ESO Patch Notes v.5.3.0 – Highlights (PTS)

The Elder Scrolls Online v5.3.0: Dark Heart of Skyrim Quarter 1 Event – the Harrowstorm DLC game pack! Harrowstorm introduces two new 4-player dungeons – Icereach and Unhallowed Grave – in addition to a number of new item sets and collectibles. ZOS’s biggest focus for this update was further improving game performance, with an emphasis on frame rate stability, ultimately resulting in fewer drops in your game’s framerate. The combat changes you’ll see support this goal, which you can read more about in this forum post. Size: 68.55GB

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Highlights

  • Harrowstorm DLC
    • 2 New Dungeons
      • Icereach and Unhallowed Grave (can be reached from Wrothgar and Bangkorai)
    • New Item Sets
      • Light, Medium, and Heavy
      • Monster Sets
      • Cyrodiil Crafting Sets
    • New Collectibles and Dyes
      • Lyris’ Icereach Battle Axe Outfit Style
      • Bloodrune Face and Body Markings
      • Wickerman Mishap emote
      • Frozen Blood Dye
    • New Achievements and Titles
      • 30 new achievements
      • Titles: “Storm Foe”, “Witch Hunter”, “Bonecaller’s Bane”, “Sanctifier”
    • New Furnishings
      • New Bust and Trophy Furnishings
  • Base Game
    • Performance Improvements
      • Optimized multi-threading to improve performance in situation with lots of effects (particles, projectiles, weather, etc.) at the same time
      • Optimized specific processes that cause spikes in resource usage and cause FPS drops
      • CPU Optimizations
        • Parallelized terrain loading
        • Tutorial GUI
        • Optimized compass pins
    • New PvP Campaigns
      • Four new PvP Campaigns with Dark Heart themed names.
    • New Collectibles
      • Knight of the Circle Armor and Weapon Outfit styles obtained from the War Researcher in Cyrodiil with Arena Gladiator Proofs.
    • New Homes
      • Forgemaster Falls: Includes blacksmithing station
      • Thieves’ Oasis
    • Master Writ Furnishings
      • Elsweyr Journeyman and Master Furnisher’s Documents once you complete quest “Rage of Dragon’s” (Northern Elsweyr) or “The Dragon’s Lair” (Southern Elsweyr)
      • New: Diagram: Elsweyr Gong, Ornate; Pattern: Elsweyr Bed, Senche-Raht, Blueprint: Elsweyr Well, Covered; Praxis: Khajiit Sigil, Moon Cycle; Formula: Elsweyr Mortar and Pestle, Engraved; Design: Elsweyr Breed Basket, Feast Day; Sketch: Elsweyr Game, Swan Stones
    • Crown Store Furnishings
      • Cadwell’s Astounding Portal (summon Cadwell)
      • Statue, Pride of Alkosh Hero.
    • Undaunted Achievement Furnishings
      • Gray Reliquary, Icereach Coven Totem.
    • Update 26 Prologue Quest (Darkness Falls in Skyrim)
  • Fixes and Improvements
    • Fixed an issue that prevented Trappings of Invigoration Restoration Staves and Leg items from dropping
    • Fixed an issue where Trappings of Invigoration Boots could drop as a reward for killing Zaan the Scalecaller.
    • The Moongrave Fane Motif pages are no longer restricted in how often they can drop per day.
    • Updated many quest reward items so their default enchantments can be overwritten.
    • A tutorial will now pop up when using puzzle cubes to give helpful hints on how they function.
    • Fixed an issue that prevented Werewolves from being able to open Thieves Troves even if they own the Thieves Guild DLC.
    • Combat and Gameplay (Including Item Set Changes)
    • Base Game
      • You can now only queue as a solo player into Battlegrounds.
      • Emotes will no longer be interrupted when you try to execute one immediately after crouching.
      • Fixed an issue where deconstructing multiple items at a time provided less inspiration than deconstructing them one at a time.
      • Storage Chests and Coffers are now sold by Rolis Hlaalu, instead of his assistant Faustina Curio. These no longer require the “Permanent Resident” achievement when purchased for Master Writs.
      • Crafting station furnishings attuned to the Armor of the Seducer set now use the full name of the set, instead of abbreviating it to “Seducer”. Looking at these in your line-up of crafting stations is now 400% more satisfying.
      • Receiving a Ready Check will now automatically cancel a pending “Leave Queue” confirmation dialog… because nothing is worse than leaving the queue just as your group was about to form.
      • The Elder Scrolls Online taskbar icon on PC clients will now light up if something time sensitive (ready checks, combat, etc.) occurs in-game when it’s not being focused.