The Ultimate Elder Scrolls Online Character Creation Guide

Elder Scrolls Online Character Creation Guide
Don’t miss the opportunity to make the ultimate character with this incredibly detailed Elder Scrolls Online character creation guide. As with all titles in the award-winning franchise from Bethesda and Zenimax, character creation is one of the most personal aspects of the experience and that trend proves true in ESO. This ultimate Elder Scrolls Online character creation guide will list every stat, Racial Ability and bonus to each of the Races and all 3 Alliances in The Elder Scrolls Online.

It is worth noting that every single Race and Class combination begins with exactly the same core stats. They’re mentioned on each of the tabs below for ease of use but there’s no need to compare them all. The only real difference lies with the individual choices for the 4 Racial Abilities and the Class Abilities. The Elder Scrolls Online character creation system is not as restraining as the typical MMO so don’t convince yourself that you’re making a bad choice. Certain Races are better suited to certain Classes but this does not mean that they won’t be perfectly viable in other combinations. The information is all available to you below but remember, choose what you WANT to choose, not what you think will make you the most powerful.

If you have any information to add, or suggestions during character progression, please leave a comment below. We’ll be sure to credit your name in the article for your effort.


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Argonian Elder Scrolls Online Character Creation Guide

It is worth noting that every single Race and Class combination begins with exactly the same core stats. They’re mentioned on each of the tabs below for ease of use but there’s no need to compare them all. The only real difference lies with the choice of the Race as each one has 4 racial abilities. The Elder Scrolls Online character creation system is not as restraining as the typical MMO so don’t convince yourself that you’re making a bad choice.

Argonian Elder Scrolls Online Character Creation Guide

Argonian Starting Attributes

 

Max Magicka: 100
Max Health: 150
Max Stamina: 100

Spell Damage: 6
Spell Critical: 0%
Spell Resistance: 120

Magicka Recovery: 5
Health Recovery: 3
Stamina Recovery: 5

Weapon Damage: 0
Weapon Critical: 0%
Armor: 0

Argonian Racial Abilities

Restoration Expertise: Increases experience with the Restoration Skill Line by 15%

Amphibious: Increases Swimming Speed by 50% and the effectiveness of potions by 5%

Argonian Resistance: Increases Maximum Health by 1% and Poison and Disease Resistance by 7

Quick To Mend: Increases Healing received by 2%

Breton Elder Scrolls Online Character Creation Guide

It is worth noting that every single Race and Class combination begins with exactly the same core stats. They’re mentioned on each of the tabs below for ease of use but there’s no need to compare them all. The only real difference lies with the choice of the Race as each one has 4 racial abilities. The Elder Scrolls Online character creation system is not as restraining as the typical MMO so don’t convince yourself that you’re making a bad choice.

The Elder Scrolls Online Breton Class Guide

Breton Starting Attributes

Max Magicka: 100
Max Health: 150
Max Stamina: 100

Spell Damage: 6
Spell Critical: 0%
Spell Resistance: 120

Magicka Recovery: 5
Health Recovery: 3
Stamina Recovery: 5

Weapon Damage: 0
Weapon Critical: 0%
Armor: 0

Breton Racial Abilities

Light Armor Affinity: Increase Light Armor Line experience points by 15%

Gift of Magnus: Increases Max Magicka by 4%

Spell Resistance: Increase Spell Resistance by 2

Magicka Mastery: Reduce Magicka cost of Spells by 1%

Dark Elf Elder Scrolls Online Character Creation Guide

It is worth noting that every single Race and Class combination begins with exactly the same core stats. They’re mentioned on each of the tabs below for ease of use but there’s no need to compare them all. The only real difference lies with the choice of the Race as each one has 4 racial abilities. The Elder Scrolls Online character creation system is not as restraining as the typical MMO so don’t convince yourself that you’re making a bad choice.

 Dark Elf Elder Scrolls Online Character Creation Guide

Dark Elf Starting Attributes

Max Magicka: 100
Max Health: 150
Max Stamina: 100

Spell Damage: 6
Spell Critical: 0%
Spell Resistance: 120

Magicka Recovery: 5
Health Recovery: 3
Stamina Recovery: 5

Weapon Damage: 0
Weapon Critical: 0%
Armor: 0

Dark Elf Racial Abilities

Amber Dexterity: Increases experience gain with the Duel Wield Skill Line by 15%

Dynamic: Increases Maximum Magicka and Stamina by 2%

Resist Flame: Increases Fire Resistance by 10. Increases Maximum Magicka by 1%

Flame Talent: Increases Spell Power with Fire Effects by 1

High Elf Elder Scrolls Online Character Creation Guide

It is worth noting that every single Race and Class combination begins with exactly the same core stats. They’re mentioned on each of the tabs below for ease of use but there’s no need to compare them all. The only real difference lies with the choice of the Race as each one has 4 racial abilities. The Elder Scrolls Online character creation system is not as restraining as the typical MMO so don’t convince yourself that you’re making a bad choice.

The Elder Scrolls Online High Elf Class Guide

High Elf Starting Attributes

Max Magicka: 100
Max Health: 150
Max Stamina: 100

Spell Damage: 6
Spell Critical: 0%
Spell Resistance: 120

Magicka Recovery: 5
Health Recovery: 3
Stamina Recovery: 5

Weapon Damage: 0
Weapon Critical: 0%
Armor: 0

High Elf Racial Abilities

Destruction Talent: Increases experience gain with Destruction Staff Line by 15%

Spellcharge: Increases Magicka Recovery in combat by 3%

Gift Of Magnus: Increases Max Magicka by 4%

Elemental Talent: Increases Damage with Cold, Fire and Shock effects by 2%

Imperial Elder Scrolls Online Character Creation Guide

It is worth noting that every single Race and Class combination begins with exactly the same core stats. They’re mentioned on each of the tabs below for ease of use but there’s no need to compare them all. The only real difference lies with the choice of the Race as each one has 4 racial abilities. The Elder Scrolls Online character creation system is not as restraining as the typical MMO so don’t convince yourself that you’re making a bad choice.

Imperial Starting Attributes

Max Magicka: 100
Max Health: 150
Max Stamina: 100

Spell Damage: 6
Spell Critical: 0%
Spell Resistance: 120

Magicka Recovery: 5
Health Recovery: 3
Stamina Recovery: 5

Weapon Damage: 0
Weapon Critical: 0%
Armor: 0

More information on Imperial will be added at launch. Please feel free to post a comment if you can provide the missing information. Your name will be credited in the guide.

Khajit Elder Scrolls Online Character Creation Guide

It is worth noting that every single Race and Class combination begins with exactly the same core stats. They’re mentioned on each of the tabs below for ease of use but there’s no need to compare them all. The only real difference lies with the choice of the Race as each one has 4 racial abilities. The Elder Scrolls Online character creation system is not as restraining as the typical MMO so don’t convince yourself that you’re making a bad choice.

Khajit Elder Scrolls Online Character Creation Guide

Khajit Starting Attributes

Max Magicka: 100
Max Health: 150
Max Stamina: 100

Spell Damage: 6
Spell Critical: 0%
Spell Resistance: 120

Magicka Recovery: 5
Health Recovery: 3
Stamina Recovery: 5

Weapon Damage: 0
Weapon Critical: 0%
Armor: 0

Khajit Racial Abilities

Medium Armor Expertise: Increases experience gain with Medium Armor Line by 15%

Robust: Increases Health Regeneration in combat by 5%

Stealthy: Improves Stealth radius by 1 meter. Increases damage done while Stealthed by 3%

Carnage: Increase Critical Rating from melee attacks by 1% and damage done by successful Critical Hits by 5%

Nord Elder Scrolls Online Character Creation Guide

It is worth noting that every single Race and Class combination begins with exactly the same core stats. They’re mentioned on each of the tabs below for ease of use but there’s no need to compare them all. The only real difference lies with the choice of the Race as each one has 4 racial abilities. The Elder Scrolls Online character creation system is not as restraining as the typical MMO so don’t convince yourself that you’re making a bad choice.

Nord Elder Scrolls Online Character Creation Guide

Nord Starting Attributes

Max Magicka: 100
Max Health: 150
Max Stamina: 100

Spell Damage: 6
Spell Critical: 0%
Spell Resistance: 120

Magicka Recovery: 5
Health Recovery: 3
Stamina Recovery: 5

Weapon Damage: 0
Weapon Critical: 0%
Armor: 0

Nord Racial Abilities

Two Handed Weapon Expertise: Increases experience gain with Two Handed Weapons Line by 15%

Robust: Increases Health Regeneration in combat by 5%

Resist Frost: Increases Cold Resistance by 10. Increases Maximum Health by 1%

Rugged: Increases Armor by 2

Orc Elder Scrolls Online Character Creation Guide

It is worth noting that every single Race and Class combination begins with exactly the same core stats. They’re mentioned on each of the tabs below for ease of use but there’s no need to compare them all. The only real difference lies with the choice of the Race as each one has 4 racial abilities. The Elder Scrolls Online character creation system is not as restraining as the typical MMO so don’t convince yourself that you’re making a bad choice.

The Elder Scrolls Online Orc Class Guide

Orc Starting Attributes

Max Magicka: 100
Max Health: 150
Max Stamina: 100

Spell Damage: 6
Spell Critical: 0%
Spell Resistance: 120

Magicka Recovery: 5
Health Recovery: 3
Stamina Recovery: 5

Weapon Damage: 0
Weapon Critical: 0%
Armor: 0

Orc Racial Abilities

Heavy Armor Expertise: Increase experience gain with Heavy Armor Line by 15%

Brawny: Increase Max Health and Max Stamina by 2%

Robust: Increases Health Regeneration in combat by 5%

Swift: Reduces Sprint cost by 4% and increases Sprint speed by 3%

Redguard Elder Scrolls Online Character Creation Guide

It is worth noting that every single Race and Class combination begins with exactly the same core stats. They’re mentioned on each of the tabs below for ease of use but there’s no need to compare them all. The only real difference lies with the choice of the Race as each one has 4 racial abilities. The Elder Scrolls Online character creation system is not as restraining as the typical MMO so don’t convince yourself that you’re making a bad choice.

The Elder Scrolls Online Redguard Class Guide

Redguard Starting Attributes

Max Magicka: 100
Max Health: 150
Max Stamina: 100

Spell Damage: 6
Spell Critical: 0%
Spell Resistance: 120

Magicka Recovery: 5
Health Recovery: 3
Stamina Recovery: 5

Weapon Damage: 0
Weapon Critical: 0%
Armor: 0

Redguard Racial Abilities

Shield Affinity: Increase experience gain with 1 Handed and Shield Skill Line by 15%

Vigor: Increases Stamina Recovery in combat by 3%

Conditioning: Increase Max Stamina by 4%

Adrenaline Rush: Restores 1 Stamina to player when damaging an enemy with a Melee Attack. This can happen no more than once every 3 seconds

Wood Elf Elder Scrolls Online Character Creation Guide

It is worth noting that every single Race and Class combination begins with exactly the same core stats. They’re mentioned on each of the tabs below for ease of use but there’s no need to compare them all. The only real difference lies with the choice of the Race as each one has 4 racial abilities. The Elder Scrolls Online character creation system is not as restraining as the typical MMO so don’t convince yourself that you’re making a bad choice.

The Elder Scrolls Online Wood Elf Class Guide

Wood Elf Starting Attributes

Max Magicka: 100
Max Health: 150
Max Stamina: 100

Spell Damage: 6
Spell Critical: 0%
Spell Resistance: 120

Magicka Recovery: 5
Health Recovery: 3
Stamina Recovery: 5

Weapon Damage: 0
Weapon Critical: 0%
Armor: 0

Wood Elf Racial Abilities

Archery Expertise: Increases experience gain with Bow Skill Line by 15%

Vigor: Increases Stamina Recovery in combat by 3%

Resist Affliction: Increase Poison and Disease resistance by 7. Also increases Maximum Stamina by 1%

Stealth: Improves Stealth radius by 1 meter. Increases damage done while Stealthed by 3%

 

In a similar way to Races and Racial Abilities, the Class you choose will also come with some unique skills outside of your Weapon Abilities. Every character is able to learn Weapon Abilities and Armor Abilities but Class specific skills are restricted to that class. As such it’s a very important decision when using this Elder Scrolls Online character creation guide. When your character progresses you’re able to combine abilities from all of the different lines available to you (such as Weapon & Armor Abilities), but the Class Abilities represent the more powerful and unique skills in your arsenal. As such we’ve listed information about all the Classes below including the abilities at their disposal and their skill trees. It’s worth nothing that additional skills can be made available through progression with the likes of the Vampire skill tree and Werewolf abilities.

Dragonknight Class Guide

Dragonknight acts as the main melee damage in The Elder Scrolls Online however the class is not limited to non-magical attacks thanks to an arsenal of devastating magical abilities. Dragonknights are seen as the warrior/tank archetype of The Elder Scrolls Online but they’re able to fulfill many other roles as well.

  • Ardent Flame: The main damage line for Dragonknights includes minor crowd control effects and debuffs.
  • Draconic Power: A combination of tanking abilities, debuffs and buffs.
  • Earthen Heart: A heavy focus on buffing the player and allies while also throwing in some minor tanking abilities.

Nightblade Class Guide

The Nightblade is Elder Scrolls Online’s answer to the rogue/thief classes of other MMO’s. Using their abilities the Nightblade can launch deadly attacks from the shadows, debuff their targets or endure intense 1v1 fights as they sap the power from their enemies to increase their own.

  • Assassination: Focused on dealing large amounts of damage quickly.
  • Shadow: Based around stealth and shadow attacks, perfect for players that like to strike from the darkness.
  • Siphoning: One of the more difficult lines of Nightblade sees players debuffing targets before stealing their stats and leaching health.

Sorcerer Class Guide

Sorcerers are the traditional mage archetype of The Elder Scrolls Online. The various skill lines available to the player create a variety of different roles for the Sorcerer including direct damage, minor crowd control abilities and the opportunity to summon Daedric entities to do your bidding.

  • Dark Magic: Crowd control and direct damage await those who specialize in Dark Magic.
  • Daedric Summoning: This line allows the player to summon Daedric Minions such as the Storm Atronach
  • Storm Calling: Damage line specializing in lightning based attacks.

Templar Class Guide

Templar acts as the Paladin archetype of The Elder Scrolls Online having the unique ability to deal devastating amounts of weapon damage while hurting enemies with burning light and healing allies with dedicated healing and restoration abilities. As with all the other classes in ESO the Templar is able to choose from 3 distinct skill trees, along with abilities that come from different weapon types, armor and other elements within the game.

  • Aedric Spear: The most aggressive of the Templar lines gives the player access to damaging, stun and interruption abilities.
  • Dawn’s Wrath: This ability line gives players access to additional damaging spells and debuffs.
  • Restoring Light: The healing line of the Templar, giving the player heals and buffs for their allies.

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  • CaptainCamper

    We’ll have more information on the Imperial at launch 😀