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Magicka Necromancer PVE Build ESO

Magicka Necromancer PVE

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Hades is a Magicka Necromancer PVE Build that relies on strong Elemental damage and assistance from your undead minions to destroy enemies. The build is balanced around solo and group gameplay, allowing you to experience every PVE content ESO has to offer.

The idea behind Hades is to use your Undead minions to deal damage but also as a source of corpses for you to exploit. Many Necromancer skills use corpses as fuel to boost your DPS and create specific effects.

The ability of the Magicka Necromancer to also use elemental damage makes this build easy and powerful.

Hades is a perfect Magicka Necromancer PVE Build for new players but also ESO veterans. For a Stamina Necromancer PVE Build, you can take a look at Harbinger.

If you are a new player, you can take a look at my Necromancer 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 Necromancer Solo Build.

You can find more Builds in the Necromancer Builds page.

Armor Sets

One piece of Slimecraw for Group content to boost Critical Chance. Kjalnar’s Nightmare if you prefer a full Monster Set.

(Perfected)Bahsei’s Mania: Strong Magicka DPS Set that boosts damage when low on Magicka. (Perfected) Mantle of Siroria as an alternative.

(Perfected)Crushing Wall: Powerful Ability Altering Set that boosts overall damage.

Kinras’s Wrath: Great DPS Set.

Mother’s Sorrow: Boosts Spell Critical and overall damage.

Harpooner’s Wading Kilt: Boosts Critical Chance and Critical Damage when dealing Direct Damage.

Iceheart for pure Frost and Solo Setup. It has a chance to create a damage shield around us and hurt enemies with Frost damage every time we deal Critical damage.

Frostbite: Excellent set for pure Frost based setup.

Sets Location

Slimecraw: Veteran Wayrest Sewers I, Maj Al-Ragath

(Perfected)Bahsei’s Mania: (Veteran) Rockgrove Trial

Kinras’s Wrath: Black Drake Villa Dungeon

Harpooner’s Wading Kilt: Antiquities Reward

(Perfected)Crushing Wall: (Veteran) Maelstrom Arena

(Perfected) Mantle of Siroria: (Veteran) Cloudrest Trial

Mother’s Sorrow: Deshaan, Overland

Kjalnar’s Nightmare: Vet. Unhallowed Grave, Urgarlag Chief-Bane

Iceheart: Veteran Direfrost Keep, Glirion the Redbeard

Frostbite: Blackwood, Overland

Group Gameplay

Dedicated group focused build to achieve the best damage possible.

HeadSlimecraw/Kjalnar's NightmareLightDivinesMax. Magicka
Shoulders(Perfected)Bahsei's Mania/Kjalnar's NightmareLightDivinesMax. Magicka
Hands(Perfected)Bahsei's ManiaLightDivinesMax. Magicka
LegsHarpooner's Wading Kilt/(Perfected)Bahsei's ManiaMedium/LightDivinesMax.Magicka
Chest(Perfected)Bahsei's ManiaLightDivinesMax. Magicka
Waist(Perfected)Bahsei's ManiaLightDivinesMax. Magicka
Feet(Perfected)Bahsei's ManiaLightDivinesMax. Magicka
NecklaceKinras's WrathJewelBloodthirstySpell Damage
RingKinras's WrathJewelBloodthirstySpell Damage
RingKinras's WrathJewelBloodthirstySpell Damage
StaffKinras's WrathInfernoPreciseFlame Damage
Staff(Perfected) Crushing WallInfernoInfusedWeapon Damage

Solo/Group Gameplay

No-Trial gear setup for easier solo/group gameplay that can complete almost every PVE content.

HeadSlimecraw/IceheartLight/Medium/HeavyDivinesMax. Magicka
ShouldersFrostbite/IceheartLight/Medium/HeavyDivinesMax. Magicka
HandsFrostbiteLightDivinesMax. Magicka
LegsHarpooner's Wading Kilt/FrostbiteLightDivinesMax.Magicka
ChestFrostbiteLightDivinesMax. Magicka
WaistFrostbiteLightDivinesMax. Magicka
FeetFrostbiteLightDivinesMax. Magicka
NecklaceKinras's WrathJewelBloodthirstySpell Damage
RingKinras's WrathJewelBloodthirstySpell Damage
RingKinras's WrathJewelBloodthirstySpell Damage
StaffKinras's WrathFrostPreciseFrost Damage
Staff(Perfected) Crushing Wall/Kinras's WrathFrostInfusedWeapon Damage

Beginner Setup

A beginner but effective setup to use until you can farm better gear.

Ilambris: Veteran Crypt of Hearts I, Glirion the Redbeard

Law of Julianos: Wrothgar – Crafted

Armor of the Seducer: Grahtwood, Stormhaven, Deshaan – Crafted

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


 Front BarBack Bar
Skill 1Ricochet Skull/Frost ReachAvid Boneyard
Skill 2Skeletal ArcanistUnstable Wall of Elements
Skill 3Stalking BlastbonesBarbed Trap
Skill 4DegenerationMystic Orb
Skill 5Mystic Siphon/Spirit GuardianSpell Symmetry
Ultimate SkillGlacial ColossusGlacial Colossus

Ricochet Skull/Frost Reach: Our main skill & spammable. Use Frost Reach for Frost DPS and Ricochet Skull with Dedicated group Build.

Skeletal Arcanist: Our undead minion that assists with shock attacks. Also creates a corpse on death.

Stalking Blastbones: Great offensive skill that also creates a corpse.

Degeneration: Strong Damage over Time skill

Mystic Siphon: Deals good shock damage but also restores Magicka. Essential skill for our DPS and sustain that passively increases our damage when slotted. When solo replace it with Spirit Guardian for heals.

Glacial Colossus: Our strong Ultimate.

Avid Boneyard: Frost AOE damage skill that allows us to use our own synergy to deal more damage and heal ourselves.

Unstable Wall of Elements: Our great AOE fire damage that deals great AOE-DOT damage.

Barbed Trap: Additional DOT damage but we are mainly using it for the boost to our Critical Damage.

Mystic Orb: Strong offensive skill.

Spell Symmetry: Restores Magicka at the cost of Health.

Passive Skills

  • 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


Slottable Stars: Deadly Aim, Master-at-Arms, 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, Plentiful Harvest

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


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


Attribute Points

All points to Magicka.

Mundus Stone

The Thief


High Elf – Dark Elf – Breton

Vampire or Werewolf

Neither is necessary.

Build Difficulty Rating – 3,5

Hades is a strong and relatively easy Magicka Necromancer PVE Build. Thanks to the unique nature of the Necromancer we can use strong elemental damage and summon undead minions to assist us.

You should always keep your AOE skills, debuff and potion up for the best results. Try to have your Skeletal Arcanist always active and summon your Stalking Blastbones to boost your damage.

Use the Stalking Blastbones corpse to fuel your Mystic Siphon and replenish Magicka but also deal additional damage.


Drink a potion, set your Barbed Trap, summon Spirit Guardian(solo), attack with Avid Boneyard, Unstable Wall of Elements, Mystic Orb and switch bars.

Continue with Stalking Blastbones, Skeletal Arcanist, Degeneration, Mystic Siphon, Stalking Blastbones, Ricochet Skull/Frost Reach x3, Stalking Blastbones, Spirit Guardian(solo), switch bars, Avid Boneyard, Unstable Wall of Elements, Barbed Trap, Mystic Orb, switch bars and continue.

Use Glacial Colossus when ready. Always use Avid Boneyard‘s synergy when it appears and Light Attack before every skill/action.

More Necromancer Builds

Harbinger – Stamina Necromancer PVE Build

Charon – Magicka Necromancer Solo PVE Build

Stamina Necromancer Solo PVE Build

Undertaker – Magicka Necromancer PVP Build

Plaguecaller – Stamina Necromancer PVP Build

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