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Magicka Arcanist Beginner

Welcome to my Magicka Arcanist Beginner Build for ESO! The Build is designed for c160 and beyond and will help you level up but also farm better Armor Sets. You can use it to clear PVE content Solo or with a group! The Arcanist is a Class of Eldritch Horror, that relies on Magic Damage and the Crux system to destroy its enemies!

The Build is focusing on c160 and above simply because that is when having a proper build matters! Before you reach c160 all you have to worry about is leveling up and unlocking as many skill lines and skills as possible. c160 is also the gear cap in ESO, so after you hit that level every Set piece you drop is good to use forever! Here is a list of a few beginner guides that will help you level up faster and more efficiently as a Magicka Arcanist:

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Magicka Arcanist Beginner Build Setup

The core of the Build is two Crafted 5-piece Sets that you can get easily from other players or even craft yourself! You can have the Sets ready and use them as soon as you reach c160! To complement the Build we are using Jewelry from the Willpower Set. Order’s Wrath is a great upgrade to Law of Julianos!

HeadArmor of the Seducer/IlambrisLight/HeavyDivinesMax. Magicka
ShouldersArmor of the Seducer/IlambrisLight/MediumDivinesMax. Magicka
HandsLaw of JulianosLightDivinesMax. Magicka
LegsLaw of JulianosLightDivinesMax.Magicka
ChestLaw of JulianosLightDivinesMax. Magicka
WaistLaw of JulianosLightDivinesMax. Magicka
FeetLaw of JulianosLightDivinesMax. Magicka
NecklaceWillpower/Armor of the SeducerJewelArcaneMagicka Recovery
RingWillpower/Armor of the SeducerJewelArcaneMagicka Recovery
RingArmor of the SeducerJewelArcaneMagicka Recovery
StaffArmor of the SeducerLightning/FlamePrecise/ChargedAbsorb Magicka
StaffArmor of the SeducerFlame/LightningInfusedWeapon Damage

Epic(purple) quality is more than enough for the Build. Your first goal is to farm a Monster Set to wear and replace Willpower Jewelry with Armor of the Seducer! Ilambris is a great option.

Armor Sets for Magicka Arcanist Beginner Build

Skills for Magicka Arcanist Beginner Build

The following skills are strong against single targets and groups of enemies in PVE! They will also help you practice your Light Attack Weaving!

Writhing RunebladesTentacular DreadElemental DrainBarbed TrapInspired ScholarshipFlawless Dawnbreaker
Unstable Wall of ElementsFulminating RuneReconstructive DomainRuneguard of FreedomSpell SymmetryThe Tide King’s Gaze
  • Writhing Runeblades(Runeblades): Spammable that generates Crux.
  • Tentacular Dread(Abyssal Impact): Consumes Crux and debuffs enemies with Abyssal Ink.
  • Elemental Drain(Weakness to Elements): Debuffs enemies and helps with sustain.
  • Barbed Trap(Trap Beast): Very good DOT damage and a boost to Critical Damage.
  • Inspired Scholarship(Tome-Bearer’s Inspiration): Deals damage and buffs you.
  • Flawless Dawnbreaker(Dawnbreaker): Deals damage but also buffs you actively and passively.
  • Unstable Wall of Elements(Wall of Elements): Great AOE damage skill.
  • Fulminating Rune(The Imperfect Ring): Strong DoT ability that also provides a synergy.
  • Reconstructive Domain(Arcanist’s Domain): Valuable AOE, Healing Over Time, that also buffs you!
  • Runeguard of Freedom(Runic Defense): Defensive skill that also heals you.
  • Spell Symmetry(Equilibrium): Restores Magicka.
  • The Tide King’s Gaze(The Unblinking Eye): Powerful Ultimate.

Passive Skills for Magicka Arcanist Beginner Build

Very important passive skills that can help you maximize the potential of your Magicka Arcanist Beginner Build.

  • All Passive Skills from your Class’ Lines
  • All Passive Skills from Weapon Lines you are using
  • Passive Skills from Armor Lines you are using
  • Passive Abilities from Guild lines(Fighters Guild, Mages Guild, Psijic Order) that affect your skills/Build
  • Fighters Guild Passives: Intimidating Presence, Slayer, Banish the Wicked, Skilled Tracker
  • Mages Guild Passives: Mage Adept, Everlasting Magic, Magicka Controller, Might of the Guild
  • Undaunted Passives
  • Your Racial Passives
  • Medicinal Use Passive from Alchemy to boost the effectiveness of Potions

Champion Points for Magicka Arcanist Beginner Build

Below you will find the best Champion Points setup(c160) 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.


  • Eldritch Insight: 10
  • Quick Recovery: 10
  • Tireless Discipline: 10
  • Piercing: 10
  • Presicion: 14


  • Gilded Fingers: 18
  • Fortune’s Favor: 10
  • Wanderer: 15
  • Steadfast Enchantment: 10


  • Sprinter: 10
  • Hasty: 8
  • Hero’s Vigor: 10
  • Siphoning Spells(Slottable): 10
  • Rejuvenation(Slottable): 15

Consumables for Magarc Beginner Build

We are using Witchmother’s Potent Brew and Essence of Magicka as Potions.

Info for Magicka Arcanist Beginner Build

Several important info for the Magicka Arcanist Beginner 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 Lover to boost Penetration or the Thief to boost Critical Chance.

What Race is best for Magicka Arcanist Beginner Build

High Elf – Dark Elf – Khajiit – Breton is the best Race for a Magicka 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 Magicka Arcanist Beginner Build

This is a dynamic rotation, relying on your spammable to deal damage while refreshing your other abilities when necessary! Apply Elemental Drain and buff yourself with Inspired Scholarship, Runeguard of Freedom. Place Barbed Trap and Reconstructive Domain. Attack with Unstable Wall of Elements, Fulminating Rune. Switch bars, apply Abyssal Ink with Tentacular Dread and attack with 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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