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 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 Light Of Cyrodiil, which works very well on the Magicka Templar. This set reduces all of our incoming damage by 15% while channeling abilities like Puncturing Sweep, Radiant Glory and even the Lightning Staff heavy attack.

We are combining this with Torug’s Pact to 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!

Finally, Iceheart is just a great overall defensive set, giving us 3 total passive damage shields.

Light Of Cyrodiil

Set bonus
(2 items) Adds 129 Spell Damage
(3 items) Adds 1096 Maximum Magicka
(4 items) Adds 1096 Maximum Magicka
(5 items) While you are casting or channeling an ability, your damage taken is reduced by 15%. When you are interrupted, your next Magicka Ability will cost no Magicka.

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%.


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, Light Of Cyrodiil 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 Light Of Cyrodiil Lightning Staff Infused NA Damage Shield
Backup Any Lightning Staff Infused NA Weapon Damage
Head Iceheart Divines Light Magicka
Shoulder Iceheart Divines Light Magicka
Chest Torug's Pact Divines Heavy Health
Waist Torug's Pact Divines Light Magicka
Gloves Torug's Pact Divines Light Magicka
Legs Torug's Pact Divines Medium Magicka
Feet Torug's Pact Divines Light Magicka
Necklace Light Of Cyrodiil Infused NA Spell Damage
Ring 1 Light Of Cyrodiil Bloodthirsty NA Spell Damage
Ring 2 Light Of Cyrodiil Bloodthirsty NA Spell Damage

Consumables, Race, Mundus


I prefer High Elf for this build, thanks to the extra stamina sustain and reduced damage taken while channeling. Other great options include Dark Elf, and Khajiit. The extra cost reduction of Breton is not usually needed but can be helpful for making the build even easier.


The Thief

Food/Drink Buff

Purple Food: Max Stamina, Max Magicka, Max Health


Spell Power Potions

Skills - Two Bar Setup

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

  1. Radiant Glory

  2. Elemental Drain

  3. Dampen Magic or Purifying Light

  4. Puncturing Sweep

  5. Inner Light

  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


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 Shield Enchant.

Champion Points

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