How to Cure Vampirism in Skyrim

Find out how to cure vampirism in Skyrim, depending on its stage, from our no-nonsense guide.

June 9, 2020

Whether you’re new to Skyrim or if you’ve played it for thousands of hours, you probably know that you can turn into a vampire.

No, not with any mods. It’s an in-game feature that some love and others dislike profoundly. If you’re in the latter category, stick till the end, as we’ll show you several ways how to cure vampirism in Skyrim.

Vampirism in Skyrim

How to Cure Vampirism in Skyrim: The Cheap Way Out

PC gamers often praise their platform too much. However, with some technical knowledge, you’ll also appreciate the power of PCs.

If there’s one thing where the PC version stands out the most, it’s the modding. Some “mods” can also be achieved by using console commands. For instance, one single command can quickly cure you if you’re tired of being a Skyrim vampire.

Bring up the console by pressing the ~ key and type this command:

setstage 000eafd5 10

Now you’ll enjoy being a human and getting treated like one again. Although a quick getaway, we do not recommend this method. You’ll be missing a few interesting things along the way. To find out more challenging ways on how to cure vampirism in Skyrim, stick with us till the end of this article.

Understanding the Stages of Vampirism

There are four stages of vampirism, each with an increasing rate of severity. Stage 1 isn’t all that scary. Some might make remarks that you look pale or hungry. Otherwise, practically no one can tell you’re a vampire.

At Stage 2, sunlight and fire begin to affect you more. Stage 3 makes these effects even more evident. However, up until including Stage 3, you can still reverse the disease’s effects more easily. At Stage 4, you become a full-fledged vampire. Curing is still possible, but the ways you can do it remain few and far in between.

Skyrim Vampirism Stages

How to Cure Vampirism in Skyrim: Become a Werewolf

A Skyrim vampire has a permanent solution for its troubles. You can complete the Companions quests and contract lycanthropy. The rules on vampirism and lycanthropy are strict: you can’t be infected by both diseases at once.

If you become a werewolf when you’re a vampire, you’ll lose your vampiric powers and weaknesses. And yes, this method also works in Stage 4 of vampirism. But the thing is, this cure is permanent. If you think you might want to become a vampire again in the future, don’t use this tactic.

Skyrim Werewolf

Ingest a Potion of Cure Disease

In the first three stages of vampirism, curing the disease is stupid easy. All you need to do is find a cure disease potion and drink it. You can find this potion in most shops around Skyrim.

You can also steal these potions from alchemists or buy them at alchemy shops. If you want to craft the potion, you’ll need these ingredients:

  • Charred Skeever Hide
  • Felsaad Tern Feathers DR
  • Hawk Feathers
  • Mudcrab Chitin
  • Vampire Dust

Alternatively, you can also ingest hawk feathers on their own to get the same effect.

Potion of Cure Disease Skyrim



How to Cure Vampirism in Skyrim: Pray at a Shrine

There are numerous shrines you can find throughout Skyrim. They’re mostly located in temples or around major cities. It’s often the preferred Skyrim cure vampirism method.

However, note that this doesn’t work once you’re in Stage 4 of vampirism. The same rule applies to the following method.

Skyrim Shrine

Visit the Vigilant of Stendarr

You can find the Hall of the Vigilant in an isolated building south of Dawnstar. If you’re lucky, you can also find some of them roaming around the world.

Just go to one and ask them to heal you. The process is nearly instantaneous and it’s yet another quick fix if you’re below Stage 4.

Vigilant of Stendarr

How to Cure Severe Vampirism in Skyrim: Rising at Dawn Quest

Well, you’ve done it. You’re the most badass Skyrim vampire that there ever was. If you want to continue down this path, get the Dawnguard DLC and join Harkon in the DLC’s questline.

When you get the option, DON’T cure Serena. She will turn you into a vampire lord and you’ll get even more awesome skills. But if you do want to get cured, we advise you to not complete this quest line by selecting to cure Serena.

Anyway, let’s get to the most epic of cures for Stage 4 Skyrim vampires. Since you are now clearly a vampire in the eyes of the townsfolk, you’ll have to use seduction to convince them otherwise. Go to a bartender and ask for rumors. Some of them will direct you to Falion in Morthal.

You’ll find his house on the eastern end of the city. Go and talk to him after 6 PM and he will sell you a Black Soul Gem. If you don’t have enough money, you can go later to Fort Snowhawk and collect one from the many necromancers lurking around. You’ll need the Black Soul Gem to complete the quest in any case.

Cast Spell Trap at an NPC, kill them and fill the Black Soul Gem. Go back to Falion and speak to him. He’ll tell you to meet at the Summoning Stones just north of Morthal between 4 and 6 AM. Falion will initiate a ritual. This is how to cure vampirism in Skyrim even as a Stage 4 vampire. And it works multiple times. If you contact Sanguinare Vampiris again, go back to Falion with a Black Soul Gem that has an enemy soul trapped inside.

Skyrim Rising at Dawn Quest

Why You Should Give Vampirism a Chance

Ok, so we’ve made a guide about how to cure vampirism in Skyrim. But we don’t want to influence your decisions in any way. Playing Skyrim the way you want it is the most satisfying experience.

No other similar game comes close to matching the complexity of Skyrim’s questlines. As such, we recommend you give vampirism a shot before shutting it down. As a Skyrim vampire, you get better stealth skills, the ability to see in the dark, and increased illusion spells.

You’ll be able to feed on people, be more efficient when working with the Dark Brotherhood, and be able to resurrect dead things as your sidekicks. The extra challenge is making your way back to shelter during daylight. For stealth freaks, this is something that they should try.

The Bottom Line

As you can see, curing vampirism doesn’t have to be a chore. Many of the listed methods are rather easy to undertake.

But enough talk. Play Skyrim however you want. And don’t forget to have fun 🙂

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Chris (CDark)

Chris (CDark)


I don’t even remember at what age I started gaming, but it sure as hell got addictive. Some of the first games I fondly remember are Mortal Kombat, Double Dragon, and, of course, Super Mario. I’m into all sorts of games, but if I were to pick my absolute favorite genre, that would be stealth games. Yeah, I’m sneaky IRL too.



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