Last updated on July 17th, 2020
Zenimax has announced two new dungeons will be releasing alongside Update 27, Stone Garden and Castle Thorn coming with the Stonethorn DLC.
Elder Scrolls Online Stonethorn DLC & Update 27 Announced
The next DLC for the MMORPG The Elder Scrolls Online is Stonethorn, adding two new dungeons and will launch with Update 27. New dungeons means new item sets, new collectibles, new Dark Heart of Skyrim storylines, improvements to performance, homestead character pathing for the house editor and various fixes plus balances.
The next DLC Stonethorn will introduce two new dungeons that continues the tale of the Dark Heart of Skyrim started with the Harrowstorm DLC and Greymoor Chapter. Although these dungeons are part of the greater story, you can still dive into them and enjoy what they have to offer.
In Castle Thorn the vampire army have overrun the halls, all under the influence of their master Lady Thorn. Stop these dreaded hosts from corrupting the people of Western Skyrim by taking on the dungeon, fight through the monstrous legion and foil their plans for invasion.
New Castle Thorn item sets according to the PTS patch notes can be found below:
- Talfyg’s Treachery (Light)
- 2 – Adds 833 Spell Critical
- 3 – Adds 1096 Maximum Magicka
- 4 – Adds 129 Spell Damage
- 5 – Increases Spell Damage by 372. Increases damage taken from Flame and Fighter’s Guild abilities by 10%.
- Unleashed Terror (Medium)
- 2 – Adds 129 Weapon Damage
- 3 – Adds 1096 Maximum Stamina
- 4 – Adds 1096 Maximum Stamina
- 5 – When you deal direct damage with a Charge, Leap, Teleport, or Pull ability, you cut your enemy, causing them to bleed for 5 seconds, dealing 19728 Physical Damage over the duration. This ability can occur once every 10 seconds per target.
- Crimson Twilight (Heavy)
- 2 – Adds 1206 Maximum Health
- 3 – Adds 4% Healing Taken
- 4 – Adds 1206 Maximum Health
- 5 – After taking damage you surround yourself in an 8 meter mist of blood. After 2 seconds, the mist is violently siphoned into your body, dealing 8220 Bleed Damage to nearby enemies and healing you for 100% of the damage done. This effect can occur once every 8 seconds.
- Lady Thorn (Monster Mask)
- 1 – Adds 1206 Maximum Health
- 2 – Casting an ability that costs Health spawns a blood ball for 10 seconds. This effect can occur once every 10 seconds.You or an ally near the blood ball can activate the Sanguine Burst synergy, dealing 5000 Disease Damage to nearby enemies and applies Major Maim for 5 seconds, decreasing their damage done by 30%. Enemies can only receive Major Maim from Sanguine Burst once every 30 seconds.
The Stone Garden focuses on the Alchemist Arkasis and his secret laboratory. What lurks there are the terrible creations, found beneath the caverns of Blackreach and will be nothing like what you’ve seen before. Come face to face with his evil genius and his terrifying experiments.
Each dungeon comes with new challenges, plenty of beasts and bosses to best. There are also new questlines to adventure through plus new Achievements to earn, item sets and collectibles.
New Stone Garden item sets can be found below according to the PTS:
- Elemental Catalyst (Light)
- 2 – Adds 1096 Maximum Magicka
- 3 – Adds 833 Spell Critical
- 4 – Adds 1096 Maximum Magicka
- 5 – Whenever you deal Flame, Shock, or Frost Damage, you apply a stack of Flame, Shock, or Frost Weakness to the enemy for 5 seconds. Each stack of an Elemental Weakness increases their Critical Damage taken by 6%. An enemy can only have one stack of each Elemental Weakness at a time.
- Kraglen’s Howl (Medium)
- 2 – Adds 833 Weapon Critical
- 3 – Adds 129 Stamina Recovery
- 4 – Adds 129 Weapon Damage
- 5 – After an enemy you’ve recently damaged dies, you let out a howl, granting three allies within 15 meters the Heed the Call synergy. Activating the synergy gives you and the activator 12 Ultimate. This effect can occur once every 20 seconds.
- Arkasis’s Genius (Heavy)
- 2 – Adds 1206 Maximum Health
- 3 – Adds 1487 Armor
- 4 – Adds 1206 Maximum Health
- 5 – Whenever you drink a potion, you and 3 group members gain 44 Ultimate. This effect can occur once every 30 seconds.
- Stone Husk (Monster Mask)
- 1 – Adds 833 Weapon Critical
- 2 – Your Heavy Attacks tether you to enemies within 10 meters for 5 seconds. Enemies touching the tether take 1906 Physical Damage every 1 second and you gain a stack of Husk Drain, up to 15 stacks. The tether is broken if the enemy moves 12 meters away from you. This effect can occur once every 10 seconds.When the tether ends, you consume the stacks and gain 30 Weapon Damage per stack consumed for 5 seconds.
- Note: This set is activated on Heavy Attacks, not just Fully Charged Heavy Attacks.
There are also new achievements and titles to earn from both dungeons:
- The “True Genius” title is obtained by completing the “True Genius” achievement in Stone Garden.
- The “Pinnacle of Evolution” title is obtained by completing the “Triple Checked” achievement in Stone Garden.
- The “Bane of Thorns” title is obtained by completing the “Bane of Thorns” achievement in Castle Thorn.
- The title, “the Inedible” is obtained by completing the “Thorn Remover” achievement in Castle Thorn.
Along with a new DLC comes Update 27, this will be a base-game patch that will include improvements, balance changes and new features for ESO, plus it’s free.
Performance improvements include a continued effort by the Zenimax team to improve set abilities, fix server task messaging, introduce new critical memory management and more. This update also focuses on game stability and will reduce load times as well as reduce the number of memory crashes and performance drops.
There is also focus on AoE effects, the new AoE system for the server will help keep latency low and reduce the FPS drops on the client. Zeni is currently testing this approach on the Dragonknight Standard (including morphs) for Update 27.
They are also taking a look at intermittent loading screens. At times when you’re running around Tamriel you may get hit with a short loading screen, while it isn’t long it can break your immersion when exploring the beautiful world. An incremental fix will be released for Update 26 but will also be monitored for Update 27, hopefully eliminating this bug.
Homestead Character Pathing
This update will also add Character Pathing to the Player Housing system, you will be able to build paths for your house, for pets, mounts and assistants to follow. This means you can pick your favourite merchant (hands down Fezez) and choose a path for them to walk, even adjust their walk speed and whether they will walk in a loop. This new addition will make your favourite home feel more alive.
What’s also coming to ESO are Houseguests, these are collectible characters are unique, with their own distinct appearances and can be added to your home as well.
One new thing coming to Update 27 is group mounts, yes you will be now be able to join your fellow adventurers across Tamriel on mounts that can set more than one person. This is something that has been in a few MMOs such as World of Warcraft with the Love Rocket and in Final Fantasy XVI with the Regalia Mount, so this is great ESO will finally get mounts that you can share with a friend. You can actually test these out on the PTS server currently if you want to see how these work, they are available on the PTS Crown Store. You can also check out the clip that was shared the official ESO twitter account:
Group mounts are coming to ESO! Check it out on PTS on Monday. https://t.co/MFZwBLuN2c
— The Elder Scrolls Online (@TESOnline) July 9, 2020
Other interesting changes include some adjustments to skills. For PVP skills you will now unlock Vigor earlier in the Assault skill line, taking the place of Rapid Maneuvers in terms when the skill unlocked. This has been adjusted to help those who are using Stamina builds and for a more balanced leveling experience.
Both Stonethorn and Update 27 are now available on the Public Test Server for PC/Mac. In order to check out the PTS you will need to open your ESO launcher, go to the Settings menu and then select PTS. You will need to then download the PTS. You can create a testable max level character and see how your build will fair in the latest dungeons and more. Remember what happens on PTS stays on PTS, any progress will not affect your main account, so it’s a good way to test out new content.
Stonethorn DLC is the next game pack to be coming to ESO as part of the Dark Heart of Skyrim on PC/Mac and Stadia August 24th, on Playstation 4 and Xbox One on September 1st. Elder Scrolls Online is currently available to play on Playstation 4, Xbox One, PC and Stadia.
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