The Elder Scrolls Online: Buffs and Debuffs

Class Buffs/Debuffs
DragonknightNightbladeSorcererTemplar

Weapon Buffs/Debuffs
Two HandedOne Hand & ShieldDual WieldBowDestruction StaffRestoration Staff

Armor Buffs/Debuffs
Light ArmorMedium ArmorHeavy ArmorMonster Helms

Werewolf Buffs/Debuffs
Werewolf

Guild Buffs
Mages GuildFighters GuildUndaunted

Alliance War Buffs
AssaultSupport

When Update 6 launched all of the buffs and debuffs in The Elders Scrolls Online were reworked and standardized. Buffs and debuffs now has a major and minor variety.

A character can NOT have two major or two minor buffs of the same type stacked.

You CAN have a major and minor buff of the same type at the same time.

You CAN have multiple major and multiple minor buffs of different types at the same time.

This system was designed to prevent massive “buff stacking” and encourage the use of a larger variety of skills. Before this change, players could stack multiple Armor buffs, and get their Armor really high even without actually wearing Heavy Armor. Now, with the new buff system in place, you can have a maximum of one major and one minor Armor buff active at any one time. So to increase your Armor even further you would have to use another technique like Heavy Armor or the Champion System.

This system also means that buffs and debuffs are now set at a standard. As an example all of the major Spell Damage buffs give the same increase of Spell Damage and it does not matter which skill this buff comes from. This works the same way for all buffs and debuffs. This was changed to help balance Class and Weapon Skills.

Class Buffs/Debuffs

Dragonknight Buffs/Debuffs
Name Minor Effect Skills / Item Sets for Minor Major Effect Skills / Item Sets for Major
Brutality Increases weapon damage by 5%. Mountain’s Blessing Increases weapon damage by 20%. Igneous Weapons
Defile Reduces the effectiveness of healing by 30%. Dragonknight Standard, Shifting Standard, Standard of Might
Empower Increases damage of next attack by 20%. Empowering Chains
Endurance Increases stamina recovery by 20%. Green Dragon Blood
Expedition Increases movement speed by 30%. Empowering Chains, Fiery Grip, Unrelenting Grip
Fortitude Increases health recovery by 20%. Coagulated Blood, Dragon Blood, Green Dragon Blood
Fracture Large decrease to target’s physical resistance. Noxious Breath
Maim Reduces target’s damage dealt by 15%. Choking Talons
Mending Increases healing done by 25%. Igneous Shield
Prophecy Increases Spell Critical ratings by 2191. Cauterize, Flames of Oblivion, Inferno
Resolve Small increase to physical resistance. Stone Giant Large increase to physical resistance. Hardened Armor, Spiked Armor, Volatile Armor
Savagery Increases Weapon Critical ratings by 2191. Flames of Oblivion
Sorcery Increases spell damage by 20%. Igneous Weapons, Molten Armaments, Molten Weapons
Vitality Increases healing taken by 8%. Coagulating Blood
Ward Small increase to spell resistance. Reflective Plate Large increase to spell resistance. Hardened Armor, Spiked Armor, Volatile Armor

Nightblade Buffs/Debuffs
Name Minor Effect Skills / Item Sets for Minor Major Effect Skills / Item Sets for Major
Berserk Increases all damage done by 8%. Grim Focus, Merciless Resolve, Relentless Focus Increases all damage done by 25%. Reaper’s Mark
Breach Large decrease to target’s spell resistance. Mark Target, Piercing Mark, Reaper’s Mark
Brutality Increases weapon damage by 20%. Drain Power, Power Extraction, Sap Essence
Defile Reduces the effectiveness of healing by 30%. Death Stroke, Incapacitating Strike, Soul Harvest
Empower Increases damage of next attack by 20%. Ambush
Endurance Increases stamina recovery by 10%. Relentless Focus
Evasion Increases dodge chance by 20%. Blur, Double Take, Evasion, Mirage
Expedition Increases movement speed by 30%. Cripple, Crippling Grasp, Debilitate, Double Take, Path of Darkness, Twisting Path, Refreshing Path
Fracture Large decrease to target’s physical resistance. Mark Target, Piercing Mark, Reaper’s Mark, Surprise Attack
Maim Reduces target’s damage dealt by 15%. Dark Shades, Mass Hysteria, Shadow Image, Summon Shade
Protection Reduces damage taken by 8%. Dark Cloak Reduces damage taken by 30%. Consuming Darkness, Bolstering Darkness, Veil of Blades
Resolve Small increase to physical resistance. Mirage Large increase to physical resistance. Shadow Barrier
Savagery Increases weapon critical chance by 3%. Hemorrhage
Sorcery Increases spell damage by 20%. Sap Essence
Vitality Increases healing taken by 8%. Swallow Soul Increases healing taken by 30%. Soul Siphon
Ward Small increase to spell resistance. Mirage Large increase to spell resistance. Shadow Barrier

Sorcerer Buffs
Name Minor Effect Skills / Item Sets for Minor Major Effect Skills / Item Sets for Major
Berserk Increases all damage done by 25%. Greater Storm Atronach, Summon Charged Atronach, Summon Storm Atronach
Brutality Increases weapon damage by 20%. Critical Surge, Power Surge, Surge
Expedition Increases movement speed by 10%. Hurricane Increases movement speed by 30%. Boundless Storm
Intellect Increases magicka recovery by 10%. Empowered Ward
Prophecy Increases spell critical chance by 3%. Exploitation
Resolve Small increase to physical resistance. Bound Aegis, Bound Armaments, Bound Armor Large increase to physical resistance. Boundless Storm, Lightning Form, Thundering Presence
Sorcery Increases spell damage by 20%. Power Surge
Ward Small increase to spell resistance. Bound Aegis Large increase to spell resistance. Lightning Form

Templar Buffs/Debuffs
Name Minor Effect Skills / Item Sets for Minor Major Effect Skills / Item Sets for Major
Breach Small decrease to target’s spell resistance. Power of the Light
Defile Reduces the effectiveness of healing by 30%. Dark Flare
Empower Increases damage of next attack by 20%. Dark Flare, Solar Barrage, Solar Flare
Endurance Increases stamina recovery by 10%. Radiant Aura, Repentance, Restoring Aura Increases stamina recovery by 20%. Radiant Aura, Restoring Aura
Fortitude Increases health recovery by 10%. Radiant Aura, Repentance, Restoring Aura Increases health recovery by 20%. Radiant Aura, Restoring Aura
Fracture Small decrease to target’s physical resistance. Power of the Light
Intellect Increases magicka recovery by 10%. Radiant Aura, Repentance, Restoring Aura Increases magicka recovery by 20%. Radiant Aura
Mending Increases healing done by 25%. Sacred Ground
Prophecy Increases Spell Critical ratings by 2191. Reflective Light, Sun Fire, Vampire’s Bane
Protection Reduces damage taken by 8%. Restoring Focus
Resolve Large increase to physical resistance. Channeled Focus, Restoring Focus, Rune Focus
Savagery Increases weapon critical rating by 2191. Biting Jabs
Sorcery Increases spell damage by 5%. Illuminate
Vitality Increases healing taken by 8%. Restoring Focus
Ward Large increase to spell resistance. Channeled Focus, Restoring Focus, Rune Focus

Weapon Buffs/Debuffs

Two Handed Buffs
Name Minor Effect Skills / Item Sets for Minor Major Effect Skills / Item Sets for Major
Brutality Increases weapon damage by 20%. Forward Momentum, Momentum, Rally
Empower Increases damage of next attack by 20%. Wrecking Blow
Heroism Increases Ultimate gain by 1. Carve

One Hand & Shield Buffs/Debuffs
Name Minor Effect Skills / Item Sets for Minor Major Effect Skills / Item Sets for Major
Breach Large decrease to target’s spell resistance. Pierce Armor
Defile Reduces the effectiveness of healing by 30%. Reverberating Bash
Fracture Large decrease to target’s physical resistance. Pierce Armor, Puncture, Ransack
Heroism Increases Ultimate gain by 1. Heroic Slash
Maim Reduces target’s damage dealt by 15%. Deep Slash, Heroic Slash, Low Slash
Resolve Small increase to physical resistance. Ransack

Dual Wield Buffs
Name Minor Effect Skills / Item Sets for Minor Major Effect Skills / Item Sets for Major
Brutality Increases weapon damage by 20%. Flying Blade, Hidden Blade, Shrouded Daggers
Endurance Increases stamina recovery by 20%. Whirling Blades
Expedition Increases movement speed by 30%. Quick Cloak

Bow Buffs/Debuffs
Name Minor Effect Skills / Item Sets for Minor Major Effect Skills / Item Sets for Major
Defile Reduces the effectiveness of healing by 30%. Lethal Arrow
Expedition Increases movement speed by 30%. Hasty Retreat
Fracture Small decrease to target’s physical resistance. Focused Aim

Destruction Staff Debuffs
Name Minor Effect Skills / Item Sets for Minor Major Effect Skills / Item Sets for Major
Breach Large decrease to target’s spell resistance. Elemental Drain, Elemental Susceptibility, Weakness to Elements
Mangle Reduces target’s max health by 10%. Pulsar

Restoration Staff Buffs
Name Minor Effect Skills / Item Sets for Minor Major Effect Skills / Item Sets for Major
Berserk Increases all damage done by 8%. Combat Prayer
Force Increases critical damage amounts by 30%. Light’s Champion
Mending Increases healing done by 25%. Essence Drain
Protection Reduces damage taken by 30%. Light’s Champion
Resolve Small increase to physical resistance. Combat Prayer, Blessing of Protection, Blessing of Restoration
Ward Small increase to spell resistance. Combat Prayer, Blessing of Protection, Blessing of Restoration

Armor Buffs/Debuffs

Light Armor Buffs/Debuffs
Name Minor Effect Skills / Item Sets for Minor Major Effect Skills / Item Sets for Major
Aegis Reduces damage from Bosses by 5%. Twilight’s Remedy
Berserk Increases all damage done by 25%. Sithis’ Touch
Breach Small decrease to target’s spell resistance. Concentration
Force Increases critical damage amounts by 12%. Twilight’s Remedy
Evasion Increases dodge chance by 20%. Gossamer, Hist Bark, Spectre’s Eye
Expedition Increases movement speed by 30%. Skooma Smuggler
Prophecy Increases Spell and Weapon Critical ratings by 2191. Treasure Hunter
Mending Increases healing done by 8%. Healer’s Habit
Slayer Increases damage to Bosses by 5%. Moondancer
Vulnerability Fully charged Heavy Attacks increase enemies damage taken by 8%. Infallible Mage, Wise Mage

Medium Armor Buffs
Name Minor Effect Skills / Item Sets for Minor Major Effect Skills / Item Sets for Major
Berserk Increases all damage done by 25%. Heem-Jas’ Retribution, Sithis’ Touch
Evasion Increases dodge chance by 20%. Elude, Evasion, Hist Bark, Shuffle, Spectre’s Eye
Expedition Increases movement speed by 10%. Jailbreaker Increases movement speed by 30%. Quick Serpent, Vicious Serpent
Savagery Increases Weapon Critical ratings by 2191. Toothrow
Slayer Increases damage to Bosses by 5%. Roar of Alkosh, Vicious Serpent

Heavy Armor Buffs/Debuffs
Name Minor Effect Skills / Item Sets for Minor Major Effect Skills / Item Sets for Major
Aegis Reduces damage from Bosses by 5%. Lunar Bastion
Berserk Increases all damage done by 25%. Sithis’ Touch
Brutality Increases weapon damage by 20%. Dreugh King Slayer
Defile Reduces the effectiveness of healing by 30%. Cyrodiil’s Crest, Durok’s Bane
Evasion Increases dodge chance by 20%. Hist Bark, Spectre’s Eye
Expedition Increases movement speed by 30%. Dreugh King Slayer
Force Increases critical damage amounts by 12%. Medusa
Fracture Small decrease to target’s physical resistance. Hand of Mephala
Heroism Increases Ultimate gain by 1. Shalk Exoskeleton
Maim Reduces target’s damage dealt by 15%. Knightmare
Protection Reduces damage taken by 8%. Vampire Cloak
Resolve Large increase to physical resistance. Immovable, Immovable Brute, Unstoppable
Sorcery Increases spell damage by 20%. Rattlecage
Vitality Reduces damage taken by 8%. Order of Diagna
Ward Large increase to spell resistance. Immovable, Immovable Brute, Unstoppable

Monster Helm Buffs
Name Minor Effect Skills / Item Sets for Minor Major Effect Skills / Item Sets for Major
Berserk Increases all damage done by 8%. Slimecraw
Defile Reduces the effectiveness of healing by 15%. Pirate Skeleton
Protection Reduces damage taken by 30%. Pirate Skeleton
Resolve Large increase to physical resistance. Mighty Chudan
Ward Large increase to spell resistance. Mighty Chudan

World Buffs/Debuffs

Werewolf Buffs/Debuffs
Name Minor Effect Skills / Item Sets for Minor Major Effect Skills / Item Sets for Major
Brutality Increases weapon damage by 20%. Rousing Roar
Defile Reduces the effectiveness of healing by 30%. Claws of Anguish

Guild Buffs

Mages Guild Buffs
Name Minor Effect Skills / Item Sets for Minor Major Effect Skills / Item Sets for Major
Empower Increases damage of next attack by 20%. Might of the Guild
Fortitude Increases health recovery by 20%. Balance
Sorcery Increases spell damage by 20%. Entropy
Prophecy Increases Spell and Weapon Critical ratings by 2191. Magelight

Fighters Guild Buffs
Name Minor Effect Skills / Item Sets for Minor Major Effect Skills / Item Sets for Major
Fortitude Increases health recovery by 20%. Ring of Preservation
Protection Reduces damage taken by 8%. Circle of Protection
Savagery Increases Weapon Critical ratings by 2191. Expert Hunter

Undaunted Buffs
Name Minor Effect Skills / Item Sets for Minor Major Effect Skills / Item Sets for Major
Fortitude Increases health recovery by 20%. Blood Altar
Vitality Increases healing taken by 8%. Bone Surge

Alliance War Buffs

Alliance War Assault Buffs
Name Minor Effect Skills / Item Sets for Minor Major Effect Skills / Item Sets for Major
Expedition Increases movement speed by 10%. Charging Maneuver Increases movement speed by 30%. Rapid Maneuver
Force Increases critical damage amounts by 30%. Aggressive Horn
Gallop Increases mounted speed by 40%. Rapid Maneuver
Resolve Small increase to physical resistance. Sturdy Horn
Ward Small increase to spell resistance. Sturdy Horn

Alliance War Support Buffs
Name Minor Effect Skills / Item Sets for Minor Major Effect Skills / Item Sets for Major
Vitality Increases healing taken by 8%. Mystic Guard
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