ESO Solo Sorcerer Stamina Build for PvE

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

ESO Solo Sorcerer Stamina Build for PvE

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

Why Should You Play ESO Solo Sorcerer Stamina Build for PvE?

The ESO Solo Sorcerer Stamina Build for PvE is for players who are looking to complete solo content on a class that offers insane damage as well as great survivability – whether you are a beginner, intermediate, or seasoned player. In ESO, the Stamina Sorcerer is perfect for everyone looking for a simple-rotation survival class with a complete set of tools for solo PvE gameplay.

Sorcerer Class Pros

  • Boss Shredder: Sorc has the highest single-target DPS in the game right now.
  • Simple Playstyle: Double barring pets, while overall a con, does simplify the skill rotation.
  • Unreal Healing: Critical Surge, with the option to run Ring of the Pale Order, feels unkillable.

Sorcerer Class Cons

  • Bar Space: Pets must be double-barred, leaving the Sorc feeling like it needs an extra skill slot.
  • No Damage Buff: Major Brutality, Savagery, Prophecy, and Sorcery are all missing from the Sorc’s kit.
  • Minor Prophecy Passive: Sorcs naturally gain spell crit, which forces you to need Major Prophecy to maximize this class passive.

Sorc is right on the edge of being incredible in content, but it isn’t quite there yet. It does lack AoE damage as a class, but it makes up for this shortcoming with unreal single-target DPS. The Stamsorc has better AoE, but needing to run Spell Power Potions makes sustain feel clunky.

ESO Solo Sorcerer Stamina Build for PvE Playstyle

Sorcerers don’t have as much of a rotation as they do a skill priority. Crystal Fragments is the first skill you need to be aware of. This skill takes full priority over everything else when it procs. It costs half as much and does 66% more damage, plus it procs Minor Prophecy in this build. In a similar vein, Bound Armaments is cast every four light attacks, making it really important to hit as many light attacks as you can. Finally, Daedric Prey is very important for your overall pet damage, especially when your ultimate is on the ground. You do want to make sure it fully expires every time before you recast it however, otherwise you’ll lose 50% of its damage missing the final proc as it expires.

That makes the skill priority Frag Proc>Daedric Prey>Blockade>Other DoTs>Bound Armaments>Whirling Blades/Rapid Strikes, unless your Atronach ultimate is attacking, in which case Daedric Prey takes priority over Crystal Fragments. Bound Armaments is your lowest priority proc, but it does still do more damage than either Rapid Strikes or Whirling Blades. You still want to use it as close to every four light attacks as you can.


Critical Surge makes the healing on Sorcerers really comfy. This allows you to get away without running any other healing, as long as you can put out consistent damage. You can of course optimize for more healing if you need it, but you shouldn’t have any trouble staying alive in most content with Crit Surge.

If you run out of resources, do a heavy attack and return to your rotation. In this build, heavy attacking with your daggers returns stamina, while heavy attacking with your staff returns magicka.

ESO Solo Sorcerer Stamina PvE Build Features and Mechanics

ESO Stamina Sorcerer Solo PvE World Boss

Below are some of the features found using the PvE Solo Sorcerer Stamina in the Elder Scrolls Online:

  • Class – Sorcerer
  • Weapon One – Dual Wield
  • Weapon Two – Lightning Staff
  • Armor Types – 6 Medium, 1 Light
  • MythicVelothi Ur-Mage’s Amulet
  • Race – Dark Elf
  • Attributes – 64 Stamina
  • Mundus Stone – Thief
  • Best Grimoires – Ulfsild’s Contingency, Traveling Knife


Front Bar – Dual Wield

Front Bar Weapon choice options:

  1. Dual Wield
  2. Two Handed
  3. Bow

Whirling Blades (Morph of Whirlwind | Skill Line : Dual Wield) – AoE damage that acts as an execute, dealing more damage to enemies below 50% health. Swap for Rapid Strikes for single target damage.

Crystal Fragments (Morph of Crystal Shard | Skill Line : Dark Magic) – Cast on every Frag proc or if you begin to struggle with stamina sustain.

Daedric Prey (Morph of Daedric Curse | Skill Line : Daedric Summoning) – Damage ability that gives massive damage boost to our pets. Bound Armaments is another good option here.

Bound Armaments (Morph of Bound Armor | Skill Line : Daedric Summoning) – Cast every time this skill procs to fire all four bound weapons. While slotted your Max Stamina is increased by 8% and you gain Minor Resolve and Minor Protection

Summon Volatile Familiar (Morph of Summon Unstable Familiar | Skill Line : Daedric Summoning) – Huge damage and boost to single target and AoE damage.

Summon Charged Atronach (Morph of Summon Storm Atronach | Skill Line : Daedric Summoning) – Strongest single target ulimate for Sorc.

Back Bar – Lightning Staff

Back Bar Weapon choice options:

  1. Destruction Staff
  2. Two-handed
  3. Dual Wield
  4. Bow

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

Hurricane (Morph of Lightning Form | Skill Line : Storm Calling) – one of the best AoE damage and single target abilities we have, plus armor!

Critical Surge (Morph of Surge | Skill Line : Storm Calling) – God tier survivability and frees up gear/mythic choices.

Razor Caltrops (Morph of Caltrops | Skill Line : Assault) – great AoE damage, a snare and applying major breach reducing enemies armor.

Summon Volatile Familiar (Morph of Summon Unstable Familiar | Skill Line : Daedric Summoning) – Double bar to keep summon up.

Power Overload (Morph of Overload | Skill Line : Storm Calling) – Light and Heavy attacks become stronger, AoE versions that deal Shock Damage.

Scribing Skills & Grimoires

Soul Burst PvP Scripts for ESO
Traveling Knife PvP Scripts for ESO

Ulfsild’s Contingency, and Traveling Knife are the best Grimoires (skills) for a solo Stamina Sorcerer PvE build.  Contingency grants powerful area-based damage and buffs. Traveling Knife gives you a ranged bleed attack that does damage on the return. You can also use the Bow Vault skill as an immobilization or mobility tool. Below are the suggested combination of Grimoires, focus, signature, and affix scripts:

  • Ulfsild’s Contingency (Mage Guild) – Flame Damage (focus script), Class Mastery (signature script), Vulnerability (Affix Script)
  • Traveling Knife – Bleed (focus script), Lingering Torment (signature script), Berserk (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

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

  • Dark Magic (class skill line)
  • Storm Calling (class skill line)
  • Daedric Summoning (class skill line)
  • Dual Wield (weapon skill line)
  • Destruction Staff (weapon skill line)
  • Light Armor
  • Medium Armor
  • Undaunted
  • Fighter’s Guild
  • Mage’s Guild
  • Racial
  • 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 Sorcerer Stamina Build for PvE:

HeadMediumPerfected Sul-Xan’s TormentDivinesStamina
ShouldersLightValkyn SkoriaDivinesStamina
ChestMediumAegis CallerDivinesStamina
LegsMediumAegis CallerDivinesStamina
GlovesMediumAegis CallerDivinesStamina
BootsMediumAegis CallerDivinesStamina
BeltMediumAegis CallerDivinesStamina
Weapon OneDaggerPerfected Sul-Xan’s TormentChargedFire
SecondaryDaggerPerfected Sul-Xan’s TormentChargedPoison
Weapon TwoLightning StaffPerfected Crushing WallInfusedWeapon Damage
NecklaceMythicVelothi Ur-Mage’s AmuletBloodthirstyWeapon/Spell Damage
Ring 1Perfected Sul-Xan’s TormentBloodthirstyWeapon/Spell Damage
Ring 2Perfected Sul-Xan’s TormentBloodthirstyWeapon/Spell Damage
ESO Solo Sorcerer Stamina Build for PvE
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.

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

Perfected Sul-Xan’s Torment: Drops in Veteran Rockgrove trial, Blackwood chapter. Insane damage if you can reliably pick up the essence/soul (blue orb) left behind.

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.


  1. Pillar of Nirn: obtained in Falkreath Hold dungeon. One of the hardest hitting, easiest proc sets in the game.
  2. Briarheart = Overland can be bought from traders great option for healing and weapon damage boost
  3. Order’s Wrath = Best overall crafting damage option
  4. Mechanical Acuity = the highest burst combined with Balorgh for VMA boss nukes
  5. Spriggan’s Thorns =  Base game and decent penetration on front perfect for beginner offensive set
  6. Vicious Serpent: obtained in trials Hel Ra Citadel, Aetherian Archive, Sanctum Ophidia. Best sustain set for stamina along with movement speed.
  7. Perfected Coral Riptide = god tier damage if you run low stamina (dodge roll a bit before pull)
  8. Order’s Wrath = Best overall crafting damage option
  9. Hunding’s Rage = Crafted base game decent all around

Gear – Beginner

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

HeadmediumDeadly StrikeDivines > AnyStamina
ShouldersmediumBriarheartDivines > AnyStamina
ChestmediumBriarheartDivines > AnyStamina
LegsmediumBriarheartDivines > AnyStamina
GlovesmediumDeadly StrikeDivines > AnyStamina
BootsmediumBriarheartDivines > AnyStamina
BeltmediumBriarheartDivines > AnyStamina
Weapon OneSwordAgilityPrecise > SharpenedPoison
SecondaryMaceAgilityCharged > InfusedFlame
Weapon TwoLightning StaffAgilityInfusedWeapon Damage
NecklaceDeadly StrikeRobustSpell Damage
Ring 1Deadly StrikeRobustSpell Damage
Ring 2Deadly StrikeRobustSpell Damage
Beginner Build for ESO Sorcerer Solo Stamina PvE


The best racial choice for the Stamina Sorcerer 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%.


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 – ESO Solo Sorcerer 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 ESO Solo Sorcerer Stamina 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 Sorcerer Stamina 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. 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 and 1,626 total spent.

Craft Constellation Champion Points

ESO Craft Champion Tree

Below are recommended Craft Champion Point selections for the ESO Solo Sorcerer 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.


Braised Rabbit with Spring Vegetables - ESO Food Consumable
Heroism Potions in The Elder Scrolls Online

The best consumables for the solo Stamina Sorcerer PvE build are Braised Rabbit with Spring Vegetables food and Heroism potions. Braised Rabbit with Spring Vegetables gives the most damage possible, though Artaeum Takeaway Broth is good for resource sustain if you struggle. A third balanced option for more hybrid resource pools is Bewitched Sugar Skulls. The best potion if you have weapon critical and weapon power buff is Heriosm (the essence of magicka). Another option is Weapon Power potions if you lack the buffs or tri-stat Essence of Health. Below are our recommended food and potion choices:

  • Braised Rabbit with Spring Vegetables (best damage no sustain) – Increase health and stamina. Crafted with Provisioning ingredients Small Game, Greens, and Seasoning.
    • Artaeum Takeaway Broth – increase max health, health recovery, max stamina, and stamina recovery. Crafted with provisioning from ingredients Fish, Melon, Torchbug Thorax, and Powdered Mother of Pearl.
    • Dubious Camoran Throne (cheap sustain) – increases stamina recovery, max stamina, and max health. Crafted with provisioning from ingredients of White Meat, Beetle Scuttle, Insect Parts, and Guts.
    • Bewitched Sugar Skulls (tri-max stats) – increases max health, stamina, magicka, and health recovery. Crafted with provisioning from ingredients of Scrib Jelly, Flour, Columbine, Bervez Juice, and Honey.
  • Essence of Spell Power – grants major critical, major spell power buff, and magicka recovery. Crafted with alchemy from ingredients such as Corn Flower, Lady’s Smock, and Luminous Russula (other combinations).
    • Heroism Potion – Restores stamina and magicka and grants minor heroism for a time. Crafted with Alchemy from ingredients of Columbine, Dragon’s Blood, and Dragon Rheum.
    • Tri-Pots – grants immediate health, stamina and magicka, along with tri-recovery. Crafted with Alchemy from ingredients of Bugloss, Columbine, and Mountain Flower.

Build Summary – ESO Solo Sorcerer Stamina PvE Build

Class: Sorcerer

Race: Dark Elf

Attributes: 64 Stamina

Mundus Stone: Thief

Weapon One: Dual Wield

Weapon Two: Lightning Staff

Armor Set 1: Perfected Sul-Xan’s Torment

Armor Set 2: Aegis Caller

Monster Helm: Valkyn Skoria

Mythic: Velothi Ur-Mage’s Amulet

Armor Weight: 6 Medium, 1 Light

Food: Braised Rabbit with Spring Vegetables

Potion: Essence of Spell Power

Skill Bar 1

  • Whirling Blades
  • Crystal Fragments
  • Daedric Prey
  • Bound Armaments
  • Summon Volatile Familiar
  • Summon Charged Atronach (Ultimate)

Skill Bar 2

  • Blockade of storms
  • Hurricane
  • Critical Surge
  • Razor Caltrops
  • Summon Volatile Familiar
  • Power Overload (Ultimate)

Scribing Grimoires and Scripts

  • Ulfsild’s Contingency (Mage Guild)
    • Flame Damage (focus script)
    • Class Mastery (signature script)
    • Vulnerability (Affix Script)
  • Traveling Knife (Dual Wield)
    • Bleed (focus script)
    • Lingering Torment (signature script)
    • Berserk (Affix Script)
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