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Magicka Sorcerer PVE

Stormborn is a Magicka Sorcerer DPS PVE Build that relies on its shock AOE-DOT damage to achieve the best results. The build is balanced around solo and group gameplay, allowing you to experience every PVE content ESO has to offer. The idea behind Stormborn is to weaken your targets with your debuffs, DOT and constant AOE shock damage before you can finish them with your strong burst skills.

Stormborn is a perfect Magicka Sorcerer PVE Build for new players but also ESO veterans that is not using any Pets to deal damage or heal yourself! If you are a new player, you can take a look at my Sorcerer Beginner Guide. If you are looking for a Solo PVE Build for Arenas like the Maelstrom Arena and Vateshran Hollows, take a look at my Magicka Sorcerer Solo Build. You can find more Builds in the Sorcerer Builds page.

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Magicka Sorcerer PVE Build Setup

The Build offers different setups, depending on the difficulty of the content you wish to complete but also the gear you wish to wear! Below 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 Trial gear and it aims to achieve the best damage possible. You can also wear (Perfected)Bahsei’s Mania or (Perfected) Mantle of Siroria instead of (Perfected)Whorl of the Depths.

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 NirnLightningPreciseShock Damage
Staff(Perfected)Crushing WallLightningInfusedWeapon Damage

No Trial Gear

A No-Trial Gear setup for solo and easier group gameplay that can complete almost every PVE content. You can use Order’s Wrath as an alternative!

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 ThunderLightningPreciseShock
Staff(Perfected) Crushing Wall/Auroran's ThunderLightningInfusedWeapon Damage

Beginner Setup

An effective gear setup that will help you play as a Magicka Sorcerer early in the game!

HeadIlambrisHeavy/Medium/LightDivinesMax. 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/LightningPreciseFlame/Shock Damage
StaffArmor of the SeducerFlame/LightningInfusedWeapon Damage

Armor Sets for Magicka Sorcerer PVE Build

Skills for Magicka Sorcerer PVE Build

The following Skills will help you achieve great DPS for Group content. There are also alternative skills for Solo Gameplay.

Elemental Weapon/Force PulseCrystal FragmentsEndless FuryHaunting CurseBound AegisFlawless Dawnbreaker
Lightning Flood/Mystic OrbUnstable Wall of ElementsBarbed TrapCritical SurgeDark ConversionGreater Storm Atronach
  • Force Pulse(Force Shock)/Elemental Weapon(Imbue Weapon): Our main skill & spammable. Use Force Pulse for Solo gameplay and Elemental Weapon when in a group.
  • 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): We use this skill its passive effects. No need to activate.
  • 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 but we are mainly using it for the boost to our 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.
  • Greater Storm Atronach(Summon Storm Atronach): Our primary Ultimate. Summons another strong Pet that stuns enemies and deals shock damage.

Passive Skills for Magicka Sorcerer PVE Build

Very important passive skills that can help you maximize the potential of your Magicka Sorcerer 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 Sorcerer PVE 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/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

Consumables for Magicka Sorcerer PVE Build

We are using Clockwork Citrus Filet and Essence of Spell Power as Potions.

Info for Magicka Sorcerer PVE Build

Several important info for the Magicka Sorcerer 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 to boost Critical Chance.

What Race is best for Magicka Sorcerer PVE 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 Magicka Sorcerer PVE Build

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, Elemental Weapon(Force Pulse) as your spammable. Continue attacking with Elemental Weapon(Force Pulse) and reapply 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 spammable/execute. Use Dark Conversion to restore Magicka and Heal. Activate Greater Storm Atronach when ready and always Light Attack before every skill/action to boost damage!

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