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7. Deconstruct for inspiration.
 
Whether you choose to delve into blacksmithing, clothing, or woodworking, your best bet to increase your level of proficiency in any of them is to deconstruct items belonging to their respective class. The quality of the item doesn't matter much, so picking up white-quality loot off enemies should be considered. Of course, you could sell each item as well.
 
Better yet, for deconstructing magical items you'll earn refining items like Hemming, Pitch, and Honing Stones that can be used to temper weapons and armor to the next quality tier. And you'll get a certain amount of standard crafting materials to create the items you want anyway.
 
However, don't deconstruct the items you make, as the amount of inspiration you'll receive is extremely low. It's much better to deconstruct items you didn't make or that others have made, which is one reason why it's great to join a guild or have a friend who's willing to share equipment simply for deconstruction. You can create daggers for your friend to deconstruct, and he or she in turn can create daggers for you to deconstruct.


 
8. Consider Shrine of Stendarr sooner than later.
 
Ever since the beta, I wanted a respec shrine. You can't have every ability under the sun assigned to the twelve slots between the two different hotbars, so having every ability plus its morphed version isn't necessary. Of course, you'll want to try everything out at least once so that you can see if it fits in your build, so you'll eventually want to change how you've spent all your skills.
 
Once you reach the local area in your faction with the Shrine of Stendarr - in Elden Root, Grahtwood for the Dominion, in Mourhold, Deshaan for the Pact, and in Wayrest, Stormhaven for the Covenant - make a decision on whether you think a respec is in your best interest. It costs quite a bit of gold, 100 pieces for every skill points you've earned. But it will cost even more later when you've leveled even more.


 
9. Upgrade provisioning for gold and awesome recovery items.
 
The easiest way I've found to earn heaps of gold is not by grinding but actually creating loads of food. Since provisioning ingredients are littered throughout the world in crates, barrels, and whatnot, it's not difficult to obtain ridiculous amounts of extra fodder for recipes, which are usually found in cabinets and trunks within castles. You can create important items that will improve your max stats or recovery rate for health, magic, and stamina.
 
Creating one portion of anything isn't that substantial, but once you earn three ranks in either Brewer or Chef, you'll create four portions for every crafted recipe you make. Later in the mid-game, most recipes will cost five gold. Multiply that by four and then by however many portions you have ingredients for, and the bounty adds up quickly. If you have the ingredients for forty portions of a recipe worth five gold, it can become 160 portions through Chef, which then becomes 800 gold. Then with multiple recipes... you get my point.
 
And well, why not be nice to your guild members by gifting them awesome portions of food for others? You'll have enough for yourself... trust me.


 
10. Find all of the Skyshards.
 
If you go through the Achievements tab within the Journal menu, you'll find a list of all the Skyshards in a particular area. All of them have a hint next to them for you to find each one. Typically, every public dungeon offers a Skyshard and acquiring three will earn an extra skill point. Most of the other Skyshards will be in areas that aren't too difficult to reach given their screen-blaring glares and divine blue beams into the sky.
 
However, we aren't afraid to admit that if you want to know where each Skyshard is, just go to the Tamriel Journal website and find them there. With this in hand, grabbing every last Skyshard will be a walk in the park and something you should do before heading to the next map. Might as well sweep up an area and make sure you didn't miss anything, right?

11. Bonus Tips! From The Community!

JunkyArd: A tip from me is to go look at the add-ons that are out. There is a skyshard add-on that will place all of the location on your in-game map and compass, and a chat filter that will auto block most gold spammers, and a decent HUD add-on that gives you numerical values for your health, stamina, magicka, etc.
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