Updated: Scalebreaker DLC, Elsweyr Chapter
Type: Dungeon, Trial, Arena & Overland

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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.

If you are new to Magicka Dragonknight or ESO please make sure to also read the New Player Beginners Guide and the Magicka Dragonknight Beginners Guide, there are a lot of Beginner Guides that you can check out.

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 from the previous version

Changed skill and rotation for the Scalebreaker DLC.

Resource Management

With the Combustion passive, we get a lot of extra sustain when the burning status effect procs. On top of that we have passives like Battle Roar that restore resources when we activate an ability. Those two things make up most of your resource management already. In addition to that we are also using a Magicka Drain Enchantment on the back bar to also help us with sustain. Also make sure to pick up Spears or Bubbles form the healers to help with sustain. If that is still not enough you can always use Heavy Attacks to restore Magicka. We are using the Clockwork Citrus Filet Food that boosts all our stats including magicka recovery.

  • Combustion passive
  • Battle Roar passive
  • Magicka Drain Enchantment
  • Spears & Orbs from Healers
  • Heavy Attacks
  • Breton passives
  • Clockwork Citrus Filet (Witchmothers Brew)

Trials & Dungeons Setup


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

Gear Setup 1

ChestPerfected False God's DevotionLightDivineMagicka
BeltMother's SorrowLightDivineMagicka
ShoesMother's SorrowLightDivineMagicka
PantsPerfected False God's DevotionLightDivineMagicka
HandsMother's SorrowLightDivineMagicka
NecklacePerfected False God's DevotionJewelryBloodthirstySpell Damage
RingPerfected False God's DevotionJewelryBloodthirstySpell Damage
RingPerfected False God's DevotionJewelryBloodthirstySpell Damage
Weapon 1Mother's SorrowFirePreciseFire Enchant
Weapon 2Crushing WallFireInfusedWeapon Damage Enchant

Gear Setup 2

ChestSilks of the SunLightDivineHealth
BeltSilks of the SunLightDivineMagicka
ShoesSilks of the SunLightDivineMagicka
PantsSilks of the SunLightDivineMagicka
HandsSilks of the SunLightDivineMagicka
NecklaceBurning SpellweaveJewelryBloodthirsty/ ArcaneSpell Damage
RingBurning SpellweaveJewelryBloodthirsty/ ArcaneSpell Damage
RingBurning SpellweaveJewelryBloodthirsty/ ArcaneSpell Damage
Weapon 1Burning SpellweaveFirePreciseFire Enchant
Weapon 2Crushing WallFireInfusedWeapon Damage Enchant

Beginner Setup

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: Scalecaller Peak
Law of Julianos: Craftable
Burning Spellweave: City of Ash 1 & 2
Silks of the Sun: Stonefalls
Mother's Sorrow: Deshaan
Valkyn Skoria: City of Ash 2
Slimecraw: Wayrest Sewers I, Maj Undaunted Chest
Maelstrom Inferno Staff: Maelstrom Arena


  • Destro Ultimate: You can also use the Destro Ultimate instead of the Standard of Might.
Burning Embers Engulfing Flames Molten Whip Soul Splitting Trap Degeneration Shooting Star
Unstable Wall of Elements Scalding Rune 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: Scalding Rune
Slot 3: Molten WhipSlot 3: Barbed Trap/ Channeled Acceleration
Slot 4: Soul Splitting TrapSlot 4: Harness Magicka
Slot 5: DegenerationSlot 5: Flames of Oblivion
Ultimate: Shooting StarUltimate: Standard of Might/ Destro Ultimate


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

Championpoints [810]

The Ritual
56 Thaumaturge
The Atronach
56 Master-at-Arms, 19 Staff Expert
The Apprentice
56 Elemental Expert, 56 Elfborn, 27 Spell Erosion
The Shadow
56 Tumbling, 56 Shadow Ward
The Lover
100 Arcanist
The Tower
56 Warlord, 2 Sprinter
The Lord
The Lady
49 Hardy, 49 Elemental Defender, 48 Thick Skinned
The Steed
81 Ironclad, 43 Spell Shield

Championpoints [600]

The Ritual
44 Thaumaturge
The Atronach
40 Master at Arms, 2 Staff Expert
The Apprentice
49 Elemental Expert, 37 Elfborn, 28 Spell Erosion
The Shadow
20 Tumbling, 20 Shadow Ward
The Lover
100 Arcanist, 23 Tenacity
The Tower
37 Warlord
The Lord
The Lady
42 Hardy, 42 Elemental Defender, 40 Thick Skinned
The Steed
52 Ironclad, 24 Spell Shield

Championpoints [300]

The Ritual
31 Thaumaturge
The Atronach
20 Master at Arms, 2 Staff Expert
The Apprentice
27 Elemental Expert, 20 Elfborn
The Shadow
The Lover
49 Arcanist, 49 Tenacity
The Tower
2 Warlord
The Lord
The Lady
23 Hardy, 23 Elemental Defender, 23 Thick Skinned
The Steed
31 Ironclad

Important Info for Magicka Dragonknight Build PvE “Valakas”


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)


Breton (recommended, best sustain)


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

Spell Power Potions



All into Magicka

Rotation & Dummy

In case you don’t know what 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.


On most fights try to pre-buff yourself with Flames of Oblivion and Channeled Acceleration (if you use it) before you engage:

Unstable Wall of Elements > LA > Scalding Rune > LA > Flames of Oblivion/Barbed Trap (change every rotation) > Weapon Swap >

Burning Embers > LA > Engulfing Flames > LA > Degeneration > LA > Soul Splitting Trap > LA > 2x Molten Whip (with Light Attack) > Weapon Swap


  • On the back bar, every 1st rotation use Flames of Oblivion, every 2nd rotation use Barbed Trap, that way you keep using one every rotation, because they have a longer duration then most other skills.
  • In case you use Channeled Acceleration, make sure to use it when the boss is moving to another position, so you can focus on your rotation while the boss is stationary.

LA = Light Attack

Target Skeleton

This video is from LIKO’S Youtube Channel, he does a full 21 million Target Dummy Parse on the Raid Dummy. The video is a fully optimized Target Dummy Setup, so it will be different from the Raid/Dungeon build here!

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Dragonstar Arena full run on Magicka Dragonknight.

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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!


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


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 Degeneration Force Pulse Harness Magicka Channeled Acceleration Shooting Star
Unstable Wall of Elements Elemental Drain Scalding Rune Cauterize Soul Splitting Trap Elemental Rage

Update Log

11.08.2019 Updated the Build for the SCALEBREAKER DLC, Elsweyr Chapter, Magicka Dragonknight Build PvE.