Magicka Necromancer Solo & Group PVE Build

by Hack The Minotaur

The ABRA CADAVER Build is an incredibly strong Solo or Group set up for the Magicka Necromancer class in The Elder Scrolls Online. Summon your Skeletal Minions to do their worst!

Primary Sets

The Elemental Catalyst set is amazingly strong set that works well on the necromancer class, boosting our critical damage by a total of 9% when used correctly.

Mother’s Sorrow is another great set for maxing out our Critical Strike Chance, helping us do as much damage and healing as possible while also synergizing well with Elemental Catalyst.

Finally, Iceheart is an excellent monster set for this build, giving us a free damage shield, more critical chance and extra AOE ice damage (which also helps to proc Elemental Catalyst).

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Elemental Catalyst

Set bonus
(2 items) Adds 1096 Maximum Magicka
(3 items) Adds 657 Critical Chance
(4 items) Adds 1096 Maximum Magicka
(5 items) Whenever you deal Flame, Shock, or Frost Damage, you apply a stack of Flame, Shock, or Frost Weakness to the enemy for 3 seconds. Each stack of an Elemental Weakness increases their Critical Damage taken by 3%. An enemy can only have one stack of each Elemental Weakness at a time.

Mother’s Sorrow

Set bonus
(2 items) Adds 1096 Maximum Magicka
(3 items) Adds 657 Critical Chance
(4 items) Adds 657 Critical Chance
(5 items) Adds 1528 Critical Chance


Set bonus
(1 item) Adds 657 Critical Chance
(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

Elemental Catalyst can be replaced with other damage oriented sets such as New Moon Acolyte or Spinner’s Garments. Iceheart can be replaced with a damaging monster set such as Valkyn Skoria or more group focused sets like Lord Warden.

New Moon Acolyte

Set bonus

(2 items) Adds 657 Critical Chance
(3 items) Adds 129 Weapon and Spell Damage
(4 items) Adds 1487 Offensive Penetration
(5 items) Adds 401 Weapon and Spell Damage. Increases the cost of your active abilities by 5%.

Spinner’s Garments

Set bonus

(2 items) Adds 1096 Maximum Magicka
(3 items) Adds 1096 Maximum Magicka
(4 items) Adds 129 Weapon and Spell Damage
(5 items) Adds 3460 Offensive Penetration

Valkyn Skoria

Set bonus

(1 item) Adds 1487 Offensive 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 Mother's Sorrow Lightning Staff Precise NA Absorb Magic
Backup Any Lightning Staff Infused NA Spell Damage
Head Iceheart Divines Heavy Magicka
Shoulder Iceheart Divines Medium Magicka
Chest Elemental Catalyst Divines Light Magicka
Waist Elemental Catalyst Divines Light Magicka
Gloves Elemental Catalyst Divines Light Magicka
Legs Elemental Catalyst Divines Light Magicka
Feet Elemental Catalystn Divines Light Magicka
Necklace Mother's Sorrow Necklace Arcane NA Spell Damage
Ring 1 Mother's Sorrow Ring Arcane NA Spell Damage
Ring 2 Mother's Sorrow Ring Arcane NA Spell Damage

Consumables, Race, Mundus


In order to maximize the critical damage component of this build, Khajiit will be the best option. Other magicka-based races such as High Elf, Breton and Dark Elf will work well also. For more details on all ESO Races and passive bonuses be sure to check out our Full ESO Race Guide.


The Shadow

Food/Drink Buff

Mistral Banana-Bunny Hash


Spell Power Potions


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

  1. Mystic Siphon

  2. Stalking Blastbones

  3. Inner Light or Dampen Magic

  4. Scalding Rune

  5. Skeletal Arcanist

  6. ULT: Temporal Guard or Shooting Star

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

  1. Elemental Blockade

  2. Unnerving Boneyard

  3. Mortal Coil or Necrotic Potency

  4. Beckoning Armor

  5. Spirit Guardian

  6. ULT: Glacial Colossus

Skills Discussion & Rotation


Pop your potion and buff with Beckoning Armor and Spirit Guardian.


Start with Blastbones to create a corpse next to your target, then cast Mystic Siphon, Skeletal Arcanist, Scalding Rune, then Blastbones again. Bar Swap:

Then cast Unnerving Boneyard -> Unstable Wall -> Bar Swap back


Use Mortal Coil as needed.

Passive Skills

Class Passives

Weapon Passives

Armor Passives

Guild Passives




If you like playing Solo, this build can benefit greatly from using Companions! This Solo build will benefit the most from the additional healing and defensive options a tank focused Companion can offer, so if you are going to use a Companion I would suggest a full tank build for them. I recommend Bastian Hallix for Companion on this build with the set up below. More information on Companions Builds and Skills can be found in our detailed Companion Guides section.

Recommended Gear

  • All Heavy Armor - Mixed Vigorous and Quickened Traits

  • One Handed Weapon and Shield

Recommended Skills

1. Provoke

2. Drake’s Blood

3. Kindle

4. On Guard

5. Ritual Of Salvation

6 ULT. Unleashed Rage

Additional Skills

The skills below may also be helpful in other situations such as trash pulls.

Full Companion Build

Champion Points 2.0

Below you will find the recommended Active and Passive Champion Point Stars for this build, broken down into 300, 600, 900, and 1200 CP ranges.

For more information on Champion Points click on a Star name below or browse our detailed Champion Points Guides.

Constellation Descriptions:

  • GREEN: The Green Craft Constellation is focused on crafting and utility-centered upgrades.

  • BLUE: The Blue Warfare Constellation focuses primarily on increasing player damage, healing and defenses.

  • RED: The Red Fitness Constellation is focused on character survival and sustain.

- 300 Champion Points -




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- 900 Champion Points -




- 1200 Champion Points -





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