Since there's been some confusion over how to unlock indriks previously, and a few months since the last event I thought I'd pre-emptively create an FAQ to answer some of the most common questions about them. I've used spoiler tags just so the questions are easier to scroll through, I don't think any of the info is actually a spoiler.
This page also gives a good overview of the whole process: https://en.uesp.net/wiki/Online:Nascent_Indrik
What in Oblivion is an indrik?
"Indriks are magical deer-like creatures that fight using elemental-based attacks. They can be found throughout the forests of Summerset and are often hostile."
What's the process to unlock the mount/s?
More importantly indriks are a set of mounts which are obtained by earning event tickets from in-game events and using them to buy feathers and berries from an event NPC. There are 5 in total - the nascent (grey) indrik and 4 'evolved' forms: dawnwood (green), luminous (gold), onyx (black) and pure snow (white). You may have seen players riding the first 3 in-game already since those were available during previous events.
They are being released gradually throughout 2018 and 2019 as rewards for participating in a variety of events in-game. The nascent indrik was first released in Q4 2018, the dawnwood in Q1 2019, the luminous in Q2 and now the onyx in Q3, the pure snow will be in Q4 of 2019. (Q is short for quarter - Q1 is January - March, Q2 is April - June, Q3 is July - September and Q4 is October - December.) They may or may not be available after the end of this year, there has been a lot of speculation from players but ZOS has said absolutely nothing either way. If you want one my advice is to get it now.
- Earn 10 event tickets.
- Buy a feather from The Impresario.
- Repeat until you have 4 different feathers.
- Make sure all 4 feathers are in your inventory and then double click one to use them all to unlock the mount.
- Earn 10 event tickets.
- Buy a berry from The Impresario.
- Wait for the next event.
- Repeat steps 5 & 6, making sure to buy a different berry to last time.
- Repeat steps 7 & 8 until you have 4 berries.
- Make sure all 4 are in your inventory, then double click one to use them and change your nascent indrik into an evolved form.
- Start over from step 1 to get a different one.
This means the nascent indrik costs 40 event tickets, evolving it once costs another 40 tickets. So an evolved indrik costs 80 tickets in total and to get all 5 variants it's 360 tickets. Yes it's a long process, that's the idea - it's supposed to give us an additional incentive to keep playing though multiple events.
The process for earning event tickets changes with each event. Information for July 2019's Thieves Guild and Dark Brotherhood event is in the next answer. Once you have 10 event tickets (remember you can't hold more than 12, and yes it's the same with ESO+) you need to speak to The Impresario, an NPC found outside the gates of Daggerfall, Vulkhel Guard and Davon's Watch - in a tent marked on the map with an event icon (a star in a rectangle). They sell all the items you need to unlock an indrik, but they do not sell them all at once.
How do I get event tickets?
The first step is to buy the 4 feathers to unlock the nascent indrik - you need 4 different ones, no other combination will work. These are the Emerald Indrik Feather, Gilded Indrik Feather, Onyx Indrik Feather & Opaline Indrik Feather. An easy way to avoid buying duplicates is to designate 1 character to buy feathers and keep them in their inventory - they're all unique items so if you've already got one in your inventory you can't buy another one of the same type.
Berries are a bit more complicated. There are 4 sets; one for each evolved indrik, but only 1 set is available at a time and you can't mix and match berries from different sets. This means you can't choose which indrik to get now, you either get the one that's on offer or wait. The berries all have similar names (Berries of Bloom, Berries of Budding, Berries of Growth and Berries of Ripeness) prefaced with the name of the indrik they create. So the Q3 ones will be Onyx Berries of Bloom, Onyx Berries of Budding, Onyx Berries of Growth and Onyx Berries of Ripeness and they will make the black onyx indrik. Like the feathers you need all 4 berries in a set to create the evolved indrik, and like the feathers you can avoid buying duplicates by keeping them in your inventory because they're all unique.
Importantly only 1 berry is released per event, so during the Thieves Guild and Dark Brotherhood event only the Onyx Berries of Bloom will be available and it will not be possible to create the onyx indrik, but it's still important to get it now and then hold onto it because it will be much harder to get it later. Then watch for announcements of future events on the main ESO site to find out how to get the others.
How do I get the black (Onyx) indrik?
During the 2019 Thieves Guild & Dark Brotherhood event you can earn 2 event tickets per day. Note that in this case a day is the 24 hour period from 1:00AM EDT (05:00 UTC) which may or may not match actual days in your time zone. Work out when it resets in your local time and make sure you wait until after the reset to do it again, or you won't get event tickets.
You get 1 event ticket for the first Heist
quest you complete for the Thieves Guild and 1 for the first Sacrament
quest you complete for the Dark Brotherhood. Make sure you're doing the right quests, both guilds have several kinds of repeatable quests. No other quests or activities will give event tickets - even if they give double rewards as part of the event.
I'll edit in details about exactly when you get the event tickets and how to check you've got them once the event starts and I know that information, but it's usually when you pick up the quest reward.
Event tickets are a currency - they go into the currency tab and not your inventory, and are then available to all your characters at all times like crowns or transmutation crystals. You don't need to (and can't) bank them and there is no way to have more than 12 on your account at a time. Before starting the quest make sure you've got space to receive the tickets
- if you don't it will disappear and you will permanently lose that day's event ticket/s.
In total you need 8 items: an Emerald Indrik Feather, Gilded Indrik Feather, Onyx Indrik Feather & Opaline Indrik Feather to unlock the nascent indrik and the Onyx Berries of Bloom, Onyx Berries of Budding, Onyx Berries of Growth and Onyx Berries of Ripeness to evolve it. This will cost 80 event tickets in total. You may have some feathers or the nascent indrik already but you cannot have any of the Onyx berries because they have never been in-game before.
How do I get the white (Pure Snow) indrik?
During this event you will only be able to get the 4 feathers and the Onyx Berries of Bloom (and there will only be enough tickets available to buy 2 items). If you definitely want the black indrik I recommend you prioritise the berries because they will only be available from events in July, August and September, whereas the feathers will be available at least until the end of 2019. You cannot use the berries until you have the nascent indrik, but you can use them after the event is over, the only restriction is on when you can buy them. So if you get 4 onyx berries then save them until you have 4 feathers you will be able to use the feathers to create a nascent indrik and then use the berries to evolve it even if the events where the berries were sold is long gone.
If you just want an indrik and don't mind which one get the feathers first because they're used for all of them. Either way remember that indriks are long-term rewards, you are not supposed to be able to buy everything you need to unlock the one you want during 1 event.
(If you're not sure if you want the onyx indrik or not go to the Impressario's tent - you'll be able to see it in a small pen nearby.)
You cannot get it yet because the Pure Snow Berries will not be available until Q4 (October - December). If you only want the white one and don't care about the black one focus on getting 4 feathers and if you have any excess event tickets save them for the next event so you get a head start next time. Look out for announcements of events from the 1st October onwards.
I just want the basic grey (Nascent) indrik, how do I get that?
You've got a relatively easy task - you just need to buy the 4 feathers (Emerald Indrik Feather, Gilded Indrik Feather, Onyx Indrik Feather & Opaline Indrik Feather). They will all be available during all events in Q3 and Q4. The Thieves Guild & Dark Brotherhood event gives 28 tickets in total so if you're able to play every day you'll get 2 feathers and 8 of the 10 tickets needed for the 3rd one. Then you need to watch for announcements of future festivals for the remaining tickets and feathers.
I want the green (Dawnwood) or gold (Luminous) indrik, how do I get one of those?
I'm sorry to say you can't. The Dawnwood Berries were available during Q1 and the Luminous berries in Q2 and neither set has been available since then. I recommend you make a topic letting ZOS know how much you'd like to have those indriks (or reply to an existing one on that subject) and ask them to keep this system going in future years as an incentive for players who missed the first round to participate in events, but I don't know what their plans are or if they will do that.
Help! I won't have enough event tickets to get the indrik I want!
(It's also possible the indriks will be available again in future but in a different way but again I don't know, it's up to ZOS.)
You have two options. The first is to get as many event tickets as you can now and then save them for the next event. The feathers and the Onyx Berries of Bloom will be available during the next event, along with the Onyx Berries of Budding. Each event only has a limited number of tickets available, so if you're starting from scratch, trying to get 4 berries and 4 feathers during Q3 it will be difficult (and even more so if you have to miss days) but each event so far has given at least 20 tickets, so there is some room to catch up.
What do I do with extra event tickets?
The alternative is to buy event tickets from the crown store. They cost 250 crowns per ticket, so they're not cheap but it's an option. (And I think they can be gifted and therefore purchased with gold by paying another player to gift them to you.)
Since this is the first event of the quarter my advice is to wait and see how much you can catch up and then only buy tickets during the last event of the quarter if you still need to. But start putting the money/crowns/gold aside now just in case.
If you've got all the berries you need/can buy currently and all the feathers you need and you still have event tickets or time to earn more there's 3 things you can do with them:
What do I do with feathers from a previous event?
1) Save them to get a head start on the next event (remember you can only hold a maximum of 12).
2) Buy some extra feathers to make another nascent indrik (remember you can only have 1 at a time and only need 1 per evolved form, be careful not to waste tickets on useless feathers)
3) Buy something else from the Impressario. Since the Jester's Festival they've had a selection of non-indrik items for sale.
Feathers carry over between events because they're used to make the nascent indrik, which is the base for all 4 evolved forms. If you have feathers left over from a previous event you can buy the feathers you're missing to make a full set (Emerald Indrik Feather, Gilded Indrik Feather, Onyx Indrik Feather & Opaline Indrik Feather) then use them to create a nascent indrik. If you've already got a nascent indrik you will need to evolve it first.
What do I do with berries from a previous event?
If you've already got all the indriks you want and extra feathers you have no use for you will need to submit a support ticket to explain that you bought them by accident and ask ZOS to refund the event tickets.
Berries from previous events cannot be combined with berries from the current event or future events in 2019 because they're used to make different indriks. If you have any dawnwood or luminous berries left over you have 2 options:
Urgh, I don't care about these ugly mounts, what am I supposed to do with all these event tickets?
1) Submit a support ticket to ZOS explaining that you bought them by mistake and ask them to refund the event tickets.
2) Hold onto them and hope these events are repeated in future so it will be possible to buy the berries you're missing to complete a set.
(If you already have the dawnwood or luminous indrik and extra berries from that set you will have to contact support because they have no other use except making the mount you've already got.)
The good news for you is that the Impressario has started offering a range of non-indrik items purchased with event tickets. So far these have all been items which are available in other ways (for example during the anniversary event it was the Companions style pages) and the ones bought with event tickets are not tradable, so it might be better to wait and see what you get in-game before spending event tickets on them.
Alternatively you can simply forget about the tickets entirely and just focus on what you do want to do, whether that's part of the event or normal gameplay.
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