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The Vampire is an uncommon monster, and is only present in a handful of dungeons. It has the ability to steal life-force from the player when uncovered during exploration, which can be very damaging to regen-fighters. Fortunately, vampires are otherwise relatively mediocre monsters that present little difficulty once this initial annoyance is overcome.
Because the life stolen by a vampire is overhealed, you can safely attack them to remove the hit points and then explore to heal. The vampire will not regain the stolen health, which will even the scales and leave the monster easy pickings. Another option is to use LEMMISI or BLUDTUPOWA to reveal tiles. Vampires revealed in this fashion will not steal life, and these glyphs effectively disable their primary ability.
The Vampire boss is Count BlahBlah. He is found only in the Eastern Tundra and the Vicious Halls of Steel. His actual abilities vary depending on which dungeon you encounter him in.