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"Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim" - Werewolf or Vampire?

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It is easy to question whether or not Skyrim will live up to the hype and praise that it has been subject to for the last few months. It is also easy to question whether or not it lives up to the previous Elder Scrolls game, Oblivion. After going to Gamestop at 9:30 PM and waiting for the midnight release of the game I can most definitely say that it most definitely lives up to the hype and deserves the praise of it's many fans. For those who already know this and have the game, you may realize that there is a new option in the game, to become a werewolf. This article will weight thew pros and cons of both and ultimately say which one I ended up choosing based upon them.


First of all, in order to become a werewolf you need to join and complete quests in the companion's guild (located in Whiterun). When you become a werewolf you get a from called beast form. You can change into beast form whenever you wish (once per day) but it only lasts 150 seconds (although 30 seconds and 50 health can be added by devouring corpses) but below are the pros and cons of being a werewolf (all listed as "human form" go into effect during both human and beast form),

Pros: Immunity to disease (human form), max health increase (100 points), max stamina increase (100 points), increased speed (faster than horses), wolves treat you as an ally, any crimes you commit as a werewolf do not add to your bounty as a human, you get increased melee damage, improved dexterity (jump a lot farther), and you can get special abilities called howls (there are three, one gives fear to enemies level 25 and below for 30 seconds, one detects life in a large area around your character for 60 seconds, and the last one summons two wolves to fight with you; you get these howls through companion quests).

Cons: You cannot receive a bonus from being rested while in human form, and while you are in werewolf form: you cannot pick up any items (this includes looting corpses), all human form powers, weapons, and armor are unusable in werewolf form and vice versa, you cannot talk, citizens are scared of you (they either flee or attack you on sight), and if anyone sees you transform it is considered a major crime.

Playing as a werewolf: The best part about being a werewolf is the fact that you can still play the game however you want, you just have the added ability of transforming into a werewolf. Play style can vary based on what you plan doing as a werewolf but you are pretty much able to do whatever you want, just be careful of humans seeing you transform in and out of werewolf form.



Vampirism; a disease contracted from other vampires; one that must be helped or fed before it gets out of control. You can choose to be one of these blood suckers by allowing yourself to be attacked by one of them until you contract the disease (10% chance each time they use drain life). The vampires in Skyrim are much different than those in Oblivion, but as usual there are four stages of vampirism and the pros and cons differ with each stage.

Pros: Immunity to disease, immunity to poison, illusion spells do more damage (25%), you are harder to detect (only while sneaking; 25%), resistance to frost (25% multiplied by the stage you are at), and there are an array of new vampire powers (vampire's sight allows you to see in dark environments, vampiric drain saps life from your opponent (damage=stage+1), vampire's servant allows you to reanimate a creature for 60 seconds (the higher the stage the stronger the creatures/people you can reanimate), vampire's seduction keeps level 8 and lower enemies from fighting and fleeing, and lastly embrace of shadows allows you to turn invisible for 180 seconds).

Cons: People hate you when you are in stage 4 and will attack you, when outdoors during the day health, magicka, and stamina are all decreased and do not regenerate (15 multiplied by the stage), weakness to fire 25% multiplied by the stage, and you will need to feed on humans to keep on a low stage otherwise you cannot interact with humans (this leads to making your own weapons, armor, and potions.

Playing as a vampire: You should travel at night and explore dungeons during the day. If you plan on being stage four all of the time get used to making your own equipment and you might want to own a house so that you can refill you health during the day (and you will get the rested bonus that werewolves cannot get). Also carry around potions of fire resistance at all times.


After writing this and reviewing all of the pros and cons myself I have decided to become a werwolf because it will not affect my characters play style, I can travel faster, and I can slaughter a town and not get in trouble for it. Hopefully this tutorial helped you make your decision between werewolf and vampire and hopefully you are happy with it (if not both are curable). I will be posting more tutorials about decisions in the world of Skyrim please feel free to comment about anything that you feel needs a tutorial and I will be happy to make it.



Big Chungus on April 15, 2019:

One time I was a werewolf and tried to slaughter windhelm after a guard mocked me. I got triggered turned into a werewolf but was like WTF after I met my first essenstial charechter.

skyrim V on January 28, 2014:

Hello.l m lecel skyrim is good performance yea

Elessar on September 10, 2013:

I supose this was before Dawnguard. After that expansion, I think most of the downsides of being a vampire are clearly improved, and now seems an option as good (if not more) as the werewolf. Sure before the expansion vampirism sucks a ton, but with the vampire lord form it just become a "God mode with downside". Of course the downside is the sunlight, so during the day I'll say that werewolves are better, but during night Vampire lord is clearly superior on everything. And more cool too, just look at the screens... awesome.

Someone on June 23, 2013:

You won't be able to go in the Soul Cairn, idiot. If you didn't pick the vampire way Serena would have offered you two ways to enter since nothing living can enter but you won't be offered that if you picked vamp.

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J on June 13, 2013:

You can become werepyre.All you have to do is get far enough in the Campanions Questline until Kodlak tells you to go to the Underforge.Then go rescue Serana if you have the Dawnguard DLC and when you take her back to her home(Castle Volkihar) talk to Harkon and become a Vampire Lord.After that fast travel to Whiterun and go to the Underforge at night.Then sleep for 3 days.

aaron on April 11, 2013:

if you are both you loose your vampire seduction power and you cannot complete the vampire quests because you don't have vampire seduction so it kinda sucks

Chels on March 19, 2013:

I enjoy playing as both. I got Dawnguard yesterday so I'm experimenting as a Vampire Lord now. The cons for both werewolves and vampires can easily be avoided, countered or tolerable. (Well that's what I think)

Chief 3hunna on February 20, 2013:

Wont be a prob wit looting if u have ring of hircine as werewolf.

Dovakihn on January 29, 2013:

People automatically think just because you can't regenerate your vitals in the sun, or having an enhanced weakness to fire means that playing as a vampire sucks. It's a completely different way of playing. If you stay at stages 1-3 you shouldn't have any problems as long as you use enchanted items that enhance your health/stamina/magika regen. Or by enhancing armor that gives you protection against fire. Not to mention that by playing as a dark elf vampire, dark elves naturally have a 50% resistance to fire. It just takes a little bit of thinking and a little tweaking.

Crisam on January 03, 2013:

I too had a hard decision between the two, but finally I chose the Werewolf. Very good guide!

Dolphin on October 07, 2012:

The Werewolf instantly becomes better when you get the ring of Hircine - it practically becomes a 'shout'.

kitten on September 01, 2012:

that is my best thing is beaing a wolf

jordynn on September 01, 2012:

i love werewolfs a lot i wish i was one

ThatGuy on August 12, 2012:

Pressing the shout button while in Beast Form will create a loud roar that causes (nearly) all humanoid NPC's to flee. This, in my opinion, is the best thing about being a werewolf.

me on July 27, 2012:

they cancel each other out. can't be both unfortunately.

someone undead on July 20, 2012:

so far i think werewolf is way better i've never been one but as a vampire i can't talk to people when on a quest.(unless i use a calming spell [calming spells cost a lot to cast though) so right now I'm trying to become a werewolf. off your a vampire you can't gain magic/stamina/health while outside in the daytime.

Dicer on July 02, 2012:

I was a vampire but i decided to become a werewolf because at stage four vampirism everyone becomes hostile. i loved being a vampire in Oblivion because the worst that will happen at stage four is that you can't talk to anyone. I would be a vampire if you didn't get attacked at stage four. I really wish that they would change this.

seth on June 17, 2012:


mike on June 16, 2012:

Ok sorry its not really a question then but its still a good point

Mike on June 16, 2012:

Ok I got a question. What if u become a vampire and then get the ring of hircine which allows u to become a werewolf? Then that means u get both perks and u still get resting bonuses. I'm not sure if this'll work but then during the day u turn werewolf and stay werewolf by eating people till its night!

Spartalord66 on June 09, 2012:

I have played werewolf before and it is loads of fun! I did not care for vampires in oblivion so I Prob wont make one in Skyrim. But like I said its kick ass to be a werewolf I mean OMG as a vampire if you get mad you can't just run around a corner turn into a huge wolfman then kill half a town then run round corner and come back into town as a human and not be attacked or fined or anything!!!

ZZBrent (author) on June 07, 2012:

The choice definitely depends on the play style. Thanks to everyone for their feedback, it seems almost tie for which one is liked more.

snowfire on June 04, 2012:

werewolf sounds better

Chris on June 03, 2012:

Okay well on this subject i have to say it depends on your character if your a sneaky assassin type vampire is better for you since you get the nightstalkers perk which makes your sneak 25% better each level and then if your a one handed weapons person that will just stand right up to your enemy werewolf is better but if you think both are cool be a vampire at first then when you reach lvl 25 or above then cure your vampirism by doing the blood ritual then your vampirism will be cured and will be a super strong werewolf and the werewolf howl strength determines what level you were at when you turned into one (SPOILER ALERT) if your one of those people that don't like it when people find peace then die sadfully i recommend doing the whole alduin questline before doing the whole companions questline since you'll see the master of the companions in Savengard then when you come back you can't find him so most likely Alduin devours his soul. Hopes this helps everyone decide their choice

None on May 25, 2012:


When u r a vampire u can not even be out in daytime

Sure being unable to loot is bad, but that's the only major problem

blah blah blah on April 28, 2012:

Werewolf's are so much better because they are actually part human, and they are not blood sucking demons!!!!!!!!

SumRetahrdedGuy on April 20, 2012:

Im just saying adding that you cannot pick up things while you are a werewolf is irrelevent because generally you can just wait until you're beast form wears off and then you can go and loot the bodies. As a vampire it just seems like to much work for as much as you have to gain from it and i really don't see how the perks of a vamp are better than the werewolfs. I mean being a vampire kind of seems like medicine in a way, you get some benefits but there are so many side effects that are much worse than the original sickness you had. And if you are any good you should be able to survive without having a buch of perks from either of them anyhow, its just that werewolf form is more of like a panic button to get you out of bad situations that i could not see the vampires getting out of.

strycat777 on March 05, 2012:

I actually think that being a vampire has a lot more benefits even though the werewolf is strong but you can't open any doors of pick up anything while your a werewolf but as a werewolf you can kill a dragon in about three hits!

anime girl on February 10, 2012:


anime girl on February 10, 2012:

well ant way i played as a vampire worst freaking time ever but of course i didn't know till i went to the temp of mara to talk to marmel and he was sleeping and i went to talk to him and it said feed or talk and appearently i was in level 3 vampirism, so i fed. then i hadn't fed for a while and my housecarl attacked me!!! then i couldn't go into any towns to feed i got attacked every time!!!!!!

jcoop from Long Beach, California on November 19, 2011:

A difficult decision for sure, but, like you, I think the werewolf sounds a little more appealing.

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