Tales Of Tribute Card Game Guide ESO

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  • Unlocking Tales Of Tribute
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Tales of Tribute is a deck building game that started with The Elder Scrolls Online High Isle expansion. It’s a card game with a full set of rules where the goal is to outwit your opponent and adjust your strategy based on the hand you’re dealt.

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If you’re at a loss as to how to tackle this rather complex game, we’ll break it down to a comprehensible level. Although there are a lot of moving pieces, once you understand how everything fits together, you’ll be winning duels in no time.

Updated June 18, 2023 by Sean Murray: We’ve updated this guide with improved design and some breakthrough tips to make it easier than ever to become a cartologist in Tales of Tribute in Elder Scrolls Online.


Unlocking Tales Of Tribute

Screenshot of the NPC and dialog that unlocks the early levels of Tales of Tribute

The first thing you will need to do is unlock the card gamebut luckily it’s a simple task.

Go to the main city High Isle and go to Gonfalon Baywhere leaflets with the text “Looking for new members“. This will bring you to the named NPC Panties.

This will then lead you to another summoned NPC Master Razhamad in Gonfalon gaming hall. Talking to him will then direct you back to panties, where you will play your first beginner game.

This first game with Bragas acts as an in-game tutorial, which gives you a basic overview of the two-player card game and all its features. More importantly, completing this tutorial allows you to challenge other NPCs per game, but they must be on “Newbie” rank.

Playing the game

A screenshot of the Tales of Tribute card game showing the board and cards in action

Tales of Tribute is a turn-based game. There is no timer when playing against any NPCbut if you choose to play against another player, there will be a time limit for each player’s turn.

  • Each player chooses two patrons — Patrons work like decks, but with a slight twist. Gathering a favor of all patrons is one of the conditions for winning the game.
  • They will be together five patrons in the game — four chosen by the players and one neutral patron.
  • Every turn, you will draw five cards into your hand and be able to play them. At the end of your turn, the cards in play will be sent to cooling pile (at the bottom right of the screen) unless they are agentswho knows how to persevere between plants.
  • If you run out of cards from your draw a pile (which is at the bottom left of the screen) and then the cards in your cooling pile will be shuffled and put back on the draw pile.
  • You use resources such as gold and Power to anyone buy more powerful cards from the Tavern or deal dangerous cards used by your opponent.
  • You achieve victory with reaching 40 prestige and beat your opponent in a sudden death round (if he can’t beat your prestige score, you win the game). Gaining the favor of all patrons in the game it will also break the game and they give you an instant win.

Resources – gold, prestige, power

As a beginner, you should focus on three main sources. These are gold, Prestigeand Power. For the first few games it is good to focus only on these resources, as mastering the acquisition and use of these resources is a large part of successfully won matches.

gold ( yellow circle above your cards)

This is used to buy cards at the inn or can be used for patron abilities. At the end of each turn it disappears, and it’s always good to use it as much as possible.

Prestige ( blue hexagon in the middle)

Prestige is a currency you build up as the game progresses. Reaching prestige 40 is one of the conditions for victory. If your opponent cannot beat your prestige when you reach 40 or more, they will lose the game. You gain prestige with certain cards or unused power at the end of your turn.

Power (third red diamond above your cards)

Power is the currency you get from certain cards. It can be used to attack agents and is one of the main ways to build your Prestige resource, as all unused power will be converted into prestige.


A screenshot showing the middle section of the Elderscrolls Online card game

The tavern is another important part of the game. Here you will use the gold to purchase the various cards that are available. This is also where some of the uniqueness of Tales of Tribute comes into play.

While you can choose two of the four Patron decks at the start of the game (meaning you can choose a deck for which you have collected more cards), there is no guarantee that you will get cards from this deck.

Instead of each player having their own deck of cards to shuffle from their decks, all cards are combinedand a the common deck is placed in the middle of the board. This means you can’t always rely on the cards you want to show.

or they can appear on your opponent’s turnallowing them to buy the cards you want.

Tales of Tribute does not reward fixed strategiesas you will have to adapt and improvise depending on what cards are available and what obstacles your opponent puts up.

Cards obtained from the Tavern go into your cooldown pile, which means they don’t go into play right away.

You invest in this card, yes use it on the road. however if you gain access to a contract card, those cards will work immediately.

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Tales Of Tribute – Cards

A screenshot from Zenimax Bethesda showing the range of cards available for purchase in the Tavern

There are four types of cards in Tales of Tribute. The type determines how they can be used and what their effects will be. There are four types as follows.

Action cards

These are cards that you buy with gold. They have a unique effect and are consumed immediately.

Agent cards

These are cards that you buy with gold, but they also have a health pool. They persist between plantswhich could be considered problematic entities unless spend resources to eliminate them.

Contract cards

These cards are used immediately upon purchase. They often have strong effects, however you can only be used once in one match.

Starting cards

These are the cards you get as part of your deck at the start of a match. They are mainly used to generate your resources.


A screenshot showing the eight available patrons for ESO's Tales of Tribute

Patrons are “spike” available in Tails of Tribute. There are eight patrons to choose from you get these different sets by playing through the quest line associated with Tails of Tribute.

There are different ones quests in the High Isle this they reward you with cardsbut you can also drop randomly from mobs in the expansion zone.

Patrons have three levels during a given match: they can favor you, be neutral, or you can be unfavored. Activating a patron’s ability on your turn increases your standing (upper limit for favored). If your opponent activates a patron ability on the turn, I would reset it to neutral.

Gaining the favor of all four in-game patrons is one way to win a Tales of Tribute match. You can interact with patron once per turn, however, you will need to be very careful about how and when you use patron abilities.

Ranked and unranked

Screenshot of multiplayer match finder for tales of tribute

they exist two multiplayer modes for Tales of Tribute: ranked and unranked. There are also various NPCs that you can challenge to match.

If you are just starting outit will be better, yes stick to NPCsas these matches have no time limit between moves and are a good way to learn the game at your own pace.

Both ranked and unranked games will give you rewards for participating, but only ranked games will affect your position on the leaderboard. Winning unranked games does not affect your position on the leaderboards, but will advance any quest involving Tales of Tribute. You can find the multiplayer mode in the group activity finder.

It is recommended that avoid ranked matches until you are confident in the game and have a lot of wins under your belt or it will be a frustrating experience.

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