In the third quarter of 2021, the next act of the year-long story “Gates of Oblivion” for The Elder Scrolls Online awaits us with the dungeon DLC “Waking Flame”. Two weeks ago, the Zenimax developers had a general one Look at the new features of the DLC and Update 31 thrown. in the recent blog post it is now much more detailed, namely with regard to the new dungeon “Der Schreckenskeller”. Find out below which challenges, special features and rewards await you in the Darkforest Dungeon.


The Schreckenskeller, located in the hills of the northern dark forest, once served as one of the most notorious prisons in the empire. This forced shelter for dissidents, rebels and political prisoners once only rarely allowed posted workers to return to its secret location, which sparked rumors of the brutal treatment by their guards.

It was believed that the Schreckenskeller would have closed years ago, but recently mysterious magical energies have been pouring out of it and a Dagonian cult has settled in it: the Awakening Flame. Battle mages of the Imperial Legion, including the in-training Lucilla Caprenia and her master, Martus Tullius, were sent out to investigate this troubling news after it was fooled by none other than Lyranth, a Dremora who had been part of the year-round adventure “gates of.” Oblivion “was informed that the prison was awakening.




TESO: Waking Flame - Preview of the Schreckenskeller: & nbsp; The Schreckenskeller, located in the hills of the northern dark forest, once served as one of the most notorious prisons in the German Empire.



TESO: Waking Flame – Preview of the Schreckenskeller: The Schreckenskeller, located in the hills of the northern dark forest, once served as one of the most notorious prisons in the German Empire.

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“With the Schreckenskeller we wanted to create a certain mystery: How did it come about? What happened there? And what role have the characters played so far?”explains Mike Finnigan, Encounters Lead for THAT. “While there is clearly a Daedric threat here, no one has a clean slate when it comes to this place. We tried to incorporate that into the design, atmosphere and sounds of the dungeon.”

With your help, the battle mages must penetrate deep into the prison and find out the cause of the magical disturbance. But what other horrors await you in this once feared prison camp? And what use do the cultists of the Awakening Flame derive from the Dread Cellar, since they now inhabit it?

TESO: Waking Flame – Dagonian Powers

As you lead these battle mages to prison, you will find the eager servants of Mehrunes Dagon stand in your way. These include cultists of the Awakening Flame with powerful fire magic and a host of Daedric beasts, including monstrous Daedroth, Ogrim, and even more sinister adversaries.

“When designing the enemies for the Dread Cellar, we wanted to use a variety of Daedric servants to create a real challenge for players.”says Finnigan. “For example, there are two types of Xivilai throughout the dungeon and they cannot be pushed aside, so your group needs to be vigilant even if there is no leader around.”

As you fight your way through the cellar of terror, you will also have to face three leaders, each with unique mechanics that you must learn and overcome in the heat of the moment. These leaders include the terrible Scorion Broodlord, an arachnid influenced by the Deadlands with the power to move through portals

These challenges await you in both the normal version and the veteran version, with the latter also having difficult variants of the three leaders that you can tackle with your allies if you are looking for a real challenge!

TESO: Waking Flame – Forgotten Relics

Buried deep in the horror cellar there is a bevy of collectibles, equipment and more. This includes four unique item sets (each with a light, medium, and heavy set and a mask set) with their own bonuses and abilities, such as the Feast of the Skorion:




TESO: Waking Flame - Preview of the Cellar of Terror: The rewards include four unique item sets (each a light, medium, and heavy set and a mask set) with their own bonuses and skills.



TESO: Waking Flame – Preview of the Cellar of Terror: The rewards include four unique item sets (each a light, medium, and heavy set and a mask set) with their own bonuses and abilities.

Quelle: Zenimax




The first time you hit an enemy with a heavy attack with this set, you and your party will gain magicka and stamina regeneration. However, if you hit again with a heavy attack while you are already using the first improvement, the effect changes and instead increases the damage to your group. Depending on the situation, you can increase the regeneration of your group or its damage – it’s up to you!

In addition to the new item sets, you can also earn a number of unique achievements and collectibles as you fight your way through the dungeons. This includes Qualzit, a souvenir you receive for completing the Dread Cellar in the Veteran Version, and a number of unique titles and furnishings.




TESO: Waking Flame - Preview of the Dread Cellar: In addition to the new item sets, you can also earn a number of unique achievements and collectibles or even a companion in the dungeons.



TESO: Waking Flame – Preview of the horror cellar: In addition to the new item sets, you can also earn a number of unique achievements and collectibles or even a companion in the dungeons.

Quelle: Zenimax




In addition, just for entering the Schreckenskeller (or the Red Blossom Bastion, the second dungeon from “Waking Flame”) you get a scorion pupil as a companion!

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