Updated: Dragonhold DLC, Elsweyr Chapter
Type: Solo vet Maelstrom, Dungeons, Overland

Easieast way to clear Maelstrom Arena

This build is specifically made for people that are new or have issues with weapon swapping. With this setup you will have good damage, huge shields, a huge health pool, a huge magicka pool and a huge stamina pool as you can see in the character stats screenshot below.

  • 1 Bar Pet Sorc Build
  • Huge Shields
  • Huge Health, Magicka and Stamina Pool
  • Good Damage
  • Good Healing
  • Easy veteran Maelstrom Arena clear

Maelstrom Setup


Two handed weapons count as two pieces for those that have not played in a while, that way we can get the 5x Necro, 5x Plague, 2x Iceheart setup.

Iceheart: You can also run Iceheart instead of Valkyn, it gives you another big shield which is nice to have!

ChestPlague DoctorHeavyInfusedMagicka
Head IceheartMediumInfusedMagicka
NecklacePlague DoctorJewelryHealthySpell Damage
RingPlague DoctorJewelryHealthySpell Damage
RingNecropotenceJewelryArcaneSpell Damage
Weapon 1Plague DoctorShockInfusedShock Enchant

Where can you get the gear?

Plague Doctor: Overland Deshaan, Guildstores
Necropotence: Overland Rivenspire, Guildstores
Iceheart: Head, Direfrost Keep. Shoulder, Glirion Undaunted Chest

1 Bar Setup Skills

Hardened Ward Unstable Wall of Elements Bound Aegis Summon Volatile Familiar Summon Twilight Matriarch Elemental Rage
1 Bar Shock Staff Setup
Slot 1: Hardened Ward
Slot 2: Unstable Wall of Elements
Slot 3: Bound Aegis or Elemental Drain
Slot 4: Volatile Familiar
Slot 5: Twilight Matriarch
Ultimate: Shock Rage

Skill explanation:

  • Hardened Ward: This is your shield, always keep it up.
  • Unstable Wall of Elements: One of your main damage abilities, keep it up all the times on the enemies plus it also explodes with nice damage.
  • Bound Aegis: Does not have to be used, passively gives more max magicka.
  • (Elemental Drain): You could run Elemental Drain instead of Bound Aegis, apply it on the enemy to increase the damage by a lot.
  • Volatile Familiar: One of your main damage abilities, keep the skill up all the times you are engaging enemies. The last pulse also stuns enemies.
  • Twilight Matriarch: When you drop low on health, use the shield first and then use this ability, will give you a big burst heal.
  • Shock Rage: Save this for big monsters or when you have trouble killing a certain mob or wave.

Champion Points

Championpoints [810]

The Ritual
81 Thaumaturge
The Atronach
28 Master-at-Arms, 19 Staff Expert
The Apprentice
56 Elemental Expert, 56 Elfborn, 30 Spell Erosion
The Shadow
56 Tumbling, 56 Shadow Ward
The Lover
49 Arcanist, 49 Tenacity
The Tower
56 Warlord, 4 Sprinter
The Lord
11 Quick Recovery
The Lady
49 Hardy, 49 Elemental Defender, 48 Thick Skinned
The Steed
81 Ironclad, 32 Spell Shield

Championpoints [600]

The Ritual
81 Thaumaturge
The Atronach
11 Staff Expert
The Apprentice
49 Elemental Expert, 37 Elfborn, 23 Spell Erosion
The Shadow
20 Tumbling, 20 Shadow Ward
The Lover
100 Arcanist, 23 Tenacity
The Tower
37 Warlord
The Lord
The Lady
42 Hardy, 42 Elemental Defender, 40 Thick Skinned
The Steed
52 Ironclad, 24 Spell Shield

Championpoints [300]

The Ritual
31 Thaumaturge
The Atronach
The Apprentice
27 Elemental Expert, 20 Elfborn, 22 Spell Erosion
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

Buff Food, Potions, Mundus Stone

Longfin Pasty with Melon Sauce
(Max Health, Max Magicka, Max Stamina)

Longfin pasty with melon sauce

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

Spell Power Potions

Mundus Stone

The Mage (Increased Maximum Magicka)

Full Walkthrough with Video Guide

Maelstrom Arena Videos

Here are some example runs that I did a while ago, you can also find more videos in the Maelstrom Gameplay section of the website.

One Bar Pet Sorc Build MAELSTROM ARENA – Full Walkthrough + Guide

Video Guide

ESO Veteran Maelstrom Arena Guide – Elder Scrolls Online vMA

Advanced Builds

If you want a more advanced build, you can check out the Summoner Magicka Sorcerer Pet Build or the Mystic Magicka Sorcerer Build.