Welcome to the Ultimate Elder Scrolls Online Gold Guide. In this guide, we will go through all the possible ways of making gold in ESO. Never worry about having enough gold again. Updated for Elsweyr.
The Ultimate ESO Gold Farming Guide Index
ESO Gold Farming Basics
The basics of gold farming in the Elder Scrolls Online is pretty easy, get as much gold as possible in an as short amount of time as possible. There are several ways to ensure that you are maximizing your hourly gold gains like movement speed, bag space and using the optimal route.
It is important that you are level 50 with at least 160 Champion points before starting to farm gold, check out our ESO Leveling Guide here.
First lets go over the gold making basics.
ESO Plus For More Gold
ESO Plus members enjoy a 10% bonus to XP and Gold, so any serious gold maker should consider getting it. The extra bank space, free crowns and other bonuses can also be beneficial to gold farming.
ESO Gold Farming Build
Having the right build is also important for gold farming in ESO. The most imporant thing here is to optimize for movement speed so that you can farm faster and make more gold.
Check out our ESO Movement Speed Build For Gold Farming here. If you want to farm on another class you can easily use just parts of that build to suit your needs with any class.
Having a lot of bag space is another imporant thing for gold farming. Visit bag merchants to increase your personal inventory from 60 to 110. Also visit a stable every 24h to increase your inventory by an additional 60. Also visit the bank to store more items as your inventory fills up.
Movement Speed and Riding
The build shown above will max your movement speed on foot, but having a fast horse or mount can also be beneficial to making more gold. Visit the stable to increase the speed of your mount.
Even if you are new to ESO, you have probably seen people that are recruiting for trading guilds. In ESO instead of a centralized auction house or AH, players use guilds to set up merchants around the world to sell their goods. Only members of the guild that employs the specific merchant can sell their goods there.
I recommend that you join as many trading guilds as possible on your gold farming character. Some guilds will have requirements to join by either paying a fee or by promising to sell for a minimum amount of gold per week.
Better trading guilds will have merchants in better locations so that you can make more gold.
By using guild merchants you can also make a lot of gold by buying low and selling high, a technique we will be looking at more at the end of the guide.
Gold Farming Addons
Addons can make gold farming a lot easier and faster, I recommend getting the two below.
Get the addon and all the data, read more about that in the addon description. This addon will make farming a lot easier by tracking the location of chests, materials and anything harvestable both on the map and with a 3D marker in the open world.
This addon will give you tons of data on prices and what items are worth farming and /or buying and reselling. A must for any gold farmer.
Tamriel Trade Center
Tamriel Trade Center is a website where you can look up prices for items in ESO. It can be very useful to keep bookmarked.
ESO Gold Farming Methods
So now that the basics are out of the way, lets get on to the acutal gold farming.
Farming Materials for Gold
Before starting to farm materials, be sure to get to 160CP and to level up your crafting as you will get better materials. Also getting the Keen Eye skills leveled up can help you spot the nodes when farming.
Good areas to farm Materials are:
- Starter Islands
Overland Gear Farming
Overland gear can drop from bosses, chests, dolmens, etc. See this page for more info.
To make gold by farming these sets, find out which sets are selling for a good chunk of gold and start farming. Either visit guild merchants or check out our ESO builds to see what sets are popular.
Some popluar sets are Mother’s Sorrow, Briarheart and Necropotence.
Farming Chests for Gold
A good way to farm these sets and get additional gear and gold is to farm chests. Use the Harvest Map addon and filter the map to only show chests on the map and you can simply run from chest to chest.
PvP For Gold
PvP can actually be a good source for gold. Simply trade your Alliance Points for items that you can sell for gold.
Merchants that you can buy items from for AP and sell for gold are:
- Adhazabi Aba-
- Elite Vendors in Vlastarus, Bruma and Cropsford
- Battleground Vendors
Dungeon Farming for Gold
Running dungeons is a nice way of making gold, as you get XP and other things from it as well.
Good dungeons to run for gold are:
- Any Veteran Dungeon
- The Vile Manse in Reaper’s March
- Crimson Cove in Malabar Tor
- Razak’s Wheel in Bangkorai
Motif Farming for Gold
Some Motifs are very valuable and can be farmed for gold. Find out which Motifs are selling and which ones that you can actually farm.
Stealing for Gold
Stealing for gold is a rather fun and unique way of making gold in ESO. Consider going through the Thieves Guild story. Some good locations to steal are:
- Windhelm – A lot of drunks to pickpocket
- Ships in various cities
- Vivec City for House Motifs.
- Vvardenfell – Paintings.
Fishing for Gold
Fishing can be a decent way of making extra gold by farming the rare material “Perfect Roe”. It can be obtained by skinning common fish.
Crafting for Gold
Crafting is a very good way of making gold in ESO, but I won’t go too much into detail about it in this guide.
Firstly, leveling your crafting is beneficial if you are going to be farming materials as you will be able to gather better materials.
Secondly, you can also make gold by actual crafting. The best items to craft for making gold are:
- Popular gear sets like Law of Julianos, Hunding’s Rage,
- Food and Drink
Crafting Writs for Gold
Crafting Writs can also be profitable, especially if you have several characters doing them.
Investing / Buy Low Sell High
This is one of the huge gold makers in ESO. It can be pretty complicated though.
The basics are pretty easy to understand, buy undervalued goods and sell them for more. To get started you should ideally have a few hundred thousand gold to invest.
Then you need to familiarize yourself with the prices of different items. Learn to use Master Merchant and Tamriel Trade Center and you should be good to go.
If you are just starting out with gold farming in ESO, I would recommend that you start with material farming or stealing for gold, then moving on to buying and reselling and combining a few of the methods above.
If you have any questions or suggestions about our ESO Gold Guide for Elsweyr, let me know in the comments!