ESOTU Spoiler: Witches Festival

I have summoned one of the fabled witchmothers, who are rumored to appear only during the Witches Festival! Legends say these strange being can be bargained with for power…



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.
  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 get experience bonus. Renew as needed.


  • During the event, all boss monsters (such as World Bosses or those found defending Delves, Group Dungeons, Public Dungeons, Trials, Arenas, and Dark Anchors) 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

  • 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 one of these masks
  • Witches Festival-themed recipes
  • 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 new Dremora Motif page based on the type of boss you defeated.

  • Arena Bosses drop Dremora Motif pages for Bows and Legs
  • Dark Anchor and Geyser Bosses 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

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.


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).

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Runebox Rewards

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



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


Furniture Recipes

  1. Blueprint: Witches Brazier, Primitive Log (Unconfirmed)
  2. Blueprint: Witches Totem, Antler Charms (Unconfirmed)
  3. Pattern: Witches Corpse, Wrapped 
  4. Praxis: Hagraven Cauldron, Rough Stone
  5. Diagram: Common Cleaver, Cooking
  6. Diagram: Cage, Covered
  7. Diagram: Common Cage, Hunting
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. Branch, Curved Burnt
  2. Branch, Curved Laurel
  3. Branch, Forked Burnt
  4. Branch, Forked Laurel
  5. Branch, Sturdy Burnt
  6. Branch, Sturdy Laurel
  7. Saplings, Burnt Cluster
  8. Saplings, Burn Sparse
  9. Saplings, Burn Tall
  10. Shrub, Burnt Brush
  11. Animal Bones, Fresh 
  12. Animal Bones, Jumbled
  13. Bear Skeleton, Picked Clean
  14. Crop, Wheat Stack
  15. Pumpkin, Sickly
  16. Pumpkin, Frail
  17. Gravestone, Broken
  18. Mushroom, Poison Pax Shell
  19. Mushroom, Puspocket Sporecap
  20. Tool, Harvest Scythe
  21. Primal Brazier, Rock Slab (Unconfirmed)
  22. Witches Bones, Offering (Unconfirmed)
  23. Witches Remains, Hagraven  (Unconfirmed)
  24. Witches Skull, Horned Ram  (Unconfirmed)
  25. Witches Totem, Bone Charms  (Unconfirmed)
  26. Witches Totem, Emphatic Warning
  27. Witches Totem, Gnarled Vines and Skull
  28. Witches Totem, Twisted Vines and Skull
  29. Witches Totem, Wooden Rack  (Unconfirmed)


Bewitching Alchemy Reagents

  • Beetle Scuttle (5)
  • Crawlers (3- 6)
  • Guts (3 – 6)
  • Insect Parts (3 – 5)
  • Nightshade (5)
  • Nirnroot (5)
  • Spider Eggs (5)
  • Stinkhorn (5)
  • Worms. (3)


Treasure Items

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



Tip:  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!

  • Plunder Skull Fanatic (15pts)
    • 1, 5, 100 Plunder Skulls
  • Pumpkin Pairs Well With Guts
    Drink the Witchmother’s Brew during the Witches Festival
  • 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
  • An Unsparing Harvest
    • Complete Pumpkin Pairs Well With Guts, Plunder Skull Fanatic, Reaper’s Harvest, Happy Work for Hollowjack
    • Title: Sun’s Dusk Reaper
  • Reaper’s Harvest
    Complete the Witchmother’s Bargain quest.
  • Cauldron Conjurer
  • Sacking Skeletons
  • Gruesome Feast
    • Consume all 9 of the recipes listed below.
  • 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
  • An Unsparing Harvest
    Complete the listed achievements for the Witches Festival
    Title: Sun’s Dusk Reaper