Helpful ESO Addons You Should Consider Using

There’s been a lot of controversy around Elder Scrolls Online’s addons recently, and while Zenimax did severely limit some of the potential capabilities addon developers are still hard at work creating helpful ones. The default interface is very minimalistic, somewhat optimized for console gamers and as such has certain downsides. Regardless of your opinions on addons there are a few which are very useful, and here’s some which I’ve been using so far!

For info on how to find and install addons jump to the end of this article.

1. Wykkyd’s Framework

Wykkyds FrameworkWykkyd’s Framework has been extremely helpful for me. It adds a bar showing your character’s level and XP bar, amount of Soul Shards, mount feed timer, clock, zone you’re in, available and used bag space and several other pieces of information which are very useful to see at all times.

While the information it provides can be found otherwise, having it up the entire time has been a real time saver for me. Constantly opening my inventory to see how much space I have left or checking character stats to see experience progress to next level can get tedious after awhile — with Wykkyd’s Framework you can choose to display all or just some of these stats all the time. Not crucial to have by any means, but something that I feel should definitely be on everyone’s to-do list.

(Wykkyd’s Framework on Esoui)

2. ZrMiniMap

ZrMiniMapThis is one of those add-ons that’s simply a must-have for anyone who thinks immersion is just another buzzword. I played without a minimap for a couple of days, and as soon as I realized this feature existed I never looked back. It’s a very simple addon that does exactly what you think: adds a small version of your map to a customizable place on your screen. Navigating to quest givers, public dungeons or wayshrines becomes (surprisingly) a lot easier, so ZrMiniMap is one addon you should definitely consider installing.

(ZrMiniMap on Esoui)

3. Craft Research Timer

Crafting Research TimersAnother self-explanatory addon. To see research timers normally you’d have to visit a crafting station and check it manually: no more, as Craft Research Timer allows you to view the exact time when your research for Clothing, Blacksmithing or Woodworking will be completed. Since research times will take an enormous amount of time maximizing your research downtime is very important, especially early on when they don’t take too long.

If you’re like me and trying to level all professions, keeping track of research times for 6 or even 9 different traits can get overwhelming, and Craft Research Timer will absolutely help with that. It’s certainly not the prettiest addon and I wouldn’t mind more customization, but it does its job effectively.

(Craft Research Timer on Esoui)

4. Foundry Tactical Combat

Foundry Tactical CombatThough not for everyone, Foundry Tactical Combat is incredibly helpful for players who are often grouped or engage in Cyrodiil’s PvP combat. Scrolling combat text and buff tracking are just some of the features of FTC, and for everyone who feels they’re lacking combat information this addon should do the trick.

(Foundry Tactical Combat on Esoui)

5. SpamFilter

SpamFilterEveryone who’s completely against addons in ESO, you’re now eating your words! Except for a rudimentary ignore list the developers didn’t seem to implement any kind of spam filters to keep unwanted (and annoying) gold spam messages from the zone chat, and there sure is a lot of it going around in starting zones.

I’m sure anyone will agree that this is one addon you absolutely want to have and keep updated, so be sure to install it and enjoy a spam-free experience.

(SpamFilter on Esoui)

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Woodworking Guide

Woodworking GuideWoodworking is one of the three professions in The Elder Scrolls Online which create equippable items. Blacksmiths create metal weapons and Heavy armor, Clothiers make Light and Medium armor, while Woodworkers are able to craft Bows, Staves and Shields.

While woodworking is somewhat less popular than most other tradeskills, it’s by no means without benefits. Archers looking to create their own bows or mages wanting unique staves will certainly find this craft skill useful to specialize in. The following guide will give you a basic overview of Woodworking.

Contents:

  1. Basics
  2. Materials
  3. Skill Line
  4. Research
  5. Extraction
  6. Improvement
  7. Racial Styles
  8. Leveling

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Clothier Guide

Clothier GuideClothier is one of the six professions your character has in The Elder Scrolls Online. Clothiers are specialized in creating Light and Medium armor using cloth and hides from creatures. Much like other crafting skills, the equipment you can make with Clothier are comparable to some of the best items you can get in the game, and certain set bonuses can only be applied by proficient crafters.

This guide will give you a basic rundown of everything relating to Clothier profession, so if you’re interested in it be sure to read it.

Contents:

  1. Clothier Basics
  2. Materials
  3. Skill Line
  4. Research
  5. Extraction
  6. Improvement
  7. Racial Styles
  8. Leveling

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Expanding Your Inventory

Expanding your inventoryDuring recent beta weekends I’ve seen people ask the question in chat countless times: how and where to expand your inventory space. Vendors selling increased bag space aren’t hard to find once you know what to look for, but I still recall it took me about an hour or searching multiple cities and towns to find one when I first started playing (I’m blind, I know).

This guide will give you a basic rundown on how to increase your inventory and how to most effectively store items in The Elder Scrolls Online.

Why expand your inventory space?

Adjold, bag vendor in Davon's WatchAll characters start with basic 60 item slots in their inventory. It can fill up very quickly when you’re questing for awhile, and making frequent trips to vendors, bankers or crafting stations can be a huge waste of time. Even if you don’t pick up various food, fishing baits or equipment you won’t use, 60 slots is still not enough to hold all the quest items and crafting materials. Everything has its value and the more you pick up, the more gold you’ll end up having; it all adds up.

Where to buy inventory slots

Bag space vendor iconMost towns and cities in Tamriel have bag vendors which can enable you to expand your available inventory space, for a fee of course. It would be quite the task to find and list every available vendor, so instead I’ll show you exactly what to look for!

Vendors which increase your inventory space can easily be found if you simply open a map of an area and look for a particular bag icon, as shown in the attached image. As mentioned most major towns have these vendors, and once you know what to watch out for finding them is a breeze.

How much does it cost?

Buying inventory slotsThe first upgrade will increase your available slots from 50 to 60, and costs 400 gold. Second upgrade costs 2,000g, increasing to 5,900g for third. The cost increases with every 10 slots you purchase, and you can have a total of 200 inventory slots, but it will take quite awhile to accumulate that amount of gold. I didn’t get the chance to see how much further upgrades cost, so perhaps someone can chime in with exact numbers in the comments just below the post.

While the price tag is pretty steep for new players, it’s well worth spending your gold until you have at least 100 slots. Consider it an investment, as being able to carry additional items means you can pick up more crafting materials and vendor trash to sell.

Horse inventory

Horse dietYour horse can also be used to expand your inventory space. If you remember my guide on horses, you’ll know you can feed your mount once every 20 hours with different types of food. While most players are recommending feeding apples for increased speed (particularly useful in PvP), it may be prudent to do it once you can afford a Light Horse (42,700 gold).

Your Imperial (1 gold) or Common (17,200g) horse can never be a fast as a Light one, so you can safely keep feeding them Oats for increased inventory space. It will take quite awhile until you can afford a Light horse so for leveling use a slower one but with increased inventory capacity. As a side note, your horse doesn’t have a separate inventory, instead your own character’s inventory is simply expanded.

It costs 250 gold to feed your horse, and every time you feed them Oats their inventory increases by 1 slot. You can only have one horse active at any given time, but your stables can store several of them. Simply visiting any stable master in the world will enable you to switch your active mount; your inventory will not be increased unless your active horse is the one you fed Oats to.

Bank space

BankerOther than your own inventory you can also store items in your bank. You do have to visit your nearest banker to store items, however any crafting materials you stash away can be used directly from any crafting station in the world. Upgrading your bank storage is even more expensive: you start with 30 slots and increasing it to 40 will cost 1,000 gold. Second upgrade is already priced at 3,300 gold.

Since there are no item “stacks” in TESO, meaning it doesn’t matter if you carry around 1 or 50 Iron Ore, it will only take 1 slot in your inventory. Therefore, I’d recommend keeping such crafting materials always on your character, since storing them both in your bank and your character would use 2 slots instead of just one (you’ll quickly find more of the same materials). I usually use my bank to store enchanting runes, trait gems, items for research, and various other misc items I don’t need to carry with me. Alternate equipment is usually best kept on your character since it may not always be convenient to hop to a bank and pick them up.

Conclusion

Expanding your inventory space is definitely worth it, especially early on in the game. Once you start carrying dozens of different runes, herbs, food, potions, and alternate items, you will quickly run out of space. Making frequent trips to vendors and bankers can get tedious, so once you have your first mount make sure you spend most of your gold to increase inventory and bank space.

Looking for ways to earn gold in TESO? Read this guide and find out how to earn enough gold keep expanding your inventory size every few levels and still have enough to easily purchase your mount by level 20.

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Newbies Guide to Traits

Traits Guide

Traits are special item properties crafters can add to their items during the creation process. They can be applied to weapons, armor and jewelry and can only be added when the item is made, not afterwards. Before being able to add a trait to an item you first have to research it, and with each research on the same item slot the time required to learn another trait is increased.

Since traits are often a bit confusing to new players and frequently mistaken for enchants, we’ll take a closer look at them in this guide and hopefully clarify a few things for you.

Contents:

  1. What are traits
  2. Armor traits
  3. Weapon traits
  4. Who uses traits
  5. Learning traits
  6. Getting items with traits
  7. What are trait gems
  8. How to get trait gems
  9. Most useful traits

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