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ESO Witches Festival 2023 Guide: Rewards and Activities

Welcome to the Elder Scrolls Online Witches Festival Guide for 2023! The Witches Festival has been a part of ESO since 2016 and typically runs from mid to late October. The best part? It's included in the base game, so you don't need any DLCs or ESO Plus to enjoy all the unique rewards and event tickets.  This guide we'll cover all you need to know about the Witches Festival, including double XP, unique styles, pet acquisition, event tickets, and much more.  



ESO Witches Festival 2023 Guide: Rewards and Activities


Getting Started

To begin your festival journey, you'll first need to complete the quest "Witchmother's Bargain." Here's how to get started:


  • Open the Crown Store and use the free Quest Starter "Crow Caller" to summon the Witchmother.
  • She'll request that you gather three items: a pumpkin, a sample of guts, and an essence of death.
    • Pumpkins and Guts: You can buy them from guild traders for TESO gold. Alternatively, you can loot guts from small animals and fleshy undead. Pumpkins can be found in containers or on the ground throughout Tamriel or purchased from NPC grocers for 150 gold.
    • Essence of Death: You must kill a boss in any delve. Note that delves in Cyrodiil won't work for this purpose.
  • Once you have all the required ingredients, deliver them to the Witchmother in Auridon, Glenumbra, or Stonefalls (your alliance zone doesn't matter).
  • Complete the Witchmother's Bargain quest to receive the Witchmother's Whistle Memento.


The Witchmother's Whistle

Use the Witchmother's Whistle Memento to summon the Witchmother's Cauldron. This will grant you and your party a powerful two-hour 100% XP buff, which stacks with other XP bonuses. While in this area, you'll also have the option to drink from the cauldron, temporarily transforming into a skeleton.


If you've previously completed the quest in other events, you don't need to acquire the Crow Caller or complete the quest again. Open your memento collection, go to tools, and use the Witchmother's Whistle Memento.


Plunder Skulls and Dremora Plunder Skulls

During the event, all boss monsters will drop unique Plunder Skulls and Dremora Plunder Skulls, filled with exciting Witches Festival themed loot:


Plunder Skulls May Contain:

  • Witches Festival Furnishing Recipes
  • Witches Festival Furnishings
  • Witches Festival Provisioning Recipes
  • Various Creepy Crawlies
  • Various Crafting Materials


In addition to regular Plunder Skulls, you can acquire Dremora Plunder Skulls. The first one you receive each day from each type of boss contains all the same items as a regular Plunder Skull but also includes a Dremora Motif page based on the boss type you defeated.


Here's where you can find Dremora Motif pages:

  • Dragonstar Arena, Maelstrom Arena, Blackrose Prison Arena, or Vateshran Arena bosses drop Dremora Motif pages for Bows and Legs.
  • Dark Anchor, Geyser Bosses, Dragons, and Harrowstorms drop Dremora Motif pages for Daggers and Gloves.
  • Delve Bosses drop Dremora Motif pages for Staves and Belts.
  • Group Dungeon final bosses drop Dremora Motif pages for Helmets and Maces.
  • Public Dungeon and Quest Bosses drop Dremora Motif pages for Shields and Boots.
  • Final Trial Bosses drop Dremora Motif pages for Swords and Chests.
  • World Bosses drop Dremora Motif pages for Shoulders and Axes.


Dremora Plunder Skulls may also contain additional rewards such as Grave Dancer Style Pages, Witches Festival Writs, Glenmoril Treasure Maps, or runeboxes with more collectibles.


Witches Festival Writs work similarly to Master Writs and can be traded, mailed, and sold. Complete 13 Witches Festival Writs to earn the Witch's Infernal Hat, and 28 Witches Festival Writs to earn the title "Witch." Completing these writs also gives you a chance to find Hollowjack Style pages.


New Additions in 2023

This year, you'll find new items inside Dremora Plunder Skulls, including:

  • Tome of Forbidden Appetites Memento
  • Crowborne Hunter Armor Style - check out a showcase video linked in the description.
  • Ghost Netch Pet - Collect and combine ten possessed shreds to unlock this adorable companion.


Daily Repeatable Quest

In 2021, ESO introduced a daily repeatable Witches Festival Quest called Plucking the Crow. Here's how to get started:

  • Start the quest at the Impresario's tents or inside Olyve's Brewery.
  • Gather 50 cursed feathers by opening any Plunder Skulls.
  • Return to Olyve's Brewery and follow the instructions to use the portal to fight and defeat the Crowborne Horror.
  • Completing this quest rewards you with three Plunder Skulls.


Exorcised Coven Cottage

During the Witches Festival, you have the opportunity to purchase a unique house, the Exorcised Coven Cottage. You can buy it via the Crown Store or for 250,000 gold if you've unlocked the An Unsparing Harvest achievement. This spooky and cozy little cottage is located in Glenumbra and is only available during the festival.


Achievements and Titles

By completing all achievements related to the Witches Festival, you can unlock the Sun's Dusk Reaper title. You can also earn Event Tickets during the festival. You'll receive 2 Event Tickets per day per account by defeating any boss monster in the Elder Scrolls Online. These bosses can be from quests, delves, dolmens, world bosses, trials, and more.


Impresario Event Merchant

The Impresario Event Merchant opens her store during the Witches Festival and offers a wide range of goodies, including:

  • Passion Dancer Blossom Fragments
  • Hoardhunter Ursauk Mount fragments
  • Witches Festival themed furnishings
  • Witches Grab Bags
  • Crowborne Hunter Style pages
  • Tome of Forbidden Appetites Memento
  • Ghost Netch Pet


Witches Grab Bags

Several rewards from previous Witches Festivals that can no longer be found in Plunder Skulls are now available in Witches Grab Bags, which you can purchase for 2 Event Tickets from the Impresario Event Merchant. These bags may contain:

  • Fragments for the Throwing Bones Memento
  • Apple Bobbing Cauldron Memento
  • Skeletal Marionette Memento
  • Hollowjack Spectre Mask
  • Pumpkin Spectre Mask
  • Scarecrow Spectre Mask
  • Thicketman Spectre Mask
  • Marshmallow Toasty Treat Emote
  • Witch's Bonfire Dust Memento
  • Bonedust Pigments for the Witch-Tames Bear Dog
  • Ghastly Visitation Memento
  • Bound Style Pages for the Witchmother's Servant Style


Indrik Vendor

During the Witches Festival, the Indrik Vendor opens her shop and offers:

  • Nascent Indrik Feathers
  • Pure Snow Indrik Berries
  • Crimson Indrik Berries
  • Frost-Light Indrik Pet
  • Rosethorn Indrik Pet


Philius Dormier's Shop

Philius Dormier, the Impresario's Assistant, also opens his shop during the festival and offers:

  • Unstable Morpholith Pet Fragments
  • Dagonic Quasigriff Mount Fragments


That's all you need to know to make the most of the Witches Festival in ESO 2023. Have a fantastic time collecting loot, completing quests, and enjoying the spooky festivities. Don't forget to like, subscribe, or leave a comment, and until next time, have a spook-tacular day!

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