Buffs and DeBuffs

A buff in ESO is an effect which temporarily increases your effectivness in combat. Similarly, a debuff is a temporary negative effect which you can apply to enemies and mobs. You can obtain buffs by using certain abilities or by drinking potions.

Most buffs and debuffs have a “major” and a “minor” version.

You can not stack the same buff over and over again, activating the same buff will simply refresh the timer.

You can have a single major and minor buff of the same type active at the same time.

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

All of the buffs and debuffs are set to a standard. All of the Major Spell Damage buffs give the same amount of Spell Damage and it does not matter which particular ability or potion it comes from.

The tables below list of all the buffs and debuffs in ESO and also list which abilities can activate them. You can also get many buffs from potions, which are not listed here.

Quick Reference

Sorcery Increases Spell Damage by 5%/20%
Brutality Increases Weapon Damage by 5%/20%
Fortitude Increase Health Recovery by 10%/20%
Intellect Increases Magicka Recovery by 10%/20%
Endurance Increases Stamina Recovery by 10%/20%
Prophecy Increases Spell Critical by 3%/10%
Savagery Increases Weapon Critical by 3%/10%
Force Increase Critical Damage by 12%/30%
Resolve Increases Physical Resistance (Armor) by 1320/5280
Ward Increases Spell Resistance by 1320/5280
Protection Reduces Damage Taken by 8%/30%
Mending Increases Healing Done by 8%/25%
Vitality Increases Healing Taken by 8%/30%
Expedition Increases Movement Speed by 10%/30%
Evasion Increases Dodge Chance by 5%/20%
Berserk Increases Damage Done by 8%/25%
Empower Increases Damage of Next Attack by 20%
Heroism Increases Ultimate Gain by 4
Fracture Decreases Target Physical Resistance (Armor) by 1320/5280
Breach Decreases Target Spell Resistance by 1320/5280
Defile Reduces Target Healing Taken by 15%/30%
Maim Reduces Target Damage Dealt by 15%/30%
Mangle Reduces Target Max Health by 10%/30%


Buffs & DeBuffs List


  • Brawlgo
    Jun 14, 2015

    So I’m on the xBoxOne ESO game and I have a active buff called Draining Blade, and it lasts for 49000 DAYS! No joke, but I do not know what it does?

    • ESO Academy
      Jun 15, 2015

      Hmm, I have not seen that before, perhaps it is from a quest? There are some buffs like that that are granted in certain quests which will disappear ofter the quest is done.

    • Rob
      Aug 15, 2015

      Draining Blade, I believe, is when you have “Siphoning Strikes” toggled ON.

  • Talm
    Jun 29, 2015

    I believe Relentless Focus the morph of Grim Focus from NB Skill Line give Minor Endurance of 10%.

  • Ghost
    Aug 20, 2015

    So what exactly is healing taken?

    Do any of the healing buffs increase the ticks from the Rally skill?

    • ESO Academy
      Aug 20, 2015

      Yeah healing taken is any healing that your character will get from any source. So each tick of Rally will be increased. It also effects other healing from things like potions as well.

      • Ghost
        Aug 20, 2015

        So whats the difference between healing taken, recieved, and done?

        • ESO Academy
          Aug 21, 2015

          I believe that healing taken and healing received are the same – any healing that your character gets from any source. The healing done is any healing that your character initiates, so it can also be healing others. Your healing done may also effect yourself if the ability is a self heal so it is sort of similar to healing taken. I don’t think that healing done effects potions though, only healing that you cast with abilities.

      • Forever
        Oct 26, 2016

        AFAICT you’ve coerevd all the bases with this answer!

  • @Vinny2bluntz PC,NA
    Sep 24, 2015

    Just curious what’s the best sources for the minor buffs. Trying to stack Major and Minor Fracture, plus Major and Minor Brutality.

    Can you tell me the sources of the following?

    Minor Brutality
    Minor Empower
    Minor Fracture

    Those are all I need I assume Minor Fracture comes from the Crusher Enchant but I’m unsure. I never got hit with Crusher then opened the menu.

  • Jay D
    Oct 6, 2015

    Hello my question for ESO. Why can’t we craft jewelry sets. To help with our build! The Ravenger set is the easiest to get that has two rings and a Chocker jewelry set. I would like to try more builds with two sets of 5 piece sets. Like 5 piece Ravenger and 5 piece Hist Bark. Having two powerful bonuses will be a big game changer for a lot. Well just think about it. Ty for your time ESO.

  • Ronno
    May 4, 2016

    Missing from the table, you can also gain Major Expedition from a bow passive that activates on a dodge roll.

  • Michael
    Jun 26, 2016

    Major Brutality is giving on the Igneous Weapons ability in DK Earthen Heart tree guys.

  • Dan
    Jul 12, 2016

    Hi ESO Academy. An unusual question but really want some pointers. Reading through ya skills there was good. I use a Dragon Knight Nord with Two Hander and a Bow. I want to cause decent damage but also a little tank ish also. I use Reverse Slice, Rally, Hardened Armour, Dizzy Swing and Critical Rush. On the Bow I use Venom Arrow, Venomous Claws, Green Dragon Blood, Focuses Arrow and Volley. I use 5 pieces of Hundings Rage heavy armour and the rest Night Mother sets. Any pointers?

  • Chevy
    Nov 18, 2016

    So no current abilities grant Major Heroism?

    Nov 28, 2016

    List needs to be updated, but almost good.

  • EqualiZor
    May 14, 2018

    Which buffs are stackable and which aren’t?

  • sino
    May 29, 2018

    you can stack all minor+major buffs and different types of buffs but you cant stack 2 same buffs (Eg. Balance+Boundless storm for Major Ward & Major Resolve) It only refresh the duration.
    This list is nice but needs to be updated. Many skills have been changed and warden’s abilities are missing.

  • matrixsakini
    Sep 18, 2018

    That’s a great page to check buffs and debuffs. Please add psijic order abilities too. Thank you!

  • caserdar
    May 16, 2019

    my tooltip on sacred ground passive of templar says minor mending is this outdated or am i doing something wrong?

  • Bobbye Barrett
    Jul 24, 2020

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    coworker who has been conducting a little research on this.
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  • MephistoTrix
    Sep 6, 2020

    When was the last time this was updated? I don’t see psijjic anywhere in my search for 30% major protection ?

  • saeed
    Sep 5, 2021

    list needs update
    werewolf hircine’s bounty gives major brutality while slotted
    werewolf oar gives major savagery while slotted
    and i guess alot more need update
    there is no good source for this game so sad


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