Everything You Need To Prepare For The Blackwood Expansion in Elder Scrolls Online
To prepare for the Elder Scrolls Online: Blackwood chapter, players will want to visit the Deadlands, check out the DLC, and save Auridon.
To prepare for the Elder Scrolls Online: Blackwood, players can already spend some time getting used to the lore and mechanics before the new chapter launches. The Blackwood chapter for Elder Scrolls Online is set to release on June 1 for PC and June 8 for consoles. It will be a year-long storyline centered on Mehrunes Dagon, one of the Daedric Princes, and his agents. The new chapter is expected to launch with over 30 hours of new content, new features and locations to explore, and bug fixes and quality-of-life improvements overall. Players can already begin exploring, investigating, and sharpening their demon-fighting skills in Elder Scrolls Online ahead of the release of Blackwood.
Many of the activities players can do to prepare for Blackwood are free as part of the Elder Scrolls Online base game, and there are also a few options players can unlock or purchase in the Crown Store. Players can explore parts of the Deadlands, practice dealing with cultists, portals, and Daedra in the base game, meet and get to know the key NPCs who will join them on their journey, fight through a few new dungeons, and experience all the events leading right up to the new chapter with two Prologue quests. Here's everything players can do to prepare for the Blackwood chapter of Elder Scrolls Online.
The first and likely most important thing players can do to prepare for the Blackwood chapter of Elder Scrolls Online is unlock and complete the Prologue. This Prologue contains two quests that introduce players to the central conflict of Blackwood. In the Prologue, players will team up with Eveli Sharp-Arrow and Lyranth to investigate cult that worships Mehrunes Dagon. Though they are not officially companions to the player, both Eveli and Lyranth will be instrumental in the new chapter and will be with the player during key points in their journey, so getting to know them will be important. The end of the Prologue quests will lead directly into Blackwood.
Players can Prologue for free in Elder Scrolls Online as part of the base game. To access it, they will need to open the Crown Store and go to the Quest Starters tab. The quest is called A Mortal's Touch.
There are other things players can do, both in the base game and in DLC, to prepare for Elder Scrolls Online: Blackwood. If they want to get a little more information before teaming up with Eveli and Lyranth in the Prologue or new chapter, players can find them elsewhere in Tamriel. Lyranth is located in the Imperial City Prison dungeon if players have installed the free Imperial City DLC from the Crown Store. She is also found in the Shadowfen zone and the Coldharbour zone as part of the base game. Eveli is trickier to get, as players need to have purchased the Orsinium DLC to find her. Players can complete the questlines associated with these characters to learn more about them ahead of the new chapter.
Players can also work with Eveli and Lyranth in the Flames of Ambition DLC, the first new content that released in the Gates of Oblivion storyline. Flames of Ambition unlocks two new, optional dungeon experiences, The Cauldron and Black Drake Villa. Chronologically, these are meant to come before even the Blackwood Prologue. Completing the two dungeons will provide more lore and background information to set the stage for Blackwood. Players can purchase Flames of Ambition for 1500 Crowns in the Crown Store or access it with an ESO Plus subscription.
Much of Elder Scrolls Online: Blackwood deals with cultists loyal to Mehrunes Dagon, who serves as the antagonist of the year-long saga. Players can get some practice dealing with cultists and Daedra ahead of the new chapter. In the Auridon zone in the base game, players can help protect Firsthold and the rest of the city from the cultists and seal the portals they open to the Deadlands.
It is also possible to get more Deadlands and Daedra content by playing the City of Ash 1 and 2 dungeons. These experiences are found in Greenshade and see players fighting to push back a small army of invading Daedra. Particularly in City of Ash 2, players will physically enter the Deadlands to fight Daedra, which will be good practice for Blackwood.
Elder Scrolls Online: Blackwood takes place a few hundred years before The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, but many of the locations will be familiar to those who have played both games. Newcomers to the series or fans who want to brush up on their lore may also want to prepare for the Blackwood chapter with another run of Oblivion so they can see more clearly how all the pieces fit together.
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Elder Scrolls Online: Blackwood launches June 1, 2021 for PC, Mac, Stadia, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.