Most people have never used addons or any kind of mods in a game, others opt for quality of life improvements, and some can’t live without them (this is me).

Hopefully, The Elder Scrolls Online carries the series’ tradition, and is moddable. To be exact it’s extendable, so there are addons that make playing the game, and managing your character more enjoyable.

I know first-hand that once you install the mods below, there’s no going back. I won’t judge Zenimax Online’s choices, they wanted to provide a clean and minimal experience with their interface, and what they have achieved is beautiful, and one of a kind in an MMO.

But there are times you want to explore and immerse yourself in the world, and others where the real world is calling too, and too much immersion can turn into frustration.

So enough of my chit-chat, let’s see which are the most essential ESO addons, whether everyone uses them, or no one has heard of their glory.

Native “AddOns” or Else Tweaking the Game Settings

Before we go ahead and start installing addons like crazy, there’s a few things (a lot actually) that you can tweak from the in-game settings, and make your life easier.

There’s 3 things I always do when I first set up a character:

  • Settings -> Gameplay -> Auto Loot to ON
  • Settings -> Interface -> Chat Bubbles to ON
  • Settings -> Nameplates -> Set to ON (I set up Self -> Always as well, but that’s up to preference)

Installing Minion or Else Your 1-Click AddOn Solution

The best & safest way to install / update and delete your addons is an application called Minion. Go ahead and download it here, then open it, point it to ESO’s addon folder (this is usually C:\user\Documents\Elder Scrolls Online\live\AddOns) and it will be ready to go.

There’s 4 tabs in Minion, your Installed addons, a tab labeled “Find More” which lets you search addons from esoui.com directly from Minion, a Backup option to transfer your addons and settings in another system, and some basic options.

Minion, AddOn Manager for The Elder Scrolls Online
Minion, AddOn Manager for The Elder Scrolls Online

To install all the addons we list below, simply navigate to “Find More”, and copy-paste the addon name.

Installing the addons manually is not rocket science, you just drop the downloaded folders in the AddOns folder which we mentioned above. Minion just makes it easier to keep track of everything.

I. Essential Map AddOns

Enhancing your map experience, is one of the core reasons you will be using addons in ESO.

Again, exploration and immersion is amazing, but you can’t hope to find everything without any map markers in a single lifetime.

Votan’s Minimap

Author: votan
Link:
 http://www.esoui.com/downloads/info1399-VotansMiniMap.html

Votan's Minimap by votan, The Elder Scrolls Online Addon (image by @serpentaa)
Votan’s Minimap by votan, The Elder Scrolls Online Addon (image by @serpentaa)

First things first you will need a mini-map. I can’t stress this enough, chances are you are already aching for one, so go ahead and make your life easier!

You will find various styling / sizing options in Votan’s Minimap, so don’t worry about how it’s going to fit in your interface.

The most popular minimap choice is actually MiniMap by Fyrakin, but compatibility updates take a little while, and although very versatile, I’ve found myself using Votan’s Minimap to a better extent in the end (after thousands of hours in the game).

Tip: The minimap hides itself by default in combat, and that gets annoying when you’re multitasking. Simply change that in Settings -> Addons -> Votan’s Minimap.

SkyShards

Author: Garkin
Link: http://www.esoui.com/downloads/info128-SkyShards.html

Skyshards by Garkin, The Elder Scrolls Online Addon (image by @serpentaa)
Skyshards by Garkin, The Elder Scrolls Online Addon (image by @serpentaa)

All skyshards you haven’t yet gathered will show up on your map, compass and mini-map, with an option to hide them when gathered as well, enough said.

LoreBooks

Author: Garkin & Ayantir
Link: http://www.esoui.com/downloads/info288-LoreBooks.html

Destinations by Garkin & Ayantir, The Elder Scrolls Online Addon (image by @serpentaa)
Destinations by Garkin & Ayantir, The Elder Scrolls Online Addon (image by @serpentaa)

Similar with SkyShards, LoreBooks will reveal all lorebooks which grant you Mages Guild XP on your map, so it’s very easy to collect them while questing.

Tip: Even though the default icons of the addon look GREAT, and are very lore-friendly, I prefer to use the ESO style ones, because they are black & white, and blend better on my map.

Destinations

Author: SnowmanDK & MasterLenman
Link: http://www.esoui.com/downloads/info667-Destinations.html

Destinations by SnowmanDK & MasterLenman, The Elder Scrolls Online Addon (image by @serpentaa)
Destinations by SnowmanDK & MasterLenman, The Elder Scrolls Online Addon (image by @serpentaa)

QuestMap

Author: Captain Blagbird
Link:http://www.esoui.com/downloads/info1022-QuestMap.html

QuestMap by Captain Blagbird, The Elder Scrolls Online Addon (image by @serpentaa)
QuestMap by Captain Blagbird, The Elder Scrolls Online Addon (image by @serpentaa)

QuestMap is purely essential for completionists, since it shows you all available quests on your map / mini-map.

The only downside, is that since it gets the data from the game’s API, it doesn’t know the quests’ starting / ending points, therefore it might show several pins for a single quest (it’s all these moments you stop to get the next step or talk with someone).

Tip: In order to keep your map in order, and un-flooded, I suggest that you use the native ESO icons (that look like the default pins, not the exclamation marks), and that you make them as small as possible.

Lost Treasure

Author: CrazyDutchGuy
Link:http://www.esoui.com/downloads/info561-LostTreasure.html

HarvestMap (EsoheadMarkers)

Author: Shinni
Link: http://www.esoui.com/downloads/info57-HarvestMapEsoheadMarkers.html

HarvestMap by Shinni, The Elder Scrolls Online Addon (image by @serpentaa)
HarvestMap by Shinni, The Elder Scrolls Online Addon (image by @serpentaa)

Another precious addon, HarvestMap will put a marker on your map / mini-map / compass (with many customization options) for anything you gather. This includes all resources for crafting, chests, thief containers and more.

It’s going to be a great help the more you re-visit areas, and help you with looting whether you are a crafter, a treasure hunter, or both.

Tip: If you’re like me, and gather hundreds of nodes / area, your map is going to look a bit hectic with all these symbols and colors. As a (great) solution, I have made all the markers a pale color, so that it blends with the map, and all the black / white markers stand out.

Tip 2: HarverMap offers 3D pins for harvestables by default, and they are ugly as f**k. Deactivate them by opening any menu screen, then going to HarvestMap’s menu on the far right, and clicking on 3D Pins -> Off.

Dungeon Tracker

Author: Phinix
Link:http://www.esoui.com/downloads/info1552-DungeonTracker.html

Dungeon Tracker by Phinix, The Elder Scrolls Online Addon (image by @serpentaa)
Dungeon Tracker by Phinix, The Elder Scrolls Online Addon (image by @serpentaa)

Votan’s Improved Locations

Author: votan
Link: http://www.esoui.com/downloads/info1096-VotansImprovedLocations.html

Votan's Improved Locations by votan, The Elder Scrolls Online Addon (image by @serpentaa)
Votan’s Improved Locations by votan, The Elder Scrolls Online Addon (image by @serpentaa)

Votan’s Improved Quests

Author: votan
Link: http://www.esoui.com/downloads/info1523-VotansImprovedQuests.html

Votan's Improved Quests by votan, The Elder Scrolls Online Addon (image by @serpentaa)
Votan’s Improved Quests by votan, The Elder Scrolls Online Addon (image by @serpentaa)

II. Essential Interface & Leveling AddOns

Ravalox’s Quest Tracker

Author: Ravalox Darkshire
Link: http://www.esoui.com/downloads/info13-RavaloxQuestTracker.html

Ravalox's Quest Tracker by Ravalox Darkshire, The Elder Scrolls Online Addon (image by @serpentaa)
Ravalox’s Quest Tracker by Ravalox Darkshire, The Elder Scrolls Online Addon (image by @serpentaa)

Urich’s Skill Point Finder

Author: fritzOSU03
Link: http://www.esoui.com/downloads/info1863-UrichsSkillPointFinder.html

Urich's Skill Point Finder by fritzOSU03, The Elder Scrolls Online Addon (image by @serpentaa)
Urich’s Skill Point Finder by fritzOSU03, The Elder Scrolls Online Addon (image by @serpentaa)

Harven’s Improved Skills Window

Author: Harven
Link: http://www.esoui.com/downloads/info489-HarvensImprovedSkillsWindow.html

Harven's Improved Skills Window by Harven, The Elder Scrolls Online Addon (image by @serpentaa)
Harven’s Improved Skills Window by Harven, The Elder Scrolls Online Addon (image by @serpentaa)

Bag Space Indicator

Author: lordrichter
Link:http://www.esoui.com/downloads/info1181-BagSpaceIndicator.html

Bag Space Indicator by lordrichter, The Elder Scrolls Online Addon (image by @serpentaa)
Bag Space Indicator by lordrichter, The Elder Scrolls Online Addon (image by @serpentaa)

Votan’s Achievements Overview

Author: votan
Link: http://www.esoui.com/downloads/info1001-VotansAchievementsOverview.html

Votan's Achievements Overview by votan, The Elder Scrolls Online Addon (image by @serpentaa)
Votan’s Achievements Overview by votan, The Elder Scrolls Online Addon (image by @serpentaa)

III. Essential Combat AddOns

Combat Metrics

Author: decay2
Link:http://www.esoui.com/downloads/info1360-CombatMetrics.html

Combat Metrics by decay2, The Elder Scrolls Online Addon (image by @serpentaa)
Combat Metrics by decay2, The Elder Scrolls Online Addon (image by @serpentaa)

Foundry Tactical Combat

Author: Rhyono
Link:http://www.esoui.com/downloads/info1611-FoundryTacticalCombatFTC-Summerset.html

Foundry Tactical Combat by Rhyono, The Elder Scrolls Online Addon (image by @serpentaa)
Foundry Tactical Combat by Rhyono, The Elder Scrolls Online Addon (image by @serpentaa)

IV. Essential Item Management AddOns

Advanced Filters

Author: Randactyl & ingeniousclown
Link:http://www.esoui.com/downloads/info245-AdvancedFilters.html

Furniture Catalogue

Author: manavortex
Link: http://www.esoui.com/downloads/info1617-FurnitureCatalogue.html

ItemPreview

Author: Shinni
Link: http://www.esoui.com/downloads/info1622-ItemPreviewFurnitureArmorWeapons.html

Inventory Grid View

Author: Randactyl & ingeniousclown
Link:http://www.esoui.com/downloads/info65-InventoryGridView.html

Inventory Grid View by Randactyl & ingeniousclown, The Elder Scrolls Online Addon (image by @serpentaa)
Inventory Grid View by Randactyl & ingeniousclown, The Elder Scrolls Online Addon (image by @serpentaa)

Item Saver

Author: Randactyl & ingeniousclown
Link:http://www.esoui.com/downloads/info300-ItemSaver.html

Item Saver by Randactyl & ingeniousclown, The Elder Scrolls Online Addon (image by @serpentaa)
Item Saver by Randactyl & ingeniousclown, The Elder Scrolls Online Addon (image by @serpentaa)

Itemization Browser

Author: code65536
Link:http://www.esoui.com/downloads/info1480-ItemizationBrowser.html

Itemization Browser by code65536, The Elder Scrolls Online Addon (image by @serpentaa)
Itemization Browser by code65536, The Elder Scrolls Online Addon (image by @serpentaa)

Harven’s Trait and Style

Author: Harven & merlight
Link:http://www.esoui.com/downloads/info436-HarvensTraitandStyle.html

Harven's Trait And Style by harven & merlight, The Elder Scrolls Online Addon (image by @serpentaa)
Harven’s Trait And Style by harven & merlight, The Elder Scrolls Online Addon (image by @serpentaa)

Show Motifs

Author: mra4nii
Link:http://www.esoui.com/downloads/info298-ShowMotifs.html

Show Motifs by mra4nii, The Elder Scrolls Online Addon (image by @serpentaa)
Show Motifs by mra4nii, The Elder Scrolls Online Addon (image by @serpentaa)

Votan’s Rune Tooltips

Author: votan
Link:http://www.esoui.com/downloads/info915-VotansRuneTooltips.html

Votan's Rune Tooltips by votan, The Elder Scrolls Online Addon (image by @serpentaa)
Votan’s Rune Tooltips by votan, The Elder Scrolls Online Addon (image by @serpentaa)

V. Essential Crafting & Trading AddOns

Craftstore DB

Author: Rhyono
Link:http://www.esoui.com/downloads/info1590-CraftStoreDB.html

Craftstore DB by Rhyono, The Elder Scrolls Online Addon (image by @serpentaa)
Craftstore DB by Rhyono, The Elder Scrolls Online Addon (image by @serpentaa)

Potion Maker (for Alchemy Crafting)

Author: facit, Khrill & votan
Link:http://www.esoui.com/downloads/info405-PotionMakerforAlchemyCrafting.html

Potion Maker by facit, Khrill & votan, The Elder Scrolls Online Addon (image by @serpentaa)
Potion Maker by facit, Khrill & votan, The Elder Scrolls Online Addon (image by @serpentaa)

MultiCraft

Author: DonutEnigma & Ayantir
Link:http://www.esoui.com/downloads/info399-MultiCraft.html

MultiCraft by DonutEnigma & Ayantir, The Elder Scrolls Online Addon (image by @serpentaa)
MultiCraft by DonutEnigma & Ayantir, The Elder Scrolls Online Addon (image by @serpentaa)

Awesome Guild Store

Author: sirinsidiator
Link:http://www.esoui.com/downloads/info695-AwesomeGuildStore.html

Awesome Guild Store by sirinsidiator, The Elder Scrolls Online Addon (image by @serpentaa)
Awesome Guild Store by sirinsidiator, The Elder Scrolls Online Addon (image by @serpentaa)

Master Merchant

Author: Philgo68
Link:http://www.esoui.com/downloads/info928-MasterMerchant.html

Master Merchant by Philgo68, The Elder Scrolls Online Addon (image by @serpentaa)
Master Merchant by Philgo68, The Elder Scrolls Online Addon (image by @serpentaa)

Price Tracker Updated

Author: Garkin & uladz
Link: http://www.esoui.com/downloads/info874-PriceTrackerUpdated.html

VI. Other Helpful AddOns

Azurah – Interface Enhanced

Author: Kith, Garkin, Phinix & Sounomi
Link:http://www.esoui.com/downloads/info602-Azurah-InterfaceEnhanced.html

Azurah - Interface Unlocked by Kith, Garkin, Phinix & Sounomi, The Elder Scrolls Online Addon (image by @serpentaa)
Azurah – Interface Unlocked by Kith, Garkin, Phinix & Sounomi, The Elder Scrolls Online Addon (image by @serpentaa)

Srendarr – Aura, Buff & Debuff Tracker

Author: Phinix, Garkin, Kith & silentgecko
Link: http://www.esoui.com/downloads/info655-Srendarr-AuraBuffDebuffTracker.html

pChat

Author: Puddy & Ayantir
Link: http://www.esoui.com/downloads/info93-pChat.html

WPamA (What Pledges at my Alts)

Author: ForgottenLight & OlegS
Link:http://www.esoui.com/downloads/info1190-WPamAWhatPledgesatmyAlts.html

WPamA (What Pledges at my Alts) by ForgottenLight & OlegS, The Elder Scrolls Online Addon (image by @serpentaa)
WPamA (What Pledges at my Alts) by ForgottenLight & OlegS, The Elder Scrolls Online Addon (image by @serpentaa)

True Exploration

Author: Shinni
Link:http://www.esoui.com/downloads/info500-TrueExploration.html

True Exploration by Shinni, The Elder Scrolls Online Addon (image by @serpentaa)
True Exploration by Shinni, The Elder Scrolls Online Addon (image by @serpentaa)

VII. How to Manage All These AddOns

Circonians Addon Selector

Author: Baertram
Link:http://www.esoui.com/downloads/info1161-CirconiansAddonSelector.html

Circonians AddOn Selector by Baertram, The Elder Scrolls Online Addon (image by @serpentaa)
Circonians AddOn Selector by Baertram, The Elder Scrolls Online Addon (image by @serpentaa)

 

Babalon, Mother of Abominations
16-hours / day in front of the screen entrepreneur, of which 6+ are spent on gaming. MMOs, CCGs, RPGs and many more, Steam-addict & achievement-w***e. Currently wasting life on ESO.

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