Anyone here ever tried a build entirely based on a vampire? This is a build I made based on how vampires are in Skyrim and how I think they would be. I've played vampires in Oblivion and Skyrim. This is based from the assumption that you have Dawnguard, if you do not then some things will differ. Build: The Vampire Race: This doesn't really matter, Dark Elves are particularly well suited because of the 50% fire resistance and Nords too for 50% frost resistance, the Dunmer have no fire weakness as a vampire and the Nords have 100% Frost Resistance.(capped at 75% without Magic Resistance). Personally I use a High Elf because I like them. Standing Stone: I would use the Mage stone first to help level up your Illusion/Destruction as they are your primary schools for combat, Illusion for crowd control and Destruction for damage dealing. Later on I would use either the Lady stone(25% faster health and stamina regen) to help with Stat regeneration in Daylight, or the Lord stone for the extra armour and magic resistance. Primary Skills: One Handed, Sneak, Illusion, Destruction, Conjuration. Secondary Skills: Restoration, Light Armour. Explanation of Skills: As a vampire you favour stealth, you will begin by using sneak and 1 handed to sneak attack your enemies with the help of muffle/invisibility. When discovered use Calm to prevent that enemy from alerting others. When discovered you have a lot of options, you can cast frenzy, use conjuration to summon the undead(boneman/mistman/wrathmen), fight like a spellsword with a 1 handed weapon and destruction, or just dual cast destruction. I recommend a combination, 1 handed is particularly effective when in combination with the Freeze spell from the Dragonborn DLC this slows warriors massively. Alternatively you could just turn invisible and wait until your undetected again. When skills are Maximized: When your primary skills are higher you should have something like this: For conjuration 2 permanent dead thralls of your choice, a master vampire needs his Thrall Bodyguards. For Destruction a speciality in Frost and Lightning spells, most Illusion perks and most sneak perks, With full illusion you can affect enemies up to level 70 as a vampire. You can move the perks around to tailor them to your specific style, here is a perk layout up to level 50 : http://skyrimcalculator.com/#271884 Equipment: I normally go for the vampire armour or the vampire royal armour, Ideally you want something with magicka regeneration, health and stamina increases or regen increases are also helpful. Fire resistance too if your not a Dunmer. The Dark Brotherhood and particularly the Nightingale armour are also excellent for this build. For a 1 handed weapon I use an enchanted elven dagger called Sangre (It means blood) with absorb health and frost damage enchantment. For Jewellery you want the amulet of the bats/gargoyles which affect Vampire Lord Form(This can also be enchanted with 2 more effects if you have the extra effect perk), You also want either Ahzidals ring of arcana from the Dragonborn DLC or the Ring of Erudite from a Volkihar sidequest, this ring adds 100 magicka and doubles magicka regeneration in a similar fashion to the Highborn power, and works both in and out of Vampire Lord Form. Factions: Definitely the Dark Brotherhood, aside from that both the Thieves Guild and the College of Winterhold are good for vampires. The companions is a big no for obvious reasons. Shouts: Aura Whisper to detect all enemies, either living or dead. Drain Vitality to weaken opponents, Marked for Death for heavily armoured/high health opponents. Slow time for your supernatural reflexes, Soul tear for reanimating enemies that are on low health, works with giants/mammoths and finally Bend Will to make all opponents do your bidding. End Notes: I haven't mentioned Vampire Lord form because primarily you will not use it, I like to use vampire lord in combination with Embrace of shadows(2 minute invisibility power) as a kind of emergency button, when your close to death become invisible and move away to change form then unleash the drain life spells. Any questions?