In all Elder Scrolls games, gold is the main currency that players use to purchase gear, potions, item upgrades and crafting goods. Gold is also used for utilizing scrolls, transportation devices and obtaining mounts. Gold will likewise be a very important part in The Elder Scrolls Online and will allow players to purchase mounts, better gear, consumables, crafting materials and trade with other players. Player-to-player trade will likely be where most players spend most of their gold since crafted items and other goods can be traded.
Historically in most Elder Scrolls games, gold was obtained from selling extra goods and looting the bodies of dead opponents. The same will be true in ESO. Players will be able to sell “grey” trash items for gold as well as loot coin off dead monsters. They will also be able to trade goods they do not want to other players for profit. This is one reason why crafting will be so important in the game.
In single player games like The Elder Scrolls Oblivion and Skyrim, gold is necessary to a certain point but it is not needed in large amounts for the most part. The opposite is likely to be the case for ESO, since the in-game economy will have a life of its own thanks to supply and demand and population fluctuation. Playing the in-game economy inside an MMORPG is one fun way to enjoy the virtual world while making a profit.
A player-built economy is also its own, unique beast. It’s often difficult for developers to predict what goods will sell for the most gold and which will be almost useless to the playerbase. Some goods will be extremely high in demand while others will not. In general, beginning endgame goods such as crafted armor and weapons and rare bind-on-equip equips will sell for the highest amount of gold. Rare items such as pets and mounts will also fetch a high price.
While leveling in The Elder Scrolls Online, it will be important for players to keep track of their gold and save it for items they need most. Unlike gold in single player games, gold in ESO will be vital if players want to maximize their characters as quickly as possible. Money talks, and so does gold in any MMORPG. In general, we should expect high-end crafters and rare collectors to be among the first players to amass a large collection of ESO gold.