19 Mar

ESOTU Motifs

Crafters work in the tradehallAs more motifs are being discovered in Tamriel, it becomes harder to remember where to find all this motif lore. This guide attempts to make it easier for the new or frugal crafter to locate motif chapters without being at the mercy of motif availability on guild traders.

Motif lore can be often found home and business containers (Nightstand, Desk, Wardrobe, Dresser, Cabinet, Cupboard, Trunk / Chests, Backpacks, and Urn / Vases).   Furthermore, the location of these containers often determines the types of motifs that can be found.  Unfortunately, many of these containers in towns will require some caution as they are considered property of the locals and if your theft is witnessed, you will negatively affect your status with the guards.

Contents

  1. Base Game
    1. Racial Motifs
      1. Breton
      2. Redguard
      3. Orc
      4. Dark Elf (Dunmer)
      5. Nord
      6. Argonian
      7. High Elf (Altmer)
      8. Wood Elf (Bosmer)
      9. Khajiit
    2. Rare Motifs
      1. Barbaric
      2. Primitive
      3. Ancient Elf
      4. Daedric
      5. Imperial
    3. Other
      1. Draugr
      2. Dwemer
      3. Ebony
      4. Glass
      5. Mercenary
      6. Soul Shriven
    4. Craglorn
      1. Celestial (Akatosh)
      2. Yokudan
    5.  Cyrodiil
      1. Covenant
      2. Dominion
      3. Pact
      4. Akaviri
  2. DLC
    1. Dark Brotherhood
      1. Assassins’ League
      2. Order of the Hour
      3. Dark Brotherhood
      4. Minotaur
    2. Imperial City
      1. Xivkyn
    3. Orsinium
      1. Ancient Orc
      2. Malacath
      3. Trinimac
    4. Shadows of the Hist
      1. Mazzatun
      2. Silken Ring
    5. Thieves’ Guild
      1. Abah’s Watch
      2. Dro-m’Athra
      3. Outlaw
      4. Thieves’ Guild
  3. Events
    1. Hallowjack
    2. Skinchanger
  4. Crown Store Exclusives
  5. Appendix 1 – Motifs Summary
  6. Appendix 2 – Achievements

Base Game

Racial Motifs

Racial motifs are the styles of the main races of Tamriel.  These blue motif books are commonly found in within your starting alliance regions.

  • Breton
  • Redguard
  • Orc
  • Dark Elf (Dunmer)
  • Nord
  • Argonian
  • High Elf (Altmer)
  • Wood Elf (Bosmer)
  • Khajiit

By default, you will know the style of your race automatically. The achievement for knowing all of these is called Alliance Style Master (15 pts.)

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Rare Style Motifs

These purple motif books are much rarer and mostly found in “Veteran” Areas.

Cadwell’s Silver Regions*

  • Barbaric
  • Primitive

Cadwell’s Gold Regions*

  • Ancient Elf
  • Daedric

All Regions (extremely rare)

  • Imperial

*The region will depend on your starting faction. For Aldmeri characters, Ebonheart pact regions. For Daggerfall characters, Aldmeri Dominion regions. For Ebonheart characters, Daggerfall Covenant regions.

NOTE: OneTamriel removed Silver and Gold Regions. Motifs listed above in Gold and Silver will be located in all zones (2.6.0)

The achievement for knowing all of these is called Rare Style Master (15 pts.)

Learning any of the racial or rare motifs will also earn the Racial Style Learned (5 pts.)

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Draugr

This style has been re-discovered by the Mages Guild, Fighters Guild, and the Undaunted.

  • This ancient style of Nord armor can be learned from chapters rarely obtained by completing the new Fighters Guild, Mages Guild, and Undaunted Delve dailies.
  • Pristine Shrouds, used to create Draugr-styled gear, can also be obtained from these quests

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Dwemer

These purple motif chapters are occasionally found in areas with Dwemer constructs or artifacts (jars, urns, vases, etc.). A complete Dwemer Motif book (yellow) can sometimes be found, but they are extremely rare.

In the past, I have observed that if a blue motif book is found in a dwemer dungeon, a purple one will not spawn. Also, there appears to be mechanic to reduce camping of the dwemer dungeons and the open containers will reset in approximately 1 hour (if this hasn’t changed).

The style material can be found in the Dwemer containers and off the constructs.  10 Dwemer scraps refine into a Dwemer Frame.

There is a detailed farming guide available on the official forums by Lukustreign

Dwemer Locations

Aldmeri Dominion

  • Malabal Tor , Ragnthar

Daggerfall Covenant

  • Alik’r Desert, Santaki
  • Alik’r Desert, Aldunz
  • Alik’r Desert, Ragnathar
  • Alik’r Desert, Rkulftzel
  • Alik’r Desert, Volenfell
  • Alik’r Desert, Yldzuun
  • Bankorai, Klathzgar
  • Bankorai, Razak’s Wheel

Ebonheart Pact

  • Stonefalls, Inner Sea Armature
  • Deshaan, Mzithumz
  • Deshaan, Bthanual
  • Deshaan, Lower Bthanual
  • Deshaan, Darkshade Caverns
  • Eastmarch, Mzulft
  • Eastmarch , Ragnthar
  • The Rift, Avanchnzel

Coldharbour

  • Vile Laboratory

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Ebony

Note: To be introduced in patch 2.7.x
  • Individual chapters of the style, or the whole book, can be purchased for Master Writ vouchers.
  • The Style Item, Night Pumice, can also be purchased from Rolis Hlaalu for Master Writ vouchers.

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Glass

Glass motif fragments are obtained from equipment crafting writs (Blacksmithing, Clothing, Woodworking).  Once you have collected 10 fragments and purchased a special item (Merethic Restorative Resin) from any Mystic vendor, you can combine the fragment into a random glass motif.

Glass style items are obtained from treasure chests located in the factional regions (eg. Aldmeri Dominion, Daggerfall Covenant, and Ebonheart Pact).

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Mercenary

Mercenary Motif Chapters are obtained from the Undaunted “Treasure Boxes” opened with keys earned with successful completion of a pledge.

Mercenary style item, laurel, has a random chance of dropping off a named boss a pledge dungeon.  The more Mercenary chapters learned, the greater chance to loot a laurel.

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Soul Shriven

Upon completion of the Cadwell’s Silver questline, a complete motif Soul Shriven Motif book (yellow) will be mailed to you. Cadwell’s Silver quest line will be available to you after completing the Main Quest Line.  The style material is obtained as a random drop from Dolmen Chests that appears after all the Daedra have been dispatched and from the final mobs of the mini blue daedra portals that spawn a few waves of opponents.

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Craglorn Motifs

Celestial

Celestial motif are the the signature look of the final bosses of the Trials of Craglorn.

  • The weekly quest for each Craglorn Trial will always award one chapter from a subset of chapters specific to that Trial.
    • Aetherian Archive awards the chapters for Axes, Boots, Helmets, Shoulders, and Staves.
    • Sanctum Ophidia awards the chapters for Bows, Daggers, Gloves, Legs, and Swords.
    • Hel Ra Citadel awards the chapters for Belts, Chests, Maces, and Shields.
    • All three quests have a very small chance for the complete motif book.
  • The style item, Star Sapphires, can be obtained by defeating the Bosses of these Trials, with a greatly increased drop chance on Veteran Mode and from Hard Mode encounters.

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Yokudan

This style can be seen on many of the enemies in Craglorn.

  • The chapters of the style can be rarely obtained by completing repeatable quests in Craglorn.
  • The style item, Ferrous Salts, can also be obtained from these quests.
Recommended Daily Quests

Critical Mass - Spellscar The Seeker's Archive - The Seeker's Archive Supreme Power - Elinhir Souls of the Betrayed - Skyreach Catacombs Waters Run Foul - The Fallen City of Shada The Trials of Rahni'Za - Rahni'Za, School of Warriors The Gray Passage - Dragonstar + various delves in upper craglorn

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Cyrodilic Motifs

Note: Patch Notes 2.7.x indicate that these motifs will be available from a new vendor called War Researcher located in the base camps of Cyrodiil.

There are four motifs available in Cyrodil (excluding the Imperial City)

Akaviri

The Akaviri style motifs are purchased from the Cyrodil Siege Merchants for Alliance Points (AP). The style material can also be purchase with AP.

Allegiance

There are three factional motifs available from the chests in Cyrodil. Note that only the motif chapters for your home alliance will be able to be looted.

  • Aldmeri Dominion (50 achievement points)
  • Daggerfall Covenant (50 achievement points)
  • Ebonheart Pact (50 achievement points)

The style material can be purchased from the Tel Var merchant in Imperial City or from the seige merchants in Cyrodil.

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Downloadable Content (DLC)

Dark Brotherhood

Assassins League

The Assassins League style is available for aspiring assassins, and chapters can be found by defeating bosses in the Gold Coast area.

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Order of the Hour (Akatosh)

The Chapters (or rarely, the full Book) are occasionally found in the reward for the Daily Quest to defeat the champions of the Kvatch Arena.

Pearl Sand, the style item for the Akatosh style, is guaranteed to come from that same Daily Quest reward. It also occasionally drops from those bosses. Grains of Pearl Sand, the raw version of the style item, can be found in resource nodes throughout the Gold Coast. Your chance of obtaining Grains of Pearl Sand increases with your knowledge of the style.

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Dark Brotherhood

The Chapters (or rarely, the full Book) are available by completing Sacraments for the Dark Brotherhood. The better your performance, the more likely you are to obtain a piece of the Motif.

Black Beeswax, the style item for the Dark Brotherhood style, is occasionally obtained by completing Contracts for the Dark Brotherhood.

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Minotaur

The Chapters (or rarely, the full Book) are occasionally found in the reward for the Daily Quest to kill Limenauruus, the giant Minotaur, in the Gold Coast.

Oxblood Fungus, the Style Item for the Minotaur style, is guaranteed to come from that same Daily Quest reward. It also occasionally drops from that boss. Oxblood Fungus Spores, the raw version of the style item, can be found by killing lesser Minotaurs all throughout the Gold Coast. Your chance of obtaining Oxblood Fungus Spores increases with your knowledge of the style

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Imperial City

Xivkyn

Xivkyn motifs are found in well guarded chests in the Imperial City. The style material (Charcoal of Remorse) can be purchased at the Tel Var merchant in the Imperial Sewers.

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Orsinium

Ancient Orc

The Ancient Orc motifs chapters drop off the named bosses in the Wrothgar Public Dungeons.

Old Orsinium
  • Bows
  • Boots
  • Chests
  • Daggers
  • Gloves
  • Maces
  • Swords
Rkindaleft
  • Axes
  • Belts
  • Helmets
  • Legs
  • Shields
  • Shoulders
  • Staves

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Malacath

The Malacath motifs chapters are obtained as a random drop from the Wrothgar reward boxes earn with the successful completion of a world boss daily quest.

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Trinimac

The Trinimac motifs chapters are obtained as a random drop from the Wrothgar reward boxes earn with the successful completion of a delve daily quest.

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Shadows of the Hist

Note: To be implemented in update 2.7.x

Mazzatun

  • The chapters can be obtained from killing the final boss of the dungeon: rarely on Normal mode, more often on Veteran mode, and a guaranteed drop on Veteran Hard mode.
  • The Style Item, a Leviathan Scrimshaw, can be obtained from killing bosses in the Ruins of Mazzatun dungeon: rarely on Normal mode, somewhat more often on Veteran mode, and guaranteed from the final boss on Veteran Hard mode.

Silken Ring

  • The chapters can be obtained from killing the final boss of the dungeon: rarely on Normal mode, more often on Veteran mode, and a guaranteed drop on Veteran Hard mode.
  • The Style Item, Distilled Slowsilver, can be obtained from killing bosses in the Cradle of Shadows dungeon: rarely on Normal mode, somewhat more often on Veteran mode, and guaranteed from the final boss on Veteran Hard mode.

Thieves Guild

Abah’s Watch

The Abah’s Watch motifs can be found in the Large Laundered Shipments obtained from the repeatable quests found in the Thieves Guild hideout.

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Dro-m’Athra

The Chapters (or rarely, the full Book) are available by completing the Quest to clear the Maw of Lorkhaj. You will always obtain a piece of the Motif from this quest, regardless of whether the quest is completed on Normal or Veteran mode.

Defiled Whiskers, the style item for the dro-m’Athra style, are found in that same Quest reward. They are also obtained by killing bosses in the Maw of Lorkhaj: Occasionally from bosses on Normal mode, a guaranteed drop from every boss on Veteran mode, and multiple Defiled Whiskers from defeating Rakkhat on Veteran Hard mode.

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Thieves’ Guild

You’ll be able to find the Chapters (or rarely, the full Book) for the Thieves Guild crafting style in the Unidentified Equipment boxes obtained as a reward for performing Heists to the Thieves Guild’s highest standards. Trait items found in Thieves’ Troves.

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Outlaw

The outlaw motifs chapters drop off the named bosses in the Hew’s Bane Delves and its world bosses.

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Events

Hallowjack

Plunder skulls obtained during the Witches’ Festival from dolmen chests, world bosses, and delve bosses.

Skinchanger

New Life Festival containers obtained by completing Breda’s daily quests.

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Crown Store Exclusives

These controversial items can only be made from Crown Store Mimic Stones or style items obtained from deconstructing player-made motif items ,ade from mimic stones.

Grim Harlequin

Sold during Witches Festival

Stalhrim Frostcaster

Sold during New Life Festival

 

Appendix 1 – Motif Summary

Note: When OneTamriel goes live. Existing motifs will be found in all zones. Daedra Hearts will become uncommon drop from humanoid Daedra. Argentum, Copper, and Palladium will be found in treasure chests. (2.6.0)

37DraughrPristine ShroudsBase (Fighters’, Mages’, and Undaunted Guild Dailies 2.6.0)

 Motif  Title  style material  Content type
 1 Altmer Adamantite Base (non-veteran)
 2 Dunmer Obsidian Base (non-veteran)
 3 Bosmer Bone Base (non-veteran)
 4 Nord Corundum Base (non-veteran)
 5 Breton Molydenum Base (non-veteran)
 6 Redguard Starmetal Base (non-veteran)
 7 Khajit Moonstone Base (non-veteran)
 8 Orc Manganese Base (non-veteran)
 9 Argonian Flint Base (non-veteran)
 10 Imperial Nickel Base (all)
 11 Ancient Elf Palladium Base (veteran – gold)
 12 Barbaric Copper Base (veteran – gold)
 13 Primal Argentum Base (veteran – gold)
 14 Daedric Daedra Hearts Base (non-veteran)
 15 Dwemer Dwemer Frame Base (all – dwemer containers)
 16 Glass Malachite Base (all)
 17 Xivkyn Charcoal of Remorse DLC (Imperial City)
 18 Akaviri Gold Scale Base (Cyrodil)
 19 Mercenary Laurel Base (Undaunted Reward)
 20 Yokudan  Ferrous Salt Base (Craglorn repeatable quests 2.6.0)
 21 Ancient Orc  Casserite DLC (Orsinium)
 22 Trinimac  Auric Tusk DLC (Orsinium – Delve Daily Boxes)
 23 Malacath Potash DLC (Orsinium – WB Daily Boxes)
 24 Outlaw Rogue’s Soot  DLC (Thieves’ Guild – Bosses)
 25 Alliance – AD Eagle Feather Base (Cyrodil – Chests)*
DLC (Imperial City – Chests)
 26 Alliance – DC Lion Fang Base (Cyrodil – Chests) *
DLC (Imperial City – Chests)
 27 Alliance – EP Dragon Scute Base (Cyrodil – Chests)*
DLC (Imperial City – Chests)
 28 Ra Gada Ancient Sandstone Base (Craglorn – completing focus points, killing delve and world bosses)
 29 Soul-Shriven Azure Plasm  Base (Completion of Cadwell’s Silver)
 30 Morag Tong TBA FUTURE
 31 Skinchanger TBA FUTURE
 32 Abah’s Watch Polished Shilling DLC (Thieves Guild – Dailies)
 33 Thieves’ Guild Fine Chalk DLC (Thieves’ Guild – Heist Rewards)
 34 Assassin’s
League
Tainted Blood DLC (Dark Brotherhood)
35 Dro-M’athra Defiled Whiskers  DLC (Thieves Guild – Maw of Lorkhaj)
36 Dark Brotherhood Black Beeswax DLC (Dark Brotherhood – completing Sacraments for the Dark Brotherhood)
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38  Ebony  Night Pumice Master Writ vouchers spent at Rolis Hlaalu, Mastercraft Mediator
39 Minotaur Oxblood Fungus DLC (Dark Brotherhood – daily quest to kill Limenauruus)
40 Order of the Hour (Akatosh) Pearl Sand DLC (Dark Brotherhood -Daily Quest to defeat the champions of the Kvatch Arena)
41 Celestial Star Sapphires Base Craglorn Trials (2.6.0)
42 Hallowjack TBA Event (Collect and learn every chapter of the Hollowjack style book found during the Witches Festival.)
43 Grim Harlequin Crown Mimic Stone ?
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46  Stalhrim Frostcaster  Crown Mimic Stone
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* Note:  A character will only find the chapters for its aligned Allegiance.  eg. Pact players will find Pact Motifs.

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Appendix 2 – Achievements

There are 23 achievements available:

  • General
    • Akaviri Style Master (50)
    • Daggerfall Covenant Style Master (50)
    • Aldmeri Dominion Style Master (50)
    • Ebonheart pact Style Master (50)
    • Soul Shriven Style Master (15)
    • Mercenary Style Master (50)
    • Glass Style Master (50)
    • Any Racial Style Learned (5)
    • Rare Style Master (50): Ancient Elf, Imperial, Barbaric, Primitive, and Daedric
    • Dwemer Style Master (50): Dwemer Axes, Dwemer Belts, Dwemer Boots, Dwemer Bows, Dwemer Chests, Dwemer Daggers, Dwemer Gloves, Dwemer Helmets, Dwemer Legs, Dwemer Maces, Dwemer Shields, Dwemer Shoulders, Dwemer Staves, Dwemer Swords
    • Alliance Style Master (15): Breton, Reguard, Orc, Dark Elf (Dunmer) , Nord, Argonian, High Elf (Altmer) , Wood Elf (Bosmer), and Khajiit.
  • DLC
    • Dark Brotherhood
      • Assassins League Style Master (50)
      • Dark Brotherhood Style Master (50)
      • Minotaur Style Master (50)
      • Order of the Hour Style Master (50)
    • Thieves Guild
      • Abah’s Watch Style Master (50)
      • Dro-m’Athra Style Master (50)
      • Outlaw Style Master (50)
      • Thieves Guild Style Master (50)
    • Orsinium
      • Malacath Style Master (50)
      • Trinimac Style Master (50)
      • Ancient Orc Style Master (50)
    • Imperial City
      • Xivkyn Style Master (50)

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Related

Reference

  1. ALL MOTIFS UPDATED LIST, Official Forums
  2. A hints on obtaining Celestial, Yokudan, Dreugh motif pieces, Reddit

 

3 thoughts on “ESOTU Motifs

  1. in your appendix 1 on the http://benevolentbowd.ca/esotu/esotu-motifs/ it shows the Abah’s watch as TBA (future) but in the description of Abah’s Watch.. it states “The Abah’s Watch motifs can be found in the Large Laundered Shipments obtained from the repeatable quests found in the Thieves Guild hideout”

    Has it really been released?

    Please clarify for me.

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