ESO Necromancer PvE Healer Build

Welcome to ESO Necromancer PvE Healer Build!

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

Why Should You Play ESO Necromancer PvE Healer Build?

The ESO Necromancer PvE Healer Build has one of the game’s strongest passives and active skill sets. This is because they have the most sought-after PvE ultimate, Colossus, and a supermassive burst heal. Combine these powerful class buffs with restoration and destruction staff and make a top-end healer.  For this build, buffs and rotations take some practice because you will constantly have to reply buffs and debuffs in between burst healing low HP allies. However, if you want to add some serious group utility, this is the healer to do it!

In ESO, the Necromancer Healer PvE is perfect for everyone looking for a unique playstyle with a complete set of tools for group gameplay. If a powerful necromancer playstyle and following “pros” is what you are looking for, this build is for you!

Great and Unique UltimateRelays on Corpses for Healing
Good Resource SustainComplicated Rotation
Incredible in group play

ESO Necromancer 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. Necromancer 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

With this Healer Necromancer Build, you should have plenty of resources. However, if you run out of magica, 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.

Necromancer’s Unique Playstyle

As a Necromancer, you’ll need to generate or use corpses to cast skills, sometimes even without any magica or stamina cost. For example, Braided Tether needs to be used on corpses and cast for free but gives you AoE healing that follows you, 3% more healing done. To generate corpses, use Spirit Guardian. You can even recast it after half of the ability duration to generate them early. Many Necromancer skills benefit from corpses with extra healing or ultimate, so make sure you constantly generate them and rotate your buffs. Learning the rotation takes time, but it’s an extremely fun playstyle.


Front Bar: Restoration Staff

We use restoration staff for main healing abilities.

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.

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.

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 resistances for you and your allies. Apply these buffs up as much as possible, so use ability as your main spammable

Braided Tether (Morph of Restoring Tether | Skill Line : Living Death) – Strong heal over time for you and your allies. Also increases healing done by 3% while slotted.

Enduring Undeath (Morph of Life amid Death | Skill Line : Living Death) – Great AoE heals that can consume corpses to continue healing the group, swap to the second morph, Renewing Undeath if you are in a situation where you need to remove harmful effects from your group.

Aggressive Horn (Morph of War Horn | Skill Line : Assault) – One of the most important ultimate abilities for a support role. Grants Major Force increasing critical damage by 20%, 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, coordinate with other support roles if possible to keep a high uptime. Swap to: Renewing Animation if needed: Amazing AoE resurrection ultimate that can save your group from being wiped. Resurrects up to 3 allies and you also restore a ton of Magicka and Stamina. Only use if needed, otherwise, use Reviving Barrier (morph of Barrier | Alliance War/Support skill line): An ultimate that applies massive damage shields to group members, and those shielded also receive healing over time. Provides extra Magicka Recovery through Support skill line passive when slotting this ultimate ability.

Back Bar: Destruction 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.

  1. Ice staff
  2. Inferno Staff
  3. Lightning Staff

Necrotic Potency (Morph of Bitter Harvest | Skill Line : Bone Tyrant) – Free heal with massive ultimate regeneration when consuming corpses, also reduces damage taken by 3% when slotted. Swap out for flex skill in larger group content.

Overflowing Altar (Morph of Blood Altar | Skill Line : Undaunted) – Provides massive healing during stationary PvE encounters.

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

Echoing Vigor (Morph of Vigor | Skill Line : Assault) – Use this on your back bar to proc Powerful Assault and dump your stamina for a good are heal over time that stacks with others.

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

Glacial Colossus (Morph of Frozen Colossus | Skill Line : Grave Lord) – An insane ultimate ability that applies Major Vulnerability to enemies in the area, increasing their damage taken by a massive amount. Combine this with our 5-piece back bar set bonus “Advanced Gear Setup”, you’ll grant allies Major Force increasing their Critical Damage by 20%. BIG DEEPS! Swap to Warn Horn if you have another Necromancer DPS in the group or Tank that already applies Major Vulnerability to enemies

Gear Setup: Trials – Option 1

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

HeadlightSymphony 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

Desktop hover over gear for set bonuses, mobile click once for set bonuses

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

  • Why? great resource sustain for the entire group


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

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


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


Perfected Grand Rejuvenation = obtained in Veteran Dragonstar Arena

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


Gear Setup: Trials – Option 2

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

HeadlightMagma 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

Gear Setup: Dungeons

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

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

Gear Setup: Beginners

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

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


Best Choice


Insane sustainability lacks spell damage or increased healing.

Secondary Choice


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






Mundus Stone

Atronach – Increases Magicka recovery by 310

Champion Points



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)


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. Grants 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


  • Light Armor
  • Medium Armor
  • Heavy Armor
  • Destruction Staff
  • Restoration Staff
  • Fighter’s Guild
  • Mage’s Guild
  • Undaunted
  • Alliance Assault
  • Medicinal Use (Alchemy)
  • Alliance Support
  • All Class

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