The Elder Scrolls: Blades patch 1.7.1 adds motion controls and more

The Elder Scrolls: Blades patch 1.7.1 motion controls Nintendo Switch

The latest update for The Elder Scrolls: Blades on Nintendo Switch is now available. Patch 1.7.1 contains a number of bug fixes, but the most notable update to the game is the addition of motion controls on Switch. Motion controls in Nintendo Switch games aren’t that rare, but when it comes to ports of other games they’re certainly not common. It’s nice to see that we’re now able to swing axes and cast spells by flinging our Joy-Con around the room.

Motion controls need to be enabled in the game’s menu before you can use them. Once they’re enabled, you simply hold ZL or RL to raise your weapon, as you do normally, but you then flick the corresponding Joy-Con in order to attack. You can achieve a combo by attacking as soon as possible after landing your previous attack, but you’ve got to keep ZL or RL held down.

In addition to bringing motion controls, The Elder Scrolls: Blades patch 1.7.1 also does the following:

  • A bug that caused poor performance in the game on Android devices with the Exynos chipset has been fixed.
  • A bug on Nintendo Switch that would see your Gems temporarily disappear has been fixed.
  • A bug on Nintendo Switch that prevented a player’s banner decorations from swaying in the wind has been fixed.
  • A bug that caused the button you use to reduce how many potions you want to brew at the Alchemy Laboratory to be disabled has been fixed.
  • A bug that prevented the exclamation mark from appearing above Varro Matius when he needs to hand you the Mining Misfortune quest has been fixed.
  • The way in which Arena trophy rewards are calculated has been revised.
  • A number of crashes, interface bugs, and quest progression blockers have also been fixed.


Jamie Sharp
Started out playing Metroid 2 on the GameBoy at around 5 years-old, and now I write about games all day long. Can't play Switch and drive, I've tried. As time goes on the Switch is quickly becoming my favourite console of all time.