Transmutation is a crafting system in Elder Scrolls Online, that allows players to change the traits on their gear, including weapons and armors. This feature was added with the Clockwork City DLC and Update 16.
How to Transmute Gear in ESO?
In order to Transmute an item, you must locate a Transmutation station and have the item trait researched in your crafting Skill Line. This means if you’d like to add the Sharpened trait to your dagger, you must first ensure you have the ability to craft daggers with that trait. You’ll be able to find a Transmutation station in the heart of the Brass Fortress within the Clockwork City or acquire one for your home from a certain Master Writ merchant.
In addition to the crafting skill requirement, Transmutation requires a special new resource called Transmute Crystal that you’ll need to collect and save. You’ll be able to earn Transmutation Crystals by completing veteran level content (such as Veteran Mode Dungeons or Trials).
Players cannot transmute Jewelry traits.
Where is the Transmutation Station
The game-provided Transmutation Station requires you to own the Clockwork City DLC and to travel to the Brass Fortress within the Clockwork City. A special icon denotes the "Hall of Refined Techniques" and the station.
Who can Transmute Gear in ESO?
Players can only transmute gear that belongs to themselves or are not yet bound. This means that you cannot ask someone to transmute a "bind on pickup" item for you. When you Transmute an item, it will be bound to you.
What Items Can I Transmute?
This new system will allow you to change the Trait for the following item types:
- All Armors, including light, medium, and heavy pieces for all slots (head, shoulders, chest, hands, waist, legs and feet)
- All Weapons, including all types of staff, two-handed weapons, one handed weapons, bows, and shields
How Do I Transmute An Item?
In order to Transmute an item, you’ll need the following:
- Access to a Transmutation Station
- The desired Trait researched for the specific item
- The required amount of Transmutation Crystals
A Transmutation Station can be found within the heart of the Brass Fortress in the Clockwork City, or you can purchase a personal Transmutation Station for your home from Rolis Hlaalu, the Mastercraft Merchant found in each faction’s capital city.
You are also required to have the ability to craft items with the Trait you wish to apply. For example, if you want to change your one-handed sword from Powered to Sharpened, you need to be able to craft one-handed swords with the Sharpened Trait already. This means in order to Transmute some items, you might need to research the desired Trait first at a regular crafting station.
Finally, when you Transmute an item, you’ll need to spend Transmutation Crystals in order to do so. These rare crystals can only be earned from certain activities, such as daily dungeon quests, pledges, or from completing arenas.
If you have everything you need to Transmute an item, you simply need to use the Transmutation Station, select the item you wish to change, choose the item’s new Trait, and then confirm.
*Using a Transmutation Station on PC/Mac and consoles.
Where Can I Get Transmutation Crystals?
You can earn Transmutation Crystals from the following activities:
- Random Daily LFG
- Undaunted Pledges
- Trial Weekly Quests
- Arena, Trial, and Battlegrounds Leaderboards
- Alliance War Campaign End Rewards
- Your first Rewards for the Worthy in a day
- Maelstrom Arena (Veteran mode only)
- Dragonstar Arena (Veteran mode only)
Chance to drop:
- Dungeon Final Bosses
- Rewards for the Worthy mails, after your first for the day
- Random LFGs after your first
Note that while some activities are guaranteed to reward Transmutation Crystals, others only have a chance. For example, you will always receive Transmutation Crystals for completing your daily Undaunted Pledges, but you will only have a chance to receive them for defeating a dungeon’s end boss.
The amount of Transmutation Crystals you can receive also varies with the activity. Some activities will only reward one crystal, while others, such as the Rewards for the Worthy, can reward you with many more.
Can I Transmute items for my friends?
No. When you Transmute an item, it will be bound to you. You cannot Transmute an item that is bound to another player.
Can I Transmute items for my other characters?
Yes. Transmuted items are bound to your account. Since you can move them between characters on your account via the bank, you can use a character with the ability to craft the right Trait to Transmute an item for another of your characters.
Do I Have to Own the Clockwork City DLC Game Pack To Transmute Items?
While the only public Transmutation Station in Tamriel is located within the confines of the Clockwork City’s Brass Fortress, it is possible to purchase a personal Transmutation Station for your home from Rolis Hlaalu, the Mastercraft Merchant found in each faction’s capital city.
Note that visitors can use crafting stations in homes they are invited to enter. Have a friend or guild mate who owns a Transmutation Station? Ask if you can drop by!