ESO Beginner Magicka Dragonknight Build

This guide gives skills, champion points, and gear for an ESO Beginner Magicka Dragonknight Build, intended for the new or returning player!

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

Why Should You Play the ESO Beginner Magicka Dragonknight Build?

Welcome to the ESO Beginner Magicka Dragonknight Build for The Elder Scrolls Online.  This build is intended for the new or returning player who wants a starting build with flexible options for skills and gear!  Pickup the build if you want an ultra simple, easy and hard hitting build that can dominate in any content.

Amazing area damagePlays in melee
Easy gear choicesStationary Ultimate
Good self healing at end game

ESO Beginner Magicka Dragonknight Build Playstyle

This skill setup is extremely important to start off ESO on the correct path. At this stage, I’m assuming you’re level three and have completed the tutorial with three skill points to spend. From here, you’ll want to slot one skill from each of your class skill lines, regardless if you use or like the skill. Why? Because you want to reach level 50 with most of your class skill lines leveled up or at least close to max. You only level the skill lines in your class if you have one or more skills equipped. That way you can acquire skill points and max out all the passives which make you stronger WITHOUT having to slot a skill.


Level 3 Starter – Brand New Character – Fire Staff

Work towards advancing and unlocking skills. It’s especially helpful to change out skills and at least get them to the “morphed” stage. You can always change these later for a very small fee so don’t worry if you make a mistake.

Flame Lash (Morph of Lava Whip | Skill Line : Ardent Flame) – Flame Lash is a great early main spammable attack because you can get healed if enemy is off balanced, stunned or immobilized. At end game you’ll want to switch morphs for more damage. Every skill in this line is vitally important so unlock and morph them all!

Volatile Armor (Morph of Spiked Armor | Skill Line : Draconic Power) – This armor morph early on is taken just to do some AoE damage and level the skill line. Quickly move to take Burning Talons for massive AoE nuke. The combo would be to talons then whip for healing!

Obsidian Shard (Morph of Stonefist | Skill Line : Earthen Heart) – The one downside to Dragonknight’s is early game healing. Take this morph to have some type of healing until you move further in the skill line.

Force Shock (Skill Line : Destruction Staff) – This skill is simply slotted for quick leveling of the destruction skill line.

Grand Healing (Skill Line : Restoration Staff) – This is a good healer skill but really we are using it to unlock restoration which is very helpful upon reaching level 15. Trust me, it seems weird but it’ll be helpful post 50 when you don’t need to level another skill line. Alternatives are dual wield for PvE Mag DPS melee, sword and shield if you want to tank, or even two handed/bow for niche PvP builds. Either way, put another skill line here.

Corrosive Armor (Morph of Magma Armor | Skill Line : Earthen Heart) – You won’t be able to get an ultimate until later but Magma Armor morphed into Corrosive Armor is great for beginners. It makes you nearly unkillable and you ignore armor with direct damage attacks. Truthfully all the skill line ultimate choices are amazing, but the added benefit for slotting is leveling up Earthen Heart quick. It has THE BEST passive skills in the game and should be priority.

Level 15 – Front Bar – Fire > Lighting Staff

At this stage, you should have the ability to bar swap. This comes in very handy to have leveled restoration staff, because you can put healing abilities on your secondary bar and also use resto to fully charge heavy attack to get resources back. I’ll list front bar skills, but in general put armor, healing, mobility, and consuming trap from world soul magic skill line on the back bar. You won’t be getting much XP since nearly all your kills should be on the front.

Flame Lash (Morph of Lava Whip | Skill Line : Ardent Flame) – Here’s the issue with DK once you get a back bar, is you need a main spammable but have very little healing unless you constantly bar swap. If you struggle with that, keep Flame Lash. If you don’t start cycling through leveling Searing Strike into Burning Embers and Fiery Breath into Engulfing Flames.

Igneous Shield (Morph of Obsidian Shield | Skill Line : Earthen Heart) – Assuming you have enough healing, and you can get access to Coagulation Blood, slot this and use it as a front bar defensive. Aim for Ash Cloud morphed into Cinder Storm which is insane healing then swap to more aggressive skills later.

Coagulating Blood (Morph of Dragon Blood | Skill Line : Draconic Power) – This is an incredible burst heal but does take a massive amount of magicka so be cautious with casting. I use this in PvP but level up skills in this slot assuming my survivability is good.

Unstable Wall of Elements (Morph of Wall of Elements | Skill Line : Destruction Staff) – A great skill near the beginning or end game, this acts as a AoE spammable and a great DoT to start off combat. Your other goal is to unlock weakness to elements and morph to elemental drain which is super important for sustain solo later on.

Combat Prayer (Morph of Blessing of Protection | Skill Line : Restoration Staff) – At this point, continue to level and morph skills. Combat pray is a great back bar heal/buff to you and your group and something you can aim for solo or in a group.

Corrosive Armor (Morph of Magma Armor | Skill Line : Earthen Heart) – Take this here until you get Battleroar passive in earthen heart. It’ll change your entire playthrought as a Dragonknight. Then rotate to Dragon Leap for PvP or Dragonknight Standard for PvP.

End Game Level 50 – Front Bar – Fire > Lighting Staff

Now you’ve hit level 50.  Continue to progress the skill lines and max out important passives. I’d also work on leveling skills in your flex spot on your front bar, and just swap something in more useful when doing serious content.  Now you’ll have options for front bar magicka DPS weapons.  Front Bar Weapon Style Choices:

  • Flame Staff
  • Lighting Staff
  • Dual Wield
  • Consuming Trap (Morph of Soul Trap | Skill line: Soul Magic)
  • Burning Embers (Morph of Searing Strike | Skill line: Ardent Flame)
  • Cauterize (Morph of Inferno | Skill line: Ardent Flame)
  • Molten Whip (Morph of Lava Whip | Skill line: Ardent Flame)
  • Engulfing Flames (Morph of Fiery Breath | Skill line: Ardent Flame)
  • Ferocious Leap (Morph of Dragon Leap | Skill line: Draconic Power)

End Game Level 50 – Back Bar Fire Staff

This loadout assumes you have a decent hang of the combat but might need a bit more healing/survival than a group or solo master setup.  You can put a Restoration skill back here or use a one bar setup if needed.

  • Elemental Drain (Morph of Weakness to Elements | Skill line: Destruction Staff)
  • Draw Essence (Morph of Inhale | Skill line: Draconic Power)
  • Harness Magicka (Morph of Annulment | Skill line: Light Armor)
  • Coagulating Blood (Morph of Dragon Blood | Skill line: Draconic Power)
  • Unstable Wall Of Elements (Morph of Wall of Elements | Skill line: Destruction Staff)
  • Standard Of Might (Morph of Dragonknight Standard | Skill line: Ardent Flame)

Gear 1


If you have crafting on another character, or can ask a guild member, this will help you out tremendously!

HeadlightArmor of the TraineeTrainingMagicka
ShoulderslightArmor of the TraineeTrainingMagicka
ChestheavyArmor of the SeducerTrainingMagicka
LegsmediumArmor of the SeducerTrainingMagicka
GloveslightArmor of the SeducerTrainingMagicka
BootslightArmor of the SeducerTrainingMagicka
BeltlightArmor of the SeducerTrainingMagicka
Weapon OneLighting StaffHeartland ConquerorTrainingShock
Weapon TwoRestoration StaffHeartland ConquerorTrainingBerserker (spell damage)
NecklaceHeartland ConquerorMagicka Recovery
Ring 1Heartland ConquerorSpell Damage
Ring 2Heartland ConquerorSpell Damage

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This gear setup is designed to get you the most experience possible without dying frequently while leveling.  Use this as a template for max XP gains while leveling.

Armor of the Seducer: three trait craftable item.  Locations are Deshaan, Grahtwood, Stormhaven.

  • Why? with zero champion points or limited knowledge of the game, sustaining resources is the hardest thing to do.  Getting this early will be a big help while leveling.

Heartland Conqueror: craftable set in Blackwood, 7 traits required.  If you don’t own Blackwood, you can have someone craft or buy from traders.

  • Why? this unique set doubles weapon trait effectiveness, giving you even more benefit for using the training trait.  See flex options below if you don’t have this set.

Armor of the Trainee: obtained in the starter zones in the game from chest and enemies.  Location Bal Foyen, Betnikh, Bleakrock Isle, Khenarthi’s Roost and Stros M’Kai.

  • Why? gives set bonuses per piece and comes in training trait.

ALTERNATIVE OVERLAND SETS (these are all base game no DLC required)

  • Mother’s Sorrow: obtained in Deshaan Ebonheart Pact overland zone drops from delves, world bosses, public dungeons and dark anchors in that zone.
    • Why? Great because massive boost to critical = more damage.
  • Withered Hand: obtained in Alik’r’ Desert Daggerfall Covenant overland zone drops from delves, world bosses, public dungeons and dark anchors in that zone.
    • Why? My favorite overall magicka beginner set due to health/magicka upon killing mobs.
  • Spinner’s garments: obtained in Malabal Tor Aldemri Dominion overland zone drops from delves, world bosses, public dungeons and dark anchors in that zone.
    • Why? Great damage set due to penetration, but becomes ineffective playing in groups when tanks debuff mobs.


  • Soulshine: obtained in Reaper’s March drops from delves, world bosses, public dungeons and dark anchors in that zone.
    • Why? An awesome 5pc for templar who’s main spammable is a channel.
  • Necropotence: obtained in Rivensipre drops from delves, world bosses, public dungeons and dark anchors in that zone.
    • Why? This is only useful if you have a pet like a Warden, Necromancer or Sorcerer.
  • Silks of the Sun: obtained in Stonefalls Ebonheart Pact overland zone drops from delves, world bosses, public dungeons and dark anchors in that zone.
    • Why? Perfect for a Dragonknight!
  • War Maiden: obtained in Morrowind (now free) overland zone drops from delves, world bosses, public dungeons and dark anchors in that zone. This is great for Nightblade, Templar and Warden.


Level 50 Gear Sets

Use this as a template until you can progress to better gear sets.

HeadlightWithered HandDivines > AnyMagicka
ShoulderslightWithered HandDivines > AnyMagicka
ChestlightMother’s SorrowDivines > AnyMagicka
LegslightMother’s SorrowDivines > AnyMagicka
GloveslightMother’s SorrowDivines > AnyMagicka
BootslightMother’s SorrowDivines > AnyMagicka
BeltlightMother’s SorrowDivines > AnyMagicka
Weapon OneLighting StaffWillpowerPrecise > SharpenedShock
Weapon TwoLighting StaffWillpowerInfused > ChargedBerserker (Spell damage)
NecklaceWithered HandArcaneMagicka Recovery
Ring 1Withered HandArcaneSpell Damage
Ring 2Withered HandArcaneSpell Damage

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The premise in ESO is base game overland is the easiest gear to obtained.  Because at any level, you can go to zone and farm it.  Crafting is second as it takes time to unlock traits and my require DLC.  Dungeons, on normal are third because it takes certain level requirements or DLC to access so that will be the priority of gear in general.  Your priority after obtaining the below gear sets is as follows:

  • Start doing undaunted pledges and obtain a base game damage monster helm.  My two favorite are Nerien’eth from Crypt of  Hearts for damage or Ice Heart from Direfrost Keep for survival.
  • Next target is to remove Withered Hand with a higher producing damage set. I suggest checking out the builds page for more suggestions.
  • Now start working on obtaining dungeons, trials, and mythics for more damage sets.

Mother’s Sorrow: obtained in Deshaan Ebonheart Pact overland zone drops from delves, world bosses, public dungeons and dark anchors in that zone.

  • Why? Great because massive boost to critical = more damage.

Withered Hand: obtained in Alik’r’ Desert Daggerfall Covenant overland zone drops from delves, world bosses, public dungeons and dark anchors in that zone.

  • Why? My favorite overall magicka beginner set due to health/magicka.

Willpower: obtained via Imperial City, dungeon finder and very cheap on guild traders.

  • Why? great base game two piece se that gives huge stat bonuses.


Perfected Crushing Wall: from Veteran Maelstrom Arena in Orsinium.

  • WHY? Increase your overall DPS massively due to wall of elements and light attack damage increase.


  1. Zaan’s = consider the best overall monster helm for DPS perfect for melee builds.
  2. Nerien’eth =  great damage and easy to proc perfect for range builds.
  3. Stormfist = always works, easy to obtain and AoE DPS set.
  4. Iceheart = great for pure survivability.


  1. Pillar of Nirn = best overall damage set for front bar
  2. Medusa = great damage set with always on minor force
  3. Deadly Strike = for DoT builds like Templar and Dragonknight
  4. Scathing Mage = spell damage dungeon set
  5. War Maiden = overland great for non elemental users
  6. Order’s Wrath = best craftable option


  1. Pale Order = best heals per second solo in the game
  2. Oakensoul= the best one bar build for DPS – 5 Leads are here
  3. Death Dealer’s Fete = high max stats and requires no effect but in combat


Best Choice

Dark Elf

The OG ultra powerful Dunmer/Dark Elf is perfect for DK.

Secondary Choice


Human appearing and god tier sustain which is very helpful starting out.






Mundus Stone

Thief – Increases the Critical Strike rating by 1212

Champion Points



Crown Refreshing Drink

FREE OPTION: these come from daily reward logins and are great starting out because you can get at level 1, carries your sustain. I wouldn’t recommend buying these, but if you get for free use this or the Crown Fortifying Meal.

Witchmother’s Brew

CHEAP: this is another level 1 drink you can get BUT you can also buy from traders or someone can give to you. I’d highly recommend saving up and getting some from the traders, Deshaan is typically the hub in ESO. Increase Max Magicka by 2856, Max Health by 3094, and Magicka Recovery by 315 for 2 hours. Ingredients Nightshade, Bervez Juice, Rice, Small Game

Chicken Breast

VENDOR: this is a level one option you can buy from the provisioning vendor and or you can learn receipe and make at low level. It gives a buff to health, but it’s better than nothing starting out.


Essence of Spell Power

BEST: These potions can be bought from traders or you can get PvP ones via Cyrodiil Vendor. They are best because they giving you important buffs for which you don’t need to slot an ability or use level Fighters Guild or Mages Guild. Until you get them, just use magicka “trash” pots the simple blue potions that you find throughout the world. Grants major sorcery with increases spell damage by 20% for 47.6 seconds. Grants major prophecy which grants you 2191 spell critical rating for 47.6 seconds. Restore 7582 magicka immediately. Grants you major intellect which increases your magicka recovery by 20% for 47.6. Potions have a 45 second cool down and make sure you have three points into medicinal use passive in alchemy crafting.


  • Class Passives
  • Weapon Passives
    • Destruction Staff
  • Armor Passives
    • Light
    • Medium
    • Heavy
  • Guild Passives
    • Fighters Guild
    • Undaunted
    • Mages Guild
    • Psijic Order
  • Alliance Passives
    • Assault
    • Support
  • World Passives
    • Soul Magic

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