ESO PVP Builds

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Magicka Necromancer

Updated for High Isle

Magicka Necromancer always had one of the best defensive toolkits (both in terms of resistance and healing) in the game, and it’s offense is nowhere near weak either. This currently makes this class one of the best specs for PvP in general. There’s several playstyles for this class, with or without Avid Boneyard & Harmony and with one-bar or double-bar builds (see Important Notes).

Build 1: Classic

Character

  • Race: High Elf, Breton, Dark Elf, Khajiit
  • Attributes: 10 Magicka, 44 Health, 10 Stamina

Buffs

  • Mundus: The Atronach
  • Vampire Stage 3

Consumables

  • Food: Orzorga’s Smoked Bear Haunch
  • Potions: Essence of Immovability (Magicka + Spell Crit + Immovability) (double-bar build), Essence of Spell Power (one-bar build).

Stats (Unbuffed)

Note: this gives an estimate of what kind of stats this build ends up with. Small differences can occur due to a different item quality, missing traits etc.

One-bar build:

Double-bar build:

Gear Slot Set Type Trait Enchantment
Head
Medium
Well-Fitted
Prismatic
Shoulders
Medium
Well-Fitted
Prismatic
Chest
Heavy
Reinforced
Prismatic
Hands
Medium
Well-Fitted
Prismatic
Waist
Light
Well-Fitted
Prismatic
Legs
Medium
Well-Fitted
Prismatic
Feet
Medium
Well-Fitted
Prismatic
Necklace
Infused
Spell Damage
Ring
Infused
Spell Damage
Ring
Infused
Spell Damage
Weapon 1
Ice Staff
Defending
Berserker
Weapon 2
Dual Wield
Nirnhoned & Charged
Shock & Absorb Stam

The CP stars for this build are listed from most important (1) to least important (2,3,…). This is in case you don’t have enough CP to get all stars yet.

Warfare

Active Stars

  1. Ironclad
  2. Biting Aura
  3. Master-at-Arms
  4. Focused Mending

Passive Stars

  1.  Eldritch Insight
  2.  Piercing
  3.  Flawless Ritual
  4.  War Mage
  5.  Quick Recovery
  6.  Elemental Aegis
  7.  Hardy
  8.  Blessed
  9.  Tireless Discipline
  10.  Precision
Fitness

Active Stars

  1.  Sustained by Suffering
  2.  Pain’s Refuge
  3.  Survival Instincts
  4.  Celerity

Passive Stars

  1.  Tumbling
  2.  Defiance
  3.  Hero’s Vigor
  4.  Hasty
  5.  Sprinter
  6.  Tireless Guardian
  7.  Fortification
  8.  Nimble Protector
  9.  Savage Defense
  10.  Bashing Brutality
  11.  Piercing Gaze
  12.  Tempered Soul
  13.  Mystic Tenacity
Craft

Active Stars

  1.  Steed’s Blessing
  2.  Gifted Rider
  3.  War Mount
  4.  Rationer

Passive Stars

  1.  Breakfall
  2.  Out of Sight
  3.  Fleet Phantom
  4.  Steadfast Enchantment
  5.  Soul Reservoir
  6.  Gilded Fingers
  7.  Fortune’s Favor
  8.  Inspiration Boost

CP & Battlegrounds

Check Important Notes for additional information on double-bar builds, alternative 5pc sets and more!

Character

  • Race: High Elf, Breton, Dark Elf, Khajiit
  • Attributes: 10 Magicka, 44 Health, 10 Stamina

Buffs

  • Mundus: The Atronach
  • Vampire Stage 3

Consumables

  • Food: Orzorga’s Smoked Bear Haunch
  • Potions: Tri-stat (one-bar builds), Immovability (double-bar builds, Magicka + Spell Crit + Immovability)

Stats (Unbuffed)

Note: this gives an estimate of what kind of stats this build ends up with. Small differences can occur due to a different item quality, missing traits etc.

One-bar builds:

Double-bar builds:

Gear Slot Set Type Trait Enchantment
Head
Medium
Impenetrable
Prismatic
Shoulders
Medium
Impenetrable
Prismatic
Chest
Heavy
Reinforced
Prismatic
Hands
Medium
Impenetrable
Prismatic
Waist
Light
Impenetrable
Prismatic
Legs
Medium
Impenetrable
Prismatic
Feet
Medium
Impenetrable
Prismatic
Necklace
Infused
Spell Damage
Ring
Infused
Spell Damage
Ring
Infused
Spell Damage
Weapon 1
Dual Wield Maces
Nirnhoned & Charged
Shock & Poisoned
Weapon 2

The CP stars for this build are listed from most important (1) to least important (2,3,…). This is in case you don’t have enough CP to get all stars yet.

Warfare

Active Stars

  1. Ironclad
  2. Biting Aura
  3. Master-at-Arms
  4. Focused Mending

Passive Stars

  1.  Eldritch Insight
  2.  Piercing
  3.  Flawless Ritual
  4.  War Mage
  5.  Quick Recovery
  6.  Elemental Aegis
  7.  Hardy
  8.  Blessed
  9.  Tireless Discipline
  10.  Precision
Fitness

Active Stars

  1.  Sustained by Suffering
  2.  Pain’s Refuge
  3.  Survival Instincts
  4.  Celerity

Passive Stars

  1.  Tumbling
  2.  Defiance
  3.  Hero’s Vigor
  4.  Hasty
  5.  Sprinter
  6.  Tireless Guardian
  7.  Fortification
  8.  Nimble Protector
  9.  Savage Defense
  10.  Bashing Brutality
  11.  Piercing Gaze
  12.  Tempered Soul
  13.  Mystic Tenacity
Craft

Active Stars

  1.  Steed’s Blessing
  2.  Gifted Rider
  3.  War Mount
  4.  Rationer

Passive Stars

  1.  Breakfall
  2.  Out of Sight
  3.  Fleet Phantom
  4.  Steadfast Enchantment
  5.  Soul Reservoir
  6.  Gilded Fingers
  7.  Fortune’s Favor
  8.  Inspiration Boost
  • While this is a one-bar build, it can easily be changed into a double-barred setup by using Rallying Cry on the backbar with the Markyn mythic or Serpent’s Coil instead of Oakensoul. Use only one monster set piece in this case. The skills would look as follows:
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  • Alternative 5pc sets include Mechanical Acuity, Order’s Wrath, Tzogvin, Trial By Fire and Twice-Fanged Serpent, all of which will get the job done on a magcro build.
  • This build is not a setup using the self synergy from Boneyard and the harmony trait, because I prefer fighting without this combo. However, this can be easily changed out if you prefer the AoE burst from this combo, by swapping the jewelry traits and slotting Boneyard instead of Elude.

NoCP Open World

Magcro is just as tanky in nocp, and still keeps good offense due to the offensive sets that you can use.

Character

  • Race: High Elf, Breton, Khajiit, Dark Elf.
  • Attributes: 10 Magicka, 44 Health, 10 Stamina

Buffs

  • Mundus: The Atronach
  • Vampire Stage 3

Consumables

  • Food: Orzoga’s Smoked Bear Haunch
  • Potions: Essence of Immovability (Magicka + Spell Crit + Immovability)

Stats (unbuffed)

Gear Slot Set Type Trait Enchantment
Head
Medium
Impenetrable
Prismatic
Shoulders
Medium
Impenetrable
Prismatic
Chest
Heavy
Impenetrable
Prismatic
Hands
Medium
Impenetrable
Prismatic
Waist
Light
Impenetrable
Prismatic
Legs
Medium
Impenetrable
Prismatic
Feet
Medium
Impenetrable
Prismatic
Necklace
Infused
Spell Damage
Ring
Infused
Spell Damage
Ring
Infused
Spell Damage
Weapon 1
Dual Wield Maces
Nirnhoned & Charged
Shock & Poisoned
Weapon 2
Ice Staff
Defending
Berserker