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In ESO, you can disenchant traits on armor and weapons for creating that same trait on new armor and weapons.

Is there a way to know if I've already disenchanted the trait on an item? I'd like to know if I can go ahead and sell the item or hang on to it to disenchant it later.

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If you go into the researching tab (the last tab when in a crafting station) you will see the traits and their associated gems. Ones that are blacked-out/grey are traits you do not yet have researched. If you have a trait researched you will clearly see the color and if you try to research a trait you have it won't let you anyway.

There is no way when with a merchant to check before selling the item, you'll have to individually check enchanted weapons/armor at their crafting station beforehand.

The trait wiki shows all about the traits and getting them.

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    Thanks for the info, running all the way to crafting stations is a pain - I was hoping for something. Maybe I'll check for add-ons for this. :) – FoxMcCloud Feb 13 '17 at 18:23
  • Yeah I know what you mean, there are certain things in eso that are a hassle... I haven't seen anything else but if you find anything definitely add it – n_plum Feb 13 '17 at 18:26
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I found a nice add-on on ESOUI for this, called Research Assistant (http://www.esoui.com/downloads/info111-ResearchAssistant.html)

This add-on places small markers against items in your inventory to indicate various things, including traits you have not researched, and the 'lowest-value' item in the case of duplicate traits on items.

This means that you can see what (not) to sell when you speak with merchants.

Worth noting that this add-on also marks intricate items which give you more XP if you deconstruct, and ornate items which are worth more to sell.

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