Traits are special properties added to a crafted weapon or armor by the use of gemstones. You can learn the traits by researching it at the crafting tables of blacksmithing, clothing, woodworking and jewelry. It is the last tab after deconstruction. There are 8 separate traits and gemstones for weapons and armor and 9 traits and gemstones for jewelry, making 25 researchable traits in total. You can have a trait property and an enchantment effect on the same item. Traits are combined while crafting the item, while enchantments have to be applied to the finished product.

Researching[edit | edit source]

Researching a trait is done at the crafting tables of blacksmithing, clothing, and woodworking. The item that is being researched will be destroyed in the process. You can only research one trait at a time per table. Unless skill points are used to advance the passive ability in Blacksmith (Metallurgy), Clothing (Stitching), and Woodworking (Carpentry) to increase up to 3 items and decrease the time it takes to finish. The first item you research takes 6 hours. Each item after doubles the cooldown time.

  • First item = 6 hours
  • Second item = 12 hours
  • Third item = 1 day
  • And so on... (with ESO Plus reducing research times by 10%)

There are 2 traits that are not researchable: Ornate and Intricate. Ornate increases the gold value merchants will pay for an item and Intricate give you extra inspiration points when you deconstruct the item.

Gemstones[edit | edit source]

Gemstones are mainly found in Resource Nodes and also in containers such as barrels, crates, trunks, bookshelves, nightstands, and everything else that you can loot. You also have a chance to get a trait gemstone when you refine raw materials or by deconstructing an item with a trait applied. The gemstone you will receive will match the trait on an item you deconstructed.

Weapons[edit | edit source]

Traits Properties Gemstone Image
Charged Increase your chance to apply status effects Amethyst Amethyst Online.png
Defending Increases Physical and Spell Resistance Turquoise Turquoise.png
Infused Increases weapon enchantment effect and reduces enchantment cooldown Jade Jade.png
Nirnhoned Increase weapon damage Potent Nirncrux Potent Nirncrus.png
Powered Increases healing done Chysolite Chysolite.png
Precise Increase Weapon and Spell Critical values Ruby Ruby Online.png
Sharpened Increase Physical and Spell Penetration Fire Opal Fire Opal.png
Training Increase experience gained from kills Carnelian Carnelian.png
Decisive When you gain Ultimate you have a chance to gain 1 additional Ultimate Citrine Citrine.png

Properties by item quality:

Trait Weapon type Description Normal Fine Superior Epic Legendary
Charged One-Handed Increases chance to apply status effects by __% 70% 80% 90% 100% 110%
Charged Two-Handed Increases chance to apply status effects by __% 140% 160% 180% 200% 220%
Decisive One-Handed [?] [?] [?] [?] [?] [?]
Decisive Two-Handed [?] [?] [?] [?] [?] [?]
Defending One-Handed Increases Physical and Spell Resistance by __ 1200 1248 1296 1328 1376
Defending Two-Handed Increases Physical and Spell Resistance by __ 2400 2496 2592 2656 2752
Infused One-Handed [?] [?] [?] [?] [?] [?]
Infused Two-Handed [?] [?] [?] [?] [?] [?]
Nirnhoned All Weapons Increases Damage by __% 11% 12% 13% 14% 15%
Powered One-Handed [?] [?] [?] [?] [?] [?]
Powered Two-Handed [?] [?] [?] [?] [?] [?]
Precise One-Handed [?] [?] [?] [?] [?] [?]
Precise Two-Handed [?] [?] [?] [?] [?] [?]
Sharpened One-Handed Increase Physical and Spell Penetration by __ 1200 1248 1296 1328 1376
Sharpened Two-Handed Increase Physical and Spell Penetration by __ 2400 2496 2592 2656 2752
Training One-Handed Increase experience gained from kills by __% 2.5% 3% 3.5% 4% 4.5%
Training Two-Handed Increase experience gained from kills by __% 5% 6% 7% 8% 9%


Armor[edit | edit source]

Traits Properties Gemstone Image
Divines Increase Mundus Stone effects Sapphire Sapphire Online.png
Invigorating Increase health, stamina, and magicka recovery Garnet Garnet Online.png
Well-Fitted Reduces the cost of sprinting and roll dodging Almandine Almandine.png
Training Increase experience gained from kills Emerald Emerald (Online).png
Impenetrable Increase Critical resistance and enchanted item takes 50% less durability damage Diamond Diamond (Online).png
Infused Increase this item's armor enchantment effect Bloodstone Bloodstone.png
Reinforced Increases this item's Armor value Sardonyx Sardonyx.png
Sturdy Reduces block cost Quartz Quartz.png
Nirnhoned Increase physical and spell resistance Fortified Nirncrux Fortified Nirncrux.png

Properties by item quality:

Trait Description Normal Fine Superior Epic Legendary
Divines [?] [?] [?] [?] [?] [?]
Impenetrable Increase Critical resistance by __ and enchanted item takes 50% less durability damage 225 234 243 249 258
Infused Increase this item's armor enchantment effect by __% 8% 11% 14% 17% 20%
Invigorating Increase Health, Stamina, and Magicka recovery by __ 3 5 7 9 11
Nirnhoned [?] [?] [?] [?] [?] [?]
Reinforced [?] [?] [?] [?] [?] [?]
Sturdy [?] [?] [?] [?] [?] [?]
Training Increase experience gained from kills by __% 7% 8% 9% 10% 11%
Well-Fitted Reduces the cost of sprinting and roll dodging by __% 1% 2% 3% 4% 5%

Jewelry[edit | edit source]

Traits Properties Image Unrefined Gemstone Gemstone Image
Arcane Increases Magicka Pulverized Cobalt (Online).png Pulverized Cobalt Cobalt Cobalt (Online).png
Healthy Increases Health Pulverized Antimony (Online).png Pulverized Antimony Antimony Antimony (Online).png
Robust Increases Stamina Pulverized Zinc (Online).png Pulverized Zinc Zinc Zinc (Online).png
Triune Increases Health, Stamina, and Magicka Pulverized Dawn-Prism (Online).png Pulverized Dawn-Prism Dawn-Prism Dawn-Prism (Online).png
Harmony Increases the power of activated Synergy effects Pulverized Dibellium (Online).png Pulverized Dibellium Dibellium Dibellium (Online).png
Swift Increases your non-mounted movement speed Pulverized Gilding Wax (Online).png Pulverized Gilding Wax Gilding Wax Gilding Wax (Online).png
Infused Increases the power of the Enchantment on that piece of Jewelry Pulverized Aurbic Amber (Online).png Pulverized Aurbic Amber Aurbic Amber Aurbic Amber (Online).png
Protective Increases Physical and Spell Resistance Pulverized Titanium (Online).png Pulverized Titanium Titanium Titanium (Online).png
Bloodthirsty Increases the damage you deal to foes under 25% health Pulverized Slaughterstone (Online).png Pulverized Slaughterstone Slaughterstone Slaughterstone (Online).png

Properties by item quality:

Trait Description Normal Fine Superior Epic Legendary
Arcane [?] [?] [?] [?] [?] [?]
Bloodthirsty [?] [?] [?] [?] [?] [?]
Harmony [?] [?] [?] [?] [?] [?]
Healthy [?] [?] [?] [?] [?] [?]
Infused [?] [?] [?] [?] [?] [?]
Protective [?] [?] [?] [?] [?] [?]
Robust [?] [?] [?] [?] [?] [?]
Swift [?] [?] [?] [?] [?] [?]
Triune [?] [?] [?] [?] [?] [?]

Other[edit | edit source]

  • Nirnhoned equipment can be obtained by completing the questline in Upper Craglorn.[1]
  • Invigorating trait replaced Prosperous, an Armor trait that increased the amount of gold picked up from enemies, which was added as part of the The Elder Scrolls Online: Dark Brotherhood update. This trait has previously replaced Exploration and increased experience recieved from discovering locations.[2]

Updates[edit | edit source]

  • Update 8: Fixed an issue which was preventing the Divines Armor Trait from applying properly to the Health Recovery bonus provided by The Steed.[3]

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References[edit | edit source]

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