Vlad acts like a normal Vampire, but will teleport when he gets hit, similar to a Croc Man. Vlad has a massive 10 HP, meaning he can be an extremely difficulty fight if the player does not know a way to defeat him easily.
When killed, Vlad leave no corpse, but will drop Vlad's Cape, giving the player a significant reason to kill him, as it is considered one of the best mobility items in the game.
The player can easily obtain a Steel Arrow by either obtaining a Crossbow with one, doing the Moon Challenge in a level prior to use the Steel Arrow from Hou Yi's Bow, or meeting Van Horsing, who is equipped with one.
After this, Van Horsing will tell the player, "I've been hunting this fiend for a long time!" If Vlad is killed with the help of Van Horsing, the vampire slayer will appear in 4-1 of Temple of Anubis to award the player the Alien Compass.
If killed, he drops his unique cape. Inside a nearby block hides his amulet that grants the Spelunker invulnerability to damage from fire, including lava. It is not necessary to kill him to obtain the amulet.
Vlad is named after Vlad the Impaler - also known as Dracula - who inspired the villain of Bram Stoker's vampire novel. More specifically, it seems likely he is inspired by the version of Vlad in NetHack, who is also a vampire who appears in a tower in the underworld (named Gehennom in NetHack 3.1.0 and Hell in previous versions).Visually, he resembles Gary Oldman's portrayal of Dracula in the 1992 film directed by Francis Ford Coppola.