“Ice & Fire”

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

Table of Contents

Introduction

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. You can also find other Magicka Warden content on the website such as:

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”. Like always you can find three different gear setups, one with the best gear, one with advanced gear and a beginner setup.

  • Warden Class
  • Double Destruction Staff
  • High Magicka Resource Pool
  • Good AoE Damage
  • Good Single Target Damage
  • Good Sustain
  • Ice & Fire Skill Setup

Changes to the previous Version

Stonethorn DLC U27, changed the skill setups for both Single Target and AoE. Removed Vampire from the build, as Blood for Blood got nerfed, replaced it with our normal Warden spammable. There is plenty of gear balance changes that made some sets a bit more viable, Single Target gear setup nothing changed, updated the AoE gear setup.

Notable changes from the patch notes:

Bloodthirsty: This trait now grants up to 350 Weapon and Spell Damage against targets under 90% Health, rather than granting a flat 10% damage increase against targets under 25% Health.

False God’s Devotion Set:

  • Removed the extra 5 piece bonus of Spell Damage on the normal version
  • Removed the extra 5 piece bonus of Magicka on the perfected version

Mantle of Siroria Set:

  • This set and the Perfected version now grant 52 Spell Damage per stack, up from 30.
  • Reduced the maximum stacks to 10, down from 20.

Both False God and Siroria got some adjustments. False God is king if you have sustain issues. If you don’t have sustain issues you want to wear Siroria for the damage, easier to maintain the stacks now!

Mechanical Acuity Set:

  • Removed the proc chance from this set.
  • This set now grants its guaranteed Critical Strike to any ability that can naturally Critically Strike, rather than only attacks.

Medusa Set:

  • This set’s 2-4 piece bonuses are now Spell Critical, rather than Health, Magicka, and Spell Damage.
  • This set now has an additional 5 piece bonus of 900 Spell Critical.
  • This is a heavy armor set.

Both Acuity and the Medusa set are now also very viable. Acuity for burst situations such as trash fights and Medusa can be used if you need 1 extra Skill slot (Because you won’t have to run Trap or Channeled Acceleration for the Minor Force buff.)


Resource Management

Blue Betty has to be active all the time, it gives you a huge boost to Magicka sustain.

Energy Orb will always be present in a good group. When you get close to the Orb you can activate its synergy to regain resources.

Potions should always be used on cooldown to gain the maximum benefit from them.

Heavy Attacks help you restore Magicka, if you drop low on resources do a few Heavy Attacks between skills to refill your Magicka.

  • Blue Betty
  • Orb Synergy
  • Potions
  • Heavy Attack

Trials & Dungeons Setup

5x Perfect False God’s Devotion, 5x Mother’s Sorrow, 2x Zaan on a High Elf and Artaeum Picked Fish Bowl food (Stats may differentiate a bit)

  • Unbuffed: Out of combat
  • Buffed: Raid Dummy buffs, Weapon Damage Enchantment and Spell Power Potions were active

Gear

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

There are plenty of good Magicka DPS sets in the game, you can check out the “Endgame Magicka DPS Sets Article” with an explanation for each set.

Gear Setup 1

GearSetWeightTraitEnchantment
ChestPerfected False God's DevotionLightDivineMagicka
BeltMother's SorrowLightDivineMagicka
ShoesMother's SorrowLightDivineMagicka
PantsPerfected False God's DevotionLightDivineMagicka
HandsMother's SorrowLightDivineMagicka
HeadMaw of the InfernalHeavyDivineMagicka
ShoulderMaw of the InfernalMediumDivineMagicka
NecklacePerfected False God's DevotionJewelryBloodthirstySpell Damage
RingPerfected False God's DevotionJewelryBloodthirstySpell Damage
RingPerfected False God's DevotionJewelryBloodthirstySpell Damage
Weapon 1Mother's SorrowFirePreciseFire or Frost Enchant
Weapon 2Perfected Crushing WallFireInfusedWeapon Damage Enchant

Gear Setup 2

GearSetWeightTraitEnchantment
ChestLaw of JulianosHeavyDivineMagicka
BeltLaw of JulianosLightDivineMagicka
ShoesLaw of JulianosLightDivineMagicka
PantsNecropotenceLightDivineMagicka
HandsNecropotenceLightDivineMagicka
HeadValkyn SkoriaMediumDivineMagicka
ShoulderValkyn SkoriaLightDivineMagicka
NecklaceNecropotenceJewelryBloodthirstySpell Damage
RingNecropotenceJewelryBloodthirstySpell Damage
RingNecropotenceJewelryBloodthirstySpell Damage
Weapon 1Law of JulianosFirePreciseFire Enchant
Weapon 2Crushing WallFireInfusedWeapon Damage Enchant

Gear Setup 3 Beginner

GearSetWeightTraitEnchantment
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
Necropotence: Rivenspire
Maw of the Infernal: City of Ash 1 & 2
Zaan: Scalecaller Peak
Valkyn Skoria: City of Ash 2
Maelstrom Fire Staff: Maelstrom Arena
Maelstrom Fire Staff: vMaelstrom Arena
Willpower: Imperial City Vaults, Guildstore
Spinner's Garments: Malabal Tor
Slimecraw: Wayrest Sewers 1

Skills

  • Channeled Acceleration: You can also use Barbed Trap in case you do not have Channeled Acceleration.
Mystic Orb Deep Fissure Screaming Cliff Racer Fetcher Infection Bird of Prey Eternal Guardian
Unstable Wall of Elements Winter's Revenge Harness Magicka Channeled Acceleration Blue Betty Eternal Guardian
Fire Staff MainbarFire Staff bar
Slot 1: Mystic OrbSlot 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/ Trap
Slot 5: Bird of PreySlot 5: Blue Betty
Ultimate: Eternal GuardianUltimate: Eternal Guardian

 

Champion Points

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

Champion Points [810]

The Ritual
56 Thaumaturge
The Atronach
56 Master-at-Arms, 23 Staff Expert
The Apprentice
64 Elemental Expert, 61 Elfborn, 10 Spell Erosion
The Shadow
61 Tumbling, 61 Shadow Ward
The Lover
100 Arcanist
The Tower
37 Warlord, 11 Sprinter
The Lord
The Lady
49 Hardy, 49 Elemental Defender, 48 Thick Skinned
The Steed
81 Ironclad, 43 Spell Shield

Champion Points [600]

The Ritual
34 Thaumaturge
The Atronach
34 Master at Arms, 23 Staff Expert
The Apprentice
64 Elemental Expert, 37 Elfborn, 8 Spell Erosion
The Shadow
29 Tumbling, 29 Shadow Ward
The Lover
100 Arcanist
The Tower
31 Warlord, 11 Sprinter
The Lord
The Lady
49 Hardy, 49 Elemental Defender, 37 Thick Skinned
The Steed
37 Ironclad, 28 Spell Shield

Champion Points [300]

The Ritual
18 Thaumaturge
The Atronach
16 Master at Arms, 11 Staff Expert
The Apprentice
32 Elemental Expert, 16 Elfborn, 7 Spell Erosion
The Shadow
17 Tumbling, 17 Shadow Ward
The Lover
37 Arcanist
The Tower
18 Warlord, 11 Sprinter
The Lord
The Lady
27 Hardy, 27 Elemental Defender, 18 Thick Skinned
The Steed
16 Ironclad, 12 Spell Shield

Important Info for Magicka Warden Build PvE

Buff-food

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)

Race

Altmer (Best Damage)
Breton (Best Sustain)
Darkelf
Khajiit

Potions

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

Spell Power Potions

Passives

Attributes

All into Magicka


Rotation

Also please 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. Activate Ultimate whenever you are on the front bar..

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

Deep Fissure > LA > Fetchers Infection > LA > Cliff Racer > LA > Deep Fissure > LA >  Mystic Orb > LA > Cliff Racer > LA > Deep Fissure >  Cliff Racer > Weapon Swap

Restart

LA = Light Attack


Area of Effect Setup

Here you can find an optimized AoE setup for your build. This will help increase your damage on trash packs during dungeons & trials. You can choose any magicka based Monster Set, I prefer Iceheart because it provides so much damage mitigation.

GearSetWeightTraitEnchantment
ChestPerfected False God's DevotionLightDivineMagicka
BeltMechanical AcuityLightDivineMagicka
ShoesMechanical AcuityLightDivineMagicka
PantsPerfected False God's DevotionLightDivineMagicka
HandsMechanical AcuityLightDivineMagicka
HeadIceheartHeavyDivineMagicka
ShoulderIceheartMediumDivineMagicka
NecklacePerfected False God's DevotionJewelryArcaneSpell Damage
RingPerfected False God's DevotionJewelryArcaneSpell Damage
RingPerfected False God's DevotionJewelryArcaneSpell Damage
Weapon 1Mechanical AcuityShockNirnhonedFire Enchant
Weapon 2Crushing WallFireInfusedWeapon Damage Enchant

Perfect False God's Devotion: Sunspire
Mechanical Acuity: Craftable
Iceheart: Direfrost Keep, Glirion Chest

Skills

Soul Splitting Trap Deep Fissure Elemental Ring Mystic Orb Bird of Prey Shooting Star
Unstable Wall of Elements Winter's Revenge Harness Magicka Channeled Acceleration Blue Betty Elemental Rage

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!

Gear

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

Skills

Blue Betty Deep Fissure Force Pulse Elemental Drain Mystic Orb 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.
20.10.2019 Updated the Build for the DRAGONHOLD DLC.
20.02.2020 Updated the Build for the HARROWSTORM DLC.
24.05.2020 Updated the Build for the GREYMOOR CHAPTER.

Tags: Magicka Warden Build PvE, MagWarden PvE Build.