“SOLO Magicka Warden”

Updated: Blackwood Chapter
Type: Solo Dungeons, Overland, Maelstrom and Vateshran Arena

Introduction

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

Other Magicka Warden 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 the Elder Scrolls Online. Magicka Wardens are very powerful in a Solo environment both in dealing damage and staying alive because they have a variety of powerful abilities that can be very helpful if you play solo.

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

Solo Setup Magicka Warden

5x Perf. False God, 5x Mother’s Sorrow, 1x Pale Order, 1x Swarm Mother on a High Elf with Bewitched Sugar Skulls food.

  • Unbuffed: Out of combat, and buff food active.
  • Buffed: In combat, buff food, Minor Toughness, Major Sorcery, Major Prophecy and Weapon Damage enchantment 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 – Solo Magicka Warden

  • 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 Swarm Mother 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
HeadSwarm MotherLightDivineHealth
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 – Solo Magicka Warden

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
HeadIceheartLightDivineHealth
ShoulderIceheartLightDivineMagicka
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 – Solo Magicka Warden

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
Swarm Mother: vSpindleclutch 1
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

Skills

  • Remember, you can change out some of the abilities if you want or never use them. And you can also adjust the bars.
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Destruction Staff MainbarDestruction Staff bar
Slot 1: Bird of PreySlot 1: Unstable Wall of Elements
Slot 2: Harness MagickaSlot 2: Winter’s Revenge
Slot 3: Screaming Cliff RacerSlot 3: Elemental Drain
Slot 4: Living TrellisSlot 4: Blue Betty
Slot 5: Inner LightSlot 5: Mystic Orb
Ultimate: Eternal GuardianUltimate: Eternal Guardian

Skill explanation for the Solo Magicka Warden:

  • Bird of Prey: Gives you 8% extra damage for just slotting it, if you activate the skill you also gain a speedboost. You could swap this out with any other ability that you think is useful.
  • Harness Magicka: Activate this if you you are expecting to get a huge punsh in the face (Boss Heavy Attack for example). This will bolster your health.
  • Screaming Cliff Racer: Your main single target spammable.
  • Living Trellis: This is your main heal, it only lasts for 10 seconds, make sure to always keep this up!
  • 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.
  • Eternal Guardian: Your Ultimate that should be activated as much as possible, can also take aggro from mobs sometimes.
  • Unstable Wall of Elements: Your main AoE ability, has to be on the ground all the time.
  • Winter’s Revenge: Powerful AoE damage over time effect.
  • Elemental Drain: Apply this to bosses or bigger enemies, this will make your sustain better and also increase your damage by A LOT.
  • Blue Betty: This is one of your main resource pools and also applies Major Sorcery, giving you 20% increased Spell Damage.
  • Mystic Orb: Powerful AoE damage over time effect.

Champion Points for Solo Magicka Warden

Below you can find the Champion Points setup for this build. Work your way from top to bottom in your allocation. For more information on Champion Points, please visit the Champion Points Overview Page on ESO-Hub.com.

Hovering over each perk will give you insights on what it does. Presets are also provided for each of the allocations below.

Click the tab below to open the allocation.

180 Champion Point Allocation

Preset used for this allocation: https://eso-hub.com/en/champion-points/calculator?preset=8db65487-34da-49ec-90f9-690309cfaa1e

Warfare Tree Points Allocation

Fitness Tree Points Allocation

Craft Tree Points Allocation

300 Champion Point Allocation

Preset used for this allocation: https://eso-hub.com/en/champion-points/calculator?preset=20e36b34-809a-49a7-a186-5538b81ce8b4

Warfare Tree Points Allocation

Fitness Tree Points Allocation

Craft Tree Points Allocation

600 Champion Point Allocation

Preset used for this allocation: https://eso-hub.com/en/champion-points/calculator?preset=aa672ad1-a139-4ccf-85d6-deb6f7cd7a8e

Warfare Tree Points Allocation

Fitness Tree Points Allocation

Craft Tree Points Allocation

900 Champion Point Allocation

Preset used for this allocation: https://eso-hub.com/en/champion-points/calculator?preset=3228e7f9-6746-46b9-92bf-6a359e5ef9f1

Warfare Tree Points Allocation

Fitness Tree Points Allocation

Craft Tree Points Allocation

1230 Champion Point Allocation

Preset used for this allocation: https://eso-hub.com/en/champion-points/calculator?preset=90c7c1d3-5b73-482e-9c07-c456800814e1

Warfare Tree Points Allocation

Fitness Tree Points Allocation

Craft Tree Points Allocation

1560 Champion Point Allocation

Preset used for this allocation: https://eso-hub.com/en/champion-points/calculator?preset=660ad72f-42af-4826-a89f-22bd4de32fb3

Warfare Tree Points Allocation

Fitness Tree Points Allocation

Craft Tree Points Allocation


Important Info for Solo Mag Warden

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

The Lover Mundus Stone is the best choice for this setup, it increases our overall spell penetration, which boost our damage. You can also visit the Mundus Stone Overview Page for additional information regarding all the Mundus Stones.

The Lover Mundus Stone (Increased Spell Penetration)

Race

All Magicka based races work with this setup. More about each race can be found on the racial overview page.

High Elf
Breton
Dark Elf
Argonian
Khajiit
Orc

Potions

A Warden already has access to Major Sorcery and Prophecy via the Blue Betty skill and the Inner Light skill on the fronbar. You can use simple Magicka potions or if you prefer the more expensive ones that also give you the buffs in case you don’t use one of the above skills.

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

Essence of Spell Power Potion ESO

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

Essence of Magicka MAG Potion

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 points into Magicka. I recommend having around 18-20k health for your character.

64 Magicka, 0 Stamina, 0 Health


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! Also keep up Blue Betty all the time do gain even more sustain and damage, preferably activate the Blue Betty before the fight starts.


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 isn’t 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. ALWAYS keep up Blue Betty and Living Trellis to gain damage, sustain and healing.
  2. Harness Magicka is your shield, use it often to bolster your health.
  3. Elemental Drain has to be applied to the big targets and bosses. It increases your damage and sustain.
  4. Once all that is taken care of, you can use your DoTs to apply more pressure: Mystic Orb, Unstable Wall of Elements and Winter’s Revenge.
  5. And now you can use your spammable Screaming Cliff Racer

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 your shield up with the Harness Magicka skill is key in this build, if you loose health or drop low you want to make sure to keep the shield up while you are healing yourself.
  • 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.
  • Not keeping Blue Betty and Living Trellis up will have devastating effects as they are both important for sustain and healing.

Vateshran Hollows & Maelstrom Arena Setup

Magicka Warden Vateshran Hollows & Maelstrom Arena 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 DevotionLightDivineMagicka
BeltFalse God’s DevotionLightDivineMagicka
ShoesFalse God’s DevotionLightDivineMagicka
PantsFalse God’s DevotionLightDivineMagicka
HandsFalse God’s DevotionLightDivineMagicka
HeadSwarm MotherLightDivineHealth
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

Temporal Guard ultimate on the frontbar is only used for the free 5% damage mitigation, you can also use other ultimates there if you want.

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Build Video – Solo Magicka Warden

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 Magicka Warden

Vateshran Hollows Solo Arena Full Run

If you want to learn more about the Vateshran Hollows arena, you can check out the Vateshran Hollows overview page.


Update Log – Solo Magicka Warden

05.02.2020 Added the Solo Magicka Warden 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.
05.03.2021 Updated the Build for the FLAMES OF AMBITION DLC, Blackwood Chapter.
25.05.2021 Updated the Build for the BLACKWOOD CHAPTER.