THE ATRONACH

Magicka Warden Solo PVE Build

by Hack The Minotaur

The ATRONACH is a Solo Magicka Warden build for ESO designed to easily solo some of the most challenging content in the game!. This build uses Heavy Armor that also damages enemies in a large radius while blocking, turning our defense into offense.


Primary Sets


The Frozen Watcher set is an amazing option for the Magicka Warden specifically as it procs free AOE Frost Damage every time we block. So not only can this build sustain great defense but it can also do great passive damage at the same time!

Winter’s Respite is a nice complement to Frozen Watcher, as the free healing every second basically keeps our health topped off any time we take damage, ensuring that we need very little healing on the build overall.

Iceheart completes the Frost-based theme of this build with even more AOE Frost Damage and a free damage shield.

Lastly, since Winter’s Respite only needs to proc off the backbar, this frees up two slots on the front bar. A perfect option for this will be the Willpower set as this gives us even more Max Magicka most of the time.

Click on a Set Name below to learn more.

Frozen Watcher

Set bonus
(2 items) Adds 1096 Maximum Stamina
(3 items) Adds 1206 Maximum Health
(4 items) Adds 1096 Maximum Stamina
(5 items) Summon a blizzard around you while blocking, inflicting 1365 Frost Damage every 1 second to enemies within 6 meters. Your blizzard has a 15% chance of inflicting Chilled on enemies damaged.

Winter’s Respite

Set bonus
(2 items) Adds 129 Magicka Recovery
(3 items) Adds 1096 Maximum Magicka
(4 items) Adds 1096 Maximum Magicka
(5 items) Casting abilities that leave an effect on the ground will create a circle of healing frost for 10 seconds. You and your group members restore 2358 Health every 1 second while inside the circle. This effect can occur once every 10 seconds.

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.

Willpower (2 piece only)

Set bonus

(2 items) Adds 1752 Maximum Magicka
(3 items) Adds 206 Spell Damage


Alternative Sets


If you want a basic Ice-themed build, Ysgramor’s Birthright will a good replacement for Frozen Watcher. You can also substitute any general damage focused sets like New Moon Acolyte or Mother’s Sorrow. For the monster set, Grothdarr will be another great option as well.

Ysgramor’s Birthright

(2 items) Adds 833 Spell Critical
(3 items) Adds 1096 Maximum Magicka
(4 items) Adds 129 Spell Damage
(5 items) Adds 400 Spell Damage to your Frost Damage abilities.

New Moon Acolyte

(2 items) Adds 833 Weapon Critical, Adds 833 Spell Critical
(3 items) Adds 129 Weapon Damage and Spell Damage
(4 items) Adds 1487 Physical Penetration, Adds 1487 Spell Penetration
(5 items) Adds 401 Weapon Damage and Spell Damage. Increases the cost of your active abilities by 5%.

Mother’s Sorrow

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

Grothdarr

(1 item) Adds 1096 Maximum Magicka
(2 items) When you deal damage to an enemy within 8 meters, you have a 10% chance to create lava pools that swirl around you, dealing 1800 Flame Damage to all enemies within 8 meters of you every 1 second for 5 seconds. This effect can occur once every 10 seconds.


Mythic Items


Keep in mind you can do some tweaking on this build to make a Mythic Item work. Specifically I would recommend Malacath’s Band Of Brutality. To make this work with the rest of our sets you would need to obtain a Frozen Watcher sword and shield to front bar that set.

Malacath’s Band Of Brutality

(1 item) Increases your damage done by 25%. You cannot deal critical damage.


Gear Set Up


Weapon/Armor Set Trait Weight Glyph
Main Hand Willpower 1h and Shield Ninrhoned / Infused NA Absorb Magic / Magicka
Backup Winter's Respite Frost Staff Infused NA Spell Damage
Head Iceheart Infused Medium Magicka
Shoulder Iceheart Sturdy Light Magicka
Chest Frozen Watcher Infused Heavy Magicka
Waist Frozen Watcher Sturdy Heavy Magicka
Gloves Frozen Watcher Sturdy Heavy Magicka
Legs Frozen Watcher Infused Heavy Magicka
Feet Frozen Watcher Sturdy Heavy Magicka
Necklace Winter's Respite Arcane NA Spell Damage
Ring 1 Winter's Respite Arcane NA Magicka Recovery
Ring 2 Winter's Respite Arcane NA Magicka Recovery

Consumables, Race, Mundus


Race

My favorite race for this build is Nord due to the extra resistances, health and ultimate generation. Any magicka-based race such as High Elf or Breton will also be fine.

Mundus

The Lover

Food/Drink Buff

Bewitched Sugar Skulls or Purple Quality Tri-Stat Food

Potions

Tri-Stat Potions or Basic Magicka Potions


Skills


Main Weapon: One Hand And Shield - Click on a Skill Name to learn more

  1. Arctic Blast

  2. Deep Fissure

  3. Bird Of Prey

  4. Defensive Stance

  5. Inner Light

  6. ULT: Reviving Barrier


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

  1. Elemental Blockade

  2. Gripping Shards or Winter’s Revenge

  3. Fetcher Infection

  4. Ice Fortress

  5. Bull Netch

  6. ULT: Northern Storm


Skills Discussion & Rotation


Buff with Ice Fortress and Bull Netch. Then cast Blockade Of Frost, Gripping Shards and Fetcher Infection. Bar Swap ->

Hold Block to proc Frozen Watcher -> Deep Fissure x3 -> Bar Swap back

Notes

Use Arctic Blast as needed for healing. It can also be cast before the fight starts to stun basic enemies. Use Northern Storm when ready.


Champion Points 2.0


- 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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