Solo Mag DK PvE Build
This page features the Mag DK builds I use to complete the hardest solo content in the game such as Veteran Maelstrom Arena and Veteran Vateshran Hollows.
Bar 1: Inferno Staff
Burning Embers (Searing Strike Morph)
Force Pulse (Force Shock Morph)
Elemental Drain (Weakness to Elements Morph)
Engulfing Flames (Fiery Breath Morph)
Coagulating Blood (Dragon Blood Morph)
Ultimate - Shooting Star (Meteor Morph)
Bar 2: Inferno Staff
Cauterize (Inferno Morph)
Eruption (Ash Cloud Morph)
Mystic Orb (Necrotic Orb Morph)
Unstable Wall of Elements (Wall of Elements Morph)
Harness Magicka (Annulment Morph)
Ultimate - Elemental Rage (Elemental Storm Morph)
Options: If you want to be more melee with this build, you can use Flame Lash (Lava Whip Morph) instead of Force Pulse. If you need more damage you can also use Flames of Oblivion (Inferno Morph) instead of Cauterize.
Weapons & Armor (Maelstrom Arena Setup)
Weapons & Armor (Vateshran Hollows Setup)
Where to get this gear:
Iceheart - Head pieces drop from the final boss of Veteran Direfrost Keep. Shoulder pieces can be found by opening Undaunted Chests after obtaining keys from the daily Undaunted Pledges.
False God's Devotion Set - Sunspire Trial
Burning Spellweave Set - City of Ash 1 & 2
The Maelstrom's Inferno Staff (Crushing Wall Set) - Found in the final chest after completing Maelstrom Arena. Completing Maelstrom Arena on Veteran difficulty will give you the Perfected version. If you don't have this yet, just craft an Infused Inferno Staff from a crafted set such as Law of Julianos (2 Piece will give you more spell crit).
Ring of the Pale Order - Antiquities System
Other Sets that can work for this build:
Grothdarr - Head pieces drop from the final boss of Veteran Vaults of Madness. Shoulder pieces can be found by opening Undaunted Chests after obtaining keys from the daily Undaunted Pledges.
Maw of the Infernal - Head pieces drop from the final boss of Banished Cells 2. Shoulder pieces can be found by opening Undaunted Chests after obtaining keys from the daily Undaunted Pledges.
Law of Julianos Set - Crafted Set located at Boreal Forge in Wrothgar.
Mother's Sorrow Set - Deshaan.
Mechanical Acuity Set - Crafted Set located at the Pavillion of Artifice in the Clockwork City. This set requires the Clockwork City DLC to craft, but any player can wear it.
Innate Axiom Set - Crafted set located at the Refurbishing Yard in the Clockwork City. This set requires the Clockwork City DLC to craft, but any player can wear it.
The Lord (0)
The Lady (146)
48 Thick Skinned, 49 Hardy, 49 Elemental Defender
The Steed (124)
81 Ironclad, 43 Spell Shield,
The Ritual (34)
The Atronach (96)
23 Staff Expert, 73 Master-at-Arms
The Apprentice (140)
66 Elfborn, 64 Elemental Expert, 10 Spell Erosion
The Shadow (122)
61 Shadow Ward, 61 Tumbling
The Lover (100)
The Tower (48)
11 Sprinter, 37 Warlord
Other Important Things
Race: I play as an Argonian, but other magicka classes like High Elf, Breton, Dark Elf, or Khajiit are great options. Any magicka focused race would work well for this build, however you may need to tweak things depending on your stats and racial passives.
Mundus: The Shadow (Increase Critical Damage and Healing)
Attributes: 64 into Magicka
Potions: Essence of Spell Power. It can be crafted using Lorkhan's Tears, Corn Flower, Lady's Smock, and Water Hyacinth.