Item Power
ItemPower Sword Purple
Cost Icon Mana.png 800
Icon Book DeathIcon Book DeathIcon Book DeathIcon Book DeathIcon Book Death

"Vampiric" is an Item Power of the Icon Death.pngDeath Realm. It may be added to Magical Weapons created for Heroes via Create Artifact. Some of the 250 premade Items possess this power, and these can be found mainly as Treasure during the campaign. This is a largely overpriced power with some possible niche uses.

Effect Edit

Vampiric Weapons are enchanted totems derived from necromancy, the study of the realms of the dead. The weapon sucks life force from the victim and shares it with the wielder, possibly damning the victim to Undeath.

"Vampiric" weapons grant the bearer a Touch Attack that deals Life Stealing Damage. This behaves exactly as if a Life Drain spell at base strength was cast on the target unit. It only triggers during the type of attack for which the host weapon is designed. These are, respectively:

  • Mace, Sword: Icon Melee Normal.png Melee
  • Axe: Icon Melee Normal.png Melee and Icon Thrown.png Thrown Attack (if applicable)

When this Item Power triggers, a die roll d10 is thrown against the target's Icon Resist.png Resistance score. If the rolled number is higher than the Resistance score, the target unit is struck for the difference with Life Stealing Damage, which becomes temporary Icon Hits.png Health for the Hero.

Dead units which lost 50 percent or more of their health solely in this manner may potentially rise again as Undead in your service.

Strategy Edit

Costing Icon Mana.png 800 and being easy to resist, this Item Power does not normally offer a worthwhile boost to your Hero's combat strength.

The chief draw of the "Vampiric" power lies in the possibility of creating Undead units. Indeed, acquiring such an item by chance during the campaign represents a means by which a Wizard without any Icon Death.pngDeath Ranks can do this. But the chances of stumbling upon a particular kind of item early aren't high enough for this to be considered a sure-firing, legitimate strategy.

Melee Damage further complicates the creation of undead units. The Hero's Icon Melee Normal.png Melee and Icon Thrown.png Thrown attacks will exceed the life-stealing component by increasingly huge margins at high Experience Levels. This prevents Life Stealing Damage from doing the necessary 50 percent of the total Icon Damage.png Damage wrought on a unit.

To reliably create undead units through this effect, you will need to focus on weak units with low resistance, and probably have to research hexes that lower enemy resistance even further. Also, you will need to use inexperienced heroes with the lowest possible damage ratings to ensure lots of Life Stealing Damage.

General Caveats with Touch Attacks Edit

As a "Vampiric" weapon initiates a Touch Attack, the power is subject to the following serious limitations.
  • The Touch Attack procs once per attacking figure, and Heroes are Icon SingleFigureUnit.png Single-Figure.
  • Apropos, Touch Attacks are designed to scale up with Icon MultiFigureUnit.png Multi-Figure Units, so their effects are intentionally designed to be paltry on an individual basis.
  • Dangerous foes very frequently have Icon Resist.png 10 or more. Any such foe is immune to "Vampiric".
Other Item Powers that inflict a "resist or suffer" effect on the Hero's target:
Icon Item Power Color Magnitude Effect
ItemPower Destruction Destruction Icon Chaos.png5 Resist or suffer Icon Damage.png × Icon Figure.png
Ability LifeSteal Vampiric Icon Death.png5 Suffer Icon Damage.png d10 − Icon Resist.png
ItemPower Death Death Icon Death.png3 Icon SpellSave.png -3 Resist or suffer Icon Damage.png × Icon Figure.png
ItemPower DispelEvil Holy Avenger Icon Life.png3 Icon SpellSave.png -4 Resist or suffer Icon Damage.png × Icon Figure.png
Ability StoningTouch Stoning Icon Nature.png2 Icon SpellSave.png -1 Resist or suffer Icon Damage.png × Icon Figure.png

Acquisition Edit

Create Artifact Edit

Main article: Item Crafting

With Icon Death.png5, "Vampiric" may be added to a Weapon of your own design through Icon Arcane.png Create Artifact. Making strong Items through this spell is an incredibly expensive and time-consuming process. Some recipes are more expensive than the Spell of Mastery. The proposition is made more reasonable by the Artificer and Runemaster Retorts.

Overland Edit

Main article: Magical Items in Treasure

The game data files contain 250 pre-defined Items. Of these, nine possess the "Vampiric" power. This power causes a premade Item to demand that the Wizard have particular Spellbooks in order to appear in Treasure, and the requirements are irregular.

There are three different ways by which you can acquire one of these pre-defined Items:

It is often better to acquire items in this way, as it means you do not need to spend any time or Icon Mana.png Mana to create them. Still, Items found through these means are in no way guaranteed to exactly suit your needs.

The table below lists the pre-defined Items with the "Vampiric" item power.

Premade Items with "Vampiric"
Icon Mana.png Item Attributes Realm Powers Required Ranks
950 Item Axe 9 Knight Chopper Icon Melee Magic.png 1 Vampiric

Icon Sorcery.png5
2100 Item Mace 8 Fangs Avenger Icon Melee Magic.png 4 Icon ToHit.png 2 Icon Defense.png 1 Vampiric

Icon Life.png5
2350 Item Sword 8 Vlads Impaler Icon Melee Magic.png 1 Icon ToHit.png 3 Icon Mana.png 5 Vampiric

Icon Life.png5
2450 Item Axe 1 Vampiric Vanquisher Icon Melee Magic.png 4 Icon ToHit.png 2 Icon Mana.png 10 Vampiric

Icon Life.png5
1400 Item Sword 1 Sword of Renfield Icon Melee Magic.png 2 Icon Defense.png 2 Vampiric
Giant Strength
Icon Chaos.png5 Icon Life.png3
2400 Item Sword 3 Monster Masher Icon ToHit.png 2 Vampiric
True Sight
Resist Magic
Icon Sorcery.png5 Icon Chaos.png6 Icon Life.png2
Merchant Only
Icon Mana.png Item Attributes Realm Powers Required Ranks
3750 Item Mace 4 Maul of Bathory Icon Melee Magic.png 4 Vampiric
Elemental Armor
Icon Sorcery.png5 Icon Chaos.png4 Icon Life.png7
3700 Item Sword 8 Sword of Pendulum Vampiric
Power Drain
Icon Nature.png5 Icon Sorcery.png5 Icon Chaos.png4 Icon Life.png6
5200 Item Sword 1 Blade of Blood Vampiric
Icon Nature.png5 Icon Sorcery.png5 Icon Chaos.png6 Icon Life.png7

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