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[ARCHIVED] Magicka Necromancer PvP Build ESO – Horror

[ARCHIVED] Magicka Necromancer PvP Build ESO – Horror

[ARCHIVED]: This build has been archived, which means it is no longer being updated. However, this web-page will be left up for those who still would like to refer to it.

Build Written By: Dottz Gaming – PC NA

Role: Damage Dealer

Patch: Harrowstorm

Table of Contents

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



Welcome to DottzGaming.com’s Magicka Necromancer build PvP, Horror, 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!

Magicka Necromancer has been in a rough spot in terms of solo PvP ever since it was released, but the recent changes that the class got in Dragonhold & Harrowstorm definitely gave it a little bit of help. Fundamentally, I still think Necromancer tethers need to be reworked to be way more reliable, and the secondary effect of Stalking Blastbones now doesnt do much since the skeleton leaps from 28 meters away, but, we have to work with what we have! So, I tried to use what the MagCro has at its disposal to bring you guys a solid build that can be used in solo or group play. In my opinion, this type of setup is Magicka Necromancer’s best option open world (Graverobber-Harmony style). Since this build is primarily using the Harmony trait on jewelry to deal its damage, we wanted to setup this Necromancer to capitalize on a burst window and be able to survive until that burst window is open.

The build does lack a bit in movement, but that’s a bit of a symptom of Necromancer more than anything else. Because of this, we pick up vampirism to help give us some much needed movement via mist form!

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 Necromancer PvP Build
Gear Slot Set Weight Trait Enchant Acquisition
Head Balorgh Heavy Impenetrable Prismatic Vet March of Sacrifices
Shoulders Balorgh Medium Impenetrable Magicka Undaunted Chest
Gloves Buffer of the Swift Light Impenetrable Magicka Cyrodiil or Guild Trader
Legs Buffer of the Swift Light Impenetrable Prismatic Cyrodiil or Guild Trader
Chest Buffer of the Swift Light Impenetrable Prismatic Cyrodiil or Guild Trader
Belt Buffer of the Swift Light Impenetrable Magicka Cyrodiil or Guild Trader
Boots Buffer of the Swift Light Impenetrable Magicka Cyrodiil or Guild Trader
Necklace New Moon Acolyte Jewelry Harmony Spell Damage Crafted
Ring New Moon Acolyte Jewelry Harmony Magicka Recovery Crafted
Ring New Moon Acolyte Jewelry Harmony Magicka Recovery Crafted
Weapon 1 New Moon Acolyte Inferno Nirnhoned Weapon & Spell Damage Crafted
Weapon 2 Willpower 1h Weapon Defending Absorb Magicka Imperial City or Guild Trader
Weapon 2 Willpower Shield Nirnhoned Magicka Imperial City or Guild Trader

Gear Explanation

Balorgh: Gives us a huge boost to our spell damage whenever we use our Colossus ultimate. Since our goal is to burst with our ultimate and our Graverobber synergy, having Balorgh give us a damage spike when we most need it is an awesome thing to have!

Buffer of the Swift: One of the best magicka defensive sets in the game. The percent mitigation we get from this set, our Spirit Guardian, and Temporal Guard combined with the resistance gained from Resistant Flesh make us insanely tanky.

New Moon Acolyte: This set is one of the strongest offensive sets in the game for PvP. This huge amount of damage does come with a drawback though in the form of a 5% cost increase to our skills. This isnt as big of a deal for Necromancers though, since we can just front bar our purge (where this sets 5 piece is active) to nearly nullify this drawback!

Willpower: Since we only need New Moon Acolyte on our front bar, and we have plenty of defense in the build, Willpower is the perfect back bar 2 piece to help increase our healing by giving us a nice big boost to our magicka pool!


All points into Magicka.


Force Pulse Stalking Blastbones Destructive Clench Expunge and Modify Avid Boneyard Glacial Colossus
Resistant Flesh Mortal Coil Spirit Guardian Summoner's Armor Elusive Mist Ravenous Goliath

Main Bar – Destruction Staff: Force Pulse, Stalking Blast Bones, Destructive Clench, Expunge and Modify, Avid Boneyard, Glacial Colossus

Back Bar – 1h/Shield: Resistant Flesh, Mortal Coil, Spirit Guardian, Summoner’s Armor, Elusive Mist, Ravenous Goliath

NOTE: For group play, replace your back bar ult with a choice morph of Reanimate.

Vampire vs. Mortal

For this patch, I am a vampire. In my opinion, having mist form for Cyrodiil is a great tool and allows us to stay mobile without having to drain our stamina for kiting.

Champion Points


  • Blessed – 27
  • Elfborn – 56
  • Spell Erosion – 42
  • Elemental Expert – 64
  • Master-at-Arms – 81


  • Sprinter – 19
  • Warlord – 66
  • Arcanist – 75
  • Shadow Ward – 66
  • Tumbling – 44


  • Ironclad – 66
  • Resistant – 54
  • Thick Skinned – 37
  • Hardy – 43
  • Elemental Defender – 43
  • Quick Recovery – 27

Other Important Info

Buff Food

Witchmother’s Potent Brew (Max Health, Magicka and Magicka Recovery)


The Apprentice: Increased Spell Damage


Dark Elf: This is my favorite race for this build personally. You get some maximum magicka, increased spell damage, fire resistance and a very welcomed boost to our stamina pool. Just gives the build the bonuses it needs to be more well rounded!

Most races will be able to perform well on this build. Just make sure you adjust your glyphs/traits to meet your sustain needs and make sure you have at least 14k stamina in CP PVP!


Spell Power Potions (Spell Crit, Spell Damage, Magicka Restoration)
Cornflower, Ladys Smock, Water Hyacinth


  • Class: All
  • Light Armor: All
  • Heavy Armor: All that don’t require 5 pieces worn.
  • Medium Armor: All that don’t require 5 pieces worn.
  • Destruction Staff: All
  • 1h and Shield: All
  • Undaunted: All
  • Assault: All
  • Support: Combat Medic, Battle Resurrection
  • Alchemy: Medicinal Use
  • Vampire: Supernatural Recovery, Undeath, Unnatural Resistance, Dark Stalker
  • Racial: All

Resource Management & Rotation

  • Maintain your buffs and debuffs to make sure you’re getting all the sustain and offensive/defensive power that the build has to offer.
  • Your main burst combo is Blastbones, Glacial Colossus and your Avid Boneyard Synergy. Drop your blast bones, stun your target and drop the Glacial Colossus, and drop your Boneyard+Synergize. This will deal incredible burst damage, and your target will then be afflicted with major vulnerability, so any Force Pulses after your main combo will be hitting incredibly hard! Just keep in mind that your synergy has a long cooldown, so you need to try to line up your burst well. If the combo misses, just try and deal some consistent pressure with Force Pulse and Blastbones and bide your time until your next window.
  • Defensively, you want to use your Mortal Coil on a corpse and then use Resistant Flesh. The burst heal will give you a big heal and a ton of resistances to make you even tankier!


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

Update Log

10/21/2019 – Build created
10/30/2019 – Added alternative skills/gear to the build based on preferences.
2/24/2020 – build overhauled for harrowstorm