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Slay Tamriel’s most horrific monstrosities to obtain unique in-game rewards during the Witches Festival in-game event!


We've put together some of the best resources so you can make the most of your time during this annual Elder Scrolls Online event. Check out the resources below, including and event overview, tips & tricks from veteran ESO players.

Event Details


Defeat enemies in a variety of content to earn tickets and event loot boxes. 

  • Begins: Thursday, October 26th at 10am  ET

  • Ends: Tuesday, November 7th at 10am ET

  • Total Tickets: 26 tickets

  • Additional Event Bonuses: 100% XP buff for the duration of the eventNOTE: you DO NOT need to use the Whistle to get the XP buff. It is now a global buff applied automatically. The Whistle summons the cauldron for the polymorph only.


Acquire the quest titled “The Witchmother's Bargain” free from the Crown Store. Complete the quest to receive the Witchmother's Whistle memento (you do not need to complete this again, if you already have the whistle). 


  • Tickets: Two (2) tickets from defeating your first Tamriel boss of the day

  • Premium Loot Boxes: Earn Dremora Plunder Skulls once per day, per boss type including --

    • Arena Boss

    • Delve Boss

    • Group Dungeon Boss

    • Incursion Boss (Harrowstorms, Volcanic Vents, Dolmens, etc.)

    • Public Dungeon Boss

    • Trial Boss

    • World Boss​

  • Additional Loot Boxes: You have a chance to earn additional Plunder Skulls when you continue to defeat any of the above book

  • Crowborne Horror Loot Boxes: Acquire the daily quest “Plucking the Crow” from Witchmother Taerma, inside of Olyve’s Brewery and at any Impresario tent in Tamriel. Slay the monster and complete the quest to receive a bonus Dremora Plunder Skull with the potential for special drops.


Dremora Plunder Skull Loot Drops

  • Dremora motif chapter

  • A chance for one of the following items:

    • NEW Tome of Forbidden Appetites Memento Runebox

    • NEW Witches Festival Ghost Netch pet fragment

    • NEW Crowborne Hunter outfit style page

    • Witches Festival Writ

    • Glenmoril Teasure Map or Glenmoril armor outfit style page

    • Grave Dancer weapon style page

Regular Plunder Skull Loot Drops

  • Alchemy reagents

  • Festival-themed furnishing recipes

  • Festival-themed provisioning recipes

  • Festival-themed furnishings

  • Worms, Crawlers, Guts, Insect Parts

  • Treasures

  • A small chance for one of the following:

    • Hollowjack style item

    • Dremora style item

Crowborne Horror Plunder Skull Loot Drops

  • Small chance to include other offerings instead of the regular Dremora Plunder Skull drops, inlcuding:

    • 10 Witch-Tamed Bear Dog fragments

    • FULL style book for the Dremora motif

    • Folio of ALL Glenmoril Treasure Maps

    • Tome of Forbidden Appetites Runebox

    • Crowborne Hunter outfit style page



  • All three Passion Dancer Blossom pet fragments

  • The first Hoardhunter Ursauk mount fragment

  • Bound style pages for the NEW Crowborne Hunter style

  • Spooky Furnishings

    • Webs, Cone furnishing

    • Hollowjack Lantern, Ouroboros furnishing

    • Specimen Jar, Spare Brain furnishing

    • Ruby Candlefly Gathering furnishing

    • Vampiric Lamp, Azure Tall furnishing

    • Vampiric Lightpost, Azure Single furnishing

    • Vampiric Container, Yellow Liquid furnishing

  • Witches Grab Bag (only purchasable if you haven’t yet collected all the previous items)

    • Skeletal Marionette memento

    • Spectre Mask collectible (one of four variations)

    • Apple-Bobbing Cauldron fragment

    • Throw Bones Memento fragment

    • Marshmallow Toasty Treat emote

    • Witch's Bonfire Dust

    • Ghastly Visitation memento

    • Witch-Tamed Bear-Dog pet fragment

    • Witchmother's Servant outfit style pages

  • Group Repair Kits

  • Companion Guild Commendations

Impressario Assistant

  • All three Unstable Morpholith pet fragments

  • All three Dagonic Quasigriff mount fragments

Indrik Vendor

  • Nascent Indrik Feathers

  • Pure Snow Indrik Berries

  • Crimson Indrik Berries

  • Frost-Light Indrik Pet

  • Rosethorn Indrik Pet

Pocket Guide


Tips & Tricks

General Event Tips

  • Check your tickets before you turn in a quest - you can only have up to 12 tickets at a time. No one wants to defeat a boss, only to have to do it again because you didn't have room for tickets.

  • Before you buy from the Impresario, test the drop rate of event goodies - tickets are valuable so save them for the things that don't drop if you can!

    • Also, ask your guildies or check The Fox Den guild bank for free resources - sometimes people have extra they are willing to share! Exhaust your options before buying!

  • Items purchased form the Impresario are BOUND, but items from coffer drops are tradable and able to be sold on guild traders

  • There is a 5 minute cooldown on plunder skull drops. If you are on PC, the Plunder Skull timer addon will help keep track so you get the most of your efforts

  • Get up to 8 Gold Skulls per day filled with the premium loot drops by killing each of the different types of bosses

    • Final Arena Bosses

    • Incursion Bosses (Dark Anchor, Geyser, Craglorn Focus Points, Harrowstorms, Dragons, etc)

    • Delve Bosses

    • Final Dungeon Bosses

    • Public Dungeon

    • World Bosses

    • Final Trial Bosses

    • Plucking the Crow Quest

  • You can unlock the ability to purchase the Exorcised Coven Cottage home for in-game gold (250k) by completing the Witches Festival achievements

  • What is the NineTales' favorite farming area? Dire Bramblepatch (WB), Triple Circle Mine (Delve) and Lagomere Dolmen (Dark Anchor) triangle in Deshaan

  • Remember that you need to get enough damage in for a boss to be lootable in public areas, so drop an ulti or group up because group damage counts towards the total damage done

  • Make sure you have the necessary recipe & skill level to complete a writ before consuming - once you consume it you need to complete it before accepting another!

  • Looking for specific Dremora pages?

    • Legs and Bows - Arena final bosses (Dragonstar Arena, Maelstrom Arena, Blackrose Prison or Vateshran Hollows)

    • Belts and Staves - Delve bosses

    • Helmets and Maces - Group Dungeon final boss

    • Gloves and Daggers - Incursions

    • Boots and Shields - Public Dungeon bosses, Imperial City bosses & Quest bosses

    • Chests and Swords - Trial final boss

    • Shoulders and Axes - World bosses


Time Saving Tips

  • Quickest dungeon to farm? Fungal Grotto I - hit the first 2 Goblin bosses, jump down the waterfall and hit the final boss!

  • Complete Maelstrom Arena or Vateshran Hollows on as many characters as you can prior to the event, but don't complete the last arena. Finish the last boss during the event for your skull. This will save you the time DURING the event. Spend your precious time farming quicker bosses to get more skulls.


Power Leveling Tips

  • Complete all your Master Writs during the event! On top of the event double XP passive, pop a bonus XP Scroll or drink a Psijic Ambrosia to power level!


Gold Making Tips

  • Don't sell event drops (except writs) during the event, play the long game and sell 6-8 months from now when prices significantly increase again

    • Writs are an exception - these will go for a lot of gold at the beginning of the event as players scramble to get the titles and hats quickly

  • Farm the long content (trials & arenas) for style pages because these will sell for the most money - players don't want to farm the long content so there will be less pages available to saturate the market

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