Updated: Markarth DLC, Greymoor 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 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
  • Created for Trials, Dungeons & Arenas

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


Magicka Sorcerer Build Setup

In this section of the Magicka Sorcerer Build we are taking a look at the most important aspects of the build such as gear, skills, champion points, food, mundus stone, race, potions, passives and attributes. You can adjust the build to your needs and test new things out.

Gear used: 5x Perfect False God’s Devotion, 5x Mother’s Sorrow, 2x Maw of the Infernal on a High Elf with Artaeum Picked Fish Bowl

  • Unbuffed: Out of combat, Buff-Food active.
  • Buffed: In combat, all raid buffs from the Target dummy, Buff-food, Spell Power Potion, Pets and Weapon Damage Enchantment were 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 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

Perfected vs Imperfect Gear: Both the perfected and imperfect gear are viable for the build.

GearSetWeightTraitEnchantment
ChestPerfected False God’s DevotionLightDivineMagicka
BeltMother’s SorrowLightDivineMagicka
ShoesMother’s SorrowLightDivineMagicka
PantsPerfected False God’s DevotionLightDivineMagicka
HandsMother’s SorrowLightDivineMagicka
HeadZaanHeavyDivineMagicka
ShoulderZaanMediumDivineMagicka
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

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

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

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 JulianosHeavyDivineMagicka
BeltLaw of JulianosLightDivineMagicka
ShoesLaw of JulianosLightDivineMagicka
PantsMagnus’ GiftMediumDivineMagicka
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
Perfected Crushing Wall (Maelstrom Staff): vMaelstrom Arena
Crushing Wall (Maelstrom Staff): Maelstrom Arena
Perfect Mantle of Siroria: vCloudrest
Mantle of Siroria: Cloudrest
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

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 Degeneration on bar 1 and Mystic Orb on bar 2. For the no pet setup look at the separate layout below.

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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

This is the optional non-pet Magicka Sorcerer Build skill setup which also works well in terms of dps.

Gear used: 5x Perfect False God’s Devotion, 5x Mother’s Sorrow, 2x Maw of the Infernal on a High Elf with Artaeum Picked Fish Bowl

  • Unbuffed: Out of combat, Buff-food active
  • Buffed: In Combat, all raid buffs from the Target dummy, Buff-food, Spell Power Potion and Weapon Damage Enchantment were active
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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 – Magicka Sorcerer Build

The allocation of champion points in the Magicka Sorcerer Build is fairly standard for magicka users. You can find 810, 600 and 300 setups below. You can also use our Champion Points Leveling Calculator to directly calculate your amount.

The red champion points are allocated for a general playstyle. If you are playing a specific trial or arena, I do recommend to use the red champion points from the Trials & Arena Damage Mitigation Guide.

Champion Points [810]

The Ritual
44 Thaumaturge
The Atronach
73 Master-at-Arms, 23 Staff Expert
The Apprentice
64 Elemental Expert, 66 Elfborn
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
42 Master at Arms, 23 Staff Expert
The Apprentice
64 Elemental Expert, 37 Elfborn
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
23 Master at Arms, 11 Staff Expert
The Apprentice
32 Elemental Expert, 16 Elfborn
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

Champion Points 2.0 Setup

Below you can find the Champion Points setup for this build. Work your way from top to bottom of the list depending on how many Champion Points you already have. For more information on Champion Points, please visit the Champion Points Overview Page on ESO-Hub.com.

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

Table Explanation:

  • Points Needed: Implies how many Champion Points you will need to make it to that perk.
  • Perk: Hoover over it to see what the perk does. For more information click on it to get redirected to ESO-Hub.com
  • Points Invested: Amount of points that you have to place in the perk at that time.

Warfare Tree Points Allocation

The Warfare Champion Point tree is by far the most important to increase your damage and damage mitigation.

Points NeededPerkPoints Used
0-120Precision40
120-270Fighting Finesse (Slottable)50
270-390Piercing40
390-540Deadly Aim (Slottable)50
540-690Thaumaturge (Slottable)50
690-840Biting Aura (Slottable)50
840-960Eldritch Insight40
960-1020Flawless Ritual20
1020-1110War Mage30
1110-1170Flawless Ritual20
1170-1200Quick Recovery10
1200-1320Preparation40
1320-1440Elemental Aegis40
1440-1560Hardy40
1560-1650Quick Recovery30
1650-1770Blessed40
1770-1890Tireless Discipline40
1890-2010Battle Mastery (Only if you have physical dmg like Barbed Trap)40
2010-2100Mighty (Only if you have physical dmg like Barbed Trap)30

 

Fitness Tree Points Allocation

The Fitness Champion Points tree has useful health and recovery perks.

Points NeededPerkPoints Used
0-150Boundless Vitality (Slottable)50
150-300Rejuvenation (Slottable)50
300-345Tumbling15
345-375Mystic Tenacity10
375-495Hero’s Vigor40
495-645Siphoning Spells (Slottable)50
645-795Ironclad (Slottable)50
795-885Tumbling30
885-1005Defiance40
1005-1029Hasty8
1029-1149Tireless Guardian40
1149-1284Fortification45
1284-1356Hasty24
1356-1476Sprinter40
1476-1521Nimble Protector15
1521-1656Savage Defense45
1656-1776Bashing Brutality40
1776-1806Survival Instincts10
1806-2181Tempered Soul125

Craft Tree Points Allocation

The Craft Champion Point tree is almost entirely optional, there is not really anything useful for combat itself. Follow the list or spend points however you want.

Points neededPerkPoints used
0-150Steed’s Blessing (Slottable)50
150-180Breakfall10
180-225Wanderer15
225-255Steadfast Enchantment10
255-345Rationer (Slottable)30
345-570Liquid Efficiency (Slottable)75
570-690Breakfall40
690-870Wanderer60
870-990Steadfast Enchantment40
990-1140Fortune’s Favor50
1140-1290Gilded Fingers50
1290-1380Out of Sight30
1380-1500Fleet Phantom40
1500-1599Soul Reservoir33
1599-1749Treasure Hunter (Slottable)50
1749-1884Inspiration Boost45

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

I do recommend using the Artaeum Pickled Fish Bowl for your Magicka Sorcerer Build. The buff-food provides us with a lot of extra health and magicka.

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

The best Mundus Stone for the Magicka Sorcerer Build is the Shadow Mundus Stone, because it increases our critical damage by a lot.

Shadow Mundus (Increased Spell Critical Damage)

Race

The best race for the Magicka Sorcerer Build is the High Elf or Breton race. The High Elf has the highest overall damage and Bretons have the best sustain. However, all magicka based races work. 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 new

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

The Magicka Sorcerer Build has a pretty straight forward rotation. It is important to weave light attacks between all the abilities like showcased with the light attack symbol in the pictures below.

To achieve high damage with the Magicka Sorcerer Build for ESO you will have to practice the rotation perfectly and also keep an eye on your resource management.

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

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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

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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
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 False God’s DevotionFireInfusedWeapon Damage Enchant

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

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:

Other Magicka DPS Builds:


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.

Changes to the previous Version

U28 Markarth DLC: Updated Champion Points & Character Screenshot.

Champion System

  • Reduced the Weapon and Spell Critical Chance granted from Perfect Strike and Spell Precision to 3% each, down from 9%.

Major/Minor System

  • Major Savagery and Prophecy: Increased to 12%, up from 10%.
  • Minor Berserk: Decreased to 5%, down from 8%.
  • Minor Vulnerability: Decreased to 5%, down from 8%.
  • Minor Magickasteal: Decreased to 168 per hit, down from 300.

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