ESO Witches Festival (2019)

Boo! Battle Tamriel’s monsters, get double XP, and earn creepy new rewards during the Witches Festival in-game event



Tip: If you obtained the Crow Caller and completed the event quest previously, you do not need to do the quest or obtain the crow caller again.
  1. Open the crown store and obtain your free Crow Caller found in the Holiday section.
  2. Use the Crow Caller to summon Witchmother Olyve to begin The Witchmother’s Bargain quest.
    1. Collect Pumpkin
      1. Available from Grocer for 150g
      2. Found laying around
        Tip: There is a spawn outside Bad Man Hollow's Public Dungeon Entrance that is very close to Daggerfall. Also, there's a pumpkin spawn behind the luxury vendor in Hollow City.
      3. Found in some food containers
    2. Collect Some Guts
      1. Small animals like squirrels, foxes, guar, chickens, snakes, frogs, etc.
    3. Collect an Essence of Death
      1. Named in any Delve
    4. Find the Witchmother Olyve in her brewery.
      Pull up the quest and bring up your map to see location.

      1. Aldmeri Dominion
        Go to Auridon’s Greenwater Wayshrine (Southwest of Firsthold) in Northwest Auridon. The brewery is a short distance to the the northwest of the wayshrine.
      2. Daggerfall Covenant
        Go to Glenumbra’s Crosswych Wayshrine (northern Glenumbra) and head West. The brewery is just northeast of Cath Bedraud and east of Par Molag crafting centre.
      3. Ebonheart Pact
        Go to Stonefalls by the southern dolmen. Fastest way is to travel to the Serk Quarantine Wayshrine in north Deshaan and travel North and East.
    5. Complete the quest to obtain your Witchmother’s Whistle.
  3. Use the whistle to summon the “Witchmother’s Cauldron,” which grants you and your party a two-hour 100% XP buff that stacks with all other XP bonuses.


  • During the event, all boss monsters (such as World Bosses or those found defending Delves, Group Dungeons, Public Dungeons, Trials, Arenas, and Dark Anchors, Geysers, and Dragons) will drop Plunder Skulls.
    • You do not need the XP buff or the undead polymorph active in order for them to drop.
  • Use the Witchmother’s Cauldron to polymorph your character into one of the undead. Don’t worry—this isn’t permanent!
  • You do not have to use the Witchmother’s Cauldron in order to gain the XP buff.
Tip:  Find a delve with few campers. Ideally, a delve used in a daily quest. The usual delve boss timer is 5 minutes but will spawn when a daily quester appears in the room: will likely only get gold off mobs. Skulls can also be found on any named, Dolmens, World Bosses, etc..
Tip: Best location is in a public dungeon with multiple nameds in same room. Wait at least 3 minutes between boss kills (eg. in a public dungeon) to maximize your skull drops.
Tip: Can gather skulls in Cyrodiil but you have leave Cyrodiil to activate the buff.
Tip: You can only loot a skull once every 3 minutes.


Plunder Skull Rewards

  • NEW pieces of the Skeleton Marionette memento
    • Combine all 10 pieces to craft this collectible
  • Hollowjack Motif Pages or Books
  • Pieces of the new Apple-Bobbing Cauldron memento
    • Combine all seven to receive a runebox that contains this unique holiday-themed memento
      • Apple-Bobbing Aged Fetid Fish
      • Apple-Bobbing Cold Iron Cauldron
      • Apple-Bobbing Fenwood Ladle
      • Apple-Bobbing Fresh Fall Gorapples
      • Apple-Bobbing Poise Guide
      • Apple-Bobbing Stale Creek Water
      • Apple-Bobbing Viscous Slime
  • A Runebox containing a Witches Festival-themed mask
  • Witches Festival-themed recipes, including furniture and furniture recipes
  • Hollowjack and Dremora Style Materials
    • Amber Marbles
    • Warrior’s Heart Ashes
  • Bewitching Alchemy reagents
  • …and an assortment of creepy items! (Treasure Items)


Dremora Plunder Skulls

In addition to regular Plunder Skulls, during the event, you can also acquire the brand-new Dremora Plunder Skulls. These devilish new rewards will be the first Plunder Skull drop you receive for each type of boss each day. A Dremora Plunder Skull contains all the same items found in a regular Plunder Skull, but it is also guaranteed to have a Dremora Motif page based on the type of boss you defeated.

Dremora Motif Rewards

  • Arena Bosses drop Dremora Motif pages for Bows and Legs
  • Dark Anchor, Geyser Bosses, and zone Dragons drop Dremora Motif pages for Daggers and Gloves
  • Delve Bosses drop Dremora Motif pages for Staves and Belts
  • Final Dungeon Bosses drop Dremora Motif pages for Helmets and Maces
  • Public Dungeon and Quest Bosses drop Dremora Motif pages for Shields and Boots
  • Final Trial Bosses drop Dremora Motif pages for Swords and Chests
  • World Bosses drop Dremora Motif pages for Shoulders and Axes
Tip: The plunder skulls are account-wide. Parking different characters in each of the various locations above will reduce the time needed to get one of each type every day.

Also, a good place to get a pick-up group for Trials is Craglorn.

You can defeat each individual type of boss and be guaranteed a Dremora Plunder Skull once per day, meaning you can acquire up to seven each day. Should you defeat the same type of boss again after already receiving your Dremora Plunder Skull, you’ll receive a regular Plunder Skull instead. Dremora Motif pages can be traded.

Other rewards

  • NEW Glenmoril Armor Outfit Style page
  • NEW Glenmoril Treasure map
    • Use the map to find Glenmoril Weapon Style pages scattered all over Tamriel
    • Alik’r – Sword
    • Auridon – Staff
    • Bangkorai – Maul
    • Daggerfall (Glenumbra) – Dagger
    • Eastmarch – Battlaxe
    • Malabal Tor – Greatsword
    • Reaper’s March – Bow
    • Rivenspire – Mace
    • Shadowfen – Shield
    • Stonefalls – Axe
      View Glenmoril Treasure Maps
  • NEW Witches Festival Writ
    • Complete these writs to unlock an Achievement that’ll earn you a new Witch hat collectible AND the “Witch” title


Event Tickets

To earn Event Tickets during the Witches Festival, you must acquire Dremora Plunder Skulls. You will receive one Event Ticket alongside the first Dremora Plunder Skull you earn each day (in addition to the other regular rewards).


More Info


Witches Festival Writs

The writs will ask for Witch Festival recipes or Alchemy poisons or potions. You can premake all the items needed before accepting the writs to speed up the process.  You turn the completed writs into one of the daily crafting writ turn-in locations at either the Provisioning or Alchemy box depending of the writ requested. Also, my max crafter obtained 6.5k Inspiration, usual masterwrit experience, and received 1 – 20 master crafter vouchers.

Sample writs

  1. Ghastly Eye Bowl
  2. Crunchy Spider Skewer
  3. Witchmother’s Potent Brew
  4. Witchmother’s Party Punch
  5. Frosted Brains
  6. “Peeled Eyeballs”
  7. Crisp and Crunchy Pumpkin Snak Skewer
  8. Sweet Sangine Apples
  9. Bewitched Sugar Skulls
  10. Essence of Ravage Health (Ravage Health, Invisible, Defile)

Runebox Rewards

  • Pumpkin Spectre Mask
  • Scarecrow Spectre Mask
  • Hollowjack Spectre Mask
  • Thicketman Spectre Mask



  1. Recipe: Sweet Sanguine Apples (Green)
  2. Recipe: Crisp and Crunchy Pumpkin Snack Skewer (Blue)
  3. Recipe: Crunchy Spider Skewer (Blue)
  4. Recipe: Ghastly Eye-Bowl (Blue)
  5. Recipe: Bowl of “Peeled Eyeballs” (Blue)
  6. Recipe: Frosted Brains (Blue)
  7. Recipe: Witchmother’s Potent Brew (Purple)
  8. Recipe: Witchmother’s Party Punch (Purple)
  9. Recipe: Bewitched Sugar Skulls (Gold)
  10. Recipe: Disastrously Bloody Mara (Gold)
  11. Recipe: Double Bloody Mara Recipe (Gold)
  12. Recipe: Pack Leader’s Bone Broth


Furniture Recipes

  1. Blueprint: Gibbet, Single 
  2. Blueprint: Witches Brazier, Primitive Log (Unconfirmed)
  3. Blueprint: Witches Totem, Antler Charms (Unconfirmed)
  4. Design: Argonian Totem of Skulls
  5. Diagram: Cage, Covered
  6. Diagram: Common Cage, Hunting
  7. Diagram: Common Cleaver, Cooking
  8. Diagram: Common Trap, Hunting
  9. Design: Pumpkin, Display
  10. Pattern: Witches Corpse, Wrapped 
  11. Praxis: Hagraven Cauldron, Rough Stone
  12. Praxis: Hagraven Cauldron, Ritual
Note: There was a scandal over the Cauldron recipe where it looked like the Wood Elf Cauldron. To be fixed.



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  1. Animal Bones, Fresh 
  2. Animal Bones, Jumbled
  3. Bear Skeleton, Picked Clean
  4. Branch, Curved Burnt
  5. Branch, Curved Laurel
  6. Branch, Forked Burnt
  7. Branch, Forked Laurel
  8. Branch, Sturdy Burnt
  9. Branch, Sturdy Laurel
  10. Crop, Wheat Stack
  11. Crop, Wheat Pile
  12. Gravestone, Broken
  13. Hagraven Cauldron, Ritual
  14. Mushroom, Lavaburst Bud
  15. Mushroom, Poison Pax Shell
  16. Mushroom, Puspocket Sporecap
  17. Primal Brazier, Rock Slab (Unconfirmed)
  18. Pumpkin, Frail
  19. Pumpkin, Sickly
  20. Saplings, Burnt Cluster
  21. Saplings, Burn Sparse
  22. Saplings, Burn Tall
  23. Shrub, Burnt Brush
  24. Tool, Harvest Scythe
  25. Witches Bones, Offering (Unconfirmed)
  26. Witches Remains, Hagraven  (Unconfirmed)
  27. Witches Skull, Horned Ram  (Unconfirmed)
  28. Witches Totem, Bone Charms  (Unconfirmed)
  29. Witches Totem, Emphatic Warning
  30. Witches Totem, Gnarled Vines and Skull
  31. Witches Totem, Twisted Vines and Skull
  32. Witches Totem, Wooden Rack  (Unconfirmed)


Bewitching Alchemy Reagents

  • Blue Entoloma (5)
  • Beetle Scuttle (5)
  • Crawlers (3- 6)
  • Fleshfly Larva (5)
  • Guts (3 – 6)
  • Insect Parts (3 – 5)
  • Namira’s Rot (5)
  • Nightshade (5)
  • Nirnroot (5)
  • Spider Eggs (5)
  • Stinkhorn (5)
  • Worms. (4)


Treasure Items

  1. “Barbas” Dog Collar
  2. Ashes of Lamae Beolfaf
  3. Anesthestizer Coil
  4. Blood-Curse Charm
  5. Charm of Ill Omens
  6. Coral Stain-Scrubber
  7. Crimson Kerchief
  8. Driftwood Idol
  9. Giant’s Lucky Thumb
  10. Ivory Teeth
  11. Matikora Teeth
  12. Mummified Hand
  13. Mummified Monkey Paw
  14. Nocturnal Weeping Stone
  15. Plush Hagraven Doll
  16. Red Squirrel Paw
  17. Self-Chewing Teeth.
  18. Skull of a Slave
  19. Spool of Daedric Thread



The Exorcised Coven Cottage will be available for purchase with crowns in the in-game Crown Store for the duration of the event, and if you earn the Witches Festival achievement “An Unsparing Harvest" you'll unlock the ability to acquire this bewitching home for in-game gold!
  • Sacking Skeletons
    Kill 100 Skeletons while under the effects of the Witchmother’s Brew
  • Cauldron Conjurer
    Use the Witchmother’s Whistle 10 times.
  • Gruesome Feast
    • Consume all 9 of the recipes listed below.
  • An Unsparing Harvest
    • Complete Pumpkin Pairs Well With Guts, Plunder Skull Fanatic, Reaper’s Harvest, Happy Work for Hollowjack
    • Title: Sun’s Dusk Reaper
  • Plunder Skull Fanatic (15pts)
    • 1, 5, 100 Plunder Skulls
  • Happy Work for Hollowjack
    1. Hollowjack Style for Axes
    2. Hollowjack Style for Belt
    3. Hollowjack Style for Boots
    4. Hollowjack Style for Bows
    5. Hollowjack Style for Chests
    6. Hollowjack Style for Chests
    7. Hollowjack Style for Daggers
    8. Hollowjack Style for Gloves
    9. Hollowjack Style for Helmets
    10. Hollowjack Style for Legs
    11. Hollowjack Style for Maces
    12. Hollowjack Style for Shields
    13. Hollowjack Style for Shoulders
    14. Hollowjack Style for Staves
    15. Hollowjack Style for Swords
  • Pumpkin Pairs Well With Guts
    Drink the Witchmother’s Brew during the Witches Festival
  • Reaper’s Harvest
    Complete the Witchmother’s Bargain quest.
  • Bare Bones Puppet
    Consume 10 skeletal Marionette Parts.
    Momento: Skeletal Marionette
  • Wicked Writ Initiate
    Complete Witches Festival Writs
    Hat: Witch’s Infernal Hat (13 Writs Completed)
    Title: Witch (28 Writs Completed)
  • Gruesome Snack
    • Disastrously Bloody Mara
    • Pack Leader’s Bone Broth
    • Bewitched Sugar Skulls
  • The Plundered Masses
    • Dremora Plunder Skull, Arena
    • Dremora Plunder Skull, Insurgent (Dolmens)
    • Dremora Plunder Skull, Delve
    • Dremora Plunder Skull, Dungeon
    • Dremora Plunder Skull, Pulbic & Sweeper
    • Dremora Plunder Skull, Trial
    • Dremora Plunder Skull, World
    • Plunder Skull
  • Dremora Style Master