ESO Best Solo Class
The Elder Scrolls Online is a very Solo friendly game. Almost every content in ESO can be completed solo, as long as you have the right setup and of course the right Class. All classes can solo most content but some are simply better and easier than other.
What determines how good a Class is for Solo gameplay, is the tools it has to deal damage, boost defense and heal itself. Class Skills are important for that type of gameplay and also what makes or breaks a class for harder solo PVE. Picking the right Class, with the right tools, is important for successful Solo PVE.
For a better understanding of ESO Classes and how they perform in different roles, you can take a look at my ESO Class Guide.
Table of Contents
- ESO Classes
- Final Solo Class Tier List
- More Guides to Read
In total there are six Classes in The Elder Scrolls Online, four available with the base game and two available for purchase/unlock.
The ESO Classes are:
Available to Unlock
All six Classes can Solo in ESO but some will make your life easier. How good a Class is, also depends on whether it is Magicka or Stamina based. This is because they have access to different skills morphs. Hybrid builds that are now more popular than before still rely on one stat, Magicka or Stamina!
The Sorcerer is a great Solo Class with several skills that can help you complete harder content alone. The class can restore resources with Dark Deal or Dark Conversion, boost damage and heal itself with the powerful Critical Surge and boost defenses actively with Hurricane, Boundless Storm or passively with Bound Aegis.
Magicka Sorcerer is one of the best and easiest Solo classes for new and veteran players. Summon Twilight Matriarch is a powerful skill/Pet that deals damage but also works as a self-heal. With Boundless Storm, Bound Aegis and Critical Surge the Class is unstoppable and can complete almost everything alone.
Stamina Sorcerer on the other hand, does not have many Class skills to assist it for Solo combat. Hurricane and Critical Surge when combined together can be strong but the class still relies too much on Weapon abilities to deal damage. A good option for easier solo content.
Nightblade has access to buffs, debuffs and self-heals but is also the least New Player Friendly Class in the game. The reason for this is because it relies too much on triggers and skill procs to deal damage and actually heal itself.
Magicka Nightblade is a lot easier and more effective to use for Solo content. Swallow Soul is what makes the Magblade a decent class to solo with. A skill that deals damage and heals you at the same time. Blur and its Morphs can provide better defenses while Mark Target and its Morphs can debuff enemies with Breach.
Relentless Focus for Stamblade and Merciless Resolve for Magblade are the most important skills to use. They boost Damage but can also turn into a deadly arrow that deals additional damage and heals.
Likewise, Leeching Strikes and Siphoning Attacks, restore resources and heal with every Light or Heavy attack. Efficient Light Attack Weaving is important to Solo successfully with the Nightblade Class.
Other skills that can help with Solo are Dark Cloak to boost defense, Refreshing Path that can heal and Dark Shade to summon a shadow to assist in combat. These skills cost Magicka to use which makes them better for a Magicka Nightblade.
Stamina Nightblade can be a great Solo class as well but will require a lot of practice first! In general Nightblade is not a very forgiving Class! Every mistake will hurt.
The Dragonknight has access to many helpful skills for solo gameplay. A few Shields to protect yourself, passive and active heals, buffs, debuffs and strong offensive skills. But the Class is also suffering from sustain issues! To solo effectively with Dragonknight you need to take advantage of Battle Roar. A passive that restores resources every time you use an Ultimate!
So to be successful in Solo gameplay with Dragonknight, you will have to pick a cheap Ultimate to cast often or generate Ultimate faster.
Magicka Dragonknight is slightly better for that type of gameplay since it can deal damage and heal itself with Flame Lash and Burning Embers. Additionally it can actively heal with Coagulating Blood or passively heal with Cauterize. Many sources of self-heal that can keep you alive against strong enemies and harder content. Molten Weapons and its morphs can boost the damage for both Magicka and Stamina Dragonknight.
The Stamina Dragonknight also has some nice heals that can help. Cauterize and Green Dragon Blood are more than enough. Hardening Armor, Obsidian Shield and its Morphs offer extra protection in the form of a shield for both.
Stamina Dragonknight can also debuff enemies with its Noxious Breath offensive Skill. As a Class, Dragonknight has some Crowd Control capabilities with the Dark Talons skill and its morphs.
However all utility Spells in the Dragonknight Skill lines, require Magicka to cast, which makes them a better fit for the Magicka Dragonknight.
Puncturing Sweep is the Magplar’s main skill for solo combat. A skill that deals damage and heals you at the same time. Sun Shield and its morphs can provide a damage shield to protect you if you need it. Purifying Light is another source of damage and heals.
Honor the Dead is the Ultimate Solo self-heal ability that heals you and restores Magicka if health is low. If you also add Ritual of Retribution, a massive damage AOE skill and Channeled Focus, that boosts defense and restores Magicka to the mix, it is easy to understand why the Magicka Templar is a very good Solo Class.
But Stamina Templar is not bad either. Biting Jabs is a powerful spammable that when combined with Power of the Light, can destroy strong enemies. Stamplar can restore Stamina and heal itself easily with the help of Repentance as well. Finally Restoring Focus boosts defense and restores Stamina in a similar way with Channeled Focus for Magicka Templars.
Deep Fissure applies Breach while Fetcher Infection Vulnerability to enemies, weakening them. Blue Betty boosts Spell Damage and restores Magicka. Lotus Blossom is a strong passive self-heal that restores health with light and heavy attacks. Ice Fortress boosts defenses and Winter’s Revenge Crowd Controls enemies.
Stamina Warden is powerful in Solo as well. Can use the same core abilities as Magden to be effective. Deep Fissure and Fetcher Infection, for damage and debuffs, Lotus Blossom for self healing. Stamden can use Ice Fortress to boost its defense, exactly like Magden. Subterranean Assault is a strong skill that both Classes can use instead of Deep Fissure, as long as they can use something else to debuff enemies!
Finally Both can use the Sleet Storm Ultimate and its Morphs to deal damage and Crowd Control enemies. Or simply stick with their Bear, Guardian Ultimate, for a reliable damage/execute ability.
The only problem for Warden is that both Magicka and Stamina versions have to use the same core skills to be as effective as possible. Something that affects their identity.
Most of its offensive skills have a Stamina or Magicka Morph to choose from. The minions you can summon can assist with damage and healing.
Magicka Necromancer is powerful for Solo gameplay thanks to Boneyard and its Morphs, that can either debuff with Breach or self heal. Death Scythe & Morphs can deal damage and heal while Summoner’s Armor can boost defense and reduce the cost of minions. Bitter Harvest & its Morphs can reduce damage taken. Bone Totem, Grave Grasp and their Morphs offer crowd control capabilities. They do require Magicka to cast so it is better for a Magicka Necromancer to use them.
Spirit Guardian is the most important ability for Solo. A minion that reduces damage taken and heals you. Both Magicka and Stamina Necromancer can use this and the other utility skills to boost survivability in combat.
They can both use their Bone Goliath Transformation & Morphs to deal with strong enemies. Finally Pestilent Colossus for Stamcro and Glacial Colossus for Magcro can debuff with Vulnerability and make it easy to kill enemies.
Final Solo Class Tier List
This is the final verdict for all Classes, Magicka and Stamina, for Solo Gameplay.
- Magicka Necromancer
- Magicka Sorcerer
- Magicka Templar
- Stamina Warden
- Stamina Necromancer
- Magicka Nightblade
- Stamina Nightblade
- Stamina Templar
- Magicka Warden
- Stamina Sorcerer
- Magicka Dragonknight
- Stamina Dragonknight