Tips for The Elder Scrolls Online: The Vestige's Guide
Posted on Monday, April 14 @ 22:30:00 PST by Nicholas Tan[I'll be updating this tips guide with more as The Elder Scrolls Online moves along, with some help from the community. If you have any tips of your own for TESO, you can share them in the comments and I'll credit you with them in this guide. I'll also ask the community during ourlivestreams on Twitch if they have any tips or if they wish to have any questions answered about TESO. ~Ed. Nick]
1. Change your keyset.
This recommendation isn't new to MMOs, but the default keystroke setting for The Elder Scrolls Online may be too tight for your liking. Along with the normal WASD controls, 'E' is the normal action button for everything, 'R' is the default setting for your ultimate ability, and 'T' cycles through quests. On top of that, the number keys 1-5 are your abilities.
So unless you have a mouse with plenty of buttons that can do all of these functions without the use of your keyboard, this can turn into a certain kind of cluster very quickly. I recommend changing the key for the ultimate to something different, like '6' or 'T', or someplace far enough away from the WASD that you won't hit it accidentally (as I have numerous times... to my demise). Having to press 'Shift' for running can get tiresome as well, so you may want to fiddle with that too.
2. Nail combat basics down fast.
The tutorial for The Elder Scrolls Online explains its systems half-well, so if you're confused as to what you're supposed to be doing in combat, you're not the only one. The game can also suffer from a bit of lag, so while it may seem you have a bit of health left, you may not have the time to heal and die before you even try to recover.
The first thing to understand is an enemy's cues in PvE. An opponent charging white means block, which upon success will usually knock back and stun the opponent for several seconds unless it's a boss. The same goes for when an opponent is charging red, except you'll need to bash the opponent by holding block while you attack.
It's your decision whether you want to "exploit" this opening as the game wants you to by charging for a heavy attack which will knock down the already stunned opponent for a few seconds. There may be other powerful abilities that you'll want to use instead while the enemy is down and out.
For getting through a crowd of enemies to the next objective, you only have two choices: defeat every group along the way or run like hell. Sometimes you don't really have an option apart from killing every creep so it's important to take advantage of the situation by either sneaking against a single opponent or at least disabling a part of the group by knocking them down and using area-of-effect abilities. Mad-dashing through an area will tend to "kite" a ridiculous amount of enemies behind you, so make sure you have a clear line of sight, mount a horse if you have one, and don't get trapped. Getting surrounded by five enemies is a sure way to send yourself back to a wayshrine or to waste a valuable soul gem to revive.
3. Use "Travel to Player" function as much as possible.
Traveling from wayshrine to wayshrine doesn't cost a thing, but teleporting back to one costs money. While it's rather miniscule at first, about 50-100 gold at lower levels, the time it takes to return to a wayshrine and the money it takes to teleport adds up quickly. Also, you can't return to a wayshrine again in quick succession unless you wish to pay a ridiculous fee, like 500 gold (it drops by 1 gold every second or so).
Instead, use the "Travel to Player" function as much as possible. Any friend you have in your contacts list (and some in your guild list) playing at the same time can be used as a point to travel to by right-clicking on the player's name in the contacts list and choosing the option in the drop-down menu that appears. Not only is this absolutely free, but it dumps you next to the closest wayshrine to that player. Even if it's not where you want to go, you can select the wayshrine and teleport where you need to go from your friend. Of course, choosing a player that's already in your general area or at least your sub-world in Tamriel should be your first go-to option.
Since the Travel to Player option is free, you may want to consider befriending as many people as you can and accepting as many friend requests as possible. (Unless it's from a spammer... in which case, report the person.)
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