ESO Spoiler: New Life Festival

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: This article is being updated with more information as I complete more iterations during the 2018 event and come across new information from various sources.


  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. Draughts of Stealth and Escape to celebrate the Trial of Five-Clawed Guile
  2. 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.
  3.  The incredible Crystalfrost skin!
  4. The New Life Bonfire – Available for 10,000 gold once you complete the “Snow Bare Plunge” achievement
  5. The New Life Celebrant’s Standard – Available for 2,500 gold once you complete the “New Life Celebrant” achievement
  6. Event Tickets for the Impressario
  7. In addition to your Event Ticket, when you turn in your first New Life Festival daily quest, you will also receive a Mysterious Reward Box.
Tip: The new snow globe house is on the table behind Breda and porting to it makes doing these quests a lot faster.


Obtain the New Life Festival Quest

  1. Breda Location
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    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“.
    1. Talk to Breda
    2. Listen (Completed)


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


  1. The quests reset at the same time as the pledges and writs.
  2. The quests can be abandoned to try for another one of the remaining quests for the day.
  3. The quests can be shared.
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 (Alcaire, 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.

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.

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: Fish can be traded and sold

Tip: Voltan's Fisherman add-on works on the special fishing holes. Audible and Visual alerts handy when fishing in a crowd.
  1. Deliver Fish to Gentle-Heart
    1. Collect Histmuck Blobfin
    2. Collect Shadowfen Creeping Leech
    3. Collect Black Marsh Cucumber
  2. Return to Breda


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

    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.
  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


Mud Ball Merriment (Bosmer,Auridon)

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. T
Tip: he 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.
  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.
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Signal Fire Sprint (Red Guard,Alik’r Desert) — TIMED QUEST

Note: You can not use your mount to complete this quest.

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


Snow Bear Plunge (Windhelm, Eastmarch)

Tip: Take off your armour to get the Snow Bare Plunge achievement.
  1. Travel to Cub’s Tumble
    1. Jump
      Tip: If you have purchased the Windhelm House, you can fast travel to it to save some time.
  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


Stonetooth Bash (Orc, Betnik)

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.
  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
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

Tip: You will need at least 3 lockpicks. You need to open 3 chests in under 3 minutes.

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

Tip: You need to open the chest. Force Lock action can be used. Increase your force lock chance with Legerdemain passive found called Locksmith in the World skilllines (if unlocked).

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


War Orphan’s Sojourn (Altmer, Grahtwood)

Tip: The donation cost is lower for lower level characters
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  1. Talk to Ormurrel at the Temple of the Eight(Crafting Station) in Grahtwood
    Complete One of:

    Tip:  Other can be done optionally afterwards. Both will complete War Orphan's Benefactor achievement.
    1. Donate to the Temple of the Eight in Grahtwood (69g)
    2. Kill Encroaching Wildlife (5)



  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 Cup, Empty
  3.  Carpenter
    1. Breton Twin Bed
    2. Breton Bed, Bunk
    3. Common Table, Slanted
  4. Clothier
    1. Common Basket
    2. Rough Bedroll, Basic


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).


Event Tickets

To earn Event Tickets during this event, simply complete one of the nine New Life Festival daily quests. In addition to the New Life Festival Gift Box, you’ll receive one Event Ticket. Note that you can earn only one ticket per day per account, and they’ll reset at 1:00AM EST each morning.

More Info



  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 Live 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)
  • 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.


Name Level 1 2 3 4 5
Alcaire Festival Sword-Pie
Max Health
1 Red
Flour Seasoning
Bergama Warning Fire
Stamina and Health Recovery
1 Coffee Yerba Mate Lotus Dragonthorn
Betnikh Spiked Ale
Magicka Recovery and Health Recovery
(crafted version needed for achievement)
1 Barley Yeast Rice Honey
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.)
1 Fish Rye Lemon  Bervez Juice Corn Flower
Jagga-Dredged “Mud Ball”
Max Magicka and Max Stamina
1 Coffee Flour Seasoning Cheese
Lava Foot Soup-and-Saltrice
Max Stamina and Stamina Recovery
1 Saltrice Flour Potato Scrib
Old Aldmeri Oprhan Gruel
Max Magicka
1 Barley Rose Pumpkin
Rajhin’s Sugar Claws
Max Stamina
1 Honey Corn Flour
Snow Bear Glow-Wine
Stamina Recovery
1 Jazbay Grapes Yeast Honey