• New Life Festival Event

New Life Festival Guide for Elder Scrolls Online

New Life Festival & How to get the Crystalfrost Skin

Introduction

The New Life Festival takes place towards the end of the year, basically in December during Christmas Time. This year it will start on December 13 and run until January 2. This Holiday Event only takes place in the base game zones, so you don’t need ESO+ or any DLC to enjoy it.

  • 2018 Event: December 13 – January 2
  • The New Life Festival Achievements can be found in the Achievement List under “Holiday Events”
  • Special: You can aquire a 100% XP buff collectible by completing a simple quest called “Breda’s Bottomless Mead Mug“, you can obtain this quest from Breda. This XP boost will stack with any other XP bonuses your character might currently be enjoying (such as those from scrolls or ESO Plus membership)
  • Event Tickets: You can earn one Event Ticket per day on the first New Life Festival Quest you finish (per account).

Before you start with the festival, you need to obtain the New Life Festival Scroll from the Crown Store, The scrolls is free, you do not have to spend any crowns or gold for it. Now make sure to use the New Life Festival Scroll in your inventory to unlock “The New Life Festival” quest. After you have done that you need to speak to Breda, more about her in the next section of the guide.

Location of the Event & Breda

You can find the New Life Festival tent in Eastmarch, close to Kynesgrove Wayshrine. There you can find Breda, who will give you the quests for the festival. There are 9 different quests and they can all be done every day of the event.

If you are having trouble traveling to Windhelm, you can take a boat or cart from the Alik’r Desert (DC Alliance) or Malabal Tor (AD Alliance), travel by road from The Rift, or teleport to a fellow player or guildmate that’s already in the area.

 Quests and Achievements

The Quests will send you all over Tamriel, there’s a quest for each playable race (except Imperials). So for example, the Khajiit themed quest will send you to Reaper’s March. Finishing a quest will reward you with a “New Life Gift Box” which can contain provisioning recipes, pages of the Skinchanger Motif as well as rare hats, costumes (like the Nordic Bather’s Towel), mementos and New Life Charity Writs, a new crafting writ type.

  • Castle Charm Challenge (Breton)
  • Fish Boon Feast (Argonian)
  • Lava Foot Stomp (Dunmer)
  • Mud Ball Merriment (Bosmer)
  • Signal Fire Sprint (Redguard)
  • Snow Bear Plunge (Nord)
  • Stonetooth Bash (Orc)
  • The Trial of Five-Clawed Guile (Khajiit)
  • War Orphan’s Sojourn (Altmer)

Doing every quest at least once will reward you with the “New Life Cerulean” dye. There are several additional achievements, earning them all will net you the “New Life Magnanimous” title for your character. For that title, you will have to do several special achievements for each quest, learn the full Skinchanger Motif and all the New Life Provisioning recipes.

Crystalfrost Skin & How to get it

The Crystalfrost Skin can be obtained by completing the “Newly Charitable” Achievement. For that Achievement you will have to complete 12 New Life Charity Writs. Those are a new type of Crafting Writs, only obtainable during the New Life Festival. You will need to craft some basic furniture to complete the writ:

After completing 12 writs, you unlock the Crystalfrost Skin.

How to obtain Writs

Every time you turn in a New Life Daily Quest by talking to Breda, you have a chance of getting one of the Writs as a reward. On the PTS they seemed to be regular drops with a good drop rate. They are tradeable between players, so make sure to help your friends out if you have spare ones and they are still working on earning that skin, spread the Christmas and New Life spirit!

How to craft the Furnishings / where to get the Blueprints

The writs will ask you to craft very basic, cheap furnishings. The blueprints, patterns and schematics for those furnishings can be bought for small amounts of gold from Crafting NPCs.

The NPCs you are looking for are Carpenters, Blacksmiths and Clothiers. They will offer the following blueprints, patterns and diagrams, buy them according to what the writ asks you to craft:

Note that some of these furnishings can only be crafted if you have a certain level of the respective crafting skill line and put skill points in the required passive. The maximum requirements are:

  • Tailoring 4 (unlocked at Clothing Level 15),
  • Woodworking 3 (Unlocked at Woodworking Level 10) and
  • Metalworking 2 (Unlocked at Blacksmithing Level 5),

As you can see, these requirements are pretty easy to reach. To craft a furnishing, access the crafting station and click on the tab to the far right. If you need help to understand the crafting system, check out the crafting guides.

You can find NPCs who sell those blueprints, patterns and diagrams in the crafting areas of most cities, here’s a map of Rawl’Kha as an example of where to find those traders:

Rewards

A New Life Gift Box typically contains random items such as crafting materials, consumable mementos, and Wolfsbane Incense, the Skinchanger style item. However, they will also have a chance to contain rarer items, including:

  • Skinchanger Motif chapters
  • New Life recipes
  • New Life collectibles
    • Sword-Swallower’s Blade memento
    • Juggler’s Knives memento
    • Fire-Breather’s Torches memento
    • Mud Ball Pouch memento
    • Nordic Bather’s Towel costume
    • Colovian Filigreed Hood hat
    • Colovian Fur Hood hat
  • A wide variety of lights, lamps, and lanterns for your home to celebrate the Signal Fire Sprint
  • Roguish Draughts of Stealth and Escape to celebrate the Trial of Five-Clawed Guile
  • Housing
    • The New Life Bonfire – Available for 10,000 gold once you complete the “Snow Bare Plunge” achievement
    • The New Life Celebrant’s Standard – Available for 2,500 gold once you complete the “New Life Celebrant” achievement
    • Note: You can find Heralda in Grahtwood, Stormhaven, and Deshaan. If you’re unsure whether you’ve completed the required achievements, check the Achievements section of your Journal for more information. The New Life Festival achievements can be found under Holiday Events.

New Life Collectibles

You can obtain multiple mementos, costumes and hats during the New Life Festival.

  • Sword-Swallower’s Blade memento
  • Juggler’s Knives memento
  • Fire-Breather’s Torches memento
  • Mud Ball Pouch memento
  • Nordic Bather’s Towel costume
  • Colovian Filigreed Hood hat
  • Colovian Fur Hood hat

Skinchanger & Frostcaster Motif

The Skinchanger Motif is obtainable through the New Life Festival Gift Boxes and the Frostcaster Motif is an exclusive purchase from the Crown Store available from December 15 to January 4.

  • Skin Changer Motif: New Life Festival Gift Boxes
  • Frostcaster Motif: December 13 to January 2

Winter Garland Dapple Gray Horse

Winter Garland Dapple Gray Horse can be purchased from the Crown Store.

  • Winter Garland Dapple Gray Horse: no info on availability, will be on sale

Winter Broadbrims, New Life Monk’s Cap, Sun’s Dusk Winter Hood and New Life Festival Cap

Winter Broadbrims, New Life Monk’s Cap, Sun’s Dusk Winter Hood and New Life Festival Cap will be available during the New Life Festival and will be on sale. All of those can be purchased in the Crown Store.

  • Winter Broadbrims Hat Pack (Picture 1): no info on availability, will be on sale
  • New Life Monk’s Cap (Picture 2): no info on availability, will be on sale
  • Sun’s Dusk Winter Hood (Picture 3):no info on availability, will be on sale
  • New Life Festival Cap (Picture 4): no info on availability, will be on sale

Ice Wolf and White River Ice Wolf Pup

The Ice Wolf and the White River ice Wolf Pup will both be available to purchase in the Crown Store from December 20 to January 2.

  • Ice Wolf: December 20 to January 2.
  • White River Ice Wolf Pup: December 20 to January 2.

Mint Swamp Jelly and Ice Heart Arms Pack

The Mint Swamp Jelly will be available from December 20 to January 3. The Ice Heart Arms Pack will be available from December 19 to January 30. Both can be purchased in the Crown Store.

  • Mint Swamp Jelly: December 20 to January 3.
  • Ice Heart Arms Pack: December 19 to January 30.

Sabre Cat Frost Atronach and Ice Nixad

Crown Gem Exclusive: Both the Sabre Cat Frost Atronach and Ice Nixad can only be purchased via Crown Gems in the Crown Store, they are both available from December 13 to January 2.

  • Sabre Cat Frost Atronach: December 13 to January 2.
  • Ie Nixad: December 13 to January 2.

Have Fun and Happy New Life Festival!

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