ESO Magicka Arcanist PvP Build

The guide gives skills, champion points, and gear for an ESO Magicka Arcanist PvP Build!

Magicka Arcanist PvP Build Pragmatic Fatecarver
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This build has been updated for the Update 40 patch of the Elder Scrolls Online.

Below is a general PvP Guide that can help anyone understand and develop their PvP knowledge and skill. This video is applicable for every build and should be viewed if you want general ESO PvP knowledge that applies to all aspects, Battlegrounds, Cyrodiil, and Imperial City.

Great sustained damageVampire is required
Incredibly durableVulnerable while beaming
Battlefield Control 

The Best ESO Arcanist Magica PvP Build and Playstyle

The ESO Magicka Arcanist PvP Build uses the new Crux system to create an extremely survival and high-damage setup. Thanks to the support and defense skills, you can control the battlefield and fight outnumbered while maintaining significant, sustained damage. The build guarantees everything you need to dominate in the Elder Scrolls Online PvP!

PvP is different from PvE. Your purpose is to buff and heal while constantly pressuring your opponents and executing burst combos. If you want to survive in ESO PvP, you must keep your buffs and healing over time at all times rolling. As a result, the ESO Magicka Arcanist PvP build provides tools within the gear and skills to help you achieve it all in PvP.

Use the environment to your advantage. Never stay in an open field, exposing yourself to damage makes you easy to target and kill. Hide behind objects to lower the pressure. If they can’t see you, they can’t hit you!

The class has an intense burst heal, Evolving Runemend use it and your defensive ultimate, Sanctum of the Abyssal Sea, as a “panic button”. Hold block and heal! However, remember to hide as soon as possible and refresh the buffs. Burst healing will not keep you or your teammates alive forever. The skill will quickly burn through your magic, leaving you vulnerable.

Try to use both resource pools (stamina and magicka) to sustain. If you run out of resources, do a heavy attack – if done on an off-balance target, it’ll refill twice as many resources. As an Arcanist, you’ll need to generate and consume Cruxes to constantly enhance your stats, so keep close attention to it.

Related: Arcanist Class and Crux System Guide

Lastly, always use suggested food and potions. They will improve your survivability,  resource sustain and provide more damage. Switch the Mundus Stone and skills in and out until you achieve what works best for you!


Skill Set 1 Front Bar

Front Bar Weapon Options: These are all good choices depending on your playstyle and needs. Experiment with what works best.

  • Dual Wield – best overall damage via passives highest DPS but without a restoration staff or Ice staff on the back bar can be brutal to sustain.
  • Fire staff – range and most single target damage and pairs well with elemental users.
  • Lightning Staff: provides easy fully charged heavy attacks for resource sustain and 10% AoE damage when channeling.
  • Two-handed has the best passives for burst.

Back Bar: Ice Staff

Back Bar Weapon Options: They are all good choices depending on your playstyle and needs. Experiment with what works best.

  • Frost Staff – can either use magicka or stamina for blocking via tri focus passive.  Frost also gives as much damage reduction as Sword and Shield and you can use the enchant and have some range.
  • Restoration staff – the best buffs and healing. The strength of Resto is fully charged heavy attacks for major mending and magicka sustain.
  • Sword and Shield – great choice when blocking The benefit of a sword and shield is using stamina for block mitigation when taking tons of pressure. Switch to sword and shield if you like a slower pace gameplay or if you struggle with survivability.

Optimal Gear Setup

This setup blends survivability with AoE burst expecting to fight outnumbered solo or in a small group.

HeadmediumRoksa the WarpedWell-fittedPrismatic
ShoulderslightRoksa the WarpedWell-fittedMagica
BootslightArmor of the TraineeWell-fittedMagica
BeltlightRallying CryWell-fittedMagica
Weapon OneMaceSoulshineNirnhonedDamage Health
Weapon TwoFrost StaffRallying CryPoweredWeapon Damage
NecklaceSea-Serpent CoilInfusedMagicka Recovery
Ring 1Rallying CryBloodthirstySpell Damage
Ring 2Rallying CryBloodthirstySpell Damage

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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. Valkyn Skoria = great proc damage set if using a long-lasting channel.
  3. Balorgh = incredible burst if you don’t struggle with resources.
  4. Ozezan the Inferno = is an update 37-monster set that is great paired with heals over time.

Sea-Serpent’s Coil: Obtained through Mythic System click here for lead locations.  This mythic essentially provides two five-piece damage sets in one, with nearly zero drawbacks.


  1. Markyn Ring of Majesty = great all-around defensive and offensive mythic
  2. Torc of Tonal Constancy = sustain mythic.
  3. Death Dealer’s Fete = max stats which equates to good damage and survivability.

Soulshine: obtained in overland Repear’s March or bought from guild traders.

  • Why? great heavy armor set that boosts our weapon damage when using the channel and applies when we switch the back bar.


  1. Deadly Strikes = insane damage when using 5pc channel skill Fatecarvers with medium armor.
  2. Light of Cyrodiil = amazing damage reduction when channeling.
  3. Order’s Wrath = craftable set that gives great damage overall and is easy to obtain.

Rallying Cry = Rewards for the Worthy for earning AP in PvP activity or traders.  This set still provides the best overall back bar survivability set.

  • why? a great option for high damage and survivability.


  1. Daedric Trickery = generates incredible buffs that stack on top of each other including Major Heroism which is the best for DK.
  2. Powerful Assault = great set to add damage to you and your group and the buff stacks with Rallying Cry.
  3. Mara’s Balm = great defensive back bar set.
  4. Robes of the Hist = great back bar healing set alternate to Mara’s Balm

Armor of the Trainee: obtained in overland starter areas or guild trader.  Added stats with a one-piece item

No Proc PvP Cyrodiil and Imperial City

This is used when in campaigns that limit gear choices.

HeadmediumMagma IncarnateWell-fittedPrismatic
ShoulderslightOrder’s WraithWell-fittedMagicka
ChestheavyMark of the PariahReinforcedPrismatic
LegsheavyMark of the PariahReinforcedPrismatic
GloveslightOrder’s WraithWell-fittedMagicka
BootsheavyMark of the PariahWell-fittedMagicka
BeltlightOrder’s WraithWell-fittedMagicka
Weapon OneMaceOrder’s WraithNirnhonedDamage Health
SecondaryAxeOrder’s WraithSharpenedFlame
Weapon TwoFrost StaffBlessing of PotentatesPoweredSpell Damage
NecklaceTorc of Tonal ConstancyInfusedMagicka Recovery
Ring 1Mark of the PariahBloodthirstySpell Damage
Ring 2Mark of the PariahBloodthirstySpell Damage

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Bomber Skills

BOMBER front bar Lighting

BOMBER back bar Frost

Bomber Gear Setup

This is good build for large groups and with pocket healer.

GloveslightDark ConvergenceDivinesMagicka
BootslightDark ConvergenceDivinesMagicka
BeltlightDark ConvergenceDivinesMagicka
Weapon OneLighting StaffPlaguebreakSharpenedDamage Health
Weapon TwoFrost StaffDark ConvergencePoweredSpell damage
NecklacePlaguebreakInfusedSpell damage
Ring 1Markyn Ring of MajestyInfusedSpell damage
Ring 2PlaguebreakInfusedSpell damage

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Best Choice


Khajiit race will provide the best burst damage and damage potential.

Secondary Choice

High Elf

High Elf will give you a damage reduction while channeling






Mundus Stone

Thief – Increases the Critical Strike rating by 1212

Champion Points

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