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ESO Magicka Warden Frost DPS PVE Build

Welcome to my Warden Frost DPS Build for PVE Gameplay in ESO! Ice Queen is a powerful Frost Mage-like, Magicka Warden 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 in ESO. A few more Warden Builds and Guides you can read are:

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ESO Magicka Warden DPS PVE Build Setup

Ice Queen is a Frost Warden DPS Build that utilizes unique Class skills and relevant Armor Sets to boost your Frost Damage in ESO! The Build 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!

Warden Frost DPS Group Gameplay Build ESO

This Frost Damage based Setup is designed for harder Group content, taking into consideration the unique Nature of the Warden Class and its Ice damage skills. A dedicated Frost DPS setup, designed for harder Group gameplay! Destructive Impact is a powerful Ability Altering Weapon that makes it possible to reach higher Damage with this DPS Build in ESO! Whorl of the Depths is another amazing Frost Damage based Set that assists with better DPS!

HeadSlimecrawLightDivinesMax. Magicka
Shoulders(Perfected)Whorl of the DepthsLightDivinesMax. Magicka
Hands(Perfected)Whorl of the DepthsLightDivinesMax. Magicka
LegsHarpooner's Wading KiltMediumDivinesMax.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
Staff(Perfected)Destructive Impact/Pillar of NirnFrostChargedFrost Damage
StaffPillar of NirnFrostInfusedWeapon Damage

Trials Group DPS

This is a traditional Fire based setup for dedicated group gameplay, that is using harder to find Trial gear and aims to help you achieve the best damage possible! With this Setup you can play a Staff based Magicka Warden in PVE if you do not want to focus much on Frost Damage and Status Effects.

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 NirnInfernoPrecise/ChargedFlame Damage
Staff(Perfected) Crushing WallInfernoInfusedWeapon Damage

No Trial Gear

The No-Trial Gear setup is meant for easier Solo but also easier Group PVE Gameplay, while focusing on Frost Damage! 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 Warden Build. Iceheart is a solid Frost based Monster Set that deals damage and protects you. Frostbite is a must have Set if you wish to deal effective Frost Damage and finally Icy Conjurer deals more Frost Damage when you debuff enemies.

HeadIceheartLightDivinesMax. Magicka
ShouldersIceheartLightDivinesMax. Magicka
HandsFrostbiteLightDivinesMax. Magicka
ChestFrostbiteLightDivinesMax. Magicka
WaistFrostbiteLightDivinesMax. Magicka
FeetFrostbiteLightDivinesMax. Magicka
NecklaceIcy ConjurerJewelBloodthirstySpell Damage
RingIcy ConjurerJewelBloodthirstySpell Damage
RingIcy ConjurerJewelBloodthirstySpell Damage
Staff(Perfected)Destructive Impact/Icy ConjurerFrostCharged/PreciseFrost Damage
StaffIcy ConjurerFrostInfusedWeapon Damage

Armor Sets for Magicka Warden DPS Build ESO

These are the Best Armor Sets you can use with the Magicka Warden PVE Build for Solo or Group Gameplay and where you can find them.

Skills for Magicka Warden Frost DPS Build ESO

Ice Queen relies on skills that deal strong direct and Frost Damage to boost your DPS in ESO! The Build offers several hard hitting abilities against single targets but also against multiple enemies. Which make the Build a solid option for Boss fights but also AOE effects. To maximize your efficiency you can even add a few Scribing skills to your bars, skills like Chilling Explosion(Frost Damage+Lingering Torment+Lifesteal) and Chilling Contingency(Frost Damage+Lingering Torment+Vulnerability)!

  • Frost Reach(Destructive Touch) or Elemental Weapon(Imbue Weapon): Powerful spammable. Use Frost Reach for Frost DPS and Elemental Weapon with other setups.
  • Fetcher Infection(Swarm): Great damage DOT skill.
  • Subterranean Assault(Scorch): Strong Area skill that deals great AOE damage. You can use Deep Fissure(Scorch) in Solo gameplay for its debuff.
  • Barbed Trap(Trap Beast): Additional DOT damage that also boosts Critical Damage.
  • Bird of Prey(Falcon’s Swiftness): Slotted for its passive boost to damage.
  • Wild Guardian(Feral Guardian): Powerful ultimate.
  • Winter’s Revenge(Impaling Shards): Strong Frost AOE-DOT skill.
  • Unstable Wall of Elements(Wall of Elements): Great AOE skill. Good damage and CC capabilities.
  • Blue Betty(Betty Netch): Very important self-buff.
  • Arctic Blast(Arctic Wind): Strong Frost AOE damage over time ability.
  • Lotus Blossom(Lotus Flower): Passive Healing skill.

Passive Skills for Magicka Warden PVE Build

Passive skills are always important for every character and can help you maximize the potential of your Magicka Warden 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 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 Warden DPS 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, Biting Aura or Fighting Finesse
  • 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 for Magden Frost DPS Build

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

Info for Magicka Warden PVE Build

Several important info for the Magicka Warden Frost DPS Build in ESO. 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.


The Best Race for the Magicka Warden Frost 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 Warden Frost PVE Build

Buff yourself with Blue Betty, Lotus Blossom, drink a potion and set your Barbed Trap. Attack with Winter’s Revenge, Unstable Wall of Elements, Arctic Blast. Continue with Fetcher Infection, Ultimate(if ready), Subterranean Assault or Deep Fissure, Frost Reach as your spammable. Keep attacking with Frost Reach and re-cast the other skills when necessary! Use Blue Betty when low on Magicka and your Ultimate when ready. Always Light Attack before every skill and action to boost damage!

Companion for Magicka Warden Build

If you wish to play Solo with the 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 Warden Frost DPS PVE Build Summary

Ice Queen is a Powerful Magicka Warden DPS Build, that is using Frost Damage for PVE in ESO! A fun Frost Damage based Damage Dealer that can clear Solo and Group content with success. The Build deals good damage against single targets but can also offer Area of Effect Damage and Crowd Control capabilities. Thanks to the unique Warden Class Skills, Ice Queen is a fun Frost based Build in ESO! Perfect for every player that wants to create a Frost Mage and freeze enemies with powerful skills!