Unchained – Magicka Dragon Knight PvP Build

Build Written By: Dottz Gaming – PC NA

Role: Damage Dealer

Patch: Wolfhunter

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, Passives)
  4. Tips & Misc
  5. Contact Info
  6. Update Log




Welcome to DottzGaming.com’s Magicka Dragon Knight DPS PvP Build, Unchained, 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!

My first night of field testing a higher damage light armored build was… bad.  This patch, damage is a lot higher than it was previously and trying to fight in a light armored magDK build in the current meta has proven extremely difficult. Also, although I thought dropping vampire was worth it, the new wings simply is not enough for mobility and I believe we still need to crutch on vampirism’s mist form as a magDK for PvP.  In addition, after a long night of testing, I realized I was going to need more healing than I previously thought on my other heavy armored build because damage is so high. So with all those things considered, I figured it was time to just scrap both builds and start fresh now that Summerset is live.

After talking with some other good players I know and bouncing around ideas, I decided to go back to a similar playstyle that I had back in Clockwork City but modified it a bit to be more relevant in the current patch. Based on my testing and discussion with those players, my initial thoughts about the patch have been confirmed: DKs will perform their best in tankier sword and board builds.  Every single non-SnB build I have tried has failed this patch, so at least for me, tanky SnB is the way to go.  The key with this was baking enough damage into the build to still kill people reliably, and that’s what this setup does.  This build is tanky due to the heavy armor and being able to block, offers plenty of damage via penetration, a high magicka pool and good spell damage, and has TONS of healing to keep you alive.

Of the three MagDK PvP builds on my website, this build is definitely the tankiest of the three. If you want something with a bit more damage and slightly less tankability, check out my Burn build. If you want to go full damage, but be a bit squishier due to that fact, check out my light armor destruction staff Undead build!

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 Dragon Knight PvP Build
Gear Slot Set Weight Trait Enchant Acquisition
Head Blood Spawn Heavy Impenetrable Prismatic Vet Spindleclutch 2
Shoulders Blood Spawn Heavy Impenetrable Magicka Undaunted Chest
Gloves Shacklebreaker Medium Impenetrable Magicka Crafted
Legs Shacklebreaker Heavy Sturdy Prismatic Crafted
Chest Shacklebreaker Heavy Sturdy Prismatic Crafted
Belt Shacklebreaker Light Sturdy Magicka Crafted
Boots Shacklebreaker Heavy Sturdy Magicka Crafted
Necklace Spinner's Garments Jewelry Arcane Spell Damage Malabal Tor or Guild Trader
Ring Spinner's Garments Jewelry Arcane Spell Damage Malabal Tor or Guild Trader
Ring Spinner's Garments Jewelry Arcane Magicka Recovery Malabal Tor or Guild Trader
Weapon 1 Spinner's Garments 1h Weapon Nirnhoned Spell Damage Malabal Tor or Guild Trader
Shield 1 Spinner's Garments Shield Sturdy Magicka Malabal Tor or Guild Trader
Weapon 2 Spinner's Garments Ice Staff Defending Absorb Magicka / Poisons Malabal Tor or Guild Trader

Gear Explanation

  • 1h/Shield and Destruction Staff: I really believe 1/shield is the way to go this patch.  Damage is really, really high right now and being that our mobility is not great, we need to be able to mitigate damage via block so we can reach our targets.  Ice Destruction staff was chosen as a way to give us access to Elemental Drain, but still allow us to block on our back bar.
  • Shacklebreaker: A staple magicka dragon knight set, this gives us access to a great stat pool for our magicka/stamina, magicka recovery and spell damage. Just a great all-around set.
  • Spinner’s Garments: Recommended to me by a friend, I considered this set in the past but never ran it and instead elected to run BSW in similar versions of this build.  But after taking a second look at the set, I really can see why this set is amazing for magicka dragon knight. The sheer amount of penetration gained from the 5 piece grants us so much additional damage, and it gives our heavy armor build the same penetration levels as a light armored build.
  • Blood Spawn: A staple set for the Magicka DK, this set offers us a lot. The extra stamina recovery will help maintain our stamina pool, the extra resistances will help keep us tanky in a very high-damage meta, and the ultimate return will help us with both damage and sustain. I’ve also tested Valkyn Skoria on this build, but I prefer Blood Spawn. The extra tankiness, sustain, and damage via extra ults that Blood Spawn offers is better than the Skoria burst in my opinion.


All points into Magicka.



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Main Bar – Sword & Shield: Flame Lash, Inner Light, Fossilize, Choking Talons, Coagulating Blood, Ferocious Leap

Back Bar – Ice Staff: Degeneration, Burning Embers, Elemental Drain, Volatile Armor, Elusive Mist, Shooting Star

Note: In group play, replace Shooting Star with Elemental Rage.

Ability Explanation

  1. Flame Lash: Bread and Butter spammable.  Deals great damage, and when power lash procs, you get a heal, a stun, and extra damage. Be prepared for people to whisper you telling you “all you do is spam whip” when you kill them.  All these flavors and they chose to be salty.
  2. Inner Light: Gives us a source of major prophecy front bar to help our damage, and gives us a big boost to our front bar magicka pool.  This not only helps us sustain by having more resources to work with, but helps our damage and healing considerably by making our already formidable magicka pool even larger.  I’ve tried Flames of Oblivion in this slot, but I really am not a big fan of it. I find Inner Light to be much better for this build.
  3. Fossilize: Amazing stun, I recommend this over Stone Giant any day. You can’t mess up with this ability, and the best part is that it has an immobilize after the stun is over.
  4. Choking Talons: Every time I try running without talons I always find myself going back to it – the skill is just so great.  This gives us the ability to control and lock down a lot of players, gives us another way to proc power lash, and puts minor maim on all of our opponents which lowers all of their damage done by 15%.
  5. Coagulating Blood: Our defensive burst heal on the build.  I’m choosing to run this on my front bar similar to previous builds for the same reason – I like to have the skill where my spell damage & magicka pools are highest to ensure that the heal has the biggest possible tooltip.
  6. Ferocious Leap: Tons of damage, CC, a damage shield, and it looks really cool.  This ultimate is a staple in any Magicka DK PvP build.
  7. Degeneration: I’m using this over Structured Entropy because we have a destruction staff on our back bar, so since our light/heavy attacks will deal some decent damage, we have a chance to proc a decent heal. Also, I didn’t like how structured entropy made my execute range bigger.
  8. Burning Embers: Great single target DoT that can be placed on multiple people that heals you based on damage done.  By boosting the damage of this ability, we give ourselves offensive based healing capabilities which is fantastic.
  9. Elemental Drain: This ability – I can’t say enough good things about it.  Elemental Drain is the main reason I chose a destruction staff over a restoration staff.  Not only do we get major breach, but it also gives us a massive boost to our sustain for 0 cost.
  10. Volatile Armor: Gives us a lot of extra resistances and adds another DoT to the build.  This ability is really good for making us tanky.
  11. Elusive Mist: Elusive Mist is a fantastic mobility tool for the Magicka Dragon Knight. This also acts as a “stamina break”, by allowing us to gain mobility and damage reduction while in this form instead of having to use block, sprint or dodge rolling.  If you dont like using Vampirism, feel free to use the new Reflective Plate in this slot.
  12. Shooting Star: This ultimate deals a ton of damage and grants us Mage’s Guild passives on our back bar. While we do normally use Ferocious Leap, this skill is great for helping us nuke down hard to kill targets and provide big battle roars for a nice flood of resources.
  13. Elemental Rage (alternate): This skill is amazing for group play, providing a lot of AoE DPS and snares all of the enemies caught within it (since we are using a frost staff).  Combine this with other ultimates used by teammates and you’ll be able to melt large groups with ease.

Vampire vs. Mortal

For this build I recommend playing a vampire or a mortal.  The 10% extra recoveries and undeath are nice, but the main reason we continue to run vampire even in a patch where fire is hitting hard is because of Mist Form.  The new Reflective Plate is a great choice for those who do not want to run vampirism, but this build is tanky enough to still be a vampire in my opinion.

Champion Points



  • Blessed – 19
  • Elfborn – 31
  • Spell Erosion – 51
  • Elemental Expert – 75
  • Master-at-Arms – 66
  • Thaumaturge – 18


  • Warlord – 66
  • Bashing Focus – 3
  • Arcanist – 75
  • Tumbling – 44
  • Shadow Ward – 72


  • Ironclad – 66
  • Resistant – 53
  • Thick Skinned – 48
  • Hardy – 37
  • Elemental Defender – 37
  • Quick Recovery – 19

Other Important Info

Buff Food

  • If you feel you have enough sustain
    • Longfin Pasty with Melon Sauce: Maximum Health, Magicka and Stamina
  • If you feel you need more sustain
    • Witchmother’s Potent Brew: Maximum Health, Magicka and Magicka Recovery


Atronach – Increased Magicka Recovery


Dark Elf – Normally I list other alternative races, but with how potent fire is now and our use of vampirism in this build, the Dark Elf flame resistance is too needed.  Besides that, Dunmer just offers the perfect racial passives for a MagDK and is the best race damage wise.


Tri-Stat (Bugloss, Columbine and Mountain Flower)


Class (all), Heavy Armor (all), Light 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), 1h & Shield (all), Destruction Staff (all except Tri-Focus), Mages Guild (all except persuasive passive), Undaunted (all), Racial (all), Alchemy (Medicinal Use), Assault (all), Support (all except the first)

Tips & Misc.

  • Maintain your buffs to maximize the amount of tankiness and damage potential that the build offers.
  • Maintain Cauterize at all times to ensure you always have that HoT running on you.
  • Your offense is also your defense. If you need a BIG heal in a pinch and don’t have an ultimate or a potion up, re-apply Burning Embers.  The re-application of burning embers will cause you to be healed since the original DoT “ended”, and you’ll be maintaining the damage pressure on your opponent.
  • Elemental Drain maintenance is very important for damage and sustain.  Always make sure this ability is up on your opponent.
  • Use Talons and Fossilize to lock down and control your opponents.  MagDK’s have a lot of control, using it to your advantage will be key in scoring kills.
  • When your opponent is rooted, stand behind them so they can’t hit you.
  • Stunning someone before you use an ultimate will cause them to take the full brunt of your assault, so use Fossilize in those key moments.


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

Update Log

6/1/2018 – Build created.
6/8/2018 – CP updated after initial playtesting
7/10/2018 – FoO changed to Inner Light
8/13/2018 – CP updated for Wolfhunter

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