Horns of the Reach, The Elder Scrolls Online’s latest DLC game pack – and the first since the massive Morrowind expansion – will be available in the in-game Crown Store and as part of ESO Plus membership this August. The DLC game pack will include two new dungeons, Bloodroot Forge and Falkreath Hold, as well as a base game update that features a new Battlegrounds map and game type and a host of quality-of-life improvements. We’ve still got a bit of time before Horns of the Reach goes live, but here are the basics. Please note, you don’t need to own the Morrowind expansion to get the perks of this new DLC, but some of the free update features coming will only apply to Morrowind players.
The first of the new dungeons for the DLC is Bloodroot Forge, an ancient, long-forgotten forge that was recently rediscovered by the Reachmen and their minotaur allies. This forge, rumored to have been created by the Daedric prince Hircine, can create weapons of unbelievable power. When exploring this new dungeon, you will navigate through heavy vegetation and deep, lava-filled corridors to reach the heart of the forge and put a stop to Gherig Bullblood’s plans. So, standard ESO dungeon really.
The second dungeon is Falkreath Hold, a township under siege that will soon fall to the marauding hordes of Domihaus the Bloody-Horned. You and your companions must break the siege, move into the town and Jarl’s Hall, and defeat the monstrous warlord himself.
As you take on these new dungeons, a host of new and familiar enemies will stand in your way, including Reachmen, minotaurs, and even bizarre Nirnblooded creatures. Of course, you will have to take on challenging bosses in the form of deadly monsters, cunning sorcerers, and fierce warlords.
These new dungeons will be available in both normal and veteran modes (including veteran Hard Mode for the last boss) and they will feature new rewards in the form of unique item sets, monster sets, and achievements.
As part of the next free Update, Update 15, there are some additions to the game’s 4v4v4 game mode, too.
A new map called Arcane University will be introduced to the regular Battlegrounds rotation. This map, set in a college in the Imperial City. Not that you need the Imperial City DLC game pack to play, and it features heavy indoor fighting, tricky teleporters, and high platforms that force you to watch your feet at all times. Something I am notoriously terrible at, so this is going to be a blast.
There will also be a new Battlegrounds game type titled Chaosball. In Chaosball, you must capture and hold onto the “ball” for as long as you can. The longer you hold onto the ball, the more points you earn. However, while controlling the ball, it’ll also apply a healing and armor debuff and gradually deal damage to you and your entire party. Like the other Battleground game types, Chaosball was designed to be fast-paced, frenetic fun. It’s basically a weird version of capture the flag but with a ball of death as the flag.
This new Battleground and game type is only available for players who own ESO: Morrowind. So if you haven’t bought the new expansion, you may want to think about it.
Finally, Update 15 features a host of quality-of-life improvements for everybody, including the ability to cancel a research project mid-way, Guild Invite History, and an update to the currency system that allows you to deposit Alliance Points and Writ Vouchers into your bank.
The devs are also adding customizable combat cues for ability and attack telegraphs. This will allow you to customize the colors displayed so that you can better identify attacks in game, making it easier for everybody to play and enjoy ESO. Because you know, this game was so hard to play before that.
And if you just can’t wait to check out the new adventures and features in the Horns of the Reach DLC game pack and are on PC of Mac, you’ll be able to test this new content on the Public Test Server next week.
To get access to the PTS, follow the instructions in this help article.
There will be no NDA during the Horns of the Reach PTS event, so you are welcome to stream and talk about the DLC game pack and Update 15 as much as you like.