ESO Solo Arcanist Stamina Build for PvE

This guide explains how to use the best Elder Scrolls Online (ESO) Solo Arcanist Stamina Build for PVE skills, gear, champion points, and more!

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

Why Should You Play ESO Solo Arcanist Stamina Build for PVE?

In ESO, the Stamina Arcanist is perfect for everyone looking for a unique playstyle with a complete set of tools for solo PvE gameplay. This build has ranged abilities and, as a result, great flexibility in weapon choices. Arcanist’s Crux system makes a unique playstyle with three well-equipped skill trees and complete tools for good damage, healing, and survivability.

However, the Solo Arcanist’s downside can be a weak resource sustain that forces you to play hybrid build and can be hard to manage for beginners. However, if you have the class passives unlocked and after a couple of minutes, that should not be too much of an issue.

ESO Solo Arcanist Stamina Build for PvE Playstyle

Use the following rotation as the starter point. After, apply your buffs and cast the DoT skills on cooldown for the best, highest DPS. The Damage over Time skills (DoTs) do more damage than your main spammable. Thus, they need to be cast less often and are easier to maintain, for example, the Barb Trap from Fighters Guild. Maintain DoTs and use your spammable skill as filler until you reapply the DoTS.

As an Arcanist, you’ll need to generate and consume Cruxes to enhance your stats constantly, so keep close attention to it. The Cephaliarch’s Flail skill is your main spammable range and crux builder. Next, you’ll be beaming with Fatecarver and its 4.5-second channel. Your goal is to build up 3x Crux’s, debuff with Flail, and 3x more Crux’s and beams. The trick is to reapply all your DoTs and heal just before the beam does all the work for you.

Survivability

If you run out of resources, do a heavy attack and return to your rotation. Remember that a heavy attack on off-balance enemies will return double the resources. Additionally, if you are a beginner or struggle with sustain, you can flex in the Consuming Trap skill instead of a DoT skill. The Consuming Trap floods both resources when a target dies.

Use the healing skill Resolving Vigor, when your health drops below 60% or the shield skill (Spiteward of the Lucid Mind) when you anticipate damage. Also, always use the suggested food and potions as they significantly increase your damage, survivability, and resource sustain.

Solo Arcanist Stamina Build for PVE Features and Mechanics

Below are some of the features found using the Solo Arcanist Stamina Build for PVE in the Elder Scrolls Online:

  • Class – Arcanist
  • Weapon One – Flame Staff
  • Weapon Two – Lighting staff
  • Armor Types – 6 Medium, 1 Light
  • Race – Dark Elf
  • MythicPale Order
  • Attributes – 64 Stamina
  • Mundus Stone – Thief

Skills

Front Bar: Flame Staff

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

  • Flame Staff = great for sustaining both resource pools and increase single target damage.
  • Dual Wield = most raw damage due to Twin Blade and Blunt passive BUT lacks resource return off heavy attacks
  • Bow = great with the range of the class though lacks the passive damage that Dual Wield has.
  • Two-Handed = is great for other builds that use heavy attacks and play in melee, but not for the Arcanist.
  • Sword and Shield = are mainly used for tanking and block mitigation, not useful for DPS PvE builds.

Pragmatic Fatecarver (Morph of Fatecarver | Skill Line : Herald of the Tome) – the build center’s around this ability and its 4.5-second channel. Your goal is to build up 3x Crux’s and beam. The trick is to reapply all your DoTs and heals just before the beam does all the work for you. We take this morph so it’s easier to sustain. Swap morph for more damage if you can sustain/heal without issue.

Barbed Trap (Morph of Trap Beast | Skill Line : Fighters Guild) – This skill is merely on our bar to buff our damage via the Fighter’s Guild passives. The skill barbed Trap also does insane single target damage when playing in melee range. I flex in Structured Entropy for a range dot that heals. When doing VMA, flex in Silver Leash to pull mobs. Another great option for serious content is Deadly Cloak for aoe reduction.

Cephaliarch’s Flail (Morph of Abyssal Impact | Skill Line : Herald of the Tome) – This skill is our crux builder and hits harder the lower the enemies health gets. The main reason you use this is to get a 5% damage buff and build three Crux for your main nuke with Fatecarver. You can use this for a decent bit of healing and somewhat your main spammable. Key here is to not get caught with a heavy attack because it is a 0.3 second channel.

Fulminating Rune (Morph of The Imperfect Ring | Skill Line : Herald of the Tome) – Powerful damage over time, though Rune of Displacement can pull trash enemies in. This morph gives more damage.

Camouflaged Hunter (Morph of Expert Hunter | Skill Line : Fighters Guild) – This skill is merely to buff our weapon damage via fighters guild passives and give us a critical buff on our front bar. The Arcanist plays best with lower dots and focusing on just building Crux and doing damage with fatecarver. The simpler the better!

The Languid Eye (Morph of The Unblinking Eye | Skill Line : Herald of the Tome) – Incredible ultimate for huge damage with a small AoE circle. You want to make sure the enemy is stationary before using this to get the most damage. Also consider the mother Morph, Tide King if you keep missing the targets.


Back Bar: Fire Staff

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

  • Lighting Staff = good for sustain because its easier to set off balance and fully charge heavy for resources.
  • Inferno Staff = great all-around damage with Unstable Wall and fully charge heavily to sustain magicka.
  • Bow = its great for playing at range, just swap out Elemental Susceptibility for Razor Caltrops and Endless Hail for Unstable Wall of Fire.
  • Two-Handed = incredible damage with stampede ability, though hard to sustain stamina.

Cruxweaver Armor (Morph of Fatewoven Armor | Skill Line : Soldier of Apocrypha) – Grants major resolve and minor breach when attacked as well as generating crux.

Zenas’ Empowering Disc (Morph of Arcanist’s Domain | Skill Line : Curative Runeforms) – Powerful area based buff skill and increases your recovery.

Resolving Vigor (Morph of Vigor | Skill Line : Assault) – Powerful healing over time, can also use a shield. If you’re survivabilty is high, swap to Rune of the Colorless Pool to debuff enemies.

Blockade of Fire (Morph of Wall of Elements | Skill Line : Destruction Staff) – this provides strong AoE damage and acts as a good single target DoT that can be cast on the back bar.

Inspired Scholarship (Morph of Tome Bearer’s Inspiration | Skill Line : Herald of the Tome) – This ability boosts your overall damage significantly and should always be maintained. Swap morphs if you’re low on resources.

Sanctum of the Abyssal Sea (Morph of Gibbering Shield | Skill Line : Soldier of Apocrypha) – A powerful defensive ultimate when you are in trouble.

Passives Skills

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

  • The Herald of the Tome (class skill line)
  • Apocryphal Soldier (class skill line)
  • Curative Runeforms (class skill line)
  • Light Armor
  • Medium Armor
  • Undaunted
  • Fighters Guild
  • Mages Guild
  • Duel Wield
  • Destructive Staff
  • Racial
  • Alliance War Support
  • Alliance War Assault
  • Crafting, Alchemy Medicinal Use

Gear – Best in Slot

SlotTypeSetTraitGlyph
HeadLightValkyn SkoriaDivinesStamina
ShouldersMediumPerfected Ansuul’s TormentDivinesStamina
ChestMediumPerfected Ansuul’s TormentDivinesStamina
LegsMediumPerfected Ansuul’s TormentDivinesStamina
GlovesMediumPerfected Ansuul’s TormentDivinesStamina
BootsMediumPerfected Ansuul’s TormentDivinesStamina
BeltMediumDeadly StrikesDivinesStamina
Weapon OneFire StaffDeadly StrikesPreciseFlame
Weapon TwoLighting StaffPerfected Crushing WallInfusedWeapon Damage
NecklaceDeadly StrikesBloodthirstyWeapon Damage
Ring 1Pale OrderBloodthirstyWeapon Damage
Ring 2Deadly StrikesBloodthirstyWeapon Damage
Monster Helm and Mythic

Valkyn Skoria: obtained in City of Ash II veteran. Gives a powerful one piece bonus for penetration. Alternative Slimecraw.

Ring of the Pale Order: Mythic obtained by collecting five pieces. This gives great healing for doing damage and allows you to focus on pure damage.

FLEX OPTIONS (if you switch to monster setup, drop the ring and replace it with Vicious or flex piece)

  1. Stormfist – always works, easy to obtain and  AoE DPS set.
  2. Balorgh = is incredible for boss burns in Veteran Maelstrom Arena saving up ultimate for 500 burns.
  3. Kra’gh – one piece is great for a pen, two-piece does good single-target damage
  4. Iceheart = is great for survivability.
  5. Perfected Merciless Charge = must change out Unstable Blockade for Stampede, good damage but requires melee skills.
  6. Perfected Thunderous Volley = good alternative to play at range with back bar. Swap out Unstable Blockade for Endless Hail bow skill.
  7. Agility = Base game set that gives you extra damage.
  8. Velothi Ur-Mage’s Amulet: new mythic that is incredible damage if you have good survivability and don’t require Pale Order.
  9. Mora’s Whisper = set and forget high critical mythic but requires a collection of Mages Guild books.
  10. Death Dealer’s Fete = high max stats and requires no effect but in combat.
Gear Sets

Deadly Strikes: These were obtained in Cyrodiil, Bruma Elite Gear Vendor. Incredible damage with damage over time and spammable execute skills.

Perfected Ansuul’s Torment: Obtained in Sanity’s Edge, Necrom Chapter Trial. It is the best overall damage-dealing set that comes in medium armor. If you struggle with resources, you can swap to a light armor setup but it will be less damage.

Perfected Crushing Wall: from Veteran Maelstrom Arena in Orsinium. Increase your overall DPS due to the ability of the wall of elements and more damage.

FLEX OPTIONS

  1. Vicious Serpent = Best sustain set for stamina along with movement speed.
  2. Perfected Coral Riptide = god tier damage if you run low stamina (dodge roll a bit before pull)
  3. Perfected Sul-Xan = insane damage if you can reliably pick up the essence/soul (blue orb) left behind
  4. Briarheart = (OVERLAND) Overland can be bought from traders great option for healing and weapon damage boost
  5. Order’s Wrath = (CRAFTING)Best overall crafting damage option
  6. Pillar of Nirn = (DUNGEON) great overall proc set damage.
  7. Spriggan’s Thorns =  (OVERLAND) Base game and decent penetration on the front perfect for a beginner offensive set
  8. Mechanical Acuity = (CRAFTING) the highest burst combined with Balorgh for VMA boss nukes

Race

The best racial choice for the Stamina Arcanist 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. Orc: Gain weapon damage and max stamina, though there is no magicka bonus.
  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%.

Attributes

The best choice is 64 stamina, which increases damage, healing, and DoTs.

Mundus Stone

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


Champion Points – Solo Arcanist Stamina Build for PVE

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 Solo Arcanist Stamina Build for PVE:

  1. Precision 10
  2. Fighting Finesse (slottable) 50
  3. Wrathful Strikes (slottable) 50
  4. Extended might – Sub Constellation – piercing 10
  5. Thaumaturge (slottable) 50
  6. Biting Aura (slottable) 50B

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 Solo Arcanist Stamina Build for PVE:

  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 Vigar 10
  7. Bloody Renewal (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 1,626 total spent

Craft Constellation Champion Points

ESO Craft Champion Tree

Below are recommended Craft Champion Point selections for The Solo Arcanist Stamina Build for PVE:

  1. Steed’s blessing (slottable) – 50
  2. Breakfall 10
  3. Wanderer 15
  4. Steadfast 10
  5. Treasure hunter 50 (slottable)
  6. Rationer (slottable) 30
  7. Liquid Efficiency (slottable) 75

This would be the bare minimum setup, spending 240CP (720 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 50
  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 723 cp spent 2,169 total spent

Consumables

Food

Artaeum Takeaway Broth

OVERALL: Increase Max Health by 3326 and Health Recovery by 406 and Max Stamina by 3080 and Stamina Recovery by 338 for 2 hours.

Dubious Camoran Throne

CHEAP: Increase Stamina Recovery by 319 and Max Stamina and Max Health by 3192 for 2 hours

Lava Foot Soup-And-Saltrice

INSANE GOOD AN EXPENSIVE: Restores magicka, stamina and provides Major Heroism buff for 47.6 if you have the medical use passive. Ingredients Columbine, Dragon’s Blood and Dragon Rheum.

Potions

Heroism Potions

INSANE GOOD AN EXPENSIVE: Restores magicka, stamina and provides Major Heroism buff for 47.6 if you have the medical use passive. Ingredients Columbine, Dragon’s Blood and Dragon Rheum

Essence of Weapon Power

USE FOR UPTIME ON BUFFS: Grants major brutality with increases weapon damage by 20% for 47.6 seconds. Grants major savagery which grants you 2191 weapon critical rating for 47.6 seconds. Restore 7582 stamina immediately. Grants you major endurance which increases your stamina recovery by 20% for 47.6. Potions have a 45 second cool down and make sure you have three points into medicinal use passive in alchemy crafting.

Build Summary – Solo Arcanist Stamina Build for PVE

Class: Arcanist

Race: Dark Elf

Attributes: 64 Stamina

Mundus Stone: Thief

Weapon One: Flame Staff

Weapon Two: Lighting Staff

Armor Set 1: Perfected Ansuul’s Torment

Armor Set 2: Deadly Strikes

Monster Helm: Slimecraw

Mythic: Pale Order

Armor Weight: 6 Medium, 1 Light

Skill Bar 1

  • Cephaliarch’s Flail
  • Pragmatic Fatecarver
  • Barbed Trap
  • Fulminating Rune
  • Camouflaged Hunter
  • The Languid Eye (Ultimate)

Skill Bar 2

  • Elemental Blockade
  • Zena’s Empowering Disc
  • Inspired Scholarship
  • Cruxweaver Armor
  • Rune of the Colorless Pool
  • Sanctum of the Abyssal Sea (Ultimate)

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