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The Elder Scrolls Online – Flames of Ambition & Update 29 Now Live

Today ZeniMax Online released The Flames of Ambition DLC for The Elder Scrolls Online and along with it the free Update 29. The DLC and update are currently live for PC/Mac, and will be hitting consoles next week on March 16th.

Your Gates of Oblivion year-long adventure begins with the Flames of Ambition DLC and Update 29 base-game patch, now live on PC/Mac!

The Flames of Ambition DLC game pack is now live on PC/Mac and brings two new dungeons to the adventurers of Tamriel. This release also includes Update 29, a free base-game patch for all ESO players that introduces a host of changes and improvements. If you play on Xbox One or PlayStation®4, don’t worry, this DLC and update will also arrive on consoles March 16.

Within the DLC and free base-game patch, you will find:

  • Two new dungeons: Black Drake Villa and the Cauldron
  • The beginnings of the Gates of Oblivion storyline
  • New rewards, including item sets, Achievements, and collectibles
  • Update to the Champion System
  • New quality-of-life improvements
  • And more!

You can access this DLC via ESO Plus™ membership or purchase it with crowns from the in-game Crown Store. Additionally, check out the patch notes for both Flames of Ambition and Update 29 on our official forums.


The Gates of Oblivion year-long adventure begins in fire with the Flames of Ambition DLC game pack and two exciting new dungeons, the Cauldron and Black Drake Villa. While both dungeons are exciting stand-alone stories in their own right, both also set up the events of the upcoming Blackwood Chapter and beyond.

Black Drake Villa

Team up with the adventurous Wood Elf scout Eveli Sharp-Arrow and search the hidden archives of the Black Drake Villa before the mercenaries of the True-Sworn put it to the torch. Take note, while the once-proud mansion is now home to monsters and arsonists, it contains many puzzling secrets and pathways just waiting to be uncovered by eagle-eyed adventurers. You can discover more about Black Drake Villa in our preview.

Confront the flame-wielding True-Sworn

The Cauldron

The cult of the Waking Flame has enslaved the local townsfolk and now excavates sinister ruins deep within a long-forgotten mine. With the help of the Dremora Lyranth, you must enter the Cauldron, battle your way through Daedric beasts and cultists, free the captives, and put a stop to their plans before they can complete their dread work. You can preview more of the Cauldron in this article.

Uncover the Waking Flame’s plans in the Cauldron

These new dungeons provide two very different experiences for would-be adventures, and they come packed with a host of unique rewards, including powerful gear sets, Achievements, and collectibles. You can attempt to complete both dungeons in Normal and Veteran difficulties, and Black Drake Villa has an optional Hard Mode for each of its three bosses—just in case you and your team want a true challenge!


Access the Flames of Ambition DLC game pack via ESO Plus™ membership or purchase it for 1,500 crowns from the in-game Crown Store (listed under DLC). Note that if your ESO Plus membership lapses, you will lose access to the DLC until you renew your membership or purchase it with crowns, but you won’t lose any items, Achievements, or other rewards you earned while you had access.

Flames of Ambition Collector’s Bundle

The Flames of Ambition Collector’s Bundle is also available for 4,000 crowns and includes access to the DLC game pack, the Falinesti’s Faithful Totem Elk mount, the Clearspring Striped Fawn pet, and five Crown Experience Scrolls. You can purchase the Collector’s Bundle from the Featured section of the in-game Crown Store.

The Flames of Ambition Collector’s Bundle


Once you get access to the Flames of Ambition DLC dungeons, you can begin your Gates of Oblivion adventure by the following methods:

  • By teleporting directly into the two dungeons from your map
  • By using the Dungeon Finder tool
  • By walking up to the dungeon entrances within the Gold Coast (Black Drake Villa) and within Deshaan (the Cauldron)

Simply by entering either of these two new dungeons, you’ll receive the Fire-Forged Maul outfit style (as seen below on the left)!

Flames of Ambition Loot & Rewards


Releasing in tandem with the Flames of Ambition DLC, Update 29 is a free base-game patch that brings new features and improvements for all ESO players.

Champion System Redesign

With the redesigned Champion System, you can better tailor your characters and their playstyles based on the way you want to play. This updated system now uses three constellation groups that reflect ESO’s gameplay and provides more options for creative and unique builds. These changes also introduce a champion bar, allowing you to slot up to four powerful passive boons for each constellation, ensuring that every decision you make with regards to how you spend your Champion Points is an impactful one.

Customize your characters with the updated Champion System

For more on the update to the Champion System, check out our preview.

Improved Character Sheet

In addition to the Champion System redesign, the team has also updated the character sheet to include additional advanced stats that were previously obscured or missing. With these additions, you can better see how changes to your character (be it via Champion Points, abilities, gear, or attributes) change its effectiveness—now get out there and craft your perfect build!

For everything coming with the Update 29 base-game patch, check out our Patch Notes forum.


Delve into the Flames of Ambition’s two new dungeons and you’ll kick off an adventure that continues with the Blackwood Chapter and beyond. The Prince of Destruction has plans for the people of Tamriel, and you can glimpse his terrible schemes within the Cauldron and Black Drake Villa. Are you ready to battle the minions of Mehrunes Dagon in these two new dungeons? Tell us via @TESOnlineInstagram, and Facebook.

The Gates of Oblivion year-long saga begins with the Flames of Ambition DLC game pack, now live on PC/Mac and Stadia*, and coming March 16 for Xbox One and PlayStation®4. This update releases in tandem with Update 29, a free base-game patch for all ESO players.

*Available only in limited territories.

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