To collect the data below, I started with a "stock" Malkavian character, which starts with this character sheet:

Strength 1Charisma 1Perception 2
Dexterity 1Manipulation 2Intelligence 1
Stamina 1Appearance 1Wits 2
Brawl 1Firearms 0Computer 1
Dodge 0Melee 1Finance 0
Intimidation 0Security 0Investigation 1
Subterfuge 0Stealth 1Scholarship 1
Auspex 1Dementation 2Obfuscate 1

Then, I played the game normally, completing every possible side quest for the maximum number of XP. I turned off the Auto Level feature until I saved up a few XP, took off my armor and dropped any occult items that affect the character's stats (like the Fae Charm), then flipped the autolevel feature on and off and made a note of the changes made to the character sheet. Here's the autolevel scheme:

PurchasedXP CostXP Spent
Obfuscate 255
Auspex 2510
Firearms 1313
Dementation 31023
Charisma 2427
Perception 3835
Firearms 2338
Wits 3846
Scholarship 2349
Computer 2352
Intelligence 2456
Obfuscate 31066
Dexterity 2470
Auspex 31080
Dementation 41595
Charisma 38103
Wits 412115
Perception 412127
Firearms 36133
Obfuscate 415148
Intelligence 38156
Scholarship 36162
Auspex 415177
Computer 36183
Dementation 520203
Charisma 412215
Wits 516231
Firearms 49240
Perception 516256***
Dexterity 38264
Intelligence 412276
Obfuscate 520296
Auspex 520316
Scholarship 49325
Computer 49334
Firearms 512346

***NOTE: Even if you finish every sidequest, you will probably not be able to get past this point on the autolevel scheme. However, you should have a few XP left for customization.

Here's the advice: Leave the auto-level feature turned off at first. Spend your first 3 XP to buy the second dot in Scholarship. This will let you learn a dot in Computer and two dots in Firearms by reading books, which will save you 9 XP. Spend 3 XP to buy at least one dot in Security to make it easier to complete all side-quests.

If you learn as much as you can from books and NPCs, your character sheet will look something like this before your final encounter with the prince, not including any modifiers for armor or occult items. This sheet DOES reflect:

- One free dot in Dodge, learned from a book.
- One free dot in Stealth, learned from a book.
- One free dot in Computer, learned from a book.
- One free dot in Firearms, learned from a book.
- One free dot in Firearms, learned from a book.
- One free dot in Firearms, taught by Romero.
- One free dot in Brawl, taught by Nines.
- One free dot in Brawl, learned from a book.

Strength 1Charisma 4Perception 5
Dexterity 2Manipulation 2Intelligence 3
Stamina 1Appearance 1Wits 5
Brawl 3Firearms 4Computer 3
Dodge 1Melee 1Finance 0
Intimidation 0Security 1Investigation 1
Subterfuge 0Stealth 2Scholarship 3
Auspex 4Dementation 5Obfuscate 4

ANALYSIS: In terms of combat, this character has a low Brawl and Melee skill, but it can use its excellent skill in ranged weapons and Dementation 3 (Vision of Death) to get past most of the enemies in the game.

Socially, this character has a good Persuasion skill, and when it can't persuade someone, you can always Dementate them into doing what you want, if you're willing to spend the blood points.

The character's Stealth skill isn't that high, but it makes up for it with Obfuscate 4, and with such a high Perception (and the bonuses for being Malkavian), you aren't going to miss any of the secret passages. It isn't good at picking locks, but it is very good at hacking.

Autolevel information provided by Marcus Spears.