Elder Scrolls Online – Beginners Guide and Tips

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Elder Scrolls Online

I have recently started playing Elder Scrolls Online on the Xbox One and I am finding it a lot of fun.

Here are some tips and help that I have found for anyone else starting this game for the first time also.

I hope you find it useful.

I currently do not have the Morrowind Expansion yet, so I haven’t gone into any detail regarding it or the Warden class.

Elder Scrolls Online – Races and Class

The four main roles that this game covers are:

Magicka-based damage dealer
Stamina-based damage dealer
Tank
Healer

With the way the system works in skills, each of the playable classes can pretty much focus on any of the roles.

Each race has a skill tree and some of the bonuses make it easier suited to a specific class or build.

PVE stand for Player Verus Enviroment and covers questing and dungeons, in a team or solo (fighting AI enemies)

PVP stands for Player Versus Player and it covers any game mode concentrating on fighting against other players (either in a team or 1V1)

DRAGON KNIGHT
Magicka DPS – Dark Elf
Stamina DPS – Khajiit (PVE) or Wood Elf (PVP)
Tank – Nord or Imperial
Healer – Breton (PVE) or Argonian (PVP)

SORCERER
Magicka DPS – High Elf
Stamina DPS – Khajiit (PVE) or Wood Elf (PVP)
Tank – Nord or Imperial
Healer – Breton (PVE) or Argonian (PVP)

NIGHTBLADE
Magicka DPS – High Elf (PVE) or Breton (PVP)
Stamina DPS – Khajiit (PVE) or Wood Elf (PVP)
Tank – Argonian or Imperial or Nord
Healer – Breton (PVE) or Argonian (PVP)

TEMPLAR
Magicka DPS – High Elf (PVE) or Breton (PVP)
Stamina DPS – Khajiit (PVE) or Wood Elf (PVP)
Tank – Nord or Imperial
Healer – Breton (PVE) or Argonian (PVP)

If you are unsure what role you want to have or want to try a bit of everything, these are good races to allow you to do that:

Argonian
Dark Elf
Imperial

Elder Scrolls Online – Starting Tips

When you start the game, go into options and turn of friendly fire. This will ensure you don’t accidentally hit a friendly npc and get a bounty (unless, of course, you want to play as that kind of character)


Take all the items you can from defeated enemies and containers, even if it is junk or an item you are not interested it, you can always sell it to an npc store or use it with an crafting profession.


You can teleport to any Wayshrine you have visited before for a small cost by checking the world map, however, if you use a Wayshrine, you can travel to any other Wayshrine that you know for no cost at all


At the beginning, only spend money increasing your inventory space with a pack merchant, increasing your bank space with a banker, and save up for a horse and then regular training from a stable master.


Each training point from the stable master only costs 250 each time, however there is a 20 hour cooldown before you can train again. I would recommend putting more points in speed first, but you could balance between the three types if you want (Speed, stamina and capacity)


There is no point in buying any armour or weapons as you level up and quest as you can get a good supply from simply completing quests, finding them in chests or defeated enemies, and even crafting them.


Interact with all the bookshelves and books you find, sometimes you will find a book that increases a level in a specific skill. There are purple glowing books scattered around the world that will increase the level of the Mages Guild skill by a small amount from each of those books found.


As you level up, it is best to put attribute points in either all magicka or all stamina (dependent on what your skills you want to use), the health attribute is not required, even if you choose to be a tank.


As you level up try to wear at least one each armour type to level all 3 of them as you progress through the game (heavy, medium and light)

Elder Scrolls Online – Skills

You will have 5 normal activated combat skills and one ultimate skill, once you reach level 15 you will get the ability to swap between two different weapons with another set of 5 normal combat skills and another ultimate skill


Each class as three different skill trees. It is usually best to invest a skill point in the first skills of each of those trees and have them on your attack bar, as this will level up all three tree skills as you progress through the game and you will be able to purchase the passive abilities from those trees also.


Another skill you should have on the attack bar is a weapon based skill that you are interested in focusing on. Magicka damage dealers may want to use the destruction staff, Healers will want a restoration staff, Stamina damage dealers will want to have dual wield, two handed or bow based skills, and Tanks will want to have one handed and shield skill.


Once an individual combat skill have increased in level enough, it can be morphed between two different variations of a slightly more powerful move for the cost of an additional skill point.


Before you put points into a skill, have a look at a ESO Skill Calculator and try to think of a build you may want to try.


There are plenty of skills in the game that can be acquired as you progress through the game:


This is the breakdown as of Orsinium.

☼Leveling your character, up to level 50 (49 Skill Points)
☼Gaining Veteran Ranks, up to Veteran 16 (15 Skill Points)
☼Completing quests in the main quest (11 Skill Points)
☼Completing quest chains in the Dominion, Covenant, Pact, and Coldharbour main storylines (49 Skill Points)
☼Completing the Imperial City storyline (1 Skill Point)
☼Completing the Reforging Orsinium storyline (3 Skill Points)
☼Reading the Folium Discognitum (Optional quest reward from Mages Guild quest chain) (2 Skill Points)
☼Absorbing skyshards (125 Skill Points)
☼Ranking up in the Alliance War (50 Skill Points)
☼Completing group challenges in public dungeons (18 Skill Points)
☼Completing group dungeons (16 Skill Points)
☼Completing Veteran dungeons (8 Skill Points)
☼Completing Imperial City dungeons (2 Skill Points)
☼Completing Orsinium Maelstrom Arena (1 Skill Point)

Total 350 skill points

This doesn’t put in consideration the points that can be gained from the Morrowind expansion pack.


Lots of points to get even if you make a mistake and choose some of the wrong skills.

However, if you want to reset your points anyway, there are locations at the capital cities of each faction that will let you do this, the amount of gold it costs increases with how many skills points you have.

If you only want to reset the morphs, you can, and it is a lot cheaper than resetting all of the skill points.

Alternatively you could use real money on the ESO store to reset it if you really wanted.


To upgrade the crafting professions also takes skill points, you could create an alt or two (or multiple), a new character solely for the purpose of being a crafter or you could just do it all on one character.

There are pros and cons for whichever you choose.

Crafter Main

+ More focus on playing your main
+ Less switching between characters
+ Any Alts you make in the future can concentrate on whatever you want and be deleted without losing crafting progress
– Have to distribute skills points into more skill trees as you progress
– Have to make more room for ingredients

Crafter Alts

+ Main can focus on only having skills that make him/her tougher in combat as they won’t need most of the crafter skills
+ Sharing resources through bank and each alt having an inventory, saving bag space on your main
– Spending time to get enough skill points for the alts to increase the skill trees
– Constantly switching between characters
– Takes up one or more character space that you can’t delete because you invested so much time crafting with

You could use an ESO Skill Calculator to see if your desired class build would be able to have the skill points for crafting also if you are still unsure.


Keen Eye is a good skill to have on all the available crafter skills as it lets you see the items that you can pick up easily when you are exploring the world.

Elder Scrolls Online – Crafting

Whenever you find a weapon or armour piece with a trait on it, keep it and see if it can be researched at either a woodworking, blacksmithing or clothing workbench. Only one item can be researched at a time (without skill points invested) at each other the 3 workbenches and they take up to a minimum of 6 hours to complete, so check periodically to see if you have anything you can research.


If a weapon/armour doesn’t have any traits, or have ones you already have researched, these items can be deconstructed for a chance to get some raw materials and some skill level increase.


Any items that mention being sold for an increased profit should be sold to any NPC merchant/store instead.


Professional writs can be completed each day, this will help you level up the crafting skill, and gain gold and a box of supplies from completing the daily quests.

Elder Scrolls Online – Reagent Effects

To create potions using the alchemy crafting profession, simply add two ingredients that share one (or more) effect together.

Reagent Location Effects
Beetle Scuttle Dropped by Asssassin Beatles and Thunderbugs Breach
Protection
Increase Armor
Vitality
Blessed Thistle Gathered in the landscape Restore Stamina
Increase Weapon Power
Ravage Health
Speed
Blue Entoloma Gathered in the landscape Ravage Magicka
Cowardice
Restore Health
Invisible
Bugloss Gathered in the landscape Increase Spell Resist
Restore Health
Cowardice
Restore Magicka
Butterfly Wing Dropped by Butterflies Restore Health
Lingering Health
Uncertainty
Vitality
Columbine Gathered in the landscape Restore Health
Restore Magicka
Restore Stamina
Unstoppable
Corn Flower Gathered in the landscape Restore Magicka
Increase Spell Power
Ravage Health
Detection
Dragonthorn Gathered in the landscape Increase Weapon Power
Restore Stamina
Fracture
Increase Weapon Critical
Emetic Russula Gathered in the landscape Ravage Health
Ravage Magicka
Ravage Stamina
Entrapment
Fleshfly Larva Dropped by zombies and rarely dropped by fleshflies Ravage Stamina
Gradual Ravage Health
Vulnerability
Vitality
Imp Stool Gathered in the landscape Maim
Ravage Stamina
Increase Armor
Enervation
Lady’s Smock Gathered in the landscape Increase Spell Power
Restore Magicka
Breach
Increase Spell Critical
Luminous Rusula Gathered in the landscape Ravage Stamina
Maim
Restore Health
Hindrance
Mountain Flower Gathered in the landscape Increase Armor
Restore Health
Maim
Restore Stamina
Mudcrab Chitin Rarely dropped by mudcrabs Increase Spell Resist
Protection
Increase Armor
Defile
Namira’s Rot Gathered in the landscape Spell Critical
Speed
Invisible
Unstoppable
Nightshade Gathered in the landscape Ravage Health
Gradual Ravage Health
Protection
Defile
Nirnroot Gathered in the landscape Ravage Health
Uncertainty
Enervation
Invisible
Scrib Jelly Dropped by Scribs Ravage Magicka
Vulnerability
Speed
Lingering Health
Spider Egg Dropped by Spiders Hindrance
Lingering Health
Invisible
Defile
Stinkhorn Gathered in the landscape Fracture
Ravage Health
Increase Weapon Power
Ravage Stamina
Torchbug Thorax Dropped by Torchbugs Fracture
Enervation
Detection
Vitality
Violet Coprinus Gathered in the landscape Breach
Ravage Health
Increase Spell Power
Ravage Magicka
Water Hyacinth Gathered in the landscape Restore Health
Increase Spell Critical
Increase Weapon Critical
Entrapment
White Cap Gathered in the landscape Cowardice
Ravage Magicka
Increase Spell Resist
Detection
Wormwood Gathered in the landscape Weapon Critical
Hindrance
Detection
Unstoppable

Thank you

Thank you for reading this.

I hope you found any of this information useful.

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