“Summoner”

Elsweyr Chapter

Table of Contents


Introduction

Welcome to the Magicka Sorcerer Pet Build PvE “Summoner” for Elder Scrolls Online. Make sure to bookmark the link as I will keep updating the build for each new Update of ESO. The “Summoner” build is made for PvE Trials, Dungeons & Arenas. I also do have a Non-Pet Sorcerer Build. If you are new to the game I recommend reading the Sorcerer Beginner Guide first.

Magicka Sorcerers are both insane efficient both ranged and melee, plus they have good shields which makes survival easy. The special Destruction Staff passives make Shock Staves a powerful tool for Magicka Sorcerers. Shock Heavy Attacks have very strong Area of Effect (AoE) attacks. On top of that, they are for free and restore Magicka! You will never have any problems with resource management during trash fights. Same thing on boss fights, if you drop low, simply heavy attack and you are good to go! The most difficult thing with this build, is that you need to be able to command your pets correctly! Remember, when you do a Heavy Attack on a enemy the Pet will directly attack it.

  • High Single Target (ST) damage
  • Insane ranged & melee damage
  • High Area of Effect (AoE) Damage
  • Pet Build
  • Heavy Attack weaving
  • Easy survivability due to  magicka shield
  • Trials, Dungeons & Arenas

Changes from the previous version

Changed the gear setup to a more common setup combination. Also changed to Lightning Flood to fit the rotation better and get more damage out of it.

  • Daedric Prey
    • Added a pet taunt functionality to this ability that is similar to the one built into Heavy Attacks. Your active pets will now prioritize targets with Daedric Prey on them.
    • Reduced the damage bonus for pets from this ability to 40% from 55%.
  • Lightning Splash: Increased the duration of this ability and its morphs to 8 seconds from 6 seconds.
    • Liquid Lightning (morph): This morph now lasts 12 seconds to retain the extra 4 seconds of duration increase.

Resource Management

This build uses one Heavy Attack per rotation and thus should not really need any other means to be able to sustain. In case you still have issues you could use the Clockwork Citrus Filet.

  • Heavy Attacks
  • Clockwork Citrus Filet (Optional)

Trials & Dungeons Setup

5x Necropotence, 5x Mother’s Sorrow, 2x Zaan, Altmer with blue food.

  • Unbuffed: Out of combat with pets active
  • Buffed: Raid Dummy buffs, Weapon Damange Enchant, Potion and pets were active

Gear

Gear Setup 1

GearSetWeightTraitEnchantment
ChestNecropotenceLightDivineMagicka
BeltNecropotenceLightDivineMagicka
ShoesNecropotenceLightDivineMagicka
PantsNecropotenceLightDivineMagicka
HandsNecropotenceLightDivineMagicka
HeadZaanHeavyDivineMagicka
ShoulderZaanMediumDivineMagicka
NecklaceMother's SorrowJewelryArcaneSpell Damage
RingMother's SorrowJewelryArcaneSpell Damage
RingMother's SorrowJewelryArcaneSpell Damage
Weapon 1Mother's SorrowShockPreciseFire Enchant
Weapon 2The Maelstrom's Lightning StaffShockInfusedWeapon Damage Enchant

Gear Setup 2

Instead of Siroria, you can also use Destructive Mastery or Julianos, like shown in this gear setup here.

You can also use Robes of Destruction Mastery or Law of Julianos as a second set.

GearSetWeightTraitEnchantment
ChestLaw of JulianosLightDivineMagicka
BeltLaw of JulianosLightDivineMagicka
ShoesNecropotenceLightDivineMagicka
PantsLaw of JulianosLightDivineMagicka
HandsNecropotenceLightDivineMagicka
Head Zaan/ Ilambris/ Maw of the InfernalHeavyDivineMagicka
Shoulder Zaan/ Ilambris/ Maw of the InfernalMediumDivineMagicka
NecklaceNecropotenceJewelryArcaneSpell Damage
RingNecropotenceJewelryArcaneSpell Damage
RingNecropotenceJewelryArcaneSpell Damage
Weapon 1Law of JulianosShockPreciseFire Enchant
Weapon 2The Maelstrom's Lightning StaffShockInfusedWeapon Damage Enchant

Beginner Setup

GearSetWeightTraitEnchantment
ChestLaw of JulianosHeavyDivineMagicka
BeltLaw of JulianosLightDivineMagicka
ShoesSpinner's GarmentsLightDivineMagicka
PantsLaw of JulianosLightDivineMagicka
HandsSpinner's GarmentsLightDivineMagicka
HeadMonster Set of your choiceMediumDivineMagicka
ShoulderMonster Set of your choiceLightDivineMagicka
NecklaceSpinner's GarmentsJewelryArcaneSpell Damage
RingSpinner's GarmentsJewelryArcaneSpell Damage
RingSpinner's GarmentsJewelryArcaneSpell Damage
Weapon 1Law of JulianosShockPreciseFire Enchant
Weapon 2Law of JulianosShockInfusedWeapon Damage Enchant


Where can I get the gear?

Necropotence: Rivenspire
Mother's Sorrow: Deshaan Overland
Mantle of Siroria: Cloudrest
Perfect Mantle of Siroria: Cloudrest
Ilambris: Crypts of Hearts 1
Maelstrom Shock Staff: Maelstrom Arena
Destruction Mastery: Dragonstar Arena
Moondancer: Maw of Lorkhaj
Law of Julianos: Craftable
Spinner's Garments: Malabal Tor
Zaan: Scalecaller Peak
Maw of the Infernal: Banished Cells 2
Willpower: Guildstore

Skills

  • Storm Atronach: For Single Target fights make sure to use the Atronach as it will give you more dps, group members can also activate a powerful synergy that gives them Major Berserk, applying a 25% damage boost for 8 seconds to themselves and the Atronach.
  • One Pet: If you prefer one Pet only you can always change one of the pets so you can have Innerlight or Bound Armaments on both bars.
  • Shock Rage: For max AoE damage you can also use the Shock Rage Ultimate.
Shock Staff MainbarShock Staff bar
Slot 1: Bound AegisSlot 1: Blockade of Shock
Slot 2: Daedric PreySlot 2: Liquid Lightning
Slot 3: Crystal FragmentsSlot 3: Empowered Ward
Slot 4: Volatile FamiliarSlot 4: Volatile Familiar
Slot 5: Twilight TormentorSlot 5: Twilight Tormentor
Ultimate: Shooting StarUltimate: Greater Storm Atronach/ Shock Rage

Skills explanation:

  • Bound Aegis: Gives us 8% more Maximum Magicka.
  • Deadric Prey: This ability deals damage on its own and it boosts our summoned monsters damage by 55%, that is actually crazy.
  • Crystal Fragments: Deals a lot of damage and also gives us access to the Exploitation passive to increase our Spell Crit by 6%!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Lightning Flood: Small shock AoE damage effect that deals an insane amount of damage. Friendly group members also can active a synergie that deals good damage.
  • Empowered 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. Also gives Minor Intellect to you and group members, increasing Magicka Recovery by 10%.
  • Storm Atronach: Strongest Single Target Ultimate for the Sorc, make sure to keep Daedric Prey on the enemy to benefit from the damage boost.

What about:

  • Power Surge: If you play alone you can also use Power Surge instead of Crystal Fragments, it will help you stay alive because it heals you.

As you see, we have a lot of Damage over Time effects that we need to keep up. That also makes the build so strong, because we have so many Damage over Time effects that hit the enemies, most of them are even AoE Damage over Time effects so it can hit multiple enemies. Because we have a lot of shock abilities we can also proc Concussion a lot, which increases our damage by 8%. Concussion can proc Off Balance from the Blockade of Shock which increases our damage by another 10% due to our Champion Points (81 Points in Thaumaturge, that way we unlock the “Exploiter” Champion Points Perk).

Championpoints

If you need optimized defensive Champion Points for a specific trial I recommend checking out my Maximize Damage Mitigation in Trials Article.

Championpoints [810]

The Ritual
81 Thaumaturge
The Attronarch
28 Master-at-Arms, 19 Staff Expert
The Apprentice
56 Elemental Expert, 56 Elfborn, 30 Spell Erosion
The Shadow
46 Tumbling, 45 Shadow Ward
The Lover
56 Arcanist, 75 Tenacity
The Tower
48 Warlord
The Lord
The Lady
49 Hardy, 49 Elemental Defender, 48 Thick Skinned
The Steed
81 Ironclad, 43 Spell Shield

Championpoints [600]

The Ritual
81 Thaumaturge
The Attronarch
11 Staff Expert
The Apprentice
49 Elemental Expert, 37 Elfborn, 23 Spell Erosion
The Shadow
20 Tumbling, 20 Shadow Ward
The Lover
49 Arcanist, 75 Tenacity
The Tower
36 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 Attronarch
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 Info for Magicka Sorcerer Pet Build PvE

Buff-food

Solitude Salmon-Millet Sauce (Max Health+Max Magicka)
or
Bloody Mara Food which is slightly better then the blue food.

Solitude Salmon Millet soup

Food buff

Mundus Stone

If you have below 47% crit chance (without thief equipped), then choose the Thief Mundus, if you are above then choose the Shadow Mundus. If you want an exact calculation on what you should use check out the Shadow vs Thief Article.

Shadow Mundus (Increased Spell Critical Damage)
or
Thief Mundus (Increased Spell Critical Chance)

Race

Altmer will give you overall the best damage. However, all magicka based races are viable for this setup.

Altmer (Recommended)
Darkelf
Breton
Khajiit

Potions

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

Spell Power Potions

Passives


Rotation

Make sure to drop your Ultimate ability on cooldown. The Atronach should be used as a Single Target Ultimate whereas the other Ultimate is used for AoE damage on trash packs.

  • You can activate Crystal Fragments whenever it procs so you can instant cast it.

With One Pet

Lightning Flood > Light Attack > Blockade of Storms > Weapon Swap
Light Attack > Pet > Light Attack > Daedric Prey > Heavy Attack > Heavy Attack > Weapon Swap
Restart

With Two Pets

Only use the Twilight Tormentor Matriach Ability when the enemy is above 50%, otherwise just let the mob Light Attack by itself so you can focus on other stuff, it will still do a lot of damage.

Lightning Flood > Light Attack > Blockade of Storms > Weapon Swap
Light Attack > Pet1 > Light Attack > Pet2 > Light Attack > Daedric Prey > Heavy Attack > Weapon Swap
Restart


Blackrose Prison Arena

This section of the build is dedicated to the Blackrose Prison Arena, it is a bit different compared to the usual Trial and Dungeon setup due to how the Arena works and because you fight such a huge amount of enemies each wave.

  • Gear Setup
  • Alternative Gear Setups
  • Skill Setup

Gear Setup

GearSetWeightTraitEnchantment
ChestNecropotenceLightDivineMagicka
BeltNecropotenceLightDivineMagicka
ShoesNecropotenceLightDivineMagicka
PantsNecropotenceLightDivineMagicka
HandsNecropotenceLightDivineMagicka
HeadGrothdarrHeavyDivineMagicka
ShoulderGrothdarrMediumDivineMagicka
NecklaceMother's SorrowJewelryArcaneSpell Damage
RingMother's SorrowJewelryArcaneSpell Damage
RingMother's SorrowJewelryArcaneSpell Damage
Weapon 1Mother's SorrowShockPreciseFire Enchant
Weapon 2The Maelstrom's Lightning StaffShockInfusedAbsorb Magic Enchant

Alternative Gear Setup

Skills


Maelstrom Arena

If you want you can go check out my Beginner Maelstrom Setup for Magicka Sorcerer.

Gear

You can both run Gear Setup 1 or 2 for Maelstrom Arena. More Max Magicka makes your shields bigger, so that is why I recommend going with Necropotence.

GearSetWeightTraitEnchantment
ChestNecropotenceLightDivineMagicka
BeltNecropotenceLightDivineMagicka
ShoesNecropotenceLightDivineMagicka
PantsNecropotenceLightDivineMagicka
HandsNecropotenceLightDivineMagicka
Head Ilambris/ ZaanHeavyDivineMagicka
Shoulder Ilambris/ ZaanMediumDivineMagicka
NecklaceMother's SorrowJewelryArcaneSpell Damage
RingMother's SorrowJewelryArcaneSpell Damage
RingMother's SorrowJewelryArcaneSpell Damage
Weapon 1Mother's SorrowShockPreciseFire Enchant
Weapon 2The Maelstrom's Lightning StaffShockInfusedAbsorb Magic Enchant

Skills

  • If you have sustain issues in Maelstrom Arena, I recommend running Witchmothers Brew Drink.
  • if you want you can run Crushing Shock instead of a Bound Armor on the front or backbar.

Update Log

18.05.2019 Updated Build for the Elsweyr Chapter, Magicka Sorcerer Pet Build PvE.
21.05.2019 Fixed a few typos and gear setup 2.