Imperial City

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At the center of Cyrodiil stands the Imperial City. There, the Three Alliances vie with Daedric overlords and each other for control of the White-Gold Tower.
Imperial City
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Imperial City (Disputed)
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The center of Cyrodiil
The Imperial City

The Imperial City is the central city and capital of Cyrodiil and all of Tamriel.

Map of the Imperial City districts

The bridges to the city are all blocked with impenetrable force fields, and attempting to swim across will only result in your quick demise due to the infestation of slaughterfish. Entry is available through the Alliance War menu to all players.

The Imperial City is divided between the Imperial Sewers and the six Imperial Districts. Each Alliance has a small base in the sewers which provides quick access to the districts, but getting back to base from the districts requires traversing the sewers. Gameplay within the sewers is similar to a large Public Dungeon with PvP, while the districts function as Quest Hubs and battlegrounds. Tel Var Stones are earned and used within the City, but can be lost by dying. The Imperial City also contains the entrances to two PvE Group Dungeons, although these are separate from the campaign.



Imperial Districts[edit]

Imperial Sewers[edit]

Points of Interest[edit]

Trophy Vaults[edit]

Unmarked Locations[edit]


Despite being located in the Imperial City, the Arcane University Battleground does not require the Imperial City DLC. It was originally part of the Morrowind Chapter, but was later made available to all players.


Story Quests[edit]

Scouting Quests[edit]

District Quests[edit]

Dungeon Quests[edit]



  • Unlike the rest of Cyrodiil, locations where you have to enter dialogue grant a glowing blue "Sanctuary" active effect. Glowing players from different Alliances can see each other, but can't fight.
  • The city as shown in the Cinematic Trailers more closely resembles the city in Oblivion than the city as it appears in ESO, with one main bridge leading out of the western district instead of three bridges unattached to the city, and a northeastern district filled with buildings and without a central garden.
  • The Imperial City also appeared in Arena, Oblivion, and Oblivion Mobile.
  • The city as seen in ESO is rotated 30° counter-clockwise from its orientation in Oblivion. This appears to be a mistake, as it means that the entrance to the Imperial City Prison does not line up with the actual location of the prison still visible on the Cyrodiil map.
  • Prior to Update 22, entrance to the Imperial City was through three sewer entrances located in Cyrodiil, accessible provided your alliance met the campaign-specific requirements. At launch, all alliances across all campaigns had open access to the city; alternative access requirements, in which an Alliance must be in control of a certain number of keeps in order to enter the city, have also been in place in some campaigns. When Imperial City was transferred into its own campaign, the sewer entrances in Cyrodiil were destroyed. The Imperial City also originally shared its campaign population with the rest of Cyrodiil.


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