There is more to being a vampire than just blood drinking you know. There is power, lots of it depending on what species of vampire you are. Since there are so many vampire myths and so many legends throughout the world there is a long list of what a vampire can do, what powers it may posses. Now, not all vampires have the powers listed below, some do some don’t, it really depends on the type of vampire.
Creating other vampires: This may not be much of a shock to you, most assume all vampires can do this. But some old school vampire myths have vamps that aren’t able to create more of their kind. While other myths have vampires that can create more, in some cases in involves biting a person three times.
Flight: There are a few vamps out there that can fly, like the aswang and langsuir.
Misting or vaporizing: Changing into mist is a pretty well known classic vampire move. There are loads of vampire movies that love to use this power on screen,
Super Strength: Another well known power that many vamps have.
Hypnosis: This is the perfect power for dealing with humans. You can do all sorts of things to their weak minds. Muahaha.
Changing size: This one may not be as well known. But some vampire legends have vamps that can change their size, making them able to sneak into small cracks and such. Like Dracula did with Lucy.
Controlling the natural elements: You know like wind and rain and what have you. They can cause a lightening storm to add dramatic effect to their evil deeds of the night.
Immortality: Living forever and ever. Some vampires are immortal while others are not. Some simply have extended lives, just a bit longer than the average humans and some have a normal human lifespan.
Scale walls: Like Spiderman…but not quite.
Transformation: Another classic here. Being able to change form, like into a bat or wolf.
Draining life force or energy: Some vampires out there drain more than just blood from their victims, they also drain energy.
And then you have some lesser known powers…
Causing blights or crop failure: Yup, back in the day some people blamed bad crops on vampires. Seems like an awfully lame power to me.
Causing plagues or epidemics: I guess some vampire just want to kill off thousands at a time.
Having babies: Ok ok, this isn’t really a “power” but it is something some vamps can do and some can’t.
Causing impotence: Yes… some vampires are known to be able to do this. I’m sure loads of people would love to have those vampires around… wink wink.
Those are the powers that come from folklore. There are other vampire powers created by modern authors that are also interesting too (like Anne Rice‘s fire powers or Laurell K. Hamilton‘s lust feeding).
Moonlight (aka Amanda) loves to write about, read about and learn about everything pertaining to vampires. You will most likely find her huddled over a book of vampire folklore with coffee in hand. Touch her coffee and she may bite you (and not in the fun way).