Elder Scrolls’ 25th Anniversary

03/25/2019 Source: Bethesda

The Elder Scrolls is 25 years old, and you can celebrate this amazing milestone with us by unleashing Dragons upon Elsweyr, picking up ESO on sale, or even joining our Free Play Event!


It has been 25 years since The Elder Scrolls: Arena’s release in 1994, and we are thrilled to be part of this incredible milestone with The Elder Scrolls Online. To celebrate this amazing anniversary, you can begin your journey to the Khajiiti homeland with the Elsweyr Prologue, enjoy sales on the ESO base game and Summerset Chapter, and try the game out free, no strings attached, during our Free Play Event. Check out all the details below!

Celebrate this amazing anniversary with us by unleashing dragons upon Elsweyr! Begin your journey to the Khajiiti homeland with the ESO: Elsweyr Prologue – available today to all ESO players.

Don’t own ESO? From March 28 to April 3, you can play The Elder Scrolls Online FREE on all platforms. Because the Free Play Event includes access to the base game, this means that as a free play player, you can check out the Elsweyr Prologue.

Note that PlayStation®Plus membership is required in order to participate on PlayStation®4 and Xbox Live Gold membership is required for Xbox One.


In the Wrathstone DLC game pack, you began your Season of the Dragon adventure by delving into two challenging dungeons and collecting both halves of the mysterious Wrathstone tablet. With the Elsweyr Prologue, going live later today, you can discover the true purpose of the Wrathstone, and, as shown in our Elsweyr Cinematic Trailer, unleash Dragons upon the unsuspecting Khajiit of Elsweyr. Update: The Elsweyr Prologue is now live.

Explore the Halls of Colossus in the Elsweyr Prologue

The Prologue is part of The Elder Scrolls Online base game, meaning you don’t need the Wrathstone DLC or a The Elder Scrolls Online: Elsweyr pre-purchase to experience this part of the story.

You can begin this new adventure in two ways:

  1. Get the FREE Crown Store Quest Starter item, the Sealed Imperial Summons, and use it from your inventory.
    1. You can find this within the Quest Starter category.
  2. Venture to the first major city of your alliance and look for the Imperial messenger, Anais Davaux, near the Impresario’s tent.
    1. Aldmeri players can find her outside the northern gates of Vulkhel Guard.
    2. Daggerfall players can find her on approach to Daggerfall City from the east.
    3. Ebonheart players can find her at Davon’s Watch near the east gate.

Completing the Prologue quests grants you the Dragon Flight Illusion Gem memento reward, allowing you to summon a spectral group of mini-dragons!

If you wish to continue aiding the Khajiiti effort against the Dragons, you may undertake daily quests from Zahiri, who sets up camp near Abnur Tharn’s camp at the Grahtwood entrance to Elsweyr. You may do every quest she offers once per day, and each rewards you with a cache of treasures from the Northern Elsweyr Defense Force. These caches can include Runebox fragments for the Guar Stomp emote!


Starting this Thursday, March 28, and running until Wednesday, April 3, you can play The Elder Scrolls Online free on all platforms.

Because the Free Play Event includes access to the base game, this means that as a free play player, you can check out the Elsweyr Prologue Quest and begin the adventure that eventually takes you to the home of the Khajiit in The Elder Scrolls Online: Elsweyr (now available for pre-purchase)!

In addition to access to the ESO base game, the Free Play Event also allows you to visit the Morrowind zone, giving you the opportunity to explore Tamriel and the island home of the Dark Elves.

Once the event starts, visit our Free Play page to select your platform and enter Tamriel. Note that a PlayStation®Plus membership is required to participate on PlayStation®4, and an Xbox Live Gold membership is required for Xbox One.


In addition to the Free Play Event and Prologue Quest, later today, we’ve also putting The Elder Scrolls Online base game and The Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset on sale for all platforms. Update: The 25th anniversary sale is now live. Visit our Buy Now page or your preferred retailer for details (sales should go live as the day continues). Note that the sale ends at a different time depending on the product:

The Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset is on sale until April 2
The Elder Scrolls Online Standard Edition (the base game) is on sale until April 9
We’re thrilled to take part in this amazing milestone for The Elder Scrolls and continue to bring new and exciting adventures to Tamriel. If you’ve never had the chance to check out ESO for yourself, thanks to this Free Play Event and sale, there’s never been a better time to visit Tamriel’s 2nd Era and explore a world without limits.

Don’t forget, you can continue the adventure you start with the Elsweyr Prologue Quest by pre-purchasing The Elder Scrolls Online: Elsweyr, coming June 4. The Season of the Dragon is just heating up!