How can I kill vampires?
The enemy type that is causing me the most trouble are vampires. I can deal with the lower level ones, but if I meet a high-level vampire I usually die quickly.
I'm playing a Battlemage using Conjuration, a bit of Destruction and a legendary orcish sword. I'm also wearing legendary Dragonplate.
What are the weaknesses of vampires, and how can I prepare myself against vampires? What tactics are effective against vampires?
Since I cant yet answer protected questions, Ill just answer in the comments. Here is how I did it: I play on legendary which means you need a tactic for basically any enemy thats stronger than the common bandit. Most of the times that means shooting arrows from the shadows, sneaking around, not getting caught. However, thats not always possible, since some encounters are pretty head on. A solution against a super strong vamps was to let Lydia just eat the damage while I morphed into werewolf form and shred that dude up. It takes a while but it lets you make more dmg than he heals.
Vampires are really tough to fight against, especially the master vampire variants as they can take a huge beating. However, all vampires are weak to fire (they take an extra 50% damage). What you want to do ahead of time is to prepare lots and lots of fire: cast flame cloak, put a fire rune on the ground, and summon a flame atronach. I also noticed lots of vampires prefer frost type spells, so having a potion or two of frost resistance may help.
Some alternative tactics:
- Lure them out into the open (assuming its daylight). The sun will weaken them, reducing their health, stamina and magicka by a certain amount (but not kill them)
- Take advantage of dungeon traps, use those to take out vampires.