ESO Magicka Arcanist Magic DPS Build

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ESO Magic DPS Build

Arcane is a Magic Damage based DPS Build for ESO! The Build is focusing on Magic damage effects, skills and Armor Sets to create a fun, AOE play style for Solo and Group content. Our Class of choice is the Magicka Arcanist since most of its skills are Magic Damage based. The Arcanist is a Class of Eldritch Horror, that relies on Magic Damage and the Crux system to destroy its enemies! The Magicka Templar could be a nice alternative.

The Sets we are using are all Magic damage based as well, so we can boost damage and create a Magic dedicated PVE Build! If you are a new player, you can take a look at my Arcanist Beginner Guide. If you are looking for a different setup, you can find more Arcanist Builds in the Arcanist Builds page. For more Elemental and Status Effects Builds you can take a look at ESO Elemental Builds!

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ESO Magic DPS Build Setup

The Build is focusing on Magic damage based effects, Sets and skills to deal the best damage possible in Solo and Group gameplay! A few alternative Sets you can use include:

HeadKjalnar’s NightmareLightDivinesMax. Magicka
ShouldersKjalnar’s NightmareLightDivinesMax. Magicka
HandsWar MaidenLightDivinesMax. Magicka
LegsWar MaidenLightDivinesMax. Magicka
ChestWar MaidenLightDivinesMax. Magicka
WaistWar MaidenLightDivinesMax. Magicka
FeetWar MaidenLightDivinesMax. Magicka
NecklaceDark ConvergenceJewelBloodthirstySpell Damage
RingDark ConvergenceJewelBloodthirstySpell Damage
RingDark ConvergenceJewelBloodthirstySpell Damage/Magicka Recovery
StaffDark ConvergenceLightning/FirePrecise/ChargedShock/Flame Damage
StaffDark Convergence/(Perfected)Crushing WallFireInfusedWeapon Damage

Armor Sets for ESO Magic DPS Build

Skills for ESO Magic DPS Build

The following Skills will help you achieve great Magic based DPS and clear Solo but also most Group content.

Structured EntropyWrithing RunebladesTentacular DreadBarbed TrapInspired ScholarshipFlawless Dawnbreaker
Unstable Wall of ElementsFulminating RuneMystic OrbRuneguard of FreedomSpell SymmetryThe Tide King’s Gaze

Passive Skills for ESO Magic DPS Build

Very important passive skills that can help you maximize the potential of your Magic DPS Build.

Champion Points for ESO Magic DPS Build

Below you will find the best Champion Points setup for the Build. If you would like to learn more about Champion Points and how they work, you can read my ESO Champion Points Guide.


  • Slottable Stars: Deadly Aim, Master-at-Arms, Wrathful Strikes, Fighting Finesse/Thaumaturge
  • Passive: Eldritch Insight, Piercing, Flawless Ritual, War Mage, Quick Recovery, Hardy, Elemental Aegis, Preparation, Precision, Blessed, Tireless Discipline


  • Slottable Stars: Rationer, Liquid Efficiency, Master Gatherer, Steed’s Blessing
  • Passive: Gilded Fingers, Fortune’s Favor, Wanderer, Steadfast Enchantment, Treasure Hunter(slottable, required for path)


  • Slottable Stars: Boundless Vitality, Rejuvenation, Fortified, Celerity
  • Passive: Sprinter, Hasty, Tireless Guardian, Hero’s Vigor, Mystic Tenacity, Tumbling, Defiance

Consumables for ESO Magic DPS Build

We are using Clockwork Citrus Filet or Orzorga’s Smoked Bear Haunch and Essence of Spell Power as Potions.

Info for ESO Magic DPS Build

Several important info for the Magic DPS Build. What Mundus to use, the best race for the build and how to assign your attribute points.

Attribute Points

All points to Magicka

Mundus Stone

The Thief Mundus to boost Critical Chance.

What Race is best for ESO Magic DPS Build

High Elf – Dark Elf – Khajiit – Breton is the best race for a DPS focused Build. Any Race with Magicka bonuses can work well though. You can find more about the playable races in my ESO Race Guide!

Vampire or Werewolf

Neither is necessary.

Rotation for ESO Magic DPS Build

This is a dynamic rotation, relying on your spammable to deal damage while refreshing your other abilities when necessary! Buff yourself with Inspired ScholarshipRuneguard of Freedom and place Barbed Trap. Attack with Unstable Wall of ElementsFulminating RuneMystic Orb. Switch bars, apply Abyssal Ink with Tentacular Dread and attack with Structured Entropy and Writhing Runeblades. Keep attacking with Writhing Runeblades as your spammable and refresh the other abilities when necessary. Restore Magicka with Spell Symmetry, use your Ultimate when ready and always Light Attack before skills to boost your DPS!

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