Welcome to our leveling guide for the Elder Scrolls Online. Here we will provide you with the information you need to level your character as fast as possible from 1 to 50 with max Champion Points, and all the Skill Points.
Leveling to level 50 can be done in only a few hours if done right, but leveling Champion Points takes a lot longer. Expect months of in-game time to reach cap if you are a casual player. If you grind all the way it can be done in 10-14 days in-game time.
If you need a build for your class, check out our ESO builds here.
I do not recommend that you pay for any sort of leveling guide for ESO, as the info in this guide will get you to level 50 as fast as any other guide, free or not.
This guide has been updated for Elsweyr
The Elder Scrolls Online Leveling Guide Index
ESO Experience Boosters and Bonuses
First things first, let’s make leveling go fast! With XP boosters you can make leveling go a lot faster than normal. Everything from potions to gear and special double XP events will make your leveling process go a lot faster. Below we will list all the main ways of boosting your XP.
Experience Scrolls & Ambrosia Drinks
You can get Crown Experience Scrolls in various ways.
The first and easiest way is to get them for free through the daily reward system in the crown store. You can get quite a few every month, even some 150% ones, so log in and claim your rewards.
You can also get Crown Experience Scrolls either in the Crown Crates which you can on some occasions also get for free through special events in the game, but usually, you have to buy. You can also buy Crown Experience Scrolls with the Crown Gems that you get from the chests.
Lastly, you can get XP scrolls from the standard way of buying them in the Crown Store.
Ambrosia Drinks work in the same way as experience scrolls. Ambrosia Drinks and Crown Experience Scrolls do not stack. There are three types of Ambrosia drinks that can be either crafted (which is pretty hard) or bought from a Guild Trader. They usually cost around 2000-3000 gold for the cheapest option and go up to quite a lot for the best one. If you loot and sell everything while grinding you should be able to pay for the upkeep of having an Ambrosia Drink constantly going.
Check out our ESO Gold guide here if you need gold for Ambrosia Drinks.
The different Ambrosia Drinks are:
- Psijic Ambrosia Drink (50% Bonus XP)
- Aetherial Ambrosia Drink (100% Bonus XP)
- Mythic Aetherial Ambrosia Drink (150% Bonus XP)
ESO plus will not only give you a 10% boost to experience, but 1500 crowns that can be spent on Experience Boosters, and access to additional quests and areas to level up in.
Double XP Events
During holiday events in ESO, you will be able to complete quests to get items that will grant you 100% bonus experience. These bonuses stack with all other XP boosts. These events are:
- The Witches Festival (Halloween October / November)
- New Life Festival (December/January)
- Jester’s Festival (March/April)
- Midyear Mayhem (Summer)
Ritual of Mara
The Ritual of Mara is basically two players getting married. You will be awarded the Ring of Mara and when you play together you will get a 10% XP bonus.
Duoing is actually the most efficient way of leveling. You still get full XP and a slight bonus when grouping with one other player. Anything more than that and XP gain will start to diminish a little.
When you get to max level and start gaining Champion points you gain 400.000 enlightenment per day. You can store up to 4.8m enlightenment. When you are enlightened, you gain Champion point XP four times faster faster.
ESO Training / Leveling Gear
When leveling, the best gear you can use is gear with the “Training” trait. These gear pieces will give you a bonus XP for killing mobs. For alts you can easily craft this gear with your main or buy it from guild vendors.
For new players you can get it by playing the game, doing dolmens or bosses. You can also try joining a guild and seeing if someone can make you some leveling gear, usually someone will.
ESO Leveling Addons
The Zygor Guides Community leveling addon for ESO, is a completely free in-game leveling addon that will help you level up. Complete with all the information you need to level quicker, especially if you are leveling by doing quests.
ESO Quest Leveling
Questing in ESO might not be the fastest way to level, but it has a good storyline, and a lot of quests. You should always consider doing the main storyline as you get 11 skill points from it.
ESO Level by Grinding
Grinding is one of the most efficient ways of leveling in ESO.
Some of the best and most popular grinds are zombie grinds. Since zombies are slow and die quickly, they make for the ideal mod to grind. There are three main areas where people farm zombies.
Verrant Morass Zombie Grind in Greenshade
A popular zombie grind and close to a wayshrine for teleporting.
Sentinel Zombie Grind in Alik’r Dessert
My favorite zombie grind. A lot of people run dolmens in Alik’r Dessert as well so you got the choice to switch it up a bit between the two.
The Vile Laboratory Zombie Grind in Coldharbour
Skyreach Catacombs Grind
If you want an instanced grind, you should go for Skyreach. You should have a couple hundred CP before you can start farming effciently here though.
ESO Dungeon Leveling
You should do every dungeon at least once for the quest. You should also do one Random Dungeon per day for the 4x XP bonus.
When leveling in dungeons you should also get your 3 daily Undaunted Pledges. These quests are available from the Undaunted Enclaves in Wayrest, Mournhold and Elden Root.
ESO Dolmen Leveling
Dolmens are one of the best ways to level quickly in ESO. You just have to show up at a Dolmen and attack something at least once, and you will get full XP and some nice gear.
I usually use the Dolmens in Alik’r Dessert as they will always have tons of players doing them so they only take about a minute to finish and you can move on to the next one.
ESO Alts for Leveling
Enlightenment is shared between all your characters, but having alts for leveling CP is still beneficial as you can run dungeons for the bonus on each alt and also do daily quests.
Eso Leveling by Crafting
The fastest way to level alts is by using Alchemy and Enchanting, and doing Master Writs while using an XP potion. By doing this you can get to level 50 in an hour or two. This is very expensive though, and should only be done if you have a lot of gold.
ESO PvP Leveling
PvP isn’t really good for leveling in general, but the first Battleground queue that you do each day reward you with 4x XP, just like the daily dungeon. Making it worth it to do one Battleground a day.
ESO Skill Point Leveling
There are many types of skills in ESO, and it is important to also level up your skills. How you level up your skills differ from skill to skill.
These are leveled automatically as you use them. Simply slot into your skill bar and use the skill to the skill line.
Works much the same as class skills. Equip a type of weapon and use skills from the skill line of that weapon.
These are leveled automatically by wearing armor. Use 5 of your main type of armor and one of each of the other two to level them all up and benefit the most from the gear.
Soul Magic Skills
are leveled up as you advance through the main story.
Level up by unlocking chests, stealing and laundering stolen goods.
Leveled up through killing mobs in Werewolf form.
Vampire is leveled by earning XP as normal.
Complete guild story quests, bounties in Cyrodiil, doing dolmens and killing daedra and undead will level your Fighters Guild skills.
Leveled through story quests, public dungeon daily quests and finding lorebooks all over the world.
Leveled through story quests and repeatable quests.
Leveled through story quests, repeatable quests and contracts.
Leveled through story quests.
Leveled through dungeons and daily pledges.
Skyshards give you 1 skill point for every 3 that you find, so looking for Skyshards should be done as you level up. The location for each Skyshard can be found here.
The Fastest Way to Level in ESO
- Get as much XP bonus as possible.
- Do your daily dungeon / battleground / Undaunted pledges (if possible on more than one character.)
- Grind Dolmens / Zombie grinds / Skyreach
- The way I do it is that I enter a daily PvP battleground, at the end if we are winning, pop an XP potion. When you exit go to Alik’r Dessert and run Dolmens while you queue for your daily dungeon. I did this today with a 150% XP scroll and went from 28 to 36 in about 2 hours.
That’s it for our ESO leveling guide. Now that you are level 50, check out our class builds here. If you have any question or suggestions, leave a comment below and I will get back to you!