Enchanting guide

Enchanting Guide

Enchanting guideEnchantment is one of 6 jobs in Elder Scrolls Online. It creates various glyphs which are used to add attributes and various effects to your objects. To create these glyphs, you must be in an enchanting station anywhere in the world, as well as have 3 appropriate reagents: a power, a essence and an aspect rune. Below we are going to take a closer look at Enchanting, so if you are interested in this craft, be sure to read it.


  1. What are runes
  2. Collect runes
  3. Enchanting Skill Line
  4. Essence Runes
  5. Runes aspect
  6. Power Runes
    1. Additive
    2. Subtractive
  7. Glyph creation
    1. Armor
    2. Armed
    3. Jewelry
  8. Leveling Enchanting

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What are runes


Runes of appearance, essence and power

Runestones can be found almost anywhere in Tamriel: they are lootable items that provide you with many different runes. The runes fall into three main categories: essence runes, power runes and aspect runes.

  • Essence Runes (triangle) define the effect that the enchantment will have (such as additional magic, regeneration of magic, power of the weapon, type of damage, etc.).
  • Powerful Runes (square) determines whether the enchanted effect will be increased or decreased, improved or weakened.
  • Aspect Runes (circle) determines the quality (strength) of the enchantment.

Within each of these categories of runes, there are several different runes, and various combinations of them give you different types of glyphs. I have included all the translations of runes in the tables below so that the effect you are trying to create is easy.

Glyphs, on the other hand, are simple: when created with runes, glyphs contain a enchant (not to be confused with features) and can be applied to the elements by anyone.

Collect runes

Gather the runes

Everyone can (and should) collect runes.

Gathering runes is as simple as interacting with runestones in the world: small “shrines” of distinct appearances, usually very easy to spot. Like all other crafting materials, collecting runes does not require you to master the enchantment or have special tools to collect them.

You will usually need many runes if you plan to progress in Enchanting, and various equipment that you get from quests or dungeons will often be much better if you are able to apply decent enchantments to it. Therefore, it is recommended that you pick up all of the runes whenever you see them and start leveling Enchanting as soon as you can. It should be noted that due to the large number of different runes, you can often find yourself outside of the inventory space, so try to deposit them in your bank whenever it suits you.

The area with probably the largest number of runestones is probably Bleakrock Island. I found a ton in the few hours I spent there several times, although I wouldn’t go so far as to recommend one faction because of that. If you actively pick up runes while searching anywhere, you should be able to pick up enough runes to progress the enchantment.

Enchanting Skill Line

Enchanting skill lineLike all other ESO crafting skills, enchantment has its own skill line as well as. If you intend to do something other than the most basic glyphs, investing in this skill line will be mandatory. You can spend a total of 21 points on enchanting passives, although not everyone is required to be a competent enchanter.

  • Improved power (9) – Allows the use of higher level runestones.
  • Improved appearance (4) – Allows the use of better quality runic stones.
  • Keen Eye: Runestones (3) – Tamriel’s runes will be easier to see when you are 20-40 meters or closer.
  • Hireling (3) – A mercenary will automatically send you runestones every day.
  • Aspect extraction (3) – Increases the chance to mine aspected runestones from 5% to 15%.

Improved power a Improved appearance are absolutely necessary if you want to create the best glyphs, and maximizing these two liabilities will take 9 and 4 points respectively. Keen eye is in my opinion less useful for Enchanting, because the runestones are very easy to notice in the world. Hireling can certainly pay off if you take it early, but depending on your build, you may not want to spend 3 points on it. finally Aspect extraction helps you extract more runestones Aspect of the glyphs you created: useful, but not mandatory.

Essence Runes

Essence RuneEssence runes are the first type of rune, and they determine the attribute or bonus that your enchantment will have. They are collected from yellow runestones as shown in the attached image. The bonuses you get from Essence runes are fairly easy to understand, and they can be stronger or weaker depending on the other runes you combine them with. Below is a list of all essence runes and their “translations”:

Rune: Translation:
Dekeipa Gel
Deni Endurance
Denima Stamina Regen
Deteri Armor
Haoko Disease
Kaderi Shield
Kuoko Poison
Makderi Spell Harm
Makko Magicka
Makkoma Magicka Regen
Meip Shock
Oko Health
Okoma Health regeneration
Okori Power
Oru Alchemist
Rakeipa Fire
Taderi Physical injury

Runes aspect

Aspect RuneRound-shaped runes are gathered from red runestones, and are used to determine the quality of the glyphs you create. There are five different Aspect runes, each corresponding to a quality level.

Higher quality Aspect runes can be more difficult to find, so be sure to use them for enchantments you use or sell.

Rune: Translation: Quality (item color): Aspect level:
Your Based White Level 1
Jejota Good green Level 1
Denata Superior Blue Level 2
Rekuta Artifact Purple Level 3
Kuta Legendary Gold Level 4

Power Runes

Power RunesPower runes are the last type of runes and are slightly more complex. Square in shape and gathered from purple runestone knots, the power runes essentially determine the level that your equipment must be for the glyphs to be applied and the strength of the enchantments, and they fall into two different categories: subtractive or additive.

The tables below will give you all the translations of power runes and the required equipment levels; VR indicates the rank of veteran.

Additive power runes:

Rune: Translation: Glyph prefix: Power level: Equipment level:
Jora Develop Insignificant Level 1 Level 1-10
Porch Add Inferior Level 1 Level 5-15
Jera Increase Small Level 2 Level 10-20
Jejora To raise Light Level 2 Level 15-25
Odra Gain Minor Level 3 Level 20-30
Pojora Extra cost Less Level 3 Level 25-35
Edora To reinforce Moderate Level 4 Level 30-40
Jaera Advanced Average Level 4 Level 35-45
Pora Increase Strong Level 5 Level 40-50
Denara To reinforce Strong Level 5 Level 40-50
Rera Exaggerate Bigger Level 6 VR1-VR3
Derado Empower Bigger Level 7 VR3-VR5
Recura Amplify Grand Level 8 VR5-VR8
Cura Intensify Level 9 VR8-VR10

Runes of subtractive power:

Rune: Translation: Glyph prefix: Power level: Equipment level:
Jode Reduce Insignificant Level 1 Level 1-10
Notade To subtract Inferior Level 1 Level 5-15
Ode Shrink Small Level 2 Level 10-20
Tade Decrease Light Level 2 Level 15-25
Jayde Deduct Minor Level 3 Level 20-30
Edode Inferior Less Level 3 Level 25-35
Pojode Heel Moderate Level 4 Level 30-40
Rekude Weaken Average Level 4 Level 35-45
Hade Reduce Strong Level 5 Level 40-50
Idode Odd Strong Level 5 Level 40-50
Pode Remove Bigger Level 6 VR1-VR3
Kedeko Drain Bigger Level 7 VR3-VR5
Rede Deprive Grand Level 8 VR5-VR8
Kude Deny Level 9 VR8-VR10

Glyph creation

Glyph creationTo create glyphs, you will first need to find an enchanting station in the world: they are easier to find in big cities. Like other professions, you can use runes deposited in your bank directly from the enchanting interface. Creating a glyph is a fairly simple process: you add a power, essence and aspect rune to create a “rune phrase” and press Create (shortcut key “E”). If you are using one of the runes added for the first time, a window will appear giving you their translations – fortunately, you have all the translations in the tables above, so you will not need this.

Translations of runes

As mentioned, you need to combine different runes to create a glyph with the enchantment you want. The glyphs you create can be applied to armor, weapons, or jewelry. To use them, simply right click on any item equipped on your character or in your inventory and select the “Enchant” option: a list of your available glyphs and enchantments will appear, and all you have to do is to select one. You can find a list of all possible glyphs in each of these categories below.

Armor Glyphs

There are only three different basic armor glyphs you can create, enhancing your basic attributes.

Glyph name: Description of the glyph: Power Rune: Essence Rune:
Glyph of Magicka Add Max Magicka Any additive Makko
Glyph of health Add Max Health Any additive Oko
Glyph of Endurance Add Max Stamina Any additive Deni

Glyphs of Weapons

Glyph of weaponUnlike armor, weapon glyphs are more varied and can add different effects to your weapons. You can deal additional damage, absorb your target’s life or magic, or weaken your enemies with various effects.

Note that unlike armor and jewelry, some weapon enchantments will need to be recharged from time to time by spending charged Soul Gems.

Glyph name: Description of the glyph: Power Rune: Essence Rune:
Glyph of Frost Deals frost damage Any additive Dekeipa
Glyph of defilement Inflicts illness damage Any additive Haoko
Glyph of Poison Inflicts poison damage Any additive Kuoko
Glyph of Shock Inflicts shock damage Any additive Meip
Glyph of Rage Increase your power by “x” for “y” seconds Any additive Okori
Glyph of flame Inflicts fire damage Any additive Rakeipa
Glyph of hardening Grants a point damage shield “x” for “y” seconds Any additive Deteri
Glyph of Magicka Absorption Deals magic damage and recovers Magicka All subtractive Makko
Glyph of Health Absorption Deals magic damage and recovers health All subtractive Oko
Glyph of Decreased Health Deals irresistible damage All subtractive Okoma
Glyph of Decay Reduce the target’s power by “x” for “y” seconds All subtractive Okori
Glyph of Endurance Absorption Deals magic damage and recovers stamina All subtractive Deni
Glyph of Overwrite Reduces target’s armor by “x” for “y” seconds All subtractive Deteri

Jewelry glyphs

Jewelry includes rings and a necklace, and can in fact have many different enchantments. They are more or less useful depending on your class and your build. You can create them by combining the appropriate power and essence runes, as shown in the table below:

Glyph name: Description of the glyph: Power Rune: Essence Rune:
Glyph of increased physical damage Add weapon damage Additive Taderi
Glyph of Health Regeneration Adds health recovery Additive Okoma
Glyph of Magicka Regen Add Magicka Recovery Additive Makkoma
Glyph of Overwrite Increase hit damage Additive Kaderi
Glyph of Endurance Regeneration Adds endurance recovery Additive Denima
Glyph of Potion Boost Increases the potion effect Additive Oru
Glyph of Increased Magic Evil Add spell damage Additive Makderi
Glyph of Frost Resistance Adds frost resistance Subtractive Dekeipa
Glyph of Poison Resistance Adds resistance to poison Subtractive Kuoko
Glyph of Spell Damage Reduction Adds spell resistance Subtractive Makderi
Glyph of decreased physical damage Add armor Subtractive Taderi
Glyph of reduced cost of achievement Reduce the cost of endurance abilities Subtractive Denima
Glyph of disease resistance Adds disease resistance Subtractive Haoko
Protection Glyph Reduce the cost of Bash and the cost of blocking Subtractive Kaderi
Glyph of Spell Cost Reduction Reduces the cost of spell magic Subtractive Makkoma
Glyph of impact resistance Adds impact resistance Subtractive Meip
Glyph of potion speed Reduce the cooldown of potions below the level of this item by “x” seconds Subtractive Oru
Glyph of fire resistance Adds fire resistance Subtractive Rakeipa

Leveling Enchanting

Enchanting leveling

Translating runes, creating and extracting glyphs gives you inspiration.

Leveling the enchantment is a little more difficult in my experience, especially compared to forge. First, you will want to create glyphs to improve your own equipment that you use when leveling. You will likely change your weapons at all levels, but you will change your armor much more often, so focus your efforts on creating armor enchantments rather than jewelry and weapons.

Since you can buy basic glyphs from sellers for rather small amounts of gold, selling them to other players is not worth it, although if you use better-quality Aspect runes, it may be a market for them. You can, however, sell your crafted glyphs to other players at decent prices, and here’s why.

The best trick to level up Enchanting quickly is to break down glyphs created by other players. Enchantment is intended as a profession where creating glyphs for your own equipment gives you extremely little inspiration (crafting experience), so leveling it only by creating glyphs would take an enormous amount of time and gold.

Deconstruct glyphs created by other players gives you a lot more inspiration, so pair up with friends or guild mates and swap various glyphs with each other. If you don’t have anyone to trade with directly, just join a guild or two: there should be more than a lot of cheap glyphs to buy.

Sidenote, deconstructing glyphs created by other characters on your account is the same as if they were made by another player, so you can swap glyphs between your own characters for additional inspiration.

Also be sure to consider that higher quality glyphs give you more inspiration, so deconstructing blue or even purple glyphs is worth it: paying 500g for a purple glyph is a very reasonable price as you can also receive a rune purple aspect which is easily worth as much (make sure you have the skill point “Aspect Extraction” to increase the chances). I can find at least a dozen inexpensive blue and purple glyphs every day in my 4 trading guilds.

Finally, “translating” that just uses a particular glyph for the first time gives you a ton of inspiration, so be sure to translate each type of glyph at least once. It will only give you an additional IP amount the first time you use it, so don’t waste expensive runes!

Don’t forget to check this guide which will help you plan your enchanting experience and upgrade without having to spend hundreds of thousands of gold in the process.


Although it takes time to upgrade, enchantment is a great way to increase the power of your gear while progressing without spending a lot of gold. This trade requires investing skill points in certain liabilities to be worth it, but if you don’t want to spend it, you can always just buy glyphs from other players. And even if you don’t plan to level up in this profession, you should pick up runes when it suits you, as they can be invaluable.

Be sure to add your own thoughts and experiences about enchantment in the comments below, and check out this professional craft guide to learn more about this and other craft skills in TESO.

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