Play Elder Scrolls Online for Free as Dragons are Unleashed in the ESO 25th Anniversary

Play Elder Scrolls Online for Free as Dragons are Unleashed in the ESO 25th Anniversary


It has been 25 years since The Elder Scrolls: Arena’s release in 1994, and we are thrilled to be part of this incredible milestone with The Elder Scrolls Online. To celebrate this amazing anniversary, you can begin your journey to the Khajiiti homeland with the Elsweyr Prologue, enjoy sales on the ESO base game and Summerset Chapter, and try the game out free, no strings attached, during the Free Play Event.


In the Wrathstone DLC game pack, you began your Season of the Dragon adventure by delving into two challenging dungeons and collecting both halves of the mysterious Wrathstone tablet. With the Elsweyr Prologue, you can discover the true purpose of the Wrathstone, and, as shown in the Elsweyr Cinematic Trailer, unleash Dragons upon the unsuspecting Khajiit of Elsweyr. The Elsweyr Prologue is now live.

The Prologue is part of The Elder Scrolls Online base game, meaning you don’t need the WrathstoneDLC or a The Elder Scrolls Online: Elsweyr pre-purchase to experience this part of the story.

You can begin this new adventure in two ways:

  1. Get the FREE Crown Store Quest Starter item, the Sealed Imperial Summons, and use it from your inventory.
    1. You can find this within the Quest Starter category.
  2. Venture to the first major city of your alliance and look for the Imperial messenger, Anais Davaux, near the Impresario’s tent.
    1. Aldmeri players can find her outside the northern gates of Vulkhel Guard.
    2. Daggerfall players can find her on approach to Daggerfall City from the east.
    3. Ebonheart players can find her at Davon’s Watch near the east gate.

Completing the Prologue quests grants you the Dragon Flight Illusion Gem memento reward, allowing you to summon a spectral group of mini-dragons!

If you wish to continue aiding the Khajiiti effort against the Dragons, you may undertake daily quests from Zahiri, who sets up camp near Abnur Tharn’s camp at the Grahtwood entrance to Elsweyr. You may do every quest she offers once per day, and each rewards you with a cache of treasures from the Northern Elsweyr Defense Force. These caches can include Runebox fragments for the Guar Stomp emote!


Starting this Thursday, March 28, and running until Wednesday, April 3, you can play The Elder Scrolls Online free on all platforms.

Because the Free Play Event includes access to the base game, this means that as a free play player, you can check out the Elsweyr Prologue Quest and begin the adventure that eventually takes you to the home of the Khajiit in The Elder Scrolls Online: Elsweyr (now available for pre-purchase)!

In addition to access to the ESO base game, the Free Play Event also allows you to visit the Morrowindzone, giving you the opportunity to explore Tamriel and the island home of the Dark Elves.

Once the event starts, visit the Free Play page to select your platform and enter Tamriel. Note that a PlayStation®Plus membership is required to participate on PlayStation®4, and an Xbox Live Gold membership is required for Xbox One.


In addition to the Free Play Event and Prologue Quest, The Elder Scrolls Online base game and The Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset 25th anniversary sale is now live. Visit theBuy Now page or your preferred retailer for details (sales should go live as the day continues). Note that the sale ends at a different time depending on the product:

  • The Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset is on sale until April 2
  • The Elder Scrolls Online Standard Edition (the base game) is on sale until April 9


We’re thrilled to take part in this amazing milestone for The Elder Scrolls and being part of new and exciting adventures to Tamriel. If you’ve never had the chance to check out ESO for yourself, thanks to this Free Play Event and sale, there’s never been a better time to visit Tamriel’s 2nd Era and explore a world without limits.

Don’t forget, you can continue the adventure you start with the Elsweyr Prologue Quest by pre-purchasing The Elder Scrolls Online: Elsweyr, coming June 4. The Season of the Dragon is just heating up!

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