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The Shaman – Magicka Warden PvE Build

The Shaman – Magicka Warden PvE Build

Build Written By: Dottz Gaming – PC NA

Role: Damage Dealer

Patch: Dragonhold

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. Resource Management & Rotation
  4. Contact Info
  5. Update Log


Welcome to DottzGaming.com’s Magicka Warden DPS PvE build, the Shaman, for the Elder Scrolls Online! This build is intended for PvE content of all kinds: trials, vet maelstrom arena, dungeons and solo adventuring!

While I originally created a purely frost themed PvE build, I came up with something else while playing it that I thought would be equally as fun but a bit more effective. This build focuses on being the master of the elements, utilizing nature, frost, fire and lightning to each of their individual strengths to deal damage. While this isn’t your stereotypical “end-game meta” magicka warden, it’s still very effective and is veteran trials viable. This build is also extremely easy to use and has a very basic rotation since a lot of our skills are focused around giving us passive damage boosts, so it is very new player friendly.



Magicka Warden PvE Build
Gear Slot Set Weight Trait Enchant Acquisition
Head Valkyn Skoria Heavy Divines Magicka Vet City of Ash 2
Shoulders Valkyn Skoria Medium Divines Magicka Undaunted Chest
Gloves Mother's Sorrow Light Divines Magicka Deshaan or Guild Trader
Legs Mother's Sorrow Light Divines Magicka Deshaan or Guild Trader
Chest Mother's Sorrow Light Divines Magicka Deshaan or Guild Trader
Belt Necropotence Light Divines Magicka Rivenspire or Guild Trader
Boots Necropotence Light Divines Magicka Rivenspire or Guild Trader
Necklace Necropotence Jewelry Bloodthirsty Spell Damage Rivenspire or Guild Trader
Ring Necropotence Jewelry Bloodthirsty Spell Damage Rivenspire or Guild Trader
Ring Necropotence Jewelry Infused Spell Damage Rivenspire or Guild Trader
Weapon 1 Mother's Sorrow Fire Infused Shock Deshaan or Guild Trader
Weapon 2 Crushing Wall Fire Infused Absorb Magicka Veteran Maelstrom Arena

Note: No beginner setup listed since the gear above is overall easy to acquire. If you do not have a Maelstrom staff though, simply use a Willpower staff back bar or another Mother’s Sorrow staff.
Gear Explanation

Valkyn Skoria: Great damage proc that allows us to stay at a range. The one piece line of health also allows us to run flat magicka enchants on all of our gear.

Necropotence: One of the best 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 have two with the Blue Betty and the Bear.

Mother’s Sorrow: Staple magicka damage dealer front bar set. This set gives us a boatload of crit, allowing our attacks to get that critical modifier more consistently. This also scales really well in a trials environment when more instances of the Force buff are present.


All points into Magicka.


Screaming Cliff Racer Fetcher Infection Deep Fissure Bird of Prey Soul Splitting Trap Eternal Guardian
Winter's Revenge Unstable Wall of Elements Harness Magicka Channeled Acceleration Degeneration Eternal Guardian

Main Bar – Flame Staff: Screaming Cliff Racer, Fetcher Infection, Deep Fissure, Bird of Prey, Soul Splitting Trap, Eternal Guardian

Back Bar – Flame Staff: Winter’s Revenge, Unstable Wall of Elements, Harness Magicka, Channeled Acceleration, Degeneration, Eternal Guardian
Alternative Skills

  1. If you don’t have Summerset, feel free to substitute Barbed Trap in for Channeled Acceleration.
  2. If you want to do solo overland content or veteran maelstrom arena, remove Channeled Acceleration / Barbed Trap and replace it with Living Trellis. If you feel you still need more survivability, you can also replace Bird of Prey with Ice Fortress.

Vampire vs. Werewolf vs. Mortal

For this build I recommend playing a vampire. I feel that when playing a magicka warden in PvE, the benefits from having vampirism outweigh the negatives. It isn’t mandatory, but I’d use it.

Champion Points


  • Elfborn – 66
  • Elemental Expert – 64
  • Spell Erosion – 19
  • Staff Expert – 16
  • Master-at-Arms – 61
  • Thaumaturge – 44


  • Warlord – 56
  • Sprinter – 3
  • Arcanist – 75
  • Tenacity – 43
  • Tumbling – 37
  • Shadow Ward – 56


  • Ironclad – 61
  • Spell Shield – 36
  • Hardy – 43
  • Elemental Defender – 43
  • Thick Skinned – 56
  • Bastion – 31


  • Elfborn – 23
  • Elemental Expert – 32
  • Spell Erosion – 6
  • Thaumaturge – 16
  • Master-at-Arms – 23


  • Arcanist – 49
  • Tenacity – 49
  • Warlord – 2


  • Ironclad – 23
  • Spell Shield – 8
  • Hardy – 23
  • Elemental Defender -23
  • Thick Skinned – 23

Other Important Info

Buff Food

Witchmother’s Potent Brew – Maximum Health, Maximum Magicka, and Magicka Recovery


Shadow – Increased Critical Damage


  1. Breton
  2. Khajiit
  3. High Elf
  4. Dark Elf

NOTE: If you’re not playing as a breton and are having trouble sustaining, try changing 1 of your jewelry glyphs to a reduce spell cost glyph.


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

NOTE: The potion needs to have major prophecy/magicka restoration in it; the third effect is personal preference!


Class (all), Light Armor (all), Heavy 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), Destruction Staff (all), Vampire (all except Blood Ritual and Savage Feeding), Undaunted (all), Racial (all), Psijic Order (all), Mage’s Guild (all), Alchemy (Medicinal Use)

Resource Management & Rotation

Activate Channeled Acceleration pre-fight.

Winter’s Revenge > Light Attack > Degeneration > Light Attack > Unstable Wall of Elements > Weapon Swap > Light Attack > Soul Splitting Trap > Light Attack > Fetcher Infection > LA > Deep Fissure > LA > 2x Cliff Racer (Light Attack between each skill use) > Weapon Swap > Restart

  • Refresh Channeled Acceleration whenever it wears off before you weapon swap back to your front bar.
  • Use Harness Magicka as needed.
  • Use the Guardian’s Wrath every time it’s up.


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

Update Log

11/2/2018 – Build Created
11/20/2018 – Skills and gear changed after initial testing
2/28/2019 – Mundus and back bar staff changed
6/4/2019 – Build overhauled for Elsweyr
8/14/2019 – Skills and rotation updated
10/21/2019 – No changes from Scalebreaker to Dragonhold

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