“SOLO Sorcerer”

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

Introduction

Welcome to the “SOLO Sorcerer” Magicka Sorcerer Build for PvE in the 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. You can find more Sorcerer content on the website:

This build here is specifically designed for SOLO play. You can play this build in Overland, Dungeons and Arenas (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 ESO. Sorcerers have a pretty easy time compared to other classes soloing stuff because they have Hardened Ward, which applies a huge shield to yourself and your pets that bolster your health. In addition, we also have Critical Surge in our toolkit that boosts our damage and also heals us for quite a lot!

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

Solo Setup

5x Perfect 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 pet active.
  • Buffed: In Combat, buff-food, pet, potion, weapon damage enchant, Crit Surge are active.

Gear

I have chosen a double shock destruction staff setup with this build because it is easier to set enemies off balance and you can also get some splash AoE damage on shock heavy attacks. With shock heavy attacks you can also regain resources easier because it is easier to keep the attack focused on a mob due to the channeled attack. If you prefer a fire staff, go for it.

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 don’t 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 SorrowJewelryArcaneSpell Damage
RingMother’s SorrowJewelryArcaneSpell 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.

Both Necropotence and Mother’s Sorrow can be farmed in their respective Overland zones 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.

You can get a Mother’s Sorrow Shock staff fairly easy through a quest item (Argonian Muck Minder of Mother’s Sorrow – Unique Item). The quest is called “The Saving of Silent Mire“.

GearSetWeightTraitEnchantment
ChestNecropotenceLightDivineMagicka
BeltNecropotenceLightDivineMagicka
ShoesNecropotenceLightDivineMagicka
PantsNecropotenceLightDivineMagicka
HandsNecropotenceLightDivineMagicka
HeadIceheartHeavyDivineMagicka
ShoulderIceheartMediumDivineMagicka
NecklaceMother’s SorrowJewelryArcaneSpell Damage
RingMother’s SorrowJewelryArcaneSpell Damage
RingMother’s SorrowJewelryArcaneSpell Damage
Weapon 1Mother’s SorrowShockPreciseAbsorb Magicka
Weapon 2Crushing WallShockInfusedWeapon Damage Enchant

Gear Setup 3 Beginner

  1. You can buy blue gear (random trait) from the store for a very cheap price or farm these sets: Necropotence and Mother’s Sorrow. You don’t need to get the best traits right away, more important is that you have the full sets.
  2. You can obtain a Shock Mother’s Sorrow Staff very easy through a quest in Deshaan. I made a video about this a while ago: How to get a Mother’s Sorrow Staff for free.
GearSetWeightTraitEnchantment
ChestNecropotenceLightAny TraitMagicka
BeltNecropotenceLightAny TraitMagicka
ShoesNecropotenceLightAny TraitMagicka
PantsNecropotenceLightAny TraitMagicka
HandsNecropotenceLightAny TraitMagicka
HeadMagnus’ Gift or Monster SetHeavyAny TraitMagicka
ShoulderMagnus’ Gift or Monster SetMediumAny TraitMagicka
NecklaceMother’s SorrowJewelryAny TraitSpell Damage
RingMother’s SorrowJewelryAny TraitSpell Damage
RingMother’s SorrowJewelryAny TraitMagicka Recovery
Weapon 1Mother’s SorrowShockAny TraitAbsorb Magicka
Weapon 2Mother’s SorrowShockAny TraitWeapon 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
Necropotence: Rivenspire Overland, Guildtrader
Mother’s Sorrow: Deshaan Overland, Guildtrader
Crushing Wall: Maelstrom Arena
Perfected Crushing Wall: vet Maelstrom Arena
Domihaus: vet Falkreath
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.

Skills

Hardened Ward Consuming Trap Crystal Fragments Critical Surge Summon Volatile Familiar Shooting Star
Unstable Wall of Elements Mystic Orb Boundless Storm Elemental Drain Summon Volatile Familiar Greater Storm Atronach
Destruction Staff MainbarDestruction Staff bar
Slot 1: Hardened WardSlot 1: Unstable Wall of Elements
Slot 2: Consuming TrapSlot 2: Mystic Orb
Slot 3: Crystal FragmentsSlot 3: Boundless Storm
Slot 4: Critical SurgeSlot 4: Elemental Drain
Slot 5: Summon Volatile FamiliarSlot 5: Summon Volatile Familiar
Ultimate: Shooting StarUltimate: Greater Storm Atronach

Skill explanation:

  • Hardened Ward: Your main defensive ability, as long as you keep your shield up enemies can not damage your health.
  • Consuming Trap: Single Target DoT that you need to keep on the enemy, every time someone dies affected by this, you gain a huge amount of resources.
  • Crystal Fragments: Use this only when it procs, that way you can use it without cast time and it costs less and deals more damage. it also procs the Exploitation passive to get some extra Spell Critical.
  • Critical Surge: This is your main heal, if you keep this skill up in combination with your shields you should not really die, unless you get one shot.
  • Volatile Familiar: The Familiar has a lot of AoE damage and can also aggro some of the monsters.
  • Shooting Star Ultimate: If you have a lot of stacked mobs, you can use this to deal really good AoE damage and also regain Ultimates for each enemy hit.
  • Unstable Wall of Elements: Your main AoE ability, has to be on the ground all the time.
  • Mystic Orb: Deals high DoT damage to enemies around it, always apply this when you reapply Unstable Wall of Elements.
  • Boundless Storm: Deals small damage ticks and gives you major resistances. Plus if you use it you can also gain speed buff to run faster.
  • Elemental Drain: Apply this to bosses or bigger enemies, this will make your sustain better and also increase your damage by A LOT.
  • Greater Storm Attronach: This is your Single Target Ultimate, use it whenever you fight a boss.

Champion Points for Solo Magicka Sorcerer

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

Champion Points [810]

The Ritual
81 Thaumaturge
The Atronach
28 Master-at-Arms, 21 Staff Expert
The Apprentice
64 Elemental Expert, 66 Elfborn, 10 Spell Erosion
The Shadow
56 Tumbling, 56 Shadow Ward
The Lover
100 Arcanist
The Tower
56 Warlord, 2 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
28 Master at Arms, 21 Staff Expert
The Apprentice
64 Elemental Expert, 37 Elfborn, 10 Spell Erosion
The Shadow
20 Tumbling, 20 Shadow Ward
The Lover
100 Arcanist, 23 Tenacity
The Tower
37 Warlord
The Lord
The Lady
42 Hardy, 42 Elemental Defender, 40 Thick Skinned
The Steed
52 Ironclad, 24 Spell Shield

Champion Points [300]

The Ritual
18 Thaumaturge
The Atronach
16 Master at Arms, 11 Staff Expert
The Apprentice
29 Elemental Expert, 16 Elfborn, 10 Spell Erosion
The Shadow
The Lover
49 Arcanist, 49 Tenacity
The Tower
2 Warlord
The Lord
The Lady
23 Hardy, 23 Elemental Defender, 23 Thick Skinned
The Steed
31 Ironclad


Important Info for Solo Magicka Sorcerer

Lets take at some more important stuff to make the build complete for the Solo Magicka Sorcerer Build.

Buff-food

Gear Setup 1: Tri-Stat Buff Food

You have two options, Bewitched Sugar Skulls will give you the best stats, but the buff food also costs quite a lot. You can also use Longfin Pasty With Melon Sauce, which is only a tiny bit less powerful than the other one, but only costs a fraction of the price.

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 do not 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 Lover Mundus (Increased Spell Penetration)

Race

All Magicka based races work with this setup.

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

Potions

We already get Major Sorcerery 20% Spell damage buff through Critical Surge, therefore you could use Essence of Spell Critical potions. You can also use the normal potions, but then you will loose out on Major Prophecy, 12% Spell crit. If you are going to use normal potions, you could slot Inner Light to gain the Major Prophecy buff instead.

Essence of Spell Critical Potion
(Spell-crit, Magicka, Health)
(Columbine, Ladys Smock, Water Hyacinth)

Essence of Spell Critical Potion new ESO

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

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


Resource Management

Heavy Attacks are your best friend, they restore a huge amount of resources, when an enemy is set off-balance you get twice the amount of resources back from a heavy attack! Because we use a shock staff, we will also deal AoE damage with our Heavy Attacks.

Consuming Trap restores a whooping 7000 Magicka if an enemy dies, I usually apply this on a low Health enemy, so once he dies I will get a huge resource boost.

Elemental Drain should always be applied on the enemy, it increases your damage and will boost your sustain due to Minor Magickasteal debuff on the enemy.

Potions, I use them every 45 seconds to boost my Magicka, don’t forget the alchemy Medicinal Use passive to increase the duration of your potions.

  • Heavy Attacks
  • Consuming Trap
  • Elemental Drain
  • Potions

The False God’s Devotion set also returns a lot of Magicka every time an enemy dies. You can get this set from normal Sunspire, it is very easy to obtain. If you don’t have it, I recommend using the Witchmother’s Potent Brew to gain more Magicka Recovery, like explained in the buff-food section.


Rotation

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. Critical Surge is your main healing ability, you have to keep this up a 100% of the time.
  2. Boundless Storm has to also be up a 100% of the time, this skill gives Major Resolve, increasing your resistances by a lot, which is a lot of damage mitigation. In addition, you also gain a short speed boost.
  3. Hardened Ward is your main defensive ability, I always recommend keeping the shield up in combat.
  4. Elemental Drain should be applied before the fight starts on an enemy, it will increase your damage and sustain by a lot.
  5. Summon Volatile Familiar, Unstable Wall of Elements and Mystic Orb are your three AoE damage over time effects that you have to keep up all the time.
  6. Consuming Trap is your Single Target damage over time effect and also your biggest sustain boost. If you place this on an almost dead enemy, it will restore around 7000 Magicka!
  7. Crystal Fragments is your spammable, once you did all the above and you still have time, you can use this skill to attack the enemy.

You have to weave Light Attacks between all the abilities, Light Attacks deal a lot of damage and also proc Weapon Enchantments, if you want to learn more check out this guide here: “Weaving Beginner Guide”.

Bad Habits

  • Often players forget their backbar, which has a lot of important damage abilities and debuffs/buffs on it. Make sure to get used to weapon swap all the time.
  • Keeping up your Hardened Ward shield 24/7, that way your health can never really be damaged. In most of the gameplay that you can watch from my Sorcerer, you will see that I keep up this shield almost all the time.
  • 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.

Vateshran Hollows Setup

Magicka Sorcerer Vateshran Hollows Build 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 DevotionLightInfusedMagicka
BeltFalse God’s DevotionLightDivineMagicka
ShoesFalse God’s DevotionLightDivineMagicka
PantsFalse God’s DevotionLightInfusedMagicka
HandsFalse God’s DevotionLightDivineMagicka
HeadDomihausHeavyInfusedHealth
ShoulderMother’s SorrowLightDivineMagicka
NecklaceMother’s SorrowJewelryArcaneSpell Damage
RingMother’s SorrowJewelryArcaneSpell Damage
RingRing of the Pale OrderJewelryBloodthirstySpell Damage
Weapon 1Mother’s SorrowShockPreciseShock
Weapon 2Crushing WallShockInfusedWeapon Damage Enchant

Skills

Good mix between AoE and Single Target damage. Always keep your buffs/debuffs active.

Hardened Ward Daedric Prey Crystal Fragments Critical Surge Summon Volatile Familiar Shooting Star
Unstable Wall of Elements Mystic Orb Elemental Drain Consuming Trap Summon Volatile Familiar Elemental Rage

Other

Everything else stays the same as shown here in this build.


Build Video & Gameplay

Here you can find the build video for the Solo Magicka Sorcerer build and some extra gameplay videos!

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.

 

Gameplay

Vateshran Hollows Solo Arena (Veteran) Full Run

Please check out the Vateshran Hollows Guide for tips and tricks. If you want to know what kind of gear drops in Vateshran hollows, you can check out the full list here.

Solo Veteran Cradle of Shadows with Hardmode

If you want to learn more about Cradle Of Shadows, you can visit the Cradle Of Shadows overview page.

Solo Unhallowed Grave Gameplay

If you want to learn more about Unhallowed Grave, you can visit the Unhallowed Grave overview page.

Solo Lair of Maarselok Gameplay

If you want to learn more about the Lair of Maarselok, you can visit the Lair of Maarselok overview page.

Solo Moongrave Fane Gameplay

If you want to learn more about Moongrave Fane, you can visit the Moongrave Fane overview page.


Update Log

19.10.2019 Updated the build for the Dragonhold DLC.
18.03.2020 Updated the build for the HARROWSTORM DLC.
14.05.2020 Updated the build for the GREYMOOR CHAPTER.
22.10.2020 Updated the build for the MARKARTH DLC, Greymoor Chapter.