Updated: Blackwood Chapter
Type: Dungeon, Trial, Arena & Overland
Buildname: Curse

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Welcome to the Magicka Necromancer Build for ESO. This build is optimized for group content such as dungeons, trials & arenas and has a very glass-cannon approach. The Magicka Necromancer DPS build is optimized for maximum damage. The build works best in a group but with some minor adjustments can also be played as a solo setup if necessary.

Necromancers are powerful magicka users that summon the dead. Necromancer stands out due to abilities and passives like Glacial Colossus, Unnerving Boneyard, Stalking Blastbones, Death Knell, Last Gasp and Undead Confederate that make them very powerful.

The Magicka Necromancer Build has 3 different gear setups. Tier 1 with the best gear, Tier 2 with advanced gear and Tier 3 for beginners. If you are a new player I do recommend reading the Magicka Necromancer Beginners Guide. If you are looking for a solo build then I recommend checking out the Solo Magicka Necromancer Build.

  • Double Destruction Staff Setup
  • Amazing Single Target (ST) Damage
  • Amazing Area of Effect (AoE) Damage
  • Amazing Ranged Damage
  • Good Sustain
  • Easy Survivability due to Magicka Shield
  • Optimized for Trials, Dungeons & Arenas

More Necromancer Builds can be found in the Necromancer class category.


Magicka Necromancer Build Setup

5x Mother’s Sorrow, 5x Medusa, 2x Zaan on a High Elf with Clockwork Citrus Fillet food.

  • Unbuffed: Out of combat, buff food active
  • Buffed: Raid Target Dummy buffs, buff food, Spell Power Potion, Weapon Damage Enchantment, Arcanist pet active.

Gear – Magicka Necromancer Build

You will find 3 different setups here for the Magicka Necromancer build for ESO. 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 the primary Gear setup
  • 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

False God’s Devotion, Siroria and many more sets can also be used for this build.

GearSetWeightTraitEnchantment
ChestMother’s SorrowLightDivineMagicka
BeltMother’s SorrowLightDivineMagicka
ShoesMother’s SorrowLightDivineMagicka
PantsMother’s SorrowLightDivineMagicka
HandsMother’s SorrowLightDivineMagicka
HeadZaanLightDivineMagicka
ShoulderZaanLightDivineMagicka
NecklaceMedusaJewelryBloodthirstySpell Damage
RingMedusaJewelryBloodthirstySpell Damage
RingMedusaJewelryBloodthirstySpell Damage
Weapon 1MedusaFireNirnhonedFire Enchant
Weapon 2Perfected Crushing WallFireInfusedWeapon Damage Enchant

Gear Setup 2

GearSetWeightTraitEnchantment
ChestLaw of JulianosLightDivineMagicka
BeltLaw of JulianosLightDivineMagicka
ShoesLaw of JulianosLightDivineMagicka
PantsMother’s SorrowLightDivineMagicka
HandsMother’s SorrowLightDivineMagicka
HeadMaw of the InfernalLightDivineMagicka
ShoulderMaw of the InfernalLightDivineMagicka
NecklaceMother’s SorrowJewelryBloodthirstySpell Damage
RingMother’s SorrowJewelryBloodthirstySpell Damage
RingMother’s SorrowJewelryBloodthirstySpell Damage
Weapon 1Law of JulianosFireNirnhonedFire Enchant
Weapon 2Crushing WallFireInfusedWeapon Damage Enchant

Gear Setup 3 Beginner

GearSetWeightTraitEnchantment
ChestLaw of JulianosLightDivineMagicka
BeltLaw of JulianosLightDivineMagicka
ShoesLaw of JulianosLightDivineMagicka
PantsMagnus’ GiftLightDivineMagicka
HandsMagnus’ GiftLightDivineMagicka
HeadMagnus’ GiftLightDivineMagicka
ShoulderMagnus’ GiftLightDivineMagicka
NecklaceWillpowerJewelryArcaneSpell Damage
RingWillpowerJewelryHealthySpell Damage
RingWillpowerJewelryArcaneSpell Damage
Weapon 1Law of JulianosFirePrecise or NirnhonedFire Enchant
Weapon 2Law of JulianosFireInfusedWeapon Damage Enchant

Where can I get the gear?

Perfected False God’s Devotion: vSunspire
False God’s Devotion: Sunspire
Mother’s Sorrow: Deshaan, Guildtrader
Medusa: Arx Corinium
Perfected Crushing Wall (Maelstrom Staff): vMaelstrom Arena
Crushing Wall (Maelstrom Staff): Maelstrom Arena
Zaan: vScalecaller Peak
Iceheart: vDirefrost Keep
Maw of the Infernal: vThe Banished Cells II, Maj Undaunted Chest
Willpower: Guildstore
Magnus’ Gift: Craftable
Law of Julianos: Craftable
Mechanical Acuity: Craftable

More sets:

Diamond’s Victory: Craftable
Bahsei’s Mania: Rockgrove Trial
Perfected Bahsei’s Mania: vRockgrove Trial

Skills – Magicka Necromancer Build

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Fire Staff MainbarFire Staff bar
Slot 1: Mystic SiphonSlot 1: Unstable Wall of Elements
Slot 2: Skeletal ArcanistSlot 2: Unnerving Boneyard
Slot 3: Ricochet SkullSlot 3: Harness Magicka
Slot 4: Stalking BlastbonesSlot 4: Mystic Siphon
Slot 5: Mystic OrbSlot 5: Necrotic Potency
Ultimate: Shooting StarUltimate: Glacial Colossus

Skills Explanation

  • Shocking Siphon: Deals good damage and restores 2880 Magicka over 12 seconds. This ability needs a CORPSE to be activated.
  • Skeletal Arcanist: Deals good damage and is mainly here to give you the 200 extra Magicka Recovery from the Undead Confederate passive and the extra 1500 Spell Penetration from the Dismember passive.
  • Ricochet Skull: This is your main spammable ability.
  • 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.
  • Mystic Orb: Very powerful Single Target and AoE damage.
  • Shooting Star: Increases your Max Magicka by 2% due to the Magicka Controller passive.
  • Unstable Wall of Fire: This needs to be on the ground all the times as it deals a lot of damage with a strong explosion and also buffs the damage of your Light Attacks if you have a Maelstrom Staff.
  • Unnerving Boneyard: Deals really good AoE damage, make sure that you activate this ability while a CORPSE is on the ground to get the 50% damage boost!
  • Harness Magicka: This is your shield in case you get hit by a lot of damage, can bolster your health by a lot.
  • Necrotic Potency: Can be used to drain corpses on the ground for extra ultimate points.
  • Glacial Colossus: Can be activated to deal a lot of damage and apply Major Vulnerability to the enemy for a short duration.

Champion Points – Magicka Necromancer Build

Below you can find the Champion Points setup for this build. Work your way from top to bottom in your allocation. For more information on Champion Points, please visit the Champion Points Overview Page on ESO-Hub.com.

Hovering over each perk will give you insights on what it does. Presets are also provided for each of the allocations below.

Click the tab below to open the allocation.

180 Champion Point Allocation

Preset used for this allocation: https://eso-hub.com/en/champion-points/calculator?preset=8db65487-34da-49ec-90f9-690309cfaa1e

Warfare Tree Points Allocation

Fitness Tree Points Allocation

Craft Tree Points Allocation

300 Champion Point Allocation

Preset used for this allocation: https://eso-hub.com/en/champion-points/calculator?preset=20e36b34-809a-49a7-a186-5538b81ce8b4

Warfare Tree Points Allocation

Fitness Tree Points Allocation

Craft Tree Points Allocation

600 Champion Point Allocation

Preset used for this allocation: https://eso-hub.com/en/champion-points/calculator?preset=aa672ad1-a139-4ccf-85d6-deb6f7cd7a8e

Warfare Tree Points Allocation

Fitness Tree Points Allocation

Craft Tree Points Allocation

900 Champion Point Allocation

Preset used for this allocation: https://eso-hub.com/en/champion-points/calculator?preset=9f2e353a-932a-4f63-9153-47b2e342abb2

Warfare Tree Points Allocation

Fitness Tree Points Allocation

Craft Tree Points Allocation

1230 Champion Point Allocation

Preset used for this allocation: https://eso-hub.com/en/champion-points/calculator?preset=aac216d0-40a3-403e-9c04-f5119b2ee15c

Warfare Tree Points Allocation

Fitness Tree Points Allocation

Craft Tree Points Allocation

1560 Champion Point Allocation

Preset used for this allocation: https://eso-hub.com/en/champion-points/calculator?preset=9c36ae16-b306-4b80-a845-7925e9936508

Warfare Tree Points Allocation

Fitness Tree Points Allocation

Craft Tree Points Allocation

Important Info for Magicka Necromancer Build PvE

In this section of the Magicka Necromancer Build we are going to take a look at buff-food, mundus stone, race, potions, passives and attributes. These things are very important for the Magicka Necromancer Build as they help with damage and sustain.

Buff-food

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

Food buff

If you can’t afford Clockwork Citrus Filet, then I recommend getting the way cheaper Witchmother’s Potent Brew which has similar effects.

Food buff

Mundus Stone

The Shadow Mundus Stone increases our overall Spell Critical Damage which boosts our damage. You can learn more about all the other Mundus Stones on the Mundus Stone Overview Page.

The Shadow Mundus Stone (Increased Spell Critical Damage)

Race

Any race with magicka based passives will work with this setup. 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

Passives

You want to learn all the passives listed below for the Magicka Necromancer Build.

Attributes

All into Magicka


Resource Management – Magicka Necromancer Build

For our Magicka Necromancer Build we are using a mix of self sustain and sustain through group members such as the healer and thank.

  • Undead Confederate
  • Mystic Siphon
  • Orb Synergy
  • Potions
  • Heavy Attack

Undead Confederate gives us extra Magicka Recovery as long as we keep up our Skeletal Arcanist.

Mystic Siphon also returns Magicka as long as it is active.

Energy Orb will always be present in a good group via Healer or Tank. 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.


Rotation for the Magicka Necromancer Build

Please check out the “Weaving Beginner Guide” which explains how to weave light attacks between abilities, aka animation canceling.

Whenever possible, activate things like the Skeletal Mage, Channeled Acceleration and Blastbones before the fight starts, that way you gain some burst advantage.

Unstable Wall of Elements > LA > Unnerving Boneyard > LA > Weapon Swap

LA > Blastbones > LA > Skeletal Mage > LA > Ricochet Skull > LA > Blastbones > LA > Mystic Siphon > LA > Ricochet Skull > LA > Blastbones > LA > Mystic Orb >  Weapon Swap

Restart

  • Use Ultimate whenever it is ready
  • LA = Light Attack

How to Play Beginner Video Guide

This Video is not directly tied to the build, it is here to introduce you to the class and show you a general setup that you can play.

Magicka Necromancer How to Play Beginners Guide - Elsweyr ESO

Area of Effect Setup for the Magicka Necromancer Build

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.

GearSetWeightTraitEnchantment
ChestPerfected False God’s DevotionLightDivineMagicka
BeltMechanical AcuityLightDivineMagicka
ShoesMechanical AcuityLightDivineMagicka
PantsPerfected False God’s DevotionLightDivineMagicka
HandsMechanical AcuityLightDivineMagicka
HeadIceheartLightDivineMagicka
ShoulderIceheartLightDivineMagicka
NecklacePerfected False God’s DevotionJewelryArcaneSpell Damage
RingPerfected False God’s DevotionJewelryArcaneSpell Damage
RingPerfected False God’s DevotionJewelryArcaneSpell Damage
Weapon 1Mechanical AcuityShockNirnhonedFire Enchant
Weapon 2Perfected Crushing WallFireInfusedWeapon Damage Enchant

 

Skills

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Maelstrom Arena & Vateshran Hollows Arena

Please check out the Solo Magicka Necromancer Build for the Maelstrom and Vateshran Setup. The build here focuses on group setups, therefore the Solo Magicka Necromancer Build is better suited to face the dangers of the Maelstrom and Vateshran Arena. I also highly recommend reading the full in depth Maelstrom Arena GuideVateshran Hollows Arena Guide.


Related Content

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Update Log – ESO Necromancer Build

11.08 2019 Updated the Magicka Necromancer Build for the SCALEBREAKER DLC, Elsweyr Chapter, Magicka Necromancer PvE Build.
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.
05.03.2021 Updated the Build for the FLAMES OF AMBITION DLC, Blackwood Chapter.
27.05.2021 Updated the Build for the BLACKWOOD CHAPTER.


Tags. Magicka Necromancer Build PvE, Magicka Necro Build, MagCro Build PvE, Curse Build Alcast.