Top 8 Beginner Questions Asked in the Elder Scrolls Online Beta

Posted Sun, Mar 02, 2014 by gunky

Top 8 Beginner Questions Asked in the Elder Scrolls Online Beta

The Elder Scrolls Online's stress-test beta weekend is still going on. If you have only just finished downloading the massive client and want to get into the beta, there's still time left. But you will probably find yourself asking one of these commonly-asked questions, gleaned from low-level Zone chat in the various alliances. A lot of these things will persist into the launch of the game, so even if you don't manage to get into the beta event, this list of answers to common questions will likely come in handy in April.

How Do I Trade?

Stand next to the character you wish to trade with and target him with the reticle. Hold the F button to bring up the interaction wheel menu, and select Trade in the lower left. The other guy has to accept your request. Group membership may play a role here - both parties may need to be in the same group. When the other guy does accept the invitation, you swap items with the trade window.

Top ESO Questions - interaction radial menu

Where Do I Find Crafting Resources? 

Resource nodes are found mostly in wilderness areas.

Top TESO Questions - Iron node

For the most part, I find Iron Mine nodes close to the bases of cliffs and boulders, usually nestled right up against the larger rock formations. You can't mistake the reddish-brown lumps for anything else.

Top ESO Questions - Maple log

Maple logs I usually find at the base of trees. To me they look more like birch logs than maple, and sometimes their locations don't make a lot of sense - for example, on Stros M'Kai where they are often found at the base of palm trees.

Top ESO Questions - Jute and other stuff

Jute is harvested from jute plants. These grow everywhere, and you will know them by their orange flowers, which tend to stand out somewhat. In this picture, you can see a Jute plant in front of the character, an iron node against the rocks above the loot window, and a maple log just to the right of the giant insect at the top.

Rawhide for leatherworking drops from mammals and lizards and such.

Water for alchemy can be found in barrels or urns, the same as food ingredients, or in the odd bubbly patch of river or lake water. The herbal components grow in the wild.

The items used to improve crafted items come from Extracting trash green or better items. For example, if you want some Hemming to improve items made at a clothing table, break down some scrap green pants or gloves or whatever. The drop rate for these items isn't high, but it's the only way to get them.

Where Is The Harborage?

You get the quest to meet the Prophet at The Harborage at around level 5, usually midway through the second island. The Harborage is not on that island - you have to finish the "enemy invasion" story there and move on to the next place, and The Harborage is usually located in a cave near the city.

How Do I Fix The Merchant Window / Crafting POV UI Error?

This error popped up a lot in beta, and it was rather frustrating to work with. After closing the merchant window or attempting to exit the crafting window, the POV would be stuck and the character can't move or interact with anything. There are two solutions for this: the first is to type /reloadui in the chat bar, which reloads the UI. The second, much easier way is to open the Mail window with the ' key, which forces the POV out of the stuck mode. Hit ' again to close the mail window and you're back in the game. If the error keeps happening every time, I found it helped to restart the game client.

How Do I Craft Items?

Ok, this merits its own full guide, but here's the bullet points:

  1. Gather resources. See above.
  2. Find a crafting area, preferably with crafting vendors nearby. There's usually an area for this in every major town, and you can often find smaller, isolated facilities elsewhere as well. Sometimes the facilities can be kind of split up - e.g. the woodworker bench is not located in the same "workshop" area as the forge and clothing station. This is the case in Mithral, and I've seen it a few other places as well.
  3. Talk to the vendors until you find the guy selling the style stones. Each race has its own unique style, you can only make your own racial type's style of gear (unless you find a rare book that teaches you another style), and each of these styles uses a different type of mineral to achieve their signature "look." Khajiit use moonstone, for example, and Dunmer use obsidian, etc. Check which one you need by reading the tooltips and item descriptions, and buy a good handful of that type of stone.You need one style stone for each item you wish to craft, regardless of the craft (except Provisions and Alchemy, which have their own exhaustive list of ingredients).

  4. ESO Top Questions - Extract tab (crafting)

  5. Process your resources with the Extraction tab. You can break down trash gear of the appropriate type to scavenge materials (for example, swords and axes can be broken down at a smithing station to provide iron ingots, bows and staves can be crushed at a woodworking station to get sanded maple, etc.). Extraction also provides the improvement items, like Hemming and Honing Stones, and gemstones used to imbue the crafted item with specific traits (which you must first learn). Most of your materials, though, will likely come from gathered resources, which are also processed via the Extraction tab.

  6. ESO Top Questions - crafting window

  7. Go back to the Creation tab, cycle through the list of available recipes you can make until you find the item you want, then match up the material and style stone. Higher-level goods consume more materials, so if you want to make a Level 6 Cuirass, click the + button on the Materials part to dump more ingots into it. This will provide you with one white-quality item.

There is, of course, a lot more to the system than this, but this will get you started and geared up for adventure. 

How Do I Open Locked Chests?

This is an interesting mini-game, and so far I like it better than any lockpicking mini-game I've seen in any previous Elder Scrolls game. You have a set of tumblers which must be depressed to the correct depth before the timer runs out. Higher difficulty locks have faster timers, so the timer on an Intermediate lock is shorter than it is on a Beginner lock. You get as many tries as you can fit in that time frame, limited only by the number of picks you have - multiple failures causes the picks to break.

Top ESO Questions - picking locks

Press down on the tumbler until it starts to shimmy, and then release - preferably right at the start of the "shake spot." If it snaps back up and breaks your pick, try depressing it again and release it slightly earlier. Some need to be pushed all the way down, some will only go down a tiny bit. If you try to push those ones too far, the pick snaps. When you find the correct depth and release the tumbler, it stays in place. Keep trying - practice makes perfect, and it's the only way to find the correct tumbler depth.

If you manage to depress all the tumblers before the timer runs out, the chest is unlocked with a satisfying ka-chunk. If you fail to beat the timer, wait a few seconds and try again. The more you do it, the easier it gets.

How Do I Do PvP?

PvP starts at level 10. Once the character reaches level 10, access to the PvP campaigns can be achieved by hitting the L key to open up the Alliance War window. Join a campaign, teleport to Cyrodiil and do the tutorials. You won't be able to do much with the Alliance War window until you hit level 10 (and I had not yet hit level 10 at the time of this writing).

How Do I Follow The Trail For "Perils of Diplomacy?"

This is an early Aldmeri Dominion quest in the town of Mithral. When the Green Lady disappears, the quest tracker tells you to "follow her trail", but she leaves no visible trail to follow, and there are no clues in the quest dialogue. She runs off to the Abandoned House, circled in red on this map: 

Top ESO Questions - Map of Mithral, Abandoned House circled in red

This is hopefully some kind of glitch which will be fixed by the time the game goes live. But if it's not, here's your spoiler.

Got any more beginner-type questions you couldn't find the answers to in-game? Ask in our comments, and we'll try to answer them for you!

#9: How do I enchant an item?

Right-click on the item you want to enchant and choose Enchant.

Ah yeah, that's a good one.

1) Buy enchantments from the Enchanter merchant. Triangle ones are for weapons, pentagon ones are for armor, round ones are for jewelery.

2) Right-click item, select Enchant

3) Combine item with the enchantment you wish to use, hit Accept (E)

4) Boom, you got a flaming sword.

The only issue I was having was that I had all this jute and looked every where for a wheel or something to turn it into cloth but could not find one. Better luck next time I suppose. lol

A victim of logic! Jute is extracted as a raw material at the clothing station tables, same as rawhide. No spinning wheels, looms or tanning racks in evidence.

I tried that but didnt see the option. Just saw you could combine things to make light garments. Maybe I missed it?

You have to click the Extraction button on the top row of the window, and then the Raw Materials button in the row beneath that one. I'll cover it in a more expansive guide shortly.

#10 Where's Mankirk's wife?

Hmm, that one I didn't come across. Which faction is that one?


Sorry. Unless you understood the context (which has almost achieved MMO urban legend status), my joke post may have fallen flat.


Don't knock the joke, in beta I saw an orc dragonknight called Mankirk. So I'm going to try to snag that name when the game goes live. ;)

Some Answers:

Trading with other players in the past several betas has been broken. As of the last beta, you could *not* trade with a member of your group. The only way to trade was to have one person leave the group and interact with that person. Because there are no names above their heads, make sure you've got the right person!

Another question that came up repeatedly, and was often answered incorrectly: "Is xyz quest broken?" - None of the quests were broken,(although one was disabled to prevent further exploration of the game) but in all of the beta weekends I've been in, a mob would glitch out for a quest (Foulwing, anyone?) and you'd see 20 people standing around, thinking it would suddenly fix itself. The best way to fix this is to log to character screen and come back into game (repeatedly), until you find an instance where Foulwing spawns or the Frog Race works. If in a group, either keep the rest of the group at the character select screen until a good instance is found, or disband and re-invite when someone gets a good instance.

Another common question: "Why can't I see my group members, but I'm standing right next to them?" - You're in different instances. To solve this, have every group member but one exit to character screen. Once *every* member has exited completely (other than say, the party leader), log back in and everyone should be in the same instance and in the same spot. If you use the option to "travel to group member," you will travel to the closest wayshrine and will have to run all the way to where the group is.

Good tips! I'll be keeping them in mind of the March 14 beta date turns out to be accurate.

Thanks, Gunky! -

Forgot to mention, you can also send and receive mail in game from anywhere - so if you don't want to waste the time leaving the group to do a trade, you can just toss an item in the mail. The delivery is pretty much instant (unless the game is lagging).

A side note to new players: Stay in the downstairs tutorial area as long as you can stand it - open the chests there until you get the first achievement (otherwise, some chests in game will appear as impossible to you). It seems as though you have to open a certain number of chests to continue to raise your lockpicking expertise in order to have access to the more difficult chests.

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