The Elder Scrolls: Blades cheats and tips - Gathering materials and fast
Craft and build quickly with this guide
Materials make the world go around. Or at least material wealth does. And that's not different in The Elder Scrolls: Blades, Bethesda's new mobile RPG.
Here you'll need materials for everything aside from killing enemies. New weapons, weapon upgrades, town upgrades - pretty much everything you need to do to progress requires a freshly supplied stock of materials.
We've put some tips together so you can make the most of your materials at hand, and hopefully earn back new materials as quickly as possible. After all, we all need to get back to questing as soon as possible.
Why do I need them?
Materials in The Elder Scrolls: Blades are the lifeblood of the game. Whether it's getting new weapons, upgrading existing ones, building houses or facilities, everything revolves around the use of materials.
Common materials, such as Limestone, Lumber, Leather, Steel, these will be easy to come across in dungeons and jobs, and find in chests. These low level materials can also be exchanged for gems at a rate of 1-1, which is, frankly, not worth it.
Uncommon materials, such as Copper, will be more difficult to come across, and will pop up almost exclusively as a reward from opening chests, which makes gathering the materials a bit more difficult.
For buildings, you'll primarily just need Lumber, Limestone and Copper. This goes for the walls, town hall and the main gate, too.
When it comes to crafting potions, weapons, armour and other things, well, the list of required materials gets vast fast. Luckily you can at least salvage older armour pieces for materials instead of selling them for gold.
It'll come to a point where everything you need to do in the game will revolve around gathering materials to build the town further, to stock up while you can.
Jobs and dungeons
If you need more materials, jobs are a great place to look. Many jobs will offer rewards of Limestone or Lumber, so you can stock up for more buildings.
When in dungeons the fun isn't other, as gathering spots such as glowing pots or piles of bones can be cracked open to unveil materials.
Being vigilant while in dungeons or missions will results in much better materials to take home. But unfortunately, there aren't any bonus materials in the Abyss.
Chests are pretty much the only place you can find rarer materials, so yeah, they're important. But if you've made any progress, you'll know that timers make them hard to open.
Stock up on chests, and unlock all of the common chests whenever the timer is free, and load up a silver chest while playing during the day, and longer chests overnight.
There are lots of materials to earn from chests, so it might even be worth opening common chests for a gem each when your chest storage is full.
Ah the good old fashioned way of earning something - buying it.
Once you get the essential facilities built in your towns, you'll be able to buy materials from each of them.
The Workshop and the Smithy will be the two best shops to visit if you're looking for materials to upgrade weapons and build new buildings. It's pricey, but better than spending a lot of gems when in a pinch.