ESO New Life Festival (2019-20)

During this time we bring forth dark tales and unsettling songs. The Unknown Passenger tells of a cloaked figure on a ship who none of the other travelers recall boarding. The Lost Fawn that takes refuge in the den of the wolf that killed its mother. The Midnight Lodger rents a room in the dead of night but vanishes before morning — along with the innkeeper’s child… — A Tale of Two Festivals, Botjolf Meadwarmer.

Note: As I complete more iterations during the 2019 event and come across new information from various sources, I will update this content.


  1. What’s New This Year
  2. Obtain quest
    1. How to Get to Windhelm, Eastmarch
  3. Double Experience
  4. Daily Quests
    1. Castle Charm
    2. Fish Boon Feast
    3. Lava Foot Stomp
    4. Mud Ball Merriment
    5. Signal Fire Sprint
    6. Snow Bear Plunge
    7. Stonetooth Bash
    8. The Trial of the Five-Claw Guile
    9. War Orphan’s Sojourn
  5. Rewards
  6. Event Tickets
  7. New Life Charity Writs
  8. Lore
  9. Travelling Merchants
  10. Recipes
  11. Achievements

What’s New This Year

  1. Event Tickets for the Impresario increased from 1 to 2 tickets.
  2. Skaal Adventurer Style
  3. All previous Indrik Berries will be available.
  4. Consolation for postponement of the Undaunted Festival: Additional 3 Event Tickets for defeating your first boss (World Boss, Delve Boss, Final Dungeon Boss, Final Trial Boss, Final Arena Boss, Dragon Hunt Boss, Dolmen Boss, and Geyser Boss.


Obtain the New Life Festival Quest

  1. Open the crown store and obtain your free New Life Festival Scroll.
  2. Use the scroll to obtain the map to lead you to Breda, a New Life Herald in Eastmarch and begin the quest “The New Life Festival”.
  3. Talk to Breda
  4. Listen
Breda Location
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How to Get to Windhelm, Eastmarch

There are a few options on how to get to Windhelm.

  1. Checking your friends, group, and/or guild lists for players in Eastmarch to travel to is the quickest and easiest.
  2. Asking in Zone, but this option isn’t very popular and may wake up the chat trolls.
  3. Use the Navigator system that is made up of Caravans (Cart Icon) or Ferries (Anchor Icon) located in the main city of each zone.
    1. Shadowfen (Alten Corimont)
    2. The Rift (Riften)
    3. Malabal Tor (Vulkwasten)
    4. Alik’r Desert (Sentinel)
  4. Walk there from an already unlocked zone.  Eastmarch is accessible from The Rift and The Rift can be accessed from Stonefalls.

Double Experience

When you first talk to Breda, she will give you a re-usable momento that will give you double experience points during the duration of the event.

Note: The Experience Bonus ends when it times out or your die, whichever first. 

Tip: Full Training Set + Mythic Ambrosia + Event Boost = 300% Exp gain from kills.

Tip: Double experience is also a great time to complete those sealed masterwrits taking up space in your inventory.


Daily Quests

The quests reset at the same time as the pledges and writs.

The quests can be abandoned to try for another one of the remaining quests for the day.

The quests can be shared.

Tip: The new snow globe house is on the table behind Breda and porting to it makes doing these quests a lot faster.
Some players that own this house will set it to their primary residence so that their guildies can use it to speed up their quests.

Tip: There is a lot of running around during these quests. Expedition gear, stamina potions, and speed buffs / potions will be very useful. A fast mount would not hurt either.

Tip: It will help if you have unlocked the wayshrines nearest the quest NPC’s in each of the zones listed. If not, check friend and guild lists for players in the zone of interest and travel to them.

Tip: The quests are random and you can abandon to try to get another quest.

Tip: If you haven’t unlocked the zone, use the ferries or caravans (anchors or cart icons on the town maps) to travel to the other factions. For example, from Daggerfall you can go to Auridon, Stonefalls, Stormhaven, Bangkorai, Stros M’kai, and Betnikh.


Castle Charm (Breton, Stormhaven)

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  1. Travel to Alcaire Castle
  2. Perform at the Old Goat Inn
    1. Use Performance Kit (Main floor – Use Key/Button)
  3. Perform in Alcaire Castle’s Square
    1. Use Performance Kit (Use Key/Button)
  4. Perform in the Throne Room
    1. Use Performance Kit ( Main Hall – Use Key/Button)
  5. Return to Breda


Fish Boon Feast (Argonian, Shadowfen)

You have to fish at the special “New Life Fishing Holes” located in two areas of Shadowfen in order obtain the needed fish.

  1. Deliver Fish to Gentle-Heart
    1. Collect Histmuck Blobfin
    2. Collect Shadowfen Creeping Leech
    3. Collect Black Marsh Cucumber
  2. Return to Breda

This the most time consuming quest until you have lots of fish, then it is the fastest.

Tip: Fish can be traded and sold.

Tip: I have had the best luck catching fish with River Bait.

Tip: You do not have to be on the event quest to fish the special event fishing holes.

Tip: Catch extra fish for future Fish Boon Feast Quests and retrieve from the bank to skip having to make a trip out to the fishing spots. If you do, use the Artaeum Pickled Fish Bowl Food to catch more fish.

Tip: You can buy simple bait in Hissmir at The Wayward Pilgrim from Charalee. However, regular fishing bait will work fine. Bait type doesn’t seem to matter, although some say foul bait works better (crawlers).

Tip: Voltan’s Fisherman add-on works on the special fishing holes. Audible and Visual alerts handy when fishing in a crowd.

Tip: If you have a second account, a Xbox One vibrating gamepad, and laptop, you can fish while you do the event quests / writs on your main computer to fish event fish by using the vibrations to know when to reel in the fish.


Lava Foot Stomp (Dunmer, Stonefalls)

  1. Dance at the Watch House Inn in Davon’s Watch
    (Dazzling Pin – Use key/button inside the tavern)  
    1. Optional: dance with other players to impress the tavern crowds
  2. Dance at the Fish Stink in Davon’s Watch
    (Dazzling Pin – Use key/button inside the tavern)
  3. Dance at the Ebony Flask in Ebonheart
    (Dazzling Pin – Use key/button inside the tavern)  
  4. Dance at the Hlaalu House in Ebonheart
    1. Join the celebration downstairs
      (Dazzling Pin – Use key/button inside the tavern)
  5. Return to Breda

Tip: When you exit the Watch House Inn, run along the next side of the bank and jump down to get to the next tavern faster.

Tip: If you obtained the free Ebonheart apartment, use it to fast travel to this location. When you leave your room, you will be able to dance.


Mud Ball Merriment (Bosmer,Auridon)

  1. Share the Joy of Mud Balls in Skywatch
    (Use Key/Button on other players or NPCs)
  2. Pelt one of the Faction Amassadors
    1. Pelt Dominion Ambassador Camore
    2. Pelt Daggerfall Ambassador Arnand Relippe
    3. Pelt Ebonheart Ambassador Tolendos Dreloth

Tip: They are in the Skywatch Manor, just inside the door, first door on your right.

Tip: If you have the Skywatch house, you can quickly fast travel to it and you will find 10 celebrants just outside listening to the bard.

Tip: If in a group, you can complete the part of the quest very quickly. However, the pelt the ambassador part will have to be done individually.

Tip: Head to the ambassador area. There is often a steady supply of questers coming through the door to get your 10 victims and without bounty.

Tip: Turn attack innocents on to complete quest sooner. Want the Mudball Miscreant Achievement? Before pelting an ambassador, hit the faction leaders in their current faction location first.

Tip: The location of the leaders will depend on where you are in the faction main questlines. Their starting positions are The Vulhkel Guard Bank (Aryenn), The Skald Kings Temporary Court in Windhelm (Jorunn) by the Enchanting building, and Wayrest Castle throne room in Wayrest (Emeric).

She is first found in the Bank of Vuhkel Guard.
Quest: In the Name of the Queen – Tanzilwil
Quest: The Veil Falls: Skywatch Manor
Quest: Sever All Ties : Firsthold Castle
Quest: The Orrery of Elden Root: Elden Root (Orrey)
Quest: The Staff of Magnus: Marbruk (Mages Guild)
Quest: Report to Marbruk (Queen’s Residence)
Quest: Shades of Green / Striking at the Heart: Hectahame
Quest: To Dune: Dune
Quest: The Weight of Three Crowns: Stirk (All three leaders are here)

Wayrest Castle.
Quest: Shornhelm Divided: Shornhelm (Ravenwatch /Shornhelm Castle)
Quest: Rendezvous at the Pass: Evermore
Quest:Storming the Garrison / Striking Back: (Bangkorai Garrison)
Quest: Trials and Tribulations: Hall of Heroes
Quest: The Weight of Three Crowns: Stirk (All three leaders are here)

Temporary Court (see map below)
Quest: One Victor, One King: Hall of Trials (Windhelm)
Quest:The War Council: Fort Amol (safe room)
Quest: Gods Save the King; Mistwatch
Quest: To Honrich Tower: Honrich Tower
Quest: To the King: Trolhetta
Quest: Stomping Sinmur : Trolhetta Summit
Quest: The Weight of Three Crowns: Stirk (All three leaders are here)

Fun Fact: Emeric and the other leaders can also be hit during the Mage’s Guild quest where he makes an appearance. Mud ball must be thrown before combat.

There is a 4 second cooldown between mudballs.

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Signal Fire Sprint (Red Guard,Alik’r Desert) — TIMED QUEST

  1. Talk to Aubatha
  2. Light 4 Torches within 1 minute
  3. Return to Aubatha
  4. Return to Breda

Tip: The fastest way to complete this quest is to do in group. 4 person is the easiest by placing a groupmate at each torch and then co-ordinating the torch lighting. The timer starts when light the first torch. Put the slowest members closest to the NPC quest giver.

Tip: You can accept the quest while mounted and use it to approach the first signal fire.

Note: Once you light a signal fire, you will be unable to ride a mount until you have completed the quest.

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Snow Bear Plunge (Nord, Eastmarch)

  1. Travel to Cub’s Tumble
    1. Jump
  2. Travel to Horker’s Drop
    1. Leap form Horker’s Drop into the water.
  3. Travel to Dead Man’s Fall
    1. Leap From Dead Man’s Fall into the water.
  4. Return to Breda

Tip: Take off your armour to get the Snow Bare Plunge achievement.

Tip: If you have purchased the Windhelm House, you can fast travel to it to save some time.

You must fall into the water and not hit land when plunging or you will have to redo or find the trigger spot to advance quest.

It takes around 10 seconds for the bonfire to remove the freezing debuff.


Stonetooth Bash (Orc, Betnik)

  1. Travel to Stonetooth Fortress on Betnikh
  2. Talk to Matron Borbuga
    1. Collect Stonetooth Mystery Meat (8)
      (Wolves and rabbits)
    2. Collect Betnikh Honeycomb
    3. Deliver Food to Matron Borbuga
  3. Feast with Matron Borguga’s Clain
    1. Drink Some Betnikh Spiked Ale
      (Large Keg to the right of Matron)
    2. Eat Slice of Honeyed Wolf Pie
      (Long Table – Near Matron)
    3. Nibble Bitter Goat Cheese
      (2nd Nearest Long Table – Cheese)
    4. Show your appreciation
      1. Use Soiled Napkin  (Use Key/Button)
      2. Optional: Show Appreciation to Other Player
        1. Use Soiled Napkin  (Use Key/Button) with target on other player.
  4. Return to Breda

Tip: If you need a ride there, there is a boat from Daggerfall docks.

Tip: Some players have trouble “showing appreciation” to others. Find the soiled napkin in your inventory (quest tab) and use from there to advance quest.

Tip: Some wolves outside the indicated zone also work for the quest. Try near the Grimfield wayshrine to the west.

Tip: The “critter” bunnies also drop the meat.

Tip: There are new wasp nests added this year that are instanced and can be used by multiple players to obtain honey for the quest. Map Soon™

In 2019, Wasp nests were added to make quest less tedious.

Note: If you are wondering how to get the drink achievement, you have to obtain the recipe from one of the event boxes, buy recipe from trader, or obtain crafted drink from another player.


The Trial of the Five-Clawed Guile (Khajiit, Reaper’s March) — TIMED QUEST

  1. Travel to Rawl’kha in Reaper’s March
    1. Collect Footpad’s Coin
    2. Collect Prowler’s Coin
    3. Collect Rahjin’s Coin
  2. Present Coins to Tumira
  3. Return to Breda

Note: You need to open 3 chests in under 3 minutes.

Tip: Force Lock action can be used on the chests to open quickly.
Increase your Force Lock chance with a Legerdemain passive found called Locksmith in the World skill lines (if unlocked).

Tip: Can be done in a group for greater chance of success with the 35 sec. achievement limit.

Tip: This quest will unlocked Legerdemain and level it every time you successfully open a chest.

Tip: If you are not very good at lockpicking, start with the chest on the right (Advanced) so that if you fail, you will not have to redo the other two chests again.

Tip: If you run out of lockpicks, the event vendor (Snegburgak) near this quest giver’s wagon sells lockpicks.


War Orphan’s Sojourn (Altmer, Grahtwood)

  1. Talk to Ormurrel at the Temple of the Eight(Crafting Station) in Grahtwood
    Complete One of:  
    1. Donate to the Temple of the Eight in Grahtwood (69g)
    2. Kill Encroaching Wildlife (5)
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Tip: The donation cost is lower for lower level characters

Tip:  Other can be done optionally afterwards. Both will complete War Orphan’s Benefactor achievement.



The New Life Gift boxes give players 4 items from 8 broad categories:
Crafting Mats (100%),
Skinchanger Style Item (100%),
Disposable Items (100%),
Recipes (Rare), Writs (Rare) , Skinchanger Motif Chapters (Rare), Runeboxes (Rare)

More information on drop rates

  1. New Life Gift Box
    1. A random crafting material (Ingredient, Reagent, Glyph)
    2. A consumable version of a New Life-Themed Memento
      1. Disposable Juggling Knives
      2. Disposable Swallower’s Sword
      3. Fire-Breather’s Oil Bun
      4. Mud Ball
      5. Sailor’s Warning Festival Grog
    3. A Skinchanger Style Item (Wolfsbane Incense)
  2. If you’re fortunate, you might also receive one of these rarer rewards, too:
    1. Skinchanger Motif chapters
    2. New Life recipes
    3. New Life collectibles (packaged in Runeboxes and tradeable):
      • Sword-Swallower’s Blade memento
      • Juggler’s Knives memento
      • Fire-Breather’s Torches memento
      • Mud Ball Pouch memento
      • Nordic Bather’s Towel costume
      • Colovian Filigreed Hood hat
      • Colovian Fur Hood hat
    4. A selection of lights, lamps, and lanterns for your home to celebrate the Signal Fire Sprint
    5. Draughts of Stealth and Escape to celebrate the Trial of Five-Clawed Guile
    6. New Life Charity Writs
  3. 332g

Charity Writs

In 2018, New Life Crafting writs were introduced.

In 2019, a new set of Charity writs (Deep Winter Charity Writ) were added.

New Life Charity Writs

In addition to the above rewards, New Life Festival Gift Boxes can now also include New Life Charity Writs! These new, event-exclusive writs task you with creating simple furnishing items to donate in the spirit of the season. Once you’ve completed one of these new writs, you can turn it in to any writ return location for its item type. If you don’t have the recipe required to craft the writ, visit the relevant crafting vendor to pick it up.

Of course, performing this good deed is its own reward, but in addition to a philanthropic sense of satisfaction, if you complete 12 Charity Writs on a single character, you’ll unlock the “Newly Charitable” Achievement, granting you the incredible Crystalfrost skin!

Identified Writs

  1. Brewer
    1. Common Candle, Set
  2. Blacksmith
    1. Common Platter, Serving
    2. Rough Bowl, Common
    3. Rough Cup, Empty
  3.  Carpenter
    1. Breton Twin Bed
    2. Breton Bed, Bunk
    3. Common Table, Slanted
    4. Common Washtub, Empty
  4. Clothier
    1. Common Basket, Tall
    2. Rough Bedroll, Basic
  5. Woodworker
    1. Stool, Carved


Deep Winter Charity Writs

  • These new writs have a chance of coming from the New Life Festival Gift Box, obtained from completing the New Life daily quests.
  • Completing these writs rewards a Skaal Explorer’s Bundle. The bundle awards one random, tradeable style page from the Skaal Explorer outfit style (with 17 total pages).
Check out Tianlein’s YouTube video

Identified Writs

  • Blacksmith
    • Rough Hatchet, Practical
    • Rough Knife, Butcher
  • Clothier
    • Rough Stretcher, Military
  • Woodworker
    • Rough Container, Cargo
    • Rough Box, Boarded


Event Tickets

The first two times you complete a New Life Festival daily quest, you earn an Event Ticket in addition to your Gift Box for each. You can earn only two Event Ticket this way per day, with the timer resetting at 1:00AM EST each morning.

More Information About Event Tickets and the Impresario

Due to the postponement of the Undaunted festival, this year’s New Life Festival includes 3 bonus event tickets if you kill any of the following boss non-player characters:
World bosses, Delve bosses, Final dungeon bosses, Final trial bosses, Final arena bosses, Dragon hunt, Dolmen, and Abyssal Geyser bosses.

Tip: If you want to increase your loot, experience, and reputation with factions such as the Undaunted or Fighters Guild, grab a guild quest, pledge, or hunt quest before hunting a boss.

Impresario Items

The Impresario has opened her warehouse during the New Life Festival, and has a ton of new and returning items you can spend your Event Tickets on, including:

  • All four Indrik Feathers
  • New Pure-Snow Berries of Ripeness
  • All previous Pure-Snow Indrik Berries
  • New Frost-Light Indrik pet
  • ALL previous Indrik Berries (!)
  • New Skaal Explorer Outfit Style pages



  1. “From Old Life to New”
    Located on a barrel in Breda’s camp.


Traveling Festival Merchants

  1. Eastmarch (Voljar Meadery Wayshrine), Raeififeh
    Eastmarch (Under the bridge at Horker’s Drop), Snegburagak  
    1. High Hrothgar Festival Mints 22g
      Turns you into an ice version of yourself
    2. Sailor’s Warnign Festival Grog 22g
      Turn’s display sepia toned



  • Fish Boon Angler (5pts)
  • Five-Clawed Cat Burglar
  • Glory of Magnus (50pts & Title: Magnanimous)
    • New Life Celebrant
    • New Life Provisioner
    • Skinchanger Style Master
    • Snow Bare Plunge
    • Five-Clawed Cat Burglar
    • Lava Foot Shuffle
    • Mud Ball Miscreant
    • Signal Fire Zephyr
    • War Orphan’s Benefactor
    • Fish Boon Angler
    • Stonetooth Belcher
    • The Charming Castle Duo
  • Lava Foot Shuffle (5pts)
  • New Life Celebrant (10pts & New Life Cerulean dye)
  • New Life Provisioner (10pts)
  • “Newly Charitable” (Crystalfrost skin)
  • Signal Fire Zephyr (5pts)
  • Skinchanger Stle Master (50pts)
  • Snow Bare Plunge (5pts)
  • Stonetooth Belcher (5pts)
  • The Charmin Castle Duo (5pts)
  • War Orphan’s Benefactor (5pts)


Achievement Furniture

The New Life Celebrant’s Standard – Available for 2,500 gold once you complete the “New Life Celebrant” achievement.


Alcaire Festival Sword-Pie
Max Health
Bergama Warning Fire
Stamina and Health Recovery
Betnikh Spiked Ale
Magicka Recovery and Health Recovery
(crafted version needed for achievement)
Hissmir Fish-Eye Rye
Magicka and Stamina Recovery
Also, gives you a temporary “Keen Eye”
passive for spotting fishing holes and
identifies the type of hole it is (eg. Freshwater, etc.)
Jagga-Dredged “Mud Ball”
Max Magicka and Max Stamina
Lava Foot Soup-and-Saltrice
Max Stamina and Stamina Recovery
Old Aldmeri Oprhan Gruel
Max Magicka
Rajhin’s Sugar Claws
Max Stamina
Snow Bear Glow-Wine
Stamina Recovery