Elder Scrolls Online - Guide To Enchanting

Here's your guide to the Enchanting Skill Line in Elder Scrolls Online.

In this guide I will breakdown all that you need to know about Enchanting in Elder Scrolls Online. I will share discoveries made and will update as more are uncovered.

For guides on other professions such as Alchemy, Blacksmithing, Woodworking and Clothing, please turn to our ESO Guide Directory.

Enchanting is a profession that involves the creation of Glyphs. These are used to add special abilities to Armor, Weapons and Jewelry. To make Glyphs, you'll need three different kinds of Runestones which can be found throughout the game. Enchanting requires Skill Point investment in order to make more powerful Glyphs.

Runestones (Runes) come in three categories:

  • Essence Runes (Triangle) - Determines which effect the enchantment will have, for example Magicka Regeneration
  • Potency Runes (Square) - Determines whether the enchantment effect will be increased, decreased, a buff or debuff
  • Aspect Runes (Circle) - Determines the quality (strength) of the enchantment

Each Rune category offers many different types and various combinations to make different types of Glyphs. Once created, Glyphs will have a specific enchantment (do not confuse with traits) and can be applied to items.

Enchanting Skill Line

Each unlock level is for within the Skill Line which differs from your character's basic leveling.

Passive Ability:

Aspect Improvement - Allows use of Aspect Runestones

  • Rank 1 (Unlocks at Level 1) - Common (White) & Standard (Green)
  • Rank 2 (Unlocks at Level 6) - Superior (Blue)
  • Rank 3 (Unlocks at Level 16) - Artifact (Purple)
  • Rank 4 (Unlocks at Rank 3) - Legendary (Gold)

Potency Improvement

  • Rank 1 (Unlocks at Level 1) - Allows use of Jora, Porade, Jode & Notade (Glyphs Level 1-15)
  • Rank 2 (Unlocks at Level 5) - Allows use of Jera, Jejora, Ode & Tade (Glyphs Level 11-25)
  • Rank 3 (Unlocks at Level 10) - Allows use of Odra, Pojora, Jayde & Edode (Glyphs Level 21-35)
  • Rank 4 (Unlocks at Rank 3) - Allows use of Edora, Jaera, Pojode & Rekude (Glyphs Level 30-45)
  • Rank 5 (Unlocks at Rank 4) - Allows use of Pora, Denara, Hade & Idode (Glyphs Level 40-50)
  • Rank 6 (Unlocks at Rank 5) - Allows use of Rera & Pode  (Glyphs Level VR1)
  • Rank 7 (Unlocks at Rank 6) - Allows use of Derado & Kedeko (Glyphs Level VR3)
  • Rank 8 (Unlocks at Rank 7) - Allows use of Recura & Rede (Glyphs Level VR6)
  • Rank 9 (Unlocks at Rank 8) - Allows use of Cura & Kude (Glyphs Level VR8)

Keen Eye Improvement

  • Rank 1 (Unlocks at Level 2) - See Runes 20 meters or closer
  • Rank 2 (Unlocks at Level 7) - See Runes 30 meters or closer
  • Rank 3 (Unlocks at Rank 2) - See Runes 40 meters or closer

Hireling

  • Rank 1 (Unlocks at Level 3) - While offline a hireling will find Runestones for you
  • Rank 2 (Unlocks at Level 12) - While offline a hireling will find Runestones for you every 24 hours and has a good chance to find rare Runestones
  • Rank 3 (Unlocks at Rank 2) - While offline a hireling will find Runestones for you every 12 hours and has a good chance to find rare Runestones

Aspect Extraction

  • Rank 1 (Unlocks at Level 4) - Increases chances of extracting Aspect Runestones by 5%
  • Rank 2 (Unlocks at Rank 1) - Increases chances of extracting Aspect Runestones by 10%
  • Rank 3 (Unlocks at Rank 2) - Increases chances of extracting Aspect Runestones by 15%

I highly recommend applying your Skill Points in Aspect Improvement and Potency Improvement in order to create awesome Glyphs. These two will require 13 Skill Points between them to Max Out and open up your abilities. Hireling can be useful if you open it up immediately but you don't need to make the investment. Aspect Extraction can be really useful to extract more Aspect Runestones from Glyphs you created but it's not mandatory--in my opinion.

Rune Translations

Essence Runes

RuneTranslation
Dekeipa Frost
Deni Stamina
Denima Stamina Regeneration
Deteri Armor
Haoko Disease
Kaderi Shield
Kuoko Poison
Makderi Spell Harm
Makko Magicka
Makkoma Magicka Regeneration
Meip Shock
Oko Health
Okoma Health Regen
Okori Power
Oru Alchemist
Rakeipa Fire
Taderi Physical Harm

Aspect Runes

RuneTranslationQuality (Item Color)Aspect Level
Ta Base White Level 1
Jejota Fine Green Level 1
Denata Superior Blue Level 2
Rekuta Artifact Purple Level 3
Kuta Legendary Gold Level 4

Additive Potency Runes

RuneTranslationGlyph PrefixPotency LevelGear Level
Jora Develop Trifling Level 1 Level 1-10
Porade Add Inferior Level 1 Level 5-15
Jera Increase Petty Level 2 Level 10-20
Jejora Raise Slight Level 2 Level 15-25
Odra Gain Minor Level 3 Level 20-30
Pojora Supplement Lesser Level 3 Level 25-35
Edora Boost Moderate Level 4 Level 30-40
Jaera Advance Average Level 4 Level 35-45
Pora Augment Strong Level 5 Level 40-50
Denara Strengthen Strong Level 5 Level 40-50
Rera Exaggerate Greater Level 6 VR1-VR3
Derado Empower Greater Level 7 VR3-VR5
Recura Magnify Grand Level 8 VR5-VR8
Cura Intensify - Level 9 VR8-VR10

Subtractive Potency Runes

RuneTranslationGlyph PrefixPotency LevelGear Level
Jode Reduce Trifling Level 1 Level 1-10
Notade Subtract Inferior Level 1 Level 5-15
Ode Shrink Petty Level 2 Level 10-20
Tade Decrease Slight Level 2 Level 15-25
Jayde Deduct Minor Level 3 Level 20-30
Edode Lower Lesser Level 3 Level 25-35
Pojode Diminish Moderate Level 4 Level 30-40
Rekude Weaken Average Level 4 Level 35-45
Hade Lessen Strong Level 5 Level 40-50
Idode Impair Strong Level 5 Level 40-50
Pode Remove Greater Level 6 VR1-VR3
Kedeko Drain Greater Level 7 VR3-VR5
Rede Deprive Grand Level 8 VR5-VR8
Kude Negate - Level 9 VR8-VR10

Types of Glyphs

Armor Glyphs

Glyph NameGlyph DescriptionPotency RuneEssence Rune
Glyph of Magicka Adds Max Magicka Any Additive Makko
Glyph of Health Adds Max Health Any Additive Oko
Glyph of Stamina Adds Max Stamina Any Additive Deni

Weapon Glyphs

Glyph NameGlyph DescriptionPotency RuneEssence Rune
Glyph of Frost Deals Frost Damage Any Additive Dekeipa
Glyph of Foulness Deals Disease Damage Any Additive Haoko
Glyph of Poison Deals Poison Damage Any Additive Kuoko
Glyph of Shock Deals Shock Damage Any Additive Meip
Glyph of Rage Increases your Power by ‘X’ for ‘Y’ seconds Any Additive Okori
Glyph of Flame Deals Fire Damage Any Additive Rakeipa
Glyph of Hardening Grants a ‘X’ point Damage Shield for ‘Y’ seconds Any Additive Deteri
Glyph of Absorb Magicka Deals Magic Damage and recovers Magicka Any Subtractive Makko
Glyph of Absorb Health Deals Magic Damage and recovers Health Any Subtractive Oko
Glyph of Decrease Health Deals unresistable damage Any Subtractive Okoma
Glyph of Weakening Reduce target’s Power by ‘X’ for ‘Y’ seconds Any Subtractive Okori
Glyph of Absorb Stamina Deals Magic Damage and recovers Stamina Any Subtractive Deni
Glyph of Crushing Reduce target’s Armor by ‘X’ for ‘Y’ seconds Any Subtractive Deteri

Jewelry Glyphs

Glyph NameGlyph DescriptionPotency RuneEssence Rune
Glyph of Increase Physical Harm Adds Weapon Damage Additive Taderi
Glyph of Health Regeneration Adds Health Recovery Additive Okoma
Glyph of Magicka Regeneration Adds Magicka Recovery Additive Makkoma
Glyph of Bashing Increase Bash Damage Additive Kaderi
Glyph of Stamina Regeneration Adds Stamina Recovery Additive Denima
Glyph of Potion Boost Increase Potion effect Additive Oru
Glyph of Increase Magical Harm Adds Spell Damage Additive Makderi
Glyph of Frost Resist Adds Frost Resistance Subtractive Dekeipa
Glyph of Poison Resist Adds Poison Resistance Subtractive Kuoko
Glyph of Decrease Spell Harm Adds Spell Resistance Subtractive Makderi
Glyph of Decrease Physical Harm Adds Armor Subtractive Taderi
Glyph of Reduce Feat Cost Reduce Stamina cost of abilities Subtractive Denima
Glyph of Disease Resist Adds Disease Resistance Subtractive Haoko
Glyph of Shielding Reduce cost of Bash and reduce cost of Blocking Subtractive Kaderi
Glyph of Reduce Spell Cost Reduce Magicka cost of Spells Subtractive Makkoma
Glyph of Shock Resist Adds Shock Resistance Subtractive Meip
Glyph of Potion Speed Reduce the cool down of Potions below this item’s level by ‘X’ seconds Subtractive Oru
Glyph of Fire Resist Adds Fire Resistance Subtractive Rakeipa

 

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