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Do you want to do more damage in The Elder Scrolls Online? If you are struggling with DPS in ESO, Lucky Ghost will list the most important things you can do to increase your damage while Parsing or Fighting enemies in the game.



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Choose the Right Rotation




AoE vs. Single Target



First, you have to recognize what type of damage you want to do. The most important factor in your Rotation is how many enemies you are approaching: If you're approaching more than a couple of enemies, you'll want to lead with your AoE abilities and use an AoE spammable, such as Brawler or Whirling Blades, or Unstable Wall of Elements. It's better to do 4K damage to six enemies than 9K damage to one.



Conversely, if you're walking up to a boss with no adds or you're Parsing, you'll want to use a single target spammable because 4K damage to one target is worse than 9K damage to that same target.



The mistake many new players make is using the same Rotation, whether walking up to a bunch of trash mobs or a Parse Dummy.





Light Attack Weave





Light Attacking between every ability will do huge things for your damage. Below is why Light Attack Weaving is so crucial in ESO:



Light Attacking Generates Ult Charge



Light Attacking Weaving will generate Ult charge. If you're not consistently Light Attacking, your Ultimate will take a very long time to become available again.



Light Attacking Triggers Weapon Enchants



Light Attacking will also Proc Enchants on your weapons. There's a long list of Enchants that you can take advantage of, and you have a chance of activating them every time you Light Attack.



Light Attacking Provides Set Bonus



Many sets in this game, such as Relequen, Siroria, and even some Monster sets, benefit from Light Attacking. If you're wearing one of these sets and you're not Light Attacking, you are completely wasting the bonus that those sets are providing.





Use Your Ultimate Often



As long as you're Light Attacking between your abilities, your Ultimate will be coming up every one or two minutes. In other words, it's going to be available very often, so you should use it very often.





Use Potions



Potions are incredibly important in The Elder Scrolls Online. They increase your Weapon or Spell damage by 20%. They also increase your critical rating and sustain so that you don't run out of resources.







When you get serious about doing damage or any time you're Parsing, you should use good Potions every time they come from Cooldown.



Potions can be a little expensive for a new player, but it's worth it. Anytime you're using a Parse Dummy to test your damage, you should always use good Potions such as Essence of Weapon Power or Essence of Spell Power. If you're not using Potions when you Parse, you’ll have no idea what you're capable of.





Use Food



Like Potions, Food is pretty important, and you should never Parse or go into a Dungeon/Arena/Trial without Food equipped.



Every 1,000 of a resource that you get adds 100 of that type of damage. That means 1,000 Stamina is about 100 Weapon Damage, and 1,000 Magicka is 100 Spell Damage.



The size of your resource pool is directly related to how much damage your character will do. It's a part of the formula that determines how much the next attack is going to do. That means if you're eating a Food that adds 5,000 Magicka, the food also adds 500 Spell damage.







Food makes your character much stronger so that you don't run out of resources. If you're running out of resources, the reason might be that you're not using Potions or Food, or both.



The effects of Food can last two hours. Don't be the guy that says Food is expensive. It's not. Selling a few trash items to a Vendor pays for your Food for the next couple of hours.





Get the Right Gear



There are hundreds of sets in TESO, but not all of these sets are created equal. Some of them are downright bad, some of them are amazing, and some are just okay. If you're wearing one of the sets that are just okay, your damage is just going to be okay; if you're wearing one of the bad sets, your damage is going to be bad.



AoE vs. Single Target



In The Elder Scrolls Online, some sets are better for single target damage but horrible at AoE damage; some do well in PvP but badly in PvE. Therefore, it's important to make sure the sets you're wearing are good at what you want to do. If you want to do a lot of damage, you need to wear a set that allows you to do that. The easiest way to achieve this is to follow guides that have a proven record of taking down content that requires high levels of damage.



If you only want to do Quests or Delves, it doesn't matter what you wear because that type of content doesn't require a high level of DPS. But if you want to do the Veteran mode of Arenas/Dungeons/Trials, you need to make sure that the build you're following uses sets that will be good for putting out large amounts of damage.



If you want to Parse, be sure to wear Parse Gear; If you want to do AoE damage, make sure you're wearing AoE gear.





Keep Your Dots and Buffs Up at All Times



Dots and Buffs are the hardest part for new players, and these will be the single largest DPS loss in your build until you master recasting these abilities as soon as they fall off.



It's easy to cast them the first time, but it is difficult to cast them again the second they fall off. If you use Arrow Barrage, you'll want to let it take all the way down, and as soon as it's done and hit zero, you need to recast it again. Don't recast it before it hits zero because if you reapply your AoE abilities too soon, you will run out of resources. If you reapply them too late, you will lose damage. Therefore, the sweet spot is to reapply them the second they fall off.



Another example is Barbed Trap. This Buff will start ticking down from 18 seconds as soon as it activates, giving you 10% increased Critical damage for the duration. It also puts a decent amount of DoT on the enemy, so you are getting a DoT and a Buff simultaneously from this ability, which means the second it comes up, you will want to recast it again.



Once you've got into the habit of Light Attack Weaving, the biggest thing you can do to increase your damage is to master the upkeep of your DoTs and your Buffs. It's what all the new players struggle with. But once you get into the habit of reapplying them, your damage will go through the roof.



Also, remember that your Rotation will depend on what you're fighting – if you're fighting a large pack of enemies, you don't want to start spamming a single target DoT or a single target spammable. Instead, you want to lay down your AoE DoTs and AoE abilities to make sure you're hitting all of those enemies at once.





Get Your Gear Traited and Enchanted Correctly



Don't underestimate the importance of having the correct Enchants and Traits on your gear. The Enchants will add Maximum Stamina, and the Traits, such as Divines, increase your Mundus Stone effect by 9%.



Enchants and Traits are also important in Jewelry. Weapon damage Enchantment and Bloodthirsty Trait are going to add a massive amount of damage to your character. Once you have all of your gear properly Traited and Enchanted, it's going to have a very significant impact on the amount of damage you can do...Read the full story on MmoGah: How to Increase DPS in ESO




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