ESO One Bar PvE Magicka Dragonknight Build

This guide explains how to use the best Elder Scrolls Online (ESO) One Bar PvE Magicka Dragonknight build, skills, gear, champion points, and more!

ESO One Bar PvE Magicka Dragonknight Build

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

Why Should You Play ESO One Bar PvE Magicka Dragonknight Build?

The ESO One Bar Dragonknight Magicka build for PvE is a Heavy Attack build for Dragonknight that relies on fully charged heavy attacks with some damage over time and healing mixed in. Even though we are using “magicka” skills, we still use medium armor and sustain via fully charged heavy attacks, and with the hybrid changes, there’s a blending of stam/magicka and that’s what you have with this optimal one-bar build.

In ESO, the One Bar Dragonknight Build is perfect for everyone, and literally. Great for beginners, veterans, players of any age and experience. It’s easy to understand and doesn’t require bar swapping – the game element that simplifies the gameplay without hurting the potential damage per second. So if a heavy attack builds playstyle and following “pros” is what you are looking for, this build is for you!

ESO One Bar PvE Magicka Dragonknight Build Playstyle

It requires you to fully charge heavy attacks in between abilities. You need to cast the wall of elements at the beginning of the fight and then refresh it to apply the off-balance buff on cooldown for the best and highest DPS.  This build must work. However, you’ll get used to the playstyle quickly, and applying the wall of elements will become second nature. You can also use the addon “DebuffMe” on PC to track your off-balance buff status.

One Bar PvE Magicka Dragonknight Features and Mechanics

Below are some of the features found using the One Bar PvE Magicka Templar in the Elder Scrolls Online:

  • Class – Dragonknight
  • Weapon One – Lightning Staff
  • Armor Types: 1 Light, 5 Medium, 1 Heavy
  • Mythic: Oakensoul
  • Race: Dunmer
  • Attributes: 64 Magicka
  • Mundus Stone: Thief

Skill 1: High Survival

One Bar Lightning Staff – Solo | High Survivability Setup

Front Bar Weapon = We’ve tested them all and Lighting Staff does the most damage out of all the weapons REGARDLESS of class/passives.

  • Lightning Staff

This build rewards you for fully charging heavy attacks and building up stacks of Sergeants Mail. At 4 stacks, you’ll do HUGE heavy attack damage.  BUT you need to be constantly casting fully charged heavy attacks rather than many DoT.  Thus the best builds are ones with longer lasting DoTs and simplisit damage over time or pets.

Blockade of Storms (Morph of Wall of Elements | Skill Line : Destruction Staff) – Blockade acts as a massive damage ground base AoE and the tool we used to proc off balance. Off balance is key to high DPS with the build due to Champion Point passive Exploiter along with huge area damage. You can “spam” or repeatedly cast the skill for an instant explosion doing area damage during “trash” or multiple mob non-boss fights. Consider this an important damage over time to maintain, and remember, an off-balance proc has a 7-second up time and 15-second downtime.

Coagulating Blood (Morph of Dragon Blood | Skill Line : Draconic Power) – Most solo builds require a burst heal, and as a Dragonknight, Coagulating Blood remains the strongest option. The downside of this ability is it doesn’t do damage in addition to healing. If you don’t find yourself using this frequently, or it’s overkill, swap to Draw Essence. This does decent healing but big AoE as well. If you cast this when you dip below 50% along with Burning Embers, you should have strong healing with this build.

Burning Embers (Morph of Searing Strike | Skill Line : Ardent Flame) – Embers skill acts as a strong single-target damage over time and great healing per second. The damage from the other morph, Venomous Claw will outperform Burning Embers in damage. But, the sheer healing per second of this one DoT in conjunction with the damage that it does makes it a must for solo play.

Noxious Breath (Morph of Fiery Breath | Skill Line : Ardent Flame) – In Veteran PvE content, monsters have 18,200 resistances. The closer you can get to zero the better. This skill gives a major breach, which will increase your damage significantly. This is also an AoE skill and is great damage over time for single targets or a group of monsters. The downside is – it has no range, and you’ll need to play more melee and aggressively. If you don’t like that style, flex in Destruction Staff Elemental Susceptibility for a ranged major breach skill.

Eruption (Morph of Ash Cloud | Skill Line : Earthen Heart) – One of the strongest damage over time abilities in the game, Eruption is a must used for the Dragonknight. Not only does this do amazing damage, but it procs important passives in the Earthen Heart skill line. By using this you’ll get 10% more weapon damage and more ultimate. Consider the other morph, Cinder Storm, if you need even more healing.

Standard of Might (Morph of Dragonknight Standard | Skill Line : Ardent Flame) – Banner remains one of the best overall ultimates in the game. With huge area, damage reduction and damage increase while standing inside, this is perfect for melting bosses. The only downside, it’s not mobile at all. Swap to either Mage’s Guild Shooting Star for a lower-cost alternative or Elemental Rage from the Destruction Staff skill line.

Skill Setup 2: Parse Dummy

Use the below skill setup when trying to optimize DPS with a dedicated healer or a 21 million health Parse Dummy.

One Bar Lightning Staff – Group | Optimal Damage Setup

Front Bar Weapon = We’ve tested them all and Lighting Staff does the most damage out of all the weapons REGARDLESS of class/passives.

  • Lightning Staff

This build rewards you for fully charging heavy attacks and building up stacks of Sergeants Mail. At 4 stacks, you’ll do HUGE heavy attack damage.  BUT you need to be constantly casting fully charged heavy attacks rather than many DoT.  Thus the best builds are ones with longer lasting DoTs and simplisit damage over time or pets.

Blockade of Storms (Morph of Wall of Elements | Skill Line : Destruction Staff) – Use this skill to proc off-balance status effect and extra area and DoT damage.

Engulfing Flames (Morph of Fiery Breath | Skill Line : Ardent Flame) – A unique ability that Dragonknight possess is increasing overall flame damage. Engulfing Flame will not reduce armor, but increase all your flame damage, including DoTs and your ultimate as well as your group!

Burning Embers (Morph of Searing Strike | Skill Line : Ardent Flame) – Since we are using Engulfing Flame, Burning Embers makes a logical morph choice. This DoT is also helpful for survivability.

Eruption (Morph of Ash Cloud | Skill Line : Earthen Heart) – Use this for good single target damage and the weapon buff when activating applies to your group as well.

Mystic Orb (Morph of Necrotic Orb | Skill Line : Undaunted) – When in a group, the more synergies the team has, the better. With undaunted passives giving back resources every activation and with Mystic Orbs providing huge damage it’s a must for most groups. This also aids in single target and area damage. The main point for Mystic is you want players to activate the synergy to give them back resources and free AoE damage. Feel free to slot something else in this position if someone else is providing. Cauterize, the other morph of Flames of Oblivion, is a strong substitute if your group lacks survivability.

Standard of Might (Morph of Dragonknight Standard | Skill Line : Ardent Flame) – Banner remains one of the best overall ultimates in the game. With huge area, damage reduction and damage increase while standing inside, this is perfect for melting bosses. The only downside, it’s not mobile at all. Swap to either Mage’s Guild Shooting Star for a lower cost alternative or Elemental Rage from the Destruction Staff skill line.

Passives Skills

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

  • Ardent Flame (class skill line)
  • Draconic Power (class skill line)
  • Earthen Heart (class skill line)
  • Destruction Staff (weapon skill line)
  • Light Armor
  • Medium Armor
  • Heavy Armor
  • Undaunted
  • Mages Guild
  • Racial
  • Alliance War Support
  • Alliance War Assault
  • Crafting, Alchemy Medicinal Use

Gear Setup 1: Mythic Oakensoul

The gear chart below represents the best gear for ESO One Bar PvE Magicka Dragonknight Build:

SlotTypeSetTraitGlyph
HeadlightSlimecrawDivineMagicka
ShouldersmediumStorm MasterDivineMagicka
ChestheavySergeant’s MailDivineMagicka
LegsmediumStorm MasterDivineMagicka
GlovesmediumStorm MasterDivineMagicka
BootsmediumStorm MasterDivineMagicka
BeltmediumStorm MasterDivineMagicka
Weapon OneLightning StaffSergeant’s MailPreciseFlame
NecklaceSergeant’s MailBloodthisrtySpell Damage
Ring 1Oakensoul ringBloodthirstySpell Damage
Ring 2Sergeant’s MailBloodthirstySpell Damage
ESO Magicka Dragonknight One Bar PvE Gear
Monster Helms and Mythic

Slimecraw: obtained from Wayrest Sewers 1, a base game dungeon

  • Why? the best 1pc critical damage bonus piece in the game.  Pen is also a good option, but this is considered best in slot for a one piece.

FLEX OPTIONS

Oakensoul: obtained through ESO Mythics/antiquities system.  You need 5 items to be able to create the Mythic item. 5 Leads are here:

  • Igneous Inlays Volcanic Vents in the High Isle and Amenos zone (High Isle)
  • Larimar Gems Titanclaw boss at Mudcrab Beach (south-west) (Stormhaven)
  • Petrified Oak Loop Murkmire Strongboxes (Murkmire zone)
  • Sacred Resin Any Mob (Malabal Tor)
  • Stone Shank Frame Blacksmithing nodes in Glenumbra (High Isle) Click for Map

Why? the best one-bar build for DPS because it gives an insane amount of buffs, freeing up bar spots and making us tankier with zero effort.

FLEX OPTIONS

Gear Sets

Storm Master: obtained in the Tempest Island dungeon, Malabar Tor zone (base game dungeon).

  • Why? Overall the best DPS option for heavy attack builds, increases our damage for something we are already doing, heavy attacks.

FLEX OPTIONS

Sergeant’s Mail: obtained in Wayrest Sewers I & II, dungeon, Stormhaven zone (base game).

  • Why? This builds stacks by heavy attacking, at 5x stacks you’ll due huge damage in combination with off balance and exploiter CP.  The downside is, it comes in heavy thus putting on jewelry, weapons and 1x body.

FLEX OPTIONS

Gear Setup 2: Without Mythics

This is going to be decent damage without Oakensoul using the ESO One Bar PvE Magicka Dragonknight Build:

SlotTypeSetTraitGlyph
HeadlightMaw of the InfernalDivineMagicka
ShoulderslightMaw of the InfernalDivineMagicka
ChestmediumKinra’s WrathDivineMagicka
LegsmediumKinra’s WrathDivineMagicka
GlovesmediumKinra’s WrathDivineMagicka
BootsmediumKinra’s WrathDivineMagicka
BeltmediumKinra’s WrathDivineMagicka
Weapon OneLightning StaffQueen’s ElegancePreciseShock
NecklaceQueen’s EleganceBloodthisrtySpell Damage
Ring 1Queen’s EleganceBloodthisrtySpell Damage
Ring 2Queen’s EleganceBloodthisrtySpell Damage
Alternative Oakensoul PvE Heavy Attack Gear
Monster Helm

Maw of the Infernal: obtained in Banished Cells II veteran for Monster  Helm (base game).

  • WHY? great damage when using pet loadout.

FLEX OPTIONS

Gear Sets

Kinra’s Wrath = obtained in Veteran Blackdrake Villa dungeon Flames of Ambition DLC.

  • WHY? gives us major berserks which is one of the best damage buffs and keeps us in medium armor for optimal damage.

FLEX OPTIONS

Queen’s Elegance: obtained in overland zone Auridon base game.

  • WHY? give us the most important buff, empower that Oakensoul provides.

FLEX OPTIONS

Race

Best Choice

Dark Elf

Best balanced race for damage and max stats.

Secondary Choice

Khajiit

Great for critical damage and sustain.

Attributes

Health

Stamina

Magicka

0064

Mundus Stone

Thief – Increases the Critical Strike rating by 1212

Champion Points – ESO One Bar PvE Magicka Dragonknight

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 One Bar PvE Magicka Dragonknight:

  1. Precision 10
  2. Fighting finesse (slottable) 50
  3. Extended Might – sub constellation – piercing 10
  4. Extended Might – sub constellation – Weapons Expert (slottable) 50
  5. Extended Might – sub constellation – Exploiter (slottable) 50
  6. Thaumaturge (slottable) 50

This would be the bare minimum setup, spending 220 CP (660 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 One Bar PvE Magicka Dragonknight:

  1. Fortified (slottable) 50
  2. Boundless vitality (slottable) 50
  3. Rejuvenation (slottable) 50
  4. Sprinter 10
  5. Winder chaser – sub con – hasty 8
  6. Hero’s Vigor 10
  7. Siphoning spells (slottable) 50

This would be the bare minimum setup, spending 228 CP  (684 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 542 cp spent and 1,626 total spent.

Craft Constellation Champion Points

ESO Craft Champion Tree

Below are recommended Craft Champion Point selections for the ESO One Bar PvE Magicka Dragonknight:

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

This would be the bare minimum setup, spending 370CP (1110 total required). The next step is to max out passives, that do not require a slottable but increase performance.

  1. Steadfast enchantment 40
  2. Breakfall 40
  3. Wanderer 60
  4. Fortunes favor 10
  5. Rationer 10
  6. Friends in low places 25
  7. Out of sight 30
  8. Fleet of Phantom 40
  9. Soul’s Reservoir 33
  10. Gilded fingers 50
  11. Fortunes favor 40
  12. Inspiration boost 45
  13. Infamous 30

This would max out the crafting tree with all active passive champion points at 823 cp spent 2,469 total spent.

Consumables

Food

Tomato Garlic Chutney

BEST DAMAGE: This comes with zero health, ideally used on a parse dummy only where HP and resources are not needed. Increase Max Magicka by 6048 for 35 minutes. Ingredients: Garlic (1), Tomato (1)

Bewitched Sugar Skulls

MAX STATS: use this if you don’t struggle with sustain and you want good damage and survivability. Increase Max Health by 4620, Max Stamina and Magicka by 4250, and Health Recovery by 462 for 2 hours. Ingredients: Bervez Juice (2), Flour (5), Honey (5), Scrib Jelly (2), Columbine (2)

Jewels of Misrule

RECOVERY: Cheap recovery food used at any level. Increase Stamina and Magicka Recovery by 357 and Max Health by 3927 for 2 hours. Ingredients: Bervez Juice (1), Lotus (1), Mint (1), Rose (1), Columbine (1)

Potions

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

SURVIAL: Remember oakensoul gives all your major buffs so you’re left with resto potion for survivability and resource sustain. 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.

Build Summary – ESO One Bar PvE Magicka Dragonknight

Class: Dragonknight

Race: Dunmer

Attributes: 64 Magicka

Mundus Stone: Thief

Weapon One: Lightning

Armor Set 1: Storm Master

Armor Set 2: Sergeant’s Mail

Monster Helm: Slimecraw

Mythic: Oakensoul ring

Armor Weight: 1 Heavy, 5 Medium, 1 Light

Skill Bar 1

  • Blockade of Storms
  • Coagulating Blood
  • Burning Embers
  • Noxious Breath
  • Eruption
  • Standard of Might(Ultimate)

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