NOVA SHIELD

Magicka Templar Solo PVE Build

by Hack The Minotaur

The NOVA SHIELD Build is one of the best Solo Builds in The Elder Scrolls Online! Focused on STRONG Damage Shields that automatically protect your character, this build can easily handle some of the hardest Solo content in the game including World Bosses, Dungeons, Arenas and more!


Primary Sets


The primary focus of the Nova Shield build is to use as many automatic damage shields and as much passive healing as possible, making your survival in most encounters almost guaranteed!

Our main set on this build is Torug’s Pact a strong crafted set which can boost our weapon enchants through the roof! This is combined with infused weapon traits for maximum efficiency and with a Damage Shield enchant for even more automatic protection!

We’ve combined this with another damage shield focused set, Combat Physician, which can give us or any ally another free damage shield when we critically heal them.

Finally, Iceheart is just a great overall defensive set, giving us 3 total passive damage shields just from gear and glyphs alone!

Torug’s Pact

Set bonus
(2 items) Adds 1487 Armor
(3 items) Adds 1206 Maximum Health
(4 items) Adds 1487 Armor
(5 items) Decreases weapon enchantment cooldown by 33% and increases non Oblivion Damage weapon enchantment potency by 45%.

Combat Physician

Set bonus
(2 items) Adds 1096 Maximum Magicka
(3 items) Adds 657 Spell Critical
(4 items) Adds 657 Spell Critical
(5 items) When you critically heal yourself or an ally, you grant your target a damage shield that absorbs 4308 damage for 6 seconds. This effect can occur once every 6 seconds per target.

Iceheart

Set bonus
(1 item) Adds 833 Spell Critical
(2 items) When you deal Critical Damage, you have a 20% chance to gain a damage shield that absorbs 5000 damage for 6 seconds. While the damage shield holds, you deal 500 Frost Damage to all enemies within 5 meters of you every 1 second. This effect can occur once every 6 seconds.


Alternative Sets


For easier content, Combat Physician can be replaced with a more offensive focused set like Mother’s Sorrow. Iceheart can also be swapped with Mother Ciannait for more magicka sustain while keeping the same shield, or an offensive Monster set such as Zaan or Valkyn Skoria.

Mother’s Sorrow

Set bonus

(2 items) Adds 1096 Maximum Magicka
(3 items) Adds 833 Spell Critical
(4 items) Adds 833 Spell Critical
(5 items) Adds 1937 Spell Critical

Mother Ciannait

Set bonus

(1 item) Adds 1096 Maximum Magicka
(2 items) While in combat, casting an ability with a cast time or channeling an ability grants you a damage shield that absorbs 5000 damage for 6 seconds. If the damage shield is broken, you restore 822 Magicka. This effect can occur once every 6 seconds.

Valkyn Skoria

Set bonus

(1 item) Adds 1487 Spell Penetration
(2 items) When you deal damage with a damage over time effect, you have a 8% chance to summon a meteor that deals 9000 Flame Damage to the target and 3535 Flame Damage to all other enemies within 5 meters. This effect can occur once every 5 seconds.


Gear Set Up


Weapon/Armor Set Trait Weight Glyph
Main Hand Torug's Pact Lightning Staff Infused NA Spell Damage
Backup Torug's Pact Lightning Staff Infused NA Damage Shield
Head Iceheart Divines Light Magicka
Shoulder Iceheart Divines Light Magicka
Chest Combat Physician Divines Light Magicka
Waist Combat Physician Divines Light Magicka
Gloves Combat Physician Divines Light Magicka
Legs Combat Physician Divines Light Magicka
Feet Combat Physician Divines Light Magicka
Necklace Torug's Pact Bloodthirsty NA Spell Damage
Ring 1 Torug's Pact Bloodthirsty NA Spell Damage
Ring 2 Torug's Pact Bloodthirsty NA Spell Damage

Consumables, Race, Mundus


Race

The extra cost reduction of Breton can be helpful for making the build even easier to play. For more damage, consider High Elf, Dark Elf, and Khajiit.

Mundus

The Thief

Food/Drink Buff

Blue Food: Max Health and Max Magicka or Purple Food: Max Stamina, Max Magicka, Max Health

Potions

Spell Power Potions


Skills - Two Bar Setup


Main Weapon: LIGHTNING STAFF - Click on a Skill Name to learn more

  1. Radiant Glory

  2. Channeled Acceleration or Dampen Magic

  3. Inner Light

  4. Puncturing Sweep

  5. Elemental Drain

  6. ULT: Temporal Guard or Shooting Star

Backup Weapon: LIGHTNING STAFF - Click on a Skill Name to learn more

  1. Vampire’s Bane or Solar Barrage

  2. Elemental Blockade

  3. Honor The Dead

  4. Extended Ritual

  5. Channeled Focus

  6. ULT: Solar Disturbance


Skills Discussion & Rotation


Buffs

Start by debuffing a Boss with Elemental Drain, then make sure your potion is active and use Extended Ritual and Channeled Focus

Offensive Rotation

On the Back Bar: Apply Vampire’s Bane, then Elemental Blockade -> Bar Swap

Cast Puncturing Sweep 4-5 times, remembering to Light Attack between each to proc your Damage Enchant.


Companions


This Solo Build can benefit greatly from using Companions which are releasing with the Blackwood Chapter in 2021. While any Companion set up can be helpful, a Companion that can buff and heal will be best for this build. I recommend Bastian Hallix for Companion on this build with the set up below.

Recommended Gear

  • All Light Armor - Quickened Trait

  • Restoration Staff

Recommended Skills


Champion Points 2.0 - Flames Of Ambition


- 300 Champion Points -

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- 600 Champion Points -

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- 900 Champion Points -

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- 1200 Champion Points -

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Champion Points 2.0 - Blackwood


- 300 Champion Points -

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- 600 Champion Points -

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- 900 Champion Points -

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- 1200 Champion Points -

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