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Magicka Necromancer DPS Build

Hades is a Magicka Necromancer DPS PVE Build that relies on its minions and Elemental damage to defeat enemies and clear content! 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 DPS and create specific effects. The ability of the Magicka Necromancer to also use elemental damage makes this build strong and easy to use.

If you are a new player, you can take a look at my Necromancer Beginner Guide. For a Stamina Necromancer PVE Build, you can take a look at Harbinger. 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.

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Magicka Necromancer DPS 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 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 NirnInfernoPreciseFlame Damage
Staff(Perfected) Crushing WallInfernoInfusedWeapon Damage

No Trial Gear

No-Trial Gear setup for easier solo/group gameplay, focusing on Frost Damage that can complete almost every PVE content. This setup is perfect if you do not wish to farm Trials for specific Armor Sets.

HeadIceheartLight/Medium/HeavyDivinesMax. Magicka
ShouldersIceheartLight/Medium/HeavyDivinesMax. Magicka
HandsFrostbiteLightDivinesMax. Magicka
ChestFrostbiteLightDivinesMax. Magicka
WaistFrostbiteLightDivinesMax. Magicka
FeetFrostbiteLightDivinesMax. Magicka
NecklacePillar of NirnJewelBloodthirstySpell Damage
RingPillar of NirnJewelBloodthirstySpell Damage
RingPillar of NirnJewelBloodthirstySpell Damage
StaffPillar of NirnFrostPreciseFrost Damage
Staff(Perfected) Crushing Wall/Pillar of NirnFrostInfusedWeapon Damage

Beginner Setup

An effective gear setup that will help you play as a Magicka Necromancer 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 Necromancer DPS Build

Skills for Magicka Necromancer DPS Build

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

Avid BoneyardRicochet Skull/Frost ReachSkeletal ArcanistStalking BlastbonesMystic SiphonGlacial Colossus
Mystic OrbUnstable Wall of ElementsBarbed TrapSpirit GuardianSpell SymmetryGlacial Colossus
  • Avid Boneyard(Boneyard): Frost AOE damage skill that allows us to use our own synergy to deal more damage and heal ourselves.
  • Ricochet Skull(Flame Skull)/Frost Reach(Destructive Touch): Our main skill & spammable. Use Frost Reach for Frost DPS and Ricochet Skull with Dedicated group Build.
  • Skeletal Arcanist(Skeletal Mage): Our undead minion that assists with shock attacks. Also creates a corpse on death.
  • Stalking Blastbones(Blastbones): Great offensive skill that also creates a corpse.
  • Mystic Siphon(Shocking Siphon): Deals good shock damage but also restores Magicka. Essential skill for our DPS and sustain that passively increases our damage when slotted.
  • Glacial Colossus(Frozen Colossus): Our strong Ultimate.
  • Mystic Orb(Necrotic Orb): Good damage skill.
  • Unstable Wall of Elements(Wall of Elements): Strong AOE-DOT damage skill.
  • Barbed Trap(Trap Beast): Additional DOT damage but we are mainly using it for the boost to Critical Damage.
  • Spirit Guardian(Spirit Mender): Healing ability that also boosts defense.
  • Spell Symmetry(Equilibrium): Restores Magicka at the cost of Health.

Passive Skills for Magicka Necromancer DPS Build

Very important passive skills that can help you maximize the potential of your Magicka Necromancer 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 Necromancer 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, 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 Necromancer DPS Build

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

Info for Magicka Necromancer DPS Build

Several important info for the Magicka Necromancer 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 Magicka Necromancer 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 Magicka Necromancer DPS Build

Drink a potion, set your Barbed Trap, summon Spirit Guardian(solo), attack with Mystic Orb, Unstable Wall of Elements and switch bars. Continue with Stalking Blastbones, Skeletal Arcanist, Avid Boneyard, Stalking Blastbones, Mystic Siphon, Ricochet Skull/Frost Reach, Stalking Blastbones, Ricochet Skull/Frost Reach x2, Stalking Blastbones, Ricochet Skull/Frost Reach x2, Stalking Blastbones, switch bars.

Mystic Orb, Unstable Wall of Elements, Barbed Trap, switch bars and continue. When you are in front bar, use Stalking Blastbones after every two skills. Use Glacial Colossus when ready and reapply Spirit Guardian when necessary. Always use Avid Boneyard‘s synergy when it appears and Light Attack before every skill/action to boost damage.

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