Dark acnhors

Dark Anchors being deployed.

Dark Anchors
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Description: Dark Anchor Appearance

Dark Anchors are enormous interplanar machines that Molag Bal has created to merge Tamriel with his own Daedric Plane of Coldharbour. The purpose of the Anchors are to pull Tamriel into Coldharbour, thus merging the two realms together into a single, nightmarish hellscape. They will spawn periodically across Tamriel in set locations called Dolmens, which are in each subregion of Cyrodiil and every Alliance zone. All dolmens are protected by a large number of Daedric guardians that will appear continuously, until the Anchor is destroyed by deactivating all 5 Anchor Pinions, and killing a powerful Daedra once 4 of the 5 pinions have been deactivated. 

It is possible for higher level players to defeat the Daedric protectors and return the Anchors by themselves, however it is recommended to battle them in parties, as they will be tough competitors. For each anchor that a character destroys, they will be rewarded with a bonus to the Fighters Guild skill line, progress towards achievements, and a chest of loot.

Rewards for destroying Dark Anchors are distributed evenly. Dark Anchors have a very similar use to Oblivion Gates, and they are summoned by Worm Cult Battlemages. The Fighters Guild offers rewards such as passive skills and abilities.


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Molag Bal yells when deploys the anchor:

  • "Your White-Gold Tower will serve as an anchor point for my dark machines!"
  • "My minions will gnaw the flesh from your corpse!"
  • "I will dominate this world, and all others in time. The strong should always command the weak."
  • "The end of Nirn is at hand. Come forth and destroy!"
  • "Destroy the body, and the animus is cast into the darkness. But the animus returns."
  • "Wretched things, mortals. May a storm wash you into Coldharbour."
  • "Your death will mean nothing to me. You are but a minor distraction."

When summons the leutenants:

  • "Lyris Titanborn. She was the best slave at the Black Forge. Whatever happened to her?"
  • "Bend your knee to me, I'll give you a minion for each enemy you've slain. You will have an army."
  • "The sacrifices you make are all done in my name. You are and will always be my servant."
  • "The strong will cleanse the world of the weak. Cleanse, my pawn, cleanse."

When summons the generals:

  • "Now you face my chosen soldiers. Kathutet, Amkaos, Ranyu! Destroy these worms!" – Amkaos, Kathutet and Ranyu
  • "Kathutet, Amkaos, Ranyu! Time to torture some mortals!" – Amkaos, Kathutet and Ranyu
  • "The Xivilai make excellent torturers and guards. Let's test them against you." – Anaxes and Medrike
  • "Xivilai know no honor. Anaxes and Medrike will test their strength, not yours." – Anaxes and Medrike
  • "Think you're strong? Have some ogrim! Three of them!" – Glut, Hogshead and Stumble
  • "Amusing. Let's see how you fare against these Ogrim." – Glut, Hogshead and Stumble

After bosses' defeat:

  • "You've proven your strenght. Again."
  • "You and I know how this ends."
  • "Are you still working for the dim one?"
  • "Good. I grant you permission to strenghten yourself with my minions."
  • "That's right. Grind them into the dirt."
  • "Drink in your victory. It won't last long."
  • "We go through the motions again, I see."

And after the anchor is destroyed:

  • "Pointless. Ten anchors drop for each that is destroyed!"
  • "I am patient. But not that patient."
  • "I admire your tenacity, mortals."
  • "Like all worldly things, you will in time wear and be used up."
  • "I don't want revenge. I want your submission."
  • "This will not finish me!"
  • "The skins of those you love will fly as my banners."
  • "I will ensure no tales are told of your valor."


There are several rituals used to summon a Dark Anchor, they are recited by Worm cultists periodically:

  • "Bring forth the blood offering!
    Let Coldharbour remake Nirn in its own image!
    God of Schemes, we offer this victim to honor you!
    Through the power of innocent blood, bring forth your anchor and let two worlds become one!
    Bind this world with your chains! Draw it ever closer to your realm!"
  • "Bring forth the blood offering!
    Let Coldharbour remake Nirn in its own image!
    God of Schemes, we offer this victim to honor you!
    Through the spilled blood of an innocent, we call forth your anchor to jon our worlds!
    We submit to your will and call forth the chains of Coldharbour!"

The Worm cultists will then either be sacrificed to Molag Bal or become alerted and attack the Vestige.



  • Dolmen take their name from real life Dolmen, which are ancient graves of unknown exact origin from the early Neolithic era.
  • As of Patch 2.0.8, Completing a Dark Anchor for the first time will award experience.[1]



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  • The "Dark Anchors"

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    • PsijicThief wrote:Well, the page you linked for the Dark Anchors in your post actually leads to an ESO wiki page, so what are you ucomparing t...
    • Oh, in that case, then yes.  That's what they're supposed to portray in the pictures.