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Starting soon, Zenimax Online's Elder Scrolls Online will be getting deep into the Halloween festivities this month with all new events, XP bonuses and specialized rewards themed around skulls, witches and monsters. There are a few easy ways to get into the event and take part of the Halloween special within Elder Scrolls Online, where you get to become a monster and earn some extra XP.
The details for the event are rolled out over on the official Elder Scrolls Online website, where it was announced that the Witches Festival gets underway starting October 18, next Thursday, and the event will run all the way through to next month on November 1.
The event will see you getting a 100% extra XP buff when you become an undead monster, and you can acquire Halloween-themed items along with additional Dremora Plunder Skulls and an exclusive Motif. You will have to go through a few hoops in order to take part in the event, which requires you to boot up the game, go into the Holiday section at the Crown Store and you can add "Crow Caller" to your cart. Once you attain the item, take up the quest "The Witchmother's Bargain" and receive the "Witchmother's Whistle" memento.
Use the whistle at the cauldron and it will give you and your party a 100% XP bonus buff. And yes, this special buff does stack with all other XP bonuses, in case you were wondering. At the cauldron, you can then transform into an undead minion for the next two hours and wreak havoc on the land (and get some sweet, sweet XP).
Now take into consideration that the above quest line and item is for those of you who are newbies to Elder Scrolls Online. For those of you who are already familiar with the game and have already partaken in the quest at a previous time, you don't need to acquire the Crow Caller again. You can just use the whistle from the collections menu.
There are also a number of other goodies added to the game as well, including the Hollowjack Motif Pages, the all new Apple-Bobbing Cauldron memento and a runebox that features four different masks that range from the Pumpkin Spectre Mask to the Thicketman Spectre Mask to the Hallowjack Spectre Mask. There's also Halloween-themed festival recipes, all-new furniture and furniture recipes, and some brand new alchemy reagents, among other things.
All these goodies without a little adversity would make for a rather dull Halloween event in the MMORPG, which is why Bethesda added in some special drops from the boss fights in the arena, along with some additional bonus drops from the Dark Anchor and Geyser bosses. There are additional Motif pages for different classes of weapons that will also drop from public dungeon and quest bosses, as well as the final trial boss and world boss.
Also, the developers are bringing back the Exorcised Coven Cottage home to Elder Scrolls Online for the special Halloween event. If you have gold, you can purchase the home or your can acquire the home through the completion of certain achievements during the event.