“Valakas”

Updated: Stonethorn DLC, Greymoor Chapter
Type: Dungeon, Trial, Arena & Overland

Table of Contents


Introduction

Welcome to the Magicka Dragonknight Build PvE “Valakas” for Elder Scrolls Online. Make sure to bookmark the link as I will keep updating the build for each new Update of ESO. The “Valakas” build is made for PvE Trials, Dungeons & Arenas. You can also find other Magicka Dragonknight content on the website such as:

Magicka Dragonknights unleash their maximum damage potential in melee range. We are using the False God’s Devotion set in combination with Mother’s Sorrow, you can also find beginner setups in case you do not have access to these weapons.

  • Good Single target (ST) damage
  • Insane melee damage
  • High area of effect (AoE) Damage
  • Good sustain
  • Magicka Shields
  • Made for Trials, Dungeons & Arenas

Changes to the previous Version

Stonethorn DLC U27, changed the skill setups for both Single Target and AoE. Removed Vampire from the build, as Blood for Blood got nerfed, replaced it with our normal DK spammable. There is plenty of gear balance changes that made some sets a bit more viable, Single Target gear setup nothing changed, updated the AoE gear setup.

Notable changes from the patch notes:

Bloodthirsty: This trait now grants up to 350 Weapon and Spell Damage against targets under 90% Health, rather than granting a flat 10% damage increase against targets under 25% Health.

False God’s Devotion Set:

  • Removed the extra 5 piece bonus of Spell Damage on the normal version
  • Removed the extra 5 piece bonus of Magicka on the perfected version

Mantle of Siroria Set:

  • This set and the Perfected version now grant 52 Spell Damage per stack, up from 30.
  • Reduced the maximum stacks to 10, down from 20.

Both False God and Siroria got some adjustments. False God is king if you have sustain issues. If you don’t have sustain issues you want to wear Siroria for the damage, easier to maintain the stacks now!

Mechanical Acuity Set:

  • Removed the proc chance from this set.
  • This set now grants its guaranteed Critical Strike to any ability that can naturally Critically Strike, rather than only attacks.

Medusa Set:

  • This set’s 2-4 piece bonuses are now Spell Critical, rather than Health, Magicka, and Spell Damage.
  • This set now has an additional 5 piece bonus of 900 Spell Critical.
  • This is a heavy armor set.

Both Acuity and the Medusa set are now also very viable. Acuity for burst situations such as trash fights and Medusa can be used if you need 1 extra Skill slot (Because you won’t have to run Trap or Channeled Acceleration for the Minor Force buff.)


Resource Management

Battle Roar returns resources every time we activate an Ultimate.

Combustion returns Magicka every time we apply the Burning Status effect.

Energy Orb will always be present in a good group. When you get close to the Orb you can activate its synergy to regain resources.

Potions should always be used on cooldown to gain the maximum benefit from them.

Heavy Attacks help you restore Magicka, if you drop low on resources do a few Heavy Attacks between skills to refill your Magicka.

  • Orb Synergy
  • Potions
  • Heavy Attack

Trials & Dungeons Setup

Gear used: 5x Perfect False God’s Devotion, 5x Mother’s Sorrow, 2x Zaan on a High Elf with Artaeum Picked Fish Bowl (Stats may differentiate a bit)

  • Unbuffed: Out of combat.
  • Buffed: All raidbuffs from the Target dummy, Spell Power Potion and Weapon Damage Enchantment.

Gear

You will find 3 different setups here. Setup 1 is the preferred setup. For people that do not have all the gear yet can use the Setup 2 which is easier to obtain and beginners can use Setup 3.

  • Setup 1 is with Trial Gear
  • Setup 2 is without Trial Gear
  • Setup 3 is for Beginners

There are plenty of good Magicka DPS sets in the game, you can check out the “Endgame Magicka DPS Sets Article” with an explanation for each set.

Gear Setup 1

GearSetWeightTraitEnchantment
ChestPerfected False God's DevotionLightDivineMagicka
BeltMother's SorrowLightDivineMagicka
ShoesMother's SorrowLightDivineMagicka
PantsPerfected False God's DevotionLightDivineMagicka
HandsMother's SorrowLightDivineMagicka
HeadMaw of the InfernalHeavyDivineMagicka
ShoulderMaw of the InfernalMediumDivineMagicka
NecklacePerfected False God's DevotionJewelryBloodthirstySpell Damage
RingPerfected False God's DevotionJewelryBloodthirstySpell Damage
RingPerfected False God's DevotionJewelryBloodthirstySpell Damage
Weapon 1Mother's SorrowFirePreciseFire Enchant
Weapon 2Perfected Crushing WallFireInfusedWeapon Damage Enchant

Gear Setup 2

GearSetWeightTraitEnchantment
ChestLaw of JulianosHeavyDivineMagicka
BeltLaw of JulianosLightDivineMagicka
ShoesLaw of JulianosLightDivineMagicka
PantsMother's SorrowLightDivineMagicka
HandsMother's SorrowLightDivineMagicka
HeadValkyn SkoriaMediumDivineMagicka
ShoulderValkyn SkoriaLightDivineMagicka
NecklaceMother's SorrowJewelryBloodthirstySpell Damage
RingMother's SorrowJewelryBloodthirstySpell Damage
RingMother's SorrowJewelryBloodthirstySpell Damage
Weapon 1Law of JulianosFirePreciseFire Enchant
Weapon 2Crushing WallFireInfusedWeapon Damage Enchant

Gear Setup 3 Beginner

GearSetWeightTraitEnchantment
ChestLaw of JulianosHeavyDivineMagicka
BeltLaw of JulianosLightDivineMagicka
ShoesLaw of JulianosLightDivineMagicka
PantsLaw of JulianosMediumDivineMagicka
HandsLaw of JulianosLightDivineMagicka
HeadMagnus' GiftLightDivineMagicka
ShoulderMagnus' GiftLightDivineMagicka
NecklaceWillpowerJewelryArcaneSpell Damage
RingWillpowerJewelryHealthySpell Damage
RingWillpowerJewelryArcaneSpell Damage
Weapon 1Magnus' GiftFirePreciseFire Enchant
Weapon 2Magnus' GiftFireInfusedWeapon Damage Enchant

Where can I get the gear?

Perfect False God's Devotion: Sunspire Vet
Zaan: vScalecaller Peak
Maw of the Infernal: vBanished Cells II, Maj Undaunted
Law of Julianos: Craftable
Mother's Sorrow: Deshaan
Valkyn Skoria: vCity of Ash 2
Slimecraw: Wayrest Sewers I, Maj Undaunted Chest
Maelstrom Inferno Staff: Maelstrom Arena
Perfected Maelstrom Inferno Staff: vMaelstrom Arena

Skills

Burning Embers Engulfing Flames Molten Whip Mystic Orb Spell Symmetry Shooting Star
Unstable Wall of Elements Eruption Barbed Trap Harness Magicka Flames of Oblivion Standard of Might
Fire Staff MainbarFire Staff bar
Slot 1: Burning EmbersSlot 1: Unstable Wall of Elements
Slot 2: Engulfing FlamesSlot 2: Eruption
Slot 3: Molten WhipSlot 3: Barbed Trap/ Channeled Acceleration
Slot 4: Mystic OrbSlot 4: Harness Magicka
Slot 5: Spell SymmetrySlot 5: Flames of Oblivion
Ultimate: Shooting StarUltimate: Standard of Might/ Destro Ultimate

 

Champion Points

If you need optimized defensive Champion Points for a specific trial I recommend checking out my Maximize Damage Mitigation in Trials Article.

Champion Points [810]

The Ritual
34 Thaumaturge
The Atronach
73 Master-at-Arms, 23 Staff Expert
The Apprentice
64 Elemental Expert, 66 Elfborn, 10 Spell Erosion
The Shadow
61 Tumbling, 61 Shadow Ward
The Lover
100 Arcanist
The Tower
37 Warlord, 11 Sprinter
The Lord
The Lady
49 Hardy, 49 Elemental Defender, 48 Thick Skinned
The Steed
81 Ironclad, 43 Spell Shield

Champion Points [600]

The Ritual
34 Thaumaturge
The Atronach
34 Master at Arms, 23 Staff Expert
The Apprentice
64 Elemental Expert, 37 Elfborn, 8 Spell Erosion
The Shadow
29 Tumbling, 29 Shadow Ward
The Lover
100 Arcanist
The Tower
31 Warlord, 11 Sprinter
The Lord
The Lady
49 Hardy, 49 Elemental Defender, 37 Thick Skinned
The Steed
37 Ironclad, 28 Spell Shield

Champion Points [300]

The Ritual
18 Thaumaturge
The Atronach
16 Master at Arms, 11 Staff Expert
The Apprentice
32 Elemental Expert, 16 Elfborn, 7 Spell Erosion
The Shadow
17 Tumbling, 17 Shadow Ward
The Lover
37 Arcanist
The Tower
18 Warlord, 11 Sprinter
The Lord
The Lady
27 Hardy, 27 Elemental Defender, 18 Thick Skinned
The Steed
16 Ironclad, 12 Spell Shield

Important Info for Magicka Dragonknight Build PvE “Valakas”

Buff-food

Artaeum Pickled Fish Bowl
(Max Health, Max Magicka)
(Fish, Rice, Clam Gall, Honey)

Artaeum Pickeled Fish Bowl food

In case you still have sustain issues or you don’t have access to False God’s Devotion or you are not a Breton, I recommend using the Witchmother’s Potent Brew Drink (or Clockwork Citrus Filet)

Food buff

Mundus Stone

Shadow Mundus (Increased Spell Critical Damage)

Race

Altmer (Best Damage)
Breton (Best Sustain)
Darkelf
Khajiit

Potions

Spell-Power Potions
(Spell-crit, Spell Damage, Magicka)
(Cornflower, Ladys Smock, Water Hyacinth)

Spell Power Potions

Passives

Attributes

All into Magicka


Rotation

In case you don’t know what weaving light attacks is, make sure to check out the “Weaving Beginner Guide” which explains how to weave light attacks between abilities, aka animation canceling.

Rotation

Activate Flames of Oblivion and Eruption every 2nd rotation.

Unstable Wall of Elements > Flames of Oblivion (every 2nd rota) LA > Eruption/ Barbed trap (changes each rota)  Weapon Swap

LA > Burning Embers > LA > Engulfing Flames > LA > Mystic Orb > Molten Whip until Unstable Wall of Elements falls off and then restart the rotation.


Area of Effect Setup

Here you can find an optimized AoE setup for your build. This will help increase your damage on trash packs during dungeons & trials. You can choose any magicka based Monster Set, I prefer Iceheart because it provides so much damage mitigation.

GearSetWeightTraitEnchantment
ChestPerfected False God's DevotionLightDivineMagicka
BeltMechanical AcuityLightDivineMagicka
ShoesMechanical AcuityLightDivineMagicka
PantsPerfected False God's DevotionLightDivineMagicka
HandsMechanical AcuityLightDivineMagicka
HeadIceheartHeavyDivineMagicka
ShoulderIceheartMediumDivineMagicka
NecklacePerfected False God's DevotionJewelryArcaneSpell Damage
RingPerfected False God's DevotionJewelryArcaneSpell Damage
RingPerfected False God's DevotionJewelryArcaneSpell Damage
Weapon 1Mechanical AcuityFireNirnhonedFire Enchant
Weapon 2Crushing WallFireInfusedWeapon Damage Enchant

Perfect False God's Devotion: vSunspire
Mechanical Acuity: Craftable
Iceheart: Direfrost Keep, Glirion Chest

Skills

Burning Talons Engulfing Flames Elemental Ring Inner Light Mystic Orb Shooting Star
Unstable Wall of Elements Eruption Channeled Acceleration Harness Magicka Flames of Oblivion Standard of Might

Gameplay

This is a gameplay video from a previous patch.

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Maelstrom Arena

If you are new to Maelstrom Arena, I highly recommend checking out the full Maelstrom Arena Veteran Guide! Always make sure to start a new wave off with a Heavy Attack to restore a lot of resources!

Gear

GearSetWeightTraitEnchantment
ChestFalse God's DevotionLightDivineMagicka
BeltFalse God's DevotionLightDivineMagicka
ShoesFalse God's DevotionLightDivineMagicka
PantsFalse God's DevotionLightDivineMagicka
HandsFalse God's DevotionLightDivineMagicka
HeadSlimecrawMediumDivineMagicka
ShoulderSlimecrawHeavyDivineHealth
NecklaceMother's SorrowJewelryArcaneSpell Damage
RingMother's SorrowJewelryArcaneSpell Damage
RingMother's SorrowJewelryArcaneSpell Damage
Weapon 1Mother's SorrowFirePreciseFire Enchantment
Weapon 2Mother's SorrowFireInfusedWeapon Damage Enchantment

Skills

We are using Cauterize here instead of Flames of Oblivion, that skill heals us for a lot every 5 seconds. You can also activate it sooner to get a burst heal.

Burning Embers Engulfing Flames Force Pulse Harness Magicka Channeled Acceleration Shooting Star
Unstable Wall of Elements Elemental Drain Eruption Cauterize Degeneration Elemental Rage

Update Log

11.08.2019 Updated the Build for the SCALEBREAKER DLC, Elsweyr Chapter, Magicka Dragonknight Build PvE.
20.10.2019 Updated the Build for the Dragonhold DLC.
20.02.2020 Updated the Build for the HARROWSTORM DLC.
24.05.2020 Updated the Build for the GREYMOOR CHAPTER.
22.08.2020 Updated the Build for the STONETHORN DLC, Greymoor Chapter.

Tags: Magicka Dragonknight Build, Magicka DK Build PvE, Mag DK PvE Build.