Ultimate Scribing Guide

What is Scribing?

Scribing was added to The Elder Scrolls Online with Update 42 and the Gold Road chapter.  You must own the Gold Road chapter to use the scribing system.

Scribing allows players the ability to customize specific skills to enhance their own game role-playing or play style.  The current scribing skill are all focused on combat.  

With Update 42 and the Gold Road Chapter, 11 new unique customizable skills are available.

How To Get Started

Outside of the Mages Guild in Skingrad (located in West Weald), you will meet Adept Irnard Rirnil.  It is important to note that you must be at least a skill level of 30.  After speaking with Irnard, you can begin the quest ‘The Second Era of Scribing’.  This quest takes you beneath Eyevea to the Scholarium.  

After you have completed the quest, you can begin scribing.  Also take the time to explore the Scholarium.  You can earn new skills, new scripts, new skill styles, and more.

Scribing Altar

Inside the Scholarium, you will find a Scribing Altar that allows you to scribe if you have the necessary components.  You will need a Grimoire, a Focus Script, a Signature Script, an Affix Script, and Luminous Ink.

Grimoires

Grimoires contain the base behavior of a skill that you can ‘scribe’ to customize the skill for your gameplay.  To utilize a Grimoire, you must rank at least 25 in the requisite weapon skill line.  The current skills lines are:

There are two Grimoires in the Soul Magic skill line:

There are three Grimories in the Guilds and Assault skill lines:

Focus Scripts

The second step to Scribing is to select a Focus Script.  Focus Scripts will add the main function to the Grimoire’s base skill and determine the skill’s name, resource type, and resource cost.  Focus Scripts will also determine if the ability is enemy-targeted or ally/self-targeted.  Not all Scripts and Grimoires can be paired.  

Focus Scripts can be acquired after completing the ‘Wing of the Gryphon’ quest.  

Signature Scripts

The third step to Scribing is to select a Signature Script.  A Signature Script will add unique effects to the skill.  As with Focus Scripts, not all Signature Scripts can be paired.  Signature Scripts function changes based on your Grimoire and Focus Script selection.  

Signature Scripts can be acquired after completing the ‘Wing of the Dragon’ quest.  Some are also hidden at some of the Mages Guilds in Tamriel.

Affix Scripts

The fourth step to Scribing is to select your Affix Script.  The Affix Script is a final benefit to the skill.  This is usually from the Major and Minor Buff and Debuff system.  In general, single-target Grimoires have access to Major Buffs and Debuffs and area-of-effect Grimoires have access to Minor Buffs and Debuffs.  The Affix Scripts function change depending on your prior selections.

Affix Scripts can be acquired after completing the ‘Wing of the Netch’ quest.

Final Step

The final step to Scribing requires ‘payment’ in the form of Luminous Ink.  After completing the quest ‘The Wing of the Indrick’, Luminous Ink will rarely drop from defeated enemies. After completing the quest ‘The Wing of the Netch’, Luminous Ink will rarely drop from harvesting crafting materials.

Note:  Additional characters need only to complete the ‘Second Era of Scribing’ quest after the initial Scribing questline is complete on another character.

When you have completed three quests (‘Wing of the Gryphon’, ‘Wing of the Dragon’, and ‘Wing of the Netch’), you can earn scripts via daily coffers and/or purchase them from scribing vendors and Infinite Archive vendors.

A special Signature Script called the Class Mastery Script will allow access to special mechanics and passives unique to your class that is applicable on all Grimoires.  You must first collect 50 Class Script scraps through in-game activities like Trials, Infinite Archive, Dungeons, Arenas, Master Writs, and more.

ESO Update 42 Gold Road Grimoires Destruction Staff Skill Line

Elemental Explosion

Channel the power in your staff to fling a bolt of volatile magic, causing an elemental explosion at the target location.  Elemental Explosion allows you to cast forth a ball of elemental energy that bursts in a flashy display of power.

ESO Update 42 Gold Road Grimoires Restoration Staff Skill Line

Mender’s Bond

Tether yourself to an ally, manifesting a life link between you and them.  Mender’s Bond allows you to form a beneficial mystic tether between you and an allow.

ESO Update 42 Gold Road Grimoires One Handed Skill Line

Shield Throw

Hurl your shield at an enemy, which then returns to you.  Shield Throw allows you to toss your shield into the fray.

ESO Update 42 Gold Road Grimoires Two Handed Skill Line

Smash

Drag your weapon along the ground to smash a cone in front of you.  Smash allows you to slash the air before you.

ESO Update 42 Gold Road Grimoires Soul Magic Skill Line

Soul Burst

Unleash a powerful burst of soul magic around you.  Soul Burst allows you to harness the power of your soul and blast it outward in a circle around you.

ESO Update 42 Gold Road Grimoires Fighters Guild Skill Line

Torchbearer

Conjure an imbued torch and sweep the area in front of you three times with its power.  Torchbearer allows you to brandish a torch before you, throwing back the darkness and striking any enemies nearby.

ESO Update 42 Gold Road Grimoires Assault Skill Line

Trample

Pierce the air with a shrill whistle, calling your mount forth to trample enemies in a line.  This ability cannot be re-activated while your mount is already attacking.  Trample allows you to summon your mount to battle, sending it dashing forth to strike your foes.

ESO Update 42 Gold Road Grimoires Dual Wield Skill Line

Traveling Knife

Twirl and throw an enchanted dagger at an enemy, which returns to you after a short delay and hits additional enemies in the path.  Traveling Knife allows you to hurl a knife imbued with power, which strikes your target and unerringly returns to your hand.

ESO Update 42 Gold Road Grimoires Mages Guild Skill Line

Ulfsild’s Contingency

Imbue yourself with the magical runes of Ulfsild.  These runes trigger when you cast an ability with a cost, causing a burst of magic around you.  Ulfsild’s Contingency allow you to summon a nimbus of power that, after using another skill, triggers to enhance your combat prowess.

ESO Update 42 Gold Road Grimoires Bow Skill Line

Vault

Fire a burst at your feet while flipping backwards for 15 meters.  Vault allows you to leap backwards away from your target.

Scripts

Note:  Some script values may change depending on the combinations.

Focus Scripts

ESO In-Game Icon Scribing Primary Bleeding

Bleed Damage

Deals 4306 Bleed Damage to enemies.  Beneficial Signature and Affix scripts only apply to you.

ESO In-Game Icon Scribing Primary Damage Shield

Damage Shield

Grants the ally and other allies in the link a damage shield that absorbs 985 damage every 1 second.

ESO In-Game Icon Scribing Primary Disease

Disease Damage

Deals 3743 Disease Damage to enemies.  Beneficial Signature and Affix scripts only apply to you.

Dispel

Removes up to 3 enemy area effect abilities.

ESO In-Game Icon Scribing Primary Flame

Flame Damage

Deals 8203 Flame Damage to enemies.

Frost Damage

Deals 8203 Frost Damage to enemies.

Generate Ultimate

Transfers 1 Ultimate form you to the ally every 1 second.

Healing

Heals the ally and other allies in the link for 767 Health every 1 second.

ESO In-Game Icon Scribing Primary Immobilized

Immobilize

Removes and grants immunity to snares and immobilizations for 1 second to the ally and other allies in the link.

ESO In-Game Icon Scribing Primary Knockback

Knockback

Knocks enemies back 12 meters.

ESO In-Game Icon Scribing Primary Magicka

Magic Damage

Deals 8203 Magic Damage to enemies.

ESO In-Game Icon Scribing Primary Bonus Armor

Mitigation

Transfers 10% of the damage the allied player or companions and other allied players or companions in the link take to you.

ESO In-Game Icon Scribing Primary Multi-Hit

Multi-Target

Deals 2246 Physical Damage to an enemy and bounces up to 2 times to random nearby enemies, dealing 2996 Physical Damage and 3743 Physical Damage.

ESO In-Game Icon Scribing Primary Physical

Physical Damage

Deals 4493 Physical Damage to an enemy.

ESO In-Game Icon Scribing Primary Poison

Poison Damage

Deals 1997 Physical Damage to an enemy and 2996 Poison Damage to enemies between you and them on return.

ESO In-Game Icon Scribing Primary Pull

Pull

Deals 2246 Physical Damage to an enemy, pulls them to you, and taunts them for 15 seconds if they are not already taunted.  This attack cannot be reflected.

ESO In-Game Icon Scribing Primary Resource Restore

Restore Resources

Restores 215 Magicka and 215 Stamina to the ally and other allies in the link every 1 second.

ESO In-Game Icon Scribing Primary Shock

Shock Damage

Deals 8203 Shock Damage to enemies.

ESO In-Game Icon Scribing Primary Stunned

Stun

Stuns enemies for 5 seconds.

ESO In-Game Icon Scribing Primary Taunt

Taunt

Deals 2246 Physical Damage to an enemy and taunts them for 15 seconds.

ESO In-Game Icon Scribing Primary Trauma

Trauma

Afflicts enemies with 4101 Healing Absorption for 3 seconds.

Signature Scripts

ESO In-Game Icon Scribing Secondary Soul Collapse

Anchorite’s Cruelty

Consumes a Soul Gem to deal 2.8% of the enemy’s Max Health as Oblivion Damage every 2 seconds for 10 seconds, up to a maximum of 2800 damage.  Deals up to 100% more damage to enemies under 50% Health, and can occur once every 10 seconds.

ESO In-Game Icon Scribing Secondary Give Ultimate

Anchorite’s Potency

Consumes a Soul Gem to generate 3 Ultimate, up to once every 5 seconds.

ESO In-Game Icon Scribing Secondary Status Effect

Assassin’s Misery

Afflicts enemies with Burning, Chill, and Concussion.

ESO In-Game Icon Scribing Secondary Charged Damage

Cavalier’s Charge

Increases the damage done by this ability as it travels outwards, increasing by 20% every 0.5 seconds.

ESO In-Game Icon Scribing Secondary Class Mod

Class Mastery

Enchant your closest pet for 5 seconds to heal a nearby ally for 475 Health each time it deals damage, up to once a second.  If you do not have a pet, you deal 1122 Shock Damage to enemies within 8 meters of your first target.

ESO In-Game Icon Scribing Secondary Charged Damage

Crusader’s Defiance

Grants immunity to disabling effects for 3 seconds to the ally.

ESO In-Game Icon Scribing Secondary Resource Restore

Druid’s Resurgence

Restores 441 Magicka to you per enemy hit.

ESO In-Game Icon Scribing Secondary Damage Reduction

Gladiator’s Tenacity

Reduces damage taken by 30% for 2.2 seconds.

ESO In-Game Icon Scribing Secondary Local AOE Damage Buff

Growing Impact

Creates a rune of power on the ground for 10 seconds which applies the Affix script in an area.

ESO In-Game Icon Scribing Secondary Blade Turn

Fencer’s Parry

Deflects the next direct damage attack made against you within 3 seconds on return.  This can occur once every 3 seconds.

ESO In-Game Icon Scribing Secondary Snare

Hunter’s Snare

Create a field of distortion under the first enemy hit for 6 seconds, reducing the Movement Speed of enemies inside by 40%.

ESO In-Game Icon Scribing Secondary Immobilize

Immobilizing Strike

Immobilizes enemies for 3 seconds.

ESO In-Game Icon Scribing Secondary Shield Mastery

Knight’s Valor

Increases Block amount by 8% and reduces Block cost by 8% for the ally and other allies in the link.

ESO In-Game Icon Scribing Secondary Live Life Steal

Leeching Thirst

Heals you for 33% of the damage done.

ESO In-Game Icon Scribing Secondary Damage Over Time

Lingering Torment

Deals 5930 Magic Damage over 20 seconds to enemies.

ESO In-Game Icon Scribing Secondary Heal Over Time

Sage’s Remedy

Heals the ally and other allies when they leave the link for 13284 Health over 5 seconds.

ESO In-Game Icon Scribing Secondary Mobility

Thief’s Swiftness

Grants you the ability to pass through enemies for 5 seconds on return.

ESO In-Game Icon Scribing Secondary Damage Shield

Warmage’s Defense

Grants you a damage shield that absorbs 3259 damage per enemy hit for 6 seconds.

ESO In-Game Icon Scribing Secondary Opportunism

Warrior’s Opportunity

Enemies hit take 8% more Martial damage for 5 seconds.

ESO In-Game Icon Scribing Secondary Battle Technique

Wayfarer’s Mastery

Increases your Bash damage by 333 for 5 seconds on return.

Affix Scripts

ESO In-Game Icon Scribing Tertiary Berserk

Berserk

Grants Minor Berserk for 20 seconds, increasing damage done by 5%.

ESO In-Game Icon Scribing Tertiary Breach

Breach

Afflicts Minor Breach to enemies in the link for 10 seconds, reducing Physical and Spell Resistance by 2974.

ESO In-Game Icon Scribing Tertiary Brittle

Brittle

Afflicts enemies with Minor Brittle for 20 seconds, increasing their Critical Damage taken by 10%.

ESO In-Game Icon Scribing Tertiary Brutality Sorcery

Brutality and Sorcery

If an enemy was hit, grants you Major Brutality and Major Sorcery for 20 seconds, increasing Weapon and Spell Damage by 20%.

ESO In-Game Icon Scribing Tertiary Courage

Courage

Grants Minor Courage to the ally and allies in the link for 10 seconds, increasing Weapon and Spell Damage by 215.

ESO In-Game Icon Scribing Tertiary Cowardice

Cowardice

Afflicts enemies with Minor Cowardice for 20 seconds, reducing Weapon and Spell Damage by 215.

ESO In-Game Icon Scribing Tertiary Defile

Defile

Afflicts enemies with Minor Defile, which reduces healing received and damage shield strength by 6% for 20 seconds.

ESO In-Game Icon Scribing Tertiary Empower

Empower

Grants Empower to the ally and allies in the link for 10 seconds, increasing the damage of Heavy Attacks against monsters by 70%.

ESO In-Game Icon Scribing Tertiary Enervation

Enervation

Afflicts enemies with Minor Enervation for 20 seconds, reducing Critical Damage by 10%.

ESO In-Game Icon Scribing Tertiary Evasion

Evasion

Grants you Major Evasion for 10 seconds on return, reducing damage from area attacks by 20%.

ESO In-Game Icon Scribing Tertiary Expedition

Expedition

Grants Minor Expedition for 20 seconds, increasing Movement Speed by 15%.

ESO In-Game Icon Scribing Tertiary Force

Force

Grants Minor Force for 20 seconds, increasing Critical Damage by 10%.

ESO In-Game Icon Scribing Tertiary Heroism

Heroism

Grants Minor Heroism to the ally and allies in the link for 10 seconds, generating 1 Ultimate every 1.5 seconds.

ESO In-Game Icon Scribing Tertiary Intellect Endurance

Intellect and Endurance

Grants Minor Intellect and Minor Endurance to the ally and allies in the link for 10 seconds, increasing Magicka and Stamina Recovery by 15%.

ESO In-Game Icon Scribing Tertiary Interrupt

Interrupt

Interrupts enemies that are casting.

ESO In-Game Icon Scribing Tertiary Life Steal

Lifesteal

Afflicts enemies with Minor Lifesteal for 20 seconds, healing attackers for 600 Health every 1 second.

ESO In-Game Icon Scribing Tertiary Magicka Steal

Magickasteal

Afflicts enemies with Minor Magickasteal for 20 seconds, restoring 168 Magicka to attackers every 1 second.

ESO In-Game Icon Scribing Tertiary Maim

Maim

Afflicts Minor Main to enemies in the link for 10 seconds, reducing damage done by 5%.

ESO In-Game Icon Scribing Tertiary Mangle

Mangle

Afflicts enemies with Minor Mangle for 20 seconds, reducing Max Health by 10%.

ESO In-Game Icon Scribing Tertiary Off Balance

Off Balance

Sets enemies Off Balance for 7 seconds.

ESO In-Game Icon Scribing Tertiary Protection

Protection

Grants Minor Protection to the ally and allies in the link for 10 seconds, reducing damage taken by 5%.

ESO In-Game Icon Scribing Tertiary Resolve

Resolve

Grants you Major Resolve for 10 seconds on return, increasing Physical and Spell Resistance by 5948.

ESO In-Game Icon Scribing Tertiary Savage Prophecy

Savagery and Prophecy

Grants you Major Savagery and Major Prophecy for 20 seconds, increasing Weapon and Spell Critical rating by 2629.

ESO In-Game Icon Scribing Tertiary Uncertainty

Uncertainty

Afflicts enemies with Minor Uncertainty for 20 seconds, reducing their Weapon and Spell Critical rating by 1320.

ESO In-Game Icon Scribing Tertiary Vitality

Vitality

Grants Minor Vitality to the ally and allies in the link for 10 seconds, increasing healing received by 6%.

ESO In-Game Icon Scribing Tertiary Vulnerability

Vulnerability

Afflicts enemies with Minor Vulnerability for 20 seconds, increasing damage taken by 5%.

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