Elder Scrolls Online Guide: How to Become a Werewolf

Want to know all about becoming a werewolf in Elder Scrolls Online? This guide will explain everything in detail!

In Elder Scrolls Online, players can become werewolves. It isn't too hard when you know what to do, but there are several factors involved. Having the werewolf skill line means you can use the ultimate to turn into a werewolf. They use a lot of stamina and it costs 1000 ultimate to change. Your skill bar changes when you transform, to have up to 2 werewolf abilities.

Leveling werewolf will take a while because you have to transform to get much experience and it takes a long time between transformations. For full details on all the werewolf skills, check out the Guide to World Skills.

For everything else related to Elder Scrolls Online, go to the ESO Guide Directory.

This guide will cover everything about becoming a werewolf including:

  • Getting the Disease - How to get the disease and where to go.
  • Hircine's Gift - Where to get the quest and details on completing it.

Getting the Disease

The most important, and hardest, part about becoming a werewolf is contracting the disease. This is done by getting attacked by a werewolf. But not any old werewolf will do, not all werewolves can spread the disease apparently.

Several conditions must be met to get the disease known as Sanies Lupinus:

  • It must be night in the game.
  • It must be near the ritual site where you complete the werewolf quest line at.

The first two are simple. In case you didn't know, ESO has a day/night system.

  • Days lasts around 3.5 hours and nights last about 1.5 hours.
  • The moon comes out every night, but it changes.

The ritual site is something most players don't know. You can find the ritual site in the zone around level 40. This is Bangkorai for Daggerfall Covenant, Reaper's Marsh for Aldmeri Dominion, and Rift for Ebonheart Pact.

There is no level requirement to get the disease, but the quest is level 42 and the enemies you fight are around that level. Lower levels can still do it, though I recommend trying it around level 20.

Lower level Ebonheart Pact players can go northwest in Stonefalls to reach Rift. You must do some of the quest line in that area to reach the tower and bridge to Rift.

Lower level Daggerfall Covenant players can go east from Stormhaven to reach Bangkorai. Stormhaven is the area you got to after Glenumbra, the first area.

I completed this on a Daggerfall Covenant character, so the map below shows spawn location for only Bangkorai. It also shows the ritual site for when you do the quest. Remember you only need to get hit once, but several people camp the locations and they die fast. I suggest getting a taunt move of some kind. The One-hand and Shield weapon skill line has a taunt ability, so everyone has access to one.

Hircine's Gift

After getting attacked by a werewolf, check your character screen and active effects. If you see Sanies Lupinus, then you have the werewolf disease and can complete the quest. Go back to Evermore, the city to the west of the ritual site

You'll find an NPC that talks about being the same and that you have the disease. You can choose to get cured, which takes away the disease and you don't become a werewolf, or complete the ritual to gain the skill line and become a full werewolf.

After getting the quest, head to the ritual site and talk to the NPC there. He opens a portal to Hircine's realm. You cannot go in there with teammates, you get put in separate phases and you must complete the quest alone

Watch the scenes, then you get changed into a werewolf. The quest is very simple. You have to kill the strongest enemy in there. This part is important for lower level characters.

There are 4 possible bosses that spawn: Mammoth, Troll, Snake, and Snow Troll. The Snow Troll is the only normal enemy, the rest are elite/strong. The Snow Troll has around 1,700 health and the others have over 3,000. Lower level players want to kill the snow troll.

Leaving the area, then going back into the portal resets which boss spawns, but it is random. You don't have to watch the scenes again as long as you don't log out.

After defeating the boss, howl for your pack to eat the enemy, then join in the eating. Go back to the statue at the beginning of the area to complete the quest and gain the Werewolf skill line.

My player marker is where the Snow Troll spawns if you get it.

That's it on how to become a werewolf. If you have any questions, just let me know in the comments. For help with all things related to Elder Scrolls Online, visit the ESO Guide Directory.

Guide Editor

After gaming for 25 years, Synzer leveraged his vast knowledge of RPGs and MMOs into a job as a games journalist, covering the games he loves. Five years later, he's still writing about Kingdom Hearts, Pokemon, and Knights of the Old Republic. Synzer has a bachelor's degree in English and creative writing. You can see him in action on his YouTube channel (https://bit.ly/2F97BrR) and Twitch (https://www.twitch.tv/synzergaming).

Published Apr. 17th 2014
  • Guybot1001 (ESO: Tallenkai)
    I recently got asked (With payment in gold) by someone to turn them into a werewolf, but was unable to for some reason. Yes, I have bloodmoon, it was night (although raining) and I did not get the option.
    I ended up ultimately having to pay them back (being wrongfully accused of scamming) because I did not get the ability. Can someone shed some light into why this happened?
    Any constructive input is appreciated. Thank you.
  • Tyler_3373
    Hey buddy cool site!
    I got the disease to become a werewolf a guy randomly bit me and now I don't know where to go to read that scroll !
  • djsteveasaurus
    Can anyone just bite me? On PS4 user name Djsteveasaurus I've been camping for days and have yet to see anything, just wanna get it over with. lvl 36
  • duane_9897
    I was a were wolf got cured can I turn bk
  • George Lehman
    Can anyone bite me for free as a werewolf on xbox one gamertag: ManscorpionTark.
  • Acid Plague
    So... I got infected at level 8 and have now spent about 2 hours total running around the town looking for the quest giver. First time for 45 mins then I went and leveled to 10 then went back again and spent over an hour running up and down every street in that town and still haven't found any npc who gives the quest... I've found a grand total of 5 level 40+ quests I could accept, none of them are for the werewolf. This suuuuuuuucks. I read somewhere that someone was able to get the quest at level 12 so maybe I need to level up a little more.
  • Breezy_6700
    Its not resetting. keeps giving me the mammoth and ive tried over 30 times...
  • Synzer
    Guide Editor
    That's odd. It sometimes takes a long time but eventually they change. I'd say keep trying. It's possible it was changed at some point but wasn't listed in patch notes.
  • Archy_4269
    If i can i have a stupid question ?When is fullmoon ? i Mean its like every monday or something ?
  • Synzer
    Guide Editor
    it's every 7 or 8 days from whenever the last one was. They spawn at other times though, so don't worry about the moon phases.
  • Synzer
    Guide Editor
    FYI: I've confirmed that they are spawning randomly now. I don't know if it is intentional, but I've seen werewolves spawn in multiple cycles and haven't seen bloodfiends for the vampire disease in a long time. It is best to just check every time it is night.
  • Darius_3041
    You dont need to Watch the Ritual every Time to switch Enemy Bosses in the Quest, just run away from the Ritual Place and it resets. Now you can go look wich Boss is up and if you have the Right, you can go to the Ritual Site.
  • Synzer
    Guide Editor
    Cool, that makes it much easier than what I was doing. Thanks, I'll add that.
  • Retro_2244
    It Has A 6 day Timer On It Does it Go Away If I Don't Complete The Mission In That time?
  • Synzer
    Guide Editor
    yeah if you don't complete the quest by that time, I'm told you have to get the disease again.
  • feromor
    this was on key thank u vary much i was 10 lvl lower then area and did it in one night thank you
  • Synzer
    Guide Editor
    Great! Glad I could help.
  • Bryce_6104
    So it has to be night time, a full moon, and you have to track down these rare spawns to just complete the first step of becoming infected? Damn, they make this difficult lol
  • Synzer
    Guide Editor
    yep, but the server maintenance last week screwed up the spawns and now they don't line up with the moon phases.

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