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ESO High Isle Preview - What’s Coming in the New Expansion?

By Andrew | 14 Apr 2022 | Share
ESO High Isle Preview - What’s Coming in the New Expansion?
The High Isle chapter for ESO (Elder Scrolls Online) will be released this June.

We have had early access to the chapter on a preview server, and we are now able to share with you all of the new features that will be coming to the game.

Huge New Zone to Explore

The new High Isle Chapter will include the High Isle zone, complete with towns, delves, public dungeons and more. While High Isle may look small on the map of Tamriel, it is actually a very large playable area, comparable to other zones from expansions, such as Northern Elsweyr and Blackwood.

The zone is split into the two main islands that make up the Systres Archipelago, the largest of which is High Isle in the south - an affluent region home to many rich Breton noble families and knights.

This is in stark contrast to the northernmost island of Amenos, a dangerous jungle. Amenos is essentially a prison island, dominated by various gangs of prisoners and pirates.

There are also a couple of smaller islands in the Archipelago.

High Isle zone in ESO (Elder Scrolls Online)
High Isle zone in ESO (Elder Scrolls Online)

New Storyline and Quests on High Isle

The High Isle expansion kicks off the new Legacy of the Bretons storyline. You begin your adventures in the port city of Gonfalon Bay.

Players will uncover a plot by the secretive Ascendant Order, a knightly order with unknown motives who are threatening to unhinge peace talks to end the Three-Banners War between the Daggerfall Covenant, Ebonheart Pact and Aldmeri Dominion.

Gonfalon Bay in High Isle
Gonfalon Bay in High Isle

New Collectible Card Game - Tales of Tribute

In Gonfalon bay, you can speak to Bragas outside the Gonfalon Gaming Hall to get started on your Tales of Tribute Journey.

After a tutorial game, you will be given some card decks to use and you will then be able to challenge some NPCs to games.

You can also challenge other players, in either unranked or ranked games. Ranked games give you a chance to get onto the leaderboards for extra rewards! Winning tribute games also gives you rewards in your mailbox.

Tales of Tribute Card Game in ESO High Isle
Tales of Tribute Card Game in ESO High Isle

New World Events in High Isle - Volcanic Vents

There are a number of Volcanic Vents on High Isle and Amenos. These will periodically begin churning out all manner of fire daedra and monsters. Help the local Stonelore druids to close these vents by defeating the monsters to buy them time to work their magic.

You will of course receive some loot for completing these events and there are some achievements tied to them too. The Volcanic Vents are quite similar in scope and difficulty to the Harrowstorms in Western Skyrim.

Volcanic Vents in ESO High Isle
Volcanic Vents in ESO High Isle

Two New Companions in High Isle

In High Isle you can meet Ember, a chaotic and mischievous Khajiit sorcerer, and Isobel Veloise, a stalwart Breton knight.

Both of these can be recruited as companions after you complete the quests associated with them. Companions are customizable - you can alter their skill bar, outfit and select one of your mounts for them to use. They can react positively or negatively to your actions.

Ember and Isobel, the new companions in ESO High Isle
Ember and Isobel, the new companions in ESO High Isle

New Trial, Dreasdail Reef, in High Isle

A new 12-player trial, complete with new bosses, new item sets, and achievements. As usual, the trial can be played in normal or veteran difficulty, and the bosses have an optional hardmode for seasoned players looking for a challenge.

Strike back at the Dreadsail pirates who have been plaguing the Systres Archipelago from their dangerous island hideaway.

Dreadsail Reef trial in ESO High Isle
Dreadsail Reef trial in ESO High Isle

New Item Sets in High Isle

On High Isle you can find various crafted and overland sets to play around with:

Overland Sets:

  • Blessing of High Isle - When you are healed while in combat, increase your weapon and spell damage for 5 seconds.
  • Steadfast's Mettle - While you have a food buff active, reduce the cost of your core combat abilities by 25%.
  • Systres' Scowl - When you bash an enemy, place Systres’ Scowl on them for 15 seconds. When hit by a light attack, a target with Systres’ Scowl takes 1790 frost damage, up to once per second.

Crafted Sets:

  • Order's Wrath - Increases your critical damage and critical healing by 8%.
  • Serpent's Disdain - Increases the duration of status effects you apply by 16 seconds.
  • Druid's Braid - This is a highly unusual set that has 12 item bonuses meaning you need to put it on all of your item slots to gain the full effect. The set basically just gives you a lot of extra max health, magicka and stamina.

Trial sets (perfected versions of these sets are available from the Veteran version of Dreadsail Reef):

  • Coral Riptide - Increase your weapon and spell damage by up to 740 based on your missing stamina. The perfected version grants an extra 1487 offensive penetration.
  • Pearlescent Ward - Increase your weapon and spell damage by 180 for you and up to 11 other group members based on how many group members are alive. Increase your damage resistance from non-player attacks by up to 66% based on how many group members are dead. You can only benefit from this set from one source. The perfected version grants an extra 1206 maximum health.
  • Pillager's Profit - Casting an ultimate ability while in combat grants 28% of the ultimate’s cost as ultimate to up to 11 group members within 12 meters. Group members can only be affected by this set every 25 seconds. The perfected version also grants you 126 extra magicka recovery.
  • Whorl of the Depths - When you deal damage with a light attack, you apply a Whorl of the Depths to the target, dealing Frost damage over 8 seconds. When this effect ends, a 5 meter whirlpool is created under the target for 6 seconds, and deals frost damage every 1 second. This effect can occur every 18 seconds and scales off the higher of your weapon or spell damage. The perfected version of the set also gives you 657 critical chance.

Find new items and sets in High Isle
Find new items and sets in High Isle

New Mythic Items in High Isle

The Antiquities system is also getting five new Mythic items for you to find in High Isle:

  • Lefthander's War Girdle - Dodge roll no longer evades attacks and instead grants a damage shield that absorbs up to 20990 damage over 1 second. This damage shield is unaffected by battle spirit.
  • Sea-Serpent's Coil - While at full health, you gain 40% damage resistance. After taking damage while at full health in combat, you gain Serpent’s Rebuke for 10 seconds, snaring yourself by 40% and gaining Major Berserk and Major Courage, increasing your damage done by 10% and Weapon and Spell damage by 430. The damage resistance does not apply while Serpent’s Rebuke is active.
  • Oakensoul Ring - Add 300 Weapon and Spell damage, 3816 armor, 300 health, magicka and stamina recovery, 2658 maximum health, magicka and stamina. While equipped, you are unable to switch between your primary and backup weapon sets.
  • Dov-Rha Sabatons - While sprinting, gain a stack of Draconic speed every 0.5 seconds, granting you 660 armor, up to 20 stacks max. Upon stopping you deal 165 Physical Damage per stack in an 8 meter shockwave and retain Draconic speed for 10 seconds, but cannot gain new stacks. At 20 stacks, this damage will also stun for 3 seconds. This effect scales off the higher of your Weapon or Spell damage.
  • Mora's Whispers - Gain up to 1528 Critical Chance and 10% increased Inspiration, Alliance Rank, Alliance Skill and monster kill experience based off how many books of Shalidor’s Library have been collected.

Note that it’s possible some of these sets and mythics will be changed before High Isle releases on the live server.

You can find more information about High Isle on our High Isle Overview page.

We hope you enjoyed this preview of the High Isle expansion, coming on 6th June 2022. ESO (Elder Scrolls Online) is a massively multiplayer online game developed by Zenimax Online Studios.
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