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News about things happening on TESO Life.

Summerset Skyshard Locations Added to ESO Life Map

Summerset, the latest DLC for ESO, has been released, and it has added a whole new area to the game. The island home of the High Elves has enriched the game in many ways, including new skyshards. There are 18 of them, which is going to translate to quite a few skill points. You’re going to want to collect them all, and you’re probably going to need help with at least a couple. We’re happy to announce we’ve completed our ESO Summerset skyshard locations map, and you’ll find a detailed screenshot guide for each shard in it.

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Gold Coast, Hew’s Bane, Wrothgar Skyshards Added to Map

As the expansion’s release date draws near, we’re hard at work updating the site. One of the first things we’ve decided to update is the Skyshard locations map. It has been missing several areas for some time, and it was high time we rectified that. The map is now finally complete, with all the areas from the base game. We’ve added Hew’s Bane, Wrothgar & Gold Coast Skyshards to it, and we’re ready for the expansion to go live.

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Witcher 3 Giveaway and Website

I am happy to announce that we have created a MMORPG Life website for the upcoming open world RPG The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. You might wander what is a MMORPG website doing covering a single player game? From all the footage we’ve seen and all the info developers at CD Projekt Red have shared so far we think that Witcher 3 will have something to offer to the MMORPG players. It is a massive open world game with almost no loading screens (they have two – when you switch between the prologue and the mainland and one other when you visit a third part of the world). It is a RPG with numerous quests with roots in rich lore based on a series of books and Eastern European/Slavic folklore. There will be skill trees, quests, crafting and all the other systems MMORPG players will surely be familiar with and, to top it all off, you’ll have 200 hours of content to explore. Hence the new addition to the MMORPG Life family – Witcher 3 Life.

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To celebrate the game’s fast approaching release date (May 19th 2015.) our sister website has started a Witcher 3 pre-order Giveaway! In case you still haven’t pre-ordered the game here’s a chance for you to win one of two copies of the game being given away. Enter the raffle by this Sunday (May 10th) and you may win a pre-order key from, which comes with some pretty nifty bonuses.

As for Witcher 3 Life, you can expect all the great stuff you’ve seen on our other MMORPG Life websites and we will cover the game and its systems in detail you got accustomed to by now. We hope you enjoy the game and our coverage and it is the perfect way to kill the time before ESO comes out on consoles.

ESO Champion Point Calculator and Updated Skill Calculator for Tamriel Unlimited

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With the release of Tamriel Unlimited, in the form of patch 2.0.1, players are able to play the game without paying the subscription. A lot has changed since ESO launched and among those changes we have seen updates to player skills and an addition of a whole new system called the Champion Point system. Champion Points are part of getting rid of the old Veteran Rank system and they can be gained by doing quests, dungeons and other activities once you reach level 50. Once you get them you can distribute them among 9 constellations, each containing 8 buffs that you unlock by investing champion points into them.

We are proud to announce that we have updated our ESO Skill Calculator with the latest patch 2.0.1 data. This added some new skills and updated others. There are, even, some old skills removed from the game. We had to do a complete overhaul in order to get the calculator updated and in line with what people are playing right now. There are still some bugs and kinks, but we’ll work on removing those in the next few days. We took the opportunity to also introduce a new tab in the calculator that lets you browse through all the Champion Point upgrades. I believe we are among the first to release such a tool for the Elder Scrolls Online community. Champion Point Skill Calculator is still in beta and there are several improvements we still intend on introducing. For now, you can browse through all the constellations and see all the available buffs. You can invest points into them to see what that does to the ammount of buffs you are getting. It can be used in planning the best champion point investment strategy for your high level characters. The ability to save your Champion Point setup along with your skill build is not implemented at this time. We hope to bring all these features that you are accustomed to with our ESO talent calculator very soon, so stay tuned.

We recently passed a milestone of 10000 builds being saved through the skill calculator. We thank you all for visiting and using the tool and we hope you’ll find the latest additions useful as well.

You can visit the updated calculator for each class bellow (or through the menu above):
Dragonknight Skill Calculator
Nightblade Skill Calculator
Sorcerer Skill Calculator
Templar Skill Calculator

Upper Craglorn Skyshards

upper craglorn skyshards With the release of update 4 on the PTS and the appearance of a new zone (or rather an expansion of an old zone) Upper Craglorn, we decided it is time to update our Skyshards locations map with new data. There are 6 new skyshards to be found in Upper Craglorn. This goes in line with two new Veteran ranks (6 skyshards = 2 skill point – one for each level) being obtainable in this update. As with all other Craglorn Skyshards they are located in group delves so bring along some friends or be ready to sneak past some rather nasty mobs. To help you achieve this we created screenshot guides for each new skyshard. You will notice that we put Upper and Lower Craglorn Skyshard guides onto one page. This is because new in-game map of Craglorn contains both parts of the zone, although skyshards themselves are separated in the achievements list to Lower and Upper Craglorn sections. You’ll just have the convenience of having everything in one place while hunting for Craglorn Skyshards.

ESO Skill Calculator updated with 1.3.3 data

update 3 skill calculator Elder Scrolls Online Update 3 (patch 1.3.3) brought on a lot of skill changes across the board. Some skills have had their bug fixed. Others had their values tweaked in an effort to balance them better. Some skills have been changed to have better tooltip descriptions. We put in an effort to reflect all those changes in our online ESO Skill Calculator. I am sure many of you are already familiar with our ESO talent calculator since more than 7000 builds have been saved since the game launched (which you can browse through here). We would recommend for those actively maintaining your builds to update them for the latest patch, since some rotations might have changed in the meantime. If you updated your build to reflect 1.3.3 patch changes feel free to let us know via our contact us page and we will feature your build on the front page of our website. I hope you will continue to use our skill calculator and that it is a tool that will help you plan your character development even while you are not in the game.

P.S. If you are from a French speaking country we recommend you visit our friends at because they have the skill calculator in French.

Updated ESO Skill Calculator to 1.1.2 data

With the release of ESO patch 1.1.2, that brought the new adventure zone Craglorn, we’ve seen an update to existing skills. Some of the skills were changed enough for Zenimax to provide free skill point refunds to everyone that had them invested in certain skills. You can see the full changelist in our Patch 1.1.2 Notes article. Most significant changes are the introduction of a cap to some AOE skills (like Dragonknight Inhale), and having some skills finally work as intended. If you had points in Templar’s Master Ritualist, Destruction Staff’s Impulse, Dual Wield’s Flying Blade, One hand and shield’s Deadly Bash and Support’s Battle Resurrection, you will have those skill points refunded and you can respend them in the same ability or somewhere else.

Old builds are still valid so you can still browse our database of submitted builds to find a useful one even if it was made prior to this patch. Remember though that the most optimal builds might have changed and you might want to look for the latest submitted builds to see what people have started using now.

Skill calculator tool for all classes has now been updated with the latest data from live patch 1.1.2. A lot of tooltips have been changed and values of some skills have also been changed. As always, keep in mind that our skill calculator uses 500 magicka, 500 stamina and 30 weapon and spell damage for base calculations of all values in spell tooltips. Things for your character in-game will be different based on what your individual stats are. Also remember that choosing a skill in our skill calculator chooses Rank IV of that skill immediately. We presume that you will level the chose skill to its maximum level. I hope you enjoy our updated skill calculator tool and feel free to leave any feedback in the comment section bellow.

Click on the buttons bellow to see the skill calculator for that class

Skill Calculator Updated

Our skill calculator has over 4000 submitted builds so far. It is one of the most visited sections of our website. I am guessing that a lot of people find it useful. Still, we were not happy with some of the things in the calculator so we spent some time in the past couple of weeks tweaking and updating stuff in the background. What better time to announce all these changes than patch day and updated skill data?

The biggest change to the calculator that might not be visible right away, but is crucial, is that all calculations of skill values are now based off of the following base values:

Magicka – 500
Stamina – 500
Weapon Damage – 30
Spell Damage – 30

In Elder Scrolls Online some skills do damage or buff players for a certain value and this value is calculated based on the amount of Magicka, Stamina, Weapon Damage or Spell Damage your character currently has. Calculations usually go something like this: (Magicka * x) + (Spell Damage * y) = Skill damage value. Base values used to be different in the previous version of our skill calculator, but now it is the values above. To reflect this change we also added information about what character stat affects skill values when such calculations are applied.


In addition to this we have fixed passive skills to show a different tooltip based on the selected rank of the passive skill. Previously all passive skills were capped at rank 2 and showed the rank 2 tooltip, but now we have made changes for the calculator to be more like the one in the game.


We also updated tooltips for all skills so they show more numbers. Before we had a lot of question marks instead of numbers, but now most of these have been replaced with correct values. There is still a problem with some of the values (especially HOT effects – we are not sure which character stats are used for their calculations), but this is as good as it gets at the moment.

Of course, you probably noticed new features we implemented since the game launched, like the ability to choose and save with your build attribute allocation or the ability to choose a weapon for 1st and 2nd bars. We did not announce these, because we thought them to be obvious, but they are there and available for you to tinker with.

We hope to ultimately achieve a dynamic calculator where you will be able to change the base Magicka, Stamina and Damage values and get dynamically calculated tooltips so you have an ultimate theorycrafting tool at your disposal, but this will have to wait for us to have some more free time. In the meantime, enjoy the current version of our ESO talent calculator.

Skyshards in German – Himmelsscherben für alle

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We are a primarily English speaking website, however, Elder Scrolls Online has a strong following in Europe and has been translated to French and German to make the gaming experience for people speaking those languages more pleasurable. Since MMORPG Life crew plays on the EU megaserver we noticed a lot of German speaking players in zone chat. We thought about what we can do to provide information found on our website in all players’ native language and we decided to tackle Skyshard locations in German. Turns out we were able to translate Skyshard Journal tips and zones from English to German and we think that combined with our screenshots this will be a great resource for German speaking players. Check out the index Deutsch page bellow with a list of all Skyshards and we’ll try translating even more content if possible.

P.S. For French speaking players we recommend visiting our friends at for best ESO content in French.