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Magicka Warden PvE Build ESO – The Shaman

Magicka Warden PvE Build ESO – The Shaman

Build Written By: Saligia907 – PC NA

Role: Damage Dealer

Patch: Waking Flame

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

Introduction

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

The new champion point system has brought up Dual Wield setups, which is slightly better on the dummy assuming melee range is possible. Inferno staff is still good with 1~2k DPS loss, but having the flexibility to play at range. Even in situations where we cannot use the flank crit CP (backstabber), Magdens are still good using the AOE CP (Biting Aura), where Magblades and Magsorcs with “more” single target, direct damage proportion do not benefit as much as a Magden or Magnecro. You can still use the traditional spammable rotation that I will also show in the video at the end.

Setup

Gear

Magicka Warden PvE Build – Final
Gear Slot Set Weight Trait Enchant Acquisition
Head Slimecraw Light Divines Magicka Vet Wayrest Sewers 1
Shoulders Iceheart Light Divines Magicka Undaunted Chest
Gloves Perfected Bahsei’s Mania Light Divines Magicka Vet Rockgrove
Legs Perfected Bahsei’s Mania Light Divines Magicka Vet Rockgrove
Chest Perfected Bahsei’s Mania Light Divines Magicka Vet Rockgrove
Belt Perfected Bahsei’s Mania Light Divines Magicka Vet Rockgrove
Boots Perfected Bahsei’s Mania Light Divines Magicka Vet Rockgrove
Necklace Medusa Jewelry Bloodthirsty Spell Damage Arx Corinium
Ring Medusa Jewelry Bloodthirsty Spell Damage Arx Corinium
Ring Medusa Jewelry Bloodthirsty Spell Damage Arx Corinium
Weapon 1 Medusa Fire Precise Fire Arx Corinium
Weapon 2 Crushing Wall Fire Infused Weapon Damage Veteran Maelstrom Arena
Magicka Warden PvE Build – Beginner
Gear Slot Set Weight Trait Enchant Acquisition
Head Any monster set listed below. Heavy Divines Magicka N/A
Shoulders Any monster set listed below. Light Divines Magicka Undaunted Chest
Gloves Law of Julianos Light Divines Magicka Crafted
Legs Law of Julianos Light Divines Magicka Crafted
Chest Law of Julianos Light Divines Magicka Crafted
Belt Mother’s Sorrow Light Divines Magicka Deshaan or Guild Trader
Boots Mother’s Sorrow Light Divines Magicka Deshaan or Guild Trader
Necklace Mother’s Sorrow Jewelry Arcane Spell Damage Deshaan or Guild Trader
Ring Mother’s Sorrow Jewelry Arcane Spell Damage Deshaan or Guild Trader
Ring Mother’s Sorrow Jewelry Arcane Spell Damage Deshaan or Guild Trader
Weapon 1 Law of Julianos Fire Infused Fire Crafted
Weapon 2 Law of Julianos Fire Infused Absorb Magicka Crafted

Gear Set Explanation and Alternatives

  • Beginner Setup: Law of Julianos and Mother’s Sorrow are the easiest and cheapest combination to obtain once you reach CP160. For Mother’s Sorrow you can purchase blue jewelries if you cannot afford purple or gold yet. The ‘beginner’ setup already allows you to clear veteran maelstrom arena or meet most vet trials’ DPS requirement, make sure you don’t underestimate them! Once you get vMA inferno staff, swap out Julianos inferno staff on the back bar for an ‘intermediate’ setup.
  • Zaan: A melee single-target monster set providing the highest DPS if you can stay at melee range. If you need to stay at ranged most of the time, pick one of the other monster sets mentioned above or 2 different pieces with spell crit bonus e.g. Iceheart + Slimecraw
  • Iceheart: A defensive monster helm which is very useful when you are doing progression trials or dungeons. For those who enter vMA the first time, it might be a good choice.
  • Maw of Infernal: Another Monster giving extra burning and good DPS potential. However, it might be annoying to Melee DPS or tanks.
  • Mother’s Sorrow: A staple magicka set for magicka DPS providing a lot of crit.
  • Law of Julianos: A crafted set that requires 6 traits researched. Best beginner set for all magicka classes, also good enough for all end-game PVE contents in case you do not have any other gear sets mentioned below
  • Perfected False God’s Devotion: Another set that can be used in any situation, providing an 8% cost reduction in magicka abilities and restore magicka when you kill an enemy. The major expedition is also useful in certain situations.
  • Mantle of Siroria: The strongest Magicka DPS set if you can maintain siroria stacks, replace false god’s devotion if want to use it. It provides 520 spell damage at full stack.
  • Medusa: Another crit set for Magicka DPS, but it’s a heavy armor set, which means you either use on Jewelry + Front bar weapon, or Jewelry + 2 Body pieces. Either pick Medusa or Mother’s sorrow at the same time and pair it with other sets.

Other Important Notes

  • If you want to use any mythic item sets like Harpooner’s Wading Kilt / Death Dealer’s Fete, replace shoulder piece with Bahsei’s Mania
  • If you can’t keep your Magicka low, replace Bahsei’s Mania with Mantle of Siroria
  • If you don’t have Medusa Inferno staff yet, use Mother’s Sorrow instead of Medusa but you will need to slot Channeled Acceleration / Barbed Trap.
  • Non-perfect gear is absolutely fine with less than 2% DPS difference.

Attributes

All points into Magicka.

Skills

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Main Bar – Flame Staff: Deep Fissure, Fetcher Infection, Screaming Cliff Racer, Mystic Orb, Camouflaged Hunter, Eternal Guardian

Back Bar – Flame Staff: Winter’s Revenge, Unstable Wall of Elements, Channeled Acceleration, Dampen Magic, Blue Betty, Eternal Guardian
Alternative Skills

  • Elemental Rage: Use this when you need a burst AOE ultimate

NOTE: These are the skills I prefer for any type of content, if you want an optimal DPS setup (usually being more aggressive and requires better knowledge to the fight), check out the parse video at the end.

Vampire vs. Werewolf vs. Mortal

For this build both mortal or vampire would be fine, but I recommend mortal. If you do really want to be a vampire, make sure you can use the skill Blood For Blood most of the time, or else you would just receive sustain nerfs without much benefit from vampire.

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.

CHAMPION POINT SETUP
WARFARE (BLUE)

  • Precision – 20
  • Fighting Finesse – 50 (slottable)
  • Piercing – 20
  • Deadly Aim – 50 (slottable)
  • Master-at-Arms – 50 (slottable)
  • Backstabber – 50 (slottable)
  • Eldritch Insight – 20
  • Flawless Ritual – 40
  • War Mage – 30
  • Quick Recovery – 20
  • Preparation – 20
  • Elemental Aegis – 20
  • Hardy – 20
  • Blessed – 20
  • Tireless Discipline – 20

FITNESS (RED)

  • Boundless Vitality – 50 (Slotted)
  • Rejuvenation – 50 (Slotted)
  • Tumbling – 30
  • Mystic Tenacity – 10
  • Hero’s Vigor – 20
  • Siphoning Spells – 50 (Slotted)
  • Ironclad – 50 (Slotted)
  • Defiance – 20
  • Tireless Guardian – 20
  • Fortification – 30
  • Hasty – 16
  • Sprinter – 20
  • Nimble Protector – 6
  • Savage Defense – 30
  • Bashing Brutality – 20
  • Piercing Gaze – 30

CRAFT (GREEN)

  • 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

  • Witchmother’s Potent Brew Increased Health, Magicka and Magicka Recovery
  • Melon-Baked Parmesan Pork / any increase Health and Magicka food if you have no sustain issues
  • Artaeum Pickled fishbowl Increased Health, Magicka (slightly better but cost more)
  • Ghastly Eyebowl Magicka and Magicka Recovery (for parse practice / situations where you don’t need extra health, not recommended for beginners)

Mundus

Thief – Increased Critical Chance

Race

  1. High Elf
  2. Dark Elf
  3. Breton (Personal Recommendation)
  4. Khajiit

Potions

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!

Passives

All class passives, All Destruction Staff passives, All Light Armor passives, All Mages Guild passives, Banished the Wicked in Fighters Guild skill line, All Heavy armor passives, All Psijic Order Passives, All Undaunted passives, All Racial passives, Medicinal use in alchemy skill line (one of the most important passives in crafting for this build)

Resource Management & Rotation

Suggestions to improve sustain (not a must if you feel satisfied with your sustain):

  • 1 magicka recovery glyph on jewelry if you are using High Elf / Dark Elf or any other races without any sustain passives, but make sure they are not on infused jewelries
  • If you feel good with your sustain, change the enchant on the back bar to weapon damage glyph

We are using a dynamic rotation to maximize our DPS, so there’s no static rotation. Warden has an easier rotation since we cast Deep Fissure every 3rd cast, so the stem of the rotation is

Deep Fissure > Skill > Skill > Deep Fissure > Skill > Skill > Deep Fissure ….
Those skills between Deep fissure casts will be any DOTs / Buffs that just ended, if all of them are still up, then Screaming Cliff Racer would be the skill to cast, also known as our “spammable”. Check the video below for a clearer picture of the rotation

It might take a bit of time to get used to it, but I highly recommend practicing a dynamic rotation so that you won’t mess up your rotation even if you have to do mechanics. When you solo parse, replace your shield with elemental drain.

Contact

If you have any questions about the build, join our discord server and ask @Saligia907 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
2/24/2020 – Changed soul trap to mystic orb, added buff food option, changed front bar staff trait to precise from infused
3/3/2020 – Build writer changed, build overhauled
5/29/2020 – Gear section overhauled, skills and rotation slightly altered
8/24/2020 – 1 alternative skill removed
11/9/2020 – skills and cp changed
3/23/2021 – build overhauled
6/10/2021 – cp updated
9/10/2021 – updated skills and final gear setup