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ESO New Life Festival Tips

In this spoiler article, we explain how to start the event, how to get to the event, how to do the quests faster, how to earn tickets, and more.


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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Fast Traveling to Breda

There are a few ways to fast travel to Breda the New Life Festival quest NPC to obtain and complete their daily quest.

  • Easiest: Use the portals found at Impresario locations.
  • Use the Kynesgrove Wayshrine in Eastmarch.
  • Port to the Enchanted Snowglobe house (Purchase required or fast traveling to friend / guildie with it set as their primary residence.
  • Use the navigator fast travel system (a short run from Windhelm will be required)

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

Here are a collection of tips to help complete the New Life Festival quests quickly. You can do all of the quests every day.

Limited Time?

Some of the quests take longer than others. Players can abandon quests repeated until they get one of the shorter quests.

  • Fish Boon Feast (if you have a stock of the three fish types in your inventory)
  • The Trial of the Five-Clawed Guile (fastest if you have force lock and/or do in a group)
  • War Orphan’s Sojourn (give coin option)

Quest Turn-in

Here are few tips to speed up daily quest turn-ins.

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.

General Tips

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.
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.
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)
    1. Do not hit a guard.
  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: There is a three (3) second cooldown between each mudball thrown.

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. Warm up by the bonfire
  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 unlock 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.

New or Experienced Lockpickers will find this video useful. Learn the three unlock positions for each tumbler
Check out this Legerdemain powerlevelling guide using these New Life Festival chests by Inklings Gaming.


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.


Old Life Observance (Imperial, Various)

  1. This quest is obtained at the back of Breda’s tent from Petronius Galenus.
  2. He will send you to one of several locations (more locations TBD).
    1. Auridon
    2. Bangkorai (Southwest, Troll’s Toothpick Wayshrine)
    3. Glenumbra (Southwest, North Hag Fen Wayshrine)
    4. Reaper’s March (Southwest, Fort SphinxmothWayshrine)
    5. Stonefalls (Northwest, Fort Virak Wayshrine)
    6. The Rift (East, Trolhetta Wayshrine / Southeast Fullhelm Fort Wayshrine)
  3. You will have choice to bring his message or a message of your own.
  4. Find the shrine and complete the ritual.
    1. You may or may not see an apparition.
  5. Return to Petronius.

Tip: Since these locations are often far from wayshrines, save these quests for when you can port to a house or other player for the new new life festival quests. (e.g. The Barbed Hook Private Room for the Mud Ball quest).

Tip: The Glenumbra Shrine is northwest of the Exorcised Coven Cottage house.

Tip: You do not have to enter Fort Virak in Stonefalls. Go around to the right and then under the bridge to find the shrine


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