New Life Festival is a seasonal Holiday Event in The Elder Scrolls Online, used to celebrate the holidays and the New Year.


New Life Festival



The 1st of Morning Star marks the beginning of the New Life Festival, which takes place across all of Tamriel in celebration of the new year. The Emperor usually uses his New Life Address to instigate another tax increase, which often causes much resentment. Despite this, the New Life tradition of free ale at all of the taverns of Tamriel continues. In some areas, particualarly Wayrest, the New Life Festival is celebrated on the 25th of Evening Star.

New Life Festival Dates

The New Life Festival runs from December 15th - January 4th on PC, PS4 and XboxOne.



New Life Festival - How to begin

Note: You can obtain a 100% xp buff by drinking from the keg near Breda in Eastmarch. It lasts 2 hours.

Before you can partake in the festivities you will need to acquire the New Life Festival Scroll from the Crown Store. It is free, and does not cost any crowns. After acquiring the Scroll go to your Supplies and use the scroll to unlock the quest “The New Life Festival." You will need to speak with Breda to the south of Windhelm in Eastmarch (the city at the top of the map). Once you complete her requests, you'll have the opportunity to complete up to nine different daily quests, each themed for Tamriel's different races and located in their respective zones. These include:

New Life Festival Rewards

Upon completion of each quest, you'll be given a New Life Gift Box which contains a random assortment of New Life Festival-themed goodies. Each New Life Gift Box will always contain:


  • A random crafting material (Provisioning ingredient, Alchemy reagent, or Health glyph)
  • A consumable version of a New Life-themed Memento
  • A Skinchanger Style item (Wolfsbane Incense)

In addition, you will also receive one of the following:

If you're able to complete all the quests that Breda has for you, you'll receive a special new dye – New Life Cerulean – and the New Life Celebrant achievement. Completing all the New Life-related achievements will grant the “Magnanimous" title as well.


Special New Life Festival Crown Store Items

Crown Crafting Motif: Stalhrim Frostcaster Style

  • The Stalhrim Frostcaster Style will be available on all platforms for a limited time during the New Life Festival, from December 15 to January 4.

    “The most curious aspect of this Frostcaster clothing was its extensive use of an unfamiliar translucent blue-white material labeled 'Stalhrim,' a sort of crystalline metal unlike anything I've ever seen. It was so strange that I laid hands upon it, rubbing and tapping. It was rigid, faceted yet smooth, and gave off a distinct chill." —Doctor Alfidia Lupus
    Stalhrim Frostcaster Style


  • Sun's Dark Winter Hood

    The Sun's Dusk Winter Hood will be available on all platforms for a limited time during the New Life Festival, from December 15 to January 4.  You'll be toasty warm even in Sun's Dusk with this festive furry hood, crowned with a spray of lucky mistletoe that will make you welcome everywhere.
    Sun's Dusk Winter Hood
  • New Life Festival Cap

    The New Life Festival Cap will be available on all platforms for a limited time during the New Life Festival, from December 22 to January 4. Celebrate the turning of the year and the return of Magnus the Sun in this festive New Life cap. With a bobbing ball of fur on the end of its tapering blue velvet wimple, everyone will know you're the life of the winter party!

new Life Festival Cap 

  • New Life Monk's Cap

    The New Life Monk's Cap will be available on all platforms for a limited time during the New Life Festival, from December 22 to January 4.  For those who wish to celebrate New Life without tawdry and garish display, ESO offers this more modest festival hat, well suited to austere monks, simple merchants, Resolutes of Stendarr, and holy knights vowed to poverty. Because New Life is for everyone!

New Life Monk's Cap


  • Great Elk

    The Great Elk mount will be available on all platforms for a limited time during the New Life Festival, from December 22 to January 4.  Though the Reachmen of Markarth say they were the first to successfully domesticate the Great Elk of Skyrim and break them as mounts, the Nords of Haafingar deride this claim, saying it was really all their idea. But you just want a majestic mount with a built-in hat-rack, so who cares?

Great Elk

  • Ice Wolf

    The Ice Wolf mount will be available on all platforms for a limited time from December 8 to December 12. The Ice Wolf of the far north can grow to tremendous size—which is probably why the Nords of Hjaalmarch decided to ride them. Domesticating giant Ice Wolves wasn't an easy task, but it's just the kind of challenge a Nord loves. Too fierce for you? Milk-drinker!

Ice Wolf



  • White River Ice Wolf Pup

    The White River Ice Wolf Pup will be available on all platforms for a limited time from December 8 to December 12. The Ice Wolves that lope along the White River of northeast Skyrim are associated with both the goddess Mara and the Wolf Totem of Atmora—but it's mighty hard to think about their mythic stature when you're rolling around in the snow with an Ice Wolf Puppy. Wurf!

Ice Wolf Pup


New Life Festival Achievements

Unlocking all of the achievements for this event will unlock the "Magnanimous" title.

Image & Name Points Title Reward Dye Reward

fish_boon_anglerachievement-eso-new-life-festivalFish Boon Angler

Catch five of each type of fish traditionally served during the Fish Boon Feast in Shadowfen

  • Catch 5 Histmuck Blobfin
  • Catch 5 Shadowfen Creeping Leech
  • Catch 5 Clack Marsh Cucumber

five-clawed_cat_burglarachievement-eso-new-life-festivalFive-Clawed Cat Burglar

During the Trial of the Five-Clawed Guile in Reaper's March, unlock all chests in 35 seconds or less


lava_foot_shuffleachievement-eso-new-life-festivalLava Foot Shuffle

Dance the Lava Foot Stomp with another player at each Stonefalls tavern

  • Watch Hous eInn
  • Fish Stink
  • Ebony Flask
  • Hlaalu House

mud_ball_miscreantachievement-eso-new-life-festivalMud Ball Miscreant

During the Mud Ball Merriment, share the joy of mud balls with each Alliance leader

  • Throw Mud Ball at Queen Ayrenn
  • Throw Mud Ball at Jorunn the Skald-King
  • Throw Mud Ball at High King Emeric

signal_fire_zephyrachievement-eso-new-life-festivalSignal Fire Zephyr

During the Signal Fire Sprint in Bergama, light all signal fires in 35 seconds or less


snow_bare_plungeachievement-eso-new-life-festivalSnow Bare Plunge

During the Snow Bear Plunge in Eastmarch, leap into the freezing water with no armor equipped


stonetooth_belcherachievement-eso-new-life-festivalStonetooth Belcher

After hunting to supply the Stonetooth Bash, complement your feast by drinking some Betnikh Twice-Spiked Ale


lava_foot_shuffleachievement-eso-new-life-festivalThe Charming Castle Duo

During the Castle Charm Challenge in Stormhaven, perform with another player in front of each crowd

  • Old Gate Inn
  • Alcaire Castle Square
  • Alcaire Castle Throne Room

war_orphans_benefactor-achievement-eso-new-life-festivalWar Orphan's Benefactor

While on the War Orphan's Sojourn in Grahtwood, donate both your time and your gold

  • Donate gold to the Temple of the Eight
  • Kill encroaching wildlife near the temple of the eight

new_life_provisionerachievement-eso-new-life-festivalNew Life Provisioner

Learn all of the New Life Festival recipes

  • Snow Bear Glow-Wine
  • Rajhin's Sugar Claws
  • Lava Foot Soup-and-Salice
  • Bergama Warning Fire
  • Alcaire Castle Sword-Pie
  • Old Aldmeri Orphan Gruel
  • Hissmir Fish-Eye Rye
  • Betnikh Spiked Ale


New Life Celebrant

Complete all New Life Festival celebrations across Tamriel


New Life Cerulean

glory_of_magnusachievement-eso-new-life-festivalGlory of Magnus

Complete each of the achievements associated with the New Life Festival

50 Magnanimous  

skinchanger_style_master-eso-new-life-festivalSkinchanger Style Master

Learn every chapter in the Skinchanger style book, occasionally found in reward containers while participating in the New Life Festival


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