Magicka Sorcerer Maelstrom Beginner Build Elder Scrolls Online ESO

Maelstrom Arena Build Magicka Sorcerer

Magicka Sorcerer Maelstrom Arena Build

Here I am going to explain the setup you want to run with when you are going to attempt veteran Maelstrom Arena the first time. I highly do recommend reading the Introduction page for veteran Maelstrom Arena where I rank the difficulty of each class! The Build is adjusted for 300 Championpoints. Further below you will also find a 600 Championpoints setup.

Magicka Sorcerers are the recommended class setup to start with Maelstrom Arena. Their huge shields and heals while dealing damage makes them simply the best fit for the Arena.

Why this particular gear setup? [Seducer, Mother Sorrow and Ilambris]

This particular combo will give you good sustain and good damage. In case you do have a monster set, use it like I show down below. However, I do not expect that all people with 300 Championpoints have Monster Sets, that is why I have chosen a base setup without a full monster set, because shoulder pieces can be quite hard to obtain compared to helmets. You can use Spelldamage glyphs on your jewelry, this will give you a fair amount of spelldamage.

Character Sheet

I highly recommend using a gold quality Weapon, it will give you way more damage compared to a purple one, the armor requires purple quality only as the stats are barely different compared to golden armor. In this screenshot I am using 5x Seducer, 5x Mother Sorrow and 1x Ilambris. We are using the Lover Mundus stone as it gives us the best possible damage output. I also recommend having a minimum of 17k Health.

Spellpower Potion was active.



Full Run with the Base Gear Setup [300 CP]

This video is from the homestead update, but it basically uses somewhat still the same setup and is ran with 300 CP.

Base Gear Setup [Seducer, Mother Sorrow & Ilambris]

This gearsetup is very easy to get. Seducer is craftable with 3 Traits, Mother’s Sorrow is purchasable pretty cheap in Guildstores or can be farmed in Deshaan and Ilambris Helmet drops with a fairly high chance in Crypts of Hearts 1.

  • Why Heavy Chest? The Chestpiece gives the most resistances. That is why it is important to use a heavy chest piece.
Gear Set Weight Trait Enchantment
Chest Seducer Heavy Divine Magicka
Belt Seducer Light Divine Magicka
Shoes Seducer Light Divine Magicka
Pants Seducer Light Divine Magicka
Hands Mother’s Sorrow Light Divine Magicka
Head Ilambris Light Divine Magicka
Shoulder Mother’s Sorrow Light Divine Magicka
Necklace Mother’s Sorrow Jewelry Arcane Spell Damage
Ring Mother’s Sorrow Jewelry Arcane Spell Damage
Ring Mother’s Sorrow Jewelry Arcane Spell Damage
Weapon 1 Seducer Fire Staff Infused Shock Enchant
Weapon 2 Seducer Shock Staff Nirnhoned/ Precise Crusher Enchant

Gear [Monster Set, Seducer, Mother Sorrow]

Gear Set Weight Trait Enchantment
Chest Seducer Heavy Divine Magicka
Belt Seducer Light Divine Magicka
Shoes Seducer Light Divine Magicka
Pants Seducer Light Divine Magicka
Hands Mother’s Sorrow Light Divine Magicka
Head Ilambris Light Divine Magicka
Shoulder Ilambris Light Divine Magicka
Necklace Mother’s Sorrow Jewelry Arcane Spell Damage
Ring Mother’s Sorrow Jewelry Arcane Spell Damage
Ring Mother’s Sorrow Jewelry Arcane Spell Damage
Weapon 1 Seducer Fire Staff Infused Shock Enchant
Weapon 2 Seducer Shock Staff Nirnhoned Crusher Enchant

Where do I get the gear?

Mother’s Sorrow: Deshaan Overland
Seducer: Craftable (3 Traits researched)
Ilambris: Crypts of Hearts 1

Skills

  • Power Surge on frontbar? This is your only heal that you have, if it falls off and you do not notice it because you forget to swap bar, you will die. That is why it is there,  if you are experienced enough put it on the backbar and put Deadric Prey on the front Bar.
  • Why a Pet? The pet deals insanse damage and also helps distracting enemies, sometimes the monsters will attack the Pet instead of you!
  • Crushing Shock vs Force Pulse: Crushing shock is way better in Maelstrom Arena, as it interrupts a lot of targets while they are casting something at you. It is a lifesaver!
  • Hardened Ward: This is your most important skill, the shield it gives you and your pet is huge. You have to constantly reapply it. it can NEVER fall off. If it falls of make sure to reapply it as soon as possible, so Power Surge can you back to full health!
Fire Staff Mainbar Shock Staff bar
Slot 1: Crystal Fragments Slot 1: Blockade of Shock
Slot 2: Hardened Ward Slot 2: Liquid Lightning
Slot 3 Crushing Shock Slot 3: Elemental Drain
Slot 4: Power Surge Slot 4: Daedric Prey
Slot 5: Volatile Familiar Slot 5: Volatile Familiar
Ultimate: Shooting Star Ultimate: Shock Rage

Info on Skills

  • Crystal Fragments: Procs with a chance on Force Pulse, deals great damage.
  • Hardened Ward: This ability is one of the most important ones. It gives you an insanely huge shield that protects you from any incoming damage. That is the reason why Sorcerers usually survive longer then other classes, because they have a huge shield available.
  • Inner Light: 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.
  • Volatile Familiar: This pet can tank enemies and if you active its ability it activates a strong AoE damage pulse that hits everything in a 5 meter range. And because those pets scale of max magicka, it will deal an insane amount of damage.
  • Shotting Star: This ability is used on big trashpacks, it is nice because the more monsters you hit, the more Ultimate points you regain. And it deals a ton of damage.
  • Blockade of Shock: This ability is an AoE damage effect that has covers a huge area in a shockfield. It also procs off balance which gives us an additional 10% damage due to our Championpoints.
  • 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 damge.
  • Deadric Prey: This ability deals damage on its own and it boosts our summoned monsters damage by 55%, that is actually crazy.
  • Elemental Rage: This ultimate can also be used on trashpacks, it is the strongest ultimate in the game and deals the most damage in a short period of time.

Crystal Shards > Crystal Fragments
Conjured Ward > Hardened Ward
Force Shock > Crushing Shock
Surge > Power Surge
Summon Unstable Familiar > Summon Volatile Familiar
Meteor > Shooting Star
Wall of Elements > Elemental Blockade
Lightning Splash > Liquid Lightning
Weakness to Elements > Elemental Drain
Daedric Curse > Daedric Prey
Elemental Storm > Elemental Rage

Championpoints [300 CP]

The Ritual
31 Thaumaturge
The Attronarch
20 Master at Arms, 2 Staff Expert
The Apprentice
27 Elemental Expert, 20 Elfborn
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

Championpoints for Magicka Sorcerer Maelstrom Build [600 CP]

The Ritual
75 Thaumaturge
The Attronarch
The Apprentice
56 Elemental Expert, 61 Elfborn, 8 Spell Erosion
The Shadow
37 Tumbling, 6 Shadow Ward
The Lover
49 Arcanist, 64 Tenacity
The Tower
44 Warlord
The Lord
The Lady
49 Hardy, 49 Elemental Defender, 48 Thick Skinned
The Steed
40 Ironclad, 14 Spell Shield

I also do have a end game Magicka Sorcerer Maelstrom Setup on the page with my Trials/ Dungeons Magicka Sorcerer Build.

Important Info for Magicka Sorcerer Maelstrom Build

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.

Buff-food

Solitude Salmon-Millet Sauce (Max Health+Max Magicka)
In case you need more stamina to break free, you also could use the buff-food that gives you Max Health, Max Stamina, Max Magicka.

Mundus Stone

The Lover (Increased Spell Penetration)

Race

Altmer (Recommended)
Darkelf (Recommended)
Breton

Potions

Normal Magicka Potions
The build is set up, that you can use normal magicka potions which drop from monsters. they are also super cheap in guildstores. Or use the ones listed below if you want to.

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

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

Passives

You will need the following passives:
Dark Magic, Daedric Summoning, Storm Calling, Light Armor, Heavy Armor (Juggernaunt Passive), Destruction Staff, Mages Guild, Racial, Undaunted, Alchemy: Medicinal Use

Update Log

14.11.2017 Updated for Clockwork City

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