Update 28th August: Updated with higher level skills for level 50 going into Veteran Levels.
My objective for my first character was simple. Have a solo levelling build that can both handle AoE situations and burn down single target targets fast.
Early on in the game, at around level 7 I did the Rites of the Queen quest. Fighting the boss there, I learned a few hard lessons about Elder Scrolls Online:
- Living halfway around the world from the server, I would never be able to dodge AoEs or block reliably, especially not in melee
- The game will throw you against lots of adds
- Skill points need to be spent wisely early on
- Medium armor is squishy!
At that point, I had a half-levelled Dual Wield build which lacked AoEs. Started levelling dual wield late on Starter Isle because the game doesn’t start you with two one-handers, so my character was lacking in abilities.
Eventually, I took that boss down using bow normal attacks, Crystal Shard and Mage’s Fury. It was terrible, and from that point I realized I needed both range and AoE to fall back on. That became the inspiration for using the bow as my second weapon for levelling.