How I leveled in ESO from level 10 to VR14 in less than a week!
The most important piece of advice I can give you is to get a fully optimized and proven effective leveling build if you want to level up in Elder Scrolls Online quickly and/or efficiently! There are many ways to earn XP in Elder Scrolls Online. Here is a basic guide for PC, Xbox One & PS4 that will help you level up fast… (The guide our members find most effective for leveling in Elder Scrolls Online is ESO Mastery Guides)
The Elder Scrolls Online leveling system is specifically designed to encourage players to follow the story line and complete the quests. You will be rewarded with lots of experience points and faster leveling by doing the main quests in the game. Killing enemies is a great way to earn EXP which will help you level more quickly. Check every crate, barrel and bookshelf you can find and loot everything you see. These are the best ways to gain experience and advance your character. After the first 10-15 levels you will notice it become much more difficult and time consuming to level up. If you’re just doing some random quests and not completely exploring zones, you’re missing a lot of the game. Without a solid 2016 leveling plan and build, you will spend lots of wasted time with slow results towards Veteran Ranks! Elder Scrolls Online Leveling Guide – Here are a few great proven methods for fun, fast leveling:
Non-Veteran leveling 1 to 50:
Questing – Questing is a good way to level if you want to go slower and enjoy the game and all it’s content. If you’re the kind of player who doesn’t need to get to end-game (Veteran Ranks) as quickly as possible, then do all the quests you can find. Generally, regular questing will take about 100-200 hours of playtime.
Multi-pronged – If, on the other hand, you want to power level and reach VR as faster, here are the basic tips and tricks that will get you there rather quickly. Once you enter a zone you’ll want to equip yourself completely with gear with the exploration trait. You’ll want to run thru the entire zone to unlock the wayshrines, dolmens, towns, world bosses and so on. Do not pick up all the random quests… the only quests you’ll want to do is Fighter’s & Mage’s guilds, your faction quest and Varen’s main story quests. Defeat all World Bosses and Dolmens you come into contact with – this will earn extra XP as you go. Since your goal is to get done what is needed in each zone as fast as possible, get to one level below the max for that zone and go to the next zone. Try to stay a level below your quests as well since that is where you’ll receive the maximum XP for completing them. Generally, this method will take about 80-100 hours.
Grinding & Grinding Spots – Now, if that isn’t fast enough for you and you just want to reach Veteran Ranks AND you don’t care for questing, you’ll need to grind. Each zone has several very specific locations that are perfect for grinding and earning high XP fast. You can also grab a friend and get into a public dungeon (be sure the dungeon level matches your current level.) If you’re level 36 don’t go into a level 28 dungeon! It is not recommended that you repair your gear if you’re strictly grinding to reach VR – don’t waste your gold. Once you reach level 50 you’ll have a tremendous amount of gold if you don’t use it for repairs! Grinding is very boring and will take about 50-75 hours of play time.
The fastest way – Do the right quests and have fun while leveling fast! How I was able to level AND enjoy the game was by using ESO Mastery Leveling Guide. You will level faster than grinding while doing all the right quests. The questing paths they have laid out are right on point allowing you to have fun, experience the game and level up very quickly. I leveled one of my alts to level 50 in about 35 hours using this guide. If you want to level up fast and not miss all the fun aspects of Elder Scrolls Online, this is the best option. This method will take about 35-50 hours of play time.
|“There isn’t any other Leveling guide better than this one!” ~ James L. USA||No other ESO Leveling guide gets into more detail on what quests you should be completing, where to be farming or running a dungeon and at which level. Skip all the guesswork and follow the tested-and-true leveling guide and you can’t go wrong. This guide is updated and detailed for leveling all 3 factions. I leveled faster completing guests than I did by grinding – and it was more fun!|
Veteran Leveling: (VR 1 to VR 14)
Questing alone will not get you to VR14. It takes way too long and you’ll need to do the dailies in Cyrodiil and/or Upper Craglorn. Again, if getting it done quickly is not your priority then sure, do it this way to enjoy all the content Elder Scrolls Online has to offer but know that it will take a really long time. Also, the exploration method from above (levels 1-50) will not work here because it doesn’t reward you very many Veteran Points. You’ll want to pair up with a friend and run around collecting Skyshards and take care of all the Delves. Then find and kill the World Bosses and Dolmens before heading to the public dungeon to do the group challenge. This should bring you to at least half a Veteran level before to begin to quest. Veteran mode does not have any main quests so go to Cadwell’s Almanac in your journal. This is where you’ll find out where to get 4 or 5 zone/faction specific quests. Once you complete one, you’ll be close to the next area you need to do. Once these are completed you will need to gain more XP to reach the next level. Next you’ll want to get into a small group and go on to Craglorn, dungeons and/or Cyrodiil PvE. You will, at some point reach a Veteran Level and can go on to the next zone where you’ll rinse and repeat. after 8 or 9 zones of following these methods you will have completed Caldwell’s Gold & Silver and you should be around Veteran Rank 10. Now it’s back to Craglorn for grinding time! There are many spots in Upper and Lower Craglorn that are great for grinding… here are some of the spots that worked very well for me:
*These are just a few of the best spots and tips I got from ESO Mastery Guides (PC, Xbox One and PS4)
The Thief – This is one of the best grind spots, by far! You can continuously kill the same boss over and over again about every 30-45 seconds. You can earn over 2 million XP per hour on this one! To get from Veteran Rank 10 to 14 you will need to earn 5 million for each level so this is a good spot to rack it up! Now, you will notice many players camping the spot and take their kills as well. It’s not always easy to get into the group and the boss does sometimes bug but I found it to be well worth it. It can be a bit boring since it takes so long but you can level up relatively fast here.
The Tower – Less boring, this spot is also great for earning XP. It’s almost always open, lots of available spots to join and it’s a big group with lots of bosses to kill again and again. It’s slightly slower than The Thief but still a great grind spot. You’ll be rewarded with plenty of XP here.
Upper Craglorn Bosses – Here you’ll find plenty of others grinding but there’s a good reason for it! This one is a large ring, or loop killing the same 5 or 6 elites again and again generates massive XP.
Balamath – Balamath is a 4 player group delve that has, to some extent, been nerfed but still not a bad spot to gain some good XP. There is never a wait and it’s always open. It’s a pretty good grind path that you can do with your buddies.
Spellscar – Large number of mobs to destroy here and a great place for leveling your skills but lower XP gain here. Still worth doing it though.
Aldmeri Dominion Zones and Levels:
- Khenarthi’s Roost – levels 1-5
- Auridon – levels 5-15
- Grahtwood – levels 16-24
- Greenshade – levels 25-30
- Malabal Tor – levels 31-37
- Reaper’s March – levels 37-43
Daggerfall Covenant Zones and Levels:
- Stros M’kai & Betnikh – levels 1-5
- Glenumbra – levels 5-15
- Stormhaven – levels 16-24
- Rivenspire – levels 25-30
- Alik’r Desert – levels 31-37
- Bangkorai – levels 37-43
Ebonheart Pact Zones and Levels:
- Bleakrock Isle & Bal Foyen – levels 1-5
- Stonefalls – levels 5-15
- Deshaan – levels 16-24
- Shadowfen – levels 25-30
- Eastmarch – levels 31-37
- The Rift – levels 37-43
Neutral Zones and Levels:
- Cyrodiil – levels 10-50
- Coldharbour – levels 43-50
More Leveling Tips, Tricks and Helpful Information
Grinding is definitely a very quick and effective way (probably the fastest way) to level in ESO but it can be very boring. You will locate areas that contain large amounts of enemies (mobs) that will respawn relatively quickly after being killed, then you kill them again, and so on! So basically you will find the best path to run around and continuously zap mobs for experience points which allow you to level very fast. A good leveling guide will map out all the best grinding spots in each zone of the game.
Delves are similar to dungeons ( just smaller) in the fact that you will find items, skyshards, quests and bosses inside them. Many are easily soloed and do not take much time to explore and get the XP and skill points you want. The larger public dungeons in each zone are the same but also have group challenges that reward tons of XP and skill points. You should be getting these skill points and defeating all bosses in every zone to maximize your XP rewards.
World Bosses will reward you with a large (one time) XP payout. Yes, they can be done again but you will receive just the regular XP for the kill. Now, they are not easy to solo and you’ll want to use knockback skills and a build that is capable of high DPS – and you’ll need to keep other enemies away at the same time. This is where a friend or two comes in very handy.
Dolmens are also a good way to quickly gain XP. You will receive a large amount of XP upon completion for these one-time participation events. You can get in with a group and just use a simple attack or heal and you’ll get the credit once it’s complete! Unless you want to build up Fighters Guild points, don’t bother repeating them – it’s not worth it. Again, you will want a fully optimized leveling build if you’re going to try to solo dolmens. My advice is to let other players know where to come help you and they’ll come help!
Dungeons are very much worth the time for leveling as you’ll get mobs to kill, a quest to complete, exploration and an achievement. You’ll get great XP, a skill point and good rewards and they can be repeated in Veteran Rank level. If you are having a difficult time in a dungeon, get a friend with a higher level and steam thru it to complete the quest and get the skill point. You can also use zone or guild chat to get new people to assist you. I recommend not skipping over the dungeons, you’ll wish you hadn’t once you return as VR.
Completing quests is a great way to gain experience points. You can do the simpler quests along the way but if you’re looking to power level fast, you’ll want to stick with the multi-level quests that have 3 or 4 parts to them. The more involved the quest is, the more XP you will be rewarded for it. The main story quests yield the highest XP rewards as well as the faction story, Fighter’s guild and Mage’s guild quests. They reward huge XP and other rewards and they’re not too difficult to complete. If you’re not trying to level as quickly as possible, do the smaller/easier quests as well since they are fun and you will get some XP for them.
Good old mob killing while questing will add some decent XP as you’re leveling. Always kill enemies along the way while you’re questing to gain extra experience. Try to be sure you’re going after the more difficult mobs and they return a higher amount of XP. Again, you’ll need your build to be optimized for AoE if you want to crush as many as possible at a time. Turning in quests together with exploring and mowing down mobs will deliver good XP as you play ESO.
PvP is undoubtedly lots of fun, however, it’s not a fast way to level up. Taking keeps will reward you, as well as achievements, but it wont happen very fast. You will find lots to do in Cyrodiil including quests, dolmens and delves. You will find several questing spots that can be done on a daily basis – each spot has ten quests that can be done daily so there is opportunity to gain some XP if that’s what you want to do.
Exploring will grant slow XP but it does add up. Make a set of gear using all exploration trait as it will give you more XP if it is equipped. When starting a new zone, use your gear set to run around collecting the quests and ‘finding’ each location. Your XP will add up over time. Again, this is not a very fast way to level.
Coldharbour is a neutral zone and you’ll have to finish all the relevant story quests before you can enter it. As you level up, you’ll continuously get a message from the spirit of ‘Varen’ and he’ll ask you to go with him to the Harborage. Go with him each time and complete the quests he gives you.
You will come across some restrictions on where you are able to go in Elder Scrolls Online based on your level. It’s best to remain in each zone until you reach the max level for that zone before advancing to the next one.
Start with a great leveling build!
This cannot be stressed enough. You must have the best possible leveling build for your character! You must use the best skill rotations at the right times for optimal leveling. This is the single most important thing you can do to help you level fast and efficiently. I highly recommend getting a guide to help and Mastery’s is the best out there.
What I got with Mastery Guides:
- A well thought out ESO leveling PLAN – The questing and leveling plans for each faction have been tried and proven to be the fastest and most efficient leveling paths for the game.
- Jammed with easy to follow, step-by-step directions, maps, tools and guidance for finding all important items and quests (which saved me a lot of time) Obviously, locations of all valuable items like Skyshards and much more!
- A full forum where members share their leveling experiences, tips and tricks you won’t find anywhere else.
- Walk-throughs for all public dungeons, all puzzle solutions and every loot-able item in each dungeon!
- More content than any other guide for ESO – hands down!
ESO Mastery Guides is My #1 Go-To Guide For ESO Leveling
ESO Master Guides – “I played the search game for guides & information for Elder Scrolls Online leveling and had the 6 or 7 resources (Reddit pages, TF, the builds calculator sites, etc.) I joined Mastery and never had to do an ESO related search since. It’s packed with better leveling info than all those resources combined.” ~ Jason M, USA