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Traits are a special property that can appear on all weapons and armor. Each item can have a single trait, in addition to all other properties an item can carry, though items without any traits are also common.
Traits may be researched in order to craft custom items with the respective properties.
Constructing an item with a specific trait requires a special tertiary material. These ingredients can be retrieved by deconstructing items with traits, or refining raw ore, wood, leather or fibers. Crafting hirelings for Blacksmithing, Clothing and Woodworking will also commonly send all types of trait materials.
The magnitude of each trait depends on the quality of the item, improving the item will automatically increase the trait's magnitude.
All traits except Infused and Nirnhoned are twice as powerful on two-handed weapons as they are on one-handed weapons.
|Powered||Chysolite||Increase healing done by …||1H||2.5%||3%||3.5%||4%||4.5%|
|Charged||Amethyst||Increase your chance to apply status effects by …||1H||70%||80%||90%||100%||110%|
|Precise||Ruby||Increases Weapon and Spell Critical values by …||1H||1.5%||2%||2.5%||3%||3.5%|
|Infused||Jade||Increase weapon enchantment effect by … and reduces enchantment cooldown by 50%||10%||15%||20%||25%||30%|
|Defending||Turquoise||Increases Physical and Spell Resistance by …||1H||1200||1248||1296||1328||1376|
|Training||Carnelian||Increase experience gained from kills by …||1H||2.5%||3%||3.5%||4%||4.5%|
|Sharpened||Fire Opal||Increase Physical and Spell Penetration by …||1H||1200||1248||1296||1328||1376|
|Decisive||Citrine||When you gain Ultimate you have a … chance to gain 1 additional ultimate.||1H||12%||14%||16%||18%||20%|
|Nirnhoned||Potent Nirncrux||Increases Damage of this weapon by …||11%||12%||13%||14%||15%|
|Sturdy||Quartz||Reduce block cost by …||2%||2.5%||3%||3.5%||4%|
|Impenetrable||Diamond||Increase your Critical Resistance by … and this item takes 50% less durability damage.||225||234||243||249||258|
|Reinforced||Sardonyx||Increases this item's armor value by …||12%||13%||14%||15%||16%|
|Well-fitted||Almandine||Reduces the cost of sprinting and Roll Dodging by …||1%||2%||3%||4%||5%|
|Training||Emerald||Increase experience gained from kills by …||7%||8%||9%||10%||11%|
|Infused||Bloodstone||Increase armor enchantment effect by …||8%||11%||14%||17%||20%|
|Invigorating||Garnet||Increase Health Recovery, Magicka Recovery, and Stamina Recovery by …||3||5||7||9||11|
|Divines||Sapphire||Increases Mundus Stone effects by …||3.5%||4.5%||5.5%||6.5%||7.5%|
|Nirnhoned||Fortified Nirncrux||Increases Physical and Spell Resistance by …||262||273||283||290||301|
Jewelry traits are available on all Jewelry, including rings and necklaces/amulets.
|Healthy||Antimony||Increase Maximum Health by …||836||869||902||924||957|
|Arcane||Cobalt||Increase Maximum Magicka by …||760||790||820||840||870|
|Robust||Zinc||Increase Maximum Stamina by …||760||790||820||840||870|
|Bloodthirsty||Slaughterstone||Increase execute damage by …% when enemy is below 25%||6||7||8||9||10|
|Harmony||Dibellium||Increase the effectiveness of any Synergies by …%||15||20||25||30||35|
|Infused||Aurbic Amber||Increase the effect of the enchantment by …%||24||33||42||51||60|
|Triune||Dawn-Prism||Increase Maximum Health by …
and Maximum Magicka and Maximum Stamina by …
|Protective||Titanium||Increaseand by …||1624||1664||1744||1804||1844|
|Swift||Gilding Wax||Increase Movement Speed by …%||6||7||8||9||10|
They can only be found, but not researched or crafted.
|Ornate||This item sells to merchants for …% more.||280%||285%||290%||295%||300%|
|Intricate||Increase inspiration gained from deconstruction of this item by …, and gain additional refined material upon deconstruction of this item.||Armor/Weapons||280%||285%||290%||295%||300%|
These traits were removed and replaced in the past.
- Exploration (armor trait) — Increased experience gained from discovering locations. Was replaced with Prosperous.
- Prosperous (armor trait) — Increased size of Gold drops. Was replaced with Invigorating.
- Weighted (weapon trait) — Increase weapon attack speed. Was replaced with Decisive.
In order to construct an item with a specific trait, it has to first be researched. This can be done at any crafting station:
- Light and medium armor at Clothing stations
- Bows, staves and shields at Woodworking stations
- Heavy armor and metal weapons at Blacksmithing stations
- Necklaces and rings at Jewlery Crafting stations
Researching a trait will unlock it only for that particular type of item - e.g. researching the Reinforced trait on pauldrons will only allow you to construct reinforced heavy armor shoulders, but not any other heavy armor items like cuirass or sabatons, or any other shoulder slot items like epaulets or arm cops. The only exceptions are robes and jerkins, which are simply two different styles of light armor chest items.
Researching is performed on a per-character basis, i.e., researching a trait on one character does not unlock that trait on any other character on that account.
Constructing item sets requires you to have a certain number of traits researched.
To start the research process, you need to have an item with the desired trait in your inventory or bank. Both found items and items crafted by other players work. Researching a trait will destroy the item.
By default you can only research a single trait at a time per crafting skill, though each crafting skill line has an ability to raise this limit and increase the research speed:
- Stitching for Clothing
- Carpentry for Woodworking
- Metallurgy for Blacksmithing
- Lapidary Research for Jewelry Crafting
These abilities can increase the research speed by up to 25%, and raise the limit of concurrent research tasks to 3. (With the exception of Lapidary Research, which does not add additional research slots.) Note that even with an increased research limit, you still cannot research multiple traits on a single item type at the same time. The highest ability rank limits the research time to 30 days, which is only relevant to the 9th trait on an item, as the others would be below this limit already. Being an ESO Plus Subscriber further reduces research time by 10%, stacking multiplicatively with the above abilities.
The base research time for a trait is 6 hours real time. Each further trait you research for an item type doubles this time - 12 hours for the second trait, 24 hours for the third trait, and so forth. Research time continues to count down while you are not playing the character that is researching (e.g. playing another character or offline). The following table lists the research times for traits:
|Trait||Duration (no ESO Plus)||Duration (w/ESO Plus)|
|Base||Rank 1||Rank 2||Rank 3||Rank 4||Base||Rank 1||Rank 2||Rank 3||Rank 4|
|1st||6h 00m||5h 42m||5h 24m||4h 48m||4h 30m||5h 24m||5h 07m 48s||4h 51m 36s||4h 19m 12s||4h 03m|
|2nd||12h 00m||11h 24m||10h 48m||9h 36m||9h 00m||10h 48m||10h 15m 36s||9h 43m 12s||8h 38m 24s||8h 06m|
|3rd||1d 00h 00m||22h 48m||21h 36m||19h 12m||18h 00m||21h 36m||20h 31m 12s||19h 26m 24s||17h 16m 48s||16h 12m|
|4th||2d 00h 00m||1d 21h 36m||1d 19h 12m||1d 14h 24m||1d 12h 00m||1d 19h 12m||1d 17h 02m 24s||1d 14h 52m 48s||1d 10h 33m 36s||1d 08h 24m|
|5th||4d 00h 00m||3d 19h 12m||3d 14h 24m||3d 04h 48m||3d 00h 00m||3d 14h 24m||3d 10h 04m 48s||3d 05h 45m 36s||2d 21h 07m 12s||2d 16h 48m|
|6th||8d 00h 00m||7d 14h 24m||7d 04h 48m||6d 09h 36m||6d 00h 00m||7d 04h 48m||6d 20h 09m 36s||6d 11h 31m 12s||5d 18h 14m 24s||5d 09h 36m|
|7th||16d 00h 00m||15d 04h 48m||14d 09h 36m||12d 19h 12m||12d 00h 00m||14d 09h 36m||13d 16h 19m 12s||12d 23h 02m 24s||11d 12h 28m 48s||10d 19h 12m|
|8th||32d 00h 00m||30d 09h 36m||28d 19h 12m||25d 14h 24m||24d 00h 00m||28d 19h 12m||27d 08h 38m 24s||25d 22h 04m 48s||23d 00h 57m 36s||21d 14h 24m|
|9th||64d 00h 00m||60d 19h 12m||57d 14h 24m||51d 04h 48m||30d 00h 00m||57d 14h 24m||54d 17h 16m 48s||51d 20h 09m 36s||46d 01h 55m 12s||27d 00h 00m|
|Sum||127d 18h 00m||121d 8h 42m||114d 23h 24m||102d 4h 48m||77d 19h 30m||114d 23h 24m||109d 5h 25m 48s||103d 11h 27m 36s||91d 23h 31m 12s||70d 00h 45m|
Using a research scroll will reduce the timers of all items currently being researched in one or more crafts by an amount dependent on the scroll (e.g. an Instant Blacksmithing Research scroll will reduce the timers of all current Blacksmithing research items by 1 day). Scrolls obtained from the Crown Store have no cooldown between uses; scrolls purchased from Rolis Hlaalu have a cooldown of 20 hours.
Researching all traits for a single item without scrolls will take between 70 days 45 minutes and 127 days 18 hours, depending on the number of points invested in the appropriate skill and if you have ESO Plus. There are 6 different woodworking item types that can be researched, and 14 different clothing and blacksmithing item types that can be researched. This means that it will take an absolute minimum of 140 days 1 hour and 30 minutes (about four and a half months) to research all woodworking traits, and a minimum of 326 days, 19 hours and 30 minutes (about eleven months) to research all clothing and blacksmithing traits without the use of scrolls.