News: Skyrim Expansion Dragonborn Goes Live Today, PS3/PC 2013

skyrim dragonborn dlcThe Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim will be getting its newest DLC Dragonborn today for the Xbox 360, and for the Playstation 3 and PC early in 2013. The previous two DLCs Dawnguard and Hearthfire, were released for PC and Xbox, but not the PS3. Dragonborn is the first Skyrim expansion to be released on a Sony platform.

Many details regarding the expansion have been leaked online from a beta-tester, including weapons, enemies, and be warned before reading ahead, spoilers.

Read onwards for more information, but if you don’t want anything spoiled, I advise just skipping to the bottom for the trailer.

“Achievements:

Outlander – Arrive on Solstheim (20 G)


Raven Rock Owner – Own a house in Raven Rock (20 G)


Solstheim Explorer – Discover 30 Locations on the island of Soltheim (30 G)


The Temple of Knowledge – Complete “The Temple of Miraak” (20 G)


The Path of Knowledge – Complete “The Path of Knowledge” (20 G)


At the Summit of Apocrypha – Complete “At the Summit of Apocrypha (40 G)


Hidden Knowledge – Learn the secrets of 5 Black Books (40 G)


Stalhrim Crafter – Craft an item out of Stalhrim (20 G)


Dragon Aspect – Learn all 3 words of Dragon Aspect (20 G)


DragonRider – Tame and Ride 5 dragons (20 G)

New Shouts:

Cyclone – Creates a small tornado

Bend Will – Force a dragon to fight with you


Dragon Riding – The source responsible for these leaks hasn’t gotten to this one yet

Dragon Aspect -Creates the dragon armor from trailer and gives stronger shouts, stronger melee attacks and summons Ancient Dragonborn to fight with you when you get low on health.  Can only be used once per day


Battle Fury – Similar to Elemental Fury but for NPCs

Start of the DLC:

Cultists of Miraak are searching for the false Dragonborn (you), and when they find you they attempt to kill you.  Assuming you kill them first, you find a note on them that tells you what they are doing and where they came from.  You find their boat docked at Windhelm and proceed to Solstheim.

You don’t have to complete the main quest to start the DLC, but the character of Miraak has different dialogue if you have already killed Alduin.

The size of Solstheim is about equal to the reach and has its own seperate map.

Player is about 30+ hours in and not finished yet, though said one could probably rush through the main quest in 10 hours. 

New Locations added:

Hubs:

 Raven Rock- Player can buy a home there

Tel Mithryn- Players can buy a home in Tel Mithryn as well

Skaal Village-  The follower is from there, and a new marriage candidate can also be found in Skaal Village. 


Imperial Forts:

Fort Frostmoth, Ashfallow Citadel, Highpoint Tower


Shacks:

Hrodulf’s House, Abandoned Lodge


Caves:

Frostmoon Crag- This is home to werewolf pack that you can talk with if you are one

Other caves include Bristleback Cave, Castel Karstaag Caverns & Ruins, Glacial Cave, Benkongerike, Frossel, Hrothmun’s Barrow
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Landmarks:

Brodir Grove, Altar of Thrond, Stalhrim Source, Horker Island

Nordic Ruins:

Kolbjorn Barrow, Bloodskaal Barrow, Vaholok’s Tomb, Gyldenhul Barrow.


Dwemer Ruins:

Nchardak, Kagrumez, Fahlbtharz


All-Maker Stones:

Earth Stone, Watern Stone, Wind Stone, Beast Stone, Sun Stone


Others:

Northshore Landing Dock, Old Attius Farm, Snowclad Ruins, Headwaters of Harstrad, Moesring Pass, Bujold’s Retreat, Haknir’s Shoal, Saering’s Watch, Thirsk Mead Hall, Broken Tusk Mine, Damphall Mine, & Miraak’s Temple


In Skyrim:

Last Vigil

New Creatures & Baddies:

Werebears – No word on whether the player can become one yet, but all have been hostile so far.  They transform into the bear after being near them a short time.


The Morag Tong – They seem to act more like Silver Hand encounters where you fight against them a bit and have random encounters of them.  No ability to join with them so far.  Hostile Dunmer in Morag Tong armor.


Serpent-like creature – Player won’t describe this exactly, though says one is pictured in the trailer and won’t give its exact name either.


Lurkers – Extremely tough and frustrating enemies with plenty of health and dish out a lot of damage.  Good challenge.  About the size of giants and they are creatures that have ‘slipped’ into Tamriel from H. Mora’s realm.


Ash Spawn – officially mentioned and pictured in Bethesda’s releases.


Rieklings – officially mentioned and pictured in Bethesda’s releases.


New Dragon types encountered include the New Dwemer automation, which is a walking dwarven ballista.

 

New Weapons & Armor:

Deathbrand Armor – similar to stalhrim.
Two Unique Scimitars you can get by the end of the quests


Bonemold Armor – Officially mentioned by Bethesda (heavy armor)


Chitin Armor – Officially mentioned by Bethesda (possibly a light armor)


Stalhrim Weapons and armor – Again, officially mentioned (many of these you can glimpse in the trailer and screenshots)


Carved Nordic Armor & Weapons – a heavy armor
spears. I know there are some waiting for info on spears, but bad news: Only the Reiklings have used them so far and if the player picks them up, they go into inventory as arrows.


Morag Tong Armor – another light armor you can get off of attackers.


New Thieves Guild Armor – though said to just be a non-buggy

Linwe’s Armor Robes – Telvanni Robes and Miraak’s Robes

New Spells/Enchantments:

Poison Rune

Whirlwind Cloak

Ash Shell – lets you encase enemies in ash (paralyze) or slow them down with damage.


Waterwalking – back in enchantment and potion form

A new Ring that allows resurrected creatures to explode into frost and fire damage.


Staff Enchanting

New Active Effect – from H. Mora’s realm you can find a book that lets you choose from three active effects: Mora’s Mercy, Mora’s Wrath and Mora’s Agony.  You can return to the realm and choose a new effect if you want to replace it (sounds like a similar thing to the effect Parthurnax gives you, or the one you receive for the Nightengale quest). There are five books total, with three options per book, you can get five effects in all supposedly.


New Summoning power – player doesn’t want to spoil what it is, but says it’s cool.


Summon Spells – 3 mentioned: Ash Guardian, Ash Spawn, Seeker”

The Dragonborn update will be available to purchase later on today for Xbox 360 players, carrying the cost of 1600 Microsoft Points.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim was released November 2011, receiving high praise with both critics and players alike, winning multiple game of the year awards.

Check out this awesome trailer for the new expansion.

Will you be getting the latest Skyrim expansion? Let us know what you think in the comments.

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