So: you’ve turned into a vampire, and you don’t want to be one. Thankfully, there’s a way out. Here’s how to cure Vampirism in Skyrim.
There are many diseases in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim that affect your character. The worst (or the best, depending how you look at it) is vampirism. Or Sanguinare Vampiris, as it’s known. Thankfully there’s a cure for vampirism and Sanguinare Vampiris in Skyrim. But it takes a little bit of work.
Curing Sanguinare Vampiris in Skyrim
Before you fully turn into a vampire in Skyrim, you’ll have Sanguinare Vampiris. You can contract this infection by fighting vampires – but it doesn’t have to be the end.
You have three days before Sanguinare Vampiris turns into full-on Vampirism. It’s quicker to cure the disease in this stage, and there are several ways to do this.
- Get a blessing from a shrine: Visiting a shrine in Skyrim will cure Sanguinare Vampiris. Shrines cure any diseases.
- Potions of Cure Disease: You can find these potions from alchemists, and they’ll cure any disease, including Sanguinare Vampiris
- Visit Vigilant of Stendarr: This mysterious NPC can be found around the world, and interacting with them gives you the option to be cured. You can also find them at the Hall of the Vigilant, near Dawnstar.
However: you need to do either of those tasks within three days of contracting Sanguinare Vampiris. Leave it longer than three in-game days and they will not cure Vampirism.
After three days, Sanguinare Vampiris becomes full-on Vampirism. Don’t worry: your Vampirism in Skyrim can still be cured. But you’ll have to work a little harder.
How to Cure Vampirism in Skyrim
If you’ve waited longer than three days after contracting the disease, congratulations: you’re now a fully-fledged vampire. Maybe you want to have some fun with your new form for a while. But if you’d rather not be blood-thirsty, thankfully there is a cure.
To cure vampirism in Skyrim, you ultimately need to find a character called Falion. To do this, you’ll need to follow a quest line.
Follow these steps to cure your Vampirism:
- Pick up a quest called “Rising at Dawn”. This quest can be picked up from any innkeeper by asking them about rumors. You may have to visit a few different inns over the course of a number of days before it appears. Rumors from innkeepers are randomised, so keep trying, and “Rising at Dawn” will eventually appear.
- Find Falion in Morthal. The Rising at Dawn quest tasks you with finding a character called Falion in Morthal, which is north of Whiterun. Talk to him, and he’ll inform you of a ritual that can cure Vampirism in Skyrim.
- Find a Black Soul Gem. You’ll need one of these to complete the ritual. You can find a Black Soul Gem in Skyrim as random loot on enemies, or randomly in chests. You can also purchase one from Enthir at the College of Winterhold. Falion himself can also sell you one.
- Trap a human soul in your Black Soul Gem. We told you that curing vampirism in Skyrim wouldn’t be easy. To fill your Black Soul Gem with a soul, you’ll need to kill a human with a Soul Trap spell, or a weapon enchanted with Soul Trap. You can buy Soul Trap tomes or scrolls from mages.
- Return to Falion. Once you’ve got a Black Soul Gem and trapped a soul in it, return to Falion. He’ll tell you to meet him at the ritual site between 5 and 6am. Once the ritual has been performed, that’s it: you’ve been cured of vampirism in Skyrim.