“SOLO Magcro”

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


Welcome to the “SOLO Magcro” Magicka Necromancer 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 Necromancer Beginner Guide and the Magicka Necromancer Beginner 160CP Build before you tackle on this setup. You can also find a META Magicka Necromancer Group Build that is made for dungeons and trials.

Other Magicka Necromancer 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 Necromancers are very powerful in a Solo environment both in dealing damage and keeping you alive. Having abilities such as the Spirit Guardian means that we constantly get heals and also an extra 10% damage mitigation. On top of that if you face several enemies you can use Hungry Scythe to deal damage and heal yourself for a lot. And because we are using the Iceheart Monster Set that will constantly give us shields, we also have a huge buffer in between. if that is still not enough we always can utilize the Harness Magicka shield to bolster our health even further.

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

Solo Setup

Gearsetup 1: 5x False God’s Devotion, 5x Mother’s Sorrow, 2x Iceheart on a High Elf with Bewitched Sugar Skulls buff food.

  • Unbuffed: Out of combat
  • Buffed: Spell Power Potion, Weapon Damage Enchantment, Skeletal Arcanist were active.


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 SorrowShockPreciseShock Damage Enchant
Weapon 2Crushing WallShockInfusedWeapon 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.

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 SorrowShockPreciseShock Damage Enchant
Weapon 2Mother's SorrowShockInfusedWeapon 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 JulianosShockAny TraitShock Damage Enchant
Weapon 2Law of JulianosShockAny 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.
Harness Magicka Stalking Blastbones Ricochet Skull Hungry Scythe Spirit Guardian Glacial Colossus
Unstable Wall of Elements Consuming Trap Elemental Drain Skeletal Arcanist Mystic Siphon Ravenous Goliath
Destruction Staff MainbarDestruction Staff bar
Slot 1: Harness MagickaSlot 1: Unstable Wall of Elements
Slot 2: Stalking BlastbonesSlot 2: Consuming Trap
Slot 3: Ricochet SkullSlot 3: Elemental Drain
Slot 4: Hungry ScytheSlot 4: Skeletal Arcanist
Slot 5: Spirit GuardianSlot 5: Mystic Siphon
Ultimate: Glacial ColossusUltimate: Ravenous Goliath

Skill explanation:

  • Harness Magicka: Activate this if you you are expecting to get a huge punch in the face (Boss Heavy Attack for example). This will bolster your health.
  • Stalking Blastbones: Powerful Single Target and AoE damage ability.
  • Ricochet Skull: Your main spammable, deals very good damage and also bounces off to nearby targets.
  • Hungry Scythe: Your main AoE damage ability, deals a lot of damage and also heals you at the same time for a lot!
  • Spirit Guardian: While active, gives you 10% damage mitigation and also heals you for a lot. On death also provides you a corpse that you can use with for Mystic Siphon.
  • Glacial Colossus: Applies Major Vulnerability to the enemy, increase their damage taken by 30%. Also deals a lot of impact damage.
  • Unstable Wall of Elements: Your main AoE ability, has to be on the ground all the time.
  • Consuming Trap: Consuming Trap deals decent damage and is a good resource management tool, if you place it on an enemy before it dies it will return 7000 Magicka.
  • Elemental Drain: Apply this to bosses or bigger enemies, this will make your sustain better and also increase your damage by A LOT.
  • Skeletal Arcanist: Increases your magicka recovery by 200 and deals damage too. On death also provides you a corpse that you can use with for Mystic Siphon.
  • Mystic Siphon: Can only be used when a corpse is on the ground, returns a lot of magicka and deals plenty of AoE damage!
  • Ravenous Goliath: If you use this ultimate, you gain 30k extra health and you get way tankier.

Championpoints for Solo Magicka Necromancer

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

Championpoints [810]

The Ritual
44 Thaumaturge
The Atronach
73 Master-at-Arms
The Apprentice
64 Elemental Expert, 66 Elfborn, 23 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
40 Thaumaturge
The Atronach
34 Master at Arms
The Apprentice
64 Elemental Expert, 40 Elfborn, 22 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,
The Apprentice
32 Elemental Expert, 16 Elfborn, 18 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 Magcro


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

We use The Lover Mundus Stone because the extra Spell Penetration will increase our damage output by a lot.

The Lover Mundus (Increased Spell Penetration)


All Magicka based races will work for this setup.

Breton (Best sustain)
Altmer (Best damage)


Necromancer doesn’t have access to Major Sorcery or Prophecy through class skills. You have two options:

Use the Spell Power Potions which give you Major Sorcery and Prophecy, 20% Spell Damage and 10% Spell Critical.

Or use Degeneration and Inner Light to gain the same buffs and then just use normal cheap Essence of Magicka potions.

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.



All into Magicka

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! The ability Mystic Siphon is another very important tool. Try to drain corpses and keep this up, it deals nice AoE damage and also gives you magicka back. Keeping up your Skeletal Arcanist will also activate the Undead Confederate passive, it is also important to keep this ability activate all the time.


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. Keep up your DoTs, you have 5 DoTs that should always be active as much as possible. Unstable Wall of Elements, Consuming Trap, Skeletal Arcanist,Spirit Guardian and Mystic Siphon.
  2. Skeletal Arcanist and the Spirit Guardian both have a 16s duration, whereas Unstable Wall of Elements, Degeneration and Mystic Siphon have around 10-12 seconds.
  3. If you can not keep track of all these buffs, just make sure to prioritize your two summons and the Unstable Wall of Elements.


Before the fight: Activate Skeletal Arcanist, Spirit Guardian and apply Elemental Drain to the enemy.

Unstable Wall of Elements > LA > Degeneration > Weapon Swap

LA > Blastbones > 2x LA > Ricochet Skull > LA > Blastbones > 2x LA > Ricochet Skull > LA > Blastbones > Restart

  • The main technique is that you activate Blastbones, and inbetween you can always use two other skills and then reapply Blastbones.
  • If you have to reapply DoTs, replace the Ricochet Skull, make sure to keep the Blastbones rotation going.
  • Always prioritize shielding with Harness Magicka over damage if you drop low on health.

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 up your shield 24/7 is key to this build, that way your health can never really be damaged.
  • 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.
  • Keep your summons active, they help with damage mitigation, healing, resource management and also deal damage!

Build Video


Update Log

26.01.2020 Added the Solo Magicka Necromancer Build for the Harrowstorm DLC.
15.05.2020 Updated the build for the GREYMOOR CHAPTER.