A beta tester has released spoilerific details of what Skyrim’s newest DLC will be bringing to the table, including details of armour, weapons and dragon riding.
Bethesda has been noticeably stingy with information about Dragonborn; Skyrim’s next DLC pack. Thankfully for those of us who want to know more about what we’ll be getting when we shell out 1600 Microsoft points, a bunch of details have been leaked by one of the software’s beta testers. And when I say a bunch of details, I mean an absolute ton. This is a leak though, so none of the details have been confirmed. Don’t read this if you’re worried about spoilers – there will probably be a few.
According to the leak, which the chaps at the Outhousers have compiled into a handy list, the DLC will begin when you are attacked by Cultists of Miraak who believe that you are a false Dragonborn and want you dead. Providing you kill them before they kill you, you will find a note that directs you to a boat that takes you to Solstheim. Voila, you’re in Morrowind and the DLC is under way.
Solstheim is apparently around the size of the Reach, and has it’s own separate map. While you’re there you’ll come across upwards of 40 different locations to explore, including a couple of spots where you can buy a house. Solstheim will also be scattered with new enemies to take on, including werebears, Reiklings and new types of dragon. There are also a couple of other enemies that the source refused to detail.
In terms of the weaponry that you can get your hands on, there is a little disappointment in store; the Reikling spears are used as arrows, meaning that the player can’t use spears. There are also a couple of custom scimitars that you get by the end of the quest. As Bethesda have officially mentioned, you can get Stalhrim weapons and armour.
A load of new armours are being introduced on top of that Stalhrim set, including something called Deathbrand armour, which sounds awesome. Along with that there is Carved Nordic sets, new thieves guild armour, new robes and some other sets that you can take off of attackers.
If physical attacking isn’t your thing, then you’re still covered, with some new shouts and magic being introduced to the game. A couple of the shouts are focused on taking control of the dragons so you can ride them; Bend Will forces them to fight alongside you, and Dragon Riding lets you, well, ride dragons. There is also a Dragon Aspect shout, which equips in the dragon armour in the trailer, powers up your combat skills and summons an Ancient Dragonborn to fight by your side when your health is low. The only catch is that you can use it just once a day. The other shouts are the self explanatory Cyclone, which summons a cyclone, and Battle Fury, which powers up an NPC in a similar fashion to Elemental Fury.
On the spell front there are, among others, a bunch of summoning skills, a new active effect, the ability to enchant staffs and a new ring that allows resurrected creatures to explode in frost and fire damage.
And for those dedicated players, there is a quest that you can only start if you are on level 81.