ESO PVP Builds

Update 41 (Scions of Ithelia) has launched on the live servers! New sets & builds need to be tested before I can update the site. This will take 1-2 weeks so that a decent build will be posted, and in case some early patch changes occur. Visit my Patreon to see the work in progress on the new builds!

The builds will be updated for U41 in the week of 11/03 – 25/03.

Sorcerer

Sorcerer is one of the fastest specs available, regardless of the way it’s built. This is a good trait to have for solo PvP, and it can have good damage through some of its own skills, weapon skills and sometimes proc sets. Its recent buff to Hardened Ward made the Magicka Sorcerer spec playable again. Still, proper movement and kiting is important for this class. This page features Magicka Sorcerer builds and hybrid/Stamina Sorcerer builds.

Build 1: Magsorc: Max Magicka

Applicable for: CP Cyrodiil, CP Imperial City & Battlegrounds

Updated for Scions of Ithelia

Character

  • Race: High Elf
    • Alternatives: Breton, Dark Elf
  • Attributes: 64 Magicka, 0 Health, 0 Stamina

Buffs

  • Mundus: The Mage
  • Vampire Stage 3

Consumables

  • Food: Bewitched Sugar Skulls
  • Potions: Tri-stat (Health, Magicka, Stamina)

Stats (Buffed)

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
Magicka
Shoulders
Medium
Well-Fitted
Magicka
Chest
Heavy
Reinforced
Magicka
Hands
Medium
Well-Fitted
Magicka
Waist
Light
Well-Fitted
Magicka
Legs
Medium
Well-Fitted
Magicka
Feet
Medium
Well-Fitted
Magicka
Necklace
Arcane
Spell Damage
Ring
Arcane
Magicka Recovery
Ring
Arcane
Spell Damage
Weapon 1
Lightning Staff
Charged
Poison
Weapon 2
Frost Staff
Defending
Escapist’s 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.  Ironclad
  2.  Master-at-Arms
  3.  Deadly Aim
  4.  Weapons Expert

Passive Stars

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

Active Stars

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

Passive Stars

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

Build 2: Magsorc: MORE Max Magicka

Applicable for: CP Cyrodiil, CP Imperial City & Battlegrounds

Updated for Scions of Ithelia

Character

  • Race: High Elf
    • Alternatives: Breton, Dark Elf
  • Attributes: 64 Magicka, 0 Health, 0 Stamina

Buffs

  • Mundus: The Mage
  • Vampire Stage 3

Consumables

  • Food: Arteum Pickled Fish Bowl
  • Potions: Tri-stat (Health, Magicka, Stamina)

Stats (Buffed)

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
Magicka
Shoulders
Medium
Impenetrable
Magicka
Chest
Heavy
Reinforced
Magicka
Hands
Medium
Impenetrable
Magicka
Waist
Light
Impenetrable
Magicka
Legs
Medium
Impenetrable
Magicka
Feet
Medium
Impenetrable
Magicka
Necklace
Arcane
Spell Damage
Ring
Arcane
Magicka Recovery
Ring
Arcane
Spell Damage
Weapon 1
Lightning Staff
Sharpened
Shock
Weapon 2
Restoration Staff
Defending
Escapist’s 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.  Ironclad
  2.  Arcane Supremacy
  3.  Deadly Aim
  4.  Weapons Expert

Passive Stars

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

Active Stars

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

Passive Stars

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

Build 3: Esoteric Magsorc

Applicable for: CP Cyrodiil, CP Imperial City & Battlegrounds

Updated for Scions of Ithelia

Character

  • Race: Dark Elf
    • Alternatives: High Elf, Breton
  • Attributes: 64 Magicka, 0 Health, 0 Stamina

Buffs

  • Mundus: The Mage
  • Vampire Stage 3

Consumables

  • Food: Bewitched Sugar Skulls
  • Potions: Tri-stat (Health, Magicka, Stamina)

Stats (Buffed)

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
Medium
Impenetrable
Prismatic
Feet
Medium
Impenetrable
Prismatic
Necklace
Arcane
Spell Damage
Ring
Arcane
Magicka Recovery
Ring
Arcane
Spell Damage
Weapon 1
Lightning Staff
Charged
Poison
Weapon 2
Frost Staff
Defending
Escapist’s 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.  Master-at-Arms
  2.  Wrathful Strikes
  3.  Deadly Aim
  4.  Weapons Expert

Passive Stars

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

Active Stars

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

Passive Stars

  1.  Tumbling
  2.  Defiance
  3.  Mystic Tenacity
  4.  Hero’s Vigor
  5.  Hasty
  6.  Sprinter
  7.  Tireless Guardian
  8.  Fortification
  9.  Nimble Protector
  10.  Piercing Gaze
  11.  Tempered Soul
  12.  Savage Defense
  13.  Bashing Brutality
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 build is intended for an easier, more forgiving experience in small fights, as mobility is more limited compared to the other builds. It is not advisable to roll dodge or block while above 50% stamina unless absolutely necessary

Build 4: Magsorc: Max Health

Applicable for: CP Cyrodiil, CP Imperial City & Battlegrounds

Updated for Scions of Ithelia

Character

  • Race: High Elf
    • Alternatives: Breton, Dark Elf
  • Attributes: 0 Magicka, 64 Health, 0 Stamina

Buffs

  • Mundus: The Apprentice
  • Vampire Stage 3

Consumables

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

Stats (Buffed)

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
Heavy
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
Lightning Staff
Charged
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.  Ironclad
  2.  Focused Mending
  3.  Deadly Aim
  4.  Weapons Expert

Passive Stars

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

Active Stars

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

Passive Stars

  1.  Tumbling
  2.  Defiance
  3.  Mystic Tenacity
  4.  Hero’s Vigor
  5.  Hasty
  6.  Sprinter
  7.  Tireless Guardian
  8.  Fortification
  9.  Nimble Protector
  10.  Piercing Gaze
  11.  Tempered Soul
  12.  Savage Defense
  13.  Bashing Brutality
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 build is a more forgiving playstyle, but has a lower performance ceiling so it’s only as an alternative to the max mag build if that one doesn’t work out.

Build 5: Melee Stamsorc

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

Updated for Scions of Ithelia

Character

  • Race: Orc
    • Alternatives: Imperial, Wood Elf, Nord, High Elf
  • Attributes: 0 Magicka, 30 Health, 34 Stamina

Buffs

  • Mundus: The Shadow
  • Vampire Stage 3

Consumables

  • Food: Orzorga’s Smoked Bear Haunch
  • Potions: Immovability+Stamina+Weapon Crit

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
Maul
Sharpened
Shock
Weapon 2
Bow
Defending
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.  Master-at-Arms
  2.  Deadly Aim
  3.  Focused Mending
  4.  Duelist’s Rebuff

Passive Stars

  1. Battle Mastery
  2. Flawless Ritual
  3. Eldritch Insight
  4. Tireless Discipline
  5. War Mage
  6. Mighty
  7. Piercing
  8. Precision
  9. Blessed
  10. Quick Recovery
  11. Hardy
  12. Elemental Aegis
  13. Preparation
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

Build 6: NoCP

This build is provided by: Herbikin. You can see his YouTube channel here

Applicable for: NoCP Cyrodiil, NoCP Imperial City

Updated for Update 40

Character

  • Race: High Elf, Breton, Dark Elf
  • Attributes: 0 Magicka, 30 Health, 34 Stamina

Buffs

  • Mundus: The Lover
  • Vampire Stage 3

Consumables

  • Food: Orzoga’s Smoked Bear Haunch
  • Potions: Tri-stat

Stats (Buffed)

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
Impenetrable
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
Swift
Physical Harm
Ring
Swift
Physical Harm
Ring
Swift
Physical Harm
Weapon 1
Dual Wield Maces
Nirn + Sharp
Double DoT Poison
Weapon 2
Ice Staff
Defending
Berserker