Gear and house deco await Oblivion portal plunderers in Elder Scrolls Online’s Blackwood

    
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Here we are at Princess Tower.

Elder Scrolls Online players might be buzzing about Blackwood’s companion system and the chance to drag an NPC all over Tamriel to keep them alive, but the chapter is a lot more than that. To wit: ZeniMax Online Studios has dropped another dev blog today, this one focused on the actual Oblivion portals that gave Elder Scrolls IV its name.

“Oblivion Portals are a new world event unique to the Blackwood zone that challenges you and your fellow players to battle your way though the Deadlands,” the studio notes. “Seeming to appear at random, these portals to Mehrunes Dagon’s realm have begun surfacing throughout the region without warning, all in accordance with his dire plans. […] While similar world events, such as Dark Anchors, Harrowstorms, or Abyssal Geysers, are traditionally found in fixed locations, with Oblivion Portals, you must venture out to discover where they’re currently active, and a portal might not be in the same location twice.”

When players take their adventuring party into one of the gates, they’ll be randomly dropped into a different starting locations, then fight their way through the wing and on to the Duke of Storms. If they win, there’s a stack of loot in it for them, including armor, potions, antiquities leads, jewelry, and even a “series of Deadlands-themed furnishing patterns, including braziers, tables, a bookshelf, and more.” Although why you’d want to make your house look like an Oblivion portal, we have no idea.

Blackwood drops for PC on June 1st.

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Hurbster

Adventurer! What will it take for you to save Tamriel this time?

‘Nice sideboard’…

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MilitiaMasterV

Yay, more stuff to waste space! (Oh wait, I can’t access it, so who cares.)

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Vanquesse V

So will these portals end up as a waste of space like the event from Greymoor? I was late to that expansion by a couple of months and I’ve never seen a single one be completed.
I guess if they end up being a detractor from the game they’ll honor the legacy of TES4:Oblivion

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nomadmorlock9

I just started Greymore and there seems to be lots of people doing harrowstorms. At least on PC NA.

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Vanquesse V

weird. I play pc na as well and I’ve never seen more than 2 people attempt, then fail, said harrowstorms.
I was really confused by this, as I remember the dragon events of the previous expansion being very popular

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NeoWolf

Depends on the day and time of day in my experience. There are times when no one is doing them and other times when heaps of folks are doing them.
also when its double loot or xp event weekends is another good time do them as they are an easy cyclical grind.
I also find there tend to be way more people doing the underground ones than the surface ones in general for some odd reason??

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Vanquesse V

I guess I should pop in and see if I can experience one being beat now that double exp is running

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Sleepy

Damn, I’ve never managed to do a harrowstorm. After a while I just assumed it was content nobody bothered with.

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Gristoi Zir

In case you wish to advance your character before the chapter drops, there is a double XP event running from today until May, 20th.