Both the base game and the Dawnguard DLC offer a way to become a vampire and gain various supernatural abilities. That said, Vampirism comes with its drawbacks, like weakness to sunlight and daytime debuffs. If you want to cure it, here’s how to get rid of Vampirism in Skyrim.
Is There a Way to Get Rid of Vampirism in Skyrim?
Essentially, there are three ways to get rid of Vampirism depending on what stage of it you’re in: curing vampirism, completing the Rising at Dawn quest, becoming a werewolf, or by using console commands. I’ll break each way to get rid of Vampirism in Skyrim below.
- Curing Diseases: If you’ve just contracted Sanguinare Vampiris and aren’t a full vampire, you can get rid of Vampirism with any source of curing diseases.
- Rising at Dawn Quest: If you’re a full vampire, then you must find the mage Falion, which I’ll guide you through below.
- Lycanthropy: Becoming a werewolf automatically cures Vampirism.
If you aren’t interested in a narrative way to cure Vampirism and just want to do it quickly, I would suggest doing so with a console command: Press the tilde key “~” just above your “Tab” key to open the console. Type in “showracemenu” without quotes and hit enter. Unpause and exit the console. This resets your character and removes all status effects like Vampirism.
How to Get Rid of Sanguinare Vampiris in Skyrim
If you’ve fought a Vampire recently and contracted the Sanguinare Vampiris disease, which you see in your character menu, drink a Potion of Cure Disease. There’s a 3-day window before you turn into a full vampire. You can buy these potions from Alchemists or craft them yourself at an Alchemy station. The potion removes the disease instantly during this time and there’s no need to do anything more complicated.
Alternatively, you pray at a Shrine. This has the same effect as the potion and can also be achieved by praying at any God’s shrine since this cures all diseases. Find them in temples across all major cities. Find Vigilants of Stendarr. These warrior monks can be found throughout the world or south of Dawnstar at the Hall of the Vigilant. You can talk to them and ask them to cure your diseases.
On the other hand, if you’re already a vampire then you’ll have to finish Mage Falion’s quest or become a werewolf to cure Vampirism.
How to Find Falion and Cure Vampirism in Skyrim: Rising at Dawn
The Rising at Dawn quest is the default way to get rid of Vampirism in Skyrim, and it involves finding the Morthal Mage Falion, who performs a ritual to cure you. To find him and complete the quest, follow these steps:
- Go to any tavern and talk to the barkeep about rumors. I did so in Falkreath. Ask about Vampirism, and they point you to the mage Falion in Morthal.
- (Optional) If your Vampirism has progressed so far that NPCs run away from you and you have the Dawnguard DLC, head to Dawnguard Keep. Talk to any faction member since your appearance doesn’t faze them. They also point you to Falion in Morthal.
Now go to Morthal to find Falion in the city during the daytime and outside of the city by some pillars and ruins during nighttime. Talk to him and choose the “I’ve heard you’re an expert in Vampirism” option. He mentions that curing Vampirism involves a Black Soul Gem which you can buy from him.
Fill the Black Soul Gem by killing any humanoid with an enchanted weapon or the Soul Trap spell. I defeated some nearby bandits, which was the fastest solution though they may have been a random encounter for me. Go back to Falion, and he says to meet at dawn at those pillars he was researching if you first met him during nighttime.
(Optional) If you’re low on blood, I highly recommend you feed before meeting him as he’ll turn hostile out of fear if you approach him in a Blood Starved state. I just fed on a random villager nearby during the night by sneaking into their house. Meet back up with Falion at dawn and he’ll perform a ritual curing you of Vampirism. As I mentioned, you can start this quest either through a barkeep rumor or at the Dawnguard castle by talking to any member.
Become a Werewolf to Cure Vampirism in Skyrim
If you want to become a Werewolf and the Rising at Dawn quest sounds tedious, you can get rid of Vampirism in Skyrim with Lycanthropy. All you have to do is go to Whiterun and start the Companions questline, during which you get a chance to turn into a Werewolf. It takes a bit to reach The Silver Hand quest in this questline but this is where you can allow Aela to perform a ritual and transform you into a werewolf.
Check out our guide on how to become a werewolf for more details. The point is that becoming a werewolf cures Vampirism. You’ll even get a chance to cure Lycanthropy at the end of the Companions questline if that interests you.