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ESO Frost DPS Build

A Frost based DPS PVE Build for ESO! The Build is focusing on Frost damage effects, skills and Armor Sets to provide the maximum Frost damage possible and create a fun gameplay! “Blizzard” is designed to complete both Solo and Group PVE content, as it is! Our Class of choice is the Magicka Warden thanks to its unique Frost damage based skills! The Armor Sets we are using also boost the Frost damage of our skills and overall effects!

If you are a new player, you can take a look at my Warden Beginner Guide. You can find more Builds in the Warden Builds page. For more Elemental and Status Effects Builds you can take a look at ESO Elemental Builds!

For a more robust and flexible Magicka Warden PVE Build, you can take a look at Ice Queen!

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ESO Frost DPS Build Setup

The Build is focusing on Frost 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 Winterborn, Ysgramor’s Birthright and (Perfected)Destructive Impact!

HeadIceheartLightDivinesMax. Magicka
ShouldersIceheartLightDivinesMax. Magicka
HandsFrostbiteLightDivinesMax. Magicka
ChestFrostbiteLightDivinesMax. Magicka
WaistFrostbiteLightDivinesMax. Magicka
FeetFrostbiteLightDivinesMax. Magicka
NecklaceIcy ConjurerJewelBloodthirstySpell Damage
RingIcy ConjurerJewelBloodthirstySpell Damage
RingIcy ConjurerJewelBloodthirstySpell Damage
StaffIcy ConjurerFrostPrecise/ChargedFrost Damage
Staff(Perfected)Crushing Wall/Icy ConjurerFrostInfusedWeapon Damage

Armor Sets for ESO Frost DPS Build

Skills for ESO Frost DPS Build

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

Front BarBack Bar
Skill 1Frost ReachWinter's Revenge
Skill 2Fetcher InfectionUnstable Wall of Elements
Skill 3Deep FissureBlue Betty
Skill 4Arctic BlastBarbed Trap
Skill 5Bird of PreySpell Symmetry/Lotus Blossom
Ultimate SkillWild GuardianWild Guardian
  • Frost Reach(Destructive Touch): Our main skill & spammable.
  • Fetcher Infection(Swarm): Great damage DOT skill for our Warden.
  • Deep Fissure(Scorch): Strong Area skill that deals great AOE damage.
  • Arctic Blast(Arctic Wind): Strong Frost AOE damage over time ability.
  • Bird of Prey(Falcon’s Swiftness): Slotted for its passive boost to damage.
  • Wild Guardian(Feral Guardian): Our strong trusty Bear and only Ultimate.
  • Winter’s Revenge(Impaling Shards): Our strong Frost AOE-DOT skill.
  • Unstable Wall of Elements(Wall of Elements): Our other great frost AOE skill. Good damage and CC capabilities.
  • Blue Betty(Betty Netch): Very important self-buff. Increases our spell damage and restores Magicka.
  • Barbed Trap(Trap Beast): Additional DOT damage but we are mainly using it for the boost to our Critical Damage.
  • Spell Symmetry(Equilibrium): Use it when low on Magicka to restore it. When playing solo replace it with Lotus Blossom(Lotus Flower) to get passive heals.

A few alternative Frost Damage based skills you can also use include Arctic Blast, Northern Storm or Permafrost!

Passive Skills for ESO Frost DPS Build

Very important passive skills that can help you maximize the potential of your Warden Frost 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 for ESO Frost 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, Biting Aura, Wrathful Strikes

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, Plentiful Harvest/Steed’s Blessing

Passive: Gilded Fingers, Fortune’s Favor, Wanderer, Steadfast Enchantment, Treasure Hunter(slottable, required for path)


Slottable Stars: Siphoning Spells, Strategic Reserve, Rejuvenation, Boundless Vitality

Passive: Sprinter, Hasty, Tireless Guardian, Hero’s Vigor, Mystic Tenacity, Tumbling, Defiance

Consumables for ESO Frost DPS Build

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

Info for ESO Frost DPS Build

Several important info for the Warden Frost 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 to boost Critical Chance.

What Race is best for ESO Frost DPS Build

High Elf – Dark Elf – 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 Frost DPS Build

Buff yourself with Blue Betty, Lotus Blossom(when solo), drink a potion and set your Barbed Trap. Attack with Winter’s Revenge, Unstable Wall of Elements and switch bars.

Continue with Arctic Blast, Fetcher Infection, Ultimate(if ready), Deep Fissure, Frost Reach as your spammable! Keep attacking with Frost Reach and re cast Winter’s Revenge, Unstable Wall of Elements, Barbed Trap, Blue Betty, Lotus Blossom(when solo), Deep Fissure, Arctic Blast, Fetcher Infection when necessary! Use your Ultimate when ready and always Light Attack before every skill/action to boost damage!!

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