New Life Festival

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


New Life Festival Dates

  • 2018 Dates: December 13th – January 2nd
  • 2020 Dates: December 17th - January 5th 2021 10AM EST
  • 2021 Dates: December 16, 2021 - January 4, 2022
  • 2022 Dates:


New Life Festival - How to begin

Note: 100% xp buff collectible acquired by completing one quest. It is called Breda’s Bottomless Mead Mug.

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:


2022 New Life Festival

The New Life Festival returns to Tamriel! Breda and Petronius are back to help you embark on a festive adventure across the world.

  • As always, the first New Life quest you complete each day will award you Event Tickets (3, this year) and any completed New Life quests will award you a New Life Festival Box.
    • This box contains an assortment of valuable and flavorful items, along with a chance for motif pages, style pages, furnishings, or special charity writs (Deep Winter or Imperial).
    • Added to the Festival boxes this year are a chance to get a tradeable page of the new Evergreen armor style.
  • The Impresario has brought back all of 2022’s morphing collectibles for the Soulfire Dragon Illusion. She also offers bound pages for the Evergreen armor style for 5 tickets each, as well as the returning Powderwhite Coney pet.


2021 New Life Festival

The 2021 event ran from December 16, 2021 to January 4, 2022. Much of the event and drops are the same as last year. Imperial Charity Writs and Deep Winter Charity Writs return, dropping Skaal Explorer and Rkindaleft Dwemer styles respectively.

New items include:

  • Style pages for the Nord Carved Armor outfit style
  • The Powderwhite Coney pet

The Impresario will have all of 2021's Unstable Morpholith fragments and morphs available for purchase. This includes the Profane Pedestal and Unholy Tablet, the final two fragments needed to obtain the Doomchar Plateau player house.

A minor change was also made to the Old Life Observance quest, namely the introduction of an Indistinct Spirit that may appear to players without any prerequisites.


Special 2020 Rewards

If you gift five Event Tickets from the in-game Crown Store, you will receive four free Akaviri Crown Crates.

Here’s how you can give and receive this New Life Festival:

  1. From the Crown Store, gift five or more Event Tickets to anybody in game
    • You can find Event Tickets within the Events section
    • You can split the gifts between multiple recipients (all five don’t have to go to one account)
    • All five gifts must be made on the same server to be counted
  2. Once the New Life Festival is over, we’ll send you four Akaviri Potentate Crown Crates
    • Crown Crate delivery date is TBD, but it will occur by the end of January 2021

Don’t forget that players can store up to 12 Event Tickets at a time, so your recipient may need to spend some before they can claim the Event Tickets that you have gifted them. When you receive your Akaviri Potentate Crown Crates, you’ll have a chance to acquire the rare and ancient relics of the once-powerful Akaviri dynasty, including mounts, pets, costumes, styles, consumables, and much more—a great way to start the year! When they are granted (keep an eye on our social channels for the latest updates), the four Crates will be added to your Crown Crate menu.


New Life Festival Rewards

The first time you complete a New Life Festival quest, you’ll unlock the Breda’s Bottomless Mead Mug collectible. This mug doesn’t only provide a nice swig of ale, but it also confers a two-hour 100% XP boost on your character! 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).

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:

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  • 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:

  • NEW 2020: Snowball Buddy pet
  • A Skinchanger Motif chapter
  • A New Life recipe of either green, blue or gold-quality
  • A special New Life Collectible

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.

New Life Charity Writs

New in 2020, are Imperial Charity Writs—Complete to unlock pages from the Rkindaleft Dwarven Weapon Style.

As a part of your gift box rewards you will receive writs. These are exclusive to the New Life event and will task you to create simple furnishing items to donate. Completing these new writs you then need to turn them in at any writ location for its item type. Don’t worry if you don’t have the recipe for the writ, you can visit the relevant crafting vendor to pick one up.

By completing 12 Charity Writs you will gain the sparkly achievement of “Newly Charitable”, this comes with a Crystalfrost skin.

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New Life Festival Furnishing Achievements

Furing the New Life Festival, you can make your house a holiday home with two merry new furnishings from Heralda Garscroft, the Holiday Achievement Furnisher. You can find Heralda in Grahtwood, Stormhaven, and Deshaan. Each new furnishing has a cost in gold, and requires a specific New Life Festival achievement to be unlocked:


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
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  • 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!

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  • 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?

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  • 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

  •  Festive Horse

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  • 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!

White River 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 festival  CopyWar 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-Saltrice
  • Bergama Warning Fire
  • Alcaire Festival Sword-Pie
  • Old Aldmeri Orphan Gruel
  • Hissmir Fish-Eye Rye
  • Betnikh Twice-Spiked Ale
  • Jagga-Dredged "Mud Ball"

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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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    • Anonymous

      Places are easy to get to via boats. Just travel to the correct Coalition and then continue with the boats until you get to the right large map. Many places have direct connections via boats. Now, for my problem. I am always confused by these events as to how they function. In the Witches event, you keep getting the quest start via the crown store. Here, I have no idea how to restart the quest. Also, there seems to be a lot of inconsistency as sometimes you get 2 or 3 event tickets and then the next day doing the same thing, you get 0; and then the next day, you get the same as the first day.

      • Anonymous

        Is there a specific place to throw the mud balls at the rulers? I have found them in various places(such as Jorunn in Windhelm at the 'city court' home), but did not see the option to throw at him, and was chased by guards when I did so, having attacked him. Help?

        • Anonymous

          Yo the elk might be the Indrik, your suppose to gather event tickets and buy the four feathers to make an indrik.

          • Anonymous

            Where’s the Elk? Was supposed to be in the crown store by now, but hasn’t showed. Just the stupid festive horse.

            • Anonymous

              Can you only get the xp boost ale on one character? I just completed 2 quest on one of my alts and did not get it.

              • Anonymous

                the race and quests are listed wrong i got the breton quest on my wood elf and my freind got the nord quest on his breton

                • Anonymous

                  I really like this event. My char has gone up 30 cp playing only a few hours. Plus, I did have to explore a bit which was fun for me.

                  • Anonymous

                    New life festival sucks same quests everyday the plunder skull for halloween was fun this new life festival sucks

                    • Anonymous

                      During festival I saw a lot of people in the same blue furcoats, where did they get it? I completed all the quests and I don't have it.

                      • Anonymous

                        Some constructive criticism right now.
                        1. The xp buff is bugged on Xbox 1 at the moment where if you die it instantly vanishes, causing you to have to go and get the buff again.
                        2. The general central hub near Windhelm is going to be extremely laggy and cause a lot of crashes, especially with the questing aspect you took to it.
                        3. Grahtwood's associated quest optional requires you to kill 5 creatures, imagine 70+ people trying to kill the same thing at the same time.

                        • Anonymous

                          Is the festival buff mentioned above going to be like the xp buff we had for the harvest themed event we had back in October?

                          • Anonymous

                            All of the playable races celebrate the New Life Festival in some way. You are going to explore these ways through the quests that are part of the event (except for Imperials). But the NPC that gives them out is close to Windhelm (probably because it is a snowy map). The Nords have one quest, like everybody else (but Imperials).

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