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How to reset skills and attributes in ESO?

By: Ambuaz
There are many different skill lines to choose from in Elder Scrolls Online and sooner or later some of you may find that you have developed your character in a wrong way. This guide will help you reset your skills and attributes.
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Elder Scrolls Online is a game of choices. While you travel in Tamriel you will complete different quests and level your character. Each level gives you a skill point that can be spent to master new skills. There are many different skill lines to choose from and sooner or later some of you may find that you have developed your character in a wrong way. It may be that you want to master another weapon or armor type or simply redistribute your attribute points.

How to Respec

In order to respec you need to go to the capital city of your faction where you'll find special shrines. These shrines allow you to reset and redistribute your skills or attributes. Here is a list of the towns where you can find these shrines.

  • Aldmeri Dominion - Elden Root city in Grahtwood
  • Daggerfall Covenant - Wayrest city in Stormhaven
  • Ebonheart Pact – Mournhold city in Deshaan

The general quest line will guide you to these zones when you are around level 15-17. If you feel the need to reset your skills at lower levels the zones are easily reached by road.

You need to go to the one of the cities specified above and find special Re-dedication Shrines there. There are three shrines in each zone (they are close to one another). Two of them are named according to the core gods of your faction and one is a Shrine to Mara. So three shrines allow you to:

  • Reset Attributes (health, magicka, stamina)
  • Reset Skills (from all skill lines)
  • Get benefits from Rings of Mara

In order to reset skills or attributes you need to activate the specific shrine and pay a rather high gold cost. Many sources on the internet say that the cost grows with your level but this is wrong. The cost depends on the amount of skill points you have for resetting. The more points you have already distributed, the higher the price you will pay. That’s why you shouldn’t rush assigning your points. Visit the shrine ASAP in order to save yourself money.

The cost also depends on the number of the respec's you have previously done. If you have never used the shrine you will pay the lowest price per distributed skill point, but with each use the price will increase.

For example, I decided to respec my Nightblade when I was level 12. I didn’t want to wait until the quest line guided me to the capital city because I didn’t want to pay the extra gold for resetting my points later. My character belonged to the Ebonheart Pact so I rode to Mournhold from Stonefalls, which didn't take very long.

I had 17 distributed points and 3 undistributed. I could reset my skills successfully at the cost of 1700 gold (100 gold per 1 used point). If I had decided to wait until the quest line guided me to Mournhold (at level 16), I would have paid quite a bit more.

After you've paid the gold your skills or attributes are reset and you will be able to redistribute them again. The great thing here is that you don’t lose all the progress you have with a particular skill. As you know each skill has 4 ranks so you won't have to level these ranks once again.

Note: all your morph choices will also be reset so you will be able to choose a morph specialization for each skill once more.

When do you need to reset skills or attributes?

As you can see the cost of resetting is rather high and you should think twice before resetting. I recommend you reset your skill points when you have invested in a skill line you never use. For example I invested a lot of points into Two Handed weapons but later on decided to switch to Dual Wield. All the points in the Two Handed weapon skill line are useless if I don’t use this weapon. I had about 4 skill points there and I could invest these points into Dual Wield skills after resetting.

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  • Comments

    1. Apple.Snowsong 16 april 2014, 11:57 # +1
      Thank you for sharing this information Ambuaz! This is very helpful. It is so cool to learn that if we reset our skill points we don’t lose all the progress we have with a particular skill, by moving those points elsewhere. :)

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