Tel Var Stones

Tel Var Stones are a new currency used in the Imperial City. Tel Var Stones are found exclusively in the Imperial City by killing daedra, bosses and even players. If you die in the Imperial City with some Tel Var Stones in your inventory you will drop them and your attacked can pick them up. You can also kill enemy players and take their Tel Var Stones.

Tel Var Stones don’t take up any space in your inventory so you don’t have to worry that you will run out of space. You can’t mail or trade Tel Var Stones but you can store them for safe keeping in your bank. You won’t loose any Stones from your bank if you die.

ZOS have stated on ESO Live that Tel Var Stones won’t be available in the Crown Store.

Get And Lose Tel Var Stones

You can get Tel Var Stones from killing monsters, daedra and enemy players. The difficulty of the monsters will effect the amount of Stones that you will receive. On ESO Live it was suggested that a minor daedra might only give you 4 Stones and a boss might give as much as 100 to 400 Stones. If you are in a group the amount of Stones will be divided evenly between all contributing members of the group.

  • A normal (or base level) enemy will reward 4 Stones.
  • A champion (slightly more powerful) enemy gives 12 Stones.
  • Minor bosses reward 100 Stones.
  • Major bosses reward 400 Stones.

You will also loot 100% of the Stones carried by enemy players! This means that if you are killed by an enemy player you will lose all of your Stones. If you are killed by an enemy monster or daedra you will only lose 10% of your Stones. For a kill to count as a “player kill” the player must perform the killing blow and not a monster or other enemy.

Chests / Boxes

You can earn boxes of Tel Var Stones from completing the main story quests in the Imperial City. There are also daily quests which reward boxes of Tel Var Stones. The good thing about these boxes is that they are safe from enemy players until you open them. The boxes are aslo effected by your Tel Var Stone multiplier – so you will get more Stones from a box with a higher multiplier. Once you open the box the Stones are lootable again.

You will also find Tel Var Stones inside chests in the Imperial City. On ESO Live one of the testers found 22 Tel Var Stones in a chest. Chests with Stones inside will have a purple glow around them to let you know.

Tel Var Stone Multiplier

As you collect Stones you will increase your multiplier which, as it increases, gives you more Tel Var Stones from all sources.

  • If you have 100 Stones you will have a multiplier of 2.
  • If you have 1000 Stones you will have a multiplier of 3.
  • If you have 10,000 Stones you will have the highest multiplier of 4.

Crazy Scamps

In the Imperial City Sewers there is a chance to come across wandering Scamps which can drop a lot of Tel Var Stones. The chance is random and you may get a lot of Tel Var Stones or just a few. The scamps will run around and attempt to flee from you, often drawing in other enemies (or players) to fight you. In the end if you can’t slay the scamp it will portal away.

Store Your Tel Var Stones

You can store your Tel Var Stones in the bank and they will be safe. You have to deposit 50 Stones as a minimum – so you can store 5 Stones over and over you have to wait until you get at least 50 to store them.

What Can You Buy With Tel Var Stones?

You can spend your Tel Var Stones at merchants in the safe area of the Imperial City on numerous items and crafting materials.

There is a General Tel Var Stone Merchant which sells general items, crafting materials and the Sigil of Imperial Retreat. There are also Tel Var Stones Armor Merchants which sell Blue and Purple armor in 6 different item sets. You can take a look on the Imperial City Item Sets page for all information about these sets.


Tel Var Stones Merchant


Tel Var Stones Armor Merchant


  • TLP
    Aug 4, 2015

    Can you buy from other players / guilds / auctioneers set items from another Alliance?
    Meaning as an AD player, can I get a Pact helm?

    • ESO Academy
      Aug 8, 2015

      I think so, but I can’t find any on the PTS to test. The items are tradeable so I imagine that you can sell and buy it on the Guild Traders.

  • hunter
    Aug 13, 2015

    I do not believe you can trade or buy them from other players or npc merchants. I don’t remember but I know I saw something about it. It wouldn’t make much sense to sell or trade them anyways because they sound like they are not that hard to obtain so why waste gold on something you can just get yourself. But if you can trade or sell them what will happen is people will charge such outrageous amounts for them just like any other “rare” items.

  • Devon
    Oct 11, 2015

    “They sound like they are not that hard to obtain so why waste gold on something you can just get yourself.”

    I’m sorry but I don’t see the reason behind this. It’s 7000 stones for ONE blue set or 70,000 for ONE purple set. Killing the biggest boss nets you 400 stones and I gather they will not be plentiful.

    Sure, you could kill enemy players and steal their hard earned stones, it’s PVP after all BUT me myself am not a PVPer. I don’t like the style, never did. I think it’s unfair of ZEN to put such armor behind a PVP wall. People who JUST ENJOY PVE should be able to get those same armor sets (the look of it at least) in the PVE way. Same goes for the Imperial Daedric armor that can be found in IC.

    Even IF you could buy the motif on the Crown Store (maybe on a later date) you STILL need to go into IC to get the damn style material. So IF they are keeping it a PVP earned armor set I REALLY hope that it can be traded and sold on guild traders. I wouldn’t mind to pay 100 – 150K for a complete set as long I don’t have to do any PVP in this game. It just isn’t fair, the coolest looking armors behind a PVP wall.

    • Denarius
      Oct 27, 2015

      I totally agree about the armor. I totally enjoy the environment of an Elder Scrolls game and like to play at my own pace. I have been wearing costume covers to hid the annoying ugly armor I’ve been forced to wear as I upgrade my character.
      I have seen ranked armors from the PVPers selling in guild stores. The evil mmo system makes you work to upgrade all the time.

  • Furiant
    Dec 16, 2015

    I feel stupid now, because I bought the motif from the crown store and didn’t realize the mats would need to come from pvp, which *i will never do, period, no your game isn’t any different*. So now I’m stuck with 5k crowns worth of armor I’ll never get to make. My own fault for not researching first.

  • kat
    Jan 22, 2016

    How many are having issues with Tel Var stones since update? Killing things and the big bosses (ones with the flags) my group members are getting stones yet im not? This has happened on a few occasions and I have definitely got attacks in on the guy.

    • ESO Academy
      Jan 23, 2016

      Were there more than 12 people attacking? I think after 12 people the highest damage / healing players only get Stones.

  • Marc Walenciak
    Jan 11, 2017

    Whats the difference between harvester silk and ancestor silk? Or is there a difference??

  • Baracka
    Mar 24, 2019

    I agree, I’ve been collecting ESO since Morrowind and I LOVE the series, but I’m disappointed that the only real good gear in the game that is not crafted is only obtained through PVP- Not to mention that they they took such a great city and tuned into a war zone. I’m a lifelong PVE er for sure.


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