The Elder Scrolls Online Scalebreaker Now Live - Check Out Everything That's New With This Update

The expansive update brings some new dungeons into the mix, as well as a ton of improvements and balances to the base game.
ESO Scalebreaker
Update 23 and the Scalebreaker DLC pack is now available for The Elder Scrolls Online on PC. Bethesda

The Elder Scrolls Online players can now ready their dragon-hunting equipment, as the Season of the Dragon continues with the latest DLC pack for Elsweyr. Titled Scalebreaker, the update is now available on PC. This new DLC pack also comes with the incredibly hefty Update 23, which brings numerous improvements and changes to the base game and is free to all owners of The Elder Scrolls Online. Scalebreaker, on the other hand, comes free for ESO Plus members or is available for purchase with crowns from the in-game store.

Read on below to see what’s new with this latest DLC pack, as well as the patch notes for everything that’s included with the Scalebreaker DLC. For a complete list of the changes made, check out the official thread on the Update 23 patch notes here. Also note that this patch is only available for players on PC, as console players will get Scalebreaker and Update 23 on August 27.

SCALEBREAKER DLC GAME PACK

New Dungeons

  • Moongrave Fane
    • Not everyone who hunts Dragons does so with noble intentions. Within the ancient ruins of a forgotten Khajiiti faith, the vampires of the Hollowfang Clan hold one of these powerful creatures captive, and their intentions are anything but noble. Join the mysterious Dragonguard, Chevalier Renald, in his crusade against the Hollowfangs before their nefarious plans spell doom for his misguided comrade.
  • Lair of Maarselok
    • Something deeply wrong is growing in the jungles of Tenmar, a malignant blight with a Dragon at its heart. The armies of Elden Root have tried, and failed, to root it out and now their last desperate hope rests on a precarious truce between the forest spirit, Selene, and her captor, the Warlock Carindon. Can you keep the peace between these bitter enemies long enough to end Maarselok’s blight?
  • Moongrave Fane and Lair of Maarselok are 4-Player Dungeons which can be reached via Northern Elsweyr and Grahtwood respectively.
    • Moongrave Fane’s entrance is in south western Northern Elsweyr, east of the entrance to Reaper’s March.
    • Lair of Maarselok’s entrance is located on in Grahtwood, northeast of the Ossuary of Telacar.
  • Both Dungeons include a Normal version in addition to a challenging Veteran version.
  • There are unique item sets, including two new Undaunted Monster Mask sets, only available within the Dungeons.
  • Unique Achievement awards are available for completing the Dungeons, including:
    • A unique Momento
    • A unique non-combat pet
    • Several Titles
    • Unique housing items

New Item Sets
Each dungeon from Scalebreaker feature new item sets in light, medium, and heavy, including a Monster Mask.

  • Moongrave Fane
    • Hollowfang Thirst (Light)
      • 2 – 833 Spell Critical
      • 3 – 1096 Maximum Magicka
      • 4 – 833 Spell Critical
      • 5 – Whenever you critically heal or critically damage a target, spawn a ball of Hemoglobin at their location. After 2 seconds the ball explodes, restoring 3000 Magicka and applying Minor Vitality to you and your allies within 6 meters of the ball for 9 seconds, increasing their healing received by 8%. This effect can occur once every 9 seconds.
    • Dro’zakar’s Claws (Medium)
      • 2 – 1487 Physical Penetration
      • 3 – 833 Weapon Critical
      • 4 – 129 Stamina Recovery
      • 5 – For every bleed effect you have on an enemy, increase your Weapon Damage by 133 against them.
    • Renald’s Resolve (Heavy)
      • 2 – 1206 Maximum Health
      • 3 – 4% Healing Taken
      • 4 – 1206 Maximum Health
      • 5 – Whenever you deal direct damage, gain a stack of Resolve for 10 seconds. Each stack increases your Healing Taken by 1% and your Physical and Spell Resistance by 420.  You can only gain one stack of Resolve every 1 second.  You can only have up to 8 stacks of Resolve.
    • Monster Mask – Grundwulf
      • 1 – 833 Weapon Critical
      • 1 – 833 Spell Critical
      • 2 – Whenever you deal Critical damage, restore 1000 Magicka or Stamina, whichever maximum is higher. You also gain 500 of the other resource. This effect can occur once every 5 seconds.
  • Lair of Maarselok
    • Z’en’s Redress (Light)
      • 2 – 129 Magicka Recovery
      • 3 – 129 Spell Damage
      • 4 – 1096 Maximum Magicka
      • 5 – Your Light Attacks apply the Touch of Z’en on enemies for 20 seconds. Enemies with the Touch of Z’en take an additional 1% more damage for each damage over time effect you’ve placed on them, up to 5%.
    • Azureblight Reaper (Medium)
      • 2 – 833 Weapon Critical
      • 3 – 1096 Maximum Stamina
      • 4 – 129 Stamina Recovery
      • 5 – When you deal damage with a damage over time effect, you apply a stack of Blight Seed to your target for 5 seconds.  At 20 stacks, the Blight Seeds explode, dealing 11100 Disease Damage to the target and nearby enemies.  An enemy that has reached 20 stacks cannot be infected with Blight Seed for 2 seconds.
    • Dragon’s Defilement (Heavy)
      • 2 – 1096 Maximum Stamina
      • 3 – 1096 Maximum Stamina
      • 4 – 1206 Maximum Health
      • 5 – When you take damage from a melee attack, gain a corrupting aura for 5 seconds that applies Minor Fracture and Minor Breach to all enemies near you, lowering their Physical and Spell Resistance by 1320. This effect can occur every 5 seconds.
    • Monster Mask – Maarselok
      • 1 – 1096 Maximum Stamina
      • 2 – When you bash an enemy, you spew a cone of corruption, dealing 8000 Disease Damage to enemies over 4 seconds. This damage is increased by 5% for each negative effect the enemies have, up to 150% additional damage.  This effect can occur once every 7 seconds.

New Collectibles
Scalebreaker features a number of new collectibles you can obtain by completing the new dungeons:

  • Dread-Aurelian Mask Outfit Style: Obtained by completing the "Scalebreaker Explorer" achievement, accomplished by simply entering either the Lair of Maarselok or the Moongrave Fane dungeons. 
  • Dread-Aurelian Pauldrons Outfit Style: This matching piece is available by completing the "Scalebreaker Delver" Achievement, accomplished by completing both Moongrave Fane and Lair of Maarselok on Veteran difficulty. 
  • Corruption of Maarselok Memento: Available by completing the "Lair of Maarselok Challenger" achievement, accomplished by completing a number of other achievements within the Lair of Maarselok dungeon. 
  • Undaunted Porter Scamp Pet: Available by completing the "Moongrave Fane Challenger" achievement, accomplished by completing a number of other achievements within the Moongrave Fane dungeon. 
  • Behold Khunzar-ri's Guile Furnishing: Obtained by completing the "Scalebreaker Scout" achievement, which requires beating both Lair of Maarselok and Moongrave Fane on any difficulty. This is the third tablet tied to the Hall of the Lunar Champion; when placed on the Altar of Guile within the Hall, a new wing of the House is unlocked. 

New Titles
By completing these new dungeons, you’ll be able to unlock the following titles:

  • Guardian of the Green: Acquired by completing the "Lair of Maarselok Challenger" achievement, which requires completing several other achievements within Lair of Maarselok. 
  • Chevalier: Acquired by completing the "Moongrave Fane Challenger" achievement, which requires completing several other achievements within Moongrave Fane. 
  • Hollowfang Exsanguinator: Acquired by completing the "Drunk on Power" achievement, which requires you to defeat Grundwulf after using the Sangiin Hemo Helot in Veteran Moongrave Fane. 
  • Z'en's Redeemer: Acquired by completing the "Selene's Savior" achievement, which requires you to defeat Maarselok in his roost after using the Azureblight Seed in Veteran Lair of Maarselok. 

New Dyes
The exquisite Hollowfang Cruor red dye can be obtained by completing both Moongrave Fane and Lair of Maarselok on Veteran difficulty. 

Furnishings
There are 4 new achievement furnishings available from the Undaunted Quartermaster based on Scalebreaker accomplishments. Final boss kills in Lair of Maarselok or Moongrave Fane also have a chance to drop one of six new furnishing recipes, teaching you how to craft several shrines and floors from the ancient ruins scattered around Elsweyr. These can drop at any difficulty, but are more likely to appear in Veteran Hard Mode clears of Grundwulf or Maarselok .

BASE GAME UPDATE

Multi-Crafting
You can now perform several actions in bulk at crafting stations and receive your items immediately! This includes refining, creation, deconstructing, and extracting, and applies to all crafting stations. Note that a multi-craft will only partially process if your inventory fills during it.

Guild Trader Multi-Bidding
You can now place bids on up to 10 different guild traders per week for your guild. If your guild has multiple winning bids, the bid with the highest gold amount is the one awarded. If you have multiple winning bids with the same gold amount, the oldest bid placed is awarded.

  • A guild is still only awarded 1 guild trader for the week.
  • All bids other than the one that awards you a guild trader are refunded.
  • Bids for the week can be viewed by selecting “View Bids” within the Guild UI.
    • This is only available to members with bid permission.
  • The restrictions of needing 50 guild members and having permission to bid still apply.

Undaunted Key Improvements
As of this update, Undaunted Keys are now located in the currency tab and no longer take up valuable inventory space. You can also now spend your keys directly at each of the three pledge masters (Urgarlag Chief-bane, Glirion the Redbeard, Maj al-Ragath) in a number of ways.  

  • The mystery coffers sold by each respective pledge master function similarly to the previous chest interactions.
    • These provide a guaranteed monster set shoulder piece from among the dungeons associated with the pledges that NPC offers, along with a chance at a number of other rewards, for a single key.
  • The pledge masters also sell more specialized coffers at a cost of five keys each, and these will provide you with a guaranteed monster set shoulder piece from only two potential sources, allowing you to spend more keys to narrow the potential reward pool.
  • The monthly monster shoulder style pages will be available directly from the merchant for 50 keys each, in addition to continuing to be a rare drop from the mystery coffers, at the same rates as previously seen with the Undaunted chests.  
  • Note that you’ll need to log in with each character for their pre-existing keys to be converted into this new account-wide currency.  

Fragments
To help alleviate items taking up inventory, some items have been converted into a new type of collection: Fragments.

  • When certain items are obtained or used, they will be consumed and turned into a Fragment in your Collections page.
  • When you have all the Fragments for an item, using one of the Fragments in your collections page will convert the Fragments into a complete collectible.
  • Once an item is converted to a Fragment, it cannot be converted back into an item, so make sure to finish up the set.
  • The items using this new method include:
    • Indrik Feathers and Berries: Upon logging in, if your character has any Indrik Feathers or Berries, these items will automatically be converted into Fragments and put into your collections. When you purchase Indrik Feathers or Berries from the Impresario, they will automatically go into your Fragments collection.
    • Apple Bobbing Cauldron parts: These still drop as items so you can trade them with other players. You will need to manually use these to consume them and put them in your Fragments collection.

Jewelry Crafting Master Writ Improvements

In this update, new Jewelry Crafting Master Writs received from daily Jewelry writs will most commonly request a superior piece of jewelry, with a rare chance of epic, and a very rare chance of legendary. The number of writs awarded from newly received epic and legendary Jewelry Crafting Master Writs has been significantly increased. This change is not retroactive. 

Master Writ Merchant Updates
The Master Mediator Rolis Hlaalu is now selling a new legendary furnishing recipe for each tradeskill, while Achievement Mediator Faustina Curio offers the prior legendary recipes as well as new envelopes that contain random furnishing plans from Summerset and Clockwork City.

New Collectibles
This update features the new Battleground Runner Armor Outfit Style which you can acquire through certain Battlegrounds:

  • Battleground Runner Armor Outfit Styles: These new Outfit Styles will occasionally be found by completing Flag Games (and only Flag Games) in Battlegrounds. 
    • These Outfit Style Pages are bound to you when you obtain them. 
    • Your performance in the Flag Game does not impact these Outfit Styles' drop chance. Win, lose, or draw, you have the same chance to obtain a Battleground Runner Outfit Style Page. 
    • You will always obtain these Outfit Style Pages in a prescribed order: first the Jack, then the Bracers, the Guards, the Boots, the Arm Cops, and finally the Helmet, in that order. (There is no Waist Outfit Style.) 
    • Once you've obtained all six of the Battleground Runner Armor Outfit Styles, you will begin to obtain Battlegrounds Memorabilia, a treasure that can be sold to vendors for 1,000 gold, at the same rate. 

Updated Item Sets
Many item sets have had bug fixes or value adjustments based on our ability audits. For example, some weapon altering sets have seen their bonuses adjusted if their related ability has seen drastic adjustment. This is by no means a full pass, and we will be continuing our audit with item sets in a future update.

  • Light
    • Phoenix
      • OLD: When you die, you instead become immune to all negative effects and healing for 3 seconds. When the effect ends, you heal for 17200 Health and explode for 8600 Flame Damage to all enemies within 8 meters. This effect can occur once every 10 minutes.
      • NEW: When you drop below 25% Health, gain a damage shield that absorbs 25000 damage for 6 seconds and deals 8000 Flame Damage to nearby enemies. This effect can occur once every 1 minute.
    • Way of Martial Knowledge
      • OLD: When you deal damage, you cause the enemy to take 10% additional damage for 2 seconds. This effect can occur once every 4 seconds.
      • NEW: While your Stamina is below 50%, your Light Attacks cause the enemy to take 8% additional damage for 5 seconds. This effect can occur once every 8 seconds.
    • Elemental Succession
      • OLD: While you are in combat, you gain a rotating bonus to Flame, Shock, or Frost Damage. The active element changes every 4 seconds. Your attacks dealing damage with the active element gain 515 Spell Damage.
      • NEW: Whenever you deal Flame, Shock, or Frost Damage, you gain 550 Spell Damage for that element for 4 seconds.  This effect can occur every 4 seconds per element. You can have multiple different elemental buffs active simultaneously.
    • Overwhelming Surge
      • OLD: When you activate a Class ability, you have a 15% chance to surround yourself in a torrent that deals 1892 Shock Damage to the closest enemy within 12 meters every 1 second for 6 seconds. This effect can occur once every 6 seconds.
      • NEW: When you deal damage with a Class ability, you have a 33% chance to surround yourself with a torrent that deals 1040 Shock Damage to enemies within 8 meters of you every 1 second for 6 seconds. 15% of the damage you deal this way is restored to you as Magicka. This effect can occur every 6 seconds.
    • Trinimac’s Valor
      • OLD: When you cast a damage shield on an ally, you have a 20% chance to call down a fragment of Trinimac that heals you and your allies for 3667 Health and damages enemies for 3667 Magic Damage in a 5 meter radius. This effect can only occur once every 5 seconds.
      • NEW: When you cast a Damage Shield ability, you call down a fragment of Trinimac that heals you and your allies for 4000 Health and damages enemies for 4000 Magic Damage in a 5 meter radius.  This effect can occur once every 5 seconds.
  • Medium
    • Senche’s Bite
      • OLD: When you use Roll Dodge, your Weapon Damage is increased by 430 and Weapon Critical by 657 for 5 seconds.
      • NEW: When you use Roll Dodge, increase your Critical Damage by 12% for 8 seconds.
    • Kyne’s Kiss
      • OLD: When you deal direct damage with a Bow ability, you have a 10% chance to heal for 1216 Health and restore 1216 Stamina.
      • NEW: When you deal direct damage while 12 meters or further from your target, you have a 15% chance to heal for 1000 Health and restore 1000 Stamina.
  • Heavy
    • Eternal Warrior
      • OLD: When you die, you instead turn into a statue for 3 seconds and gain 200 Ultimate. While a statue you are immune to all negative effects but can still be healed. This effect can occur once every 10 minutes.
      • NEW: When you drop below 25% Health, you heal for 12500 Health and gain 100 Ultimate. This effect can occur once every 1 minute.
    • Immortal Warrior
      • OLD: When you die, you instead turn into a statue for 3 seconds. While a statue, you are immune to all negative effects, but can still be healed. This effect can occur once every 20 minutes.
      • NEW: After your health goes below 35%, gain Major Protection for 10 seconds, reducing the damage you take by 30%. This effect can occur once every 35 seconds.
    • Seventh Legion Brute
      • OLD: When you take damage, you have a 10% chance to gain 500 Weapon Damage for 5 seconds and heal for 1260 Health. This effect can occur once every 2 seconds.
      • NEW: When you cast an ability that increases your Physical or Spell Resistance, you gain 350 Weapon Damage and 350 Health Recovery for 10 seconds. This effect can occur every 10 seconds.
    • Armor of the Veiled Heritance
      • OLD: When you deal damage, you have a 10% chance to increase your Weapon Damage by 400 for 5 seconds.
      • NEW: When you interrupt an enemy, you gain 400 Weapon Damage for 15 seconds.
    • Ravager
      • OLD: When you deal melee damage, you have an 8% chance to increase your Weapon Damage by 645 for 10 seconds. This effect can occur once every 10 seconds.
      • NEW: Each time you attempt to reduce the target’s Physical or Spell Resistance, you gain a stack of Ravager for 5 seconds, increasing your Weapon Damage by 125. You can gain a stack every 1 second.  At 4 stacks, the duration doubles but cannot be refreshed.
  • Note for Phoenix, Eternal Warrior, and Immortal Warrior: The “self-resurrect” sets have caused issues where they underperformed in most cases and over-performed in very specific circumstances. We removed their self-resurrect mechanic, but kept the survival and defensive theme these sets offered as well as greatly reducing their cooldowns.

New Furnishings

  • There is a new achievement furnishing obtainable from any Cyrodiil Achievement Furnisher related to achievements involving the Volendrung artifact. 
  • As always, each week the Luxury Furnisher will appear in Coldharbour with specialty goods for sale for the weekend, with at least 1 new item which has never been available via any other method. 
  • The Northern Elsweyr Home Goods Furnisher has also been updated with some additional vegetation items to spruce up your gardens and yards. 

New Titles
In this update, there are several new Titles to earn:

  • Locksmith: Acquired by completing the "Legerdemain Skill Master" achievement, accomplished by reaching the maximum rank in the Legerdemain skill line. 
  • Scoundrel: Acquired by completing the "Thieves Guild Skill Master" achievement, accomplished by reaching the maximum rank in the Thieves Guild skill line. 
  • Assassin: Acquired by completing the "Dark Brotherhood Skill Master" achievement, accomplished by reaching the maximum rank in the Dark Brotherhood skill line. 
  • Siegemaster: Acquired by completing the "Alliance War Skill Master" achievement, accomplished by reaching the maximum ranks in the Assault and Support skill lines. 

New Achievements
Pursue more than 40 new achievements by testing your mettle in the Lair of Maarselok and Moongrave Fane, as well as participating in holiday events and reaching the maximum rank in various existing skills. (If you've already reached the maximum rank in a skill receiving an achievement, you will be given credit retroactively). 

Skill Lines for Alternate Characters
Fully completing a skill line on one character now unlocks the ability to purchase that achievement and skill line on other characters. Once unlocked on your current character, the chosen skill line immediately advances to its maximum rank. All abilities contained within the purchased skill line arrive unranked, allowing you to advance and morph the skill as you see fit.

  • Please note you must log into each character on your account to register your achievements.
  • Once you have logged into each character, other characters will be able to purchase eligible Skill Line upgrades.
  • This new Crown Store offering is located under “Upgrades -> Skill Lines” in the Crown Store.
  • Currently, the following skill lines are planned to be available with Update 23:
    • Alliance War (Assault and Support)
    • Dark Brotherhood
    • Thieves Guild
    • Fighters Guild
    • Legerdemain
    • Mages Guild
    • Psijic Order
    • Undaunted
  • Note: The Soul Magic, Vampire and Werewolf skill lines will become available in a future update.

For a full list of the changes made in Scalebreaker and Update 23 of The Elder Scrolls Online, read here.

The Elder Scrolls Online is now available to play on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Update 23 and Scalebreaker will be coming soon to consoles on August 27, while the patch is now live on PC.

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