How To Unlock Vampires And Werewolves In The Elder Scrolls Online – They’ve Got To Get It Right

UPDATE: This is an opinion piece written some time before the release of The Elder Scrolls Online. There’s been some confusion with the title so we’ve written a guide on how to become a Vampire or Werewolf in ESO. So if you were looking for that, check out the guide.

With all the information floating around about ESO we know very little about the mechanics surrounding how to unlock vampires and werewolves in The Elder Scrolls Online. The two transformations are among the most highly anticipated features in the next installment of The Elder Scrolls franchise but the mechanics used in previous games may not bode well in the MMO environment. Personally I think the careful design surrounding the unlocking of vampires and werewolves could be turned into one of the games greatest strengths.

I refer to the now iconic process of unlocking the Jedi in the earlier days of Star Wars Galaxies (R.I.P my friend). The process required players to complete a massive string of quests, master several abilities and fulfill other minor requirements that could accumulate into almost a years worth of investment. When you discovered a Jedi in Star Wars Galaxies (pre NGE) you immediately knew that the player had earned their right to wield the Jedi powers. During the early days you could literally play for weeks and never see a Jedi, they were that rare. However, in time things changed. The developers made the Jedi a class available at character creation and completely removed the mystery and intrigue surrounding the Jedi initiation process; removing one of the most appealing aspects of the game for many of its players.

So what’s this all got to do with ESO? If Zenimax Online Studios correctly implement mechanics that makes the unlocking of vampire and werewolf abilities difficult, they could well be on their way to earning the same reputation that Sony Online Entertainment received following the initial launch of Star Wars Galaxies. Much like the Jedi, becoming a werewolf or vampire is not integral to a players experience. It doesn’t restrict their PvE options or their ability to PvP.

In previous Elder Scrolls games contracting either Vampirism (vampire disease) or Lycanthropy (werewolf disease) is a rather simple process. For the most part it’s just a matter of getting attacked by a carrier of either disease and getting lucky enough, or unlucky enough, to contract it. If that same mechanic is used to unlock vampires and werewolves in The Elder Scrolls Online it will simply be another fly-by feature; something people enjoy but won’t necessarily become an iconic part of the game.

How To Unlock Vampires And Werewolves In The Elder Scrolls Online

However if Zenimax Online Studios decide to take a similar route to that in Star Wars Galaxies, vampires and werewolves could become a selling point of the game itself. Imagine having to spend weeks investigating the appearances of werewolves and vampires, finding books to learn about the diseases that plague the two and speaking with experts in both fields. Tracking down those afflicted by the terrible diseases in an effort to either cure them or extract it.

Do you think the mechanics involved in how to unlock vampires and werewolves in The Elder Scrolls Online are important? Do you feel that the developers will put enough time and effort into it? Leave your thoughts below.


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8 Responses to “How To Unlock Vampires And Werewolves In The Elder Scrolls Online – They’ve Got To Get It Right” Subscribe

  1. Vote -1 Vote +1Adam Aljabiri
    March 5, 2014 at 3:05 pm #

    I really like the idea of having to earn them via time consuming methods and also hope choosing either one doesn’t limit your performance in pvp or pve. good read thanks for the article.

  2. +3 Vote -1 Vote +1fffeeeee
    March 6, 2014 at 11:37 pm #

    Misleading article, you didn’t tell us HOW to actually unlock anything. **** you.

    • Vote -1 Vote +1Blaine Smith
      March 13, 2014 at 9:29 am #

      Hi fffeeeee,

      Sorry you feel that way :( The article was published some time before most people had beta access and I thought the title was descriptive enough to let people know that it was a discussion topic, rather than a guide.

      My intention was not to misinform, I do apologize :)

  3. Vote -1 Vote +1wutdahek
    March 23, 2014 at 10:59 am #

    Title is misleading.
    I think you knew it would be misleading by the the content in your post.

    Another misleading bolded and enhanced font with more garbage that has nothing to do with “ESO” and more to do with “Star Wars Galaxies”.

    There is actually no credible information in this topic for ESO that you could suitably say the thread title was justified, it’s basically your opinion, actually it is all an opinion, not sure what information you based this on either, other than other games.. which could be considered ignorant.

    You can convince yourself that this post was inspired by ESO, and how you would want specific game mechanics to work and wanting to start a discussion while giving examples of another game created by another company.

    Most of us know how Sony works, and that’s around making money as the bottom line, even the balancing aspects of their current online games proves this, like PlanetSide2 for an example.

    So i ask you, please in future, keep your thread titles on topic, in whatever blog thread you wanted to make where you compare it to things that are completely different.

    p.s: i understand this is an oldish post, and i hope you take this criticism lightly, i just needed to say something because this was posted as you said “before people had beta access” making it miss-information for people who are looking for real facts.

    • Vote -1 Vote +1Blaine Smith
      March 27, 2014 at 10:19 pm #

      It’s an opinion piece based on information available at that time. I do apologize that you found it misleading, it was not the intention. Both the title and date are on Google though :)

  4. Vote -1 Vote +1broran
    March 27, 2014 at 11:37 am #

    from what I’ve read it’s rather complicated unless you know some one who’s already gone through it. firstly you need to be around level 30 to reach the zone where its possible and for another reason i will mention later, second you have to find out where and when a werewolf/vampire spawns (werewolves and vampires are on an in-game time of day/week spawn and will only appear during in-game night), secondly you have to survive fighting one until you are infected with the relivent disease (this is the other reason you need lvl 30), after you infected you’ll get a quest to choose to cure or let the disease run its course. or you can get someone whose been thought that to use a perk with a weekly cool-down to turn you at a ritual sight

  5. Vote -1 Vote +1beep boop
    March 27, 2014 at 12:33 pm #

    very misleading title

  6. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1Blaine Smith
    April 6, 2014 at 9:37 am #

    Again, apologies for the confusion everyone. As so many people came here looking for a guide, we’ve published one with more specific information. You can check it out at the link below:

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