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I am playing a Doppelganger, and I would like to become a vampire. First, is it possible for a doppelganger to become one? Second, what exactly changes? I read that one loses all racial abilities. Does that mean i can no longer change shape and detect thoughts?

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  • \$\begingroup\$ A Vampilganger (Doppelpire?) would be a pretty scary villain, now that I think about it. \$\endgroup\$ – T. Sar Mar 23 '17 at 20:54
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“Vampire” is an acquired template that can be added to any humanoid or monstrous humanoid creature (referred to hereafter as the base creature).

Doppelgangers are monstrous humanoids, so they are eligible to become vampires, yes.

A vampire uses all the base creature’s statistics and special abilities except as noted here.

So no, a doppelganger does not lose any statistics or special abilities except as noted in the vampire entry.

For example,

Increase from the base creature as follows: Str +6, Dex +4, Int +2, Wis +2, Cha +4. As an undead creature, a vampire has no Constitution score.

Your doppelganger would lose his Constitution score, going to Con — and thus using a +0 bonus on anything he adds his Constitution modifier to. This may result in less HP, almost-certainly results in lower Fortitude saves and Concentration checks, and so on.

For the rest of the changes, please see the vampire entry. The changes are just applied on top of your doppelganger.

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    \$\begingroup\$ You beat me to answering this. I was writing almost the same answer when yours popped up! \$\endgroup\$ – T. Sar Mar 23 '17 at 20:48
  • \$\begingroup\$ Regarding the saves - a Vampire also becomes an Undead, which gives them a few different interactions regarding fortitude saves in some cases. As far as I remember, I think they had some sort of "can't fail" clause to them. \$\endgroup\$ – T. Sar Mar 23 '17 at 20:49
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    \$\begingroup\$ Yep, just checked - "Immunity to any effect that requires a Fortitude save (unless the effect also works on objects or is harmless)". So, despite being true that the OP will end up with lower Fortitude saves, it will also come with several immunities! \$\endgroup\$ – T. Sar Mar 23 '17 at 20:53
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    \$\begingroup\$ @TSar Yes, that is true, but things that do force an undead creature to make a Fortitude save are definitely a weakness for one. \$\endgroup\$ – KRyan Mar 23 '17 at 20:54
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Skyrimpro12 That is a different and unrelated question. \$\endgroup\$ – the dark wanderer Mar 23 '17 at 23:21

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