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Magicka Templar PvP Build ESO – Retribution

Magicka Templar PvP Build ESO – Retribution

Build Written By: Dottz Gaming – PC NA

Role: Damage Dealer

Patch: Update 39

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Setup
    1. Gear
    2. Attributes
    3. Skills
    4. Vampire vs. Werewolf 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 Templar Build PvP, Retribution, 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!

This Magplar build is a very well rounded PvP build with good sustain, high damage, solid mobility and survivability that primarily comes from strong healing output. This build is able to lay down a ton of burst on a single target or wear down a group with AoE pressure, all while supporting any allies nearby with purges and strong heals!

This build is a ton of fun, and I absolutely recommend it to anyone regardless of the type of PvP they play!

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 Templar 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 War Maiden Light Impenetrable Magicka Vvardenfell or Guild Trader
Legs War Maiden Light Impenetrable Prismatic Vvardenfell or Guild Trader
Chest Daedric Trickery Heavy Reinforced Prismatic Crafted
Belt Daedric Trickery Light Impenetrable Magicka Crafted
Boots Daedric Trickery Heavy Impenetrable Magicka Crafted
Necklace War Maiden Jewelry Arcane Magicka Recovery Vvardenfell or Guild Trader
Ring Armor of the Trainee Jewelry Infused Spell Damage Any Starter Zone
Ring Markyn Ring of Majesty Jewelry Infused Spell Damage Antiquities
Weapon 1 War Maiden 2h Mace Sharpened Berserker Vvardenfell or Guild Trader
Weapon 2 Daedric Trickery Ice Defending Absorb Magicka Crafted

Gear Choices

Daedric Trickery: This set has become a favorite of mine for PvP. It gives us a random major buff between Expedition, Mending, Vitality, Heroism or Protection every 9 seconds that last for 21 seconds! What this means is that we can have up to 3 different major buffs from this set active on us at one time! All of these major buffs are great too, making this an extremely strong set to have!

War Maiden: This set is one of the best offensive sets that you can use for magicka templar. We get a massive boost to our damage with the 5 piece since all the damage we deal is magic damage.

Markyn Ring of Majesty: This mythic gives a really nice balanced profile between offense and defense, boosting our damage and our resistance!

Balorgh: This set has always been good, but has gotten even better this patch with everyone getting tankier. This gives us a big boost to our damage and penetration when we use out ultimate, allowing us to get through our opponent’s defenses more easily and help build up big Purifying Lights!

Trainee: With the setup we have, we end up having 1 spare jewelry slot, which Trainee fits in perfectly to give us a big boost to our HP!


All points into magicka.


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Main Bar – 2h Weapon: Puncturing Sweeps, Toppling Charge, Power of the Light, Degeneration, Camouflaged Hunter, Crescent Sweep

Back Bar – Ice Staff: Resolving Vigor, Living Dark, Honor the Dead, Channeled Focus, Race Against Time, Practiced Incantation

NOTE: Power of the Light vs Purifying Light is up to you. War Maiden doesn’t buff Power of the Light, however, Power of the Light gives penetration, making it easier for you to hit your burst ceiling. While using Purifying Light with War Maiden would make the burst ceiling higher, it would be more difficult to hit that ceiling due to the pen loss.

Vampire vs. Mortal

For this build you’ll be playing a mortal. Undeath doesnt feel necessary for tankiness in this build, and with everyone already being so tanky this patch, I dont want to have to budget a lot of extra sustain to run vampire, when I’d prefer to orient my stats more towards damage.

Champion Points

The list below showcases the order in which champion points should be acquired, the number of points you need to place into that perk and whether or not it needs to be slotted in the CP bar. The Warfare CP perks increase your damage and mitigation and are the most important, the Fitness tree has some miscellaneous sustain and defensive perks and the Craft tree has crafting and non-combat bonuses. The Craft CP points are entirely customizable to however you want, or you can follow the list below.


  • Eldritch Insight – 20
  • Piercing – 20
  • Master-at-Arms – 50 (Slotted)
  • Exploiter – 50 (Slotted)
  • Quick Recovery – 20
  • Elemental Aegis – 20
  • Hardy – 20
  • Resilience – 50 (Slotted)
  • Ironclad – 50 (Slotted)
  • Blessed – 20
  • Tireless Discipline – 20
  • Flawless Ritual – 40
  • War Mage – 30
  • Precision – 20
  • Preparation – 20


  • Boundless Vitality – 50 (Slotted)
  • Tumbling – 30
  • Mystic Tenacity – 10
  • Hero’s Vigor – 20
  • Sustained by Suffering – 50 (Slotted)
  • Pain’s Refuge- 50 (Slotted)
  • Survival Instincts – 50 (Slotted)
  • Defiance – 20
  • Tireless Guardian – 20
  • Fortification – 30
  • Nimble Protector – 6
  • Savage Defense – 30
  • Bashing Brutality – 20
  • Hasty – 16
  • Sprinter – 20
  • Piercing Gaze – 30


  • Steed’s Blessing – 50 (Slotted)
  • Breakfall – 50
  • Wanderer – 15
  • Steadfast Enchantment – 50
  • Rationer – 30 (Slotted)
  • Liquid Efficiency – 75 (Slotted)
  • Treasure Hunter – 50 (Slotted)
  • Fortune’s Favor – 50
  • Gilded Fingers – 50
  • Soul Reservoir – 33

Other Important Info

Buff Food

Clockwork Citrus Filet: Maximum Health, Magicka and Magicka Recovery


Atronach – Increased Magicka Recovery


  • Imperial
  • Breton
    • If you use a Breton, you are going to want to run all prismatic glyphs on the body, and change the jewelry recovery glyph to spell damage.


Tri-Stat (Restore Health, Magicka and Stamina)
Bugloss, Columbine and Mountain Flower


Class (all), Light Armor (all), Heavy Armor (all), Medium Armor (all), Destruction Staff (all except Tri-Focus), Two Handed (all), Undaunted (all), Racial (all), Alchemy (Medicinal Use), Assault (all), Support (all except the first), Mage’s Guild (all except the first), Fighter’s Guild (all except the first and last), Psijic Order (Clairvoyance and Concentrated Barrier)

Tips & Misc.

  • You want to put up your Degeneration, and then use Purifying Light -> Toppling Charge -> Crescent Sweep -> Puncturing Sweeps. The sweeps will keep your opponent snared and close to you to allow your jabs to rip them apart and stack up the damage from Purifying Light which will lead to a massive burst of damage afterwards.
  • This build is farily tanky due to the amount of mitigation and healing capability it has. When you need to heal yourself up big-time, cast your Living Dark, Vigor and start hitting that Honor the Dead. If you really need to get away, use Race Against Time to kite around a corner to be able to heal yourself safely.


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

Update Log

4/13/2020 – Build created
5/27/2020 – skills and CP changed, vampirism removed
8/25/2020 – readded vampire to the build, changed monster helm
11/2/2020 – minor trait changes, changed back bar set
3/12/2021- overhauled build
6/2/2021- gear and cp changed
8/25/2021 – changed skills, CP and gear
11/1/2021- no changes
1/6/2022 – overhauled build
3/16/2022- changed gear, mundus and buff food
6/7/2022- changed weapons and 1 cp
8/24/2022 – overhauled build
11/9/2022 – no changes for firesong
3/14/2023 – change purifying light to power of the light
6/7/2023 – no changes for necrom
8/24/2023- no changes for update 39