“Adept Sorcerer”

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Welcome to the Magicka Sorcerer Beginner Build for PvE. This build is balanced for 160 Champion Points. It should be your next step to work on this setup after completing the Magicka Sorcerer Beginner Guide. The focus on this setup will be to get you ready for veteran dungeons with basic gear and to make sure that you have enough sustain and good survivability. With this setup you can start farming your gear for the end game Trial & Dungeon Builds on my website.

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  • Basic Gear Setup
  • 160 Champion Points
  • Good Sustain
  • Good Survivability
  • How to play Magicka Sorcerer

Resource Management

Resource management is one of the most important things for all builds, you need to learn how to be able to sustain yourself. I will mention a few tricks in this section of the guide. In general you should make sure that you have around 1600-1800 magicka recovery fully buffed with a magicka potion active (Potion gives you Major Intellect, increasing Magicka Recovery by 20%).

Witchmother’s Brew Drink

This Drink is one of the key things that Magicka setups use to increase their magicka recovery and thus their sustain. It gives max health, max magicka and magicka recovery as stats. You can obtain this for a quite cheap price in most guild stores. Always make sure that you have this drink active. It scales with your health, so can even use this while you are low level.

Food buff

Heavy Attacks

Heavy attacks restore a huge amount of resources when you successfully hit the target. Make sure to do a heavy attack from time to time when you drop low on magicka. Also, when an enemy is off balanced, you will get twice the amount of magicka back from a heavy attack.

Absorb Magic Enchantment

Using a Absorb Magic Enchantment on our frontbar will also increase sustain. Every time the magic damage enchantment damages an enemy, we also get a small junk of magicka back. Having an infused staff even increases the effect and shortens the cooldown.

Magicka Recovery Glyphs (optional)

I do recommend running one magicka recovery glyph on your jewelry, if you want you can also use a second one if you still think your sustain is too low.

Vampire Stage 2 (optional)

When you are a Vampire stage 2 you get access to the Skill not found passive which increases your magicka recovery by 10%. Just keep in mind that you will get increased damage from fire attacks while being stage 2 or higher Vampire.

Gear Setup CP 160

Here you will find two basic Beginner Setup. I do recommend getting the Setup 1 if possible which is a little bit more expensive, otherwise go for setup 2 which is also more than enough to beginn with. Make sure to get a Monster Set as soon as you hit 160 CP, the headpiece is a guaranteed drop when you finish a veteran dungeon, in our case Vaults of Madness, which is one of the easier dungeons to complete in veteran mode. If you do not have a Monster Set yet, just use some random gear pieces there.

  • I will also explain down below what other sets that yo should start farming, sets that can always be handy to have somewhere in the bank.

Beginner Setup 1

ChestLaw of JulianosLightDivineHealth
BeltMother’s SorrowLightDivineMagicka
ShoesMother’s SorrowLightDivineMagicka
PantsLaw of JulianosLightDivineHealth
HandsLaw of JulianosLightDivineMagicka
HeadMonster SetLightDivineHealth
ShoulderMonster SetLightDivineMagicka
NecklaceMother’s SorrowJewelryArcaneMagicka Recovery
RingMother’s SorrowJewelryArcaneSpell Dmg
RingMother’s SorrowJewelryArcaneSpell Dmg
Weapon 1Law of JulianosFireInfusedWeapon Damage Enchant
Weapon 2Law of JulianosFireInfusedAbsorb Magic Enchant

Beginner Setup 2

Here is a second setup without a Monster Set.

ChestLaw of JulianosLightDivineHealth
BeltLaw of JulianosLightDivineMagicka
ShoesMother’s SorrowLightDivineMagicka
PantsLaw of JulianosLightDivineMagicka
HandsMother’s SorrowLightDivineMagicka
HeadMother’s SorrowLightDivineMagicka
ShoulderMother’s SorrowLightDivineMagicka
NecklaceWillpowerJewelryArcaneMagicka Recovery
RingWillpowerJewelryArcaneSpell Dmg
RingWillpowerJewelryArcaneSpell Dmg
Weapon 1Law of JulianosFireInfusedWeapon Damage Enchant
Weapon 2Law of JulianosFireInfusedAbsorb Magic Enchant

Where can I get the gear?

Law of Julianos: Craftable
Willpower: Guildstore
Mother’s Sorrow: Malabal Tor, Guildstore

Monster Sets (Recommended)

Ilambris: Crypts of Hearts 1 (Head), Undaunted Pledges (Shoulder, Gilirion treasure chest)
Grothdarr: Vaults of Madness (Head), Undaunted Pledges (Shoulder, Glirion treasure chest)

Sets that you also should farm

In addition to the basic setup that is listed up there you should also farm some other sets that you will need sooner or later.

Ilambris Monster Set

Ilambris is the most popular Monster Set for Magicka Sorcerer setups. It provides a lot of extra magicka and fire & shock damage. It works both for Single Target and AoE damage which is very nice.

Grothdarr Monster Set

Grothdarr is a very good alternative to Ilambris, as the AoE effect of it moves together with you. But you also have to stand close to the targets in order for the Monster Set to have an effect!

Imperfected Asylum Staff

Concentrated Force is also an essential part of most Magicka Sorcerer Builds. The extra damage this ability altering weapon provides is really nice, the set in general is quite easy to obtain as long as you can enter Asylum Sanctorium (Clockwork City DLC) on normal mode. Be not afraid of normal mode trials, they are very easy and are here to learn the fight, so I recommend starting with this as soon as possible.


This skill layout will be very close to the normal skill setup that we use in endgame builds like the Magicka Sorcerer Mystic Build. You might not have all the necessary skills yet, but I suggest that you start working on obtaining those specific skills as soon as possible.

Hardened Ward Crystal Fragments Crushing Shock Power Surge Summon Twilight Matriarch Shooting Star
Unstable Wall of Elements Lightning Flood Haunting Curse Elemental Drain Summon Twilight Matriarch Elemental Rage
Fire Staff MainbarFire Staff bar
Slot 1: Hardened WardSlot 1: Unstable Wall of Elements
Slot 2: Crystal FragmentsSlot 2: Lightning Flood
Slot 3 Crushing ShockSlot 3: Haunting Curse
Slot 4: Power SurgeSlot 4: Elemental Drain
Slot 5: Twilight MatriarchSlot 5: Twilight Matriarch
Ultimate: Shooting StarUltimate: Elemental Rage

Skill Explanation

  • Hardened Ward: This is your best protector, it gives you a huge shield, this means your health can not be damaged. if there is a lot of monsters on you keep this ability up to mitigate most incoming damage. If you want more sustain, you could use the other morph.
  • Lightning Flood: Small shock AoE damage effect that deals an insane amount of damage. Friendly group members also can active a synergy that deals good damage.
  • Crystal Fragments: You only want to use this ability when it is instant cast, so whenever you use any other skill, for example Crushing Shock, Crystal Fragments proc can happen, making it instant cast, that is when you should use this ability.
  • Crushing Shock: This is you main spammable ability, it does decent damage and also interrupts casting enemies.
  • Power Surge: Gives you Major Sorcery (20% Spell Damage) and also heals you every now and then.
  • Twilight Matriach: Has to be slotted on both bars. This is your main heal, the pet will passively attack the enemy and when you activate the skill, it will heal you.
  • Shooting Star: While this is slotted, we get 2% more max magicka on this bar and you can use this ability when a lot of monsters are on you, it will stun them and deal a lot of damage.
  • Unstable Wall of Elements: This ability is an AoE damage effect that covers a huge area in fire. It is both strong for single target and aoe damage.
  • Haunting Curse: This is a 12s duration skill, that damages the enemy on explosion, once after 3.5 seconds and once after 12 seconds.
  • Liquid Lightning: Small shock AoE damage effect that deals an insane amount of damage. Friendly group members also can active a synergie that deals good damage.
  • Elemental Drain: Apply this on monsters that have a lot of health, this will increase your sustain and it will ddecrease the enemies resistances so you deal more damage, the debuff holds for over 20 seconds, so it should be easy to keep it on the enemy.
  • Thunderous Rage: This is your main ultimate, it deals a lot of damage. Use it whenever possible.

If you do not want to use the pet:

  • Inner Light instead of Volatile Familiar: This ability increases our max Magicka by 7%. You do not really actively use the skill in combat. 5% from the ability and another 2% from the passive from the Mages Guild Skill line. It also gives us Major Prophecy, increasing our spell critical by 10%.

Skill lines you have to work on

You want to make sure to max out all the following Skill-lines and grind up all the skills and morphs of:

Yes, that is a lot of Skill-lines, it will take a fair bit of time to completely level up all of those, but it will be worth it. If you want more information about each of the skill lines, make sure to visit ESO-Skillbook.com. The website has all the skill lines up to date for Elder Scrolls Online.


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=7eb5ec0b-233f-4035-8917-c998573efbda

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=c6b57bc7-2811-417b-8155-1c4d3ac626de

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=49141c51-da35-4e32-9f8f-05d9ded31bcf

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=c50c883c-808a-4ed8-91a0-22cbf000f6cb

Warfare Tree Points Allocation

Fitness Tree Points Allocation

Craft Tree Points Allocation

1200 Champion Point Allocation

Preset used for this allocation: https://eso-hub.com/en/champion-points/calculator?preset=23ea2ae4-009b-4f59-b7c2-71338d7b6305

Warfare Tree Points Allocation

Fitness Tree Points Allocation

Craft Tree Points Allocation

2200 Champion Point Allocation

Preset used for this allocation: https://eso-hub.com/en/champion-points/calculator?preset=99b95181-0aab-4aff-93c9-b6193a31230d

Warfare Tree Points Allocation

Fitness Tree Points Allocation

Craft Tree Points Allocation

Important Info for Magicka Sorcerer Beginner Build PvE


Witchmothers Brew (Max Health, Max Magicka, Magicka Recovery)

This Drink is scaling with your health, so you can use it with any level!

Food buff

Mundus Stone

The Lover (Increased Spell Penetration)


All Magicka based races work with this setup. More about each race can be found on the racial overview page.

High Elf
Dark Elf


You can use those potions, they drop from Monsters, so you should have plenty of them. You can also buy those potions in the guildstore, they are very cheap.

Essence of Magicka MAG Potion

In case you are still unsure on how to mix the ingredients together, you can check out a alchemy simulator here: Alchemy Simulator 


In the end you want to have all these passives active with this build:


Activate Power Surge then swap to the backbar and apply Elemental Drain on the monster, then we start of with applying our Damage over Time effects on the backbar.

Unstable Wall of Elements > Light Attack > Lightning Flood > Light Attack >Haunting Curse > Weapon Swap
> Light Attack > Crushing Shock >  Light Attack > Crushing Shock  > Light Attack > Crushing Shock > Light Attack > Weapon Swap

  • Use the Crystal Fragment proc whenever it gets ready, so you can use the Fragment instead of a Crushing Shock.
  • Also reapply Power Surge and Elemental Drain every 20 seconds to get the heals you need and the extra sustain and damage.

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.

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