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Necromancer

Build 1: Hybrid Proc Sets

Applicable for: CP Cyrodiil, CP Imperial City, Duels & Battlegrounds
Updated for Firesong

What was once a magicka-based Necromancer has evolved to a hybrid proc build that uses the best of both the magicka and stamina toolkit to create this DoT-focused setup. It can still deal a big amount of burst damage with Blastbones and Dawnbreaker and has excellent survivability, which just comes naturally with the class.

Character

  • Race: High Elf
    • Alternatives: Breton, Dark Elf
  • Attributes: 50 Magicka, 14 Health, 0 Stamina

Buffs

  • Mundus: The Atronach
  • Vampire Stage 3

Consumables

  • Food: Orzorga’s Smoked Bear Haunch
  • Potions: Essence of Immovability (Magicka + Spell Crit + Immovability)
  • Poisons: Double DoT Poison

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.

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
Heavy
Impenetrable
Prismatic
Heavy
Heavy
Impenetrable
Prismatic
Necklace
Infused
Spell Damage
Ring
Infused
Spell Damage
Ring
Infused
Spell Damage
Weapon 1
Dual Wield Axes
Nirnhoned & Charged
Poison & Absorb Stamina
Weapon 2
Ice Staff
Defending
Double DoT Poison

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. Deadly Aim
  2. Master-at-Arms
  3. Force of Nature
  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
  • Alternative 5pc sets for Way of Fire include Mara’s Balm (for more survivability) and Twice-Fanged Serpent (for more penetration).

Build 2: Two-Handed brawler

Applicable for: CP Cyrodiil, CP Imperial City, Duels & Battlegrounds

Updated for Lost Depths

This tanky setup works well for solo and for group content and bases its offense more on burst than pressure over time compared to the first build on this page. Note: update for this build required.

Character

  • Race: Imperial, Orc, Dark Elf, High Elf
  • Attributes: 0 Magicka, 0 Health, 64 Stamina

Buffs

Consumables

  • Food: Orzorga’s Smoked Bear Haunch
  • Potions: Stam + Immovability + Weapon Crit (Columbine + Wormwood + Dragonthorn)
  • Poisons: Escapist’s Poison (Namira’s Rot + Columbine + Wormwood)

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.

 
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
Weapon Damage
Ring
Infused
Weapon Damage
Ring
Infused
Weapon Damage
Weapon 1
1H & Shield
Defending & Sturdy
Escapist’s Poison
Weapon 2
Maul
Sharpened
Berserker
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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.  Master-at-Arms
  3.  Biting Aura
  4.  Duelist’s Rebuff
 

Passive Stars

  1.  Tireless Discipline
  2.  Piercing
  3.  Battle Mastery
  4.  Mighty
  5.  Quick Recovery
  6.  Elemental Aegis
  7.  Blessed
  8.  Hardy
  9.  Precision
  10.  Eidritch Insight
Fitness

Active Stars

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

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.  Sustaining Shadows
  2.  Steed’s Blessing
  3.  Gifted Rider
  4.  War Mount

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
  • Even though it’s a full medium armor build, it remains important to heavy attack frequently to keep up the sustain.
  • An alternative ult setup is Goliath + Temporal Guard, this is interesting when you frequently deal with heavily outnumbered situations.
 

Build 3: Bombing

Applicable for: CP Cyrodiil, CP Imperial City
Updated for Firesong

Like Nightblades, this class has the option of dealing a huge amount of AoE burst damage with Blastbones, Avid Boneyard and Pestilent Colossus. Unlike Nightblades, it is not possible to do this from stealth, but a bombing Necromancer can survive long enough to attract a large number of enemies in a choke point and then unleash a devastating burst with its toolkit. This build also works well in an organised group setting.

Character

  • Race: High Elf
    • Alternatives: Khajiit, Dark Elf
  • Attributes: 40 Magicka, 24 Health, 0 Stamina

Buffs

  • Mundus: The Apprentice
  • Vampire Stage 3

Consumables

  • Food: Orzorga’s Smoked Bear Haunch
  • Potions: Essence of Spell Power

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.

Gear Slot Set Type Trait Enchantment
Head
Medium
Impenetrable
Prismatic
Shoulders
Medium
Impenetrable
Prismatic
Chest
Heavy
Reinforced
Prismatic
Hands
Light
Impenetrable
Prismatic
Waist
Light
Impenetrable
Prismatic
Legs
Light
Impenetrable
Prismatic
Feet
Light
Impenetrable
Prismatic
Necklace
Infused
Spell Damage
Ring
Infused
Spell Damage
Ring
Infused
Spell Damage
Weapon 1
Dual Wield Axes
Nirnhoned & Sharpened
Sorcery-Draining Poison
Weapon 2
Ice Staff
Infused
Berserker
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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. Biting Aura
  2. Master-at-Arms
  3. Wrathful Strikes
  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
  • This setup is a mixture of tankiness and damage. For instance, damage could be increased by using the Divines armor trait, or tankiness could be increased by switching the Mundus to The Atronach. How much damage or defense this build has can thus be adjusted, and is a consideration the player should make for their own situation.

Build 4: No-CP

Applicable for: CP Cyrodiil, CP Imperial City, No-CP Cyrodiil, No-CP Imperial City
Updated for Firesong

Necromancers are just as tanky in No-CP, and still keep good offense by using mostly damage sets.

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