Dungeon Guide – Veteran Banished Cells

Hi everyone, we’re excited to release the first of a new video series here on Tamriel Foundry of guides showcasing endgame PvE challenges, encounters, and mechanics. These videos will tackle a variety of PvE challenges including Veteran Dungeons, Adventure Zones, and Trials. These videos are designed to be instructional examples of how to successfully navigate encounters by carefully explaining mechanics and providing visual evidence of how to execute strategies designed to cope with them.

Banished Cells is the easiest of the three tier one Veteran Dungeons and is a great place for groups of new Veteran ranked players to start their PvE experience. We will release videos for the remaining Tier 1 veteran dungeons of Spindleclutch and Fungal Grotto in the coming days so stay tuned for those in the near future!

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Please let us know what you think about our first guide in the comment section below. Have you tried veteran Banished Cells yet? Was your group able to succeed? If you have any additional tips to share please let us know. Also, if there is any additional information or detail you would like to see included in our future video guides we are open to suggestions. Thanks for watching!

26 responses to “Dungeon Guide – Veteran Banished Cells”

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    Lewis Clamp

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    Glad not stopped with the info!

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    Weras-Halidar

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    What kinda of armor was the healer wearing, heavy, medium, or light?

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    Neighbor

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    I think you guys should have made one for the EP Vet dungeon as that one is by far the hardest one of them all. Nice guide though!

    EDIT: Ah I see that you are planning on it, awesome.

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    SconeOfDoom

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    Moar info! I like it! Thanks for the mechanics guide, I look forward to the next ones as well!

     

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    moowi

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    Weras-Halidar said on April 16, 2014 :

    What kinda of armor was the healer wearing, heavy, medium, or light?

    Full light armor with Magicka Furnace helm, chest, shoulders, and legs, and Twilight’s Embrace (10% healing received) in the other spots. I don’t think I had my armor rings on yet, so I was also wearing cost-reduction rings and a spellpower Magicka Furnace neckpiece. I currently have two pieces of armor jewelry on that put me at almost 1800 armor. Also that was my first time ever healing or running veteran Banished Cells!

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    Lafayette

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    Great video hope that you do more of these! :)

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    Deftknight

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    Great vid guys, just wondering if you have a recommended level for Vet dungeons. I was picked up by a PuG of VR1s the other day to go and tank vet Fungal and Spindle, we made it to the 2nd boss of each but no further and decided that 4 VR1s vs. VR2 & 3 mobs and VR5 bosses just wasn’t going to work.

    So @moowi, @atropos and the others can you recommend what VR level it would be best to reach before attempting Vet dungeons (on average)?

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    Calcipher

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    Fresh VR1s can do the Veteran Content.  It’s more about preparation and teamwork than VR levels.  Maybe just a bad group? uncoordinated? In order of ease generally I’d say it’s Banished Cells > Spindleclutch > Fungal Grotto. With Banished and Spindle being pretty close.

    I don’t blame you or your group for not getting through Fungal though.  I don’t foresee many ‘trade chat pugs’ accomplishing this without a lot of grief and several hours.  The boss mechanics are by far the most unique and difficult of the 3 Tier 1 Dungeons.  Once you learn them and has a group that knows them and can work together it becomes much easier.

    So in conclusion: Fresh VR 1 is OK for all Tier 1 Dungeons, if you haven’t already update your gear a bit, fresh crafted set or something, upgrade to green and you’re good to go.  May already have decent gear from leveling and such already. The rest is group coordination and player skill.

    Note: I do not believe that group composition is an issue, especially for the purpose of Dungeons as long as you have the individual skill and group coordination.  That being said if either are lacking or if it is available anyway some compositions may work better than others.

      

     

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    Deftknight

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    Calcipher said on April 17, 2014 :

    @Deftknight

    Fresh VR1s can do the Veteran Content. It’s more about preparation and teamwork than VR levels. Maybe just a bad group? uncoordinated? In order of ease generally I’d say it’s Banished Cells > Spindleclutch > Fungal Grotto. With Banished and Spindle being pretty close.

    I don’t blame you or your group for not getting through Fungal though. I don’t foresee many ‘trade chat pugs’ accomplishing this without a lot of grief and several hours. The boss mechanics are by far the most unique and difficult of the 3 Tier 1 Dungeons. Once you learn them and has a group that knows them and can work together it becomes much easier.

    So in conclusion: Fresh VR 1 is OK for all Tier 1 Dungeons, if you haven’t already update your gear a bit, fresh crafted set or something, upgrade to green and you’re good to go. May already have decent gear from leveling and such already. The rest is group coordination and player skill.

    Note: I do not believe that groupcomposition is an issue, especially for the purpose of Dungeons as long as you have the individual skill and group coordination. That being said if either are lacking or if it is available anyway some compositions may work better than others.

    Great answer thanks. I have since crafted meself a whole new set of VR1 Torug’s Pact and look forward to going in again, though this time I might wait to do it with some guildies so we can actually talk through raidcall and coordinate better hehe.

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    Edward-Arick

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    helpful, very helpful

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    KungFu

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    Very nice video and good commentary.

    @Atropos – I blame you.  Now I have to roll a whole new sorc as an alt for hand to hand!!

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    Turismo

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    Thanks for posting the guides. Keep it up. Can’t wait to get to VR content!

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    AkdNRuler

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    This dung bosses looks way easier than veteran fungal grotto but I guess it’s also because of the bosses mechanic and some of animations seems bugged and doesn’t show up on screen in time at least when we did it EU server were suffering from lag badly but we manage to finish all 5 bosses some of us found really good set gear I myself ended pissed of with 5 pieces of white gear lol :>

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    Thorasta

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    I really don’t know a thing about playing a sorc, do I.  :/

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    AkdNRuler said on April 17, 2014 :

    This dung bosses looks way easier than veteran fungal grotto but I guess it’s also because of the bosses mechanic and some of animations seems bugged and doesn’t show up on screen in time at least when we did it EU server were suffering from lag badly but we manage to finish all 5 bosses some of us found really good set gear I myself ended pissed of with 5 pieces of white gear lol :>

    Fungal is just certainly the most difficult out of the first tier veteran dungeons. It requires far more coordination, and Zenimax did a great job in that dungeon or placing in new creative mechanics. Banished Cells is by far the easiest dungeon out of the first tier veteran dungeons. This is both because it does not contain any bosses that would be a “gear check” and the fact that many of the mechanics in Banished cells are very easy to read and mechanics that many people are used to.

    I would recommend that any group that is fresh to veteran ranks and is looking to get into the dungeons starts with Banished Cells.

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    Sounds to me one needs a lot of fire protection, I’ll keep it mine.

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    AkdNRuler

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    Qael said on April 18, 2014 :

    AkdNRuler said on April 17, 2014 :

    This dung bosses looks way easier than veteran fungal grotto but I guess it’s also because of the bosses mechanic and some of animations seems bugged and doesn’t show up on screen in time at least when we did it EU server were suffering from lag badly but we manage to finish all 5 bosses some of us found really good set gear I myself ended pissed of with 5 pieces of white gear lol :>

    Fungal is just certainly the most difficult out of the first tier veteran dungeons. It requires far more coordination, and Zenimax did a great job in that dungeon or placing in new creative mechanics. Banished Cells is by far the easiest dungeon out of the first tier veteran dungeons. This is both because it does not contain any bosses that would be a “gear check” and the fact that many of the mechanics in Banished cells are very easy to read and mechanics that many people are used to.

    I would recommend that any group that is fresh to veteran ranks and is looking to get into the dungeons starts with Banished Cells.

    Yeah upon what I’ve seen in PvP and PvE I think most casual people will have big time trouble doing fungal at least for first time. It actually surpised me because I really wanted to end this dunegon after we were wiped few times so it felt good to meet at least a small challenge in this game for first time, anyway first completition always the hardest when you are trying to figure out mechanics, then it’s easier :> I’d rather say it’s more of a build check than gear check out there, gear in this game has really marginal place, unless we are talking difference between full epic or leg sets vs white items, we switched our build to more tanky ones and last boss wasn’t even a problem while one of our guys had hes gear completely destroyed lol coz he was VR1 and died few times more than he should.

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    Kifix

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    Tanks for this nice guide. It’s not to long, it’s clear and simple, very nice :)

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    Darkhalf

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    Nice – thanks for the guide, i cant wait to see more of these :)

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    ubiach

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    so guys when you hit the vet 1 it is a good idea to upgrade your armor with set and everything ?

     

    or it is possible to do instance with only quest drop ?

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