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Welcome to the Magicka Necromancer Build PvE “Curse” for Elder Scrolls Online. Make sure to bookmark the link as I will keep updating the build for each new Update of ESO. The “Curse” build is made for PvE Trials, Arenas and Dungeons. Necromancer is the new class that has been released with the Elsweyr Chapter. Necromancer stands out due to abilities and passives like Glacial ColossusUnnerving BoneyardStalking BlastbonesDeath KnellLast Gasp and Undead Confederate that make them very powerful. On top of that, the extra 2000 health and the extra 1500 Spell Penetration will give you a huge advantage over other classes.

  • Necromancer Class
  • High single target (ST) damage
  • High ranged & melee damage
  • Crazy area of effect (AoE) damage
  • Good sustain
  • Easy survivability due to magicka shield
  • Trials, Dungeons and Maelstrom!

Changes from the previous version

This build has been added with the Elsweyr Chapter. Please keep in mind this build is in beta, it has to be yet fully tested. If you want a preview of the Necromancer please check out: https://alcasthq.com/eso-necromancer-class/

Resource Management

Magicka Necromancers have good sustain, you already have a very nice built in passive called Undead Confederate that gives you a huge boost in combination with Clockwork Citrus Filet. If you combine this with our Spell Power Potions, you already can reach around 2000 Magicka Recovery which is more than enough for most dungeons and trials! And the passive will always be up because we keep our Skeletal Arcanist up a 100% of the time. If you still need more sustain you can always slot a Magicka Drain Enchantment or do a few heavy attacks between your rotations. Mystic Siphon also helps you to restore Magicka while you are dealing damage to the enemy.

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

You can find more good sets for magicka specific setups in the Magicka DPS Sets article with explanation of each set. Keep in mind not all sets are good for every situation. Siroria for example is only good if you can keep up the 20x stack, if you keep dropping it you possibly want to choose another set instead of Siroria in that situation.

Gear Setup 1

ChestPerfect Mantle of SiroriaLightDivineMagicka
BeltSpell StrategistLightDivineMagicka
ShoesSpell StrategistLightDivineMagicka
PantsPerfect Mantle of SiroriaLightDivineMagicka
HandsSpell StrategistLightDivineMagicka
NecklacePerfect Mantle of SiroriaJewelryBloodthirstySpell Damage
RingPerfect Mantle of SiroriaJewelryBloodthirstySpell Damage
RingPerfect Mantle of SiroriaJewelryBloodthirstySpell Damage
Weapon 1Spell StrategistFirePreciseFire Enchant
Weapon 2The Maelstrom's Inferno StaffFireInfusedAbsorb Magic Enchant

Gear Setup 2


ChestBurning SpellweaveLightDivineMagicka
BeltBurning SpellweaveLightDivineMagicka
ShoesBurning SpellweaveLightDivineMagicka
PantsMother's SorrowLightDivineMagicka
HandsMother's SorrowLightDivineMagicka
NecklaceMother's SorrowJewelryBloodthirsty/ ArcaneSpell Damage
RingMother's SorrowJewelryBloodthirstySpell Damage
RingMother's SorrowJewelryBloodthirstySpell Damage
Weapon 1Burning SpellweaveFirePreciseFire Enchant
Weapon 2The Maelstrom's Inferno StaffFireInfusedAbsorb Magic Enchant

Setup 3 Beginner

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' GiftFireInfusedAbsorb Magic Enchant

Where can I get the gear?

Perfect Mantle of Siroria: Cloudrest
Mantle of Siroria: Cloudrest
Mother's Sorrow: Deshaan
Spell Strategist: Rewards of the Worthy, Guildstore
Valkyn Skoria: City of Ash 2
Law of Julianos: Craftable
Magnus' Gift: Craftable
Willpower: Imperial City Vaults/ Guildstore
Asylum Perfected Inferno Staff: Asylum Sanctorium
Zaan: Scalecaller Peak
Maelstrom Inferno Staff: Maelstrom Arena


With the Necromancer you want to make sure that you have enough corpses on the ground when you activate certain abilities to buff their damage output. Also make sure to have enough Necromancer abilities on the front bar because of the Death Knell passive for execute.

Fire Staff MainbarFire Staff bar
Slot 1: Mystic SiphonSlot 1: Blockade of Fire
Slot 2: Unnerving BoneyardSlot 2: Exploding Mage
Slot 3: Ricochet SkullSlot 3: Harness Magicka
Slot 4: Stalking BlastbonesSlot 4: Channeled Acceleration
Slot 5: Inner LightSlot 5: Inner Light
Ultimate: Glacial ColossusUltimate: Shooting Star

Skills Explanation

  • Shocking Siphon: Deals good damage and restores 2880 Magicka over 12 seconds. This ability needs a CORPSE to be activated.
  • Unnerving Boneyard: Deals really good AoE damage, make sure that you activate this ability while a CORPSE is on the ground to get the 20% damage boost!
  • Ricochet Skull: This is your main spammable ability, every 3rd cast deals 20% more damage.
  • Stalking Blastbones: This is a strong single target and AoE ability which also provides a corpse for your other abilities. It is your main source of corpses, make sure to remember it takes 2.5s to activate and another 0.5s to run to the enemy depending on your distance.
  • Inner Light: Increases your total Max Magicka by 7%, 5% from the skill and another 2% from the Magicka Controller passive.
  • Shooting Star: Increases your Max Magicka by 2% due to the Magicka Controller passive.
  • Blockade of Fire: This needs to be on the ground all the times as it deals a lot of damage and also buffs the damage of your Light Attacks if you have a Maelstrom Staff.
  • Exploding Mage: Deals good damage and is mainly here to give you the 300 extra Magicka Recovery from the Undead Confederate passive and the extra 1500 Spell Penetration from the Dismember passive.
  • Harness Magicka: This is your shield in case you get hit by a lot of damage, can bolster your health by a lot.
  • Channeled Acceleration: Keep this up all the time to get the extra critical damage buff.
  • Glacial Colossus: Can be activated to deal a lot of damage and apply Major Vulnerability to the enemy for a short duration.


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

Championpoints [810 CP]

The Ritual
75 Thaumaturge
The Attronarch
48 Master-at-Arms, 6 Staff Expert
The Apprentice
56 Elemental Expert, 56 Elfborn, 29 Spell Erosion
The Shadow
52 Tumbling, 52 Shadow Ward
The Lover
100 Arcanist, 23 Tenacity
The Tower
43 Warlord
The Lord
The Lady
49 Hardy, 49 Elemental Defender, 48 Thick Skinned
The Steed
81 Ironclad, 43 Spell Shield

Championpoints [600 CP]

The Ritual
44 Thaumaturge
The Attronarch
40 Master at Arms,
The Apprentice
49 Elemental Expert, 37 Elfborn, 30 Spell Erosion
The Shadow
20 Tumbling, 20 Shadow Ward
The Lover
75 Arcanist, 49 Tenacity
The Tower
36 Warlord
The Lord
The Lady
42 Hardy, 42 Elemental Defender, 40 Thick Skinned
The Steed
52 Ironclad, 24 Spell Shield

Championpoints [300 CP]

The Ritual
31 Thaumaturge
The Attronarch
20 Master at Arms
The Apprentice
27 Elemental Expert, 20 Elfborn, 2 Spell Erosion
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 Necromancer Build PvE

Here you can find information about what race, buff-food, potions & poisons you want to use. I also do list all the passives that you need for this setup.


Clockwork Citrus Filet (Max Health, Max Magicka, Magicka Recovery, Health Recovery)
Witchmothers Brew (Max Health, Max Magicka, Magicka Recovery)

Clockwork Citrus Filet

Magicka sorcerer beginner guide

Mundus Stone

You want to make sure to use the shadow Mundus Stone, this will be nice especially during the execute where you can reach a 100% Spell Critical Chance due to the passive Death Knell.

Shadow Mundus (Increased Critical Damage)




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

Spell Power Potions



All into Magicka

Rotation & Skeleton Parse



The rotation of a Magicka Necromancer is not easy, the Necromancer has a lot of different ability durations which makes the rotation very dynamic. Make sure to activate Channeled Acceleration before you start the fight. Use one Light Attack after each ability.

Blastbones > Weapon Swap >

Exploding Mage > Fire Blockade > Weapon Swap

Ricochet Skull > Unnerving Graveyard > Blastbones > Ricochet Skull > Ricochet Skull > Ricochet Skull > Ricochet Skull  > Weapon Swap

Fire Blockade > Weapon Swap

Ricochet Skull > Unnerving Graveyard > Blastbones > Ricochet Skull > Ricochet Skull > Ricochet Skull > Ricochet Skull  > Weapon Swap


  • Only use Mystic Siphon when you start to drop low on Magicka, otherwise it is a DPS loss.
  • Recast Exploding Mage every 16 Seconds.
  • Blastbones takes 2.5s to appear and another 0.5 to 1s to run to the target.

Static Rotation:

Exploding Mage > Fire Blockade > Weapon Swap

Ricochet Skull > Unnerving Graveyard > Blastbones > Ricochet Skull > Ricochet Skull > Ricochet Skull > Ricochet Skull  > Weapon Swap


  • Only use Mystic Siphon when you start to drop low on Magicka, otherwise it is a DPS loss.

Skeleton Parse


Blackrose Prison Arena

This section of the build is dedicated to the Blackrose Prison Arena, it is a bit different compared to the usual Trial and Dungeon setup due to how the Arena works and because you fight such a huge amount of enemies each wave.

  • Gear Setup
  • Alternative Gear Setups
  • Skill Setup

Gear Setup


Alternative Gear Setup




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! If you still have resource issues use Clockwork Citrus Filet Food.





Build Video & Gameplay

Build Video




Update Log

07.04.2019 Added Magicka Necromancer Build for the Elsweyr Chapter, Magicka Necromancer PvE Build.