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Burn – Magicka Dragon Knight PvP Build

Burn – Magicka Dragon Knight PvP Build

Build Written By: Dottz Gaming – PC NA

Role: Damage Dealer

Patch: Elsweyr

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Setup
    1. Gear
    2. Attributes
    3. Skills
    4. Vampire vs. Mortal
    5. Champion Points
    6. Other Important Info (Food, Mundus, Race, Potions, Passives)
  3. Tips & Misc
  4. Contact Info
  5. Update Log


Welcome to DottzGaming.com’s Magicka Dragon Knight DPS PvP Build, Burn, for the Elder Scrolls Online! This build is intended for PvP of all kinds: battlegrounds, Cyrodiil, dueling, and Imperial City.  This build can be played in both CP and no-CP pvp without any changes to the build! Newer MagDK’s may feel the build lacks some sustain for No-CP, so if that’s the case, simply run 1 more magicka recovery glyph on the rings.

The Burn build was the build I played during the entirety of the Clockwork City patch and some of Dragon Bones, but I eventually put it to the side in favor of the high damage dual wield build I was playing at the time. With dual wield getting neutered for magicka in Summerset Isles and the rise of damage overall in the game at that time, I felt myself looking toward a heavy armor setup again for that extra tankability. My Unchained build was my first creation during Summerset; the build was super tanky and a ton of fun to play, but I missed the high damage heavy armor playstyle that my Burn build had. Since I have improved at my magDK significantly since Clockwork City, I sat down with my old build and worked on revamped it for Wolfhunter, and it is has now received another revamp for Elsweyr.

While I myself play a tanky light armor magicka dragon knight now, this build is still very good and is by far my favorite heavy armor setup. Wrathstone saw some changes with our weapon choices though, with magDK’s now favoring an inferno staff for our front bar with our back bar being our Sword and Shield. Because of this, this build’s tankiness has remained roughly the same as previous versions but the damage has skyrocketed. In addition, Elsweyr saw some awesome magDK buffs, so the build is better than ever, and if you were a fan of my original Burn build, you’re going to love the revamped version, as it hits super hard and has big heals!

Keep in mind that PvP builds are very personal.  This is what worked for ME.  If you don’t like something about it, change it to fit your playstyle.



Magicka Dragon Knight PvP Build
Gear Slot Set Weight Trait Enchant Acquisition
Head Slimecraw Heavy Impenetrable Prismatic Vet Wayrest Sewers 1
Shoulders Slimecraw Heavy Impenetrable Magicka Undaunted Chest
Gloves Shacklebreaker Medium Impenetrable Magicka Crafted
Legs Shacklebreaker Heavy Impenetrable Magicka Crafted
Chest Shacklebreaker Heavy Impenetrable Magicka Crafted
Belt Shacklebreaker Light Sturdy Magicka Crafted
Boots Shacklebreaker Heavy Sturdy Magicka Crafted
Necklace Burning Spellweave Jewelry Arcane Spell Damage City of Ash
Ring Burning Spellweave Jewelry Arcane Spell Damage City of Ash
Ring Burning Spellweave Jewelry Arcane Spell Damage/Magicka Recovery City of Ash
Weapon 1 Burning Spellweave Inferno Nirnhoned Weapon & Spell Damage City of Ash
Shield 1 Death's Wind 1h Weapon Defending Restore Magicka Crafted
Weapon 2 Death's Wind Shield Sturdy Magicka Crafted

Gear Explanation

  • Death’s Wind: Death’s Wind is an extremely strong defensive back bar set for when your front set grants a buff like BSW does. This allows us to get some extra physical resistance on our back bar, which is perfect in a very stamina heavy PvP meta.
  • 1h/Shield and Destruction Staff: I really believe for Wrathstone that Inferno/SnB is the way to go. The flame staff front bar offers the magDK amazing damage and healing, while our back bar being sword and shield gives us a nice defensive bar to fall back and block on for when things get crazy.
  • Shacklebreaker: A staple magicka dragon knight set, this gives us access to a great stat pool for our magicka/stamina, magicka recovery and spell damage. Just a great all-around set.
  • Burning Spellweave: One of my favorite magicka dragon knight sets in the game, this set is just perfect for the playstyle of this build. The set gives us a massive spell damage boost (assisting us offensively and defensively) and applies the burning status effect.
  • Slimecraw: With Elsweyr, I’ve made the decision to take Valkyn Skoria off of the build. In my opinion, the new indicator makes Skoria way too telegraphed, and it’s ridiculously easy to block. So because of this, we swapped our monster set to Slimecraw which gives us a nice 8% boost to our damage across the board.
  • Jewelry Enchants: Now that we are a Breton, most of our sustain is taken care of through our racial passives and Elemental Drain. If you’re more experienced at magDK and can play with really low sustain, you can safely run Spell Damage on all of your jewelry enchants. If the sustain is giving you a bit of trouble though, feel free to use 1 magicka recovery enchant and you’ll be good to go.


All points into Magicka.


Main Bar – Flame Staff: Flame Lash, Burning Embers, Fossilize, Elemental Drain, Cauterize, Ferocious Leap

Back Bar – Sword & Shield: Degeneration, Coagulating Blood, Engulfing Flames, Volatile Armor, Reflective Plate/Race Against Time, Spell Wall

Ability Explanation

  1. Flame Lash: Bread and Butter spammable.  Deals great damage, and when power lash procs, you get a heal, and extra damage. Be prepared for people to whisper you telling you “all you do is spam whip” when you kill them.  All these flavors and they chose to be salty. Now you may be wondering why we still use Flame Lash over the new Molten Whip, and that is because I feel damage for this build is already high enough so I’d prefer to keep the powerful HoT that Flame Lash gives. If you want the more damaging less defensive option though, feel free to change this to Molten Whip.
  2. Burning Embers: Great single target DoT that can be placed on multiple people that heals you based on damage done.  By boosting the damage of this ability, we give ourselves offensive based healing capabilities which is fantastic.
  3. Fossilize: Amazing stun, I recommend this over Stone Giant any day. You can’t mess up with this ability, and your enemy is rooted once the stun is over.
  4. Elemental Drain: This ability – I can’t say enough good things about it.  Not only do we get major breach, but it also gives us a massive boost to our sustain for 0 cost.
  5. Cauterize: This skill is one of those that the more I use it the more I like it. This gives us major prophecy, which helps for getting nice crit damage and healing on our front bar, but also gives us a powerful heal over time for an extremely cheap cost. Between this, burning embers and power lash, I dont need to use Coagulating Blood nearly as much as I do on other builds.
  6. Ferocious Leap: Tons of damage, CC, a damage shield, and it looks really cool.  This ultimate is a staple in any Magicka DK PvP build.
  7. Degeneration: I’m using this over Structured Entropy because we have a destruction staff on our front bar, so since our light/heavy attacks will deal some decent damage, we have a chance to proc a decent heal. Also, I didn’t like how structured entropy made my execute range bigger.
  8. Coagulating Blood: Our defensive burst heal on the build.  You should be primarily using Cauterize, Burning Embers and Power Lash for healing, and this as your emergency heal.
  9. Engulfing Flames: This ability is one of the best skills in the magDK’s arsenal. It not only provides a good DoT on our opponents, but it increases our flame damage done on that target by 10%. This, combined with Elemental Drain, enables an absurd amount of damage for the build.
  10. Volatile Armor: Gives us a lot of extra resistances and adds another DoT to the build.  This ability is really good for making us tanky.
  11. Reflective Plate: Although wings was changed to no longer reflect projectiles, it is still a powerful damage debuff against ranged attacks, as well as our choice for our snare/immobilization immunity. There is an alternative to this skill now though which offers a more offensive choice and that is Race Against Time from the Psijic Order skill line (granting minor force, expedition and snare immunity). If you feel that you’re facing a lot of ranged opponents and want that damage mitigation, keep using wings, but if you want a more offensive and more mobile option, feel free to give the new Race Against Time a try!
  12. Spell Wall: This ultimate is an incredbily strong defensive ultimate for our back bar. It’s cheap costing and enables a ton of defense, allowing ourselves to heal back up while this takes care of defending us.  I used to slot temporal guard back here, but I feel this ultimate offers a better defensive for the build compared to just having minor protection.

Vampire vs. Mortal

For this build I recommend playing a mortal.  The 10% extra recoveries and undeath from being a vampire are nice, but the main reasons against vampirism is that fire hits hard, and many stam classes choose to run dawnbreaker.  Plus, Reflective Plate/Race Against Time is a great choice for those who do not want to run vampirism, so we no longer need to rely on vampirism for getting out of roots and snares. I personally choose to go the route of mortal and use reflective plate, simply because with the sheer amount of bow users and how hard fire hits, I think vampirism makes you a bit too squishy and susceptible to certain attacks.

Champion Points



  • Blessed – 27
  • Elfborn – 23
  • Spell Erosion – 42
  • Elemental Expert – 75
  • Master-at-Arms – 66
  • Thaumaturge – 37


  • Warlord – 66
  • Sprinter – 13
  • Arcanist – 75
  • Tumbling – 44
  • Shadow Ward – 72


  • Ironclad – 56
  • Resistant – 57
  • Thick Skinned – 56
  • Hardy – 37
  • Elemental Defender – 37
  • Quick Recovery – 27

Other Important Info

Buff Food

Longfin Pasty with Melon Sauce: Maximum Health, Magicka and Stamina


Apprentice – Increased Spell Damage


Breton – Breton has become one of my favorite magicka pvp races ever since the changes in wrathstone. It just grants an absurd amount of sustain, and allows us to focus our enchants and gear towards more offensive/defensive bonuses instead of having to worry about sustain.


Tri-Stat (Bugloss, Columbine and Mountain Flower)


Class (all), Heavy Armor (all), Light Armor (all except the ones that require you to wear 5 pieces), Medium Armor (all except the ones that require you to wear 5 pieces), 1h & Shield (all), Destruction Staff (all), Mages Guild (all), Undaunted (all), Racial (all), Alchemy (Medicinal Use), Assault (all), Support (all except the first)

Tips & Misc.

  • Maintain your buffs to maximize the amount of tankiness and damage potential that the build offers.
  • Your offense is also your defense. If you need a BIG heal in a pinch and don’t have an ultimate or a potion up, re-apply Burning Embers.  The re-application of burning embers will cause you to be healed since the original DoT “ended”, and you’ll be maintaining the damage pressure on your opponent.
  • Elemental Drain maintenance is very important for damage and sustain.  Always make sure this ability is up on your opponent.
  • When your opponent is rooted, stand behind them so they can’t hit you.
  • Stunning someone before you use an ultimate will cause them to take the full brunt of your assault, so use Fossilize in those key moments.


If you have any questions about the build, join our discord server and ask @Dottz about the build!

Update Log

8/21/2018 – Build created.
10/22/2018 – Skills and CP updated for murkmire
10/25/2018 – Skills, CP and gear changed after initial testing
1/8/2019 – Changed skills around, changed mundus to atronach & changed recovery glyph on jewelry to spell damage
2/27/2019 – Skills changed, gear traits changed (some sturdy to impen), weapons changed
5/22/2019 – Monster set, gear enchants, back bar set, buff food, race and mundus stone changed.

ESO builds are currently in the process of being updated for Elsweyr! (click for more)

The ESO builds on the website are currently in the process of being updated for the Elsweyr patch. You can see at the top of each build’s write-up what patch it’s for, as well as an update log at the bottom for what has changed. Please give myself and my web team time to update all of our builds – we are rolling out the updates as quickly as we can! The first mass wave of build updates will be going out on 5/22/2019!