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What Order Should I Do ESO's Story Arcs? - A Guide

  • max_only
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    I still haven’t finished the base game lol
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  • AegonVIGreat
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    Thank you for updating this amazing Informative Post.
  • Elari
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    Hello, everybody,

    I have a question:

    According to the first post Elsweyr plays AFTER the basic game.

    What about the performance of Razum-Dar in Elsweyr, who gets a message from Queen Ayrenn and that he should come immediately? Isn't that a reference to his mission in Khenartis Rast?
  • Wattstrom
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    Just started playing the past week or so and finished Elsweyr on a Necro. Decided I wanted to go back to the beginning and do it chronologically with a Templar. Stumbled upon this and just wanted to say thanks for all the hard work!
  • vern1701
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    So I grab the Hooded Figure's quest to start the main quest after finishing the tutorial quests in Star Haven (Elsweyr)? I started last Friday.
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    vern1701 wrote: »
    So I grab the Hooded Figure's quest to start the main quest after finishing the tutorial quests in Star Haven (Elsweyr)? I started last Friday.

    Correct. Starting the Hooded Future's quest will begin the Main Quest, and once you finish the Coldharbor section, will also place you in the starter islands for your Alliance, so you can start that questline as well if you wish it.
  • Ashnarug
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    but to be able to meet the Hooded Figure you need to be in your faction starter city (Vulkhel Guard, Daggerfall or Davon's Watch) so use the Star Haven wayshrine to get there
    Edited by Ashnarug on November 13, 2019 3:18PM
    First I give my toons a prequel to their story ... doing all the miscellaneous quests of their province of origin. Then they follow the playstyle of "What Order Should I Do ESO's Story Arcs? - A Guide"

    Haafingar - Sogrgun Drunk-Cloak - Male Nord - Guardian of the Wild - NA/PC (becoming the Vestige at level 20)
    Grahtwood - Genri Oakblossom - Female Bosmer - Savage Stalker - Aldmeri Dominion - NA/PC
    Vvardenfell - Gileig Hlaniro - Male Dunmer - Stamblade - Ebonheart Pact - NA/PC
    Alik'r Desert - Ennicey Mhejin - Male Yokudan - Stamina Dragonknight - Daggerfall Covenant - NA/PC (becomes the Vestige at level 15)
    The Rift - Eiribi Knot-Hair - Female Nord - Stamina Dragonknight - Ebonheart Pact - NA/PC
    Shadowfen - Milah Negsus - Female Saxhleel - Necromancer - Ebonheart Pact - NA/PC
    Glenumbra - Nelrie Margaux - Female Breton - Magicka Templar - Daggerfall Covenant - NA/PC
  • ZOS_Nith
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    This is a wonderfully thought out guide. Thank you for taking the time to assemble and share this with us! :)
    Staff Post
  • GT_Schorsch
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    What about the Scalebreaker dungeons? Is it required to play them in order to understand the Dragonhold story or is it more like background information similar as Wrathstone?

    Thanks for answering.
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    What about the Scalebreaker dungeons? Is it required to play them in order to understand the Dragonhold story or is it more like background information similar as Wrathstone?

    Thanks for answering.

    Scalebreaker dungeons are not necessary for Dragonhold and not even really background info to the story like Wrathstone. They are more like side-stories that happen once the dragons reappear, like "Hey, dragons are back, and here's two things that happened because of that."

    That being said, Lair of Maarselok is a sequel of sorts to the base game dungeon Selene's Web, featuring two characters from that dungeon.

    Hope that helps!
  • GT_Schorsch
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    Hope that helps!

    Yes, thank you very much!
  • keto3000
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    ZOS_Nith wrote: »
    This is a wonderfully thought out guide. Thank you for taking the time to assemble and share this with us! :)

    It would be great to see ZOS feature the OP's formal version of this guide in Community Forum. I have used it and referred it to so many new players that start in the new dlc zones and are very confused in zone chat.

    I really feel that this guide has increased new player retention for those players that have read it!
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  • architekt
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    keto3000 wrote: »
    ZOS_Nith wrote: »
    This is a wonderfully thought out guide. Thank you for taking the time to assemble and share this with us! :)

    It would be great to see ZOS feature the OP's formal version of this guide in Community Forum. I have used it and referred it to so many new players that start in the new dlc zones and are very confused in zone chat.

    I really feel that this guide has increased new player retention for those players that have read it!

    I agree. I first played the game in 2015 and stopped very shortly thereafter. I came back end of November 2019 and have been playing every day since, doing all the story progression stuff. It's made my enjoyment of the game an order of magnitude higher. It presents an interesting, coherent plot line that's actually well developed. I normally can't get into any MMO story line, but this guide made sense of the huge world of Elder Scrolls and let me enjoy leveling, something I also normally abhor in an MMO. It presents a coherent explanation of why things are the way they are, and not just a mindless progression of quests involving "oh we hate such and such faction" without any other reason. You actually get to understand the lore in a way that's engaging and not overbearing. This should be stickied.
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    Not sure when it happened but I notice this thread is pinned/stickied at the top of the forum now. Good call. :)
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  • King4MyQueen
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    Thanks a lot for this wonderful guide! I am that kind of guy who wants to deep dive into the story and follow it properly, and this guide helps a lot. Btw, being husband and father of a little one, my time is limited and I need to use my evening hour in the best way possible.

    My latest story achievement were AD Quests + Main Quest ( Planemeld) + Imperial City + Orsinium + Thieves Guild + Dark Brotherhood. Doing Orsinium I totally had the feeling I was missing something, and with this guide, I found out why ( I had to do other alliances stories before diving into Orsinium).

    Now I wanted to start Morrowind, but I don't want to do the same error I did with Orsinium again.

    Can we affirm that to fully enjoy Morrowind, having done the Ebonhearth Pact questline is a necessary prerequisite?

    Thanks!

    @VaranisArano
    Edited by King4MyQueen on January 27, 2020 11:26AM
  • NightsQueen
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    Would it be possible to update this guide with all recent content and possibly upcoming Skyrim expansion? I'm assuming they're all in order.
  • Ashnarug
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    you mean like this:


    6. Experience in whatever order you want:
    Thieve's Guild
    Dark Brotherhood
    Imperial City
    Murkmire
    Craglorn
    Bloodroot Forge
    Falkreath Hold
    as well as (but after "The Tharn Speaks")
    Frostvault - Iceflow Rift (Wrathstone DLC)
    Depths of Malatar (Wrathstone DLC)


    7. Save Orsinium
    Icereach

    8. Begin the Daedric Wars plotline with Morrowind -> Clockwork City-> Summerset.

    9. Begin the Season of the Dragon storyline with Elsweyr -> Scalebreaker -> Dragonhold (once "Valley of the Blades" completed)

    10. Begin the Dark Heart of Skyrim storyline with Harrowstorm -> Greymoor -> . ->
    First I give my toons a prequel to their story ... doing all the miscellaneous quests of their province of origin. Then they follow the playstyle of "What Order Should I Do ESO's Story Arcs? - A Guide"

    Haafingar - Sogrgun Drunk-Cloak - Male Nord - Guardian of the Wild - NA/PC (becoming the Vestige at level 20)
    Grahtwood - Genri Oakblossom - Female Bosmer - Savage Stalker - Aldmeri Dominion - NA/PC
    Vvardenfell - Gileig Hlaniro - Male Dunmer - Stamblade - Ebonheart Pact - NA/PC
    Alik'r Desert - Ennicey Mhejin - Male Yokudan - Stamina Dragonknight - Daggerfall Covenant - NA/PC (becomes the Vestige at level 15)
    The Rift - Eiribi Knot-Hair - Female Nord - Stamina Dragonknight - Ebonheart Pact - NA/PC
    Shadowfen - Milah Negsus - Female Saxhleel - Necromancer - Ebonheart Pact - NA/PC
    Glenumbra - Nelrie Margaux - Female Breton - Magicka Templar - Daggerfall Covenant - NA/PC
  • VaranisArano
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    Would it be possible to update this guide with all recent content and possibly upcoming Skyrim expansion? I'm assuming they're all in order.

    I typically update the whole post for the new Chapter, because the new tutorial changes how new players are introduced to ESO.

    The Season of the Dragon content is:
    Wrathstone Dungeons
    Elsweyr Prologue
    Elsweyr Chapter
    Dragonhold Prologue
    Dragonhold DLC

    The Scalebreaker Dungeons can happen any time after the Elsweyr Prologue (which releases the dragons. Lair of Maarselok is a direct sequel to the Selene's Web dungeon.
  • Geekgirl
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    @VaranisArano awesome guide, my friend.

    Just popping back, and rolled up a new character. This was exactly what I needed to sort through all of the new content and get my adventurous little lady through things in order.

    Really appreciate your hard work. Hope to run into you IC sometime!
    PC/NA - Perpetually casual. Furniture and fish collector. Lover of exploration and opener of urns.
    Maxed CPs, still no clue how to endgame, too much time opening urns, prolly.
    Eve Morrison - Templar DPS - Furniture Crafter/Maker of Arms - Co-op w/hubby/achievements/crafting
    Jilly Narraway - MagDK DPS - Delves/Dungeons/Dolmans - She murders ALL THE THINGS!
    Fynn the Lucky - Warden Tank -- Seer of things/Explorer of places - RP/Solo/Storyline/Completionist
    Siluna Southpaw - StamDK DPS slippery-fingered type/Murder hobo - RP/Solo/Storyline
  • max_only
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    Hey! I did this a bit out of order and forgot the prologue quests for each chapter. Turns out if you finish and THEN do the prologue quests the dialogue shows that you’ve already been to CWC, Vvardenfell, Arteaum, etc.
    They did a good job with that.
    Edited by max_only on February 2, 2020 3:16AM
    #FiteForYourRite Bosmer = Stealth
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    ""All gods' creatures (you lot) are equal when covered in A1 sauce"" -- Old Bosmeri Wisdom
  • gdawg311b14_ESO
    I have a quick question here. I've been running through the game following this wonderful guide. I'm very early in the storyline. (about halfway through MQ and about halfway through my alliance). With the Murkmire celebration now here I want to participate. I can obviously see where it appears on the timeline. But will doing it now ruin anything as far as continuity goes? Is it apart of any of the other story arcs to a degree that it will mess things up? Thanks!
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    I have a quick question here. I've been running through the game following this wonderful guide. I'm very early in the storyline. (about halfway through MQ and about halfway through my alliance). With the Murkmire celebration now here I want to participate. I can obviously see where it appears on the timeline. But will doing it now ruin anything as far as continuity goes? Is it apart of any of the other story arcs to a degree that it will mess things up? Thanks!

    Murkmire has a standalone story and there isn't really anything that connects to other zones. The only things I can think of at all are some side characters you might have previously met elsewhere or dialogue that pops up if you're a member of a certain shadowy organization.
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    My characters and their overly elaborate backstories
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  • VaranisArano
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    Updated for Dragonhold, Harrowstorm, and Greymoor.
  • Ashnarug
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    On my last new character I completed the tutorial "Bright Moons, Warm Sands" … I did not go to Riverhold but went straight to Rimmen in order to meet Felande Demarie, Aicessar and Curinure …

    My friend Ashrji is a Khajiiti scholar, she once invited me to visit her new home in Shimmerene - maybe she can enlighten me about this Abnur Tharn and the return of the dragons. I have the coordinates of Shimmerene's wayshrine, I went to see her using the Rimmen wayshrine; but she was not home ! I did not expect that: Ashrji is dead ! While helping Razum-dar I found her body in the undercroft of the Monastery of Serene Harmony in Shimmerene ! I will avenge her !

    So I went through the island doing the "Psijic Calling" quest (and since I was going everywhere on Summerset I collected the stolen goods and gained the Relics of Summerset achievement). Except for "The Queen's Decree", the Wasten Coraldale Delve as well as "Lost at Sea" miscellaneous quest I did not do anything else there … to leaving it for the last part of THE DEADRIC WARS. Not true - I met Felarian and earned the jewelry crafting certification.

    I went to Cyrodiil and met the Grand Warlord for the 3 tutorial quests. Then, and only then, I went to meet the hooded figure …

    Edited by Ashnarug on April 30, 2020 2:59PM
    First I give my toons a prequel to their story ... doing all the miscellaneous quests of their province of origin. Then they follow the playstyle of "What Order Should I Do ESO's Story Arcs? - A Guide"

    Haafingar - Sogrgun Drunk-Cloak - Male Nord - Guardian of the Wild - NA/PC (becoming the Vestige at level 20)
    Grahtwood - Genri Oakblossom - Female Bosmer - Savage Stalker - Aldmeri Dominion - NA/PC
    Vvardenfell - Gileig Hlaniro - Male Dunmer - Stamblade - Ebonheart Pact - NA/PC
    Alik'r Desert - Ennicey Mhejin - Male Yokudan - Stamina Dragonknight - Daggerfall Covenant - NA/PC (becomes the Vestige at level 15)
    The Rift - Eiribi Knot-Hair - Female Nord - Stamina Dragonknight - Ebonheart Pact - NA/PC
    Shadowfen - Milah Negsus - Female Saxhleel - Necromancer - Ebonheart Pact - NA/PC
    Glenumbra - Nelrie Margaux - Female Breton - Magicka Templar - Daggerfall Covenant - NA/PC
  • WiseSky
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    This person Deserves an ESO Medal
    I beat the Loot Box System,
    I got an Apex Mount from a Free Drop Crate.
  • Peritye
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    Lmao you really just took my guide of Reddit and Steam and made it more complicated. No worries. My guide is the top guide on steam so it is helping much more.
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    OI would definitely suggest
    KRBMMO wrote: »
    They really screw up the story for new players by starting them in the newest "Chapter"

    For example I started a new character with the Summerset story arc. Then meet Darien who says he knows me and talks like we are comrades. Then later I meet him in Coldharbour and watch him get sucked into the vortex. Then in a book in Wrothgar he's asking for help from some other plane. Then I meet him in the Daggerfall Covenant starter zone and he's all like "I don't know you, but let's be gay together." Nothing wrong with him calling me "beautiful" of course - just sayin.

    It is quite a mess to have characters from earlier content be integral to the intro content in chapters. Even if you try to follow this guide, you end up with a continuity issue.
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    Peritye wrote: »
    Lmao you really just took my guide of Reddit and Steam and made it more complicated. No worries. My guide is the top guide on steam so it is helping much more.

    Which guide?
    The Story Mode guide on Steam by Peritye was published June 2020. https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=2137648158
    If that's not it, feel free to direct me to the correct link.

    I don't mind you wanting to advertise your guide here, but if you are going to do that, it's helpful to actually link your guide so people can read it.

    Also, before you go throwing out insults about me taking your guide, you might want to check the post date on this thread.
  • BiggShooter
    Peritye wrote: »
    Lmao you really just took my guide of Reddit and Steam and made it more complicated. No worries. My guide is the top guide on steam so it is helping much more.

    Which guide?
    The Story Mode guide on Steam by Peritye was published June 2020. https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=2137648158
    If that's not it, feel free to direct me to the correct link.

    I don't mind you wanting to advertise your guide here, but if you are going to do that, it's helpful to actually link your guide so people can read it.

    Also, before you go throwing out insults about me taking your guide, you might want to check the post date on this thread.

    The guide on Steam (written by Peritye) isn't as detailed as the guide written here [IMO]. Thank You VaranisArano for continuing to update / provide a detailed guide here.

    I did find this guide on reddit - reddit.com/r/elderscrollsonline/comments/fzl8y6/a_guide_to_playing_eso_in_order_based_on_release/
    Edited by BiggShooter on July 14, 2020 11:45PM
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