“Mystic”

Updated: Stonethorn DLC, Greymoor Chapter
Type: Dungeon, Trial, Arena & Overland

Introduction

Welcome to the Magicka Sorcerer Build PvE “Mystic” for Elder Scrolls Online. Make sure to bookmark the link as I will keep updating the build for each new Update of ESO. You can also find other Magicka Sorcerer content on the website such as:

The Magicka Sorcerer Build PvE “Mystic” is made for Trials, Dungeons & Arenas. In this guide I will show you a full setup with three different gear options, a trial setup where we combine the best possible gear, an gear setup 2 where we combine sets that are obtained outside of trials and a beginner setup, so you can build your way up.

  • Good Single Target (ST) Damage
  • Insane Ranged & Melee Damage
  • High Area of Effect (AoE) Damage
  • Good Sustain
  • Easy Survivability due to Magicka Shield
  • Trials, Dungeons & Arenas

Changes to the previous Version

Stonethorn DLC U27, changed the skill setups for both Single Target and AoE. Removed Vampire from the build, as Blood for Blood got nerfed, replaced it with our normal Sorcerer spammable. There is plenty of gear balance changes that made some sets a bit more viable, Single Target gear setup nothing changed, updated the AoE gear setup.

Notable changes from the patch notes:

Crystal Shard Skill:

  • Reduced the cast time of this ability and its morphs to 800ms, down from 1 second.
  • Reduced the damage done from these abilities by approximately 21%.
  • Reduced the cost to 2700, down from 2970.
  • These abilities have a new affix, where after successfully casting, your next non-Ultimate ability used within 3 seconds costs 10% less.
    • Crystal Fragments (morph):
      • This ability can now proc off itself.
      • Slightly reduced the damage done from the special proc (< 1%).
      • Introduced a safety window after activating the special proc to help avoid immediately queueing the base version’s cast right after.

All pets from this skill line now use a hybrid of your Spell Damage and Max Magicka, rather than purely Max Magicka. This change was done to reduce the total power of these abilities when stacking a singular stat.

Bloodthirsty: This trait now grants up to 350 Weapon and Spell Damage against targets under 90% Health, rather than granting a flat 10% damage increase against targets under 25% Health.

False God’s Devotion Set:

  • Removed the extra 5 piece bonus of Spell Damage on the normal version
  • Removed the extra 5 piece bonus of Magicka on the perfected version

Mantle of Siroria Set:

  • This set and the Perfected version now grant 52 Spell Damage per stack, up from 30.
  • Reduced the maximum stacks to 10, down from 20.

Both False God and Siroria got some adjustments. False God is king if you have sustain issues. If you don’t have sustain issues you want to wear Siroria for the damage, easier to maintain the stacks now!

Mechanical Acuity Set:

  • Removed the proc chance from this set.
  • This set now grants its guaranteed Critical Strike to any ability that can naturally Critically Strike, rather than only attacks.

Medusa Set:

  • This set’s 2-4 piece bonuses are now Spell Critical, rather than Health, Magicka, and Spell Damage.
  • This set now has an additional 5 piece bonus of 900 Spell Critical.
  • This is a heavy armor set.

Both Acuity and the Medusa set are now also very viable. Acuity for burst situations such as trash fights and Medusa can be used if you need 1 extra Skill slot (Because you won’t have to run Trap or Channeled Acceleration for the Minor Force buff.)


Resource Management

Dark Conversion is an optional skill that you can use to increase your sustain.

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.

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

Trials & Dungeons Setup

Gear used: 5x Perfect False God’s Devotion, 5x Mother’s Sorrow, 2x Zaan on a High Elf with Artaeum Picked Fish Bowl (Stats may differentiate a bit)

  • Unbuffed: Out of combat
  • Buffed: All raidbuffs from the Target dummy, Spell Power Potion, Pets and Weapon Damage Enchantment were 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
HeadMaw of the InfernalHeavyDivineMagicka
ShoulderMaw of the InfernalMediumDivineMagicka
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
HeadMaw of the InfernalMediumDivineMagicka
ShoulderMaw of the InfernalLightDivineMagicka
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
PantsLaw of JulianosMediumDivineMagicka
HandsLaw of JulianosLightDivineMagicka
HeadMagnus' GiftLightDivineMagicka
ShoulderMagnus' GiftLightDivineMagicka
NecklaceWillpowerJewelryArcaneSpell Damage
RingWillpowerJewelryHealthySpell Damage
RingWillpowerJewelryArcaneMagicka Recovery
Weapon 1Magnus' GiftFirePreciseFire Enchant
Weapon 2Magnus' GiftFireInfusedWeapon Damage Enchant

Where can I get the gear?

Perfect False God's Devotion: vSunspire
Mother's Sorrow: Deshaan, Guildtrader
Maelstrom Inferno Staff: Maelstrom Arena
Perfected Maelstrom Inferno Staff: vMaelstrom Arena
Perfect Mantle of Siroria: vCloudrest
Zaan: vScalecaller Peak
Maw of the Infernal: vThe Banished Cells II, Maj Undaunted Chest
Law of Julianos: Craftable
Ilambris: vCrypts of Hearts 1
Valkyn Skoria: vCity of Ash 2
Willpower: Guildstore
Magnus' Gift: Craftable

Skills

One or two Pets: You can choose to run one or two pets, both setups are good. If you want to run 1 pet only I recommend removing the Summon Volatile Familiar and slotting Degeneration on bar 1 and Mystic Orb on bar 2.

Crystal Fragments Daedric Prey Elemental Weapon Summon Volatile Familiar Summon Twilight Tormentor Shooting Star
Unstable Wall of Elements Channeled Acceleration Hardened Ward Summon Volatile Familiar Summon Twilight Tormentor Greater Storm Atronach
Fire Staff MainbarFire Staff bar
Slot 1: Crystal FragmentsSlot 1: Unstable Wall of Elements
Slot 2: Daedric PreySlot 2: Channeled Acceleration
Slot 3: Elemental WeaponSlot 3: Hardened Ward
Slot 4: Volatile FamiliarSlot 4: Volatile Familiar
Slot 5: Twilight TormentorSlot 5: Twilight Tormentor
Ultimate: Shooting StarUltimate: Greater Storm Atronach

 

Optional NON PET Setup

Gear used: 5x Perfect False God’s Devotion, 5x Mother’s Sorrow, 2x Zaan on a High Elf with Artaeum Picked Fish Bowl (Stats may differentiate a bit)

  • Unbuffed: Out of combat
  • Buffed: All raidbuffs from the Target dummy, Spell Power Potion and Weapon Damage Enchantment were active
Crystal Fragments Haunting Curse Elemental Weapon Inner Light Bound Aegis Shooting Star
Unstable Wall of Elements Channeled Acceleration Hardened Ward Mystic Orb Bound Aegis Greater Storm Atronach
Fire Staff MainbarFire Staff bar
Slot 1: Crystal FragmentsSlot 1: Unstable Wall of Elements
Slot 2: Haunting CurseSlot 2: Channeled Acceleration
Slot 3: Elemental WeaponSlot 3: Hardened Ward
Slot 4: Inner LightSlot 4: Mystic Orb
Slot 5: Bound AegisSlot 5: Bound Aegis
Ultimate: Shooting StarUltimate: Greater Storm Atronach

 

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
34 Thaumaturge
The Atronach
73 Master-at-Arms, 23 Staff Expert
The Apprentice
64 Elemental Expert, 66 Elfborn, 10 Spell Erosion
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
34 Master at Arms, 23 Staff Expert
The Apprentice
64 Elemental Expert, 37 Elfborn, 8 Spell Erosion
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
16 Master at Arms, 11 Staff Expert
The Apprentice
32 Elemental Expert, 16 Elfborn, 7 Spell Erosion
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 Sorcerer Build PvE

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

Altmer (Best Damage)
Breton (Best Sustain)
Darkelf
Khajiit

Potions

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

Spell Power Potions

Passives

Attributes

All into Magicka


Rotation

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

Pet Rotation

The rotation lasts for 10 second if you weave it perfectly. On the front bar it is important to activate Crystal Fragments once you get the proc condition on it. As long as you don’t have the proc condition you want to keep using Elemental Weapon.

MagsorC Pet Rotation_final2

Crystal Fragments Daedric Prey Elemental Weapon Summon Volatile Familiar Summon Twilight Tormentor Shooting Star
Unstable Wall of Elements Channeled Acceleration Hardened Ward Summon Volatile Familiar Summon Twilight Tormentor Greater Storm Atronach

Non Pet Rotation

The non pet setup has two changes, instead of Daedric Prey we are using Haunting Curse. And instead of the Summon Volatile Familiar we are using Mystic Orb. The rotation is based around 10 seconds, we only activate Haunting Curse every second rotation to benefit from both the damage ticks, if you don’t have to activate Haunting Curse, just use another Elemental Weapon ability.

MagsorC NONPet Rotation_final2

Crystal Fragments Haunting Curse Elemental Weapon Inner Light Bound Aegis Shooting Star
Unstable Wall of Elements Channeled Acceleration Hardened Ward Mystic Orb Bound Aegis Greater Storm Atronach

DPS Tests (Greymoor Chapter)

The DPS tests were done in the Greymoor Chapter U26. We used Blood for Blood whereas the build here uses Elemental Weapon, so it is slightly different, keep that in mind. It still teaches you the rotation which is the most important part of the video!

You can find the FULL VIDEO: Ultimate Magicka Sorcerer Guide

The DPS tests were all done with the Blood for Blood spammable.

21 Million Raid Target Dummy

3 Million Target Dummy


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
BeltMother's SorrowLightDivineMagicka
ShoesMother's SorrowLightDivineMagicka
PantsPerfected False God's DevotionLightDivineMagicka
HandsMother's SorrowLightDivineMagicka
HeadIceheartHeavyDivineMagicka
ShoulderIceheartMediumDivineMagicka
NecklacePerfected False God's DevotionJewelryArcaneSpell Damage
RingPerfected False God's DevotionJewelryArcaneSpell Damage
RingPerfected False God's DevotionJewelryArcaneSpell Damage
Weapon 1Mother's SorrowShockNirnhonedShock Enchant
Weapon 2Perfected Crushing WallFireInfusedWeapon Damage Enchant

Perfect False God's Devotion: Sunspire
Mechanical Acuity: Craftable
Iceheart: Direfrost Keep, Glirion Chest

Skills

Crystal Fragments Soul Splitting Trap Elemental Ring Summon Volatile Familiar Mystic Orb Shooting Star
Unstable Wall of Elements Channeled Acceleration Hardened Ward Summon Volatile Familiar Lightning Flood Greater Storm Atronach

Maelstrom Arena

I highly recommend reading the full in depth Maelstrom Arena Guide.

Gear

GearSetWeightTraitEnchantment
ChestPerfected False God's DevotionLightDivineMagicka
BeltMother's SorrowLightDivineMagicka
ShoesMother's SorrowLightDivineMagicka
PantsPerfected False God's DevotionLightDivineMagicka
HandsMother's SorrowLightDivineMagicka
HeadMaw of the InfernalHeavyDivineMagicka
ShoulderMaw of the InfernalMediumDivineMagicka
NecklacePerfected False God's DevotionJewelryBloodthirstySpell Damage
RingPerfected False God's DevotionJewelryBloodthirstySpell Damage
RingPerfected False God's DevotionJewelryBloodthirstySpell Damage
Weapon 1Mother's SorrowFirePreciseFire Enchant
Weapon 2Mother's SorrowFireInfusedWeapon Damage Enchant

Skills

Daedric Prey Crystal Fragments Crushing Shock Critical Surge Summon Volatile Familiar Shooting Star
Unstable Wall of Elements Lightning Flood Hardened Ward Channeled Acceleration Summon Volatile Familiar Greater Storm Atronach

Build Video

The Ultimate Build Video Guide is from the Greymoor Chapter U26, the build might slightly differ from what you see here, keep that in mind.


Update Log

11.08.2019 Updated the Build for the SCALEBREAKER DLC, Elsweyr Chapter, Magicka Sorcerer 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.

Tags: Magicka Sorcerer PvE Build, Magicka Sorc PvE Build, Mag Sorc Build PvE.