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Comprehensive Werewolf Guide [Updated for Wolfhunter DLC]
By PAL-18 🐢
This guide includes everything you need to know about being a Werewolf as well as some things i discovered that no other guides contain. Werewolf is an extremely fun sub-class which is more suited toward fighter's (while Vampire is more suited toward magic users) but really anyone can become a Werewolf. One of my ESO characters is a healing templar with just 2 attack powers and bosses with 100,000 hp are a real challenge but in Werewolf form i can easily solo defeat a boss with 300,000 hp.

I originally wrote this guide for members of an old ESO guild. I took the guild website offline but figured i would share the guide here for others who might find it useful.
 
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Apperance
You will only look like a Werewolf when you are in Werewolf form so if you don't want to mess up your current look or Vampire features don't appeal to you then Werewolf will (Vampire gives red eyes and scarred skin).
Perks & Penalties
Being a Werewolf brings a lot of perks but also introduces a few penalties.
  • With the Werewolf ultimate slotted in your bar, you will gain a bonus to Stamina regeneration.
  • Increased Stamina, Armor base movement and Sprinting speed while in Werewolf form.
  • You become a killer tank.
  • Werewolves are vulnerable to poison damage.
  • PvP'ing as a Werewolf can be difficult when you're the only Werewolf in the group because most enemies will target you first.
  • You get a 25% weakness to poison while in Werewolf form.
How To Become A Werewolf
You can only become a Werewolf by getting infected with Lycanthropy from a Werewolf or by buying it for 1500 Crowns in the Crown Store. If you don't have enough crowns then you'll need to be infected by a Player Werewolf or an NPC Werewolf but not just any NPC Werewolf will infect you, only special ones that spawn in special locations on full moons. Full moons occur approximately every 8 real days and last 1.5 real days. Server restarts also sometimes reset the moon cycle so you should check daily where the cycle is currently.



This method while sounding easy is actually very very hard. I tried getting infected via this method and aside from forgetting about the full moon, finding the correct NPC's were impossible. I wasted 2 months trying to do it this way. Finally i relented and asked in Riften's zone chat and a nice player bit me. Some players charge a fee for turning you (1000 to 4000 gold on average) and other's (like that nice player) do it for free. The main problem with being turned into a Werewolf is that player Werewolves can only do it once every 7 real days. Zenimax Online did this on purpose to balance it because Werewolves are very powerful.

Once you find yourself a player who will turn you, you and that player need to go to Hircine's shrine (aka Werewolf Shrine). There is one in each faction's territory (marked on the maps below as a gift icon). You will need to stand close to the shrine and then the player turns into a Werewolf (they might first have to charge their Ultimate). Then the Werewolf player presses X on their keyboard to bite you (but only if they have unlocked the "Bloodmoon" passive skill or they have not bitten another player in the last 7 real days). Then look at the altar for a scroll, use it and enter the portal (you have 3 real days to do the quest otherwise the infection wears off and you will have to get bitten again). Once inside, talk to the NPC who will send you to kill a beast. The beast is one of 4 bosses with 100k HP. Ignore all the low level enemies in the area. The fight is very very difficult especially if you aren't used to melee combat (my character is a healer and i spent almost an hour and died dozens of times trying to kill it). If you're having trouble defeating the boss, then the general strategy that works is this: Run in circles around the boss and avoid their attacks, when you reach their back take a swipe at them. Keep this up until you defeat them.

If you are already a Vampire, then you can't become a Werewolf until you first cure your "Sanguinare Vampiris" (see “Curing Lycanthropy” section at the end of this guide for locations).



*These Werewolf spawn locations come from other guides.
Bite Theft
When you've found a player to bite you, make sure there is no one else around. There is a tactic malicious non-werewolf players use where they run in front of you as you're being bitten to steal your bite. This is especially bad when you paid to get bitten.

For this reason, i suggest you never ever use local or zone chat to arrange the bite. Whisper your benefactor instead.
Power Leveling Your Wolf
Your Werewolf skills only increase when you kill while in Werewolf form. This can be very difficult if you plan on doing it legitimately since Werewolf form is limited to a few seconds before you turn back to your humanoid form. Also, all enemies give the same amount of experience (for the Werewolf rank) so it's better to attack weaker enemies since they die faster.

Method 1 & 2 are the fastest ways to power level because the target doesnt fight back and dies in one hit. It's also possible Zenimax Online (developers of Elder Scrolls Online) will nerf it so i included the slighly longer method 3.

Method 1: Oasis
This area is filled with 43 goats! (44 if you count the one walking with an npc but don't kill that one or you'll get a bounty). Goats don't fight back and they die in one hit so you can hit the whole place in under a minute. Once its clear, you can go north to find more goats (see next part after image below).


  • The BLUE circles are where you will find the goats.

Method 2: Valley

A little north of the oasis (between the Wayshrine and the Dolmen) is another large area with tons of goats. For a turbo boost of XP, join a dolmen group but stay in the Valley. Run around killing all the goats (and eating them to keep your Werewolf form active). Then when the Dolmen appears, destroy it and then go back to killing the goats until the dolmen reappears. Rinse and repeat for mega XP.

At first you will only be able to kill 10 to 20 goats before you run out of time, but as you level up Werewolf and unlock passive skills, you will be able to stay in werewolf form for much much longer.

Method 3: Crab Shore

This method is slightly harder then the previous because there aren't as many targets and they will fight back which wastes some time.

You can get your Werewolf skill to level 9 in 1 to 3 hours here (1 hour if your build is a fighter and 3 hours if your build is a healer).


  • The RED text in the crab symbol is the number of crabs in that area.
  • The GREEN + icon is the enemy you can attack to charge your Ultimate.
  • The GREEN - icon is the enemy you can attack to charge your Ultimate.

At first you will only be able to kill 2 to 4 crabs before you run out of time, but as you level up Werewolf and unlock passive skills, you will be able to stay in werewolf form for much much longer.

"Werewolf Transformation" Ability Power Leveling

The "Werewolf Transformation" ability (the ultimate that lets you transform into a Werewolf) takes much longer to level up like your other skills. Once you get it to level V; you can morph it.

The really fast way to level it up is to slot it in your ultimate hotbar but don't activate it (so you don't waste time trying to stay in Werewolf form) and do some Dolmen Farming*. The two most popular places to do Dolmen farming are "Alik'r Desert" and "Auridon". If you play on the NA server, when you get to either of those zones say "x" in chat to be invited to a Dolmen farm group. If you play on the EU server, say "+dolmen" to be invited to a Dolmen farm group. If you don't group up to attack the dolmen (but there's other players attacking it too) then you'll get around 1000XP every 2 minutes or 3000+ XP if you're in a group with at least 8 other players.

NOTE: Dolmen farming usually has a huge number of players doing it and as a result you'll have really bad FPS (10 to 20 if you're lucky) so turn down your graphics settings to get a better framerate. Even if you have a high end video card, fps will still drop dramatically because the game engine isn't optimized for lots of players fighting together.

Mini Dolmen Guide

* I won't go into deep detail how Dolem farming works but basically it's this:

Every zone has 3 Dolmen's (giant spikey rings in the sky that shoot out lightning) and the map icon looks like a whirlpool. At any one time, only 1 Dolmen is active and when its defeated, another Dolmen opens.

In "Alik'r Desert" and "Auridon" the Dolmen's always open in a counter-clockwise or clockwise order (it changes from day to day). The way you figure out which one to hit next is to go to the wayshrine closest to all your groupmates. Once you figure out the order, then just go to the next Wayshrine.

The "Alik'r Desert" and "Auridon" zones are the most popular because they have wayshrines very close to the Dolmen.
Description of Skills
Personally, i recommend you go with Pack Leader because it turns you into an amazing tank. The wolves respawn every few seconds and don't do very much damage but they really do a good job at tanking so you can stay alive longer.

Werewolf Transformation (Ultimate Skill): Transform into a beast, fearing nearby enemies for 3 seconds. While transformed, your Light Attacks apply a bleed for 2721 Physical Damage over 8 seconds, your Heavy Attacks deal 50% splash damage, and your Max Stamina is increased by 30% While slotted, your Stamina Recovery is increased by 15%.
Costs: [400 / 375 / 350 / 325] Ultimate

Morphs (4 Ranks):
  • Pack Leader: Transform into a beast, fearing nearby enemies for 3 seconds. While transformed, your Light Attacks apply a bleed for 2721 Physical Damage over 8 seconds, your Heavy Attacks deal 50% splash damage, and your Max Stamina is increased by 30%. Summon two direwolves while transformed. If killed, they return after [16 / 14 / 12 / 10] seconds. While slotted, your Stamina Recovery is increased by 15%.
    Costs: 300 Ultimate

  • Werewolf Berserker: Transform into a beast, fearing nearby enemies for 3 seconds. While transformed, your Light Attacks apply a bleed for [3805 / 3805 / 3843 / 3885] Physical Damage over 8 seconds, your Heavy Attacks deal 50% splash damage, and your Max Stamina is increased by 30% While slotted, your Stamina Recovery is increased by 15%.
    Costs: 300 Ultimate
Active Abilities
Numbers in brackets are the amount of damage done for each rank of that ability.

Pounce (4 Ranks):
Pounce on an enemy with primal fury
Deals [1413 / 1428 / 1444 / 1459] Physical Damage. Stuns the enemy for 2 seconds if they were already set Off Balance.
Costs: 4050 Stamina

Hircine's Bounty (4 Ranks):
Invoke the Huntsman's blessing, healing you for [42 / 43 / 44 / 45]% of your max Health.
Costs 4590 Magicka

Roar (5 Ranks): Roar with bloodlust to terrify up to 6 nearby enemies who become feared for [2.5 / 2.8 / 3 / 3.3] seconds.
Costs: 4163 Stamina

Piercing Howl (6 Ranks): Crush enemy with a deafening howl, dealing [2732 / 2760 / 2787 / 2814] Physical Damage.
Costs: 3510 Stamina

Infectious Claws (9 Ranks): Maul enemies in front of you with your tainted claws, dealing [1037 / 1046 / 1057 / 1067] Physical Damage.
Costs: 3510 Stamina
Active Ability Morphs
Numbers in brackets are the amount of damage done for each rank of that ability.

Pounce Morphs
Brutal Pounce: Deals [1460 / 1476 / 1492 / 1508] Physical Damage to enemies and an additional [730 / 738 / 746 / 754] Physical Damage to enemies within 5 meters.

Feral Pounce: Deals [1460 / 1476 / 1492 / 1508] Physical Damage. Pouncing from at least 10 meters away adds [1 / 2 / 3 / 4] seconds to the duration of your Werewolf Transformation.

Hircine's Bounty Morphs
Hircine's Rage: Invoke the Huntsman's blessing, healing you for 45% of your Max Health and granting you Major Brutality, increasing your Weapon Damage by 20% for [17 / 18 / 19 / 20] seconds.

Hircine's Fortitude: Invoke the Huntsman's blessing, healing you for [57 / 58 / 59 / 60]% of your Max Health.

Roar Morphs

Ferocious Roar: Roar with bloodlust to terrify up to 6 nearby enemies, fearing them for [3.3 / 3.5 / 3.8 / 4] seconds and setting them Off Balance for 5 seconds.

Deafening Roar: Roar with bloodlust to terrify up to 6 nearby enemies, fearing them for 3.3 seconds and applying Major Fracture to them, reducing their Physical Resistance by 5280 for [7 / 8 / 9 / 10] seconds.

Piercing Howl Morphs

Howl of Despair: Crush enemy with a deafening howl, dealing [2822 / 2853 / 2884 / 2915] Physical Damage. Allies targeting the enemy can activate the Feeding Frenzy synergy, which grants them unlimited uses of Empower for 5 seconds, increasing their damage done with Light Attacks by 40%.

Howl of Agony: Crush enemy with a deafening howl, dealing [2822 / 2853 / 2884 / 2915] Physical Damage. Deals 30% more damage to enemies that are feared.

Infectious Claws Morphs

Claws of Anguish: Maul enemies in front of you with your tainted claws, dealing [1070 / 1081 / 1093 / 1105] Physical Damage and an additional [3411 / 3448 / 3487 / 3523] Disease Damage over 10 seconds. Afflicts enemies with Major Defile for 4 seconds, reducing their healing received by 30% and Health Recovery by 30%.

Claws of Life: Maul enemies in front of you with your tainted claws, dealing [1070 / 1081 / 1093 / 1105] Physical Damage and an additional [3411 / 3448 / 3487 / 3523] Disease Damage over 10 seconds. Heals you for 50% of the Disease Damage done.
Passive Abilities
These passive abilities only take effect while you are in Werewolf form.

Pursuit: Increases the Stamina your Heavy Attacks restore by 50% (at rank 7 this can be upgraded to increased to 100%). Increases movement speed by 15% (at rank 7 this can be upgraded to increased to 30%).

Devour: Allows you to devour corpses to increase the duration of your Werewolf Transformation and restore your Health. Ever second you spend devouring a corpse adds 3 seconds to your duration of your Werewolf Transformation and restores 8% of your Max Health. Each corpse can be devoured for up to 4 seconds. Corpses that can be devoured have a red mist coming out of them.

Blood Rage: When you deal damage, the duration of your Werewolf Transformation is increased by 2 seconds (at rank 4 this can be upgraded to increased to 4 seconds). This effect can occur once every 5 seconds.

Bloodmoon: Allows you to infect another player with Lycanthropy once every 7 days by returning to the Werewolf ritual site. Players already infected with Sanguinare Vampiris cannot be infected with Lycanthropy.

Savage Strength: Increases your Weapon Damage by 9% (at rank 9 this can be upgraded to 18% weapon damage). Also increases Spell and Physical Resistance by 5000 (at rank 9 this can be upgraded to increased to 10000 Physical Resistance).

Call of the Pack: Reduces the cost of remaining in your Werewolf Transformation by 10% (at rank 7 this can be upgraded to increased to 20%) for each transformed werewolf in your group, including yourself, up to a maximum of 40% (at rank 10 this can be upgraded to increased to 80%).
Priority Abilities
In order to have the best fun factor and turn you into a real killing machine, you should get the skills in the following order:
  • Pounce (Morphed to Feral Pounce)
  • Pursuit
  • Devour (Granted automatically at the start from Wolfhunter DLC)
  • Hircine's Bounty
  • Blood Rage
  • Roar
  • Savage Strength
  • Piercing Howl
  • Infectious Claws
  • Call of the Pack
  • Bloodmoon
Armor
There is a medium armor set that complements Werewolves, its called "Salvation" and its pieces add the following:
  • (2 items) Adds 1096 Max Stamina
  • (3 items) Adds 129 Stamina Recovery
  • (4 items) Adds 1096 Max Stamina
  • (5 items) Salvation Reduces cost of Werewolf Transformation by 33% (ultimate costs 200). While in werewolf form Weapon Damage is increased by 150.

You can get this armor in Malabal Tor from Delve Bosses, World Bosses, Public Dungeon Bosses, Treasure Chests and quests from that zone.
Tactics
These tips will help you stay in Werewolf former longer and keep your health up.
  • While in Werewolf form you need to keep an eye on your Werewolf transformation bar at all times. If you're attacking an enemy and your bar is at 40% left and there's a weaker enemy nearby, switch targets, kill the other enemy and devour them.
  • Roar is usefull when you're low on health or you need to devour something to get some more time on your transformation bar.
  • Hircine's Bounty is critical during combat. Always keep enough stamina to use it.
  • Get Howl of Despair (which is a morph of Piercing Howl). The feeding Frenzy synergy is very useful for allies.
Getting Skill Points Fast
Once you get the gift or curse (however you want to look at it) you'll want to have 11 unused skill points so you can unlock all the active and passive skills when you get your Werewolf transformation skill high enough.

The fastest way to do this is by collecting Skyshards.

Mini Skyshard Guide

Skyshard's look like large crystals with a white light beaming up from them (every 3 Skyshards give you 1 skill point). Every zone has a bunch of them. Normally they don't appear on your map so it will be hard to find them, but if you want to find them easier, then i suggest you get the SkyShards addon.

With the Skyshard addon it will take you 1 to 2 hours on average per map to collect all the Skyshards. Some Skyshards can be obtained in the zone itself, but most are in Delves and Public Dungeons and located at the end of the dungeon (near the door you use to get back to entrance).

If you've never heard of addons, they are modifications made by third parties that add new features to the game and they are totally allowed by the developers of Elder Scrolls Online. See this[account.elderscrollsonline.com] help article for confirmation they are allowed.

I suggest you download Minion which is an addon manager that makes downloading updates to addons extremely easy. Run it everytime before you start ESO (especially after patches) to grab the latest updates.

Download Minion From: http://minion.gg/
Download Skyshards Addon From: http://www.esoui.com/downloads/info128-SkyShards.html (title is "SkyShards" if you want to install it through Minion)

If you use Minion, you can download Skyshards and other addons (see list below) by clicking the "Search..." bar in Minion and typing in the names of the addons below that interest you (this is by far not a complete list, but its addons that i have found useful):

  • Advanced Filters
    Expands inventory sorting.
  • Advanced Filters - FCOItemSaverFilters
    Adds support for FCOItemSaver addon (Only use if you install it).
  • AUI - Advanced UI
    Adds new health/magicka/stamina bars, new enemy bars, new team bars, a minimap and a lot more. This can reduce FPS significantly if you leave the "Combat Stats Minimeter" on during heavy fights. I suggest you keep that feature disabled all the time (from ESC menu, click Settings->Addons->AUI (Combat)->Expand "Indicating Elements"->Set "Minimeter" to OFF. Then in chat say /reloadui
  • Bug Eater
    Often when ESO is updated, addon authors have not yet updated their addon and as a result you'll get tons of errors. This addon hides them so you can continue using your mods even if they're outdated (From ESC menu, click "Add-Ons" and at the top right corner, check "Allow out of date add-ons". Using out of date add-ons can affect stability but often not by much.)
  • Dryzlers Better Rezzing
    Helps you find and resurrent dead team members. If you never rez anyone, then don't bother with this.
  • FCO Item Saver
    Saves items to prevent them from being sold at stores. It even allows you to lock items that can't be locked with ESO's lock option.
  • Harven's All Experience Bars
    Adds experience bars so you can keep track of how close you are to leveling your character and skills. The first bar will be placed in the center of your screen. Enable mouse cursor mode (press period key) and move it to an empty spot on your hud. Right click the bar to add/remove more bars.
  • Harvest Map
    Shows on your map any chests, ore, herbs, flowers, etc. It only shows ones you have found so it doesnt ruin gameplay by showing you where they all are.
  • Lost Treasure
    Shows you where to find the treasures from treasure maps. A lot of the maps are infuriatingly difficult, so this will help keep you sane.
  • Master Merchant
    Saves you money by showing deals on items you can purchase from other players or guild traders.
  • Merlins Heal Helper
    This addon should exclusively be used by healers or anyone that spends some of their time healing. It alerts you when team members are below a certain percentage of health left.
  • NoAccidentalStealing
    Prevents you from stealing things by mistake (which is really easy to do) by allowing you to steal only when you're crouched. This is useful to keep your gold to yourself since you wont have to pay a fine or get killed by guards all the time.
  • pNames
    This shows in chat and on the UI the character name and/or character id of players.
  • Provisions TeamFormation
    Shows you where all your team members are so you spend less time going in the wrong direction.
  • Recipe Info
    Shows you which recipe's you already own. This will save you a lot of money so you dont buy already known recipes.
  • Soul Gem Notifier
    Helps let you know when you receive a soul gem and when you charged a soul gem.
  • Tamriel Trade Center
    Another economy plugin which is a must have. It tells you the current average for most items so you don't over pay. It uses a separate executable which submits item sales to their website. You don't have to use it, but it helps others know what you saw for sale.
  • Zolan's Junk Handler
    Automatically destroys items which are worth 0 gold.
Curing Lycanthropy
You can cure Lycanthropy/Sanguinare Vampiris at any time by talking to "Prelate Sabinus". He is found at the Mages guild of every faction (in Rawl'kha, Evermore, or Riften). If you later decide you want to be a Werewolf again you will have to get reinfected. All skills you unlocked will still be there so you can continue your progress. If you want to reset your skills, then you'll need to find a Rededication Shrine and pay a large sum of gold. These can be found in the capital cities of each faction (and in Vvardenfell, North of Vivec's Temple).
Changelog
Changelog:
  • May 28: Guide posted
  • May 31: Added new power leveling spot and strategy for mega xp.
  • June 1: Added information on how to power level "Werewolf Transformation" skill.
  • June 3: Added section detailing how to get Skill points fast. Also added information on addons i suggest you get.
  • August 13: Wolfhunter DLC changes have been added to the guide.
  • November 3: Made some changes at the suggestion of Aznox & Mr_Wolfe on the ESO forums. Also added information about all the morphs and made abilities easier to read.
Legalese
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.[creativecommons.org]

If you repost this elsewhere, make sure you clearly state that PAL-18 is the author and include a link to my steam profile: https://steamcommunity.com/id/PAL-18
Join The Werewolves!
I started a Discord server for those who want Werewolf bite, but can't find someone to bite them. Players that bite for free and those that wish to be paid are welcome to join the Discord server:

https://discord.gg/TRsm2pj

I (PAL-18) have NA Server and EU Server Werewolf characters and i will bite anyone who wants Werewolf for free. Use the Discord above to arrange to get bitten.
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17 Comments
Andy🤹sym Sep 15 @ 5:32pm 
But they do sell addons on top of it if you wish to buy them with crowns but I guess I have to agree with you on being greedy or not, it's just the pure fact they put it in game if you wish to buy certain event title addons.:steammocking:
PAL-18 🐢  [author] Sep 15 @ 4:33pm 
@Andy🤹sym, As hard as it is to believe i dont think they did that because they're greedy. If they were greedy, they would be selling weapon sets and other game unbalancing things on the crown store. If the game wasnt balanced and became pay to win, then no one would play or at the very least a lot less people would play. Thats why the store has cosmetic items and DLC's only.
Andy🤹sym Aug 26 @ 12:24pm 
KILL the cresent moons :csgogun::trazz::tradingcard:GO
tom-116 Aug 21 @ 1:57pm 
Great guide overall, much appreciated :)

One comment though, near the start you said "The main problem with being turned into a Werewolf is that player Werewolves can only do it once every 7 real days. Zenimax Online did this on purpose to balance it because Werewolves are very powerful." While Werewolves can be quite powerful, I'd vote it's more so that they can get more people to pay 1500 Crowns for it.
PAL-18 🐢  [author] Jul 11 @ 3:15pm 
In total, i spent around 40 hours in researching (through reading 2 vague guides online, testing things i discovered in-game and writing the guide and making the graphics) and an additional 100 or more just playing Werewolf for a few months before writing the guide. I did it all on a single character which is a Templar healer which has no combat prowess at all. So in Werewolf form i could concentrate on tactics without relying on base class combat strengths.
Andy🤹sym Jul 11 @ 1:57pm 
What motivated you to make this guide? How long did it take you? Christ on his throne, you must of made a few characters and bought some warewolf bites? Then experienced what you needed to do in comparison from your not so great in advancing from other characters attempts?
Pixelmite Jun 12 @ 11:51pm 
Really in depth guide. Well done!
NoName Jun 12 @ 6:49am 
if you need help wit the vamp one i could help, i always use vamps and stuff so i'd love to help with it, otherwise i get ya, doesn't take much to master vamp, its much simpler than WW
PAL-18 🐢  [author] Jun 11 @ 3:09pm 
@NoName, Thanks. That would first require me to get Vampire, as i wrote this guide after many months of being a Werewolf. I'll look into being a Vampire soon, but a guide would not be possible until i master it.
NoName Jun 11 @ 8:02am 
good guiude dude, you should probs do a vamp one next that'd be awsome