Is the quest "You Only Die Once a Night" even possible without Celerity? I'm running back and forth between the two gates, and no matter how fast I blast these Zombies heads off, I'm just wasting too much time going back and forth, and they're making it out of the cemetery around the 2 minute mark every time?

I'm playing as a Tremere, so Celerity is off the table as an option. Running Community Patch 7.3 if that's relevant.

  • It seems as if the difficulty level of this quests depends on some factor (I would guess firearms). With a brawl-based character, I managed to complete it while only guarding the front gate (I didn’t even know where the second gate was); similar with a melee-based character; with a firearms-based character, this was impossible.
    – Wrzlprmft
    Commented Jan 24, 2017 at 9:44

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So, I ended up stumbling across a borderline exploit that worked remarkably well for this:

As soon as you finish talking to Romero, run downhill, away from the gates, to the Mausoleum (where the tunnel to the Nosferatu warrens is), and run behind the Mausoleum. Chill out there, kill any Zombies that happen to find you, and wait until the clock is down to around 1:20 or so.

At about 1:20, run up to the lower gate and kill the zombies attacking it. Hold them off and keep them under control until the clock runs out. The upper gateway will remain safe through all of this and if you can keep the lower gate under control for about a minute, you'll win.

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    why dont just use console and enter appropriate cheats...
    – Sejanus
    Commented Mar 6, 2011 at 0:09
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    I just tried it out - and you can just stay there, behind the mausoleum, for the full five minutes and win. Since the zombies never spawn when you aren't near and the mausoleum isn't near the gates, they never damage the gates. Commented Nov 21, 2011 at 19:26
  • It appears you need to be in the right corner of mausoleum (double rock corner, not near the wall). Only 3 zombies spawned when you there. While you directly behind mausoleum - zombies are still spawning at lower gates. Commented Jun 29, 2015 at 19:17
  • It's worth noting that you can actually camp out longer than to 1:20 as said above, but instead of directly behind the mausoleum, take the back corner furthest from the downhill area. Using max-level auspex, I saw that it wasn't until the final zombie rush that anything started advancing on the lower gate and nothing ever advanced on the upper one. Blood Buff + Fire Axe took care of them quickly during the remaining 30 seconds without losing much in the way of blood or any health.
    – CDove
    Commented Dec 29, 2018 at 17:10

It is possible to do so but it's very difficult. Try to target zombies that spawn near the gates, "auspex" should help indicate which ones are a priority. I found melee weapons worked better for me than guns. Don't let any of them get close to you however, if they grab you it takes too long to shrug them off.

Do you particularly want to do this quest? The alternative "Pimpin for Romero" is a lot easier.

  • With the community patch, it's possible to do both as I understand it. More XP = More Better! Commented Mar 1, 2011 at 13:37

Hey all I just finished this up after looking for advice on this myself and I finished it legit without too many issues although it did take a couple tries.

You'll need level 5 Thaumathurgy. I had the "Infernal" background which made Thaumaturgy cheaper but I also had a ton of xp by this point so it doesn't seem like that wild of a requirement.

So basically the idea is to just focus on the zombies at the gates and switch back and forth frequently, using the zombies between the two gates to refill your blood bar using Blood Theft and Blood Strike.

Blood Boil: This is going to be your go-to once things start heating up. It will often not kill all the zombies at the gate but doing damage to them will get them to stop attacking the gate long enough for you to clean up. I used an axe.

Blood Theft/Strike: Use this on zombies as you run between points. There's a long time between activating Blood Theft and getting the return so make sure you fire ahead of you as you're running otherwise I found myself sometimes not getting the blood return that I was expecting.

Other than that don't worry about killing any zombies other than what's attacking the gates. Once you kill a pack of zombies at one gate just run for the other even if it looks like something is shambling toward the gate you just cleared; maybe slap a Blood Theft on them and keep running.

It took me a few tries but it ultimately wasn't too hard at all. The biggest things that tripped me up were trying to play prevent defense instead of just floating between the two gates.

Unofficial Patch 9.6


I guess I got lucky because I didn't have any problem with the quest. I had a rifle and took up a post between the two gates, running back and forth as needed to make the trickier shots. Of course I had pumped a fair number of skill points into firearms and such that that made it possible for me to get through it without celerity.


I just beat it as a Tremere, and it was incredibly difficult. For most of it, I used a pistol, walking up close to each zombie allowing me to pop them in the head, which is a 1-hit kill no matter your firearms skill. At about 1:30 left, things started to get crazy and I ended up having to run back and forth between gates casting Boil blood twice (One cast will not kill all of the zombies). Obviously, I had to chug a few blood packs while I made my way to the other gate to repeat this process.


It can only be finished with either good firearms (e.g. steyr gun or a sniper rifle and guns at 7 at least) or celerity at 5 (maybe 4) and melee/brawl and possibly with thaumaturgy (mainly blood boil) or other mass spell (but it would be extremely difficult). Unofficial patch has decreased the difficulty significantly. Check the 1.2 version or 1.02 and see for yourself.


The fire axe is your friend. Or any other high damage melee weapon for that matter. I have never used firearms in this mission, they're slow and you have to hit the zombies in the head so use a melee weapon you can hit several zombies at once with instead. What you do is run between the two gates killing only the zombies near the gates, don't bother with the rest. You kill the zombies at each gate maybe 3 or 4 times then you're done. I don't even have celerity


Actual bypass for this mission, is run to the left side of the Mausoleum (when looking at the Mausoleum stay left side) and stay at the back left wall behind the little crypts.

I just had to kill 2 zombies and wait the 5 mins in the corner.


I managed to beat it as tremere without blood boil. Just with blood steal and blood strike.

The key was to focus almost solely on the zombies at attacking the gates and move between the gates getting blood up with blood strike on the way.


It's possible. I beat it with Malkavian. What I did was use Auspex and only target the light blue color zombies - those are the only zombie that will attack the gate. and once more than 3 zombie at the gate I drop Mass Hysteria and it stun them long enough for me to run to and back both gates to stun lock them. And clear the timer.

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