Updated:  Greymoor Chapter
Type: Solo Dungeons, Overland and Maelstrom Arena


Welcome to the “SOLO MagDK” Magicka Dragonknight Build for PvE in Elder Scrolls Online. This build is optimized for solo play. Make sure to bookmark the link as I will keep updating the build for each new Update of ESO. If you are new I recommend checking out the Magicka Dragonknight Beginner Guide and the Magicka Dragonknight Beginner 160CP Build before you tackle on this setup. You can also find a META Magicka Dragonknight Group Build that is made for dungeons and trials.

Other Magicka Dragonknight Guides:

This build here is specifically designed for SOLO play. You can play this build in Overland or Dungeons (normal and veteran). I also made sure to give you a few gear choices below because it is not always easy to get the right gear in Elder Scrolls Online. Magicka Dragonknights are very powerful in a Solo environment both in dealing damage and staying alive.

Magicka Dragonknights are very damage over time focused, so we want to keep DoTs like Burning Embers and Engulfing Flames active all the time. Combining the Cauterize healing ability with a set like Iceheart will also always guarantee that we get our health back up without too much trouble.

  • Solo Build for Normal & Veteran Dungeons
  • Solo Build for Overland
  • Easy to get Gear & Advanced Setups
  • Big Shields
  • Good Self Healing

Solo Setup

Gearsetup 1: 5x False God’s Devotion, 5x Mother’s Sorrow, 2x Iceheart, 1x MSA Destro


If you want to see more viable gear options I recommend reading the Magicka DPS Gear Sets Article which explains all of the sets in detail.

  • Setup 1 Most Optimal Setup
  • Setup 2 Easy to get Gear
  • Setup 3 Beginner Setup

Gear Setup 1

  • Offensive vs Defensive: I recommend using the Iceheart Monster set, it makes your life so much easier because the shield constantly refreshes on you, that way you can focus more on damage too. If you want to go for pure damage make sure to choose the Slimecraw Monster Set, the Minor Berserk buff is really strong and the next best choice for a solo setup. You can also go for a more AoE focused Monster Set like the Grothdarr Monster Set.
  • False God’s Devotion: False God's Devotion is very powerful in both the imperfect and perfect version, I can highly recommend this set. You can farm it fairly easy in normal mode Sunspire.
  • No Maelstrom Staff? If you do not have a Maelstrom Staff, just use another Mother’s Sorrow staff instead, the dps loss is not that big.
ChestFalse God's DevotionLightDivineMagicka
BeltFalse God's DevotionLightDivineMagicka
ShoesFalse God's DevotionLightDivineMagicka
PantsFalse God's DevotionLightDivineMagicka
HandsFalse God's DevotionLightDivineMagicka
NecklaceMother's SorrowJewelryArcaneSpell Damage
RingMother's SorrowJewelryArcaneSpell Damage
RingMother's SorrowJewelryArcaneSpell Damage
Weapon 1Mother's SorrowFirePreciseFire Damage Enchant
Weapon 2Crushing WallFireInfusedWeapon Damage Enchant

Gear Setup 2

This setup is easier to acquire and also has more defensive stats compared to the first one, which means it’s safer to play. Once again, make sure to use the Iceheart Monster Set, it really makes a huge difference in terms of defense, it procs very easily and gives you a decent sized shield that absorbs damage.

Note: You can change the gear pieces any way you want. So for example you can simply craft Julianos staves if you can’t find any Mother’s Sorrow ones or if they are too expensive. Just make sure to check that you have at least 5 light armor pieces equipped! You could also simply run a Shock Mother’s Sorrow Staff (Argonian Muck Minder of Mother’s Sorrow – Unique Item) which is very easy to obtain from a special quest reward in Deshaan. The quest is called “The Saving of Silent Mire“.

ChestLaw of JulianosHeavyDivineMagicka
BeltLaw of JulianosMediumDivineMagicka
ShoesLaw of JulianosLightDivineMagicka
PantsLaw of JulianosLightDivineMagicka
HandsLaw of JulianosLightDivineMagicka
NecklaceMother's SorrowJewelryArcaneSpell Damage
RingMother's SorrowJewelryArcaneSpell Damage
RingMother's SorrowJewelryArcaneSpell Damage
Weapon 1Mother's SorrowFirePreciseFire Damage Enchant
Weapon 2Mother's SorrowFireInfusedWeapon Damage Enchant

Gear Setup 3 Beginner

You can either simply farm or buy the Mother's Sorrow set for a pretty cheap price if you do not pick the best in slot traits or ask a guild member. More important is that you just get the full sets together as fast as possible, even if you do not have the best traits.

Law of Julianos can be crafted, either by yourself but most likely you don’t have the necessary traits yet, ask a guild mate to craft you the gear, or ask someone in a trading guild, if you have the materials there is always someone that can help you.

ChestMother's SorrowLightAny TraitMagicka
BeltMother's SorrowLightAny TraitMagicka
ShoesMother's SorrowLightAny TraitMagicka
PantsMother's SorrowLightAny TraitMagicka
HandsMother's SorrowLightAny TraitMagicka
HeadMagnus' Gift or Monster SetHeavyAny TraitMagicka
ShoulderMagnus' Gift or Monster SetMediumAny TraitMagicka
NecklaceLaw of JulianosJewelryAny TraitSpell Damage
RingLaw of JulianosJewelryAny TraitSpell Damage
RingLaw of JulianosJewelryAny TraitMagicka Recovery
Weapon 1Law of JulianosFireAny TraitFire Damage Enchant
Weapon 2Law of JulianosFireAny TraitWeapon Damage Enchant

Where can I get the gear?

False God's Devotion: Sunspire
Julianos: Craftable
Mother's Sorrow: Deshaan Overland, Guildtrader
Maelstrom Destruction Staff: vet Maelstrom Arena
Slimecraw: Head: Wayrest Sewers I, Shoulder: Maj Undaunted Chest
Grothdarr: Head: Vaults of Madness, Shoulder: Glirion
Iceheart: Head: Direfrost Keep, Shoulder: Glirion Undaunted Chest
Magnus' Gift: Craftable in Rivenspire, Greenshade, Shadowfen

IMPORTANT: You can get a Shock Mother’s Sorrow Staff by doing a simple quest, that way you earn the staff! You will receive the “Argonian Muck Minder of Mother’s Sorrow” from the Quest in Silent Mire, Deshaan.


  • Remember, you can change out some of the abilities if you want or never use them. And you can also adjust the bars.
Burning Embers Engulfing Flames Molten Whip Harness Magicka Cauterize Ferocious Leap
Unstable Wall of Elements Eruption Elemental Drain Volatile Armor Molten Armaments Standard of Might
Destruction Staff MainbarDestruction Staff bar
Slot 1: Burning EmbersSlot 1: Unstable Wall of Elements
Slot 2: Engulfing FlamesSlot 2: Eruption
Slot 3: Molten WhipSlot 3: Elemental Drain
Slot 4: Harness MagickaSlot 4: Volatile Armor
Slot 5: CauterizeSlot 5: Molten Armaments
Ultimate: Ferocious LeapUltimate: Standard of Might

Skill explanation:

  • Burning Embers: Always apply this on the strongest enemy, it also heals when the effect ends and even if you reapply it before it runs out.
  • Engulfing Flames: Keep this DoT on the enemies, it increases your overall damage.
  • Molten Whip: Your main single target damage ability.
  • Harness Magicka: Activate this if you you are expecting to get a huge punsh in the face (Boss Heavy Attack for example). This will bolster your health.
  • Cauterize: This is your main healing ability, keep it up all the time! It also applies Major Prophecy to you, increasing your Spell Crit by 10%!
  • Ferocious Leap: This is your “oh crap!” ultimate, if you are low on health or have difficulties to survive, activate this ultimate to gain a big shield and deal damage at the same time. It is also very low cost so you will have it ready most of the times.
  • Unstable Wall of Elements: Your main AoE ability, has to be on the ground all the time.
  • Eruption: Only use this ability if you are sure enemies will stand in it, it is quite costly to use.
  • Elemental Drain: Apply this to bosses or bigger enemies, this will make your sustain better and also increase your damage by A LOT.
  • Volatile Armor: Increases your resistances and healing received. Keep this up all the time, also deals a bit of damage.
  • Molten Armaments: This is your tool to gain Major Sorcery (20% Spell Damage buff). The ability also increases your heavy attack damage.
  • Standard of Might: Standard of Might is your main ultimate, it increases your damage and also your mitigation.

Championpoints for Solo Magicka Dragonknight

In case you need help distributing your Champion Points, make sure to check out the Champion Points Calculator!

Championpoints [810]

The Ritual
34 Thaumaturge
The Atronach
73 Master-at-Arms, 23 Staff Expert
The Apprentice
64 Elemental Expert, 66 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

Championpoints [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

Championpoints [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 Solo MagDK


Gear Setup 1: Tri-Stat Buff Food

You can buy both of these buff foods in the store, Bewitched Sugar Skulls is more expensive than the Longfin Pasty, but both provide similar stats that we need.

Bewitched Sugar Skulls
(Max Health, Max Magicka, Max Stamina)

bewitched sugar skills food

Longfin Pasty with Melon Sauce
(Max Health, Max Magicka, Max Stamina)

Food buff

Gear Setup 2 & 3

Because we need to get sustain from somewhere else if we don’t have False God’s Devotion, I recommend using the Witchmother’s Potent Brew on Gear Setup 2 & 3. You can buy this very cheap in the guild stores or even ask people to give you some.

Food buff

Mundus Stone

The extra Spell Penetration will increase our damage output by a lot.

The Lover Mundus (Increased Spell Penetration)


I choose Breton because you get a huge sustain boost and higher resistances in combination with extra max magicka. All magicka based classes work but you might want to make some small adjustments.

Breton (Recommended, best sustain)


A Dragonknight already has access to Major Sorcery and Prophecy via the Cauterize and Molten Armaments, you just have to make sure to keep the buffs up. You can use simple Magicka potions or if you prefer the more expensive ones that also give you the buffs in case you don’t use one of the above skills.

Essence of Magicka Potion
(Bought in Guild Stores, fairly cheap)

Magicka sorcerer beginner build

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

Spell Power Potions

Important: Make sure to get alchemy to level 50 to unlock the Medicinal Use passive. That way you can keep up the buffs of potions a 100% of the time.



20 Health, 44 Magicka, 0 Stamina

Resource Management

Resource management with a solo build is slightly different compared to a group setup because you can’t really rely on your healer to give you resources back. Now that doesn’t really matter because we have other means of restoring resources. Your main tool of restoring resources is your heavy attacks, they are pretty slow but you will regain a lot of resources. You can also use your potions on cooldown that will return a lot of extra resources. Elemental Drain is a key ability to increase your sustain and damage in a fight, make sure to keep it up all the time! Whenever you are using your Ultimate ability the Battle Roar passive will proc and you will restore a lot of stamina, health and magicka at the same time, so learn to time it correctly!


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.

For this kind of setup there is not a fixed rotation at all, your main goal should always be to stay alive and you do that by keeping up your shield and healing abilities.

  1. ALWAYS keep up Cauterize, Cauterize is your main heal, if you fail to reactivate it, you will not gain any heals. You can activate the skill early if you need a burst heal.
  2. Molten Armaments and Volatile Armor are also important, make sure to keep them active too.
  3. Keep up your DoTs, you have 3-4 DoTs that should always be active as much as possible. Burning Embers, Engulfing Flames, Unstable Wall of Elements. Only use Eruption when you are sure enemies will stand in it.

Bad Habits

  • A lot of people have a bad habit of forgetting their backbar abilities, you should really focus on always weapon swapping enough to re-apply the DoTs and buffs on your backbar.
  • Keeping your shield up with the Harness Magicka skill is key in this build, if you loose health or drop low you want to make sure to keep the shield up while Cauterize is healing you back up.
  • Always keep moving your character around, if you just stand on the ground you take unnecessary damage from melee monsters, that damage can easily be avoided by kiting (running away backwards from the enemy and still dealing damage to him.
  • Not activating Ultimates can have devastating effects, especially the Ferocious Leap Ultimate can be very helpful, its cost is low and it applies a huge shield that protects your health, so use it when you drop low on health.

Build Video

Update Log

04.02.2020 Added the Solo Magicka Dragonknight Build for the Harrowstorm DLC.
17.05.2020 Updated the build for the GREYMOOR CHAPTER.