Dueling In ESO

Dueling is coming to ESO with Update 12 in October 2016.

How To Start A Duel

You can request a duel against any other player in a PVE zone and you can duel players of all Alliances, including your own. You can only duel a single player at a time.

Start a duel by using the interaction menu when looking at another player. You can also type /duel <player name> to request a duel by player name.

Invite to Duel

If you don’t want to be involved in the duel system you can turn on auto-decline in the social panel of the options menu.

Dueling Mechanics

If you challenge a player to a duel and that player accepts a countdown to begin will appear in the center of both players screens.

Duel Starts

When the duel begins all outside influences such as healing effects and buffs from other player characters will be blocked and will remain blocked for the duration of the duel. Your friends can’t help you in battle. The Battle Spirit effect, the level scaling system, will still be applied during duels. If you attack a monster this will NOT break or end a duel.

A duel will have a radius you must stay inside, and will be centered around a Dueling Flag. You will be notified if you are nearing the “out of bounds” area of the duel as leaving the duel area results in a forfeit.

Dueling Area

A duel is completed when one player character is gets to 0 Health. You will be offered a free resurrection if defeated, or can be resurrected by other player characters.

Some areas have a limit to the number of duels taking place at the same time, so as to avoid areas being constantly flooded with players dueling. There are also dueling arenas located around Tamriel. These areas offer places to find other player looking to test their combat skills and normally have lots of space for onlookers.

Dueling Flag


  • RandomThot
    Mar 16, 2018

    this is for people without common sense

    • New Player
      Mar 27, 2018

      Or for people who have never played an MMO before and want to learn the mechanics without pretentious assholes like you mocking them.

  • Gabriel
    Aug 30, 2019

    Thank you for this simple to follow guide. I have a curious question. I found this guide by chance, while researching the question, why my level 27 templar lost a dual to a level 9 templar who randomly invited me to the dual. I struggled immensely for 2 full minutes before they finally killed me because I could not regenerate fast enough.

    My magika is my main focus. 25 in it so far and the remaining 8 points on stamina. I wear all heavy armor, focusing restoration staff and one hand and shield. I train heavy and light armor but I mostly wear heavy. I’m a nord and my traits are 2/3 filled there. My health is my highest stat from armor and weapon effects, currently.

    Magika 16260 – Recovery 968
    Health 19098 – Recovery 757
    Stamina 14774 – Recovery 768

    Spell resist 18091 – Physical Resist 18091
    Critical resist 231 – Spell and Weapon 10.0%

    With this and using good skill set up, how did I lose?? Are these stats bad?


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