Traits are special properties added to a crafted weapon or armor by the use of gemstones. You can learn the traits by researching it at the crafting tables of blacksmithing, clothing, and woodworking. It is the last tab after deconstruction. There are 8 separate traits and gemstones for weapons and armor, making 16 researchable traits in total. You can have a trait property and an enchantment effect on the same item. Traits are combined while crafting the item, while enchantments have to be applied to the finished product.


Researching a trait is done at the crafting tables of blacksmithing, clothing, and woodworking. The item that is being researched will be destroyed in the process. You can only research one trait at a time per table. Unless skill points are used to advance the passive ability in Blacksmith (Metallurgy), Clothing (Stitching), and Woodworking (Carpentry) to increase up to 3 items and decrease the time it takes to finish. The first item you research takes 6 hours. Each item after doubles the cooldown time.

  • First Item = 6 hours
  • Second Item = 12 hours
  • Third Item = 1 day
  • And so on...

There are 2 traits that are not researchable: Ornate and Intricate. Ornate increases the gold value merchants will pay for an item and Intricate give you extra inspiration points when you deconstruct the item.


Gemstones are found in containers such as barrels, crates, trunks, bookshelves, nightstands, and anything else you are able to loot You also have a chance to get a trait gemstone when you refine raw materials or by deconstructing an item with a trait applied. The gemstone you will receive will match the trait on an item you deconstructed.


Traits & Properties Gemstone Image
Charged: Increases your chance to apply status effects Amethyst Amethyst Online
Defending: Increases Physical and Spell Resistance Turquoise Turquoise
Infused: Increase weapon enchantment effect and reduces enchantment cooldown Jade Jade
Nirnhoned: Increase weapon damage Potent Nirncrux Potent Nirncrus
Powered: Increases healing done Chysolite Chysolite
Precise: Increase Weapon and Spell Critical values Ruby Ruby Online
Sharpened: Increase Physical and Spell Penetration Fire Opal Fire Opal
Training: Increase experience gained from kills Carnelian Carnelian
Decisive: When you gain Ultimate you have a chance to gain additional Ultimate Citrine Citrine


Traits & Properties Gemstone Image
Divines: Increases Mundus Stone effects Sapphire Sapphire Online
Prosperous: Increase gold gained from looting enemies Garnet Garnet Online
Well-Fitted: Reduces the cost of Sprinting and Roll Dodging slightly Almandine Almandine
Training: Increase experience gained from kills Emerald
Impenetrable: Reduces bonus damage taken from player Critical hits and durability damage Diamond Diamond (Online)
Infused: Increase this item's armor enchantment effect Bloodstone Bloodstone
Reinforced: Increases this item's Armor value Sardonyx Sardonyx
Sturdy: Reduces block cost Quartz Quartz



  • Update 8: Fixed an issue which was preventing the Divines Armor Trait from applying properly to the Health Recovery bonus provided by The Steed.[3]