The last MMO I played was SWTOR and there you really had a structured quest line and a plot. While you also have a storyline in TESO I feel like you won't get to 50 with questing only. Currently I am level 20 but I only have Quests for level 21 (I'm playing Ebonheart) and this has happened before. Usually I balanced it out by PVP or Dungeons but I really find it a little annoying to always grind mobs/players for the missing 10-50% of the level (mainly due to the fact that it feels like MMO grinding. I'd love to grind mobs if it was actual Elder scrolls grinding). Of course I can also do the quests that are 1-4 levels above mine but I have the feeling that at a certain point it won't be 1-4 levels but 4-12 levels.

Are there some things that I can follow when it comes to finding hidden quests? I always find some quests when randomly walking past a wayshrine but even with those I don't manage to get a full level.

Also a thing I found was a certain Add-On which sort of functions like the old "Quest Helper" Add-On from WoW if anyone remembers that. The only thing with it is that it costs money and I really don't want to spend money on an Add-On (although it really looks great but 30$? geez...). The fact that there is a "Guide" to it somehow tells me that it is possible but I just don't get how It can be made (and no I don't wanna download the trial version of this thing since they want a whole lot of information just for the demo).

So is there something that I can hold on in game (If possible without addons) to reach lvl 50 without PVP/Grinding/Dungeons or am I basically forced to do these things?

  • Note: If ESO's addon policy is anything like WoW's, it's against the rules to sell an addon. Zygor circumvent's this by selling website access and their updater, but the addon itself is technically free. If you can get the addon's files from someone else, I don't believe that breaks any rules, so you can technically get it free.
    – KOVIKO
    Commented Apr 15, 2014 at 16:04
  • Never pay for an Add-on, simple as that.
    – Paralytic
    Commented Apr 15, 2014 at 16:18

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Long story short, yes you can make 50 on just PvE.

I am currently half way through Veteran Rank 1 and I had no problem getting to level 50 with just quests. It was close I will say, being on the final few quests before finishing coldharbour. I will also mention that a lot of people are having issues with finishing coldharbour and only being level 45-49.

I pvpd maybe once during my journey to 50. I did the beginning questline that gives away 2 skillpoints, and then continued to finish the 20 kills quest. so maybe a small 30-40k boost of experience, so nothing huge. I did every quest I could find, only not finishing Shadowfen (by 7 quests) and The Rift (by one quest) because I couldn't find them. Also missed one quest in Coldharbour because it is bugged (I keep going back to it every morning as this seems to fix most bugged quests, I also wake up at 7 am everyday so it is pretty quiet and I think the servers don't freak out as much.) I know I missed these quests because the achievements tell me so, although I have noticed in Deshaan and Stonefall had more quests then the achievement said there were.

I would say a lot of peoples issue with hitting level 50 on times is that they only do 70% of the content. As Exploring, public dungeons, private dungeons, and side quests is atleast 50% of what you need to level on time. While the main storyline quests and the quests you happen to walk by doing the main storyline is the other 50%. So if you are worried about not making 50 on time make sure you are doing atleast 90 - 95% of everything so that you don't find yourself spamming coldharbour for a grind party.

I will finish by saying I also found myself multiple times 1-2 levels below the mobs and quests, it was confusing me a little at first but do not worry. Take your time, enjoy Tamriel and remember to take some time to just explore, discover and finish some things outside the beaten path.


I haven't touched PvP so far and I didn't really grind either. I don't think I'm too low for some specific area. However, I didn't skip dungeons. Don't do it. They're not as hard(core) as in some other MMORPGs.

The smallest dungeons - often referred to as "Delves" - can be soloed. You typically have to fight through some enemies, and then kill some boss character. This will get you some loot, typically another short quest, and one skyshard as a bonus.

The medium sized dungeons - public dungeons - are open for everyone as well, but you'll most likely want at least some help in them. Grouping is still optional and you can get nice rewards, skyshards, and gimmicky items (for Ebonheart Pact, have a look at Crowswood right below Davon's Watch on the coastline).

The biggest dungeons - group dungeons - are instances made for one group. Those usually offer one storyline and one or more quests introducing the dungeon. These require a full group of four players, but once again they're not that hard(core). I've completed them several times now, everytime with a random group that wasn't planned or anything.

Also: Never, ever pay for some addon. Most of them are either stolen and/or don't provide any information not available for free on the net. The one you linked seems to be the latter. If you've found some free addon and want to support the developer, donate a bit, but never pay for something like that. That's also against the TOS and unless that developer got the okay from Bethesda, this looks very fishy to me.

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    I think it would improve the answer if you stated your level.
    – Fredrik
    Commented Apr 15, 2014 at 15:42

Questing is - in my opinion - not enough.. I'm currently only lvl 23 since I don't have a lot of spare time atm, but most quests I get/do are beneath my level. I'm writing it in an answer because it's to long to fit it in the comments. What I do in every area is:

  1. All quests I find / currently have
  2. small dungeons (skull and bones on minimap)
  3. Go to every unfinished map marker (when it's black, you haven't done everything yet)
  4. public dungeons..

You also get xp from exploring, similar to other games and unlocking chests.. I find the combination and variety of these different things to keep the game very interesting, I always find something to do. So I think PvE only can get you to 50 if you do everything of the above correctly but it'll probably be a close one. I do recall reading somewhere that pre-release they have been focusing more on the first X levels to keep it interesting and have enough quests and that they will move their focus on content and quest lines on the later levels after the release. But I can't find the source anywhere so...

My level isn't high enough to sufficiently support my theory.


I got a lvl 33 Khajit assassin/dualweapon/ranger. And still got quests in Greenshade (got 2x29lvl and 1x30lvl quests there) I discovered the 3/4 of that map. I love discovering the world, find more quests and searching for ingredients. Doing research, deconstruct items I dont needed (not selling them). Sometimes go with friends or killing bosses, because this is an MMO-RPG and we like to have fun. Doing quest by quest is too boring, there is a whole world waiting for me to discover. I discover everything, and do everything on the maps (quests, bosses, dungeons, skyshards, lorebooks). So it is easy to stay in your level, for me its a little hard because when I catch my level in quests, a new map open to me, and I go to discover it, so I get more and more experience and I'm always over of the quests level.


I'm a level 38 Khajiit from Daggerfall Covenant. I had never done main story quests.

I completed all zone quests from starting zones to zone 1 and zone 3 (Stros M'Kai, Betnikh, Glenumbra, Stormhaven & Rivenspire). All the zone public dungeon, 3 party search dungeons, solo dungeons, dolmens are all done for the said zones and levels. I skip one or two delves, the skull thingy. All achievements for zones are done, and I can confirm Paralytic's statement. There will always be 3-4 quests extra as compared to achievement required amount of quests. (referring to zone completion achievement) I make sure all my map markers are white with exception to the skulls.

Correct me if I'm wrong, I noticed each zone is separated to 4 level tiers. Each level tier has 3 alternative quests/area/marker. If it's an area/town, expect 1 extra mini quest. (64 for completing Glenumbra, I am sure I did 72 or more) Zone clear achievement accounts for clearing areas, mini quests/errands are bonus. For example at level 33, you have 3 mini quest lines or area to clear, it will be always on the way to your main zone quest marker. If you stay on the roads of the map you will definitely discover the markers and way shrines.

I then participated in Cyrodiil for 2 daily 20 players quest, and vamp quest. I arrived in Alikr Desert at level 36, done the 3 party search dungeons and Alikr zone public dungeon, I became level 38 before I start zone 4 quests. This actually allows me to skip zone 4 and head straight to zone 5 Bangkorai if I wish to do so.

I noticed that if you complete all the zone quests, you'll always be 3-4 levels higher than the quest mobs. and if you do all the dungeons, you'll be 5-6 levels higher. At this rate, I'm expecting to reach 50 by quests alone. (i.e. exploring all zone content)

TL;DR read the bolds.


I am VR1 now. And I still have 28 Quests in Rift and Coldharbour to do. I did all but 2 group dungeons and as many open world and solo dungeons as I could find. I did two short stints (obout 60 min) in Cyrodiil.

It is importend to do quests at your level because you get more xp for killing mobs at your levvel than for killing underlevel mobs.

Therefore the Answer is Yes! Anybode telling otherwise doesntt know a thing.

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