“Ice & Fire”

Updated: Scalebreaker DLC, Elsweyr Chapter
Type: Dungeon, Trial, Arena & Overland

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Welcome to the Magicka Warden Build PvE “Ice & Fire” for Elder Scrolls Online. Make sure to bookmark the link as I will keep updating the build for each new Update of ESO. The Ice & Fire build is created for Trials, Dungeons & Maelstrom Arena. It features the new Warden Class and it will take some time to figure out the best possible setups for this class.

If you are new to ESO, please make sure to also read the New Player Beginners Guide and the Magicka Warden Beginners Guide, there are a lot of Beginner Guides that you can check out.

Wardens focus a lot on pet abilities and elemental damage. Both ranged and melee playstyle are very viable and can deal a lot of damage. Unlike Sorcerers, most of their “pets” are abilities and do not require to be double slotted, which is a huge advantage! Only the Bear Ultimate and the Belly Netch count towards “summonable pets”. We are using the Perfected False God's Devotion set which will give us really good sustain, that combined with Master Architect and the Bear Ultimate does some serious damage.

  • Warden Class
  • Double Destruction staff setup
  • High Magicka resource pool
  • Good AoE damage
  • Good Single Target damage
  • Good sustain
  • Ice & Fire skill setup

Changes from the previous version

Changed skill and rotation for the Scalebreaker DLC.

Resource Management

We run normal Health + Magicka food, with the Blue Netch and Bubbles we have enough sustain. The Blue Netch helps quite a lot already with sustain, so that’s the first thing you need to remember to keep up.  Depending on what buff food you are using, make sure to have at least 17,2k Health for Trials and Dungeons. Clockwork Citrus Filet can be very helpful as well with sustain, but you need to invest a few points into Health to reach around 17k HP again. . Heavy Attacks are also a great tool to restore resources and basically a must have for every build.

  • Blue Betty
  • Orbs and Spears from Healers
  • Heavy Attacks
  • Clockwork Citrus Filet

Trials & Dungeons Setup


You will find 3 different setups here. Setup 1 is the preferred setup. For people that do not have all the gear yet can use the Setup 2 which is easier to obtain and beginners can use Setup 3.

  • Setup 1 is with Trial Gear
  • Setup 2 is without Trial Gear
  • Setup 3 is for Beginners

Gear Setup 1

  • Master Architect also pairs well with Wardens, if you are using the bear, because of the low cost activation.
ChestPerfected False God's DevotionLightDivineMagicka
BeltMother's SorrowLightDivineMagicka
ShoesMother's SorrowLightDivineMagicka
PantsPerfected False God's DevotionLightDivineMagicka
HandsMother's SorrowLightDivineMagicka
NecklacePerfected False God's DevotionJewelryBloodthirstySpell Damage
RingPerfected False God's DevotionJewelryBloodthirstySpell Damage
RingPerfected False God's DevotionJewelryBloodthirstySpell Damage
Weapon 1Mother's SorrowFirePreciseFire Enchant
Weapon 2Crushing WallFireInfusedWeapon Damage Enchant

Gear Setup 2

HeadValkyn Skoria/ZaanHeavyDivineMagicka
ShoulderValkyn Skoria/ZaanMediumDivineMagicka
NecklaceBurning SpellweaveJewelryBloodthirstySpell Dmg
RingBurning SpellweaveJewelryBloodthirstySpell Dmg
RingBurning SpellweaveJewelryBloodthirstySpell Dmg
Weapon 1Burning SpellweaveFirePreciseFire Enchant
Weapon 2Crushing WallFireInfusedAbsorb Magic Enchant

Beginner Setup

ChestLaw of JulianosHeavyDivineMagicka
BeltLaw of JulianosLightDivineMagicka
ShoesSpinner's GarmentsLightDivineMagicka
PantsLaw of JulianosLightDivineMagicka
HandsSpinner's GarmentsLightDivineMagicka
HeadMonster SetMediumDivineMagicka
ShoulderMonster SetLightDivineMagicka
NecklaceSpinner's GarmentsJewelryArcaneSpell Dmg
RingSpinner's GarmentsJewelryArcaneSpell Dmg
RingSpinner's GarmentsJewelryArcaneSpell Dmg
Weapon 1Law of JulianosFirePreciseFire Enchant
Weapon 2Law of JulianosFireInfusedAbsorb Magic Enchant

Where can I get the gear?
Perfect False God's Devotion: Sunspire Vet
Mother's Sorrow: Deshaan
Master Architect: Halls of Fabrication
Necropotence: Rivenspire
Burning Spellweave: City of Ash 1 & 2
Zaan: Scalecaller Peak
Valkyn Skoria: City of Ash 2
Maelstrom Fire Staff: Maelstrom Arena
Ilambris: Crypts of Hearts 1
Willpower: Imperial City Vaults, Guildstore
Spinner's Garments: Malabal Tor
Slimecraw: Wayrest Sewers 1


  • Channeled Acceleration: You can also use Barbed Trap in case you do not have Channeled Acceleration.
Soul Splitting Trap Deep Fissure Screaming Cliff Racer Fetcher Infection Degeneration Eternal Guardian
Unstable Wall of Elements Winter's Revenge Harness Magicka Channeled Acceleration Blue Betty Eternal Guardian
Fire Staff MainbarFire Staff bar
Slot 1: Soul Splitting TrapSlot 1: Unstable Wall of Elements
Slot 2: Deep FissureSlot 2: Winter’s Revenge
Slot 3: Screaming Cliff RacerSlot 3: Harness Magicka
Slot 4: Fetchers InfectionSlot 4: Channeled Acceleration
Slot 5: DegenerationSlot 5: Blue Betty
Ultimate: Eternal GuardianUltimate: Eternal Guardian


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
44 Thaumaturge
The Atronach
61 Master-at-Arms, 19 Staff Expert
The Apprentice
64 Elemental Expert, 56 Elfborn, 26 Spell Erosion
The Shadow
56 Tumbling, 56 Shadow Ward
The Lover
100 Arcanist
The Tower
56 Warlord, 2 Sprinter
The Lord
The Lady
49 Hardy, 49 Elemental Defender, 48 Thick Skinned
The Steed
81 Ironclad, 43 Spell Shield

Championpoints [600]

The Ritual
44 Thaumaturge
The Atronach
40 Master at Arms, 11 Staff Expert
The Apprentice
49 Elemental Expert, 37 Elfborn, 19 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
20 Master at Arms, 2 Staff Expert
The Apprentice
27 Elemental Expert, 20 Elfborn
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 Warden Build PvE


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

Artaeum Pickeled Fish Bowl food

In case you still have sustain issues or you don’t have access to False God’s Devotion or you are not a Breton, I recommend using the Witchmother’s Potent Brew Drink (or Clockwork Citrus Filet)

Food buff

Mundus Stone

Shadow Mundus (Increased Spell Critical Damage)


Breton (recommended, best sustain)


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

Spell Power Potions


Rotation & Dummy

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 activate Channeled Acceleration and Blue Betty before you start the rotation and keep them up all the time. The main goal of the rotation is that you want to keep up all the DoTs.

Winter’s Revenge > LA > Unstable Wall of Elements > Weapon Swap

Deep Fissure > LA > Fetchers Infection > LA > Screaming Cliff Racer (with Light Attacks) > Soul Splitting Trap > LA > Degeneration > LA > Deep Fissure > LA > Weapon Swap


  • Reapply Blue Betty every 3rd rotation.
  • Reapply Channeled Acceleration every 4th rotation

If you reapply Blue Betty or Channeled Acceleration, you will do no Cliff Racer on the front bar.

LA = Light Attack

Target Dummy

This video is from LIKO’S Youtube Channel, he does a full 21 million Target Dummy Parse on the Raid Dummy. The video is a fully optimized Target Dummy Setup, so it will be different from the Raid/Dungeon build here!

ESO – Magicka Warden PVE Build (98k+) – Scalebreaker

Maelstrom Arena

If you are new to Maelstrom Arena, I highly recommend checking out the full Maelstrom Arena Veteran Guide! Always make sure to start a new wave off with a Heavy Attack to restore a lot of resources!


ChestFalse God's DevotionLightDivineMagicka
BeltFalse God's DevotionLightDivineMagicka
ShoesFalse God's DevotionLightDivineMagicka
PantsFalse God's DevotionLightDivineMagicka
HandsFalse God's DevotionLightDivineMagicka
NecklaceMother's SorrowJewelryArcaneSpell Dmg
RingMother's SorrowJewelryArcaneSpell Dmg
RingMother's SorrowJewelryArcaneSpell Dmg
Weapon 1Mother's SorrowFirePreciseFire Enchant
Weapon 2Mother's SorrowFireInfusedWeapon Damage Enchantment


Blue Betty Deep Fissure Force Pulse Elemental Drain Degeneration Northern Storm
Elemental Blockade Winter's Revenge Harness Magicka Channeled Acceleration Leeching Vines Elemental Rage

Update Log

11.08.2019 Updated the Build for the SCALEBREAKER DLC, Elsweyr Chapter, Magicka Warden Build PvE.