Here’s what to expect with The Elder Scrolls Online: Greymoor.
The Elder Scrolls Online: Greymoor is the largest piece of content coming in 2020 and takes players back to a place many hold dear, the bandit-ridden, war-torn lands of Skyrim. However, ESO is set 1,000 years before the events of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. So, you’re not going to be running into the ironically named Grelod the Kind in Riften, however, you will be able to see familiar sights like the city of Solitude and the iconic Dragon Bridge, which appears identical in both games. Zenimax jump-started our trip down memory lane during the Greymoor prologue quest with a visit to the Riften Ratway, allowing memories of thieves guild quests and drinks at the Ragged Flagon to flood back.
Although Greymoor is primarily set in western Skyrim, we’re also being taken back to the immense caverns of Blackreach, situated below the nine holds. Zenimax has said that Blackreach accounts for 40 percent of the map size, and with its extensive dwemer ruins and skyscraper-sized glowing mushrooms, we can imagine why. As with the Ratway in Riften, the Greymoor prologue quest took players below ground with their returning ally Lyris Titanborn, as they investigated the emerging threat that targeted Skald-King Jorunn himself.
Greymoor introduces Antiquarian Guild
Just as the Summerset chapter brought with it the Psijic Order, The Elder Scrolls Online: Greymoor is introducing the Antiquarian Guild. Players have been saying for some time that they wanted to feel more like explorers in the land of Tamriel. It was obvious Zenimax had listened when the Harrowstorm DLC dropped March 2020 bringing with it two new challenging dungeons with mechanics including a grappling hook system and hidden boss rooms for players to find as they explored.
The Antiquarian Guild however is bringing more than just new quest lines and NPC’s. The all-new Antiquities system is an in-game activity that allows players to scry the location of Tamriel’s hidden relics and treasures, and to excavate them through mini-games with limited moves. Players who participate in the Antiquities system will be rewarded with collectibles such as furnishings, mounts, motif pages, and of course, gold.
The Antiquities system will lead you across the whole of Tamriel including most of the base game, giving you a reason to revisit the zones you’ve cleared on multiple characters. Zenimax has said there are some zones such as Blackreach that won’t have Antiquities at this time although players may be able to find leads there.
Harrowstorms coming to Greymoor
Greymoor also brings with it new world events called harrowstorms, these are essentially the dolmens you’re used to seeing across the base game and the abyssal geysers you see in Summerset. You and your fellow adventurers will take on the harrowstorm and fight off waves of enemies and a mini-boss before collecting your reward.
Vampirism has been a part of the Elder Scrolls games throughout the series, with many games featuring whole quest lines and upgrades available to players who take the blood curse. ESO is no exception to having a vampire skill line from day one. Whilst being a vampire is undoubtedly awesome, The Elder Scrolls: Greymoor is bringing some changes and breathing life back into a dull skill line (pun intended). Some of these changes include a vampire lord transformation much like the transformation seen in the werewolf skill line, as well as changes to the passive abilities. This brings an exciting reason to look at your character’s build and minmax its potential.
As the Elsweyr chapter brought with it Sunspire, Greymoor also has an all-new 12-player trial. Players will be faced with the quest to defend the island bastion of Kyne’s Aegis and protect the villagers from the invading sea giants and raiders as well as facing three unique bosses in this new challenging PVE content. As with all trials in ESO this can be completed on veteran mode and a veteran hard mode with achievements for both. Completing Kyne’s Aegis on veteran will reward players with the new Seaborn Silver skin.
With little under two weeks to wait till The Elder Scrolls Online: Greymoor chapter drops on PS4 and Xbox One, now is the perfect time to grind skill points for the all-new skill line and prepare to explore western Skyrim in all its glory.
Are you excited for Greymoor? Are you going to pick it up when it launches to console on June 9?