This Trait Beginner Guide is meant to explain the basics of Traits in The Elder Scrolls Online.

Traits in The Elder Scrolls Online are effects on either Armor, Jewelry or Weapons that have a fixed value depending on the quality of an item. Usually, throughout the world, you can find items with random Traits being applied to them on pickup, unless it’s pre-defined through quest or kill rewards. On crafted items you can choose which Trait you want, as long as you or the crafter have researched it.

Traits are different from Enchantments, as you can always replace an Enchantment and it is applied on an already existing item. It is possible to change the Trait on an item afterwards, but it is a bit more complicated and I will explain it in this Trait Beginner Guide.

Trait Values

For every of the Armor, Jewelry or Weapon items we currently have 9 traits. As mentioned before, the quality of an item decides how effective it is.
I have listed the effect changes for each Trait depending on the quality, as well as listed the Effects of said Trait in this Trait Beginner Guide.

Armor

TraitEffectsNormalFineSuperiorEpicLegendary
DivinesIncreases Mundus Stone Effects by:3.5%4.5%5.5%6.5%7.5%
InfusedIncrease Armor Enchantment effects by:8%11%14%17%20%
InvigoratingIncreases Magicka, Stamina and Health Recovery by:357911
ImpenetrableReduces item’s durability damage by 50% and increases Critical Resistance by:225234243249258
NirnhonedIncreases Spell and Physical Resistance by:262273283290301
ReinforcedIncreases Armor by:12%13%14%15%16%
SturdyReduces Block Cost by:2%2.5%3%3.5%4%
TrainingIncreases Experience gained from kills by:7%8%9%10%11%
Well-FittedReduces the cost of Sprinting and Roll Dodge by:1%2%3%4%5%

Jewelry

TraitEffectsNormalFineSuperiorEpicLegendary
ArcaneIncreases Maximum Magicka by:760790820840870
BloodthirstyIncreases damage against enemies under 25% Health by:6%7%8%9%10%
HarmonyIncreases Damage, Healing, Resource Restore and Damage Shield strength of synergies you active by:15%20%25%30%35%
HealthyIncreases Maximum Health by:836869902924957
InfusedIncreases Jewelry enchantment effectiveness by:24%33%42%51%60%
ProtectiveIncreases Spell and Physical Resistance by:16241684174417841844
RobustIncreases Maximum Stamina by:760790820840870
SwiftIncreases Movement Speed by:2%3%4%5%6%
TriuneIncreases Health
Magicka and
Stamina by:
418
380
380
429
390
390
451
410
410
467
425
425
478
435
435

Weapons

Unlike armor, weapons can hold two slots or be wielded twice, so these stats are for one weapon. For two weapons the bonuses count double, unless otherwise indicated.

TraitEffectsNormalFineSuperiorEpicLegendary
ChargedIncreases chance to apply Status Effects by:70%80%90%100%110%
DecisiveChance to gain 1 additional Ultimate anytime that Ultimate is gained by:12%14%16%18%20%
DefendingIncreases total Physical and Spell Resistance by:12001248129613281376
InfusedReduces Enchantment cooldown by 50%

Increases Weapon Enchantment effect by:
(doesn’t count double for 2H)

10%15%20%25%30%
NirnhonedIncreases Weapon Damage by:
(doesn’t count double for 2H)
11%12%13%14%15%
PoweredIncreases Healing done by:2.5%3%3.5%4%4.5%
PreciseIncreases Weapon and Spell Critical values by:1.5%2%2.5%3%3.5%
SharpenedIncreases Armor and Spell Penetration by:12001248129613281376
TrainingIncreases Experience gained from kills by:2.5%3%3.5%4%4.5%

Other Purpose Traits

As you might have already seen, we have two more traits which you can find on all items. These serve different purposes and are not meant to be worn or wielded. Additionally, you can’t research or craft them either.

OrnateIncreased value upon sale to an NPC vendor.
IntricateIncreased Inspiration Experience gained upon deconstruction.

Research

Researching a Trait is important if you want to craft your own items. Specific sets require you to have mastered a certain amount of researched Traits, and if you want to be able to change a Trait on your gear you will have to have researched it as well.

In order to learn a Trait, you need to choose this from your crafting interface at a crafting station. The item will thereupon be destroyed, so be careful what you choose!

Researching can take a long time, even though the first few traits are relatively easy to get.

To give you a quick overview, these are the research times without having spent a skill point into the researching passive.

Research Time:

  • 1st Trait: 6 hours
  • 2nd Trait: 12 hours
  • 3rd Trait: 24 hours
  • 4th Trait: 48 hours
  • 5th Trait: 96 hours (4 days)
  • 6th Trait: 192 hours (8 days)
  • 7th Trait: 384 hours (16 days)
  • 8th Trait: 768 hours (32 days)
  • 9th Trait: 1536 hours (64 days)

If you want to know more about Crafting in general, and how Researching works in-depth, here are guides to the currently four researchable crafts:


Transmutation

If you want to change a Trait on your armor, jewelry or weapons, you can do this by transmuting an item to the desired trait.
You can do so at a Transmutation Station, which you can either access in the Clockwork City DLC, or via houses of friends or guildmates.
Mind you, you need to have researched the trait in order to be able to transmute it.

Here is an in-depth Guide on Transmutation.


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