There are many great Elden Ring builds out there. From Samurai builds to Intelligence builds which utilize powerful spells like Comet Azur. There is a build for almost any playstyle. But what if you want a build in which you can go in guns (sword) blazing? A build, in which you get rewarded for each kill and strike that you make? Well for that, I have the Vampire build.
The Elden Ring Vampire build is based on the concept that your attacks get stronger with each successive strike. All the while you restore health with every enemy defeated whilst leveraging the bleed effect. All these factors, if used correctly, can ultimately make you un-killable. Thus, the name, Vampire build.
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Here’s a summary of the Vampire build in the game:
- Primary Weapon: Rivers of Blood (Found near Church of Repose in Mountaintops of the Giants)
- Secondary Weapon: Blasphemous Blade (Acquired after defeating Rykard in Volcano Manor)
- Recommended Talisman 1: Taker’s Cameo Talisman (Obtained by completing Lady Tanith’s questline, aids in HP restoration after killing enemies)
- Recommended Talisman 2: Millicent’s Prosthesis (Acquired after completing Millicent’s questline, boosts dexterity and successive hits damage)
- Recommended Talisman 3: Godskin Swaddling Cloth (Found after defeating the Spiritcaller Cave’s dungeon boss, boosts successive hits damage)
- Runes Slot: Rykard’s Great Rune (Helps in restoring player’s HP on each kill)
- Optional Talisman: Lord of Blood Exultation (Boosts damage caused by blood loss, found in Leyndell Catacombs)
- Recommended Summon: Mimic Tear (Summons a copycat to aid you in battle, acquired by progressing Ranni the Witch’s questline)
This build focuses on healing after defeating enemies and becoming stronger with each successful hit, making it a powerful choice for players who want to embrace their inner vampire.
All of this sounds great but there are quite the items that you will have to hunt down to complete the Vampire build, so let’s get started!
Elden Ring Vampire Build Gear
For an Elden Ring Vampire Build, the gear is key to its power. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Rivers of Blood: Primary weapon inducing blood loss and allowing for quick successive attacks.
- Blasphemous Blade: Secondary weapon (left hand) for health regeneration upon defeating enemies.
- Taker’s Cameo Talisman: Aids in HP restoration upon enemy kills.
- Millicent’s Prosthesis: Increases dexterity and attack power with successive attacks.
- Godskin Swaddling Cloth: Restores HP with quick successive attacks.
- Lord of Blood’s Exultation (optional): Further boosts attack power with Blood loss.
- Rykard Great Rune: Aids in restoring HP upon killing enemies.
- Mimic Summon: A useful summon creating a copy of you to assist in battle.
Collecting all this gear may require some effort, but the synergy it provides, with stronger attacks and health regeneration during combat, makes it worthwhile. You can initially skip certain items like the Lord of Blood’s Exultation Talisman if needed.
Rivers of Blood
How To Get Rivers of Blood
Acquiring the Rivers of Blood Katana isn’t difficult once you reach the Church of Repose in the Eastern region of the Mountaintops of the Giants. Use your Torrent Horse for the journey. Look out for an invader NPC named Bloody Finger Okina near the church, defeat him, and he’ll drop the Rivers of Blood Katana.
Be cautious not to engage the Fire Giant before reaching the Church of Repose, as doing so will prevent the invader NPC from spawning. Even if you leave and return, the invader won’t reappear if the Fire Giant is slain. To ensure you get the weapon, visit the Church of Repose first.
Churches are excellent places for NPC encounters and valuable loot, including Sacred Tears. You can find more details in the guide “Elden Ring All Sacred Tears and Churches Locations.”
Stats And Requirements
Strength, Dexterity, and Arcane matter for the Rivers of Blood Katana, but there’s a scaling bug. Prioritize Strength and Dexterity. You can use the Uchigatana from the Samurai class if you’re worried about scaling. Our katanas listed as the “Top 8 Best Katanas In Elden Ring” might be worth exploring. Despite the bug, Rivers of Blood Katana is powerful, suitable for an Vampire build with mid-range Slash and Pierce attacks.
Taker’s Cameo Talisman
Get the Taker’s Cameo Talisman before the other blade. Go to Volcano Manor, talk to Tanith, get her key, and use it to access the corridor behind her. In that corridor, the second door on the left has two NPCs. Pick up the “Letter from Volcano Manor” on the table; it marks a red dot on your map. Don’t forget this, as you can’t return once you have the blade.
Teleport to the red dot; it’s an NPC invader mission, not too hard. Defeating these bosses gives great loot. Return to the manor, talk to the NPC, and repeat this three times in different locations. The final boss is tougher, but the Rivers of Blood blade should help. After defeating them all, go back to Tanith for the Taker’s Cameo Talisman.
As mentioned before, Taker’s Cameo Talisman will help us in recovering HP as you defeat enemies. This makes it a great weapon for an aggressive Vampire build. Of course, in the middle of battle, you may also need to use your flasks to regain HP. For that, you will be needing more Golden Seeds so consider reading: Elden Ring Golden Seeds Locations to maximize your regen abilities.
Blasphemous Blade and Rykard Great Rune
Get both items by following the Volcano Manor questline and defeating the final boss, God-devouring Serpent Rykard, Lord of Blasphemy. He has two phases, but if you’ve progressed this far, you should manage. You’ll earn 130k Runes, which can boost your Vampire build.
How To Get Rykard’s Blade and Rune?
After getting the Taker’s Cameo Talisman, go visit Rykard. Agree to challenge him when Tanith asks. In the cave, find the Audience Pathway Site of Grace behind you upon spawning. This will help you respawn easily. The battle will be tough, but you’ll earn the Rykard Great Rune.
If you want the Blasphemous Blade too, return to Tanith and exhaust her dialogue. Then, go to Roundtable Hold, talk to Finger Reader Enia, inquire about receiving power, and you’ll get the Blasphemous Blade using the Remembrance of the Blasphemous.
Blasphemous Blade Stats And Requirements
To equip the Blasphemous Blade, ensure these stats:
- Strength: 22
- Dexterity: 15
- Faith: 21
You likely meet these requirements after beating Rykard. If not, invest your earned Runes into the missing stats. The blade also scales with Strength, Dexterity, and Faith (D scale), but you mainly use it for health restoration.
The blade even restores health when nearby enemies die, like when fighting a big boss who crushes smaller foes. Additionally, Rykard’s Great Rune restores 185 HP per defeated enemy. Combining both offers significant HP restoration.
To get Millicent’s Prosthesis for the Vampire Build:
- Visit Gowry’s Shack in Caelid and talk to the NPC inside.
- Start a lengthy questline involving interactions with Millicent.
- Near the end, choose to challenge and defeat Millicent for the prosthesis.
For other secret endings or if you prefer not to battle Millicent, explore alternative talismans or find powerful ones in the game using our guide “10 Best Elden Ring Talismans With Locations.”
Regardless, Millicent’s prosthesis will increase your dexterity by 5 and will increase attack power with each successive hit. This makes it great with your Vampire build which is essentially a dexterity build and needs all the strength attributes it can get.
Godskin Swaddling Cloth
Perhaps one of the simpler Talisman for the Vampire build to acquire is the Godskin Swaddling Cloth. You can acquire it by defeating the boss in Spirircaller’s cave, The Godskin Noble. He is not as hard as Rykard so you should be able to manage the fight.
The Godskin Swaddling Cloth heals 4.5 – 5% of health triggered by successive attacks, randomly ranging from 3 to 7 hits. For the Vampire build, getting these hits with the Rivers of Blood blade or any Katana isn’t too hard. Timing is crucial, and you can hit different enemies; it doesn’t have to be the same one for the hits to count.
To get the Mimic Tear Ashes for your Vampire Build:
- Proceed with the Renna/Ranni questline, which includes a tough boss, Radahn.
- Reach Night’s Sacred Ground.
- Obtain Stonesword keys to break the Imp Statue seal.
- Inside a chest, you’ll find the Mimic Tear Ashes.
The Mimic Tear Ashes allow you to summon a copy of your character with the same gear and perks, capable of inflicting blood loss damage and providing health regen at the cost of 660 health. Ensure enough points in Vigor or have flasks to sustain its usage. Explore other war of ashes and summons using our guide “10 Best Elden Ring Ashen Remains With Locations.”
Lord of Blood’s Exultation
In Leyndell Capital, you’ll find the Lord of Blood’s Exultation Talisman inside the Leyndell Catacombs, a dungeon to explore. Defeat the main boss, Esgar, Priest of Blood, in the Catacombs to obtain it. It’s an optional Talisman, so equip it if it suits your playstyle, especially if you’re using a bleed-focused vampire build.
The Lord of Blood’s Exultation Talisman boosts your attack power when there’s blood loss nearby, whether from yourself or enemies. When paired with bleed weapons and a mimic summon, your attack power can significantly rise as enemies suffer from the bleed effect.
For the Vampire Build:
- No specific armor is needed.
- The initial Land of Reed’s armor from the Samurai class works fine.
- Opt for light-medium armor to stay in the medium load category.
- This is important as both hands will have weapons (Blasphemous Blade on the left, Rivers of Blood on the right).
- Without shields, rely on dodging and rolling for defense.
- Heavier armor affects dodge timing, so prioritize enough armor and defense to survive while dealing damage for regen to activate.
Combining All The Gear Together
Combining the gear together is not tough. Simply equip the summon, Talisman, and the blades. But what is something that you need to be careful about is the placement of the blades. You need to have the blasphemous blade in your left hand and the Rivers of Blood katana in your right hand. Otherwise, the effects of the Blasphemous blade will not kick in. With that, you are ready to rock the ampire Build.
Elden Ring Vampire Build Playstyle
The Vampire Build is similar to a melee dexterity build at its core, meaning defense is crucial. The Rivers of Blood katana offers mid-ranged attacks, allowing defensive play while hitting enemies.
Where this build excels is in regeneration. You can take some risks, thanks to equipped Talismans like the Rykard Rune and Godskin Swaddling Cloth, which provide substantial regen. Don’t hesitate to be slightly greedy with your strikes, and use regen to your advantage.
For single enemies without smaller foes to generate regen, use the mimic summon. It diverts attention and inflicts bleed damage, enhancing regen.
Additionally, the build offers added strength with Millicent’s Prosthesis, boosting attack power with successive hits. Combined with regen, you can be aggressive and rely on increasing damage.
Keep in mind, this build isn’t suited for long-range combat. Minimal investment in spells or incantations means closing the distance is vital, especially in duo boss fights where one revives the other.
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Vampire Build Starting Class And Stats In Elden Ring
Picking a starting class for the Vampire build can be quite tricky. You need to realize that the Vampire build will take time and is not something that you can start off with as soon as you jump in. If you’re looking for something to get started right off the bat with, consider reading: Best Elden Ring Darth Maul Build. It is quite similar and will set you up nicely to transition into the Vampire build as you level up.
What Class Does The Vampire Build Require?
For the Vampire Build, opt for a dexterity-based class that aligns with the playstyle of quick successive attacks and bleed effects. A dexterity build allows for swift and successive strikes, effectively building up the bleed effect.
You can allocate points from Strength to dexterity after meeting the initial strength requirements. This is possible because the talisman you’ll use compensates for the lack of strength by increasing attack power with each strike. Your main focus should be on delivering as many slashes as possible, allowing the buffs to do the rest.
Picking The Samurai Class
The class that best fits these requirements is the Samurai class. Many players use it as a base for dexterity-based builds, especially those using katana-style weapons with a bleed effect. Vagabond is another option for the Vampire Build, but the Samurai’s starting weapon already has a bleed effect, serving as a temporary substitute for Rivers of Blood. For more Samurai-based builds, check out “Elden Ring Best Samurai Build: Gear, Stats And Playstyle.”
With the Samurai class chosen, focus on certain stats for the Vampire Build. Alongside high dexterity, prioritize Vigor for regen during battle and for the Mimic Summon. Before investing points in other stats, ensure you meet the requirements to wield Rivers of Blood and Blasphemous Blade.
Which Stats To Invest Early On
To wield the required weapons, initially focus on Strength, Arcane, and Faith stats, aiming for around 20-22 in each, with Strength being the most demanding. Once met, you can disregard Arcane and Faith. Dexterity in the Samurai class needs only three additional points. After meeting these requirements, work on endurance and stamina to enhance defense and dodging.
Early game methods can help you farm for Runes. For the best farming methods, check out “Elden Ring Fastest Rune Farming Methods And Exploits.”
Since the Vampire Build is more of a mid-game choice, you’ll likely have the necessary levels. From here, invest heavily in dexterity to maximize successive hits with the katana and activate Talisman effects.
My Experience And Recommendations On The Vampire Build
Unlike most builds I’ve tried out in Elden Ring, the Vampire build is definitely the most unique one. It is also quite an overpowered build, as it requires me to focus solely on bleed damage while utilizing mechanics that will heal me as I inflict damage. What else can you expect from Count Dracula?
I would personally recommend creating this build in New Game+ when you already have all the required weapons and items. The Rivers of Blood, Blasphemous Blade, and a few other items can only be acquired when you are already more than 50% done with the Elden Ring; therefore, it is not viable to start creating the vampire build in New Game only.
The Vampire Build is known for its aggressiveness and regenerative capabilities, often called the “never die” build. However, remain cautious of your health despite regeneration sources. No build is perfect, so feel free to customize it to your playstyle. If you have questions, please ask.
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