The Elder Scrolls Online features a crafting system similar to most modern MMOs. There are 7 professions: Alchemy, Blacksmithing, Clothier, Enchanting, Jewelcrafting, Woodworking and Provisioning. You can choose any crafts you want; however, to raise crafting tiers and make crafting more profitable, you need to invest skill points into your chosen craft(s). Although there is no limitation on how to distribute your points, to level every skill for every craft is close to 140 skill points, so realistically you can only level up 1-2 crafts as these are the same skill points used to level your class, race, armor, weapon, and other skills for your character. Therefore, choosing skills wisely and not "gimping" your character is something to consider. The only way to level your crafting skill is via actually crafting items for that craft or deconstruct items made by that craft.
Of note: You can craft at any station directly using your banked materials, without having them taking space in your inventory, this will ensure you have space for your crafted results!
- Research: how traits discovery work.
- Styles: Racial Styles and their effects.
- Traits: bonuses you can gain for your crafted items.
- Transmutation: how to change the traits on dropped weapons and armor.
- Set Bonuses: crafted Sets and special crafting locations.
- Writs: daily repeatable crafting quests.
- Player Housing and Furnishing Crafting: owning crafting stations and creating furniture.
Crafting Professions in ESO
If creating powerful potions sounds like your cup of tea, then this is the craft for you. Alchemy isn't all that different than previous Elder Scrolls games. It essentially follows the same protocol: find ingredients, combine them at the appropriate station, discover recipe, now you know a new recipe and can create it over and over. To create more powerful versions of potions you will need to find higher level Solvents. These will be found in higher level areas. Some potions will have negative properties. Having a higher level Alchemy skills reduces this effect.
Reagents | Solvents | Potions | Poisons | Alchemy Formulas
This crafting profession makes heavy armor and melee weapons. Once you have your materials gathered you simply need go the appropriate crafting station, select what weapon or armor piece you'd like to make and then the fun begins. In Elder Scrolls Online, when you make a weapon or armor piece you will pick the recipe you'd like to make and then add a Style. The Style will determine the cosmetic properties of said piece. Once the style is selected you will choose the trait for that piece (see list below). This enhances the piece with preset qualities. After your piece of equipment is created you can further enhance it with Honing Stones. These can be found in crating nodes across Tamriel.
Ore | Ingots | Tempers | Weapons | Heavy Armor | Blacksmithing Diagrams
This profession makes Glyphs that can be applied to jewelery weapons and armor. The crafting process is the combination of potency, aspect and essence runes at an Enchanting Table to produce glyphs that can then be applied to gear.
Runes | Glyphs | Enchanting Praxises
This profession makes and improves Jewelry that can be added to weapons and armor to complete sets. The crafting process is the combination of materials at a Jewelry Crafting Table to produce jewelry. These adornments can be enhanced to be of higher qualities, and can be crafted as part of Crafted Sets.
Skills | Materials | Processed Materials | Platings
This is essentially the cooking of Elder Scrolls Online. You learn recipes and gather materials and recipes from all over Tamriel. They are usually found in containers, chests, pots etc. Once you find a recipe all you need to do is click it to learn it and you can then craft it at any time. If you like making consumables that give temporary buffs, this is the crafting class for you.
Recipes | Materials | Enhancements | Provisioning Designs
The Woodworker makes staves, shields and bows from the wood across Tamriel. The crafting process is the same as Blacksmithing.
Wood | Sanded Wood | Resins | Bows | Staves | Shields | Woodworking Blueprints
Discover lost artifacts for the whole of Tamriel, the relics that you can bring to light include collectibles and unique items, such as furniture and heirlooms.