Ask Us Anything – Recent Questions from the Shoddience #8



Hello everyone! As before, here is a selection of questions from you guys and gals about Elder Scrolls Online that we attempt to answer to the best of our abilities. We will attempt to do this every Monday. Have questions yourself? The best places to ask are on our facebook and Twitter accounts. You may find them featured here on the next Ask Us Anything.


Hey josh and Kyle just wanna say love your work keep it up. If an alliance holds all the Keeps around the imperial city and hold the ruby throne aswell how will it be possible for the other alliance to take back the city if they have no Point of entry into cyrodil because they have no keep thanks And sorry another question I forgot to ask. If the emperor is only replaced once he is killed in battle what is to stop a player having his alliance capture the city him being crowned emperor and the just playing a different character so he can never be killed Again love your work keep it up and… FOR THE MERCHANT KING!!!!!!     by Mitchell Antico

Each alliance has a safe zone that cannot be captured and that is there point of entry. We aren’t sure what needs to be done to crown another, that’s just what it sounded like. The current Emperor will probably be emperor until he/she’s killed or the Ruby Throne is captured by another alliance.

But zenimax stated that to capture the imperial city u must hold all keeps even the other alliances strongholds

Strongholds and Safe zones are different. The strongholds are around the White Gold Tower while the safe zones are places on the outer edge of Cyrodiil and cannot be captured.


hey I was wondering how many times can you morph an ability say a sword and shield ability (is it just a one off ) – also are there enchantments like absorb stamina/ health? that can be put on swords? thanks for any answers.     by NU Percussive

Up to 5 times if I remember right. There’s a lot of enchants and I think most of the ones we’re used to will make it as well.


You guys should totally make your videos into podcasts so people (including me) can download them and listen wherever and whenever! I’ve already seen every video on the Elder Scrolls you guys have made (which are awesome) but everytime I would have to sit at home in a chair listening. I think a lot of people would love it. Please consider it. And don’t ever stop the Lore series!     by Griffin Miniutti

You can download them with YTD and convert to mp3 for free. We aren’t making audio podcasts because it would split our viewer base.


heya guys. Just wondering what will they put fletching (arrow making) under. Will be part of smiting or a stand alone skill. Because my first alt will be an archer or maybe my main     by Mark Dixon

There’s no arrows to worry about. Unlimited arrows.


Hey Shoddy Cast, do you think Zenomax will change their minds about chat bubbles and implament those as an option for us who want them for RP, or do you think it will be a job for our beloved modding comunity?     by Simon Hansson

They’ve been pretty clear that they won’t be added bubbles. Leave it to the modders. That’s why they exist.


I know that ZOS has stated that crafting is going to be viable even after max level, but how viable do you think that it is going to actually be? I would hate for ESOs crafting system to end up like another game, where the only real viable crafting for endgame was augmentation slots and rare craftable armor components. I guess the question I have is, what kind of things do you WANT to be able to craft?     by Ross Rutledge

You can craft every type of armor and weapon. Anything you can receive through PvE and PvP can be crafted. Not much else you can ask for…


Hey guys 2 big questions:1. besides a racial skill line what effect do you think race will have on skills, for example do you think the bosmer will have a better starting archery or the nords will be better with heavy armor, things like that. 2. will there only be one way in and out of cyrodiil for each alliance, because if im going khajiit and and im chilling in elsweyr (after they open that up) i wouldnt want to have to go all the way to a wayshrine to get to valenwood before i can get to cyrodiil, also there are quite a few cities on the elsweyr border     by Ryan O’Neal

Race will only affect the racial skill line. There’s no initial boosts like you say, but some passives increase the leveling of certain skill lines. There’s only one way into Cyrodiil but you can get there from any Wayshrine so just find one in Elsweyr and you’re there.


if pick pocket is in the game could you pickpocket ather players?
thanks for your show it’s a gread way to stay up to date.     by Wouter Schalkwijk

Pickpocketing will not be in the game. They think it promotes a negative atmosphere or something.



Will there be a Mailing system? like there was on WoW     by Andrew Gross

There’s mail.



Hi guys I got a question for ya. Two actually. We know that there will be vampires and werewolves but will there be new things like werebears? Second question is what if I don’t want to go to battle and just like somehow…. Get my own inn . Or something like that you know just wear normal clothes and just stay in town. Thanks guys and keep up the legendary work. Oh and of course , FOR THE QUEEN!!!!     by Gabriel Lemos Finocchio Baraldi

We don’t know if werebears and other were creatures will be in. All we know is there’s werewolves and you can be one. This game is all about combat. There’s not much in regards to just walking around towns. IF that’s what you want to do, it probably isn’t worth your subscription fee.


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  1. Emil September 2, 2013 5:24 pm 

    I haven’t played alot of mmo’s, so little that i have never died. So i was wondering what would happen when you die, is it just like rpg’s that you spawn at your last save? Thanks alot for amaizing seieries like eso weekly and elder scrolls lore seieries. Keep it up guys 🙂

    • Gar'roth the Chef September 2, 2013 5:44 pm 

      Well, MMOs don’t have save spots or checkpoints like a traditional single player game has. There have been a couple of ways that different MMOs have approached this. One way is that you are spirited away from your body to the nears “safe area”, at which point you would have to run back to your body, and spawn there. Another way is that you are teleported to the nearest “safe area”, and brought back to life there, and can then go on your merry way. Another way is a variation of the last one, where you can spawn at the spot where you died immediately, but have a timer before you can do it again. Of course on top of that, a lot of MMOs have that another player can revive you at the spot that you died in. Depending on the game, there are penalties for dying, such as low stamina, gear damage, or a stat reducing “sickness”. I know that ESO is going to be using a gear damage model for a death penalty, but unsure of anything else. I hope that helped.

  2. Emil September 2, 2013 6:57 pm 

    Helped alot, thanks 🙂

  3. Parker S. (Mirez Elderon) September 3, 2013 1:30 am 

    I think that once the modding community gets in gear for this game we will start seeing some more RP related things like owning your own in, I would love to do that I’ve always wanted my own business but being 16 creates some challenges for that

    • JuMPMan347 September 3, 2013 2:51 pm 

      They have said that modding is only available for UI purposes, so I don’t think they can add any gameplay functions, or things like owning inns.

  4. KEDRICK THE REDGUARD!!! September 3, 2013 4:39 am 

    I AM KEDRICK THE REDGUARD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  7. Tim September 3, 2013 5:48 pm 

    There are multiple ways to come alive in ESO.
    The first is self revival on the spot. If you have a soul gem in your inventory you may spawn your self on the spot of your death.
    Secondly is a teammate respawn. Someone in your group may also ressurect you if they have a soul gem.
    Lastly is via wayshrine. If you or your group doesnt have a soul gem you will spawn at the nearest wayshrine. If your in a dungeon with a group, dont sweat being seperated. ZOS suggested there would be multiple wayshrines in a dungeon.

  8. Tim September 3, 2013 5:49 pm 

    Also…. FOR THE QUEEN!!!!

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