ESO Solo Warden Magicka Build for PvE

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

ESO Solo Warden Magicka Build 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 Warden Magicka Build for PvE?

ESO Magicka Warden PvE Build is for players looking to complete solo content with a well-rounded class and great healing. This build is excellent for beginner players as it has a lot of buffs and healing built that doesn’t require potions or outside skill lines. The Magicka Warden is probably strong due to the chilled emphasis. Our solo build is enjoyable to play and can be brought straight into Infinite Archive without missing a beat. You’ll want to run Corrupting Pollen and slightly different gear sets, but that build can push pretty far with minimal changes.

Warden Class Pros

  • Great Class Buffs: Wardens have always been great at solo mechanics in group content because they source most of their buffs through their kit.
  • Minor Brittle: Minor Brittle hits hard and provides extra critical damage, which many other classes find difficult to access.
  • AOE Major and Minor Breach: Penetration is very easy to source on the Warden due to Deep Fissure.

Warden Class Cons

  • Lower Raw Damage: The Warden’s damage is mainly caused by DoTs and status effects, which can sometimes feel like less damage.
  • Sustain Difficulties: The Warden has great buffs and damage, but sustain takes more active management than other classes.
  • Double Slotted Ultimate: Wild Guardian is still the best ultimate choice for damage, but it doesn’t allow you to slot a utility ultimate because it requires a double bar.

ESO Solo Warden 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. 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.

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 opponent’s health. Ideally, these are meant to replace your main spammable skill at anywhere between 35% (Radiant Oppression) all the way 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 Warden Magicka PvE Build Features and Mechanics

ESO Magica Warden Solo PvE World Boss

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

  • Class – Warden
  • Weapon One – Frost Staff
  • Weapon Two – Frost Staff
  • Armor Types – 5 Medium, 2 Light
  • MythicPale Order
  • Race – Dark Elf
  • Attributes – 64 Magicka
  • Mundus Stone – Thief
  • Best Grimoires – Ulfsild’s Contingency, Traveling Knife, Torchbearer


Front Bar – Frost Staff

Front Bar Weapon Style Choices:

  1. Frost Staff
  2. Dual Wield
  3. Flame Staff
  4. Lighting Staff

Frost Reach (Morph of Destructive Touch | Skill Line : Destruction Staff) – Provides initial burst hit of magic damage, followed by a dot. Also applies the element’s status effect on hit and buffs our damage if using Master’s Staff.

Deep Fissure (Morph of Scorch | Skill Line : Animal Companions) – Hard hitting and major debuff must keep up priority.

Cutting Dive (Morph of Dive | Skill Line : Animal Companions) – Stamina morph now causes additional DoT Bleed damage. Also causes Off Balance if you are more than 7 meters away from target.

Fetcher Infection (Morph of Swarm | Skill Line : Animal Companions) – 10 second damage over time that grants minor vulnerability. This skills is great to place on one or more target due to the debuff and damage over time. In combination with fissure, you’ll lower resistance and increase damage for your group just by maintaining these two abilities.

Arctic Blast (Morph of Arctic Wind | Skill Line : Winter’s Embrace) – Your burst heal that can apply status effects. Maintain the 20 seconds of this ability’s even if you don’t need healing.

Wild Guardian (Morph of Feral Guardian | Skill Line : Animal Companions) – this ultimate is double bared so it does not come on and off. It’s absolutely incredible damage. I can hit 87,000 critical strikes sub 20% health on bosses due to it attacking like an execute. You’ll treat this ability like another attack because it’s ultimate cost of 75 is so low. Keep in mind to recast your bear if it dies or goes away. It will also stun enemies and attack as a decoy and I prefer this over any other ultimate of choice due to the reason above.

Back Bar – Ice Staff

Back bar options:

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

Blockade of Frost (Morph of Wall of Elements | Skill Line : Destruction Staff) – Massive AoE and explosion makes it a great DoT. With Maelstrom back bar staff, this is essential back bar buff to increase our overall dps. You can recast repeatedly for an explosion and AoE damage. Combine this with Winters Revenge, Mythic Orb and Fissure, you’ll have massive AoE damage.

Winter’s Revenge (Morph of Impaling Shards | Skill Line : Winter’s Embrace) – 12 second damage over time which applies Chilled status effect. This is great damage over time, chilled status effect increase chance and great snare. I’ll cast this before Unstable because it’s 12 second duration.

Ice Fortress (Morph of Frost Cloak | Skill Line : Winter’s Embrace) – Grants Major Resolve and Minor Protection for 30 seconds.

Blue Betty (Morph of Betty Netch | Skill Line : Animal Companions) – Our sustain tool on back bar.

Lotus Blossom (Morph of Lotus Flower | Skill Line : Green Balance) – Light and Heavy attacks restore health. Also gain Major Prophecy and Savagery while active.

Wild Guardian (Morph of Feral Guardian | Skill Line : Animal Companions) – Double bar this skill so it doesn’t turn off.

Scribing Skills & Grimoires

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

Ulfsild’s Contingency, Traveling Knife, and Torchbearer are the best Grimoires (skills) for a solo Magicka Warden PvE build.  Contingency grants powerful area-based damage and buffs. Traveling Knife gives you a ranged bleed attack that does damage on the return. Torchbearer also gives you a good spammable when in melee range or if your class is single-target heavy. 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)
  • Torchbearer (Fighters Guild) – Flame Damage (focus script), Class Mastery (signature script), Breach (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 lines of the passive skill that adds power without requiring a skill slot while playing the ESO Solo Warden Magicka Build for PvE. Consider taking all the skill passives in the skill tree listed below:

  • Winter’s Embrace (class skill line)
  • Animal Companions (class skill line)
  • Green Balance(class skill line)
  • Destruction Staff (weapon skill line)
  • Light Armor
  • Medium Armor
  • Undaunted
  • Psjiic Order
  • 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 Warden Magicka Build for PvE:

HeadMediumTzogvin’s WarbandDivinesStamina
ShouldersLightValkyn SkoriaDivinesMagicka
ChestMediumTzogvin’s WarbandDivinesMagicka
LegsMediumTzogvin’s WarbandDivinesMagicka
GlovesMediumTzogvin’s WarbandDivinesMagicka
BootsMediumTzogvin’s WarbandDivinesMagicka
BeltLightPerfected False God’s DivinesMagicka
Weapon OneFrost StaffPerfected False God’s ChargedFlame
Weapon TwoFrost StaffPerfected Crushing WallInfusedWeapon Damage
NecklacePerfected False God’s BloodthirstyWeapon Damage
Ring 1MythicPale OrderBloodthirstyWeapon Damage
Ring 2Perfected False God’s BloodthirstyWeapon Damage
ESO Solo Warden 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 mighty 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: 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 False God’s Devotion: Trial set that drops in Veteran Sunspire, Elsweyr Chapter. Reduces overall cost of Magicka abilities by 8% and boosts movement speed on enemy death.

Tzogvin’s Warband: Dungeon set that drops in Frostvault, part of Wrathstone DLC. Boosts Critical chance and critical 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.


Gear – Beginner

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

HeadlightWithered HandDivinesMagicka
ShoulderslightWithered HandDivinesMagicka
ChestlightMother’s SorrowDivinesMagicka
LegslightMother’s SorrowDivinesMagicka
GloveslightMother’s SorrowDivinesMagicka
BootslightMother’s SorrowDivinesMagicka
BeltlightMother’s SorrowDivinesMagicka
Weapon OneFrost StaffWillpowerPreciseFlame
Weapon TwoFrost StaffWillpowerInfusedBerserker
NecklaceWithered HandArcaneMagicka Recovery
Ring 1Withered HandArcaneMagicka Recovery
Ring 2Withered HandArcaneSpell Damage
Beginner Build for ESO Warden 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.


The best racial choice for the Magicka Warden 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%.


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 Warden 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 four 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 Warden 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 Warden 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 Warden 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


Mistral Banana-Bunny Hash - ESO Consumables Food
Heroism Potions in The Elder Scrolls Online

The best consumables for the solo Magicka Warden PvE build are Mistral Bananan-Bunny Hash food and Heroism potions. Mistral Bananan-Bunny Hash gives the most damage possible, though Clockwork Citrus Filet is good for resource sustain if you struggle. A third balanced option for more hybrid resource pools is Bewitched Sugar Skulls. The best potions if you have spell critical and spell power buff is Heriosm (the essence of magicka). Another option is Spell Power potions if you lack the buffs or tri-stat Essence of Health. Below are our recommended food and potion choices:

Mistral Bananan-Bunny Hash (best damage no sustain) – Increases max health and max magicka. Crafted with Provisioning ingredients of Small Game, Bananas, and Seasoning.

  • Clockwork Citrus Filet – Increases max health, health recovery, max magicka, and magicka recovery. Crafted with Provisioning ingredients of Red Meat, Lemon, Frost Mirriam, and Perfect Roe.
  • Witchmother’s Potent Brew – Increases max magicka, max health, and magicka recovery. Crafted with Provisioning ingredients of Nightshade, Bervez Juice, Rice, and Small Game.
  • 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.

Heroism Potion – Restores stamina and magicka and grants minor heroism for a time. Crafted with Alchemy from ingredients of Columbine, and Dragon’s Blood, Dragon Rheum.

  • 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).
  • 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 Warden Magicka PvE Build

Class: Warden

Race: Dark Elf

Attributes: 64 Magicka

Mundus Stone: Thief

Weapon One: Frost Staff

Weapon Two: Frost Staff

Armor Set 1: Tzogvin’s Warband

Armor Set 2: Perfected Whorl of the Depths

Monster Helm: Valkyn Skoria

Mythic: Pale Order

Armor Weight: 5 Medium, 2 Light

Food: Mistral Bananan-Bunny Hash

Potion: Essence of Magicka with Minor Heroism

Skill Bar 1

  • Frost Reach
  • Deep Fissure
  • Cutting Dive
  • Fetcher Infection
  • Arctic Blast
  • Wild Guardian (Ultimate)

Skill Bar 2

  • Elemental Blockade
  • Winter’s Revenge
  • Ice Fortress
  • Blue Betty
  • Lotus Blossom
  • Wild Guardian (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)
  • Torchbearer (Fighters Guild)
    • Flame Damage (focus script)
    • Class Mastery (signature script)
    • Breach (Affix Script)

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