Can vampires shapeshift too?
It is interesting that one of the similarities between werewolves and vampires as noted in books and literature and history is the vampire’s so-called ability to shapeshift or transform. Most literature which references this ability of the vampire, typically cites a few things that vampires can transform into, most commonly they include bat and mist. Interestingly, some old references also cite that vampires can shapeshift into snakes and wolves. Yes, wolves!
I would like to point out however, that what I’ve read indicates that if vampires do shapeshift (and I’ve found some references that not all can do it), it is not in the way that werewolves do. With werewolves, the transformation is part of who a werewolf is. It is a natural process that many times cannot be controlled (although as we’ve discussed, experience can lead to control). Vampires however, don’t do a true transformation, they do not go through the physical process that a werewolf would. They do not actually truly become a wolf, or bat, but rather they shift their shape for a short period of time. The shapeshift is just that – a shift, not a transformation. They never gain the senses of the being they become, they do not gain the power of the creature they become – and in fact, they do not even “become” the being, but rather just the semblance of the being which in many cases can only be retained for a short period of time.