Q: Which level are all the zones in Elder Scrolls Online? Can you give a breakdown?
Depending on which faction you pick, zone levels will be roughly as follows:
- Khenarthi’s Roost – level 1-5
- Auridon – 1-15
- Grahtwood – 16-23
- Greenshade – 25-30
- Malabal Tor – 31-37
- Reaper’s March – 38-43
- Stros M’Kai – 1-4
- Betnikh – 4-5
- Glenumbra – 3-15
- Stormhaven – 16-23
- Rivenspire – 25-30
- Alik’r Desert – 31-37
- Bangkorai – 37-43
- Bleakrock Isle – 1-3
- Bal Foyen – 3-6
- Stonefalls – 1-15
- Deshaan – 16-24
- Shadowfen – 25-30
- Eastmarch – 35-40
- The Rift – 41-48
Note that zone levels are roughly rounded up, you can easily be 3-4 levels below or above the zone level and still do fine. It depends on how many quests you complete in previous zones, or if you farm XP in dungeons or PvP.
Khenarthi’s Roost for Aldmeri, Stros M’Kai and Betnikh for Daggerfall, and Bleakrock Isle and Bal Foyen for Ebonheart are starting areas and can be skipped as well, though they do have (imo) interesting quests and more importantly skyshards for you to pick up, so I’d recommend not skipping those areas. You will get a few extra levels and a couple of skill points early on which will make early leveling in Auridon, Glenumbra or Stonefalls much easier.
After you complete all the areas above, next zone for all three alliances is Coldharbour which is level 45-50. You will only complete Coldharbour once, meaning after you start playing in other alliances you will not have to complete Coldharbour quests again.
After Coldharbour, you will move to Veteran content, which is essentially another alliance’s quests and zones. You will always move counter-clockwise on the map, meaning:
- If you start Ebonheart Pact, you will first go to Daggerfall Covenant and then Aldmeri Dominion areas
- If you start Daggerfall Covenant, first veteran content is Aldmeri and then Ebonheart Pact
- And if you start Aldmeri Dominion, next up is Ebonheart Pact followed by Daggerfall
The first veteran alliance (also called Cadwell’s Silver due to the quest you get) will be VR 1-5, and next alliance’s area (Cadwell’s Gold) will be VR 5-10.
After you complete both Cadwell’s Silver and Gold quests, you are expected to move on to Craglorn, which is aimed at Veteran Rank 10+.
If you wanted to, you could skip veteran alliance zones completely, and as soon as you reach VR1 just go straight to Craglorn. There’s plenty of places where you can farm experience and gain veteran levels.
Though not my preferred method of leveling, you can also join Cyrodiil as soon as you reach level 10. Though your character attributes are scaled to those of a level 50 (VR1) character, you will still have a lot of trouble killing most other players if you join in that soon. Unless you truly enjoy PvP combat with other players, I’d recommend waiting until you’re VR1 before you join.
Since there are a few ways you go about and get experience for your characters, the zone levels are just an approximation of where you’re expected to be at a certain point in your leveling.