Updated: Greymoor Chapter
Type: Dungeon, Trial, Arena & Overland

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This is a non meta HEAVY ATTACK PET SORC BUILD, if you are looking for the META SORC BUILD, check out the MYSTIC Sorcerer Build.


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. Please also check out:

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

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 instead of the normal food. Activate your potions on cooldown to benefit from the extra magicka.

  • Heavy Attacks
  • Clockwork Citrus Filet (Optional)
  • Potions

Trials & Dungeons Setup

5x Necropotence, 5x Mother’s Sorrow, 2x Zaan on a High Elf with Artaeum Picked Fish Bowl buff food.

  • Unbuffed: Out of combat, pets active.
  • Buffed: Raid target dummy buffs, Spell Power Potion and Weapon Damage Enchantment were active


Gear Setup 1

NecklaceMother's SorrowJewelryArcaneSpell Damage
RingMother's SorrowJewelryArcaneSpell Damage
RingMother's SorrowJewelryArcaneSpell Damage
Weapon 1Mother's SorrowShockPreciseFire Enchant
Weapon 2Crushing WallShockInfusedWeapon Damage Enchant

Gear Setup 2

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

ChestLaw of JulianosLightDivineMagicka
BeltLaw of JulianosLightDivineMagicka
PantsLaw of JulianosLightDivineMagicka
HeadMaw of the InfernalHeavyDivineMagicka
ShoulderMaw of the InfernalMediumDivineMagicka
NecklaceNecropotenceJewelryArcaneSpell Damage
RingNecropotenceJewelryArcaneSpell Damage
RingNecropotenceJewelryArcaneSpell Damage
Weapon 1Law of JulianosShockPreciseFire Enchant
Weapon 2Crushing WallShockInfusedWeapon Damage Enchant

Beginner Setup

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
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


  • 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 Inner light or Bound Armaments on both bars.
Mystic Orb Daedric Prey Crystal Fragments Summon Volatile Familiar Summon Twilight Tormentor Shooting Star
Unstable Wall of Elements Lightning Flood Empowered Ward Summon Volatile Familiar Summon Twilight Tormentor Greater Storm Atronach
Shock Staff MainbarShock Staff bar
Slot 1: Mystic OrbSlot 1: Unstable Wall of Elements
Slot 2: Daedric PreySlot 2: Lightning Flood
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:

  • Mystic orb: Very strong Single Target and AoE damage.
  • Deadric Prey: This ability deals damage on its own and it boosts our summoned monsters damage by 20%, must be up at all times.
  • 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.
  • Twilight Tormentor: Strong single target damage pet. Activate the skill till 50% of health, then stop using it.
  • Shooting Star: Can be used for AoE damage on trash packs, gives also ultimate back depending on how many enemies you hit.,
  • Unstable Wall of Elements: This ability is an AoE damage effect that covers a huge area in a shock field and also explodes at the end. 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 a good amount of damage. Friendly group members also can active a synergy 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:

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


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 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
The Lady
49 Hardy, 49 Elemental Defender, 48 Thick Skinned
The Steed
81 Ironclad, 43 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

Important Info for Magicka Sorcerer Pet Build PvE


Artaeum Pickled Fish Bowl
(Max Health, Max Magicka)
(Fish, Rice, Clam Gall, Honey)

Artaeum Pickeled Fish Bowl food

Mundus Stone

Shadow Mundus (Increased Spell Critical Damage)


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



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

Spell Power Potions



In case you don’t know what what weaving light attacks is, make sure to check out the “Weaving Beginner Guide” which explains how to weave light attacks between abilities, aka animation canceling.

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 > Unstable Wall of Elements > Weapon Swap
Light Attack > Pet > Light Attack > Daedric Prey > Heavy Attack > Mystic Orb > Weapon Swap

With Two Pets

Only use the Twilight Tormentor 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 > Unstable Wall of Elements > Weapon Swap
Light Attack > Pet1 > Light Attack > Pet2 > Light Attack > Daedric Prey > Heavy Attack > Mystic Orb > Weapon Swap

Update Log

11.08.2019 Updated the Build for the SCALEBREAKER DLC, Elsweyr Chapter, Magicka Sorcerer Pet Build PvE.
20.10.2019 Updated the Build for the DRAGONHOLD DLC.
20.02.2020 Updated the Build for the HARROWSTORM DLC.
25.05.2020 Updated the Build for the GREYMOOR CHAPTER.

Tags: Magicka Sorcerer Pet Build, Mag Sorc Pet Build PvE, Magsorc Pet Build PvE.