Ultimate Cyrodiil Aldmeri Dominion Territory Zone Guide

Aldmeri Dominion Territory Description

Aldmeri Dominion (yellow) alliance initially controls the northwestern areas of Cyrodiil.  There are keeps, outposts, cities, and resources that can be gained or lost in the alliance war.  

Two areas in each alliance are never changing.  The Northern High Rock Gate and the Southern High Rock Gate.  Everything else is up for grabs!

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What Is A Crafting Set Station?

A crafting set station is a crafting area that allows you to craft a specific set piece of armor.  Often there are additional requirements, like a number of traits that must be researched before you can make an item of a specific set.  While you can make generic pieces at crafting set stations, these are the only areas where you can the specific set that is listed.  There is one exception – attunable crafting tables (which are ‘tuned’ to replicate set stations) can be obtained and placed in houses for use.

ESO Map Icon Crafting Set Stations

On your map, crafting set stations appear with a blackened crafting icon when you are close to a location.  Once the set station has been visited, the icon turns white.

Aldmeri Dominion Crafting Set Stations

How To Obtain Other Set Pieces

Players can gain PVP armor sets from Cyrodiil, Imperial City, or Battlegrounds.  Some sets can also be purchased from Elite Vendors using Alliance Points or Tel Var Stones.  You can earn set pieces in Cyrodiil by completing town quests, completing delves, completing dolmens, and completing board missions.  Some sets can be purchased by Alliance Quartermasters using Alliance Points.  

The final way to acquire PVP armor sets is by earning Rewards for the Worthy.  These are special containers earned either in Cyrodiil or Battlegrounds.  You will recieve an in-game mail with one reward coffer for every 20,000 Alliance Points earned.

What Is A Delve?

A delve in The Elder Scrolls Online is in essence a small dungeon.  Delves usually contain a few enemies, at least one ‘boss’, and a skyshard.  Delves can generally be completed solo.   If you are a new player, you may want to explore delves with a friend.  Most delves have an associated quest that you can get just inside or near the entrance.  This quest is more a side story to the main quest of the area but does offer rewards for completing it.

ESO Delve Icon Map Image

On your map, delves appear with a blackened single torch.  Once the delve is completed (by defeating the boss or bosses), the delve icon turns white.

Aldmeri Dominion Territory Delves

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There are 6 delves in the AD territory.  Note that these delves are available at all times to any alliance.  

Bloodmayne Cave

Not far south of the Larsius River the rolling plains of the Wealds give way to the forests of Valenwood. Sometimes beasts from beneath those green canopies make their way north.

Bloodmayne Cave Location

Travel southwest from Castle Bloodmayne to find Bloodmayne Cave.

ESO Achievement High Isle Breakwater Cave Explorer

Exploring and defeating the bosses will reward you with the Bloodmayne Cave Explorer achievement.

Inside Bloodmayne Cave

Bloodmayne Cave is inhabited by spriggans, thunderbugs, and assassin beetles.  This delve has one level, three bosses, and one skyshard as noted on the map.

Acanthia, Chosen of Nirn

Acanthia, Chosen of Nirn is a spriggan.  She slices with her arms to create physical damage.  During battle, Acanthia will summon durzogs, wolves, spiders, and thunderbugs to aid her in battle.  It is important to know that Acanthia can heal herself.  This can be interrupted.  Keep the adds down.  Acanthia, Chosen of Nirn is easily defeated.

Ironlash

Ironlash is a strangler.  It is planted into the ground so it cannot move.  Ironlash will spit poisons, strangle, and pull you into it.  Additionally, it can poison the ground.  Ironlash is easily defeated.

Razorback

Razorback is a shalk.  It pinches, spits fire, and creates large firey aoes.  Avoid them when possible.  Razorback is easily defeated.

Breakneck Cave

The Ayleid doorway on this natural cave is something of a puzzle for scholars of the Wild Elves. Did they use it as a storage cavern, or were their plans for finishing it in the usual manner simply interrupted?

Breakneck Cave Location

Travel northwest from Castle Brindle to locate Breakneck Cave.

ESO Achievement High Isle Breakwater Cave Explorer

Exploring and defeating the bosses will reward you with the Breakneck Cave Explorer achievement.

Inside Breakneck Cave

Breakneck Cave is inhabited by Black Dagger enemies including Black Dagger Deadeyes, Black Dagger Slayer, and spiders.  This delve has one level, two bosses, and one skyshard as noted on the map.

Hegris the Black Dagger

Hegris the Black Dagger is a Nord berserker.  She uses two axes for dual wield attacks.  Hegris has very quick attacks and can easily roll dodge to avoid taking damage.  He also  casts a snare that pins you to the ground for a short time.  Hegris the Black Dagger is easily defeated.

Longfang

Longfang is a large spider.  It spits poisons, bites, and can cast webs around your feet slowing your movement.  Additional spiders nearby will also join Longfang in battle.  Avoid the aoes when possible.  Longfang is easily defeated.

Haynote Cave

These winding tunnels were once home to a thriving fungus-farming operation. But since war has come to Cyrodiil, they’ve been put to darker uses.

Haynote Cave Location

Travel east from Castle Brindle to locate Haynote Cave.

ESO Achievement High Isle Breakwater Cave Explorer

Exploring and defeating the bosses will reward you with the Haynote Cave Explorer achievement.

Inside Haynote Cave

Haynote Cave is inhabited by Shadowed Path enemies and Skeletal warriors.  This delve has one level, two bosses, and one skyshard as noted on the map.

Diabolist Volcatia

Diabolist Volcatia is a bonelord.  She uses magical attacks.  During the battle, Volcatia will summon various enemies to aid her including Bone Colossus and Flesh Atronachs.  She will also spawn a fist that will snare you unless you have stamina to escape.  Focus on the adds.  Melee attacks work well.  Diabolist Volcatia is easily defeated.

Theurgist Theias

Theurgist Thelas is a Dark Elf.  She uses a staff for magical attacks.  Theias launches flares, and creates a large aoe that a meteor will drop into the center and explode.  Initially she is accompanied by skeletal warriors and other Shadowed Path enemies are nearby that can join the battle.  Keep the adds down.  Avoid the aoes when possible.  Theurgist Thelas is easily defeated.

Nisin Cave

“You’ve got no more chance than a child at night in Nisin Cave.” — Old Saying in Vlastarus 

Nisin Cave Location

Travel southeast from the town of Vlastarus to locate Nisin Cave.

ESO Achievement High Isle Breakwater Cave Explorer

Exploring and defeating the bosses will reward you with the Nisin Cave Explorer achievement.

Inside Nisin Cave

Nisin Cave is inhabited by Dremora enemies, skeletal warriors, and Shadowed Path enemies.  This delve has one level, two bosses, and one skyshard as noted on the map.

Barasatii

Barasatii is a dremora fire mage.  She uses flares and flaming waves to inflict magical damage.  Barasatii also shoots fireballs that create runes on the ground and burst into flames.  Other enemies are nearby and will frequently join the battle.  Keep the adds down.  Avoid the aoes when possible.  Barasatii is easily defeated.

Volgo the Harrower

Volgo the Harrower is an Imperial berserker.  He uses two axes for dual wield melee attacks.  Volgo is quick and will frequently jump over you.  His strikes are also quick.  Volgo the Harrower is easily defeated.

Pothole Caverns

Some say the Wild Elves used these caves as a mausoleum. Certainly something about this place brings to mind things that should be dead, but refuse to stay that way….

Pothole Caverns Location

Travel southwest from Castle Faregyl to locate Pothole Caverns.

ESO Achievement High Isle Breakwater Cave Explorer

Exploring and defeating the bosses will reward you with the Pothole Caverns Explorer achievement.

Inside Pothole Caverns

Pothole Caverns is inhabited by Shadowed Path enemies, skeletal warriors, and risen dead.  This delve has one level, three bosses, and one skyshard as noted on the map.

Blighttooth

Blighttooth is a Dark Elf zombie.  He is slow-moving but has damaging swipes.  Blighttooth also creates a cone-shaped aoe and vomits poisons.  These are easily avoided by stepping aside.  Blighttooth is easily defeated.

Diabolist Vethisa

Diabolist Vethisa is a Dark Elf berserker.  She uses axes for dual wield melee attacks.  Vethisa is very quick and has damaging spinning attacks.  During the battle, she casts a snare that will pin you to the ground temporarily.  Diabolist Vethisa is easily defeated.

Serrin Vol

Serrin Vol is a Nord who uses a single sword for melee attacks.  Serrin also casts funes on the ground that will create a very damaging aoe.  Avoid the aoes when possible.  Serrin is easily defeated.

Serpent Hollow Cave

Phrastus of Elinhir’s speculation that ogres’ gray-blue skin camouflages their silhouetted forms against the sky has been convincingly debunked by Lady Cinnabar of Taneth.

Serpent Hollow Cave Location

Travel north from Castle Brindle to locate Serpent Hollow Cave.

ESO Achievement High Isle Breakwater Cave Explorer

Exploring and defeating the bosses will reward you with the Serpent Hollow Cave Explorer achievement.

Inside Serpent Hollow Cave

Serpent Hollow Cave is inhabited by bears and ogres.  This delve has one level, two bosses, and one skyshard as noted on the map.

Bear Matriarch

Bear Matriarch is an extra large bear accompanied by another smaller bear.  She has damaging swipes, bites, and will rear up creating a cone-shaped aoe that causes significant damage but is easily stepped out of.  Avoid the aoes when possible.  Bear Matriarch is easily defeated.

Bruuke

Bruuke is a very large ogre.  He punches, smashes, and roars to cause melee damage.  Bruuke also stomps the ground which can cause a shockwave that can make you off balance.  Avoid the aoes when possible.  Bruuke is easily defeated.

What Is A Mundus Stone?

Mundus Stones are large, stone pillars that can be activated which creates a unique permanent player buff.  Each player can choose any Mundus Stone but only one Mundus ‘blessing’ (also known as ‘boon’) is permitted at a time.  For more information, check out this article.

ESO Icon Mundus Stone

On your map, mundus stones will appear in your compass as you near it with a blackened icon.  Once visited, regardless if you used it, it will turn white and appear on your map permanently.

Aldmeri Dominion Territory Mundus Stone Locations

There are 4 Mundus Stones in the Aldmeri Dominion Territory of Cyrodiil.

What Is A Skyshard?

Skyshards are glowing crystals that provide you with 1/3 of a skill point.  Collecting 3 skyshards grants you 1 skill point which can then be used for abilities and/or passives.  

ESO In-Game Map Icon Skyshard

On your map, skyshard will appear with a blackened skyshard icon when you are close to its location.  Once the skyshard has been collected, the icon turns white but then disappears from your map.

Aldmeri Dominion Territory Skyshard Locations

There are a total of 15 Skyshards in the Aldmeri Dominion Territory of Cyrodiil.

Skyshard #1 – in the ruins of a tower

Skyshard #2 – between two sets of stairs

Skyshard #3 – on a cart east of Vlastarus

Skyshard #4 – in a crate on a boat by the dock

Skyshard #5 – in the priory courtyard

Skyshard #6 – on the side of a ruined watch tower

Skyshard #7 – on the side of a ruined watch tower

Skyshard #8 – next to a door of the Wenyandawik Ruins

Skyshard #9 – in front of a statue

One skyshard is also found in each of the delves.

What Is A World Event?

World Events, also commonly called Dark Anchors or Dolmens, are huge hooks sent by Molag Bal.  They hook into the ground with giant chains.  Dark Anchors spawn daedric and undead guardians.  As you defeat the enemies, anchor pinions will appear around the dolmen and need to be released.  After all the pinions are released, a final wave of enemies (usually featuring a few smaller enemies and one larger mini-boss) appear.  Once the final wave is defeated one final anchor pinion will appear and releasing it will cause a treasure chest to appear.  This chest contains gold and other loot but also contains a jewelry piece from the area.

ESO In-Game Map Icon World Event

On your map, world events will appear with a blackened world event icon when you are close to its location.  Once the event has been defeated, the icon turns white.

Aldmeri Dominion Territory World Event Locations

There are 4 world events in the Aldmeri Dominion Territory of Cyrodiil.

  • Great Forest Dolmen
  • Greenmead Dolmen
  • Nibenay Valley Dolmen
ESO Icon Map Key Crossed Swords Battle

On your map, when a world event is active, the crossed swords icon will appear and flash behind the world event icon.

What Is A Lore Book?

Shalidor’s Library is a collection of lore books in Tamriel.  Reading lore books within this collection increases your Mages Guild rank.  

ESO In-Game Icon Lore Book

On your map, lore books will appear in your compass as you near it.  Once collected, it will disappear.  You can track your collection under the zone guide.

Aldmeri Dominion Territory Lore Book Locations

There are a total of 24 lore books to be found in the Aldmeri Dominion Territory of Cyrodiil.

  • Lore Book #1 – Ancient Scrolls Of The Dwemer IV – on the ground floor of a tower next to a sleeping mat
  • Lore Book #2 – The Cleansing Of The Fane – in a broken boat in an old riverbed
  • Lore Book #3 – Proposal:  Schools Of Magic –  on a desk on the left side of a chapel
  • Lore Book #4 – Ancient Scrolls Of The Dwemer VIII – on the bottom floor of a tower
  • Lore Book #5 – Myths Of Sheogorath, Vol. 2 – upstairs in a wooden battlement on a stool
  • Lore Book #6 – The Red Book Of Riddles – on top of the east end of the ruins
  • Lore Book #7 – Arcana Restored – in the middle of the tower at Riverwatch
  • Lore Book #8 – The Adabal-a – next to barrels near the docks
  • Lore Book #9 – Words Of The Wind – on a deck in a building
  • Lore Book #10 – Ruminations On The Elder Scrolls – on the back of a cart
  • Lore Book #11 – The Battle Of Glenumbria Moors – on the ground floor of a tower under the stairs
  • Lore Book #12 – Ode To The Tundrastriders – on a crate in a cave
  • Lore Book #13 – The Last King Of The Ayleids – in front of the door to an Ayleid ruin next to a skyshard
  • Lore Book #14 – The Accounting Of The Elder Scrolls – in front of a tent next to a skeleton
  • Lore Book #15 – The Legendary Scrouge – on a table in a tent
  • Lore Book #16 – The Spawn Of Molag Bal – on a broken crate in the middle of a goblin camp
  • Lore Book #17 – The Second Akaviri Invasion – next to Jurana in the town center
  • Lore Book #18 – Monomyth:  The Heart Of The World – on the ground floor of a tower
  • Lore Book #19 – Trials Of Saint Alessia – on the ground of a fishing hut
  • Lore Book #20 – Guild Memo On Soul Trapping – on a crate at the bottom of the Howling Cave
  • Lore Book #21 – The Five Far Stars – on a small hill in front of a gravestone
  • Lore Book #22 – The Lusty Argonian Maid, Vol. 1 – on a mat next to a tent
  • Lore Book #23 – Ancient Scrolls Of The Dwemer I-A – in the ruins north of the well
  • Lore Book #24 – War Weather – on a bench next to the water

What Is A Treasure Map?

Treasure Maps are rewards that show the location of special chests that can only be seen when you have the map in your inventory.  You must travel to the specific location, dig the dirt mound, and then a chest will appear for you.

Treasure Map locations do NOT appear on your map.  You can slot the maps for quick access to compare your location.  

ESO Icon Treasure Chest

This map uses the chest icon to denote the location.

Aldmeri Dominion Territory Treasure Map Locations

  • Treasure Map I – under a tree next to some ruins
  • Treasure Map II – under a tree
  • Treasure Map III – on an island in the middle of Silverscale Pond
  • Treasure Map IV – near trees at the top of a rock slope
  • Treasure Map V – between two towers
  • Treasure Map VI – under a tree outside Castle Brindle

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