earn gold in the elder scrolls online
Game: The Elder Scrolls Online
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Follow these tried and true methods to earn gold in The Elder Scrolls Online.

Like all good MMORPGs, ESO has its own thriving economy. Just like in real life, money makes the world go round, and a lot of new players want to know how to earn gold in The Elder Scrolls Online. Believe me, there really are no secrets or shortcuts — just proven methods that will help line your pockets with the money you need in-game.

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Earn Gold In The Elder Scrolls Online

If you’re a beginning player looking to earn gold in ESO, it’ll take perseverance and patience. No one starts out the game rich, but wealth is definitely obtainable. Do you want crazy stacks of gold in your account? Then follow these proven methods.

To earn gold in The Elder Scrolls Online it’s essential that you join a good trading guild. There are a lot of guilds out there, so make sure to join an active one with a full membership roster and a vendor in a major city. Often times, guilds will advertise openings in Zone Chat. You can also click here to shop around for a few that pique your interest.

An active trading guild will:

  • Give you a place to sell your loot and crafted goods (i.e., through the guild vendor).
  • Provide a network of guildies looking to purchase crafted items, materials, etc.
  • Provide a network of guildies where you can purchase items and materials for your own needs.

Join an active trading guild in ESO.
Join an active trading guild in ESO to earn gold.

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It goes without saying, but Quests are one of the main ways to earn gold in The Elder Scrolls Online. Admittedly, quests won’t earn you money hand over fist, but since you’re completing them for experience and the story line anyway, the gold will add up steadily.

The Elder Scrolls Online actually encourages exploration, and seeing as how Quests = Gold, you’re advised to take your time to thoroughly explore every Zone for adventures to complete.

A penny saved is a penny earned, and one of the best ways to earn gold in The Elder Scrolls Online is not to waste it in the first place. Don’t throw your money away on fast traveling to Wayshrines or repairing armor. Simply walk or ride to the nearest Wayshrine to travel for free, and sell or deconstruct broken armor as it becomes unusable. During questing, you’ll always find good bits of gear to replace the broken stuff with.

The huge majority of MMORPGs out there have a lot of drops that are simply trash — junk that you don’t even bother picking up after awhile. It’s sort of like finding a penny on the sidewalk — you just ignore it.

Well, if you want to become wealthy in Tamriel, don’t ignore loot drops. For that matter, don’t ignore the plants you come across, ore deposits, wood stacks, Aspect runes, barrels, chests, etc. — search for and collect everything you find. Don’t ignore those pennies!

You can use virtually any item in the world:

  • Valuable items can be sold for cash.
  • Armor and weapons (not sold) can be used to replenish broken pieces, or deconstructed for valuable materials and crafting ingredients (not to mention the crafting experience you’ll earn).
  • Ore, wood, ingredients etc. can be sold or hoarded for your own crafting purposes.

So basically, it comes down to collecting absolutely everything you can, keeping what you need, and selling all the rest.

Crafting is one of the game’s features that allows you to earn gold in The Elder Scrolls Online.  If you take the time to become a master craftsman, you’ll undoubtedly be able to earn a nice living, perhaps even becoming rich. Every hour, Zone Chat has players looking for crafters to make them armor, glyphs, etc. Skilled crafters are tipped well.

You should choose the crafting profession that suits you best, and spend time and Skill points mastering it. Be forewarned: it takes time and resources to become a master craftsman, but just like investing in an education in real life, your advanced skills will serve you well in earning gold in The Elder Scrolls Online economy.

Improved crafting skills will help you earn gold in The Elder Scrolls Online.
Improved crafting skills will help you earn gold in The Elder Scrolls Online.

With the release of the Justice System, stealing is now a really good way to earn gold in The Elder Scrolls Online. Stolen items can be fenced or sold for a decent amount of gold.

For helpful tips on starting a life of crime, take a look at the following Skyrim Fansite articles:

Earn gold in ESO the old fashioned way: steal it!
Earn gold in ESO the old fashioned way: steal it!

This isn’t an exhaustive list by any means on how to earn gold in The Elder Scrolls Online, but by following the proven methods above, you’ll steadily and surely add money to your bank account and have all the money that you need in-game. Good luck!

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ArnoldS
ArnoldS
11 months ago

Really good article for beginners, especially in ESO it’s really hard to get some gold on a start, so that tips will help some people I think 🙂

ESOJimmy
ESOJimmy (@esojimmy)
5 months ago

Hey there, that’s a great guide for sure, but those “proven ways” won’t get you the thousands of gold in ESO, rather smaller amounts, but consistently. And let’s be frank, not everyone have the time or patience to get the gold as it’s described here. Don’t get me wrong, all of these ways are solid, but to get a bigger amount of gold and fast, you will have better odds by getting in touch with players who actually sell the gold. In fact, there are many players with genuine intent to sell their gold. One thing you need to do is to find them and get into the negotiations.

RichardY
RichardY
5 months ago

This is by far one of the best MMOs I have ever played and I’ve played quite a few of them. I’ve heard a lot of people hate on this game. At first I found the game boring and my interest died off after getting to lvl 20 on a Character. But a year later I picked it up again and gave it a fair try. I was not disappointed. This game contains the massive open world of Tamriel beautifully recreated as an MMO. There’s a main story line, there are three factions with their own story lines. and hundreds of side quests that unlike many other MMOs, these side quests can be quite interesting and introduce you to some interesting characters. There’s very few fetch quests like you see in other MMOs and and if there is a fetch quests it tends to fit into a larger narrative which makes them more interesting. There’s also some questlines such as the Fighters Guild or the Mages guild that open up new ability trees for your character. There’s also plenty of professions for your character to take up such as crafting armor, weapons, creating enchantments, potion crafting, cooking, woodworking, and more. There’s also an incredible PvP system. You can join in on massive PvP battles with hundreds of players focused on capturing objectives and keeping them in month long campaigns. There’s an incredible PVE endgame as well with many group dungeons as well as more rewarding master dungeons. There’s also trials as well which are activities focused on large group cooperation and can be very challenging. There’s also seasonal events that allow you to earn cool rewards. But that’s not all. That’s just the base game. The base game alone will give you 1000+ hours of content but there have been many paid expansions added over the years that have added hundreds more quests, new zones, new dungeons, new trials, new professions, new classes, and even new PvP game modes. Also, this game is very open ended. The classes just determine your starting abilities unique to that class, but you can use whatever weapons or armor you desire. You can play any role you desire too regardless of class. Wanna play a necromancer that can heal? You got it. Wanna play a sorcerer that can tank? You can do that too. I realize this game has gotten a lot of criticism over the years due to its poor launch as well as some people thinking this would be an Elder Scrolls 6 and getting their hopes shattered. But if you love the universe of Elder Scrolls at all, or even if you’re just interested in a fun MMO that is full of things to do and is full of beautiful locations, interesting characters, and plenty of interesting quests. This game is definitely worth a try and if you give this game an honest try, I think you’re in for a real treat. See you all in Tamriel, and may your road lead you to warm sands.

Fenske
Fenske (@fenske)
5 months ago

This is a nice guide for ESO beginners. It is hard to farm eso gold and costs you much time and energy. I have been playing for a few years now (since late 2016) and I recently hit CP 1000, finished my Master Crafter, and have completed Cadwell’s Silver on my main account. I am going to start Gold soon, once I finish some more of the DLC. I have almost 3200 hours into the game and I have enjoyed every minute of it! The most fantastic part is the amount of things there are to do, and how there is literally something for everyone. The game motto of “Play the way you want” is very true at least of a broad sense. The issue of endgame is another topic, but I digress.

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