Dark Brotherhood Basic Guide – First Look, Areas and Launch Details

Dark Brotherhood Has Arrived – Should You Join?

If/When you join the Dark Brotherhood, you will encounter the unknown (good and bad) of the extreme western side of the old Empire as well as the Gold Coast!

AS soon as you accept the ‘Voices in the Dark’ quest, you will have access to the Dark Brotherhood skill line. Getaway skills, reduced threat, a dagger and a fence are all skills of the Brotherhood. As a member of the Dark Brotherhood, you will completing contract killing quests, as well as sacrament and bounty quests. Members will also embark on The Litany of Blood special mission…..

“The Litany of Blood is a special mission, passed on to you straight from the Listener herself. You must complete your first Sacrament Quest to unlock the Litany of Blood. Nevusa, a mysterious Dark Elf assassin begins the Litany of Blood quest—you can find her in the Gold Coast Sanctuary beside Speaker Terenus. She will give you the Litany of Blood book, which contains cryptic clues about each of your targets. Travel all across Tamriel to complete the Litany of Blood for a special achievement and polymorph reward.”

Skill line passive abilities for Dark Brotherhood…

  1. Blade of Woe: Much like an executioner’s axe, this ebony dagger is the sacred instrument of death for members of the Dark Brotherhood. Beautiful as it is deadly, it is capable of dealing swift death with a single, silent blow. Simply sneak up behind your target, and the Blade of Woe will do the rest. (Not usable on player characters or difficult targets.)
  2. Scales of Pitiless Justice passive decreases Bounty and Heat from a witnessed Murder or Assault.
  3. Padomaic Sprint grants Major Expedition, increasing your Movement Speed for six seconds after killing a citizen.
  4. Shadowy Supplier: A contact from the Brotherhood will grant you beneficial items of your choice—sometimes even a set item—once per day. Once you have Shadowy Supplier, seek out Remains-Silent in any Outlaw’s Refuge for your daily item.
  5. Shadow Rider: Would-be foes think twice before attacking when you’re riding.
  6. Spectral Assassin: With Spectral Assassin you have a 15% chance to be shrouded from sight when using the Blade of Woe, shielding you from being witnessed and receiving a bounty.

With the purchase of the Dark Brotherhood DLC game pack, you get access to all of the following:

  • Access to join the Dark Brotherhood and become an assassin for hire
  • The Gold Coast, available to characters of all levels, where you can explore Anvil and Kvatch for the first time since The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
  • A new passive skill line, exclusive to members of the Dark Brotherhood
  • Hours of exciting story content and quests that will have you revisiting your favorite areas of Tamriel
  • New repeatable activities, including:
    • Bounty Quests: The Dark Brotherhood is not the only group on the Gold Coast who offers gold for martial expertise. Daily bounties await you in the cities of Anvil and Kvatch.
      • Take on these quests to conquer delves, battle in the Kvatch Arena, or vanquish a monstrous minotaur!
    • Contract Kill Quests: Elam Drals, the dry-humored Dark Elf assassin that maintains the Dark Brotherhood’s books, diligently keeps a ledger of those whose deaths can be bought with mere gold.
      • Travel across the length and breadth of Tamriel to assassinate marked targets or engage in bloody sprees at the behest of the Dark Brotherhood.
    • Sacrament Quests: Speaker Terenus, an agent of the Black Hand, haunts the Gold Coast Sanctuary to offer the most sacred of missions to assassins of the Dark Brotherhood.
      • Breaking into secured subterranean locations to slaughter targets invoked by the performance of the Black Sacrament. Avoid guards, disable traps, and complete bonus objectives to achieve the highest levels of prestige and reward.
  • The Litany of Blood, a Dark Brotherhood kill mission with targets all around Tamriel
  • Two new delves, Hrota Cave and Garlas Agea, featuring all-new challenges and rewards
  • Two all-new world boss encounters: The Kvatch Arena and Limenauruus the minotaur at Tribune’s Folly
  • Powerful new gear, unique crafting styles, and other rewards inspired by the deadly Dark Brotherhood
    • The new Assassin personality
    • Three new crafted item sets
    • Three new item sets available in the Gold Coast
    • Two new costumes awarded for completing quests in the Gold Coast
    • Two new Mementos and one new Polymorph for earning specific achievements in the Gold Coast
    • The new Viridian Venom Dye, for completing a specific achievement
  • The Assassins League crafting style
  • A brand new in-game musical score, inspired by the Dark Brotherhood and Gold Coast

Base game patch –

Upon the release of the Dark Brotherhood DLC game pack, everyone who owns The Elder Scrolls Online will receive the base-game patch at no cost. The Dark Brotherhood base-game patch includes many changes and improvements

  • The removal of Veteran Ranks
  • Poison-Making, for those who want to be especially nasty to their enemies
  • Toggle-able nameplates for all characters
  • Character name display for Xbox One and PlayStation®4
  • Item locking to help prevent accidental deconstruction of your most valuable items
  • Further improvements and new features to the Grouping Tool including a group ready check, vote-to-kick system, and updated queue timer
  • Tons of updates to the Crown Store including additional character slots, motif previews, and hats
  • Craft Bags for ESO Plus members
  • Improvements and adjustments to Item Traits
  • Ongoing Cyrodiil performance improvements
  • Sanctum Ophidia Trial scaling, rebalancing and the addition of a Normal and Veteran mode
  • Balance improvements to combat and gameplay abilities including the Fighters Guild skill line, Vampires and stamina abilities
  • …and more!

The Dark Brotherhood is looking for a few good killers. Explore the Gold Coast and discover if you have what it takes to join the ranks of Tamriel’s master assassins in the Dark Brotherhood DLC game pack. From the port city of Anvil to the Great Cathedral of Kvatch, the business of the Brotherhood consists of murder and mayhem—and business is good! Join the Brotherhood, enter the Sanctuary, and accept your first contract from the mysterious Speaker. Kill well, assassin!

Dark Brotherhood, the latest DLC game pack for The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited, will be available on theESO PTS (Public Test Server) later today and launches on PC/Mac on May 31st, and both Xbox One and PlayStation®4 on June 14th. The Dark Brotherhood DLC game pack—complete with a new Dark Brotherhood passive skill line, an all-new PVE area of Cyrodiil called the Gold Coast, hours of new story content and more—will be accessible at no cost to those who have an active ESO Plus membership. Otherwise, it will cost 2,000 crowns in theESO Crown Store.

The base-game patch that accompanies Dark Brotherhood, free to anyone who owns ESO, is packed with new features and enhancements including the removal of Veteran Ranks, Poison-Making (an all-new addition to Alchemy), nameplates and console character name display, and tons of combat and gameplay balance changes.


The full Dark Brotherhood DLC game pack will be included with an active ESO Plus membership. If you are not an ESO Plus member, or your membership lapses, the Dark Brotherhood DLC game pack will cost 2,000 crowns in the ESOCrown Store.

A Dark Brotherhood DLC Collector’s Bundle will also be available in the Crown Store for 4,000 crowns. It includes theDark Brotherhood DLC game pack, the Highland Wolf Mount, the Sylvan Nixad pet, and five Crown Experience Scrolls.

To find DLC game packs in the Crown Store, simply press the “,” key or click on the Crown icon on your menu shortcut bar, and navigate to the “DLC” section.

Getting to the Gold Coast & Anvil…

Dark bro gold coast

If you are joining on the ESO PTS, you can get to the Gold Coast, Anvil, and Kvatch by following a few simple steps.


If you plan to use a pre-made template character on the PTS, please choose from the Dark Brotherhood-specific choices.

  1. While on the character creation screen, click on the drop-down in the upper-left corner of your screen.
  2. Select one of the six Dark Brotherhood character templates—there are two options for each alliance: one that is level 50 with 300 Champion Points, and one that is level 49.
  3. Regardless of which template you choose, when you enter the game you will appear in Daggerfall, Davon’s Watch, or Vulkhel Guard, depending on your alliance.
  4. Purchase the Dark Brotherhood DLC game pack from the Crown Store. (Both template characters and those copied over from the live megaservers will have enough crowns to buy the DLC game pack.) We also recommend buying bag space upgrades in the Crown Store.
  5. After you purchase the Dark Brotherhood DLC game pack, enter any Outlaws Refuge and approach an assassin by the name of Amelie Crowe. Speak to her to begin the “Voices in the Dark” quest. (You can also accept the “Voices in the Dark” quest by purchasing the DLC and navigating to the DLC tab in your Collections menu.)
  6. Progress through the events of the “Voices in the Dark” questline—they will lead you to Anvil.


  1. First, create a character on the ESO PTS and purchase the Dark Brotherhood DLC game pack from the Crown Store. (Both template characters and those copied over from the live megaservers will have enough crowns to buy the DLC game pack.)
  2. After you purchase the Dark Brotherhood DLC game pack, enter any Outlaws Refuge and approach a thief by the name of Amelie Crowe. Speak to her to begin the “Voices in the Dark” quest. (You can also accept the “Voices in the Dark” quest by purchasing the DLC and navigating to the DLC tab in your Collections menu.)
  3. Progress through the events of the “Voices in the Dark” questline—they will lead you to Anvil.


After you purchase the Dark Brotherhood DLC game pack, you can also use the Wayshrine network to fast travel to Anvil on the Gold Coast. Amelie Crowe, the Dark Brotherhood main quest bestower, will be waiting for you at the Wayshrine.

Area Guide to the Dark Brotherhood:

Dark Brotherhood Map


1. Anvil – The port city of Anvil serves as the gateway to the Gold Coast. Self-proclaimed Provincial Governor Fortunata ap Dugal controls this thriving cosmopolitan city with the help of the Red Sails pirates and a fleet of privateer vessels that makes her the primary power in the region. The city features the historic Anvil Castle, the Great Chapel of Dibella, the Anvil Lighthouse, and a bustling port and marketplace that can be as dangerous as they are vibrant. No visit to the Gold Coast is complete without taking some time to explore the streets and shops of Anvil. Just keep a hand on your gold pouch and watch your back!

2. Kvatch – The second major settlement of the Gold Coast, Kvatch tends to be more conservative and less frantic than the port city of Anvil. Famous as the one-time home of Varen Aquilarios, Kvatch has a reputation for pious, industrious, and proud citizens, though many outsiders consider them to be sanctimonious. The former Emperor’s nephew, Count Carolus, rules the city from CastleKvatch, walking a fine line between Fortunata’s ambitions and Primate Artorius’s religious dictates. The city boasts two impressive landmarks—the Cathedral of Akatosh and the Kvatch Arena, where the otherwise sedate citizenship goes wild for blood and battle.

3. Hroda Cave – Just north of Anvil and off the Gold Road, Hrota Cave has a reputation as a dangerous and mysterious cavern beneath the hills overlooking the port city. Rumors abound of all manner of creatures and criminals that supposedly inhabit the series of natural chambers carved out of the rock and stone. Whatever the truth concerning the things that haunt Hrota Cave, most locals give the region around the location a wide berth. Recent reports indicate that the famed vampire hunter Mel Adrys has been seen exploring the area, but these might just be the exaggerated talk that commonly fills the drinking halls of Anvil.

4. Garlas Agea – Great stone arches and a huge statue mark the entrance to the Ayleid ruin known as Garlas Agea, which means “Cavern of Secrets” in the ancient tongue. Some secrets, however, are best left forgotten. The ancient halls of Garlas Agea have long attracted explorers, scholars, and criminals seeking either treasure or a hiding place, or both. Activity in the Colovian wilderness suggests that someone or something has taken up residence in the ruins, but no one has been brave enough to investigate the area to identify the inhabitants—or, at least, no one has survived to bring back a report.

5. Enclave of the Houseglass – The Order of the Hour, the warrior-priests charged with protecting the Cathedral of Akatosh in Kvatch, have a long and honored history in the Gold Coast. Many locations south of Varen’s Wall have a connection to the Order, from Knightsgrave in the west to the Tower of Judgment in Kvatch. One site, sealed since the defeat of the Orc marauder, Baz Swordbreaker, in 2E 481, has shown signs of bustle and activity in recent weeks. The old fort known as the Enclave of the Hourglass served as the Order’s headquarters in year’s past. Now, a constant stream of supplies and the establishment of powerful siege weapons in the Enclave’s courtyard, suggest that the Order of the Hour has reopened the fort and begun preparations to face a threat that no one else has yet detected.


Dark Brotherhood Green Venom Tongue

Green-Venom-Tongue, an Argonian from Black Marsh, has served the Night Mother and our Dread Father practically since he emerged from his egg. As a ruthless and accomplished killer, Brother Venom takes on many of the choice assignments from the Sanctuary’s matron and the resident keeper of contracts. I have even utilized his services a number of times for clients who performed the Black Sacrament. His technique and use of the Blade of Woe does the Brotherhood proud. I have no doubt that he will play an important role as events related to Anvil and Kvatch unfold.

All that being said, Green-Venom-Tongue elicits a number of concerns that you need to be aware of so that anything that occurs later doesn’t surprise you. The Gold Coast Sanctuary was not Brother Venom’s first home within the Brotherhood. We both know what happened and how Brother Venom was exonerated, but a few doubts and questions still linger regarding that time. He also owes as much allegiance to us as he does to Black Marsh and he often returns there to fulfill his duties as a Shadowscale. This is as it should be, though it means that Brother Venom may not be available to us when we want to utilize his talents. Beyond that, Brother Venom has a few peculiarities that mark him as strange among his more grounded Brethren.

First, Brother Venom remains distant and cut off from the rest of his Brethren. While I am sure this relates to events surrounding his former Sanctuary, it nevertheless serves to make his Brothers and Sisters uncomfortable in his presence. Second, he has an overly curious mind. In fact, I would go so far as to say that his persistent attention and endless stream of questions come off as quite unsettling. He makes his fellow assassins nervous. Third, he carries one or more journals with him wherever he goes, and he constantly jots down notes and makes meticulous records of everything that he observes. He never allows anyone to see what he’s written, and he guards his journals with an almost jealous zeal. I would venture to guess that Green-Venom-Tongue isn’t completely sane. Then again, who among the Brotherhood truly is?

Despite his distinctive oddities, Green-Venom-Tongue represents an important asset in the Dark Brotherhood’s arsenal of weapons. As sharp as the keenest blade and as dangerous as a sudden storm, Brother Venom has risen to the top of my short list of assassins that will help shape and ensure the future of the Gold Coast Sanctuary. I am heading to the area now to supervise events personally—and to check on a potential recruit who may be able to help us as well.

Meet Green-Venom-Tongue yourself in the Dark Brotherhood DLC game pack for ESO, coming to PC/Mac on 5.31, and to Xbox One and PlayStation®4 on 6.14.

Meet the other characters:

Astara Caerellius – http://www.elderscrollsonline.com/en-us/news/post/2016/05/12/meet-the-character–astara-caerellius


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