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How to Choose a Weapon

How to Choose a Weapon

This guide is going to cover how to choose a weapon in ESO Elder Scrolls Online. Looking back through my past guides, I have touched on this topic a bit, but based on many questions I have been getting, it’s clear that I have not gone into enough depth with it and that there is a need for weapons to have their own guide.

This guide will cover each weapon type, what resource their abilities use, main use, and what roles can take advantage of the weapon types.

There is a key detail that I think people need to consider when choosing their weapons: abilities deal more damage and do more healing based on your power and resource pool. So magicka-costing deal more damage with more spell damage and magicka, and stamina abilities deal more damage with your weapon damage and stamina pool. Now this does not mean that a magicka character cant take advantage of a stamina ability or vice versa. If you’re going to be using an ability of the opposite resource, you’re going to want to use one for utility, not one that you will be relying on for damage since it wont scale with your resource. For example, stamina nightblades still use shadow cloak for stealth even though it costs magicka, because they want the ability to be in stealth. And since it deals no damage, it doesnt matter that it costs magicka. Many magicka characters who choose to use sword and shield can find use from Reverberating Bash, even though it costs stamina and deals some damage, it offers the major defile debuff and a stun, which is the main draw to that ability. So you need to weigh the utility options of an ability that uses the opposite resource before incorporating it into your build!

Two-Handed

Resource: Stamina
Main Use: Stamina PvP
Resources that can use: Stamina and Magicka
Why Magicka? Magicka can make use of some of the passives from the Two-Handed skill lines.  If you look at the passive heavy weapons, that is the main reason a magicka character would choose a 2h – increases damage by 5% when wielding a sword. Yes, as a magicka unit, if youre using two-handed weapons you need to use a sword due to how much extra spell damage you get and is the main reason why one would choose to use two-handed as a magicka character. Do keep in mind though that you do miss out on some light attack damage from having a destruction staff which really does add up.

One-Handed and Shield

Resource: Stamina
Main Use: Tanking and PvP (magicka and stamina)
Resources that can use: Stamina and Magicka
Why Magicka? Slow mobility magicka users are generally the ones you see utilizing Sword and Board, due to the fact that Sword and Board allows them to block a heavy amount of damage and blocking acts as a really strong source of mitigation, allowing these slow moving units to live longer and reach their targets to deal damage. 

Dual Wield

Resource: Stamina
Main Use: Stamina PvE
Resources that can use: Stamina and Magicka
Why Magicka? Magicka can make use of some of the passives from the Dual Wield skill line.  If you look at the passive Twin blade and blunt, that is the main reason a magicka character would choose DW – increases damage by 2.5% when wielding a sword. Yes, as a magicka unit, if youre using dual wield weapons you need to use a sword due to how much extra spell damage you get and is one of the main reasons why one would choose to use dual wield as a magicka character. Do keep in mind though that you do miss out on some light attack damage from having a destruction staff which really does add up.

Bow

Resource: Stamina
Main Use: Stamina PvE and PvP
Resources that can use: Stamina
Why not magicka?  Simply put, there are no passives or active abilities that magicka can get any use out of.

Destruction Staff

Resource: Magicka
Main Use: Magicka PvP and PvE
Resources that can use: Magicka (Most healers also will even use a destruction staff)
Why not stamina?  Simply put, there are no passives or active abilities that stamina can get any use out of.

Restoration Staff

Resource: Magicka
Main Use: Healing, Magicka PvP
Resources that can use: Magicka
Why not stamina? Simply put, there are no passives or active abilities that stamina can get any use out of. I have seen some people try and use a resto staff for light’s champion as resto, but that’s a very niche need and not something i recommend to the player base at large.

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