The Elder Scrolls Online experience is already great as it is, but as MMO players, we often prefer to run UI addons. Addons helps players in a multitude of ways, from offering convenience, or being plain lazy to allow these UI tweaks to help with mundane things. With that in mind, we’ve compiled five of our most useful ESO addons that are up-to date and working for 2018.
Note: Some of these are outdated, but are still able to run with the Summerset Chapter build. Use them at your own discretion.
First up and one of the best ESO addons out there is SkyShards. Sky Shards are a core necessity in ESO, as finding three will grant players a skill point. As there a hundreds littered all around the place on all the maps, sometimes finding them can be a pain. The cool thing about ESO is, if you’d rather explore and find them yourself, go right ahead. For players that don’t have the time to play as much, the SkyShards addon is a great help. It automatically pins the location of all available Sky Shards on the maps, making them easier to locate and get to. It also removes the pins for those that you have already collected.
To follow up on SkyShard’s usefulness, HarvestMap or EsoheadMarkers are the next best thing. This addon displays resource nodes, chests and fishing spots on the map, compass and 3D world. It registers a new icon whenever you pick up a resources, so you and your alts will always know where to find the node. This is super handy if you’re leveling up a crafter and want to farm mats out in the world yourself. Do keep in mind that the more icons are on the map, the more resources the addon draws from your PC.
3. AlphaGear 2
One issue that the Elder Scrolls Online has when it comes to player convenience is the ability to store and swap builds. Some MMOs offers this by default, which ESO does not. However, AlphaGear 2 does help this and make things better for end-gamers. This addon allows you to store and save builds – from skills to weapons in slots 1-16, and then you can swap between them freely when out of combat. This is super useful for dungeon, trial and PvP players, which allows them to utilizes different armor and weapon set bonuses on speed dial.
2. Foundry Tactical Combat
Foundry Tactical Combat or FTC in short, is a great UI enhancement for ESO. It gives players relevant combat data via customizing the unit frames, allowing for buff tracking, and more. This addon helps you create a traditional MMORPG look and feel to ESO. You can change the attribute bars to show numbers for example, and place buff and debuff trackers on the UI. You can then resize them and recolor everything to suit your needs. For min-maxers, FTC also provides you with DPS trackers if you want it to. This is definitely a must have for most ESO players.
1. Votan’s MiniMap
And finally, we arrive to Votan’s MiniMap, an addon that once you start using, you cannot live without. Again, with Elder Scrolls Online, by default there is no mini-map. Elder Scrolls Games have always relied on the compass, but in the MMORPG world, not having a mini map can feel strange. Thankfully, this addon creates a mini map for players to drag and resize on their UI. The best part is it also works with SkyShard and HarvestMap addons, ensuring that those icons show up on the mini map too.