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Magicka Sorcerer DPS PVE Build

Welcome to my Magicka Sorcerer DPS Build for any type of ESO PVE Gameplay. Stormborn is a Staff Magicka Sorcerer Build that is not using any Pet to deal damage or assist you in combat. The build offers various setups that can help you clear both solo and group gameplay, which makes it a flexible but strong option for PVE gameplay. The idea behind Stormborn is to weaken your targets with your debuffs, Damage over Time abilities and constant AOE shock damage before you can finish them with your strong burst skills.

Stormborn is a great Sorcerer PVE Build for new players but also ESO veterans that do not like summoning Pets to deal damage or heal! For a Pet Sorcerer DPS Build you can take a look at Overlord, a Magicka Pet Sorcerer DPS Build! To learn more about the Sorcerer Class you can read my Sorcerer Beginner Guide. To challenge yourself in harder Solo Content, take a look at my Magicka Sorcerer Solo Build.

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Magicka Sorcerer DPS PVE Build Setup ESO

Stormborn is a flexible Magicka Sorcerer Build that 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! In this Build Guide you can find setups for Trials Group DPS, a No Trial DPS Gear Setup and a Beginner Setup(c160).

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! If you wish to use the Build in harder group content, you should focus on getting the gear below. You can use this setup with a Mythic Set or a full Monster Set. Good alternative Sets include:

  • Bahsei’s Mania
  • Mantle of Siroria
  • Ansuul’s Torment
HeadSlimecraw/Kjalnar’s NightmareLightDivinesMax. Magicka
Shoulders(Perfected)Whorl of the Depths/Kjalnar’s NightmareLightDivinesMax. Magicka
Hands(Perfected)Whorl of the DepthsLightDivinesMax. Magicka
LegsHarpooner’s Wading Kilt/(Perfected)Whorl of the DepthsMedium/LightDivinesMax.Magicka
Chest(Perfected)Whorl of the DepthsLightDivinesMax. Magicka
Waist(Perfected)Whorl of the DepthsLightDivinesMax. Magicka
Feet(Perfected)Whorl of the DepthsLightDivinesMax. Magicka
NecklacePillar of NirnJewelBloodthirstySpell Damage
RingPillar of NirnJewelBloodthirstySpell Damage
RingPillar of NirnJewelBloodthirstySpell Damage
StaffPillar of NirnLightningPrecise/ChargedShock Damage
Staff(Perfected)Crushing WallLightningInfusedWeapon 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 Sorcerer Build. A powerful alternative Set you can use with this setup is Order’s Wrath!

HeadKjalnar's NightmareLight/Medium/HeavyDivinesMax. Magicka
ShouldersKjalnar's NightmareLight/Medium/HeavyDivinesMax. Magicka
HandsOverwhelming SurgeLightDivinesMax. Magicka
LegsOverwhelming SurgeLightDivinesMax.Magicka
ChestOverwhelming SurgeLightDivinesMax. Magicka
WaistOverwhelming SurgeLightDivinesMax. Magicka
FeetOverwhelming SurgeLightDivinesMax. Magicka
NecklaceAuroran's ThunderJewelBloodthirstySpell Damage
RingAuroran's ThunderJewelBloodthirstySpell Damage
RingAuroran's ThunderJewelBloodthirstySpell Damage
StaffAuroran's ThunderLightningPrecise/ChargedShock
Staff(Perfected) Crushing Wall/Auroran's ThunderLightningInfusedWeapon Damage

Beginner Setup

This Magicka Sorcerer Beginner Build Setup will help you play as a no Pet Magicka Sorcerer early in the game! The goal of this setup is to help you become familiar and more efficient with the Magicka Sorcerer Class!

HeadIlambrisHeavy/Medium/LightDivines Max. Magicka
ShouldersIlambrisHeavy/Medium/LightDivinesMax. Magicka
HandsLaw of JulianosLightDivinesMax. Magicka
LegsLaw of JulianosLightDivinesMax.Magicka
ChestLaw of JulianosLightDivinesMax. Magicka
WaistLaw of JulianosLightDivinesMax. Magicka
FeetLaw of JulianosLightDivinesMax. Magicka
NecklaceArmor of the SeducerJewelArcaneMag. Recovery/Spell Damage
RingArmor of the SeducerJewelArcaneMag. Recovery/Spell Damage
RingArmor of the SeducerJewelArcaneMag. Recovery/Spell Damage
StaffArmor of the SeducerFlame/LightningPrecise/ChargedFlame/Shock Damage
StaffArmor of the SeducerFlame/LightningInfusedWeapon Damage

Armor Sets

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

Best Skills for Magicka Sorcerer Build

The skills of the Magicka Sorcerer PVE Build will help you maximize your potential without using any Pets! With this setup you can deal strong Lightning(Shock) damage and amplify the ability of your Magicka Sorcerer as a Shock Mage! The setup also offers powerful Burst damage to help you finish enemies faster, clear content and achieve your goals with success.

Force PulseCrystal FragmentsEndless FuryHaunting CurseBound AegisFlawless Dawnbreaker
Lightning Flood/Mystic OrbUnstable Wall of ElementsBarbed TrapCritical SurgeDark ConversionSummon Charged Atronach
  • Force Pulse(Force Shock): Spammable.
  • Crystal Fragments(Crystal Shard): A skill with insane burst damage that also helps with sustain.
  • Endless Fury(Mages’ Fury): Execute Ability. Use it when enemy is below 20% Health.
  • Haunting Curse: Deals good single target and AOE damage and explodes a second time.
  • Bound Aegis(Bound Armor): Slotted for its passive effects.
  • Flawless Dawnbreaker(Dawnbreaker): It buffs weapon damage and deals great direct and DOT damage.
  • Lightning Flood(Lightning Splash): Good AOE Shock damage based skills. Mystic Orb(Necrotic Orb) as an alternative.
  • Unstable Wall of Elements(Wall of Elements): Great AOE damage.
  • Barbed Trap(Trap Beast): Additional DOT damage that also boosts Critical Damage.
  • Critical Surge(Surge): Strong passive heal.
  • Dark Conversion(Dark Exchange): Use it to restore magicka when low but also as a heal ability.
  • Summon Charged Atronach(Summon Storm Atronach): Primary Ultimate.

Passive Skills

Passive skills are always important for every character and can help you maximize the potential of your Magicka Sorcerer 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 Sorcerer DPS 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

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, Fighting Finesse or Backstabber
  • 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: Celerity, Fortified, Rejuvenation, Boundless Vitality
  • Passive: Sprinter, Hasty, Tireless Guardian, Hero’s Vigor, Mystic Tenacity, Tumbling, Defiance

Food and Potions

Clockwork Citrus Filet is the Best Food for the Build while Essence of Spell Power is the best option as Potions.

Info for Magicka Sorcerer PVE Build

Several important info for the Magicka Sorcerer 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 to boost Critical Chance is the Best Mundus Stone for the Build.

What Race is best for Magicka Sorcerer PVE Build

The Best Race for the Magicka Sorcerer No Pet 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.


Drink a potion, cast Critical Surge and set your Barbed Trap. Attack with Lightning Flood, Unstable Wall of Elements and switch bars. Continue with Haunting Curse, Force Pulse as your spammable. Continue attacking with Force Pulse and re apply the other skills when necessary. When Crystal Fragments procs and is instant use it immediately. When the enemy’s Health drops below 20% start using Endless Fury as your spammable and execute ability. Use Dark Conversion to restore Magicka and Heal. Activate your Ultimates when ready and always Light Attack before every skill/action to boost damage!

Best Companion

If you wish to play Solo, 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 Sorcerer No Pet DPS PVE Build Summary

Stormborn is a powerful No Pet Magicka Sorcerer DPS Build for every type of PVE in ESO! The Build relies on Shock damage and strong Burst skills to weaken down and defeat your targets faster. With two different setups, you can participate in harder Group content or Solo easier Overland and normal difficulty group content. The Build is great if you prefer playing without Sorcerer Pets or if you wish to create a Shock Mage Build in ESO!