The Summerset Expansion for the Elder Scrolls Online releases today on PC, with the console version coming in just a couple of weeks. In this article we want to explain some of the major changes coming to the game, with this second ESO expansion, as well as fill you in on what’s new. There are some big ones this time around, maybe not a new Class big, but still significant to say the least. Without further ado, let’s get into it!
Summerset Expansion Breakdown
First up on the list is the most obvious, the Summerset zone itself. The Summerset Isles are home to the Altmer (High Elves), and the area is both beautiful and fun to explore. Let’s check out the details of this small, but packed new zone.
Summerset Zone (New)
Queen Ayrenn’s royal decree proclaims that Summerset, island home of the High Elves, now welcomes all visitors—travelers, traders, and immigrants alike! From the ports of Shimmerene to the throne city of Alinor, all of Summerset stretches before newcomers, providing endless opportunities for exploration and adventure. But not all High Elves agree with the royal decree. Worse, other threats arise during this period of change, including strange geysers, invading forces, and dangerous cultists that seek to overturn Altmer society. Summerset needs heroes. Are you ready to take up the challenge?
Summerset is a new Chapter in The Elder Scrolls Online, suitable for characters of all levels. This new Chapter includes a brand-new tutorial, zone story content, 6 Delves, 6 World Bosses, and 2 Public Dungeons – Sunhold and Karnwasten. Abyssal Geysers provide a new group challenge, new Item Sets found only in Summerset, detailed below. New Outfit and Housing rewards for completing select achievements and quest content.
Psijic Order Skill Line (New)
Become a member of the ancient Psijic Order Guild and gain access to never before seen Psijic techniques. As you advance your rank, you delve deeper into the foundations of magic. The Psijic Order Skill Line consists of five active abilities, five passive abilities, and an Ultimate. The active abilities include the following:
Time Stop: Slow down the passage of time so slow it eventually freezes, stunning all enemies in the area.
Imbue Weapon: Enhance your weapon with energy, causing the next Light Attack to deal additional damage.
Accelerate: Bend time and space around you, increasing you movement speed and the power of your Critical Strikes.
Mend Wounds: Invoke the Rites of Moawita replacing your next Light Attack with a heal over time, or your next Heavy Attack with a channeled heal.
Meditate: Learn to focus your mind into a relaxed state to restore Health, Magicka and Stamina.
Undo(Ultimate): Walk backwards through time, reappearing at a prior location with the exact same Health, Magicka and Stamina values from 4 seconds prior.
Psijic Portals are invisible to the untrained eye – only those with the “See the Unseen” passive, granted as part of the Psijic Skill Line, can see these portals and interact with them. Psijic Portals appear rarely, in similar places to those one might expect to find Enchanting resources – near ancient ruins, destroyed buildings, and other relics of the past. Psijic Portals contain items based on the location you find them in. This includes:
- A random Set Item, from the Sets that can drop from monsters or treasure chests in the place you found it. For instance, a Psijic Portal found in Auridon might drop a piece of the Elegance set. These set items will always be at least Blue quality, and may sometimes be Purple quality.
- An Aspect, Essence, and Potency Rune.
- Rarely, you may obtain a Motif chapter from a Psijic Portal. These Motif chapters are from a Motif found within that zone – for instance, a Psijic Portal in Clockwork City could grant you a Clockwork Apostle motif chapter.
- Psijic Portals may include Infused jewelry, or its associated trait materials; Pulverized Aurbic Amber, or refined Aurbic Amber, as noted above in the Jewelry Crafting section.
- Very rarely, a Psijic Portal may contain a single draught of Psijic Ambrosia.
Abyssal Geysers are new events found only in Summerset, pitting you and your allies against wave upon wave of foes, capped off by a fight against a boss monster. Depending on how well you and your allies perform, you may fight against a Yaghra Monstrosity or one of a number of deadlier, more rewarding named bosses.
- Fighting a Yaghra Monstrosity provides a guaranteed Ring or Necklace in either the Grace of Gloom, Gryphon’s Ferocity, or Wisdom of Vanus item sets, among other loot.
- Fighting one of the named Bosses guarantees the Ring or Necklace will be at least Blue quality, and sometimes Purple quality. In addition, you’ll receive a guaranteed Jewelry Enchantment of at least Blue quality, among other loot.
- Regardless of which Boss you fight, at the end of the Geyser, you’ll be able to open a Shell Trove for additional rewards: another Set Ring or Necklace, a chance at Psijic Motif chapters, and a chance at unique clammy furnishings.
Cloudrest Trial (New)
The city of Cloudrest is home to the Aerie of Eton Nir, where an elite force of battlemages are garrisoned alongside their faithful companion gryphons. The Aerie has guarded Summerset since the First Age, but the city of Cloudrest below now lies vacant. The last battlemage, Olorime, has returned only to find the city fallen to some fell power. She was reporting to the Queen on the successful capture of an infamous Sea Sload shadowcaster named Z’Maja. It was so cowed by the Welkynar’s valor that Z’Maja surrendered without a fight when they confronted her.
As you observe the city, you see black gryphons carrying black riders and giant shadowy tendrils from within the city itself. Eton Nir’s roost is home to more than just gryphons now, and you will have to defeat challenges both in the mundus and in a twisted shadow copy if you wish to stop the darkness that grows in Summerset’s very heart.
- Cloudrest is a 12-player Trial located on the tallest mountain within Summerset, Eton Nir.
- The Trial includes a Normal and challenging Veteran version.
- There are unique Item Sets (detailed further down) within the Trial including Perfected versions only found in the Veteran difficulty.
- Unique Achievement awards are available for completing the Trial, including: a unique Player Skin, several Titles and unique housing items
Jewelry Crafting (New)
Jewelry Crafting is a new crafting Skill Line allowing you to craft, upgrade, research, and transmute Rings and Necklaces. Note that this skill line and use of the Jewelry Crafting station are only available to players who own the new Summerset chapter, but anyone can use crafted jewelry made by others. To gain the new Skill Line, simply touch one of the new Jewelry Crafting stations found all over the world: in towns, cities, and the Set Crafting locations.
Just like Blacksmithing, Clothier, and Woodworking, you gain Inspiration (crafting experience) in Jewelry Crafting by deconstructing items – in this case, Rings and Necklaces. You gain less Inspiration for deconstructing Jewelry that you yourself crafted, and note that any Rings or Necklaces obtained before Update 18 cannot be deconstructed. These items will have an additional note on their tooltip indicating as much. They can, however, be used for Research, or upgraded with Platings.
Jewelry is made with new precious metal materials found in Seams, which are found all over Tamriel in rocky outcroppings, in the shade of cliffsides, or in other stony places – in much the same places you might find the Metals used in Blacksmithing. You can harvest raw jewelry crafting materials (called Dust) from these Seams, regardless of whether or not you own Summerset. Jewelry is improved by using Platings. Platings can be refined from Plating Grains, which can be obtained by refining raw Dust or by deconstructing Jewelry.
Traits for Jewelry can be researched by obtaining a Ring or Necklace of the new trait and Researching it. The time required to research a new Trait is the same as other tradeskills – starting at 6 hours for your first trait, and doubling for each successive trait. Just like with other tradeskills, you can research items crafted by other players or those you find in the world. See below for information about how to find Jewelry in all the new Traits for your researching needs.
You can craft Jewelry at the Set Crafting areas all around (and beyond) Tamriel. Crafting a Ring or Necklace in a Crafted Set requires Trait knowledge. This is the same number of Traits you need to know for the other tradeskills – for instance, crafting a Hunding’s Rage Ring requires knowing 6 different Traits for Rings.
Jewelry Crafting Traits (New)
With the introduction of Jewelry Crafting, there are now nine Traits that can be applied to Rings and Necklaces. The six new Traits will not drop on existing item sets or from most sources in the game; rather, jewelry exhibiting each Trait can be acquired by participating in specific activities in the game. (The original three Traits – Arcane, Healthy, and Robust – will continue to appear on the jewelry found throughout the world). Once a trait is researched, you may use any Transmutation Station to change the Trait of your jewelry to that new trait. This costs the same amount of Transmute Crystals (50) as transmuting any other piece of equipment.
Arcane: Increases Magicka
- Arcane Rings and Necklaces can be found all over Tamriel as drops, quest rewards, or set items.
- The Trait Material, Cobalt, can be created by refining Pulverized Cobalt, which is found by deconstructing Arcane jewelry or by refining raw Dust.
Healthy: Increases Health
- Healthy Rings and Necklaces can be found all over Tamriel as drops, quest rewards, or set items.
- The Trait Material, Antimony, can be created by refining Pulverized Antimony, which is found by deconstructing Healthy jewelry or by refining raw Dust.
Robust: Increases Stamina
- Robust Rings and Necklaces can be found all over Tamriel as drops, quest rewards, or set items.
- The Trait Material, Zinc, can be created by refining Pulverized Zinc, which is found by deconstructing Robust jewelry or by refining raw Dust.
Triune: Increases Health, Stamina, and Magicka
- A Triune Ring is found in Gladiator’s Rucksacks, obtained from Conquest Board dailies in Cyrodiil.
- The Trait Material, Dawn-Prism, is purchased from War Researchers in Cyrodiil for 100,000 AP per unit.
Harmony: Increases the power of activated Synergy effects
- A Harmony Ring or Necklace is found rarely in the Undaunted Reward chests located in the Undaunted camps near alliance capitals.
- The Trait Item, Dibellium, is found in Daily Dungeon LFG reward system mails.
Swift: Increases your non-mounted movement speed
- You can obtain a Swift Ring or Necklace by completing your daily Jewelry Crafting Writs.
- The Trait Material, Gilding Wax, can be purchased from Rolis Hlaalu, the Mastercraft Mediator, for 20 Vouchers.
Infused: Increases the power of the Enchantment on that piece of Jewelry
- You can rarely obtain an Infused Ring or Necklace from Psijic Portals all over Tamriel (visible only if you have the Psijic Order skill line unlocked, available in the Summerset Chapter).
- You can also obtain the Trait Material, Aurbic Amber, or its raw form, Pulverized Aurbic Amber, from Psijic Portals. The pre-refined form is much rarer than the raw form.
Protective: Increases Physical and Spell Resistance
- Jewelry in the Protective Trait is obtained by completing the Summerset main quest and Psijic Order quest lines. (A Ring is obtained for completing Summerset’s main quest, while a Necklace is obtained for completing the full Psijic Order quest line.)
- The Trait Material, Titanium, is found rarely in precious metal seams all over Tamriel, but are found more often in seams found on Summerset.
Bloodthirsty: Increases the damage you deal to low-health foes
- You can rarely obtain a Bloodthirsty Ring or Necklace in the weekly quest reward boxes of Trials.
- The Trait Material, Slaughterstone, is found in those same reward boxes the rest of the time.
Item Sets (New)
There are 10 new Item Sets available from a variety of sources. 3 Item Sets are available at crafting stations in Summerset, 3 Item Sets are available as drops throughout Summerset, and 4 Item Sets are available as drops in the new Trial, Cloudrest.
- Adept Rider
- 2 – 2975 Spell Resist
- 3 – 2975 Physical Resist
- 4 – 1206 Max Health
- 5 – While mounted, you gain Major Evasion, increasing your dodge chance by 15%. Dismounting spawns a dust cloud at your position for 12 seconds that deals 1436 Physical Damage every 1 second to enemies who stand inside it. You and group members inside the dust cloud gain Major Evasion. The dust cloud can be created once every 12 seconds.
- Sload’s Semblance
- 2 – 1096 Maximum Magicka
- 3 – 1096 Maximum Stamina
- 4 – 129 Spell Damage
- 4 – 129 Weapon Damage
- 5 – Damaging an enemy has a 10% chance to put a Leeching Shadow on them, dealing 853 Oblivion Damage every 1 second for 6 seconds. This effect can occur every 6 seconds.
- Nocturnal’s Favor
- 2 – 129 Stamina Recovery
- 3 – 1206 Max Health
- 4 – 1206 Max Health
- 5 – Whenever you successfully Dodge, heal yourself for 4000. This effect can occur every 2 seconds.
Summerset Zone Sets
- Light – Wisdom of Vanus
- 2 – 1096 Max Magicka
- 3 – 129 Magicka Recovery
- 4 – 1096 Max Magicka
- 5 – After landing a Full Heavy Attack, gain Major Mending for 3 seconds, increasing your healing done by 25%. This duration is increased with each rank of the Restoration Staff passive Essence Drain when using a Restoration Staff.
- Medium – Gryphon’s Ferocity
- 2 – 833 Weapon Critical
- 3 – 833 Weapon Critical
- 4 – 129 Weapon Damage
- 5 – After dealing direct damage, gain Minor Force and Minor Expedition for 3 seconds, increasing your Critical Damage done by 10% and increasing your Movement Speed by 10%.
- Heavy – Grace of Gloom
- 2 – 1206 Max Health
- 3 – 4% Healing Taken
- 4 – 1206 Max Health
- 5 – When you take damage from a single target direct attack or ability, you have a 10% chance to become a living shadow, causing your light and heavy attacks to heal you for 3440 and gaining Major Evasion for 5 seconds, increasing your dodge chance by 15%. This effect can occur every 15 seconds.
Trial Sets – These sets are based off the four Griffin Riders of the Trial and are the normal sets; the Perfected versions have a slightly higher 5 piece set bonus.
- Light DPS – Mantle of Siroria
- 2 – 129 Spell Damage
- 3 – Minor Slayer , increasing damage done to Dungeon and Trial Monsters by 5%
- 4 – 1096 Maximum Magicka
- 5 – Direct damage with single target abilities creates a ring of fire beneath you for 10 seconds. Standing in the ring grants 30 Spell Damage, this effect can stack up to 20 times for a total of 600 Spell Damage.
- Light Healer – Vestment of Olorime
- 2 – 129 Magicka Recovery
- 3 – Minor Aegis, reducing damage taken by Dungeon and Trial Monsters by 5%
- 4 – 129 Magicka Recovery
- 5 – Ground based effect abilities cast apply a circle of might on the ground. Allies in the circle gain Major Courage, granting 258 Weapon and Spell Damage.
- Medium – Arms of Relequen
- 2 – 833 Weapon Critical
- 3 – Minor Slayer, increasing damage done to Dungeon and Trial Monsters by 5%
- 4 – 833 Weapon Critical
- 5 – Light and Heavy attacks apply harmful winds to the target for 5 seconds, dealing 200 Physical Damage per second per stack. Stacks up to 20 times.
- Heavy – Aegis of Galanwe
- 2 – 1206 Max Health
- 3 – Minor Aegis, reducing damage taken by Dungeon and Trial Monsters by 5%
- 4 – 4% Healing Taken
- 5 – After successfully blocking, you have a 50% chance to empower 3 allies. Empower increases the damage of their next Light Attack by 40%.
Crown Store Gifting (New)
Beginning in this update, many Crown Store products (with the exception of Houses and Instant Unlocks such as Vampire bites) are now available to gift to other players! When a gift is received, the recipient is notified via the notifications system, and receives a link to take them directly to their gift inventory where they can open the gift. When a gift is sent, the sending player retains a receipt of the transaction within their “Sent Gifts” section of the gift box. All gifts have a 14 day expiration timer, at which point the gift is returned to the gifting player.
Daily Login Rewards (New)
Beginning on June 5, ESO will be introducing a new rewards system that will allow you to claim a reward each day you log into ESO! Rewards range from in-game currency, consumables, to even unique collectibles. Daily rewards are cumulative, not consecutive. This means you will receive a new reward each day you log in, not based on the amount of consecutive days you log in.
You can claim your daily reward from one of the following areas:
- The Announcement panel, right after you load into your character
- The new Daily Login Calendar found in the Crown Store UI
- Right before logging out
Rewards become available to claim at 12AM UTC each day, and the collection of rewards will refresh on the first day of each calendar month. The length of the reward calendars will likely vary in length and won’t necessarily be the same number each month. Until this system launches on June 5, the rewards window UI will appear blank.
Changes to the Base Game
Battlegrounds Moving to Base Game (Change)
Battlegrounds are now available to all ESO players! We’ve also implemented several improvements for Battlegrounds to go along with this change. Battleground match making now adds an additional multiplier to the value of players who are grouped. This value scales differently between 2, 3, and 4 player groups. This change is intended to improve the quality of matches between players. Pre-formed groups will generally be pitted against pre-formed groups, and solo players will generally be pitted against other solo players.
Decreased the rate at which the system expands the range of players to be evaluated for a potential match. These changes were done in an effort to make Battleground matches more competitive. With these adjustments, there may be longer queue times to produce better competition in Battlegrounds, but we will be monitoring their impact and adjusting if necessary.
The Activity Finder now includes a Daily reward for completing Random Battlegrounds, as well as bonus XP. You must come in 1st or 2nd place to earn these rewards. Further queuing for the Random Battleground will give bonus XP if you come in 1st or 2nd.
You can now choose to queue for specific game types, similar to choosing specific Dungeons in the Dungeon Finder. No bonus rewards are granted for using this queue method, but you are guaranteed to get a game of your choosing when picking Deathmatch, Flag Games or Land Grab games. You can also choose to queue for more than one game type.
Champion Point Increase
The Champion Point cap has been raised by a total of 30 points (10 in each red/blue/green constellation) for a total of 750 Champion Points. The Champion Point experience curve has been automatically adjusted with this new cap, so that earlier Champion Points require less experience and can be earned faster.
Light and Heavy Attacks
Rebalanced the Light and Heavy Attack damage scaling ratios so that Light and Heavy Attacks now scale their damage in the same way that normal abilities do – Max Magicka and Max Stamina is now a greater contributing factor towards their damage. Rebalanced Light and Heavy Attack damage across weapon types to reinforce the concept that Light Attacks are for dealing damage and Heavy Attacks are for restoring resources. In general, this means:
- Light Attacks with One Hand and Shield, Dual Wield, Bow, Destruction Staff, and Restoration Staff weapons will deal more damage.
- Light Attacks with Two Handed weapons will deal less damage.
- Heavy Attacks with Destruction Staff and Restoration Staff weapons will deal more damage.
- Heavy Attacks with Two Handed, One Hand and Shield, Dual Wield, and Bow weapons will deal less damage.
This buff category now increases the damage done by your next Light Attack by 40%, instead of increasing the damage done of any attack by 20%. This is a huge nerf to PvP, but will probably come out as a wash in PvE.
Two Handed, Bow, Destruction Staff, and Restoration Staff weapons now count for two pieces towards any item set bonus. This is perhaps the largest overall change with this Update and is one that many players are happy about. Those using Staves and Great Swords have been complaining for along time about this, and their day has finally come. I can’t wait to play around with this!
Alliance Points earned from defending objectives no longer require you to wait in an objective for the tick (the distribution of Alliance Points after combat subsides). Instead, each type of objective will track whether you’ve earned credit towards a defense or offense tick. Getting on the credit list is achieved by several actions that already occur in a keep siege, which include:
- Assisting in killing other player characters within a Keep’s area that results in earning AP from that kill.
- Healing and damaging Keep pieces within the area of a Keep.
- Resurrecting a player character within a Keep’s area in which the player who was resurrected is located, rather than where the player doing the resurrection is standing.
- Effective healing (non-self) within a Keep’s area of a player(s) in a battle that would have resulted in AP being granted from a kill. This includes cases where a player is worth 0 or reduced AP from a recent death, such as respawning at a Forward Camp.
If a credit is sourced between players that are both in areas associated with an objective, the AP awarded to the pool is split 50/50 between the two objectives. Offensive (Capture) ticks still have a base value that will be granted regardless of being on the credit list, but any bonus AP earned by combat around and inside an objective will only be granted to players that are on the credit lists.
You can be on all credit lists for a single Keep Superstructure at the same time (Keep, Mine, Lumbermill and Farm). However, if you attack or defend a new structure (i.e. – a different mine) your credit for the prior structure will be removed. Outposts, Towns and Imperial districts will all overwrite each other in terms of credit lists. Entering a Delve in Cyrodiil wipes your credit from all lists. If your character dies, you will not be cleared from a credit list, but logging out of the game will.
Increased the amount of Alliance Points you can earn from a Keep Defense with a multiplier based on the lowest ranking resource level of that Keep. For example, Keeps that have higher ranks in food, ore and wood, will have a higher defense tick for that Keep. For Resources and Outposts, there is a flat rate increase to the AP you can earn on the defense tick. Districts do not have a modifier to defensive AP. Remember, to earn Defensive AP, you must participate in the defense and not simply show up to watch the fight.
Drastically reduced the under-population and Underdog evaluation periods. This will result in alliances getting Underdog or under-population bonus scoring adjustments more frequently. While under the benefit of Underdog or under-population, capturing and holding your native objectives will give a bonus towards Campaign Scoring. This should help ensure campaigns remain competitive when one or more factions are outnumbered frequently.
Overall this is a massive amount of changes, and I didn’t even get into all the ones pertaining to Skills because this was getting really long already. The changes to two-hand weapons are sure to be put to good use by many players right away, myself included on my Magicka Templar. I’m excited to try out some combinations with dual staves that should be interesting!
The new Sets look modestly appealing, primarily because I’m not a Trials player, however if you are that sort then I think you will be very pleased. The new Trial Sets were pretty bad originally on the PTS, but Zenimax corrected that mistake via feedback from the community, which is great! I think the “endgamers” will be very happy.
Jewelry Crafting, the jury is still out on. In theory it looks great, finally being able to craft Rings and Necklaces and able to wear two Crafted Sets at once, sounds like a dream. However, resources were really rare on the PTS and you need 10x the upgrade materials of each quality to upgrade them. This means you will need 80 of the Gold upgrade materials in order to make one Gold Ring. This is essentially the same as needing 80 Tempering Alloy to upgrade your Sword. And this is after the 80 Purple, 80 Blue and 80 Green materials…
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