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Blades logo art
Setting Tamriel (mainly Cyrodiil),
The Abyss
Time Period ca. 4E 180
Developer Bethesda Game Studios
Release Date
March 27, 2019 (Early Access)
May 12, 2020
Nintendo Switch
Release Date
May 14, 2020
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The Elder Scrolls: Blades is a free-to-play spin-off of the Elder Scrolls franchise. It takes place primarily in the province of Cyrodiil, and features procedurally-generated dungeons (similar to Arena), rebuilding a destroyed town, and PvP arena combat. Originally planned to be released in Fall of 2018, the game was later set to release in early 2019, with limited early access beginning on March 27, 2019. It left open Early Access on May 12, 2020. Blades is currently available on phones, tablets, and Nintendo Switch; it will eventually be released on current generation consoles and PC and will be available to play in VR. Additionally, the game supports cross-platform play, allowing you to carry your progress across multiple platforms.

"You are member of the ancient order of the Blades. Forced into exile, you seek refuge in your remote hometown only to find it reduced to rubble. Now, it’s up to you to restore your town back to its former glory."
— Blades Reveal text

Game Modes

  • Abyss — See how far you can go in a continuous, procedurally-generated dungeon gauntlet
  • Arena — Battle one-on-one against other players
  • Quests — A list of the quests that appear in the game
  • Challenges — Objectives with small rewards
  • Events — Limited-time quests that pose a unique challenge
  • Jobs — Procedural quests that come in over time
  • Town — The hub for all quests and services

Character Information

  • Avatars — Profile pictures available for use in multiplayer
  • Character Creation — A guide to the character creation process
  • First Time Players — A guide to help new players get a grip on Blades
  • Leveling — Understanding the character leveling system
  • Races — The defining characteristics of the playable races
  • Skills — And what can you do?
  • Stats — What are the basic stats?

Gameplay Information

  • Breakables — Containers that spew loot when broken
  • Chests — Information on the game's loot box mechanic
  • Effects — The effects that can impact you and your enemies
  • Emotes — Taunt your Arena opponent
  • Food — Interactable objects that restore Health
  • Items — Where to find specific items and their related attributes
  • Secrets — Tucked away areas with worthwhile loot
  • Store — The array of in-game, purchasable store entries

World Information

  • Celebrations — Celebrations that have taken place in Blades
  • Enemies — A list of all enemies found in the game
  • Factions — Listing of all the guilds and factions in the game
  • Guilds — Player-made factions
  • NPCs — Listing of all non-player characters in the game
  • Places — A list of all the areas that can be visited in the game
  • Services — Tasks the townsfolk will carry out

Technical Information

  • Patches — Official patches for Blades
  • System Requirements — The official minimum and recommended system requirements for the game
  • Technical Support — Hardware and system software issues and their practical solutions

Previews and Reviews

Miscellaneous Information

  • Controls — How to perform various actions
  • Credits — Details on exactly who did what to create the game
  • Cut Content — Things that never made it into the game
  • Easter Eggs — Funny, out of place, or reference-related non-bug findings
  • Help — The in-game help menu
  • Historical References — References to people, places and events from previous Elder Scrolls games
  • Loading Screens — Information that appears when the game is loading
  • Music — Information about Blades' soundtrack

See Also