Guide: Switching Between Megaservers

Hello there, it’s Calia once again. Some may know me as the guildmaster of Iron Bank of Bravos, others through some of my add-ons, and some from PvP on the North American PC server. Those familiar with me will know my day job is in IT, and as anyone who works in IT can attest, having that background opens you up to all sorts of questions from your friends in the game world.  Drawing on that experience, I’ll be putting together a series of tech tip articles on some of the most common things that I’ve helped people with along the way.

Many people have interest in playing on both the North American and European servers, which can be a little confusing when you’re setting it up for the first time. There are also some tricks you can use to cut down on your download times, which I’ll show you here. Also, this may be changing with the introduction of One Tamriel – from what we’re seeing with PTS, it’s looking like you’ll be able to do your megaserver selection from within the client itself, but that’s not final just yet. If that becomes the case, expect an update here!

It is extremely important that you remember to switch your launcher back to the primary megaserver that you play on in order to get patches for that one first!

 Switching Your Launcher Between Megaservers

Switching your ESO client megaserver is a fairly straightforward process, and if you play on both the North American (NA) and European (EU) servers, updating your client files is something that you should do at least once a week to ensure that your game runs as smoothly as possible.

Start by opening your ESO Launcher and clicking the gear in the upper right corner, to the right of Patch Notes (not the one next to Game Options).

Once in the launcher settings, change your Megaserver via the dropdown menu and click Apply. The client for the Megaserver you’ve chosen will begin downloading/updating.

If this is the first time you’re switching Megaservers, the download will take some time, and it will create some additional folders in your game directories. As I mentioned, there are some ways that we can move this process along – keep reading for more.


Changing Megaservers – Bypassing The Launcher


ESO uses some standard directories when installing the game. There are 2 distinct directories that you’ll want to make a note of if you’re going to be switching between megaservers:

The game’s installation directory (this location will vary based on your machine’s architecture (PC/MAC) and how you purchased and installed the game (hard copy, Steam, etc). The directory to locate is \Zenimax Online\The Elder Scrolls Online\)

Your addons directory – typically in your documents library – the  folder path is generally something like this:

  • NA Version
    For Windows: C:\Users\<username>\Documents\Elder Scrolls Online\live\
    For Mac: ~/Documents/Elder Scrolls Online/live/
  • EU Version
    For Windows: C:\Users\<username>\Documents\Elder Scrolls Online\liveeu\
    For Mac: ~/Documents/Elder Scrolls Online/liveeu/

* The addons directory path bit will come into play more in my next article – more info on that later!

It’s a good idea to copy those file paths down somewhere that you won’t forget them.

I would highly suggest following the steps above to use the launcher to create the necessary folder structure for the European megaserver. You can close the launcher after a minute or two, and then proceed with this method.

Both the North American and the European servers contain the same files. Seeing as you’ve already downloaded them, you can easily copy your files to the correct folder. If you’ve located your Zenimax Online folder, you should now see a folder called The Elder Scrolls Online EU.

From this point, you can copy your files from The Elder Scrolls Online folder over to The Elder Scrolls Online EU folder, with the exception of a single file (\Zenimax Online\The Elder Scrolls Online EU\game\client\AppSettings.txt) as it contains some megaserver specific settings. If you ever copy files and then experience an error when you try to run the game, open the launcher, switch to the appropriate megaserver, run a repair, and it will sort the files for you. I’ve only had to do this to fix the AppSettings.txt file once myself when I accidentally overwrote it with a copy.

Skipping The Launcher To Start The Game

Remember how I said knowing those file paths was rather useful? What if I told you that there was a way to skip the launcher and just start the game?

As long as your client files are up to date, you can actually bypass the launcher to get into ESO – anyone who was using the 64 bit client before the option was added to the launcher should be familiar with this. Inside the game’s install directory, lies the actual executable for the game. Here’s how to make some shortcuts:

North America:ESOshortcuts

  • \Zenimax Online\The Elder Scrolls Online\game\client
    • eso.exe for 32 bit client
    • eso64.exe for 64 bit client


  • \Zenimax Online\The Elder Scrolls Online EU\game\client
    • eso.exe for 32 bit client
    • eso64.exe for 64 bit client

PTS works as well:

  • \Zenimax Online\The Elder Scrolls Online PTS\game\client
    • eso.exe for 32 bit client
    • eso64.exe for 64 bit client

Creating shortcuts to your executable of choice means that you don’t have to change the launcher around all the time. You’ll still need to open it to download updates, but you don’t need to change the megaserver in order to hit the Play button. If you use the trick for copying files (and don’t accidentally overwrite the AppSettings.txt) you’ll save yourself LOTS of time. As you can see from the photo, I’ve created shortcuts for both the megaservers in addition to the PTS.

Note: Open the launcher somewhat frequently to ensure that you’re getting the most up to date files, and copy them between the megaserver folders whenever an update happens.

If you try to run the game and don’t have the most recent files, the client will let you know at the login screen – you’ll get a message that you need to update something.

What’s Next?

Stay tuned for my next article, where I’ll be talking about addons, and how to move them between your client installs. I’ll be focusing mainly on how to copy them between your megaserver folders, how to handle saved variables, and which types of addon info you can safely copy (and what you SHOULDN’T!) between client folders for quick setup and syncing of information and layouts, which should be of an interest to anyone who hates reconfiguring add-ons on a new machine as much as I do. See you soon!


2 responses to “Guide: Switching Between Megaservers”

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    This is interesting, thank you for sharing it.

    Since 2.6 went live, the option to change megaserver had been moved to the login screen, would you consider updating the relevant sections to avoid causing confusion among the newer/returning players?

    I look forward to your next article.

    e pluribus unum

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    Bosmer Nightblade

    Iron Bank of Bravos

    That’s why I made the disclaimer. I’ll see about changing it up a bit. I’m working on a new piece relative to addons, since the merging of folders changed how those are handled now too.

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