Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 introduces its final launch clan: the Malkavian

By Stephany Nunneley, Wednesday, 29 May 2019 20:40 GMT

The fifth and final full-blood clan reveal for Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 is here, and its the telepathic Malkavian.

Also known as the Clan of the Moon, the Malkavian can see and hear everything “the world wants to hide” in Bloodlines 2.

Malkavians possess knowledge of things no other clan can comprehend, but this knowledge comes at a price: psychosis, compulsive disorders, or many other illnesses.

The majority of the Seattle clans have ostracized them, while others consider this a clan of Oracles and “skilled advisers.”

As far as their powers are concerned, the Malkavians invade the minds of their victims using Dementation. This will impart an “imperfect vision of their psychoses on them.”

There’s also Auspex which lets them slip even deeper into their abilities, which expands their senses into what’s akin to an out of body experience.

A full breakdown of both disciplines is below.

Dementation

  • Haunt – imparts an unseen spectre in the minds of victims. Unable to control themselves, they’ll try to flee in a panic.
  • Berserk – fills the vampire’s targets with an uncontrollable rage, causing them to lash out at anything nearby – even the air itself, if no better target is available.
  • Use of Dementation, while thoroughly unsettling, is not a Masquerade violation.

Auspex

  • Aura Sense – allows the vampire to spot NPC’s through walls, read crowds at a glance and mark individuals, staying aware of them even over long distances. It also reveals the weaknesses of a marked NPC.
  • Psychic Projection – forces the vampire’s mind from their body, allowing it to explore the area in astral form and use Aura Sight to mark any character they spot. The vampire’s senses have developed to such an extent that they may end up telepathically overwhelming the senses of others for a short while.
  • Use of Auspex is not a Masquerade violation.

Bloodlines 2 will have five, playable full-blood clans at launch, as well as the Thinbloods. You start off in the game as the latter. More clans will be released as free DLC.

Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 is out next year for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. If you missed the initial announcement, here’s a look at the long-awaited sequel and pre-order details.

 

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