Some vampires have special abilities gained or enhanced when they are turned. In The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner, Riley reveals that one in about every fifty vampires is 'talented'.
- "When you are human, everything is as if in a cocoon. But when you are turned into a vampire everything opens up to a better, but scarier, you."
When a human transforms into a vampire, they bring their strongest human trait into their new life. When someone has a particularly intense skill, it heightens after their transformation and becomes a power of some sort. For example, Bella's shield originally only covered her, but after becoming a vampire she could project it to surround those around her.
A large majority of vampiric gifts are based on the mind, but there have been certain exceptions as some powers work physically.
Eleazer has explained that every gift is unique, never working the same way twice because no one ever thinks exactly the same way. This is proven by the differences in similar gifts among vampires, for example Edward and Aro, Bella and Renata, or Maggie and Charles.
Also, even though vampires have gifts, some may take time to develop and decades, if not centuries, to improve.
It has been speculated that gifts can be passed down genetically, but influence of intrauterine environment during pregnancy and upbringing during infancy and teen years have not been assessed. The two generations of the Swan family, Bella and Renesmee, are examples of abilities passed down this way. This also explains that half-vampire hybrids inherit their powers from their vampire and, less commonly, human parents.
Quantifiable supernatural talents
|Bella Swan||In Breaking Dawn, Bella shielded herself and her allies in the battle against the Volturi.At the end of Breaking Dawn, Bella lowered her shield allowing Edward to read her mind.|
|Edward Cullen||Edward found most of the minds of kids in Forks High School to be unimaginative, but couldn't hear what Bella was thinking at all. He also had the displeasure of reading Jacob's mind.In Twilight, Edward was able to save Bella from a group of men who were going to attack her because he could read what they were planning.He knew Mike, Eric, and Tyler were all going to ask Bella to the dance, but didn't know what her response would be to any of them.
In Breaking Dawn, Edward used his ability while confronting the Volturi to know their plans and intentions.
|Renesmee Cullen||In Breaking Dawn, Renesmee used her ability to transfer her thoughts into Bella after she woke up as a vampire, in order to let her mother know about herself.She also used her talent to show the visiting vampires her side of the story.|
|Alice Cullen||In Twilight, Alice saw James in Bella's old dance studio in Phoenix, and Bella later being captured by him, once she decided to meet him there.In New Moon, Alice could see Edward's decision to provoke the Volturi but not exactly how he would do it, because he kept changing his mind.In Eclipse, Alice tells the family that the newborns are coming to fight them.
In Breaking Dawn, Alice's ability allowed her to warn her family about the confrontation with the Volturi.
|Jasper Hale||In Twilight, when Bella was stressed caused by James tracking her, Jasper felt her anxiety and calmed her down, so much that she fell asleep.In Eclipse, Jasper used his power to temporarily calm everyone down when the the Cullens and the Werewolves almost got into a fight.In Breaking Dawn, Jasper stayed near Bella after she had Renesmee because she was so happy and he was drawn to her positive feelings.|
|Aro||In New Moon, when Bella was in Italy, Aro attempted to hear her thoughts but failed, just as Edward cannot read Bella's mind.In Breaking Dawn, Aro uses his talent to read Edward's mind, and thus saw the thoughts he had read in everyone else's mind.|
|Marcus||In New Moon, Marcus lets Aro know about the intensity of Bella and Edward's relationship.|
|Didyme||Didyme's aura of happiness that affected anyone nearby caused Marcus to become happy, and therefore he fell in love with her. Her ability also caused Didyme herself to become happy.|
|Chelsea||In Breaking Dawn, Chelsea attempts to break up the relationships between the Cullens and their supporters, but is blocked out by Bella's shield.Chelsea is said to be useful to the Volturi and often breaks the ties between those the Volturi is eliminating making them easier to destroy. She also makes those who Aro wishes to join the Volturi feel an affinity for them.|
|Demetri||At the end of New Moon, Emmett, Jasper and Edward joke about hiding Bella because Demetri won't be able to find her since her mental shield prevents him from tracking her.|
|Alec||In Breaking Dawn, Alec tries to cut off the Cullen's and their witnesses senses. It appeared as a mist, but had no effect on them due to Bella's shield.|
|Jane||In New Moon, Jane used her ability on Edward who tried to prevent her from using it on Bella. This caused him to collapse on the floor in imaginary pain.In Eclipse, Jane inflicted her talent on the young vampire Bree to force her to tell the truth about the vampire wreckage in Seattle.In Breaking Dawn, Jane tries to inflict her gift upon Bella, but like her twin Alec, cannot pass Bella's shield.|
|Renata||In Breaking Dawn, Edward mentions Renata's ability and Bella wonders if it would work on her.|
|Corin||Corin uses her gift to make the wives feel happy while being trapped in their castle.|
|Heidi||Heidi uses her gift to attract "food" for the Volturi.|
|Afton||Afton's gift wasn't strong enough to land him a spot in the Volturi by his own terms. He owes his spot in the guard to his more talented mate, Chelsea.|
|Eleazar||Eleazar used to be a member of the Volturi and he would help by telling Aro which humans would become useful vampires, in other words, who also had gifts and abilities. Aro sometimes sent him across the world to look for more gifted people.
In Breaking Dawn, Eleazar was the first person to identify Bella's ability as a shield even though he couldn't be specific because she was unconsciously blocking her mind from him.
|Kate||Immediately after Kate's sister Irina was killed in Breaking Dawn, Kate shocked three people who tried to stop her from attacking the Volturi: Rosalie, who crumpled to the ground, Emmett, who threw Kate to the ground before his knees gave out, and Garrett, who locked his arms around her causing his body to spasm and his eyes to roll back in his head as Kate shocked him.|
|Zafrina||In Breaking Dawn, Zafrina kept Renesmee entertained by showing her pretty pictures, causing Renesmee to become very attached to her.|
|Benjamin||In Breaking Dawn, Benjamin practiced near the river by the Cullen's house while Bella was training by creating gusts of wind and fountains of water from the nearby river.|
|Siobhan||During Breaking Dawn, Siobhan wished that the confrontation with the Volturi would not turn out to be a fight. As it turned out, she was correct as the Volturi left without attacking anyone.|
|Maggie||In Breaking Dawn, Maggie comes with her coven to meet Renesmee. After Edward tells her what happens she declared that Edward spoke the truth and Siobhan and Liam believed Edward before they even touched Renesmee.|
|James||In Twilight, James uses his talent to track Bella and find her old home.|
|Victoria||In Twilight, Victoria knows when to escape once the Cullens killed James.In New Moon, Victoria escapes from the werewolves multiple times when she is hunting Bella.|
|Charles||In Breaking Dawn, Charles gives witness that Garrett's speech was the truth before quickly leaving with his mate, Makenna.|
|Alistair||He could sense the enormous presence of the Volturi coming in Breaking Dawn, and fled because of it.|
|Fred||In The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner, Raoul and his boys are about to pick a fight with Bree when Fred utilizes his gift, causing most of them to flee the room while others just left them alone.|
|Raoul||In The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner, Diego mentioned his power to Bree Tanner, but they dismissed it.|
These vampires have abilities that are not quantifiably supernatural.
|Edward Cullen||During the game of vampire baseball in Twilight, Edward runs through the forest to retrieve the ball.In Eclipse, Bella compares Edward's speed to Victoria's, saying 'she wheeled and flew like an arrow from a bow. But Edward was faster - a bullet from a gun.'|
|Emmett Cullen||During the game of vampire baseball in Twilight, Esme informs Bella that Emmett hits the hardest, while Edward runs the fastest.|
|Carlisle Cullen||He is able to bite (in order to turn them) people without succumbing to the frenzy and killing them.|
|Esme Cullen||She is able to welcome Rosalie, Emmett, Alice and Jasper into her home with open and caring arms; as well as Bella, a human girl her son Edward fell in love with.|
In the New Moon film, when Edward tried to defend Bella, Felix quickly subdues him, throwing him to the ground, cracking the floor.
|Bella Swan||In Breaking Dawn, when she caught the scent of human hikers while hunting, she manages to retain control of herself and run away from the scent while holding her breath. When Charlie comes to visit after she changed, she finds her father's smell more attractive than the hikers and yet manages to remain in control.|
- Note: Some vampires may have additional special traits beyond their main ability, as with Edward's incredible speed and mastery of the piano apart from his mind-reading gift.
Certain powers' capabilities land in specific categories, though it is rather difficult at times because no talent ever works the exact same way. For instance, an ability that protects any part of the bearer is called a "shield", and one that tracks a target is called a "tracker", which is also known as one of the most common talents. Since Edward and certain other vampires possess abilities to "read" things, they can be considered "readers"; also, vampires with the power to project a sort of illusion can be considered "illusionists".