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ESO New Life Festival Event Guide 2024

ESO New Life Festival Event Guide 2024

Updated: 01/01/2024

The New Life Festival is an annual event that comes to ESO in December. Players get various bonuses during the event and can earn festive rewards that are not available at other times of the year. This year's New Life Festival will begin on December 21st, and last until January 9th. 

The Impresario has all of 2023's morphing collectible fragments for the Passion Dancer Blossom and its morphs. This is also your opportunity to obtain the last fragment needed to create the Hoardhunter Ursauk, a unique mount.

This year (2023) also offers a new bag, the New Life Festival Grab Bag.

Below we will explain pretty much everything there is to know about this event, including how you can participate and what rewards you can earn. 

Double XP

You can acquire a 100% XP buff collectible by completing a simple quest called “Breda’s Bottomless Mead Mug“, you can obtain this quest from Breda at the event location. This XP boost will stack with any other XP bonus. You can use the mug again when your XP buff expires to get it again - but this will only work during the New Life Festival! If you need help with optimizing grinding/ leveling please visit the ESO Grind Guide

Before you start with the festival, you need to obtain the New Life Festival Scroll from the Crown Store, The scroll is free, you don't 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 New Life Festival Event

You can find the New Life Festival tent in Eastmarch, close to the Kynesgrove Wayshrine. There you can find Breda, who will give you the quests for the festival. You can also receive the New Life Festival quest from the in-game Crown Store and use it to find your way to Breda. 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.
  • You can teleport directly to the New Life festival tent via the portal found at Impresario (Event Merchant) locations.
New Life Festival Starter Location
New Life Festival Starter Location

Rewards from the New Life Festival

Every time you complete a New Life Festival quest, you will earn a New Life Festival Box, which can contain the following rewards:

Impresario & Event Tickets

The first time you complete a New Life Festival quest each day, you’ll receive three Event Tickets in addition to your Gift Box and other rewards. With Event Tickets, you can purchase the following goods from the Impresario:

  • Companion Guild Commendations - 3 Event Tickets each
  • Impresario's Group Repair Kits - 2 Event Tickets each
  • New Life Festival Grab Bag - 2 Event Tickets

The New Life Festival Grab Bag in ESO can contain the following items that you don't already own:

Meadowbreeze Memories skin
Meadowbreeze Memories skin

You can also spend Event Tickets at the Indrik Vendor. During the New Life Festival, Nenuluare will sell the following Indriks:

Quests and Achievements during New Life Festival

The New Life Festival Quests will send you all over Tamriel, there's a quest for each playable race. 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 Charity Writs.

Note: All these quests can be done on every character that you have. 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.

Crystal Frost Skin

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 (any Charity Writ type works). Those are unique Crafting Writs, only obtainable during the New Life Festival. You will need to craft some basic furniture to complete the writs.

Crystal Frost Skin
Crystal Frost Skin

Charity Writs & Imperial Charity Writs

Additionally, when you open a New Life Festival Gift Box, you can also receive one of these two different types of Charity Writs.

  • Deep Winter Charity Writs—Complete to unlock pages from the Skaal Explorer outfit style.
  • Imperial Charity Writs—Complete to unlock pages from the Rkindaleft Dwarven Weapon Style.
Skaal Explorer Outfit
Skaal Explorer Outfit
Rkindaleft Dwarven Style Bow
Rkindaleft Dwarven Style Bow
Rkindaleft Dwarven Style Shield
Rkindaleft Dwarven Style Shield
Rkindaleft Dwarven Style Staff
Rkindaleft Dwarven Style Staff
Rkindaleft Dwarven Style 1-Hand
Rkindaleft Dwarven Style 1-Hand
Rkindaleft Dwarven Style 2-Handed
Rkindaleft Dwarven Style 2-Handed

Housing Items

You can find the holiday achievement furnisher Heralda Garscroft in Grahtwood, Stormhaven, Deshaan and Vvardenfell. 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".

Furnishings:

How Do I Obtain The New Life Festival 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. 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 Furnishings & How 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.

Furnishing Crafting
Furnishing Crafting

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:

Blacksmith, Carpenter, Clothier Blueprints
Blacksmith, Carpenter, Clothier Blueprints

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

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.

Rawl Kha Blueprint Buy Locations
Rawl Kha Blueprint Buy Locations

Crown Store Items & Motifs

There is a wide variety of Crown Store items available during the New Life Festival.

Enchanted Snow Globe Home

Enchanted Snow Globe House
Enchanted Snow Globe House

Skinchanger and Frostcaster Motif

The Skinchanger Motif is obtainable through the New Life Festival Gift Boxes.

Skinchanger Motif
Skinchanger Motif

Stahlrim Armor Pack

The Stalhrim Armor Pack for the Stalhrim Outfit will be available in the Crown Store on all platforms during the New Life Festival.

Stahlrim Armor Pack
Stahlrim Armor Pack

Now you know everything about the New Life Festival in ESO. The Elder Scrolls Online is a massively multiplayer online game developed by Zenimax Online Studios. 


Past event dates

  • From: Dec 21st 2023, To: Jan 9th 2024
  • From: Dec 15th 2022, To: Jan 3rd 2023
  • From: Dec 16th 2021, To: Jan 4th 2022
  • From: Dec 17th 2020, To: Jan 5th 2021

Outfit styles and motifs

Icon icon Evergreen
Icon icon Frostcaster The Frostcaster style can be purchased in the Crown Store (limited time only).
Icon icon Nord Carved
Icon icon Rkindaleft Dwarven An Outfit look for one-handed weapons in the Rkindaleft Dwarven style.
Icon icon Skaal Explorer An Outfit look for one-handed weapons in the Skaal Explorer style.
Icon icon Skinchanger An Outfit look for shoulders in the Skinchanger style.

Frequently asked questions

How do I get to the New Life Festival in ESO?

To take part in this cross-cultural celebration, pick up the New Life Festival quest from the in-game Crown Store and use it to locate the New Life Herald Breda, found south of the city of Windhelm, in the Eastmarch zone. You can teleport directly to the New Life festival tent via the portal found at Impresario locations.

How do you get the New Life Festival skin?

 You can get the starter quest from the Crown Store or teleport to the Eastmarch zone to the event location. The New Life Festival tent is south of the city of Windhelm and next to the Kynesgrove Wayshrine. 

How many quests are in the New Life Festival?

There's a total of 10 quests that players can complete to receive a New Life Gift Box. These quests take place in all the different areas and are related to all the different races available in ESO. 

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

What time does the New Life Festival start?

 In 2022, the New Life Festival will start on December 15 and will end on January 3 2023. The New Life Festival usually starts around mid-December and ends at the beginning of January every year. 

How do I get the Crystalfrost skin in ESO?

 Complete the "Newly Charitable" achievement by completing 12 New Life Charity Writs during the New Life Festival Event.

How do you get tickets for the New Life Festival?

 Players can receive three Event Tickets each day by completing one New Life Festival daily quest. A maximum of 57 tickets can be earned by the end of the event.

What is the New Life Festival?

The New Life Festival Event in ESO is a Tamriel-wide event that celebrates the birth of a new year, and celebrates the death of the old year. In contrast to the Old Life Festival, New Life takes place at the beginning of Morning Star. 

Where is Breda in ESO?

 Breda is a Nord New Life Herald residing in a tent south of Windhelm during the New Life Festival Event. She is the primary source of information about the festival. 

How do I get the Snowball Buddy pet in ESO?

 You can find the Snowball Buddy pet in ESO in the New Life reward boxes which you receive for handing in the quests during the New Life Festival Event

How do I get the Powderwhite Coney pet in ESO?

 You can find the Powderwhite Coney pet in ESO in the New Life reward boxes which you receive for handing in the quests. 

When does the New Life Festival start in ESO?

The New Life Festival starts on 21 Dec 2023

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