This page lists all limited-time events which have taken place in The Elder Scrolls Online.
- 1 2014
- 2 2015
- 3 2016
- 4 2017
- 4.1 Cyrodiil Performance Test and Double AP Event
- 4.2 Thieves Guild Anniversary Event
- 4.3 Jester's Festival
- 4.4 Three Year Anniversary
- 4.5 Free Play Week
- 4.6 Morrowind Early Access
- 4.7 ESO Plus Bonus Event
- 4.8 Midyear Mayhem
- 4.9 Imperial City Anniversary Event
- 4.10 Reaper's Harvest Crown Crate Preview
- 4.11 Witches Festival 2017
- 4.12 Xbox ESO Free Play Days
- 4.13 Ten Million Stories
- 4.14 New Life Festival 2017
- 5 2018
Before ESO's official launch on 4 April, 2014, the game's megaservers were opened early as part of the pre-order bonuses. This began on March 30 for players with 5-day early access, and April 1 for those with 3-day early access. This period was free play and did not detract from players' remaining subscription time, and was followed by a surprise 2-day grace period of additional free play after release.
Welcome Back Weekend
The Welcome Back Weekend lasted from April 16 to April 20, 2015. During this time, players who participated in the beta were able to log in and play without purchasing a copy of the game. Players could also enter a giveaway by logging in during the event, and an orienteering challenge was hosted on the official forums with a chance to win a Bristlegut Piglet pet. The Senche-Leopard Mount was first made available throughout this event, and was the first limited time Crown Store release.
Free Play Weekend
The Free Play Weekend took place from December 7 to December 14, 2015. During this time, players could log in and play the PC/Mac and Xbox One versions of ESO without purchasing a copy of the game. Free play was not made available on PS4. Various discounts were also offered during the event.
Heart's Day was celebrated on February 16, 2016 at 7pm UTC on the PTS. A mass wedding ceremony was held in front of the Temple of Auri-El in Vulkhel Guard, Auridon (Dominion instance), with a special reading by Lead Loremaster Lawrence Schick on Twitch. A Crown Store Heart's Day sale was also held between February 11 and February 17, with 50% off the Wedding Dress, Wedding Suit, and Pledge of Mara.
Two Year Anniversary
To celebrate ESO's two year anniversary, a cake-based event took place from April 4 to April 12, 2016. During that period a free voucher was available from the Crown Store, which would begin the quest Ache For Cake. The quest involved helping Chef Donolon bake his new Jubilee Cake recipe. A Jubilee Cake Memento was given as a reward, and would result in a 100% Experience bonus for you and your group when activated during the event. The Memento is retained after the event, although without the Experience buff. Due to a bug with XP buff stacking, the event was extended from April 10 to April 12.
Japanese Free Trial Campaign
DMM ran a free trial campaign (無料体験キャンペーン) of the Japanese version of the game from August 2 to August 8, 2016. This promotion was only available to players with DMM accounts. New players who purchased the game during this period would receive the Explorer's Pack pre-order bonus, despite the game officially launching in Japan almost two months prior. This event occurred only on the NA megaserver for PC/Mac, since it's the only server accessible with the Japanese edition.
- Dark Anchors Aweigh! The struggle against the forces of Coldharbour has caused a "Planemeld Palpitation" that is skewing the odds and outcomes of events in and around the Imperial City! Time folds, reality shivers, and opportunities that have passed are available again. But this warp event won't last, so act now, and grab your chance while you can!
To celebrate the one year anniversary of the Imperial City DLC release, a "Planemeld Palpitation" event was held from August 29 to September 7, 2016 in the Imperial City. The drop rate of Tel Var Stones was doubled, as were the chances of obtaining the Soul-Shriven Skin and Stonefire Scamp collectibles from fighting the Simulacrum of Molag Bal. The DLC was 50% off in the Crown Store, and a new Imperial City Collector's Bundle was made available for the duration of the event. The event was originally to end on September 6 but was extended for a day.
The Witches Festival was celebrated from October 13, 2016 to November 1 or November 8, 2016. During that period a free whistle was available from the Crown Store, which began the quest The Witchmother's Bargain when used. A Witchmother's Whistle Memento was rewarded for completing the quest, and could be used to obtain a 100% Experience bonus and begin the event. With the buff applied, many different types of bosses would begin to drop Plunder Skulls containing unique recipes, motif chapters, and even two rare hats. Unlocking all of the achievements for this event would unlock the "Sun's Dusk Reaper" title.
Due to a bug introduced with Patch 2.6.7 which prevented the Plunder Skull achievements from counting earned skulls correctly, the event was extended to November 8 on PC/Mac.
Orsinium Anniversary Event
To celebrate the one year anniversary of the Orsinium DLC release, a celebration was held in Wrothgar from November 7 to November 21, 2016. During this event, the rewards from both Wrothgar daily quests and Maelstrom Arena were doubled. Regular nodes found in Wrothgar also provided double the items. The DLC was 75% off in the Crown Store, and the original Orsinium DLC Collector's Edition was made available again at a discounted price.
Free Play Weekend 2016
The 2016 ESO Free Play Weekend took place from November 16-21 on PC/Mac and PlayStation 4, and November 23-27 on Xbox One. During this time, players could log in and play ESO without purchasing a copy of the game. DLC content was still locked without purchasing.
New Life Festival
A festival celebrating New Life started on all platforms on December 15, 2016 and lasted until January 4, 2017. By completing the daily quests offered during this festival, players were able to find Skinchanger Style motifs, learn New Life Festival recipes, participate in parties for each Alliance race, and obtain exclusive collectibles. A 100% Experience bonus could also be obtained during this event. See the quest page for a full list of obtainable items.
Cyrodiil Performance Test and Double AP Event
From February 27 to March 6, a Double AP event was held on all platforms. During this event, the rate at which players earned Alliance Points was doubled, but Champion Point bonuses were disabled in all PvP Campaigns. This was done to incentivize participation in a large-scale performance test, so that the developers could evaluate whether or not the Champion system was contributing to lag within Cyrodiil on the live servers. Players were also encouraged to post constructive feedback on the official forums about Cyrodiil performance during the event.
Thieves Guild Anniversary Event
- Ssshhh, come here! In case you haven't noticed…
To celebrate the one year anniversary of the Thieves Guild DLC release, a celebration was held in Hew's Bane and the Maw of Lorkhaj from March 6 to March 20, 2017. During this event, the rewards from Heists were increased: flawed Heists gave the reward for perfect Heists, while perfect Heists gave double the crates. The rewards for killing World Bosses and delve bosses in Hew's Bane were also doubled, as were the number of Defiled Whiskers dropped in Maw of Lorkhaj. Regular nodes found in Hew's Bane yielded double the items.
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- Once a year, troupes of jesters and fools gather and encourage the people of Tamriel to toss aside their notions of status, honor, and class in a celebration of absurdity. Performers roam the streets mocking the rich and famous, towns celebrate with a variety of traditional festive pranks, and guests are encouraged to participate in silly games to win joke prizes.
Held from March 23 to April 4, 2017 on all platforms, the Jester's Festival added Jesters dressed as Jorunn the Skald King, High King Emeric, and Queen Ayrenn near the cities of Vulkhel Guard, Ebonheart, and Daggerfall. Speaking to any of the three Jesters started the intro quest The Jester's Festival, which rewarded the player with the Pie of Misrule Memento. After completing The Jester's Festival quest, the player was able to complete various daily quests for the duration of the Event for Jester's Festival Boxes, which could yield rewards such as the Crown of Misrule Hat, many new consumables, the Cherry Blossom Branch Momento, and several housing items. Players were also able to gain two new titles, Lord/Lady of Misrule and Royal Jester. Activating the Pie of Misrule memento granted a 100% XP boost for two hours, which could be refreshed an unlimited number of times during the event.
Three Year Anniversary
- Join us in celebrating The Elder Scrolls Online's three-year anniversary by participating in our delicious special event for a host of unique bonuses and rewards.
To celebrate ESO's third anniversary, Chef Donolon and his tasty Jubilee Cakes returned, on all platforms, to the cities of Vulkhel Guard, Ebonheart, and Daggerfall from April 4 to April 18, 2017. Players were able to begin the quest Ache For Cake by purchasing a Jubilee Cake Voucher in the Crown Store. Upon completing the quest and helping Donolon bake his recipe, players were given a 2nd Annual Jubilee Cake Memento which granted a 100% XP boost for two hours. Using the memento placed a 2nd Annual Jubilee Cake item on the ground, and the buff could be refreshed an unlimited number of times during the event by eating this cake. Daily and weekly quests also gave Anniversary Gift Boxes in addition to their regular rewards for the duration of the Event.
Free Play Week
Held from April 11-18 on all platforms, the Free Play Week allowed players to log in and play ESO without purchasing a copy of the game. During the event, the Tamriel Unlimited and Gold Edition versions of ESO were available at a discounted price, along with Crown packs and some items in the Crown Store. DLC content was still locked without purchasing.
Morrowind Early Access
Before Morrowind's official launch on 6 June 2017, PC/Mac players who pre-ordered were given early access to the Chapter's content (i.e. the Vvardenfell zone, the Warden class, and various digital bonuses). This began on May 22, 2017, when Update 14 went live on the PC/Mac megaservers. Early access was available immediately to players who purchased Morrowind digitally; for those who ordered a physical edition, proof of purchase needed to be submitted via an online form. Players who availed of the form still needed to use the code that comes with the physical edition, or they would lose access to Morrowind 72 hours after launch.
ESO Plus Bonus Event
The ESO Plus Bonus Event took place from July 5 to July 9, 2017. During this event, ESO Plus subscribers could earn a free Dwarven Crown Crate for each day they logged in during the event, to be delivered on July 17. Non-subscribers had the option of activating a free trial of ESO Plus from the Crown Store, which included all subscription benefits such as increased Gold and Experience and full access to DLC content for the duration of the event. However, purchasing full ESO Plus membership was required to earn the Crates or obtain subscription Crowns.
This event is celebrated by Imperial priests of St. Alessia every summer in commemoration of the Whitestrake’s slaughter of Elves at the Bridge of Heldon. It took place from July 20 to July 31, 2017.
Imperial City Anniversary Event
To celebrate the two year anniversary of the Imperial City DLC release, a second anniversary event was held from September 7 to September 18, 2016 in the Imperial City. The DLC was available for fifty percent off, and the Imperial City Collector's Bundle from the previous anniversary event was made available again for forty percent off. Drop rates were doubled for Tel Var Stones, Key Fragments, sacks from Cunning Scamps and Trove Scamps, and collectibles from the Simulacrum of Molag Bal.
Reaper's Harvest Crown Crate Preview
- The Reaper's Harvest Crown Crate season looms, and the visage of death rises like an ominous constellation!
A preview event for the Reaper's Harvest Crown Crate Season took place from September 22 to September 24, 2017. During this event, players could log in each day of the event and kill any enemy (excluding PvP) in order to earn a free Reaper's Harvest Crown Crate, to be delivered on September 27. Up to three free Crates could be earned in this manner. Reaper's Harvest Crates became available purchase from the Crown Store one day later, on September 28.
Witches Festival 2017
The Witches Festival ran from October 20 until November 1, 2017. (Source). Completing The Witchmother's Bargain quest awarded a memento, Witchmother's Whistle, which summoned a cauldron. Drinking from this cauldron granted a 100% XP boost for two hours, which could be refreshed an unlimited number of times during the event. Similar to the Witches Festival of 2016, this event featured the chance to earn Plunder Skulls by defeating delve bosses, dungeon bosses, World Bosses, and dolmen bosses. Drops from Plunder Skulls included Hollowjack Motif chapters, special themed recipes, and furniture. Rare drops included runeboxes containing Death Grin Skull, Hollowjack, Scarecrow, and Thicketman masks.
Xbox ESO Free Play Days
ESO was free to play on Xbox One from November 2 to November 6, 2017 as part of the Free Play Days event.
Ten Million Stories
An event on all platforms that ran from November 30, 2017 to December 6, 2017. It featured bonus rewards for completing Random Dungeon Groups, to celebrate 10 million players. Rewards included rare houses, mounts, and the chance to be entered as an NPC into future ESO content. (Source)
New Life Festival 2017
Similar to the New Life Festival of 2016, this event features double experience, the chance to earn Skinchanger Motif chapters, and more. Ran from December 15, 2017, until January 2, 2018.  There are nine quests, which can be completed each day on each character. Completing the initial quest awarded the memento Breda's Bottomless Mead Mug, which could be activated repeatedly throughout the event to grant your character a 100% XP boost for two hours.
ESO Plus Bonus Event
The ESO Plus Bonus Event took place from January 9 to January 15, 2018. During this event, ESO Plus subscribers could earn a free Flame Atronach Crown Crate for each day they logged in during the event, to be delivered on January 18. Non-subscribers had the option of activating a free trial of ESO Plus from the Crown Store, which included all subscription benefits such as increased Gold and Experience and full access to DLC content for the duration of the event. However, purchasing full ESO Plus membership was required to earn the Crates or obtain subscription Crowns.
Thieves Guild and Dark Brotherhood Celebration Event
- DLC Anniversary Event: Now for a limited time adventure in Hew's Bane and the Gold Coast enjoy the following rewards.
- - Increased rewards from Heists and Sacraments
- - Double Material Harvesting yield
- - Double rewards for defeating Delve and Group Bosses
The Thieves Guild and Dark Brotherhood Celebration Event took place from March 1 to March 12, 2018. During this event, increased rewards could be earned from Thieves Guild and Dark Brotherhood DLC content. Specifically, double drops were available from group bosses, delve bosses, and regular nodes in the Hew's Bane and Gold Coast zones. Defiled Whiskers drops from Maw of Lorkhaj bosses were also doubled. Rewards for completing daily Heists and Sacraments were increased for the duration of the event.[verification needed — how?] The two DLCs were available at a discounted price, and both Collector's Bundles temporarily returned to the Crown Store at a discount.