Rising At Dawn Quest
This is the most convenient way of treating the disease. The game is developed in such a way that one way or another, you will get infected with Vampirism, and eventually, players will seek ways to cure the disease.
This method is for players that have reached stage 4 of Vampirism, and there is no other way of curing the disease.
So, unless you are at the final stage, try different ways to cure the disease. That said, here is how you can trigger and complete the quest.
- During free roam, find and head to the nearest inn.
- Talk to the innkeeper and choose the “Heard and rumors lately?” dialogue option. Keep clicking the dialogue until you will find the following dialogue:
- “They say Falion of Morthal has studied vampires, draugr, and all matter of undead.”
IMPORTANT NOTES: If you cannot find the aforementioned, ensure that you visit any innkeeper as a vampire. Townfolk will attack you on sight if you are a stage 4 vampire. To avoid that, either consume a blood potion or feed on NPCs.
If the quest still fails to trigger, then you can enter the following command into the game’s console: “setstage 0005C625 200”.
One crucial thing that you should keep in mind is that the quest will skip, and the game will count it as a completed quest.
- Find Falion In Morthal. He is a dark-skinned mage-looking NPC that you can easily find. He is located on the “East side of the river.” If you have issues finding him, make sure you have selected the “Rising at Dawn” quest from the menu.
- Upon talking, he will ask you to bring him a filled Black Soul Gem. The gem is filled after casting a “Soul Trap” spell on humans or other creatures that count as sentient creatures. You can also buy the gem from Falion for a hefty amount.
- Meet him at dawn, between 5 and 6 A.M. in-game time, in Morthal.
- Stand in between the Summoning Stones, and the disease will be cured.
Also, you can use the method more than once. So, you have to try Vampirism again if you are interested in other reasons, but the method is pretty annoying and time-consuming.
Vampirism: Unique Spells And Abilities
Vampirism itself is not that bad as it may sound. Sure it can be annoying to see the flashy effects on your screen during daylight.
Like lycanthropy, Vampirism has several benefits and comes with unique abilities, which are viable for players looking for a sneak/assassin build.
After coming into contact with Vampirism, and at stage 1, you will get three unique spells that you will only get after becoming a vampire.
You get an additional spell after evolving to a higher stage (maximum stage level is 4).
Below are the details of the Unique Spells:
- Vampiric Drain: As the name suggests, or if you have experienced this attack from vampiric enemies, it drains health per second from the target. The intensity of the spell increases as the severity of the disease increases.
- Vampire’s Sight: You will have better and clear sight at night and will be able to see things from a distance.
- Vampire’s Servant: Casting on a dead body will reanimate the corpse that will fight for the player for 60 seconds. The spell can only be casted once per day. Also improves as the severity of the disease increases.
- Vampire’s Seduction: Calm agitative and irritated targets calming them for a limited duration. The player can feed on calmed targets.
- Embrace of Shadows: Becomes invisible to the NPCs with night vision for three minutes. The spell can only be used once per day. Interaction will break the spell.
There are a total of four unique abilities that vampires enjoy in Skyrim:
- Resist Disease: Your character becomes 100 percent resistant to all diseases.
- Resist Poison: Your character becomes 100 percent resistant to poison.
- Nightstalker’s Footsteps: Your character gets a sneak boost and is 25 percent harder to detect during sneak.
- Champion of the Night: The spells casted by a vampiric infected Dragonborn becomes 25 percent powerful.
Where Can I Get Vampirism In Skyrim?
As mentioned earlier in the article, there are many ways to get infected with the vampiric pathogen.
The infection not only alters the player internally but physically as well. One of the best things that I love about Skyrim is the attention to detail.
You can tell from a person’s eye whether they are normal or is a vampire. You see, a vampire in Skyrim has special eyes for males and females after getting infected.
At the early stages, it is harder for the common folk of Skyrim to check whether the Dragonborn is a vampire or not.
That said, if you are interested in becoming a vampire, there are several ways to get infected.
- Drinking from Bloodspring: If you decide to drink from the bloodspring in Redwater Den can infect the player with the disease.
- Vampire attacks: Different vampire attacks like Vampiric Drain, there is a 10 percent chance of getting infected. The player can also get infected after getting hit physically by weapon-wielding vampires.
- Broken Fang cave: This cave is easy to find and is located in Whiterun hold, where you will encounter some vampires, get hit by them is one way of getting infected.
Is Vampirism Good In Skyrim?
It highly depends on the build that you have gone with. If your character is an assassin and likes to surprise its enemies, surely it will enjoy the 25 percent boost in sneak after becoming a vampire.
Moreover, if you like magic, Vampirism is one way to boost all spells. It is like opening a loot box to give you a headstart in the game.
You also gain night vision and some valuable spells that will help you sneak and get rid of your enemies swiftly.
If you build anything that I have mentioned above, frankly speaking, Vampirism is not for you.
Sure, you can get infected and have some fun, but in the end, you will be returning back to being a normal Dragonborn or a lycanthrope, which is way better than Vampirism, to be very honest.
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