One thing that a lot of players tend to get stuck on when they're first jumping into a new MMO is leveling up. In some games, like Guild Wars 2, leveling is pretty easy and players can hit the level cap in no time at all. But other titles, including The Elder Scrolls Online, can prove to be a bit more challenging. For the sake of saving newbie players some time I'm posting a ESO leveling guide that will help you reach the higher levels (mainly to 50) as quickly as possible.
Leveling up in Elder Scrolls Online
If you're looking to fast-track yourself to level 50 and beyond there are mainly two ways to do it - either by questing or by grinding mobs. For many people grinding monsters in the open PVE world can be insanely boring but, if done correctly, it does work well. But, if you're looking to dive into the lore and get a bit more entertainment while working your way through levels questing is still very efficient and fulfilling.
Questing for Levels
There are TONS of quests that you can complete. There's the main story line you can play through, smaller quests that can be acquired from NPCs throughout Tamriel, guild quests, and more. Quests are beneficial in many ways because:
They Give Loads of XP
You'll Earn Gold and Items
You'll Learn More About the Story in ESO
And the quests found in Elder Scrolls Online aren't very difficult to complete, either. This is why they're such a fast and great source of experience. You can easily reach level 50 (at least) within a week (maybe sooner if you're a really dedicated player) just questing.
Grinding for Levels
Grinding mobs is just as fast as questing but it FEELS like it takes forever because it's really just a mindless, repetitive task. Usually what you have to do is find areas with several mobs that respawn over and over to kill again and again. Once you've reach a specific level you'll need to move to a new zone to gain experience that's on par with your character level. This can be EXTREMELY boring. It works best when you work with a group of 2-3 other players, too. And if you're running around doing it with friends it can a little more bearable.
If you decide to go the grinding route you'll want to spec your character with plenty of AoE attacks and focus on taking out small-medium sized mobs at distance while kiting. Try to keep your attention on monsters that are a few levels above you to squeeze as much XP out of the process as possible. But make sure you keep your distance, especially if you aren't a great player, if you want to stay alive and avoid a lot of traveling / waypointing around.
It is possible to rack up experience and loot doing other things, though. Exploration rewards you with some XP, doing dungeon runs can be somewhat beneficial, taking down world bosses, etc can all help you raise your level, too but not very quickly.
All in all, leveling in ESO can be a bit slower than other MMOs. You don't typically earn a lot of experience from anything you do but if you want to power level your character your best bet is to either do a ton of questing, grind mobs like crazy, or do a combination of these two strategies.