ESO How to Make Gold
Gold is the most important currency in The Elder Scrolls Online, so knowing how to earn it fast and reliably can make all the difference. Having enough Gold in ESO can help you acquire the best items for your character and perform overall better.
Before you can start making Gold though you must have a place to sell items.
Table of Contents
- How to Sell Items
- Ways to Make Gold
- 1. Farm Valuable Sets
- 2. Farming Chests
- 3. Crafting
- 4. Harvest Materials
- 5. Stealing
- 6.Convert Writ Vouchers to Gold
- 7. Convert AP to Gold
- 8. Convert Tel Var to Gold
- 9. Play the Market
- 10. Farm Enemies
- 11. Fishing
- Other Beginner Guides to Read
How to Sell Items
Although it is possible to sell items directly to another player in ESO, is not very convenient. The best way to sell items is by posting them on a Guild Trader.
Traders are special NPC that Trading Guilds use to post and sell their items. There are Traders in every town is ESO, with some locations being better, having more customers to sell to.
Some of the best locations include Belkarth, Mournhold, Vivec City, Rawl’kha and more.
Trading Guilds are player run guilds you can join in order to gain access to their Trader. You can be part of up to five Guilds in game and one or all of them can be Trading Guilds.
Specific addons like Master Merchant and Tamriel Trade Centre can also help you make gold easier.
These addons will inform you of the price range for every item, the profit you can make and help you find good deals.
How to Make Gold
There are several ways of making Gold in ESO. While you can earn gold when casually exploring, questing or clearing dungeons and delves this is not very effective.
There are other better, dedicated ways to make Gold that can help you become rich fast.
1. Farm Valuable Sets
Visit Guild Traders to see which items sell better. Identify the most valuable items and set out to start farming them. These items are not always the same and they change based on the current meta.
Each Set/Item drops at a specific zone in the game. All you have to do is travel at the right area and start killing enemies in order to drop pieces from the set you are after.
For example, clearing Dolmens and other World Events will reward you with Jewelry, while killing World Bosses is good for farming weapons. You can sell the items in the quality they drop or you can upgrade them for a better price.
Always upgrade an item if you have spare materials(or can afford the cost) and the appropriate skill. If you want to know which Armor Sets are the best to farm for Gold take a look at my Overland Sets Farming Guide.
2. Farming Chests
Similar method to the previous one but this time you are running around opening chests instead of killing enemies.
After you have identified the items you want to get, visit the appropriate area and start looking around for chests to open. In areas without Dark Anchors or other World Events, this is also the only way to get valuable jewelry from Sets like Briarheart or Bright-Throat’s Boast.
Addons that reveal chests locations are helpful for this method.
To be truly effective you should also unlock the Treasure Hunter and Fortune’s Favor Champion Points Skills. The Keen Eye: Treasure Chests Passive from the Excavation(Antiquities)Skill-line will help you notice chests easier.
Crafting is a very lucrative way of making money but not really good for new players. This is a more advanced way of making gold in The Elder Scrolls Online.
It will require patience and time to get the appropriate skills to start crafting valuable items. When you do get the required skills though you can make a lot of money with this method.
Items that sell really well and reliably include common used sets like Law of Julianos and Hunding’s Rage as well as Alchemy potions. For a list of the best selling Alchemy Potions take a look at my Alchemy Guide.
Furnishing Crafting is also very valuable as long as you can afford the materials cost and have the skills! Certain Furnishings can sell for millions!
4. Harvest Materials
Harvesting Materials is a fast and easy way to make gold. It is also a great way for new players to start earning money in ESO.
All you have to do is visit an area with plenty of materials and start harvesting. All crafting materials will earn you a profit but Alchemy materials are the most valuable and easy to get.
To be effective when following this method you will want to unlock the Master Gatherer and Plentiful Harvest Champion Points skills. Using a dedicated Gold Farming Build will help you move and collect materials faster. To harvest materials of higher value, you will have to invest some skill-points in crafting skills.
For a dedicated Golf Farming Build take a look at Runner.
5. How to Make Gold with Stealing
Stealing in ESO is not only fun to do but also one of the best ways to find valuable Motifs and Blueprints. Your real profit from stealing comes from the stolen items you fence but also from the items you launder and sell later for gold. Sell only the most valuable items to a Fence for a better profit.
The use of a dedicated Thief character will help you make a lot more gold from stealing. If you are interesting in playing as a Thief in ESO you can take a look at my Cloak and Dagger Thief Build.
6. Convert Writ Vouchers to Gold
Another more advanced way to make gold in ESO. Complete Master Writs to earn Writ Vouchers. Then when you have enough vouchers, you can buy items and Recipes/Blueprints to sell for gold.
It is even possible to buy and learn a Recipe/Blueprint in order to craft and sell the product multiple times. This method requires good crafting skills to work and will take you time before you can utilize it.
7. Convert AP to Gold
A great method to make gold for players that enjoy PVP. By participating in PVP activities and in general by questing in PVP areas you earn AP – Alliance Points. You can use your AP to buy items that you can sell later for gold. There are three ways to achieve this.
First you can buy items from “The Golden“. A special NPC merchant that appears in Cyrodiil every Weekend or in special occasions, selling valuable items.
Some of those items can be sold for gold and will help you earn a small fortune.
In Cyrodiil the three towns of Vlastarus, Bruma and Cropsford have Elite Vendors(Specialized Gear Vendors). You can buy from them pieces from specific sets to sell again later for gold.
Finally Battlegrounds have their own vendors that can sell you valuable motifs and items for AP.
8. Convert Tel Var to Gold
Another decent way to make gold for players that enjoy PVP. Farm Tel Var from activities in the Imperial City(PvPvE zone) and use it to buy items from vendors in your Alliance Base, in the Imperial City.
Hakeijo Rune and the Alchemy Materials you get from Waxed Apothecary’s Parcels are great items to get and sell for Gold! But you can also sell pieces from Sets of the area that require Tel Var.
9. Play the Market
Buy Low, Sell High! No need to farm anything for this method. Just buy items and sell them higher! Having an initial Capital and a good understanding of the market is necessary for success.
Check Guild Traders in different towns, find items selling cheap, buy and resell them for a better price! Getting assistance from Market Addons like TTC(Tamriel Trade Centre) can be helpful.
10. Farm Enemies
No need to farm items and sell them with this method. You just earn Gold while earning Experience! A great way to use if you also wish to level up your character. Find areas with groups of Humanoid enemies(Humans, Elves etc) and farm them for Gold!
Humanoid enemies carry more Gold on them(have more pockets!) so it is better to focus on that type. Some great areas for this method include the Vile Manse(Reaper’s March), Obsidian Scar(Rivenspire) and Razak’s Wheel(Bangkorai) Public Dungeons!
You can find more great Spots to earn XP and Gold in my Best XP Grind Spots Guide!
11. How to Make Gold with Fishing
Fishing is another way of making gold in ESO. This method requires patience and luck. Gold from fishing comes mainly from Perfect Roe, a provisioning material, that you get if you are lucky after filleting the fish you have caught.
Perfect Roe is rather rare so follow this method only if you want to relax or are after some fishing achievements.
More of a starter way to make gold in ESO. Antiquities can give you a nice gold boost but is not a reliable way to earn gold long-term. Your main profit with this method comes from selling the Treasures you excavate, to NPC for gold. More specifically the Purple treasure you can find in every zone in-game.
You can only find this type of treasure once per account in every zone.
You can follow each one of the above methods separately to make gold or combine them for the maximum profit.