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Crafting is a vital part of many MMORPGs. This genre is mostly defined by farming up ESO gold and experience, group PvE content like challenging instances, and tremendous bosses as well as competing against other players in PvP. Meanwhile, crafting crept up quietly and established itself as an MMORPG staple. In multiple games, people have used materials to create new items and get rich. Of course, different titles have different crafting systems – you can’t always produce the most potent and desired equipment.
Elder Scrolls Online crafting consists of seven professions: Alchemy, Blacksmithing, Clothing (sometimes referred to as Clothier), Jewelry Crafting, Enchanting, Woodworking, and Provisioning. Each one of them is developed separately, through gaining Inspiration Points (crafting equivalent of experience). Besides producing items, you can also deconstruct them in order to research traits and learn new recipes. Each crafting profession works just like any other ESO skill line, and Skill Points are requird to progress. There’s a limited amount of Skill Points that a character can get, but you can max out each of the available crafting professions and have enough for a full combat build. Getting to that many Skill Points can take up some time, though.
New ESO players have to learn about a few basic concepts if they want to become master crafters. In this part, were going to describe some of the most important mechanics.
Crafting Station – in order to create items, players have to use the proper crafting stations. You can find them in most cities and multiple other places.
Research – as we mentioned, researching allows you to learn various traits and extend the list of ones that you can later put on items that you’re going to craft. To unlock a new trait, you’re going to have to sacrifice an item that has that specific trait. You can do it in the Research tab in the Crafting Station. Researching is a long process that takes more time, the more traits you have unlocked for a specific item type.
It’s important to start researching traits as early as possible, so you don’t put yourself too far behind. If a player without any unlocked traits suddenly wanted to make a full set of items, they would have to spend a long time researching all the necessary traits. The traits are not divided into levels or tiers – you can unlock them even from low-level gear. This mechanic only applies to the equipment crafting professions.
Not all traits can be learned. A critical one is called Intricate – you will never be able to craft items with that trait, but if you deconstruct an Intricate item, you will receive significantly more Inspiration Points. Ornate is another non-researchable trait. These items don’t provide any bonuses while deconstructing, but they gain a lot of extra value when you sell them to an NPC vendor.
Leveling – as we said, in order to progress a crafting skill line, you’re going to need the Inspiration Points. For the equipment crafter classes, you can get the most significant gains from deconstructing items. There’s a catch, though: breaking down items that you have created provides significantly reduced Inspiration gains. Because of that, you’re going to have to spend some time looting stuff from monsters, or buying it from other players.
Gathering – there are no gathering professions in ESO. Each line of crafting skills has abilitiess that help with collecting materials necessary for that profession. You don’t have to worry about developing additional skill lines just to find resources.
Styles – ESO crafting recipes don’t force a specific item appearance. The stats and visuals are entirely separate. The raw power level of your crafted gear piece depends on the tier and amount of the refined materials that you use. The look is defined by the style material (motif) that you use. At the beginning, you will only have access to your racial patterns. You can unlock every style with the Crown Mimic Stone available in the Crown Store.
Rarity - there are five rarity (or quality) tiers of regular ESO items: Base (white), Fine (green), Superior (blue), Epic (purple) and Legendary (yellow or gold). Every equipment crafting profession has a way of increasing the quality via using special consumables.
The Elder Scrolls Online crafting professions can be divided into two categories. Woodworking, Blacksmithing, Clothing, and Jewelry Crafting are the traditional equipment crafting professions. Then, there are three lines devoted to crafting consumables: Alchemy, Provisioning, and Enchanting.
All four gear crafting skill lines are incredibly similar. Each of them has ten tiers of materials, with higher ones being unlocked as you progress. They also have skills that help you spot the nodes with materials and increase the chance of a successful extraction. Moreover, these professions (except for Jewelry Crafting) have access to hirelings that generate more resources. Finally, there are passive skills that accelerate your research time and help with improving items’ quality. The high-level equipment crafters can also produce different types of furniture.
Blacksmithing – this skill line is responsible for creating heavy armors and melee weapons. It uses metals and ore (Iron Ore etc.) as the main type of materials. You can collect them by mining ores in different places around Tamriel and later processing them into ingots. This profession is essential for tanks and most Stamina DPS characters. Besides the heavy armor and weapons, Blacksmiths can craft shields, daggers, as well as swords, maces, and axes (both one and two-handed). They can upgrade their items with consumable tempers.
Woodworking – this profession focuses on creating wooden shields, as well as ranged weapons – staves and bows. Unsurprisingly, they use different types of wood as their crafting material. You can gather it by chopping trees. Woodworking is useful for Magicka characters (both healing and damage-focused) as well as ranged Stamina DPS builds. This profession requires resins for improving items.
Clothing – you’re going to use this skill line to craft or upgrade light and medium armors. Because of that, it uses two types of materials. You can gather fibrous plants, refine them into fabrics and then turn them into light armor pieces. These robes are most often used by Magicka DPS characters and healers. At the same time, Clothiers can use leather to craft medium armor items. You can get this type of material as drops from monsters and by deconstructing other items. Both of these armor categories can be improved with tannins.
Jewelry Crafting – it’s the newest crafting profession in the game. It has been added as a part of the Summerset update in 2018. This skill line allows you to create rings and necklaces – accessories used by all ESO characters, no matter what class, race, or build. It’s slightly different than the remaining equipment crafters. Instead of 10, Jewelers have only five tiers of materials – Pewter, Copper, Silver, Electrum, and Platinum. Moreover, they don’t have access to hirelings – they have to gather all the necessary materials from nodes or deconstruction. Jewelers can use platings to improve the quality of their accessories.
While the professions related to creating and improving equipment are very similar, each of the consumable crafting professions has some more unique qualities. Let’s take a closer look and see these differences.
Alchemy – this skill line allows the players to combine solvents and reagents in order to create useful potions and poisons. There are multiple tiers of solvents that you unlock as you progress as an Alchemist. For potions, you’re going to use different types of water – poisons are based on oil. Alchemy has a very important passive called Medicinal Use. It increases the duration of potions that you use. It’s recommended to level Alchemy on every ESO character eventually, just to get access to this ability.
The reagents used in this profession are mostly various herbs, fungi, and occasionally some other types of items. You can get them by harvesting plants or killing specific types of monsters. Potions can be used to restore resources and increase your damage output. You can coat your weapon with poison to enhance its properties. At the same time, the poison will overwrite your weapon’s enchantment, so be mindful of that. There are some ESO builds that can utilize the poisons much more than enchantments, but they’re relatively rare.
Provisioning – the profession responsible for preparing all types of food and beverages. They can use over 500 recipes to create consumables that grant various effects. Some of the cooking ingredients can be bought from grocers, but to get the most valuable ones, you’re going to have to loot some barrels, crates, baskets, et cetera.
At the same time, Provisioning is the only profession that requires your character to learn a recipe in order to create an item. For others, you only have to mix the right components, and you’ll get the expected result. In this case, you’re going to have to find a recipe item and learn it first – you can find these recipes in boxes and crates scattered across the world of Tamriel. Similarly to Alchemy, Provisioning has passives that increase the duration of effects granted by consumed foods and drinks. However, they’re considered less critical due to high base duration (some of the effects can last up to two hours).
In general, Provisioning is a vital profession, since every ESO build guide has the preferred food/beverage that you should use to get the most out of it. Being able to cook these consumables on your own can be a valuable asset.
Enchanting – this unique skill line allows you to combine runes into glyphs that you can later use to enchant weapons. The runes are divided into three types: Potency, Essence, and Aspect. Combining one of each type will result in creating a glyph. At the same time, they’re divided into tiers. There are ten tiers of Potency runes and four tiers of Aspect runes.
Multiple glyphs are used by every ESO character. You can enchant all pieces of your gear: weapons, armor, items, and accessories. It’s a crucial part of every ESO build since it provides another way of getting extra base stats. Overall, Enchanting is a relatively complex profession, and you’ll have to learn about runestones and their combinations or at least search for a cheat sheet.
Each crafting skill line has access to a unique feature called Crafting Writs. They’re daily quests that provide valuable rewards in the form of Inspiration Points, crafting materials, survey reports, and extra quests called Master Writs. They're all related to crafting, so you won't have to fight any enemies or do any non-crafting work.
In order to start doing them, you’ll first have to complete a certification quest – there’s a separate one for every profession. You can get it simply by visiting the Writ Board or talking to the proper NPC trainer and they will give you the task. The certification process is straightforward, and it won’t take long.
After that, you can start doing the writs. These quests are really easy – they always require crafting specific items and delivering them to a particular NPC. Crafting Writs are mostly used as a farming tool, but we recommend that you start completing them before you max out your professions. The extra Inspiration Points are nothing to scoff at, and the remaining rewards make sure that the leveling process is more fruitful.
Now let’s take a look at the remaining rewards. Survey reports contain the locations of special nodes that you can use to harvest more resources than from the usual gathering nodes. It’s a time-effective way of acquiring mats. Master Writs are special contracts that you can complete to get Writ Vouchers. You can later exchange them for precious, rare rewards. Finally, the packages of crafting materials are rather self-explanatory. You won't have to purchase as much mats when you're going for some of the better and more expensive item crafts. Lowering the cost is always a good idea, you're going to save even more when you're making whole sets of items.
Elder Scrolls Online has a great crafting system with plenty of use for each of the seven professions. At the same time, you have to remember that crafting is not mandatory. If you’re not into this non-combat gameplay, you should be able to loot and buy all the items that you may need.
Crafting is a great and useful aspect of the game, but you shouldn’t prioritize over combat skill lines on your main character. Reaching the Skill Point cap on your first character will take you quite some time, and slowing down your build is not a good idea. However, if you have some spare points, it might be a good idea to include a crafting profession or two in your build.
We hope that our guide has provided you with some useful information and you found what you were looking for. Choose the most useful crafting ESO professions and start crafting everything you need!
ESO features seven crafting professions: Blacksmithing, Woodworking, Jewelry Crafting, Clothing, Alchemy, Enchanting, and Provisioning. Look for some profession-specific guides if you fell like you need more detailed information.
If you want to craft an item, you have to select the crafting station designated to the profession that you want to use. Then, you can combine the right ingredients (if you know them) and click to craft your items.
Yes, the game offers enough Skill Points to level up all the crafting professions on a single character. Moreover, there’s enough surplus to create a fully-developed build for combat.
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