ESO Upper Craglorn Grind

Welcome to the ESO Upper Craglorn Grind guide.  Want a quick, fun way to reach Veteran Rank 14?  Well I got a guide for you!  There’s a group of bosses in Upper Craglorn that have high Veteran Points rewards and no this is not an exploit.  I’ll show you the loop in order to get the most XP possible so let’s get started!


The Math

This loop is known as the Upper Craglorn grind.  One of the best ESO grinds or experience spots in the game.  Before we discuss the loop, I want to talk about the math behind leveling this way.  For whatever reason, you get more Veteran Points (VP) once you reach Veteran Rank (VR) eight than you do below.  No idea why, but it really speeds up after that point.

  • NOTE: Appears VR ranks 1-2 only award 8,000 VP points.
  • VR 3– 7 earn 22,000 VP each boss kill
    • 1 loop has 9 bosses for a total of 198,000 VP per run
    • In my video, we ran the loop in 7 minutes
    • You can do 8.5 loops per hour
    • So you’re looking at 1.68 million per hour in these level ranges
  • VR 8 – 14 earn 37,000 VP each boss kill
    • 1 loop has 9 bosses for a total of 333,000 VP per run
    • In my video, we ran the loop in 7 minutes
    • You can do 8.5 loops per hour
    • So you’re looking at 2.83 million per hour in these level ranges

NOTE: If this is your first character, I recommend seeing the full story and completing quest.  But if you’re like me and play 3 alts, I just want to get to end game.  The advantage of this run is one, it’s not an exploit, two it’s fun, and three the bosses drop good loot.  Now let’s go over the exact loop.

The Loop

Upper Craglorn Grind Map

  • First Boss – Wolf Timberfang
    • Has a few adds and will enrage if not downed quickly. Just AoE Damage the boss along with any nearby mobs to prevent the enrage timer.
  • Second Boss – Skarath of the Many
    • This boss is a simple tank and spank with a few adds. Interesting part is once near death, you’ll see a large group of adds appear. Make sure to just DPS down the boss then finish the adds.
  • Third Boss – Vazzanipiz the Queen
    • Easy wasp boss that has some small adds. Just tank and spank her down and make sure to clear all the mobs in the area.
  • Fourth and Fifth Bosses – Regent Soteras (caster) and Mazaluhad (melee)
    • Have a tank pull the melee boss away from the caster. DPS down the back archers or they’ll hit you hard. Have someone constantly interrupt the caster and down her first. Once she’s down, and the archers, go back to the melee boss and finish him.
  • Now we back track and reverse the loop the let the bosses respawn.
    • Sixth Boss – Kharg of the Stone
  • He’s a Dragonknight type boss and drops the powerful Standard at the beginning of the fight. Just make sure to roll or move out of the big red circle of death and nuke him down.
    • Seventh and Eighth Bosses – Zymel Ozarus (Storm Atronach) and Anyaq (Caster)
  • These are the hardest bosses you’ll encounter. Don’t die like me J First a tank should take the Atronach away from the group. His red circle has about a 20 meter radius and hits very hard so keep your distance. Second someone with a ranged interrupt should be on the caster. All the DPS focus down Zymel while one person interrupts the caster and this fight isn’t bad.
  • Back to the first boss Timberfang who’s already respawned.

So that’s the loop.  You can do the math behind the run and calculate the exact time it would take for your character.  That’s a little too much for me.  Honestly, experience the story and the game first.  If you have and just want to reach end-game, then this loop might be for you.  Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy!


  1. Lychanis on October 12, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    Is this grind nerf because at VR1 and 2 I only get 8550VP per boss?

    • Deltia on October 12, 2014 at 2:23 pm

      Really? I don’t think so, maybe I’m wrong about the XP below VR 5. I’m gonna try it again today but should be working.

      • Lychanis on October 12, 2014 at 7:28 pm

        I just hit VR3 and now I get 22k8 VP. Only VR1-2 get 8550VP

        • Deltia on October 13, 2014 at 12:31 pm

          Ahh thanks let me update that.

  2. Asteldian on October 15, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    I think ‘fun’ may be a slight exageration 🙂 but it is certainly the least tedious of the grinds and certainly very effective! Nice having a map showing the locations too!

  3. Deepbone on August 9, 2015 at 11:05 pm

    This still viable deltia

  4. adam kielty on August 11, 2015 at 4:49 pm

    dose this still work before i try it

  5. Tristan P on November 3, 2015 at 4:17 pm

    hey Deltia your video seems to be gone???

    • Deltia on November 3, 2015 at 8:39 pm

      Yes I removed it as it doesn’t work.

      • Tristan P on November 4, 2015 at 8:04 pm

        Deltia do I need a group to grind this loop?

  6. Tristan P on November 4, 2015 at 8:09 pm

    Srry stoopid question deltia

  7. Vinn on November 12, 2015 at 2:46 am

    So, whats a good place for VR grinding then at this point? VR7 at the moment, orsinium hasnt hit PS4 yet

    • Deltia on November 12, 2015 at 3:13 pm

      My ESO Power Leveling video series is still showing every spot that I use to get to VR16.

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