ESO: PVE Magicka DPS Meta

Here are several of the sets high level end game players use for magicka DPS Builds. These are used in 12 man trials, 4 man dungeons, veteran  Maelstrom Arena, and other PVE overworld fights. These are organized in ease to aquire.

Keep in mind everything here listed as guidelines, not rules. Best in Slot (BiS) changes depending on your class, Champion Points, group makeup, rotation, and the current patch. Check back here for changes.

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This current list is for Summerset Expansion

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Basic setup & stats


  • Health: 20k (new players) to 15k
  • Magicka recovery: 1k+, unless heavy attack rotation
  • Spell Crit: 50%+
  • Weapons: fire/lightning destruction staff (main/off bar), dual wield swords (off bar), or restoration staff (off bar)
  • Werewolf or Vampire: Vampire
  • Alchemical Poisons: back bar only if not running VMA or master weapons.
  • Expected DPS output: 20k to 30k (target dummy)
  • Fight location: several meters back to 10 meters


  1. Altmer
  2. Argonian
  3. Breton
  4. Dunmer
  5. Imperial
  6.  Nord


  1. Apprentice
  2. Lord
  3. Lover

♡ – used for survivability




Weapon & Guild Skills

  1. Destruction Staff: Crushing Shock♤, Force Pulse, Elemental Blockade, Elemental Rage, Elemental Susceptibility♤
  2. Fighter’s Guild: Rearming Trap
  3. Mages Guild: Inner Light, Shooting Star
  4. Restoration Staff: Healing Ward♡

♤ – situational, may stack with other abilities or be situational
♡ – survivability

Class Skills

  1. Dragon Knight: Burning Embers, Engulfing Flames, Flame Lash, Flames of Oblivion, Eruption, Molten Armaments, Standard of Might
  2. Nightblade: Crippling Grasp, Impale, Merciless Resolve, Soul Harvest, Swallow Soul♡, Syphoning Attacks, Twisting Path
  3. Sorcerer: Absorption Field♤, Bound Aegis, Boundless Storm, Daedric Prey, Dark Deal, Crystal Fragments, Greater Storm Atronach, Harden Ward♡, Haunting Curse, Liquid Lightning, Mage’s Wrath, Power Overload♡, Power Surge, Volatile Familiar
  4. Templar: Blazing Spear, Channeled Focus, Crescent Sweep, Puncturing Sweep♡, Purifying Light, Solar Prison♤, Radiant Oppression, Total Dark♤, Vampire’s BaneRearming Trap
  5. Warden: Blue Betty, Deep Fissure, Fetcher Infection, Lotus Blossom♡, Northern Storm, Screaming Cliff Racer, Winter’s Revenge

♤ – situational, may stack with other abilities or be situational
♡ – survivability

Special thanks to Flamage, Forevermad, GMRevelation, Kojou, Shockz325, & Yodased for their help answering questions and their insight.

Thanks to the folks at for maintaining the information in the links.

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