The first downloadable expansion for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is set to arrive in just a little over a week on the Xbox 360. The content which was currently released in beta for a few lucky Skyrim fans, has revealed the Vampire and Werewolf Skill trees in the game.
Apparently, one of these select few who was granted access to the content has dished to the Skyrim Wikia page.
“Joining forces with Harkon allows the Dragonborn to become a Vampire Lord – the paragon of the species. If the Dragonborn is already a Werewolf, accepting to become a Vampire Lord will remove the Lycanthropy, but it can be regained later. The transformation process works similar to Lycanthropy and grants access to unique powers. One ability is confirmed as Vampiric Grip which suspends an enemy in the air with telekinesis as their health is drained. Other powers and abilities include summoning a gargoyle, hovering above the ground and transforming into a cloud of bats.”
“In addition to new powers, joining the vampires grants access to Castle Volkihar - an island stronghold that not only serves as a base, but grants bonuses to vampiric powers and gives blood potions, which heal and count towards vampiric feeding.”
“Joining Dawnguard grants the Dragonborn access to Fort Dawnguard, a large keep said to be hidden somewhere in the southern region of Skyrim. The unique benefits of joining the Dawnguard include various new weapons and armor to fight vampires, including crossbows. Furthermore, Dawnguard members will also be able to “hire” Armored Trolls, which serve as temporary followers.”
The Elder Scrolls V: Dawnguard introduces two new perk trees: Vampire Lord and Werewolf. Rather than spending points to add perks as in the base game, new perks are gained by feeding on enemies with the new powers. For vampires, consuming life blood through a bite power attack or a Drain Life spell causes new perks to be gained; for werewolves, it is consuming the heart when feeding on a dead corpse. This approach allows high or maximum level characters to obtain new perks that would otherwise be difficult or impossible to obtain.
Earlier, Bethesda discussed the length of the expansion pack, and said that it would be bigger than any of the Fallout 3 DLC, but smaller than Shivering Isles for TESIV. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Dawnguard expansion is set to arrive on the Xbox 360 on June 26th.