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ESO Blackwood: Oblivion Portals Guide

Elder Scrolls Online (ESO) players are trying to learn everything they can about Oblivion Portals in Blackwood.
Elder Scrolls Online (ESO) players are trying to learn everything they can about Oblivion Portals in Blackwood. / ZeniMax Online Studios, Bethesda Softworks

Elder Scrolls Online (ESO) players are trying to learn everything they can about Oblivion Portals in Blackwood.

The latest expansion chapter of ESO, Blackwood, features the daedric prince Mehrunes Dagon attempting to collect from the fallout of a bargain. Dagon originally made a deal with the Longhouse Emperors to help them secure the Ruby Throne. Unfortunately for them, while their endeavors ultimately ended in disaster, the price must be paid nevertheless.

These portals are the first attempt at crossing the bridge to the mortal realm in order to exact his toll.

ESO Blackwood: Oblivion Portals

Oblivion Gates are Blackwood's overland group events—in the same vein as the original Dark Anchors and Greymoor's Harrowstorms. Players will have the opportunity to step through them and into Dagon's plane: the Deadlands. Its up to them to battle the prince's forces on his own turf and seal the portal from within.

"We wanted to try something new and different that was more exploratory," said Jason Barnes, Zone Lead for the Blackwood region, "We wanted the hunt to be part of the adventure....we wanted the experience to be less about standing in one general area and more about going on a mini-adventure with your friends."

There can be six active Oblivion Portals at any given time and they likely won't appear in the same spot every time they spawn. Once players step through, they'll be randomly dropped into one of three starting locations—known as "wings"—on the plane.

Brad Hoppenstein, Blackwood Encounter Designer, explained that the fight through each wing will be fraught with daedric dangers.

"Mehrunes Dagons' invasion force consists of various humanoid and beast Daedra. The packs of enemies provide a more challenging experience than they would encounter in a Public Dungeon," he said, "During the incursion, players will also face various champions of Mehrunes Dagon trying to stop them from advancing deeper."

Regardless of where they start, however, all players will eventually end up in the Duke of Storm's fortress to face down one of Dagon's best.

Special Deadlands Rewards

While beating Mehrunes Dagon's forces to a nasty, fiery pulp, players will also be able to pick up several unique rewards inside the Deadlands. These can range from potions and poisons to Antiquity leads, and more. Gear-wise, the Deadlands offers its own set of jewelry. Players can also find quite a few furnishing patterns to give their home that extra "something."

More information about Oblivion Portals in the Elder Scrolls Online: Blackwood can be found in the news tab of the game's official website.