Two rude and inconsiderate things to avoid at all costs when ESO farming.
One of the best things about The Elder Scrolls Online is the ability to interact with other gamers and share an adventure with people from around the globe. As a whole, the ESO Community is amazing and like most of you, I’ve met some incredible people in-game. That said, I’ve come across my fair share of griefers too — especially when ESO farming.
Farming nodes in The Elder Scrolls Online can be quite lucrative. The ore, wood, and plants harvested in the wild can be used for crafting or sold for a profit. Serious money can be made once you reach Veteran Rank and start farming in Upper Craglorn — the only place in Tamriel where Potent and Fortified Nirncrux can be found (current selling prices are north of 16,000 gold for a single piece of ore).
Naturally, with big money comes big competition. On any given day you’ll find a number of players ESO farming in Upper Craglorn, hoping to strike it rich. For every ore, wood, or plant node harvested, players stand a random chance of finding a chunk of Nirncrux. Although the actual drop-rate is unknown, it’s extremely rare to find this valuable ore. In my experience, it takes an hour or more of concentrated ESO farming to hit it big (note: for a great guide on Nirncrux farming, take a look at this article by Deltias Gaming).
Don’t Be A Butthead
ESO farming is a profitable, yet solitary grind, and nothing makes the experience more frustrating than rude and inconsiderate fellow players. Whether it’s from ignorance, laziness, or pure maliciousness, there are two ESO farming practices that are simply bad form.
#1 Jacking Nodes
Many nodes are guarded by enemies, and it takes time and effort to clear mobs. One of the worst things a player can do is jack someone’s node while they’re in the middle of a battle. Even though it’s just a game, there’s no reason to be obnoxious. Leave the node to the player who got there first.
#2 Leaving Bait
Sometimes when ESO farming, players will find Worms or Crawlers when harvesting nodes. It may be tempting to leave this bait behind, but don’t — it’s bad form for two reasons:
- It wastes the time of other players who harvest the node later.
- It takes longer for the node to respawn.
PC players have the option of using an add-on like the Wykkyd Loot Manager to auto delete collected bait out of inventory as soon as it’s picked up. This not only saves time when ESO farming, but helps a farmer to be courteous to fellow players.
Note: With the recent ability to craft Psijic Ambrosia, the ESO Community may hopefully start seeing a decrease in players leaving bait behind (read How To Craft Psijic Ambrosia In The Elder Scrolls Online and ESO Economy Is Insane Since The Psijic Ambrosia Launch for some insight into this new development).
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So how about it fellow gamers? Have you ever had a node jacked or run across inconsiderate players when ESO farming? What are some things that you find rude or thoughtless? Share your opinions in the Speak Your Mind section below, and remember: life is amazing, so make each and everyday an adventure!