ESO Arcanist PvE Healer Build

ESO Arcanist PvE Healer Build is intended for the new or returning player who wants a solid Arcanist build to complete any content.

This build has been updated for the Update 40 patch of the Elder Scrolls Online.

Why Should You Play ESO Arcanist PvE Healer Build?

The ESO Arcanist PvE Healer Build is an incredible class to play in the group. This build has many shields. As a result, great survivability. Arcanist’s Crux system makes a unique playstyle with three well-equipped skill trees and complete tools for good damage, healing, and survivability. Yet, the Arcanist’s downside can be a weak resource sustain and lack of meta gear sets.

In ESO, the Arcanist Healer PvE is perfect for everyone looking for a unique playstyle with a complete set of tools for group gameplay. If powerful tomes of Hermaeus Mora this build is for you!

ESO Arcanist PvE Healer Build Playstyle

Use the following rotation as the starter point. After, apply your buffs on cooldown for the best, highest healing, and survivability. Healing is about keeping up all your buffs, healing over time, and buffing your teammates. Arcanist Healer has a lot of good group tools in its toolkit, so make sure to take advantage of them. Certain 5-piece gear sets require a fully-charge heavy attack to proc extra effect e.g. Roaring Opportunist or Stone-Talker’s Oath.

Take advantage of your passives and game mechanics

Additionally, thanks to the destruction staff passive Elemental Force, you have double chances to apply the so-called: status effect. Also, Cycle of Life passive makes your fully-charged Heavy Attacks with restoration staff to restore 30% more Magicka. And because of Essence Drain passive, you gain Major Mending for 4 seconds after completing a fully-charged Heavy Attack, increasing your healing done by 16%. As a result, it’s important to keep fully charged heavy attacks in your rotation to keep high uptime.

Resources and Sustain

If you run out of magicka, do a heavy attack and return to your rotation. Remember that a heavy attack on off-balance enemies will return double the resources. While casting your abilities, be sure to do light and heavy attacks in between, as both help you regenerate ultimate, proc weapon enchantments and specific healer set bonuses. Also, always use the suggested food and potions as they significantly increase your damage, survivability, and resource sustain.

Magicka Arcanist PvE Healer Features and Mechanics

Below are some of the features found using the ESO Arcanist PvE Healer Build in the Elder Scrolls Online:

  • Class – Arcanist
  • Weapon One – Restoration staff
  • Weapon Two – Destruction Staff
  • Armor Types: Light
  • Race: Breton
  • Attributes: 64 Magicka
  • Mundus Stone: Atronach

Skills Setup 1: Trial Skills

Front Bar: Restoration Staff

We use restoration staff for main healing abilities.

Combat Prayer (Morph of Blessing of Protection | Skill Line : Restoration Staff) – Very important AoE heal that applies Minor Berserk and Minor Resolve, increasing damage output and resistance for you and your allies. Apply these buffs up as much as possible, so use ability as your main spammable.

Illustrious Healing (Morph of Grand Healing | Skill Line : Restoration Staff) – Great AoE heal over time ability with a big radius. Keep this heal up, especially when stationary. Also used to proc sets requiring a ground cast ability.

Radiating Regeneration (Morph of Regeneration | Skill Line : Restoration Staff) – Great multi-targeting heal over time ability, especially for mobile encounters, also helps to proc specific healer sets. Spam ability to cover more targets if needed.

Chakram of Destiny (Morph of Chakram Shields | Skill Line : Curative Runeforms) – Used a spammable shield ability that hits four targets and generates a crux.

Echoing Vigor (Morph of Vigor | Skill Line : Assault) – Use this as a stamina based heal to proc Powerful Assault. We put this on our front bar in trials loadout since back bar is for Pillager’s.

Gibbering Shelter (Morph of Gibbering Shield | Skill Line : Soldier of Apocrypha) – This is your huge damage shield that acts similar to barrier but can be better. Use this when taking pressure.

Back Bar: Destruction Staff – Ice Staff

Healers can use all three options, and the choice depends on the situation and content you are trying to complete. For beginners, I advise using lightning staff if you want easier heavy attack channelling or using Ice staff for extra block mitigation and shield if you struggle with survivability.

  • Ice staff
  • Inferno Staff
  • Lightning Staff

Rune of the Colorless Pool (Morph of Rune of Eldritch Horror | Skill Line : Soldier of Apocrypha) – This is a useful debuff skill, single target ideally used on bosses. It procs minor vulnerability and minor brittle. Consider this your back bar flex spot. If you need a burst heal, put on Evolving Runemend here.

Runeguard of Freedom (Morph of Runic Defense | Skill Line : Soldier of Apocrypha) – This skill gives the entire group minor resolve. If you’re playing with a warden using the Frost Cloak skill, your group will have major and minor resolve making everyone much more sturdy.

Energy Orb (Morph of Necrotic Orb | Skill Line : Undaunted) – Main resource sustain synergy for your allies, and also provides a strong AoE heal over time. Keep the orb active and in the proximity of your allies as much as possible

Zenas’ Empowering Disc (Morph of Arcanist’s Domain | Skill Line : Curative Runeforms) – Another great utility skill, applies Minor Courage, Fortitude, Intellect and Endurance to you and your allies.

Elemental Blockade (Morph of Wall of Elements | Skill Line : Destruction Staff) – Ground cast AoE ability, primarily used to apply status effects that debuff and weapon enchant, making it ideal to use Lighting or Ice staff.

Aggressive Horn (Morph of War Horn | Skill Line : Assault) – One of the most important ultimate abilities for a support role. Grants Major Force increases critical damage by 20%, and also increases Max Magicka and Stamina by 10% for you and your group members. Prioritize use of this ultimate, it provides a huge damage boost to your group, and coordinate with other support roles if possible to keep a high uptime.

Passives Skills

Consider taking all of the passives in the below skill trees to increase your builds performance without slotting any skills:

  • Curative Runeforms (class skill line)
  • Herald of the Tome (class skill line)
  • Soldier of Apocrypha (class skill line)
  • Restoration Staff (weapon skill line)
  • Destruction Staff (weapon skill line)
  • Light Armor
  • Medium Armor
  • Undaunted
  • Racial
  • Alliance War Support
  • Alliance War Assault
  • Crafting, Alchemy Medicinal Use

Gear Setup 1: Trials – Option 1

This is one optimal trial healer setup (e.g. first healer)

SlotTypeSetTraitGlyph
HeadMediumSymphony of BladesDivinesMagicka
ShoulderslightSymphony of BladesDivinesMagicka
ChestlightJorvuld’s GuidanceDivinesMagicka
LegslightJorvuld’s GuidanceDivinesMagicka
GloveslightJorvuld’s GuidanceDivinesMagicka
BootslightJorvuld’s GuidanceDivinesMagicka
BeltlightJorvuld’s GuidanceDivinesMagicka
Weapon OneRestoration staffPerfected Grand RejuvenationPoweredAbsorb Magicka
Weapon TwoFrost > Fire > LightingRoaring OpportunistChargedShock
NecklaceRoaring OpportunistArcaneMagicka Recovery
Ring 1Roaring OpportunistArcaneMagicka Recovery
Ring 2Roaring OpportunistArcaneMagicka Recovery
Magicka Arcanist PvE Healer Gear Sets
Monster Helm

Symphony of Blades = obtained in Depths of Malatar dungeon Wrathstone DLC

  • Why? great resource sustain for the entire group

FLEX OPTIONS

Gear Sets

Perfected Roaring Opportunist = obtained in Kyne’s Aegis trial Greymoor DLC

  • WHY? The combination of RO/Jorv = enormous DPS for your entire group.

FLEX OPTIONS

Jorvuld’s Guidance = obtained in Scalecaller Peak dungeon Dragon Bones DLC

FLEX OPTIONS

Arena Weapons

Perfected Grand Rejuvenation = obtained in Veteran Dragonstar Arena

  • WHY? the best all-around resource sustain 2pc weapon

FLEX OPTIONS

Gear Setup: Trials – Option 2

This is one optimal trial healer setup (e.g. second healer)

SlotTypeSetTraitGlyph
HeadMediumMagma IncarnateDivinesMagicka
ShoulderslightSpaulder of RuinDivinesMagicka
ChestlightSpell Power CureDivinesMagicka
LegslightSpell Power CureDivinesMagicka
GloveslightSpell Power CureDivinesMagicka
BootslightSpell Power CureDivinesMagicka
BeltlightSpell Power CureDivinesMagicka
Weapon OneRestoration staffPerfected Grand RejuvenationPoweredWeapon/Spell Damage
Weapon TwoFrost > Fire > LightingPowerful AssaultChargedShock
NecklacePowerful AssaultArcaneMagicka Recovery
Ring 1Powerful AssaultArcaneMagicka Recovery
Ring 2Powerful AssaultArcaneMagicka Recovery
Magicka Arcanist PvE Healer Trials Gear Option
  • Powerful Assault: Gives the party a stackable weapon and spell damage buff. Obtained in Imperial City Sewers or Guild Traders.
  • Perfected Grand Rejuvenation: Provides resource sustain circle. Found in Dragonstar Arena, Base game, Craglorn.
  • Spell Power Cure: Gives the party massive boost in damage with heals over time. Found in White-Gold Tower dungeon, Imperial City.
  • Magma Incarnate: Provides you with resource sustain via the one piece. Found in Dread Cellar, Waking Flame DLC.
  • Spaulder of Ruin: Gives the party a powerful weapon and spell damage buff if in range. Found with Mythic Antiquity System in Deadlands zone.

Setup 1: Dungeon Skills

Front Bar: Restoration Staff

We use restoration staff for main healing abilities.

Combat Prayer (Morph of Blessing of Protection | Skill Line : Restoration Staff) – Burst heal and buffs

Illustrious Healing (Morph of Grand Healing | Skill Line : Restoration Staff) – AoE heal.

Radiating Regeneration (Morph of Regeneration | Skill Line : Restoration Staff) – Healing over time.

Chakram Shields (Skill Line : Curative Runeforms) – Huge damage shield and spammable in dungeons.

Evolving Runemend (Morph of Runemend | Skill Line : Curative Runeforms) – Burst healing for high mobility encounters.

Glyphic of the Tides (Morph of Vitalizing Glyphic | Skill Line : Curative Runeforms) – Used for massive AoE healing great for dungeons.

Back Bar: Destruction Staff – Ice Staff

Healers can use all three options, and the choice depends on the situation and content you are trying to complete. For beginners, I advise using lightning staff if you want easier heavy attack channelling or using Ice staff for extra block mitigation and shield if you struggle with survivability.

  • Ice staff
  • Inferno Staff
  • Lightning Staff

Echoing Vigor (Morph of Vigor | Skill Line : Assault) – Back bar proc on this build.

Runeguard of Freedom (Morph of Runic Defense | Skill Line : Soldier of Apocrypha) – Use for minor resolve.

Energy Orb (Morph of Necrotic Orb | Skill Line : Undaunted) – Resource sustain.

Zenas’ Empowering Disc (Morph of Arcanist’s Domain | Skill Line : Curative Runeforms) – Used for buffs.

Elemental Blockade (Morph of Wall of Elements | Skill Line : Destruction Staff) – Used for debuffs.

Aggressive Horn (Morph of War Horn | Skill Line : Assault) – Used for burst damage ultimate.

Gear Setup: Dungeons

This is meant for hard-mode dungeons for huge DPS burst windows.

SlotTypeSetTraitGlyph
HeadmediumSymphony of BladesDivinesMagicka
ShoulderslightSymphony of BladesDivinesMagicka
ChestlightSpell Power CureDivinesMagicka
LegslightSpell Power CureDivinesMagicka
GloveslightSpell Power CureDivinesMagicka
BootslightSpell Power CureDivinesMagicka
BeltlightSpell Power CureDivinesMagicka
Weapon OneRestoration StaffPerfected Grand RejuvenationPoweredWeapon/Spell Damage
Weapon TwoFrost > Fire > LightingMaster ArchitectChargedShock
NecklaceMaster ArchitectArcaneSpell Damage
Ring 1Master ArchitectArcaneSpell Damage
Ring 2Master ArchitectArcaneSpell Damage
Magicka Arcanist PvE Healer Dungeon Gear
  • Master Architect: Boost your entire teams DPS for brief time. Found in Halls of Fabrications, Morrowid DLC Trial.
  • Perfected Grand Rejuvenation: Provides resource sustain circle. Found in Dragonstar Arena, Base game, Craglorn.
  • Spell Power Cure: Gives the party massive boost in damage with heals over time. Found in White-Gold Tower dungeon, Imperial City.
  • Symphony of Blades: Provides the party resource sustain. Helm found in Depths of Malatar, Wrathstone DLC.

Gear Setup: Beginners

This setup is great for beginners who do not have access to trials gear.

SlotTypeSetTraitGlyph
HeadlightWinter’s RespiteInfusedMagicka
ShoulderslightWinter’s RespiteDivinesMagicka
ChestheavyArmor of the SeducerInfusedMagicka
LegsmediumArmor of the SeducerInfusedMagicka
GloveslightArmor of the SeducerDivinesMagicka
BootslightArmor of the SeducerDivinesMagicka
BeltlightArmor of the SeducerDivinesMagicka
Weapon OneRestoration StaffWillpowerPoweredAbsorb Magicka
Weapon TwoLightning StaffWillpowerChargedShock
NecklaceWinter’s RespiteArcaneMagicka Recovery
Ring 1Winter’s RespiteArcaneMagicka Recovery
Ring 2Winter’s RespiteArcaneMagicka Recovery
Magicka Arcanist PvE Healer Beginner Gear
  • Winter’s Respite: Creates powerful area heal circle. Obtained in Overland, Wester Skyrim DLC Greymoor.
  • Willpower: Adds massive magicka with two pieces. Obtained in Imperial City or daily dungeon rewards.
  • Armor of the Seducer: Used for resource sustain. Craftable with 3 traits learned in base game zones Deshaan, Grahtwood, Stormhaven.

Race

Best Choice

Breton

Insane sustainability lacks spell damage or increased healing.

Secondary Choice

Argonian

Great for pure healing and survival, lacks sustain and has less Max Magicka.

Attributes

Health

Stamina

Magicka

0064

Mundus Stone

Atronach – Increases Magicka recovery by 310

Champion Points – ESO Arcanist PvE Healer Build

Warfare Constellation Champion Points

ESO Warfare Champion Tree

Below is a step-by-step method for slotting your champion points in the Warfare tree (blue).  We have used the minimum possible to reach 4 slottable selections all maxed out.  If you have more CP, consider taking more in the passives for optimal performance.

Below are recommended Warfare Champion Point selections for the Magicka Arcanist PvE Healer Build:

  1. Eldritch insight 10
  2. Mastered Curation sub-constellation – blessed10
  3. Mastered Curation sub-constellation Enlivening overflow (slottable) 50
  4. Soothing tide (slottable) 50
  5. Rejuvenator (slottable) 50
  6. Swift renewal (slottable) 50

This would be the bare minimum setup, spending 220 CP (660 total required). The next step is to max out passives, that do not require a slottable but increase performance. 

  1. Precision 20
  2. Eldritch Insight 10
  3. Tireless Discipline 20
  4. Blessed 10
  5. Quick recovery 20
  6. Elemental Aegis 20
  7. Hardy 20
  8. Piercing 20
  9. Flawless ritual 40
  10. War mage 30
  11. Battle mastery 40
  12. Mighty 30
  13. Preparation 20

This would max out the Warfare tree with all active and passive champion points at 530 spent 1,590 total spent.

Fitness Constellation Champion Points

ESO Fitness Champion Tree

Below are recommended Fitness Champion Point selections for the Magicka Arcanist PvE Healer Build:

  1. Bondless vitality (slottable) 50
  2. Fortified (slottable) 50
  3. Rejuvenation (slottable) 50
  4. Sprinter 10
  5. Wind chaser – sub-constellation – hasty 8
  6. Hero’s Vigar 10
  7. Piercing gaze 10
  8. Tempered soul 25
  9. Spirit mastery (slottable) 50

This would be the bare minimum setup, spending 253 CP (759 total required). The next step is to max out passives, that do not require a slottable but increase performance. 

  1. Sprinter 10
  2. Hero’s Vigar 10
  3. Tumbling 30
  4. Defiance 20
  5. Hasty 8
  6. Tireless guardian 10
  7. Fortification 30
  8. Nimble Protector 6
  9. Mystic tenacity 50
  10. Tempered soul 25
  11. Piercing gaze 20
  12. Savage defense 30
  13. Bashing brutality 20

This would max out the fitness tree with all active passive champion points at 522 cp spent and 1,566 total spent.

Craft Constellation Champion Points

ESO Craft Champion Tree

Below are recommended Craft Champion Point selections for the Magicka Arcanist PvE Healer Build:

  1. Steed’s blessing – (slottable)50
  2. Breakfall 10
  3. Wanderer 15
  4. Steadfast 10
  5. Rationer (slottable) 30
  6. Liquid efficiency (slottable) 75
  7. Treasure hunter (slottable) 50

This would be the bare minimum setup, spending 240CP (720 total required). The next step is to max out passives, that do not require a slottable but increase performance.

  1. Steadfast enchantment 40cp
  2. Breakfall 40 cp
  3. Wanderer 60
  4. Fortunes favor 50
  5. Friends in low places 25
  6. Out of sight 30
  7. Fleet of Phantom 40
  8. Soul’s reservoir 33
  9. Gilded fingers 50
  10. Fortunes favor 40
  11. Inspiration boost 45

This would max out the crafting tree with all active passive champion points at 693 cp spent and 2,079 total spent.

Consumables

Food

Ghastly Eye Bowl

GOOD HEALING (Use if you’re good with mechanics and sacrifice less health): Increase Max Magicka by 4256 and Magicka Recovery by 425 for 2 hours. (effects are scaled based on your level) Ingredients: Bananas (1), Fleshfly Larvae (1), Rose (1), Saltwater Bait (1), Worms (1)

Bewitched Sugar Skulls

GOOD MAX STATS: Increase Max Health by 4620, Max Stamina and Max Magicka by 4250, and Health Recovery by 462 for 2 hours. (effects are scaled based on your level) Ingredients: Scrib Jelly (2), Flour (5), Columbine (2), Bervez Juice (2), Honey (5)

Clockwork Citrus Filet

EXPENSIVE (A great option if you can afford it): Increase Max Health by 3724, Health Recovery by 351, Max Magicka by 3458 and Magicka Recovery by 319 for 2 hours. (effects are scaled based on your level) Ingredients: Red Meat (1), Lemon (1), Frost Mirriam (1), Perfect Roe (1)

Potions

Essence of Spell Power or *Alliance Spell Draught

Restore 7582 Magicka immediately. Grants you Major Intellect which increases your Magicka Recovery by 30% for 36.6 seconds. Gives Major Sorcery which increases your Spell Damage by 20% for 36.6 seconds. Grants Major Prophecy which gives you 2629 Spell Critical Rating for 36.6 seconds. (effects are scaled based on your level) Ingredients: Lady’s Smock, Corn Flower, Namira’s Rot or Water Hyacinth

Build Summary – Arcanist PvE Healer Build

Class: Arcanist

Race: Breton

Attributes: 64 Magicka

Mundus Stone: Atronach

Weapon One: Restoration staff

Weapon Two: Destruction Staff

Armor Set 1: Jorvuld’s Guidance

Armor Set 2: Roaring Opportunist

Monster Helm: Symphony of Blades

Armor Weight: 6 Light, 1 Medium

Skill Bar 1

  • Illustrious Healing
  • Chakram of Destiny
  • Echoing Vigor
  • Combat Prayer
  • Radiating Regeneration
  • Gibbering Shelter (Ultimate)

Skill Bar 2

  • Rune of the Colorless Pool
  • Runeguard of Freedom
  • Zena’s Empowering Disc
  • Energy Orb
  • Elemental Blockade
  • Aggressive Warhorn (Ultimate)

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