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The enemy type that is causing me the most trouble are vampires. I can deal with the lower level ones, but if I meet a high-level vampire I usually die quickly.

I'm playing a Battlemage using Conjuration, a bit of Destruction and a legendary orcish sword. I'm also wearing legendary Dragonplate.

What are the weaknesses of vampires, and how can I prepare myself against vampires? What tactics are effective against vampires?

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Cast garlic bolt! – Ingmar Nov 18 '11 at 12:45
You remembered to bring your crucifix, holy water, and wooden stakes, right? – Arkive Nov 18 '11 at 15:56
This question could use protection. – Sean Apr 29 '12 at 8:27
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Vampires are really tough to fight against, especially the master vampire variants as they can take a huge beating. However, all vampires are weak to fire (they take an extra 50% damage). What you want to do ahead of time is to prepare lots and lots of fire: cast flame cloak, put a fire rune on the ground, and summon a flame atronach. I also noticed lots of vampires prefer frost type spells, so having a potion or two of frost resistance may help.

Some alternative tactics:

  • Lure them out into the open (assuming its daylight). The sun will weaken them, reducing their health, stamina and magicka by a certain amount (but not kill them)
  • Take advantage of dungeon traps, use those to take out vampires.
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There are silver weapons that appear when fighting the silver hand those weapons are pretty good against them as well as fire.

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