The Elder Scrolls V – Skyrim: How to Feed as a Vampire

In The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim for the PC, PS3, and Xbox 360, vampires need to feed in order to reduce the stage of vampirism that they’re on. Reaching stage 4 of vampirism makes most humans want to kill you on sight, so feeding is necessary at this point if you want to interact with humans in any way.

To feed, you need to sneak up on a sleeping human and use the Pickpocket option. At that point, you’ll see an option to suck their blood. Feeding will always reduce the vampirism stage to stage 1 no matter what stage you were on before.

Tips for successful feeding

  • Work on your sneak skill so you don’t wake up your victims
  • Take off your heavy armor to reduce noise while sneaking
  • Use the Muffle spell to reduce movement noise
  • Try to find people sleeping in public areas, like castles and temples, since trespassing is typically what alarms sleeping humans
  • If you’re on stage 4, use your Embrace of Shadows power to help you sneak around
  • Invest in invisibility potions and spells
Check out my other guide if you’re looking for a cure to vampirism.

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  1. Grayson says

    Also, when I play I feed at the Hall of the Dead in Whiterun. As long as nobody is inside its pretty safe. The preist in the hall is usually asleep whenever I go in and normally won’t wake up unless talked to. So yeah, thats another good location.

  2. Grayson says

    I read in one of the wikis that muffle spells or invisibility potions/spells do not affect your chances of being caught. Just thought I’d share this idk

  3. Gordon Deluse says

    I can’t find one person asleep. I cant run into town because people attack me? Where would most asleep people be found in an abandoned shack or what not?

    • says

      Most cities have houses outside of town that you should be able to find people sleeping in. Just wait until around 2am, and make sure you’re sneaking. Use your vampire invisibility power if necessary. It also helps to use the Muffle spell if possible. I always carry around boots with Muffle on them.

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