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Woodworking in Elder Scrolls Online


Woodworking in Elder Scrolls Online is one of the crafts in the game that’s not extremely difficult to master but is very beneficial if you invest in it. As I laid out in my Crafting Basics Guide, all professions require a commitment, and not just a time commitment but an inventory commitment so you have all the necessary items to level up and research all the topics. Woodworking covers all the staffs (Fire, Ice, Lightning and Restoration), bows, and shields, so you’ll be in high demand across almost all classes. So even though it’s a commitment it doesn’t have to be a painful grind, and you can actually level up quite quickly if you utilize your resources correctly from the beginning. To do this you need to know exactly how to earn Woodworking XP in the most efficient way since not all ways are equal. You can increase your woodworking by one level if you find the correct books scattered throughout Tamriel, and there’s nothing better than opening a book and hearing that sound before seeing the message that your woodworking increased to the next level. However you can’t rely on this solely if you want to reach level 40, which is the necessary level to unlock all the woodworking perks. The other two ways to gain XP is by either creating wood items or deconstructing wood items, and the trick to level up the fastest is with the latter. This is why you have to commit your inventory to collect as many wood items as possible even if they’re not items you use or can use. Still, it’s important to keep in mind that Elder Scrolls Online is an MMO and for as many weapons you can find by looting defeated enemies during quests you’ll still need to interact with others if you want to level up efficiently, and this is where creating wood items becomes extremely useful.

Woodworking in Elder Scrolls Online

You’ll also need to commit skill points and with 24 total skill upgrades you won’t be able to fully master Woodworking unless you advance in the game through PvE or PvP to some extent. Here’s a chart for all the Woodworking skills and the appropriate woodworking skill level needed to unlock them:

Level Woodworking Keen Eye Lumberjack Hireling Wood Extraction Carpentry Resin Expertise
1 2 3 4 8 10
5 9 12 18 22 25
10 30 32 32 28 40
15 - - - - -
20 - - - - -
25 - - - - -
30 - - - - -
35 - - - - -
40 - - - - -

All the Woodworking skills have 3 levels to unlock except Woodworking (yes they have same name), which has 9 and unlocking each one allows you to use a different type of wood. The different wood types correspond to different weapon levels.

Woodworking in Elder Scrolls Online

Wood Type Weapon Rank Weapon Damage
1-14 10-32
16-24 34-49
26-34 52-66
36-44 69-83
46-50 86-93
Veteran 1-3 93-98
Veteran 4-6 102-107
Veteran 7-8 108-112
Veteran 9-12 113-122

So with all of this information laid out how do you utilize your skill points efficiently and also level up the fastest. So how do you know if using that skill point to unlock the next level of Lumberjack Hireling is worth it or if you should level up Keen Eye at all? Well, that’s why I’m here. And making the best weapons isn’t just based on crafting a weapon of a higher level but the traits and enhancements you can apply to it so you’ll have to research all of them first. Unless you’re making weapons for other players who are at higher levels than you, you won’t need to use all your skill points to unlock all the wood types at first but I will explain later why it’s beneficially to be able to craft weapons for levels higher than you.

  • Keen Eye makes it easier to identify wood in the world at different distances. So I recommend using a skill point as soon as you can unlock Keen Eye so you can find wood but it’s not necessary to use skill points to unlock the next 2 levels until much later.
  • Lumberjack Hireling is very important as you’ll get necessary wood items delivered to your mail every day, and I recommend unlocking the additional levels whenever possible. The deliveries are very good and you’ll get plenty of materials that will help you improve your wood items all the way to legendary status.
  • Wood Extraction improves the items you receive when you deconstruct wood items, and you’ll see why that’s so important to leveling up faster.
  • Carpentry reduces the time it takes to research a trait, and since it also allows you to research more than one trait at a time it’s important to unlock this as soon as it’s available because research times can range from hours to weeks.
  • Resin Expertise improves your ability to upgrade weapons from standard to Legendary by requiring fewer items to increase your success rate. Considering the fact that Legendary weapons don’t improve with your character’s rank I recommend waiting until you reach veteran status before crafting a Legendary weapon for yourself because you’ll get more use out of it. However Resin Expertise is important to increasing your weapons’ stats even without reaching Legendary status.

Carpentry skill for Woodworking in Elder Scrolls Online

Now, the majority of your time will be spent constructing/deconstructing weapons and researching topics. I already mentioned the importance of deconstructing items you loot but you’ll notice early on that you don’t get much XP from constructing wood items. You earn about 5 times more XP from deconstructing items than you do constructing them. However you’ll have a ton of wood to use to construct items so instead of wasting it, find someone you can exchange your constructed items with and then deconstruct their crafted items. You can ask someone in your guild or just mention it on general chat because there’s always someone looking to level up as well. The two of you construct the same weapon (rank), trade them, and then deconstruct them. Depending on your Wood Extraction level you should acquire even more wood items to construct more weapons and repeat the process. This is one of the important reasons to be able to craft items higher than your current rank because the XP you’ll get from constructing, exchanging and deconstructing will be amazing and you can level up anywhere from 1-5 levels in just one session. For this process Woodworking, Keen Eye, and Wood Extraction skills are most important so if you just want to level up quickly those 3 skills are the most important.

Researching topics is more difficult and that’s because there are —– traits that can be researched for each weapon. So if you research one trait for bows it doesn’t give you access to that research trait for the staffs. And the research time increases exponentially with each research trait you unlock. So the first trait you research for bows will take a few hours but if you’re researching the last trait for bows it’ll take almost 4 weeks, based on your Carpentry rank. There’s nothing you can do to speed this up after you start, and you despite being able to research more than one trait at a time you’re limited to researching one trait per weapon type at a time. And you’ll find it increasingly difficult to find a weapon with the particular trait you need to research. However you can trade/buy weapons from someone else with that trait and research from there. For example, if you need the training trait you can go to any Fighter’s Guild, buy that weapon with that trait and then research it. There are also Guild Traders scattered throughout the land now and you can purchases weapons with specific traits through them that others are selling so this will save you a lot of time in your hunt.


Even if you believe there are traits you won’t ever use and see no reason to research them, you have to see the bigger picture. And in this case that means once you research all the traits for a particular weapon you’ll be able to craft that weapon at special crafting tables that will automatically give your weapon a special benefit in addition to all the other traits you can apply. At these special tables you’ll see a weapons set icon that lists a completely different set of weapons. This is important because usually you can apply only one trait and one enchantment, and these special crafting tables give additional unique abilities. For example, currently one of my characters is equipped with the Death’s Wind set, which gives up to 5 additional benefits based on a corresponding number of items you have equipped. And since I have 5 items from that set equipped, the 5th benefit knocks back all nearby enemies and stuns them if my health is below 35% and I’m hit with a melee attack. I don’t have to stress the beauty of this set. This is why you shouldn’t try to create Legendary weapons during the lower ranks because once you find a set of weapons (or armor) that you love you can just use the items you’ve accumulated to improve those weapons. Below are the items you need to improve woodworking items with each improvement adding about 5 additional damage to the chart above:

Pitch – Normal to Fine

Turpen – Fine to Superior

Mastic – Superior to Epic

Rosin – Epic to Legendary

Hope this guide to woodworking in Elder Scrolls Online gets you started on your journey to become the best woodworker in all of Tamriel.



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