Use these powerful tips to increase your inventory space in ESO!
How does Inventory Space work in ESO?
In the Elder Scrolls Online, inventory management is an integral part of the day-to-day experience of playing the game. With a massive number of items, crafting goods, and raw materials you can collect, craft, and loot throughout Tamriel, your humble inventory fills up rather fast and this is by design. The game encourages you to get an ESO Plus subscription to gain the benefits of double bank space and access to the Crafting Bag which ends up saving and making a lot more space for your characters. This guide will show you plenty of tricks to maximize and properly manage your inventory space in the Elder Scrolls Online so that you can avoid those dreaded moments of having to choose which epic item to discard while deep within a dungeon or trial because your inventory is maxed out.
What is the maximum Inventory Space in ESO?
One might think this to be a straightforward answer, but as you’ll see, there are many different places to store your items in the diverse and rich world of Tamriel. As such we’ve taken the liberty to break them down for you below by explaining Character Inventory, Bank Inventory, Personal Guild Bank Storage, and Housing Inventory.
With the power of math, you can see below that the maximum inventory space for a single character in ESO is 1,300 slots (1,550 with ESO Plus and 2 Crown Store Pets).
- Character Inventory Max = 210 Slots
- 60 Slots by default
- 80 Slots with Bag Upgrades (180,600 Gold total cost)
- 60 Slots with Mount Carry Capacity Upgrades (15,000 Gold and 1,200 hours of waiting)
- 10 Slots with the purchases of 2 Crown Store Non-Combat Pets (Bristleneck War Boar and Mournhold Packrat) costing 1,200 Crowns each when not on sale
- Bank Inventory Max = 240 Slots (480 with ESO Plus which doubles your bank max)
- 60 Slots by default
- 180 Slots with Bank Upgrades (769,200 Gold)
- Personal Guild Bank Storage Max = 500 Slots
- 500 Slots by default
- Housing Inventory Max = 360 Slots
- 120 Slots with all 4 storage coffers (1st is free, subsequent coffers require 300 Master Writ Vouchers, 300,000 Tel Var Stones, or 3,000 Crowns)
- 240 Slots with all 4 storage chests requiring 800 Master Writ Vouchers, 800,000 Tel Var Stones, or 8,000 Crowns
What to do when you run out of Inventory Space
As you can see from the above break down you won’t have a massive inventory to start the game with, by default you will have 120 Slots (60 from Character Inventory and 60 in your Bank) to start a playthrough with. As a result, you’ll most certainly run out of inventory space at some time during your gaming experience in ESO. The quickest fix for this outside of increasing your inventory space is to transfer, trade, deconstruct, sell and worst-case scenario destroy your excess items.
- If Character Inventory is full transfer some items into your Bank
- If your Bank Inventory is full consider transferring some items into your Character’s inventory
- If playing with a friend or guildmates consider trading with them as a means to free up your inventory space, just be sure they give it back later either via trade or by mailing it.
- This can sometimes be more useful than selling them as it will net you crafting materials and will boost your crafting skill line as well, only do this though if your bag space is not entirely maxed out as you need at least 2 to 3 slots for the materials if you don’t have a stack of them in your inventory already for them to autostack into.
- Selling should typically be reserved for getting rid of low-quality items that do not serve your character in any way shape or form (as the gold offered for most items is quite low), and only when you are entirely maxed out of your character inventory. You’ll need to make a quick run to your nearest vendor and dump the excess items off.
- Absolutely as a last resort if you have maxed out your Character Inventory during the middle of a dungeon or trial or while questing grab your lowest quality items from your inventory list and destroy them, for some items you may be prompted to confirm their destruction.
How to increase Inventory Space in ESO
As mentioned at the beginning of the guide, the main areas that govern your total inventory space are Character Inventory, Bank Inventory, Personal Guild Bank Storage, and Housing Inventory. Taking steps to increase your inventory in any of these areas will increase your overall inventory space.
The two easiest and most accessible ways to increase your inventory space in ESO are Bag upgrades for your Character Inventory and Bank Upgrades for your Bank Inventory.
Starting with the Bag upgrades which you can purchase from any pack merchant (see below image for reference) you can spend gold to increase your Character Inventory by 10 slots each time.
- 60 to 70 inventory slots – 400 Gold
- 70 to 80 inventory slots – 2,000 Gold
- 80 to 90 inventory slots – 5,900 Gold
- 90 to 100 inventory slots – 11,900 Gold
- 100 to 110 inventory slots – 19,200 Gold
- 110 to 120 inventory slots – 30,700 Gold
- 120 to 130 inventory slots – 46,000 Gold
- 130 to 140 inventory slots – 64,500 Gold
180,600 Gold total cost
Finding a Pack Merchant in ESO
It can be quite the task as a new player to find a Pack Merchant to purchase your bag upgrades from to increase your Character Inventory. However, all the main cities in each alliance, starting zone towns, and some select minor settlements and unique areas house these somewhat elusive merchants. The easiest way to find them is by opening your map and scanning for their specific pack merchant icon next to their name in the various market districts or goods vendors areas. (See below image).
Bank upgrades work similarly to bag upgrades, except this storage affects your whole account and can be easily purchased from any banker of which there are countless throughout most settlements of all sizes throughout the world of Tamriel. However, it does cost more gold than the aforementioned bag upgrade so be sure to bring your coin purse!
Upgrading your bank slots increases the size by 10, from 60 slots to 240 slots. You can find the relevant prices below:
- 60 to 70 bank slots cost 1,000 gold
- 70 to 80 bank slots cost 3,300 gold
- 80 to 90 bank slots cost 6,800 gold
- 90 to 100 bank slots cost 11,400 gold
- 100 to 110 bank slots cost 20,500 gold
- 110 to 120 bank slots cost 28,300 gold
- 120 to 130 bank slots cost 32,700 gold
- 130 to 140 bank slots cost 37,500 gold
- 140 to 150 bank slots cost 42,700 gold
- 150 to 160 bank slots cost 45,000 gold
- 160 to 170 bank slots cost 50,000 gold
- 170 to 180 bank slots cost 55,000 gold
- 180 to 190 bank slots cost 60,000 gold
- 190 to 200 bank slots cost 65,000 gold
- 200 to 210 bank slots cost 70,000 gold
- 210 to 220 bank slots cost 75,000 gold
- 220 to 230 bank slots cost 80,000 gold
- 230 to 240 bank slots cost 85,000 gold
769,200 Gold total cost
Note: ESO Plus Members will receive double the bank space, making the maximum capacity 480 bank slots. If your subscription lapses, your bank capacity will return to the standard limit. If this puts you over the limit, you will still be able to withdraw items but will not be able to add items until you are no longer above the limit.
Mount Carry Capacity Upgrades
Another way to increase your Character Inventory is by purchasing carry capacity upgrades for your mount from the local stable master. Just looking at the carry capacity upgrades, it will cost 15,000 Gold total which doesn’t seem that much to get 60 slots, however, the real cost that makes this one of the harder ways to upgrade your inventory is the time cost. As you must wait 20 hours before being able to purchase an upgrade again. Thus, it takes roughly 1,200 hours (50 days) just to upgrade your mount’s carry capacity to the maximum.
Note: There are Scrolls available that increase your mount’s carry capacity. This Scroll can be found for sale in the Crown Store, received from Daily Login rewards, special events, and is dropped once during 0-50 leveling.
House Storage Containers
Lastly, you can increase your inventory through chests and coffers you can place in your player home which was introduced in Update 17. You can deposit/withdraw any items from them, but any materials or gear you store in them, will not show up in the crafting or deconstruction menus.
- 4 Storage Coffers – 30 slots each for 100 Master Writ Vouchers or 100,000 Tel Var Stones or 1,000 Crowns each.
- 4 Storage Chests – 60 slots each for 200 Master Writ Vouchers or 200,000 Tel Var Stones or 2,000 Crowns each.
Keep in mind that you will receive 1 out of 4 Storage Coffers for free, as a level-up gift on your first level 18 character! To buy the rest, you will need a total of 1,100 Master Writ Vouchers, 1,100,000 Tel Var Stones, or 11,000 Crowns
ESO Plus Crafting Bag
For those who either have or are considering an ESO Plus membership, the Crafting Bag is one of the most convenient and helpful storage systems available in the game. This is due to the bag’s amazing ability to directly deposit all crafting materials that you loot, deconstruct, or otherwise obtain. It also has no storage limit.
Note: If your ESO Plus subscription expires, you can still withdraw anything from your Crafting Bag, but not deposit to it.
More Inventory Management Tips
- This is the best option for Non-ESO Plus players
- As stated, each new character starts with 60 inventory slots
- Create them and park them next to the nearest banker and viola you have a storage character you can log in and out of to shuffle items around with
- If you want to spend real money, the best bang for your buck is on the extra character slots rather than on crown coins for slot upgrades, as the character’s inventory and bank slot upgrades can be purchased with in-game gold instead
Personal Guild Bank Storage
- Mailing Items back and forth with a friend
- Sending items through the mail system in ESO to a friend is a brilliant hack when you are running out of inventory space
- The items will sit in their mail inbox until they accept them
- If you want/need the items back make sure to clear out some inventory space or increase it using any of the above steps first, then simply get them to mail the items back to you when ready
- Players can have a maximum of 72 messages in their inbox at any time, if another player attempts to send a message to a user with a full inbox, they will get a pop-up stating the user’s inbox is full.
- It’s free to create your own Guild (just open the Guild window and choose Create), you will need at least 10 members in your Guild in order to unlock the Guild Bank’s usage.
- This will net you 500 Guild Bank Slots
- In case the members drop below 10, you will still be able to withdraw from the guild bank, but you won’t be able to deposit anything unless the member count rises above 10 again.
- Keep in mind that everyone can deposit/withdraw from the guild bank, but you can also set the appropriate role permissions to limit this to just yourself or a select few if you so desire.
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