Playing and building a Templar character in The Elder Scrolls Online can be a daunting, complex, but rewarding experience. Because of the game’s much more flexible system of skill lines tied to armor, weapons, guilds, and other non-class factors, anyone who wants to play this crusader-like class and play it well is going to need access to thorough, accurate information about the possible synergies and pitfalls involved in building the best possible Templar.

There are, of course, all sorts of guides available to fill this need, and we’re going to look over the Templar Guide from KillerGuides.net to see how it stacks up. The first thing to notice about the guide is that it’s released in PDF rather than physical format. That should really come standard with modern game guides, of course, especially when we’re talking about frequently patched-and-balanced MMOs. Purchasing the guide gives you perpetual access to all future updates, which is a reassuring proviso as Killer Guides maintains a frequently-updated stable of guides for a wide variety of online games.elder scrolls online templar guide

The second thing to notice about the guide is its sheer near-obsessive thoroughness. This is obviously not just a leveling guide, or a PvP how-to, or a treatise on end-game content. The guide takes a comprehensive look at the Templar class, its advantages and disadvantages, and how to maximize the former while minimizing the latter. This involves discussing not just the three lines of class skills mentioned earlier, but also the various weapon, armor, guild, world, and other skill sets available for this class. The Templar is a class especially in need of such a careful examination, since as well as being arguably the best healing class in the game at the moment, it’s also capable of performing admirably in the DPS and tanking roles.

The sections discussing PvP tips, strategies, and skill loadouts will be especially valuable to more competitive PvP players. Using the tactics and strategies outlined in the guide, you should be able to maximize your alliance point gains and rise through the various alliance ranks as quickly as possible. The guide should also be highly useful in selecting and utilizing the PvP-specific skill lines available. Gear being of high importance in all MMOs, players will appreciate the information available on endgame gearing and equipment sets, including armor, weapons, mounts, and consumables. The guide’s in-depth examination of the complex crafting system will also be extremely helpful for this purpose, and of course for both leveling and endgame PvE play as well.

The guide is similarly thorough in its discussion of how to read the level cap and endgame content with the fastest way available. For hardcore MMO players, this is often considered the true meat of the game. From the looks of it, the exhaustive discussion of rewarding quests and dungeons should help powergamers navigate this essential part of the game with relative ease. Of course, you can’t start the endgame content until you reach max level, and the guide also includes strategies to get there as quickly as possible with a minimum of grind and frustration. Tamriel is a place where you can easily get lost if you don’t know exactly where you’re going. While for some players this can be part of the game’s sandboxy charm, many players are going to want to know exactly where they should ideally be next, and this guide caters to that need.

The guide’s main drawback is also one of its main strengths: no physical product to set next to you as you play. As mentioned earlier, this seems unavoidable given the constant patching and new content releases inherent to the MMO model. Be prepared to do a lot of Alt+Tabbing or to print off the parts you use most. Of course, this also means the guide can’t be lost or damaged- not even off your hard drive, since updates and re-downloads are free after your purchase.

All told, the guide looks as though it would be a valuable and (digitally) well-thumbed companion both for aspiring Templars and old hands who want to up their game. It can be purchased and downloaded at their website here.