Elder Scrolls Online Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Elder Scrolls Online RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Elder Scrolls Online: Greymoor Preview — Better in Red https://www.gameskinny.com/xrb50/elder-scrolls-online-greymoor-preview-better-in-red https://www.gameskinny.com/xrb50/elder-scrolls-online-greymoor-preview-better-in-red Mon, 30 Mar 2020 12:19:01 -0400 Gabriel Moss

Skyrim is back. Well, sort of. Elder Scrolls Online: Greymoor is the fourth chapter in the series of expansions that have released for the Elder Scrolls Online since launch.

Long story short: vampires are back in town, and they aren't the friendliest bunch. You can go after them with a brand new 30 hours of story quests, but with a rehauled Vampire skill line of your own, and two beautiful new zones to get lost in, why rush?

I've spent over four hours playing with a preview build of the new Greymoor expansion, and I've checked out the new zones — Western Skyrim and Blackreach. I've also tried out other additions like the aforementioned new Vampire skill line, Antiquities, Harrowstorms, and more. Here are my hands-on impressions:

Elder Scrolls Online: Greymoor Preview — Better in Red

The first thing I did during my preview was create a fresh new High Elf Necromancer, super-boost them to CP810, and go hog wild with the new Vampire skill tree. As somebody who used to play with a Vampire character on the live server, I always thought that they were way too underpowered to be useful for anybody but the most specific Magicka builds. Greymoor completely changes that.

What struck me first was how much less punishing it was to be a Vampire in Elder Scrolls Online after the new update. Where previously you'd need to regularly feed on humanoids for fresh blood to keep your Vampire stage from increasing, Vampires post-Greymoor work in the opposite way, making the slow transformation into a generally weak character with very specific combat ability boosts a thing of the past.

You now need to feed on humanoids if you want to increase your stage. Vampires still have a slight debuff against fire attacks at stage one, but it's nowhere near as much as it is in the current live version, where the debuff can leave you dead after one stray flame attack from a boss.

Likewise, the new Vampire abilities are far more versatile to use, with enough variety to fill up an entire hotbar if you want to go all-in. One such move lets you temporarily transform into a Blood Scion, which is basically the Vampire Lord from Skyrim but more attuned to vastly augmenting and increasing your base stats and making each skill on your hotbar far more powerful.

Another ability, a new variation on the existing Mist Form, lets you move through the battlefield engulfed in a red mist of blood as you suck the life energy out of every enemy you come across. It's all very cool and Vampire-y in a way that felt completely unrealized before.

Though I didn't get much time to play with it, the new Antiquities system looks like an interesting series of minigames to break up the regular loop of exploration, hack'n'slash, and dialogue that paves your way through Tamriel.

The Antiquities system consists of two minigames — one for digging up artifacts, and the other for scrying them down for useful items. In my short demo, I dug up a fresh dig site and tried my hand at the new scrying minigame, which played a bit like a turn-based version of Candy Crush, but with a strict goal of hitting certain nodes on the board before I ran out of turns. Overall, it seemed sort of rough, which is understandable given that it isn't entirely finished yet.

ESO Creative Director Rich Lambert has mentioned that a new type of gear, called Mythic gear, will be available through the Antiquities system, among other new treasures. I didn't actually get to see these in my preview, but I am a fan of any new layer of depth that ESO can muster, and this seems like it'll make the exploration and treasure-hunting component of Elder Scrolls Online more nuanced and involved.

The zone of Western Skyrim itself is majestic and open, like much of the northwestern region of the original Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim world map. It took me about five minutes to travel from Solitude to Morthal by horseback at the maximum mount speed, and I found that there was plenty to do in-between.

I noticed that, while locations like Dragon Bridge, Karthwatch, Morthal, and others each offered their own quest hub, the wilderness was also packed with quest markers and unique encounters. At one point, I was intersected by a roving pack of skeletal wolves that I found out had been spawned to chase after me on the road, much like those random wolf encounters you might remember from Skyrim. While not completely unseen in Elder Scrolls Online, this made it seem far more dynamic and unpredictable to travel through Western Skyrim, clearly nodding to the single-player open-world immersive sim that inspired it.

Most returning Skyrim players will recognize the humble clifftop city of Solitude, and it really is back! The entire city, both interior and exterior locales, appear to be 1:1 replicas of the original, or at least they appear that way at first glance. Of course, some details are missing, such as the decorative pennant banners strung over Solitude's town square in the original Skyrim, but that's to be expected, even from such a faithful recreation as this.

Making their entrance in place of Molag Bal's Dolmens from the base game, the new Harrowstorms are nothing to fool around with. As you approach them, the surrounding environment thickens with red fog, and you're forced to face a horde of Vampires, zombies, and whatever else comes out of a Harrowstorm. I immediately noticed how far less solo-able these Harrowstorms are than their vanilla Dolmen counterparts, which can be taken down with a reasonable amount of force from a CP810 character. It's worth noting that, while Harrowstorms are dangerous, they're far more manageable for a small group than the dragon battles introduced in Elsweyr.

Blackreach is back as well, and it has also gotten a significant expansion from what fans might remember. The original zone of Blackreach from Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim still exists in one of four massive underground cavern structures, but that's just the thing — it's now one of four massive underground cavern structures, each constituting their own "zone within a zone" that shows off just how truly dedicated this dev team has been to fully fleshing out the entirety of Blackreach, not just one small part of it.

And when I say "zone within a zone," I mean that you can find Harrowstorms, delves, public dungeons, and even entire towns nestled between each quadrant of Blackreach. And Blackreach itself is huge.

Each of the four main caves has its own style and aesthetic too, making it worth exploring every nook and cranny that this gorgeous underground cave system can offer. The Vampires that are centric to the story in Greymoor can be sourced back to Fort Greymoor, which really does exist underneath Skyrim inside of the passages of Blackreach. You can actually go there and visit it, and it's a humbling sight to behold.

Finally, there's a new 12-person trial called Kyne's Aegis. I didn't find enough people to try it out with, so I don't have any first-hand impressions to share, but the fact that there's a new trial at all is great news, as there are so few in Elder Scrolls Online to begin with. You can take a boat up there from the Solitude docks when you're ready.


The Elder Scrolls Online: Greymoor is looking to be far more than a simple nostalgia trip through good old Skyrim. Bringing a potent cocktail of all-new quests, skill reworks, remastered locations, and game systems into the tried-and-true Elder Scrolls Online formula, Greymoor promises to be one of the most compelling chapters in recent years.

You can grab the PC/Mac version of Elder Scrolls Online on May 18. Console owners will have to wait a bit longer, though, as the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions of Elder Scrolls Online release shortly after that on June 2.

The Spooktacular List of Games with Halloween Events 2019 https://www.gameskinny.com/dnx32/the-spooktacular-list-of-games-with-halloween-events-2019 https://www.gameskinny.com/dnx32/the-spooktacular-list-of-games-with-halloween-events-2019 Mon, 07 Oct 2019 12:56:55 -0400 Joshua Broadwell


Ark: Survival Evolved


Running from October 22 to November 5 on the PC, PS4, and Xbox One, Ark's Halloween event is scarier than a velociraptor opening a door. Fear Evolved 3 brings a ton of ghoulish surprises to the survival game, including pumpkins, skeletal dinos, and more. 


There are "new items to collect, cool skin costumes to try out, and a Blood Moon casting a pale shadow over it all." Players will be treated with increased XP, harvesting, and breeding rates. Here's a list of everything you can expect: 

  • New cosmetic items: Jack O' Lantern Mask, Hockey Mask, Headless Neck Stump, Halloween-inspired Dino Colorization Candy and event-themed undergarments (tops and bottoms)
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  • New emotes: Panic, Spooky Dance and Zombie
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  • Event-themed wild dinosaur spawns
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  • Randomly spawning gravestones, scarecrows and pumpkin patches
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  • A candy corn-themed supply drop brings an abundance of useful Halloween treats for players, surprises like berries, cooked meats, heal brews, veggie cakes, consumable buffing soups, dino Halloween candy and dino skins from past Halloween events.
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  • The environment and trees to be Halloween themed
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Two Point Hospital


Not to be outdone by Tropico 6, Two Point Hospital also has a Halloween event going on right now. Of course, the hospital sim was already kinda' spooky with ghosts floating about, but things are even more terrifying with the "boo-tiful update."


From now until November 1, players can decorate hospitals with Halloween bits and bobs, listening to scary music over the hospital PA, and duck boisterous bats in the hallways. 


Certain illnesses will even get Halloween-themed updates, such as Lightheadedness getting renamed Firghtheadedness, with patients sprouting pumpkins for heads instead of lightbulbs. 


those who don't already own the game can grab it for 66% off on Steam until November 1. 


Tropico 6


Even city-builder Tropico 6 is getting in on the Halloween festivities. From now until November 7, players will see new content updates bringing Autumn foliage, pumpkins, Halloween palace decorations, and a themed main menu to the game. 


The update is live across all platforms, including PS4, Xbox One, and PC. El Presidente is in the spirit. 




Elder Scrolls Blades


The Elder Scrolls Blades is celebrating the spooky season with the Witches Festival. New quests have been added to the game alongside a spell overhaul, new Nightmare Town, and brand-new decorations. 


The 1.4 update includes myriad fixes to combat, weapons, armor, items, and more. It even squashes a few pesky bugs. But(!), it doesn't squash spiders, which feature heavily in because Halloween. 


Creatures lurk in dark caves and mysteriously abandoned villages dot the land. Are you brave enough to venture out into the land of the living dead? 


Mortal Kombat 11


Fighting game fans can celebrate Halloween with one of the most macabre fighting games around: Mortal Kombat


The free Halloween-themed event starts on October 25 and runs through November 1. There will be four new boss fights, all with spoopy modifiers such as witches and bats and pumpkins. There are even new terrifying Brutalities to be had. 


The Masquerade Skin pack will retail for $5.99 and include skins for Jade, Kabal, and Liu Kang. 


Hitman 2 Halloween Escalation Contract


Hitman 2 is even getting in on the Halloween shenanigans with a special, Halloween-themed Escalation Contract. This new contract is included as part of October's free content update for those who downloaded the Hitman 2 Starter Pack, and it takes place in Hawke's Bay, New Zealand.


Along with the obligatory skeletons, pumpkins, and other spooky accouterments, the Contract includes special rewards for those who manage to survive the horror-filled wasteland that awaits them: the Tactical Wetsuit and Bat Shuriken.


The Contract is live now, and you can check out the event's official trailer here.


Gears 5: Pumpkin Ball and More


Gears 5 is bringing Pumpkin Ball back for Halloween this year, which is basically a pumpkin version of dodgeball, and it's also giving you the chance to earn a special Frankenstein skin by winning 13 matches of Pumpkin Ball before the event ends on November 4.


This isn't your typical game of dodge, er, Pumpkin Ball, though. Players automatically revive unless you target specific, zombie-like weak points, including the head or the universal weakness to massive explosions.


The event started on October 22, with more planned sometime this week as well, so stay tuned for more info as it becomes available.


Elder Scrolls Online: The Witches Festival


The Witches Festival returns once more in Elder Scrolls Online, bringing with it a gaggle of ghoulish goodies for your Halloween pleasure. The event starts October 24 at 10am EST and ends November 4 at the same time.


One way to get the party started is earning tons more XP, and to do that, you'll need to complete "The Witchmother's Bargain" quest from the Crown store then use the Whistle you get as a reward.


The Witches Festival has plenty more on offer as well, including Festival-themed collectibles and costumes, Dremora Plunder Skulls (complete with new items) earned through defeating special bosses once per day, and the Glenmoril Armor set.


See the set in all its glory, and find out all the details about The Witches Festival here.


Mario Kart Tour Halloween Event


Mario Kart Tour is joining in the spooky fun this season, with some sort of Halloween event centered around a Luigi's Mansion course. The official tweet announcing the event only said we can get tricks and treats out of it.


Sort of unrelated to the event, but not really because it is Luigi's Mansion after all, is the announcement that Luigi is coming to Mario Kart Tour as of now. (Apparently, he lost his keys and couldn't get there when the game first launched).


Much to Luigi's undoubted dismay, the Halloween event is adding King Boo as a playable character too.


Don't Starve: Hallowed Nights 2019


Klei Entertainment's lovable death simulator Don't Starve Together's Halloween 2019 event is the return of Hallowed Nights, starting October 24. The Klei blog post announcing the event's return said it'll largely include the same things as last year, with a few new treats and tricks.


That means Candy items, Halloween Decorations, and Trinkets you can give to the Pig King for Candy. Candy is good in Don't Starve, because unlike other food items, it never spoils.


Last year's Hallowed Nights also introduced the Mad Science Lab, where you could engineer a number of potions with a variety of positive effects — but at the expense of your sanity.


Though not technically part of Hallowed Nights, October 24 is when we'll see Wurt the Merm make her debut in Don't Starve as well.


Dragalia Lost: Halloween Fantasia 2


Dragalia Lost's popular Halloween Fantasia event returns as the game's big Spooktober event, bringing with it new items, quests, and summons. It all kicks off at 2am October 18.


First is the Trick or Treasure! Facility Event, which introduces Nightmare difficulty, new items to obtain, and more. It's accompanied by a new set of Daily and Live Endeavors that'll run through October 31 as well.


Thanks to Perfectly-Nintendo distilling the patch notes, we also know the special Halloween Fantasia summoning event will include the following:

  • Halloween Mym (Adventurer)
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  • Halloween Maritimus (Dragon)
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  • Halloween Lowen (Adventurer)
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  • Halloween Odetta (Adventurer)
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and a few more, all of which will be available until the end of Halloween.


Sea of Thieves: Fort of the Damned


Things are taking a decidedly spooky turn for Xbox One and Windows 10 players this month in Sea of Thieves. The game's monthly content update this time around is, naturally, Halloween related, and it's no barebones update either.


Old Boot Fort has been overrun by the forces of evil, turning it into the Fort of the Damned, managed by the Shadow of Fate Skeletons.


This fort can be activated as long as the requirements are met, and it brings with it new Voyages, new Contracts from Duke, and some big rewards. More importantly, these additions aren't just for October; they'll continue on as a permanent part of the game.


There'll also be new arena rules, new items and pets from the Emporium, and even a new way to play Shanties. The full details are here.


Fallout '76 Mischief Night


Fallout '76's Halloween event this year is Mischief Night, letting you take full advantage of the day to wreak utter havoc on Whitespring. Mischief Night kicks off at noon EST on October 26 and runs until the same time on November 5, and it begins "every hour, on the hour." It's a public event, which means free fast travel too.


You'll start off at the Mischief Pyre near the Springhouse Gazebo, and after hearing about the rogue Eyebot JES-2R's dark plans, you're in for a quick tour of the resort area.


From there, you can destroy property and vehicles, vandalize buildings, risk getting tricked at one of the treat bowls, and basically do whatever your little black heart desires — as long as the Whitespring Elite Security Force doesn't catch you.


Complete JES-2R's missions to earn rewards, and wearing or crafting your own costume helps further your progress towards unlockables.


Check out the full details here.


For Honor's Otherworld 2019 Event


For the past two years, Ubisoft's For Honor has hosted an event centering around the Otherworld concept, with plenty of spooky challenges, quests, special rewards, Halloween versions of familiar characters, and of course, loads of lootable gear.


The event usually runs well beyond Halloween too. As yet, like with many others, there aren't any concrete details about For Honor's Halloween event, but we'll update as soon as we find out more.


Hearthstone Hallow's End: Doom in the Tomb


Blizzard finally lifted the lid on Hearthstone's Hallow's End 2019 event. This year's special Halloween event is Doom in the Tomb; it starts October 8 at 10 a.m. PDT/1 p.m. EDT and runs for three weeks until October 30 at 9 a.m. PDT/12 p.m. EDT.


As always, there'll be unique Tavern Brawls with rewards for completing missions under a certain time, plus trials in the Haunted Temple for both good and E.V.I.L. to overcome. Naturally, the Headless Horseman will be making his appearance as well.


Some of the Tomb's treasures might seem familiar to longtime players as well, with classic cards like the Druid, Imp Gang Boss, and Imp Burglard making a return.


There's a lot more involved, and you can read about it plus all the rewards on offer here.


Harry Potter: Wizards Unite Dark Arts Month


While Harry Potter: Wizards Unite might not generate quite the same levels of interest as Niantic's other AR mobile game, it's still got plenty to offer for Dark Arts month.


Fighting Forces Brilliant Event Part 1: October 8-14

  • A new quest featuring the spine-chilling Brilliant Death Eater and an Azkaban Escapee
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October Community Day: October 19

  • Expect more uncanny creatures including Vampire, Werewolf and Doxy oddities appearing more frequently in the game
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Fighting Forces Brilliant Event Part 2: October 22-28

  • A new sinister quest featuring the Brilliant Sirius Black and a Dementor
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Exclusive Halloween Quest: October 31

  • Get ready for an exciting and exclusive Dark Arts-themed Wizarding Challenge Fortress Chamber and quest with limited-time rewards.
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More details will be announced on the game's Twitter and Facebook pages throughout the month.




Those are most of the games hosting Halloween events this year. Be sure to bookmark this article and check back throughout the month for updates and new games. 


Killing Floor 2: Grim Treatments


Tripwire Studios' Killing Floor 2 Halloween event is already underway, with the launch of Grim Treatments earlier this month.


Grim Treatment is a free update that brings in a variety of Halloween Zeds, up to their ears (or whatevers) in blood and gore, a brand-new map in the form of Ashwood Asylum, special cosmetic items, and Nuked Objective Mode.


Nuked has special quests and cutscenes, but the main objective centers around the attempt to rescue a small child in the aftermath of nuclear fallout, and of course, there are plenty of Zeds trying to stop you.


League of Legends The Harrowing 2019


The Harrowing is basically an institution in League of Legends. It's a yearly fright-fest that ties in with the game's lore, focusing on the Black Mist and, well, death. Because it's Halloween.


The big draw in The Harrowing tends to be the special Champion skins on offer, plus various ranks of gear, and plenty of other additions to get you in the Halloween spirit.


So far, there's absolutely nothing about this year's Harrowing, but since we're well into October now, that'll likely change soon.


Star Wars Battlefront 2 Halloween Event


There will, in fact, be a Star Wars Battlefront 2 Halloween event this year. Shared on EA Star Wars' official Twitter account, the event will begin on October 23 and end on October 31. 


The event might not feature ghouls and ghosts, but it will allow players to earn 2X experience for the entire period. That includes all game modes. 


The event will center around the Ewok hunt on Endor, which, unsurprisingly, will be at night. 


It's worth mentioning that Battlefront 2 will have events the entire month of October, even though there is only one Halloween-themed event. 

  • October 4-6: Battle Point Event
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  • October 11-18: Community Quests
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  • October 18-20: Battle Point Event
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Dead by Daylight Withering Blight Event


This year's Dead by Daylight Hallowed Blight event, called Withering Blight, was leaked during the Stranger Things event over the summer. That said, only the existence of the Halloween event was leaked. Since then, we've learned a little bit more. 


The event will run from October 22 to November 1. Not only will it bring "spooky decorations" to the world of Dead by Daylight, but items from Halloweens past, including: 

  • The Will O' Wisp flashlight
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  • The All Hallows' Eve lunchbox
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  • The Pustula Petals offering
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Per the game's official blog: 


You can find these limited-time items scattered throughout newly generated Bloodwebs and in chests for the duration of the event. You will keep any leftover items and be able to use them year round, but be warned: Any unused Pustula Petals will stay in your inventory, but will not be useable after the event period. 


Following feedback from the Hallowed Blight event last year, Pustula Petals will instead create a pair of event Hooks and Generators for each Offering used. Survivors who burn one of these Offerings will receive bonus Bloodpoints whenever an event Generator is powered, and Killers receive a bonus each time a Survivor is hooked on a special event Hook. If you don’t burn an Offering, you’ll still receive some bonus Bloodpoints, but not as many as those who do. 


The event will also bring new challenges and rewards to Dead by Daylight. Putrid Serum will be a new currency for the event, which can be used to acquire cosmetics. Though there are a finite number of these items in the event, finding them all will net you "six hallowed cosmetics."


Last year's event featured an adrenaline-filled rush to gather antitoxins to fend off an army of mutated creatures bent on destroying everything in sight, plus the slightly less tense inclusion of new items and gear.


Rainbow Six Siege Halloween Event


Last year, Ubisoft treated us to the Mad House Halloween event in Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege, and while the company's been silent so far about this year's Halloween event, a set of rather frightening looking skins was recently leaked.


obutu3_ posted a video on YouTube showing off new skins for Doc, Ela, and Vigil, among others, all of which are pretty obviously meant for Halloween.


If it's anything like last year, expect to see plenty of Halloween decorations around the Rainbow Six Siege world and, hopefully, see the previous year's skins available again as well.


Call of Duty Halloween 2019


Just like we can count on a new Call of Duty game every year, we can count on a Call of Duty Halloween event, too. Only — Activision hasn't announced one yet.


Last year's was all about Black Ops, and the year before focused on Infinite Warfare. This year saw Call of Duty Mobile finally launch, so it's possible any new event could center around that since Modern Warfare won't release until October 25. Of course, we could also see something in Black Ops 4 ... 


Either way, these usually involve the same thing: new skins, stickers, and gear, all won through reaching specific tier levels and completing certain missions.


Stay tuned for more.


Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery Halloween Event


Harry Potter and Halloween are perfect matches for each other, not least because something interesting — or deadly — always happens on Halloween.


Hogwarts Mystery will be no different this year. The game's official Twitter account teased the game's Dark Arts Month earlier this month on Twitter.


We know what's going on with Wizards Unite, but we're still in the dark about Hogwarts


PUBG Mobile and The Walking Dead


PUBG Mobile is getting its own Halloween crossover event with The Walking Dead in the form of daily boardgame missions.


Players can log in every day to complete special The Walking Dead-themed missions to unlock a special version of Daryl Dixon's motorcycle, plus enter for a chance to win a new iPhone 11.


More details about the events and giveaways are going to be shared on Twitter through the month.


PUBG Halloween 2019


PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is getting a special set of Halloween skins this year. They're pretty much what you'd expect from Halloween costumes, too, ranging from The Wizard of Oz-themed Kansas and Scarecrow sets to pirate gear, and more, though the, er, happy Lion costume has received some changes since it first launched.


These costumes will all be sold individually and can be bought as sets for a discount.


Crash Team Racing Halloween Grand Prix


Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled has made a name for itself by offering regular Grand Prix events, and it's a theme Beenox is continuing with a special Halloween-themed event: the Nitro-Fueld Spooky Grand Prix.


Top on the list is the return of Nina Cortex as a new playable character, complete with new karts and a brand-new track. There'll be missions and challenges to complete, tiered rewards to earn, skins, items, and lots more.


The Spooky Grand Prix kicked off on October 4 and runs through November 3, and you can find out all the specifics here.


MapleStory Hallowkitty Event


MapleStory's usual Hallowkitty event is back in full force this year as part of the Fabled Melody content update, but it won't start until October 23 at 7 p.m. EST.


It's a big event, too. There's a disco-themed set of Halloween items to purchase:

  • Hallows Disco Chair: Ghost: 1,500 Mesos. Untradeable.
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  • Hallows Disco Chair: Mummy: 15 Million Mesos. Untradeable.
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  • Hallows Disco Chair: Frankenstein: 15 Million Mesos. Untradeable.
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  • Hallows Disco Chair: Vampire: 150 Million Mesos. Untradeable.
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  • Hallows Disco Chair: Skull: 150 Million Mesos. Untradeable.
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  • Hallows Disco Chair: Master
    • Non-Reboot worlds: You can obtain the Master chair through the Ghoulish Meso Cascade Mount event.
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    • Reboot world: 1,500,000,000 Mesos. Untradeable.
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And there are plenty of disco activities, too, with stat growth rewards for hanging out and greeting friends, plus costumes you can earn.


Finally, there is a Halloween-themed monster hunt event, complete with daily missions and plenty of rewards. You can check out the full details here.


Destiny 2: Festival of the Lost 2019


Festival of the Lost is back once more as Destiny 2's Halloween event in 2019. What's more, New Light players — those playing the new free-to-play Destiny 2 version —can take part in Festival of the Lost, so long as their power level is at least 770.


As always, Eva Levante is your host, and she brings with her all manner of Halloween decorations and costumes. And candy. Lots of candy, which you'll earn and can use towards rewards like the Braytech Werewolf Legendary Auto Rifle.


Weapons will serve you well in the Forest trials, 15 minutes of terror fighting against monsters galore, but there's plenty of Halloween customization for those who just want to make some haunting memories for the future too.


You can see all the details here.




Borderlands 3: Bloody Harvest


Borderlands 3's Halloween event is part of a brand-new content update, and, as always, it's called Bloody Harvest. Bloody Harvest starts October 24 and lets you take on haunted enemies, challenge a new boss, earn rewards by completing challenges, and, of course, don new skins for your Vault Hunters. What kind of Halloween would it be without dressing up, after all?


You can see the full details in the event's announcement video below.


Overwatch Halloween Terror 2019


Now that it's actually begun, Blizzard released details about this year's Overwatch Halloween event. Dr Junkenstein makes his return, changing all the heroes into spooky Halloween versions of their usual selves and bringing along new weekly challenges as well as the usual Junkenstein's Revenge seasonal brawl.


Here are the full details:

  • Weekly Challenges are back for Halloween Terror, allowing you to unlock limited-time rewards by winning nine games.
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  • Rewards include the Legendary Demon Hunter Sombra skin, as the final earnable skin in the 3rd Weekly Challenge.
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  • Emotes
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  • Player Icons
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  • Sprays
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  • Voicelines
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5 Legendary Skins 

  • Pharoah Ana
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  • Warlock Ashe
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  • Demon Orisa
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  • Will-o’-Wisp
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  • Scorpion Widowmaker
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3 Epic Skins

  • Inferno Junkrat
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  • Vampire Baptiste
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  • Gorgon Lucio
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Final Fantasy XIV: All Saints' Wake 2019


All Saints' Wake returns for Final Fantasy XIV's Halloween 2019 event, and yes, the spoopy Moogle carriage is included.


If you're looking for some Final Fantasy Halloween fun, head to Gridania Woods from October 17 to November 1 to check out the Continental Circus and its special Ahriman attraction, which is something you'll have to see to believe, or so they say.


As always, there's a bevy of in-game items to earn during the event, but here are some of the highlights:

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    Circus Resonator mount - this unique voidsent was bred by the Continental Circus

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    Pumpkin Carriage - embrace the spirit of the season with this spooky - but regal - outdoor furnishing item

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    Fantastical All Saints’ Wake Advertisement - a notice that will be a welcome reminder about this year’s spooktacular event.

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If you didn't get around to last year's event, you'll get the chance to purchase some of the special themed items you missed out on.


The full announcement is here.


Rocket League Haunted Hallows


Psyonix has revealed new information regarding Rocket League's Halloween 2019 event. This year, things get a little peculiar with the game's Stranger Things crossover during the Haunted Hallows event. 


The Farmstead map gets transformed into the Upside-Down, reminiscent of the opening portions from Stranger Things Season 2. The map is now steeped in red with the Mind Flayer lurking in the background. 


The event runs from October 14 to November 11. During that time, players can earn unique toppers, banners, titles, decals, avatar borders and more. These fiendish flourishes will be available for a certain number of Candy Corn, which players can earn by playing matches. 


There are even golden pumpkins that hold special surprises. 


Pokemon GO Halloween 2019


Pokemon GO's 2019 Halloween event kicks off soon, on October 17 at 4pm EST/1pm PST and runs through November 1 at the same time.


The first big feature of the event is adding Darkrai to five-star raid events, which you can find out more about here


There's going to be more Shadow Pokemon at your local PokeStop. Specifically, you'll have a chance to see

  • Weedle
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  • Kakuna
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  • Beedrill
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  • Electabuzz
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  • Magmar
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  • Lapras
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  • Mareep
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  • Seedot
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  • Nuzleaf
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  • Sableye
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  • Trapinch
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  • Cacnea
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  • Shuppet
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  • Duskull
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If you're not quite sure what to do with these Shadow Pokemon once you catch them, check out our Shadow Pokemon and Purifying guide.


Additionally, Yamask will make its debut, along with its shiny variant (if you're lucky), amidst a slew of other Ghost types that will be more common, like Gastly and Murkrow.


Other Pokemon, including Cubone, Pikachu, Charmander, Squirtle, and Bulbasaur, might appear in raid battles donning special Halloween costumes.


And on top of that, there's a range of Halloween-themed avatar items is coming to the Style Shop, including a Pikachu onesie, Litwick cap, and Mimikyu bag.


You can see the full details here.


Apex Legends Fight or Fright


Respawn Entertainment will be adding a bevy of Halloween goodies and tweaks to Apex Legends with the first ever Fight or Fright event, starting October 15 and running through until November 5.


Fight or Fright introduces new cosmetic items for weapons and Legends, some of which can be obtained through completing special, limited-time challenge missions.


King's Canyon is getting a spooky, night-themed makeover, but it's the new mode Shadowfall that brings the biggest change.


Legends who fall in battle will be reborn as zombies and receive new abilities, like a vicious melee attack and, in true Titanfall fashion, the ability to run up walls.


Once the field only has 10 living Legends left, the game changes to an escape mode. It's a race for the 10 Legends to make it to the evacuation ship while the undead zombie Legends do all they can to stop the evacuation from happening.


You can head over here to check out the full details and get a glimpse at some of the skins.


Fortnite Halloween 2019


Epic Games hasn't yet announced any Halloween events for Fortnite, but fans are expecting something soon. Expectations were heightened when Twitter user HYPEX posted information gleaned from datamining, reportedly showing at least part of the Halloween skins that might be added to Fortnite sometime this month. 


HYPEX is a well-known dataminer in the Fortnite community, but as always, it's just a rumor until Epic confirms the information.


Bloodborne: The Official Return to Yharnam


Bloodborne's Halloween event is fully organized by the Bloodborne fan community. It's an unofficial official event (just go with it), and rules are determined on the Bloodborne sub-reddit based on which suggestions get the most upvotes.


Currently, the rules include choosing and creating a specific costume, like the Grim Reaper or Masked Hoonter, and using the invasion and resonance bells as often as possible.


The event started on October 5 at midnight and runs all the way through November 5. This is still very much an event in the making, so it's bound to change as more rules develop.


This is Halloween — well, almost.


This is early October, which means it's time to get ready for all your favorite games to kick off their spooktacular Halloween events.


From Fortnite and Apex Legends to Call of Duty, Hearthstone, and even Star Wars Battlefront II, there's a lot going on this Halloween.


We've gathered together a sampling of some of the biggest Halloween events set to start sometime this month. While not every game has begun its festive happenings yet, we will continue updating this piece all month, so check back regularly for more information as it pops up.

E3 2019 Bethesda Showcase Recap: Fallout 76, Elder Scrolls, Doom: Eternal Take Center Stage https://www.gameskinny.com/l8hgw/e3-2019-bethesda-showcase-recap-fallout-76-elder-scrolls-doom-eternal-take-center-stage https://www.gameskinny.com/l8hgw/e3-2019-bethesda-showcase-recap-fallout-76-elder-scrolls-doom-eternal-take-center-stage Sun, 09 Jun 2019 22:06:43 -0400 Ty Arthur

This year's #BE3 showcase revolved heavily around the highly anticipated FPS entry Doom Eternal, but Bethesda had a number of surprises in store for players willing to check out the full live stream.

Unfortunately, we didn't get to see much about Elder Scrolls VI, which is likely delayed to take advantage of the next console generation. That noticeably missing title aside, everything from Rage 2 to Wolfenstein received major announcements, along with a slew of news arriving for mobile titles and free updates like the Moons Of Elsweyr expansion coming June 27 to Elder Scrolls Legends.

If you missed it, we've got the full rundown on everything you need to know about the Bethesda 2019 E3 showcase below. 

Also, don't forget to log into your Bethesda account this week! In celebration of the E3 event, you can get five Ouroboros Crown Crates and a Clouded-Senche Leopard mount for Elder Scrolls Online, a Twitch Assault Rifle skin for Rage 2, and an Ancestor Moth card back for The Elder Scrolls: Legends


We all know streaming is the future and tech companies are banking on streaming overtaking physical media in the very near future. We already buy most of our games from digital stores anyway, so why not just move the whole thing into the cloud?

Bethesda is working on the new Orion technology now, which is meant to optimize any game engine with absolutely any game for playing in the cloud on platforms like the upcoming Google Stadia.

A software solution rather than a hardware option, the purpose of Orion is to reduce latency and stream using lower bandwidth, which means you can stream at max settings for no reduction in graphics quality.

We'll have to wait and see if it lives up to the promise, but that tech could be huge in seeing streaming services become more widely adopted worldwide.

Fallout 76

Oof, Todd Howard and the Bethesda Game Studios team got a very tepid cheering response at first, which got noticeably louder when they admitted the criticism the game has received was deserved.

That lackluster response turned to wild cheering when it was revealed that human NPCs are arriving with the Wastelanders update including full dialog trees — to make this more of a full scale Fallout game.

To lure people in ahead of that update, the game will include a free trial mode coming tomorrow (perhaps precipitating the game going free-to-play...?).

Last up, in a move we should have all seen coming, Fallout 76 is getting battle royale mode with a shrinking ring of fire titled Nuclear Winter. Will the wasteland pull you away from Fortnite?

Doom Eternal

We already knew this would feature the super fast, super powerful Doom Marine slaughtering demons by the thousands, but there were some reveals tonight to get fans even more excited.

This time around we're also going to heaven, and it seems like the celestial denizens will be even more awful (and fun to kill!) than the demons in hell.

The biggest surprise was those in attendance at the Bethesda showcase got to actually play the game after the show. Lucky bastards!

The rest of us only have a few months to wait though, as Doom Eternal now has an official release date of November 22, 2019. We also got a quick glimpse of the comprehensive collector's edition, which comes with its own wearable Doom Guy helmet.

Finally, Bethesda decided to show off a bit of the new multiplayer mode, which lets you frag away as either the Slayer or a demon in a 2 vs 1 asymmetric mode.

Elder Scrolls Blades

If you've been religiously opening your chests every day, you'll be excited to know a major update launches tonight in celebration of E3. That patch features new jobs, solo arena battles, custom jewelry system, and an extra dragon quest line.

While not many details were revealed, we also found out an arena mode coming later this year for PvP content and visiting the towns of other players.

Hands down, the biggest news is that Blades is coming to Switch where it will still be free and will feature cross progression with mobile, so you can take your mobile account to the Switch version when it arrives this fall.

Ghostwire Tokyo

There weren't a ton of details beyond a cinematic trailer, but this new title from Tango Gameworks looks very promising and seems to indicate an open world nature with a mix of investigative and combat mechanics.

All we really know for sure is that its a "spooky" action adventure title that takes place within a supernatural haunted Tokyo, although they specified its not a survival horror game.

Elder Scrolls Online

The Season of the Dragon for Elder Scrolls Online will cap with the upcoming DLC Dragonhold, featuring the return of the iconic Dragonguard. In addition to an epic story trailer, we're told more info is coming at Quake Con this summer, but they did reveal the dungeon DLC Scalebreaker is set to arrive in August.

Commander Keen

I don't think anyone saw this coming... we're about to see a return of the old school Id Software '90s side-scrolling game Commander Keen, reimagined as a free to play Saturday morning cartoon homage on iOS and Android where you build wacky gadgets.

There's a fun tongue-in-cheek tone here, although I kind of wanted to go find Arnie so we can get our memories wiped at Rekall after hearing lines like "get your anus to mars" and "kick some asteroid."

This new version of Commander Keen will soft launch this summer on mobile devices.


Finally, a new title from Arkane was just made official, so if you've missed games in the style of Prey or Dishonored, get ready for a whole new iteration of the stealth assassination genre. 

This noir sci-fi shooter puts you in an endless loop where two assassins relive the same day over and over trying to kill each other. The typical Arkane style of offering multiple options to tackle levels will be available, but we're also getting a bit of a Tarantino vibe in the font and style on display.

Rage 2

Need ever more insanity? It's on the way with the Rise Of The Ghosts expansion, including impending features like low gravity, additional enemies, a new pilotable mech, extra areas, and a new enemy faction, as well as weekly content additions.

Two New Wolfenstein Games

Yep, we're getting two new games this summer, starting with the Cyber Pilot VR title coming next month. That's not the big news though, as we already knew about that. 

The more exciting announcement is Wolfenstein: Young Blood, set 20 years after The New Colossus and very clearly embracing the 80's aesthetic with wild abandon. Aside from the time shift, this time around we'll get to kill Nazis with a friend in co-op mode!

It's a pretty good bet that BJ Blazkowicz's twin daughters are going to collect a whole lot more than 100 Nazi scalps, that's for sure!


What upcoming expansion or brand new franchise are you most looking forward to checking out this year? Sound off in the comments below!

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news and information on all of these games as they develop. Check out more of our E3 2019 coverage below: 

The Elder Scrolls Online Elsweyr: Semi-Hybrid Necromancer PvE Build Guide https://www.gameskinny.com/pzd0p/the-elder-scrolls-online-elsweyr-semi-hybrid-necromancer-pve-build-guide https://www.gameskinny.com/pzd0p/the-elder-scrolls-online-elsweyr-semi-hybrid-necromancer-pve-build-guide Thu, 23 May 2019 17:52:04 -0400 GabrielKross

With the official arrival of The Elder Scrolls Online: Elsweyr just around the corner, there will be many people jumping on the new Necromancer class.

This guide will give an optional semi-hybrid Necromancer DPS build, as well as highlighting some specific skills of the class. We'll go from the best race for Necromancer as well as skill use and rotation step by step.

The first thing to consider for this build is the race, and the most optimal is High Elf.

High Elf is the most useful when considering a specific passive in the racial tree called: Spell Recharge. This is the key factor to the entire build, as soon as you can take this passive do so.

The next point of interest is the different skill trees: Grave Lord, Bone Tyrant, and Living Death. Each of these has its own unique approach.

To give an example, Grave Lord skills and passives are more tuned to dealing damage whereas Living Death skills are more attuned to healing. Many of the later skills in the build I am presenting will come from Grave Lord, but there will be one specific skill from Bone Tyrant.

For level one, you will start out with Death Scythe. This is the other skill that is crucial to the build outside of the High Elf racial skill. When you evolve Death Scythe, you'll want Ruinous Scythe. The reason for this is every 6 seconds you want to use your scythe attack to regenerate Magicka.

After you get Death Scythe, the next goal is to get Flame Skull and Blastbones. You can get Bone Armor for early leveling, but it's not necessary.

Flame Skull and Blast Bones will both go the Magicka route when morphing. Flame Skull is your primary Magicka spender. Blastbones is just a pre-requisite for a skill that will be added later called Boneyard. Blastbones is the fastest way to generate a corpse for Boneyard's damage increase, otherwise, Blastbones is a bit underwhelming.

The last primary skill should be Shocking Siphon. You won't get this for a while, so you can fill the fifth slot with whatever.

I recommend tossing Render Flesh in the slot just to level up the Living Death tree. I only recommend this for the third passive in the tree which will make your ultimate recharge faster. This passive is called Corpse Consumption. Later you will want Undead Confederate as well for more Magicka and Stamina regeneration.

As far as the Bone Tyrant tree, the only thing you really need for this build other than Death Scythe is Death Gleaning for Magicka and Stamina regeneration.

The DPS Ultimate is Frozen Colossus. You can choose to run the Magicka morph of Bone Goliath for a melee version of this build, but it feels less impactful and scales off maximum health.

The weapon I recommend is Destruction Staff. This weapon is mostly for the passive Destruction Expert which you won't get until way later, but you might as well level it up early. As far as your switch weapon at level 15, I've been carrying a Greatsword, but I don't actually use it.

For armor, some combination of medium and light armor would be the most logical option for their second passives. I've been running heavy armor as a personal preference, but that does not offer anything to the build.


  • Blast bones to open
  • Boneyard
  • Three Flame Skulls (This becomes more important after it is morphed)
  • Ruinous Scythe (Prior to this morph, the rotation doesn't matter)
  • At this point, just repeat as long as your resources hold up and add in basic weapon attacks when you run low on resources
  • Use your Ultimate as needed

That is all there is to it for this basic Necromancer guide, I may add more to it after I experience more difficult content, but this build will have no issues while leveling. If you have any questions or comments, be sure to leave them in the comments section below.

5 Reasons To Get Excited About The Elder Scrolls Online: Elsweyr https://www.gameskinny.com/r1xfj/5-reasons-to-get-excited-about-the-elder-scrolls-online-elsweyr https://www.gameskinny.com/r1xfj/5-reasons-to-get-excited-about-the-elder-scrolls-online-elsweyr Fri, 10 May 2019 10:56:03 -0400 David Jagneaux

Elsweyr, the latest expansion for The Elder Scrolls Online is just around the corner. It's set to release on June 4 for PC, Mac, PS4, and Xbox One with PC and Mac early access beginning on May 20.

Following last year's Summerset expansion, Elsweyr brings players to the titular zone and home of the feline race known as Khajiit. 

In addition to the brand-new zone, there will also be a new character class introduced for the first time since 2017's Morrowind expansion with the debut of the Necromancer.

But that's not all we've rounded up five specific reasons why you should be excited about The Elder Scrolls Online: Elsweyr down below!

Elsweyr Is Beautiful

The great thing about Tamriel is just how diverse it is. If you want traditional high-fantasy, then there are tons of locales across the inner regions bordering Cyrodiil or down to the south west in Summerset.

Then up north you've got the snowy mountains of Skyrim, northeast has the ruined and barren hellscape of Morrowind, and there are even marshes and jungles peppered throughout.

Now Elsweyr is, as expected, a bit different given that it is awash with sandy deserts and entire villages built directly into rock formations and canyons. It feels just as unique as the cat-like Khajiit who live there.

Armored warrior fighting a giant cat in Elsweyr

Khajiit Are Majestic

Speaking of, the Khajiit are actually one of the oldest races in all of Tamriel. Not only do they physically resemble cats, specifically in their faces, fur, and tail, but they live alongside domesticated cats, pet tigers, and more, too. Of all the races in Tamriel, they're also the most mystical and spiritual, with a strong connection to celestial forces.

It might seem like an odd fit to cram dragons and necromancers into the same release as the home of the Khajiit, but it's a zone steeped in lore that's actually a perfect setting for the coming conflict. 

Dragon attacking group of players in Elsweyr

Fighting Dragons

In The Elder Scrolls Online, you are not the dragonborn, so you won't be using shouts and channeling the souls of dragons to battle the ancient beasts. Instead, you're just another hero in the land that will need help from your comrades to take dragons down.

Dragon events will replace the likes of Abyssal Geysers and Dark Anchors from other zones to mix up the open-world event system a bit. Dragons are located all across Elsweyr as part of the storyline content but also as world bosses and random events. So be prepared to face off against the legendary creatures often!

Bone dragon facing down warrior.

New End-Game Content

Long-time fans that have their CP several hundred levels higher than the base level cap will be happy to know that plenty of Elsweyr is end-game focused.

For starters, there's Sunspire, which is a new, full 12-player Trial (basically the ESO version of a raid), new world bosses, delves, and brand-new public dungeons waiting to be explored. Plenty of new rewards and gear sets are included now as well.

Necromancer casting a spell

Necromancers Are Badass

Finally, but perhaps most importantly, is that Elsweyr will introduce the brand-new Necromancer class. This will be only the sixth class in the game but just like all other classes, it can be leveled up to specialize as either a tank, healer, or damage dealer depending on your preference and gameplay style.

As a Necromancer, your skill lines are Grave Lord, which is the offensive spell line that focuses on imbuing the dead with elemental magic such as frost, fire, and lightning, as well as raising the dead to amass relentless hordes. Then there is the Bone Tyrant skill line that focuses on augmenting your characters, creating barriers, and prolonging your ability to fight. Finally the Living Death skill line lets you channel energy from the living and the dead or even resurrect allies.


The Elder Scrolls Online is one of the most successful and consistently high-quality MMOs on the market. In between the large Elsweyr release, we previously got Wrathstone DLC, which added two new dungeons, and Murkmire DLC, which introduced a small new zone and PvE content.

Looking ahead, Elsweyr is in good company — and set to further flesh out the world of ESO

Changes Inbound for Elder Scrolls Online, Including Game World, PvP https://www.gameskinny.com/wtb0z/changes-inbound-for-elder-scrolls-online-including-game-world-pvp https://www.gameskinny.com/wtb0z/changes-inbound-for-elder-scrolls-online-including-game-world-pvp Fri, 19 Apr 2019 11:43:10 -0400 t4rhele

In January, when Elsweyr was first announced for the Elder Scrolls Online, Bethesda made some rather large announcements around PvP and Cyrodil. However, the team did not give much detail on either.

Since the PTS notes for Elsweyr have been released, some information about the changes has emerged. Some of these changes are to help performance issues in Cyrodil and others are to, hopefully, bring balance to campaigns.

One of the first thins that players will notice is that all their favorite campaigns are no more. So long Vivec, Shor, Sotha Sil and Kyne and hello to the new campaigns:

  • Bahlokdaan - 30 Day No CP and Alliance Locked
  • Kaalgrontiid - 30 CP Enabled and Alliance Locked
  • Yolnahkriin - 7 Day CP Enabled
  • Mulaamnir - Levels 10-49
  • Imperial City - No CP
  • Imperial City - CP

Note that the following notes are PTS related and are subject to potential change prior to launch.

Imperial City

One of the most notable changes will be that Imperial City will no longer be tied into the rest of Cyrodil. It will become its own campaign. There seems to be a couple reasons for this change.

Overall Performance

Anyone who has played in Cyrodil is well aware of the random load screens and constant lag issues inherent to the area. Removing Imperial City from the equation will lighten the load on the servers for each campaign.

Queue Times

Queuing for the more populated campaigns can be a long wait as it doesn't matter whether the player wants to PvP or go to Imperial City; it is all one queue.

This change keeps the player can queue for the Imperial City campaign from having to compete for spots with those that want to PVP in overland Cyrodil.

Too Much Travel

Interest in Imperial City has dropped over the last year for a few reasons, but the main one is the potentially long ride to the city gates from the closest owned keep (fortress in Cyrodil).

That long ride opens players, especially solo players, to being attacked by groups of other alliance players and being forced to re-spawn and start the ride over again. Putting Imperial City in its own campaign eliminates that issue entirely.


Sheogorath, the Daedric Prince of Madness, decided that Cyrodil was not chaotic enough and decided to do something to remedy the situation. He has opened up his vault and is leaving powerful weapons known as Artifacts around Cyrodil for players to use.

These Artifacts are designed to be able to turn the tide of a campaign, allow a player to solo Keeps, or even take on a large group of enemy players and come out victorious.

However, in true Sheogorath fashion, these Artifacts come with some conditions:

  • When a player picks up the Artifact, a new progression bar will show up on the bottom right of the screen showing how long the player has use the Artifact.
  • The progression bar can be replenished by killing other players, also known as feeding the weapon.
  • If the progression bar empties, the player dies to the weapon.
  • Weapons can go for 10 minutes without being fed. 
  • If a player dies while carrying the Artifact, then anyone other than the current emperor can pick it up. If no one picks it up after 30 minutes, the Artifact will de-spawn.

There are a few other general rules regarding Artifact, too:

  • The current emperor of each alliance will not be able to pick up the Artifact.
  • It will not spawn near Keeps.
  • It will have a random time of at least every five hours.
  • It will spawn closer to the alliance with the least amount of points in the campaign.
  • It will spawn at completely random locations in order to keep players from camping spawn locations.
  • Players can mount and use potions while in position of the Artifact.

Grabbing the Artifact will also give the player a new skill bar with five skills and an ultimate. The ultimate will pull other players to the player carrying the Artifact. There are also other skills, such as a heal over time, some devastating damage abilities, and an ability to knock down walls.

The first Artifact to be released will be known as the Volendrung.

Alliance Locking

However, the change that is getting the most mixed results is Alliance Locking. What this means is that once a player selects a home campaign with a character, any other character they have that is in the same alliance is locked to the same home campaign.

There are a couple of concerns about this change. The biggest one is that campaigns could become dominated by a single alliance on a regular basis. Alliance locking will be tied to the 30-day campaigns only (Bahlokdaan and Kallgrontiid). 

What alliance locking means is that once a player chooses a home campaign or enters a campaign not previously joined, all characters of that Alliance are locked to that campaign for the duration. There is no option to change the locked Alliance until the campaign duration has ended. Multiple notices have been added in-game to provide warnings about joining the locked campaigns. 

Players can also only earn emperor once per campaign per account. Meaning once a player becomes emperor during a campaign and it is then lost, they cannot claim that title again until the new campaign starts. Should a player become emperor and then abandon the campaign, then all progress toward the rewards is lost. 

Players will also no longer be locked into Guest campaigns. Guest campaigns are secondary campaigns for a character that do not count toward campaign rewards. With the change, the player can select and freely swap between Guest campaigns.


There have been many different thoughts on whether these changes will help or hurt Cyrodil. Only time will tell. In any event, I look forward to the changes to the changes and will be interested to see what makes it through PTS and into launch.

The Elder Scrolls Online: Get The Most Out of The 2019 Jubilee Event https://www.gameskinny.com/6uiis/the-elder-scrolls-online-get-the-most-out-of-the-2019-jubilee-event https://www.gameskinny.com/6uiis/the-elder-scrolls-online-get-the-most-out-of-the-2019-jubilee-event Mon, 01 Apr 2019 12:26:03 -0400 t4rhele

The Elder Scrolls Online's 2019 Anniversary Jubilee starts this week on April 4, and this time it will be a little different than previous years.

Instead of giving out the Anniversary Jubilee Gift Box in every daily quest, this year players will get them through unique dailies each week weeks. The Jubilee this year will last for five weeks and be themed the Five Companions, the group of heroes who joined up with you to stop Molag Bal.

During each week of the event, the equipment for each Companion will be available as an Outfit Style. The style will correspond to the Companion highlighted that week. The Outfit Style page will be available as a potential reward in the Anniversary Jubilee Gift Box and for sale from the Impresario. 

As with many events, people tend to look for the most efficient way to farm the event rewards. Below are the best ways I have found in the past.

Couple of important notes regarding daily quests and the reward boxes:

  • There is a limit of 40 daily quests per character per day.
  • Only the daily quest type listed for each week will give the Anniversary Jubilee Gift Box for that week.

Anniversary Jubilee Week 1 - The Prophet

Dailies that provide Anniversary Jubilee Gift Boxes: Crafting Writs

These are quite simple, seven writs that can be done in ten minutes per character. Fifteen characters equals 105 Gift Boxes.

The easiest and quickest place to do crafting writs is in Alininor in Summerset. All the crafting stations are in the same location. 

If you decide to create additional characters for the event, leveling them to level five will give the ability to get the character certified in the crafting discipline.

Anniversary Jubilee Week 2 - Lyris Titanborn

Dailies that provide Anniversary Jubilee Gift Boxes: Delve and World Boss Dailies

The world boss and delve dailies are found in the DLC locations such as Orsinium, Summerset, Vvardenfell and Murkmire. Each of the locations offer six different world boss and delve dailies.

Players can get one world boss and one delve daily in each location, but there is a way around that limitation. Group up with others in a group of up to twelve people. The quests can be shared amongst the group meaning each member of the group has the opportunity to get a different one of the six quests to share.

This method allows for the opportunity to all six of each ques type in the zone. This is repeatable for character you have.

Hews Bane and Gold Coast each have two daily world boss and two daily delve quests. Use the same method with grouping as done with the above locations.

Anniversary Jubilee Week 3 - Abnur Tharn

Dailies that provide Anniversary Jubilee Gift Boxes: Cyrodil Dailies

The easiest of the Cyrodil dailies to perform are the ones at the three towns (Bruma,10 quests; Cropsford, 9 quests; and Vlastrus, 9 quests) for a total of 28 gift boxes that can be obtained in less than ninety minutes per character.

There are also daily quests at the alliance gate which can be more difficult to finish are are not the most efficient way to farm gift boxes.

Anniversary Jubilee Week 4 - Sai Sahan

Dailies that provide Anniversary Jubilee Gift Boxes: Undaunted Pledges and Trial Weekly Quests

Week 4 will be one of the lesser rewards box weeks. There are only three undaunted pledges that can be done per character per day. On top of that, to unlock the undaunted pledges, the character needs to be level 45.

This all said, these can be done on every character you have that is level 45 or higher. Doing this on fifteen characters will give up to 45 gift boxes (assuming all three pledges on each character).

Anniversary Jubilee Week 5 - All Companions

Dailies that provide Anniversary Jubilee Gift Boxes: All of the above listed dailies

This week is fairly simple, just repeat the methods listed above but remember that there is a limit of 40 daily quests per character per day.

Remember each of the events above can be done on each character maximizing the number of gift boxes. 

With this all in mind, you can make ESO's 2019 Jubilee Event an easier and more profitable affair. Good luck with your Jubilee Gift Box farming, and happy fifth anniversary to The Elder Scrolls Online.

How to Make Gold in Elder Scrolls Online https://www.gameskinny.com/bvgx3/how-to-make-gold-in-elder-scrolls-online https://www.gameskinny.com/bvgx3/how-to-make-gold-in-elder-scrolls-online Wed, 17 Apr 2019 17:03:46 -0400 t4rhele

When it comes to the Elder Scrolls Online (ESO), the question most often asked by new players — and even some seasoned ones  is “What is the best way to make gold?” As we get closer to the release of Elsweyr, that will undoubtedly be asked more and more. 

To try and answer that question, we have outlined some techniques below that have worked for players in the past. Your mileage may vary, but these will be faster than some other methods. 

Three Key Things to Start

First, making gold takes time and effort. You are not going to make hundreds of thousands of gold as soon as you start playing.

Second, once you have 5,000 crowns — or the 500,000 gold to buy the 5,000 crowns from a verified crown seller  buy the merchant. With some of the methods below, your inventory will fill up, which means you will need an easy way to sell items without having to frequently leave you grinding spot frequently

Third, keep repair kits for your level of gear on hand. Grinding mobs, public dungeons, et al., will damage your gear. To be most efficient, it will need to be frequently repaired.

General Exploration

There are lots items in the game that can be farmed, harvested, and looted, and riding a mount can cause players to bypass some of these items completely.

The best way to rectify that is to walk everywhere. While walking through Tamriel, be sure to kill any random creatures and enemies, and loot the carcasses/bodies as they will contain either gold, sell-able items, or both.

The next thing to do while exploring is to be sure to look inside of any container style items, such as trunks and baskets. These containers also contain gold or sell-able items. They also have the possibility of containing furnishing plans and sought after recipes.

Furnishing plans are items that can be learned in order to create furniture items for player housing. There are rarer plans that can be extremely high in value; it just takes a little research to figure out which plans. 

The more sought after recipes are tri-stat recipes, meaning they provide buffs to magic, health, and stamina resources.

Harvesting and farming crafting materials is another thing to do while walking. We will go more into what materials are more desirable in the next section. At this point the more important thing is to harvest any material node you come across.

Material Nodes

There are many crafters in ESO, and they all need materials in order to craft. This is where harvesting the crafting nodes mentioned above comes into play.

There are many levels of materials in the game and the ones that sell the best are the ones that are used to craft max level gear (CP150/160 materials). Players will not obtain max level crafting materials in the beginning, though; it has to be worked towards by improving the crafting skill lines.

However, while working towards that, lower level materials can be sold for a modest amount of gold or can be refined in order to get improvement materials.

There are five levels of gear quality

  1. White
  2. Green
  3. Blue
  4. Purple
  5. Gold

Improvement materials are needed to improve gear to the desired quality. Refining the raw materials is how those improvement materials are obtained.

The more sought after are the purple and gold level improvement materials. Players can increase the chances of getting the purple and gold improvement materials from refining materials by adding skill points into the Extraction passive of the crafting skill lines.

When selling the purple and gold improvement materials, always use a guild trader (discussed later) over the general merchant. These improvement materials are always worth exponentially more than what the nine or ten gold gotten from the general merchant. 

Daily Crafting Writs

Once a character reaches Level 5, players can be certified to do seven daily crafting writs, one for each discipline:

  • Blacksmithing
  • Clothier
  • Woodworking
  • Alchemy
  • Enchanting
  • Provisioning
  • Jewelry

The first step is certification. The Jewelry crafting certification is done in the town of Alinor in Summerset. Players can become certified in the other six disciplines in any of the major cities across Tamriel. 

These writs can be done in less than 15 minutes per character. Doing the seven crafting writs can net 4,648 gold per day or 32,536 per week per character if doing them every day.

Multiply that by eight characters (the default number of characters that can be had in an account) and it becomes just over 260,000 gold per week. This makes the daily writs one of the most efficient ways to make gold.

Master Writs

Another pro to completing the daily crafting writs is the possibility of getting master writs. Master writs are special writs that request a specific item and give writ vouchers as a reward (writ vouchers are another currency form that allows players to purchase different types of items from special vendors).

Reaching the required level to get these does require a little work in the crafting disciplines and the first skill in the discipline has to be maxed out with the required number of skill points put in as well.

The work, though, is worth it as master writs can sell for 1,000 gold per writ voucher in most guild traders. 

Pickpocketing, Lockpicking, Thieving

Fencing stolen items is a great way to generate gold. With the Legerdemain skill line and Trafficker passive maxed out, you can fence up to 140 items a day. Maxing out the Thieves Guild skill line and the Haggling passive increases the amount you get per fenced item.

The important thing to keep in mind is to be sure to sneak around and try not to get caught. If seen in the act, the player will obtain a bounty and be targeted by guards. Should a guard catch a player who has a bounty, the player will then lose all stolen items in their inventory.

Quick pro tip: if the player opts to flee when stopped by a guard, the player should run towards water and swim away if possible. The guards will not follow in water. Just be mindful of open water as going too far into it may cause the player to be killed by slaughterfish. 

Motif Farming

As mentioned previously, there are lots of crafters in the game and these crafters often look for motifs. Motifs are a style design that players can learn in order to craft sets of those specific styles. The main reason these are sought after is they are needed for the master writs mentioned above.

There are many daily quests that have a chance to drop motifs in the reward coffers. Motifs can be learned and/or sold if you already know them or have no interest in learning them respectively.

Along with motifs, style material is needed to craft the motif type. Each style of motif uses a different style material. Some of these style materials are valued more than others as they are also used in crafting furniture pieces and/or are more difficult to acquire. The majority of these can be acquired by completing quests. 

Public Dungeons

Public dungeons are typically a little more difficult than the common, open-world as there are many more enemies and, specifically, a few more difficult enemies.

At lower levels, it is recommended to run these with a group to help stay alive. There are two key things to keep in mind with this method. First is to make sure to keep repair kits in your inventory as gear will get damaged. Secondly is that this is a key time to have the merchant assistant mentioned in the beginning of the article or have someone in the group have it.

Inventory will fill quickly and players will have to sell often. It is more efficient to have the merchant handy than to have to travel out of the dungeon and sell every twenty minutes. Doing this, however, can net 20,000-30,000 gold per hour.

Flipping Items

Many players put items in guild traders that are under-priced per the market. Being able to spot these items and flipping them can be quite profitable. This is not something new players will know how to identify at the start but will get a feel for as they progress through the game.

The better guild traders to look for these types of items will be the outlier traders and the traders in the outlaw refuges. The key thing to do when searching these traders is to view all items and sort by time left.

The majority of the under-priced items are going to fall into the 28-30 days remaining window. Anything with less than 28 days remaining has quite possibly been picked through already.

Selling Gear

Through the course of exploring Tamriel, players will pick up gear. While below max level (CP160), it is recommended to sell this gear as it useless once the player is beyond the gear level.

This gear can also be deconstructed for materials if the player is so inclined, but that is only suggested for the purple quality items as the player has the chance of getting purple improvement materials that can then be sold in the guild trader.

At max gear level (CP160), not all styles are sought after and those can be sold or deconstructed as mentioned above. However, there are some highly sought after styles that can net a good profit. A couple of examples of these are:

  • Spriggans: Found in Bangkorai; great for stamina characters.
  • Briarhart: Found in Wrothgar; great for stamina characters.
  • Necropotence: Found in Rivenspire; great for magicka characters that use pets.

There are other sought after sets as well. Players will learn more about which sets are more desirable over others as they gain experience playing.

Guild Trader

Once you can consistently afford the weekly fees and keep 30 slots filled, join a trade guild.

In general, look for an established trading guild in a capital city or a large city. Dues will vary based on location, but some of the best places to look are: 

  • Mournhold Deshaan
  • Elden Root Grahtwood
  • Wayrest Stormhaven
  • Belkarth Craglorn
  • Alinor Summerset
  • Rawl'kha Reapers March

The ESO Forums have a guild recruitment section that is broken down by platform. Review the posts there on how to request access to the guild. 

There are many other ways to make gold in game, but these have given the most gold per time commitment. Be sure to head over to our Elder Scrolls Online guides for tips and tricks. 

The Elder Scrolls Online: Murkmire DLC Review https://www.gameskinny.com/j96jp/the-elder-scrolls-online-murkmire-dlc-review https://www.gameskinny.com/j96jp/the-elder-scrolls-online-murkmire-dlc-review Tue, 06 Nov 2018 15:21:53 -0500 David Jagneaux

The Elder Scrolls Online has quietly become one of the very best MMORPGs on the market. Earlier this year, the brand-new Summerset expansion introduced a new crafting tree and delivered one of the richest and most beautiful MMO zones in any game to date.

Ironically, the Black Marsh is essentially a polar opposite in the vast continent of Tamriel.

Swampy Goodness

The Murkmire DLC brings players to the titular zone with all of its swamps, crumbling ruins, and reptilian scenery, nestled down in the far southeastern corner of the map. With it comes a brand new, very difficult group arena in the Blackrose Prison, a handful of delves, a new player home in the Lakemire Xanmeer Manor, and two new world bosses.

That's all on top of the typical assortment of quests, including a main quest line focused on the recovery of lost Argonian relics.

While it doesn’t have as much content as Summerset since it’s only a DLC pack and not a full-blown expansion, the new zone alone makes Murkmire a worthwhile purchase.

One of the biggest draws of ESO has always been exploration. There are plenty of merchants and questgivers peppered across the world to keep funneling you toward content and keep you busy, but it’s a remarkably playable game if you just turn off the HUD and go for a walk. These swamp lands hide a unique beauty that’s all their own.

Since I play an Argonian Warden, Murkmire was a special piece of DLC content for me. I felt out of place wandering the picturesque locales of Summerset and didn’t fit in with much of the base game’s content. Life as an Argonian is a life of exclusion and being labeled as an outsider. It was nice to see the tables turned for once.

ESO swamp creatures

Cyrdoilic Collections

The main questline for Murkmire begins in the starting city of Lilmoth near the southeastern coastline of Murkmire. After speaking with Famia Mercius, you join the Cyrodilic Collections’ expedition to track down lost Argonian artifacts.

Before starting Murkmire, you can even complete some prologue quests back in Shadowfen (for free) to get in the mood for the storyline. Once it gets going in Murkmire itself, it’s all got a very “Indiana Jones gone bad” vibe as you quickly end up having to help rescue lost expedition members.

The set-piece moments are very well done and the quality of the writing and voice acting is right up there with the best of the rest of the game. This is one of the few MMOs that I usually don’t skip dialogue in because everything is voiced so well.

All told, the main quest for Murkmire is about seven individual quests long and can take a few hours to complete. After that, there are tons of side quests, repeatable daily quests, and the other world content to dig into. This isn’t a DLC that will keep you occupied for months on end; you can probably finish everything in this zone in a week or two depending on how often you play, but the addition of a new end-game focused Arena is a welcomed inclusion.

Bethesda’s attention to detail with their world building is second-to-none and Murkmire does a great job of continuing that legacy.

If you take the time to speak with NPCs and really dig into the dialogue and listen to what they have to say, you’ll pick up on variations in accents and phrases. For example, I noticed one female Argonian refer to her biological family as her “egg-family” and it just made me smile.

Tamriel has such a rich culture that it’s great to see it continuing to be expanded more and more. ESO feels like a living, breathing history book.

Murkmire map

Coming off of the geographically massive expansion that was Summerset, Murkmire feels a bit more reserved. The content that is there is very well done, but it’s important to understand the difference between a large expansion release and a smaller DLC pack.

Along with Murkmire comes Update 20 as well, which does introduce some changes to the open PvP zone in Cyrodiil, holiday-themed furnishings, and improved home editing to round out the content offering.

The Murkmire DLC for The Elder Scrolls Online is available now for PC, Mac, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 for free to all ESO Plus users or for 2,000 crowns in the in-game shop. A premium edition of the DLC costs 4,000 crowns, which also includes five 2-hour 50% boost crown experience scrolls, a swamp jelly non-combat pet, and a shellback warhorse mount.

Alternatively, Murkmire is also being given away for free as a daily login bonus -- this is the first time a paid DLC pack has been offered this way. All you have to do is log in to ESO at least 24 days in the month of November, which means if you haven’t logged in yet this month, you need to every day in order to earn it.

Murkmire is worth it, trust me. 

[Note: This review is based off of the retail version of Murkmire after it launched on PC. The reviewer is an ESO Plus monthly subscriber and received the Murkmire DLC content for free as part of his subscription.]

QuakeCon 2018 Friday Showcase Recap: Quake Champions, Doom Eternal, and More! https://www.gameskinny.com/jegcu/quakecon-2018-friday-showcase-recap-quake-champions-doom-eternal-and-more https://www.gameskinny.com/jegcu/quakecon-2018-friday-showcase-recap-quake-champions-doom-eternal-and-more Fri, 10 Aug 2018 13:59:30 -0400 Ty Arthur

For id Software and Bethesda fans, QuakeCon is probably a bigger deal than E3, and the 2018 edition hasn't been a let down so far with its reveals, announcements, and exclusive trailers.

The Doom Eternal trailer is of course what everyone wanted to see, but major news arrived even before that anticipated reveal, with the Quake community managers revealing that Quake Champions is now free to play permanently. If you haven't tried it out yet, jump on Steam and give it a go!

Below we've rounded up all the info you need to know if you missed the first day of QuakeCon. Don't forget that Bethesda is also celebrating the festivities with all their releases on deep discount at the usual places like Steam, GOG, etc. so now is the time to pick up anything you don't already own.

QuakeCon Elder Scrolls Online

If the audience reaction and Twitch comments were any indication, most people weren't exactly stoked to have to sit through the ESO announcements before getting to Doom.

For those who love exploring Tamriel in an MMO however, there was plenty to get excited about. All new werewolf-themed dungeons are due to arrive in the Wolf Hunter DLC for Elder Scrolls Online coming Monday, August 13th to PC.

Console players will sadly have to wait a bit longer, with the DLC arriving August 28th on PS4 and Xbox One. If werewolves aren't your favorite, you'll get to delve into Argonian culture with the Murkmire DLC this fall as well.

Although there weren't any specific details yet, we also discovered new in-game events are slated to arrive later this year, with greater rewards if more players take part at the same time.

QuakeCon Rage 2

If you want open world mayhem with loads of weapons, then the Rage 2 trailer will have gotten your blood pumping!

We discovered today there will be no in-world load screens and saw a sneak peak of the many factions to fight against, from the Shrouded to the Goon Squad.

Much of the trailer focused on vehicular combat in particular, with convoys of enemies clearly playing a large role. Fans of the first game will also be quite pleased to know the wingstick is returning, with a few upgrades. You can expect Rage 2 to land in the Spring of 2019.

QuakeCon Doom Eternal

it was very clear this is what people were really at QuakeCon for, going nuts when that Doom logo appeared after a very tepid response to the ESO reveals.

We got that first Doom Eternal teaser at E3, but it's been radio silence since then. While it was a cool teaser to be sure, it didn't really show us anything about how the game will play.That issue has officially been rectified at QuakeCon today.

It's clear Hell has left Mars behind and made its way to a shattered earth. Destroyed skyscrapers and broken concrete make for some interesting level design that has a much different aesthetic than the previous Doom entry. 

A new game needs new ways to kill, and we weren't disappointed there, with major upgrades and modifications to the Slayer along with a slew of new weapons.

If you missed some of the classic creatures, we got advance looks at concept art for monsters from the early games re-imagined in modern graphical style. Of course there are now even more ways to tear apart demons, with the Destructible Demons system letting you hack apart and blow off specific parts of each creature before they die.

The gameplay looks to still be as fast and frantic as ever, with loads of ways to execute zombies and demons. The biggest reveal wasn't on the weaponry or creature models though, but on how Doom is changing to be a larger universe where players can now invade each other's playthroughs.

Anyone will now be able to take control of a demon and invade another player's campaign. You could even team up for a Slayer hunting party of demons chasing down a poor Doom Marine.

What do you think of the changes to the Doom universe, and are you looking forward to playing Doom Eternal?

Sound off in the comments below, and be sure to come back tomorrow for the roundup of Saturday's festivities, where we can expect to see a whole lot more on Fallout 76!

E3 2018 Bethesda Showcase Recap: Attention, There's a New Elder Scrolls in the Works https://www.gameskinny.com/svmlt/e3-2018-bethesda-showcase-recap-attention-theres-a-new-elder-scrolls-in-the-works https://www.gameskinny.com/svmlt/e3-2018-bethesda-showcase-recap-attention-theres-a-new-elder-scrolls-in-the-works Sun, 10 Jun 2018 23:50:13 -0400 Jonathan Moore

Going into E3 2018, Bethesda's press conference was one of the most hotly-anticipated keynotes of the entire show. With surprise pre-show reveals for both Rage 2 and Fallout 76 landing in May, Bethesda gave fans, critics, and journalists alike plenty of reasons to get hyped. 

So like rapt little lemmings, we all did the only thing there was to do: we tuned in. 

Thankfully, we were all right in thinking this showcase was going to have some truly killer trailers. Bethesda kept things moving fast; they showed lots of trailers and (mostly) kept the pontificating to a minimum. On top of the trailers, there were also some big (BIG) reveals. And we got a lot more info on both Rage 2 and Fallout 76

Here's everything you need to know if you (somehow) missed the livestream. 

Elder Scrolls 6

We got an Elder Scrolls 6 reveal. Holy shit. We have a teaser trailer. I repeat we have a teaser trailer. You can view it above.

We don't have a release date yet, but it's coming, folks. It's freaking coming. 


Fallout 76

Fallout 76 will release on November 14. 

First revealed on May 30, we finally got confirmation that Fallout 76 is, in fact, an entirely online open world survival RPG. You can play it solo, experiencing a story and leveling up by completing quests and other normal wasteland activities. However, the big draw is teaming up with a group of friends and exploring the wasteland. 

And to make things fit even more with the Fallout ethos, there won't be hundreds or thousands of players running around the wasteland at a single time. Instead, there will be only "dozens" of players in a given instance.  

Earlier in the day, another Fallout 76 trailer was shown during the Microsoft conference. There, Bethesda's Todd Howard said that the game would be a prequel set 25 years after the first bombs dropped. He also confirmed that the game would take place in the Appalachian Moutains of West Virginia -- and that it would be "four times bigger" than Fallout 4

But at Bethesda's press conference, we were shown more of the game. 

Players will find themselves emerging from one of the very first vaults to open up after the bombs fell. With a brand-new gameplay trailer, we got to see what the game will actually play like. I won't even try to steal the other awesomeness and beauty of it from you. You can view it above.  

Fallout 76 will employ all new rendering tech to achieve 16x the detail for the environment and weather across the map when compared to Fallout 4. And new Fallout creatures will make their debuts in Fallout 76, many of which not only look completely amazing, but ones that also use the real-life folklore of West Virginia as inspiration. 

A series of "informational" videos was also shown that expanded on what we'll see in Fallout 76's gameplay -- and how some of the game's systems work in multiplayer. You'll be able to team up with friends and create camps and settlements complete with all the accouterments you'll need to explore and conquer the wasteland. You can build wherever you want and move your settlements and camps wherever you want.

Additionally, there will also be multiple atomic missile sites peppered around the Fallout 76 map. In the vein of player agency, you can literally do whatever you want with them. You'll need to work with friends to acquire codes -- or take them off dead bodies -- to access the missiles that you can then launch on a rival camp ... or anything else you want to rain devastation upon. You'll be able to farm rare and valuable resources from the fallout areas. 

The game will feature 100% dedicated servers, and Bethesda is planning on supporting the game for years to come.  

There will be a Power Armor collector's edition that will feature a fully functional T-51 power armor helmet, an awesome glow in the dark map, figurines, and in-game bonuses. A price for the collector's edition was not revealed. Lastly, there will be a beta for the game, but no further details were revealed as of this writing. 

Rage 2

Many gamers were surprised when Bethesda announced Rage 2 back in May. Depending on what forums or social media networks you visited, you might know that a lot of fans weren't too keen on a followup to Rage, a game that met with mixed reviews when it was originally released. 

However, here we are nonetheless, talking about what we now know about the FPS sequel. But from what Bethesda has shown so far, the game doesn't look half bad. 

Following a live performance from Andrew W.K., the gameplay trailer above was shown. Player will find themselves in the shoes of Walker, the last ranger of the wasteland -- and someone who is, of course, going to save the world as he knows it.

Set against a dystopian backdrop, where the future is full of mangled and irradiated wasteland gangs, Rage 2 embraces its ludicrous nature and give players all the guns, powers, and vehicular combat they could want.

We're sure to see more of the game ahead of its Spring 2019 release.

Elder Scrolls Legends

Elder Scrolls Legends will be relaunching with improved visuals later this year. It will be coming to the Nintendo Switch, PS4, and Xbox One. 

That's basically it. The game is still the same kickass card game you've come to love -- just now on more platforms!  

Elder Scrolls Online

Named MMO of the year for the past three years, the Elder Scrolls Online has only gotten better in the last year, with the release of the Morrowind and Summerset DLCs greatly expanding the game.

Bethesda announced two brand-new DLCs -- both slated to come out some time this year. The first will be a dungeon-centric DLC named Wolfhunter. All we currently know is that it will "be based on werewolves." No other information was provided.

The other DLC will be story DLC set in Murkmire. This one will go into deep Argonian lore and culture. 

Yep, we're going back to Blackmarsh. 

Doom Eternal

It was just a trailer, but Doom guy facing off against hordes of demons and hellknights in a hellscape right here on Earth. Crushing skulls and pumping shotties, Doom guy  is ready to save the world (again). 

Doom Eternal will be a direct sequel to 2016's rebooted Doom. The Doom-slayer will be even more powerful this time around, facing off against twice as many demons than in the original game. 

A pure callback to Doom II: Hell on Earth, Doom Eternal will premiere in full at Quake Con in August. 


If you haven't played Prey, you should do yourself a favor: stop reading this and go play it. 

And considering how good the game is and well players and critics alike have received it, there was little doubt it would be eventually receiving DLC. 

In fact, it's receiving two DLC packs. 

"Mooncrash" (a $19.99 add-on available right now) sees the player venture to the moon and fight mimics and all things that are bad. From the trailer above, it looks like a survival battle simulation gauntlet. It also looks like you'll probably die a lot. 

Then there's "Typhon Hunter", which features a tense MP mode of 1v5. Here, in what's essentially Extinction, one player goes toe to toe with five mimics, who can be anything in the game, creating a fierce game of cat and mouse.\

"Typhon Hunter" will be available later this summer, and it will support VR.


Starting things off, Wolfenstein 2 will be coming to the Nintendo Switch on June 29. 

However, that's not the biggest news of the night featuring our favorite Nazi killer.

Wolfenstein's next adventure will put players in the boots of BJ's twin daughters. Wolfenstein: Young Blood pushes the Wolfenstein story forward to the 1980s, where the future is a bleak and violent place.

It will be a co-op experience, where you can play solo but also with friends. Young Blood is set to release sometime in 2019

Lastly, Wolfenstein: Cyber Pilot will is a VR game currently in the works. The only information given was that players will be able to hack into Nazi units to save the world. 

Fallout Shelter

The mobile simulation game that's been played by 120 million people since its release three years ago, Fallout Shelter is about to see an influx of even more players. 

The big news is that the game will be coming to the PS4 and the Nintendo Switch -- right now. It's completely free.  

Elder Scrolls: Blades

Elder Scrolls: Blades is taking the franchise back to its roots in games like Elder Scrolls: Arena. Set to release for mobile devices this fall, players can currently sign up for early access at Playblades.com. It will be free to play. 

The game uses touch controls to move -- or those with dual sticks can use those as well. Procedurally generated dungeons and hand-crafted levels is set to bring the Elder Scrolls experience to a small screen -- but with a big bang. 

Blades will have several modes, such as The Abyss, a roguelike experience with endless dungeons, and The Arena, where players will do battle one on one with other players. 

What's more, there will be a story and quest mode that will employ a town hub. You'll be tasked with rebuilding your home town, upgrading structures, and decorating buildings. As your town levels, you'll get new NPCs and quests. 

Blades will be coming to phones every device Bethesda can get it on: PCs, consoles, VR on mobile, and high-end VR on PCs. All of the platforms will connect to each other, where, for example, mobile players can play against VR players.


It's been 25 years since Bethesda developed a brand-new franchise. And in a look at the future of the company, Todd Harris showed that new IP during the company's presser.

The trailer starts out in space, with the camera looking down at the edge of a planet as a star peeks out from behind the bottom edge of the planet. A space station comes into view and the trailer ends as something appears to engulf the space station (or perhaps it goes into a type of hyperspace?).

Either way, the trailer looks great despite not knowing a single thing about it outside of the name and that it's probably set in space and some type of sci-fi RPG (yes, that last part is me just guessing).

There is no release date for Starfield at this time. 


Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news and information on all of these games as they develop. 

Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset Skyshard Locations https://www.gameskinny.com/na4wx/elder-scrolls-online-summerset-skyshard-locations https://www.gameskinny.com/na4wx/elder-scrolls-online-summerset-skyshard-locations Mon, 21 May 2018 13:29:28 -0400 Anthony Merklinger


Looming Over the Center of the Traitor's Vault



Summerset’s 18th and final Skyshard requires the most footwork, as players will need to complete the first quest, The Queen’s Decree, which begins by speaking to Razum-dar outside of Shimmerene.


Once the quest has been completed, travel to the third and largest island of Summerset Isle, Artaeum -- home to the Psijic Order -- by entering the newly unlocked portal located beneath the Keep of the Eleven Forces.


Follow the main road west on Artaeum until you discover the Traitor’s Vault. Advancing toward the Skyshard can be difficult as you navigate the corridors inside the Delve; however, the Skyshard is located on the highest level.




Following this guide will help you flex your muscles as you journey through Summerset Isle to acquire 18 new Skyshards. Be sure to check back with GameSkinny for more on The Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset, available May 21 on PC/Mac and June 5 on PlayStation 4 & Xbox One. 


Just getting started in ESO? Click through GameSkinny's ESO Guide here.


Near an Angler's Favorite Fishing Spot in Wasten Coraldale



From the Cey-Tarn Keep Wayshrine, located north of Alinor, travel west toward the coastline and take the boat across to Wasten Coraldale.


Once inside the Delve, fight your way along the pathway and turn north to the shore; then go left to locate the Skyshard near a gathering of trees.


In the Caverns of Tor-Hame-Khard



Head south across the grass field from Shimmerene toward Tor-Hame. Enter the Delve and proceed to the back of the stronghold and fight your way to the second floor. Advance into the caves and fight several Yaghra enemy NPCs guarding the Skyshard.


At the Mouth of the Falls in Archon's Grove



Located in Archon’s Grove Delve, south of the Shimmerene Wayshrine, travel the pathway west until you reach the stream. The Skyshard can be obtained by heading south toward the waterfall. Note: several Dire Wolfs block the way.


Overlooking a Sun Kissed Path in Eton Nir Grotto



Travel north from the Eldbur Ruins Wayshrine and enter the Eton Nir Grotto. Simply move toward the back of the Delve to locate the 14th Skyshard.


Stuffed in a Barrel by Goblins in King Haven's Pass



Upon entering King Haven’s Pass Delve, locate the door along the right of the pathway to descend into the Coal-Splitter Caves. Head west to locate the Skyshard, using the beacon as a guide.


High Above the Heart of Sunhold




Sunhold’s Skyshard can be difficult to get to, so consider venturing into the public dungeon with other players or bringing plenty of gemstones.


Head west from the Sunhold Wayshrine and make your way through the dungeon’s city by following the road until you reach the upper levels. Two enemy NPCs guard the bridge, but they can be avoided.  


Among the Shanties in Karnwasten's Cove




Located in the public dungeon Karnwasten, the eleventh Skyshard can be found near a derelict ship in the lower grotto. If you're entering from the west, use the pathways to descend toward the docks; however, players may find accessing the Skyshard easier if they enter from the east via the Veyond Wyte Wayshrine.


Under Sea Keep's Towering Fortifications



Travel east from Lillandril until you reach Sea Keep. As you venture up the pathway to the stronghold entrance, break from the road and head left into the ravine. The Skyshard can be found underneath the Sea Keep bridge.


South of Russafeld, Where the Mossy Archer's Aim Flies True



From the Russafeld Heights Wayshrine, head southeast through the flower field until you reach the waterfall. Use the Skyshard’s beacon to guide you at the stream.


 Along the Sun's Path Toward Dusk



The eighth Skyshard can be obtained by following the shoreline south from Sil-Var-Woad, located in the southeast corner of Summerset. Ultimately, you can either swim or travel by land, which will give you the opportunity to loot Psijic Portals or engage the new Abyssal Geyser. Once you’ve acquired the Skyshard, head west to discover Dusk Keep.


At the Ruins of the Keep of the Eleven Forces



Perhaps one of the easier Skyshards to obtain in Summerset, follow the road south of Shimmerene and travel west before the road breaks to the southeast. You will come upon the Keep of the Eleven Forces. Simply walk up the stairs and advance to the end of the bridge.


In the Mouth of the Falls Overlooking Shimmerene




The sixth Skyshard can be found northwest of Shimmerene at the waterfall. Break from the main road and head to the body of water indicated on your map.


At a Camp Across a Narrow Plank Walkway



From King Haven’s Pass Wayshrine, travel north toward the coast. Follow the shoreline until you see the Skyshard, which you can access via a wooden plank jutting out from a cliff. There are several enemy Coral-Splitter NPCs in the way. If you keep moving toward the plank, they will drop aggro.  


Along the Beach North of Karnwasten



From the Crystal Tower Wayshrine, head north along the gravel pathway toward Karnwasten. There is a cliff overlooking the beach left of the dungeon’s entrance that you can follow until you locate the Skyshard. Be careful as you descend: a Reef Viper guards the prize.


On a Tiny Peninsula Beneath the Cathedral of Webs




Head north from Lillandril toward the Cathedral of Webs. When you approach the ruin stairs, head left along the pathway toward a tree with spiderwebs covering its base. (You may need to dispatch a few Skein Spiders along the way.) 


Use the rock abutting the tree to jump across the gap onto the grassy area. The Skyshard's beacon should be in view for guidance.


Among a Nest of Stone Eggs East of Cey-Tarn Keep



From the Russafeld Heights Wayshrine, take the stone pathway southwest to Rellenthil. When you reach the bridge, follow the stream south until you find the Skyshard located at the base of a large tree.


Overlooking the Oleander Coast Winery



The first Skyshard can be located by heading south from the Cey-Tarn Keep Wayshrine toward Alinor. Follow the hill left of the city entrance to a tree located behind the Oleander Winery. Two Alinor Ringtails seem to enjoy the Skyshard’s secluded overlook.


As you reunite with old allies in the ancient homeland of the High Elves in The Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset, you’ll discover 18 new Skyshards spread across ethereal landscapes, towering cities, and forgotten ruins. We’ve uncovered each riddle to show where you can unlock the Skyshards to obtain the Summerset Skyshard Hunter achievement.


Each slide includes the Skyshard’s general area, tips for reaching specific locations, and any obstacles, such as quests and portals, that must be overcome to complete your Skyshard adventure.   

Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset First Look https://www.gameskinny.com/m9c8h/elder-scrolls-online-summerset-first-look https://www.gameskinny.com/m9c8h/elder-scrolls-online-summerset-first-look Fri, 20 Apr 2018 14:23:43 -0400 Anthony Merklinger

“The land called Summerset is the birthplace of civilization and magic as we know it in Tamriel.”

Off the back of Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind, ZeniMax Online Studios introduces the new chapter in the epic MMO saga: Summerset, made available with Update 18 on May 21 for PC/Mac and June 5 for Xbox One and PlayStation 4. You'll explore the beautiful Summerset Isle, home to the High Elves and Queen Ayrenn, and discover the looming Daedric presence that threatens all of Tamriel.

First Look

Like much of Elder Scrolls Online, Summerset succeeds in enveloping players in a believable, rich setting that offers story, depth, and challenge. The vibrant saturation evokes a fantastical world inhabited by gryphons, wisps, imps, and imposing crustaceans that invite even the most battle-hardened adventurers for an extensive encounter.

I was impressed with the characteristically Elvish castles dominating the coastlines of Summerset, including the capital, Alinor. The winding pathways, ornamentations, sculptures, engravings, and fountains provided a subliminal security from the dangers lurking beyond the walls. More importantly, the architecture's fluidity and accompanied flora added welcoming qualities to what would have otherwise been boring strongholds.

Unfortunately, as I journeyed along the stone pathways breaking into the wilderness, I wondered if Summerset was wholly homogenous. The only true breaks from the conventional fantasy-based woodlands were the coral monoliths rising along the shorelines and the ethereal pirate havens nestled in the public dungeons and delves. Nevertheless, the design quality Summerset brings to the series bears all the hallmarks of an Elder Scrolls game.

Abyssal Geysers

An exciting new feature introduced with Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset is Abyssal Geysers, which hearken back to interplanar Dark Anchors used by Molag Bal. Upon defeating the lone Acolyte of Bedlam, I was thrust into several waves of crabs and other creatures from the deep employing plenty of AOE -- a common trend in Summerset. Many Abyssal Geysers take place near the water, naturally, offering a nice change of pace from the land-heavy quest chains.

Delves, Dungeons, and World Bosses

Summerset introduces six delves and two public dungeons to give players the opportunity to explore and defeat new challenging enemies, though the mechanics have remained largely the same.

With respect to world bosses, the first I encountered was Caanerin, an unassuming reindeer grazing in a meadow. When I initiated combat, however, I realized Caanerin set the tone for the remaining challenges on Summerset in what proved to be an AOE-intensive fight. Most, if not all, world bosses on Summerset are highly mobile and require players to dodge a series of debilitating attacks to survive. Still, I managed to down a few with the help of another player.

World Bosses:

  • Caanerin
  • Keelsplitter
  • Queen of the Reef
  • Haeliata
  • Nagravia
  • B’Korgen

New Trial: Cloudrest

Cloudrest, a city besieged by the Sea Sload Z’Maja, underscores the importance of team coordination and reflects the tone of previous trials in Elder Scrolls -- dark and foreboding. The associated quest further complements the fantasy of Summerset, which makes the chapter feel complete without gaps in the overarching design.

Note: While the trial bosses can be defeated in any order, groups can skip to the final boss and take them all on at once.


Update 18 brings two new dwellings to the stronghold roster: the Alinor Crest Townhouse and the Colossal Aldmeri Grotto. The townhouse features nine rooms across three floors with an accompanying terrace. The architecture parallels the Elven castles on Summerset, offering a quiet, upscale retreat.

Conversely, players residing in the grotto can enjoy the comforts of a standard Aldmeri ship docked in a pool of water and flanked by shipwrecks and Elven ruins. The area provides more space with natural surroundings but fails to include the epic grotto environments featured in the new PvE areas.  

Psijic Order

Similar to the Fighters and Mages Guilds in Elder Scrolls, the Psijic Order introduces a new storyline, rank system, and skill tree (five active abilities, five passive abilities, and one ultimate ability) to influence time. The Psijic Order is located on the island of Artaeum and can be unlocked by completing the first story quest: The Queen’s Decree.


Existing players can visit the new chapter by using the Shimmerine Wayshrine, located left of Auridon. Those starting out can experience Summerset starting at level 1 and play through a new tutorial and game introduction with the benefit of One Tamriel’s level balancing. (Be sure to indicate your desired tutorial playthrough following character creation.) Completion of Summerset’s main storyline will lead directly back to the core content.


From world bosses and enemy NPCs to strongholds and the Crystal Tower, the design of Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset feels consistent. The new chapter can offer exciting opportunities for players new and old, but the homogenous landscape may lessen the emotional impact of the region’s questlines.

New features included with Update 18:

  • PvP improvements and additions
  • Crown store gifting
  • Daily login rewards
  • Assorted balance changes and performance improvements
  • Battlegrounds moving to base game
  • New jewelry-crafting skill line to make custom rings and necklaces


Be sure to check back with GameSkinny for more news on the official release of Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset!

Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset -- New Trailer Released https://www.gameskinny.com/kcm96/elder-scrolls-online-summerset-new-trailer-released https://www.gameskinny.com/kcm96/elder-scrolls-online-summerset-new-trailer-released Tue, 17 Apr 2018 14:43:10 -0400 Zach Hunt

Ever since Bethesda Softworks and ZeniMax Online Studios announced that the next chapter in ESO would take place on Summerset Isle, players have been salivating over the prospect of exploring the legendary home of the High Elves for the first time since The Elder Scrolls: Arena way back in 1994. Today, Bethesda released a brand-new video that offers a glimpse into what ESO players can expect when The Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset is released.

Called "Journey to Summerset," the nearly two-minute-long trailer provides a narrated tour of some of the locales, characters, and creatures ESO players are soon to encounter, all accompanied by a sweeping orchestral score. While the vibrant colors of lush gardens and endemic fauna initially evoke a magical idyll, it doesn't take long before we catch glimpses of the "new threat [that] emerges from the depths of the sea." 

With the largest zone of any ESO chapter yet, players can ascend Summerset's tallest peak to reach the mountaintop city of Cloudrest or head to the island of Atraeum in search of a new skill line and abilities granted by the secretive Psijic Order of mages. From the looks of this video (and from what we know so far), there doesn't seem to be any lack of adventure awaiting fans in this storied realm of Tamriel.

The Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset will release for PC and Mac on May 21, followed by PlayStation 4 and Xbox One releases on June 5. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more info on ESO: Summerset as it becomes available.

5 of the Best Elder Scrolls Games https://www.gameskinny.com/03g7c/5-of-the-best-elder-scrolls-games https://www.gameskinny.com/03g7c/5-of-the-best-elder-scrolls-games Tue, 20 Feb 2018 13:19:35 -0500 Nilufer Gadgieva

Some of the greatest memories I made as a kid revolved around the Elder Scrolls series -- the music, the characters, the gameplay, the combat -- all of it was majestic and addictive, and my father often had to pull the plug to get me off the console on a school night. I had been a consistent player of the series (along with other RPGs) for a long time, but I, unfortunately, took an arrow to the knee. 

A three-hour Skyrim OST later, I was convinced that I needed to run the games through again. Upon a few Google searches, turns out I wasn't alone in my undying love for the series.

Bethesda knows how to deliver to its fanbase, and boy has it delivered. Year after year, the games seemed to get better and better in every sense of the word (even if some aspects of the older games can never be outweighed by the newer and shinier releases). Read on for my top five games in the Elder Scrolls series.

5. Elder Scrolls Online

Elder Scrolls Online gets a pass only because it's a first for the series. To launch a massive MMORPG on the foundation of the Elder Scrolls is quite a task, and it was done well. The objectives are well structured, the music is breathtaking, the guilds are a great break from all the hubbub of the main game, and the scenery is mind-blowing. However, this defies the point of the single-player experience to me. What had made a game from the Elder Scrolls series so special was its addictive solo play, and ESO kind of kills that off whether you like it or not. But as the characters, story, and combat settings are familiar, the game grows on you with time.

4. Oblivion

The success of Morrowind had given Bethesda a little ego -- a small, new map, sloppy combat, and foreign settings threw fans off at first. Characters were also definitely not as graphically attractive as those of the sequel and the prequel.  It still deserves a place on this list because it had a brilliant historical story that stands out in the series. Oblivion also introduced fast travel to the infrastructure and formulated objective logs for the quests.

3. Daggerfall

Daggerfall was once the biggest open-world game in history, at a ridiculous 62,000 square miles of (mostly) barren land. You would find yourself wandering eerily in the middle of nowhere without an explanation. Moreover, this is where the adventure with the Elder Scrolls series began for most of us. Pixels aside, the game was structured in line with a serious open-world attitude, building a life for your character and exploring dungeons and cities as you go. 

2. Morrowind

While this is going against the current, note that I'm not undermining the beauty of Morrowind (or its magnificent soundtrack). It was unique in the sense that both the story and the graphics were fantastic and unexpectedly blended to create a first-person epic unlike any other that Elder Scrolls has released. The bizarre setting of the island, surrounded by Dunmer (dark elves) and challenging objectives made for a memorable play -- which probably explains the demand for a remaster. I could play it a thousand times and never tire. Morrowind marks the beginning of an era that would enchant us for years to come.

1. Skyrim

Not everyone would agree, but doubtlessly Skyrim was the game of the decade that gave Bethesda -- and the Elder Scrolls series -- serious celebrity status. It was enjoyable for casual and core gamers alike, and especially for lovers of RPGs, sci-fi, fantasy, and most of all, dragons. Dragons were a new theme in the series, and they became a fan favorite for most. What Skyrim lacked in story it made up for in marvelous graphics, intricate detail, diverse combat, and endless questing that keeps you playing into the depths of the night. That said, Skyrim was also the first to literally get modded to death. Hence, it is the best-selling Elder Scrolls game to date, without a competitor as of yet. Not at all surprised.

Merely going vanilla throughout the series at least once has its benefits -- you really get to appreciate the genuine infrastructure of the game and admire it for what it really is.

While rumor has it that Bethesda is walking on water with Elder Scrolls 6 somewhere in the distant future, it has fans, myself included, inevitably anxious and excited for what is to come. 

Do you feel the same way about the evolution of the series? Do you disagree with the rankings (inevitably, as Morrowind fans will argue)? Let us know in the comments below.


10 Best Video Game Commercials in the Super Bowl https://www.gameskinny.com/ggtms/10-best-video-game-commercials-in-the-super-bowl https://www.gameskinny.com/ggtms/10-best-video-game-commercials-in-the-super-bowl Fri, 02 Feb 2018 13:05:24 -0500 Steven Oz


1. Pokemon20


The Pokémon Super Bowl commercial was just awe inspiring. What else can I say about this one? It left you with a sense of wonderment. People the next day were whispering "I can do that," This ad was about more than just selling the next game but remembering the past and all the fun you had. Gathering with friends and trading or becoming the very best. The commercial aimed to motive fans to "Train On," and it did what it was supposed to do. 




What do you think about this list? Were there any memorable Super Bowl video game commercials that didn't make this list? Let us know in the comments below.


2. God of War: Ascension


If you did not know what God of War was all about, this ad perfectly describes the saga of the main character, Kratos, as well as this game. As the press release stated, "Kratos swore an oath in blood to the gods, and ended up losing everything he ever loved." While some argue that God of War: Ascension might not be the best game, all can agree this was a wonderful ad. It showed the human side of Kratos and what he was fighting for.


3. Nintendo Switch 


It's hard to believe that the Nintendo Switch is almost one year old. At this point last year, the hype was through the roof. People were clamoring, and Nintendo delivered. This ad sums up what the Switch is and the functionally of this new game console. It was the marketing push that Nintendo fans always wanted. 




4. The Battle of Evony 


Actors Aaron Eckhart, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Fan Bingbing star in “The Battle of Evony,” a short movie promoting the mobile game Evony: The King’s Return. With a final ranking of 64 out of 66, it was not highly ranked on USA Today's Ad Meter. But this does show the power of mobile gaming and how much money they do have. 


5. Dante's Inferno 


It was not the best game, nor was it the most fun, but you can't doubt the creativity of this ad for EA's Dante's Inferno. The only word you hear is "Beatrice!", and after that, "Ain't No Sunshine" by Bill Withers plays. You can identify with the protagonist with following your love to the depth of hell. There was a controversy with this ad. The ending originally said "Go to Hell," but CBS refused to air this. EA had to change the final line of the clip to "Hell Awaits" instead. You can watch the original here.


6. Clash of Clans


Super Bowl XLIX was interesting to begin with, but now it had to compete with Liam Neeson and his smooth voice. This wasn't the first mobile game ad to feature a celebrity, but it could be one of the best. This 2015 ad for Clash of Clans made it to #17 on USA Today's Ad Meter Results.


7. The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind 


I was quite frankly surprised that a commercial for an Elder Scrolls game was airing during the Super Bowl. There was an air of mystery surrounding this ad. Was it going to be an announcement for a new Elder Scrolls game? Not really: it was an expansion of their online game. Anyway, who can say no to a giant bear fighting with you? 


8. The Order: 1886 


While The Order: 1886 was not the best-rated game, receiving a Metacritic score of a 63, this Super Bowl advertisement does lend the game an added layer of mystery. We now know that it was mostly all cut-scenes and QTE. Still, it is a visually stunning game because of the power of the PS4.


9. “Real Awful Moms”


World of Tanks strikes while the iron is hot and puts out their second ad. I would argue that this one was the better of the two. Both ads were created for the game's "Tanks Rule" campaign, and they ran back to back between the first and second quarters of the 2017 Super Bowl. 




10. “Teensy House Buyers”


Using a subversion tactic, this World of Tanks advertisement strikes the balance between reality TV and humor. It simply shows consumers what the product is about in a 15-second format, which is a rarity in the advertising world.  


With Super Bowl LII just days away, some of the world’s largest companies are set to launch their best ads for this year’s slate of commercials during the big game. Last year's Super Bowl LI was one of the most-watched Super Bowls in history, with an average viewership of 111.3 million, and a large number watched for the best part, the commercials. The video up top is a fun car commercial for Koei's Tecmo Bowl.


So without further ado, here are the Top 10 Video Game Commercials in the Super Bowl. 



The State of MMOs in 2017 https://www.gameskinny.com/ccwcq/the-state-of-mmos-in-2017 https://www.gameskinny.com/ccwcq/the-state-of-mmos-in-2017 Wed, 06 Dec 2017 15:33:49 -0500 Craig Snyder

Since the days of EverQuest, Ultima Online, and The Realm Online, MMOs have been the backbone of online gaming. These are the games 20-somethings like myself went to as a kid when they got home from school to escape reality. These are the games where you could be something online that years before you could have never imagined creating and experiencing. An immersive gameplay experience combined with social and competitive interaction with other players is something magical.

I see a lot of people saying that MMOs are a dying breed, though. Are MOBAs and battle royale shooters taking over? There's no questioning the success of games like League of Legends and PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds as of recent, but let's not count MMOs out just yet. Let's talk about what happened with MMOs in the past year.

The Biggest Standouts

There were two games this year that really stood out to me. That's not to say that they were necessarily the two best MMOs of 2017, but they far exceeded my expectations. Both happen to be some of the most hardcore games of the year, too.

Black Desert Online

It'd be a cliché to say Black Desert Online came out of nowhere. It came straight out of Korea, and when it hit North America and Europe, it sent hardcore MMO enthusiasts into a frenzy.

Black Desert Online closed out its first year in March of 2017 with 1.5 million NA players and 1.7 million EU players. Bear in mind, these are statistics from before it came to Steam. When it did drop on Steam, popular variety streamer summit1g helped Black Desert Online hit a new peak when he was addicted to it on stream for several weeks.

Black Desert Online came to the West at a time when MMOs had already gone soft, and this game is anything but that. Everything is uncapped. When you grind in Black Desert Online, you grind hard. Players hit the soft level cap and will work for months and months just to get to that next level. It gets to the point where that next percent becomes the goal. It's grueling. The item upgrading in this game is just as unforgiving, and you're going to eventually lose pieces of the best items in the game just by sacrificing them to a completely RNG-based enchantment system.

The hurt brings the joy for hardcore players, though, and this game is incredibly addicting. It's non-linear in the way that you don't have to grind mobs or quest if you don't want to. You can do nothing but fish or cook all day, and you'll eventually be able to power level your character and make good money.

The year rounded out in a not-so-great way for the people behind Black Desert Online. Users were able to mine and leak extremely sensitive game data that helps players better understand stat efficiency on their gear. One of the biggest puzzles in this game lies within the way that gear statistics offer very little insight. Stats like AP, DP, and Accuracy have limited math behind them, and for a long time it's been up to the community to test and understand what they mean and how they perform on each item. In the last quarter of this year, that information was made public, and Pearl Abyss did everything in their power to cover it up.

Path of Exile

I know that there's a lot of debate around whether Path of Exile is a "true MMO" or not, being that you aren't interacting in an open world, but 2017 pushed the envelope on that a little further. While I'd still question the degree to which it's "massively" multiplayer, there are nevertheless features like guilds and trading. There are even ways to PvP in certain game modes. Not only that, but Path of Exile's community is a big part of the game. You're going to have to rely on them for a lot of things, especially trading, and this alone is going to make the game feel like more of a multiplayer experience, be it head-to-head or cooperative.

With that out of the way, Path of Exile is everything that Diablo III should have been (and more). I don't think it's even up for debate that Path of Exile is the best multiplayer online ARPG out right now, and easily one of the best of all time.

The Fall of Oriath, the sixth expansion for Path of Exile, was released in August of this year. As the largest content update in the history of the game, it's often called "Path of Exile 3.0." I don't think anyone expected a small, independent video game developer from New Zealand to come out as one of the most successful and celebrated companies among its customers. Nonetheless, Grinding Gear Games is just that.

Before The Fall of Oriath, Path of Exile was four acts. Afterward, it was ten. That's six acts in a single expansion, effectively doubling the content of the game. This information floored the Path of Exile community, including myself, when it was released. With these acts came 24 new bosses and a whole slew of balance changes that were mostly welcomed with open arms.

Path of Exile's depth and complexity make it a game that has near-infinite replayability. With every new character you make, every new node tick in the passive skill tree, every new Skill gem in every socket of every new weapon, it's a new experience. The looting system in Path of Exile is disgustingly diverse. The way you can socket gems to your gear reminds me of Materia in Final Fantasy VII. Every part of this game feels like you're writing the code of your player as you develop it, and that feels so good.

The "Holy Trinity"

World of Warcraft, Final Fantasy XIV, and Elder Scrolls Online are at the top of the MMO food chain. Let's talk about what happened with these games in 2017.

World of Warcraft

2017 was the year of Legion, and with month after month of patches, Blizzard did a fine job in delivering a story and gameplay experience that's richer and more captivating than that of any other MMO that comes to mind.

World of Warcraft's year started with the release of a ten-boss raid featuring Gul'dan. Blizzard later introduced a micro-holiday system that gave players old and new a serious thirst to log in and see what special events awaited them for the day. PvP saw a new system of brawling, where 6-on-6 battles took over and really changed the landscape of a stale and boring PvP meta to make it fun and experimental again.

The year then closed out with two massive WoW-related announcements at BlizzCon that we'll get into later on in this piece.

Final Fantasy XIV

If you told me in 2010, when Final Fantasy XIV was released, that people would still be playing it in 2017, then I'd think you were crazy. We'd definitely be up to something like Final Fantasy XIX by 2017, right? Well, right now may actually be the best time ever to get into the game.

Final Fantasy XIV was originally received as a broken game that required far too much grinding. Square Enix even issued an apology for the quality of Final Fantasy XIV, and many fans were sure that its failures were leading to a major scar on the brand. In 2013, A Realm Reborn was released, and it corrected so many issues that originally plagued the game. In 2015, we were given Heavensward. With each expansion, Final Fantasy XIV was getting better and better. That seems natural and obvious, but games like World of Warcraft have playercount charts that peaked about five years after release and then declined from there. We're entering the eighth year with Final Fantasy XIV. Instead of falling off, it recently entered the list of top 10 subscriber-based MMOs in history.

We haven't even talked about the 2017 expansion, though. Stormblood started off rocky, but things have really panned out. Stormblood is another success that continues to push this MMO higher and higher on the charts. The newest expansion introduced swift swordsmen and red mages, underwater exploration, and a plethora of beautiful new zones.

Final Fantasy XIV is now at 10 million subscribers. To put it into perspective, the best MMO of all-time, World of Warcraft, is sitting at 12 million. There's no denying the massive success and continuation of this MMO powerhouse.

Elder Scrolls Online

Elder Scrolls Online started similarly to how Final Fantasy XIV did. Things didn't go as planned, promises were broken, and the community was fractured by a game that was less than they expected. You couldn't quest freely, you couldn't explore the world cooperatively, and friends couldn't even play together. It practically wasn't even an MMO.

That all changed years ago, and in 2017, Elder Scrolls Online is one of the most attractive and popular MMOs out. The game kicked off 2017 with fireworks upon the announcement of Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind. If you know anything about the Elder Scrolls franchise, you know the fanatical following behind this zone. Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind ended up being a massive success.

The Morrowind DLC also introduced the Warden class, the first new class in four years. It ended up being one of the most unique and diverse classes in the game. This year was also the year of player houses in Elder Scrolls Online. Homesteads allows you to purchase homes in Tamriel, and the decorating and customization options are fantastic. Player houses are fully functional, allowing you to craft, read, and participate in other activities. When you're not questing and developing your character, perfecting your house is something that you're going to spend an obsessive amount of hours on. It's a really great touch to the game.

The Newbie

Albion Online

Creativity and quirkiness is something to be appreciated in a game genre that is so old and on a very narrow path, and Albion Online does bring that. This is another one of those "super hardcore" MMOs, in a class with Black Desert Online, that I recommend for people who feel like they missed out on getting into games like RuneScape or Ultima Online.

Albion Online is an MMORPG with sandbox elements that are going to make you want to play for the long haul. That's what you're going to have to do too, because collecting resources is going to be a massive grind. Albion Online offers a medieval, cross-platform world where every battle is different and PvP is a looting extravaganza. Give this one a shot if you're a nostalgic gamer who wants something that looks and feels like the old days but really plays like new.

The Duds


It's sad to see what has happened to ArcheAge. When it first released, my friends and I were extremely excited about the sandbox experience and claiming a small piece of the world's land as our own. What we instead got was an MMORPG riddled with hackers that used bots and other automated tools to claim those land plots the second they became available.

Unlike Final Fantasy XIV and Elder Scrolls Online, XL Games wasn't quick enough in correcting these issues, and 2017 was a year where we saw a lot of red in the playercount charts. There's just no reason to play ArcheAge when games like Black Desert Online were at their high point in 2017.


Yes, still. WildStar was released as one of the most hyped fantasy/sci-fi MMOs under NCSOFT in 2014. Three years later, it's sitting at an average of about 190 concurrent on Steam.

The sad part isn't that WildStar failed but that Carbine Studios doesn't seem to have any plans on how to fix it or what to do with it. WildStar just kind of ... exists. When's the last time you heard about this MMO? Probably not for years, and that's because nothing major and exciting has come out lately. Homecoming and Power of the Primal Matrix were both flops and not nearly as large as promised. It's sad to see such wasted potential in a game that looked incredibly unique and promising.

All the Rest

Guild Wars 2 actually had a pretty solid year despite it being one of the more "quiet" MMOs. You don't hear a lot about this game, but what if I told you it was reported to have 11 million active players back in September?

Path of Fire was a massively popular content expansion. ArenaNet dubbed Heart of Thorns a "feature expansion," so players really looked forward to this. This Guild Wars 2 expansion took players to the Crystal Desert to experience crazy new mounts, new masteries, and new elite specializations.

I was happy to see RuneScape continue to live on for yet another year, both OSRS and RS3. One of the oldest MMOs still kicking saw changes to weather, pets, the bank, mining and smithing, and the Elder Gods in 2017. It's not just nostalgia that's keeping RuneScape's heart beating, but it's surely a big part.

Although the Steam Charts don't seem to reflect 2017 being a great year for EVE Online, this space-based, persistent world is far from dead.

In October of 2016, it was announced that EVE Online would follow a new free-to-play model. In October of this year, we learned that this free-to-play program was about to get majorly upgraded. Free players now have access to a massive amount of new skills and ships that are surely going to bring a surge in activity to this economy-driven classic. Lifeblood brought mining and pirates, with more to come in 2018.

Conclusion and Looking Ahead

For MMOs, 2017 saw a lot of familiar faces, and there's nothing wrong with that. Those same familiar faces will very well be the ones steering us into a successful 2018.

Not only did BlizzCon 2017 tease us with one of the most amazing-looking expansions coming in 2018, Battle for Azeroth, but they also seem to be bringing vanilla back. World of Warcraft private servers that emulate the game's early days were massively successful, and Blizzard has been criticized for their actions against these servers. Will World of Warcraft Classic be the solution? It's got to be one of the most exciting things heading into 2018!

Other titles like Bless Online, Sea of ThievesChronicles of Elyria, and Crowfall keep us hopeful for the new blood of 2018.

I definitely can't close out this piece without talking about Camelot Unchained. As someone who absolutely loves nostalgic titles and personally believes that we're long past the glory days of MMOs, revisiting Dark Age of Camelot is at the top of my MMO bucket list for next year.

Games like Black Desert Online, Final Fantasy XIV, and Elder Scrolls Online show that 2017 isn't the year where MMOs surrender as ready to die, and I expect that this continues into next year.


What were your favorite MMOs of this year, and what MMOs are you looking forward to going into 2018? There are a lot of MMOs out there to talk about, and surely they haven't all been discussed in this article. Drop me a comment below, and we'll talk about your favorite (or least favorite) of the past year.

Check out more of our articles reviewing 2017 and looking forward into 2018:

ESO Guide: How To Get To The Clockwork City DLC https://www.gameskinny.com/s4xhf/eso-guide-how-to-get-to-the-clockwork-city-dlc https://www.gameskinny.com/s4xhf/eso-guide-how-to-get-to-the-clockwork-city-dlc Wed, 08 Nov 2017 15:24:25 -0500 Ty Arthur

The freshly unleashed Update 16 brings with it a host of new content for those exploring Tamriel and Morrowind -- as well as any number of the thousands of other adventurers in The Elder Scrolls Online. 

The Clockwork City DLC (available in-game for 2,000 crowns or in a deluxe edition with extras for 4,000 crowns) provides access to a completely new zone with additional dungeon delves, bosses, equipment, an extra trial, free pets for all players, and even a new transmutation system to swap item traits.

There's a pretty big question to answer before you can dive into all that awesome new content though: where exactly is the Clockwork City and how the heck are you supposed to actually get there?

If you're scratching your head staring at the map with a blank expression on your face, we've got you covered with a guide on how to actually find the Clockwork City's Brass Fortress area.

How To Start The Clockwork City DLC

If you want to dive straight into the new quest line, you can do so directly at the Collections page without having to talk to any quest-giving characters. Navigate over to the Stories tab and then expand the DLC drop-down menu to see all the expansions you have installed.

Just choose the Clockwork City entry and then click "Accept Quest" to get started. This leads you to the Brass Fortress area and starts your investigation into shadow assassins skulking about the bizarre mechanical city.

If you prefer to get the quest the old fashioned way and actually talk to NPCs in the game, go find Divayth Fyr's messenger in the building with the bank at Mournhold's City Center. There you can properly begin the quest line and get instructions on accessing Clockwork City.

Either way does the same thing: it's just up to you whether you want to travel to Mournhold first and talk to someone before starting the new DLC quests.

 Starting the Clockwork City DLC quest

There are other ways to access the new zone directly, without starting the quest, however, which you'll need later if you want to return to the Clockwork City content.

After the update downloads, the Clockwork City zone will actually show up directly in the list of locations on your map, even if you haven't found it through any quests yet. You can recall straight to the wayshrine near the Brass Fortress for some gold just like with any other area.

Last up, its also possible to travel there if anyone you know has already found the new location. If anyone on your friends list or even a fellow guild mate is currently in the area, you can also just access the friends list or guild roster and travel directly to them that way. If you haven't done this before, you need to right-click the player's name and choose the travel option.

That's all you need to know to start the Clockwork City DLC and get exploring new dungeon delves and trying out new quests (special thanks to YouTuber Miss Bizz for the screenshots).

Don't forget to download your free Brassilisk pet that comes with the expansion (the pet is different on all three platforms), and let us know when you manage to finish the new trial and get yourself some awesome Ayslum weapons!


Now that you've finally found the Clockwork City expansion, there's a whole lot of new content to discover and characters to meet. Be sure to check out our other guides covering every aspect of the new zone so you know where to go and what to do:

ESO Clockwork City DLC Guide: How to Beat New Bosses and Complete Dungeons https://www.gameskinny.com/tsu2t/eso-clockwork-city-dlc-guide-how-to-beat-new-bosses-and-complete-dungeons https://www.gameskinny.com/tsu2t/eso-clockwork-city-dlc-guide-how-to-beat-new-bosses-and-complete-dungeons Wed, 08 Nov 2017 10:50:26 -0500 Ty Arthur

Your Elder Scrolls Online experience just got bigger with the addition of the Clockwork City expansion, adding in a new area and lots of extra goodies.

Xbox One and PS4 players each get new, free Brassilisk pet to celebrate the DLC's console release. Grab yours by searching Elder Scrolls Online in the online store for your console and downloading the free "Brassilisk" entry in the Add-Ons area.

In addition to that freebie, two brand new dungeon delves are available to explore ending with bosses to take on solo or with your crew: the Halls Of Regulation and the Shadow Cleft. The latter delve, in particular, should be completed as soon as possible, as it unlocks your third daily.

Looking to track down all six new skyshards in the Clockwork City DLC instead? Check out our full skyshards location guide here. Two of those shards are conveniently found in these new delves.

 Clockwork City Dungeon Locations

Halls Of Regulation Dungeon Delve

The entrance to this delve is found in the southeast section of the map at a large stone building in the outdoor section, and one of the six new Clockwork City skyshards is found inside.

Right outside the door to the delve you can get a quest to enter the Halls Of Regulation from Tilelle the Mender, tasking you with defending her while she fixes things inside the Halls.

 Getting a quest to enter the Halls

There isn't a lot of strategy here, and the delve can be done solo fairly easily. The only thing to look out for are the spinning blades that pop out of the ground and must be avoided.

The skyshard is found on the southern end at a junction of three hallways, while the boss -- The Steadfast Regulator -- is at the far east side. Several lorebooks are scattered around along the way.

This delve's boss is sort of embarrassing and will go down in just a handful of hits. It has some area effect attacks and can summon allies, but its doubtful any of that will last for any appreciable length of time.

 Fighting The Steadfast Regulator

The Steadfast Regulator has a chance to drop items from the Mad Tinkerer, Unfathomable Darkness, and Livewire sets. If you need items from those sets, just leave and come back, as the boss respawns when a player enters the Halls Of Regulation.

Beating the boss and clearing the delve nets The Halls of Regulation Explorer achievement/trophy.

 Halls Of Regulation dungeon delve layout

Shadow Cleft Dungeon Delve

The entrance to this delve is a portal found on the southwest side of the map (south from Sanctuary Wayshrine). The portal is just inside a short cave/tunnel near some large standing stone pillars.

Inside, you'll find gloomy, shadowy versions of enemies leading to a skyshard on the eastern end of the map, which is found by following the river down the waterfall to a clearing.

 Shadow Cleft dungeon delve layout

The delve's new boss -- Night Sister Camira -- is found at the far northwest end of the map. Again, this Clockwork DLC boss isn't going to make you break a sweat or try out any fancy tactics. Just walk up and whack away a few times.

Night Sister Camira is perhaps even punier than the Halls Of Regulation boss, as some players with killer builds have reported one-shotting her. Yikes. Killing the boss and fully exploring the area awards The Shadow Cleft Explorer achievement.

Just like the other boss, Night Sister Camira resets when new players enter the delve and she can drop items from the Mad Tinkerer, Unfathomable Darkness, and Livewire sets.

 That health bar won't stay full for long!

That's all you need to know about the two new public dungeon delves in the Clockwork City DLC (special thanks to Youtubers Eirella and scrig for the screenshots). Did you get any great loot from the boss? Let us know!


Looking for help with the rest of the game? Be sure to heck out our complete list of Elder Scrolls Online guides here.

ESO Clockwork City DLC: Skyshards Locations Guide https://www.gameskinny.com/oo7zf/eso-clockwork-city-dlc-skyshards-locations-guide https://www.gameskinny.com/oo7zf/eso-clockwork-city-dlc-skyshards-locations-guide Tue, 07 Nov 2017 16:09:09 -0500 Ty Arthur

After arriving early for PC players, the console crowd can finally get in on the new zone, extra trial, updated transmutation system, and added asylum weapons in the Clockwork City DLC for The Elder Scrolls Online!

If you haven't grabbed it yet, the Clockwork City expansion comes free to ESO Plus members or is available to buy in-game for 2,000 crowns. The upgraded 4,000 crown deluxe bundle also nets you the nifty Clockwork Skeevaton pet and Kagouti Fabricant mount if you really want to sport some new clockwork-themed pals.

With the addition of a new zone comes extra skyshards to track down as well. Below, we cover all the skyshards that have been discovered so far in the realm of Sotha Sil -- as well as their locations!

Check the map below for the general area where the skyshards are found, followed by detailed descriptions of how to reach each specific location, as some of them require using doors or portals to access different areas.

 (image courtesy of The Elder Scrolls Wiki)

Clockwork City Skyshard #1

For this skyshard, head west from the Brass Fortress entrance and then travel beneath the drainage pipes found by the river. The skyshard is clearly visible along the banks underneath a pipe and next to some rocks by a string of lights.

 ESO Clockwork City Skyshard 1

Clockwork City Skyshard #2

Next up, travel north from the Pavilion of Artifice crafting station and look for the large brass fluid pumps sticking out of the water. The skyshard is in the middle of three of the brass pumps all clustered closely together.

 ESO Clockwork City Skyshard 2

Clockwork City Skyshard #3

To get to this skyshard, enter the door to the Mechanical Fundament found west of the Brass Fortress entrance. Inside the Mechanical Fundament section, jump down to the lower area with the broken pipes to find the skyshard on the right side of the tunnel.

 ESO Clockwork City Skyshard 3

Clockwork City Skyshard #4

For the fourth shard, go inside the door leading to the Skybridge section of the Brass Fortress (in the restricted brass works). This skyshard is found on the edge of the bridge by the fence and located above the Fortified Brass Set crafting station.

 ESO Clockwork City Skyshard 4

Clockwork City Skyshard #5

For the fifth skyshard, go through the door leading to the Halls Of Regulations near the southeast edge of the map. Inside the Halls, you are looking for a junction with three tunnels going in different directions. The skyshard is at the center of the junction.

 ESO Clockwork City Skyshard 5

Clockwork City Skyshard #6

For the final Clockwork City DLC skyshard, you have to first head over to the southwest corner of the map and walk inside a small cave/tunnel to access the portal to the Shadow Cleft.

After transporting to the separate Shadow Cleft area, travel along the main path over to the far east side of the map to find the river. If you run down the river eventually there's a part where it drops down in a semi-waterfall to a new clearing.

Head forward into the center of the clearing to find the last Clockwork DLC skyshard waiting to be claimed.

That's all six skyshards that have been discovered so far -- let us know when you find them all. Special thanks to YouTuber Shimmer for the screenshots. 


Enjoy your new skill points from the shards, and have fun tracking down everything else in this mechanical expansion to the Elder Scrolls experience.

Be sure to leave a comment if you'd like to see us cover any other Clockwork City guides or have any questions on finding these locations! Need help with the base game or any of the other DLC areas? Check out our full list of ESO guides right here.