“SOLO Magcro”

Updated: Markarth DLC, Greymoor Chapter
Type: Solo Dungeons, Overland, Maelstrom & Vateshran Hollows Arena

Introduction

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.

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

Solo Setup

Gearsetup 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 active
  • Buffed: In combat, buff-food, Spell Power Potion, Weapon Damage Enchantment, Skeletal Arcanist 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
HeadDomihausHeavyDivineMagicka
ShoulderMother’s SorrowLightDivineMagicka
NecklaceMother’s SorrowJewelryBloodthirstySpell Damage
RingMother’s SorrowJewelryBloodthirstySpell Damage
RingRing of the Pale OrderJewelryBloodthirstySpell Damage
Weapon 1Mother’s SorrowShockPreciseAbsorb Magicka 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.

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
HeadIceheartHeavyDivineMagicka
ShoulderIceheartMediumDivineMagicka
NecklaceMother’s SorrowJewelryArcaneSpell Damage
RingMother’s SorrowJewelryArcaneSpell Damage
RingMother’s SorrowJewelryArcaneSpell Damage
Weapon 1Mother’s SorrowShockPreciseShock Enchant
Weapon 2Crushing WallShockInfusedWeapon 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 SetHeavyDivineMagicka
ShoulderMagnus’ Gift or Monster SetMediumDivineMagicka
NecklaceMother’s SorrowJewelryArcaneSpell Damage
RingMother’s SorrowJewelryArcaneSpell Damage
RingMother’s SorrowJewelryArcaneSpell Damage
Weapon 1Mother’s SorrowShockPreciseShock Enchant
Weapon 2Mother’s SorrowShockInfusedWeapon 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! 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.
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.

Champion Points for Solo Magicka Necromancer

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

Champion Points [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

Champion Points [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

Champion Points [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

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

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)

Race

All Magicka based races will work for this setup.

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

Potions

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 12% 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
(Magicka)
(Bought in Guild Stores, fairly cheap)

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

Essence of Spell Power Potion ESO new

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! 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.

  • Heavy Attacks
  • Potions
  • Elemental Drain
  • Mystic Siphon
  • Undead Confederate passive

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. 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.

Rotation

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 Harness Magicka 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!

Vateshran Hollows Setup

Magicka Necromancer Vateshran Hollows Buid 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
HeadDomihausHeavyDivineMagicka
ShoulderMother’s SorrowLightDivineMagicka
NecklaceMother’s SorrowJewelryBloodthirstySpell Damage
RingMother’s SorrowJewelryBloodthirstySpell Damage
RingRing of the Pale OrderJewelryBloodthirstySpell Damage
Weapon 1Mother’s SorrowShockPreciseShock
Weapon 2Crushing WallShockInfusedWeapon 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.

Mystic Siphon Stalking Blastbones Ricochet Skull Mystic Orb Spirit Guardian Glacial Colossus
Unstable Wall of Elements Consuming Trap Elemental Drain Skeletal Arcanist Harness Magicka Ravenous Goliath

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

If you want to learn more about the Icereach dungeon, you can check out the Icereach overview page.


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