ESO HOUSING GUIDE
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO GET STARTED WITH YOUR HOUSE!
GETTING STARTED WITH HOUSING
There are several ways to get a house in ESO, some can be difficult and rather expensive and others are free and very easy. Each starting city has a flyer you can find posted up on a seemingly random wall, pointing you to talk to someone about housing.
Finding this NPC and having a short conversation with them will grant you a free starter house in the local tavern. This is a single room that you can decorate as you see fit, and is a good introduction to the housing system.
Outside of the free tavern room, you can also acquire a free house by completing the Elsweyr main quest line. Completing the Northern Elsweyr story will get you the main house and 1 of the portals to the other rooms and completing the Southern Elsweyr story will get you the final two rooms.
BUYING HOMES WITH GOLD OR CROWNS
If you have the gold or crowns to spend you can find a house in every province of Tamriel, with a wide variety of sizes and styles. The cost varies, with houses on the low end being ~3K gold for an inn room, to houses on the high end being upwards of 3.5 million+ gold or 12K+ crowns.
Some houses are crowns only and some are only available on a limited basis, meaning you will need to keep an eye out for when they go on sale if you want to buy them. In addition to the gold required for some houses, there is also an achievement required to be completed before you can purchase them. This requirement is usually limited to a special house in the zone and owning these houses is a good way to show off your accomplishments in game.
You can find out if a house is on sale and any cost or requirements by going to the housing tab in the collections menu in game and browsing houses in there. The price of the house will be listed as well as any requirements you need to meet to purchase that house.
DECORATING YOUR HOUSE
You can get items to decorate your house from a variety of vendors and locations in game. Most zones have at least one area where you will find a “Furniture Vendor” who sells general items for decoration, usually themed around the zone.
You can also find “Achievement Furnishers” that will sell items specific to zone achievements, to show off accomplishments for that zone, as well as a “Global Achievement Furnisher” that sells items based on global achievements in game.
On the weekends, starting Fridays at 8:00 PM EST, you can find the “Luxury Furniture Vendor” in Coldharbour. This vendor changes his inventory each week and sells a wide arrangement of cool and unique furnishings. There is also furnishings available during events from the Impressario for tickets.
Furnishing items can also be found in the crown store, with some items being crowns only. These are normally high end decorations, ranging from things that provide atmosphere like music and flocks of butterflies to useful items like crafting tables and the banker and merchant. You will also find bigger decorations like fountains and trees and even Mundus Stones to add that extra special touch.
Buying furnishings can be easy, but also expensive. If you prefer to save your gold and crowns, there are many other ways to acquire cool items for your house. There are quests in the world that will grant you special furnishings for your home, including trophies and busts you can earn from every dungeon and trial in the game. There are also a lot of recipes you can find to craft your own home furnishings. Each crafting station has a tab on the far right hand side of the menu that will hold a list of any recipes you have learned for that station.
Different recipes have different requirements, and are crafted at different tables.
- Blueprints are crafted at the woodworking table.
- Patterns are crafted at the clothing station.
- Formulae are crafted at the alchemy station.
- Praxis’ are crafted at the enchanting table.
- Sketches are crafted at the jewelry crafting table.
- Furnishings are crafted at the cooking fire.
- Diagrams are crafted at the blacksmithing station.
Some recipes require you to have higher levels of passives in one or more of the crafting skills to be able to craft them. The recipe will say what levels need unlocked before you use them, and the general best way to handle these is to give them to your primary crafting character if you have one as you will usually have more skills unlocked on that character.
GET FURNISHINGS THROUGH ANTIQUITIES
The Greymoor expansion, released in May 2020, brought a new way to get furnishings in the antiquities system. You can find leads in the world for some really cool housing items like a stained glass window and even a useable blacksmithing station, among other decorative items. You will need to own the Greymoor expansion to take advantage of this and more info about the antiquities system can be found in the Brah We Got This Antiquities guide!
MORE FURNISHINGS FROM WRIT VOUCHERS
One additional way you can get furnishings for your house is through writ vouchers, acquired from completing master writs. These items can be bought from Rolis Hlaalu or Faustina Curio, and some can be found for sale on guild traders. All normal and tuneable crafting stations in the game can be found here, as well as many other furnishings, some blueprints and storage containers. See the Master Writ guide for more details.
To place an item in your home you will simply need to click on it and select place from the browse menu. Once you decide the general area you want to place an item you can use the precision option to finely tune where the item goes. This mode will allow you to walk around the item and use the indicated controls to move the object in small or large increments, as well as rotate the object in small or large increments to get it just where you want it.
Placing and moving a single furnishing is pretty simple, but there is also a way to move multiple furnishings at once, allowing you to create a scene with multiple objects ant then move the whole scene to another spot. This process involves linking objects. When looking at any object you will be presented with the option to “Link”, and selecting this option will highlight the object. In this mode you can start selecting other objects to be the “child” of that “parent” object.
When you have all the objects that you want included linked, just hit confirm. Now, when you move the parent object, all the child objects will move at the same time and stay in the same place relative to the parent. You can move the child objects independently from the parent object, and you can even make the parent objects children of other items.
One way this can be useful is when setting up a bookcase with readable books. You start by stacking the books together, and when they are all lined up, make one book the parent and the rest of them children. Then you can move the whole stack onto a book shelf, and make the book shelf the parent object of the book parent. Now when you move the book shelf, all the books will move right along with it.
When you get a house in ESO you will need to set permissions if you want visitors. There are permissions you can set for individual visitors as well as guild visitors. To access these permissions you will need to open the housing editor, the default method to access it varies by platform but you will see an indication on the screen when you are in your house.
Once in the housing editor you will need to access build mode by hitting the button indicated at the bottom of the screen (“Browse”). Build mode will bring up a screen that shows all the items available to place in the current house, as well as providing a menu that allows you to see crown store items that you can buy for your house, a menu that allows you to see what items are placed and retrieve them at the touch of a button and the house settings. House settings is where you can add visitors and set permissions for each person that visits.
There are two categories of visitors in ESO housing, single visitors and guild visitors. Single visitors allows you to grant access to people on a player by player basis and guild visitors will allow you to grant access to people if they are in a guild you allow. When you set up permissions you will have three levels of access you can grant:
- Visitor is the default and will allow people to visit and use crafting tables, Mundus Stones and any NPC in your house.
- Decorator will allow people to move items around your house. They will not be able to remove or add any items.
- Limited visitor has the same permissions as visitor, except people will not be able to adjust things like lights or other interactable furnishings.
CHARACTER PATHING – BRING YOUR HOUSE TO LIFE!
In August 2020 ZoS released the Stonethorn DLC, including new dungeons, gear set changes and character pathing for houses. This system allows you to set your assistants like the merchant and banker, as well as pets and mounts placed in your home, on a path to walk or fly around. To get started, simply walk up to your person or animal and select the option to create path. This will place the starting path point down at their feet and will have the next step ready to be placed.
You can place up to 30 points for the character to go to, and the arrow on each node is the direction the character will be facing at that point. You can also select the speed that the character will move from point to point as well as whether they should keep moving or wait at that point for up to 3 minutes. There are also pathing options that will allow you to select what kind of path the character takes, and even switch out which character you have on the path without removing the path completely and starting over.
There are three path types that your characters can take.
- Ping pong will have them walk the full path, and turn around at the end to walk the same path back to the starting node.
- Loop with have them walk the full path and then go from the last point straight back to the first point to start the path again.
- Random will have the character randomly go from one point to any other point on the path at a random speed.
SO MANY HOUSING OPTIONS!
Housing in ESO is a very deep topic and there are so many awesome things out there for you to discover as you work towards getting trophies and achievements. This guide covers some of the basics, but it is going to take a lot of time and learning to get it all down. Check out the Housing FAQ page to get some more info around some of the things that people ask but weren’t able to be included in this guide.
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