ESO Solo Templar Magicka Build for PvE

This guide focuses on the best ESO Solo Templar Magicka Build for PvE, skills, gear, champion points, and more!

ESO Magica Templar Solo PvE World Boss

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

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

Welcome to the ESO Solo Templar Magicka Build for PvE in The Elder Scrolls Online. This build is intended for the average player who wants to solo any content! Overland World bosses, some veteran dungeons, and solo arenas.

In ESO, the Magica Templar is perfect for everyone looking for a simple-rotation survival class with a complete set of tools for solo PvE gameplay. So, if you are a light warrior with solar abilities and insane survivability, this build is for you!

ESO Solo Templar Magicka 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. In total, 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 the Mages Guild or the Barb Trap from Fighters Guild. Maintain DoTs and use your spammable skill as filler until you reapply the DoTS.

At certain percentages, replace your spammable with your in-class or weapon execute if you have one in this build. Executes are the skills that deal more damage the lower the health of the opponent becomes. Ideally, these are meant to replace your primary spammable skill at anywhere between 35% (Radiant Oppression) to 20% (Mages’ Fury). At a high level, execute skills become so strong that the lower the enemy’s health, the fewer DoTs you maintain because it does so much damage.

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 gives you a flood of both resources when a target dies.

ESO Solo Templar Magicka Build for PvE Features and Mechanics

Below are some of the features found using the ESO Solo Templar Magicka Build for PvE in the Elder Scrolls Online:


Front Bar – Dual Wield

Front Bar Weapon Style Choices:

  1. Dual Wield – better for stamina heavy builds in medium armor
  2. Flame Staff – good for single damage
  3. Lighting Staff – good resource sustain

Inner Light (Morph of Magelight | Skill Line : Mages Guild) – Slotting this skill increases our max magicka and giving us the spell critical buff on front bar. You’ll want to keep this on almost all the time. The only time I don’t keep it on is when I need mobility for a solo Veteran dungeon and I’ll replace with toppling charge

Power of the Light (Morph of Backlash | Skill Line : Dawn’s Wrath) – Powerful single target bursting tool, stamina morph debuffs armor.

Deadly Cloak (Morph of Blade Cloak | Skill Line : Dual Wield) – used for area damage reduction, and area damage in melee range.

Puncturing Sweep (Morph of Puncturing Strikes | Skill Line : Aedric Spear) – Powerful main spammable that hits multiple targets and heals you for percentage done.

Radiant Glory (Morph of Radiant Destruction | Skill Line : Dawn’s Wrath) – An executable ability you want to use when the enemy is in execute range roughly 35% health replaces Sweeps as main spammable. The strength of this ability is how hard it hits single target. You still need to light attack weave in between applying it. This morph heals you though you do a little less damage.

Flawless Dawnbreaker (Morph of Dawnbreaker | Skill Line : Fighters Guild) – The performance of DB (Dawnbreaker) is very good now that it grants massive spell damage boost of 300 for 20 seconds. Not to mention added spell damage from slayer passive. This is a great ultimate to use on front bar that’s low cost. Crescent Sweeps is a good flex spot if you don’t have fighters guild.

Back Bar – Lighting Staff

Back bar options:

  1. Lighting Staff – procs off balance and resource sustain
  2. Inferno Staff – good for single target
  3. Bow – good if you want to sustain more stamina and use Endless Hail

Ritual of Retribution (Morph of Cleansing Ritual | Skill Line : Restoring Light) – Massive area based damage that has long duration.

Elemental Susceptibility (Morph of Weakness to Elements | Skill Line : Destruction Staff) – This strips armor and applies status effects.

Resolving Vigor (Morph of Vigor | Skill Line : Assault) – A decent heal over time that cost stamina. Swap to Vampire’s Bane if your resource sustain is strong.

Channeled Focus (Morph of Rune Focus | Skill Line : Restoring Light) – Armor buff and resource sustain for magicka.

Blockade of Storms (Morph of Wall of Elements | Skill Line : Destruction Staff) – Powerful back bar damage over time that is boosted by VMA staff.

Shooting Star (Morph of Meteor | Skill Line : Mages Guild) – Lost cost ultimate with return ultimate generation.

Passives Skills

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

  • Aedric Spear (class skill line)
  • Dawn’s Wrath (class skill line)
  • Restoring Light (class skill line)
  • Light Armor
  • Medium Armor
  • Undaunted
  • Fighters Guild
  • Mages Guild
  • Destructive Staff
  • Dual Wield
  • Psijic Order
  • Racial
  • Alliance War Support
  • Alliance War Assault
  • Crafting, Alchemy Medicinal Use

Gear – Best in Slot

Below gear setup is optimal for solo arenas and dungeons using the ESO Solo Templar Magicka Build:

HeadlightPerfected False GodsDivinesMagicka
ShoulderslightValkyn SkoriaDivinesMagicka
ChestmediumTzogvin’s WarbandDivinesMagicka
LegsmediumTzogvin’s WarbandDivinesMagicka
GlovesmediumTzogvin’s WarbandDivinesMagicka
BootsmediumTzogvin’s WarbandDivinesMagicka
BeltmediumTzogvin’s WarbandDivinesMagicka
Weapon OneDaggerPerfected False GodsNirnhonedPoison
SecondaryDaggerPerfected False GodsChargedFlame
Weapon TwoFlame StaffPerfected Crushing WallInfusedSpell Damage
NecklacePerfected False GodsInfusedSpell Damage
Ring 1Pale OrderInfusedSpell Damage
Ring 2Perfected False GodsInfusedSpell Damage
Best Gear for Solo Templar Magicka Build Elder Scrolls Online (ESO)

While this is a magicka build, we use Medium Armor specifically to avoid the penetration cap 18,500 in Veteran content. If you use more than two light armor in content, you will likely spill over that 18.5k pen cap and have wasted stats. Thus, medium armor with specific gear sets will out perform light generally.

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)

  • 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: 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 False Gods: obtained in Veteran Sunspire trial or normal for non-perfected. Provides incredible resource sustain and mobility but lacks overall damage. 

Tzogvin’s Warband: Dungeon set that drops in Frostvault, part of Wrathstone DLC. It seems like an odd set, but it gives us minor force freeing up a bar slot and a high critical chance. Swap to light armor or another set if you’re not seeing the five-piece bonus trigger.

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.


Gear – Secondary

Meant for someone who’s familiar with the game and wants strongest solo build without mythics or trials gear.

ChestlightOverwhelming SurgeDivinesMagicka
LegslightOverwhelming SurgeDivinesMagicka
GloveslightOverwhelming SurgeDivinesMagicka
BootslightOverwhelming SurgeDivinesMagicka
BeltlightOverwhelming SurgeDivinesMagicka
Weapon OneDaggersDeadly StrikeNirn > PrecisePoison
SecondaryDaggersDeadly StrikeChargedFlame
Weapon TwoInferno StaffPerfected Crushing WallInfusedBerserker Enchant
NecklaceDeadly StrikeInfusedSpell Damage
Ring 1Deadly StrikeInfusedSpell Damage
Ring 2Deadly StrikeInfusedSpell Damage
  • Nerien’eth: Great base game monster helm. Obtained in Crypt of Hearts II base game dungeon.
  • Overwhelming Surge: Gives a lot of sustain and damage. Obtained in Tempest Island base game dungeon.
  • Deadly Strike: Gives a passive boost to Sweps. Obtained in Cyrodiil PvP Vendor.
  • Perfected Crushing Wall: Adds damage to Wall of Elements. Obtained in Veteran Maelstrom Arena, Orsinium DLC.

Gear – Beginner

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

HeadlightWithered HandDivineMagicka
ShoulderslightWithered HandDivineMagicka
ChestlightMother’s SorrowDivineMagicka
LegslightMother’s SorrowDivineMagicka
GloveslightMother’s SorrowDivineMagicka
BootslightMother’s SorrowDivineMagicka
BeltlightMother’s SorrowDivineMagicka
Weapon OneDaggerWillpowerPrecise > AnyFlame
SecondaryDaggerWillpowerPrecise > AnyPoison
Weapon TwoLighting StaffWillpowerInfused > ChargedBerserker
NecklaceWithered HandArcaneMagicka Recovery
Ring 1Withered HandArcaneMagicka Recovery
Ring 2Withered HandArcaneSpell Damage
  • Withered Hand: Gives great resource sustain. Obtained in Overland Alik’r Desert.
  • Mother’s Sorrow: Gives great damage for a simple set. Obtained in Overland Deshaan.
  • Willpower: Provides a lot of Magicka for two-piece. Obtained in Imperial City, base game dungeon.


The best racial choice for the Magplar Solo PvE build is below:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  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 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 a 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 Solo Templar Magicka Build for PvE:

  1. Precision 10
  2. Wrathful strikes (slottable) 50
  3. Fightning fitnesse (slottable) 50
  4. Extended might – sub constellation – piercing 10
  5. Masters at arms (slottable) 50
  6. Deadly  aim (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 Solo Templar Magicka 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 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 1,626 total spent

Craft Constellation Champion Points

ESO Craft Champion Tree

Below are recommended Craft Champion Point selections for the Solo Templar 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. 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. Fllet 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.



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.


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 Templar Magicka Build for PvE

Class: Templar

Race: High Elf

Attributes: 64 Magicka

Mundus Stone: Thief

Weapon One: Dual Wield

Weapon Two: Lighting Staff

Armor Set 1: Perfected False Gods

Armor Set 2: Tzogvin’s Warband

Monster Helm: Valkyn Skoria

Mythic: Pale Order

Armor Weight: 5 medium, 2 light

Skill Bar 1

  • Inner Light
  • Power of the Light
  • Deadly Cloak
  • Puncturing Sweep
  • Radiant Glory
  • Flawless Dawnbreaker (Ultimate)

Skill Bar 2

  • Ritual of Retribution
  • Elemental Susceptibility
  • Resolving Vigor
  • Channeled Focus
  • Blockade of Storms
  • Shooting Star (Ultimate)

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