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 


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:

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:

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:

Guaranteed drops:

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!

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    • Anonymous

      22 Jun 2021 02:09  

      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

      • Anonymous

        23 Oct 2018 09:17  

        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!!!

        • Anonymous

          20 Mar 2018 03:40  

          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.

          • Anonymous

            06 Dec 2017 03:23  

            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.

            • Anonymous

              19 Nov 2017 07:12  

              "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."


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