ESO One Bar PvE Magicka Sorcerer Build

This guide explains how to use the best ESO One Bar PvE Magicka Sorcerer Build, skills, gear, champion points, and more!

This build has been updated for the Updated 42, the Gold Road Chapter of the Elder Scrolls Online (ESO).

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

The ESO One Bar PvE Magicka Sorcerer build is a Heavy Attack build that relies on fully charged heavy attacks in combination with champion points, base game gear, and the Oakensoul mythic. This will destroy a parse dummy and complete veteran content with ease. We are also stacking into magicka but still using medium armor for the critical damage passives. You could technically run stamina for heavy attacking as well, but the lightning staff returns magicka with your heavy attacks, making it the overall best choice for these heavy attack builds.

In ESO, the One Bar Magicka Sorcerer is perfect for everyone. It’s great for beginners, veterans, and players of any age and experience. It’s easy to understand and doesn’t require bar swapping. Even if you love the higher cpm play of a two-bar build, heavy attack builds are great for just completing dailies or giving your hands a break.

The only downsides to the Sorcerer is the overall weaker aoe skills and the reality that you just have less to do with fewer skills on your bar. Still, this is the strongest class for heavy attacking, and you can competently complete most Veteran content on the build. Like all heavy attack builds, however, the main benefit is to get into harder content earlier and learn some of the mechanics before throwing in a more difficult two-bar rotation on top of mechanics you don’t fully understand yet.

ESO One Bar PvE Magicka Sorcerer Features

Below are some of the features found using the Oakensoul Heavy Attack Sorcerer in the Elder Scrolls Online:

  • Class: Sorcerer
  • Weapon: Lighting Staff
  • Armor Types: 1 Light, 5 Medium, 1 Heavy
  • Race: Dark Elf
  • Set 1: Deadly Strike
  • Set 2: Sergeant’s Mail
  • Mythic: Oakensoul ring
  • Attributes: 64 Magicka
  • Mundus Stone: Thief
  • Best Grimoires: Ulfsild’s Contingency, Soul Burst

ESO One Bar PvE Magicka Sorcerer Build Playstyle

Heavy attacking requires you to fully charge attacks in between abilities, and the lightning staff has the strongest heavy attack mechanics. It deals incremental damage before unleashing a large burst of damage in an aoe around your primary target. You essentially play this build in the opposite way of a traditional two-bar build with light attack weaving. Before you complete your heavy attack, you can actually pre-cast an ability, and your character will cast is as soon as they can. It kind of feels like weaving abilities in this way, but you can hold down your left mouse button to instantly start heavy attacking again.

Unstable Wall of Elements actually acts like a pseudo-spammable in this build, which is why we’re opting for the morph that gives you extra damage when reapplying it. If you chose to run Blockade, you would actually always lose a couple of ticks of damage every cast, since the duration doesn’t line up with the heavy attack channel. Instead, recasting it a little early gives you some extra damage as well as ensures you keep a consistent source of off-balance on your targets. Off-balance lasts for 7 seconds and every enemy has a 15 second cooldown after its duration before it can be applied again. The reason why this is so important is it gives us an extra 10% damage through the Champion Point Exploiter.

You’ll get used to the playstyle quickly, and applying the wall of elements will become second nature. You can also use the add-on “DebuffMe” on your PC to track your off-balance buff status.

Skills 1 – High Survivability

One Bar Lightning Staff

Front Bar Weapon = Lightning staff is the highest damage heavy attack weapon, dealing incremental damage as well as a huge aoe burst at the end of your fully charged heavy attack.

  • Lightning Staff

This build rewards you for fully charging heavy attacks and building up stacks of Sergeant’s Mail. Sergeant’s Mail increases the base damage of your heavy attacks prior to any damage multipliers, resulting in a huge overall damage increase. This is the single most important set for your damage, but it is also heavy armor. That means even if you swap the armor on your body, you’ll keep Sergeant’s as your jewelry, staff, and one armor piece. It can be any armor piece, but we recommend your chest piece, as it gives you the most armor benefit from a single piece of heavy armor.

Summon Twilight Matriarch (Morph of Summon Winged Twilight | Skill Line : Daedric Summoning) – This critter is the healing morph and does a little bit of damage but acts as a burst heal when in trouble. Great for solo and awesome in group play. The other morph does a lot more damage, but be safe and keep this one for solo play.

Summon Volatile Familiar (Morph of Summon Unstable Familiar | Skill Line : Daedric Summoning) – This can be cast for big AoE and single-target damage. It only needs to be recast every 20 seconds, and you can use it prior to fights. We take the damage morph here as the Matriarch bird will heal us, so there is no need to have two healing morphs.

Daedric Prey (Morph of Daedric Curse | Skill Line : Daedric Summoning) – Always keep this ability up on your primary target, but you cannot recast it early. Similar to Power of the Light, it does a burst of damage when it expires, so you’ll always want it to full expire before recasting it.

Critical Surge (Morph of Surge | Skill Line : Storm Calling) – Crit Surge carries our survival passively and boosts our overall damage by slotting it. It’s overkill healing in most content with Matriarch, but when you need it, this will pull you through high damage fights. Another great option for a single target is Elemental Susceptibility from destruction staff, which is purely single target, or you can use Hurricane if you want to get within melee range. Bound Aegis and Hardened Ward are also great options for more defensive loadouts.

Unstable Wall of Storms (Morph of Wall of Elements | Skill Line : Destruction Staff) – Unstable is the main staple of any heavy attack build. It set’s off balance which gives us a 7-second window into huge damage. Off balance increases our heavy attack damage via the Exploiter CP passive, along with double resource sustain. This is one reason to use an Unstable wall, and it can be recast instantly for a burst AoE damage ability. Consider this a must up keep DoT for HUGE damage increase during off balance. Off-balance has a 7-second uptime and a 15-second down time shown by a circle above the boss/mob’s head.

Summon Charged Atronach (Morph of Summon Storm Atronach | Skill Line : Daedric Summoning) – Insane damage and a nice AoE stun. Charged Atronach also applies guaranteed aoe Concussion, which is a huge boost to the ultimate’s damage.

Skills 2 – Parse Max Damage

One Bar Lightning Staff

Front Bar Weapon = Lightning staff is the highest damage heavy attack weapon, dealing incremental damage as well as a huge aoe burst at the end of your fully charged heavy attack.

  • Lightning Staff

Hurricane (Morph of Lightning Form | Skill Line : Storm Calling) – Believe it or not, this skill does way more damage (second most) and it procs off balance when up close. Unstable Blockade is still a good skill, but you’ll get a hard-hitting DoT and off balance, so I swap out this for parsing.

Daedric Prey (Morph of Daedric Curse | Skill Line : Daedric Summoning) – This is your priority DoT, as it really cranks up your pets damage, which do most of the work for you.

Unstable Wall of Storms (Morph of Wall of Elements | Skill Line : Destruction Staff) – Unstable is the main staple of any heavy attack build. It set’s off balance which gives us a 7-second window into huge damage. Off balance increases our heavy attack damage via the Exploiter CP passive, along with double resource sustain. This is one reason to use an Unstable wall, and it can be recast instantly for a burst AoE damage ability. Consider this a must up keep DoT for HUGE damage increase during off balance. Off-balance has a 7-second uptime and a 15-second down time shown by a circle above the boss/mob’s head.

Summon Volatile Familiar (Morph of Summon Unstable Familiar | Skill Line : Daedric Summoning) – Pet that deals damage, use it to activate a special ability that deals extra AoE damage to enemies near him. This should be maintained last and isn’t super essentially for high damage.

Summon Twilight Tormentor (Morph of Summon Winged Twilight | Skill Line : Daedric Summoning) – Pet that deals single target damage, use it to activate a special ability that deals more damage to targets above 50% health. You only cast this ability before a fight starts, never during a fight.

Summon Charged Atronach (Morph of Summon Storm Atronach | Skill Line : Daedric Summoning) – Insane damage and a nice AoE stun. Charged Atronach also applies guaranteed aoe Concussion, which is a huge boost to the ultimate’s damage.

Group Added Utility Skills

One Bar Lightning Staff

Front Bar Weapon = Lightning staff is the highest damage heavy attack weapon, dealing incremental damage as well as a huge aoe burst at the end of your fully charged heavy attack.

  • Lightning Staff

Summon Volatile Familiar (Morph of Summon Unstable Familiar | Skill Line : Daedric Summoning) – Keep this high damage dealing morph and cast every 20 seconds.

Daedric Prey (Morph of Daedric Curse | Skill Line : Daedric Summoning) – Keep this ability on the primary target, especially when your Storm Atronach is active.

Lightning Flood (Morph of Lightning Splash | Skill Line : Storm Calling) – Great aoe damage skill and an additional synergy that deals huge damage for the group.

Summon Twilight Matriarch (Morph of Summon Winged Twilight | Skill Line : Daedric Summoning) – We are choose this morph in groups in case we are playing with or without a healer and need high survivability. It heals every member of a dungeons group, making it a great burst heal for everybody.

Unstable Wall of Elements (Morph of Wall of Elements | Skill Line : Destruction Staff) – Used for AoE damage and proc off balance.

Summon Charged Atronach (Morph of Summon Storm Atronach | Skill Line : Daedric Summoning) – Insane damage and a nice AoE stun. Charged Atronach also applies guaranteed aoe Concussion, which is a huge boost to the ultimate’s damage.

Scribing Skills & Grimoires – Heavy Attack One Bar Build

Ulfsild's Contingency Grimoire ESO

The best Grimoires for a Heavy Attack One Bar Build are Ulfsild’s Contingency or Soul Burst. For heavy attack one bar builds, the Scribing skills are not that applicable. Most are either melee or have a long cast time. One suggested grimoire ability is Ulfslid’s Contingency. This gives you a choice of buffs and debuffs, though it’s explodes from your character. Moreover, the Soul Burst is also helpful because it can pull enemies. This synergizes well with the shorter aoe from your heavy attack. Therefore, we suggest you experiment with these two and find what compliments your build for shields, survivability, and damage.

  • Ulfsild’s Contingency (Mage Guild) – Flame Damage (focus script), Lingering Torment (signature script), Vulnerability (Affix Script)
  • Soul Burst (Soul Magic) – Pull (focus script), Class Mastery or Lingering Torment (signature script), Courage (Affix Script)

The Scribing System utilizes one of 11 new skills from the Gold Road Chapter called Grimoires. With Grimoires, you can customize spells via Scripts. The scribing feature requires the purchase of the Gold Road Chapter (sponsored link). To learn more about scribing, check out our full guide here.

Passives Skills

Consider taking all of the passives in the below skill trees to increase your builds performance without slotting any skills:

  • Daedric Summoning (class skill line)
  • Dark Magic (class skill line)
  • Storm Calling (class skill line)
  • Light Armor
  • Medium Armor
  • Heavy Armor
  • Undaunted
  • Fighters Guild
  • Mages Guild
  • Destructive Staff
  • Racial
  • Alliance War Support
  • Alliance War Assault
  • Crafting, Alchemy Medicinal Use

Gear – Best in Slot

Use the below gear setup for optimal damage with the ESO One Bar PvE Magicka Sorcerer Build:

SlotTypeSetTraitGlyph
HeadLightSlimecrawDivinesMagicka
ShouldersMediumDeadly StrikeDivinesMagicka
ChestHeavySergeant’s MailDivinesMagicka
LegsMediumDeadly StrikeDivinesMagicka
GlovesMediumDeadly StrikeDivinesMagicka
BootsMediumDeadly StrikeDivinesMagicka
BeltMediumDeadly StrikeDivinesMagicka
Weapon OneLightning StaffSergeant’s MailPreciseFlame
NecklaceSergeant’s MailBloodthirstySpell Damage
Ring 1MythicOakensoul ringBloodthirstySpell Damage
Ring 2Sergeant’s MailBloodthirstySpell Damage
Best in Slot Gear for Heavy Attack One bar Oakensoul Build

While this is a magicka build, we use Medium Armor specifically to get closer to the critical damage cap of 125%. If you’re under the penetration cap of 18,200, you’ll still want to swap your monster helm to a one piece pen item like Valkyn Skoria. Thus, medium armor with specific gear sets will outperform light in most content.

Monster Helms & Mythics

Slimecraw: Obtained from Wayrest Sewers 1, a base game dungeon. 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.

Oakensoul: Obtained through ESO Mythics/antiquities system. You need the 5 Leads here to create the mythic. 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. It also gives Empower, which is what makes your heavy attacks hit so hard.

FLEX OPTIONS

Gear Sets

Deadly Strike: Obtained in Bruma Elite Gear Vendor, Cyrodiil zone (base game). Best medium body damage option since Storm Master was nerfed.

Sergeant’s Mail: Obtained in the Wayrest Sewers I & II dungeon, Stormhaven zone (base game). This builds stacks by heavy attacking; at 5x stacks, it pumps your base heavy attack damage before damage multipliers, giving you a massive damage increase. The downside is that it comes in heavy, thus putting on jewelry, weapons, and 1x body.

FLEX OPTIONS

  • Storm Master – Okay DPS set though Deadly is better currently.
  • Tarnished Nightmare – A powerful new set that does lower single target, but more area damage for one bar builds.
  • Noble Duelist – Longer and more consistent buff, but less dps and requires melee distance.
  • Pillar of Nirn – Good front bar proc damage set.

Race

The best racial choice for the one bar heavy attack PvE Build is below:

  1. Dark Elf: Gain max magicka, stamina, and weapon and spell damage. The flame resistance is also helpful and considered the strongest overall PVE DPS race.
  2. High Elf: Gain resource sustain passive, max magicka, and weapon and spell damage. The downside of High Elf is a lack of stamina.
  3. Khajiit: This race gets recovery, max stats, and critical damage and healing. Consider the Khajiit a great option if you aren’t over the critical cap of 125%.

How Much Can One Bar Magicka Sorcerer Parse?

This ESO One Bar PvE Magicka Sorcerer Build can get over 90,000 and can 100,000 damage. This is the best one-bar damage dealer in the game.

Attributes

The best choice for slotting Attribute points is still 64 magicka, which increases damage, healing, and shields.

Mundus Stone

The Thief is the best Mundus Stone for PvE Builds because it gives Increases Weapon and Spell Critical Strike chance.

Champion Points

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 Sorcerer Build:

  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. Master’s at arms (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 Sorcerer Build:

  1. Fortified (slottable) 50
  2. Boundless vitality (slottable) 50
  3. Rejuvenation (slottable) 50
  4. Sprinter 10
  5. Winder chaser sub-constellation – hasty 8
  6. Hero’s Vigor 10
  7. Celerity (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 Sorcerer Build:

  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 40cp
  2. Breakfall 40 cp
  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 – ESO One Bar PvE Magicka Sorcerer Build

Mistral Banana-Bunny Hash - ESO Consumables Food
Essence of Health (tri-stat) - Crafting ESO Consumable Potion

The best consumables for a Sorcerer One Bar Heavy Attack build are Mistral Banana-Bunny Hash and Essence of Health tri-stat potions. Mistral Banana-Bunny Hash give a massive boost to magicka and health, and you really shouldn’t struggle with sustain with a heavy attack build. For your potions, tri-stat potions are the best to passively give you a flood of resources and tri-recovery with the alchemy passive medicinal use. Below are our recommended food and potion choices:

  • Mistral Banana-Bunny Hash: Increase Max Health by 5395 and Max Magicka by 4936 for 1.5 Hours. Ingredients: Bananas (1), Seasoning (1), Small Game (1).
    • Bewitched Sugar Skulls: Increase Max Health by 4620, Max Stamina and Max Magicka by 4250, and Health Recovery by 462 for 2 hours. They are crafted from provisioning with ingredients of Scrib Jelly, Flour, Columbine, Bervez Juice, and Honey.
    • Tomato Garlic Chutney (parse only): increases max magicka only. Crafted from provisioning with ingredients of Tomato and Garlic.
  • 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. Crafted from provisioning with ingredients of Bugloss, Columbine, and Mountain Flower.

Build Summary – Elder Scrolls Online (ESO) Magicka Sorcerer One Bar PvE

Class: Sorcerer

Race: Dark Elf

Attributes: Magicka 64

Mundus Stone: Thief

Weapon: Lighting Staff

Armor: 1 Light, 5 Medium, 1 Heavy

Set 1: Deadly Strike

Set 2: Sergeant’s Mail

Monster Helm: Slimecraw

Mythic: Oakensoul ring

Food: Mistral Banana-Bunny Hash

Potion: Essence of Health with Tri Restoration

Skill Bar

  • Summon Twilight Matriarch
  • Summon Violate Familar
  • Daedric Prey
  • Critical Surge
  • Unstable Wall of Storms
  • Great Storm Atronach

Scribing Grimoires and Scripts

  • Ulfsild’s Contingency 
    • Flame Damage (focus script)
    • Lingering Torment (signature script)
    • Vulnerability (Affix Script)
  • Soul Burst
    • Pull (focus script)
    • Class Mastery (signature script)
    • Courage (Affix Script)

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