Videogaming: Beginning PvP in Elder Scrolls Online


  1. Gear & Skills
  2. Battlegrounds
  3. Alliance War
  4. Changing Alliance
  5. Alliance War Tips
  6. No Champion Point Campaigns
  7. No-Proc Gear Sets
  8. Recommended No-Proc Sets by Role

Gear & Skills


  • In PvP most players will try to do a lot of fast burst damage, particularly using Critical hits. So to protect yourself it’s common to wear heavier armor than you normally would for PvE. You should definitely wear a Heavy armor piece on your chest, and maybe for some other locations as well, particularly head and legs. It’s also common to wear armor with extra Critical Resistance. Critical Resistance is useless in PvE since NPC monsters never do Critical damage, however players do it practically all the time in PvP, so it’s best to be ready for it.
  • Using more Heavy armor will give you extra protection, but at the cost of Magicka and Stamina regeneration, so you might also want to take an armor set that can give you more resources, like Shacklebreaker or Vastarie’s Tutelage.
  • You know those Crown Store poisons you get for free from daily login rewards? Now might be a good time to try using them, especially if you are a Stamina-based character. You can really mess up an enemy player with a well-applied strong poison.
  • Make sure you have a good stock of potions slotted in your primary Quickslot, and use them frequently. This can often mean the difference between winning and losing a fight.


  • AoE damage over time skills can be useful in Alliance War sieges for taking out large groups of NPC guards in forts and resource points, but they aren’t much use against players. So consider reducing the amount of AoE skills you normally carry.
  • However single target damage over time skills can be very useful , because you can get a lot of bang for your buck with them — so consider taking at least a couple of these.
  • If you have been reading this far, you’ll know that players tend to carry heavier armor than usual, so skills that lower an enemy’s armor resistance can make a huge difference to the damage you can do.
  • Since players tend to run around a lot, skills that snare or immoblise the enemy are handy. You should have at least one of these.
  • Conversely, your own mobility is vital — gap closing skills like charges or teleports are a must if you normally use melee weapons. Or skills that boost your speed when you need to run away ;-)
  • Even if you aren’t a Healer, take at least one healing or protection skill, even if it’s just a self-heal of some sort. In the heat of a fight your party Healer can often get overwhelmed quickly, so help them out when you can, it’s for your own good!
  • Stealth is the most useful skill of all — if they can’t see you, they can’t hurt you. If you have access to invisibilty skills or potions, these can be very useful. Invisible Nightblades can do tremendous damage to an unsuspecting player and then run away easily when the going gets tough.
  • On the other side of the coin, taking skills that can help you see stealthed players can be a life-saver. Consider slotting either the Fighters Guild Expert Hunter skill or the Mages Guild Magelight skill —slotting either of these skills will also hugely increase your Critical hits, even when you aren’t actively using them, so you’ll do more damage as well.


Alliance War

Getting to Cyrodiil

Entering the Imperial City

Friend or Foe?

  • Blue — Daggerfall Covenant
  • Yellow — Aldmeri Dominion
  • Red — Ebonheart Pact

Changing Alliance

Alliance War Tips:

  1. Make sure you have done the introductory quest in Cyrodiil. After you have done this, you will be able to pick up daily quests from the boards in your main Alliance base (this is Southern High Rock Gate if you are part of Daggerfall Covenant).
  2. There are two Alliance War skill lines that you can level up by playing in Cyrodiil: Assault (Stamina based) and Support (Magicka based). Both lines have very useful skills — and the passive skills are well worth unlocking too. Everyone should unlock the Assault passive Continuous Attack immediately — it will give you a massive speed boost when you are riding, which is hugely useful.
  3. If you are a mage, slot some healing skills (even if you are a DPS mage). There are never enough healers and even some small healing is better than standing there not knowing what to do. The Restoration Staff Regeneration skill is great, because you don’t even have to target it for it to be useful; and of course the Alliance War Support skills can be incredibly handy. Even if you aren’t a mage, you can still heal with the Undaunted skill Blood Altar, or use the Alliance War Assault skill Vigor.
  4. If you are a Stamina-based DPS, consider adding poison to your weapons. Poisons are not particularly great in PvE, but they can be fantastic in PvP.
  5. Repairing castle doors and walls is a great way to gain Alliance Points. You can also repair siege engines during a siege — which is useful, because they break quite easily. You will need to buy loads of Alliance War Repair Kits and have them slotted into your QuickSlots before the fight starts, since you can’t slot things during a combat. You can buy them at your Alliance Base or from the vendor in any Keep that your Alliance owns.
  6. If you aren’t a healer, learn how to use siege engines! You can do enormous damage with those things — they make you triply effective in a siege. Make sure you have a couple of siege engines in your quickslots before you get into a battle.
  7. During a siege, you should either be healing or using a siege engine of some sort. The only exception is if you are an archer — with a bow you can snipe really long distances in Cyrodiil, which can be handy.
  8. The main way to be useful is join the main zerg (for newbies, zerg is a large group) and follow the zerg leader. It can be really exhilarating to be part of a huge siege of 40–50 people, although it can also be extremely confusing the first few times. To join a team in Cyrodiil, type /z for zone chat and type LFG.
  9. Alternately if you are in a small Guild team of 5–10 people, a cool strategy can be to operate as a guerrilla force behind enemy lines. To do this find an unoccupied enemy resource such as a small town, farm, mine, or lumber mill. Hit it fast, take it over, and then run like hell. Find another resource and repeat. Note that this strategy depends on speed and surprise — eventually the enemy will get pissed off and send a team after you. That’s exactly what you want, because those enemies are then taken away from the main fight. But you do need to make sure they don’t catch you! The essence of this strategy is not PvPing, it’s taking out NPC guards and then riding away as fast as possible. So even if you don’t really like PvP as such you can still have fun and help your Alliance this way :-)

No Champion Point Campaigns

No-Proc Gear Sets

No-Proc gear sets that can be used in No CP Cyrodiil & Imperial City

  • Aetherial Ascension
  • Agility
  • Akaviri Dragonguard
  • Amber Plasm
  • Ancient Dragonguard
  • Archer’s Mind
  • Armor of the Seducer
  • Armor of the Trainee
  • Assassin’s Guile
  • Bahraha’s Curse (4-pieces)
  • Bastion of the Heartland
  • Battlefield Acrobat
  • Beekeeper’s Gear
  • Black Rose
  • Blessing of the Potentates
  • Blooddrinker
  • Buffer of the Swift
  • Champion of the Hist
  • Crafty Alfiq
  • Crushing Wall (Maelstrom)
  • Dagon’s Dominion
  • Darkstride
  • Deadly Strike
  • Draugr Hulk
  • Duneripper’s Scales
  • Eagle Eye
  • Elf Bane
  • Endurance
  • Eyes of Mara
  • Fiord’s Legacy
  • Flanking Strategist
  • Footman’s Fortune
  • Fortified Brass
  • Frostbite
  • Grace of Sithis
  • Grace of the Ancients
  • Hawk’s Eye
  • Healer’s Habit
  • Heartland Conqueror
  • Hunding’s Rage
  • Impregnable Armor
  • Innate Axiom
  • Jailbreaker
  • Jorvuld’s Guidance
  • Kvatch Gladiator
  • Law of Julianos
  • Leki’s Focus
  • Leviathan
  • Light Speaker
  • Malacath’s Band of Brutality
  • Mark of the Pariah
  • Marksman’s Crest
  • Markyn Ring of Majesty
  • Medusa
  • Mighty Chudan*
  • Mother’s Sorrow
  • Netch’s Touch
  • New Moon Acolyte
  • Night Mother’s Embrace
  • Night Terror (3-piece)
  • Order of Diagna
  • Orgnum’s Scales
  • Perfected Crushing Wall
  • Permafrost
  • Plague Doctor
  • Prisoner’s Rags
  • Rattlecage
  • Ranger’s Gait
  • Red Eagle’s Fury
  • Relics of the Physician, Ansur
  • Robes of Alteration Mastery
  • Robes of Destruction Mastery
  • Salvation
  • Sergeant’s Mail
  • Shacklebreaker
  • Shalk Exoskeleton
  • Shapeshifter’s Chain
  • Shield Breaker
  • Shield of the Valiant (5-piece)
  • Silks of the Sun
  • Slimecraw*
  • Spider Cultist Cowl
  • Spinner’s Garments
  • Spriggan’s Thorns
  • Strength of the Automaton
  • Swamp Raider
  • Sword Dancer
  • Sword-Singer
  • Syvarra’s Scales (4-pieces)
  • Toothrow
  • Torc of Tonal Constancy
  • Torug’s Pact
  • Trial by Fire
  • Treasure Hunter
  • Titanborn Strength
  • Twice-Born Star
  • Twilight’s Embrace
  • Vampire’s Cloak
  • Vesture of Darloc Brae (4-piece)
  • War Maiden
  • Way of Air (4-piece)
  • Way of the Arena
  • Willow’s Path
  • Willpower
  • Witch-Knight’s Defiance
  • Wrath of the Imperium
  • Ysgramor’s Birthright

Auxiliary Sets

  • Call of the Undertaker
  • Coward’s Gear
  • Dauntless Combatant
  • Dead Water’s Guile
  • Dragon’s Defilement
  • Fasalla’s Guile
  • Hanu’s Compassion
  • Heem-Jas’ Retribution
  • Hex Siphon
  • Hide of Morihaus
  • Kagrenac’s Hope
  • Knightmare
  • Might of the Lost Legion
  • Oblivion’s Edge
  • Oblivion’s Foe
  • Pestilent Host
  • Sentry
  • Shadow Dancer’s Raiment
  • Vastarie’s Tutelage
  • Vicious Death
  • Wisdom of Vanus
  • Wizard’s Riposte

Recommended No-Proc sets by role


  • Akaviri Dragonguard
  • Beekeepers Gear
  • Plague Doctor
  • Mark of the Pariah
  • Dunerippers Scales
  • Torug’s Pact
  • Fortified Brass
  • Orgnum’s Scales


  • Jorvuld’s Guidance
  • Eyes of Mara
  • Light Speaker
  • Amber Plasm
  • Armour of the Seducer

Stamina DPS

  • Spriggan’s Thorns
  • Leviathan
  • Hunding’s Rage
  • Strength of the Automaton
  • Battlefield Acrobat
  • Dagon’s Dominion
  • Archer’s Mind
  • Draughr Hulk
  • Deadly Strike
  • Flanking Strategist
  • Toothrow

Magicka DPS

  • Law of Julianos
  • Mother’s Sorrow
  • Crafty Alfiq
  • Treasure Hunter
  • Robes of Destruction Mastery
  • Silks of the Sun
  • Elf Bane


  • Shacklebreaker — good, craftable all-round set that will give increased damage and sustain to any role. Since it’s craftable, it’s available in any weight.
  • Black Rose — a tanky all-round set that can be purchased with Tel Var Stones from armor merchants in the Imperial City Sewers. Comes in Heavy only, but realistically that’s the weight you will probably want with this.



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