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[ARCHIVED] Magicka Warden PvP Build ESO – The Blizzard

[ARCHIVED] Magicka Warden PvP Build ESO – The Blizzard

[ARCHIVED]: This build has been archived, which means it is no longer being updated.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: Greymoor

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 Warden build PvP, The Blizzard, for the Elder Scrolls Online! This build can be used in all types of PvP: CP/No-CP, Cyrodiil, Battlegrounds, Imperial City and duels.

MagDen sports an amazing amount of AoE pressure between Northern Storm and  Deep Fissure, and the class feels a lot stronger in Greymoor than it did in Harrowstorm in my opinion due to how much less tanky everyone is. Besides the great AoE pressure this build provieds, Wardens bring a ton of utility to a team: great offheals, AoE major breach, AoE slows and major protection.  Overall, the class is just a (arctic) blast to play and I definitely recommend giving one a try! This build saw a big overhaul with this patch, and in my opinion, this version of the Blizzard is the strongest it’s ever been!

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 Warden 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 Necropotence Light Impenetrable Magicka Rivenspire or Guild Trader
Legs Necropotence Light Impenetrable Prismatic Rivenspire or Guild Trader
Chest Necropotence Light Impenetrable Prismatic Rivenspire or Guild Trader
Belt Necropotence Light Sturdy Magicka Rivenspire or Guild Trader
Boots Necropotence Light Sturdy Magicka Rivenspire or Guild Trader
Necklace Buffer of the Swift Jewelry Arcane Magicka Recovery Cyrodiil or Guild Trader
Ring Buffer of the Swift Jewelry Arcane Spell Damage Cyrodiil or Guild Trader
Ring Buffer of the Swift Jewelry Arcane Spell Damage Cyrodiil or Guild Trader
Weapon 1 Buffer of the Swift Lightning Charged Frost Cyrodiil or Guild Trader
Weapon 2 Buffer of the Swift 1h Weapon Powered Weapon & Spell Damage Cyrodiil or Guild Trader
Off-hand 2 Buffer of the Swift Shield Sturdy Magicka Cyrodiil or Guild Trader

Gear Explanation

Balorgh: This set has always been great, but it’s even better after its buff in Greymoor, giving us huge boosts to our damage when we pop our ultimate. When we pop Northern Storm, we are getting a 15% magicka increase, 200 (unbuffed) spell damage, and 4600 spell penetration for 12 seconds, making our burst incredibly deadly.

Necropotence: One of the best magicka damage sets for any build that runs pets. This set gives us an absolutely massive boost to our maximum magicka as long as we have a pet active, and we always will with Blue Betty.

Buffer of the Swift: This set is one of the best defensive sets in the game for magicka characters, giving us a flat 10% damage mitigation against other players. Combine this with the minor protection from Ice Fortress, we are incredibly tanky even in light armor!


All points into Magicka.


Force Pulse Deep Fissure Arctic Blast Bird of Prey Inner Light Eternal Guardian
Living Trellis Dampen Magic Blue Betty Ice Fortress Shimmering Shield Northern Storm

Main Bar – Destruction Staff: Force Pulse, Deep Fissure, Arctic Blast, Bird of Prey, Inner Light, Eternal Guardian (not used, only slotted for 2% damage increase)

Back Bar – 1h/Shield: Living Trellis, Dampen Magic, Blue Betty, Ice Fortress, Shimmering Shield, Northern Storm

NOTE: Dampen Magic is a flex spot. You can either use it for more defensive capabilities, or use something like Winter’s Revenge in group play for more AoE damage, snares and chilled procs.

Vampire vs. Mortal

For this patch, I am a mortal. I am no longer running vampirism since I think it hurts sustain too much, and I dont want to have to run more sustain than I already have just to fit mist form onto the build.

Champion Points



  • Blessed – 32
  • Elfborn – 56
  • Spell Erosion – 37
  • Elemental Expert – 64
  • Master-at-Arms – 81


  • Sprinter – 19
  • Siphoner – 1
  • Warlord – 56
  • Arcanist – 75
  • Shadow Ward – 82
  • Tumbling – 37


  • Ironclad – 81
  • Resistant – 34
  • Thick Skinned – 37
  • Hardy – 49
  • Elemental Defender – 37
  • Quick Recovery – 32

Other Important Info

Buff Food

Bewitched Sugar Skulls (Max Health, Magicka and Stamina)

Mundus Stones

The Atronach – Increased Magicka Recovery


Breton: Great race for sustain. You get maximum magicka, spell cost reduction, magicka recovery and a nice boost to your spell resistance, which just makes you that much tankier and harder to kill. In my opinion, this is by far the best race for this build.


Essence of Health (Restore Health, Stamina and Magicka)
(Bugloss, Columbine, Mountain Flower)


  • Animal Companions: All
  • Winters Embrace: All
  • Green balance: 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
  • Mages Guild: All
  • Assault: All
  • Support: Combat Medic, Battle Resurrection
  • Alchemy: Medicinal Use
  • Racial: All

Resource Management & Rotation

  • Maintain your buffs and debuffs to maximize the amount of damage and tankiness this build has to offer.
  • When you need to kite, use Bird of Prey for the movement speed increase. Then, use Living Trellis, Dampen Magic and Shimmering Shield to defend yourself. If you need even more healing, you can also use Arctic Blast!
  • Northern Storm into Deep Fissure is your primary burst on the build. Northern Storm spikes your magicka up by an absolute ton in addition to proc’ing Balorgh, so using it right before your Fissure goes off will help maximize it’s damage.
  • Heal allies with Living Trellis. It will not only obviously help keep them alive, but it helps your sustain via class passives.


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

Update Log

3/5/2018 – Build created
7/9/2018 – Build overhauled for summerset
7/17/2018 – SCR changed to Force Pulse
9/21/2018 – CP Updated for Wolfhunter
11/16/2018 – Build overhauled for Murkmire
1/10/2019 – Old Blizzard moved to Nature’s Fury writeup. New build writer overhauled this setup.
10/21/2019 – Build brought out of archives and overhauled for Dragonhold
2/24/2020 – build overhauled for harrowstorm
3/16/2020 – Tweaked my skills, CP, and front bar staff trait
5/27/2020 – build overhauled for greymoor