This worst zone list is in no particular order, just a list of my least favorite zones in ESO.
Public Dungeon "The Village of the Lost" in Coldharbour
The dungeon that inspired this worst zones post. Not a particularly large zone, but it has lots of strong daedric mobs and a teleport system between islands which makes navigation difficult to even understand, let alone to move around. Together with the fact that this dungeon rarely attracts players makes it a tough slog to complete the two quests inside. One involves visiting various locations and sealing portals (which are guarded by mini-bosses) and the other involves travelling around defeating mini bosses before heading to the final boss and killing yourself by jumping off a tall cliff. Not a fun zone and my least favorite place in all of Tamriel.
Shadowfen (all of it)
This whole worst zones was a never-ending slog through swamps where simple navigation around story missions resulted in getting stuck in water, stuck on vines or roots or just pulling in loads of mobs because there is no other way around. It wasn't a particularly fun zone for me, and I'd rather not go back.
Intended to be a group zone, Craglorn is a sparsely populated wasteland filled with very strong overland NPC and stronger delve and dungeon mobs. When I was doing the zone there were few other players around and nobody interested in grouping, and soloing group content is very tricky. Sometimes you'll be lucky and a CP2000 player will help with a world boss but mostly they'll leave you to the mercy of a mob of undead.
Good landscape but the bad story and quests were boring, at least to me. A lot of running from A to B and back to A to be sent back to B, and a lot of content was either far from a waypoint or some annoying mountain or cliff was in the way forcing a long walkaround. Not the worst area, but not a good area either.
The only zone to make me feel a little claustrophobic with all the running around dark forests and trees hanging on your head everywhere. That and the cliffs which make getting from A to B particularly difficult and the boring quest line.
Northern Elsweyr is where Elder Scrolls Online started for me. I bought the collectors edition and got the base game and the expansions up to and including Elsweyr when it was released so this was my starting zone. There is a great story around Elseyr, the landscape if visually stunning and it has dragons! But it's also quite empty if you get off the main circular path. Because of this circular path and empty insides it can be difficult to navigate, especially to discover all the wayshrines first off. Two out of the three dragon areas are several minutes ride from the nearest wayshrines, as are most of the world bosses, which adds time to daily quests.
The capital city, Rimmen, frequently has very poor performance and for some reason my frame rate (and of others) drops from 70+ in the rest of the game to a paltry 15 in the main Rimmen area. Inside building, such as the Catspaw Bank, the frame rate improves. Speaking of the bank, whilst you are busy doing banking stuff, there is annoying NPC that walks in front of the counter with the banker and pushes you out of the way closing the bank dialog. So frustrating!
Elsweyr was my first zone, it taught me the game and base skills for my stamplar, it kept me entertained for longer than any other zone and I also keep coming back to Rimmen as my home base, mainly because I know where everything is having been there for so long. So in these senses although it makes the list of worst zones, its also my favorite zone.
Imperial City is a zone I've yet to complete. I'm not a fan of PvP battlegrounds or PvP in general. I've been to Imperial City several times and ganked each time. It's no fun trying to get somewhere and ganked by a bunch of kids, and its impossible to get anything done there. Cheap PvP deaths are annoying enough as it is, but in Imperial City there is another penalty - the players can take what little Tel Var stones you've managed to acquire.
For the huge volcano in the middle making navigating one side to the other really time consuming. The story isn't so bad and the landscape is really good looking, but its just a pain to go anywhere or do anything. I was glad to complete the zone and get out.
Imperial City Prison
A group dungeon, and not a bad one, but makes my list for the very poor drop rate on leeching plate set items. I spent over three months farming over and over and over again, at least 150 times, for the leeching bow. I even raised a support ticket to confirm that the item does indeed still drop and hasn't been removed from the game. Such poor drop rate for set piece. When it finally dropped I vowed never to return.
City of Ash
I groan whenever this comes up on the random daily, along with ICP. Technically its not bad, but I just find it a maze an never really know where to go, and the constant mob pulls. City of Ash II is much better in my opinion, even if it is rather long and drawn out.
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