Character And Gear Progression With One Tamriel

  10 Comments   September 14, 2016

One Tamriel, coming in October, will change the way that character and gear progression works in the Elder Scrolls Online.

Level 1 – 50 Regular Levels
Level 50 Champion Points (CP)
CP 160 Max Gear Level, Monster Level

With One Tamriel every zone is effectively set to CP 160 difficulty. This means that all mobs will have CP 160 equivalent strength in damage and resistance. For all players below CP 160, ESO will use the Battle Level system which intelligently scales the important stats of your character up to be able to compete with these enemies.

This allows all players to complete every zone at any time. It’s also supposed to allow players who are different levels to complete the same content together without one player being over-powered or under-powered. Once you reach CP 160 you will not have scaled stats at all because you will have reached the required strength to take on these monsters without scaling.

The same system already works in Cyrodiil, Imperial City, Orsinium, Hew’s Bane and the Gold Coast.

Level 1 – 50

If your character is between Level 1 and Level 50 you will be scaled up to CP 160 stats but you will only be able to equip gear at your current Level. You can now choose any zone in the whole game to play in as they all have the same strength of mobs, quests, dungeons, delves and bosses. The point of levelling up during this time is to gain Skill Points, equip better gear and reach Level 50 where you can start to use Champion Points.

Level 50

When you first arrive at Level 50 you will begin to earn Champion Points with your XP. In a way these CP will now be the determination of your strength as they are displayed next to your name instead of your Level. You will no longer be scaled with the Battle Level system.

Your CP also determines what gear you can wear as gear comes in CP 10, CP 20, CP 30, etc, up to CP 160.

Champion Points are account based, not character based.

Once any character reaches Level 50 they will automatically gain however many Champion Points is on your account. If all of your characters are above Level 50 then they will always all have the same number of Champion Points but they can be spent differently on every character. You can gain CP for your account with any Level 50+ character.

CP 160

CP 160 is an important milestone because this is currently the highest level of gear in ESO. When you go past Level 50 gear comes in CP 10, CP 20, CP 30 and so on until CP 160. If you have 300 CP your highest quality gear will still be CP 160. ZOS may raise the max gear cap in future updates.

CP 561

With Update 12 (One Tamriel) the cap for Champion Point allocation is being raise by 30 to take it to 561. This means that you can allocate 561 Champion Points. You can continue to earn more CP above the cap but you won’t be able to spend them yet.


In ESO gear comes in all Levels from Level 1 to Level 50 and also above Level 50 gear comes in CP 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100, 110, 120, 130, 140, 150 and 160.

CP 160 Gear ESO

CP 160 Gear


CP = Champion Points
Champion Rank = Champion Points
CP 160 = 160 Champion Points
160 CP = 160 Champion Points
CP 160 Gear = Max Gear Level
CP Cap = Champion Point Allocation Cap
Veteran Ranks = Old System
VR = Old System


  • Tim
    Oct 5, 2016

    Thanks for compiling this info!

  • Narko
    Oct 10, 2016

    Thanks for the info too.
    I just started the game a few days before this update.
    We can get a lot of set items through quests but we can’t level them up with us, right ?
    So, I’ll have to find them again and again, through dungeons or to craft them ?
    Like I said, I’m a not-even-50-noob, but this looks a bit odd.
    Needing to reloot the same thing, cause I took 10 levels.. well, I hope I’m wrong 🙂

    Thanks again for all the data, it makes thing clearer 🙂

  • lexifer452
    Oct 17, 2016

    Gear level cannot be upgraded. Generally speaking anything you are using before you hit cp160 will be useless when you do reach max level. Any set drops you find at say level 40 or cp120 will not be of any use at cp160+. Basically don’t worry too much about farming set items or fully upgrading your gear until you reach max level.

  • Sadjack
    Nov 4, 2016

    How well does gear scale up? Particularly, if I acquire a full set bonus at lvl 10, should I bother upgrading those set pieces before hitting lvl 50?

    • Ken
      Nov 10, 2016

      I just ran a new sorc from 1 – 50, my master crafter templar crafted a set of twice born at the beginning and around 23, other than that I just picked up pieces to fill in. My sorc actually was scaling higher on stats with blue and purple than my templar with all gold gear. I did this during the witches festival and had my sorc up to 345 (once you pass 50 if you have another champion character, thats where you will be with your alt) in no time. Be prepared that you will have to relearn your character at this point because the scaling makes you hit so hard at lower levels that it can be easy to become complacent. It actually starts to get more in line around 40, but vcan kind of be an eye opener when you cross 50, especially if you are in the middle of a delve wearing level 28 gear. 🙂

  • Roc James
    Feb 15, 2017

    Thanks for the info. I had taken a break from the game for over a year, and came back to one tamriel and had no clue what was going on.

  • Travis Crockett
    Mar 17, 2017

    Thanks for the info. I was wondering why people over cp160 killed mobs easier

  • Kaotez
    May 8, 2017

    Since the level cap for gear is cp160, if your character progresses past that, will your characters gear stats decrease like they normally would when you level up? Or since they’re Max level, will the stats stay the same no matter how high you level up?

    • Lawbringer
      May 13, 2017

      160 gear will not scale up nor down. It will maintain its stats. The only benefit form surpassing CP160 is the champion points that you can allocate in the Champion trees.

  • kaotez
    May 14, 2017

    ok, thank you. I’ve been wondering that for a while now, cause I’m about to hit cp 140


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