“Solo Magicka Templar”

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

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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, 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 Overland
  • Easy to get Gear & Advanced Setups
  • Big Shields
  • Strong Self Healing
  • Strong AoE Damage
  • Good Sustain

Solo Setup

5x False God’s Devotion, 5x Mother’s Sorrow, 2x Iceheart, 1x MSA Destro on an Altmer with Blue Food.

  • Unbuffed: Out of combat
  • Buffed: Spell Power Potion, Weapon Damage Enchantment and Channeled Focus were active.

I would recommend that you get at least somewhere between 18-20k health.


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

  • You can both run the Perfected False God's Devotion or the False God's Devotion of the set, the imperfect version is way easier to get and more than enough for this setup.
  • Iceheart is by far the best Monster Set option, it gives you so much survivability over any other set in the game, it is a must have for solo play!
  • 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
BeltMother's SorrowLightDivineMagicka
ShoesMother's SorrowLightDivineMagicka
PantsFalse God's DevotionLightDivineMagicka
HandsMother's SorrowLightDivineMagicka
NecklaceFalse God's DevotionJewelryArcaneSpell Damage
RingFalse God's DevotionJewelryArcaneSpell Damage
RingFalse God's DevotionJewelryArcaneSpell Damage
Weapon 1Mother's SorrowShockPreciseShock Enchant
Weapon 2Crushing WallShockInfusedWeapon Damage Enchant

Gear Setup 2

This setup is easier to acquire gear setup and also has more defensive stats compared to the first one, which means it’s safer to play. Iceheart 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, I can highly recommend using this set if you struggle with incoming damage.

Julianos can be crafted an 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.

ChestLaw of JulianosLightDivineMagicka
BeltLaw of JulianosLightDivineMagicka
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 Enchant
Weapon 2Crushing Wall or Mother's SorrowShockInfusedWeapon 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 Law of 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.

ChestLaw of JulianosLightAny TraitMagicka
BeltLaw of JulianosLightAny TraitMagicka
ShoesLaw of JulianosLightAny TraitMagicka
PantsLaw of JulianosLightAny TraitMagicka
HandsLaw of JulianosLightAny 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 TraitShock Enchant
Weapon 2Mother's SorrowShockAny TraitWeapon Damage Enchant

Where can I get the gear?

False God's Devotion: Sunspire
Mother's Sorrow: Deshaan
Iceheart: Direfrost Keep, Glirion Undaunted Chest
Law of Julianos: Craftable
Magnus' Gift: Craftable
Willpower: Imperial City Vaults/ Guildstore
Maelstrom Shock Staff: vet Maelstrom Arena


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

Skill explanation:

  • Harness Magicka: Can be used as a shield to bolster incoming damage.
  • Reflective Light: Deals damage over time up to three targets, also gives you Major Prophecy for a short duration.
  • 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.
  • Elemental Drain: Apply this on big monsters and bosses, increases sustain and damage.
  • Consuming Trap: Deals damage over time on one target, if the target dies, you will gain a HUGE amount of resources!
  • 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.
  • Blazing Spear: Strong area of effect damage.
  • Ritual of Retribution: Very powerful heal and area of effect damage, also snares your enemies.
  • 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.


Championpoints [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

Championpoints [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

Championpoints [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


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)


I choose Breton because you get a huge sustain boost and higher resistances in combination with extra max magicka. All magicka based classes work but you might want to make some small adjustments.

Breton (Recommended, best sustain)


You can run normal or Spell Power potions for this setup.

Magicka sorcerer beginner build

If you have a bad habit of not keeping up all damage over time effects, I would still recommend using the Spell Power Potions, that way these buffs never drop off.

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

Spell Power Potions



20 Health, 44 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. 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


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.

Your number one priority is to always keep up Ritual of Retribution and use Puncturing Sweep to keep healing yourself. Once that is ensured, reapply your damage over time effects. If you want a general rotation so your damage over time effects do not fall off:

LA > Unstable Wall of Elements > LA > Blazing Spear > LA > Ritual of Retribution > LA > Solar Barrage > Weapon Swap

LA > Consuming Trap  > LA > 2x Puncturing Sweeps > LA > Reflective Light > Weapon Swap


  • Reapply Elemental Drain and Channeled Focus every 2nd rotation
  • LA = Light Attack

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 Sweep or Ritual of Retribution, because these two abilities are your main healing skills. 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.

Iceheart also 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!

Build Video


Update Log

18.02.2020 Updated the build for the HARROWSTORM DLC.
17.05.2020 Updated the build for the GREYMOOR CHAPTER.