The Elder Scrolls Online Dark Brotherhood DLC Release Details

Two things are very exciting about the upcoming The Elder Scrolls Online Dark Brotherhood DLC expansion.

The first is that the infamous band of assassins, the Dark Brotherhood is returning, meaning that players will be able to join their ranks and prowl the shadows with a new assassins’ passive skill line and carve a bloody path through Tamriel as a killer for hire.

The second is that players will be able to travel to The Golden Coast, the westernmost region of Cyrodiil last seen in franchise in The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, and explore the cities of Anvil and Kvatch during the Interregnum, a time of great turmoil, intrigue, and deadly conspiracies.

Dark Brotherhood will be available at no charge to ESO Plus members or for 2000 crowns in the ESO Crown Store for people without ESO Plus membership, but like with all the DLC for ESO thus far, Dark Brotherhood will arrive with a host of updates for the base game as well. Details on what comes with purchase of the DLC pack and what players get without buying the DLC are listed below.

The Dark Brotherhood DLC game pack will be out June 14th on PS4 and XBOX One, and on May 31st on PC and Mac.

Now for a brief first look trailer:


With purchase of the Dark Brotherhood DLC game pack, players will receive:

  • Access to join the Dark Brotherhood and become an assassin for hire
  • The Gold Coast, available to characters of all levels, where you can explore Anvil and Kvatch for the first time since The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
  • A new passive skill line, exclusive to members of the Dark Brotherhood
  • Hours of exciting story content and quests that will have you revisiting your favorite areas of Tamriel
  • New repeatable activities, including:
    • Bounty Quests: The Dark Brotherhood is not the only group on the Gold Coast who offers gold for martial expertise. Daily bounties await you in the cities of Anvil and Kvatch.
      • Take on these quests to conquer delves, battle in the Kvatch Arena, or vanquish a monstrous minotaur!
    • Contract Kill Quests: Elam Drals, the dry-humored Dark Elf assassin that maintains the Dark Brotherhood’s books, diligently keeps a ledger of those whose deaths can be bought with mere gold.
      • Travel across the length and breadth of Tamriel to assassinate marked targets or engage in bloody sprees at the behest of the Dark Brotherhood.
    • Sacrament Quests: Speaker Terenus, an agent of the Black Hand, haunts the Gold Coast Sanctuary to offer the most sacred of missions to assassins of the Dark Brotherhood.
      • Breaking into secured subterranean locations to slaughter targets invoked by the performance of the Black Sacrament. Avoid guards, disable traps, and complete bonus objectives to achieve the highest levels of prestige and reward.
  • The Litany of Blood, a Dark Brotherhood kill mission with targets all around Tamriel
  • Two new delves, Hrota Cave and Garlas Agea, featuring all-new challenges and rewards
  • Two all-new world boss encounters: The Kvatch Arena and Limenauruus the minotaur at Tribune’s Folly
  • Powerful new gear, unique crafting styles, and other rewards inspired by the deadly Dark Brotherhood
    • The new Assassin personality
    • Three new crafted item sets
    • Three new item sets available in the Gold Coast
    • Two new costumes awarded for completing quests in the Gold Coast
    • Two new Mementos and one new Polymorph for earning specific achievements in the Gold Coast
    • The new Viridian Venom Dye, for completing a specific achievement
  • The Assassins League crafting style
  • A brand new in-game musical score, inspired by the Dark Brotherhood and Gold Coast

If you’re feeling fancy, a Dark Brotherhood DLC Collector’s Bundle will also be available in the Crown Store for 4,000 crowns including the Dark Brotherhood DLC game pack, the Highland Wolf Mount, the Sylvan Nixad pet, and five Crown Experience Scrolls.

Meanwhile, for players who decide not to jump on the Dark Brotherhood DLC, the below updates and improvements will be available free of charge once Dark Brotherhood releases:

  • The removal of Veteran Ranks
  • Poison-Making, for those who want to be especially nasty to their enemies
  • Toggle-able nameplates for all characters
  • Character name display for XBOX One and PS4
  • Item locking to help prevent accidental deconstruction of your most valuable items
  • Further improvements to and new features for the Grouping Tool, including a group ready check, vote-to-kick system, and updated queue timer
  • Tons of updates to the Crown Store, including additional character slots, motif previews, and—are you ready for this?—hats! (You can even wear hats with costumes, now!)
  • Craft Bags, for storing nearly unlimited crafting materials, including with ESO Plus membership
  • Improvements and adjustments to Item Traits
  • Ongoing Cyrodiil performance improvements
  • Sanctum Ophidia Trial scaling, rebalancing, and the addition of a Normal and Veteran mode
  • Balance improvements to combat and gameplay abilities, including the Fighters Guild skill line, Vampires, and stamina abilities
  • Revamped store contents for vendors in Cyrodiil, including Champion 160 gear
    • The Elite Gear vendor now features the item sets introduced in the Thieves Guild DLC
  • Nine revamped item sets available from Sanctum Ophidia
  • Two new crafting styles
    • Abah’s Watch: Available from large laundered shipments of goods that the Thieves Guild distributes
    • Thieves Guild: Available from completing Heists to the highest standards of the Thieves Guild
  • …and more!

Dark Brotherhood is the fourth DLC game pack for The Elder Scrolls Online, following The Imperial City, Orsinium, and Thieves Guild.

Rey reviewed ESO back in August 2015 and thought it was quite good. If you didn’t start playing after reading that, do the new enhancements and additions have you wanting to give it a go?

Written by Albert Chen

Albert Chen

A student of games, I play a bit of everything because I like to see what’s out there. Nothing better than first hand experience when it comes to knowing about games. Current game obsession: Anything MOBA (Paragon, Battleborn, Heroes of the Storm), except, ironically, the most popular ones, LoL and DOTA2.

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