All this time, I thought silver does more damage to vampires. Turns out that's not the case. What does then?

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    According to Wikia, Silver weapons do more damage to vampires: If one has the most recent patch (, silver weapons also apply their bonus damage against Vampires.. This bonus damage is 20 extra base damage
    – Mathias711
    Mar 25, 2016 at 10:30
  • Oh, I was just reading that page awhile ago and for some reason I missed that line at the end, thanks!
    – user400424
    Mar 25, 2016 at 10:36

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Silver is for werewolves.
Fire spells and weapons with fire enchantments are most efficient against vampires.

This is because vampires have a 50% weakness to fire damage (opposed to a 50% resistance to frost damage)

Source: Skyrim wiki/Vampire page

  • Thanks! @Mathias711 clarified that as of, they also deal the bonus damage against vampires. Time to find myself a fire-enchanted silver sword (heh).
    – user400424
    Mar 25, 2016 at 10:39
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    @user400424 One of my higher priorities in Skyrim is going to Ironbind Barrow and learning the Fiery Soul Trap Enchant. 10 points of fire damage per hit and fills soul gems. You also get a relatively high number of hits for the soul power.
    – tjd
    Mar 28, 2016 at 14:04

A Smithy enhanced bow/sword with fire enchantments works great. I got some great weapons from Oblivion, Ebony Bow/Sword, and upgraded them at Smith with ebony ingots. Bow deals 102 base damage now, (Legendary upgrade), and sword is 58. Both called "of the inferno," they also do 45% fire damage. Wicked. Add ebony arrows and if you have archery perks, and enchanted armor for more archery damage (Eleven Bracers of Eminent Archery), Bows do an extra 35% damage. Drink archery potion, and it's a one shot deal...for most levels of Vampires...perhaps two on really bad guys.

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