About ESO

Release Date
Apr 4, 2014
ZeniMax Online Studios
Bethesda Softworks
Country of Origin
United States
Published on April 28, 2018    Updated on December 30, 2021
The Elder Scrolls Online

The Elder Scrolls Online - 38 Best AddOns for 2022

We have compiled the ultimate list of must-have ESO addons, in order to make your stay in Tamriel more productive and meaningful. Addons that will enhance your map, the game's combat, your crafting & trading as well as social features, we have left nothing out for The Elder Scrolls Online.

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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 (in a good way). 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 where 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 list 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 -> Nameplates 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 inside 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

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.


Author: Garkin, Ayantir & AssemblerManiac
Link: http://www.esoui.com/downloads/info128-SkyShards.html

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

Skyshards by Garkin, Ayantir & AssemblerManiac, 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.

Tip: When playing with friends, it’s a good idea to not hide the collected SkyShards, as you can be the one yelling “there’s a Skyshard there” to your team, and get praised.


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

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

Destinations by Garkin, Ayantir & Kyoma, 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.


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)

Another essential map addon, Destinations will mark all types of POIs on your map, the ones that the rest addons don’t. World Bosses, Wayshrines, Delves, Quest Hubs you name it!


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

Lost Treasure by CrazyDutchGuy, The Elder Scrolls Online Addon (image by @serpentaa)

Lost Treasure by CrazyDutchGuy, The Elder Scrolls Online Addon (image by @serpentaa)

The treasure / survey puzzles in ESO are awesome, but let’s face it, no one’s got the spare time for that.

Lost Treasure works in a great, non-obtrusive way, letting you either mark the treasures on your inventory, the ones you’ve used, or all the locations that exist (you can’t pick up treasures without having the respective item).

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)

Another great addition for completionists, this one will let you track your dungeon progress across all of your characters (or the ones you want).

This way you won’t have to scour through the achievements tab in order to identify what’s next

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)

There’s two main reasons I use this one, a) I have OCD so knowing the “correct” order of faction areas to clear is very important lore-wise and b) it’s just way easier to find what you’re looking for, since areas are sorted by faction.

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)

Similarly to Improved Locations, this one will group & sort the quests on your map in a much more user-friendly way, letting you devise your next steps in the game.

II. Essential Interface & Leveling AddOns

FCM Quest Tracker

Author: DesertDwellers
Link: http://www.esoui.com/downloads/info1717-FCMQuestTracker.html

FCM Quest Tracker by DesertDwellers, The Elder Scrolls Online Addon (image by @serpentaa)

FCM Quest Tracker by DesertDwellers, The Elder Scrolls Online Addon (image by @serpentaa)

“WoW is the first MMO” (inside joke for global chat), so I gotta have a sticky quest list on the right of the interface!

I used to use Ravalox’s Quest Tracker, but unfortunately it doesn’t look like it’s going to get updated for some time. FCMQT does the job just as well, with a customizable & non-obtrusive quest list on your screen, so you don’t have to search every single quest, every single time!

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)

Urich’s Life Saver, I really don’t believe this one has so few downloads, I guess most people don’t even know it exists.

AS you can tell, it provides you with the amazing screen above, where you can see in detail all the skill points you’re missing, and what’s the best way to go about it when you need a few more Skill Points!

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)

Another essential one, since it will let you preview all morphed abilities when hovering on a skill, making your life a whole lot easier when thinking out builds, and trying to figure out which morph complements your stats more.

I really think it’s a flaw of ESO that they don’t provide us with such information.

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)

There’s a ton of bag watchers out there, and there’s a ton of mods that include an inventory / gold on-screen display as a complementary solution.

Even though I’m using WykkydToolbar for all my data, I need a more prominent, yet at the same time unobtrusive way to quickly check on my bag / bank space as well as the gold I’m carrying on me.

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)

A small quality of life change here from Votan, it will replace you Achievements Summary screen with information relevant to achievements you’re working on.

So instead of the completion / achievement group dashboard, you will get something more meaningful, like quickly checking how many more quests you need for Master Explorer, or how close you are on fishing everything in the area.

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)

I still haven’t found the ideal Group DPS meter, being so used to WoW’s philosophy, that any tool seems hard to understand.

Combat Metrics is an amazing addon though, using a light mode to display your DPS or Healing per Second, as well as having the option to save important fights, and take your time to analyze your & the group’s damage, with an extremely detailed break-down that will make even analysts wear their glasses.


Author: marig63
Link: http://www.esoui.com/downloads/info1760-PvpMeter.html

PvpMeter by marig63, The Elder Scrolls Online AddOn (image by author)

PvpMeter by marig63, The Elder Scrolls Online AddOn (image by author)

This is an amazing addon for PvP that I just got my hands on, and it’s up to the highest standards all authors should follow, as far as user-friendliness and aesthetics go.

There’s many different helpful modules here, like a separate meter for Cyrodiil & Imperial City, another one for Battlegrounds and even one for personal Duels!

What’s more, there’s an in-depth dashboard that’s inspired by Combat Metrics (the DPS addon above), which keeps a nice in-depth PvP history of your character. Amazing!

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)

FTC is a small suite of combat-oriented addons, of which I only use the Unit Frames, since I prefer other solutions for on-screen damage, scrolling combat and buff tracking.

The game’s default unit frames are quite bad in my opinion, since they provide with little to no information about your group, and it’s quite hard to keep track of the values, and who might need help on your team.

As you can tell this one “breaks” the immersion aesthetically, but for me it looks way better, and will enhance your combat awareness at all times.

Tip: Go to Settings -> Addons -> FTC and unlock windows, in order to place every element where you need it.

IV. Essential Item Management AddOns

Advanced Filters

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

Advanced Filters by Randactyl & ingeniousclown, The Elder Scrolls Online (image by @serpentaa)

Advanced Filters by Randactyl & ingeniousclown, The Elder Scrolls Online (image by @serpentaa)

It’s a crime to play ESO without Advanced Filters.

As you can tell from the screenshot above, it provides you with sub-categories in each category of your inventory / bank / guild trader, making item management 10 times easier and more fun.

Dressing Room Reborn

Author: code65536 & Dolgubon
Link: http://www.esoui.com/downloads/info1911-DressingRoomReborn.html

Dressing Room Reborn by code65536 & Dolgubon, The Elder Scrolls Online AddOn (image by authors)

Dressing Room Reborn by code65536 & Dolgubon, The Elder Scrolls Online AddOn (image by authors)

This is not an addon for new players, but it’s a must-have for the end game.

It lets you save gear / skill sets at will, and even though it’s very prone to human errors, and you will have to get used to the saving system, if you do, you can actually swap to your PvP, PvE, w/e gear & skills with a single click.

This is huge, and I personally can’t live without it, since I tend to PvP & PvE a ton with my main.

Furniture Catalogue

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

Furniture Catalogue by manavortex, The Elder Scrolls Online (image by @serpentaa)

Furniture Catalogue by manavortex, The Elder Scrolls Online (image by @serpentaa)

Essential only for the furniture crafters and interior designers out there, this one provides you will a full list of all furniture in the game, and the ability to filter them in many useful ways.

Tip: Unfortunately you can’t preview them out of the box, but hopefully there’s a solution for that. Simply right click, and send item to chat. Then by using the addon below (ItemPreview), you will be able to right click and preview the item in its full glory!


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

Item Preview by Shinni, The Elder Scrolls Online (image by @serpentaa)

Item Preview by Shinni, The Elder Scrolls Online (image by @serpentaa)

Once more, I think that being able to preview armor / furniture etc. is an essential feature, that should have been provided by the game.

So go ahead and install this baby, it will pop up a magnifying glass on all items you can preview, and quickly get a taste of how the armor you looted looks, or if all these furniture recipes in your bank are worth keeping for your future house.

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)

Must. Have.

I’m pretty sure a great portion of ESO’s player base has a great experience with MMO games or RPGs in general, and having a list inventory is irritating.

It’s immersive and nice when you’re starting out, but very soon it will be impossible to manage hundreds of items by being able to see only a few at a time.

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)

If you are a set / item collector, this one is essential.

I personally deconstruct everything and just keep the set I’m wearing, but I’ve had a lot of friends in need, that wasted hours trying to not-deconstruct or lose an important item or weapon.

ItemSaver is extremely flexible, and yt

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)

This one provides the most accessible way to browse through all the item sets in the game, so that you can take your time and think on your build without leaving the game.

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)

Harven provides one more nice addition to his quality of life improvements, giving us the option to quickly check the racial style of a weapon / item, as well as whether its trait is researchable, currently being researched or known.

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)

A lore-friendly lightweight addon, that will enhance your rune descriptions, making it easier to identify its use when you are outside the enchanting table.

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)

Craftstore is the holy grail of crafters in ESO, so even if I don’t say anything about it, you should have it!

It does A LOT of things (some you might want to deactivate from the gear icon), and will make your life a lot easier and faster, letting you focus on the game, and not calculations on your mind.

Briefly, it lets you track all known / unknown recipes for each character, marking them appropriately, so you can quickly learn recipes you don’t know, as well as prevent you from deconstructing an item with a trait you need to research.

There’s a neat dashboard that shows your research progress and timers as well, and what’s more there’s full lists of all the recipers and furniture in the game, as well as your progress towards completion. The same goes for style motifs.

Tip: When you install Craftstore, open the main screen, click your main character’s name, and tick on the 3 small boxes on the top rights of his stats. That is where you choose which characters you want to track, for which things.

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)

An essential addon for potion making, since it lets you discover all recipes based on effects or ingredients, in a very lore-friendly and non-obtrusive way.

It just sits on the right tab of alchemy, letting you invoke it at will, and check on potion / poison recipes, and combinations you haven’t yet discovered.

Tip: Just click a material, Bugloss for example, then click on search. As you see in the screenshot, you will get a list of all the possible recipes you have, or haven’t yet discovered that contain Bugloss.


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)

This is definitely the most lightweight addon on the list, and one you simply can’t live without if you are crafting even a small bit.

It will simply add a number below each craftable, which you can set to the number of items you want to craft. Simple, and powerful (and should have been included in the base game as well).

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)

I really advise new players to not even visit a guild trader without this addon.

It’s really a pity, how bad the guild trader interface is designed by Zenimax, and it’s really impossible to use it, if you are looking to go one level above casual with the “auction house” of ESO.

Awesome Guild Store, adds all the essential and missing parts you will need, with categories and advanced filters on each single step of the way.


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)

Master Merchant is that addon..

You know which one I’m talking about, the one that adds 2 minutes of loading time to your game, but you simply can’t go back if you start using it.

So beware friends, once you go MM, you never go back.

For the uninitiated, what MM does, is scans all the sales that happen in the guilds you are a member of. This way, day by day, and depending on how “big” your trading guilds are, you are going to get tons of sales data for each item in the game, letting you be 10 times more aware of what’s rare, what to farm, and how to get by with more money in ESO.

It’s not perfect. But that’s because ESO’s auction house system is far from polished (even though unique and engaging). So it will only scan sales from guilds you are a member of, leaving out a HUGE portion of sales all across Tamriel. And all that, by saving locally all this information in your machine, making the load times of the game a bit painful.

I wonder, will we get a website sometime? Combine data from all players / guilds and maintain an online database that a) leaves our loading time intact and b) provides 100 times more accurate and complete information on item prices?

Tip: You can also consult Tamriel Trade Center or TTC in short, but keep in mind the prices you get, are the listing prices, which might be quite far from what the item actually sells for.

Tip 2: Another great addon for OCD traders like me, is Price Tracker Updated. Similarly to TTC, you are scanning for listing prices, so might be far from sell prices. But what is neat, is that you get the option to manually scan a guild store, letting you data mine the guild traders you really care for, and generally let you have some manual input in the process. It is an overkill for casuals, but I had to share this hidden gem (props to Garkin & uladz for this one).

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)

Don’t get in the game with more than 10 addons, and without Azurah.

There’s bound to be some elements in your UI that stack up wrong, and cover important information, or simply look chaotic.

The fast and proper way to move any in-game UI element is Azurah. It will unlock everything for you (check screenshot above) so that you can place every element where you want it to be.

Tip: Simply type /azurah unlock in the game chat to unlock all the elements, and quickly arrange your interface.

Srendarr – Aura, Buff & Debuff Tracker

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

Srendarr by Phinix, Garkin, Kith & silentgecko, The Elder Scrolls Online Addon (image by @serpentaa)

Srendarr by Phinix, Garkin, Kith & silentgecko, The Elder Scrolls Online Addon (image by @serpentaa)

It might be the WoW in me (and 1.3M other downloaders), but even though there’s many solutions for buff tracking out there (even in-game settings that get overlooked), I use Srendarr.

There’s amazing customization options here, letting you group “buff types” and move them anywhere on the screen, while keeping a different design for each one.

So for example, you can make sure to have all your long buffs on the bottom right of the screen, the short buffs & effects on the right of your HP bar, as well as the opponent’s buffs and debuffs on his.

It will make you better in combat just by using it, since now you’ll be able to track all your cooldowns and ability durations on your targets, letting you optimize your rotation, dps & support without even thinking about it.

Tip: Spend some time in the settings to understand which buff groups are assigned to which module, so that you can prepare a nice setup, and never have to think about it again.


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

pChat by Puddy & Ayantir, The Elder Scrolls Online Addon (image by @serpentaa)

pChat by Puddy & Ayantir, The Elder Scrolls Online Addon (image by @serpentaa)

The WoW in me No2 wants me to have this one.

It makes chat.. proper! You choose how names show up (character names, account names or both), all the colors and fancies, timestamps, copy pasting, fast channel swaps and chat history.

Tip: The hardcore socials might want to check out on TOM (Tamriel Online Messenger), as it lets you keep a separate tab for all your whispers and private interactions, so you never have to scroll & search for your friends’ chat or multiple WTS’s.

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)

An amazing addon and must-have for altoholics, since it lets you track various things across all your characters, like the essential currencies, undaunted & world boss dailies and many more.

I’m on my knees to the addon authors, please guys let us track the crafting writ dailies as well in there!!!

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)

If you are rich, and don’t have a care in the world, you can experience Tamriel the way it was meant to be.

Your whole map is a beige fog of war, waiting for you to explore it as if playing Oblivion for the first time, and after 14 hours of exploring you go for a pee and search the bathroom’s corners for any trolls or bats that might be lurking in the corners.

Anyone who uses this, WTT my life.

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)

In order to manage all these addons, you really need to have this one.

Trust me, there will be times where you want to check and test things, and it’s hard to remember your exact setup etc. in a time of need.

So once you setup your perfect addon combination, go to Circonians, and create a set which you can load at will, with a single click.

Tip: I also use a “vanilla” set, where everything is deactivated, so that I can quickly test an addon by itself, or make several other compatibility tests between addons.

This Is The End

Phew, that’s been a long one, and trust me it was really hard hand-picking the most essential addons out of the 200+ ones I use, keeping in mind to not bloat your loading times & interface, as well as provide addons that stay up to date & usable through all the expansions and DLCs that come out.

Keep an eye on this list, as it will get updated when and if better or other unique addons come out, that provide unique interactions and fun into playing The Elder Scrolls Online!

What do you use guys? Which addons you can’t live without? Which addons from this list you think should not be here, are overkill or you have better alternatives? Let us know in the comments, and let’s create the Holy Grail of ESO Addons together.


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 BDO & Gacha Games.


78 responses to “The Elder Scrolls Online – 38 Best AddOns for 2022”

  1. Jesse says:

    Awesome! This was very helpful! I was actually using CurseForge/Overwolf but it had severely outdated addons? Minion just keeps asking me over and over again to select the addons folder however I installed them manually and all is well.

    • Babalon, Mother of Abominations says:

      Thanks Jesse!

      Yes, there are many other programs that support ESO addons, but Minion has been the ultimate best in my experience.

      You can easily update installed addons, and browse for new ones – while checking their descriptions and screenshots – without even leaving the interface!

      I’ve faced the issue you mention sometimes, so I would advise just doing a clean re-install of Minion.

      It’s also possible that it keeps asking because this is a remote hard-drive that goes in & out of your PC?

    • Deodex says:

      When that happened with me I just selected a mod I had installed manually and then was able to search up the mods in the list and install them that way.

  2. dfgsd says:

    Everquest 1 and 2 did all of this better and before WoW. Your MMO experience is very limited to the McDonalds of the MMO world.

    • Babalon, Mother of Abominations says:

      I don’t see how that’s relevant to an ESO addons list 😋

      • BloodReign says:

        Its more of Hey you want to see someone that got UI’s done right->reference inserted. I agree 100% Everquest mastered UI and Guild Utilities everyone else failed to replicate.

        • Babalon, Mother of Abominations says:

          Well, apart from super poor support for any screen resolution above 720p, I do like EQII’s UI as well, same I’d say for LOTRO, which I’m sure was inspired by EQ.

          These old-school MMOs realized better the needs of their games. It’s sad though that they haven’t upgraded their UIs for today’s market, it’s honestly the main reason I’m not going back to LOTRO, it’s literally impossible to play on a 4K screen, unless you keybind everything and have as little interaction with the UI as possible. And same goes for EQII. 😐

  3. dirtybeatfreak says:

    You don’t have OCD because you like things in order and it’s insulting to people who do actually suffer.

    • Babalon, Mother of Abominations says:

      Assuming that I don’t just because I make fun about it, is even more insulting.

      • dirtybeatfreak says:

        Yet judging by your ‘fun’ comments, it’s clear you don’t as a. every instance you have used the term in this article has nothing to do with OCD and is a clear stereotypical view on what people think OCD is and b. you wouldn’t be disagreeing with me if you did..

      • dirtybeatfreak says:

        In any case, I forgot to add that my original comment wasn’t meant to come across as aggressive as you have taken it. The article is great and was actually really helpful so thanks for that.

        • Babalon, Mother of Abominations says:

          I appreciate that dirtybeatfreak, and I did take your comment as aggressive, because it’s not the first time I’m being confronted for being open about it.

          Stereotypes don’t give the full picture, but they exist for a good reason. I can definitely attribute my diagnosis to video games being the main cause, and I do not think of OCD as a one-sided coin. It’s as much a weakness as it is a weapon for me, even though most professionals would disagree.

          It is well-known though how many of these “triggers” exist in MMORPGs – voluntarily or not.

  4. KINNER578 says:

    Thank you!!1

  5. Sergey says:

    Just picked 6 addOns from your list that will change my ESO life forever.
    The amount of research you did is simply amazeballs.
    Long live Babalon! 🙂

  6. Steve Pillinger says:

    Hey Babalon, this is a fantastic list and I’m really keen to try out the add-ons you describe. I’ve installed Minion and already installed a number of the Add-ons on your list.

    I’m having a bit of a problem, though: most of the add-ons are listed in red, and have “Dependencies” next to them. I saw your earlier comment about using Addon Selector to find out which libraries are needed and to add those using Minion… However the Addon Selector now also comes up red with “Dependencies” next to it!

    Any suggestions about how to proceed from here?

    Thanks for your help!

    • Babalon, Mother of Abominations says:

      Hey Steve, thanks for your kind words!

      The ESO addon landscape has changed a bit, and I should indeed offer some additional visual help for how to solve similar issues.

      In your case it’s an easy fix though, if you click the “Circonians Addon Selector” addon on your Minion > Installed list, you will notice that the first line of the description, mentions the only lib requirement for this addon, which is LibDialog. So once you install this, you should be able to load the Addon Selector properly, and instantly identify all the missing libraries for the rest of the addons!

      On one hand, libraries are cool because we can use more addons with less overhead, but they should implement a way to auto download each addon’s required libraries so it’s more friendly for users!

  7. Petroskhan says:

    Just stumbled across your list after searching for a good minimap addon, so thanks for this list.

    One thing, though, I’m having trouble with, and I can’t figure what I’m doing wrong. I installed Voltan’s mini-map, along with the requisite libs, and it’s sitting right in the middle of my screen. No matter where I look, I can’t find a way to move the thing.

    Any thoughts?

    • Babalon, Mother of Abominations says:

      Hey Petroskhan!

      I know your struggles xD Votan’s addons use their own dedicated addon settings, so you need to unlock the minimap from there, place it where you want, and then lock it again (or keep it unlocked, up to you!).

      When you access the normal Addon Settings from the main menu, you will notice that there is a 2nd “addon settings” entry just below it!

  8. Whatelse73 says:

    Well done, thanks! I just cleaned and reloaded everything on my system and this helped update what I needed to add back in. You Rock!

    • Babalon, Mother of Abominations says:

      Glad to be helpful Whatelse!

      This is how this list originally started too! I was tired of sharing the same suggestions to all my friends & guildies, so decided to make a guide about it!

  9. Pat Stewart says:

    Item Preview does not work. It has been discontinued.

    • Babalon, Mother of Abominations says:

      Yes unfortunately it’s full of bugs with the latest patches, but it still “works”.

      I only activate it when I need to preview a big amount of items, then deactivate it to get rid of the thousands of LUA errors.

      I will try to see if there’s a better alternative nowadays!

  10. Rrris says:

    Thank you so much 🙂 It seems Craftstore DB is not available anymore. Do you have an alternative?

    • Babalon, Mother of Abominations says:

      Hey Rrris!

      Your comment scared the s**t out of me hahaha!

      Craftstore is available and updated to the latest version of ESO (5.3.4 Harrowstorm).

      I can verify that both from my Minion app, and in-game.

      Maybe you got confused somewhere? Are you using Minion to manage your ESO addons?

  11. Killershadow says:

    hello and thanks for the list… im old veteran of wow and now im trying eso… and this help me a lot… just one question: wich addon or how you modify your healt, magika and stamina bars to look like that??? i spend a lot of time reading and moving all the addons and ui interface and nothing… please an thanks!!!

    • Babalon, Mother of Abominations says:

      Thanks for your kind words Killershadow!

      I think you missed the UI addon on the list, it’s Foundry Tactical Combat!

      I would also suggest taking a look at Bandits User Interface, since it packs a lot of neat features without having to customize too many details (unless you want to!)

  12. wotofoko says:

    Holy…. I just picked up ESO and was in search for a comprehensive add-ons list/guide.

    Was not expecting something THAT good.

    Thank you for your time! I will make sure to share this one.

  13. Mantakai says:

    Hi, love the list think it will be really helpful but I just followed the steps and installed everything thrn went into the game and many aren’t working. There is a red word ‘dependency’ and seems to be missing files? Any thoughts on how to fix this?

    • Babalon, Mother of Abominations says:

      Hey Mantakai!

      Sadly one of the most recent ESO patches “broke” how mods used to work, but it’s for the better!

      Now most addons should depend on libraries that many other addons depend too, making for a better experience to users that use a lot of addons!

      As you will notice in the Addon Selector addon, you can see exactly which libraries each addon needs to function, and simply download & install them with Minion!

  14. Ilision says:

    What a great post Babalon. I found this sometime in 2018 when I came back to play ESO and what a find it was and still is. I left due to some other games/friends and now I am back. I saved this article because this particular combination is what I needed at the time and most definitely need now :)Thank you very much!

    • Babalon, Mother of Abominations says:

      Thanks a lot for your kind words Ilision!

      I’ve been on the “minimal” side addons-wise in ESO lately, but this list indeed contains almost everything that is missing on the main game, whether it’s quicker functions or hidden information!

      I still keep it up to date, since some issues are being solved in the main game, and of course some better addons come out, and some great ones unfortunately are not compatible anymore.

      Cheers again, I’m glad it’s been a helpful guide for you!

  15. Douglas L Edwards says:

    Is it normal to have to also install a bunch of other required addons to make these addons work? I have a bunch of “lib…” required addons to install.

    • Babalon, Mother of Abominations says:

      Yup Douglas, it’s normal! There has been a change in ESO addon development, so all addons now require a set of libraries to work correctly.

      It’s more files, but less requirements on your CPU & RAM!

  16. Shona Coverdale says:

    This is a pretty great list. The only one I disagree on is Dressing Room. I vastly prefer Alpha Gear over that for usability and set/ability creation. Otherwise. excellent compilation.

    • Babalon, Mother of Abominations says:

      To be honest, I just started using AlphaGear two weeks ago again, and I guess I’m keeping it this time!

      I will update the list if it does prove to be a better addon overally!

  17. matheus ueda says:

    This helped me a lot, thanks 😀

  18. Lordsasaking says:

    After update my add-ons not working. I update through minion and still nothing. I only use addons from Essential Map AddOns. Can you help me?

    • Babalon, Mother of Abominations says:

      That’s only natural Lord Sasa King! When big updates come out to ESO (like Elsweyr that just dropped), most of the addons will stop functioning correctly until they get updated!

      However, all mod authors did a great job, I downloaded more than 50 updates a mere hours after Elsweyr released. What kind of problems are you facing? Maybe the map addons just don’t function to the fullest due to the new area, this is what you mean?

      I’m still using all of the addons in this list, and I didn’t get any bugs or error notices at all!

  19. TJ RAFFERTY says:

    While you’re levelling, you pick up quite a few pieces of gear. If I knew how to, I’d make an addon that suggests pieces of armour based on magicka or stamina build… A little like the gear advisor in WoW.

    • Babalon, Mother of Abominations says:

      it sounds cool in theory, but with so many sets available in the game, it beats the purpose! Sure, it might be helpful for new players, but it would quickly become obsolete, as gear is a special thing in ESO, and nowhere near to WoW’s logic.

  20. TJ RAFFERTY says:

    I’m surprised that with all these add ons, there hasn’t been one mentioned that is a gear advisor for a levelling player.

    • Babalon, Mother of Abominations says:

      That’s a weird request to be honest! There is a skill advisor in-game, with some default builds.

      That would require the addon to actually “feed” the builds from somewhere, so sounds quite complex.

      If you do have one to suggest, I’d be really curious to see how it works, but I’ve never seen one myself, so it’s hard for me to believe one exists.

  21. Swordfall says:

    Hey, was just wondering which of these addons reacts negatively with others? Are there any mods in this list that overwrite or cover over another mod? Ya know, like two mods with similar features.

    • Babalon, Mother of Abominations says:

      There are no addons conflicting with each other in this list, so don’t expect any errors there (unless new game versions come out and the addon authors need some time to update their code).

      Sure, there might be a couple of features that two different addons might offer, so you have to choose the one you like more. But it’s not like Skyrim where addon conflict can cause serious issues etc.

      • Swordfall says:

        Yeah I noticed some mods covering over each other slightly. The item grid mod seems to have conflicts with the symbols of enhancement that usually are visible on the item. The grid takes priority while the symbol is behind it.
        Also the buff timer addons. There seems to be two mods that offer it. Mind reminding me which ones offer it so I can disable one of them?

  22. Brandon Cotten says:

    thanks for the information. helped a newbie like me. Do you know of a way that I can move my collected items indicator? When I loot, its shows all my items on the bottom left side of screen. Because I use a controller, my text box is also on the left bottom side of the screen. So I can never see what i grabbed with autoloot

    • Babalon, Mother of Abominations says:

      I understand your pain Brandon!

      There’s two ways you can go about it:

      • Use the Azurah – Interface Enhanced addon (linked above, section VI), since it will let you unlock all UI elements, and place them where you see fit (highly recommended for any addon setup tbh).
      • You could also use the Lootdrop, Continued (All in One) addon, which will let you customize your on-screen loot even further, if you are a customization junkie like me 😀
  23. Cire Nesnomis says:

    Great job!!! I have many of these but picked up two new ones. Thanks!!

  24. Jexes says:

    Is anyone else getting a lot of lag with the add-ons on this list? I installed all of them and they are all awesome … But now I’m getting a lot of lag and am not sure witch one is causing it. In the process of disabling one by one until I find the problem

    • Babalon, Mother of Abominations says:

      As mentioned in the article, Master Merchant is your “problem”.

      It adds quite a big loading time, anywhere from 2 to 10(!) minutes, depending on the amount of data you collect. That’s the downside of having all this market insight!

      If you want to keep its functionality, with the minimum hit on performance, I suggest you check out the options, and use minimum values for “amount of sales / item” to keep, as well as how many days of data should be kept.

  25. Kendra says:

    Gee some setup instructions would be nice, because it’s not straightforward.

    • Babalon, Mother of Abominations says:

      What do you mean Kendra?

      The whole first section of the article is dedicated into showing you how to install the ESO addons by using the Minion application.

      Or do you mean something different?

      • Hytop says:

        What’s a good addon to show real-time DPS? And in coming damage?

        Also are these add-ons compatible in gamepad mode?

        • Babalon, Mother of Abominations says:

          Well, Combat Metrics (included in the list) has been the best option since forever!

          I’m not too fond of its minimal display (being used to classic DPS meters like Recount on WoW), but it does leave the interface more intact, which is always a good thing. Plus, it’s got an amazing dashboard which you can bind to your keyboard, and check quite detailed DPS / Healing stats, as well as save the last few boss fights, which is more meaningful for theorycrafting.

          It’s compatible with gamepads yea, you just gotta place the widget in the screen position you like, and it will stay there always.

  26. Srblex says:

    Thank you bro this is wonderful job you saved us a lot of time !
    No words to describe my gratitude!

  27. satyrka says:

    You sir, deserve a big fat cookie. I’m a mmorpg veteran and after few years wasting time in WoW and Black Desert Online I’m giving a chance to TESO (played beta, send it to gtfo on release), because it’s finaly looks like playable game, and after 3hours in game I deffinitely needed exactly at least 90% of this. Big THX for you and for this post.

    • Babalon, Mother of Abominations says:

      You’ re welcome Satyrka 😀 I’m glad it could prove that useful, it’s really too bad how “unplayable” ESO is without the mods. So, ESO after BDO? How do you feel with that change of pace? Haha!

  28. Olgarth says:

    I like Bandits – used to use FTC, then LUI then AUI… Bandits had a lot in it please check it out.

    • Babalon, Mother of Abominations says:

      Hmm, Bandits UI looks pretty interesting and customizable! I’ll definitely try that one, cheers Olgarth!

  29. Draggonfang says:

    Well thanks a mil for the info, you taught me something else. I thought TCC showed both the listed price AND the sale price, info gleaned globally from all “scanned” guild stores. BUT i’ve been wrong a time or two so now you’ve got me curious and I’ll most definitely have to go back and read up on it again, lol.

  30. Draggonfang says:

    Thanks for the awesome list and write-ups about each one. Very well put-together article. Learned about a couple of addons I’m currently not using that will definitely start using!
    I did notice you didn’t have TCC on the list. Is there a reason you prefer MM over TCC? Personally i used to use MM but made the switch later on. Would like to hear your opinion on it though.
    Thanks again!

    • Babalon, Mother of Abominations says:

      Thanks for your kind words Draggonfang!

      Yea, it’s a big debate, TCC & MM. Personally, I prefer MM since even though it’s quite heavy (especially when you’re saving big time periods like 180 days, and a big amount of sales for each item, like 10.000), it stands to be way more accurate for day to day trading.

      What I mean is, since I’m making a big sum of my income from trading, and all 5 guilds are in “similar needs & locations” (100 mil minimum / week & big city merchants), I have way more accurate prices for the items I do flip (spoiler alert – I do a lot of motifs).

      TCC is nice since you can access a lot of information outside of the game, and use it for some other types of calculations, can’t say I’m not using TCC at all. It’s just since it gathers ALL data (which is nice) you don’t actually see the sell prices of the items, but the prices they are listed for. And that margin – trust me – is a big one when margins are your most important money making criteria.

      Truth is, that if you are very serious about trading in ESO, you will consult both tools for different use-cases.

  31. Farzanah says:

    This is a fabulous list, but I have to offer another add-on that I can’t live without:
    Dolgubon’s Lazy Writ Crafter

    Automatically picks up all writs when you interact with the writ board. Then, when you go to a crafting station, it displays all the objects you need to craft, what you have thus far, how many materials you need, and how many materials you have. If you have enough, you can click a single button and it churns out all the writ items you need to make, all in one go.

    • Babalon, Mother of Abominations says:

      Thanks for the suggestion Farzanah! Lazy Writ Crafter is indeed a well-made addon, I just personally feel that this kind of automation kinda ruins the “immersion”.

      Craftstore will also show the current Writ items needed depending on the station you interact with, but yea, if someone is after removing the “writ chore” altogether, then Lazy Writ Crafter is the ideal solution indeed!

  32. Snowy Granules says:

    I’m just getting into the game and this list has helped a lot. Thanks!

    • Babalon, Mother of Abominations says:

      I’m glad you’re finding it helpful Snowy!

      This list actually started like this xD I was repeating the same addons to so many friends over and over, that I decided to just create a nice article about it 😀

  33. Ribo says:

    Comprehensive overview, easy to read, very helpful (and time saving).
    Great job !
    Thank you so much !

  34. HalloweenWeed says:

    Thanx man

  35. Haenox says:

    Thanks for this list, it helped me a lot. I can tell you put a lot of effort into this list and I appreciate that 🙂 keep up the good work man <3

    • Babalon, Mother of Abominations says:

      Thanks a lot Haenox 😀 It means a lot and I’ll definitely make it even better, as new patches and gameplay elements get introduced!

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