Greetings Adventurers! My name is Azrael. My guilds are members of the Elder Scrolls Alliance. I am a Guildmaster of my own guild, Elder Scrolls Exchange Admin, PvP Dept. Lead for Dominion Imperial Guard, Council of Nirn Member, (a group of over 40 guild representatives that meet with ESO Developers), and general helper. I’ve been spotted having fun with my friends on PC, North American Server side. In this article I would like to talk about Skyshards and Skill Points.
As most of us know, there are several ways to gain skill points throughout the game. There are 366 skill points to be acquired to date. The most obvious of course, Skyshards and the main storyline. Something that many of us forget are the subtle ways to gain skill points, such as the faction storyline quests. There are 3 skill points to be gained in each zone from these quests, and they are not to be forgotten while advancing your character. In this article, I’m going to give an outline of where to get Skyshards, Skill Points, and which Quests you must complete, as well as other missed opportunities for skill points. Move onward Adventurer!
This guide has been updated for the Dark Brotherhood DLC (patch 2.4) and can be considered current as of July, 2016.
Each time you level up, you gain 1 Attribute point and 1 Skill Point. With the release of Dark Brotherhood, you will now gain an extra attribute and stat point every 5 levels, and two extra points every 10 levels. In addition to gaining skill points for advancing in character level, you are awarded a skill point for each alliance rank you earn in Cyrodiil. Similar to leveling up, you gain these upon ranking up. PvP anyone?
There are a number of Skyshards per zone, and you can find them in a multitude of ways. Some are obvious, others more subtle. Your Achievements Journal can give you hints to where they are located. For players who’d rather not waste time following clues, there is an add-on which marks uncollected Skyshards clearly on your map. Collect 3 Skyshards, and you gain a Skill Point.
Don’t forget; every zone has several delves per location that can be done solo. Each delve has a Skyshard located somewhere within.
There are also 46 skyshards to be found in Cyrodiil. Some of us are not PvP inclined; not to worry. Get with some friends and organize a Cyrodil Skyshard run! Keep your eye on the map though. Four of these Skyshards are located behind enemy gates and are only obtained when the gates are open. Make sure you take advantage of the opportunity to collect these shards while the gates are unlocked! The rest can be found in the world, near monsters, mobs, and in Delves. Just remember to watch your surroundings for enemy players.
Upon your first completion of the main quest in each normal difficulty group dungeon, you will be awarded a skill point. The same occurs with veteran group dungeons.
There is also a public dungeon in each zone. In each of these dungeons there is a specific boss that gives you a skill point upon the death of that boss. Some of us can solo these, while others may need a couple friends. One specific example is the public dungeon in the Alik’r Desert. You’ll need at least two people to obtain the group boss skill point here. Either way, be sure not to miss these bosses!
Every time the Prophet appears, there is a main storyline quest that quickly follows after speaking to him. Each of these quest completions earns you some jewelry, gold, and Skill Point. So don’t neglect the Prophet!
Without introducing spoilers, there are 2 skill points to be obtained during the Mages’ Guild storyline by choosing one of the two outcomes in the final portion of this questline. Not all of us are so quick to make a dark decision though, so if you chose not to throw an important character under the bus, fear not! There are plenty of other ways to make up those points.
There is a Skill Point to be earned in completing the Faction Main Storyline quests. Three per zone in fact. The trouble is finding which quests these are. Here’s a hint: If the quest involves Queen Ayrenn (Aldmeri Dominion), King Emeric (Daggerfall Covenant), or High King Jorunn (Ebonheart Pact) you can rest assured that most likely this series of quests will follow through to the end with a Skill Point. They are not always that obvious though, and many are intertwined with other quests as prerequisites. Usually following the storyline leads you to a skill point.
The tables below provide a detailed outline of the quests you must follow in order to obtain all these skill points. For those that wish to skip unrelated quests, I’ll just mark the specific quest that rewards the Skill Point with a star. Do keep in mind, that some require you to have completed the prerequisite quest in order to advance. In some cases the quest stages must be followed for the next quest in the line to appear. I’ve taken the liberty of linking the quests from The UESPWiki , in order for you to determine which quests have prerequisites. This list is for the Main questline from Cadwell’s Almanac: Cadwell’s Silver, and Cadwell’s Gold. I’m also including all DLC Skill Point quests to date. There is also a summary after this section.
|The Hollow City||The Lightless Oubliette||Light from the Darkness|
|Black Garrison||The Black Forge||Vanus Unleashed|
|Breaking the Shackle|
|Fist of Stone||The Hollow City||Crossing the Chasm|
|The Orchard||The Harvest Heart|
|The Reaver Citadel||The Citadel Must Fall|
|The Endless Stair||The Final Assault|
|Imperial City||Imperial City Sewers||City on the Brink|
|Knowledge is Power|
|The Watcher in the Walls|
|The Lock and the Legion|
|Of Brands and Bones|
|The Imperial Standard|
|The Bleeding Temple|
|Dragonfire Cathedral||The Sublime Brazier|
|Wrothgar (Orsinium)||Auridon||Invitation to Orsinium|
|Orsinium||For King and Glory|
|A King-Sized Problem|
|In the Name of the King|
|To Save a Chief|
|The Anger of a King|
|The King’s Gambit|
|Blood on a King’s Hands|
|Long Live the King|
|Hew’s Bane (Thieves Guild)||Outlaw’s Refuge||Partners in Crime|
|Abah’s Landing||Cleaning House|
|The Long Game|
|A Flawless Plan|
|Forever Hold Your Peace|
|No Shira Citadel||Prison Break|
|Gold Coast (Dark Brotherhood)||Outlaw’s Refuge||Voices in the Dark|
|Anvil||Signed in Blood|
|A Lesson in Silence|
|Questions of Faith|
|A Special Request|
|A Ghost from the Past|
|The Wrath of Sithis|
|Filling the Void|
In my research, I came across a few misclennaeous quests that give a skill point. Objectives or side quest prerequisites that lead to a series of quests and a skill point. For instance, once you’ve finished the quests on Betnikh Island (starter island for DC) you will receive a quest called: On to Glenumbra. It turns out that this starts a short series of two objectives that lead to the quest Bloodthorn Assassins; which also rewards a Skill Point. However, I have yet to come across such objectives on either Khenarthi’s Roost or Bleakrock and Bal Foyen. I’m quite sure this is due to balancing. Be sure to do the Starter Island quests as well, just in case.
- For a complete list of all quests that give Skill Points, please reference here:
- For a Complete List of all ESO quests, please reference here: http://www.uesp.net/wiki/Category:Online-Quests
Here is a break-down of the total skill points which are possible to acquire through the various methods currently available in ESO.
|Reach character level 50||64|
|Reach Alliance Rank 50||50|
|Complete all main story quests||11|
|Complete alliance storyline quests||49|
|Complete Imperial City DLC||1|
|Complete Orsinium DLC||3|
|Complete Thieves Guild DLC||6|
|Complete Dark Brotherhood DLC||8|
|Read the Folium Discognitum in the Mages’ Guild storyline||2|
|Absorb all Skyshards||127|
|Slay group bosses in all public dungeons||18|
|Complete quests in normal difficulty group dungeons||16|
|Complete quests in veteran dungeons||8|
|Complete Imperial City DLC group dungeons||2|
|Complete Maelstom Arena in Orsinium||1|
|Total Available Skill Points||366|
I hope this article is helpful to you and the progression of your character! There is a lot to do in Tamriel, so much that some of the most important things can be missed. Now you can adventure armed with abilities and the knowledge to use them. If you notice a mistake that I have made, something I have overlooked, or if you find other ways to get a Skill Point that are not mentioned here, please don’t hesitate to message or comment! I’ll be sure to check information and include it here. Thank you for reading and I’ll see you in Tamriel!