Build Creator: This build was created by FrozyESO, if you have any questions about this setup I recommend asking him either during his live streams on twitch or in our community partner discord @FrozyESO#6969

Updated: Scalebreaker DLC, Elsweyr Chapter
Type: Group Cyrodiil 12-16 Players

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Welcome to the ‘Magicka Sorcerer PvP Group Build “Elementalist” for Elder Scrolls Online. Make sure to bookmark the link as I will keep updating the build for each new Update of ESO. The Elementalist Build is optimized for Organized Group Play of 12-16 in Cyrodiil.

This build is a 5-1-1 light setup with Spinner's GarmentsVicious Death and Balorgh. With the changes to Magicka Nightblade and the removal of minor berserk from Grim Focus in the Elsweyr chapter, I believe that Magicka Sorcerer has become the best damage role in a Magicka raid environment.

Your Streak gives you the best mobility in the game and with the Scalebreaker patch, it also goes through block and hard stuns everyone.

Your Hardened Ward is cheaper than Dampen Magic and gives you more shield strength.

Your sustain is much better with the recovery buff from Dark Conversion compared to Balance.

Since you use a Fire Staff off bar with a Lightning Staff main bar, you deal more damage with the Fire Eye of the Storm to vampires while benefiting from the Ancient Knowledge on your front bar.

All of that while applying Minor Mangle which decrease the Max Health of enemies by 10% with your Storm Pulsar. Also note that with the Scalebreaker patch, your chances to apply the Concussion effect which apply Minor Vulnerability which increase damage taken by 8% has been increased from 5% to 15%.

Last and not the least, you benefit from a strong class execute, Mages' Wrath, which got it’s AOE damage buffed by 20% in the Elsweyr chapter.

  • Optimized for Organized Group Play of 12-16 in Cyrodiil
  • Lightning Staff and Fire Staff Setup
  • Light Armor
  • High Shield Strength
  • Good Sustain
  • Amazing Burst
  • Great Crowd Control

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.

Resource Management

Artaeum Picked Fish Bowl is the Food we use with this setup. If you don’t have the budget, you can consider using Solitude Salmon-Millet Soup instead. If you have Stamina sustain issues, use TriStats.

Dark Conversion combined with the Combustion synergy from Energy Orbs, Wormcult buff always active and the Breton race passives provide us with plenty of sustain for prolonged fights.

Using Buff tracking addons such as Circonians BuffTracker or BuffTimers to keep the recovery buff from Dark Conversion rolling and other useful buffs for this setup such as Minor Force and Major Sorcery and Major Resolve makes it much easier.

Using a Synergy Cooldown tracking addon such as RDK Group Tools (will be released publically soon) or Sanct Ultimate Organizer (latest version on Minion only) helps to make good use of energy orbs.

  • Energy Orbs with Harmony
  • Dark Conversion
  • Repentance
  • Breton Passives
  • Wormcult
  • Potions

PvP Setup

Elementalist ESO

Buffs: Major Resolve, Major Ward, Major Socery, Immovability Potion and Weapon Damage Enchantment were active when I took the screenshot.


We are running a 5-1-1 Light Armor setup Spinner's GarmentsVicious Death with Balorgh. For Group Play, I found that 5 Impenetrable and 2 Divine traits work best. You want to make sure to keep your shield up.

ChestSpinner's GarmentsLightImpenetrableTri-Stat
BeltSpinner's GarmentsLightImpenetrableTri-Stat
ShoesSpinner's GarmentsLightImpenetrableTri-Stat
PantsSpinner's GarmentsLightImpenetrableTri-Stat
HandsSpinner's GarmentsLightImpenetrableTri-Stat
NecklaceVicious DeathJewelryArcaneSpell Damage
RingVicious DeathJewelryArcaneSpell Damage
RingVicious DeathJewelryHarmonySpell Damage
Weapon 1Vicious DeathLightning StaffNirnhonedSpell Damage
Weapon 2Vicious DeathFire StaffInfusedAbsorb Stamina

Where can I get the gear?

Spinner's Garments: Malabal Tor
Vicious Death: Cyrodiil
Balorgh: March of Sacrifices


Streak Mages' Wrath Hardened Ward Pulsar Inner Light Temporal Guard

Race Against Time Boundless Storm Dark Conversion Power Surge Proximity Detonation Eye of the Storm
Lightning Staff MainbarFire Staff off bar
Slot 1: StreakSlot 1: Race Against Time
Slot 2: Mage’s WrathSlot 2: Boundless Storm
Slot 3: Hardened WardSlot 3: Dark Conversion
Slot 4: Storm PulsarSlot 4: Power Surge
Slot 5: Inner LightSlot 5: Proximity Detonation
Ultimate: Temporal GuardUltimate : Eye of Flame

Skills Explanation

  • Streak: Use this offensively to stun a pack of enemies as the group engages in or to interrupt players trying to resurrect.
  • Mage’s Wrath: You can precast this before streaking in. High chances enemies will get low during the next 4 seconds and the execute will proc.
  • Hardened Ward: Keep this up almost 100% of the time. Especially when engaging an enemy organized group.
  • Race Against Time: Roots/Snares Removal and a nice crit buff.
  • Boundless Storm: Keep this up full time. Consider slotting Aoe skills instead.
  • Dark Deal: Avoid letting your magicka drop bellow 50%. Keep the recovery buff and Minor Prophecy on the group up at all time by recasting this ability.
  • Power Surge: If the DK in the group is great at keeping the uptime on Major Sorcery, you may consider slotting something else.
  • Eye of the Storm: Precast this ultimate before streaking in a few seconds before your Proximity Detonation is about to explode.
  • Temporal Guard: Permanent Minor Protection during an offensive window.

Rotation and Combos

If you have a Warden casting Expansive Frost Cloak who is pretty good at keeping the uptime on Major Ward / Major Resolve on the whole group, you can consider dropping Boundless Storm for Unstable Wall of Elements or Soul Splitting Trap.

If you have a Dragonknight casting Igneous Weapons who is pretty good at keeping the ultime on Major Sorcery on the whole group, you can consider dropping Power Surge for Unstable Wall of Elements or Soul Splitting Trap.

Prebuffing Phase

Before any engagement, you want to make sure to maintain the following buffs from your abilities :

Damage Combo

In a magicka group focus, the leader will usually start an engagement by doing a countdown of Proximity Detonation. As you hear the countdown, cast Power Surge and Boundless Storm, then cast Proximity Detonation followed by Race Against Time.

Just before going in, cast Hardened Ward on yourself and Mages' Wrath on the biggest stack of enemies. Streak in so you land very close on the other side of the stack but still stun all the targets in your way, then spam Pulsar a few times.

Finally, cast Mages' Wrath on low targets.

Ultimate Combo

If the leader call for a Storm to be used, cast it just before Streaking in.

Kiting Phase

During the kiting phase, you can shield yourself and Streak enemies applying pressure on allies stuck behind. This requires a high skill level and is not recommended for new players.

Champion Points [810]

The Ritual
51 Thaumaturge
The Atronach
66 Master at Arms
The Apprentice
51 Elfborn, 37 Spell Erosion, 65 Elemental Expert
The Shadow
44 Tumbling, 40 Shadow Ward
The Lover
100 Arcanist, 37 Tenacity
The Tower
44 Warlord, 1 Siphoner, 4 Sprinter
The Lord
11 Quick Recovery, 16 Bastion
The Lady
56 Hardy, 56 Elemental Defender, 56 Thick Skinned
The Steed
61 Ironclad, 14 Resistant

Championpoints [600]

The Ritual
40 Thaumaturge
The Atronach
51 Master-at-Arms
The Apprentice
40 Elfborn, 20 Spell Erosion, 49 Elemental Expert
The Shadow
44 Tumbling
The Lover
75 Arcanist, 37 Tenacity
The Tower
44 Warlord, 1 Siphoner
The Lord
16 Bastion, 11 Quick Recovery
The Lady
37 Hardy, 37 Elemental Defender, 48 Thick Skinned
The Steed
40 Ironclad, 11 Resistant

Important Info


Artaeum Picked Fish Bowl

Artaeum Pickeled Fish Bowl food

Solitude Salmon Millet Soup

Food buff

Withered Tree Inn Venison Pot Roast

Withered Tree Inn Vension Pot Roast Food

Mundus Stone

The Lover (Increased Penetration)


High Elf
Dark Elf


Immovability Potions 
(CC Immunity, Health, Magicka)
(Bugloss, Namira’s Rot, Columbine)
Essence of Immovability Health and Mag



Update Log

16.08.2019 Updated Build by FrozyESO for the Scalebreaker DLC and Elsweyr Chapter, Magicka Sorcerer Cyrodiil PvP Group Build.