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[Preview] Elder Scrolls Online: Crafting in Tamriel Revealed

SBFordSBFord Associate Editor - News ManagerThe Land of AZPosts: 17,633MMORPG.COM Staff Uncommon

Last week, members of our team were on hand with Zenimax developers to get a first hand look at several features in the forthcoming Elder Scrolls Online. First up: Crafting. Find out what crafting will look like in ESO and then join the discussion in the comments.

Well folks, it is finally here: a firsthand look at Crafting in Elder Scrolls Online. This past week we got to play the game for a long while at Zenimax Online Studios and crafting was in there. We stumbled upon it, brewed some Dawnstar Ale and cheered! From what we have seen so far, the Crafting system does not disappoint. With ingredients and additives available all over for players to find, the system encourages experimentation. Also the breakdown of Crafting Professions is very much Elder Scrolls at heart. So let’s take a full look.

Read more of Garrett Fuller's Elder Scrolls Online: Crafting in Tamriel Revealed.


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  • garrettgarrett Posts: 263MMORPG.COM Staff Uncommon
    I'll try to answer as many questions as I can on the forums today.
  • General_Dru-ZodGeneral_Dru-Zod Unknown, CAPosts: 136Member

    Wonderful news...

    Im glad they took this approach.


  • General_Dru-ZodGeneral_Dru-Zod Unknown, CAPosts: 136Member
    Quick question: So a player can enhance dropped items and the best crafted items are on-par with raid drops.. My question is could one enhance raid drops?


  • alakramalakram malagaPosts: 2,238Member Uncommon

    "They also said that if you get some great high level gear from a dungeon run or beating a boss in another zone you will be able to enhance them through Crafting."

    Looks like yeah.

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  • sk8chalifsk8chalif Montreal, QCPosts: 601Member Uncommon

    on the other articles , its said that all zone will be open for exploring and When you unlock the third zone that will give some of the best loot in the game.


    i guess that craft, loot and dungeon are mostlikely equal or almost

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  • AcidonAcidon Salem, ORPosts: 787Member Uncommon
    This actually sounds amazing.  Thanks a lot for the write-up.
  • bcbullybcbully Westland, MIPosts: 8,429Member Uncommon

    Is there any point in not being a "Master"?


    "some of the best gear in game" Does these mean equal to the raid/dungeon drops, or is this similar to WoW, where crafting can come closed but drops are better?

  • marlborzmarlborz delware, ALPosts: 36Member
    i hope crafting is as important as this video was to watch.
  • garrettgarrett Posts: 263MMORPG.COM Staff Uncommon

    Yes you can enhance Raid Drops.

    Crafting, Dungeon, and 3rd zone loot are all high up there. But everything can be worked on with crafting.

    I think being a Master is the way to go, but you can spec your points however you want. As Paul says in the interview they have not determined the exact number of points you will get to spend ... yet.

  • GriffihnGriffihn BacauPosts: 19Member Uncommon
    considering that you can enchant even dropped items and that this is Elder Scrolls not WoW, most likely craft and dungeon drops will be equal... though that does bring up another question: will there be dungeon specific items for crafting? 'cause from my point of view, that's pretty much the only way that crafting and raiding would be equal and at the same time tied together.
  • Soki123Soki123 Kelowna, BCPosts: 1,555Member Uncommon
    On paper sounds like the best crafting I ve seen in an MMO. Really looking forward to this game.
  • Trippin_NinjaTrippin_Ninja Satellite Beach, FLPosts: 5Member
    Are the additives craftable or only looted? Wondering if they will gate the best additives behind group content if they are loot only. Hopefully they are tradeable if that's the case.
  • WizardryWizardry Ontario, CanadaPosts: 9,114Member Uncommon

    There is a little unknown in the article.

    How tough is it to craft everything in game?Example is it your typical need a Raid to fight the very baddest boss to get the ingredients?That design always turned me off because if i can already beat the baddest boss,why do i care to get the ingredients afterwards?

    Also the term "experimentation" is a little misleading.Example in FFXi you had to learn almsot everything in craftinmg aside from the few examples the npc would hint at.This design sounds more like everything is known,just the imbue items add properties.I sort of foresee not much left to actually leave to experimentation.Example i foresee something like having an item named frost ore as an imbue item,pretty easy to determine what that is used for right?An ice based elemental property.

    I am all for advanced crafting ,i love crafting in games.Another problem is see is the "you can do all 5 but won't master them".This design does not sit well because we all know games do not design themselves around low end gear/items,they design themselves based on players having the best.So anyone not doing the 2 mastered crafts will never have anything useful,at least not in the sense of a finished product,their might be usefullness in separate items made,this was not mentioned.

    How do you find the recipes that are not racial and how really useful is the crafting,most games make crafted items second or third tier to drops.I know the ysaid everything can be made,so it kinda leads into first question,how to attain the very best recipe and items to make those mastered crafts ?

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  • WizardryWizardry Ontario, CanadaPosts: 9,114Member Uncommon

    Also one other thing,was the comment on EVDERYTHING can be crafted a bit misleading,or is this FACT??

    Reason i ask is becuase i think MOST if not all players like the possibility of discovering rare drops,yo utake that element out of the game and allow everything to be crafted,it might turn off a lot of players.

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  • achesomaachesoma Portland, ORPosts: 1,004Member Uncommon

    Will crafting make players broke?

    Traditionally, players have to save up gold then use alts to craft.  Getting to a master level of crafting typically costs a lot of money.  I'm not seeing anything really different other than crafted gear is on par with raid gear.  And I'll believe that when I see it. 


  • HoliceHolice Bradenton, FLPosts: 116Member

    This sounds promising but I hope that hardcore raiders don't affect the dev decisions. Nothing is worse than when a raider complains that only he/she should have the best weapons in the game because they beat the hardest boss at the time.

    It does not affect you if someone else has an equally powerful weapon at all in PvE. Stop worrying about others, and play the game for yourself.

    The only people who could possibly complain would be pvpers, but then again, if you are good pvp'er you should care about being on equally geared levels with others, because its your skills that make you good at pvp, not the gear, right?

  • jimdandy26jimdandy26 salem, ORPosts: 527Member

    @Mackeh What? You do know that WoW actually gained a chunk of number after moving away from the world pvp model right?


    @Garret Did you see anything in terms of binding? As in drop/no drop? It sounds like you have to give crafters your loot to allow them to break it down/enhance it, which is super easily abused by trolls and thieves, did you see anything to address that potential issue?

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  • OzmodanOzmodan Hilliard, OHPosts: 7,343Member Uncommon
    So I take it, no gathering skills, you just have to use what you find during your gameplay?
  • BitterClingerBitterClinger Newark, DEPosts: 232Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Ozmodan
    So I take it, no gathering skills, you just have to use what you find during your gameplay?

    The crafting sounds a lot like Skyrim. If that's the case, then there are no gathering skills. You would just need a pick if you wanted to do mining, an axe for wood-cutting, and so on.

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  • azzamasinazzamasin Butler, OHPosts: 3,078Member Uncommon

    Know this right now Mr. Fuller, I hate you and I envy you at the same time.  Lucky dog gets to go play ESO already.  :)


    If you can answer a question Garrett:  You state  "They also said that if you get some great high level gear from a dungeon run or beating a boss in another zone you will be able to enhance them through Crafting."  Is this more like WoW's Enchanting or more like Asheron's Call Tinkering?  Please tell me its the latter!!!!




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  • EcocesEcoces Chicago, ILPosts: 879Member Uncommon

    "they want it on par with raid gear" - yeah i'll believe that when it happens just wait till the raiders get to the forums and cry because "a casual didn't "work" as hard as they did to obtain the gear".


    i remember Trion said this with Rift as well, that crafted gear will be on par with raid gear, that lasted till the first new raid zone.

  • TorvalTorval Oregon CountryPosts: 7,606Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Ecoces

    "they want it on par with raid gear" - yeah i'll believe that when it happens just wait till the raiders get to the forums and cry because "a casual didn't "work" as hard as they did to obtain the gear".

    i remember Trion said this with Rift as well, that crafted gear will be on par with raid gear, that lasted till the first new raid zone.

    Yep.  How many times have we heard that same tired old line.

    Lol, I remember that in Rift.  When they finally made some crafted items that were raid quality it was because the mats only dropped in raid level instances.

  • adam_noxadam_nox hays, KSPosts: 2,036Member Uncommon

    Question:  Do the crafting skills also act as a requirement to use certain crafted items? 


    I hope they do this, throughout various levels of the skills, so that there's a real advantage to dabbling vs specializing.

  • CheboyganCheboygan charlotte, MIPosts: 36Member


    "important" crafting is saddled with limits

    if you are a crafter at heart this is a killer

    game was borderline anyway but this did it in

    Just like Mortal Online you can either be really good at one tradeskill or basically pointless in them all - only difference is you can choose 2 with ESO - meh

    It will be difficult but ESO is now on "ignore"

  • ShauneepeakShauneepeak Biddeford, MEPosts: 424Member Uncommon

    This sounds like it could end up being a perfect crafting system. I only have two complaints and that is being limited to 1000 crafting skill points when it takes 800 to master a single skill and my second is that weapons and armour are seperate now I'm going to have trouble choosing =P.

    Now the one question I have and now if implemented correctly this will be amazing, but from how it sounds we are going to be very reliant on other players for enhancing our items. Now how is this going to be handled? I feel simply trading someone an item to be enhanced will be a disaster because what will prevent them from simply running off with it. I know trust is important in a community but no matter how much you want to you can't always trust strangers. So is there going to some form of lending system where we are able to just lend someone an item for a short amount of time to be enhanced?

    Also with such a major focus on community crafting I would love to see player run shops by the most skilled crafters that would be amazing but not sure how easily that could be implemented.

    Edit: Ok I simply watched the interview and did not read the article but now I have done both. In the video it says you can master one skill but in the article it says you can master two which is it?

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