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ESO Magicka Arcanist DPS Build

Welcome to my Magicka Arcanist DPS Build for PVE Gameplay in ESO! The Arcanist is a Class of Eldritch Horror, that relies on Magic Damage and the Crux system to destroy its enemies! The Build can deal massive damage to single targets but also groups of enemies thanks to its powerful abilities and Crux combinations. A flexible Class with strong offensive skills that use your primary resource. Hydra is a DPS Build that offers various setups, depending on the difficulty of the content you wish to complete in ESO. The Build is designed to use a combination of Arcanist Class skills and Weapon abilities in order to help you clear almost every PVE content. More Arcanist Builds and Guides you can read:

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Magicka Arcanist DPS Build Setup

A powerful Magicka Arcanist DPS Build that relies on its Crux system to enhance your damage and offer additional effects! Hydra offers various setups for different levels of difficulty. Depending on the content you wish to complete you should change your gear based on the recommendations below!

Trials Group DPS

This setup is for dedicated group gameplay, is using harder to find Trial gear and aims to help you achieve the best damage possible! The core Set combo of the Build is Arms of Relequen and Deadly Strike. A powerful combination of DPS Sets that can deal massive damage to single targets and groups of enemies. Merciless Charge is an Ability Altering Weapon that boosts your damage more. The Velothi Amulet Muthic Item is an amazing Set for Arcanist Builds and to maximize its potential we combine it with one Piece of the Slimecraw Monster Set!

    HeadSlimecrawLightDivinesMax. Stamina
    ShouldersDeadly StrikeMediumDivinesMax. Stamina
    Hands(Perfected)Arms of RelequenMediumDivinesMax. Stamina
    Legs(Perfected)Arms of RelequenMediumDivinesMax. Stamina
    Chest(Perfected)Arms of RelequenMediumDivinesMax. Stamina
    Waist(Perfected)Arms of RelequenMediumDivinesMax. Stamina
    Feet(Perfected)Arms of RelequenMediumDivinesMax. Stamina
    NecklaceVelothi Ur-Mage’s AmuletJewelBloodthirstyWeapon Damage
    RingDeadly StrikeJewelBloodthirstyWeapon Damage
    RingDeadly StrikeJewelBloodthirstyWeapon Damage
    One Handed WeaponDeadly StrikeDaggerChargedFire Damage
    One Handed WeaponDeadly StrikeDaggerChargedPoison
    Two Handed Weapon(Perfected)Merciless ChargeGreatswordInfusedWeapon Damage

    No Trial Gear

    The No-Trial Gear setup is meant for easier Solo but also easier Group PVE Gameplay. You can wear this setup if you are planning to play Overland content(Public Dungeons, World Bosses) or clear normal Dungeons. This setup is not strong enough to survive Solo Arenas like the Maelstrom ArenaVateshran Hollows and Infinite Archive. For this purpose you should use a dedicated Solo PVE Arcanist Build. To create a strong No Trial gear Setup all you have to do is replace Arms of Relequen with Order’s Wrath. You can also use a full monster set instead of the Velothi Amulet Mythic Set. Kjalnar’s Nightmare is a great option.

    HeadKjalnar’s NightmareMedium/LightDivinesMax. Stamina
    ShouldersKjalnar’s Nightmare/Deadly StrikeMediumDivinesMax. Stamina
    HandsOrder’s WrathMediumDivinesMax. Stamina
    LegsOrder’s WrathMediumDivinesMax. Stamina
    ChestOrder’s WrathMediumDivinesMax. Stamina
    WaistOrder’s WrathMediumDivinesMax. Stamina
    FeetOrder’s WrathMediumDivinesMax. Stamina
    NecklaceDeadly Strike/Velothi Ur-Mage’s AmuletJewelBloodthirstyWeapon Damage
    RingDeadly StrikeJewelBloodthirstyWeapon Damage
    RingDeadly StrikeJewelBloodthirstyWeapon Damage
    One Handed WeaponDeadly StrikeDaggerChargedFire Damage
    One Handed WeaponDeadly StrikeDaggerChargedPoison
    Two Handed Weapon(Perfected)Merciless ChargeGreatswordInfusedWeapon Damage

    Armor Sets for Magicka Arcanist DPS Build

    These are the Best Armor Sets you can use with the Build for Solo or Group Gameplay and a few good alternative options.

    Skills for Magicka Arcanist Build ESO

    The Build is using a combination of Crux generating and consuming abilities to boost your damage and maximize your potential. The goal of the Build is to generate Crux with Cephaliarch’s Flail, then consume it with Pragmatic Fatecarver in order to deal massive damage to enemies with your powerful Beam! The Arcanist is a powerful DPS Class in ESO, with several strong offensive and defensive abilities.

    • Deadly Cloak(Blade Cloak): Strong DPS skill.
    • Cephaliarch’s Flail(Abyssal Impact): Deal damage, heals you and generates Crux.
    • Pragmatic Fatecarver(Fatecarver): Consumes Crux and deals massive damage to enemies. Also protects you with a shield.
    • 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.
    • Stampede(Critical Charge): Powerful AOE damage skill.
    • Carve(Cleave): Great Bleed damage skill that applies a shield.
    • Fulminating Rune(The Imperfect Ring): Strong DoT ability that also provides a synergy.
    • Runeguard of Freedom(Runic Defense): Defensive skill that also heals you.
    • Spell Symmetry(Equilibrium): Heals and restores Magicka.
    • The Tide King’s Gaze(The Unblinking Eye): Powerful Ultimate.

    Passive Skills for Magicka Arcanist PVE Build ESO

    Passive skills are always important for every character and can help you maximize the potential of your Magicka Arcanist Build. Try to unlock them as fast as possible, so you can become stronger and tackle harder content faster. These are the Passive Skills you should unlock for the Magicka Arcanist DPS PVE 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 Build ESO

    Below you will find the best Champion Points setup for the Build. When allocating Champion points to Slottable and Passive Stars your primary goal is to create paths! Allocate the minimum required points to stars along your path in order to reach your desired Slottable Stars faster. Once you have unlocked all Stars, start allocating more Champion Points to them to fill them out. Focus on Slottable Stars first, then Passive Stars. 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, Thaumaturge
    • Passive: Tireless Discipline, Flawless Ritual, War Mage, Piercing, Battle Mastery, Mighty, Quick Recovery, Hardy, Elemental Aegis, Preparation, Precision, Blessed, Eldritch Insight


    • 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

    Best Food and Potions for Magarc DPS Build

    Clockwork Citrus Filet or Orzorga’s Smoked Bear Haunch is the Best Food for the Build while Essence of Spell Power is the best option as Potions.

    Info for Magicka Arcanist DPS Build

    Several important info for the MagArc DPS PVE 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.


    The Best Race for the Magicka Arcanist DPS Build in ESO is High Elf. Dark Elf, Khajiit and Breton are nice alternative Races you can use 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 Magicka Arcanist Build ESO

    This is a dynamic rotation, that generates Crux in order to boost your damage with your powerful spammable! Buff yourself with Inspired Scholarship, Runeguard of Freedom, cast Deadly Cloak and place Barbed Trap. Attack with Stampede, Carve x3, Fulminating Rune. Switch bars, apply Abyssal Ink and generate Crux with Cephaliarch’s Flail. When you have the maximum number of Crux, which is three, attack with Pragmatic Fatecarver for massive damage! Keep generating Crux and attacking with Pragmatic Fatecarver every time you have the maximum number. Refresh the other abilities when necessary. Restore Magicka with Spell Symmetry and use your Ultimate when ready!

    Best Companion for Magicka Arcanist DPS Build ESO

    If you wish to play Solo with the Magicka Arcanist Build, you can bring along a mighty Companion! Companions in ESO are helpful allies that can assist you in combat. Every Companion can fulfill every role in the game and help you enjoy ESO more by clearing content faster or by simply interacting with them and their charming personality! There are various Builds you can use for every available ESO Companion! As a DPS focused character my recommendation is to bring along a Tank or Healer Companion! To find out which ESO Companion is the Best in every role you can take a look at my ESO Best Companion Guide! To further maximize the potential of your chosen Companion, you can wear the Telvanni Efficiency Set! A Crafted Set that reduces the cooldown of your Companions abilities, improving their damage and overall effects and assisting you further in combat.

    ESO Magicka Arcanist DPS PVE Build Summary

    Hydra is a powerful Magicka Arcanist DPS Build, that is using the flexible Crux System to destroy enemies and clear every PVE content in ESO! The Build relies on the Crux generation, Consumption cycle to boost your damage and offer additional effects with your skills. This Magarc DPS Build is flexible but also powerful thanks to its Pragmatic Fatecarver Beam skill! With the help of this Build you can clear hard Group content but also easier Solo and Group PVE content. A Magicka Arcanist DPS Build perfect for new and Veteran players that want to deal massive damage with an easy rotation!