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ESO Magicka Warden DPS PVE Build – Ice Queen – Frost DPS Build

Magicka Warden PVE

Ice Queen is a perfectly viable Frost Mage-like, Magicka Warden DPS PVE build in ESO. The build puts emphasis on Frost Damage and Crowd Control skills. Ice Queen is capable of completing most solo content and participating in harder PVE group gameplay thanks to its flexibility and the different setups it offers. A perfect Magicka Warden PVE build for any player that likes the idea of Frost DPS and controlling the battlefield.

If you are a new player, you can take a look at my Warden Beginner Guide. For a Stamina Warden PVE Build take a look at Force of Nature.

If you are looking for a Solo PVE Build for Arenas like the Maelstrom Arena and Vateshran Hollows, take a look at my Magicka Warden Solo Build.

You can find more Builds in the Warden Builds page.

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Magicka Warden 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 Frost DPS Build Setup, a No Trial pure Frost 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.

PieceSetTypeTraitEnchantment
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
NecklaceKinras's WrathJewelBloodthirstySpell Damage
RingKinras's WrathJewelBloodthirstySpell Damage
RingKinras's WrathJewelBloodthirstySpell Damage
StaffKinras's WrathInfernoPreciseFlame Damage
Staff(Perfected) Crushing WallInfernoInfusedWeapon Damage

Frost DPS Group Gameplay Build

Frost Damage based Setup for harder Group content. A dedicated Frost DPS setup, designed for harder Group gameplay!

PieceSetTypeTraitEnchantment
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
NecklaceKinras's WrathJewelBloodthirstySpell Damage
RingKinras's WrathJewelBloodthirstySpell Damage
RingKinras's WrathJewelBloodthirstySpell Damage
StaffKinras's WrathFrostPreciseFrost Damage
Staff(Perfected) Crushing WallFrostInfusedWeapon Damage

No Trial Gear

A No-Trial Gear, Frost Damage setup for solo and easier group gameplay. You can combine Frostbite with Winterborn or Icy Conjuror for a pure Frost Setup.

PieceSetTypeTraitEnchantment
HeadIceheartLightDivinesMax. Magicka
ShouldersIceheartLightDivinesMax. Magicka
HandsFrostbiteLightDivinesMax. Magicka
LegsFrostbiteLightDivinesMax.Magicka
ChestFrostbiteLightDivinesMax. Magicka
WaistFrostbiteLightDivinesMax. Magicka
FeetFrostbiteLightDivinesMax. Magicka
NecklaceKinras's WrathJewelBloodthirstySpell Damage
RingKinras's WrathJewelBloodthirstySpell Damage
RingKinras's WrathJewelBloodthirstySpell Damage
StaffKinras's WrathFrostPrecise/ChargedFrost Damage
Staff(Perfected)Crushing Wall/Kinras's WrathFrostInfusedWeapon Damage

Beginner Setup

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

PieceSetTypeTraitEnchantment
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 SeducerFlamePreciseFlame Damage
StaffArmor of the SeducerFlame/LightningInfusedWeapon Damage

Armor Sets for Magicka Warden PVE Build

Skills for Magicka Warden PVE Build

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

 Front BarBack Bar
Skill 1Frost Reach/Screaming Cliff Racer/Elemental WeaponWinter's Revenge
Skill 2Fetcher InfectionUnstable Wall of Elements
Skill 3Subterranean Assault/Deep FissureBlue Betty
Skill 4Mystic OrbBarbed Trap
Skill 5Bird of Prey/Lotus BlossomSpell Symmetry
Ultimate SkillWild GuardianWild Guardian
  • Frost Reach(Destructive Touch)/Screaming Cliff Racer(Dive) or Elemental Weapon(Imbue Weapon): Our main skill & spammable. Use Frost Reach for Frost DPS and Screaming Cliff Racer or Elemental Weapon with Dedicated group Build.
  • Fetcher Infection(Swarm): Great damage DOT skill for our Warden.
  • Subterranean Assault(Scorch): Strong Area skill that deals great AOE damage. You can use Deep Fissure(Scorch) in Solo gameplay for its debuff.
  • Mystic Orb(Necrotic Orb): AOE damage over time ability.
  • Bird of Prey(Falcon’s Swiftness): Slotted for its passive boost to damage. When playing solo replace it with Lotus Blossom(Lotus Flower) to get passive heals.
  • 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.

Passive Skills for Magicka Warden PVE Build

Very important passive skills that can help you maximize the potential of your Magicka Warden 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 Warden 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.

Warfare

Slottable Stars: Deadly Aim, Master-at-Arms, Biting Aura/Fighting Finesse, Backstabber

Passive: Eldritch Insight, Piercing, Flawless Ritual, War Mage, Quick Recovery, Hardy, Elemental Aegis, Preparation, Precision, Blessed, Tireless Discipline

Craft

Slottable Stars: Rationer, Liquid Efficiency, Master Gatherer, Plentiful Harvest

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

Fitness

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

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

Consumables for Magicka Warden PVE Build

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

Info for Magicka Warden PVE Build

Several important info for the Magicka Warden 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 Warden PVE 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 Magicka Warden PVE 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 Mystic Orb, Fetcher Infection, Ultimate(if ready), Subterranean Assault/Deep Fissure, Frost Reach/Screaming Cliff Racer x6, Subterranean Assault/Deep Fissure, Mystic Orb(if necessary), Lotus Blossom(when solo).

Switch bars, Winter’s Revenge, Unstable Wall of Elements, Barbed Trap, switch bars and continue. Use Blue Betty and Spell Symmetry when low on Magicka. Try to use Subterranean Assault/Deep Fissure often to boost your damage. Use your Ultimate when ready and always Light Attack before every skill/action to boost damage!!

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