The Elder Scrolls Online




How is it to start a new game in the Summerset region?

Would it then make sense to go and do the base game content, or is there some over arching story where that wouldn’t make sense?


So far it’s very pretty.


I wouldn’t. Many of the characters are those you should have met before, including some of the most important characters in the game. You’ll lose much of the story’s impact by starting in Summerset.

My advice: Quickly find the boat to your faction’s starting island (Khenarthi’s Roost, Strok M’Kai or Bleakrock for AD, DC and EP, respectively). The stories start there. You don’t have to do all the sidequests if you want to rush a bit, but every zone has a main quest. These all fit together with the Cold Harbour questline, which is the game’s overall main quest. As you finish each zone, you’ll get breadcrumbs to the next. Just make sure to do any quest involving your faction leader and your primary guide (whom you meet on that island).


Hey, anybody else getting much poorer frame rates and even micro stutters since the new update? It’s not unplayable but it is pretty annoying. Also my ping seems to be a little worse although that could just be my stone age internet provider.


Game has been running smoothly for the week I’ve owned it so far.


Hmmmm. Thanks. Maybe its just Cyrodiil then. Weird. I’ll try updating my graphics drivers.


How is Cyrodiil these days? I haven’t played since before Morrowind released, but I’m eyeing coming back in. though all my gear is probably out of date. Then again, there’s re-traiting (is it easy to do so?) so maybe not so bad.


It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. It was just another day in Cyrodiil.

Still laggy but still fun. The meta has careened around. It’s still all about the proc sets. But even with junk gear you can just go out and zerg surf and have fun. I really hope they get the lag addressed. I used to get a 120 ms ping but since I came back a few weeks ago after another long hiatus, it’s now more like 145ms and more like 165 to 200 prime times. Weird thing is my PvE zone latency is higher than it was before as well. Used to be 90ms on a good day. Now 110 to 120 when shopping at guild merchants.

But yeah, it’s still pretty fun if you realize it’s not about “skill” and don’t take it too seriously. Also helps to not care about what your alliance potatoes are doing. i.e. whether you are “winning.” :)


Thanks for the advice you guys. I’m having SO MUCH FUN with this pure Magicka Templar. Gonna reup my subscription. This is the kind of character I’ve wanted since the beginning. Yay!


Hey that’s awesome!!! ESO is such a fantastic game, can easily get a couple hundred hours out of it, at least I did. Magicka Templar is the class that I sort of really came to grips with the game mechanics on, so it’s always had a soft spot for me, I actually just started a new one to get back into the game :P


Yeah, I realize my first character wasn’t great at anything since I split their stats. That might work in Skyrim, but focusing seems to work far better here.


There are some very specific builds, where the “all or nothing” on stamina or magicka isn’t required, but you really have to be way inside the game mechanics and gear/class combos to make them work. I made my share of hybrid characters that failed, because I’m really stubborn and was convinced they could work lol.

ESO really is kind of a min/max sort of game, and the way everything works together is unlike any other MMO, so it does take a bit to get your head around what is really going on, at least it did for me lol.

At any rate, happy that you are enjoying the game, it’s such a great place to just wander around in, it’s worth it just for the sightseeing really!


A couple of years ago I had decent success with hybrid builds in PvP. Not sure if any of them are still viable anymore (they were never optimal in PvE though.)

Attributes are cheap to respec, but race is not, so you’ll want to pick one that’s optimal to your playstyle (no redguard mages, etc.)


Yeah, it feels way different in this respect than any of the single player Elder Scrolls games. Not a bad thing, just a thing to get used to.


It looks like it can be done and I would like to try it but the gold and tel var stones would be a real chore to accumulate to buy all the tri glyphs and get a set of pelinals. Here is the concept in a you tube video. Looks pretty neat.


I have a gold set of pelinals with all the tri-gryph trimmings, glad to see it’s not obsolete! (I vaguely remember seeing a Morrowind set that was hybrid focused) If I remember correctly I ran a hybrid werewolf templar, 5 piece vipers/5 piece pelinal with maelstrom 2h backbar. This was before retraiting and back when vipers was meta, so getting everything in sharpened was expensive. Though I hear infused is better now?


I keep reading that nirnhoned might be better but I went for precise with the critical bonus on my new Sload’s staff because I hadn’t researched sharpened yet. But I usually run spinners as a second set so spell pen is not really an issue and sharpened was nerfed a while back as far as I can tell.

I want to get Zaan’s but I’m pretty bad at staying out of red circles so I might get kicked a bunch of times if I start queuing for vet dungeons. About 2 years ago I got skoria the hard way. This was before they guaranteed a monster helm drop and you had to play rng with the shoulders. It was painful. But I’m going to goof around with the main quest for Summerset and Morrowind and try and get better at pve.


I really need to give this game a try again.

I only own the base game, and WoW still owns my ass for MMOs. Is it worth getting the PS4 version, or just upgrading my base game. My time spent on the game so far is pretty much nothing so I would start over.

My main non-PS4 machine is a Mac. Not sure if that makes a difference.


You can seriously get hundreds of hours out of the base game. Just doing the main quest, exploring, and trying a few characters is well worth the time investment. They’ve made quite a few quality of life changes over the years, and IMO ESO is currently the most engaging MMO from a single player/story experience. Heck, the John Cleese voice acting alone is worth the price of the game.

There’s plenty of game there with no upgrades, for you to decide if you want to go further. If you do get the latest update, it will catch you up with all of them if you’re so inclined.