|Vampires are another form of undead, but with a peculiarity: they may become alive. A bloodless Vampire has the traits of an undead (immunity to poisons, negative energy and torment, resistant to damage from the cold), but cannot physically regenerate when monsters are in sight and are less resilient. On the other hand, a Vampire full with blood will regenerate very quickly, but will lose all undead powers. Vampires can never starve. Upon growing, they learn to transform into quick bats. Unlike other undead species, they may be mutated normally at all times.|
- Acute Vision: Vampires can see invisible.
- Fangs 3: Vampires have razor-sharp teeth, allowing a bonus auxiliary attack. While Bloodless, vampires can also restore a small amount of HP every time they successfully bite a living foe.
- Unbreathing: Vampires do not need to breathe and are resistant to asphyxiation damage.
- Although they can drink potions normally, vampires cannot eat food of any kind.
- Being undead, vampires may not worship Zin, Elyvilon, or the Shining One, nor can they wield weapons of holy wrath.
- Vampires are vulnerable to holy damage, including holy wrath-branded weapons and are affected by Dispel Undead. These liabilities apply regardless of blood level; even when Alive, vampires retain all of these vulnerabilities.
- Vampires can never cast Borgnjor's Revivification, Death's Door, or Necromutation, nor can vampires cast the following when Bloodless: Dragon Form, Hydra Form, Ice Form, Spider Form, Statue Form, Beastly Appendage, Blade Hands, Sublimation of Blood.
Vampires may switch between Alive and Bloodless using their natural abilities Exsanguinate and Revivify. Both abilities take 60 auts (6 turns) to complete. Additionally, when transitioning from Bloodless back to Alive, you gain one temporary rank of the Frail mutation (-10% Maximum HP); like other temporary mutations, this will eventually fade once you gain enough experience.
|Regeneration||Fast||None while monsters are visible|
|HP Modifier||None||-20% HP|
|Stealth Boost||None||+100 to Stealth Score|
|Negative Energy Resistance||None||3|
|Other Transformations and Berserk||Yes||No|
- Warriors: Gladiator, Assassin
- Warrior-mages: Enchanter
- Mages: Necromancer, Ice Elementalist. Earth Elementalist
- +1 dexterity or intelligence every 5th level.
- Average hit points.
- +4 magic resistance per level.
- Starting at level 3, vampires can change to Bat Form at will when Bloodless. This allows movement at spriggan speed (6 auts instead of 10) and increases your base dexterity by 5, but reduces all of your stats by 2 each, disables some items, melds all armour and jewellery except your amulet, prevents spellcasting, and weakens melee attacks. Wands and divine abilities may still be used while in bat form. Entering bat form costs 2 MP and provides flight for the extent of the transformation. Bat form will only end itself if you go above satiated level of hunger.
| Turn into a swift-moving vampire bat, increasing evasion but substantially weakening melee attacks. The transformation drains the user's attributes.
While transformed, any equipped weapons, armour and rings are melded, and the user becomes unable to cast spells.
Starting Skills and Equipment
Vampires start with all the skills and equipment listed for their background, with the following exception:
- Vampires start with no rations.
Difficulty of Play
|Simple • Intermediate • Advanced|
Not having a real food clock allows you to play cautiously or abuse powerful spells without fear of starvation. As long as you play according to your aptitudes and take advantage of your special abilities, you can do very well without too much fuss. Bat Form is extremely helpful as a means of escape, especially early on, and it comes online at level 3 (but it is only available when Bloodless). Vampires excel at Hexes and have good magic aptitudes overall. Their Hexes proficiency coupled with their exceptional Stealth aptitude and stealth bonus when Bloodless means that Vampires are particularly well suited to the Enchanter background.
The higher the value, the better the aptitude.
|Maces & Flails||-2||Necromancy||1|
Exactly how to use your variable blood states will depend on a number of things. At Bloodless, you suffer reduced health and hindered regeneration (bad) in exchange for Bat Form (good), increased stealth (depends), and several resistances (helpful, but somewhat situational).
Keep in mind that switching blood states requires a significant delay. Try to anticipate situations where you might want increased regeneration or your undead resistances and set up ahead of time, as trying to switch mid-fight may well be suicidal.
The lack of a food clock means that you can freely exploit channeling to refill MP.
Your innate escape ability, Bat Form, is usable only while Bloodless. Furthermore, it renders you mostly helpless and drains your stats each time you use it, so try not to over-rely on escaping as a bat.
You can cope with limited HP regeneration while Bloodless in a number of ways:
- Reusable options available regardless of god choice include stabbing corpse-providing enemies, casting the Vampiric Draining spell, or wielding a vampiric-branded weapon. Unfortunately, these methods are of almost no use in corpseless areas of the game, which are dominated by unholy creatures that provide no health in this way.
- In an emergency situation, potions can still be used.
- Makhleb provides the most consistent healing, as killing anything has a good chance of healing a significant amount of HP. One downside of this ability for Necromancers or Summoners is that, while Makhleb acknowledges allied kills through Piety gain, he does not grant HP for such kills.
Fun Fact: Unlike most other attack options, many combat-oriented Invocations are not disabled while in Bat Form. This has sometimes been the basis of various self-imposed challenges that center around staying in Bat Form as much as possible by, for instance, worshiping Makhleb and using his destruction and summoning abilities to dispatch enemies.
- Prior to 0.24, vampires had a hunger clock. Instead of using food like other species, they could drink blood directly from corpses (using e) or bottle the blood into potions (using c) to drink later. When at least Full, vampires would both heal and hunger quickly but lost all of their undead benefits. When Thirsty or below, they healed and hungered slowly, but could enter Bat Form and their undead traits would gradually assert themselves the closer to Bloodless they became. Additionally, entering Bat Form did not incur stat reduction.
- Prior to 0.22, vampires could not use wands while in bat form.
- Prior to 0.19, vampires had six distinct satiation states instead of four.
- Prior to 0.17, vampires did not gain a stat every 5th level.
- Prior to 0.16 vampire characters couldn't bottle up blood from the beginning.
- Prior to 0.15 thirsty vampires received only half the effect from most potions. Also, vampires wouldn't mutate and would lose the effect of mutations at or below near bloodless.
- Prior to 0.13, vampires could not cast Cure Poison, even when they had blood.
|Simple||Hill Orc • Minotaur • Merfolk • Gargoyle • Draconian • Halfling • Troll • Ghoul • Gnoll|
|Intermediate||Human • Kobold • Demonspawn • Palentonga • Spriggan • Tengu • Deep Elf • Ogre • Deep Dwarf|
|Advanced||Vine Stalker • Vampire • Demigod • Formicid • Naga • Octopode • Felid • Barachi • Mummy|