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

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

Magicka Sorcerers are very powerful magicka users which benefit a lot from class abilities and passives. Powerful passives such as Energized and Amplitude already boost your damage sky high. Class damage abilities such as Crystal Fragment, Daedric Prey, Volatile Familiar, Twilight Tormentor and Greater Storm Atronach are also beneficial to the overall high damage of a Magicka Sorcerer Build.

The Magicka Sorcerer 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 Sorcerer Beginner Guide. If you are looking for a solo build then I recommend checking out the Solo Magicka Sorcerer 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 Sorcerer Builds can be found in the Sorcerer class category.


Magicka Sorcerer Build Setup

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

  • Unbuffed: Out of combat, pets and buff-food active.
  • Buffed: In combat, Raid Target Dummy buffs, Spell Power Potion, Weapon Damage Enchant and pets active.

Gear – Magicka Sorcerer Build

You will find 3 different setups for the Magicka Sorcerer Build. Setup 1 is the preferred setup. For people that don’t 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, Bahsei 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 1MedusaFirePreciseFire Enchant
Weapon 2Perfected Crushing WallFireInfusedWeapon Damage Enchant

Gear Setup 2

The Gear setup 2 for the Magicka Sorcerer Build is made for players that don’t have access to trial gear.

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 JulianosFirePreciseFire Enchant
Weapon 2Crushing WallFireInfusedWeapon Damage Enchant

Gear Setup 3 Beginner

The beginner setup for the Sorcerer Build is made for players that just started out, you can join a guild and ask someone to craft you Law of Julianos and Magnus’ Gift. Willpower can be bought in Guildstores for very little money.

GearSetWeightTraitEnchantment
ChestLaw of JulianosLightDivineMagicka
BeltLaw of JulianosLightDivineMagicka
ShoesLaw of JulianosLightDivineMagicka
PantsMagnus’ GiftLightDivineMagicka
HandsMagnus’ GiftLightDivineMagicka
HeadMagnus’ GiftLightDivineMagicka
ShoulderMagnus’ GiftLightDivineMagicka
NecklaceWillpowerJewelryArcaneSpell Damage
RingWillpowerJewelryHealthySpell Damage
RingWillpowerJewelryArcaneMagicka Recovery
Weapon 1Law of JulianosFirePreciseFire 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
Maw of the Infernal: vThe Banished Cells II, Maj Undaunted Chest
Law of Julianos: Craftable
Iceheart: vDirefrost Keep
Ilambris: vCrypts of Hearts 1
Valkyn Skoria: vCity of Ash 2
Willpower: Guildstore
Magnus’ Gift: Craftable

More sets:

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

Skills – Magicka Sorcerer Build

The Magicka Sorcerer Build has a straight forward skill layout. You can either run two, one or no pet with this setup. If you want to run 1 pet only I recommend removing the Summon Volatile Familiar and replace it with Bound Aegis on both bars. For the no pet setup look at the separate layout further below.

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Fire Staff MainbarFire Staff bar
Slot 1: Crystal FragmentsSlot 1: Unstable Wall of Elements
Slot 2: Daedric PreySlot 2: Mystic Orb
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

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

  • Unbuffed: Out of combat, buff-food active.
  • Buffed: In combat, Raid Target Dummy buffs, Spell Power Potion, Weapon Damage Enchant active.
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Fire Staff MainbarFire Staff bar
Slot 1: Crystal FragmentsSlot 1: Unstable Wall of Elements
Slot 2: Haunting CurseSlot 2: Mystic Orb
Slot 3: Elemental WeaponSlot 3: Hardened Ward
Slot 4: Inner LightSlot 4: Inner Light
Slot 5: Bound AegisSlot 5: Bound Aegis
Ultimate: Shooting StarUltimate: Greater Storm Atronach

 

Champion Points – Magicka Sorcerer 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 Sorcerer Build PvE

In this section of the Magicka Sorcerer 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 Sorcerer 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 Sorcerer Build.

Attributes

All into Magicka


Resource Management – Magicka Sorcerer Build

In our Magicka Sorcerer Build we use a mix of self sustain and sustain through group members such as the healer or tank.

  • Dark Conversion
  • Energy Orb Synergy
  • Potions
  • Heavy Attack

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. By activating them you gain 7000+ resources.

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 Sorcerer Build

In this section of the Magicka Sorcerer Build we are going to take a look at a simplified rotation which explains the basics of a rotation. In the video example we are using a spammable, semi-spammable and one damage over time effect. All other skills not needed for the showcase are removed from the bars for easier visibility.

Showcase includes:

  • Light Attack Weaving (Light Attack Animation Canceling)
  • Weapon Swapping (Weapon Swap Animation Canceling)
  • How to use your spammable
  • How to use Crystal Fragments as semi-spammable.
  • How to use your back bar damage over time effect.

Once you master these things you can start adding more abilities like the skills layout above to your bars for a complete dynamic rotation.

 

Pet Rotation

The rotation lasts for 10 second if you weave it perfectly. On the front bar it is important to activate Crystal Fragment 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.

Pet Rotation for the Magicka Sorcerer Build ESO

 

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.

Non-Pet Rotation for the Magicka Sorcerer Build ESO


Area of Effect Setup for the Magicka Sorcerer Build

Here you can find an optimized AoE setup for the Magicka Sorcerer 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
HeadIceheartLightDivineMagicka
ShoulderIceheartLightDivineMagicka
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

 

Skills

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Maelstrom Arena & Vateshran Hollows

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

Same applies for the Vateshran Hollows Arena.


Build Video

This is a very in-depth Magicka Sorcerer Build video. It was created in the Greymoor Chapter U26 and might not be completely up to date anymore, but it will give you a good idea what to expect of the Sorcerer and how the rotation works.


Related Content

More Magicka Sorcerer Builds & Guides:

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Update Log & Changes

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.
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 Sorcerer PvE Build, Magicka Sorc PvE Build, Mag Sorc Build PvE, Alcast Sorcerer Build Mystic.