Updated: Markarth DLC, Greymoor Chapter
Type: Dungeon, Trial, Arena & Overland
Buildname: Valakas

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

Trials & Dungeons Setup

Gear used: 5x Perfect False God’s Devotion, 5x Mother’s Sorrow, 2x Maw of the Infernal on a High Elf with Artaeum Picked Fish Bowl

  • Unbuffed: Out of combat, Buff-food active.
  • Buffed: In combat, all raid buffs from the Target dummy, Buff-food, Spell Power Potion and Weapon Damage Enchantment active.

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
HeadZaanHeavyDivineMagicka
ShoulderZaanMediumDivineMagicka
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
PantsMagnus’ GiftMediumDivineMagicka
HandsMagnus’ GiftLightDivineMagicka
HeadMagnus’ GiftLightDivineMagicka
ShoulderMagnus’ GiftLightDivineMagicka
NecklaceWillpowerJewelryArcaneSpell Damage
RingWillpowerJewelryHealthySpell Damage
RingWillpowerJewelryArcaneSpell Damage
Weapon 1Law of JulianosFirePreciseFire Enchant
Weapon 2Law of JulianosFireInfusedWeapon Damage Enchant

Where can I get the gear?

Perfected False God’s Devotion: vSunspire
Zaan: vScalecaller Peak
Law of Julianos: Craftable
Mother’s Sorrow: Deshaan
Valkyn Skoria: vCity of Ash 2
Slimecraw: vWayrest Sewers 1
Perfected Crushing Wall (Maelstrom Staff): vMaelstrom Arena
Crushing Wall (Maelstrom Staff): Maelstrom Arena
Iceheart: vDirefrost Keep
Willpower: Guildstore
Magnus’ Gift: Craftable
Mechanical Acuity: Craftable

Skills

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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
44 Thaumaturge
The Atronach
73 Master-at-Arms, 23 Staff Expert
The Apprentice
64 Elemental Expert, 66 Elfborn
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
42 Master at Arms, 23 Staff Expert
The Apprentice
64 Elemental Expert, 37 Elfborn
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
23 Master at Arms, 11 Staff Expert
The Apprentice
32 Elemental Expert, 16 Elfborn
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

The best race for the Magicka Dragonknight Build is a High Elf or Breton race. The High Elf has the highest overall damage and Bretons have the best sustain. However, all magicka based races work. You can find out more about all the racial passives in the Racial Overview page.

Potions

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

Essence of Spell Power Potion ESO new

Passives

Attributes

All into Magicka


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

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 2Perfected Crushing WallFireInfusedWeapon Damage Enchant

 

Skills

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Gameplay

This is a gameplay video from a previous patch.

Dragonstar Arena vet with Magicka Dragonknight! Dragon Bones DLC Elder Scrolls Online ESO

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
ChestPerfected False God’s DevotionLightDivineMagicka
BeltPerfected False God’s DevotionLightDivineMagicka
ShoesPerfected False God’s DevotionLightDivineMagicka
PantsPerfected False God’s DevotionLightDivineMagicka
HandsPerfected False 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 & Changes

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.
30.10.2020 Updated the Build for the MARKARTH DLC, Greymoor Chapter.

Changes to the previous Version

U28 Markarth DLC: Updated Champion Points & Character Screenshot.

Champion System

  • Reduced the Weapon and Spell Critical Chance granted from Perfect Strike and Spell Precision to 3% each, down from 9%.

Major/Minor System

  • Major Savagery and Prophecy: Increased to 12%, up from 10%.
  • Minor Berserk: Decreased to 5%, down from 8%.
  • Minor Vulnerability: Decreased to 5%, down from 8%.
  • Minor Magickasteal: Decreased to 168 per hit, down from 300.

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