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

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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.

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

  • 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

Changed skill and rotation for the Scalebreaker DLC.

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 Breton 7% Spell Cost Reduction and the False God’s Devotion set which is another 8% Spell cost Reduction. 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

Gear used: 5x Perfect False God’s Devotion, 5x Mother’s Sorrow, 2x Zaan

  • Unbuffed: Out of combat no buffs.
  • Buffed: All raidbuffs from the Target dummy plus Potions and Weapon Damage Enchantment.


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

  • Perfected False God's Devotion is one of the new top sets. It provides similiar stats to Julianos but in addition also gives you 8% cost reduction all your Spells!
ChestPerfected False God's DevotionLightDivineMagicka
BeltSpell StrategistLightDivineMagicka
ShoesSpell StrategistLightDivineMagicka
PantsPerfected False God's DevotionLightDivineMagicka
HandsSpell StrategistLightDivineMagicka
NecklacePerfected False God's DevotionJewelryBloodthirstySpell Damage
RingPerfected False God's DevotionJewelryBloodthirstySpell Damage
RingPerfected False God's DevotionJewelryBloodthirstySpell Damage
Weapon 1Spell StrategistFirePreciseFire Enchant
Weapon 2Crushing WallFireInfusedWeapon Damage Enchant

Gear Setup 2

ChestBurning SpellweaveLightDivineMagicka
BeltBurning SpellweaveLightDivineMagicka
ShoesBurning SpellweaveLightDivineMagicka
PantsMother's SorrowLightDivineMagicka
HandsMother's SorrowLightDivineMagicka
NecklaceMother's SorrowJewelryBloodthirstySpell Damage
RingMother's SorrowJewelryBloodthirstySpell Damage
RingMother's SorrowJewelryBloodthirstySpell Damage
Weapon 1Burning SpellweaveFirePreciseFire Enchant
Weapon 2Crushing WallFireInfusedWeapon Damage 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' GiftFireInfusedWeapon Damage Enchant

Where can I get the gear?

Perfect False God's Devotion: Sunspire vet
Perfect 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.

Mystic Siphon Skeletal Arcanist Ricochet Skull Stalking Blastbones Degeneration Shooting Star
Unstable Wall of Elements Unnerving Boneyard Harness Magicka Channeled Acceleration Soul Splitting Trap Glacial Colossus
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: Channeled Acceleration
Slot 5: DegenerationSlot 5: Soul Splitting Trap
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 300 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, 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.
  • Degeneration: Very powerful single target damage over time effect.
  • 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 20% 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.
  • Channeled Acceleration: Keep this up all the time to get the extra critical damage buff.
  • Soul Splitting Trap: Great single target and AoE damage over time effect.
  • 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]

The Ritual
52 Thaumaturge
The Atronach
56 Master-at-Arms, 27 Staff Expert
The Apprentice
64 Elemental Expert, 61 Elfborn, 10 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, 5 Staff Expert
The Apprentice
64 Elemental Expert, 37 Elfborn, 10 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
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.


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

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)


Breton (Recommended, best sustain)


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

Spell Power Potions



All into Magicka

Rotation & Target Dummy


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

Static Rotation:

Unstable Wall of Elements > LA > Unnerving Boneyard > LA > Soul Splitting Trap > Weapon Swap

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


  • Reapply Channeled Acceleration when it runs out.
  • Use Ultimate whenever it is ready
  • Do Light Attacks between each ability.

Target Dummy Video

This video is from LIKO’S Youtube Channel, he does a full 21 million Target Dummy Parse on the Raid Dummy. This video is a fully optimized Target Dummy Setup, so it might slightly differ from the build here!

ESO – Magicka Necromancer PVE Build (97k+) – Scalebreaker

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

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 do not have a Perfected Asylum Staff you can also use a Non-Perfected Asylum Staff.
ChestFalse God's DevotionLightDivineMagicka
BeltFalse God's DevotionLightDivineMagicka
ShoesFalse God's DevotionLightDivineMagicka
PantsFalse God's DevotionLightDivineMagicka
HandsFalse God's DevotionLightDivineMagicka
NecklaceSpell StrategistJewelryArcaneSpell Damage
RingSpell StrategistJewelryArcaneSpell Damage
RingSpell StrategistJewelryArcaneSpell Damage
Weapon 1Concentrated Force (Perfected)FirePreciseFire Enchant
Weapon 2Spell StrategistFireInfusedWeapon Damage Enchant


Mystic Siphon Skeletal Arcanist Force Pulse Stalking Blastbones Soul Splitting Trap Shooting Star
Elemental Blockade Unnerving Boneyard Harness Magicka Channeled Acceleration Spirit Guardian Elemental Rage

Update Log

11.08 2019 Updated the Magicka Necromancer Build for the SCALEBREAKER DLC, Elsweyr Chapter, Magicka Necromancer PvE Build.

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