Dawnguard did the vampires in the TES series a lot of good.
But if we can all agree on one thing, I hope it’s that players can never have too many additions. Especially fans of the TES.
If you’re still playing Skyrim, that means you’re a true fan and will probably pre-order TES VI as soon as you can.
You probably still play Skyrim in different ways today, and the true vampire playthrough is one that everyone seems to love.
The main problem is that vampires do need some changes, even if you have Dawnguard installed.
So I’ve made a list of mods that will take your vampire experience in Skyrim to the next level and make it better. Have fun with them all and find out what your vampire Dragonborn can do.
- 15. Coldhaven – A Vampire City
- 14. Vampire Armor (Volkihar)
- 13. True Hybrid- Tainted Blood of the Dragonborn
- 12. Vampire Lord Serana
- 11. Better Vampire NPCs 1.9
- 10. Vampire No Sun Damage
- 9. Belua Sanguinare Revisited
- 8. Bat Travel Vampire
- 7. Lustmord Vampire Armor
- 6. Dynamic Vampire Appearance
- 5. Royal Bloodline – Vampire Lord Perk Tree
- 4. Predator Vision
- 3. Better Vampires Fangs
- 2. Sacrosanct – Vampires of Skyrim
- 1. Better Vampires 8.4
15. Coldhaven – A Vampire City
Increase the size of the Skyrim map with another place to explore. In this new part, you have the chance to start new questlines and meet new virtual people (NPCs).
Furthermore, you can check the vampires that travel between the buildings of this new entire city. To start any quest from Coldhaven, you need to visit the inn/tavern and talk to the place’s owner.
Between the possible encounters, these treating vampires have a chance to drop Bloodglass ingots that you can turn into a new weapon.
You can choose different lighting between the files, and you can also improve the experience with similar mods.
14. Vampire Armor (Volkihar)
With this mod, you have the chance to acquire a better-looking armor that you can wear with your vampire.
To add versatility, it comes with Male and female variations, leaving no one behind. Furthermore, you can make it your own and change the weight with its slider support.
Moreover, you can find unique three legendary variations with vampire-like bonus effects found in Volkihar Cathedral. Indeed, you also can craft and standard version (using ebony smithing).
Additionally, if you want to increase their potential, they are fully enchantable and upgradeable.
Above all, they come with their Heavy and light armor versions, which you can use in different builds.
13. True Hybrid- Tainted Blood of the Dragonborn
If you have ever hated having to choose between being a werewolf or vampire instead of being able to just be both, you might like this one.
The True Hybrid mod is a simple patch that lets you simultaneously be a werewolf and vampire, giving you access to the abilities of both. You can choose to nullify the effects of either of the curses if you don’t want to go Hybrid.
12. Vampire Lord Serana
Having a vampire companion in Skyrim is something else, but having her change into a Vampire Lord is another level. Indeed, when an encounter starts, Serana can change herself into the “ultimate form” and add more versatility to the fight.
Still, though, there are some parameters that the AI checks before attempting any possible change. First off, there need to be three different threats in a fight.
Secondly, she also changes if there’s a strong enemy or beyond the player’s level. Lastly, she will now change if she’s sitting, swimming, or inside a town.
11. Better Vampire NPCs 1.9
Different things change when you load this mod into your game. Overall, it adds more random vampire attacks in different parts of Skyrim.
Furthermore, these threats have more abilities like teleporting to make any melee strike their victims (including you).
At the same time, when you reduce their health, there’s a chance that they will turn into mist and escape the encounter. Last but not least, once you defeat any vampire, you have a random chance to obtain new materials for Alchemy or Blacksmithing.
Lastly, you could change the Custom Content’s parameters as you please, removing anything that you feel unnecessary.
10. Vampire No Sun Damage
What’s what, you say immersive mods are your thing? Then check this one out for sure.
It basically lets you take less damage under the sun when you’re wearing hoods or helmets, as well as any protective gear that might keep your skin from directly interacting with sunlight.
It’s not OP either, as not all damage is removed.
However you do take less damage to all your attributes when using extra gear!
9. Belua Sanguinare Revisited
BSR is the first total overhaul for vampires on my list. And it’s one that you’ll want to try out even if you have Danwguard installed.
This mod has been highly touted as the best vampire mod in Skyrim, and it remains such for many users around the world.
It tweaks basically everything from the base game, including the fear and feed systems.
The mod also gives you access to customization tools of your own, so you can dictate how your character looks and acts while in a vampiric state.
Scare people and enjoy an immersive progression system that puts Skyrim’s own vampirism features to shame.
8. Bat Travel Vampire
Now this mod allows you to transform into a swarm of bats to travel quicker, much as vampires did in traditional films and cartoons.
And trust me, it’s fun.
It looks a bit cartoonish and not as serious as other mods, but it’s still quite a cool addition to have in the game. Definitely worth at least trying(you can always uninstall, right?)
7. Lustmord Vampire Armor
One thing that I couldn’t miss on my list is a proper vampire armor to wear on female characters.
Female vampires are some of the most popular characters in Skyrim (shocking, I know).
And using the Lustmord Vampire Armor is going to take your experience to the next level.
The set itself is as detailed as I’ve never seen, with some exclusive features that make it one of the absolute best armor mods from the entire community.
And it has some additional surprises that you might want to check out – including explosive crossbow bolts!
6. Dynamic Vampire Appearance
This is a must-have mod if you’re looking for immersion as a vampire.
It changes the way the face of your vampire looks depending on which vampirical actions they’re performing.
Have you just sucked the blood out of an innocent?
Watch the blood drip out of your vampire’s mouth for a while after feeding.
Are you using the vampire night vision skill?
Then watch how your eyes turn yellow and glow like never before.
As if that wasn’t enough, your face will also change as you advance through the various stages of vampirism. Each stage has its own custom look, adding way more realism than you’d probably ever want to ask for. And it’s fantastic.
5. Royal Bloodline – Vampire Lord Perk Tree
The Vampire Lord in Dawnguard is easily one of the best additions ever made for the game.
Turning into a Lord is absolutely awesome, and fear-inducing for all sorts of foes. But the skill tree does leave a bit to be desired.
This mod aims to change that by creating a new skill tree for Vampire Lords that helps to enhance the difficulty of the game. Just a bit.
It also gives the game some extra tweaks to further improve vampirism.
4. Predator Vision
This aims to incorporate the vision that Predator has in the movies into Skyrim.
It does so brilliantly. Not to mention that vampires, werewolves, and Khajit will be able to use it.
Basically, your character will be able to see clearly at night when you activate this skill, which will enable you to hunt like a proper night-dweller.
This skill is a great complementary to for the classic vampire vision that Skyrim comes with.
3. Better Vampires Fangs
This is also one that you’ll want to install if you’re after deep immersion.
I suggest you give it a go alongside the Dynamic Vampire Appearance mod, as they both create a much better image of vampires than what Skyrim and Dawnguard have managed to do.
This one makes vampire fangs look far more natural by reducing their length and adding them to female vampires as well.
The eyes and shape of their faces will also look much better with this mod installed – give it a go!
2. Sacrosanct – Vampires of Skyrim
If you thought that the other vampirism overhaul on my list was good, you’ll want to check this one out.
Sacrosanct completely transforms vampirism into something much better by adding new perks, abilities, a new skill tree, and much more.
It’s hard to list everything so this is one of those mods you’ll want to install and play with for a bit to really see what it can do.
1. Better Vampires 8.4
Better Vampires takes the first spot on my list because it allows you to tweak vampirism to your liking. And it offers a lot of tweaking.
One of the reasons why many players don’t turn into vampires is because it makes you feel like you’re not in control most of the time. But this mod changes all of that.
You can choose how easy you want it to feel when you’re a vampire, or how difficult you want it to be. It’s all up to you.
Make it a challenging experience, keep it for a little while, or lower the vampirism difficulty and just slay everything. This is basically choose your own adventure, vampire Skyrim edition.