Rolis Hlaalu Changes – ESO PTS Update 17

Our friendly Rolis Hlaalu (master writ merchant) has had his inventory changed up for the upcoming Elder Scrolls Online Update 17 that is going live along with the Dragon Bones DLC! As always, PTS changes are subject to change before going live, but in the past Rolis Hlaalu’s changes have stayed throughout the PTS cycles. The only thing I would think may change is the writ vouchers Cost of some items!

PTS – Rolis Hlaalu Inventory

I didn’t include every Ebony motif page in the screenshot, but don’t worry, all pages and the full book are still available!

With ESO’s update 17 it appears Rolis Hlaalu now has an assistant! She is bringing back some of the older writ voucher plans, along with selling the new storage chests for use inside of homes!

I was unable to log in with my normal characters, so the template character didn’t have the required achievements to make them not red – sorry! Most of the assistants items required the “Unsurpassed Crafter” achievement, with the only exceptions being the Morrowind plans that require the “Voice of the Failed Incarnates” achievement.

ESO+ Free Trial How To & 7 Top Tips!

If you do not have ESO+ you are able to pick up a free trial! The free trial is available from January 9th 10am EST and ends January 15th 10am EST! Be sure to grab it as soon as possible to make the most of it! I put together a video on how to activate the free ESO+ trial, along with my top tips on how to make the most of it!

ESO+ is the optional monthly subscription for The Elder Scrolls Online. To get it, you just need to head to the featured section during the dates I listed earlier, and click! What are my top tips to make the most of your free trial? Here’s the basics, watch the video for more details!

  1. Make sure the setting to auto-deposit crafting materials into your crafting bag is turned on. Now go log into all your characters and watch the magic of a cleaner inventory!
  2. Start the Dark Brotherhood DLC just to grab the blade of woe!
  3. Dye all your costumes!
  4. Either start the Thieves Guild DLC or just open up a thieves troves to unlock the ability to loot them forever!
  5. Visit the main city (or dungeons) of the DLC zones to get a cool new collectible!
  6. Open up your transmutation geodes! You now have double the space!
  7. Decorate your home, or at least store furnishings in your homes that can now hold double the furnishing amounts!

How to get FREE ESO Crown Crates!

There is a special event going on starting tomorrow! You can get some FREE Fire Atronach crown crates!

1. Be an ESO+ subscriber (free trial that goes on at the same time doesn’t count)
2. Log in each day from January 9th at 10am EST to January 15th at 10am EST. This means you need to log in at least once per every 24 hours of the event duration (first day is Jan. 9 10am EST to January 10th 9:59am EST) Already being logged in during the “flip” time doesn’t count. You need to completely log out (not just to character creation) and log in.
3. Reap the rewards! Crates to be sent by January 18th.

Use this link to convert the start time (January 9th 10am EST) to your local timezone, so you know when “flip” time is for each day! Crown Crate Time Conversion

You are able to get 1 free crate per day. This means you can get up to 6 crates for each account you have with an active (paid for) ESO+ subscription!

Check out the video for more details!

How to Get FREE CROWN CRATES in ESO! Elder Scrolls Online Flame Atronach Crown Crates

Hope you enjoyed my announcement of how to get free fire atronach crown crates in Elder Scrolls Online! Watch out for my upcoming video on opening my free crates!

Transmutation Guide

I’ve put together an ESO Transmutation video guide for you! Transmutation in Elder Scrolls Online is how you can change the trait on gear (weapons and armor)! I go over everything you need, how to get it, where to do it and more! I also have a matching written guide for transmutation that goes a bit more in depth about how to get transmutation crystals and transmutation geodes.

If you prefer a written guide, you can check mine out here!

Witches Festival Guide

Witches Festival

The Witches Festival in Elder Scrolls Online is here! You can grab a ton of cool loot, a double xp buff and more! I’ve made a video guide, but if written guides are more your thing – you can check out my written Witches Festival Guide here.

ESO Witches Festival Guide 2017 – Elder Scrolls Online Holiday Event

Plunder skulls, a spooky cauldron with a skeleton polymorph, new recipes, furniture.. and even masks!

Witches Festival Guide

Witches Festival

The Witches Festival is an annual holiday event in The Elder Scrolls Online! Lore-wise, the Witches Festival is on the 13th of Frost Fall, but in game dates have varied. You can get a memento, along with holiday themed loot and an XP buff! If you prefer video guides, you can check mine out here!

When is the witches festival?

2016 – October 13th – November 1st
2017 – October 20th – November 1st

How do I partake?

‘Purchase’ the free crown caller item available from the crown store. This will add the crow caller to your inventory. Go ahead and use it! You will now need to complete a short quest titled The Witchmother’s Bargain.

Where do I get everything for the quest?


Pumpkins can be purchased from any Grocer NPC for 150 gold, as well you can purchase them from other players. You also can find pumpkins on the counter beside the Vivec City grocer, in a cart in Maelstrom Arena (before any fights) or in The Rift as shown below.


Guts can be looted by killing any small creature. Think non-hostile critters such as rabbits and squirrels.

Essence of Death

The Essence of Death is something quest specific. You just need to go to any delve (that is not in Cyrodiil) and kill the boss. Look for a delve with the torch icon on your map.

What do I get?

After completing the quest, you will receive a Witchmother’s Whistle which can be found under memento’s in your collections screen. This whistle gives you an XP buff (2 hours) when used, and optionally can give you a skeleton polymorph. (2 hours) The whistle can be quickslotted so it is easier to renew your XP buff.

How do I get the XP Buff?

The 100% XP buff is given to you when you use the Witchmother’s Whistle memento. You do not need to complete the quest on every character you have. If you did the quest on one character, all of your characters have access to the memento. If you are in a group when the Witchmother’s Whistle memento is used, everyone in the group receives the XP Buff.

Does the XP Buff stack?

Yes! The XP buff stacks with other XP bonus sources. Keep in mind you cannot use a XP Scroll and Drink (Ambrosia) at the same time. XP Buffs that can be used are:

ESO+ XP Bonus: 10%
Ring of Mara: 10%
Grouping Bonus: 10%
Psijiic Ambrosia OR XP Scroll: (50%-150%)
Training Gear: Dependent on level, quality, and how many pieces worn. Only buffs XP from kills.
Alliance War Keep buff: 5% (applies only to monster and player-character kills in PvP zones)
Festival XP Bonus: 100%

Keep in mind that all XP buff bonuses are applied to the base XP only. Example: You have the festival buff and 50% Psijiic ambrosia. Let’s say a monster kill without any buffs will give you 50 xp. You will receive 125 XP.  50 base XP, 50 bonus XP from Festival buff, and 25 bonus XP from Psijiic Ambrosia.

How do I get the skeleton polymorph?

To turn into a skeleton for 2 hours, you need to use the Witchmother’s Whistle, then once you summon a cauldron, use the cauldron to morph into a skeleton. You do not need to be a skeleton to receive the XP buff.

What about loot?

Oh yes! There is tons of loot to be had during the ESO Witches Festival! During the Witches Festival you will receive a Plunder Skull every time you kill a boss. All kind of bosses count, group dungeon bosses, maelstrom arena bosses, world bosses, delve and public dungeon bosses! Oh, and dolmens! For instanced content (such as group dungeons) there is a 3 minute cooldown timer on Plunder Skulls. For overland content the cooldown appears to be 3-5 minutes. Plunder skulls are a container and therefore cannot be banked.

What do Plunder Skulls hold?

For 2017 Plunder Skulls currently can hold the below items. All items you could receive in 2016 are also available in 2017. This list is not currently complete, I’m working on getting more pictures.


Witches Festival Masks


The complete Hollowjack book is available, but is extremely rare.
Hollowjack Motif Pages


Witches Festival Recipes

Furniture Plans

Witches Festival Furniture Plans


Witches Festival Furniture