While the Dragonborn DLC is set to be released tomorrow for Xbox 360 owners (early next year for PC and PS3), Bethesda has been uncomfortably silent on what we’ll actually be seeing in the new content: That’s about to change, however, because the Outhousers has released information they gathered from a “Beta tester” of the game. Before I share, bear in mind the following information is not verified, and that there will be spoilers, assuming it’s all legit.
Alright, so, with that out of the way, here’s what we got–at the start of the DLC, some cultists (from the Cult of Miraak) are out a-huntin’ for the false dragonborn: that would be you. They attack to kill, and assuming the situation’s reversed, you’ll pick a note off their bodies telling you who they are, what they want, where they come from, and where their boat’s at. You can then commandeer their boat at Whitehelm and go to the island of Solstheim, where the DLC takes place.
The Beta tester claims he’s sunk thirty-plus hours into the DLC, but you could finish all the main quests in about ten. Also, you don’t need to finish the main story to play, but some dialogue is different if you do.
But the DLC is more than just more land to explore and NPC’s to systematically backstab out of boredom: there’s more magic, shouts, items, and enemies, too!
New Shouts Include:
“Cyclone – creates a small tornado (that is pretty funny to use)
Bend Will – force a dragon to fight with you.
Dragon Riding – player hasn’t gotten to this one yet.
Dragon Aspect – creates the dragon armor from trailer and gives stronger shouts, stronger melee attacks and summon Ancient Dragonborn to fight with you when you get low on health. Can only be used once per day.
Battle Fury – like Elemental Fury but for NPCs”
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.
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”
New Armor and Weapons:
“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”
There’s a plethora of new locations, but the most important ones include Raven’s Rock (A town where you can buy a house), Tel Mithryn (another house is there) and Skaal Village (No houses, but a follower and potential lover are there–no word on if they’re the same person).
New enemies leaked include Werebears, The Morag Tong (A cult thing), and Lurkers–giant-sized monsters with high health and a lot of damage.
You can check out the whole article here, if you’re interested. While I imagine most people have already made up their minds on if they’re buying this or not, it can’t hurt to give it a look-see to help reaffirm your decision.