Updated: Markarth DLC, Greymoor Chapter
Type: Solo vet Maelstrom & vet Vateshran Hollows, Dungeons, Overland

Table of Contents:



Introduction

Easieast way to clear Maelstrom & Vateshran Hollows Arena with this One Bar Sorcerer Build.

This build is specifically made for people that want to avoid swapping weapons all the time. With this setup you will have good damage, a huge shield, 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
  • Easy veteran Vateshran Hollows Arena clear

Gear Sets used in the Screenshot: 5x Plague Doctor, 5x Necropotence, 1x Domihaus, 1x Ring of the Pale Order

  • Unbuffed: Out of combat, pets active, buff food active
  • Buffed: Out of combat, pets active, buff food active, Essence of Spell Power active.

Maelstrom & Vateshran Hollows Setup

I will present you two different setups for the 1 Bar Magicka Sorcerer Build. They are almost identical with the only exception being that the first setup uses a Mythic item, and the second setup using a full Monster Set.

Setup 1

The Setup 1 uses a Mythic item called Ring of the Pale Order which will increase our healing output tremendously, therefore we can use Elemental Drain instead of Critical Surge on our bar. That way we increase our damage output by a lot too. Please keep in mind, that the Pale Order ring only heals when you deal damage! The ring is very helpful if you plan to play the 1 Bar Magicka Sorcerer build setup in the Vateshran Hollows Arena and Maelstrom Arena.

We are using the one piece Domihaus Monster Set because it gives us an extra Magicka and Stamina bonus. Most one piece Monster Sets only give one bonus, Domihaus is an exception, which is nice for us. More Magicka to deal damage and shield with and more Stamina to dodge roll and block!

Setup 1 Gear

GearSetWeightTraitEnchantment
ChestPlague DoctorHeavyInfusedMagicka
BeltNecropotenceLightDivineMagicka
ShoesNecropotenceLightDivineMagicka
PantsNecropotenceLightInfusedMagicka
HandsNecropotenceLightDivineMagicka
HeadDomihausMediumInfusedMagicka
ShoulderNecropotenceLightDivineMagicka
NecklacePlague DoctorJewelryHealthySpell Damage
RingPlague DoctorJewelryHealthySpell Damage
RingRing of the Pale OrderJewelryBloodthirsty/ArcaneSpell Damage
Weapon 1Plague DoctorShockInfusedShock Enchant

Where can you get the gear?

Plague Doctor: Overland Deshaan, Guildstores
Necropotence: Overland Rivenspire, Guildstores
Ring of the Pale Order: Antiquities System

Setup 1 Skills

Hardened Ward Unstable Wall of Elements Elemental Drain 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: 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.
  • (Elemental Drain): Elemental Drain reduces enemies Spell Resistance, thus increasing our damage tremendously. And it also increases our sustain due to Minor Magickasteal.
  • 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.

Setup 2

The Setup 2 uses a full Monster Set called Iceheart instead of a Mythic item like in Setup 1. To compensate for the loss of healing from Setup 1 we will have to slot Critical Surge on our bar to benefit from constant healing while we deal damage. Iceheart will provide you with constant shielding in case you forget to reapply your own shield.

Setup 2 Gear

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.

GearSetWeightTraitEnchantment
ChestPlague DoctorHeavyInfusedMagicka
BeltNecropotenceLightDivineMagicka
ShoesNecropotenceLightDivineMagicka
PantsNecropotenceLightInfusedMagicka
HandsNecropotenceLightDivineMagicka
HeadIceheartMediumInfusedMagicka
ShoulderIceheartLightDivineMagicka
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

Setup 2 Skills

Hardened Ward Unstable Wall of Elements Critical Surge 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: Critical Surge
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.
  • Critical Surge: Applies Major Sorcery, 20% more Spell Damage and heals you every time we get a critical hit!
  • 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

In case you need help distributing your Champion Points, make sure to check out the Champion Points Calculator!

Champion Points [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

Champion Points [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

Champion Points [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


Important Information

In this section of the One Bar Magicka Sorcerer Build we are going to take a look at some of the most important information, such as buff food, race, mundus stone, potions, passives and attributes.

Buff Food

You have two options, Bewitched Sugar Skulls will give you the best stats, but the buff food also costs quite a lot. You can also use Longfin Pasty With Melon Sauce, which is only a tiny bit less powerful than the other one, but only costs a fraction of the price.

Bewitched Sugar Skulls
(Max Health, Max Magicka, Max Stamina, Health Recovery)

bewitched sugar skills food

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

Longfin pasty with melon sauce

Potions

Optimally, you want to use the Spell-Power Potions, because they provide you with Major Sorcerery, Major Prophecy and Major Intellect, all boosting your stats like crazy. This is only important if you are doing more difficult content. If you are doing easy content you can simply use normal Essence of Magicka potions.

Make sure to have the Alchemy passive Medicinal Use, to fully benefit from the potions with a 100% uptime!

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

Essence of Spell Power Potion ESO new

Essence of Magicka
You can run Essence of Magicka, they are not the best but better than nothing. They drop from Overland Monsters or you can buy them in the Guildstore for a cheap price.

Essence of Magicka Potion new ESO

Mundus Stone

The Mage Mundus Stone will increase our Max Magicka even further, thus increasing our damage and our shield. if you want to learn more you can check out the Mundus Stone Page.

The Mage Mundus Stone (Increased Maximum Magicka)

Race

Any Magicka based race works with this setup. You can learn more about races in the racial passives guide.

High Elf
Breton
Dark Elf
Khajiit
Argonian

Passives

Attributes

All into Magicka.

64 Magicka, 0 Health, 0 Stamina


Full Walkthrough with Video Guide

Maelstrom Arena

The video showcases a full run with explanation what is going on in the veteran Maelstrom Arena. I highly recommend watching this if you have problems clearing the arena. I also recommend reading the very detailed Maelstrom Arena Guide, which explains some nice tricks that you can use.


Vateshran Hollows

I highly recommend checking out the written guide to learn more about the Vateshran Hollows arena. The written guide explains everything in detail and also has some nice tricks explained, that you can use to make your life easier!


Advanced Builds

If you want a more advanced build, you can check out the Summoner Magicka Sorcerer Pet Build or the Mystic Magicka Sorcerer META Build. You can also find a Solo Magicka Sorcerer Build for all sorts of activities.