The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind – The Bear Necessities

ESO Warden And Bear

If you haven't played the Elder Scrolls Online yet, you're missing out - for millions of MMO players who have grown tired of the incredibly dated "WoW formula", ESO is a welcome breath of fresh air. Something totally different for us to sink our teeth into.

The game's latest expansion - Morrowind - continues along the same lines of awesomeness, expanding upon the already great storytelling, and allowing us franchise fans to revisit one of the most iconic locations in all of Tamriel. In addition to nostalgia and good storytelling, Morrowind adds a number of other great things to the game, not the least of which is the first new class to ever be released for the game - the Warden.

This article isn't a full review of the expansion by any means (I haven't played it long enough for that!), rather, I wanted to specifically go over the Warden briefly. It's such a darn cool class that I have to get something out there about it!

The Warden is a true hybrid class, with three distinct skill trees: Animal Companions, Green Balance, and Winter's Embrace. While you can read exact skill descriptions for all Warden abilities in this news post put out by the developers, I'll give you a brief overview of each skill line below.

ESO Animal Companions

The Animal Companions skill tree does pretty much what it says on the tin - you gain the ability to summon animals to help you in combat! Summon a Betty Netch to regenerate your Magicka, or call down a Cliff Racer to dive bomb your enemies. Oh, and call upon a big freakin' bear to help you in combat, too!

ESO Green Balance

The  Green Balance skill tree focuses more on healing and buffing yourself and allies. It's very much a nature-themed set of skills, so you'll be summoning giant mushrooms to heal you and your allies in an AoE, or shooting vines that wrap around the lowest health ally (Or you, if there aren't any), also healing them.

ESO Winter's Embrace

The final skill line, Winter's Embrace, focuses entirely on defensive abilities. You'll be using ice-themed abilities to shield yourself and allies, with a bit of minor self-healing tossed into the mix as well. Abilities like Frost Cloak give Resistances to you and nearby allies, for example.

As the guys over at IGN stated in their review of the expansion, this feels like the first class where you're actually encouraged to use skills from each of the trees in tandem - it's pretty awesome, and it feels "right".

The Warden is also a phenomenal solo class - in fact, it's probably the best solo class in the game right now. Self heals, damage, and powerful defensive abilities? Sign me up! Even if you prefer to play with others, you're going to be super effective at just about any role, meaning you don't need to swap characters when you get the hanking to try something different.

All in all, the Morrowind expansion is looking to be one of the best ESO expansions so far! Check it out for yourself on the official website.

What do you think of the Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind? Are you going to pick it up at some point? Why or why not? Drop a comment below and let me know!

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