How to craft and get better armor

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    YodaJunkie

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    Sorcerer

    Hi,

    Well I started to play this game, but I´m struggling with armor, all I can do is to craft my own (I´m using light armor) But now I can´t craft anything higher than lv. 15 armor, and my character is currently lv. 17, What can I do? How do I get or craft better armor? Also, It´s recommended to purchase armor from sellers or it´s better to craft armor? And how can I change the color or style of the ones that I craft? Sorry for the trouble, I´m new in this kind of things, but I really want to learn.

    Thanks!

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    mrowmrif2

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    Khajiit Nightblade

    so quick guide to crafting:

    1) deconstruction of gear you find is the quickest/most effective way to level your crafts

    2) as you level your craft skills, you’ll reach points where you can unlock the next level range of materials to use.  if you are wearing heavy armor for example, the lowest level stuff (1-14) uses iron ingots, refined from iron ores.  gear that is at the next level uses steel ingots, refined from high iron ore.  you can refine any ore types at any level, but you cannot make anything with the ingots unless you unlock that material by spending a skill point on it.

    3) buying from NPC vendors is a waste of gold and you’ll be getting sub-par gear without traits or enchantments on it.  before endgame, wearing crafted or guild store purchased gear is the way to go.

    4) crafting styles are determined by the motifs you have learned.  some are available via crown store for purchase, while all are available in-game by using a style motif book.  people sell these on guild stores, over shouts or you can find them in containers in buildings/dungeons (careful if you steal them you don’t get caught).

    5) you want to save all gems and all green/blue/purple/gold upgrade items you find… you will need them later.  use your bank wisely and upgrade its space + create new alternate characters just for storage of such items.

    6) you need to research armor and weapon traits in order to make items with those traits (using the gems you find).  you can have people make traits for you to learn or you can use pieces you find in loot to research.  Research Assistant is a great addon to use that shows you which pieces can be researched that are in your inventory.

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    Malic

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    Imperial Nightblade

    To add to what mrowmrif2 said, its worth it to join a large trade guild. Use the store, buy your gear and sell raw materials. I’ve found pretty good on level gear for reasonable prices. Yes its gold out, and indeed you can craft good stuff but as I leveled if my gear was getting old I bought what I couldn’t craft.

    Raw materials always sell for me, I try and collect as much as I can and sell in 25/50/75/100 bundles. Its more than paid for any gear I needed to purchase.

    Good luck

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    FrancisCrawford

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    Crafting your own armor on your first character is tough.

    Not coincidentally, the grind of making armor and deconstructing what is made — perhaps with a partner — is tough.

    • This is all the more true because material prices are booming.
    • Note: Partners are key because you get little crafting experience for deconstructing what your make yourself, but …
    • … another character on the same account doesn’t have that problem, and hence can be the partner.

    Once you’re high level, deconstructing the drops you get levels you up pretty quickly. So if you want to make high-level gear for yourself, or dress your lower-level alts, that works fine.

    Also — the stuff you craft won’t be very good unless you research enough traits to allow you to craft with set bonuses. It also won’t be very good unless you have enchantments for it, and those are an expensive pain. So on the whole, you’re better off wearing stuff that drops, or in a few cases that you buy, until later in the game.

     

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    mrowmrif2

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    Khajiit Nightblade

    quick note:  with a partner is good craft experience if you are using significantly higher craft material type…  I had a friend level 40 clothing give me like 500-600 materials that I made into white V1-7 gear…  we did multiple runs, he decon the stuff I gave him, handed me back the materials and I made more.  rinse repeat.  and we’re talking like 300 items when all is said and done… and he only got like 44 or 45.

    however, if you do green or even blue gear, you will receive significantly more craft xp per piece.  I determined this with testing in enchanting as I was 49 going to 50.  using Harvens Experience Notifier addon (fantastic.) I crafted a bunch of white glyphs and deconstructed.  I noted I was getting 0.5% of my bar with each decon.  I made a few green runes…  got 1.7% for each decon I believe?  it was a significant increase.  obviously you don’t want to make/decon your own items… you get more xp from someone else making them.  but in this way I was able to confirm the quality of the item deconstructed gives higher yield craft xp.  it also led me to conserve potency runes for V9-14 glyphs while spamming jejota (green) aspect runes for increased xp per glyph.

    @franciscrawford and @yodajunkie the other technique you can use to get good crafted gear is (if you are on the NA server), hit me up in game @mrowmrif2  I have all crafts maxed and all motifs and way too many green quality upgrade items to do anything with – happy to make anyone some low level greens if they have the materials/gems.  plus, once you grow out of the set, you can just hold onto it to research the traits.

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    YodaJunkie

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    Many thanks to all guys, really help me a lot, now I know in deep detail how this works.

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    myohozen

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    Altmer Dragonknight

    Becoming a chest looter is a good way to get armor & weapons to wear or deconstruct (and to make some gold selling what you don’t use). I didn’t start crafting until I reached VR1 because I didn’t have any trouble finding good armor & weapons upgrades for whatever level I was at and I didn’t want to put lots of my limited skill points into crafting skills, but I did work on leveling up the crafts that I knew I was going to use when I reached VR1.

    You can find maps showing the locations of most of the chests in the game (and other resources) here:   http://www.esohead.com/map#143.2.84.50.2:4:70:66:30:32:25:12:34:67:69:71:6:7:8:14:17:18:24:28:31:35:36:38:68

     

    You can’t change the style of the armor & weapons that you loot but you can change the colors.

    Also there are lots of videos on Youtube showing how to do crafting in ESO.

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    patrickkillaseal

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    Bosmer Templar

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    Level up your blacksmithing or clothing so that you can craft stronger armor

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    tattoogunman

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    mrowmrif2 said on April 16, 2015 :

    so quick guide to crafting:

    1) deconstruction of gear you find is the quickest/most effective way to level your crafts

    2) as you level your craft skills, you’ll reach points where you can unlock the next level range of materials to use. if you are wearing heavy armor for example, the lowest level stuff (1-14) uses iron ingots, refined from iron ores. gear that is at the next level uses steel ingots, refined from high iron ore. you can refine any ore types at any level, but you cannot make anything with the ingots unless you unlock that material by spending a skill point on it.

    3) buying from NPC vendors is a waste of gold and you’ll be getting sub-par gear without traits or enchantments on it. before endgame, wearing crafted or guild store purchased gear is the way to go.

    4) crafting styles are determined by the motifs you have learned. some are available via crown store for purchase, while all are available in-game by using a style motif book. people sell these on guild stores, over shouts or you can find them in containers in buildings/dungeons (careful if you steal them you don’t get caught).

    5) you want to save all gems and all green/blue/purple/gold upgrade items you find… you will need them later. use your bank wisely and upgrade its space + create new alternate characters just for storage of such items.

    6) you need to research armor and weapon traits in order to make items with those traits (using the gems you find). you can have people make traits for you to learn or you can use pieces you find in loot to research. Research Assistant is a great addon to use that shows you which pieces can be researched that are in your inventory.

    How is all of this done??  I’m a complete newb to this type of game and I am so lost it’s not even funny (well, it may be funny to you guys).  I’ve played the stand alone Elder games and never had any issues crafting.  This game?  Forget it.  I go to a crafting table and I don’t have anything to craft with (supposedly), even though I have an inventory full of wood, ore, metal, plants, etc.  It keeps telling me I don’t have recipes or don’t know how to make anything – where do you gain these abilities or knowledge??  Same thing with all of these runes I keep picking up, what in the world am I supposed to do with them?  I was able to make a glyph (or whatever), but then I can’t do anything with the glyph.  I keep trying to read through these basic guides but none of them really explain how to get started – they seem to be written from the standpoint that everyone has a base understanding of what’s going on.

    I have very little “good” stuff in my inventory (like magical armor and what not), so the only way I can learn crafting is to destroy all of it??

    I’m so lost on this game and I really want to stick with it, but it’s really starting to tick me off.

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    mrowmrif2

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    tattoogunman said on July 11, 2017 :

    How is all of this done?? I’m a complete newb to this type of game and I am so lost it’s not even funny (well, it may be funny to you guys). I’ve played the stand alone Elder games and never had any issues crafting. This game? Forget it. I go to a crafting table and I don’t have anything to craft with (supposedly), even though I have an inventory full of wood, ore, metal, plants, etc. It keeps telling me I don’t have recipes or don’t know how to make anything – where do you gain these abilities or knowledge?? Same thing with all of these runes I keep picking up, what in the world am I supposed to do with them? I was able to make a glyph (or whatever), but then I can’t do anything with the glyph. I keep trying to read through these basic guides but none of them really explain how to get started – they seem to be written from the standpoint that everyone has a base understanding of what’s going on.

    I have very little “good” stuff in my inventory (like magical armor and what not), so the only way I can learn crafting is to destroy all of it??

    I’m so lost on this game and I really want to stick with it, but it’s really starting to tick me off.

    You would benefit from 2 sources of info because it seems like a lot of the questions you are asking and struggles experiencing are pretty common knowledge beginner info, and the game having been out since january 2014, there are many guides.

    so first suggestion: look for a guide.  The google is your friend!  My favorite is http://en.uesp.net/wiki/Online:Craftable_Sets but you can also look at http://elderscrollsonline.wiki.fextralife.com/Elder+Scrolls+Online+Wiki

    2nd, in game just walk by the mages guild in any city and follow the chat bubbles.  There is an npc that will talk about crafting writs and walk you through how to harvest, craft and deconstruct.  These are the basic ways to work on your crafts.

     

    and while relevant, this thread is over 2 years old and you really want to stay away from “necroing” old threads beyond 30 days as a best practice etiquette type of thing on forums – most of the time the info is as old as the thread and not helpful to you.

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