5 Reasons To Get Excited About The Elder Scrolls Online: Elsweyr

The Elder Scrolls Online is about to get a whole lot bigger and more dangerous when Elsweyr releases this summer. Here's why you should be excited to play!

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.

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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

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David is the Games Editor at UploadVR, author of The Ultimate Roblox Book, and freelance writer with bylines at IGN, Forbes, PCGamer, Gamecrate, VICE, and many other places. It’s dangerous to go alone, so follow him on Twitter: @David_Jagneaux.

Published May. 10th 2019

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