Skip to main content
19 votes
Accepted

What are the main changes from Vampire: the Masquerade V20 to V5?

The main system changes Vitae is no longer tracked through a blood pool. Instead, up to five dice in every test pool are replaced with contrasting-color "hunger dice"; the more of these ...
Jadasc's user avatar
  • 55.4k
18 votes
Accepted

What does having a Humanity rating of 7 mean for a 150 Year old Vampire?

A Humanity rating of 7 is standard for a starting character, so it's not special in any particular way. As a 150-year-old vampire, it means you've passed a century and a half and either maintained or ...
Jadasc's user avatar
  • 55.4k
17 votes
Accepted

What was the 13th Vampire clan before the Tremere appeared?

5th edition use the same setting as the previous Masquerade games, just altered a bit by the passage of time. For "canon purposes," you can safely assume the big stuff is the same unless it'...
Alex P's user avatar
  • 29.3k
16 votes
Accepted

Is there any mechanical reason a VtM vampire can't just eat animals?

Animal blood is less "nutritious." In all versions of Vampire: the Masquerade, animal blood is less potent. In Vampire 5e, it offers no value to a vampire of Blood Potency 3 or higher (so, not a ...
Jadasc's user avatar
  • 55.4k
15 votes
Accepted

What are the main differences between Vampire: The Requiem, Vampire 20th Anniversary, and Vampire 5th Edition?

I think your question can mostly be reduced to… 1. How do their basic mechanics and resolution systems compare? All three games are fairly "traditional" — they're built around task-focused ...
Alex P's user avatar
  • 29.3k
14 votes

How do you pronounce "chasse"?

Scroll to the bottom for the TL;DR. Not sure why I went so deep on this, but I hope someone has fun reading it. To figure out pronunciation, we first need to disambiguate what word this "Chasse&...
EHAD's user avatar
  • 141
13 votes
Accepted

Could a Tremere get away with this?

This is entirely storyteller's discretion This is completely and totally up to the storyteller and the details of the particular city in question. The main concern would be how the Tremere Regent ...
TimothyAWiseman's user avatar
13 votes
Accepted

Is VtM 5e supposed to be compatible with old or new World of Darkness games?

Vampire the Masquerade, including 5e is part of what is variously referred to as "World of Darkness", "Old World of Darkness", and "Classic World of Darkness". It is compatible (though I use the term ...
TimothyAWiseman's user avatar
13 votes

All-Out-Attack and All-Out-Defence against a single opponent are confusing

"All Out" means all-in. The text on page 298 describing these two maneuvers is explicit about what each prohibits: All Out Attack: "In this case, afford the attacker a +1 damage bonus, ...
Jadasc's user avatar
  • 55.4k
12 votes
Accepted

How could I lower the rate of critical successes?

After seeing a comment asking for an example, I realized I was asking too much of critical successes, because I wanted every one of them to be a permanent change in the character's personality or ...
Nolann Boyere's user avatar
11 votes
Accepted

How does surprise work in Vampire combat?

Surprise rounds come from things like ambushes. If you're giving Janet and John surprise, then Dick and Jane should have had the chance to perceive that an attack was coming before the combat starts. ...
Jadasc's user avatar
  • 55.4k
11 votes
Accepted

Do you always have to spend XP to gain Merits and Backgrounds (during play)?

On page 180 of the Vampire 5th Edition Core book, the sidebar on "Gaining and Losing Advantages" lays out the game's stance on it: Events during the chronicle can change a character’s ...
Jadasc's user avatar
  • 55.4k
11 votes

How strong are elite mortal troops in Vampire: the Masquerade?

A top of the line very well trained mortal would have a dice pool of 7-8 for relevant task (before specialities). A world-class one would have a dice pool of 9. The best of the best would have 10. For ...
VLAZ's user avatar
  • 2,469
10 votes
Accepted

Does an official V5 version of the Tzimisce and Vicissitude exist?

Yes. The Vampire 5th Edition Companion, released on December 16, 2020, has a clan write-up for the Tzimisce, as well as a number of discipline powers to replicate their signature discipline.
Jadasc's user avatar
  • 55.4k
10 votes

What does having a Humanity rating of 7 mean for a 150 Year old Vampire?

Age is irrelevant to what your humanity score means. The definition of your humanity score does not change as a result of your age, but rather as a result of your actions. Whether you are a mortal, a ...
TheFallen0ne's user avatar
  • 4,770
10 votes
Accepted

How did the frequent blood hunts further Queen Anne's ambitions before the Fall of London?

It's not her ambition; it's her vices. In Beckett's Jyhad Diary, several other vampires describe the current state of London prior to the Fall. One, Artie Basingstoke, calls her "simultaneously ...
Jadasc's user avatar
  • 55.4k
9 votes
Accepted

Can your ghoul retainer also serve as a regular source of blood?

There's no question in the mechanics about whether you can feed from a ghoul; a ghoul is a human, and humans are a vampire's natural source of vitae. You can absolutely do that. Can a ghoul be part of ...
Jadasc's user avatar
  • 55.4k
9 votes
Accepted

Can a vampire purchase multiple powers at the same level of a discipline?

Your guess is correct: Yes, one can. If you get a second dot in the discipline, you can learn either a second-level power, or you can learn a second first-level power. That does mean that you're not ...
Theik's user avatar
  • 36.5k
8 votes

How does a vampire with “Methuselah’s Thirst” get full?

Yes, this replaces the rule where you can only get to hunger 0 by killing someone. Since Methuselah's Thirst therefore supersedes the normal limitation of "draining a human" there is no stacking ...
Seeamoebe's user avatar
  • 454
8 votes

Is VtM 5e supposed to be compatible with old or new World of Darkness games?

Ostensibly, old World. In practice, neither, really. The fifth edition of Vampire: the Masquerade, otherwise known as V5, follows in continuity from the 20th Anniversary edition using the book Beckett'...
Jadasc's user avatar
  • 55.4k
8 votes
Accepted

Why did the Camarilla accept the Banu Haqim (Assamites) but refuse the Ministry (Followers of Set)?

Short answer: politics. More detailed answer: It's not all the Banu Haqim, it's just one faction within them which has joined the Camarilla. There's another lot who have stuck with the Ashirra, and ...
DrBob's user avatar
  • 2,418
8 votes
Accepted

Can a thin-blood learn a discipline with the help of a non-thin-blood vampire?

The implication is "no". You must also choose between one to three Thin-Blood Merits and an equal number of Thin-Blood Flaws before choosing regular Advantages. So thin-blood merits aren't handled ...
Draconis's user avatar
  • 4,256
8 votes
Accepted

How does the "Day Drinker" thin-blood merit work?

Both. Ordinary vampires, when exposed to sunlight, take a number of levels of Aggravated damage each turn equal to their Bane Severity. (p.221) Thin-blooded vampires, when exposed to sunlight, take ...
Jadasc's user avatar
  • 55.4k
8 votes

How do you pronounce "chasse"?

Chasse probably refers to French La Chasse (The Hunt) VTM uses some other French origin words, and, I suspect from the context, that they are referring to French 'La Chasse', pronounced 'shas' ...
Ifusaso 'he-him''s user avatar
8 votes
Accepted

How can we make a young lower generation vampire?

Age and Generation are assumed to be linked for character creation… The fifth edition makes an explicit assumption that the members of a coterie will be of the same (or at least very close) generation;...
Guybrush McKenzie's user avatar
8 votes

How could I lower the rate of critical successes?

Number of 10s rolled, truncated: This is what you are experiencing, as you are calculating the odds. While there's a decent spread at 2, the values are higher than you are comfortable with. ...
From's user avatar
  • 8,061
7 votes
Accepted

Can a non-thin-blood vampire learn thin-blood alchemy?

No. Alchemy requires the weak pseudo-Vitae of thinbloods to have any effect; full vampires can't use it. Mechanically, thin-blood merits aren't available to full vampires. These Merits […] only ...
Draconis's user avatar
  • 4,256
7 votes
Accepted

How do thin-bloods and thin-blood alchemy work?

It's true: thin-bloods don't start with any points in any disciplines. You build a thin-blood character using the Merits and Flaws on p. 182-184, taking one, two, or three Duskborn flaws to balance ...
Jadasc's user avatar
  • 55.4k
7 votes

Can you spend willpower on hunger dice?

You use the Willpower to reroll the other, non-Hunger Dice in the pool. To emphasize: If the Hunger complication seems too dangerous in the moment, the player can (and should) opt to re-roll by ...
Jadasc's user avatar
  • 55.4k
7 votes
Accepted

Can blood potency increase while a kindred is in torpor?

No, a vampire must be active for his or her Blood Potency to rise. In fact, according to the description on page 215 of the Vampire: the Masquerade 5th Edition core rulebook, Blood Potency slowly ...
Jadasc's user avatar
  • 55.4k

Only top scored, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible