Perhaps the wooden stake through the heart was inspired by literary interpretations. Another typical technique was decapitation and/or dismemberment, but a specialised weapon was rarely employed. The sexton's or gravedigger's shovel, in addition to the plain wooden stake, would have been the favoured vampire-slaying weapon. Its edge was suitable for cutting flesh as well as dirt.
A sharp knife might also work, as could an axe or hammer if you have one that is strong enough. Of course, you could always use your hands too!
The key thing is that you should avoid using anything made of silver or garlic. These items will protect you from being killed by vampires!
Vampires are fictional characters created by authors and artists throughout history. They usually appear in stories where they battle heroes who try to stop them from drinking blood. Vampires like sunlight and garlic, which is why they normally don't show up during the day or inside buildings. They can be killed by bullets, decapitation, burnings at the stake, or even by silver objects placed in their hearts. However, if they drink human blood they will eventually die. Then another character or person will usually find the body.
In conclusion, you will need a sharp knife, a strong hand, and courage to kill a vampire.
A stake (not to be confused with a steak) is a sharpened piece of wood that must be driven through a vampire's unstoppable black heart to kill it. See the images below for further information on the appropriate type of stake for the job.
While silver is the most common material used for stakes, they can also be made from other materials such as acid-proof wood, firewood, or even metal. They need to be strong enough to pierce the vampire's skin and bone yet flexible enough to bend without breaking.
The correct term for these instruments that are used to destroy vampires is "bloodletters".
Bloodletters are usually made from silver or iron, although other materials are also used such as wood or acid proof steel. They must be thick enough to pierce the vampire's skin and bone yet thin enough to bend easily. The word "stake" comes from the old English word "staca", which means "a stick used as a weapon".
The first bloodletters were probably just sharp objects that someone found useful and then started labeling as such. Modern versions are manufactured specifically with the intent of killing vampires. Some manufacturers claim their products are good for killing both humans and vampires but this is not true. Vampires are resistant to normal bullets and shrapnel; only special anti-vampire weapons can kill them.
Vampires' deadly vulnerability is wooden bullets. But, like staking vampires, cutting wood into bullets is a recent technology that can kill vamps and is a ranged means to kill.
There are two types of wooden bullets: those made from real wood and those made from plastic. Real wood bullets will destroy vampires after they hit their target; however, they are not easy to find and cost more than plastic alternatives. As well, they have other uses besides killing vampires, such as in weapons manufacturing or furniture making. Plastic bullets work just as their name suggests - they can be used to shoot at vampires - but they do not destroy the vampires. Instead, they need to be thrown at the vampire or shot into the body to be effective.
It is possible to kill a vampire with a wooden bullet. However, it takes several dozen wooden bullets for this to be effective rather than just one. Also, because vampires can survive being stabbed with wooden stakes, this does not kill them immediately. It takes an actual gunshot to properly dispatch a vampire.
If you're out of wood, you may stab a vampire with anything else is sharp and accessible. "Bram Stoker's Dracula gets a buoy knife in the heart and his head hacked off," Mark explains. Which takes us to Decapitate and Burn: "Chopping off the head and burning the body appears to be the most universal method of halting a vampire."
But not always. Vampires can also be destroyed by sunlight, holy water, crossbows, silver, and garlic (which, when used properly, contains chemicals that kill vampires).
The best way to destroy a vampire corpse is with an acid such as vinegar or bleach. This will release the blood from inside the body and cause it to go up in smoke.
Vampires cannot come back after they are turned into sunlight, but they can still rise from their graves. A wooden stake through the heart should do the trick.
Vampires can be stopped by crucifixes or holy water poured over their bodies. The water should be sprinkled on any open wounds or spots where the vampire has been recently bitten. If the vampire is conscious, it will have to drink the water to survive.
Garlic has been used for centuries to protect homes against vampires. All you need to do is slice up a few bulbs and put them in some window sill boxes or outside on the ground. You should see positive results within a week if there are vampires around.
Vampires and other undead creatures The notion that the vampire "can only be murdered with a stake thrust through its heart" has pervaded European literature. Examples include Bram Stoker's Dracula, as well as the more modern Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Twilight series. This myth probably arose because vampires were often depicted as evil incarnate; therefore, killing them required an act of justice rather than mercy.
In reality, vampires are human beings like you and me who have chosen to take up residence in a corpse. They may drink blood to survive, but that doesn't make them different from wild animals or crime victims. A wooden stake can be used against them in exactly the same way it would be used against any other creature: by driving it into the body. The vampire's body will absorb some of the stake, but not all of it, and that which isn't absorbed will be pulled out of him when the stake is removed.
Stakes also work on humans who have been turned into vampires. Although they're still people, they no longer have a soul and are thus incapable of rising from the dead. When a person dies, their body begins to decay because that's what happens to living substance. Vampires cannot prevent this process from taking place. However, they can delay it for a few hours at most. After about three days, the body will fall apart entirely.
A wooden stake will suffice. We know that a knife stab in the heart of a vampire does not kill them, but a wooden stake does. As a result, the circulatory system functions differently than it does in humans. There have been debates regarding whether vampires can have erections (clearly in Buffy), and if they can have children, but there's a lot more. Vampires need to eat about twice as much as humans do, and their digestive systems are not as efficient. This means that they must feed regularly or suffer serious consequences such as starvation or dehydration. Vampires are also nocturnal by default; since their main form of transportation is their own blood, this makes sense. Finally, because vampires are undead, they cannot go through puberty- this fact has important implications for how we think about vampirism in popular culture.
Vampires are often depicted as being cold and calculating, with some even going as far to say that they're psychopathic. This is due to the fact that when you take away all traces of emotion, you're left with logic. They cannot feel pain, so they don't care what happens to others. This is why staking works well to kill them, because it breaks their neck. Also, their other major weakness is sunlight. If exposed to too much of it, they will die. This is why most depictions of vampires show them hiding in the shadows during the day.
However, vampires do have several strengths including mobility, endurance, and reflexes.