Does questing or grinding give you the most bang for your buck with Psijic Ambrosia?
Ever since ZeniMax Online Studios (ZOS) introduced Psijic Ambrosia back in June, it’s been my goal to gather all seven recipe fragments to craft my very own Experience booster. It’s taken a few months, but through the completion of daily Provisioner writs and a few shrewd trades, I can finally make this most elusive of drinks.
Making The Most Of Psijic Ambrosia
Naturally, as soon as I learned the new recipe I wanted to test out my new creation. Unlike other drinks in The Elder Scrolls Online however, Psijic Ambrosia is very expensive to make. The three necessary ingredients (Frost Mirriam, Bervez Juice, and Perfect Roe) don’t come cheap. Even with my Brewer passive maxed, it costs roughly 3,250 gold to craft a single dose of Psijic Ambrosia — not much cheaper than the average Guild Store price of 3,700 gold.
Because of the high cost, I really felt I should get the most bang for my buck with Psijic Ambrosia. The drink gives a 50% Experience Point bonus from all sources for 30 minutes, but what XP sources are best?
To find the answer, I did a little field testing this weekend, and compared the Psijic Ambrosia Experience Points gained from questing and grinding. Before I took my first swig however, I made certain my Provisioner Connoisseur passive was maxed out. This passive jacked the Psijic Ambrosia limit from 30 minutes to 50 minutes, extending the amount of time to gain an Experience boost.
All set, I swallowed my first dose of Psijic Ambrosia and got to work questing. In 50 minutes I completed 4 quests — a record for me. When playing The Elder Scrolls Online, I find questing a very relaxing experience. I’ve always schlepped along, taking my time and enjoying the story.
Not so with Psijic Ambrosia.
By The Nine! I was on the clock and needed to complete quests ASAP to get my money’s worth out of the drink. Feeling like a contestant on The Amazing Race, I rushed from quest to quest, speed reading NPC dialog and sprinting in a dead panic.
Somewhere between finding Harpy eggs and tracking down a lost kid, my wife casually asked if I wanted to walk the dogs, and I yelled out: “Not now, I’m QUESTING!” She wasn’t too happy (to say nothing of the dogs), but by the time the Psijic Ambrosia worked its way out of my system, I racked up approximately 120,000 XP and gained a Champion Point. Not too shabby.
For my next field test, I did 50 minutes worth of grinding. To make the most of grinding in The Elder Scrolls Online, you really need a partner. A partner helps you take down mobs faster than you can on your own, which results in more XP in a set amount of time.
For those unfamiliar with grinding in ESO, it basically goes like this:
- Get a partner.
- Find a good grinding spot (personally, I like grinding Zombies — they’re slow, don’t have ranged attacks, and respawn quickly).
- Herd as many mobs together as you can (run like a crazy person from group to group, getting the mobs attention with fireballs, arrows, etc. and having the bad guys chase you).
- Once surrounded, use Area of Effect abilities (AoE) to take down the mobs as fast as possible.
- Rinse and repeat.
Grinding isn’t for everyone. I usually find the process repetitive and boring, and I honestly don’t do it that often. That said, I preferred grinding over power-questing, and by the time the Psijic Ambrosia wore off, I netted close to 370,000 XP and gained 3 Champion Points. Wow!
In the end, grinding trumped questing when it came to gaining the most Experience Points with Psijic Ambrosia. As tedious as grinding is, I also found the process much less stressful and enjoyable than rushing through quests.
My Psijic Ambrosia field tests are by no means scientific, and you may find you achieve different results via your character and playstyle. Based on my testing however, grinding is a better choice than questing if you truly want to make the most out of your Psijic Ambrosia Experience booster.
But what say you? What XP sources have you found the best when using Psijic Ambrosia? Share your thoughts and experiences in the comments section below.
Now where did my wife put those dog leashes…
UPDATE: One of our readers, Max, explained a much better method of Psijic Ambrosia questing than the method I tried above (Max’s advice can be read in the Comments section below). Max reminded me that questing XP is granted as soon as the quests are turned in. Instead of starting quests from scratch (like I did), simply do this:
- Stockpile a bunch of near-completed quests beforehand at your own relaxed pace.
- Drink the Psijic Ambrosia.
- Spend your XP booster time limit rushing from point to point turning in your quests.
Max’s method will result in more questing XP gained than the method I described, but will it net more Experience than grinding? It’s a very real possibility. I suppose it depends on how many quests can be turned in during the time limit. I plan on testing this week and will update this post with my results. Stay tuned, and keep the great ideas coming!