“SOLO MagWarden”

Updated: Markarth DLC, Greymoor 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

Gear setup 1: 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, Weapon Damage Enchantment, Minor Toughness buff, Spell Power Potion 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
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

Skills

  • Remember, you can change out some of the abilities if you want or never use them. And you can also adjust the bars.
Bird of Prey Harness Magicka Screaming Cliff Racer Living Trellis Inner Light Eternal Guardian
Unstable Wall of Elements Winter's Revenge Elemental Drain Blue Betty Mystic Orb Eternal Guardian
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:

  • 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

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

Champion Points [810]

The Ritual
34 Thaumaturge
The Atronach
73 Master-at-Arms, 23 Staff Expert
The Apprentice
64 Elemental Expert, 66 Elfborn, 10 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
34 Thaumaturge
The Atronach
34 Master at Arms, 23 Staff Expert
The Apprentice
64 Elemental Expert, 37 Elfborn, 8 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, 11 Staff Expert
The Apprentice
32 Elemental Expert, 16 Elfborn, 7 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 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 extra Spell Penetration will increase our damage output by a lot.

The Lover Mundus (Increased Spell Penetration)

Race

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.

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

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.

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

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

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 Setup

Magicka Warden 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 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

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.

Bird of Prey Harness Magicka Force Pulse Living Trellis Inner Light Temporal Guard
Unstable Wall of Elements Winter's Revenge Elemental Drain Blue Betty Mystic Orb Elemental Rage

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

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

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.