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%. Fiery Grip, Empowering Chains, Unrelenting Grip
Fortitude Increases health recovery by 20%. Dragon Blood, Green Dragon Blood, Coagulating 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. Inferno, Flames of Oblivion, Cauterize
Resolve Small increase to physical resistance. Stone Giant Large increase to physical resistance. Spiked Armor, Hardened Armor, Volatile Armor
Savagery Increases Weapon Critical ratings by 2191. Flames of Oblivion
Sorcery Increases spell damage by 20%. Molten Weapons, Igneous Weapons, Molten Armaments
Vitality Increases healing taken by 8%. Coagulating Blood
Ward Small increase to spell resistance. Reflective Plate Large increase to spell resistance. Spiked Armor, Hardened 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, Relentless Focus, Merciless Resolve Increases all damage done by 25%. Reaping Mark
Breach Large decrease to target’s spell resistance. Mark Target, Piercing Mark, Reaping 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 15%. Blur, Mirage, Double Take, Evasion
Expedition Increases movement speed by 30%. Cripple, Debilitate, Crippling Grasp, Double Take, Path of Darkness, Twisting Path, Refreshing Path
Fracture Large decrease to target’s physical resistance. Mark Target, Piercing Mark, Reaping Mark, Surprise Attack
Maim Reduces target’s damage dealt by 15%. Summon Shade, Dark Shades, Shadow Image, Mass Hysteria
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%. Summon Storm Atronach, Greater Storm Atronach, Summon Charged Atronach
Brutality Increases weapon damage by 20%. Surge, Power Surge, Critical 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 Armor, Bound Armaments, Bound Aegis Large increase to physical resistance. Lightning Form, Hurricane, Boundless Storm
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%. Solar Flare, Dark Flare, Solar Barrage
Endurance Increases stamina recovery by 10%. Restoring Aura, Radiant Aura, Repentance Increases stamina recovery by 20%. Restoring Aura, Radiant Aura
Fortitude Increases health recovery by 10%. Restoring Aura, Radiant Aura, Repentance Increases health recovery by 20%. Restoring Aura, Radiant Aura
Fracture Small decrease to target’s physical resistance. Power of the Light
Intellect Increases magicka recovery by 10%. Restoring Aura, Radiant Aura, Repentance Increases magicka recovery by 20%. Radiant Aura
Mending Increases healing done by 25%. Sacred Ground
Prophecy Increases Spell Critical ratings by 2191. Sun Fire, Vampire’s Bane, Reflective Light
Protection Reduces damage taken by 8%. Restoring Focus
Resolve Large increase to physical resistance. Rune Focus, Channeled Focus, Restoring 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. Rune Focus, Channeled Focus, Restoring 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%. Momentum, Forward Momentum, Rally
Empower Increases damage of next attack by 20%. Wrecking Blow
Heroism Grant 1 Ultimate every 1.5s for 9s. 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. Puncture, Ransack, Pierce Armor
Heroism Grant 1 Ultimate every 1.5s for 9s. Heroic Slash
Maim Reduces target’s damage dealt by 15%. Low Slash, Deep Slash, Heroic 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%. Hidden Blade, Shrouded Daggers, Flying Blade
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. Weakness to Elements, Elemental Susceptibility, Elemental Drain
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. Blessing of Protection, Blessing of Restoration, Combat Prayer
Ward Small increase to spell resistance. Blessing of Protection, Blessing of Restoration, Combat Prayer

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%. Inventor’s Guard, Twilight Remedy Reduces damage from Bosses by 15%. Inventor’s Guard
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 Remedy
Evasion Increases dodge chance by 15%. Gossamer, Hist Bark, Spectre’s Eye
Expedition Increases movement speed by 30%. Daedric Trickery, Skooma Smuggler
Prophecy Increases Spell and Weapon Critical ratings by 2191. Treasure Hunter
Heroism Grant 18 Ultimate over 8seconds. Daedric Trickery
Protection Reduces damage taken by 30%. Daedric Trickery
Maim Decrease damage done by 15%. Wizard’s Riposte
Mending Increases healing done by 8%. Healer’s Habit Increases healing done by 25%. Daedric Trickery
Slayer Increase damage dealt in Dungeons and Trials by 5%. Infallible Mage, Master Architect, Moondancer Increase damage dealt in Dungeons and Trials by 15% Master Architect
Vitality Increase healing taken by 30%. Daedric Trickery
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
Evasion Increases dodge chance by 15%. Evasion, Shuffle, Elude, Hist Bark, Spectre’s Eye
Expedition Increases movement speed by 10%. Jailbreaker Increases movement speed by 30%. Coward’s Gear, Daedric Trickery, Quick Serpent, Vicious Serpent
Heroism Grant 18 Ultimate over 8seconds. Daedric Trickery
Mending Increases healing done by 25%. Daedric Trickery
Protection Reduces damage taken by 30%. Coward’s Gear, Daedric Trickery
Savagery Increases Weapon Critical ratings by 2191. Toothrow
Slayer Increase damage dealt in Dungeons and Trials by 5%. Roar of Alkosh, Vicious Serpent, War Machine Increase damage dealt in Dungeons and Trials by 15% War Machine
Vitality Increase healing taken by 30%. Daedric Trickery

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%. Automated Defense, Eternal Warrior, Lunar Bastion Reduces damage from Bosses by 15%. Automated Defense
Brutality Increases weapon damage by 20%. Dreugh King Slayer
Defile Reduces the effectiveness of healing by 30%. Crest of Cyrodiil, Durok’s Bane
Evasion Increases dodge chance by 15%. Hist Bark, Spectre’s Eye
Expedition Increases movement speed by 30%. Daedric Trickery, Dreugh King Slayer
Force Increases critical damage amounts by 12%. Medusa
Fracture Small decrease to target’s physical resistance. Hand of Mephala
Heroism Grant 1 Ultimate every 1.5s for 9s. Shalk Exoskeleton Grant 18 Ultimate over 8seconds. Daedric Trickery
Maim Reduces target’s damage dealt by 15%. Knightmare
Mending Increases healing done by 25%. Daedric Trickery
Protection Reduces damage taken by 8%. Vampire Cloak Reduces damage taken by 30%. Daedric Trickery
Resolve Large increase to physical resistance. Immovable, Immovable Brute, Unstoppable
Sorcery Increases spell damage by 20%. Rattlecage
Toughness Increases maximum health by 10%. Warrior-Poet
Vitality Increase healing taken by 8%. Order of Diagna Increase healing taken by 30%. Daedric Trickery
Ward Large increase to spell resistance. Immovable, Immovable Brute, Unstoppable

Monster Helm Buffs/Debuffs
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
Maim Reduces target’s damage dealt by 15%. Shadowrend
Protection Reduces damage taken by 30%. Pirate Skeleton
Resolve Large increase to physical resistance. Mighty Chudan
Vitality Increases healing taken by 30%. Scourge Harvester
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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