- Main article: Easter Eggs
The following are Easter Eggs found in The Elder Scrolls Online:
The Brothers GrimmEdit
- During "Into the Vice Den" Hadran talks about how in his caravan "everybody's gotta watch everybody else", this is a reference to a monologue in the movie wikipedia:Casino (film)Casino.
- The Dear Johun Letter is a reference to the Dear John Letters.
Duke Nukem/They LiveEdit
- Guards will occasionally comment, "I love to crush skulls and eat sweetrolls, and I've no more sweetrolls." (paraphrased from the original quote which goes, "I'm here to kick ass and chew bubblegum, and I'm all out of gum.")
- A unique giant bat known as Deathclaw can be found in the location Deathclaw's Lair. Both the creature and location share the same names as their original counterparts from Fallout.
Game of ThronesEdit
- A dead Dire Wolf and dead stag can be found intertwined, like the scene from Game of Thrones season 1. This can be found in Gold Coast with the Dark Brotherhood expansion between the Dark Brotherhood Sactuary and the Gold Coast Wayshrineand a little to the right on a hill.
- Academy Supplies (Book) – is a reference to the Hogwarts Acceptance Letter
- Dangerous Webs Quest. Characters wants the Vestige to "Follow the Spiders."
Lord of the RingsEdit
- In Toothmaul Gully, a character named "Gollum" could be heard saying "Precious" during the beta, though this was later removed.
- In Auridon (Vulkhel Guard), different characters talk about wanting fish, raw and wriggling, similar to Gollum.
- Long Lost Lore features ancient writing that can only be revealed by fire, which is similar to Sauron's Ring.
One Fine DayEdit
- The datamined book Song of the Diamond Sword is a reference to the "I Can Swing My Sword" song by Tobuscus, a popular YouTuber who has made hundreds of Skyrim gameplay videos. It has not been added to the game yet.
The Princess BrideEdit
- The quest, The Trial of the Ghost Snake, indicates that the rodents searched for in the quest are of an unusual size, a reference to the "rodents of unusual size" from the movie.
The Walking DeadEdit
- Jakild Wood-Hewer, A character in Eastmarch says, "You're walking, but you're not dead," a possible reference to The Walking Dead.
- During "Long Lost Lore," Sheogorath talks about "a contest, wrapped in a mystery, with an enigma glaze." This is a reference to a popular Winston Churchill quote, regarding Russia.
- Jorckleif in the Davon's Watch Outlaw's Refuge remarks: "I'm innocent, I tell you, innocent! It wasn't me. I could never commit such a heinous crime! It was the tailless Argonian, it must have been! But will the Guard listen to me? No! I'll have to find that Argonian myself...," referencing the "It wasn't me! It was the one-armed man!" plot from The Fugitive.
- There are two references to the scene where Luke Skywalker is trapped in the cave on Hoth, where he was suspended upside-down with a layer of ice, and his Lightsaber is in the snow beneath him.
- Towards the end of Broken Helm Hollow in the Rift, after defeating Skullcrusher, to your right is a small alcove with a troll. To the left of the troll, is a skeleton hanging from the icy ceiling by its feet and a sword protruding from the ice beneath it.
- In a cave behind a frozen waterfall in Wrothgar, a skeleton can be found hanging upside-down from an layer of ice, with a sword beneath it.
- Rollin in Rawl'kha, Reaper's March offers a quest named "A Night to Forget," possibly referring to "A Night to Remember," a quest in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
- The food item Fishy Sticks can be created and eaten. They are a reference to to Fishy Sticks given out to members as an award on the Bethesda Official forum, and have also been mentioned by various characters in previous games.
- The default name for the Palomino Horse is "Fishystick".
- Three-Toes, a character in Bleakrock, will comment, "Mudcrabs, Delicious creatures," if spoken to. This is a reference to a popular non-player character comment, "Mudcrabs. Vicious Creatures."
Rare plants & artifactsEdit
- During the quest "The Staff of Magnus," four rare plants (Crimson Nirnroot, Domica Redwort, Gleamblossom, and Roland's Tear) which appeared in previous games are seen during the tour in the Marbruk Mages Guild vault. The Ayleid Crown of Nenalata (seen in Oblivion) also appears on display.
- In the Mournhold Outlaws Refuge, there is a Merchant Scamp named Creeper. This is a reference to the merchant scamp of the same name that appears in Morrowind.
- The "Cliffracer song" sung by Aldos Othran is also sung by Valen Andrethi if he is given a bottle of Alto Wine.
- The Highland Wolf mount's default name is "Rislav the Righteous", a reference to "Rislav Larich".
- The pirate ruler Fortunata ap Dugal shares the same last name and occupation as Torradan ap Dugal.
- Uncle Leo appears in Oblivion as a friendly zombie. He reappears as a giant Flesh Atronach in Online during the "Chateau of the Ravenous Rodent" quest.
- The Bleakrock Guard will warn: "Strangers are about. Be alert, and keep your hands on your sweetrolls.", a reference to the phrase used by Hold Guards in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
- The note We Know, Many-Rocks is a reference to the Mysterious Note, as both contain the phrase "We know" and are written by the Dark Brotherhood.
- After completing The Coral Heart, Holgunn will say "Maybe we'll make you the Thane of Whiterun. After all, they'll take anyone!" referencing to how the Dragonborn can become the Thane.
- The Dragon Skull Parchment is a prophecy written in the Dragon Language about the events of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
- Glenmoral witch head in Dhalmora, on the table of the guild trader Galam Seleth.
- The note Guard Duty, talks about a Guard "that keeps complaining about his knee."
- The quest, Aiding Sigunn, takes place after Sigunn has gone flying after a Giant attack. (A reference to the physics issue with Giants in Skyrim.
- The The Elder Scrolls Online: Orsinium book, Notes on Orichalcum, references the use of Iron when creating Orichalcum Ingots, deriding the process.
- There is an in-game explanation supposedly explaining how this book came to be.
- There is also a ship, called The Rusty Argonian Blade, a soundalike reference to this same book.
- A contraband item known as the "Lusty Argonian Maid" Art Folio can be found. It's description says, "A well-worn book of stimulating images illustrating the popular tale of "The Lusty Argonian Maid."