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.
Also, Update 28 introduced the Item Set Collection system, which allows players to add almost all of their item Sets (except Crafted Sets) to the Collections, which helps collect all of ESO's gear and free up storage space.
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
You can also purchase a Transmutation Station by completing Master Writs and placing it within your house. This makes stations available for players without the DLC
Who can Transmute Gear in ESO?
All players who are proficient on Blacksmithing, Clothier or Woodworking can transmute gear if they have the necessary equipment.
Players can only transmute gear that belongs to themselves or are not yet bound. When you transmute an item, it will be bound to you. This means that you cannot ask someone to transmute an item for 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
This includes items such as Asylum, Master, or Maelstrom Weapons, Monster Masks, and weapons and armors dropped from Trials or Group Dungeons.
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!
How are all of the collected Item sets tracked?
The Stickerbook in the Collections menu, gives you the ability to track which pieces you have looted and which items from a set you are still missing.
How do I access my collected sets?
You can access your Item Set Collection from your Collectibles UI menu. It will be listed under a new section called “Sets.”
How do I add sets to my collection?
Each time you equip, deconstruct, fence, research, or NPC vendor sell (not sell to players using the Guild Trader system), the item will be bound to your account and added to your Item Set Collection. Note that when selling an item set to a vendor, it might take some time before that set is added to your collection (it has to clear the buyback period first).
Which sets can be added to my collection?
Set Collection works with most types of item sets in the game with the exception of Crafted Sets. There are separate Set Collection Categories for: Overland Sets by Faction, DLC Overland Sets, Dungeon Sets, DLC Dungeon Sets, Trials, Arenas, PVP and Miscellaneous (includes Mythic Items).
At any Transmute Station, you will now find a new tab called “Reconstruct” that allows you to recreate any Item Set piece you have added to your Item Set Collections. You can use Transmute Crystals to recreate an item at its typical dropped quality, or, You can also spend additional crafting upgrade materials to upgrade the item's quality at the transmute station during the Reconstruction process.
The cost in Transmute Crystals is variable depending on how many pieces of that item set you have collected. Reconstruction costs 75 Transmute Crystals when you only have 1 piece of that Item Set. Reconstruction cost then scales down to a minimum of 25 Transmute Crystals once you have collected every single piece of that Item Set.
The cost of using upgrade materials to improve the quality of your reconstructed item is dependent on your character's crafting passives for that item type and scales down exactly as it would if you were upgrading that item at a regular crafting station.
You can recreate the item in any trait you want as long as your character has that trait researched. No trait stone is consumed in this process.
Your newly-created item will be marked as “reconstructed” and cannot be traded or sold, but you can deconstruct it to get a small refund of 25 Transmute Crystals.
Why the. Does this game have to make everything to do with makeing stuff so hard. Like come on have you never played a game where you have to make things . I really like this game but I'm telling you if i have not spent so much on this game i would off quite it already over the crafting end off it. You need a hole different inventory just for crafting items and they are so greedy the only way you can get it is buy paying a monthly price over top off the $160 game i just bought and then the extra $100 in dlc oh and then just to be abel to play the $600 xbox i have to pay $100 a month for my internet to play the game . And event this part really just let me purchase the equipment that i have already had or gotten as drops without all the bull that you guys have added to be abel to get it back the hole reson i payed for the dlc was so i could get my seat back because i reset my guy from magic to stamina and needed armor and now it was a waste off money case it will take me a week just to do all the bull you guys added just to get it back
So if you don't have the Clockworks City DLC you're going to be continuously collect the transmutation geodes when your transmutation crystals pouch is full... either someone didn't think this through when they made the update or someone thinks they could force players to buy the DLC when they run out of slots in their bags. Once you get the armor you want with the traits that you want you really don't need them anymore, right. you really should have them as Unbound, tradable, sellable, or at least storable!!!
Now we can trait change jewelry!!
Thats what i call P2W
I'm literally crying of joy!
First they tortured me by forcing to run same content over and over and over again and again and again and again to get some piece I wanted, now they allow me to do what any sane person suggested in the first place.
Truly, sometimes all you need to do to make someone happy is to torture one a bit less.
Can you transmute the same item more than once?
Whoever wrote this should be aware that it contradicts itself by saying "other players can transmute your gear so long as it is not bind on pickup" and then "No, when you transmute something, it is bound to your account" the top leads us to believe we can have bind on equip gear transmuted by others.
after you transmute an item can you upgrade it to a higher quality?
"Players can only transmute gear that belongs to themselves or is not 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. You cannot Transmute an item that is bound to another player."
can transmutation crystals be sold?
Pay to win.
transmute only ytaits? what about style?
it does not say anything about jewerly......
Does this mean I can re-trait my gear to Nirn without any nirncrux?
The hype for this is real!!! So excited for this change.