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?
Who can Transmute Gear in ESO?
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
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.