“SOLO MagDK”

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

Introduction

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  or Ring of the Pale Order will also always guarantee that we get our health back up without too much trouble.

  • Solo Build for Normal & Veteran Dungeons
  • Solo Build for Maelstrom & Vateshran Hollows Arena
  • Solo Build for Overland
  • Easy to get Gear & Advanced Setups
  • Big Shield
  • Good Self Healing
  • Great Damage

Solo Setup

Gear setup 1: 5x Perfected False God’s Devotion, 5x Mother’s Sorrow, 1x Ring of the Pale Order, 1x Domihaus on a High Elf with Bewitched Sugar Skulls buff-food.

  • Unbuffed: Out of combat, buff-food and Major Prophecy active
  • Buffed: In combat, buff-food, Major Prophecy, Spell Power Potions and Weapon Damage Enchantment active

Gear

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

  • Monster Set: We are only using a one piece Monster Set because we have the Ring of the Pale Order Mythic item equiped. The reason we use Domihaus is simple, it provides us with extra stats for both Magicka and Stamina. It has a double bonus compared to most other one piece monster sets.
  • 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 a Mother’s Sorrow staff instead.
  • Ring of the Pale Order: The Mythic item Ring of the Pale Order provides us with a lot of extra passive healing as long as we deal damage.
  • No Ring of the Pale Order? You can also keep using 2x Iceheart like before.
GearSetWeightTraitEnchantment
ChestFalse God’s DevotionLightDivineMagicka
BeltFalse God’s DevotionLightDivineMagicka
ShoesFalse God’s DevotionLightDivineMagicka
PantsFalse God’s DevotionLightDivineMagicka
HandsFalse God’s DevotionLightDivineMagicka
HeadDomihausHeavyDivineHealth
ShoulderMother’s SorrowLightDivineMagicka
NecklaceMother’s SorrowJewelryBloodthirstySpell Damage
RingMother’s SorrowJewelryBloodthirstySpell Damage
RingRing of the Pale OrderJewelryBloodthirstySpell Damage
Weapon 1Mother’s SorrowFirePreciseAbsorb Magicka 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 huge shield that absorbs a lot of damage.

Julianos can be crafted and Mother’s Sorrow can be farmed in the Deshaan Overland zone or you can also buy them via the Guild Store. It would be preferable if you get the gear with divine trait, but you can also use any other trait, you will not loose that much power. And non divine gear pieces are usually very cheap to buy.

GearSetWeightTraitEnchantment
ChestJulianosLightDivineMagicka
BeltJulianosLightDivineMagicka
ShoesJulianosLightDivineMagicka
PantsJulianosLightDivineMagicka
HandsJulianosLightDivineMagicka
HeadIceheartHeavyDivineHealth
ShoulderIceheartMediumDivineMagicka
NecklaceMother’s SorrowJewelryArcaneSpell Damage
RingMother’s SorrowJewelryArcaneSpell Damage
RingMother’s SorrowJewelryArcaneSpell Damage
Weapon 1Mother’s SorrowFirePreciseShock Enchant
Weapon 2Crushing WallFireInfusedWeapon Damage Enchant

If you do not own a Maelstrom Staff, simply use a Mother’s Sorrow Staff on the backbar, that way you keep the spell crit when you are on the back bar!

Setup 3 Beginner

Ask a guildmate to craft you Julianos. Mother’s Sorrow can be obtained for a pretty cheap price in the guildstores if you do not pick the best in slot trait. More important is that you just get the full sets together as fast as possible, even if you do not have the best traits.

GearSetWeightTraitEnchantment
ChestJulianosLightDivineMagicka
BeltJulianosLightDivineMagicka
ShoesJulianosLightDivineMagicka
PantsJulianosLightDivineMagicka
HandsJulianosLightDivineMagicka
HeadMagnus’ Gift or Monster SetHeavyDivineHealth
ShoulderMagnus’ Gift or Monster SetMediumDivineMagicka
NecklaceMother’s SorrowJewelryArcaneSpell Damage
RingMother’s SorrowJewelryArcaneSpell Damage
RingMother’s SorrowJewelryArcaneSpell Damage
Weapon 1Mother’s SorrowFirePreciseShock Enchant
Weapon 2Mother’s SorrowFireInfusedWeapon Damage Enchant

Where can I get the gear?

False God’s Devotion: Sunspire
Perfected False God’s Devotion: vet Sunspire
Ring of the Pale Order Antiquities
Mother’s Sorrow: Deshaan Overland, Guildtrader
Julianos: Craftable
Domihaus: Head: Vaults of Madness, Shoulder: Glirion
Iceheart: Head: Direfrost Keep, Shoulder: Glirion Undaunted Chest
Magnus’ Gift: Craftable in Rivenspire, Greenshade, Shadowfen
Crushing Wall: Maelstrom Arena
Perfected Crushing Wall: vet Maelstrom Arena

IMPORTANT: You can get a Shock Mother’s Sorrow Staff by doing a simple quest, that way you earn the staff, yes it isn’t optimal for a Dragonknight which has a lot of fire damage, but better than nothing for the start! You will receive the “Argonian Muck Minder of Mother’s Sorrow” from the Quest in Silent Mire, Deshaan.

Skills

  • 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 Mystic Orb 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: Mystic Orb
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.
  • Mystic Orb: Powerful AoE damage over time effect.
  • 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.

Champion Points for Solo Magicka Dragonknight

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

Champion Points [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

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 Solo MagDK

Buff-food

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)

Race

All magicka based races work with this setup.

Altmer (best damage)
Breton (best sustain)
Darkelf
Khajiit
Argonian

Potions

Depending on what skills you use, you won’t have to necessarily use expensive potions. If you have Cauterize and Molten Armaments on your bars like above, then you can use normal Essence of Magicka potions. Because these two skills already give you Major Sorcery and Major Prophecy.

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

Essence of Spell Power Potion ESO new

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

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.

Passives

Attributes

All into Magicka. I recommend getting around 18-20k Health.

64 Magicka, 0 Health, 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!

  • Heavy Attacks
  • Potions
  • Elemental Drain
  • Battle Roar

Rotation

If you want to learn more about weaving light attacks, you can check out this guide: “Weaving Beginner Guide”.

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 Armament and Volatile Armor are also important, make sure to keep them active too because they provide powerful buffs.
  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 and Mystic Orb.

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.

Vateshran Hollows Setup

  • For specific tips and tricks please check out the Vateshran Hollows Guide which explains everything in detail.
  • Ring of the Pale Order provides a lot of extra healing, I recommend getting this Mythic item, it makes the arena a lot easier.
  • If you don’t have access to Mythic items, please use the gear setups above.

Gear Setup

GearSetWeightTraitEnchantment
ChestFalse God’s DevotionLightDivineMagicka
BeltFalse God’s DevotionLightDivineMagicka
ShoesFalse God’s DevotionLightDivineMagicka
PantsFalse God’s DevotionLightDivineMagicka
HandsFalse God’s DevotionLightDivineMagicka
HeadDomihausHeavyDivineHealth
ShoulderMother’s SorrowLightDivineMagicka
NecklaceMother’s SorrowJewelryBloodthirstySpell Damage
RingMother’s SorrowJewelryBloodthirstySpell Damage
RingRing of the Pale OrderJewelryBloodthirstySpell Damage
Weapon 1Mother’s SorrowFirePreciseShock
Weapon 2Crushing WallFireInfusedWeapon Damage Enchant

Skills

Most of our damage is focused on AoE, which will make the Ring of the Pale Order even more powerful when we hit several targets. Always keep your buffs/debuffs active.

Burning Embers Engulfing Flames Molten Whip Mystic Orb Cauterize Temporal Guard
Unstable Wall of Elements Consuming Trap Elemental Drain Harness Magicka Channeled Acceleration Elemental Rage

Build Video

This build video is from the Greymoor Chapter and therefore will be a little bit different from the up to date setup here. The video is still useful as it explains a lot of mechanics related to the build here.

Gameplay

In this video we are using the Vateshran Hollows setup. If you want to learn more about Vateshran Hollows, you can also check out the Vateshran Hollows overview page or the Vateshran Hollows Guide.

Video soon.


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.
23.10.2020 Updated the build for the MARKARTH DLC, Greymoor Chapter.