Elder Scrolls Online steps into a dark and bloody alley with the release of the Dark Brotherhood DLC, which lets you murder for gold. Dark Brotherhood is included with Active ESO Plus membership or can be purchased for 2000 Crowns in the in-game store. Learn how you can make the cost of the DLC worth it by earning even more gold through assassinations, dungeon clears and world boss kills.
Become an assassin for gold hire
Welcome to the dark side. The Dark Brotherhood patch lets you slit throats and stab backs for profit, because in the world of Elder Scrolls Online, there are very rich people who will gladly give you gold to permanently remove a troublesome thorn.
In the new DLC, you can train as a Dark Brotherhood assassin, a blade for hire with the freedom to take on simple assassination contracts or mass killing sprees while earning the good graces of your superiors.
The Dark Brotherhood is a notorious group in the Gold Coast that will pay you handsomely for your killing prowess. If you have no qualms getting blood on your hands, there are plenty of lucrative contract kill quests. Just speak to the Dark Elf assassin Elam Drals who maintains the Dark Brotherhood’s books to find out which hapless targets you can put to eternal rest for a tall stack of glistening gold.
Sharpen your skills enough and earn a notorious enough reputation, and you may be tasked with special missions directly from your dark masters and fulfill a Black Sacrament, slaying a victim named by the Night Mother herself. Simply find and talk to Speaker Terenus to see if you can take on these most sacred of missions to Dark Brotherhood assassins.
Compared to simple contract kill quests, the Black Sacrament raises the bar in difficulty and gold rewards. You will need to break into secured subterranean locations, avoid guards, disable traps and perform a variety of stealth assassinations. Make sure to complete bonus objectives in order to attain the highest levels of prestige and rewards.
A key advice for obtaining the best rewards and highest gold is to form your strategy around hiding from sight and striking the killing blow without anyone seeing or noticing you. If you are already adept in performing heists, then you will not likely encounter much trouble in this area.
Quest in the newly opened Gold Coast areas
For many Elder Scrolls fans, the westernmost region of Cyrodiil, the Gold Coast, is a wisp of a memory last seen in The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion installment. But the Dark Brotherhood patch opens up the crooked path to Anvil and Kvatch during the Interregnum, a time when the two cities were plagued with deadly intrigue.
You can travel to the Gold Coast to take on an array of new repeatable activities and rack up gold by taking on odd jobs for a number of desperate parties. For example, there are bounty quests where you can put your martial skill to good use and earn gold after the client’s problem has been solved by your expert use of force. Daily bounties are available in both cities of Anvil and Kvatch.
Plunder the new delves
Dark Brotherhood also delivers two new delves, Hrota Cave and Garlas Agea, which feature all-new challenges and rewards for solo players. Delves not only test your limits as a solo player, but you come out of them with heavy pockets of gold because you do not have to split your rewards with others. It is also a good strategy to farm gold and items by moving from one delve to the next instead of running it one after the other, as it prevents you from burning out from the repetitive content and tends to yield better loot.
Challenge the new world bosses
If you want a huge chunk of gold and a huge achievement under your hero belt, then take on the two new world boss encounters: The Kvatch Arena and Limenauruus the minotaur at Tribune’s Folly.
Found in the northeast corner of Kvatch, the arena will plunge you into the gladiator pits. You will need to defeat waves of enemies so focus fire and target prioritization are critical. You also need to spread apart in the arena to minimize area of effect damage.
Limenauruus the minotaur
It might seem intuitive to fight Limenauruus him on with more people, but upwards of 10 people the lag starts to become noticeable due to the high concentration of players in one area plus the additional minions that he summons.
The lag, at its worst, can be lethal since you may no longer be able to dodge the minotaur’s onslaught, especially his area of effect attacks, which are marked with red circles and inflict very high damage in a short span of time. The lag also prevents you from using potions or getting heals in time to survive.
Melee fighters might find it more troublesome to deal with him than ranged attackers, but veteran players who have taken down Limenauruus recommend using a heavy attack with one-hand and shield, dual wielding, bows and two-handed weapons like great swords, mauls and battle axes. These are preferable to restore Stamina, and is a key tactic in keeping up with the beast.
Leverage the improved grouping tools
Dungeon running is one of the best ways to quickly amass gold in Elder Scrolls Online, but you may have been dissuaded from doing so for a number of reasons. It may be because of the high amount of toxic or uncooperative players, or the clunky grouping features that make it difficult to do a painless run.
Luckily, the Dark Brotherhood update will roll out further improvements and new features to the Grouping Tool. These include a group ready check, vote-to-kick system and updated queue time that makes it that much smoother to run dungeons – changes that may just make dungeon running worth your time now.