Elder Scrolls Online offers newbie tips ahead of tomorrow’s Morrowind launch

    
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Does it seem to you as if The Elder Scrolls Online has been launching Morrowind for a very long time? At least half of forever, right? If you are one of those folks who are jumping into the game tomorrow when it officially launches — that is, those of you on PC who didn’t preorder for the head start plus those of you on console who had no head start option at all — maybe take a look at Bethsoft’s tips for newbies before you do.

For example, the studio reminds you to slot as many abilities as possible for the experience, try out lots of gear types to unlock their skill lines, craft gear when you can’t find drops, use heavy attacks, expand your inventory space, hop a Silt Strider, deconstruct junk, and try not to kill any innocent NPCs.

Oh yeah, and eat food. In-game. And also in real life.

What’s your top tip for new players checking out Morrowind tomorrow?

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taurabird

Definitely do the starting playthough. It is really good.

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BalsBigBrother

Play next week so there is a little space between you and the locusts :p

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Geoffrey Tillman

Play the new Tutorial, Steal everything not nailed down and above all explore.

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Castagere Shaikura

This expansion will be like Anarchy Onlines Shadowlands. Everyone will be in Morrowind and the rest of the game world will be empty.

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Sorenthaz

Nahhhh there’s still plenty to do out in the rest of Tamriel and reason to go back even if you’re

Morrowind is more like the ES singleplayer DLCs/expansions where they add new content and storylines that you can do at any time you want, and they don’t completely detract from the main world.

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Mewmew

Elder Scrolls Online was one of my favorite games ever. I loved it in so many ways. And yet the One Tamriel update changed that for me. Supposedly it was being made to open up the whole world to being able to be adventured in, and yes, making it so the earlier areas you may have skipped were suddenly a bit more up to speed was a good thing. But the entire game suddenly got way too easy.

The entire game became a cakewalk. It’s no longer that fun. Sure, there are a lot of great lore stories along the way, but it no longer takes any effort to go through anything. It basically takes about the same effort as walking, so the game became a big walking simulator. I used to fight in areas above my level and it was fun and exciting to do so and hold my own there. Now there no longer were any areas above me, the entire game was set on easy difficulty and that’s even when playing picking the weakest classes and bad skill picks, that’s not even counting the top overpowered stuff.

Leveling became a bad thing too, it would make your gear more and more useless as you leveled up unless you found new stuff each and every level (meaning that cool set of Purple EQ you find on the way isn’t really worth squat for the only part of the game that matters and is a bit difficult, fighting group bosses). Sure, once you hit 50 that issue stops, but it’s still an issue for most of the game.

So what do I do now? I love the game’s lore and how it works, I really really want to experience Morrowind, and yet it’s so easy that it has become boring to do so. I would have been one of the first people to pre-order Morrowind before, but I haven’t even got it yet because of how terribly easy the entire thing is now. It no longer excites me.

The one and only thing that’s difficult is the stuff that’s made to be done in groups, but once a group actually shows up to do it it’s not that difficult anymore either. I want to be challenged by the solo content as well though, I don’t want a walking simulator, a cakewalk, a Sunday stroll through the woods. But that’s what the game has become. I’m saddened…

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thirtymil

I really like the level scaling – it’s far better than the implementation in GW2, WoW Legion or SWTOR in my opinion, which all have their own problems. SWTOR and GW2 are the most frustrating for me, where you have to ‘earn’ your access to new areas but can’t overpower old areas.

I agree however regarding the deterioration in gear as you level up – “Hey, this sword was good for these monsters ten levels ago, why is it rubbish now?” – and that once you have Champion Points, all the overland mobs became easy to kill and there’s no real way to adjust that other than to take all your armour off (or not allocate your points).

But then really this is early days for level-scaled MMOs, since almost everyone has been chasing the Warcraft model since 2004. There will be better implementations down the line, assuming ESO remains successful enough to entice other companies to take the risk. And it’s certainly compelling from a player point of view to have an entire world that remains populated and busy, rather than one high level zone with all the players in it and a ghost planet everywhere else.

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Phluxxed

Research traits ASAP. Start with traits that are most important (training) to you and then go from there. The more traits you know the more gear sets you can craft. And the more traits you’ve researched on a particular type of equipment the longer it takes. I’ve currently got something that’s got another like 30+ days to go lol.

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Toy Clown

When you make your character, before you hit the enter game button, screenshot your sliders. If you want to make any adjustments, it will cost you 1000 cash shop coins, or you can turn around and easily remake the character with the adjustments for free.

Also, your settings won’t save character to character, so wait to make sure you’re happy with your character before mucking with settings! :)

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kidwithknife

I don’t know how many actual newbies read here, but if there are, take your time. Don’t bother rushing. ESO has a metric crapton of stuff to do, especially if you have the DLC unlocked; trying to rush through is likely to frustrate you b cause you never really feel like you’ve really made much progress; there’s that much stuff to do. It can seem overwhelming if you focus too much on powering through.

Also if you have DLC unlocked, do the first quest each in Thieve’s Guild and Dark Nrotherhood asap. Even if you hold off in the subsequent quests until later, the initial unlocks for those first quests are good to have and the quests themselves are fun stuff.

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thirtymil

Going to Morrowind?

“It’s a simple process. A child of five could do it. Unfortunately we don’t have a child of five, so I’ll be forced to walk you through it.” – Abnur Tharn

My own tip – just wander and have fun :)

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Jeff

Newbie tip stay far away from the official forums.