Vampires are powerful creatures. Nobody can kill an already dead person. In this post we cover vampirism. First we will look at what vampires are in ESO. Second we will answer the question: How to become a vampire? Third we will analyse why you should become a vampire. Last we will cover the negative sides of being a vampire.
What is a vampire?
Vampires are not uncommon in The Elder Scrolls series. They play a large role in quests in Oblivion and Skyrim. This is not any different from The Elder Scrolls Online.
In ESO (or TESO) vampirism can both be a burden and blessing. Being a vampire in ESO does not affect the story in any way. It functions as an extra skill tree within the skills system. It features powerful passives and access to two active abilities and an ultimate ability.
Vampirism in ESO has four different stages increasing the severity of the negative effects of the disease, but also decreases costs of the abilities. This progress to the last stage (stage 4) happens over time. A vampire can feed to reduce the severity of the disease.
How to become a vampire?
In ESO there are two ways to contract vampirism:
The first method is fighting NPC vampires. There is a small chance of becoming infected. This change supposedly is higher during full moon.
The second method is to be bitten by a player who is a vampire. This player has to unlock the 'Blood Ritual' passive before being able to. A player can only bite another player every 7 days.
You can find vampire shire (altar) locations on our Vampirism page.
Why should I become a vampire?
Undead cannot be killed, can they? Vampires are powerful and in The Elder Scrolls Online there is a reason for it. Their passive, active and ultimate abilities are very beneficial for magicka builds in certain situations.
The ultimate ability: Bat Swarm and it's morphs increases survivability significantly. Especially the Devouring Swarm morph offers AOE damage and self-healing. Often tanky builds use this ability to have some time to breath and recover resources.
Drain Essence is a special ability. Its morph Invigorating Drain is the only magicka ability that actively grants ultimate to the caster. It also is a stun and self-heal.
Mist Form offers vampires a cleanse of all negative effects, but also increases movability on the field. It reduces damage taken by a stunning 75%. The trade-off is no magicka recovery and the caster cannot activate any ability while it is active.
The passive abilities grant the player with more stamina and magicka recovery, reduced damage taken while under 30% up to 33% and ignore movement speed penatly while in sneak.
Why should I not become a vampire?
Vampires do not like daylight, and fire. The benefits of being a vampire do not come without cost. The severity of the disease becomes more significant every stage. Health recovery plummets and the damage taken from fire goes through the roof.
A vampire has 75% less health recovery, although the Unnatural Resistance passive reduces that amount a little. The increased fire damage taken (up to 25% more) is a real pain in dungeons where a lot of fire damage is pressence (e.g. Bloodroot Forge and City of Ash).
Another threath vampires encounter is the fact that they are Undead. The Fighters Guild skills and passives deal a massive amount of damage to Undead. Fighters Guild abilities can deal up to 20% additional damage to Undead enemies.
Should I become a vampire?
It heavily depends on the situation. If you are going to do PVP, vampirism can be very beneficial. The pros do outweigh the cons in my personal experience. In PVE however this is very different. There is a lot of fire damage in dungeons and trials. If you decide to go vampire in PVE anyway, the best stage is stage 2. At that stage you will get all the benefits but less severe negative effects.
Some addons just impove visuals. Other addons simply make the game better. Here are five addons you should use to improve your experience in the Elder Scrolls Online. Featuring Action Duration Reminder, RaidNotifier, Shissu's Guild Tools, Inventory Insight and AwesomeGuildStore.
1: Action Duration Reminder - by cloudor
You are a brave person and visit dungeons very often. No matter whether you are a Damage Dealer (DD), Healer or Tank: Action Duration Reminder is a must have addon for any ESO player.
Action Duration Reminder does exactly what you expect it to do. It shows a numerical timer on each (over time) ability you activate. Reminding you when your Damage over Time ability or Area of Effect ability has to be replaced on the boss. This addon is a nice addition to the game due to it improving your damage and skill rotation.
2: RaidNotifier - by Kyoma
Many PVE guild participate in the weekly Trial. RaidNotifier is a nice addition to the game and warns you for any dangers that are ahead.
Instead of having to rely on visuals or audio, RaidNotifier will warn you for any danger that may one-shot you. When a boss targets you, you get an on-screen notification that you are targeted by the boss. With this addon you will never be too late blocking or healing yourself through that most difficult part of the trial.
3: Shissu's Guild Tools - by Shissu
Whether you run a guild or are high in rank, Shissu's Guild Tools will help you manage your guild. This addon has many features that are missing in the base game.
The addon comes with a large list of improvements to the guild windows. Here is just a short list of the most useful and powerful tools this addon has to offer:
A full list of features can be found on the download page of the addon
4: Inventory Insight - by manavortex
We've all experienced it: You have a few characters and you just want to rebuild one of them. You start looking for which gear you want to use. So, you start farming the gear or use the quick route of purchasing the gear in a guild store. After hours of farming or spending thousands of coins, you find out that you already own that set item you so desperately needed on another character.
Luckily those times are over with Inventory Insight. This addon opens up a new window when you take a look inside your inventory, (guild) bank or guild store. In this window are all the items you own. You can filter them in categories or filter by text search. Hovering the item shows you how many of the item you own and which character or bank has the item. A must have that could save you hours of relogging to find that one item you had on that one character, but you don't remember on which. It also could save you hours of farming or prevent you from spending coin unnecessary.
5: AwesomeGuildStore - by sinrinsidiator
Everybody knows about guild store addons like Master Merchant (MM) by Philgo68 or
Tamriel Trade Centre (TTC) by cyxui, but these addons are missing a crucial component. The addon that makes selling and buying items easy is AwesomeGuildStore.
This addon, other than MM and TTC, does not show you prices or the amount sold this week or in the past 180 days. AwesomeGuildStores makes selling much easier by altering the listing screen in the guild store window. It allows you to set the quantity, unit price and total price, but also has options to set the price to an average or last sold price.
The buying part of this addon is even greater. It allows you to filter the items in categories, eg. jewelry only or recipe only. Besides that you can filter the price range, Champion Points range, quality range, unit price range and even filter by text. And it doesn't end there. AwesomeGuildStore allows you to filter per armor/weapon/jewelry/etc. type, trait and enchantment. The addon can even filter out all the recipes and motifs you already know, so you can easily browse those items you can still learn on your character.
AwesomeGuildStore is a must have addon to make coin, maybe even more important than having MM or TTC. Thus a highly recommended addon with more features on the download page.
Nothing is more satisfying than turning your enemies into piles of ash or shatter them into small frozen pieces. The destruction staff comes in three variants: lighting, frost and fire. Even though they are often used in PVP in combination with a restoration staff, two destruction staffs can create a powerful harmony. However it may still be hard to understand why certain staff combinations create such harmony in DPS. Which destruction staff should you use? How do they form synergy? What weapon skills should I use?
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