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The Elder Scrolls Online Patch 1.6.5 Brings Huge Changes

by William Schwartz

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The Elder Scrolls Online is slowly preparing to release on consoles later this summer but PC players are continuing to enjoy what it has to offer. Bethesda is hoping to enhance their experiences through patches and improvements to the overall gameplay. The latest patch delivers what the developers feel is the ‘largest major content update’ thus far with patch 1.6.5.

The patch is set to implement the first phase of the ‘Justice System’ that will allow players to commit criminal actions (murdering, theft, pickpocketing, etc.). It also adds the third phase of the ‘Champion System’ which adds Champion Points and a new user interface that tracks these points to unlock passive abilities. This is on top of new collections UI and of course various fixes and balances to The Elder Scrolls Online. Below are a few key patch notes, for the full 1.6.5 patch notes visit the official forums.

Other Major Gameplay Changes

  • Synergy abilities now scale off your highest stats that are either stamina or magicka based.
    • Ultimates and Synergy abilities now always scale of your highest Critical Strike stat instead of just your Spell Critical Strike.
    • Abilities that cost magicka will now always scale off your magicka, spell damage, and spell critical strike stats.
    • Abilities that cost stamina will now always scale off your stamina, weapon damage, and weapon critical strike stats.
  • Removed Overcharge from the game.
    • The only stats that now cap are Impenetrable, reducing the Critical Strike bonus damage to 0%, and Armor and Spell Resistance, which are capped at 50% mitigation.

Updated Tutorial

  • The entire tutorial in the Wailing Prison has been revised:
    • If you were previously in the Wailing Prison with the quest Soul Shriven in Coldharbour, the quest will now be reset.
      • If you already completed this quest, you will not be affected.
    • Lyris will now guide you through much more of the Wailing Prison than before.
    • Basic combat skills are covered in more detail in the beginning of the tutorial.
    • You will now start with a two handed sword.
      • However, there are now more weapons (and armor!) to find in the Towers of Eyes and in the Undercroft!
    • You can now try your hand at lockpicking in the tutorial so you can learn the mechanics more easily.
    • The Sentinels must now be vanquished using stealth.
    • The Undercroft has been improved to be more fun to navigate.
    • The Child of Bones will now give you a better reward. Don’t forget to loot!

The Elder Scrolls Online is available now for PC and coming to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on June 9th.

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