“Solo Magicka Templar”

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

Table of Contents


Introduction

Welcome to the “SOLO Templar” Magicka Templar Build for PvE in Elder Scrolls Online. Like the build already mentions, 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 Templar Beginner Guide before you tackle on this setup. You can also find a full a META Magicka Templar Build that is made for dungeons and trials.

Other Magicka Templar Guides:

This build here is specifically designed for SOLO play. You can play this build in Overland, Dungeons (normal and veteran) or Maelstrom Arena. 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.

Magicka Templars have a pretty easy time playing solo due to all the self heals they have access to, especially because the self heals are also tied to your damage, which makes it even easier! The build uses a lot of damage over time effects both for area of effect and single target, the right set choices also ensure very good shielding and sustain.

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

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 active
  • Buffed: In Combat, Buff-food, Spell Power Potion, Weapon Damage Enchantment and Channeled Focus 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 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 Non-Trial Gear Setup
  • 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 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
HeadIceheartHeavyDivineHealth
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 SetHeavyDivineHealth
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

Blazing Spear Consuming Trap Puncturing Sweep Harness Magicka Inner Light Elemental Rage
Unstable Wall of Elements Mystic Orb Elemental Drain Solar Barrage Channeled Focus Crescent Sweep
Destruction Staff MainbarDestruction Staff bar
Slot 1: Blazing SpearSlot 1: Unstable Wall of Elements
Slot 2: Consuming TrapSlot 2: Mystic Orb
Slot 3: Puncturing SweepsSlot 3: Elemental Drain
Slot 4: Harness MagickaSlot 4: Solar Barrage
Slot 5: Inner LightSlot 5: Channeled Focus
Ultimate: Destro UltimateUltimate: Crescent Sweep

Skill explanation:

  • Blazing Spear: Strong Area of Effect damage.
  • Consuming Trap: Only apply this to small enemies, when they die you will regain a huge amount of resources.
  • Puncturing Sweeps: Your main spammable and heal, by dealing damage you also get a lot of healing, making you almost invulnerable. If you ever drop low on health make sure to activate this skill.
  • Harness Magicka: Can be used as a shield to bolster incoming damage.
  • Inner Light: Increases your max Magicka and also provides you with Major Prophecy, increasing your Spell Critical. This skill is never used, it is just passively slotted.
  • Destro Ultimate: Your main ultimate, deals a lot of area of effect and single target damage.
  • Unstable Wall of Elements: Strong area of effect damage with a powerful explosion at the end.
  • Mystic Orb: Powerful Area of Effect damage.
  • Elemental Drain: Apply this on big monsters and bosses, increases sustain and damage.
  • Solar Barrage: AoE damage and boosts your light attack damage too
  • Channeled Focus: Increases your resistances and sustain by a lot.
  • Crescent Sweep: Only use this if you can not get the Destro Ultimate in time anymore.

Champion Points

Champion Points [810]

The Ritual
81 Thaumaturge
The Atronach
44 Master-at-Arms, 11 Staff Expert
The Apprentice
64 Elemental Expert, 61 Elfborn, 9 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
44 Thaumaturge
The Atronach
44 Master at Arms, 11 Staff Expert
The Apprentice
56 Elemental Expert, 37 Elfborn, 8 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
31 Thaumaturge
The Atronach
20 Master at Arms
The Apprentice
27 Elemental Expert, 20 Elfborn, 2 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 Templar Build PvE

Buff-food

Gear Setup 1: Tri-Stat Buff Food

You can 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 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 extra spell penetration that we get from the Lover Mundus Stone will increase our damage by a huge margin.

The Lover Mundus (Increased Spell Penetration)

Race

All magicka based races work with this setup.

Altmer
Breton
Darkelf
Khajiit
Argonian

Potions

Spell Power Potions will give you the best damage output. They are very expensive though, therefore for less difficult content you can also use the normal Essence of Magicka potions.

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

You can also buy Essence of Magicka at the guildstores, cheap price.

Essence of Magicka
(Magicka)

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. Now that does not really matter because we have other means of restoring resources. Your main tool of restoring resources is your heavy attacks, the heavy attacks take a long time to charge up, but they will restore 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 times! And the last tool you have access to is Channeled Focus, this skill gives you resistances and also a huge boost in terms of sustain.

  • Heavy Attacks
  • Potions
  • Elemental Drain
  • Channeled Focus

Rotation

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

  1. Your main heal comes from Puncturing Sweeps, you have to remember when you aren’t using this skill, you won’t get any heals.
  2. Harness Magicka is your shield, use it often to bolster your health.
  3. Channeled Focus provides you with extra resistance and sustain, always keep it up.
  4. Elemental Drain has to be applied to the big targets and bosses. It increases your damage and sustain.
  5. Consuming Trap: Only use and apply this to small enemies, when they die you will regain a huge amount of resources.
  6. Once all that is taken care of, you can use your DoTs to apply more pressure: Blazing Spear, Mystic Orb, Unstable Wall of Elements and Solar Barrage.
  7. And now you can use your spammable Puncturing Sweeps to deal even more consistent damage.

Bad Habits

The number one reason players die is when they are too busy reapplying their damage over time effects and forget to use Puncturing Sweeps, because this ability is your main heal. You can always activate Harness Magicka to bolster damage when you drop low, by the time your shield is gone, you will be healed back up to max health. Also make sure to block heavy attacks or dodge roll them as they do a lot of damage.

Ring of the Pale Order will take care of a lot of healing, but remember, the ring only heals you when you deal damage.

Iceheart (if you use it) often helps to soften the blow on your health in case you forget to use healing abilities. While Iceheart is active and you use healing abilities, you will almost always get back to full health!

A lot of players usually do run around with too little health, I would at least recommend having between 18-20k health. That way you are safe even if you are doing some mistakes!


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 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.

Blazing Spear Mystic Orb Puncturing Sweep Channeled Acceleration Inner Light Elemental Rage
Unstable Wall of Elements Harness Magicka Elemental Drain Solar Barrage Channeled Focus Crescent Sweep

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

Solo Elden Hollow 1 Run

If you want to learn more about Elden Hollow, you can check out the Elden Hollow 1 overview page.


Update Log

18.02.2020 Updated the build for the HARROWSTORM DLC.
17.05.2020 Updated the build for the GREYMOOR CHAPTER.
22.10.2020 Updated the build for the MARKARTH DLC, Greymoor Chapter.