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Best builds for each stage in Vampire Survivors

Survive in style.

Vampire Survivors is a tough nut to crack, and although you’ll eventually have that ‘eureka!’ moment when it all falls into place, it can be a slog until you do. Beating new levels for the first time can be an arduous task, but fear not, let me show you the best builds for each stage in Vampire Survivors.

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Best builds in Vampire Survivors

Each stage has a unique assortment of nasties to throw at the player, but with smart choices, you can take the sting out of your opponents. I’ll suggest builds for each stage, but use these as a guide, as you’re not guaranteed to find these items during every run. Ultimately, your chances of survival will shoot up if you pack your build with as many Evo’s as possible.

For most stages, you can use whatever you want (within reason) and do well. Some levels require more nuance, but let’s start with a general build you can use just about anywhere:

Mad Forest Build / Early Game Build

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The Mad Forest is the first stage you’ll visit in Vampire Survivors and gives a real taste of the horrors to come. For this build, I’ve only picked items you’ll have available as a new player. As you progress, feel free to experiment, but you’ll have every item here after a few runs:

Weapons

  • Magic Wand
  • Santa Water
  • Runetracer
  • Fire Wand
  • Axe
  • King Bible

Passive Items

  • Attractorb
  • Armor
  • Spinach
  • Clock Lancet 
  • Crown
  • Candelabrador

This selection is packed full of Evo opportunities like Runetracer + Armor to make NO FUTURE and Santa Water + Attractorb to make La Borra. Clock Lancet is a fantastic survivability tool as it freezes enemies. Remember, you can walk over frozen opponents without getting hurt for cheeky escape routes. 

Inlaid Library Build

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With a few upgrades under your belt, the Inlaid Library is arguably the most straightforward stage in the game. The issue is it’s pretty tricky until that point. This build is similar to the Mad Forest setup but has some alterations.

Weapons

  • Magic Wand
  • Santa Water
  • Runetracer
  • Fire Wand
  • King Bible
  • Cross

Passive Items

  • Attractorb
  • Armor
  • Spinach
  • Clock Lancet 
  • Wings
  • Empty Tome

We don’t need the Axe in the Inlaid Library, as opponents rarely come from above. Besides that, we have plenty of Evo opportunities, and we also have Wings for added movement speed. The Inlaid Library is home to several enemies that explode, and Wings gives us a better chance of escaping the blast. Magic Wand + Empty Tome combine to make the Holy Wand, which offers tremendous single-target damage.

Dairy Plant Build

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The Dairy Plant is tricky as there are obstacles to traverse that can ferry you into hordes of enemies. You need speed in this area, but you also need defense and high DPS. It’s a delicate balancing act, but here’s what I recommend aiming for.

Weapons

  • Runetracer
  • Santa Water
  • Fire Wand
  • Pentagram
  • Shadow Pinion
  • Axe

Passive Items

  • Spinach
  • Armor
  • Wings
  • Attractorb
  • Crown
  • Clock Lancet

The biggest threat in this stage is lost XP. Obstacles make it so you can’t always claim your prize, so Wings and Attractorb will help with that. The Crown increases our XP gain and means that if you have to leave gems, it’s not the end of the world. We have plenty of powerful Evo’s ready, including Fire Wand + Spinach to make Hell Fire.

Gallo Tower Build

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Gallo Tower is nasty, thanks to its vertical layout. Still, with smart choices, we can tweak our build to deal with threats from above and below.

Weapons

  • Axe
  • Magic Wand
  • Lightning Ring
  • Song of Mana
  • Clock Lancet
  • King Bible

Passive Items

  • Candelabrador
  • Empty Tome
  • Duplicator
  • Skull o’ Maniac
  • Wings
  • Spellbinder

Song of Mana is the star of the show, offering the best coverage for vertical threats. The Axe is another hard hitter against opponents coming from above, becoming the Death Spiral when combined with the Candelabrador. We’ve got the trusty Wings and Clock Lancet as escape tools and several Evo’s to fall into.

Cappella Magna Build

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Cappella Magna is a nasty stage, but by now, you’ll likely have the permanent upgrades and experience to survive. Go with your favorites here, but here’s an example of a Cappella Magna killer build:

Weapons

  • Magic Wand
  • Santa Water
  • King Bible
  • Axe
  • Phiera Der Tuphello
  • Eight the Sparrow

Passive Items

  • Tiragisu
  • Armor
  • Candelabrador
  • Spellbinder
  • Attractorb
  • Empty Tome

If you’ve got to stage five, you know what you’re looking for by now. Focus on Evos to maximize damage output, and I recommend spending a couple of Passive Item slots on Survivability tools like Wings and Armor

What about Challenge/Special stages?

After you’ve cleared the five numbered stages, there’s still plenty to do in the various Special and Challenge levels. By this point, you’ll have unlocked a respectable arsenal and can construct some truly impressive builds on the fly. The most important thing to focus on is your Evos. I can’t stress it enough. Evos win games, and if you have three or more active simultaneously, you’ll likely win without breaking a sweat. I’ll leave you with an endgame build, but tweak this based on what you have access to. 

Endgame Build for all content in Vampire Survivors

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Without diving into spoiler items, this build is so strong you can walk away and make a cup of coffee, knowing you’ll still be alive when you return. 

Weapons

  • Phiera Der Tuphello
  • Eight the Sparrow
  • Santa Water
  • Runetracer
  • Magic Wand 
  • Lightning Ring

Passive Items

  • Armor
  • Tiragisu
  • Attractorb
  • Spinach
  • Empty Tome
  • Duplicator

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Anthony is a freelance writer for PC Invasion and has worked in the industry for four years. He's furiously competitive and is always looking for the next big multiplayer hit. Anthony thrives in high-stakes games like Escape From Tarkov and Sea of Thieves. He is also passionate about speedrunning and always looks forward to the next GDQ and ESA events. When he's not grinding leaderboards, Anthony enjoys visiting Arcades, retro gaming, and horror movies.