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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Just the Tip(s) - Getting Started in The Elder Scrolls Online

In typical MMO fashion, The Elder Scrolls Online is a fairly massive game. Which I suppose is to be expected, considering the word "massive" is the abbreviations first word... but I digress.

This quick guide will get you started and headed in the right direction. Keep in mind that the game is much more involved than what I have written below, so should you have any more detailed questions, please ask in the comments!

Now let's do this.

There are so many choices! Which class/race/alliance should I choose?!
If you didn't preorder the game, you'll only be able to choose 3 races within each alliance, making your choice that much easier. However, if you did preorder it, you can choose any alliance with any race. So which should you choose?

Honestly, I say the one you think looks the best. Sure, an Orc has some health and heavy armor bonuses, so they will be the best tank in the long run. However, leveling in ESO ranks up each specific ability as you use them (much like Skyrim) so the gap between a Breton and an Orc won't be all that much different.

Unless you're a tryhard, go with the class and race you like the best.

As for the alliances, each one of them starts you in a different area. Aldmeri Dominion is located in Summerset Isles, Valenwood, and Elsweyr. Daggerfall Covenant is in High Rock, Orsinium, and Hammerfell. Ebonheart Pact is in Skyrim, Morrowind, and Black Marsh. So again, choose the location that you enjoy the best. I've personally started a character in all three and the Ebonheart Pact has held my attention the longest.

Skills, skills, skills
Don't be tricked by the amount you are immediately shown. Instead, spend your first three points on the skills in your class line. These are your three starting attacks and the ones you will use throughout the game. As you progress these skills you'll be able to morph them into more powerful ones as well. Keep your points in these. Trust me, you'll want these buffed up.

Remember, nearly every action you do in ESO levels up accordingly. Wearing light armor? Your efficiency will increase in light armor. Same with medium and heavy. Also using single weapons, dual-wielding, heavy, bows, etc. will level those up. So what do you do? I recommend picking the type of armor you want from the beginning and sticking with it. Level it up quickly. Get those stat bonuses. Don't bother wearing one piece of each type as you're going to be splitting the stats between them.

My main is a Breton Nightblade and I wear light armor solely. I haven't regretted one second with it.

But how do I Craft?
I did the same thing you are doing by making this more difficult than it needs to be. Every trade skill is available upon character creation. You don't need to train to unlock them. So start collecting materials already!

If you want woodworking, blacksmithing, or tailoring, look for maple logs, jute flowers, and iron ore veins. Rawhide is for leatherworking (taken from wild animals, mainly wolves), and cooking ingredients are found lying around the world, notable in barrels. Weeds and roots are great for alchemy and are also found while exploring.

It's a beautiful system in that it's all available to you out of the gate. Just keep your eye open for the opportunity to gather, head to the crafting table, and get crackin'.

PvP unlocks at level 10
I've had a few people ask if there is PvP. Short answer, yes, absolutely, and it unlocks at level 10. The three alliances fight in the 'Alliance War' (opened from your menu). Unfortunately if you are level 10 you'll be fighting against level 50's. It's just the way it is right now. While your boosted to level 50 during these fights, your skill tree isn't, so prepare to get absolutely rocked.

Are there any other questions? I'm putting together a "How to Level like a Boss, not a Noob" (title pending) guide over the next couple of days. Make sure to follow me at to see more gameplay and ask questions live.

Thanks for reading and please leave a comment to let me know you're alive!
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