Expansion Packs (Oblivion)


[edit] Description

There have been ten official mods (also referred to as 'expansions', 'official plugins' or more commonly Downloadable Content) released.

Unlike User Mods, the Official Mods are created by the parent company, Bethesda Softworks, and cost money.

[edit] List of Content

Content organized by order of release.

[edit] Full Expansions

[edit] Official Plugins

[edit] The Shivering Isles

The cover for The Shivering Isles.

Categorized as a full expansion, it is a little different from the others. Often abbreviated as "SI"

Instead of just adding quests, a few weapons, and perhaps some spells like the other Official Mods do, it adds a whole new world with it's own storyline. You travel to the world of the Shivering Isles, realm of the Daedric Prince Sheogorath, who is the Daedric Prince of Madness.

This content features 4 distinct areas with in. The realms of Mania, Dementia, The Fringe, and New Sheoth. Within the Shivering Isles you'll find numerous new characters to interact with, weapons to wield, clothing and armor to wear, items to use, and multiple quests. The Shivering Isles is approximately 1/4 the size of Cyrodiil.

Official Description (Taken from Take2 Store)
  • Features more than 30 hours of new gameplay as you are sent to explore an entirely new plane of Oblivion – the realm of Sheogorath, the Daedric Prince of Madness. Shivering Isles adds to the existing world of Oblivion, so you can continue playing with your existing save game/character, or create an all new character just to explore the new content in Shivering Isles. New creatures, weapons, armor, ingredients, branching questlines, and more await in the land of Mania and Dementia.

Retails for $30 (USD), or 2400 MS Points.

[edit] Horse Armor Pack

The Elven version of the armor from the Horse Armor Pack.

This content allows you to add two different types of armor to your horse.

The two armors available are Elven and Steel. Elven is less durable than steel, but doesn't slow down your mount (horse) as much. Your first set of armor is free.

Official Description (Taken from Oblivion Downloads)
  • The Horse Armor Pack for Oblivion gives you the ability to outfit your favorite horse with a set of stylish armor. Snak Gra-Bura of the Chestnut Hand Stables outside of the Imperial City has recently opened her new business and she's making horse armor available to the adventurers of the Imperial Province. You can choose elegant elven armor or durable steel to protect your mount from the dangers of Cyrodill.

Retails for $1.99 (USD) or 200 MS Points.

[edit] Orrery

The Imperial Orrery after it has been fixed and activated.

This content adds the quest to repair the Imperial Orrery by finding the parts stolen by bandits, that are scattered in various camps around Cyrodiil.

After it is repaired, you gain access to (depending on the month) various magical powers.

Official Description (Taken from Oblivion Downloads)
  • The Orrery Pack for Oblivion allows you to help the Mages Guild of Cyrodiil repair the Imperial Orrery, an ancient dwarven machine with mystical properties. Bandits have stolen a shipment of parts destined for the Arcane University; if you can return them, the Orrery will function once more.

Retails for $1.89 (USD) or 150 MS Points.

[edit] Wizard's Tower

A near cinematic view of Frostcrag Spire.

This content comes with a tower designed with mages in mind.

It adds the ability to enchant weapons/armor without needing to do the Recommendation Quests for the mages guild, a Alchemical work station that boosts (by 15 points) your Alchemy skill, the ability to summon Storm, Frost, and Fire Atronachs familiars to follow you around, as well as the ability to teleport to various mage branches around Cyrodiil. There is also a storage space, guarded by NPC sprites, located under the tower, where you can store various items.

Official Description (Taken from UESP Wiki)
  • Located high in the Jerall Mountains of Cyrodiil away from prying eyes, this add-on makes the Wizard's Tower, Frostcrag Spire, become available. Packed with numerous useful enhancements, this structure will prove invaluable to magic-oriented characters.

There are 6 upgrades available for purchase for the Wizards Tower, all of which can be bought from the merchant, Aurelinwae.

Upgrade Cost Synopsis
Frostcrag Alchemy Lab 1500 SeptimCoin.png This room has a small garden with ingredients from different places in Cyrodiil, as well as some from the planes of Oblivion.
Frostcrag Bedroom Area 1500 SeptimCoin.png This upgrade provides a bed for you to sleep in, a bookcase, and a jewelry box. In the jewelry box you will find a pentamagic loop.
Frostcrag Library Area 1500 SeptimCoin.png This upgrade provides large bookshelves with lots of random books.
Frostcrag Vault Area 1500 SeptimCoin.png This room is a place where you can store valuables. It comes with 7 vault guardians who constantly watch over your valuables.Hidden in the room are also two graves, one for Lennasaan, and one for Rindsey. When you activate Rindsey's grave you get a Daedric Lava Potion, and when you activate Lennasaan's grave you get Fortify personality by 10, fortify speechcraft by 15, and fortify mercantile by 15 all for 800 seconds.
Magetallow Candles Box x2 4000 SeptimCoin.png These can be used on both the alter of spell making and the alter of enchanting. Once you have the candles on the alter of spell making, you can make you own spells. once you have the candles on the alter of enchanting, you can enchant your weapons with different spells for more damage, or different effects.

Retails for $1.89 (USD) or 150 MS Points

[edit] The Thieves Den

A look at the wrecked center of the cavern; a pirate ship.

Content adds an underground cavern, complete with a pirate ship, as well as the option to hire pirates to help you out in various ways. The content is intended especially for those that focus on thievery.

Though you'll need to clear out the spirits of the pirate crew that was trapped, you'll be able to add different pirates with useful skills. There is also a loot chest that will never open (Hard difficulty), for you to practice lock-picking (thereby leveling up your Security skill). You can also sneak into the Anvil castle via a secret entrance located in your den.

Official Description (Taken from UESP Wiki)
  • The Thieves Den provides you with everything you need to outfit your stealth-based character for missions. Rediscover the legendary Dunbarrow Cove and the ancient pirate ship The Red Sabre. Dunbarrow Cove not only provides a home base to operate out of, you can purchase new vendors, trainers, and even an upgrade to your sleeping quarters with the loot from your heists.

Retails for $1.89 (USD) or 150 MS Points.

[edit] Mehrunes' Razor

Mehrunes' Razor preparing for an offering of blood.

This content adds an area beneath the Valus Mountains. Mehrunes' Razor has been found, and it is up to you to recover it.

Mehrunes Dagon is the Daedric Prince of Destruction, Change, Revolution, Energy, and Ambition. You're after his razor (it seems).

Official Description (Taken from Oblivion Downloads)
  • The lost Ayleid City Varsa Baalim has been unearthed by a rogue Telvanni arch-mage, in pursuit of a fearsome Daedric Artifact, Mehrunes Razor, which he believes will give him the power he needs to topple the Imperial reign - but what horrors lie in wait beneath the Valus mountains; and can you overcome them to claim Mehrunes Razor as your own?

Retails for $2.99 (USD) or 250 MS Points.

[edit] The Vile Lair

The forbidden garden, located within The Vile Lair.

This content comes with a new lair, especially intended for those that play as vampires.

It adds a small garden alchemy ingredients useful for vampires (including Chokeberries), a minion to do your bidding, a shrine to worship Sithis, as well as a 'Cattle Pen' for vampires to feed. Players may also cure themselves of vampirism via the Font of Renewal (saving themselves the trouble of doing a long quest in the main game that also has problems with glitches).

Official Description (Taken from UESP Wiki)
  • This underwater hideout provides your infamous character with safe haven. Those willingly inflicted (or shall we say graced?) with vampirism will find a means to feed, and if necessary, a means to cure their affliction. Hire evil minions, pray to the dark god Sithis, and a host of other functions await.

Retails for $1.89 (USD) or 150 MS Points.

[edit] Spell Tomes

A set of Spell Tomes waiting to reveal their power.

The cheapest of the Official Downloadable Content, Spell Tomes adds random spell books as possible loot.

You can find Spell Tomes as loot on mages, as well as in dungeons. Many varying types of spells covering a broad range of effects are included in this content, ranging from low level spells, to high level ones.

Official Description (Taken from Oblivion Downloads)
  • This pack adds “Spell Tomes” to the world’s random treasure. These books grant you wondrous and powerful magic spells, just by reading them! Now Mages will also gain instant benefits by treasure hunting. Friend and foe alike will bow in awe before your power.

Retails for $0.99 (USD) or 80 MS Points.

[edit] Knights of the Nine

The case for Knights of the Nine.

Often abbreviated as "KotN", it is the second most expensive content, after The Elder Scrolls IV: The Shivering Isles expansion.

This content adds quests, dungeons, characters, and items. You start off meeting a man who invites you to go on a pilgrimage, in order to gain ancient relics required to defeat a great threat.

Official Description (Taken from Oblivion Downloads)
  • A fallen King has been unchained from the darkness of Oblivion to seek vengeance upon the Gods who banished him. Only a champion pure of heart can vanquish the evil that has been released upon the land. You must heed the call, reclaim the lost relics of the Divine Crusader, and return the Nine to glory. New dungeons, characters, quests, and mysteries await.

Retails for $9.99 (USD) or 800 MS Points.

[edit] Fighter's Stronghold

Battlehorn Castle as seen from afar.

The last (and final) official plugin to be released by Bethesda Softworks. It was, for one week, starting when it was released, available for free. It now costs money.

This content adds a new fortress for use, the Battlehorn Castle, and an associated questline. It includes other features as well, such as a vintner (wine maker), a taxidermist, amongst other things. There are also two secret areas for you to track down.

There are 10 possible upgrades you can purchase. They are:

Categories Cost Synopsis
Battlehorn Bedroom 2510 SeptimCoin.png Several furnishings are added including a bed, closet, drawers, bookshelf and some tables. Also, a maid named Rona Benanius is hired and can provide you with food and drink.
Battlehorn Dining Area 2510 SeptimCoin.png The dining room is re-stocked with finer silver dishware, goblets and food.
Battlehorn Guard Captain 2510 SeptimCoin.png A captain of the guard is hired named Castellan Athon.
Battlehorn Kitchen Area 2510 SeptimCoin.png The kitchen in the basement is refurbished and a cook named Plautis Rusonius is hired to run the area.
Battlehorn Library Area 2510 SeptimCoin.png A small library with a average selection of books is added to the player's bedroom.
Battlehorn Barracks 2510 SeptimCoin.png The barracks are completely refurbished and two additional Battlehorn Men-At-Arms are recruited and hired.
Battlehorn Training Room 2510 SeptimCoin.png A combat trainer and sparring partner Shagrol gro-Uzug is hired to occupy the training room located in the basement.
Battlehorn Trophy Hall 2510 SeptimCoin.png The taxidermist Melisi Daren is hired to occupy the office of the same name. When provided with the proper pelt or item taken from one of eight creatures, she can order a stuffed version of the animal and have it delivered to your Trophy Room.
Battlehorn Wine Cellar 2510 SeptimCoin.png A winery manager is hired to take care of the Wine Cellar also located in the basement. Talan can also produce unique blends of the alcohol that help provide an edge in battle.
Battlehorn Dwemer Forge 2510 SeptimCoin.png A forge is installed near the smithy's house that boosts the player's Armorer skill when in close proximity to it.

Official Description (Taken from UESP Wiki)
  • Defeat the attacking marauders and become lord of Battlehorn Castle. Located in the Colovian Highlands west of Chorrol, this expansive castle will allow you to live the life of a noble warrior, with private quarters, grand dining hall, wine cellar, barracks, training room and more. And what castle would be complete without a few hidden passages and dark secrets?

Retails for $1.89 (USD) or 150 MS Points.

[edit] Purchasing Official Mods

PC Plugins - NOTE: Does NOT include Shivering Isles. In the case of the X-Box 360 and PS3, you can choose to download from Marketplace (X-Box 360), or Playstation Store (PS3).

Knights of the Nine (PC) - Is alternatively available as a separate disk, priced at ~$19.99 (USD). The reason for the $10 price increase, is that it also includes all the previous DLC. It does NOT include The Shivering Isles, nor is the Fighter's Stronghold.

The Shivering Isles (PC) - You either need purchase the The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (Game of the Year Edition), which includes the main Oblivion Game, The Elder Scrolls IV: The Shivering Isles, and the Knights of the Nine expansion. Or, purchase it separately, on it's own stand-alone disk (requires Oblivion to be installed).

The Shivering Isles (PS3 and 360) - In the case of the 360 and PS3, you can either buy The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (Game of the Year Edition) for the respective console (again, it includes the main game, the The Elder Scrolls IV: The Shivering Isles, and the Knights of the Nine expansion. Alternatively, you can choose to download from Marketplace (X-Box 360), or Playstation Store (PS3).

[edit] Notes

  • All content that includes a form of living space (with the exception of The Shivering Isles), requires in-game purchase of the content required to expand the building's facilities and otherwise outfit it in the way it needs to be, in order to fully appreciate it. In other words, this aspect of the downloadable content is more or less identical to most regular in-game house purchases in the main game.
  • Also, it should be mentioned that these descriptions only contain a short rundown of the content contained. You should view the associated pages (Titles of the content in the #List of Content for further details about the content, including specific features.)
  • Regardless of the content you're using, it is strongly advised that you have the latest patch for your game, otherwise you may encounter issues, and possibly, you won't be able to run the content (This is especially true with the The Shivering Isles expansion).

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