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If I am a dark elf will I get no penalties from being in the sun, like, will my health stamina and magicka still regenerate?

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    I removed the second question about if you should go with vampire or dawnguard as that is a subjective question which don't work well on this site. They're both equally viable and give different stories, do what you want :) – Elva Aug 21 '15 at 11:23
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No, every race will get the same downsides from vampirism, namely reduction of attributes (health/magicka/stamina, -15 in stage 1, then -30, -45 and -60 for the latter stages) and 100% reduction of regeneration for them in the sun.

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    Dark elf has 50% resistance to fire so ... – TheElectricMoose Aug 21 '15 at 20:08
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    Yes, which isn't sun, they just have resistance to fire spells. – Elva Aug 21 '15 at 20:12
  • Proof of this: Dawnguard added a Restoration spell that does Sun damage against vampires and undead. This spell won't harm other races at all, including non-vampire dark elves. Even if sun damage were the same as fire damage, the vampiric penalties aren't exressed as damage, but as reductions. Damage reduction woudln't affect this. – John Laviolette Aug 22 '15 at 1:27
  • @TheElectricMoose Sun != Fire. These are different elements. Even though every vampire has a weakness against fire, which will be affected by the dark elf race. – Y U NO WORK Oct 21 '15 at 5:26
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Being a dark elf merely negates the weakness to fire(50% at level 4), not temporary stat reductions from being in the sun. On the flip side, as a level 4 vampire you would be 50% resistant to frost, making you extremely similar to a baseline nord.

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