Before you start
There are six servers, XBOX, PS4, and PC, on NA and EU. Purchasing the game for one platform lets you play on both NA and EU servers on that platform. There is no way to play on the same account on multiple platforms. All of the platforms are extremely active. You will be able to find friends to play with on all of them. XBOX and PS4 communities have stronger PvP, but the raiding scene is weaker due to stability issues and lack of addons. PC has stronger end-game PvE and the economy is easier to manage. Addons are a massive boost to playability and the game is typically more stable. You can’t transfer characters or progress to other platforms, so once you’ve decided you’re stuck with it.
If you choose to play on PC avoid steam – it frequently makes the game unplayable. Not that the non-steam version is perfect, steam just adds even more problems.
In general, make whatever seems good at the time. You have eight character slots. You aren’t stuck with just one. And literally any class/race combo can complete all of the content in the game as any role with enough practice. You just might not get leaderboard scores.
Your first day in Tamriel
Watch the cinematics. Enjoy the dialogue. Pay attention – there are a lot of tips for how to play the game in dialogue and in books, especially in the starting zones!
If you own Morrowind, which if you’re reading this guide you probably do, you start in Vvardenfell. Once you complete the tutorial you are free to take whatever path you want. You can continue in Vvardenfell and save Vivec, or you can explore the rest of Tamriel, picking up the base game quests or pursuing the DLC.
My personal suggestion is to play the game in the order originally intended by the developers. Here’s how to do that.
In your explorations you’ll find a lot of things to do that don’t have any particular quest associated with them. This content is listed here. Delves are trivial; the rest may need to be saved for when you are stronger.
I suggest doing some exploration and questing at least until level 10, although it doesn’t matter where you do it – go wherever you like.
Once you’re a bit comfortable
Remember these tips for successful combat:
- Block when there are yellow lines (right click)
- Bash when there are red lines (right and then left click)
- Break free when stunned (left and then right click)
- Roll dodge out of aoe or snares (double tap a direction key)
- Use self-healing when available (resto staves are great for this)
- Use a damaging weapon whenever possible (dual wield or destro staff) in overland
You may want to start crafting. Information on crafting can be found here. Next to the crafting stations in the beginning cities are books and NPCs that explain how crafting works as well. Basically you’ll just want to research and deconstruct items for now. You may also craft items for your own use, but crafting items does not level crafting efficiently.
Sections to come:
Level Milestones and what to do with your life
What is Endgame anyways?
Trial and Dungeon Guides