Need some help getting started in The Elder Scrolls Online?

Read our collection of helpful tips and clarifications to help you on your adventures.

Need some help getting started in The Elder Scrolls Online? We’ve gathered these tips to offer you some help with common questions about playing the game. Read on and you may just learn something you didn’t know!


Choosing Your Megaserver

Make sure to select the megaserver you want to play on during installation (North American or European). To make your choice, click the radio button the left of yoru desired server. The “recommended” tag may not always display beneath the correct server.

Accidental Bonus Item Deletion

If you have an Explorer’s Pack or the Imperial Edition, don’t delete the first character you create if you check your mail! If you already opened mail on that character, you need to store the items (vanity pets, Pledge of Mara, etc.) in your bank before deleting the character.

Using the Pledge of Mara

To use your Pledge of Mara and complete the ritual, place the Pledge in your quickslot menu by pressing “Q” on the inventory screen. Then drag the Pledge to a quickslot. Visit a Shrine of Mara, place your targeting reticule over your partner, hold down “Q” and select the Pledge, and then release and press “Q” again to complete the ritual with the targeted character.

Redeeming Your Retail Code

If you purchased a retail copy of the game, make sure you redeem your Game Activation Code before any other code when you visit your account page. After redeeming this code, you can redeem other codes (for the Imperial Edition items, for example).

Exploring and Questing

Don’t forget to leave the beaten path! You’ll find Skyshards to collect for additional skill points, Mundus Stones with powerful buffs, caves and ruins to explore and loot, locked chests to pick, maps to hidden treasure, tons of crafting resources, fishing holes, lore books to read for skill points, and more.

You can buy a horse at the stables in major cities. Don’t forget to feed your horse every day to improve its stats.

You can travel to any Wayshrine you’ve visited (for a cost in gold) by opening the map and clicking on that shrine. If you approach a Wayshrine, you can travel to others you’ve found for free.

Always keep lockpicks with you—you never know when you’ll find a chest. Some merchants sell lockpicks in case you ever run out.

You can press “T” at any time to cycle your actively-tracked quest.


You can re-allocate your skill points by visiting a Shrine of Stendarr in a capital city and paying a cost in gold. Try out something new!

Morphing a skill requires you to spend a skill point.

You’ll gain experience in a skill line when you have its abilities on your shortcut bar.

Grouping and Guilds

To find other players to join you, open the group menu with “P” and use the tools to form a group. You can also leave a group from this menu.

When you reach level 12, you can take on tough bosses and earn great loot with three other players in your first group dungeon.

If you have a lot of fun with someone, add them to your friends list (press “O”). You might even want to join their guild or create one of your own!

You can join up to five guilds. You’ll have access to each guild’s store and chat, so expand your circle of friends as much as you like. Use the commands /g1, /g2, and so on to talk with your guilds.

Inventory and Items

You can buy upgrades to your inventory space for gold. Visit the bag vendor in major cities to expand your carrying capacity.

Check out what merchants have to offer. You’ll find weapons, armor, enchantments, and more useful items.

To buy and sell your goods, join a guild with 50 members or more and check out their guild store while visiting the bank in towns. You can also visit keeps controlled by your alliance in Cyrodiil to see if the guild that owns it has established a public store there.

NPC Guilds

You can join the Fighters, Mages, and Undaunted Guilds as soon as you reach Daggerfall, Davon’s Watch, or Vulkhel Guard. Every guild has its own story, quests, and a unique skill line for your character.


At level 10, join the battle in Cyrodiil for keep sieges and PvP battles! Press “L” to bring up the Alliance War menu and select your campaign to join. You can choose a home campaign and become a guest in other campaigns.

A series of quests will introduce you to Cyrodiil. Join the action at a keep, complete quests for the towns, or explore to find dungeons—but watch out for enemy players!

To leave Cyrodiil, travel to your alliance’s gate and use the Wayshrine.


You can gather any kind of resource and try out all the different crafting skills at crafting stations in towns as soon as you leave the tutorial.

There are lots of racial crafting styles to discover. To learn a new style, you need to find a crafting style book in the world (or buy one from a guild store).

Don’t forget that you can deconstruct your old items or items you won’t use to obtain some extra resources and experience.

You can craft directly from your bank! You have access to all of your stored crafting materials when you use a crafting station.


You can block (right mouse button), dodge (double tap a direction), and interrupt (press left mouse button while blocking) enemy abilities no matter what skills and equipment you’re using.

You can break out of crowd control effects for a stamina cost by pressing both mouse buttons.

Starting at level 15, you can equip two weapons and switch between them in combat using the tilde key. With two weapons, you have two shortcut bars to customize!

Use your quickslot menu to access potions and consumables. To place items into your quickslots, press “Q” on the inventory screen and drag the items over. You can hold “Q” at any time to bring the menu up and select an active item. Pressing “Q” will allow you to use the selected item.

To find more detailed guides, get help from other players, and see the latest news, make sure to check out our forums. Enjoy your adventures!