ESO Solo Necromancer Magicka Build for PvE

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

ESO Magica Necromancer Solo PvE World Boss -

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

Why Should You Play ESO Solo Necromancer Magicka Build for PvE?

ESO Solo Necromancer Magicka Build for PvE is a build that excels in both AoE and single target attacks, with great sustain. Also, the damage output is insane! Necromancers can be challenging for beginners compared to other classes because some of their moves depend on corpses on the ground and keeping buffs up, but it is definitely doable! the Magicka Necromancer is perfect for everyone looking for a simple-rotation survival class with a complete set of tools for solo PvE gameplay.

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 Degeneration from Mages Guild or the Barb Trap from Fighters Guild. Maintain DoTs and use your spammable skill as filler until you reapply the DoTS.

Use the healing skill when your health drops below 50% or the shield skill when you anticipate damage. Also, always use the suggested food and potions as they significantly increase your damage, survivability, and resource sustain.

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.

ESO Solo Necromancer Magicka PvE Build Features and Mechanics

Below are some of the features found using the PvE Solo Necromancer Magicka in the Elder Scrolls Online:

  • Class – Necromancer
  • Weapon One – Flame Staff
  • Weapon Two – Lightning Staff
  • Armor Types: 5 Medium, 2 Light
  • Mythic: Pale Order
  • Race: Dark Elf
  • Attributes: 64 Magicka
  • Mundus Stone: Thief

Skills

Front Bar – Flame Staff

Front Bar Weapon Style Choices:

  1. Flame Staff
  2. Lighting Staff
  3. Duel Wield

Grave Lords Sacrifice (Morph of Blastbones | Skill Line : Grave Lord) – 15% increase in damage done with class abilities and damage over time effects for 20 seconds.

Ricochet Skull (Morph of Flame Skull | Skill Line : Grave Lord) – Does great damage and allows you to play at range. If you prefer a melee style, swap to scythe

Hungry Scythe (Morph of Death Scythe | Skill Line : Bone Tyrant) – Heal on impact and morph now provides heal over time.

Detonating Siphon (Morph of Shocking Siphon | Skill Line : Grave Lord) – Uses a corpse for crazy AoE DoT.

Inner Light (Morph of Magelight | Skill Line : Mages Guild) – Reveals stealthed and invisible enemies around you for 5 seconds. Grants Major Savagery and Prophecy while slotted and increases maximum magicka by 5%.

Temporal Guard (Morph of Undo | Skill Line : Psijic Order) – Reset your Health, Magicka, Stamina, and position to what they were 4 seconds ago. Gain Minor Protection while slotted.

Back Bar – Lightning Staff

Back bar options:

  1. Lighting Staff
  2. Inferno Staff
  3. Two Handed

Blockade of Storms (Morph of Wall of Elements | Skill Line : Destruction Staff) – AoE deals magic damage plus additional effect depending on type of staff

Beckoning Armor (Morph of Bone Armor | Skill Line : Bone Tyrant) – Gain Major Resolve for 20 seconds. While active taunts and pulls attacking ranged enemies towards you.

Unnerving Boneyard (Morph of Boneyard | Skill Line : Grave Lord) – Damage over time that also debuffs mobs resistances.

Degeneration (Morph of Entropy | Skill Line : Mages Guild) – DoT ability that also grants Major Brutality and Sorcery.

Spirit Guardian (Morph of Spirit Mender | Skill Line : Living Death) – Summon spirit heals you or lowest health ally and takes 10% of your damage.

Glacial Colossus (Morph of Frozen Colossus | Skill Line : Grave Lord) – Colossus summon deals Frost damage in three smashes, and stuns enemies for 4 seconds in final blow. Also applies Major Vulnerability to all enemies hit for 17 seconds.

Passives Skills

Below are the lines of the passive skill that add power without requiring a skill slot while playing the ESO Solo Necromancer Magicka Build for PvE. Consider taking all the skill passives in the skill tree listed below:

  • Grave Lord (class skill line)
  • ‎Bone Tyrant (class skill line)
  • ‎Living Death (class skill line)
  • Destruction Staff (weapon skill line)
  • Light Armor
  • Medium Armor
  • Undaunted
  • Fighter’s Guild
  • Mage’s Gui
  • Alliance War Support
  • Alliance War Assault
  • Crafting, Alchemy Medicinal Use

Gear – Best in Slot

The gear chart below represents the best gear for ESO Solo Necromancer Magicka Build for PvE:

SlotTypeSetTraitGlyph
HeadLightPerfected Whorl of the DepthsDivinesMagicka
ShouldersLightValkyn SkoriaDivinesMagicka
ChestMediumAegis CallerDivinesMagicka
LegsMediumAegis CallerDivinesMagicka
GlovesMediumAegis CallerDivinesMagicka
BootsMediumAegis CallerDivinesMagicka
BeltMediumAegis CallerDivinesMagicka
Weapon OneFlame StaffPerfected Whorl of the DepthsPreciseFire
Weapon TwoLightning StaffPerfected Crushing WallInfusedWeapon Damage
NecklacePerfected Whorl of the DepthsBloodthirstyWeapon/Spell Damage
Ring 1MythicPale OrderBloodthirstyWeapon/Spell Damage
Ring 2Perfected Whorl of the DepthsBloodthirstyWeapon/Spell Damage
ESO Solo Necromancer Magicka Build for PvE

In PvE, high-end DPS builds, magicka, and stamina builds run similar gear setups, including medium armor. Medium is more robust due to not reaching the penetration cap of light armor. However, Light armor can provide a shield with greater sustain. Below are various options.

Monster Helms 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.

Alternatives

(if you switch to monster setup, drop the ring and replace it with another piece).

  • Stormfist – always works, easy to obtain and AoE DPS set.
  • Balorgh = is incredible for boss burns in Veteran Maelstrom Arena saving up ultimate for 500 burns.
  • Kra’gh – one piece is great for a pen, two-piece does good single-target damage
  • Iceheart = is great for survivability.
  • Velothi Ur-Mage’s Amulet: new mythic that is incredible damage if you have good survivability and don’t require Pale Order.
  • Mora’s Whisper = set and forget high critical mythic but requires a collection of Mages Guild books.
  • Death Dealer’s Fete = high max stats and requires no effect but in combat.
Gear Sets

Perfected Whorl of the Depths: Found in Dreadsail Reef trial, part of High Isle chapter. Light attack and create AoE summon once every 18 seconds.

Aegis Caller: Dungeon set that drops in Unhallowed Grave, Harrowstorm DLC. Passive Bleed damage and good bonuses for martial melee build.

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

Gear – Beginner

This setup is for someone who just started and doesn’t have access to Monsters, Mythics, Trials Gear

SlotTypeSetTraitGlyph
HeadlightWithered HandDivinesMagicka
ShoulderslightWithered HandDivinesMagicka
ChestlightMother’s SorrowDivinesMagicka
LegslightMother’s SorrowDivinesMagicka
GloveslightMother’s SorrowDivinesMagicka
BootslightMother’s SorrowDivinesMagicka
BeltlightMother’s SorrowDivinesMagicka
Weapon OneInferno StaffWillpowerPreciseFlame
Weapon TwoInferno StaffWillpowerInfusedBerserker
NecklaceWithered HandArcaneMagicka Recovery
Ring 1Withered HandArcaneMagicka Recovery
Ring 2Withered HandArcaneSpell Damage
Beginner Build for ESO Necromancer Solo Magicka PvE
  • Withered Hand – found in Alikr Desert overland or in build traders. Gives resources back on kills.
  • Willpower – is obtained in dungeon daily rewards or cheaply from build traders. Gives you a big magicka stat boost.
  • Mother’s Sorrow – found in overland Deshaan or bought from guild traders. Useful for high critical and base game easy to obtain.

Race

The best racial choice for the Magicka Necromancer 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 or flame resistance.
  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 magicka, 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 – ESO Solo Necromancer Magicka 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 ESO Solo Necromancer Magicka Build for PvE:

  1. Precision 10
  2. Wrathful Strikes (slottable) 50
  3. Fighting Finesse (slottable) 50
  4. Extended Might – sub constellation – piercing 10
  5. Deadly Aim (slottable) 50
  6. Master – 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 Solo Necromancer Magicka Build for PvE:

  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 Solo Necromancer Magicka 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 effiency (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

Clockwork Citrus Filet

OVERALL: Increase Max Health by 3724, Health Recovery by 351, Max Magicka by 3458 and Magicka Recovery by 319 for 2 hours.

Witchmother’s Brew

CHEAP: Increase Max Magicka by 2856, Max Health by 3094, and Magicka Recovery by 315 for 2 hours.

Ghastly Eye Bowl

DPS Parse: Increase Max Magicka by 4256 and Magicka Recovery by 425 for 2 hours.

Potions

Essence of Spell Power

Grants major sorcery with increases spell damage by 20% for 47.6 seconds. Grants major prophecy which grants you 2191 spell critical rating for 47.6 seconds. Restore 7582 magicka immediately. Grants you major intellect which increases your magicka recovery by 20% for 47.6. Potions have a 45sec cooldown. Make sure you have three points into medicinal use passive in alchemy crafting. (INGREDIENTS: Corn Flower, Lady’s Smock and Namira’s Rot)

Build Summary – ESO Solo Necromancer Magicka PvE Build:

Class: Necromancer

Race: Dark Elf

Attributes: 64 Magicka

Mundus Stone: Thief

Weapon One: Destruction Staff

Weapon Two: Destruction Staff

Armor Set 1: Perfected Whorl of the Depths

Armor Set 2: Aegis Caller

Monster Helm: Valkyn Skoria

Mythic: Pale Order

Armor Weight: 2 Medium, 5 Light

Skill Bar 1

  • Grave Lord’s Sacrifice
  • Ricochet Skull
  • Hungry Scythe
  • Detonating Siphon
  • Inner Light
  • Temporal Guard (Ultimate)

Skill Bar 2

  • Elemental Blockade
  • Beckoning Armor
  • Unnerving Boneyard
  • Degeneration
  • Spirit Guardian
  • Glacial Colossus (Ultimate)

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