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The Sims 4: Vampire Power
Gaining Perk Points and Vampire Ranks
Vampires gain experience and power points, improving their rank and expanding the selection of Vampire Powers and Weaknesses
Vampires in The Sims 4 gradually expand their capacity as creatures of the night and grow in strength, unlocking new perks as they progress. As Vampires use their abilities, they gradually gain experience which is reflected in the unlocking of new Vampire Powers. There are about 17 total levels to be gained, each of which will provide additional Power Points which allow you to select perks. It is possible to unlock all perks. However, this expanding power comes with a downside. With each additional rank, the Vampire will grow closer to the darkness and be required to develop new weaknesses. This ensures they do not become too vampiric and balances their humanity.
Gaining Levels as a Vampire
There are two components to leveling up your Vampire's skills. Vampires have a rank, with a title, such as Master Vampire. Each rank has a few sub-levels to it. Each time you cross a mark on the progress bar, you'll be rewarded with points. Fill up the bar, and your Sim will ascend to the next level of Vampire. This unlocks more potent passive and activated abilities on which you can expend Power Points and enhance your Sim with new potential.
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Vampire skill level is gained by feeding and utilizing Vampire Powers, nearly all of which will grant some experience. Dark Meditation is an ability that can be used by self-clicking your Sim -- this power will regenerate Vampire Energy and generate some experience. Doing this after exhausting your Sim's energy is a good way to skill up. A means of power leveling vampire levels is to study Vampire Lore, starting at the computer, and progressing to ancient books.. that can be ordered from the computer as your Sim graduates. The Sims team made an oversight in design (at time of writing) that allows you to continually gain Vampire ranks sitting a computer and learning about vampires. You somehow stop learning vampire lore but continually gain vampire power. I suggest you ignore that capability until this oversight is fixed, for your own enjoyment of the game. Make the break points the point you'd need a vampire lore skill book, as the developers should have. They did a good job otherwise but this is a bit of a spoiler. I'm not even sure the books should give points past the third rank anyway.
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Dueling Vampires in The Sims 4
Aside from these options, there are two notable exceptions that stand out to help you improve your skill. When you meet another Vampire, you can choose 'Vampire Spar', a Friendly action, which will set your Sim up to duel another Vampire. Additionally, under the Vampire menu, you can sometimes find 'Request Vampire Training' that will let the targeted Sim teach your Vampire the ropes. Because some of your powers, like feeding, are on a cooldown, unlocking additional vampire abilities will help your vampire to level up faster. Getting to Minor Vampire does not take all that long, and each rank comes swiftly, though each additional level beyond that takes substantially longer. Beyond Minor Vampire it takes a fixed amount of 'points' for each additional Vampire Rank.
Vampire Ranks and Power Point Rewards
When designed in Create-a-Sim, Vampires begin with 2 Power Points. For each additional level up, they gain more power points, but gaining power comes at a cost. To continue to select new Vampire Powers, you must periodically choose a weakness for your Sim. The table assumes that you start as a new vampire with no bonus from being turned or being the offspring of a more powerful vampire. If your Vampire is a Fledgling, but has 2 bars filled they would be a Fledgling Level 3. You gain 48 points reaching the end of this table but need 160 points to max all of the vampire abilities.
In addition to this, in order to take Vampire powers you must adopt weaknesses. Each time it says that you must take a weakness in the table below, you will have to take one more up to a maximum of five. It is not possible to select only positives at any rank from Minor Vampire to Grand Master, as it'd be impossible to confirm in the selection window without taking weaknesses. You have to take as many weaknesses as are appropriate for your vampire rank, with individual ranks of weaknesses with multiple counting as a whole +1 weakness.
|Vampire Level||Reward Point Gains & Weakness Requirements|
|Fledgling Vampire Level 2||Gain 1 Power Point|
|Fledgling Vampire Level 3||Gain 1 Power Point|
|Fledgling Vampire Level 4||Gain 1 Power Point|
|Minor Vampire||Gain 2 Power Points and Take on a Weakness|
|Minor Vampire Level 2||Gain 2 Power Point|
|Minor Vampire Level 3||Gain 2 Power Point|
|Minor Vampire Level 4||Gain 2 Power Point|
|Prime Vampire||Gain 3 Power Points and Take on a Weakness|
|Prime Vampire Level 2||Gain 3 Power Points|
|Prime Vampire Level 3||Gain 3 Power Points|
|Prime Vampire Level 4||Gain 3 Power Points|
|Master Vampire||Gain 4 Power Points and Take on a Weakness|
|Master Vampire Level 2||Gain 4 Power Points|
|Master Vampire Level 3||Gain 4 Power Points|
|Master Vampire Level 4||Gain 4 Power Points|
|Grand Master Vampire||Gain 5 Power Points and Take on Two Weaknesses|
|Max Level Grand Master||Gain 2 Power Points per full bar|
If you want to level your Vampire faster, I suggest you take the Occult Student power after you've learned a couple other spells. You can learn Detect Personality and Hallucination early on in your Fledgling status to give you something other than feeding for skill gains. Once you have these, Occult Student will kick in and reduce the costs of those Vampire Powers, allowing you to use more and stay awake longer. Dark Meditation can be used once you're low on energy, so that you can gain additional experience while recharging the Vampire's batteries in order to use skills once more.
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