The Elder Scrolls Online Transmutation System Introduction!

The Elder Scrolls Online Transmutation System Introduction!

Check out this Q&A to get a 101 on the much-touted Transmutation System feature that is part of Update 16 and the Clockwork City DLC coming to Zenimax Online Studios’ MMORPG, The Elder Scrolls Online.

The Elder Scrolls Online – Transmutation 101

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Ever wanted to change the Trait on your gear? With the introduction of the new Transmutation System coming alongside the Clockwork City DLC game pack, you can! Learn about this new crafting system in our Q&A article.

In The Elder Scrolls Online,  you’ve been able to build and develop your character to match your style of play. Now, with the new Transmutation System, you’ll be able to tailor your gear to match your style as well.

What Items Can I Transmute?

This new system will allow you to change the Trait for the following item types:

This includes items such as Asylum, Master, or Maelstrom Weapons, Monster Masks, and weapons and armors dropped from Trials or Group Dungeons.

How Do I Transmute An Item?

In order to Transmute an item, you’ll need the following:

A Transmutation Station can be found within the heart of the Brass Fortress in the Clockwork City, or you can purchase a personal Transmutation Station for your home from Rolis Hlaalu, the Mastercraft Merchant found in each faction’s capital city.

You are also required to have the ability to craft items with the Trait you wish to apply. For example, if you want to change your one-handed sword from Powered to Sharpened, you need to be able to craft one-handed swords with the Sharpened Trait already. This means in order to Transmute some items, you might need to research  the desired Trait first at a regular crafting station.

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Finally, when you Transmute an item, you’ll need to spend Transmutation Crystals in order to do so. These rare crystals can only be earned from certain activities, such as daily dungeon quests, pledges, or from completing arenas.

If you have everything you need to Transmute an item, you simply need to use the Transmutation Station, select the item you wish to change, choose the item’s new Trait, and then confirm.

*Using a Transmutation Station on PC/Mac and consoles.

Where Can I Get Transmutation Crystals?

You can earn Transmutation Crystals from the following activities:

Guaranteed drops:

Chance to drop:

  • Dungeon Final Bosses
  • Rewards for the Worthy mails, after your first for the day
  • Random LFGs after your first

Note that while some activities are guaranteed to reward Transmutation Crystals, others only have a chance. For example, you will always receive Transmutation Crystals for completing your daily Undaunted Pledges, but you will only have a chance to receive them for defeating a dungeon’s end boss.

The amount of Transmutation Crystals you can receive also varies with the activity. Some activities will only reward one crystal, while others, such as the Rewards for the Worthy, can reward you with many more.

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Can I Transmute items for my friends?

No. When you Transmute an item, it will be bound to you. You cannot Transmute an item that is bound to another player.

Can I Transmute items for my other characters?

Yes. Transmuted items are bound to your account. Since you can move them between characters on your account via the bank, you can use a character with the ability to craft the right Trait to Transmute an item for another of your characters.

Do I Have to Own the Clockwork City DLC Game Pack To Transmute Items?

While the only public Transmutation Station in Tamriel is located within the confines of the Clockwork City’s Brass Fortress, it is possible to purchase a personal Transmutation Station for your home from Rolis Hlaalu, the Mastercraft Merchant found in each faction’s capital city.

Note that visitors can use crafting stations in homes they are invited to enter. Have a friend or guild mate who owns a Transmutation Station? Ask if you can drop by!

The Elder Scrolls Online  is currently available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and on PC for Windows and Mac. While the Xbox One X console will receive support for the game as soon as Update 16 launches.


The release date for the upcoming Clockwork City DLC has finally been announced, and will be filled with exciting new features such as the much-touted Transmutation System, as well as interesting characters to meet like Divayth Fyr and Proctor Luciana, and much more!

You can check out a preview for the Clockwork City DLC and Update 16 here.

If you’ve been meaning to get the game, now is a good time! The Humble store is offering The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited  as well as TES: Legends,  Quake Champions  and much more for just $12!

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