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

Strength 1Charisma 2Perception 1
Dexterity 1Manipulation 1Intelligence 1
Stamina 1Appearance 2Wits 2
Brawl 1Firearms 1Computer 1
Dodge 0Melee 0Finance 1
Intimidation 0Security 0Investigation 0
Subterfuge 1Stealth 0Scholarship 1
Dominate 2Fortitude 1Presence 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
Presence 255
Intimidate 138
Intelligence 2412
Manipulation 2416
Finance 2319
Intimidate 2322
Presence 31032
Scholarship 2335
Fortitude 2540
Finance 3646
Perception 2450
Firearms 2353
Dominate 31063
Scholarship 3669
Manipulation 3877
Fortitude 31087
Charisma 3895
Dominate 415110
Perception 38118
Firearms 36124
Intimidate 36130
Intelligence 38138
Intelligence 412150
Finance 49159
Presence 415174
Fortitude 415189
Charisma 412201
Dominate 520221
Presence 520241***
Intelligence 516257
Scholarship 49266
Perception 412278
Firearms 49287
Wits 38295
Manipulation 412307
Manipulation 516323
Intimidate 49332
Charisma 516348
Finance 512360
Fortitude 520380
Scholarship 512392
Perception 516408
Firearms 512420

***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 my advice: Leave the auto-level scheme turned off at first. With your first 3 XP, buy Scholarship 2. Not only is it already on the auto-level scheme, but you can save a few XP by reading books, AND you'll be able to "Persuade" a few of the characters in Santa Monica to part with some money. Spend 3 XP to buy a dot in Security, and 4 XP to buy a dot in Dexterity. Then turn the autolevel scheme back on.

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 Brawl, taught by Nines.
- One free dot in Dodge, 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 Stealth, learned from a book.
- One free dot in Computers, learned from a book.
- One free dot in Finance, taught by Fat Larry.

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

ANALYSIS: When it comes to combat, this character sucks at both brawling and melee weapons. It is reasonably good with ranged weapons, and Dominate 5 gives it other ways to kill people at a distance. Socially, this character can Persuade or Intimidate equally well, and if that fails, you can Dominate someone into a radish (Ventrue have special Dominate options when speaking to someone). Security, Stealth, and Computer skills are all fairly poor, so you'll have to dominate people into doing some things for you.

Autolevel information provided by Marcus Spears.