Update 39 Is On The Horizon! ESO Improves QOL

ESO Update 39 Preview Article Quality of Live Improvements
Update 39 for The Elder Scrolls Online brings a wave of quality-of-life improvements. Let's take a look at what we can expect in August 2023.

Update 39 will be arriving August 21 on PC/Mac and September 5 for Xbox and PlayStation consoles in the Update 39 base-game patch. As a base-game update, Update 39 is free for all existing ESO players, with no additional purchase required. 

It was announced that there would be no new content for The Elder Scrolls Online, but instead the focus of Update 39 would be bug fixes and general quality-of-life improvements.  That doesn’t mean there won’t be anything new!  Be sure to check out the recent Twitch stream and patch notes review for more information on combat changes.  

For New Players

Some quests will not appear until you reach certain levels.  For example, the Fighters Guild bestowers will appear after a new player reaches level 5.  The goal of this adjustment is to make it less overwhelming for new players until they get a couple of quests under their belt.  It was noted that the bestowers will still be present and can be interacted with but new players will not be prompted to do so until the associated level is reached.

There will also be a few changes to the navigator quest pins.

New Endeavor Activity Types

New Endeavor types are coming to allow us the opportunity to earn additional Seals of Endeavors.  These types will include Tales of Tribute games, trials, and some pvp activities like capturing farms, keeps, and towns in Cyrodiil.

Bastion Nymics

There will be a couple of notable Bastion Nymic changes.  Each nymic will now be named to help differentiate between them.  The Ichor that needs to be harvested will be reduced from 5 to 4.  Also, there are a couple of bug fixes involving poisonous gas and Kynmarcher Strix.

Imperial City Treasure Scamps

The number of Scamps in Imperial City will be reduced.   However, those that do appear and are defeated will offer larger rewards.  Cunning Scamps will now drop a much greater quantity of Tel Var Stones, and Trove Scamps will now drop a tradable piece of Imperial City Gear.

New PVP Monster Sets

Three new Cyrodiil Monster Masks are being released in this update. The masks and shoulders can be purchased from the Elite Gear Vendor in three new containers for 50k AP each, and Style Pages can be purchased from the War Researcher Vendor as individual pages for 150k AP each.

  • Jerall Mountains Warchief
    • 1 – Adds 129 Weapon and Spell Damage
    • 2 – Dealing damage applies a stack of Malady to your enemy, reducing Healing Taken by 1% for 5 seconds, up to 35 stacks. You can apply a stack once every 0.5 seconds. Applying Malady gives you a stack of Contagion, reducing Healing Taken by 1% for 5 seconds, up to 15 stacks. You can only gain a stack once every 1 second.
  • Nibenay Bay Battlereeve
    • 1 – Adds 424 Critical Resistance
    • 2 – When you are forcefully moved via a Pull, Knockback, or Teleport ability, gain a damage shield that absorbs up to 15112 damage for 6 seconds. This damage shield is not affected by Battle Spirit. This effect can occur once every 14 seconds. While you do not have the damage shield from this set, reduce your damage taken from Players by 5%.
  • Colovian Highlands General
    • 1 – Adds 1487 Offensive Penetration
    • 2 – When you kill a Player, gain a stack of Blood Debt for 0.5 seconds. When Blood Debt expires, you and up to 5 Group members within 28 meters of you gain 15 Ultimate per stack of Blood Debt.

There will also be new PVP face and body markings.

New Achievements and Adjustments

Some new achievements and some achievement adjustments will also be made with Update 39.  If you’ve met the requirements, your achievements will be updated automatically.  If not, the requirements for some achievements will be adjusted.

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Update 39 will also bring two new houses, new furnishings, new master writ offerings, AND the ability to unlock the antiquity skill line from the Crown Store.  

Note that all these revisions are now live and testing in PTS.  As with all PTS things, they are subject to change as we get closer to the release.

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