The Elder Scrolls Online Medium Armor Passives

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Armor passives offer excellent bonuses in ESO. UNDERSTANDING passives make for a better player. Learn more about medium armor passives today.

Armor Skill Lines In The Elder Scrolls Online

Armor skill lines offer a few active abilities but more importantly offer excellent passives you don’t want to miss.  Each armor type (heavy, medium, and light) has one active ability and a list of passives.  Light and heavy armor also have bonuses AND penalties.

The Medium Armor skill line is one of three armor skills. To begin the Medium Armor skill line, you need to equip 3 pieces of medium armor.  Your experience in the skill line will increase during combat.  The more medium armor pieces you are wearing during combat increases the speed at which the skill line’s experience will be gained.  

To fully understand medium armor, it’s important that you understand the reasoning BEHIND the passives and not just the stats they provide.  Medium armor is typically comprised of leathers and hides.  While they are still relatively light in weight, they are heavier than the cloth used in light armor and offer a bit more protection.

It is a common mistake to assume since medium armor offers no resistance passives that it is the weaker armor type.   While medium armor appears to have no penalties, there is actually a clever twist on the skill line.  If you stand still when you get hit medium armor provides no help at all BUT you are rewarded with the ability to stay agile and mobile in a fight.  Your penalty is NOT moving.  Medium armor is about dexterity.  It is mobility driven, not stat driven.

Important Note:  The numbers given in this information are based on base values.  There are many other factors that affect these numbers such as your current rank in this skill line, weapons and armor you have equipped, other skills, other passives, enchantments, race passives, and class passives.  Your character’s values may vary.

Active Ability For Medium Armor

ESO Medium Armor Skill Line Evasion

Evasion

This ability shrouds you in a mist to gain Major Evasion, reducing damage from area attacks by 20% for 20 seconds.

Evasion Morphs

ESO Medium Armor Skill Line Elude

Elude

This morph shrouds yourself in mist to gain Major Evasion, reducing damage from area attacks by 20% for 20 seconds. 

While this effect is active, when you take damage from a direct area of effect attack you gain Major Expedition for 1 second increasing your Movement Speed by 30%. 

Each piece of Medium Armor equipped increases the duration of this ability.

ESO Medium Armor Skill Line Improved Shuffle

Shuffle

This morph shrouds yourself in mist to gain Major Evasion, decreasing damage from area attacks by 20% for 20 seconds. 

Each piece of Medium Armor equipped removes and grants immunity to snares and immobilization for 1 second.

Medium Armor Passives

ESO Medium Armor Skill Line Bonuses

Medium Armor Bonuses

Each piece of Medium Armor equipped does the following: 

  • Reduces the cost of Sprint by 1%
  • Reduces the cost of Sneak by 5%
  • Reduces the cost of Block by 3%
  • Reduces damage taken from Area of Effect attacks by 2% for 2 seconds after you use Roll Dodge
  • Increases Movement Speed by 2% while immune to crowd control
ESO Medium Armor Skill Line Dexterity

Dexterity

This passive increases your Critical Damage and Healing done rating by 2% for every piece of Medium Armor equipped.

ESO Medium Armor Skill Line Wind Walker

Wind Walker

This passive does each of the following:

  • Increases your Stamina Recovery by 4% per piece of Medium Armor equipped.
  • Reduces the cost of your abilities by 2% per piece of Medium Armor equipped.
ESO Medium Armor Skill Line Improved Sneak

Improved Sneak

This passive does each of the following:

  • Reduces the cost of Sneak by 7 % for each piece of Medium Armor equipped.
  • Reduces the size of your detection area while Sneaking by 5% for each piece of Medium Armor equipped. 
ESO Medium Armor Skill Line Agility

Agility

This passive increases your Weapon and Spell Damages by 2% for each piece of Medium Armor equipped.

ESO Medium Armor Skill Line Athletics

Athletics

This passive does each of the following:

  • Increases the Movement Speed bonus of Sprint by 3% for each piece of Medium Armor equipped.
  • Reduces the cost of Roll Dodge by 4% for each piece of Medium Armor equipped.

 

 

How To Get Good:  Understanding Passive Skills

While passives are good to use, it’s better that you UNDERSTAND them.  The more you understand, the better player you will become.  I have an entire video in the How To Get Good Beginner Guide Series about Understanding Passive Skills.  Check it out!

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