It is impossible to imagine an MMO game without items created by players. Crafting is a very important part of gameplay that makes game more interesting. Crafting system in ESO is allows to create different items that will help you in the game. All professions are very useful and items created by crafters will not disappoint you. Note: crafting is really useful. Each profession allows to craft top level items that can’t be received somewhere else. Bonuses from professions will really help you.

There are five general professions:

  • Provisioning – allows to create food and other supply that helps you to restore health, magicka, stamina and can give temporary bonus to these stats.
  • Enchanting – allows to add special effects that make your items cooler.
  • Blacksmithing – profession that allows to create and improve heavy armor and weapon using different types of ingots.
  • Clothing – allows to create and improve light and medium armor.
  • Woodworking – allows to create and improve different staffs and bows using wood.
  • Alchemy – allows to create different potions that make you stronger in battle.

These professions cover everything you can craft in the game.

Each race has unique armor and weapon appearance. And it is not only about high level items. All armor and weapon in the game that can be crafted has racial styles. When you start playing ESO you can craft items using only style of your race. For example Imperials can craft only in Imperial style. You need to discover other races’ styles in order to be able to use them in crafting. Explore the world and look for recipes and books.

Crafting Skills

Crafting skills can be found at the skills tab. You don’t receive special crafting points. You need to spend your skill points in order to learn crafting skills. That means you will have to distribute points attentively – if you spend all your points in crafting you will probably be weak on the battlefield.

You have no limitations in how to spend points. There is no any limit on how many professions you can master. Just make sure you have enough skill points and materials. Such mechanics creates a situation when one player can master all professions.

Creating an Item

Crafting interface may seem a little bit difficult to understand, but it is really comfortable and convenient. When you see the interface for the first time the game will show you a brief guide. Read it in order to understand how it works.

Each item in Elder Scrolls Online has different “quality”. You can identify the quality of an item by the color of its name. The lowest quality is Normal – white title and the highest quality is Legendary – yellow title. Legendary items are rare, strong and are very expensive

  • White - Normal
  • Green – Fine
  • Blue – Superior
  • Violet – Epic
  • Yellow – Legendary

You can create items with different quality. For example provisioner can use recipes with different quality and thus produce food with different quality. An Enchanter can also create runes with different quality by using different rune stones.

Blacksmithing, Clothing and Woodworkilng allows you to improve items increasing their quality. For example a Woodworker can increase quality of a bow. This will increase its characteristics. The greatest thing about this is that it’s possible to improve any gear you find.

Materials and Ingredients

First of all you need to collect required ingredients and materials. The more ingredients you have – the better. Resources for crafting can be found in different gathering nodes: alchemists need to gather herbs, blackmiths - ore and so on. Blacksmithing, woodworking and clothing allow to deconstruct gear you find during exploration for getting extra resources and valuable materials.

In Elder Scrolls Online every player can gather any resource. You are not restricted by only one resource type. This allows you to progress in several professions simultaneously or to gather resources to share with your guildmates.

Ingredients are the most important part of any profession. You need to have enough materials for creating any item in ESO. Many materials can be found everywhere: in houses, in the street, in fields or in dungeons. Gathering plays an important role in the game. Different ingredients have different respawn time.

Gathering Tip: When you see a gathering node act fast. Other players may also want to benefit from it. But only the fastest will receive the resource. If you start gathering the resource faster than another player you will get it.

After you have collected enough resources you need to find crafting station. Blacksmith needs anvil and forge, Alchemist needs special Alchemist’s laboratory, Enchanter needs Enchanter’s table and Provisioner needs campfire or other fire. When you approach your working place press the E button and you will see the crafting interface.

Do not think that you will have to grind a lot in order to create something valuable. No, developers told that their goal was to make the game interesting for players. In general, crafting is based on exploration. You will have to combine different ingredients in order to discover new effects. This process is interesting and you will have a lot of fun.

When you dive into The Elder Scrolls Online, one of the first things you’re going to notice is that there’s a lot of interactivity in the world. There are barrels around, there are crates around, and you’re like, “What’s going on here?” so you start to click on them and you say, “Oh! There are items in them!” There are fruits, there are vegetables, there are grains, but it’s not just useless stuff. Right now, you can take any one of these items that you find and it’s going to be part of a recipe; it’s going to be part of the crafting system.


  1. Timmie Hemmingsson 11 january 2014, 17:17 # 0
    How do i even turn Raw Jute to only Jute? :P
    And stuff like rawhide scraps and rough maple? :P
    1. Gabriel Schamber 13 january 2014, 02:11 # -1
      WHOHOOOOO i know it timmie i used to have the same problem...but...if you go under exrtaction there is a tab labeled raw matriels
    2. Gabe Corrigan 09 february 2014, 03:12 # 0
      does anybody know how to research to use gems on armors and weapons by any chance?
      1. Logan Booth 10 february 2014, 01:47 # 0
        i do indeed. you need to first make sure you have an item in your bags (armor or weapon, whichever has the stat you want) and then go to the appropriate crafting place and go to the research tab. find the armor in this tab and you will notice that there will be a research available matching the stats of the item in your inventory. please not that once you research the stats, the item will be destroyed. also it takes 6 hours per research.
      2. Jari Ikävalko 10 february 2014, 09:58 # 0
        Have u managed to apply a Glyph to armor?
        1. Eric Westlin 12 march 2014, 21:31 # 0
          Ok, so I understand how crafting works, but how do you gather?
          1. Ambuaz 13 march 2014, 06:16 # 0
            There are a lot of different gathering nodes for different crafting professions. You will see the nodes while traveling in Tamriel. They can be found almost everywhere (except cities). When you see a node you need to approach it and take the resource. Once you take resource the node disappears and will respawn after some time.

            Some professions like Clothing may require materials that can be obtained from animals only. For example lather.
          2. Brian Stepherson 16 may 2014, 07:15 # 0
            is there a way to bring up a list of styles that I already found
            1. Ambuaz 16 may 2014, 07:34 # 0
              You can see all the styles you can use in your crafting interface. For example you can find Blacksmithing Station and see all your styles there (Creation Tab).
            2. Brian Stepherson 16 may 2014, 07:16 # 0
              I know I did I before but I cant figure it out for my life right now

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