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Some vampires have special abilities that they gain when they become a vampire. In The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner, it is revealed by Riley that one in about every fifty vampires is 'talented'. Talents are also shown to be genetic, as seen in hybrids.

Explanation

When a human transforms into a vampire, they bring their strongest human trait into their new life. If someone has a particularly intense skill, it heightens after their transformation and becomes a power of some sort. For example, Bella's shield originally only covered her, but after becoming a vampire she could project it to surround those around her. A large majority of vampiric gifts are based on the mind, but there have been certain exceptions, as some powers work physically. Eleazar has explained that every gift is unique, never working the same way twice because no one ever thinks exactly the same way. This is proven by the differences in similar gifts among vampires, for example Edward and Aro, Bella and Renata, Siobhan and Saemus, Jane and Naomi, or Maggie and Charles. Vampires who had a similar personality as a human can also develop distinctly different powers, such as Bradley and Reece.

In some cases, a vampire may develop a gift based from their deepest and most repressed emotions rather than their strongest traits or characteristics. For example, Caius developed the power of Vitakinesis, because in his human life, he was the son of a tyrannical landlord who regularly abused their servants; whenever Caius would stood up for them against his father, he would receive the same treatment. This lead to Caius obtaining the power to heal people, as well as his own, as a vampire. Another case was Felix, who was an executioner in his mortal life, but deeply regretted his actions for being the one to end the lives of others. Because of this, he ended up with the gift of Physical Petrification, that enables him to render his victims into a state of suspended animation during which they cannot die, and therefore can be treated before revived back into full health.

Also, even though a vampire has a certain gift, it may take time to develop and decades, if not centuries, to improve. It has been speculated that gifts can be passed down genetically, but influence of intrauterine environment during pregnancy and upbringing during infancy and teen years have not been assessed. The two generations of the Swan family, Bella and Renesmee, are examples of abilities passed down this way. This also explains that half-vampire hybrids inherit their powers from their vampire and, less commonly, human parents.

Talent Categories

Certain powers' capabilities land in specific categories, though it is rather difficult at times because no talent ever works the exact same way. For instance,

  • An ability that protects any part of the bearer is called a "Shield".
  • An ability that tracks a target is called a "Tracker", which is also known as one of the most common talents.
  • Since Edward and certain other vampires possess abilities to "read" things, they can be considered "Readers".
  • Vampires with the power to project a sort of illusion can be considered "Illusionists".
  • Vampires who display powers that cause their targets to become addicted are considered "Addictionists".
  • Vampires who create an influence around their target(s) are called "Influencers".
  • Vampires who can instantly traverse from place to place are called "Teleporters".
  • Vampires who can send things or beings (But not themselves) away to a designated location are called "Traversers".
  • Vampires who can stop things or events happening, or stop people doing something, or Vampires, are known as 'Stoppers'; this is one of the rarest (But probably not the most rare) categories.
  • Vampires who are capable of establishing some form of link (mental or otherwise) between themselves and other beings, or linking other beings to each other, are called as "Linkers".

Some powers are the same but with a different twist to them, Marcus can sense the emotional ties between people, Teresea can sense the emotional ties between her another but also manipulate them.

Talent Types

Vampiric gifts can be classified into three main types. They are:

  • Mental — The most common classification. Abilities under this category are those that affect the recipient's mind. This results in influencing the target's psyche in one way or another. These are also the most easily countered, given the case of Bella's Mental Shield.
  • Physical — These are gifts that affect the physical realm rather than the mental plane, and thus may have a scientific explanation as to how they operate. Because of that, countering them are less likely compared to the "Mental" powers
  • Metaphysical — Abilities under this classification are those that fall to neither of the two preceding types. Either because they have neither of qualities to be identified as one of them, or they have both, and thus impossible to classify. The rarest type, at the hands of skillful master, Metaphysical gifts can prove to be quite powerful.

Name

Ability

Examples

Edward Cullen

Telepathy

Alice Cullen

Precognition

Jasper Hale

Pathokinesis

Bella Swan

Mental Shield

Renesmee Cullen

Tactile Thought Projection and Shield Penetration

Aro

Tactile Telepathy

Marcus

Relational Identification

Didyme

Happiness Induction

Afton

Mental Invisibility

Alec

Sensory Deprivation

Chelsea

Relationship Manipulation

Corin

Addictive Contentment

Demetri

Sensory Location

Heidi

Physical Attraction

Jane

Pain illusion

Ahsoka

Force Wielding

Renata

Protective Shield

Zafrina

Visual Projection

Eleazar

Ability Identification

Kate

Mental Electrokinesis

Benjamin

Atmoskinesis

Maggie

Lie Detection

Siobhan

Outcome Manipulation

James

Tracking Sense

Victoria

Enhanced self-preservation

Fred

Physical Repulsion

Kyran

Ability Obtainment

Raoul

Superiority Magnetism

Steve

Danger Sensory

Alistair

Tracking Sense

Charles

Lie Detection

Gabriel

Telekinesis

Joseph

Sensory Identification

Arthur

Ability Counteraction

Rhona

Chronokinesis

Deveaux

Addictive Assaultment

Linus

Disaster Inducement

Jessica

Memory Manipulation

Sinéad

Seismic Attraction

Claud

Weakening shield

Jonsu

Warding shield

Bruno

Protective Aura

Taavi

Reality Distortion

Bradley Hale

Mental Invisibility

Jayde Hale

Appearance Alteration

Patrick

Fearing Sensory

Autumn

Retrocognition

Rosemary

Chlorokinesis

Evelyn

Combat Perception

Emily

Sedative Inducement

Adam

Belief Inducement

William

Sensory Alteration

Allison

Ability Suppression

Vincent

Pain Deprivation

Reece

Physical Concealment

Meredith

Entrapment Shield

Surčin

Superiority Impotence

Arja

Distraction Deprivation

Prewett

Personality Manipulation

Elphias

Honesty Sensory

Saemus

Outcome Alteration

George

Decision Manipulation

Bastion

Truth Induction

Ilsa

Mental Imprisonment

Sushard

Astral Projection

Camilla

Dependence Magnetism

Ethan

Illusionary Distractions

Isaac

Illusionary Poisoning

Clovis

Balance Deprivation

Brennan

Thought Empathy

Cova

Danger Sensory

Sonney

Visual Contortion

Horace

Ability Reversal

Nissa

Suggestive Compelment

Wyvern

Atmokinesis

AIphard

Mental Camouflage

Damien

Extrasensory Perception

Olivia

Strength Manipulation

Candice

Technokinesis

Manolo

Emotion Deprivation

Julien

Locational Sensory

Devi

Disintegration

Ishtvan

Physical Petrification

Guthrie

Tormenting Gaze

Aphrodite

Rage Inducement

Jamie

Social camouflage

Beaumont

Tracking Evasion

Draco

Power replication

Andrew

Subjective Repulsion

Nathaniel

Tracking Allurance

Joaquin

Addictive compelment

Lauun

Phobikinesis

Teresea

Friendship Manipulation

Clancy

Loyalty Inducement

Joshua

Fear Induction

Dermot

Ability Augmentation

Rhona

Chronokinesis

Louise

Fault Detection

Eleanor

Penance Illusion

Flora

Electrokinesis

Eoessa

Hemokinesis

Miguel

'Cryokinesis'

Basil

Gravitational manipulation

Luciela

Alchemy

Sistina

Photokinesis

Angus

Mediumship

Brutus

Tactile precognition

Lexie

Noesis

Gina

Attention Sensory

Rita

Attention detection

Phileas

Desire Induction

Vibeke

Suggestive Compelment

Orco

Contact Manipulation

Senya

Illusionary Cloning

Raven

Metamorphosis

Kate

Impendimentum

Tonie

Intimidation

Name Ability Examples
Edward Cullen

Speed

Edward's gift is advanced speed, running faster than any other member of the Cullens and other vampires.

During the game of vampire baseball in Twilight, Edward runs through the forest to retrieve the ball. InEclipse, Bella compares Edward's speed to Victoria's, saying 'she wheeled and flew like an arrow from a bow. But Edward was faster - a bullet from a gun.'

Rosalie Hale

Beauty

Rosalie's gift is incredible beauty, which even surpasses a regular vampire. She is said to be the most attractive vampire in the world.

Heidi

Beauty

Heidi's incredible beauty is comparable to Rosalie's, supported by her gift to attract people, human or vampire. Because of this, she would often go out to find and attract "food" for the Volturi.

Emmett Cullen

Strength

Emmett's gift is extreme strength that surpasses a regular vampire. He is the strongest member of the Cullens, if not the entire world. But his strength can be easily conquered by a newborn vampire, such as Bella when she challenged him into arm wrestling.

During the game of vampire baseball inTwilight, Esme informs Bella that Emmett hits the hardest, while Edward runs the fastest.

Carlisle Cullen

Compassion

Carlisle's gift is an elevated sense of compassion that allows him to resist human blood.

He is able to bite (in order to turn them) people without succumbing to the frenzy and killing them.

Esme Cullen

Love

Esme's gift is to love those around her passionately.

She is able to welcome Rosalie, Emmett, Alice and Jasper into her home with open and caring arms; as well as Bella, a human girl her son Edward fell in love with.

Felix

Fighting and strength

Meyer has said that Felix's talent is his fighting and strength. No matter how good anyone else is in physical combat, Felix will always remain one, or most likely, several steps ahead of them. His physical strength is pretty much comparable to Emmett's.

In the New Moon film, when Edward tried to defend Bella, Felix quickly subdues him, throwing him to the ground, cracking the floor.

Bella Swan

Self-control

Bella has great concentration as a newborn vampire, something that most newborn vampires aren't able to do.

In Breaking Dawn, when she caught the scent of human hikers while hunting, she manages to retain control of herself and run away from the scent while holding her breath. When Charlie comes to visit after she changed, she finds her father's smell more attractive than the hikers and yet manages to remain in control.

Raoul

Strength

Raoul had strength that surpassed that of regular vampires. He was one of the strongest newborns in Victoria's army, and the other newborns were usually frightened by this.

Raoul was able to win over and kill countless newborn members in the army

Gabriel

Strength

Gabriel has strength that surpasses that of normal vampires

Gabriel has used his strength to kill many vampires, including Crisanto, a volturi guard, and a coven of english vampires

Deveaux

Strength

Deveaux has strength that is greater than that of normal vampires

This strength helped him survive from being killed by his coven mates, who were affected with his ability

Cova

Strength

Cova possesses strength that outmaches regular vampires

Cova has used this strength to protect his family against a few vampires around the years

Cova

Self-control

Cova can control his thirst better than most vampires, this is due to his extreme awareness and maturity as a human

Cova is a protector of a biological family of humans, and takes care of the younger family members

Kate Bucksburn

Enhanced Smell

Kate has an enhanced sense of smell, which is a little unusual, but helps her hunt more accurately and identify what something is from a lot further away than a normal Vampire.

Kate uses this to hunt very well, and as such is hardly ever thirsty. This is good, as her constantly changing diet means that she needs a lot of blood to keep her satisfied.

Kate Bucksburn

Remorse

Kate has an enhanced sense of remorse, regretting everything she does and feeling guilty for every single person she kills. This not particularly a good ability, as the feeling of remorse can go as far as making her suicidal, depressed and very, very, guilty.

When Kate hunts, she will go for a human, kill, drink, feel remorse, then switch to an animal. But the blood lust is then so strong that she kills a human, drinks, then feels guilty and switches once more.

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