ESO Arcanist PvP Healer Build

This guide gives gear, skills, champion points, and consumables for an ESO Arcanist PvP Healer Build!

ESO Necrom New Arcanist Class

This build has been updated for the Update 41 patch, Scions of Ithelia for the Elder Scrolls Online.

Why Should You Play the ESO Arcanist PvP Healer Build?

The ESO Arcanist PvP 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 the burst healing ability, thus can be hard to manage for beginners. However, as long as you have the class passives unlocked, that should not be too much of an issue.

Arcanist’s Unique Playstyle

As an Arcanist, you’ll need to generate and consume Cruxes to constantly enhance your stats, so keep close attention to it. The Evolving Runemend skill is the crux builder that also gives you damage reduction for each crux. Next, you’ll be using skills that consume Cruxes, such as Impervious Runeward for an extra shield and healing, also Chakram of Destiny or Tentacular Dread. Your goal is to build up 3x Cruxes, reduce the damage taken, and increase the healing thanks to passives and abilities.

Lastly, always use suggested food and potions. They will improve your survivability and provide more healing per second to your group. Switch the Mundus Stone and skills in and out until you achieve what works best for you!

Arcanist PvP Healer Features and Mechanics

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

  • Class – Arcanist
  • Weapon One – Restoration staff
  • Weapon Two – Ice Staff
  • Armor Types: 3 Light, 1 Medium, 3 Heavy
  • Race: Dark Elf
  • Attributes: 32 Magicka, 32 Health
  • Mundus Stone: Ritual


Front Bar: Restoration Staff

We use restoration staff for main healing abilities.

Blessing Of Restoration (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.

Evolving Runemend (Morph of Runemend | Skill Line : Curative Runeforms) – Another good heal and panic button

Reconstructive Domain (Morph of Arcanist’s Domain | Skill Line : Curative Runeforms) – Super healing and buff damage AoE that provides important protection to you and your group.

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.

Life Giver (Morph of Panacea | Skill Line : Restoration Staff) – Massive Healing for you and your group member that also automatically casts Regeneration, Blessing of Protection, and Steadfast Ward. Make sure you have those restoration skills unlocked. In a bigger group, swap it for Reviving Barrier.

Back Bar: Destruction Staff – Ice Staff

PvP Healers can use all three options, and the choice depends on the situation and content you are trying to complete. Ice staff and shield will give you extra block mitigation. As a PvP healer, this may save you and your group many times.

  1. Restoration Staff
  2. Ice Staff
  3. Sword and Shield

Chakram of Destiny (Morph of Chakram Shields | Skill Line : Curative Runeforms) – For an extra shield and Crux consumption. You can swap this ability for Tentacular Dread to debuff enemies.

Runeguard of Freedom (Morph of Runic Defense | Skill Line : Soldier of Apocrypha) – Great heal and extra armor that replaces a traditional burst heal skill.

Cruxweaver Armor (Morph of Fatewoven Armor | Skill Line : Soldier of Apocrypha) – Armor buff that last 30 seconds. This also can build crux’s and provide minor breach reduction armor.

Recuperative Treatise (Morph of Tome Bearer’s Inspiration | Skill Line : Herald of the Tome) – Sustain plus weapon and spell damage buff.

Impervious Runeward (Morph of Runespite Ward | Skill Line : Soldier of Apocrypha) – Summons a shield that absorbs damage for 5 seconds.

Glyphic of the Tides (Morph of Vitalizing Glyphic | Skill Line : Curative Runeforms) – Summon an Apocryphal glyphic saturated with tidewater from the Abyssal Sea. good AoE healing for your group.

Passives Skills

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

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

Gear Small Group Content

Ideally used with a 2-6 player group.

HeadmediumRoksa the WarpedWell-fittedPrismatic
ShoulderslightRoksa the WarpedWell-fittedMagicka
ChestheavyMara’s BalmReinforcedPrismatic
LegsheavyMara’s BalmWell-fittedPrismatic
GloveslightAlmalexia’s MercyWell-fittedMagicka
BootsheavyMara’s BalmWell-fittedMagicka
BeltlightAlmalexia’s MercyWell-fittedMagicka
Weapon OneRestoration StaffPerfected Precise RegenerationPoweredLife Drain Enchantment
Weapon TwoIce StaffMara’s BalmDefendingWeapon and Spell Damage
NecklaceAlmalexia’s MercyInfusedMagicka Recovery
Ring 1Almalexia’s MercyInfusedMagicka Recovery
Ring 2Almalexia’s MercyInfusedMagicka Recovery
ESO Arcanist PvP Healer Small Group Build
Monster Helm and Arena Weapon

Roksa the Warped: found in Bal Sunnar Veteran Dungeon, shoulder from Undaunted vendor. Scribes of Fate DLC.

  • Why? Provides better resource sustain which the Arcanist struggles with.


  1. Engine Guardian = Great base game sustain option.
  2. Balorgh =best to use for burst ultimate.
  3. Valkyn Skoria = great proc damage set if using long lasting channel Fatecarver.

Perfected Precise Regeneration = obtained in Veteran Maelstrom Arena

  • WHY? okay option if you lack resource sustain


Gear Sets

Almalexia’s Mercy: found in Cyrodiil zone, From Cropsford Elite Gear Vendor

  • WHY? Good extra healing set

Mara’s Balm: Obtained thru Rewards of the Worth set that can bought from traders.

  • WHY? The best overall for pure survivability


  1. Rallying Cry = great group utility set as well as strong solo with a bonus that increased your offensive and defensive potential.
  2. Daedric Trickery = a great craftable defensive back bar option because of the major buffs.
  3. Grace of Gloom = God tier survivability but from healing which scales off max health and major evasion proc
  4. Powerful Assault = group utility and weapon damage that stacks with Rallying Cry.
  5. Robes of the Hist = great back bar healing set alternate to Mara’s Balm.

Zerging Gear Set-up

This setup sacrifices survivability and assumes you have a larger group.

LegslightSpell Power CureSturdyPrismatic
GloveslightSpell Power CureSturdyMagicka
BootsmediumSnow TreadersSturdyMagicka
Weapon OneRestoration StaffPhoenix Moth TheurgePoweredWeapon Damage
Weapon TwoSwordBlessing of the PotentatesPoweredStamina Recovery
SecondaryShieldBlessing of the PotentatesSturdyHealth
NecklaceSpell Power CureSwiftMagicka Recovery
Ring 1Spell Power CureSwiftMagicka Recovery
Ring 2Spell Power CureSwiftMagicka Recovery
ESO Arcanist PvP Healer Build ideal for zerging
Monster Helm:

Earthgore: obtained in Bloodroot Forge

  • Why? gives a burst heal, mini negate and cleanse.


Gear Sets:

Phoenix Moth Theurge = this set comes from overland Firesong DLC Galen and Y’ffelon zone or bought from the traders.  This set provides incredible group utility and helps sustain stamina.

Spell Power Cure: obtained in white gold tower dungeon.

  • WHY? Major courage adds tons of damage and this set is mobile.


Mara’s Balm = PvP Rewards of the worthy boxes

  • WHY? one of the strongest defensive sets in the game even post-nerf in update 37. Additionally, this provides a free cleanse every 15 seconds making you extremely tanky.  Swap if you prefer something else in heavy armor.


Blessing of the Potentates: Cyrodiil, Vlastarus Elite Gear Vendor

  • WHY? great cost reduction after casting combat pray


No-Proc PvP

Meant for no proc no CP PvP campaigns in Cyrodiil

ShouldersmediumSwarm MothersWell-fittedMagicka
ChestheavyMark of the PariahReinforcedPrismatic
LegsheavyMark of the PariahWell-fittedPrismatic
GloveslightAmber PlasmSturdyMagicka
BootslightAmber PlasmSturdyMagicka
BeltlightAmber PlasmSturdyMagicka
Weapon OneRestoration StaffAmber PlasmPoweredSpell damage
Weapon TwoSwordAmber PlasmPoweredEscapist’s Poison IX
SecondaryShieldAmber PlasmSturdyMagicka
NecklaceMark of the PariahSwiftMagicka Recovery
Ring 1Mark of the PariahTriuneMagicka Recovery
Ring 2Mark of the PariahSwiftMagicka Recovery
ESO Arcanist PvP Healer for No-Proc Pvp
Monster Helm

Domihaus: obtained in Falkreath Hold & Swarm Mother

  • Why? massive 1pc bonuses give you huge stat pools.


Gear Sets:

Mark of the Pariah: obtained in overland Orsinium or bought from traders.

  • Why? great mitigation set on at all times that’s very easy to obtain.

Amber Plasm: obtained in Ruins of Mazzatun dungeon Shadows of the Hist DLC.

  • Why? Carries your resource sustain in no CP.


The best race choices for the Arcanist PvP Healer:

  1. Dark Elf: Gives you the most max stats.
  2. Argonian: God tier tanky making it a perfect fit for being that annoying healer that just won’t die.


Consider splitting your attributes into 32 health and 32 magicka. You should reach at least 32,000 health inside your PvP context. Adjust if not reaching those numbers.

Mundus Stone

The Ritual is the best Mundus Stone for PvP Healer Builds because it increases healing effectiveness by 8%.

Champion Points – ESO Arcanist PvP Healer

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 ESO Arcanist PvP Healer:

  1. Eldritch Insight – 10
  2. Mastered Curation – sub constellation – Blessed – 10
  3. Soothing Tide (slottable) 50
  4. Rejuvenator (slottable) 50
  5. Focused Mending (slottable) 50
  6. Staving death – sub con – quick recovery – 10
  7. Staving death – sub con – ironclad –(slottable) 50

This would be the bare minimum setup, spending 230 CP (690 total required). The next step is to max out passives, that do not require a slottable but increase performance. 

  1. Precision 20
  2. Piercing 20
  3. Tireless discipline 20
  4. Eldritch insight 10
  5. Blessed 10
  6. Quick recovery 20
  7. Battle mastery 40
  8. Mighty 30
  9. Flawless ritual 40
  10. War mage 30
  11. Elemental aegis 20
  12. Hardy 20
  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 ESO Arcanist PvP Healer:

  1. Boundless Vitality (slottable) 50
  2. Sprinter – 10
  3. Wind Chaser – sub constellation – Hasty – 8
  4. Wind Chaser – sub constellation – Celerity (slottable) – 50
  5. Tireless Guardian – 10
  6. Walking Fortress – sub constellation – nimble protector – 3
  7. Walking Fortress – sub constellation – Bracing Anchor (slottable) – 50
  8. Hero’s Vigor – 10
  9. Survivor’s spite – sub constellation –  Mystic Tenacity – 10
  10. Survivor’s spite – sub constellation – Pain’s Refuge (salottable) – 50

This would be the bare minimum setup, spending 251 CP (753 total required). The next step is to max out passives, that do not require a slottable but increase performance.  

  1. Hero’s vigor 10
  2. Tumbling 30
  3. Sprinter 10
  4. Defiance 20
  5. Hasty 8
  6. Tireless guardian 10
  7. Fortification 30
  8. Nimble 3
  9. Mystic tenacity 40
  10. Tempered soul 50
  11. Piercing gaze 30
  12. Savage defense  30
  13. Bashing brutality 20

This would max out the fitness tree with all active passive champion points at 542 cp spent 1,626 total spent.

Craft Constellation Champion Points

ESO Craft Champion Tree

Below are recommended Craft Champion Point selections for the ESO Arcanist PvP Healer:

  1. Steed’s blessing – (slottable) 50
  2. Breakfall 10
  3. Wanderer 15
  4. Steadfast 10
  5. Rationer 10
  6. Liquid efficiency (slottable) 75
  7. Treasure hunter 50
  8. Master gatherer 15
  9. Gifted rider (slottable) 100
  10. War mount (slottable) 120

This would be the bare minimum setup, spending 455CP (1365 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 10
  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
  12. Infamous 30

This would max out the crafting tree with all active passive champion points at 898 cp spent 2,694 total spent.


Orzorga’s Smoked Bear Haunch

Type: Foods

BEST FOR SUSTAIN: Increase Max Health by 4312, Health Recovery by 406 and Stamina and Magicka Recovery by 369 for 2 hours. Ingredients: Frost Mirriam (1), Perfect Roe (1), Red Meat (1), Tomato (1), White Cap (1)

Jewels of Misrule

Type: Foods

CHEAP SUSTAIN OPTION: Increase Stamina and Magicka Recovery by 357 and Max Health by 3927 for 2 hours. These effects are scaled based on your level. Ingredients: Bervez Juice (1), Lotus (1), Mint (1), Rose (1), Columbine (1)

Tri-Restoration Potion or Essence of Health (tri-stat)

Type: Potions

Restore 7329 Health, 6618 Magicka, and 6618 Stamina immediately. Grants Major Fortitude, Major Intellect, and Major Endurance which increase your Health Recovery, Magicka Recovery, and Stamina Recovery by 20% for 31.7 seconds. (effects are scaled based on your level) Ingredients: Bugloss, Columbine, Mountain Flower

Escapist’s Poison IX

Type: Poisons

Immobilizes your target and grants you unstoppable, rendering you immune to control effects for 1.6 seconds. This poison will also break you free of ongoing control effects. Inflects hindrance to your target and grants you major expedition, reducing their movement speed by 40% and increasing your movement speed by 30% for 2.3 seconds. Drains stamina from your target, increasing the cost of their stamina abilities by 10% and restores 238 stamina per second to you for 2.3 seconds. (10s cooldown). Ingredients: Columbine, Namira’s Rot, Wormwood

Build Summary – ESO Arcanist PvP Healer

Class: Arcanist

Race: Dark Elf

Attributes: 32 Health, 32 Magicka

Mundus Stone: Atronach

Weapon One: Restoration Staff

Weapon Two: Ice staff

Armor Set 1: Mara’s Balm

Armor Set 2: Almalexia’s Mercy

Monster Helm: Ozezan the Inferno

Armor Weight: 3 Light, 1 Medium, 3 Heavy

Skill Bar 1

  • Radiating Regeneration
  • Illustrious Healing
  • Reconstructive Domain
  • Evolving Runemend
  • Blessing Of Restoration
  • Life Giver (Ultimate)

Skill Bar 2

  • Chakram of Destiny
  • Runeguard of Freedom
  • Cruxweaver Armor
  • Recuperative Treatise
  • Impervious Runeward
  • Glyphic of the Tides (Ultimate)
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