Magicka Templar PVE DPS Build

by Hack The Minotaur

The RADIANT Build is an Easy to play Magicka Templar DPS Build for The Elder Scrolls Online that utilizes a simple rotation and doesn’t require any Trials sets! This build will be a great starting point for anyone looking to get involved in Normal and Veteran Group Dungeons as well as Normal Trials.

Primary Sets

Our main damage focused set on this build is a staple of most Magicka focused DPS builds and provides lots of bonus spell critical. That of course is the Mother’s Sorrow set. This set can be obtained fairly easily or even purchased from Guild Traders and will be a great addition to any Magicka focused build all the way until End Game.

In addition to this, we are boosting our Magic-based damage skills even higher by using the War Maiden set. War Maiden applies an additional 400 Spell Damage to any skill that does Magicka-based damage such as Puncturing Sweep, the main spammable ability of the Magicka Templar.

Maw Of The Infernal is a great magicka-focused Monster Set for this build as well, as it further increases our Maximum Magicka and also provides a very solid source of consistent proc damage for greater overall DPS.

Finally, the Crushing Wall set will bring some additional passive DPS to this set up as long as we maintain a consistent uptime on Wall Of Elements.

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

War Maiden

Set bonus
(2 items) Adds 657 Critical Chance
(3 items) Adds 1096 Maximum Magicka
(4 items) Adds 129 Weapon and Spell Damage
(5 items) Adds 600 Weapon and Spell Damage to your Magic Damage abilities.

Maw Of The Infernal

Set bonus
(1 item) Adds 1096 Maximum Magicka
(2 items) When you deal damage with a Light or Heavy Attack, you have a 33% chance to summon a fire breathing Daedroth for 15 seconds. The Daedroth's attacks deal 3865 Flame Damage, and alternate between Fiery Breath, Fiery Jaws, and Jagged Claw, which alternate once every 2 seconds. The Daedroth can only be summoned once every 15 seconds.

Crushing Wall

Set bonus
(2 items) Your Light and Heavy Attacks deal an additional 1353 damage to enemies in your Wall of Elements.

Alternative Sets

For alternatives, Mother’s Sorrow can be replaced with Medusa which provides similar Spell Critical Chance while also giving us the Minor Force buff without having to cast it. For even more damage, War Maiden can be replaced with a Trials set like Mantle Of Siroria.


Set bonus

(2 items) Adds 657 Critical Chance
(3 items) Adds 657 Critical Chance
(4 items) Adds 657 Critical Chance
(5 items) Adds 892 Critical Chance, Gain Minor Force at all times, increasing your Critical Damage by 10%.

Mantle Of Siroria

Set bonus

(2 items) Adds 129 Weapon and Spell Damage
(3 items) Gain Minor Slayer at all times, increasing your damage done to Dungeon, Trial, and Arena Monsters by 5%.
(4 items) Adds 1096 Maximum Magicka
(5 items) Dealing direct damage with a single target attack creates a ring of fire beneath you for 10 seconds. This effect can occur once every 10 seconds. Standing in the ring grants you a stack of Siroria's Boon for 5 seconds. Each stack increases your Weapon and Spell Damage by 52. 10 stacks max.

Gear Set Up

Weapon/Armor Set Trait Weight Glyph
Main Hand Mother's Sorrow Lightning Staff Precise NA Absorb Magic Enchant
Backup Maelstrom Inferno Staff Infused NA Spell Damage
Head Maw Of The Infernal Divines Heavy Magicka
Shoulder Maw Of The Infernal Divines Medium Magicka
Chest War Maiden Divines Light Magicka
Waist War Maiden Divines Light Magicka
Gloves War Maiden Divines Light Magicka
Legs War Maiden Divines Light Magicka
Feet War Maiden Divines Light Magicka
Necklace Mother's Sorrow Infused NA Spell Damage
Ring 1 Mother's Sorrow Infused NA Spell Damage
Ring 2 Mother's Sorrow Infused NA Spell Damage

Consumables, Race, Mundus


The optimal DPS race for this build is High Elf thanks to the extra spell damage and max magicka. Khajiit and Dark Elf are also strong choices. Breton can be a strong choice as well for the bonus cost reduction of magicka abilities. 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. Radiant Glory

  2. Purifying Light

  3. Puncturing Sweep

  4. Channeled Acceleration

  5. Inner Light

  6. ULT: Elemental Rage

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

  1. Unstable Wall

  2. Mystic Orb

  3. Solar Barrage

  4. Channeled Focus

  5. Inner Light or Dampen Magic

  6. ULT: Crescent Sweep

Skills Discussion & Rotation


Maintain Channeled Acceleration and Channeled Focus.

Full Rotation

Start on the Backbar with Solar Barrage -> Mystic Orb -> Unstable Wall -> Bar Swap

Purifying Light -> Puncturing Sweep x5


  • Remember to light attack between all abilities

  • Below 30% Boss Health switch the 5x Puncturing Sweep to 3x Radiant Glory

Passive Skills

Class Passives

Weapon Passives

Armor Passives

Guild Passives



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.

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