ESO Writs: Do you know about the Crafting Dailies?

Merchant Stall
Writs: sometimes lucrative government contracts for goods.

Crafting writs are a player vs environment (PvE) activities that repeatable. 

Like other dailies, the quests are offered in set order and reset at the same time each day. Crafting writs are obtained from crafting daily boards in the base game zones and the main cities of the chapters.

There is one writ board for consumables and another for equipment.

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Summary

  1. Why do Writs?
  2. Unlocking Crafting Writs
    1.  Certification
      1. Consumables
        1. Alchemy
        2. Enchanting
        3. Provisioning
      2. Equipment
        1. Blacksmiting
        2. Clothing
        3. Jewelry Crafting
        4. Woodworking
  3. Where to do Crafting Writs?
    1. Popular Locations
  4. How to do Writs?
    1. Methodology
    2. Constraints
  5. Recommendations

Why do Writs?

There are many benefits to doing crafting writs.

  • Something to do while waiting for GroupFinder queues
  • Leveling your crafting professions (not the best method)
  • Farming surveys for crafting materials for gear and upgrade materials (refining)
  • Gold ( 100,000’s to 1,000,000’s per week)
    • Quest reward gold* (amount is based on adventure level)
    • Collecting surveys to refine materials for sale (usable materials and improvement items)
    • Selling sealed writs (if doing max level writs)
    • Doing sealed writs for vouchers and buying voucher items for resale
      (e.g. Transmutation stations, attunable crafting stations, etc.)
    • Selling miscellaneous reward items (intricate items, soul gems, refined mats, and upgrade mats)
  • Trading time for tradable experience points
Crafting writ output report from Lazywritcrafter for 7 days (approx 12 characters per day).
Sample 7-day Crafting Writ Output Report from LazyWritCrafter Approximating the value of rewards.
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Wait! What!? Tradeable Experience?

Similar to how a Player versus Player (PvPer) players can farm Alliance Points or Tel Var and then convert them into items by spending them on items for trade (Akaviri Motifs, Golden Vendor Jewelry, Cyrodiil set boxes, etc.), crafters can do the same with sealed writs.

Turning-in Sealed writs give a lot experience, which can also be increased by the usual buffs (experience scrolls, potions, event bonuses). Since they are tradeable, they have created a secondary market for them (purchasable experience gain).

Once the crafter reaches max level, this experience offers little benefit to the crafter beside increasing CP*.

However, in order obtain the experience benefit of the sealed writs, the buyer requires the necessary crafting skills (Unlocked highest quality, 3 reagents, multiple quantities, etc.) and motif styles (equipment writs).

While this method is currently the fastest levelling method in the game (4 to 50 in 40 minutes or less), the number of sealed writs needed, makes this leveling method cost-prohibitive for most new players. *

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Sealed Writs / Master Writs
With the introduction of patch 2.7.x (Homestead), Master Crafting Writs will be included in top-tier writ reward boxes. See Master Crafting Writs

Tips:

Sell intricate items to vendor if material market price is lower.

Dividing the gold reward amount by the amount of items need to craft the items is a simple way determine a price to pay for the mats needed to complete a writ.

For example, if the fewest crafting mats needed is 30 and you earn 660 gold from doing the writ, if you can buy mats for 22 (660/30 = 22) gold or less, you will recover the costs of the materials and the rest of the rewards are pure profit.

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Unlocking Crafting Writs

Crafting dailies are unlocked by

  1. Leveling a character to adventure level 6
  2. Complete crafting certifications for one or more of the crafting professions (Alchemy, Blacksmithing, Clothing, Enchanting, Jewelry crafting*, Provisioning, and Woodworking) .

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Certification

Within your starting town (Davon’s Watch, Auridon, and Daggerfall) and the main cities of chapter cities (Vivec, Alinor, Rimmen, etc.), there will be two master crafting masters

  • Danel Telleno in the Mages’ Guild that will offer you the quest to become certified in Alchemy, Enchanting, and Provisioning
  • Millenith in the Fighters’ Guild that will offer you the quest to become certified in Blacksmithing, Clothing, and Woodworking

The certification consists of a quest to obtaining components, recipes, and crafting item of the specific crafting profession.

Tip: If you are over level 10 in a given profession, you will be able to skip the requirement to make an item.
Alchemy Leveling
Enchanting Leveling
Provisioning Leveling

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Consumables

Alchemy

Quest: Obtain a list of reagents and a solvent then meet Danel Telleno at the local alchemist. He will provide the location where you can find the ingredients needed to complete the training.
Part 1
  • Acquire one of each of the two following reagents
    • Columbine (1)
    • Mountain Flower (1)
  • Acquire a solvent
    • Natural Water (1)
Part 2
  • Craft one of the following potions
    • Sip of Health (1) — Natural Water, Columbine, Mountain Flower
Rewards
  • Natural Water (5), 1,000 Inspiration Points (Alchemy), 118 gold

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Enchanting

Quest: Obtain a list of runes then meet Danel Telleno at the local enchanter. He will provide the location where you can find the runes needed to complete the training.
Part 1
  • Acquire one of each of the following runes
    • Ta Aspect (1)
    • Oko Essence Rune (1)
    • Jora Potency Rune (1)
Part 2
Reward
  • Jejota Potency Rune (1), 1,000 Inspiration Points (Crafting XP – Enchanting), 166 Gold

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Provisioning

Quest: Obtain a recipe with the necessary ingredient then meet Danel Telleno at the Inn. He will provide the location where you can find the recipe and ingredients needed to complete the training.
Part 1
  • Acquire a recipe and the ingredients required to make.
Tip: You will be provided the recipe. If you lose it, it can be purchased from the nearest Chef Vendor. The recipe will depend on your starting faction.
Part 2
  • Use recipe to craft food requested.
Reward
  • Tier-one recipe

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Equipment

Blacksmithing

Quest: Craft an iron dagger then meet Millenith at the local blacksmithing area. She will provide the location where you can find the items needed to complete the training.
Part 1
  • Acquire one of each of the following
    • Collect Iron Ore and refine it into ingots (2)
    • Craft a Iron Dagger
Part 2
  • Deconstruct a Blacksmithing Item
Reward
  • Honing Stone (1), 1,000 Inspiration Points (Crafting XP – Blacksmithing), 166 Gold

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Clothing

Quest: Craft homespun gloves then meet Millenith at the local clothier area. She will provide the location where you can find the items needed to complete the training.
Part 1
  • Acquire one of each of the following
    • Collect Jute and Refine (5)
    • Craft Homespun Gloves
Part 2
  • Deconstruct a clothing Item
Reward
  • Hemming (1), 1,000 Inspiration Points (Crafting XP – Clothing), 166 Gold

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Jewelry Crafting

Note
Access to Summerset Zone (Alinor) is required for certification.

Quest: Craft pewter ring then return to NPC. He will provide the location where you can find the items needed to complete the training.
Part 1
  • Acquire one of each of the following
    • Collect Petwer
    • Craft Pewter Ring
Part 2
  • Deconstruct a jewelry Item
Reward
  • Hemming (1), 1,000 Inspiration Points (Crafting XP – Clothing), 166 Gold

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Woodworking

Quest: Craft a maple bow then meet Millenith at the local woodworking area. She will provide the location where you can find the items needed to complete the training.
Part 1
  • Acquire one of each of the following
    • Collect Maple and Refine Maple
Part 2
  • Deconstruct a woodworking item.
Reward
  • Pitch (1), 1,000 Inspiration Points (Crafting XP – Woodworking), 166 Gold

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Where to do Crafting Writs?

The desired crafting location is subjective and depends on several factors.

  1. Location
    1. Zones you have access to and those with daily boards.
    2. Most are accessible from the Alliance Navigators (located at the docks or the center of town).
  2. Banker
    1. Additional Storage (No Banker Assistant or Crafting Bag)
    2. Access to guild trader(s) (Purchasing writ materials or selling rewards)
    3. Access to guild banks (sharing reward recipes, materials, etc.)
  3. Mount training
    1. Stables close to daily board or turn-in locations preferred for newer characters.
  4. Outlaw’s Refuge (Shadowy Supplier – Dark Brotherhood Passive)
    1. Get free reagents (often rewards players with mushrooms that are not included in surveys).
  5. Mastercrafter Vendor (Sealed Writ turn-in, purchasing voucher items for resale)

Shadowy Supplier
This passive  of the Dark Brotherhood provides players with Reagents, Potions, Rare Dark Brotherhood Furniture, and Sithis Gear.
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Some popular locations

  1. Starter towns (Daggerfall, Davon’s Watch, Vulkhel Guard)
  2. Vivec City, Vvardenfell
    (Close proximity of daily board to stations, traders, outside banker, shadowy supplier, and turn-in)
  3. Stormhold, Shadowfen
    (Close proximity of stations and daily boards, banker, stable, guard-free  turn-in near wayshrine)
  4. Capital cities (Elden Root, Wayrest, Mournhold)
    (Bankers, Masterwrits, Pledges, Traders, Stables)
  5. Chapter cities (Alinor, Rimmen, etc.)
  6. Trading hubs (Rawl’kha)

Looking for Writ Turn-in Locations?
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Fun fact: The traits on the item rewards vary slightly between locations for a regional flavor.  

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How to Do Writs?

Completing writs is fairly straightforward.

  1. Obtain Dailies from the two daily boards in the “writ turn-in” cities.
    1. Equipment
    2. Consumables
  2. Make the items (or purchase)*
    1. Have the materials to make items
    2. Items are available for purchase
  3. Use the turn-in box for each profession writ completed at the turn-in location.
  4. Inventory management (bank, sell, destroy)
If you are playing on consoles, try my Crafting Writ Calculator Tool.

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Methodology

How you do writs generally comes down to add-on availability, storage, and other considerations.

  1. Addons, if available, significantly speed up the process by completing the writs by simply by visiting their crafting stations.
  2. Storage (Bank, Pack, and Crafting Bag)
    1. Current writ items. (Pack)
    2. Pre-made items.* (Pack or Bank)
    3. Materials (refined items, style items*, runes, reagents, ingredients)
  3. Constraints (Crafting level, Skill Points Available, and Time)

Interested in Pre-Making Items?
Alchemy Writs
Blacksmithing Writs
Clothing Writs
Enchanting Writs
Jewelrycrafting Writs
Provisioning Writs
Woodworking Writs

Note
Equipment writ items must be made on the character turning in the writs.
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Popular Add-ons
Dolgubons Lazywritcrafter (equipment writs, writ statistics)
Daily Alchemy (Unless you have chemistry passive on all crafters, not recommended. Pre-make on crafter that does to save reagents)
Potion Maker (Recommended, useful for writs and potions/poisons and you can choose the reagent combination to be used)
Daily Provisioning
WritWorthy (Sealed Writs)
PhaeroX Writ Status (Tracking Active Writs)

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Constraints

  1. Crafting Level
    1. Crafting ranks required to unlock proficiencies.
  2. Skill Points
    1. SP are needed to max out crafting
  3. Time
    1. How much time do you want to spend? (Time versus reward)

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Recommendations

  • Optimize skill points
    1. No skills points? Do writs for surveys to obtain mats for gear, resale,and future writs.
    2. Some skill points? 
      1. Max out proficiencies in Alchemy, Provisioning, and Enchanting
        Alchemy and Provisioning items are stackable and can be premade.
        Provisioning writs vary by faction at lower levels, so proficiency 4 or higher is prefered.
        Enchanting writs only require one item to be made.
      2. Max out hirelings passives for free mats just by logging on to a character
    3. Lots of skill points?
      1. Max out proficiencies and max out crafting quantity bonuses on one character to premake consumable stuff.
    4. Greatest quantity and quality of rewards is given at higher proficiencies.
      Max out the crafting professions and their primary proficiencies if you can.
    5. Collect surveys on max adventure level characters with max level equipment crafting proficiencies (harvest node materials depend on these two items)*.
    6. Max out your adventure level. The gold reward is based on adventure level.

Interested in more Crafting Skill Point investment strategies?
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Note
Collecting surveys: node contents have 50% – 50% change to drop material based on level or proficiency. So if you max level character with a level one proficiency, you could harvest iron or rubedite ore from a metal node. 

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