ESO Magicka Warden PvP Build

This guide explains how to use the best Elder Scrolls Online (ESO) Magicka Warden PvP Build, skills, gear, champion points, and more!

Magicka Warden PvP Build - Elder Scrolls Online

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

Why Should You Play ESO Magicka Warden PvP Build?

This ESO Magicka Warden PvP Build is ideal for players looking for survivability, sustainability, mobility, group utility, and damage.  The Magden play style revolves around crowd control through snares, immobilization, and stuns.  This is best played with double frost staff due to a passive giving a 12% damage increase. Moreover, frost staff makes a great addition to the Warden class due to their inherent ability to proc the chilled status effect, doing more critical damage.  Due to its passive, the Warden also has a very high critical damage rating.  Thus, this build centers on high critical chance and damage to optimize the class to initiate passives and skills.

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.

ESO Magicka Warden PvP Build Playstyle

The Magicka Warden in PvP is a powerful defensive playstyle with high mobility. The best aspect of the build is group utility while maintaining high damage. You can play at medium range as well with powerful ]burst damage.

ESO Magicka Warden PvP Build Features and Mechanics

Below are some of the features found using the PvP Magicka Warden in the Elder Scrolls Online:

  • Class – Warden
  • Weapon One – Frost Staff
  • Weapon Two – Frost Staff
  • Armor Types: 3 Heavy, 1 Medium, 3 Light
  • Mythic: Sea-Serpent’s Coil
  • Race: Khajiit
  • Infection: Vampire Stage 3
  • Attributes: 32 Health 32 Magicka
  • Mundus Stone: Atronach


Skill Set 1 Front Bar Frost Staff

Deep Fissure (Morph of Scorch | Skill Line : Animal Companions) – massive damage single target and AoE , keep up at all times.

Growing Swarm (Morph of Swarm | Skill Line : Animal Companions) – Damage over time with Minor Vulnerability. I use the stamina-based morph here to free up magicka resources for other abilities.

Camouflaged Hunter (Morph of Expert Hunter | Skill Line : Fighters Guild) – Gives us a higher critical chance on our front bar and a counter to stealth classes. If you want to run critical buff potions or no critical chance buff, slot Birds of Prey in this slot.

Screaming Cliff Racer (Morph of Dive | Skill Line : Animal Companions) – Great changed spammable. Swap to Destructive Clench if you use Master’s Frost staff.

Blue Betty (Morph of Betty Netch | Skill Line : Animal Companions) – Spell damage buff, healing though watch out for plaguebreak. Slot flare on back bar if you want more mitigation.

Ice Comet (Morph of Meteor | Skill Line : Mages Guild) – Massive hard-hitting damage and can be used at ranged after stunning and immobilizing targets.

Skill Set 2 Back Bar Frost Staff

Ice Fortress (Morph of Frost Cloak | Skill Line : Winter’s Embrace) – armor buff with minor protection.

Elusive Mist (Morph of Mist Form | Skill Line : Vampire) – The mobility tool allows us to keep up with anyone on the battlefield. If you don’t like vampire, you can use Race Against Time instead or Birds of Prey in replacement of Camo Hunter on your front bar.

Budding Seeds (Morph of Healing Seed | Skill Line : Green Balance) – Strong heal over time when playing in group. Can also use Leaching Vines solo.

Resolving Vigor (Morph of Vigor | Skill Line : Assault) – Great self healing that doesn’t require a resto staff thus back bar Frost or Sword and Shield mitigation.

Arctic Blast (Morph of Arctic Wind | Skill Line : Winter’s Embrace) – magicka based heal which can also stun enemies.

Enchanted Forest (Morph of Secluded Grove | Skill Line : Green Balance) – Our defensive back bar skill when in danger.

Passives Skills

Below are the passive skills lines that add power without requiring a skill slot while playing the ESO PvP Magicka Warden Build. Consider taking all the skill passives in the skill tree listed below:

  • Winter’s Embrace (class skill line)
  • ‎Animal Companions (class skill line)
  • Green Balance (class skill line)
  • Destruction Staff (weapon skill line)
  • Light Armor
  • Medium Armor
  • Heavy Armor
  • Undaunted
  • Mage’s Guild
  • Fight’s Guild
  • Vampirism
  • Racial
  • Alliance War Support
  • Alliance War Assault
  • Crafting, Alchemy Medicinal Use

Gear – Best in Slot

The gear chart below represents the best gear for ESO PvP Magicka Warden Build:

HeadheavyRoksa the WarpedWell-fittedPrismatic
ShouldersmediumRoksa the WarpedWell-fittedMagicka
ChestheavyOrder’s WrathReinforcedPrismatic
LegsheavyOrder’s WrathWell-fittedPrismatic
GloveslightOrder’s WrathSturdyMagicka
BootslightRallying CrySturdyMagicka
Weapon OneFrost StaffOrder’s WrathSharpenedEscapist Poison
Weapon TwoFrost StaffRallying CryPoweredSpell damage
NecklaceSea-Serpent’s CoilSwiftSpell Damage
Ring 1Rallying CryInfusedMagicka Recovery
Ring 2Rallying CrySwiftSpell Damage
ESO Magicka Warden PvP Build
Monster Helms and Mythic

Roksa the Warped: obtained from Vet Bal Sunnar; Scribes of Fate DLC. Carries your survivability and resource sustain in a two-piece set, without Engine Guardian droid.

Sea-Serpent’s Coil: Obtained through Mythic System click here for lead locations.  Used because it’s essentially two five-piece damage sets in one, with nearly zero drawbacks if using Vampire Mist Form.


Gear Sets

Rallying Cry: Rewards for the Worthy PvP mail reward or can be bought from traders.  Rallying Cry is a great offensive and defensive set that lowers the burst damage you receive and increases your damage and healing.

Order’s Wrath: craftable set in the High Isles requiring three traits.  Used because it has a great critical chance and critical damage increase.


  1. Wretched Vitality = great resource sustain five-piece set that you can proc on your back bar.
  2. Mara’s Balm = is the best for pure healing and cleansing but the Warden doesn’t lack in that department.
  3. Powerful Assault = great set to add damage to you and your group and the buff stacks with Rallying Cry.
  4. Robes of the Hist = great back bar healing set alternate to Mara’s Balm
  5. War Maiden = decent spell damage set to the front bar.
  6. Snake in the Stars = an update 37 set that counters players using “heal stacking.”
  7. Scathing Mage = good front bar that will help with your damage and healing if playing with staff.
  8. Back-Alley Gourmand = even more critical damage than Order’s Wrath but it only comes in Light armor.

Gear 2 – No Proc PvP Cyrodiil and Imperial City

Meant for specific rule sets inside Cyrodiil in Imperial City ESO PvP:

HeadmediumMagma IncarnateWell-fittedPrismatic
ShoulderslightWar MaidenWell-fittedMagicka
ChestheavyMark of the PariahReinforcedPrismatic
LegsheavyMark of the PariahWell-fittedPrismatic
GlovesheavyMark of the PariahImpenetrableMagicka
BootslightWar MaidenImpenetrableMagicka
BeltlightWar MaidenImpenetrableMagicka
Weapon OneFrost StaffWar MaidenSharpenedFlame
Weapon TwoFrost StaffBlessing of the PotentatesPoweredSpell damage
NecklaceTorc or Tonal ConstancyInfusedSpell Damage
Ring 1Mark of the PariahInfusedSpell Damage
Ring 2Mark of the PariahInfusedSpell Damage
Magicka Warden PvP for no Proc Cyrodiil and Imperial City
Flex Options


The best race choices for PvP Magicka Warden:

  1. Khajiit: best overall due to burst critical damage bonus.
  2. Dark Elf: good max stats and weapon and spell damage.
  3. Argonian: It’s a powerful defensive tank race all around.


You should aim to reach 32,000 health; therefore, we recommend 32 health and 32 magicka attribute split.

Mundus Stone

The best mundus stone is the Atronach for resource sustain. You can use Thief or Apprentice if your damage is low.

Champion Points – ESO Magicka Warden PvP 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 ESO Magicka Warden PvP Build:

  1. Precision 10
  2. Fighting finesse (slottable) 50
  3. Mastered curation – sub constellation – blessed 10
  4. Focused mending (slottable) 50
  5. Eldritch insight 10
  6. Staving death – sub constellation – quick recovery 10
  7. Staving death – sub constellation – Ironclad (slottable) 50
  8. Duelist’s rebuff (slottable) 50

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

  1. Precision 10
  2. Piercing 10
  3. Tireless discipline 20
  4. Eldritch insight 20
  5. Blessed 20
  6. Quick recovery 20
  7. Flawless ritual 40
  8. War mage 30
  9. Battle mastery 40
  10. Mighty 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 520 spent 1,560 total spent.

Fitness Constellation Champion Points

ESO Fitness Champion Tree

Below are recommended Fitness Champion Point selections for the ESO Magicka Warden PvP Build:

  1. Fortified (slottable) 50
  2. Sprinter 10
  3. Wind chaser – sub constellation – hasty 8
  4. Wind chaser – sub constellation – celerity (slottable) 50
  5. Hero’s vigar 10
  6. Survivor’s spite – sub constellation– mystic tenacity 10
  7. Survivor’s spite – sub constellation –  pain’s refuge (slottable) 50
  8. Survival instincts 50 (slottable)

This would be the bare minimum setup, spending 238 CP (714 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 20
  7. Fortification 30
  8. Nimble 6
  9. Mystic tenacity 50
  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 532 cp spent 1,596 total spent

Craft Constellation Champion Points

ESO Craft Champion Tree

Below are recommended Craft Champion Point selections for the ESO Magicka Warden PvP Build:

  1. Steed’s blessing – 50(slottable)
  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.


Food: 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)

Food: Orzorga’s Smoked Bear Haunch GREAT RECOVERY

Increase Max Health by 4312, Health Recovery by 406 and Stamina and Magicka Recovery by 369 (effects are scaled based on your level) Ingredients: Red Meat (1), Tomato (1), White Cap (1), Frost Mirriam (1), Perfect Roe (1)

Food: Jewels of Misrule

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

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

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

Build Summary – ESO PvP Magicka Warden

Class: Warden

Race: Khajiit

Attributes: 32 Health 32 Magicka

Mundus Stone: Atronach

Weapon One: Destruction Staff

Weapon Two: Destruction Staff

Armor Set 1: Order’s Wrath

Armor Set 2: Rallying Cry

Monster Helm: Roksa the Warped

Mythic: Sea-Serpent’s Coil

Infection: Vampire Stage 3

Armor Weight: 3 Heavy, 1 Medium, 3 Light

Skill Bar 1

  • Deep Fissure
  • Growing Swarm
  • Camouflaged Hunter
  • Screaming Cliff Racer
  • Blue Betty
  • Ice Comet (Ultimate)

Skill Bar 2

  • Ice Fortress
  • Elusive Mist
  • Budding Seeds
  • Resolving Vigor
  • Arctic Blast
  • Enchanted Forest (Ultimate)

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