Rings of Mara Explained

ring of maraRings of Mara are special items in ESO which grant bonus experience, and are rewarded to those who have completed the Ritual of Mara. Two players can complete the ceremony, and at least one of them needs to have the Imperial Edition of Elder Scrolls Online.

To get a Ring of Mara, you must first complete the Ritual of Mara. For the ritual you need at least one player who owns the Imperial Edition of ESO, as mentioned above. Every Imperial Edition player receives an item called Pledge of Mara, which is needed to initiate the ritual. Imperial Edition owners can partner up with people who own the Standard Edition of the game, though.

Ritual of Mara

To perform the ceremony, two players need to find a Shrine of Mara. There’s at least two shrines for every alliance:

Shrine of Mara Locations

  • Aldmeri Dominion: Vulkhel Guard in Auridon & Elden Root in Grahtwood
  • Daggerfall Covenant: Daggerfall in Glenumbra & Wayrest in Stormhaven
  • Ebonheart Pact: Davon’s Watch in Stonefalls & Mournhold in Deshaan

The former shrines are located in the city you arrive in as you leave the Wailing Prison tutorial area. The latter Shrines of Mara are located right next to the skill point and attribute reset shrines, in the second major non-tutorial zones of each alliance. The shrines are also marked on the map, so you should be able to find them quite easily as long as you are in the correct city.

Once both players are next to a shrine of Mara, the player with the Pledge of Mara can target the other player and then evoke the Ritual of Mara. The only way to do this is to quickslot the Pledge of Mara, and then target the other player with it.

Note that the Pledge of Mara can only be used once. You can’t just ninja ritual someone either, the partner actually needs to agree to pledge commitment to you through a confirmation window.

After the ritual has been performed, both players will receive a Ring of Mara, with their partner’s name carved on them. The commitment is real. You will NOT be able to break the union. The names on the Rings of Mara can NOT be changed, ever. The ritual is between two characters, not accounts.

How to get two rings of Mara on one character

It’s possible to have two rings of Mara on a single character. You can even equip both of them at the same time. Thanks to David Castellani for pointing this trick out:

I have one character, my friend has a main and an alt.

Using his Pledge of Mara, he initiated the ritual with me, while on his main character.

He switched to his alt, and using my Pledge of Mara, I initiated with his alt.

Each of his characters has one ring, while my character has two. I can either wear both, or switch them out depending on which character I am playing with.

Ring of Mara Experience Boost

In ESO beta the Ring of Mara experience bonus boost was 10%, and the ring had no other stats on it.

There’s two requirements to benefit from the experience boost:

  • You need to be in the same group with your partner.
  • You need to wear the Ring of Mara.

It makes no difference where your partner is. For all Mara cares, they could be on the other side of Tamriel. The distance between you and your partner does not affect the experience boost, according to an ESO Customer Support representative.

Pros and Cons of Rings of Mara

To get the most out of Rings of Mara, you want to partner up with someone who’s able to play at the same time with you. 10% Experience boost is a pretty significant bonus to experience gained, and it will certainly speed things up. If you want to reach the veteran ranks fast, using Rings of Mara is the way to go, there is no question about that.

However, since the Rings of Mara have no stats on them, you are paying a price in combat performance. The other option is to use a normal ring which will help you out in combat, but provide no experience boost.

Levelling quick is not necessarily just a good thing. It can mess up your experience curve and you can find yourself in situations where you are not receiving experience from quests because you outlevel the content. To benefit from the experience boost, you might have to skip some quests.

As you can see, there are some trade-offs you’ll have to make if you choose to use a Ring of Mara, and whether you think it’s worth it or not is up to you in the end.

  • Too bad that the ring doesn’t give any other boost…

  • There is a shrine to Mara in davon’s watch by the water fountain

  • Nice – I guess it’s the same with Glenumbra and Vulkhel Guard, which means you can comfortably complete the ritual as soon as you get out of the Wailing Prison.

  • Exactly. I swear I remember seeing the Shrine of Mara somewhere in Daggerfall.

  • So if your friend has a Pledge of Mara and I have a Pledge of Mara, and that person has two characters they play, but you only have one.

    Could I Pledge of Mara to both of my friends? He uses his pledge from his main to my main, and I use my pledge from my main to his alt?

    We would effectively always be getting 10% XP boost regardless of which character he plays?

  • collierough1 .

    ok, but tomorrow everybody could use the Pledge of mara , since it’s only players With early acces playing.

  • If you mean what I think you mean, no. You can only “commit” to one character at a time (and you cannot change that, ever).

  • I did more googling and haven’t been able to confirm your statement, that you can only commit to one character at a time.

    Do you have a source, Halmur? Or was this your experience in beta?

  • P4iZ

    Think of it as you merry the other guy,… my friend did this, and now he desided to go to bed early.. so i have my main character “married” to this other character where he went to bed.. so either i can be a douche and just go forward or start over with a new one and go side by side.. all the way.. which sucks.. so yeah it’s all well and good but if the other guy is going to watch TV or what ever when you have time to play don’t do it.. its a waste.. if you don’t play the exact same time.. don’t know if theres a range though but yeh.

  • I was trying to find the source and couldn’t. Scratch that then – I thought I had read about it in one of the Ask us Anything variety pack articles. Please do tell us if you find out, though.

    I think the only problem with this is that the rings are unique. Maybe you could circumvent this by putting one of them in your bank before you perform the second ritual. Eager to see if it works.

  • masterdebate

    It appears to be broken for some people.

  • Steve Zissou

    It’s not broken. The mechanism to claim it is just not entirely evident.
    You need to equip the pledge in your quickslot and then use the pledge from the quickslot on your proposed partner.

    I was standing around the Shrine of Mara last night trying to explain it to everyone. lol

  • Seliquin

    Pretty sure it is entirely broken for some people. Hubby and I are trying to do this on our character. The pledge is quick slotted. He uses it on my character and it does nothing.

  • Steve Zissou

    Maybe you need to have an honest discussion with your hubby! 😛
    That’s too bad that it’s not working for you. My missus and I were able to perform it. Have you tried using yours on him? If you have already used yours, then that’s probably the issue. I think polygamy is outlawed in Tamriel… 😉

    Not to sound condescending, but is your hubby using Q to use the quickslotted item?

  • I can confirm that this works.

    I have one character, my friend has a main and an alt.

    Using his Pledge of Mara, he initiated the ritual with me, while on his main character.

    He switched to his alt, and using my Pledge of Mara, I initiated with his alt.

    Each of his characters has one ring, while my character has two. I can either wear both, or switch them out depending on which character I am playing with.

  • That’s very useful to know. Thanks for testing it and getting back here to report it! Much appreciated. I’ll update the article as well.

  • I am making the assumption that the XP bonus still works, I have NOT tested that out, however.

    So I cannot say with certainty that I am getting the XP bonus while wearing the correct matching ring with my friend. I don’t see a buff anywhere, though I never have, indicating we were getting a bonus.

    Should there be a place to look that indicates the XP bonus?

  • I think it’s fair to assume they don’t stack, because one of the requirements to benefit from the exp bonus is to be in a group with your partner. In your case you’ll only be able to be online with one of the characters.

  • hej

    we tried with two male characters – it only worked when one was a female… I cancelled the female one (or rather I didn’t accept it) but we never had the opportunity with the male+male character.

  • hej

    update, it would seem its possible with two males, you just have to do it like 10 times

  • Saessmah

    Does anyone know that if one person decides to reroll their character because it would be cheaper than respecing. Does the ring of mara effect essentially go away. Did I just get screwed out of my 10% xp boost because it appears to be linked to a character and not that person’s account?

  • The rings are for characters, not accounts. You’d need an additional Pledge of Mara (either by you or someone else) to get another ring. I guess you could contact the customer support, but it doesn’t look too good 🙁

  • Saessmah

    That’s what I was afraid of, find that kind of annoying.

  • BrutalViking

    does both persons have to have the imperial edition?

  • I suggest that you read the first paragraph. 🙂

  • Brian

    Does anyone know if both characters that are bound are required to wear the ring in addition to being in a party or can one toon choose not to wear it without affecting the other toon’s XP?

  • BurnedAtAlter

    My partner took off with my ring and hasn’t returned. Is there a way to get it back?

  • I don’t think so. The pledge of Mara is a one time use.

  • Sheri Longstaff

    Sadly i think i lost out on my ring, i shared it with someone i thought i’d be running with quite abit and now they are avoiding me completely this really sucks! they need a divorce system if things don’t work out 🙁

  • I’ve yet to use mine. I though that it could be risky to tie the knot with first character.

  • It’s definitely best to be careful who you share your rings with. I’ve already heard a few stories of people performing the ritual and then the other player removes them from their contacts or just isn’t online enough. There’s more info about this here – http://esomasters.com/elder-scrolls-online-eso-rings-of-mara-guide/

  • Matthew David Harford


    1. Make sure you are both in the same Group
    2. Inventory>Quickslots; Then Assign The Pledge, Select it by Pressing and holding down Q and pointing mouse at the pledge to select the scroll then Q again(Make sure #3) activate it
    3. Pointing at your Partner (Only one of you need to do this, you both own imperial save one for another toon)
    4. Partner and yourself receive a confirmation , press F to accept or check notifications and accept it. If any party declines it will fail start back at step 1.
    5. Both Partys Equip Ring
    6. Profit (While you both are in a group)

  • jelluboy4488

    what is the advise price for the rings

  • James Allen Michael Edwards

    i just want wanted to post this my friend used his pledge and got a ring for both of us i used my pledge i got a ring for both of us so now we both have 2 rings with the same 2 charcters stacks now doesnt it


    You gave up the ring on the first quest to somebody you didnt know very well?!
    No guild will ever want you now, you will be forced to roam Tamrial with whatever skamp is walking by

  • Sydney Walker

    I have a buddy who is a male married to a male char

  • The Ring of Mara XP Gain does not show in Active Effects under Character Profile. We have done the following:
    – Same group with as partner
    – Wear the Ring of Mara

    Is this a bug or intended? If intended, this could be more clear to the player.

  • Piers Spicer

    Does your partner have to be online? If they log out you are still in a group with them, do you still get the xp boost?