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Plague-slinging cultists, evil necromancers and undead dragons are the things coming to Bethesda's The Elder Scrolls Online in February when the upcoming Dragon Bones DLC launches. And along with that merry cadre of cadavers comes a host of free updates for the base game, most notably a new outfit customization system and two new PVP Battlegrounds. As usual, if you're a member of ESO Plus, the game's premium subscription service, you'll get the DLC for free, otherwise you'll just get Update 17 and will need to purchase the DLC separately from the in-game Crown store.
Here are a few additional details:
The Dragon Bones DLC game pack will be free to ESO Plus members and available for purchase in the in-game Crown Store. All Update 17 additions and improvements will be available free of charge for all players.
This new DLC game pack includes two brand-new dungeons, each with their own unique challenges and rewards: Scalecaller Peak and Fang Lair.
Update 17 will also release alongside Dragon Bones, and it includes a host of free improvements for all ESO players:
UNCOVER AN ANCIENT LEGACY
- The Outfit System, allowing you to customize your look, regardless of your equipped gear
- Two new Battlegrounds: Mor Khazgur and Deeping Drome (ESO: Morrowind required)
- Home storage, giving you the opportunity to store items in your home
- All-new Level Up system and Skills Advisor tool, helping you to advance your character with intuitive suggestions and tips, and helpful rewards
- …and more!
Dragon Bones features two challenging new dungeons that are sure to put your group to the test.
In Scalecaller Peak, the burial site of a long-dead Dragon Priest is now overrun with diseased cultists harboring an evil agenda: to unleash the deadliest plague Tamriel has ever known. You and your team must journey to Scalecaller Peak, battle your way through the cultists and their followers, and put an end to this threat.
Deep within the belly of Fang Lair, an ancient Dwarven ruin, a master of necromancy works a dark ritual in an effort to reanimate the bones of a once-living dragon. It's up to you and your companions to enter the dungeon, face the necromancers, and stop the ritual before this undead monstrosity can be unleashed on Tamriel.
These new dungeons pit you and your team against new and returning enemies, including plague-ridden ogres, powerful sorcerers and their undead creations, and even the reanimated bones of an ancient dragon!
Both Scalecaller Peak and Fang Lair will be available in normal and veteran modes, and they will include a veteran Hard Mode for the final boss. Those brave enough to explore these new dungeons shall be rewarded with new items and monster sets, collectibles, and achievements. And as an added bonus, the moment you set foot in either of these new dungeons, you'll receive the Renegade Dragon Priest Mask, completely free.
ALWAYS LOOK YOUR BEST WITH OUTFITS
Just because you're exploring the cavernous depths of a long-forgotten ruin doesn't mean you shouldn't look your best! With Update 17, the Outfit System comes to The Elder Scrolls Online base game. This new system will allow you to tailor virtually every aspect of your appearance, regardless of the gear you have equipped.
With the Outfit System, you can change the appearance of your equipment to reflect any of your known crafting styles by visiting an Outfit Station (formerly known as Dye Stations). Whether you're wearing Light, Medium, or Heavy armor, you'll be able to alter its appearance, allowing you to always look your very best – and exactly how you want.
You will have access to one unique outfit that you can customize using gold, but you will also be able to acquire Outfit Change Tokens and additional Outfit Slots from the Crown Store, allowing you to have a variety of outfits ready to go at a moment's notice.
ENJOY HOUSING, LEVELING, AND COMBAT IMPROVEMENTS
In addition to everything above, the Update 17 base game update comes with a host of useful additions and quality-of-life improvements.
Level Up Advisor and Skills Advisor
With Update 17, we're introducing the new Level Up Advisor system and Skills Advisor tool. These new features help you make wiser, more engaging decisions about character advancement and provide you with suggestions on your character's build and use of gameplay mechanics.
With the Level Up Advisor, every time one of your characters gains a level, you will receive gameplay tips and useful rewards. These rewards will include gold, crafting materials, and consumables, and certain key leveling milestones will even reward you with a new mount or a Crown Crate! With the Skills Advisor tool, you'll also be able to get more information on the many options available for your character's Skills, Abilities, and use of certain in-game mechanics. If you are new or unfamiliar with aspects of ESO's advancement system, these two additions will help give you a better understanding of the choices available to you as you level up your characters.
Since last year's Homestead update, we've received a lot of requests from players who want to store items within their homes. We're happy to announce that we're introducing home storage with Update 17! This update will allow you to acquire unique collectibles that you can use to store items in your homes, freeing up valuable inventory and bank space. You'll be able to acquire these new items in game or from the Crown Store.
Finally, we're making a host of changes and improvements to some of the game's combat mechanics, including making it easier to identify and activate ability synergies. For more information on all of these changes and improvements, check out Update 17 for yourself when it and the Dragon Bones DLC game pack goes live on our Public Test Server (PTS) next week! Once it is live on the PTS, look for the patch notes in the PTS forums.