This page lists all limited-time events which have taken place in The Elder Scrolls Online.
Before ESO's official launch on 4 April, 2014, the game's megaservers were opened early as part of the pre-order bonuses. This began on March 30 for players with 5-day early access, and April 1 for those with 3-day early access. This period was free play and did not detract from players' remaining subscription time, and was followed by a surprise 2-day grace period of additional free play after release.
Welcome Back Weekend
The Welcome Back Weekend lasted from April 16 to April 20, 2015. During this time, players who participated in the beta were able to log in and play without purchasing a copy of the game. Players could also enter a giveaway by logging in during the event, and an orienteering challenge was hosted on the official forums with a chance to win a Bristlegut Piglet pet. The Senche-Leopard Mount was first made available throughout this event, and was the first limited time Crown Store release.
Free Play Weekend
The Free Play Weekend took place from December 7 to December 14, 2015. During this time, players could log in and play the PC/Mac and Xbox One versions of ESO without purchasing a copy of the game. Free play was not made available on PS4. Various discounts were also offered during the event.
Heart's Day was celebrated on February 16, 2016 at 7pm UTC on the PTS. A mass wedding ceremony was held in front of the Temple of Auri-El in Vulkhel Guard, Auridon (Dominion instance), with a special reading by Lead Loremaster Lawrence Schick on Twitch. A Crown Store Heart's Day sale was also held between February 11 and February 17, with 50% off the Wedding Dress, Wedding Suit, and Pledge of Mara.
Two Year Anniversary
To celebrate ESO's two year anniversary, a cake-based event took place from April 4 to April 12, 2016. During that period a free voucher was available from the Crown Store, which would begin the quest Ache For Cake. The quest involved helping Chef Donolon bake his new Jubilee Cake recipe. A Jubilee Cake Memento was given as a reward, and would result in a 100% Experience bonus for you and your group when activated during the event. The Memento is retained after the event, although without the Experience buff. Due to a bug with XP buff stacking, the event was extended from April 10 to April 12.
Japanese Free Trial Campaign
DMM ran a free trial campaign (無料体験キャンペーン) of the Japanese version of the game from August 2 to August 8, 2016. This promotion was only available to players with DMM accounts. New players who purchased the game during this period would receive the Explorer's Pack pre-order bonus, despite the game officially launching in Japan almost two months prior. This event occurred only on the NA megaserver for PC/Mac, since it's the only server accessible with the Japanese edition.
- Dark Anchors Aweigh! The struggle against the forces of Coldharbour has caused a "Planemeld Palpitation" that is skewing the odds and outcomes of events in and around the Imperial City! Time folds, reality shivers, and opportunities that have passed are available again. But this warp event won't last, so act now, and grab your chance while you can!
To celebrate the one year anniversary of the Imperial City DLC release, a "Planemeld Palpitation" event was held from August 29 to September 7, 2016 in the Imperial City. The drop rate of Tel Var Stones was doubled, as were the chances of obtaining the Soul-Shriven Skin and Stonefire Scamp collectibles from fighting the Simulacrum of Molag Bal. The DLC was 50% off in the Crown Store, and a new Imperial City Collector's Bundle was made available for the duration of the event. The event was originally to end on September 6 but was extended for a day.
The Witches Festival was celebrated from October 13, 2016 to November 1 or November 8, 2016. During that period a free whistle was available from the Crown Store, which began the quest The Witchmother's Bargain when used. A Witchmother's Whistle Memento was rewarded for completing the quest, and could be used to obtain a 100% Experience bonus and begin the event. With the buff applied, many different types of bosses would begin to drop Plunder Skulls containing unique recipes, motif chapters, and even two rare hats. Unlocking all of the achievements for this event would unlock the "Sun's Dusk Reaper" title.
Due to a bug introduced with Patch 2.6.7 which prevented the Plunder Skull achievements from counting earned skulls correctly, the event was extended to November 8 on PC/Mac.
Orsinium Anniversary Event
To celebrate the one year anniversary of the Orsinium DLC release, a celebration was held in Wrothgar from November 7 to November 21, 2016. During this event, the rewards from both Wrothgar daily quests and Maelstrom Arena were doubled. Regular nodes found in Wrothgar also provided double the items. The DLC was 75% off in the Crown Store, and the original Orsinium DLC Collector's Edition was made available again at a discounted price.
Free Play Weekend 2016
The 2016 ESO Free Play Weekend took place from November 16-21 on PC/Mac and PlayStation 4, and November 23-27 on Xbox One. During this time, players could log in and play ESO without purchasing a copy of the game. DLC content was still locked without purchasing.
New Life Festival
A festival celebrating New Life started on all platforms on December 15, 2016 and will last until January 4, 2017. By completing the daily quests offered during this festival, you are able to find Skinchanger Style motifs, learn New Life Festival recipes, participate in parties for each Alliance race, and obtain exclusive collectibles. A 100% Experience bonus can also be obtained during this event. See the quest page for a full list of obtainable items.
Events that will occur during 2017 include the three year anniversary and Jester's Day.