Best Warden Builds (For Stamina & Magicka)


Here’s the brutal truth about finding or creating a high-performing Warden character build:

There are WAY too many ESO players posting suboptimal builds on forums that they haven’t extensively tested and optimized.

They think their build is good just because they picked some good stats and items that they hear are good.

If only it were that easy…

If you’re serious about maximizing your characters full potential, you will need to spend hours testing and tweaking your build until you perfect it.

Well, today I’m going to give you a few shortcuts that will allow you to greatly improve the effectiveness of your build by showing you the important things we have learned by doing hundreds of hours of testing for our ESO character builds guide. (More info & link at the end of this post)

I. Best Race Choices for a Warden

Race Choices For Stamina Builds:

  • Stamina DPS: The best choice at the moment is Redguard for PvE DPS. Since the Khajiit critical passive was fixed they have become a top contender for maximum Stam DPS.
  • Tank: Nord is the best race for tanking because of their reduction to incoming damage and increase to stamina and health.
  • Balanced: If you want a more well-rounded race so you can switch between multiple roles, you can pick Imperial.

Race Choices For Magicka Builds:

  • Magicka DPS & PvP: We recommend picking an Altmer because of the 4% total damage increase. Dunmer and Breton are second and third options.

II. Prioritize The Right Stats/Attribute Points

Stats For Stamina Builds: To do end game content you will want around 18k HP (for non-tanks) so you don’t get one shot. After you make sure you have 18k HP you should dump all your extra stats from attribute points and enchants into stamina. If you are still leveling up just make sure you keep putting some points into health, if you start getting one or two shot that means you are putting too many points into stamina.

You should prioritize your stats in this order for optimal Stamina DPS Builds:

  • Armor Penetration
  • Weapon Damage
  • Weapon Critical
  • Max Stamina
  • Reduced Stamina Cost
  • Stamina Recovery

You should prioritize your stats in this order for optimal Stamina Tanking Builds:

  • 28k to 30k Health (Fully Buffed)
  • Dodge Chance
  • Reduced Cost of Blocking
  • Reduced Stamina Cost
  • Stamina Recovery
  • Physical/Spell Resistance
  • Maximum Stamina

Stats For Magicka Builds: You will also want about 18k HP for magicka builds if you are planning to do end game content and if you are still leveling just make sure you are putting enough points into health so you don’t get one or two shot by packs of mobs.

You should prioritize your stats in this order for optimal Magicka DPS Builds:

  • Spell Damage
  • Spell Critical
  • Spell Penetration
  • Max Magicka
  • Reduced Magicka Cost
  • Magicka Recovery

You should prioritize your stats in this order for optimal Healing Builds:

  • Max Magicka
  • Reduced Magicka Cost
  • Magicka Recovery
  • Spell Damage
  • Spell Critical

Find out how to get the perfect stats for your Warden builds in our —-> ESO Mastery Builds Guide

III. Pick The Right Mundus Stone

Stamina Based Mundus Stones:

  • Maximum DPS: Most characters should run the Thief mundus stone for maximum DPS but Khajiit Wardens with a high critical strike chance should run Shadow.
  • Optimal Tanking: The Lord is the best stone for tanking unless you have almost 30k HP fully buffed without it, then you should switch to the Tower for the extra stamina.

Magicka Based Mundus Stones:

  • Maximum DPS: The Thief is defiantly the way to go for magicka DPS builds, the Thief increases your critical chance which boosts your damage more than any other stone and allows you to use your ultimate more often.
  • Optimal Healing: For healing builds you should swap mundus stones to the Atronach, the ability to consistently heal is way more important than your damage output.

If you want to know where to find each Mundus Stone is checkout our: Mundus Stones Location Guide

IV. Optimal Champion Points For Your Character Build

Your Champion points are going to vary based on your exact build, game content you are doing, whether you are going for single target or AoE damage, and group setup. Below we have put together some basic templates for you to start with and modify based on your needs.

Stamina Based DPS Templates:

The Ritual (Blue)

  • Mighty: 100 points
  • Precise Strikes: 40 points
  • Piercing: 27 points

The Tower (Green)

  • Warlord: 100 points

The Lover (Green)

  • Mooncalf: 53 points

The Shadow (Green)

  • Tumbling: 13 points
  • Shadow Ward: 1 points

The Lady (Red)

  • Hardy: 78 points
  • Elemental Defender: 78 points
  • Thick Skinned: 11 points

Magicka Based DPS Templates:

The Apprentice (Blue)

  • Elemental Expert : 96 points
  • Elfborn : 71 points

The Tower (Green)

  • Magician : 100 points

The Lover (Green)

  • Arcanist : 67 points

The Steed (Red)

  • Spell Shield : 27 points

The Lady (Red)

  • Hardy : 60 points
  • Elemental Defender : 80 points

For Tanking & Healing champion point templates download our Wareden Builds mini guide by clicking the link below, we didn’t include them in this post because it would be too long but we did add them to the guide you can get below.

Find out how to modify the above templates to fit your goals and playstyle in our —-> ESO Mastery Builds Guide

 

V. Use The Best Combo of Gear Traits, Enchantments, & Item Sets

Your gear traits and enchants are going to change slightly based on what game content you want to do, who’s in your group and various other factors. If you Get Our ESO Mastery Builds Guide we will show you what you need to change based on your situation. It covers group content, raids, and solo gameplay.

**Note** We didn’t include item builds for tanking and healing in this post because it would be way too long, however, we did include them in the downloadable Warden guide you can get by clicking the link above.

Basic Stamina Based DPS Template:

Item Slot Set Bonus Item Type Trait Enchant
Helm Spawn of Mephala Medium Divines Stamina
Shoulders Spawn of Mephala Medium Divines Stamina
Chest Night Mother’s Gaze Medium Divines Stamina
Waist Night Mother’s Gaze Medium Divines Stamina
Feet Night Mother’s Gaze Medium Divines Stamina
Hands Night Mother’s Gaze Medium Divines Stamina
Legs Night Mother’s Gaze Medium Divines Stamina
Neck Agility Jewelry Robust Weapon Damage
Ring One Agility Jewelry Robust Weapon Damage
Ring Two Agility Jewelry Robust Weapon Damage
Mainhand Maelstorm Dagger/Axe Sharpened Cruel Flurry
Offhand Maelstorm Dagger Sharpened Cruel Flurry
2nd Weapon Maelstorm Bow Sharpened Thunderous Volley

Basic Magicka Based DPS Template:

Item Slot Set Bonus Item Type Trait Enchant
Helm Molag Kena Heavy Divines Magicka
Shoulders Molag Kena Medium Divines Magicka
Chest Twice Born Star Light Divines Magicka
Waist Twice Born Star Light Divines Magicka
Feet Twice Born Star Light Divines Magicka
Hands Twice Born Star Light Divines Magicka
Legs Twice Born Star Light Divines Magicka
Neck Willpower Jewelry Arcane Spell Damage
Ring One Willpower Jewelry Arcane Spell Damage
Ring Two Willpower Jewelry Arcane Spell Damage
Mainhand Torug’s Pact Inferno Staff Sharpened Increase Spell Damage
Offhand Torug’s Pact/Maelstorm Inferno Staff Sharpened Fire/Daedric/Maelstorm
 

Copy Our Top Performing Warden Builds

If you would rather skip all the work and just get a huge list of perfect build templates for all roles and playstyles, you should get our Character Builds Guide where we walk you through step-by-step how to copy the best builds within minutes and you can become one of the top Wardens in The Elder Scrolls Online.

The builds we offer in our guides are constantly updated and proven to maximize your characters performance in any role or playstyle. We have builds for PvE, PvP, Tanking, Healing, DPS, and builds for characters still leveling up.

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The Elder Scrolls Online Class Guide – Learn How To Play Your Character Better


Classes in The Elder Scrolls Online will have skills and abilities meant to build initial characters from, but they aren’t going to be the limiting, sometimes frustrating experience that Oblivion offered us. However, they won’t be the wide-open, interchangeable options that Skyrim offered via the Mage, Warrior, and Thief stones either. Instead, they’re simply starting points to build a character around. Unlike every other MMO out there, Elder Scrolls Online will allow any class to use whatever weapons and armor they want – meaning your dream of a heavy armor assassin character can finally come true.

The four Elder Scrolls Online classes are Dragonknight, Nightblade, Sorcerer, Warden, and Templar, each with three Skill Lines to choose from to allow even more customization to your play style. Each class offers 3 ultimate skills, 15 active skills, and 12 passive skills divided among three special branches of focus. A player can then decide to specialize in one skill line or be a jack-of-all-trades, picking and choosing the skills important to them.

 

ESO Class Guides & Character Builds:

  • Best Dragonknight Builds – Get the best Dragonknight build templates for Solo Leveling, Tanking, PvE DPS, & PvP.
  • Best Nightblade Builds – Get the best Nightblade build templates for Solo Leveling, PvE DPS, & PvP.
  • Best Sorcerer Builds – Get the best Sorcerer build templates for Solo Leveling, Healing, PvE DPS, & PvP.
  • Best Templar Builds – Get the best Templar build templates for Solo Leveling, Tanking, Healing, PvE DPS, & PvP.
  • Best Warden Builds – Get the best Warden build templates for Solo Leveling, Tanking, Healing, PvE DPS, & PvP.

 

Use Our ESO Class Builds The Elite Players Use

You may have seen some players posting ESO Builds around the internet but these character builds are not very good, they are poorly tested and optimized. The fact is that the top elite ESO players don’t publicly share the builds that are allowing them to hold the top spots on the leaderboards for Trials and Cyrodiil Campaigns.

Our ESO Character Builds Guide contains extremely detailed blueprints on how to use the currently top performing builds for each class, playstyle, and role. By following our perfectly designed and tested class builds you will be able to do 30,000+ DPS, main tank boss fights, or solo heal your group with maximum efficiency no matter what class your character is or what type of weapons you want to use.

—–> Learn More About Our Character Builds Guide<—–

 

How do class skills work?

Your class is something you’ll decide at the start of the game, just like your race. Some races will fit more naturally with certain classes, but you don’t have to pick a particular race or alliance just to be able to play the class you want. Once you choose a class to play, you can’t go back and change it later and are limited to the class skills within that class. A Nightblade for example, can’t learn the abilities of a Templar. The best way to choose your class is to pick one that fits with your play style and is comfortable for you.

Each class then has three Skill Lines to advance along, similar to the skill perks you could unlock in Skyrim. Higher ranked skills will be unlockable only after you use other skills in that skill line enough times. Unlocked class skills will then be available to use regardless of what weapon or armor you currently have equipped, and active ones will consume Magicka when used. You can also decide whether to focus on just one skill tree or build a more general character initially, based on how you want to play and what other skills interest you. Class skills will gain experience the same way any other skill would, by being used in or out of battle, and some class skills will eventually morph into a better version of the old skill.

Class skills differ from Weapons, Armor or Guild skills in that they can only be learned by their respective classes, just like Racial skills are limited to being learned by members of that race. Weapons, Armor and Guild skills will be able to be learned by any character, and will be critical to making the most out of your initial class build. For example, most MMO’s won’t allow you to take a mage character and turn them into a melee fighter who tanks hits. The Elder Scrolls Online will, provided you take that initial set of Class skills and add the right combination of Weapons, Armor, and Guild skills to your character.

Are some classes better than others?

Not at all! Think about it like a cell phone – you pick whatever model you like, and then add the apps you think you’ll want to use. The Elder Scrolls Online classes are just like this – a starting template for everything else you decide to add to your character. Each class in The Elder Scrolls Online is carefully balanced to have its own set of advantages and disadvantages, and it will be the skill sets you add to your class skills that will end up giving you a great build or a terrible one. Some Weapon skill sets and Armor skill sets will naturally complement the class you’ve picked, and some will be more neutral if they don’t stack with class abilities naturally. The same thing applies to any Racial and Guild skills you might want to augment your class abilities with – nothing is stopping you from making an Orc mage who uses stealth and a pickaxe to slay enemies, but some combinations are clearly going to have more benefits than others.

The Elder Scrolls Online Classes also won’t bar you from learning any particular set of skills. You won’t be able to switch classes or races once you’ve chosen them, but using different weapons and armor will allow you to master those particular skills, even if you’re a Sorcerer who wouldn’t typically use something like heavy armor or a two-handed sword. Likewise, ESO classes won’t prevent you from joining the Mage’s or Fighter’s Guilds and learning their skill sets, and you’ll still be able to do whatever dungeons, adventures, and quests that you wish. Classes also won’t dictate what dungeons, zones, or places you can go, and you can increase your health, magicka and stamina however best suits you. The ESO Mastery Guides team has developed a detailed and comprehensive ESO Class Guide that will teach you everything you need to know about your class and give you loads of highly optimized and perfected example builds for every class in The Elder Scrolls Online.

Why have classes?

Since the Elder Scrolls Online is an MMO, it needs to balance game play. In Skyrim you could learn anything and everything you wanted, and by level 50 the game tended to get boring since your character was an over-leveled demigod by that point. ESO has avoided this potential problem by creating the four classes, each with strengths and weaknesses so that no one player will be able to do everything. It also encourages people to team up and tackle the bigger obstacles, like the massive battles in Cyrodiil and Heroic dungeons. Finally, it gives players who are new to the game a template to work with, allowing them to experiment within the talents and skills of a class or ignore them completely.

Which class is best for me?

The options and customization for your character in ESO can be a bit overwhelming at first, so here are our recommendations on each class to help you get started. We’ve included links to each ESO class and their skill trees, as well as details on the advantages, disadvantages, and play style of each.

Dragonknight:

 

A mighty warrior who excels at offensive combat and destructive magic, comfortable with any weapon and especially proficient with two-handed weapons. A Dragonknight is the perfect balance of combat, whether you prefer to get up close and personal, or rain death upon your enemies heads from afar. They can also augment their armor’s strength with their defensive skills, making this class a great choice for the berserker or paladin character you’re considering.

Skill Lines: Ardent Flame, Draconic Power, Earthen Heart

Skill Base: This class can either use fire and dragon-type powers for DPS, tank massive damage, or crowd control & buff their allies.

Best Races to Play: Dunmer, hands down. The Dark Elves have a racial bonus to fire damage, which will turn any Dunmer Dragonknight into a very capable killing machine. Orcs, Redguards and Nords would also fit well within this class due to their battle prowess, and the Argonians would be an interesting possibility for tank characters with their Histskin ability to rapidly heal themselves. Bretons would also make a well-rounded defensive tank, given their innate magic resistance.

Solo Play: A solid, well-defended fighter build who can soak up damage and ensure even newcomers to the game aren’t overwhelmed by combat. The Dragonknight has a great combination of weapon experience, buffs, debuffs, and magic to use in a fight, making this class a excellent choice for those who’re experiencing PvP for their first time.

Guild Play: It’s going to be absolutely necessary to have at least one Dragonknight in your party. This is a class who can tank hits, deal out massive damage and debuffs, and deal maximum DPS while crowd controlling any mobs you might encounter.

Pros/Cons: This class is a powerful one, but will require a group of allies to truly shine if you aren’t a jack of all trades. Sticking too much to any one path will give you a great specialist character for parties, but a terrible solo combatant. The Dragonknight is an exceptional character for combat, but going the pure damage route of Ardent Flame’s skill path will leave your character stuck as a glass cannon with no healing spells to recover from the massive damage you’re going to be soaking up. With a party, you’ll be able to leave the healing to another member and just focus on a truly specialized damage dealing role.

Earthen Heart also suffers a bit when not used in a group, given that its primary strength is in AoE attacks and crowd controlling lots of enemies, but will be an absolute necessity for any fighting in Cyrodiil with enemy alliances. It also has the potential to be obscenely overpowered if used properly, thanks to the passive skill Mountain’s Blessing – a skill that adds an additional ultimate charge when you activate an earth ability. The possibility of being able to spam Magma armor isn’t game breaking, but it’ll certainly be a nice bonus for big scale warfare.

Draconic Power has the most potential for single players without a guild, though this class focuses on defense almost completely, having only one ability that has a great potential for damage and healing at the same time. Inhale is a siphon attack that absorbs health from your enemies and restores yours. Very little will hurt you with this option, but you won’t be killing anything very quickly.

Nightblade:

The Nightblade is the master spy, thief, assassin and rogue of the game. Few will see you coming, and even fewer will live to tell the tale. These shadow warriors shun open combat and achieve their goals by trickery, stealth, and a quick getaway. If you’re considering an archer, look no further – the Nightblade offers the perfects skills to turn you into the most feared marksman alive. This class lets you strike from afar undetected, slip in close for a kill, and nimbly dodge any blows your enemies might send your way.

Skill Lines: Assassination, Shadow, Siphoning

Skill Base: Buffs, debuffs, dark magic and siphoning attacks.

Best Races to Play: The Bosmer is a natural choice for this class, given their skills as archers. For those looking to build the ideal sneak thief, the Khajiit is the best in the game, with a bigger stealth radius, better critical rates and healing, and a boost to medium armor – perfect for your fragile assassin character without sacrificing movement or speed. Argonians or Altmer could also be a viable option for those who want a boost to health recovery or magic.

Solo Play: For people who already know they’re going to be joining the Dark Brotherhood or the Thieves Guild, this is the class to pick. Augmenting the Nightblade’s skill set with the skills and bonuses these Guilds have to offer will make you a formidable opponent, and adding in possible racial bonuses could further that advantage. The Nightblade may suffer a bit in PvP depending on the build and experience of the player, but finding a few allies to fight alongside will negate that weakness.

Guild Play: Like the Dragonknight, the Nightblade is going to be a must for any party. They have great options for crowd control such as Death Stroke, an ultimate skill that reduces the amount an enemy can heal itself, and a damage boosting skill called Mark Target that will make them essential to any PvP fight. Another skill called Agony is a fantastic attack for any group that stuns and does DoT to enemies for a long duration. Sure, the effect is broken when more damage is dealt, but if you can stun-juggle enemies in between hits, do you really care?

Pros/Cons: Agony is widely agreed to be the most spammable, over-powered attack the Nightblade possesses, with the ability to stun enemies and finish them off without ever allowing them a chance to attack. Whether Bethesda and Zenimax decide to nerf it a bit or not for balance by the time the game launches remains to be seen. Mark Target is definitely the next must have ability, especially when it comes to players who intend to strike from a distance via archery or magic. But the silent dark horse of skills is definitely Catalyst, which boosts the effectiveness of potions. Potions can be made and stored before battle, and allow more flexibility than the Hotbar skills might otherwise. Suddenly having a better heath regeneration or magicka resistance potion can be incredibly useful in a pinch, and is only one of the many options you could use this passive effect for. Nightblades also possess the only true in-combat stealth of the game.

Most are going to want to combine skill trees to maximize their damage potential, and the only true downside to the Nightblade class is defense and play styles. This is not likely to be a character a beginner will pick up easily and use successfully, due to their lower defense and less direct methods of healing and doing damage. This class has the potential to be a fragile speedster if defense, health and armor aren’t chosen carefully, so dealing damage from afar seems to be their best option.

Sorcerer:

The Sorcerer is your typical Mages Guild character, a master of the arcane arts and uses spells to attack and dismay their enemies. Whether channeling the primal forces of the universe, summoning the undead, or confusing their attackers, this class is supreme. In a group they can truly shine, letting their party tank the most damaging hits while attacking from afar.

Skill Lines: Storm Calling, Dark Magic, Daedric Summoning

Skill Base: Lightning, summons, and dark magic.

Best Races to Play: Without question, Altmer will have the upper hand here, with extra magic stats from the beginning and the Highborn ability to quickly replenish spent magica. Any character who plans to spend a lot of time crafting and working out potion and armor effects to reduce spell costs will easily make up for the Altmer’s initial advantage though. Bretons, Nords, and Dunmer would also make excellent choices for their innate magic resistance, giving your squishy wizard a better chance at surviving even the most heated combat. A Khajiit would also make an interesting choice for a stealth mage, due to their racial bonuses, and an Argonian’s Histskin ultimate would offset the fragility of most mage builds nicely.

Solo Play: Like the Nightblade, Sorcerers are a more subtle character who rely on keeping their enemies distant and preoccupied with something else. Ranged attacks are an obvious must, and working on maxing out the Daedric Summoning tree will net you two permanent pets and an atronach, great for being your own crowd against powerful enemies. It’ll be a more technical character to play, but when done right will manage to devastate foes and clear dungeons just fine.

Guild Play: Technically, the three other classes have enough magic and spells in their bag of tricks that you could theoretically leave Sorcerers out of a party and do just fine – except for one important skill. The Dark Magic skill tree offers an ultimate skill called Negate Magic, an AoE attack that dispels enemy magic, silences all enemies currently casting spells, and does damage to them as a final insult. No other class has anything similar to this, and for PvP, crowd control and certain boss fights it’s going to be absolute gold. There are lots of benefits to having a Sorcerer along, but that skill will be the one a guild can’t do without.

Pros/Cons: Sorcerers are a solid mage class, well rounded with the usual array of summons and spells to heal or hurt as needed, but they’ll truly shine in a group. Building a tough, survivable mage that can tank hits is certainly doable, but it generally happens at the expense of other more useful abilities. People looking to make a true specialist of their mage will want the support of a party, but will have an incredible array of damage they can rain down on their enemies. Bound Armor, Dark Exchange, and Conjured Ward are really the only options for restoring health and increasing defense however, meaning many Sorcerer builds will be glass cannons.

Storm Calling is a skill line that will likely need maxed in order to show its true potential, but has many good AoE and DPS skills that will be popular with any Sorcerer. Dark Magic has the incredibly useful Negate Magic, and an interesting option that may become popular in PvP zones called Daedric Mines. This skill summons 3 mines that arm themselves and then immobilize enemies with some magic damage thrown in. Depending on the length of time this skill stays active for, PvP and even some PvE challenges will benefit from laying this trap – especially in darker environments.

The entire Daedric Summoning line also offers some great skills, both for bringing familiars to your aid and increasing your chances of staying alive via health regeneration and better defense. Sorcerers will be the class that most requires a careful, thoughtful build for optimum use.

Templar:

A champion for all that is good and just, the Templar is the paladin character of the game, or a cleric for the hardcore role player. They are the defensive foil to the Dragonknight class, a heavy armor character who absorbs the worst hits an enemy can dish out while healing their companions. Not all of a Templar’s magic is defensive though, and those who dare to cross one by dabbling in the arcane or dark magics may discover their error the hard way.

Skill Lines: Aedric Spear, Dawn’s Wrath, Restoring Light

Skill Base: Light magic, the sun, and healing abilities.

Best Races to Play: Bretons or Altmer. For a class that’s mainly about tanking, damage control, and casting great healing and damage spells, Bretons will augment these traits with a solid resistance to magic, an absorb magic ability, and spell cost reductions that will make your Templar character a solid, unyielding wall against enemy attacks. Likewise, the boosts to Magica and destruction spells that Altmer have would make a perfect Templar character for the gamer who wants a more offensive-based tank.

Solo Play: The Templar is another great character for newcomers and veterans of the game, boasting a solid defense, good offensive skills, and healing. While all other classes are forced to rely on siphoning health, using a potion, or finding a restoration staff, the Templar can heal themselves just fine and survive huge amounts of damage. For anybody looking to be a one man army, the survivability and healing this class offers are critically important.

Guild Play: The same things that make a Templar so useful in solo combat are what make them truly shine in a party. While the Dragonknight focuses on dealing massive damage and shrugging off the occasional hit, a Templar can support, heal, and do some very useful AoE damage and crowd controlling as well with abilities like Radial Sweep. A Templar will certainly hold their own in offensive combat, but smart strategies will allow them to be the healer and damage sponge of the party, allowing the other party members to be freed up for pure damage, crowd control and debuffs.

Pros/Cons: The Templar has many strengths as a class, but like its counterpart the Dragonknight, suffers from the need to specialize. Players will need to choose carefully if they decide not to focus on one or two skill trees at a time, as many of the most useful skills for this class are among the last to be unlocked. Piercing Javelin offers one of the best spamming attacks in the game, and Aedric Spear’s skill set has many appealing options for both offense and defense.

The Dawn’s Wrath skill set offers lots of great sun-based damage, whether through AoE attacks or DoT. Eclipse offers the ability to reflect incoming single target spells, something that may make a world of difference for a difficult PvP or mage encounter. The most interesting thing about this skill tree however, is its future potential – when vampires are finally released into the Elder Scrolls Online, a sunlight wielding paladin will be on every Guild’s must-have list.

Finally, the Restoring Light skills offer two instant heals that require no casting time whatsoever, a necessity for anyone in a tight spot. It also allows the Templar to reduce damage for their allies, cure ailments for themselves and others, and generally save players the time and effort of constantly chugging potions to stay alive while fighting. They can also resurrect party members as long as they have soul gems in their inventory, with an occasional chance to resurrect without consuming any resources. It’s not a skill line most players will want to pursue in favor of the other two, but everyone will want at least a few basic skills off the list for utility purposes.

The Best Starting Gear Sets For Veteran Rank Players In The Elder Scrolls Online


Most players new to the Veteran Ranks don’t realize it’s pretty easy to create a character build that can compete with the absolute best builds with the best possible items. Below we have put together gear sets that new Veteran Rank ESO players can quickly pick up and start doing end game content with.

Objectives For Starting Gear Builds:

  1. Compete with the best geared end game ESO players
  2. Be Able To Do Veteran Dragonstar Arena, Craglorn Trials, and stomp Veteran Dungeons while farming undaunted daily pledges
  3. Craft this gear without needing 8+ traits researched or without the need to spend tons of gold on items

Note: Some of these items you can purchase from other players using Guild Traders for very low prices, I normally use the Guild Traders located in Reaper’s March by the Rawl’kha Wayshrine.

Tanking Gear:

  • 5 Piece of Hist Bark (Crafted Set That Requires 4 Traits Researched)
  • 2 Piece of Whitestrake’s Retribution (Crafted Set That Requires 4 Traits Researched)
  • Armor Types: 5 Heavy, 1 Light, 1 Medium – For the Undaunted Skill Line Passive “Undaunted Mettle” which will give you 6% more Health, Stamina, and Magicka. If you don’t have “Undaunted Mettle” yet then go with 7 Heavy
  • 5 Piece Unassailable – (Drops In Craglorn or you can purchase from Guild Traders For 200g-300g each)
    • 2 Rings, Neck and 2 other slots.
    • Replace Enchants on jewelry with reduced cost of Blocking

Stamina DPS Gear:

  • 5 Piece of Hundings Rage (Crafted Set That Requires 6 Traits Researched)
  • 3 Piece Ashen Grip (Crafted Set That Requires 2 Traits Researched)
    Weapon Damage is the best stat for Stamina Based DPS Builds and set bonuses are the best source for Health right now.
  • Jewelry: Buy Rings and a Neck with max stamina trait and weapon damage enchants from a Guild Trader. *You can replace the enchants on jewelry if you can’t find ones with weapon damage already on them*
  • Armor Types: All Medium Armor for full set passive from the Medium Armor Skill Line.

Magicka DPS Gear:

  • 5 Piece of Martial Knowledge (Drops From VR 11-13 Enemies In Craglorn and from Bosses in normal dungeons) You can buy VR 11 pieces for 200-300g each or VR12 for 1,000g each from Guild Traders
  • 3 Piece Torug’s Pact (Crafted Set That Requires 3 Traits Researched) Spell Damage is the most important stat for Magicka DPS builds and Set bonuses are the best source for Health right now
  • Jewlery: If you can’t get some cheap low VR Warlock Set Jewlery then buy Rings and a Neck with max magicka trait and spell dmg enchants from a Guild Trader. *You can replace the enchants on jewelry if you can’t find ones with spell damage already on them*
  • Armor Types: 5 Light, 1 Heavy, 1 Medium (For the Undaunted Skill Line Passive “Undaunted Mettle” which will give you 6% more Health, Stamina, and Magicka. If you don’t have “Undaunted Mettle” yet then go with 7 Light)

Healing Gear:

  • 5 Piece of Warlock Set (Drops From VR 1-12 Enemies and from Bosses in normal dungeons)
    • 2 Rings, Neck and 2 other slots.
    • You can also try to buy low Vet Rank pieces from Guild Traders but they can sometimes be hard to find for reasonable prices.
    • Even VR1 pieces are better than anything else you can craft even at Veteran Rank 14, you just really want that 5 piece set bonus even if you have to use VR1 pieces.
  • 5 Piece of Magnus’ Gift (Crafted Set That Requires 4 Traits Researched)
    • Magnus’s Gift is just a really solid set for any caster until you can replace it with end game gear.
  • Armor Types: 5 Light, 1 Heavy, 1 Medium (For the Undaunted Skill Line Passive “Undaunted Mettle” which will give you 6% more Health, Stamina, and Magicka. If you don’t have “Undaunted Mettle” yet then go with 7 Light)

If you want more in-depth guides on how to build the best ESO character possible you should check out our complete Character Builds Guide. We break down everything you need to know and do to be able to do 20,000+ DPS, Tank like a boss, or be a godlike Healer.

  • Learn how to get the absolute best gear possible
  • Learn what enchants and traits to use
  • Learn what to spend your Champion Points on
  • Learn what Attribute Points and Mundus Stones to use
  • Learn what Abilities to use and how to use them in the best Skill Rotation

Our guides are a step-by-step easy to follow blueprint that will allow you to build and play your character to its maximum potential.

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Farm 150k Gold A Day In ESO While PvPing


In this post we will be showing you one of our ESO gold making strategies that can make you 150k gold per day PvPing in Cyrodiil. This method is pretty easy and simple, you will be farming Alliance Points in Cyrodiil so you can use your Alliance Points to buy items you will then sell for tons of gold to other players.

Pros of This Method:

  • You will be able to farm gold while having fun PvPing
  • You will be gaining XP, Levels, and Champion Points at the same time
  • You can use this method on any character above level 10

Cons of This Method:

  • If you don’t enjoy PvP this might feel like more of a grind to you
  • There are better gold making strategies that will make more gold without having to grind for hours everyday

Step 1: Go To Cyrodiil

  • Hit (L) on your keyboard to go to the Alliance War
  • Then go to the Campaigns Tab to join a Cyrodiil Campaign

Step 2: Farm Alliance Points – Below are a few tips for farming AP efficiently. Most players can farm 300k-500k+ Alliance Points (AP) a day depending on how good you are and how many hours you spend PvPing.

  • Don’t stay in the same location for too long because there are diminishing returns on killing the same players over and over.
  • Make sure to use Area of Effect abilities so you tag as many enemies as you can, this will give you Alliance Points if any of them die.
  • Make sure to get defensive ticks, they are awarded upon successful defense of a keep, outpost or resource. The ‘tick’ is all the Alliance Points of all killed players thrown together and split among all the defenders present at the keep.

Step 3: Go To Armory Merchants when you’re done farming Alliance Points for the day.

  • Elite Gear Vender
  • Magus Vender (Next To Elite Gear Vender)

Step 4: Buy items players are willing to spend tons of gold on. Below we have listed the top selling items players are currently buying, if new items are added find out which ones players are willing to pay top dollar for.

Elite Gear Vender Items – These items are guaranteed income, you spend your AP on them and just sell the item. I tend to spend a little more of my AP on Unfathomable Accessory bags because I feel like I get lucky often and make more gold then just buying Elite Gear Vender Items.

  • Ravaging Band & Choker (Cost: 248,000AP) (Sells For: 85,000g-95,000g)
  • Ring of Cyrodiil’s Light (Cost: 248,000AP) (Sells For: 80,000g-90,000g)

Magus Vender Items – If you buy the v14 Unfathomable Accessory bags you have a chance to get a few different types of items that sell for tons of gold. I normal spend some of my AP on Elite Gear Items and some on Unfathomable Accessory bags.

  • Shadow Walker Rings & Neck (Cost: 6,400AP Per Bag) (Sells For: 50,000g-125,000g Depending on what trait you get)
  • Hawk’s Eye Rings & Neck (Cost: 6,400AP Per Bag) (Sells For: 50,000g-70,000g Depending on what trait you get)
  • Morag Tong Rings & Neck (Cost: 6,400AP Per Bag) (Sells For: 20,000g-50,000g Depending on what trait you get)

Step 5: Sell Items for Gold

  • You can sell the items you purchase to other players through zone chat or through a Traders Guild Store
  • If You Want To Join a Trading Guild you can ask people when you group up if they can give you an invite to a trading guild or you can ask in zone chat.
  • We highly recommend you get an addon called “Master Merchant” this addon will record all sales made through Guild Stores and display the average selling price of any item you mouse over. This will allow you to always know what to sell items for and keep you up to date on the current market.

Using this ESO Gold farming strategy you will be able to easily make 150k Gold per day. It’s a fun and profitable method of making gold but very time consuming. If you are looking for other gold making strategies that don’t require tons of hours of farming every day you should get our Gold Making Guide where we break down all our best strategies step by step so you can start making 200k+ gold a day.

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Increase Your Leveling Speed In ESO By 300% Without Grinding


In this post we will be giving you tips on how to level more efficiently weather you like questing or grinding. Most ESO players are leveling at fraction of the speed that’s possible, the fastest recorded 1-50 leveling time is about 36 hours.

General Leveling Tips:

  • Buy items with Training or Exploration on them from Fighters Guild, Mages Guild, Market Districts, or Guild Traders. You should then research Training and Exploration on all your gear pieces so you can keep crafting new items as you level.
  • Buy Neck and Rings from Mages Guild.
  • Don’t repair your broken items just craft new gear as you level, this will save you a ton of gold because repairing costs much more than crafting new gear.
  • Reading book shelves will level your skills up very quickly so go to Mages Guild in every new town you come to and read all the shelves.
  • Your weapon is approximately as important as all your armor put together. Also, it doesn’t take damage. If you invest in any gear, invest in your weapon first, jewelry second, and armor last.

Grinding Vs. Questing Which Is Faster For Leveling?

For the most part grinding XP is faster than questing. Questing can be much FASTER if done efficiently.

Main Factors That Make Questing Slow:

  • Most quests waste a lot of time and give little XP reward
  • Some quests take a lot of time to figure out where to go or what to do
  • Questing wastes a lot of time on traveling

Efficiently Grind XP For Speed Leveling

  • You can gain more XP while grinding as a duo, rather than alone.
  • AoE is required to get the most out of grinding.
  • The amount of XP you get is based on the mob’s level.
  • You only gain full XP from mobs that are above or below you by 5 levels.

Efficiently Do Quests So You Can Level Faster Than Grinding

Our Leveling Guides will increase your leveling speed while questing by up to 300%. There are a few factors that make our guides so effective:

  • We take you on the most optimized questing path possible. The quests we have you do give the most XP for the time spent completing the quest.
  • We tell you exactly where to go and what to do so you can eliminate wasted time trying to figure out what to do next.
  • We have you pick up multiple quests and complete all quests in each area at the same time, this will save tons of time on traveling.

>>>> Get Our Leveling Guide Today And Level From 1-50 In Just 2 Days <<<<

ESO Motif Farming Locations – Best Way To Get Rare Crafting Motifs


If you are just hoping to get all the Crafting Motifs in ESO by running into them while playing you will be waiting a long time. The rare motifs have very low drop rates so if you want to have them all you will have to either buy them or farm them. I will be showing you the best way to farm motifs so you can craft gear in any style you want.

The first thing you need to know is what zones do the motifs you want spawn in.

Your Factions Level 1-50 Zones:

  • Racial Motifs 1: The High Elves
  • Racial Motifs 2: The Dark Elves
  • Racial Motifs 3: The Wood Elves
  • Racial Motifs 4: The Nords
  • Racial Motifs 5: The Bretons
  • Racial Motifs 6: The Redguards
  • Racial Motifs 7: The Khajiit
  • Racial Motifs 8: The Orcs
  • Racial Motifs 9: The Argonians
  • Racial Motifs 10: Imperial Cyrods

Your Factions Veteran Rank 1-5 Zones:

  • Racial Motifs 12: Barbaric
  • Racial Motifs 13: Primal

Your Factions Veteran Rank 6-10 Zones:

  • Racial Motifs 11: Ancient Elves
  • Racial Motifs 14: Daedric

Next you will have to find a building with a lot of Desks, Dressers, Trunks ect. because looting these will drop motifs. Once you have found a good location to farm motifs loot everything in the room logout then log back in and you will be able to loot a bunch of objects again. You just repeat this over and over again until you get all the motifs you want.

This can get very boring but it’s the fastest way to farm crafting motifs, you will also get tons of cooking recipes and styling materials that are required to craft different style gear. You can also sell all the motifs you get but this is a very tedious way to farm gold, there are also much better and faster methods of making gold. Check out our Gold Making Guide if you want to find out more about better strategies to make gold in The Elder Scrolls Online.

Best Templar Builds (For Stamina & Magicka)


Here’s the brutal truth about finding or creating a high-performing Templar character build:

There are WAY too many ESO players posting suboptimal builds on forums that they haven’t extensively tested and optimized.

They think their build is good just because they picked some good stats and items that they hear are good.

If only it were that easy…

If you’re serious about maximizing your characters full potential, you will need to spend hours testing and tweaking your build until you prefect it.

Well today I’m going to give you a few short cuts that will allow you to greatly improve the effectiveness of your build by showing you the important things we have learned by doing hundreds of hours of testing for our ESO character builds guide. (More info & link at the end of this post)

 

I. Best Race Choices for a Warden

Race Choices For Stamina Builds:

  • Stamina DPS: The best choice at the moment is Redguard for PvE DPS. Since the Khajiit critical passive was fixed they have become a top contender for maximum Stam DPS.
  • Tank: Nord is the best race for tanking because of their reduction to incoming damage and increase to stamina and health.
  • Balanced: If you want a more well-rounded race so you can switch between multiple roles, you can pick Imperial.

Race Choices For Magicka Builds:

  • Magicka DPS & PvP: We recommend picking a Dark Elf (7% Fire Damage, 9% Max Magicka, 6% Stamina & Fire Resistance), as it gives bonus Fire Damage for your fire DoTs and some protection to help you survive if you choose to go as a vampire, However the differences between Dark and High Elf is really minimal, if you want a bit more sustain or also PvP on the side High Elf might be a better choice for you
  • Healer: Breton, the reduced spell cost and high magicka pool is essential for efficient healing. Second best choice will be High Elf.

II. Prioritize The Right Stats/Attribute Points

Stats For Stamina Builds: To do end game content you will want around 18k HP (for non-tanks) so you don’t get one shot. After you make sure you have 18k HP you should dump all your extra stats from attribute points and enchants into stamina. If you are still leveling up just make sure you keep putting some points into health, if you start getting one or two shot that means you are putting to many points into stamina.

You should prioritize your stats in this order for optimal Stamina DPS Builds:

  • Armor Penetration
  • Weapon Damage
  • Weapon Critical
  • Max Stamina
  • Reduced Stamina Cost
  • Stamina Recovery

You should prioritize your stats in this order for optimal Stamina Tanking Builds:

  • 28k to 30k Health (Fully Buffed)
  • Dodge Chance
  • Reduced Cost of Blocking
  • Reduced Stamina Cost
  • Stamina Recovery
  • Physical/Spell Resistance
  • Maximum Stamina

Stats For Magicka Builds: You will also want about 18k HP for magicka builds if you are planning to do end game content and if you are still leveling just make sure you are putting enough points into health so you don’t get one or two shot by packs of mobs.

You should prioritize your stats in this order for optimal Magicka DPS Builds:

  • Spell Damage
  • Spell Critical
  • Spell Penetration
  • Max Magicka
  • Reduced Magicka Cost
  • Magicka Recovery

You should prioritize your stats in this order for optimal Healing Builds:

  • Max Magicka
  • Reduced Magicka Cost
  • Magicka Recovery
  • Spell Damage
  • Spell Critical

Find out how to get the perfect stats for your Templar builds in our —-> ESO Mastery Builds Guide

III. Pick The Right Mundus Stone

Stamina Based Mundus Stones:

  • Maximum DPS: Most characters should run the Thief mundus stone for maximum DPS but Khajiit Templars with a high critical strike chance should run Shadow.
  • Optimal Tanking: The Lord is the best stone for tanking unless you have almost 30k HP fully buffed without it, then you should switch to the Tower for the extra stamina.

Magicka Based Mundus Stones:

  • Maximum DPS: The Thief is defiantly the way to go for magicka DPS builds, the Thief increases your critical chance which boosts your damage more than any other stone and allows you to use your ultimate more often.
  • Optimal Healing: For healing builds you should swap mundus stones to the Atronach, the ability to consistently heal is way more important than your damage output.

If you want to know where to find each Mundus Stone is checkout our: Mundus Stones Location Guide

IV. Optimal Champion Points For Your Character Build

Your Champion points are going to vary based on your exact build, game content you are doing, whether you are going for single target or AoE damage, and group setup. Below we have put together some basic templates for you to start with and modify based on your needs.

Stamina Based DPS Templates:

The Ritual (Blue)

  • Mighty: 100 points
  • Precise Strikes: 40 points
  • Piercing: 27 points

The Tower (Green)

  • Warlord: 100 points

The Lover (Green)

  • Mooncalf: 53 points

The Shadow (Green)

  • Tumbling: 13 points
  • Shadow Ward: 1 points

The Lady (Red)

  • Hardy: 78 points
  • Elemental Defender: 78 points
  • Thick Skinned: 11 points

Magicka Based DPS Templates:

The Apprentice (Blue)

  • Elemental Expert : 96 points
  • Elfborn : 71 points

The Tower (Green)

  • Magician : 100 points

The Lover (Green)

  • Arcanist : 67 points

The Steed (Red)

  • Spell Shield : 27 points

The Lady (Red)

  • Hardy : 60 points
  • Elemental Defender : 80 points

For Tanking & Healing champion point templates download our Templar Builds mini guide by clicking the link below, we didn’t include them in this post because it would be too long but we did add them to the guide you can get below.

Find out how to modify the above templates to fit your goals and playstyle in our —-> ESO Mastery Builds Guide

 

V. Use The Best Combo of Gear Traits, Enchantments, & Item Sets

Your gear traits and enchants are going to change slightly based on what game content you want to do, who’s in your group, and various other factors. If you Get Our ESO Mastery Builds Guide we will show you what you need to change based on your situation. It covers group content, raids, and solo gameplay.

**Note** We didn’t include item builds for tanking and healing in this post because it would be way too long, however we did include them in the downloadable Templar guide you can get by clicking the link above.

Basic Stamina Based DPS Template:

Item Slot Set Bonus Item Type Trait Enchant
Helm Spawn of Mephala Medium Divines Stamina
Shoulders Spawn of Mephala Medium Divines Stamina
Chest Night Mother’s Gaze Medium Divines Stamina
Waist Night Mother’s Gaze Medium Divines Stamina
Feet Night Mother’s Gaze Medium Divines Stamina
Hands Night Mother’s Gaze Medium Divines Stamina
Legs Night Mother’s Gaze Medium Divines Stamina
Neck Agility Jewelry Robust Weapon Damage
Ring One Agility Jewelry Robust Weapon Damage
Ring Two Agility Jewelry Robust Weapon Damage
Mainhand Maelstorm Dagger/Axe Sharpened Cruel Flurry
Offhand Maelstorm Dagger Sharpened Cruel Flurry
2nd Weapon Maelstorm Bow Sharpened Thunderous Volley

Basic Magicka Based DPS Template:

Item Slot Set Bonus Item Type Trait Enchant
Helm Molag Kena Heavy Divines Magicka
Shoulders Molag Kena Medium Divines Magicka
Chest Twice Born Star Light Divines Magicka
Waist Twice Born Star Light Divines Magicka
Feet Twice Born Star Light Divines Magicka
Hands Twice Born Star Light Divines Magicka
Legs Twice Born Star Light Divines Magicka
Neck Willpower Jewelry Arcane Spell Damage
Ring One Willpower Jewelry Arcane Spell Damage
Ring Two Willpower Jewelry Arcane Spell Damage
Mainhand Torug’s Pact Inferno Staff Sharpened Increase Spell Damage
Offhand Torug’s Pact/Maelstorm Inferno Staff Sharpened Fire/Daedric/Maelstorm
 

Copy Our Top Performing Warden Builds

If you would rather skip all the work and just get a huge list of perfect build templates for all roles and playstyles, you should get our Character Builds Guide where we walk you through step-by-step how to copy the best builds within minutes and you can become one of the top Wardens in The Elder Scrolls Online.

The builds we offer in our guides are constantly updated and proven to maximize your characters performance in any role or playstyle. We have builds for PvE, PvP, Tanking, Healing, DPS, and builds for characters still leveling up.

 

>> Check Out Our Character Builds Guide <<

Best Sorcerer Builds (For Stamina & Magicka)


Here’s the brutal truth about finding or creating a high-performing Sorcerer character build:

There are WAY too many ESO players posting suboptimal builds on forums that they haven’t extensively tested and optimized.

They think their build is good just because they picked some good stats and items that they hear are good.

If only it were that easy…

If you’re serious about maximizing your characters full potential, you will need to spend hours testing and tweaking your build until you prefect it.

Well today I’m going to give you a few short cuts that will allow you to greatly improve the effectiveness of your build by showing you the important things we have learned by doing hundreds of hours of testing for our ESO character builds guide. (More info & link at the end of this post)

I. Best Race Choices for a Sorcerer

Race Choices For Stamina Builds:

The best choice at the moment is Redguard for PvE DPS. Since the Khajiit critical passive was fixed they have become a top contender for maximum DPS now. If you want a more well-rounded race so you can switch between multiple roles you can pick Imperial.

Race Choices For Magicka Builds:

  • Magicka DPS & PvP: High Elf for the 4% increased dmg to elemental spells, also has higher magicka pool and magicka regen. You can still hit really good numbers if you pick Breton or Dark Elf (Dunmer) but High Elf will be your best option.
  • Healer: Breton, the reduced spell cost and high magicka pool is essential for efficient healing. Second best choice will be High Elf.

II. Prioritize The Right Stats/Attribute Points

Stats For Stamina DPS Builds: To do end game content you will want around 18k HP so you don’t get one shot. After you make sure you have 18k HP you should dump all your extra stats from attribute points and enchants into stamina. If you are still leveling up just make sure you keep putting some points into health, if you start getting one or two shot that means you are putting to many points into stamina.

You should prioritize your stats in this order for optimal Stamina DPS Builds:

  • Armor Penetration
  • Weapon Damage
  • Weapon Critical
  • Max Stamina
  • Reduced Stamina Cost
  • Stamina Recovery

Stats For Magicka Builds: You will also want about 18k HP for magicka builds if you are planning to do end game content and if you are still leveling just make sure you are putting enough points into health so you don’t get one or two shot by packs of mobs.

You should prioritize your stats in this order for optimal Magicka DPS Builds:

  • Spell Damage
  • Spell Critical
  • Spell Penetration
  • Max Magicka
  • Reduced Magicka Cost
  • Magicka Recovery

You should prioritize your stats in this order for optimal Healing Builds:

  • Max Magicka
  • Reduced Magicka Cost
  • Magicka Recovery
  • Spell Damage
  • Spell Critical

Find out how to get the perfect stats for your Sorcerer builds in our —-> ESO Mastery Builds Guide

III. Pick The Right Mundus Stone

Stamina Based Mundus Stones: Most characters should run the Thief mundus stone for maximum DPS but Khajiit Sorcerers with a high critical strike chance should run Shadow.

Magicka Based Mundus Stones: The Thief is defiantly the way to go for magicka DPS builds, the Thief increases your critical chance which allows you to use your ultimate “Overload” more often. For healing builds you should swap mundus stones to the Atronach, the ability to consistently heal is way more important than your damage output.

If you want to know where to find each Mundus Stone is checkout our: Mundus Stones Location Guide

IV. Optimal Champion Points For Your Character Build

Your Champion points are going to vary based on your exact build, game content you are doing, whether you are going for single target or AoE damage, and group setup. Below we have put together some basic templates for you to start with and modify based on your needs.

Stamina Based DPS Templates:

The Ritual (Blue)

  • Mighty: 100 points
  • Precise Strikes: 40 points
  • Piercing: 27 points

The Tower (Green)

  • Warlord: 100 points

The Lover (Green)

  • Mooncalf: 53 points

The Shadow (Green)

  • Tumbling: 13 points
  • Shadow Ward: 1 points

The Lady (Red)

  • Hardy: 78 points
  • Elemental Defender: 78 points
  • Thick Skinned: 11 points

Magicka Based DPS Templates:

The Apprentice (Blue)

  • Elemental Expert : 96 points
  • Elfborn : 71 points

The Tower (Green)

  • Magician : 100 points

The Lover (Green)

  • Arcanist : 67 points

The Steed (Red)

  • Spell Shield : 27 points

The Lady (Red)

  • Hardy : 60 points
  • Elemental Defender : 80 points

Find out how to modify the above templates to fit your goals and playstyle in our —> ESO Mastery Builds Guide

 

V. Use The Best Combo of Gear Traits, Enchantments, & Item Sets

Your gear traits and enchants are going to change slightly based on what game content you want to do, who’s in your group, and various other factors. If you Get Our ESO Mastery Builds Guide we will show you what you need to change based on your situation. It covers group content, raids, and solo gameplay.

Basic Stamina Based DPS Template:

Item Slot Set Bonus Item Type Trait Enchant
Helm Spawn of Mephala Medium Divines Stamina
Shoulders Spawn of Mephala Medium Divines Stamina
Chest Night Mother’s Gaze Medium Divines Stamina
Waist Night Mother’s Gaze Medium Divines Stamina
Feet Night Mother’s Gaze Medium Divines Stamina
Hands Night Mother’s Gaze Medium Divines Stamina
Legs Night Mother’s Gaze Medium Divines Stamina
Neck Agility Jewelry Robust Weapon Damage
Ring One Agility Jewelry Robust Weapon Damage
Ring Two Agility Jewelry Robust Weapon Damage
Mainhand Maelstorm Dagger/Axe Sharpened Cruel Flurry
Offhand Maelstorm Dagger Sharpened Cruel Flurry
2nd Weapon Maelstorm Bow Sharpened Thunderous Volley

Basic Magicka Based Template:

Item Slot Set Bonus Item Type Trait Enchant
Helm Molag Kena Heavy Divines Magicka
Shoulders Molag Kena Medium Divines Magicka
Chest Twice Born Star / Scathing Mage Light Divines Magicka
Waist Twice Born Star / Scathing Mage Light Divines Magicka
Feet Twice Born Star / Scathing Mage Light Divines Magicka
Hands Twice Born Star / Scathing Mage Light Divines Magicka
Legs Twice Born Star / Scathing Mage Light Divines Magicka
Neck Willpower Jewelry Arcane Spell Damage
Ring One Willpower Jewelry Arcane Spell Damage
Ring Two Willpower Jewelry Arcane Spell Damage
Mainhand Torug’s Pact Inferno Staff Sharpened Increase Spell Damage
Offhand Torug’s Pact/Maelstorm Inferno Staff Sharpened Crushing Wall

Copy Our Top Performing Sorcerer Builds

If you would rather skip all the work and just get a huge list of perfect build templates for all roles and playstyles, you should get our Character Builds Guide where we walk you through step-by-step how to copy the best builds within minutes and you can become one of the top Sorcerers in The Elder Scrolls Online.

The builds we offer in our guides are constantly updated and proven to maximize your characters performance in any role or playstyle. We have builds for PvE, PvP, Tanking, Healing, DPS, and builds for characters still leveling up.

 

>> Check Out Our Character Builds Guide <<

Best Nightblade Builds (For Stamina & Magicka)


Here’s the brutal truth about finding or creating a high-performing Nightblade character build:

There are WAY too many ESO players posting suboptimal builds on forums that they haven’t extensively tested and optimized.

They think their build is good just because they picked some good stats and items that they hear are good.

If only it were that easy…

If you’re serious about maximizing your characters full potential, you will need to spend hours testing and tweaking your build until you prefect it.

Well today I’m going to give you a few short cuts that will allow you to greatly improve the effectiveness of your builds by showing you the important things we have learned by doing hundreds of hours of testing for our ESO character builds guide. (More info & link at the end of this post)

 

I. Best Race Choices for a Sorcerer

Race Choices For Stamina Builds:

The best choice at the moment is Redguard for PvE DPS. Especially with the change to Siphoning Attacks, the extra Sustain really helps in long encounters.

The Thieves Guild patch finally fixed the Khajiit passive which makes them another top contender for maximum DPS now.

For players who mainly PvP, Bosmer is the best option because of their stealth passive. If you plan to tank occasionally, Imperial is also a solid choice.

 

Race Choices For Magicka Builds:

The best choice for maximizing your magicka DPS is Dunmer because all your elemental damage is fire damage.

Altmer is a more well-rounded choice that gets more max magicka and regen but you will be losing out on DPS. Breton offers the highest sustain, but is the lowest in overall DPS.

 

II. Prioritize The Right Stats/Attribute Points

Stats For Stamina DPS Builds: To do end game content you will want around 18k HP so you don’t get one shot. After you make sure you have 18k HP you should dump all your extra stats from attribute points and enchants into stamina. If you are still leveling up just make sure you keep putting some points into health, if you start getting one or two shot that means you are putting to many points into stamina.

You should prioritize your stats in this order for optimal Stamina DPS Builds:

  • Armor Penetration
  • Weapon Damage
  • Weapon Critical
  • Max Stamina
  • Reduced Stamina Cost
  • Stamina Recovery

Stats For Magicka DPS Builds: You will also want about 18k HP for magicka builds if you are planning to do end game content and if you are still leveling just make sure you are putting enough points into health so you don’t get one or two shot by packs of mobs.

You should prioritize your stats in this order for optimal Magicka DPS Builds:

  • Spell Damage
  • Spell Critical
  • Spell Penetration
  • Max Magicka
  • Reduced Magicka Cost
  • Magicka Recovery

Find out how to get the perfect stats for your Sorcerer builds in our —-> ESO Mastery Builds Guide

III. Pick The Right Mundus Stone

Stamina Based Mundus Stones: Most characters should run the Thief mundus stone for maximum DPS but Khajiit nightblades with a high critical strike chance should run Shadow.

Magicka Based Mundus Stones: The Thief is defiantly the way to go for magicka builds.

If you want to know where to find each Mundus Stone is checkout our: Mundus Stones Location Guide

IV. Optimal Champion Points For Your Build

Your Champion points are going to vary based on your exact build, game content you are doing, whether you are going for single target or AoE damage, and group setup. Below we have put together some basic templates for you to start with and modify based on your needs.

Stamina Based DPS Templates:

Template for 90 Champion Points:

  • Green – The Tower: 30 Warlord
  • Red – The Lady: 14 Hardy, 14 Elemental Defender, 2 Thick Skinned
  • Blue – The Ritual: 20 Mighty, 3 Precise Strikes, 7 Thaumaturge, 0 Piercing

Template for 225 Champion Points:

  • Green – The Tower: 45 Warlord // The Lover: 30 Mooncalf
  • Red – The Lady: 35 Hardy, 35 Elemental Defender, 5 Thick Skinned
  • Blue – The Ritual: 49 Mighty, 8 Precise Strikes, 16 Thaumaturge, 2 Piercing

Template for 315 Champion Points:

  • Green – The Tower: 75 Warlord // The Lover: 30 Mooncalf
  • Red – The Lady: 50 Hardy, 50 Elemental Defender, 5 Thick Skinned
  • Blue – The Ritual: 66 Mighty, 12 Precise Strikes, 21 Thaumaturge, 6 Piercing

Template for 501 Champion Points:

  • Green – The Tower: 100 Warlord // The Lover: 53 Mooncalf // The Shadow: 13 Tumbling, 1 Shadow Ward
  • Red – Lady: 78 Hardy, 78 Elemental Def, 11 Thick Skinned
  • Blue – The Ritual: 100 Mighty, 22 Precise Strikes, 32 Thaumaturge, 13 Piercing

Magicka Based DPS Templates:

  • Green – The Tower: 100 Magician // The Lover: 67 Arcanist
  • Red – The Lady: 100 Elemental Defender, 67 Hardy
  • Blue – The Apprentice: 100 Elemental Expert, 26 Elfborn, 29 Spell Erosion // The Ritual: 12 Thaumaturge

Find out how to modify the above templates to fit your goals and playstyle in our —> ESO Mastery Builds Guide

 

V. Use The Best Combo of Gear Traits, Enchantments, & Item Sets

Your gear traits and enchants are going to change slightly based on what game content you want to do, who’s in your group, and various other factors. If you Get Our ESO Mastery Builds Guide we will show you what you need to change based on your situation. It covers group content, raids, and solo gameplay.

Basic Stamina Based Template:

Item Slot Set Bonus Item Type Trait Enchant
Helm Spawn of Mephala Medium Divines Stamina
Shoulders Spawn of Mephala Medium Divines Stamina
Chest Night Mother’s Gaze Medium Divines Stamina
Waist Night Mother’s Gaze Medium Divines Stamina
Feet Night Mother’s Gaze Medium Divines Stamina
Hands Night Mother’s Gaze Medium Divines Stamina
Legs Night Mother’s Gaze Medium Divines Stamina
Neck Agility Jewelry Robust Weapon Damage
Ring One Agility Jewelry Robust Weapon Damage
Ring Two Agility Jewelry Robust Weapon Damage
Mainhand Maelstorm Dagger/Axe Sharpened Cruel Flurry
Offhand Maelstorm Dagger Sharpened Cruel Flurry
2nd Weapon Maelstorm Bow Sharpened Thunderous Volley

Basic Magicka Based Template:

Item Slot Set Bonus Item Type Trait Enchant
Helm Molag Kena Heavy Divines Magicka
Shoulders Molag Kena Medium Divines Magicka
Chest Twice Born Star / Scathing Mage Light Divines Magicka
Waist Twice Born Star / Scathing Mage Light Divines Magicka
Feet Twice Born Star / Scathing Mage Light Divines Magicka
Hands Twice Born Star / Scathing Mage Light Divines Magicka
Legs Twice Born Star / Scathing Mage Light Divines Magicka
Neck Willpower Jewelry Arcane Spell Damage
Ring One Willpower Jewelry Arcane Spell Damage
Ring Two Willpower Jewelry Arcane Spell Damage
Mainhand Torug’s Pact Inferno Staff Sharpened Increase Spell Damage
Offhand Torug’s Pact/Maelstorm Inferno Staff Sharpened Fire/Daedric/Maelstorm

Copy Our Top Performing Sorcerer Builds

If you would rather skip all the work and just get a huge list of perfect build templates for all roles and playstyles, you should get our Character Builds Guide where we walk you through step-by-step how to copy the best builds within minutes and you can become one of the top Sorcerers in The Elder Scrolls Online.

The builds we offer in our guides are constantly updated and proven to maximize your characters performance in any role or playstyle. We have builds for PvE, PvP, Tanking, Healing, DPS, and builds for characters still leveling up.

 

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Best Dragonknight Builds (For Stamina & Magicka)


Here’s the brutal truth about finding or creating a high-performing Nightblade character build:

There are WAY too many ESO players posting suboptimal builds on forums that they haven’t extensively tested and optimized.

They think their build is good just because they picked some good stats and items that they hear are good.

If only it were that easy…

If you’re serious about maximizing your characters full potential, you will need to spend hours testing and tweaking your build until you prefect it.

Well today I’m going to give you a few short cuts that will allow you to greatly improve the effectiveness of your builds by showing you the important things we have learned by doing hundreds of hours of testing for our ESO character builds guide. (More info & link at the end of this post)

 

I. Best Race Choices for a Sorcerer

Race Choices For Stamina Builds:

  • Stamina DPS: The best choice at the moment is Redguard for PvE DPS. Since the Khajiit critical passive was fixed they have become a top contender for maximum Stam DPS.
  • Tank: Nord is the best race for tanking because of their reduction to incoming damage and increase to stamina and health.
  • Balanced: If you want a more well-rounded race so you can switch between multiple roles, you can pick Imperial.

Race Choices For Magicka Builds:

  • Magicka DPS: Dark Elf is hands down the best race for DK’s (7% Fire Damage, 9% Max Magicka, 6% Stamina & Fire Resistance), as it gives bonus Fire Damage to almost all your class abilities and some protection to help you survive if you choose to go as a vampire.
  • Healer: Breton, the reduced spell cost and high magicka pool is essential for efficient healing. Second best choice will be High Elf.

 

II. Prioritize The Right Stats/Attribute Points

Stats For Stamina Builds: To do end game content you will want around 18k HP (for non-tanks) so you don’t get one shot. After you make sure you have 18k HP you should dump all your extra stats from attribute points and enchants into stamina. If you are still leveling up just make sure you keep putting some points into health, if you start getting one or two shot that means you are putting to many points into stamina.

You should prioritize your stats in this order for optimal Stamina DPS Builds:

  • Armor Penetration
  • Weapon Damage
  • Weapon Critical
  • Max Stamina
  • Reduced Stamina Cost
  • Stamina Recovery

You should prioritize your stats in this order for optimal Stamina Tanking Builds:

  • 28k to 30k Health (Fully Buffed)
  • Dodge Chance
  • Reduced Cost of Blocking
  • Reduced Stamina Cost
  • Stamina Recovery
  • Physical/Spell Resistance
  • Maximum Stamina

Stats For Magicka Builds: You will also want about 18k HP for magicka builds if you are planning to do end game content and if you are still leveling just make sure you are putting enough points into health so you don’t get one or two shot by packs of mobs.

You should prioritize your stats in this order for optimal Magicka DPS Builds:

  • Spell Damage
  • Spell Critical
  • Spell Penetration
  • Max Magicka
  • Reduced Magicka Cost
  • Magicka Recovery

You should prioritize your stats in this order for optimal Healing Builds:

  • Max Magicka
  • Reduced Magicka Cost
  • Magicka Recovery
  • Spell Damage
  • Spell Critical

Find out how to get the perfect stats for your Sorcerer builds in our —-> ESO Mastery Builds Guide

III. Pick The Right Mundus Stone

Stamina Based Mundus Stones:

  • Maximum DPS: Most characters should run the Thief mundus stone for maximum DPS but Khajiit Dragonknights with a high critical strike chance should run Shadow.
  • Optimal Tanking: The Lord is the best stone for tanking unless you have almost 30k HP fully buffed without it, then you should switch to the Tower for the extra stamina.

Magicka Based Mundus Stones:

  • Maximum DPS: The Thief is defiantly the way to go for magicka DPS builds, the Thief increases your critical chance which boosts your damage more than any other stone and allows you to use your ultimate more often.
  • Optimal Healing: For healing builds you should swap mundus stones to the Atronach, the ability to consistently heal is way more important than your damage output.

If you want to know where to find each Mundus Stone is checkout our: Mundus Stones Location Guide

IV. Optimal Champion Points For Your Build

Your Champion points are going to vary based on your exact build, game content you are doing, whether you are going for single target or AoE damage, and group setup. Below we have put together some basic templates for you to start with and modify based on your needs.

Stamina Based DPS Templates:

The Ritual (Blue)

  • Mighty: 100 points
  • Precise Strikes: 40 points
  • Piercing: 27 points

The Tower (Green)

  • Warlord: 100 points

The Lover (Green)

  • Mooncalf: 53 points

The Shadow (Green)

  • Tumbling: 13 points
  • Shadow Ward: 1 points

The Lady (Red)

  • Hardy: 78 points
  • Elemental Defender: 78 points
  • Thick Skinned: 11 points

Magicka Based DPS Templates:

The Apprentice (Blue)

  • Elemental Expert : 96 points
  • Elfborn : 71 points

The Tower (Green)

  • Magician : 100 points

The Lover (Green)

  • Arcanist : 67 points

The Steed (Red)

  • Spell Shield : 27 points

The Lady (Red)

  • Hardy : 60 points
  • Elemental Defender : 80 points

For the Tanking champion point template download our Dragonknight Builds mini guide by clicking the link below, we didn’t include it in this post because it would be too long but we did add it to the guide you can get below.

Find out how to modify the above templates to fit your goals and playstyle in our —> ESO Mastery Builds Guide

 

V. Use The Best Combo of Gear Traits, Enchantments, & Item Sets

Your gear traits and enchants are going to change slightly based on what game content you want to do, who’s in your group, and various other factors. If you Get Our ESO Mastery Builds Guide we will show you what you need to change based on your situation. It covers group content, raids, and solo gameplay.

**Note** We didn’t include item builds for tanking in this post because it would be way too long, however we did include it in the downloadable Dragonknight guide you can get by clicking the link above.

Basic Stamina Based DPS Template:

Item Slot Set Bonus Item Type Trait Enchant
Helm Spawn of Mephala Medium Divines Stamina
Shoulders Spawn of Mephala Medium Divines Stamina
Chest Night Mother’s Gaze Medium Divines Stamina
Waist Night Mother’s Gaze Medium Divines Stamina
Feet Night Mother’s Gaze Medium Divines Stamina
Hands Night Mother’s Gaze Medium Divines Stamina
Legs Night Mother’s Gaze Medium Divines Stamina
Neck Agility Jewelry Robust Weapon Damage
Ring One Agility Jewelry Robust Weapon Damage
Ring Two Agility Jewelry Robust Weapon Damage
Mainhand Maelstorm Dagger/Axe Sharpened Cruel Flurry
Offhand Maelstorm Dagger Sharpened Cruel Flurry
2nd Weapon Maelstorm Bow Sharpened Thunderous Volley

Basic Magicka Based DPS Template:

Item Slot Set Bonus Item Type Trait Enchant
Helm Molag Kena Heavy Divines Magicka
Shoulders Molag Kena Medium Divines Magicka
Chest Twice Born Star Light Divines Magicka
Waist Twice Born Star Light Divines Magicka
Feet Twice Born Star Light Divines Magicka
Hands Twice Born Star Light Divines Magicka
Legs Twice Born Star Light Divines Magicka
Neck Willpower Jewelry Arcane Spell Damage
Ring One Willpower Jewelry Arcane Spell Damage
Ring Two Willpower Jewelry Arcane Spell Damage
Mainhand Torug’s Pact Inferno Staff Sharpened Increase Spell Damage
Offhand Torug’s Pact/Maelstorm Inferno Staff Sharpened Fire/Daedric/Maelstorm

 

Copy Our Top Performing Sorcerer Builds

If you would rather skip all the work and just get a huge list of perfect build templates for all roles and playstyles, you should get our Character Builds Guide where we walk you through step-by-step how to copy the best builds within minutes and you can become one of the top Sorcerers in The Elder Scrolls Online.

The builds we offer in our guides are constantly updated and proven to maximize your characters performance in any role or playstyle. We have builds for PvE, PvP, Tanking, Healing, DPS, and builds for characters still leveling up.

 

>> Check Out Our Character Builds Guide <<