Online:Story Quests

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Story Quests are the quests that form the main storyline of a zone. As of Update 21, all of a zone's non-missable story quests are listed in the Zone Story section of the Zone Guide. Any quest that is not part of the Zone Story is considered a Side Quest.

The storyline quests follow on from each other in a chain that will take you from one end of the zone to the other if you follow them in order; however, it is possible to complete a number of later quests in the chain without starting some of the quests that would otherwise come before them if followed in story order. To indicate this, quests in the story chain will either have a "Previous Quest" or a "Prerequisite Quest" listed in the header (sometimes both). A Prerequisite Quest is one which must be completed before that quest can be started; a Previous Quest is one which comes directly before such a quest in the chain, but is not required for that quest to start. Individual zone and alliance story charts represent this association visually.

Alliance Storyline[edit]

The Alliance Story comprises the original base game storylines, and is part of the first main story arc of Elder Scrolls Online, covering the Planemeld alongside the Main Quest.

Other Storylines[edit]

The main storylines of the Thieves Guild and Dark Brotherhood are considered the Zone Story quests for Hew's Bane and Gold Coast respectively.

Daedric War Storyline[edit]

The Daedric War Storyline is the second main story arc of Elder Scrolls Online. Unlike the Main Quest, it is not a single in-game questline; instead, it is an overarching story which spans multiple content updates in the form of DLC, Chapters, and free quests.

Season of the Dragon[edit]

The Season of the Dragon is the third main story arc of Elder Scrolls Online, comprising the Wrathstone and Scalebreaker DLC Dungeon Packs, the Elsweyr chapter, and the Dragonhold Zone DLC.

Dark Heart of Skyrim[edit]

The Dark Heart of Skyrim is the fourth main story arc of Elder Scrolls Online, comprising the Harrowstorm and Stonethorn DLC Dungeon Packs, the Greymoor chapter, and the Markarth Zone DLC.

  • A Dark ConspiracyGreymoor — Quests to unravel ancient secrets of the Gray Host in Western Skyrim and Blackreach
  • The Untamed DarknessMarkarth — Quests to investigate the mysteries of Arkthzand in the Reach and Blackreach

Gates of Oblivion[edit]

The Gates of Oblivion is the fifth main story arc of Elder Scrolls Online, comprising the Flames of Ambition and Waking Flame DLC Dungeon Packs, the Blackwood chapter, and the Deadlands Zone DLC.

Legacy of the Bretons[edit]

The Legacy of the Bretons is the sixth main story arc of Elder Scrolls Online, comprising the Ascending Tide and Lost Depths DLC Dungeon Packs, the High Isle chapter, and the Firesong Zone DLC.

  • The Shadow of ConspiracyHigh Isle — Quests to uncover the plots of a sinister order of knights that threaten the peace and security of High Isle
  • Prophecy of the DruidsFiresong — Quests to discover the ancient history of Druid King Kasorayn and the Druids of Galen

Secrets of Apocrypha[edit]

Secrets of Apocrypha is the seventh main story arc of Elder Scrolls Online, currently comprising the Scribes of Fate DLC Dungeon Pack and the Necrom chapter in 2023, and the Scions of Ithelia Dungeon Pack and Gold Road chapter in 2024. Similar to the structure of the Daedric War storyline, it is a multi-year story arc which spans multiple content updates in the form of DLC, Chapters, and free quests.

Quest Map[edit]

This chart shows the primary Alliance and Guild story chains, and their association with the progression of the Main Quest. Click through to each zone page for that zone's detailed story chart.

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Soul Shriven in Coldharbour
Khenarthi's Roost
Stros M'KaiBetnikh
Bleakrock IsleBal Foyen
The Harborage
Invitation: Aicessar's InvitationBasile's InvitationHilan's Invitation
Invitation: Curinure's InvitationNemarc's InvitationRudrasa's Invitation
— RANK 1 —
Daughter of Giants
Anchors from the Harbour
Long Lost Lore
Chasing Shadows
— RANK 2 —
The Dangerous Past
Simply Misplaced
Castle of the Worm
— RANK 3 —
The Tharn Speaks
The Prismatic Core
Circus of Cheerful Slaughter
Halls of Torment
— RANK 4 —
Malabal Tor
Alik'r Desert
Proving the Deed
Chateau of the Ravenous Rodent
Valley of Blades
— RANK 5 —
Shadow of Sancre Tor
Reaper's March
The Rift
Will of the Council
The Mad God's Bargain
Council of the Five Companions
The Arch-Mage's Boon
Messages Across Tamriel
Aldmeri DominionDaggerfall CovenantEbonheart Pact
The Weight of Three Crowns
God of Schemes
Cadwell's Almanac
Cadwell's Silver
Cadwell's Gold


Denotes a requisite path or quest. You must complete this before starting the subsequent quest.
Denotes an optional path or quest. The subsequent story quest can be started without this being completed.
Denotes an exclusive path or quest. Only one of the connected quests is required.
Denotes a quest which rewards a Skill Point.