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Curing Vampirism Guide – How to Cure Vampirism in Skyrim

Curing Vampirism Guide – How to Cure Vampirism in Skyrim

So you’re looking for a vampire cure? Maybe you contracted the disease by accident or perhaps you’re just sick of feeding and being treated like outcast.

Whatever your reasons, here’s how to cure vampirism.

There are different options for curing vampirism depending on how far along you are with the disease.

Curing Sanguinare Vampiris

If you’ve got into it with any vampires lately there’s a good chance that you could contract the vampire disease Sanguinare Vampiris.

This is transmitted when a vampire uses the Vampiric Drain spell.

This is the disease that starts the process of turning you into a vampire. However, think of this as the incubation period and it is very simple to cure Sanguinare Vampiris.

From initially contracting the disease you have 72 hours to cure it before you become a Stage 1 Vampire.

There are two cures for vampirism at this stage:

  • You can take a Cure Disease potion, and provided it’s taken within the 72 hours, you will be cured.
  • Pray at a Shrine – Any Shrine will do as part of the blessing is curing diseases.

There you have it. That’s how you can cure Sanguinare Vampiris!

Now if you’ve left it past 72 hours then you are now a full-blown vampire and will need a different cure…

How to Cure Vampirism

The vampire cure involves a few steps but is still pretty simple.

The first thing to know about being a vampire is that there are four stages, and each stage brings you more benefits but also more detriments.

You progress through the stages every 24 hours if you don’t feed on a sleeping NPC. Feeding will return you to Stage 1.

It is inadvisable to attempt curing vampirism if you are Stage 3 or 4.

In Stage 3 NPCs will not usually interact with you, and at Stage 4 you are so far gone that citizens will attack you on sight. So if you’re Stage 3 or 4, get feed first before you start.

To get started, you’ll need to speak to any bartender and ask for rumors until you’re given the quest “Rising at Dawn”.

Rising at Dawn Quest

  • You might need to talk to a bartender a few times until you get the quest. You’ll be pointed towards a mage in Morthal called Falion.
  • Talk to Falion after 6pm (easternmost house in Morthal) and he’ll recognize you as a vampire and offer to cure you if you bring him a filled Black Soul Gem.
  • Falion will sell a Black Soul Gem for about 1300 gold but if you don’t want to buy one you can head to Fort Snowhawk where there are necromancers who carry them.
  • Cast Spell Trap on an enemy, kill them in the allotted time and fill your Black Soul Gem.
  • Speak to Falion again in Morthal who will tell you to meet him at dawn (between 4 and 6am) at the Summoning Stones which is just north of Morthal.
  • Let Falion do his thing and perform the ritual.

Congratulations! You’ve successfully initiated the vampire cure. This method can be done repeatedly if you become a vampire further down the line.

Alternative Cure for Vampirism

If you don’t want to cure your vampirism and have no intention of becoming a vampire again, there is another permanent solution.

If you complete the Companions questline and contract Lycanthropy, otherwise known as becoming a werewolf, you will be cured of Vampirism.

You will also become resistant to Sanguinare Vampiris and therefore can’t contract the disease again.

Hopefully, you’ve found this guide on how to get rid of being a vampire in Skyrim useful.


Where can I get vampirism in Skyrim?

To catch Sanguinare Vampiris you'll need to get it from a vampire which can be found at Broken Fang Cave, Half-Moon Mill, Haemar's Shame, Mara's Eye Pond, Bloodlet Throne, Cronvangr Cave, Fellglow Keep, Movarth's Lair, Pinemoon Cave, Shriekwind Bastion, or Potema's Catacombs

What happens if you don't feed as a vampire in Skyrim?

If you don't feed as a vampire in Skyrim you get stronger. Each 24 in-game hours without feeding will progress you to the next stage of the disease up until level 4.

Is it worth it to be a vampire in Skyrim?

It is worth playing as a vampire in Skyrim if you have the Dawnguard expansion as it includes the Vampire Lord ability which is quite fun to play.


Tuesday 15th of March 2022

I'm a werewolf and I caught it I've tried sneeking in on people at night but there is no option for feed. I've been to inns and bars I even went to dawngaurd still nothing

Jazzua Andrews

Thursday 23rd of July 2020

Great article!