ZeniMax Online Studios continues to hype the upcoming Elder Scrolls Online Gates of Oblivion saga with a preview of The Cauldron, one of the two new dungeons coming to the game with the Flames of Ambition DLC. The Cauldron will set the stage for the Blackwood Chapter and the Gates of Oblivion year-long narrative.
“Hidden within the eastern hills of Deshaan, a long-abandoned mine has become the site of cult activity, and Drathas, a local Dark Elf from a nearby village, needs your help to rescue his enslaved family. However, Drathas is not the only one interested in the mine, as the fan-favorite Dremora Lyranth also has reason to explore its depths, too.
With both Lyranth and Drathas at your side, you must venture deep into the Cauldron, confront the Order of the Waking Flame, free their captives, and put a stop to the ritual at its heart.”
Players will face off against different enemies in their quest to free the prisoners. These include Daedric beasts, merciless cultists, powerful Dremora soldiers, a handful of new bosses, and the Daedric chieftain himself, Baron Zaudrus.
The Cauldron will also be a bit more challenging compared to previously-released dungeons thanks to a few surprises that the developers decided to throw in.
“We have thrown a couple wrinkles into this dungeon that players haven’t seen before,” said Lead Encounter Designer Mike Finnigan. “There are some new ways to accomplish goals that also incorporate levers that allow players to increase the challenge, hard mode aside. The final boss in particular, Baron Zaudrus, is a frantic fight that really emphasizes movement and forces you to have your head on a swivel.
Oblivion-themed achievements, collectibles, and gear sets await players who successfully complete the new dungeon.
The Cauldron will be arriving alongside The Black Drake Villa dungeon when the Flames of Ambition DLC comes out on March 8 on PC, Mac, and Google Stadia, and on March 16 on consoles. Flames of Ambition is now live on the PTS if you want to check it out. The Blackwood Chapter itself will be coming out on June 1.
Stay tuned for more Gates of Oblivion previews. You can also head over to the Elder Scrolls Online official site for more info.