Serana, the Volkihar vampire princess who is locked in a coffin, has more fans than any other friend you can meet in Skyrim.
Serana can become one of your closest friends and most trusted advisors whether you are a vampire or a person who hunts vampires.
You can even convince her to stop being a vampire if you’re part of the Dawnguard, but let’s be honest: who wants another human follower?
Serana is the only friend I’d say is about the same as modded-in characters like Recorder, Sofia, and Vilja.
The only thing about her that isn’t quite right is her look, especially her gear.
So I went through hundreds of armor mods to find the ones that would work best for Serana.
12. Serana Umbrella
This mod is for the video game Skyrim and it replaces Serana’s hood with an umbrella.
This means that instead of wearing her hood, Serana will carry and use an umbrella if you install this mod.
The mod is useful if you find the hood annoying and want to add a bit of variety to the game.
11. Serana’s Hood Fix
This mod fixes a bug in Skyrim where the character Serana would always wear her hood when outside, even if she already had headgear equipped or was cured of vampirism.
The mod offers two solutions: either remove the hood entirely from Serana’s inventory, or make her wear it only during the day if she’s still a vampire and has no other headgear equipped.
10. Merta Assassin Outfit
Serana is an old vampire with pure blood. She will definitely outlive the Dragonborn, unless the Dovahkiin is also a vampire.
If Serana is going to travel with you, she needs armor that will protect her without giving away who she is.
Just think what would happen if you did something great and they made a figure of you! She will have to stay away from the town for a very long time.
Enter the Merta Assassin Outfit by DeserterX, a tight, revealing leather suit with a black visor that will hide her name and make her Skyrim’s Catwoman.
Consider the Merta Black Rose Outfit if you want something with a similar style but a lot more color.
9. Vampire Leather Armor
If you don’t think Serena is more like Catwoman, this Vampire Leather Armor by RavenDier is a good choice for a more traditional “princess of the night” look.
These leather vests fit close to the body and show off the curves without showing too much.
They are stylish and have a dark look that make them perfect for a vampire’s outfit.
Along with the main black leather outfit, you also get versions in blue, green, and pink, so Serena can mix and match the right colors for every situation.
This outfit looks great with High Heels and is made for a CBBE body.
8. Scarlet Dawn Armor
After centuries of being locked away in a sarcophagus, Serana could use cute clothes that are easy to move in.
Something like the Scarlet Dawn Armor.
If this armor looks familiar, you’re not alone. As mod creator BloodFree explains, this armor takes inspiration from games like Assassin’s Creed, which is evident in the choice of colors and overall style.
This outfit is ideal for the traveling adventurer who cares about fashion.
Thanks to the color, you’ll look fantastic even after spilling several pints of blood on yourself.
Whether you’re a member of the Dark Brotherhood, a Nightingale, or just a vampire, this outfit should work like a charm.
7. Volkihar Knight
Serana may have been locked away for centuries to protect her from her murderous father, but she’s still a high-ranking member of the Volkihar clan.
And she should have an outfit that reflects this.
The Volkihar Knight armor by Yamanotaka is ideal for a strong leader who’ll lead her clan in battle if push comes to shove.
It’s basically a heavily armored version of the outfit Serana is wearing when we first meet her, making this a lore-friendly upgrade.
After all, adventuring with the Dragonborn or fighting the Dawnguard requires a bit more protection than sitting around in a coffin hoping your dad doesn’t sacrifice you to Molag Bal.
6. Gwelda Vampire Outfit
In our myths and legends, vampires can often sway the feeble human mind with a deep look into the victim’s eyes and a slight wave of the hand.
They’re seducers, and Serana should be no different.
Still, there’s no fun in seducing just through vampire powers.
The Gwelda Vampire Outfit by Deserter X is one of the best tools in any female vampire’s arsenal.
It’s sexy but delicate. It’s revealing, but not too much.
This dress makes you want to approach the wearer, willingly opening yourself to their charms – and making a vampire’s job much easier.
5. Black Sacrament Armor
The Black Sacrament Armor by AmethystDeceiver was one of the most well-loved assassin outfits for Skyrim Legendary Edition, and it remains pretty popular in SSE.
It may be marketed toward assassins, but this skin-tight battlesuit seems perfect for a vampire too.
The full-body coverage should help protect Serana from the sun, allowing her to operate more comfortably outdoors.
There’s something about this outfit that gives me massive Mortal Kombat vibes. It looks an awful lot like Scarlet’s outfit in MK11, which is awfully appropriate considering she’s a blood sorcerer.
I love that you get a ton of colors and materials to choose from too, helping you customize Serana’s look.
4. Necromancer Robes
I’ve always loved the Western fantasy game idea of a dark sorceress.
Instead of an ugly twisted witch, our modern culture decided to turn female practitioners of the dark arts into sexy bombshells who intimidate their victims in more ways than one.
If you want Serana to distract your enemies with her looks while raising nearby zombies to tear them to pieces, you need these Necromancer Robes by Deserter X.
Details like the hagraven feathers on her shoulders, the tiny skulls hanging from her hip, and the massive pentagram necklace give the outfit a macabre edge.
Have her wear the leather blindfold, and things can get very dark indeed.
3. Lustmord Vampire Armor
The Lustmord Vampire Armor by AmethystDeceiver is one of the most famous and versatile vampire-specific armors you’ll find in the modding scene.
Like most other vampire armors, there’s a lot of black fabric and leather involved.
In fact, one of my favorite parts about this outfit is the sheen coming from these leathery pieces.
Details like the garter pouch, the armored boots, and the optional cloak make this costume seem ideal for an adventuring vampire like Serana.
2. Crimson Blood Armor
Many players celebrate “realistic” outfits (like our previous entry) for straying from overused tropes and making our characters look more like people and less like superheroes or villains.
But there’s nothing wrong with a bit of villainy here and there – especially when you’re literally an immortal vampire.
I don’t know about you, but when I hear “Lady of Castle Volkihar” I picture leather, corsets, fishnets, spiky armor ornaments – anything that brings together great beauty with great danger.
The Crimson Blood Armor by Deserter X does that and more.
It’s as strong as Stahlrim Heavy armor, and it provides unique combat bonuses – and you’ll struggle to find something that makes Serana look more regal.
1. Another Vampire Leather Armor
By far, my favorite armor for my favorite vampire follower is Another Vampire Leather Armor by RavenDier.
Other than the genius name, this armor set shines for making the wearer look just like a warring vampire noble – a very appropriate look for someone of Serana’s stature.
While definitely attractive, this armor set focuses on looking badass.
It’s better for Serana than any number of delicate dresses. Because as long as she’s my follower, we’re spending most of our time with a sword in hand and Raise Zombie on the other.
Of course, it’s also available for CBBE too.