I'm sure you're well aware,there are a ton of things to do in ESO, from solo questing, to dungeons and trials, to PVP, to whatever this is, the vastness of the game can be overwhelming at times. So, today I'm going to try to provide some direction by going over five things that you should prioritize every day when you log in. For new and experienced players alike, but especially when you're first starting out, these everyday actions are great ways to gain experience, earn ESO Gold, and improve your overall ESO experience.
Now, this first item is pretty obvious, so I'm not going to count it as one of the five, but I'd feel remiss if I didn't at least mention grabbing your daily reward as often as possible. You can sometimes get some pretty great swag just for logging in on a daily basis. For example, the January's day 21 reward is 100k ESO Gold, which is a nice chunk of change for most players. Life happens, so don't beat yourself up if you don't get the bonus every day.
1. Crafting Writs
Okay, now let's move on to the real meat and potatoes of this list. Number one, and for many reasons, probably the most important thing you can start doing right away as a new player is crafting writs.
Daily writs are a great way to earn ESO Gold, improve your crafting skill lines, and gain valuable improvement materials, all of which will play a role in just about any goal you have in the game. Additionally, once you get to the maximum tier of crafting writs – that is, when you unlock the max level of each crafting skill and apply the requisite skill points – you'll sometimes receive master writs as rewards for completing those max tier normal writ quests. Master writs can be completed in exchange for writ vouchers, which can then be used to purchase some pretty awesome items.
To get started with crafting writs, you'll need to become certified in each of the crafting skill lines. Certification sounds a little daunting, but it's actually pretty simple. You'll just need to go to either Daggerfall, Davon's Watch, or Vulkhel Guard and find the certification quest givers. You'll find Millenith in the fighters guild for blacksmithing, clothing, and woodworking, and Danel Telleno in the mages guild for alchemy, enchanting, and provisioning.
These two quest givers can also be found in the capital cities of zones added by each Chapter. For jewelry crafting certification, you'll need to find Falarian in Alinor near the crafting area. Note that you must be level 6 before Falarian will appear, but you can talk to Millenith and Danel at any level in the base game zones. Once you're certified, you can find the crafting writ boards in any major city to start the daily quests.
In my opinion, the two best cities for crafting writs are Alinor and Rimmen, as all of the crafting stations are clustered close together. You'll usually find me doing my writs in Rimmen though, as the city's stablemaster is conveniently located between the crafting area and the writ delivery area.
2. Mount Training
That leads me into number two on the list: mount training. Is your mount's top speed slower than your jogging speed? Do you want to be able to sprint around like this? Well, once every 20 hours, you can pay a stablemaster to train your mount in either riding speed, carrying capacity, or stamina.
I highly recommend training all the way up to 60 in the following order: first riding speed, then carrying capacity, and finally stamina. It can be a long grind, but your quality of life will improve dramatically when you can just zip around while searching for skyshards, farming materials, or doing whatever else you're working on.
If you want to get that mount speed up right away, you have a couple of options, but there's only one thing that you can do to quickly improve your speed without spending a dime. The method is related to number 5 in this list, so stick around to find out what it is!
A couple of things to note are that riding speed training applies no matter which mount you're using on that character, and you don't have to be on your mount for the increased carrying capacity to kick in. Also keep in mind that mount training is character-specific, so always remember to get your training done early and often when you make new characters!
3. Trait Research
For our third spot, you always want to make sure you have as many crafting trait research timers going as possible. There are several reasons to research traits, so I'll just give you my top three.
First, as you learn more and more traits, you can help guildies by making gear for them. Or, if you're looking to make some ESO Gold, you can also sell your services as a crafter to other players.
Second, as you progress toward the endgame of ESO, you'll want the gear you use to have the proper trait. That gear won't usually drop in the trait you need, so you'll have to change the trait at a transmute station, and to do so, you'll need to have that trait researched for the respective item type.
And third, if you're interested in achievements and hope to one day obtain the Grand Master Crafter title, you'll need to have every trait researched on every item.
The research grind is one of the longest in the game, but you can reduce the time it will take by investing a few skill points.
Each of the four gear-related crafting skill lines contains a passive, which reduces research times, and the blacksmithing, clothing, and woodworking passives also allow you to research up to three items at once. Taking these passives early on will help reduce your research grind immensely, so be sure to complete those crafting writs so you can level your crafting skills and unlock them as soon as possible.
4. Mages / Fighters Guild Dailies
Number four on the list is a topic that I don't see brought up enough: daily mages guild and fighters guild quests. The grinds to max out these skill lines are some of the most tedious in the game (especially that pesky mages guild). These daily quests can help break up the monotony by giving you something different to do other than searching for lore books or murdering hundreds of zombies to death.
If you haven't yet joined these guilds, you can do so at the mages and fighters guilds in Stone Falls, Glenumbra, or Auridon. After joining the associated guild, you can pick up these quests in the respective guild halls of any of the alliance capitals (that is, Mournhold, Wayrest, or Elden Root).
For the mages guild daily, you'll be tasked with recovering an artifact of Sheogorath from a random base zone public dungeon. After recovering the artifact, just turn it in to the quest giver and you'll be rewarded with ten experience points for your mages guild skill line.
The fighters guild daily will require you to destroy three dark anchors in a random base game zone. You can just hit the same dolmen three times if you're not interested in exploring the zone, but I find it to be a little faster to go to three individual dolmens if you have wayshrines near them.
After destroying the requisite number of dark anchors, travel back to the quest giver to receive ten fighters guild experience points. You'll also gain additional experience points for each dolmen you destroy during the quest. While neither of these methods is the most efficient way to level the associated skill line, they do provide additional benefits on top of the variety and the experience gained. Completing each quest earns you a coffer containing random loot, and these containers also have a chance to drop a Draugr motif page.
5. Daily Dungeon & Battlegrounds
Our final spot on the list, and probably the most fun of out of the five, is completing your daily random dungeon and/or battlegrounds match.
There are a ton of great reasons why you should do your daily dungeon or battlegrounds, not the least of which is the hude experience gains you get from doing so. Additionally, you get several other rewards from these activities such as ESO Gold and/or alliance points, gear, and those all-too-valuable transmute crystals. You can even sometimes obtain achievements, mementos, and emotes just through random dungeons and battlegrounds!
As I mentioned before, you can improve your mount speed through this fifth daily exercise as well. After reaching rank 3 in the Assault skill line, which is improved by participating in PVP activities like battlegrounds, you can invest a skill point in the Continuous Attack passive, thereby increasing your mount speed by 30% at all times!
Another reason for completing daily dungeons and battlegrounds, although it might not apply to everyone, is that through doing so, you'll be teaching yourself the game's core mechanics, as well as the activity-specific mechanics of the particular dungeon or battleground you're in.
Gradually, as you gain more and more reps, you'll become better and better at the game as a whole! That experience you build over time will help you enjoy ESO more than any of the other items on this list.