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The Alik'r Desert is a vast desert spanning much of Hammerfell including the northern coast in The Elder Scrolls Online. It is a scorching, arid wasteland where ancient ruins and deadly creatures lie hidden in the shifting sands. The only major center of civilization is the city of Sentinel, ruled by King Fahara'jad, and its surrounding towns.[1]

Background[edit | edit source]

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"Though there are fertile fields on the coast near the capital city of Sentinel, it is the arid expanses of the interior that have captured the hearts of the rugged Redguards. The Alik'r is rich in mineral resources, but its fierce creatures and harsh terrain are daunting to most."
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The Alik'r Desert stretches from the Hammerfell coast along the Iliac Bay to the central lands and while rich in resources, it is extremely inhospitable.[2] Dotted along the desert dunes are ancient settlements, ruined structures, old caves including abandoned cities left behind by the Dwemer and Ayleids.[3] While deserts are considered useless places to avoid by those beyond Hammerfell, the Redguards hold the Alik'r in great reverence for its history and cultural impact.[4]

In 2E 582, a necromancer cult known as the Withered Hand was responsible for raising dead Redguard and Yokudan warriors from their tombs. With many unwilling to fight against the undead incursions out of fear of being cursed for striking the dead, the Redguards enlisted the help of the Vestige to end the attacks by defeating the Withered Hand.[5] The Withered Hand had displaced the Ansei Wards that protected the buried dead from necromancy. Thus, by returning the Wards, the Withered Hand would be powerless.[6] After recovering the Wards, the Vestige was able to defeat the leaders of the Withered Hand and end the crisis.[7]

Locations[edit | edit source]

Main article: Locations (Online)

The following are locations accessible in the Alik'r Desert and, with the exception of unmarked locations, are discoverable on the map. Points of Interest serve as locations with unique side quests, while cities serve as the centralised areas with multiple sublocations and act as a hub for services and merchants. Explanations of the types of locations are provided in the main locations page.

Cities[edit | edit source]

Dark Anchors[edit | edit source]

Dungeons[edit | edit source]

Housing[edit | edit source]

Mundus Stones[edit | edit source]

Points of Interest[edit | edit source]

Set Stations[edit | edit source]

Unmarked locations[edit | edit source]

Wayshrines[edit | edit source]

World Bosses[edit | edit source]

Traveling merchants[edit | edit source]

Main article: Traveling Merchant

Traveling merchants are characters who walk specific routes in the zone who offer merchant services. The Vestige can buy general merchant items, sell any sellable item, and repair damaged armor for a fee.

Quests[edit | edit source]

Main article: Quests (Online)

The Alik'r Desert features a series of zone story quests and unrelated side quests. The zone story quests tie into the Daggerfall Covenant's overarching storyline and carries on from Rivenspire before continuing to Bangkorai. It is not necessary to complete the story quests for zones prior to those in the Alik'r Desert. Side quests are non-sequential and can be completed in any order, except where one carries on from another.

Show: Alik'r Desert Story Quests
# Name Location Quest giver Reward
1 Risen from the Depths Sentinel Docks Captain Albert Marck Gauntlets of the Ra Gada
2 Word from the Throne Sentinel Throne Keeper Farvad N/A
2 Rise of the Dead Sentinel Fahara'jad
Royal Messenger
Watch Captain Zafira
N/A
3 The Impervious Vault Impervious Vault
Sentinel
Prince Azah Yokudan Epaulets of the Withered Hand
4 In Search of the Ash'abah Morwha's Bounty Fahara'jad N/A
5 Morwha's Curse Morwha's Bounty Talia at-Marimah N/A
6 The Initiation Ash'abah Pass
Morwha's Bounty
Yokudan Palace
Marimah Helm of the Ash'abah
7 Ash'abah Rising Tu'whacca's Throne Talia at-Marimah N/A
8 A Blessing for the Dead Tu'whacca's Throne Hadi
Mura
N/A
8 Tu'whacca's Breath Tu'whacca's Throne Throne Keeper Farvad Windcaller's Sash
9 A Reckoning with Uwafa Tu'whacca's Throne Throne Keeper Farvad Throne Keeper Coif
Skill point
10 The Scholar of Bergama Bergama Throne Keeper Farvad N/A
11 Gone Missing Bergama Qadim Justice Longbow
12 Trouble at Tava's Blessing Tava's Blessing Meriq N/A
13 Tracking the Hand Tava's Blessing Scout Yanul N/A
13 Alasan's Plot Tava's Blessing Talia at-Marimah Staff of Withering
Skill point
14 Shiri's Research HoonDing's Watch Shiri N/A
15 March of the Ra Gada HoonDing's Watch Throne Keeper Farvad Champion's Curiass
16 Trials of the Hero HoonDing's Watch Throne Keeper Farvad Mantle of Honor
17 The Search for Shiri Satakalaam Captain Rawan N/A
18 Imperial Incursion Satakalaam General Thoda Liberator's Spaulders of the Order of Diagna
19 Amputating the Hand Motalion Necropolis General Thoda
Talia at-Marimah
Saturah's Hubris
Skill point
20 Restoring the Ansei Wards Impervious Vault Ansei Halelah Ansei Greatsword
21 Kingdom in Mourning Evermore Fahara'jad N/A

† Some quests are designed to direct the Vestige to the beginning of the zone's story or the next phase of the story chronologically. Once the quest they direct to has been completed, they will no longer be available to start.

Show: Alik'r Desert Side Quests
Name Location Quest giver Reward
A Winner for Onwyn Duneripper Downs Onwyn N/A
An Ill-Fated Venture Lost City of the Na-Totambu Letter to Tavo from Nahrina N/A
Badwater Mine Badwater Mine Samsi af-Bazra N/A
Crawling Chaos Kulati Mines Kasal Arachnid Gauntlets
Feathered Fiends Kozanset Gold Coast Scout Harpy Feather Shirt
Honoring the Dishonored Tears of the Dishonored Darius Zariya's Sorrow
Lady Laurent's Favor Salas En Stibbons Leg Guards of Loyalty
Left at the Altar Bergama Jagnas Brigandine of Bergama
Malignant Militia Saltwater Militia Camp Uhrih Saltwater Cinch
Master of Leki's Blade Leki's Blade Disciple Tafa at-Makela
Leki's Disciple
Master's Sharpsword
Monkey Magic Sentinel Suspicious Monkey N/A
Past Due Coldrock Diggings
Kozanset
Promissory Note N/A
Past in Ruins Ancestor's Landing
Na-Totambu's Landing
Herminius Sophus Curse-Breaker's Boots
Revered Ancestors Tu'whacca's Throne Ramati at-Gar Armiger's Protector
Satak was the First Serpent Goat's Head Oasis Hayazzin Serpentskin Gloves
Secrets of the Lost City Lost City of the Na-Totambu Paldeen Yokudan Totem
Seize the Moment Sentinel Ildani N/A
Snakes in the Sands Ogre's Bluff Letta N/A
Temple's Treasures High Temple
Satakalaam
High Priest Zuladr Tava's Mercy
Tharayya's Trail Aldunz
Santaki
Volenfell
Yldzuun
Tharayya's Journal, Entry 2 N/A
The Nature of Fate Rain Catcher Fields Anjan Dunerunners
The Nature of Fate: Part Two HoonDing's Watch Hadoon Inspired Cowl
The Oldest Orc Salas En Gurlak Mauloch's Cleaver
The Real Snake Letter to Fadeel Kozanset
Sandblown Mine
N/A
The Search is Over Divad's Chagrin Mine
Sentinel
Armin N/A
Thwarting the Aldmeri Dominion Salas En Lady Clarisse Laurent Greaves of Firsthold
Trapped in the Bluffs Ogre's Bluff Jarrod Caravan Chain
Trouble at the Rain Catchers Rain Catcher Fields Overseer Jahi
Rajesh
Raincatcher Pantaloons
Undying Loyalty Artisan's Oasis Musi Sandwalker's War Boots
Warship Designs Tava's Blessing Jeromec Lemal Ashlander Axe
Whose Wedding? Sep's Spine Aqabi of the Ungodly Wildur's Oath Ring
Show: Alik'r Desert Dungeon Quests
Name Location Quest giver Reward
An Ill-Fated Venture Lost City of the Na-Totambu Letter to Tavo from Nahrina N/A
Blood and Sand Volenfell Tharayya Duneripper Ancient Crown
Skill point
Secret of the Lost City Lost City of the Na-Totambu Paldeen Yokudan Totem
Note: Quests related to delves are categorized as side quests.

Items Sets[edit | edit source]

Main article: Item Sets

Overland[edit | edit source]

Pieces from overland sets are acquired from bosses, Dark Anchor chests, locked chests and as quest rewards. Public dungeon bosses drop a shoulder or hand piece, or a weapon; delve bosses drop a waist or foot item; world bosses drop a head, chest or leg piece, or weapon; and Dark Anchor chests drop a jewelry piece. Locked chests can give any random set item.

Set Effects Type
Robes of the Withered Hand

2 Items: Adds 3 (Base Value) Magicka Recovery.
3 Items: Adds 25 (Base Value) Maximum Magicka.
4 Items: Adds 28 (Base Value) Maximum Health.
5 Items: When you are within 28 meters of an enemy you are in combat with, and the enemy dies, you heal for 28 (Base Value) Health and gain 38 (Base Value) Magicka. This effect can occur once every 3 seconds.

Light Armor
Sword-Singer

2 Items: Adds 25 (Base Value) Maximum Stamina.
3 Items: Adds 3 (Base Value) Weapon Damage.
4 Items: Adds 19 (Base Value) Weapon Critical.
5 Items: Adds 13 (Base Value) Weapon Critical to your Two Handed abilities.

Medium Armor
Order of Diagna

2 Items: Adds 28 (Base Value) Maximum Health.
3 Items: Adds 28 (Base Value) Maximum Health.
4 Items: Adds 4% Healing Taken.
5 Items: Adds 5% Healing Taken.
5 Items: Gain Minor Vitality at all times, increasing your healing received by 8%.

Heavy Armor

Dungeon[edit | edit source]

Dungeon sets are acquired from loot drops in the zone's group dungeons. Head pieces of monster helm sets can only be acquired from completing the corresponding group dungeon on veteran difficulty. There is no guarantee that the piece will be of the preferred weight class (heavy, medium or light). Shoulder pieces of monster helm sets can only be acquired at Undaunted Enclaves in exchange for keys earned from pledges.

Set Effects Dungeon Type
Treasure Hunter

2 Items: Adds 25 (Base Value) Maximum Magicka.
3 Items: Adds 19 (Base Value) Spell Critical.
4 Items: Adds 19 (Base Value) Spell Critical.
5 Items: Adds 3 (Base Value) Spell Damage.
5 Items: Gain Major Prophecy at all times, increasing your Spell Critical rating by 2,629.

Volenfell Light Armor
Crusader

2 Items: Adds 25 (Base Value) Maximum Stamina.
3 Items: Adds 3 (Base Value) Stamina Recovery.
4 Items: Adds 25 (Base Value) Maximum Stamina.
5 Items: Increase the duration of the dodge chance bonus of Roll Dodge by 0.3 seconds.

Volenfell Medium Armor
Duneripper's Scales

2 Items: Adds 28 (Base Value) Maximum Health.
3 Items: Adds 4% Healing Taken.
4 Items: Adds 4% Healing Taken.
5 Items: While you are blocking, you Physical and Spell Resistance are increased by 123 (Base Value).

Volenfell Heavy Armor

Crafted[edit | edit source]

Crafted sets are obtained by crafting them at the appropriate location. Crafted sets require a minimum number of traits researched into an item to craft it as a part of the set.

Set Effects Traits needed Location
Alessia's Bulwark

2 Items: Adds 34 (Base Value) Armor.
3 Items: Adds 28 (Base Value) Maximum Health.
4 Items: Adds 34 (Base Value) Armor.
5 Items: When you take damage from a melee attack, you have a 15% chance to reduce the attacker's Weapon Damage by 6 (Base Value) for 5 seconds.

5 Alezer Kotu
Song of Lamae

2 Items: Adds 34 (Base Value) Armor.
3 Items: Adds 24 (Base Value) Armor.
4 Items: Adds 28 (Base Value) Maximum Health.
5 Items: When you take damage while you are under 30% Health, you deal 88 (Base Value) Magic Damage to the attacker and healing for the damage done. This effect can occur once every 3 seconds.

5 Rkulftzel
Vampire's Kiss

2 Items: Adds 3 (Base Value) Health Recovery.
3 Items: Adds 28 (Base Value) Maximum Health.
4 Items: Adds 4% Healing Taken.
5 Items: When you kill and enemy, you heal for 204 (Base Value) Health over 6 seconds.

5 Artisan's Oasis

Skyshards[edit | edit source]

Main article: Skyshards (Online)

Sixteen Skyshards can be found in the Alik'r Desert totalling in five skill points with one left over. The zone guide provides clues as to the location of each Skyshard, but many can be found simply by exploring and watching for the distinctive pillar of light they emit.

# Description Location
1 Sentinel of a domed tower. Tower on the northwest side of the Sentinel Bazaar.
2 Shedding shame in the oasis. On an islet north of Divad's Chagrin Mine Wayshrine.
3 Across the ruin from the Warrior. Southmost structure at Salas En.
4 Stored on a Bergama roof. Roof of Magistrate Sumla's House in Bergama.
5 Walltop view of the broken blade. West side of Leki's Blade.
6 Beside a drydocked stern. Drydocked ship south of Tava's Blessing.
7 Left out in the open by Kozanset Mages. Roof of the Mages Guildhall in Kozanset.
8 Near a paid feather-finder. Before the broken bridge east of the Lost City of the Na-Totambu.
9 Tears shed for a toppled spire. Northeast structure at the Tears of the Dishonored.
10 Second stop on her search for the Pearl. Westmost chamber of Aldunz.
11 Buried respite from desert heat. Northeastmost tunnel of Coldrock Diggings.
12 Dig deep, don't be embarrassed. Center chamber of Divad's Chagrin Mine.
13 Blown down a mine shaft. Northeastmost tunnel in Sandblown Mine.
14 A caravan's wreckage marks the path. Eastmost tunnel of Santaki.
15 Trapped within the steam closet. Eastmost chamber of Yldzuun.
16 Monumental find in the Lost City. Bottom section in the centre area of the Lost City of the Na-Totambu.

Achievements[edit | edit source]

Main article: Achievements (Online)

Achievements can be earned by completing specific tasks include quests and finding locations. Achievements are separated into categories and their progress is viewable from the journal. Earning achievement provides the Vestige some amount of points. Points earned only apply to the character that earned the achievement. Some achievements unlock unique rewards such as trophies or dyes.

Show: Delves
Achievement Description Points Reward
Aldunz Ruins Explorer Explore and clear the Aldunz Ruins 10 N/A
Alik'r Desert Cave Delver Discover and clear all six caves in the Alik'r Desert 15 N/A
Coldrock Ruins Explorer Explore and clear Coldrock Diggings 10 N/A
Divad's Chagrin Mine Explorer Explore and clear Divad's Chagrin Mine]] 10 N/A
Sandblown Mine Explorer Explore and clear the Sandblow Mine 10 N/A
Santaki Ruins Explorer Explore and clear the Santaki Ruins 10 N/A
Yldzuun Ruins Explorer Explore and clear the Yldzuun Ruins 10 N/A
Show: General
Achievement Description Points Reward
Alik'r Desert Angler Catch all 12 rare fish in Alik'r Desert 5 N/A
Alik'r Desert Master Explorer Discover and clear all six caves and strikig locales in the Alik'r Desert 50 Ash'abah Hood Grey
Alik'r Desert Pathfinder Discover all of the striking locales in the Alik'r Desert 5 N/A
Alik'r Desert Skyshard Hunter Find all 16 Skyshards in the Alik'r Desert 15 N/A
Group Dungeons
Achievement Description Points Reward
They Were Just Rusty Defeat the Veteran Guardian Constructs in Veteran Volenfell, after invoking the Scroll of Glorious Battle. 50 N/A
Veteran Dwarven Construct Slayer Defeat 300 Dwarven Constructs in Veteran Volenfell. 10 N/A
Veteran Treasure Hunter Slayer Defeat 250 Treasure Hunters in Veteran Volenfell. 10 N/A
Volenfell Assassin Defeat the Desert Lion, Quintus Verres and the Monstrous Gargoyle, Tremorscale, the Unstable Construct, and the Guardian Council in Veteran Volenfell within twenty minutes of starting the dungeon. Timer starts when players engage the first group of treasure hunters. 50 N/A
Volenfell Conqueror Complete Veteran Volenfell by defeating the Desert Lion, Quintus Verres and the Monstrous Gargoyle, Boilbite, Tremorscale, the Unstable Construct, and the Guardian Council. 15 Bust: Tremorscale
Volenfell Survivor Defeat the Desert Lion, Quintus Verres and the Monstrous Gargoyle, Boilbite, Tremorscale, the Unstable Construct, and the Guardian Council in Veteran Volenfell, without suffering a group member death. 50 N/A
Volenfell Vanquisher Defeat Quintus Verres, Tremorscale, and the Guardian Council at Volenfell. 10 Trophy: Tremorscale
Show: Public Dungeons
Achievement Description Points Reward
Lost City Conqueror Defeat all of the champions in the Lost City of the Na-Totambu. 50 N/A
Lost City Vanquisher Defeat three of the champions in the Lost City of the Na-Totambu. 10 N/A
Na-Totambu Group Event Solve the puzzle of the Guardians in the Lost City of the Na-Totambu. 50 N/A
Show: Quests
Achievement Description Points Reward
Alasan's Devastation Defeat Alasan and restore the Ansei Wards. 5 Reconstructed Necromantic Focus
Alik'r Desert Adventurer Complete 42 quests in the Alik'r Desert. 50 Standing Ansei Statue
Ash'abah Hero Defeat the Withered Hand and reclaim all the Ansei Wards. 5 Kneeling Ansei Statue
Consecrated Groud You put the dead to rest in Alik'r. 15 Alik'r Lapis
Replica of Shattered Ansei Sword
Uwafa's Ruination Defeat Uwafa and reclaim the Ansei Wards. 5 Tu'whacca's Brazier
Show: World Bosses
Achievement Description Points Reward
Duneripper's Downfall Defeat the duneripper, Mother Sands, at the Lost Caravan. 5 N/A
Hag Upheaval Defeat the Hag Sisters, Igazkad, Orochar, and Ukha, at the Hag Camp. 5 N/A
Korignah's Bane Defeat Korignah the harvester in the Forsaken Hearts Cave. 5 N/A
Lonely Papa's Doom Defeat the giant Lonely Papa, at the Giant Camp. 5 N/A
Mummy King Murderer Defeat the Mummy King at King's Rest. 5 N/A
Saint Slayer Defeat the golden saint, Staada, at the Lesser Circle. 5 N/A

Shalidor's Library[edit | edit source]

Main article: Shalidor's Library

Thirty-two books that are a part of Shalidor's Library can be found in the Alik'r Desert and added to the collection. Books that have already been found in other zones will already be marked as completed in the zone tracker.

Fish[edit | edit source]

Main article: Fishing (Online)

Fish can be caught from fishing hotspots, ideally with the correct bait. Common fish will be caught most often while rare fish and alternative bait are rare catches. Each zone has unique rare fish than can be caught from hotspots. Slaughterfish and trodh can be caught from foul hotspots, dhufish and longfin can be caught from saltwater hotspots, silverside perch and spadetail can be caught from lake hotspots, and salmon and river betty can be caught from river hotspots. Chub, minnow, shad and fish roe can be caught and used as bait from foul, saltwater, lake and river hotspots, respectively.

Fish Source Quality
Alewife Saltwater Fine
Banded Killifish Lakes Fine
Bonefish Saltwater Superior
Cutthroat Eel Foul water Fine
Desert Pupfish Lakes Superior
Driftfish Saltwater Fine
Lungfish Lakes Fine
Midget Salmon Foul water Superior
Sablefish Saltwater Fine
Sand Eel Foul water Superior
Sand Moray Foul water Fine
Saw Belly Lakes Fine

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