For other uses, see Vampire Cure.

Vampire Cure is a quest in The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion.

Background[edit | edit source]

If the Hero is bitten by a vampire, contracts Porphyric Hemophilia, and does not cure themselves of the disease (using the same methods by which they could cure any other disease) within three days, they will become a vampire.

While this is normally a permanent condition, it is possible to cure the disease, even after becoming a full vampire.

Walkthrough[edit | edit source]

The first step is to talk to Raminus Polus in the Arcane University, located in the Imperial City about vampirism. He will refer the Hero to Count Hassildor of Skingrad.

Upon arrival at Castle Skingrad, find Janus Hassildor's steward, Hal-Liurz, in order to contact Hassildor. Once Hassildor comes, he explains that he and his wife are vampires. He lives with the disease, but his wife, Rona Hassildor, could not, and slipped into a coma. Hassildor wants the cure, and tells of a witch that lives near the Corbolo river, south of Cheydinhal in Drakelowe.

Travel to Drakelowe and talk to the witch Melisande. She will say that she requires five empty grand soul gems before she will help with the cure. Once these are delivered, she asks for a number of ingredients to make the cure. Most can be purchased, however, it may become difficult to buy items when in the advanced stages of vampirism.

Ingredients[edit | edit source]

Blood of an Argonian[edit | edit source]

To get the blood, use the dagger provided by Melisande to stab any Argonian in the game. There are a number of ways to go about this:

Vampire Dust[edit | edit source]

Hindaril in his room in the cave

The Hero must kill the vampire Hindaril, found in Redwater Slough off of the Panther River. Hindaril is behind a door with a very hard lock. The key is beyond an underwater passage and in a chest. Once he is found he may be attacked immediately, before he arms himself.

Conclusion[edit | edit source]

Return to Melisande and talk to her. After a day, she will have a potion ready. She will give the Hero both a consumable version, and a miscellaneous item version for Rona; however, drinking the potion early may bug the quest. Return to Skingrad and talk to the steward again. She will lead the Hero to the Chamber of the Lost, where Melisande will attempt to cure Rona.

Melisande, Rona and the Count inside the Chamber

After two days, the count will tell the Hero to return in another twenty four hours and talk to the steward. Doing so will reward them with a decent amount of gold—1,000 Gold or higher, as the amount is leveled.

The cure potion may now be consumed safely.

Alternative solution[edit | edit source]

With the official Vile Lair add-on, after upgrading it, it is possible to cure vampirism at any time using the Font of Renewal in the Vile Cloister and the Purgeblood Salts found near it. This can be done as many times as desired. This does not finish the Vampire Cure questline, or remove it from the quest log; it simply cures the Hero's vampirism.

The player can also cure Vampirism by entering console command:

player.additem 977e4 1

Once the player has entered the console command, the "Vampirism Cure Potion" potion should be added to their inventory. Once they drink it, all effects of vampirism are cured. However, sometimes glitches in the game can prevent the "Vampirism Cure Potion" potion to be added to the inventory. The player can enter the following console commands to get rid of the vampirism disease/curse:

set pcvampire to -1
player.setfactionrank playervampirefaction -1
player.removespell vampirism100
player.removespell vampirism75
player.removespell vampirism50
player.removespell vampirism25
player.removespell vampirism100att
player.removespell vampirism75att
player.removespell vampirism50att
player.removespell vampirism25att
player.removespell vampirism100skills
player.removespell vampirism75skills
player.removespell vampirism50skills
player.removespell vampirism25skills
player.removespell vampirehunterssight
player.removespell vampireembraceofshadows
player.removespell vampirereignofterror
player.removespell vampireseduction

It should be noted that if the player just enters "set pcvampire to -1" they will retain all "perks" of being a vampire.

Journal entries[edit | edit source]

Journal Entry
  • Update: Upon receiving the quest:

I need to speak with Count Hassildor of Skingrad. I should find his Steward at Castle Skingrad.

  • Update: After speaking to Count Hassildor:

Count Hassildor of Skingrad has asked me to find the cure for vampirism. I should look for a woman in the wilderness along the Corbolo River, east of the Imperial City and south of Cheydinhal.

  • Update: After finding the witch:

I have found Melisande, who has offered to help me with a cure for vampirism. Once I have brought her five empty Grand Soul Gems, she will give me further instructions.

  • Update: After delivering the five Grand Soul Gems:

I have delivered the Soul Gems to Melisande. Now I must collect a series of ingredients for her, so that she can brew the potion to cure vampirism. She needs six cloves of garlic, five nightshade leaves, and two shoots of bloodgrass.

  • Update: After delivering the ingredients:

Melisande requires the ashes of a very powerful vampire to complete her cure. I should search the area near the North Panther River for Hindaril, a vampire who was imprisoned in an underground cavern many years ago.

  • Update: After collecting Hindaril's ashes:

I have collected the ashes of Hindaril for Melisande. I should bring them to her at once.

  • Update: After delivering Hindaril's ashes:

Melisande has given me a special dagger, with which I am to collect the blood of an Argonian. I should find an Argonian, stab him with the dagger, and return it to Melisande.

  • Update: After killing an Argonian:

Melisande's dagger is covered in Argonian blood. I should deliver it to her so that she can brew the potion.

  • Update: After delivering the dagger and waiting for 24 hours:

Melisande has created a potion to cure vampirism. I have been given two doses; one for myself and one that I need to take to Castle Skingrad. I should travel there and speak with Hal-Liurz.

  • Update: After The Countess has died:

The Countess of Skingrad is dead. I need to speak with Hai-Liurz at Castle Skingrad after the Count has had time to grieve for his wife.

  • Update: After speaking to the Count:

Count Hassildor thanked me for finding a cure for his wife.

  • Quest complete

Bugs[edit | edit source]

This section contains bugs related to Vampire Cure (Oblivion). Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:

  1. Please reload an old save to confirm if the bug is still happening.
  2. If the bug is still occurring, please post the bug report with the appropriate system template  360  / XB1  ,  PS3  / PS4  ,  PC  / MAC  ,  NX  , depending on which platform(s) the bug has been encountered on.
  3. Be descriptive when listing the bug and fixes, but avoid having conversations in the description and/or using first-person anecdotes: such discussions belong on the appropriate forum board.
Click to see the list of bugs encountered
  • If the Hero has been expelled from the Mages Guild, Raminus will not talk to them until they bring him all the necessary alchemy ingredients needed to be re-accepted.
    •  PS3   Claiming to have the ingredients will cause Raminus to get angry, but he will then be able to talk about the cure. (Does not work on Xbox.)
  • After being cured of Vampirism, it will be impossible to contract Porphyric Hemophilia again normally. However, asking to be turned into a vampire by Vicente Valtieri will still work.
  • Occasionally, the Count will not acknowledge that the Hero has the cure. This is caused by having the "Information at a Price" quest currently active. If this bug manifests, it will be impossible to complete either quest. This can be fixed by reloading a save prior to having the cure potion created. Complete Information at a Price, and it will be safe to finish the cure. If Hassildor has his six or so normal conversation topics, instead of immediately taking the potion, then this bug has occurred.
  •  PC   360   PS3   If one of the grand soul gems is stolen and the rest are bought or found, they will keep the four non-stolen ones and only give up one of them to Melisande.
  • The count will keep rewarding the Hero with unlimited gold every time he is asked about the "Reward," if the dialogue is kept open.
  •  PC   360   PS3   Melisande might not recognize the bloodgrass in the Hero's inventory, making the quest impossible to complete.
    • Workaround: Sometimes the bloodgrass in the Hero's inventory is not recognized, but newly acquired bloodgrass will be.
    • Alternate Workaround: using a non-GOTY version of the game to complete this quest may allow it to be completed, though this risks deleting all Shivering Isles-related items and resetting quest progress related to the add-on. Completing Vampire Cure before starting the add-on is recommended.
    •  PS3(Fix)   PS3 European Workaround: For PlayStation 3 users in Europe, including UK, there is a complex way of getting around the bloodgrass bug. First, save the game (saving into a new slot is recommended) just outside of Melisande's hut. Then, quit the game and go to the PS3 system settings, and change the language to German. Reload the game, and proceed into Meilsande's hut and talk to her; "Blutgras" (German for bloodgrass) is now a highlighted topic, so speak to her and exhaust the topic so that it turns grey again, by which time she will have taken the two bloodgrass samples. Then save again, quit the game and revert the system settings back to English. Then, reload the game, and proceed with the quest.
      • Known issues and ways to work around them: In some cases with this workaround, if the Hero has begun any quests in the Shivering Isles, the expansion resets and must be played from the beginning again; all items/quests from the Shivering Isles will be removed from the journal, and there are also cases with some Shivering Isles quests having minor bugs later on. The only way to prevent this is by not entering the Shviering Isles until after finishing the Vampire Cure quest.
    •  PC(Fix)   PC Workaround: On the PC, to avoid all bugs in this quest and immediately cure the character of vampirism, type player.additem 000977E4 1 in the console.
  • Upon returning to Melisande's home after twenty-four hours, she may still be in her basement, which is inaccessible.
    • This bug has been patched: According to patch v1.2 (3/23/07), this bug has been fixed.
  • Sometimes, if the Count appears and gives the reward prematurely, the quest will be "completed," but the Hero's vampirism will not be cured. If this happens, the potion can be remade by bringing Melisande another set of ingredients. Hindaril needs three days to respawn.
  •  PC   360   PS3   Sometimes, after being cured, the Hero may have some slight to major facial differences, and look more like the "stock" character before customization. The hair will generally stay the same style and color, but the face itself may change. For some reason, this problem sometimes may fix itself after sleeping for several hours at least. Saving the game, loading a save prior to being infected with vampirism, and reloading the current save has been known to fix the problem on all systems.
  • Sometimes, after curing Rona Hassildor and waiting for the reward, Janus Hassildor will not give it. Hal-Liurz will not go to the private hall to fetch the count. Instead, she will go to the Chamber of the Lost and will not leave. However, she will still tell the Hero to wait while she gets the count. Even if the Hero enters the count's hall and talks to him, he will not speak to them. This may cause all other count-related quests to become impossible. This may be caused by looting the countess's body after she accepts the cure.
    • Workaround: If the count has become unresponsive, he can be reverted by attacking and yielding to him. However, attacking him will provoke significant reaction from the guards around him. This can be avoided by using a 100% chameleon effect. While hidden by the effect, punch the count. He will attempt to flee to a guard, but chameleon will prevent the Hero from gaining a bounty, so the guard will not react. If the Hero drops a weapon on the ground, then punches the count again, he will pick it up. Then, yield to him and quickly speak to him. This should trigger his reward dialogue, and allow progress with other quests that require speaking to him.
  •  PC   Drinking the potion before finishing the quest may prevent its completion.
    •  PC(Fix)   If this happens, all vampirism cure potions in the inventory must be destroyed using the player.removeitem console command. When talking to the steward, the option to say, "yes I have the potion" should now be available. Spawn a new vampirism cure potion and talk to her again to continue the quest.
  •  PC   Sometimes after Rona Hassildor drinks the potion, the next stage of the quest may not activated.
    •  PC(Fix)   To get around this open the console and type setstage ms40 80
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