It's been a while since I contributed to the community in this way and felt it was time for something. I've been wanting to do this for a while, but just didn't have time. I really don't have the time now, but going to do it anyway. Please note, these are mostly just my opinions, the way I look at things. Other people will assuredly have differing views. The basic sampire is a character that does a lot of damage and uses Vampiric Embrace to leach back enough life to heal any damage taken. Really, when you get down to it, Vampiric Embrace is the engine that makes a sampire go. And since the amount of life you leach back is based off how much damage you do, then you want to do as much damage as possible. So, getting to the 300% damage cap is important. Skills for a sampire. A lot of people seem to ask this. Really, the base sampire you need: Necromancy (99) Weapon Skill (120) Tactics (120) (access to special moves on weapons) Bushido (120) (honor, additional damage on whirlwind attacks) The rest is so interchangeable, it is truly a remarkable template and really depends on a personal play style. But, you want the rest of the skills to add up to 300 points in Special Move skills, these are: Swordsmanship Mace Fighting Fencing Archery Parrying Lumberjacking Stealth Poisoning Bushido Ninjitsu Throwing That list was taken from UOGuide here: Special Moves - UOGuide, the Ultima Online encyclopedia So, if you have 120 weapon and 120 Bushido, you only need 60 points in another skill. Parry is the most popular one, but I've seen people make use of Ninjitsu. A note on Chivalry. You don't HAVE to have Chivalry. With 100% elemental weapons by far easier to come by than ever before. You can reach the damage cap without it and the things you use Chivalry for you can make up in other ways. 100% elemental weapons, potions, rune books. My current top sampire doesn't run chivalry (120 Fencing, Anatomy, Tactics, Bushido, Parry, 99 Necromancy, 21 Focus). People will say this or that sampire build is better. I'll say this- as long as your sampire does what you want it to, does it matter? IMO the Leafblade is the best weapon for a sampire. And Kamas are underrated Whirlwind Weapons- because honestly, most of your damage from WW comes from Bushido and Area Effects going off. Example- I stand near the alter on the Rikktor spawn when level 4 hits and have more than just a few dragons (and paragon dragons) on me and live though it. I prefer running 100+ anatomy/tactics with 120 Bushido and 100+ parry because I love evasion and the 2 second bonus from anatomy/tactics is sweet. If you are concerned with the 'best', then you want to use potions. Get EP on your jewelry and run strength/agility potions. This will allow you to put a good bit more points in to your intel stat and therefor mana. There is no getting around it, using potions >>> not using potions. You will be just fine not running them, but, if you are obsessed with the best.... For most things outside of Boss type of high level creatures, I use a shield on my swords sampire. It's a nice advantage and that low level stuff probably isn't going to kill you anyway. The extras: 1. Scroll up necromancy to 120. Skill it up to only 99. I carry a set of jewelry with me. +11 Necromancy, +15 Chivalry, 18 LRC, +13 Focus (I think that's it). Also a set of Arcane Boots and a mana phasing orb (orb allows you to cast Vampiric Embrace quicker). 2. If you have Chivalry, the +30 points of Chivalry from the rings will allow you to res people. This is not something to be overlooked. 3. When farming Medusa, keep her blood. Her blood can be made in to a potion to res your pet. You have to wait for the corpse of your pet to decay before you can use it on them though... so... 4. Keep a spare swampy in the stables and a pet summoning ball to call it if needed. 5. There is no reason to make a male sampire. Because of this, I ended up making a 2nd sampire. Unless you just plan to never kill Semidar. 6. Spend 20-30 minutes in Fan Dancer Dojo to get Knight of Honor. The amazingness of Monster Ignore cannot be overstated. You can activate it, get in kill something and get out at the higher levels of this. 7. Set up the maco in UO: Select Nearest- Hostile , Attack Selected Target I am sure there is more and this isn't meant to be a complete run down on sampires, but just more my thoughts and random stuff. Feel free to ask questions and i'll answer the best I can.