The article below is just a basic introduction to the topic. For something more advanced, written by pros and a fantastic leveling guide, my recommendation would be this Elder Scrolls Online Leveling Guide. I could not find any other guide that comes even close in terms of the impact it had on me.
Many MMOs have an extremely complex and hard to understand combat system, but The Elder Scrolls Online has stuck to the combat that they have used throughout the elder scrolls series for the most part, making it easy for series veterans to begin playing.
That said, there are some major differences. Unlike the way most people play games like Skyrim and Oblivion, the game defaults to a third person perspective instead of the usual first person perspective. Sure, you could go at com bat in first person, but you’d lose the peripheral vision that is so important for MMOs in order to prevent ganks and the like.
As usual, you hit the lift mouse button to swing your melee weapon or shoot your bow, holding the button down in order to charge up an attack. The right mouse button blocks attacks, and then you have 6 spells that you can use.
While slotting certain spells to use makes the combat system feel a bit like Guild Wars at first, that feeling quickly wears off as you realize that 5 of the abilities have absolutely no cool down and can be used at any point. The sixth ability is an “ultimate ability” that does have a cooldown, but is as its name suggests extremely powerful compared to the other abilities.
It seems that with the combat in Elder Scrolls Online, Bethesda wants to move MMO players away from the omnipresent “rotation” system in MMOs, that dictate when to use abilities. Instead, the developers want people to react to changing situations in combats by using their abilities when they are appropriate instead of using them out of some sort of feeling of necessity – ie: this ability is off cooldown and therefore I absolutely have to use it as soon as possible.
The article above is just a basic introduction to the topic. For something more advanced, written by pros and a fantastic leveling guide, my recommendation would be this Elder Scrolls Online Leveling Guide. I could not find any other guide that comes even close in terms of the impact it had on me.