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Elder Scrolls Online: Wrathstone's Best Features

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Today, Elder Scrolls Online launches the precursor to Elsweyr - Wrathstone. Not only does the update bring two new dungeons that serve as a story tie-in to the new chapter coming in early June, but the base game patch brings in a ton of new features and quality of life additions. Let’s take a look.

Obviously the first big details are the two new dungeons: Frostvault and the Depths of Malatar.

Frostvault

  • "Sealed away deep within the mountains of Eastmarch, players must seek out one half of the Wrathstone Tablet that has been hidden away by the Dwemer. Players will face Goblins, Dwemer and all manner of traps in order to get there."

Depths of Malatar

  • "Sealed away deep within the sunken city of Garlas Malatr, players must seek out the other half of the Wrathstone Tablet, that is fiercely protected by followers of Meridia. These followers have devoted there lives and very essence to making sure that the Tablet is never again returned to the surface."

Each dungeon brings new armor sets, new character skins, achievements, furnishings, etc. The “usual fare” with a dungeon DLC, and that’s not a put down. The dungeon DLC are cheaper than the story-based ones, and they’re still crammed with stuff for the dungeon-loving faithful of ESO (of which there are many).

But the big news for ESO’s Update 21, the base game patch that comes for all players, is that it’s finally adding a much-needed usability update to the Guild Stores - and perhaps most awesomely - the Map Completion guide is being ushered in too.

The Guild Stores update is sweet, as while it’s not the server-wide Auction House I still want, it’s adding some long-overdue functionality to the stores to make finding items easier:

Even if you can’t remember an item’s full name, the Guild Store UI will help you find what you’re after by making suggestions as you input your search. Even better, when searching for an item, you can still use all of the Guild Store filters, allowing you to filter out unwanted items for best results.

By far though, what has me most anxious to kill time between now and Elsweyr on my Warden is the Zone Guide, essentially a “what do I have left to do in this place” UI guide that will make getting the most out of ESO’s insane amount of PVE content easier.

This new tool displays the following zone information:

  • Featured Achievements
  • Zone Story Quests completed
  • Wayshrines unlocked
  • Delves completed
  • Points of Interest visited
  • Striking Locales visited
  • Set Crafting Stations visited
  • Mundus Stones visited
  • Public Dungeons completed
  • Dolmens / Abyssal Geysers completed
  • World Bosses defeated
  • Skyshards unlocked
  • Lorebooks unlocked

The Zone Guide can be accessed from your Activity Feed, Announcement panel, and from your Map UI (underneath the new “Map Completion” list.). Combine this with the Skyshards mod, and it’s just about perfect for completionists.

I’m really jonesing to play a Necromancer in June, and wasn’t too sure I was going to invest too much more time in my other 50s before that chapter drops. Well, that’s not the case anymore. I’m patching now, how about you?


BillMurphy

William Murphy

Bill is the former Managing Editor of MMORPG.com, RTSGuru.com, and lover of all things gaming. He's been playing and writing about MMOs and geekery since 2002, and you can harass him and his views on Twitter @thebillmurphy.