Ranking The Top 5 Best ESO Builds (2019 Edition)

Elder Scrolls Online Builds
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Builds are super important to ESO players if you plan to run Dungeons, Trials or Cyrodiil.

This article will help you as a beginner or advanced player to pick a race, slot the appropriate skills, and distribute CP.

Build Guides are not always set in stone, they are constantly changing so if you find a skill or piece of gear that works better for you, go for it!

5. Magicka Templar – “Paladin”

Templars excel in close range as well as Magicka combat

A Templar is like a Golden knight on a white steed!

Except they would be holding a Restoration Staff instead of Great Sword.

Templars have become extremely popular in ESO for their versatility. It has gotten to the point where when you join a dungeon as a healer and you are not a Templar, you may be kicked.

Templars can cause a lot of damage with its unique skill line. This “Paladin” build can be used in PvE settings and is great for soloing.

Race:

Dark Elf – Increases Max Magicka and Flame resistance

High Elf – Increases your Flame, Frost, and Shock damage

Breton – Increased Spell Resistance

Non – DLC Guilds: Mages Guild, Psijic Order, Undaunted

CP Food: Clockwork Citrus Filet

CP Drink: Witchmother’s Brew Drink

CP Potion: Spell – Crit Potion

Mundus Stone:

The Mage – Max Magicka

The Atronach – Magicka Recovery

The Apprentice – Increased Spell Damage

Passives:

Racial Passives
Class Passives
Light Armor Passives
Mage’s Guild Passives
Psijic Order Passives
Restoration Staff Passives
Destruction Staff Passives
Undaunted Passives

Bar Swaps (and skills):

Restoration Staff:

Rushed Ceremony – morph to Breath of Life
Blessing of Protection – morph to Combat Prayer
Grand Healing – morph to Healing Springs
Magelight – morph to Inner Light
Cleansing Ritual – morph to Purifying Ritual
Solar Prison (Ultimate)

Shock Staff:

Force Shock – morph to Force Pulse
Wall of Elements – morph to Blockade of Elements
Puncturing Strikes – morph to Puncturing Sweeps
Spear Shards – morph to Blazing Spear
Weakness to Elements – morph to Elemental Drain

Aggressive Warhorn (Ultimate)

Champion Points:

The Warrior: 

The Lord: N/A
The Lady:

- Elemental Defender
- Light Armor Focus

The Steed: N/A

The Mage:

The Ritual: N/A
The Apprentice:

- Elemental Expert
- Blessed
- Elfborn
- Spell Erosion

The Atronach:

- Staff Expert
- Master At Arms

The Thief:

The Tower:

- Siphoner

The Lover:

- Healthy
- Arcanist
- Tenacity

The Shadow:

- Befoul

Sets:

Mother’s Sorrow - Deshaan
Spell Power Cure – White Gold Tower
Worm Raiment – Vaults of Madness
Lamia’s Song – Arx Corinium
Necropotence – Rivenspire
Shroud of the Lich – Crypt of Hearts
Syrabane’s Grip – Grahtwood
Vestments of the Warlock – Selene’s Web

Traits:

Armor: Divine
Jewelry: Arcane
Weapons: Charged and Powered

4. Magicka Sorcerer – “Wizard”

Sorcerer accepting the responsibility as Abyssal Pearl Destroyer in the Psijic Order

The Templar Healer build can be intimidating to some.

If that is the case, go for a Sorcerer Healer build instead! Stick all of your attribute points in Magicka and run free.

The “Wizard” build is very easy to create for beginning players and fun to experiment with for more advanced players.

The great part about this build is that, although it is basic, it is very effective! You can easily run dungeons, trials, and even solo quest.

Race:

High Elf – Increases your Flame, Frost, and Shock damage

Dark Elf – Increases Max Magicka and Flame resistance

Breton – Increased Spell Resistance

Non – DLC Guilds: Mages Guild, Psijic Order, Undaunted

CP Food: Clockwork Citrus Filet

CP Drink: Witchmother’s Brew Drink

CP Potion: Spell – Crit Potion

Mundus Stone:

The Ritual – Increased Healing Effectiveness

The Mage – Max Magicka

The Atronach – Magicka Recovery

Passives:

Racial Passives
Class Passives
Light Armor Passives
Mage’s Guild Passives
Psijic Order Passives
Restoration Staff Passives
Destruction Staff Passives
Undaunted Passives

Bar Swaps (and skills):

Restoration Staff:

Steadfast Ward – morph to Healing Ward
Blessing of Protection – morph to Combat Prayer
Grand Healing – morph to Healing Springs
Conjured Ward – morph to Empowered Ward
Necrotic Orb – morph to Energy Orbs
Summon Winged Twilight – morph to Summon Twilight Matriarch
Lights Champion (Ultimate)

Flame Staff:

Wall of Elements – morph to Elemental Blockade
Deadric Curse – morph to Haunting Curse
Conjured Ward – morph to Empowered Ward
Force Shock – morph to Force Pulse
Bound Armor – morph to Bound Aegis
Fiery Rage (Ultimate)

Champion Points:

The Warrior:

The Lord: N/A
The Lady:

- Elemental Defender
- Light Armor Focus

The Steed: N/A

The Mage:

The Ritual: N/A
The Apprentice:

- Elemental Expert
- Blessed
- Elfborn
- Spell Erosion

The Atronach:

- Staff Expert
- Master At Arms

The Thief:

The Tower:

- Siphoner

The Lover:

- Healthy
- Arcanist
- Tenacity

The Shadow:

- Befoul

Sets:

Mother’s Sorrow - Deshaan
Spell Power Cure – White Gold Tower
Worm Raiment – Vaults of Madness
Lamia’s Song – Arx Corinium
Necropotence – Rivenspire
Shroud of the Lich – Crypt of Hearts
Syrabane’s Grip – Grahtwood
Vestments of the Warlock – Selene’s Web

Traits:

Armor: Divine
Jewelry: Arcane
Weapons: Powered and Charged

3. Dragonknight Tank – Knight

Heavy armored Argonian DK looking to deal damage

Dragon Knights are heroic individuals with battle-spirit! DKs are most commonly Tanks in Dungeon and Trial Roles.

Tanks can take high damage so Health is super important. They need to draw the attention of bosses and mobs so the rest of the group can reign down attacks.

Dragon Knights do not make very good solo builds because they may live through an enemy attack, but they don’t inflict very much damage.

This is the preferred build for grouping.

Race:

Argonian (Recommended) – Increased Max Health

Imperial – Melee attacks restore Health

Orc – Increases experience gain with the Heavy Armor Skill line by 15%.

Nord – Increased Max Stamina and Health Recovery

Non – DLC Guilds: Fighter’s, Undaunted

CP Food: Longfin Pastry with Melon Sauce

CP Potion: Crown Tri-Restoration Potion, Orzorga’s Red Frothgar

Mundus Stone:

The Lord – Max Health

The Steed – Increased Health Recovery

The Lady – Physical and Spell Resistance

Passives:

Class Passives
Heavy Armor Passives
Fighter’s Guild Passives
Undaunted Passives
Alliance War – Assault Passives
Racial Passives
One Hand Passives
Shield Passives
Vampire Passives (Recommended)

Bar Swaps (and skills):

One Handed and Shield:

Obsidian Shield – morph to Igneous Shield
Dragon Blood – morph to Green Dragon Blood
Puncture – morph to Pierce Armor
Defensive Posture – morph to Absorb Magic
Bone Shield – morph to Bone Surge
Shield Wall – morph to Shield Discipline (Ultimate)

One Handed and Shield:

Mist Form – morph to Elusive Mist
Dark Talons – morph to Choking Talons
Low Slash – morph to Heroic Slash
Drain Essence – morph to Invigorating Drain
Fiery Grip – morph to Unrelenting Grip
Inner Rage (Ultimate) or Aggressive Warhorn (Ultimate)

Champion Points:

The Warrior:

The Lord:

- Quick Recovery
- Heavy Armor Focus
- Bastion

The Lady:

- Thick Skinned
- Elemental Defender
- Hardy

The Steed:

- Ironclad

The Mage:

The Ritual:

- Precise Strikes

The Apprentice: N/A
The Atronach:

- Shattering Blows
- Master At Arms
- Physical Weapon Expert

The Thief:

The Tower: N/A
The Lover:

- Healthy
- Mooncalf
- Arcanist
- Tenacity

The Shadow:

- Shadow Ward

Sets:

Chokethorn – Elden Hollow
Shadowrend – Banished Cells
Ebon Armor – Crypt of Hearts
Lord Warden – Imperial City Prison
Aegis of Galanwe – Summerset
Beekeeper’s Gear – Greenshade
Embershield – City of Ash
Grace of Gloom - Summerset

Traits:

Armor: Sturdy
Jewelry: Infused
Weapons: Sturdy

2. Stamina Warden – Valkyrie

Warden summoning Feral Guardian for an Ultimate attack

Wardens are a new class to come to ESO.

These forest dwellers have the ability to summon combat pets to their aid. The great part is that Wardens are very versatile as well.

You can either DPS or Heal and will be able to hold your own in dungeons.

This “Valkyrie” build is extremely capable of soloing with so many class skill lines available.

Equipped with Bow and Dual Wield for maximum damage.

Race:

Redguard (Recommended) – Increased Stamina Recovery

Khajiit – Increased Weapon Critical

Wood Elf – Increased Max Stamina

Non – DLC Guilds: Fighter’s, Undaunted, Psijic

CP Food: Water Stained Psijic Food

CP Drink: Orzorga’s Red Frothgar

Mundus Stone:

The Tower – Increases Max Stamina

The Serpent – Increases Stamina Recovery

The Lover – Increases Physical and Spell penetration

Passives:

Class Passives
Racial Passives
Green Balance Passives
Dual Wield Passives
Bow Passives
Medium Armor Passives
Fighter’s Guild Passives
Psijic Order Passives
Undaunted Passives

Bar Swaps (and skills):

Dual Wield:

Scorch – morph to Subterranean Assault
Twin Slashes- morph to Rending Slashes
Hidden Blade – morph to Shrouded Dagger
Dive – morph to Cutting Dive
Betty Netch – morph to Bull Netch
Feral Guardian – morph to Wild Guardian (Ultimate)

Bow:

Volley – morph to Endless Hail
Falcons Swiftness – morph to Birds of Prey
Trap Beast – morph to Rearming Trap
Poison Arrow – morph to Poison Injection
Lotus Flower – morph to Green Lotus
Wild Guardian (Ultimate)

Champion Points:

The Warrior:

The Lord: N/A
The Lady:

- Thick Skinned
- Elemental Defender
- Hardy

The Steed:

- Medium Armor Focus
- Iron Clad

The Mage:

The Ritual:

- Precise Strikes
- Piercing
- Thaumaturge
- Mighty

The Apprentice: N/A
The Atronach:

- Master At Arms
- Physical Weapon Expert

The Thief:

The Tower:

- Sprinter
- Bashing Focus
- Warlord

The Lover:

- Mooncalf
- Tenacity

The Shadow:

- Tumbling
- Shade

Sets:

Berserking Warrior – Hel Ra Citadel
Twice Fanged Serpent – Sanctum Ophidia
Spriggan’s Thorns – Bangkorai
Hunding’s Rage – Craft able in Bangkorai
Nightmother’s Gaze – Craft able in Hew’s Bane
Selene – Selene’s Web
Eternal Hunt – Hew’s Bane
Viper’s Sting – Fungal Grotto
Barkskin – Elden Hollow
Bone Pirate’s Tatters – Blackheart Haven

Traits:

Armor: Divine
Jewelry: Robust and Infused
Weapons: Nirnhoned and Precise

1. Stamina Nightblade  - Assassin

Stamina Nightblade going in for the kill using Blade of Woe

Stamina Nightblades are Stamina induced Assassins of PvE.

This is another great build for beginners and can be tweaked by more seasoned players.

Nightblades make powerful DPS in dungeons so this build is Stamina focused.

This “Assassin” build is also perfect for soloing, proving to be more than able to hold their own. Their skill lines Assassination, Shadow, and Siphoning induce a lot of damage and self-Stamina recovering.

Focus on your weapon critical and Stamina Recovery to excel.

Race:

Redguard (Recommended) – Increased Stamina Recovery

Khajiit – Increased Health and Stamina Recovery

Wood Elf – Increased Stamina Recovery

Non – DLC Guilds: Fighter, Undaunted

CP Food: Braised Rabbit with Spring Vegetables

CP Drink: Dubious Camoran Throne

CP Potion: Essence of Weapon Power

Mundus Stone:

The Lover – Increases Physical and Spell Penetration

The Serpent – Increases Stamina Recovery

The Tower- Increases Max Stamina

Passives:

All Class Passives
Dual Wield passives
Bow Passives
Medium Armor passives
Heavy Armor Passives
Fighter’s Guild Passives
Undaunted Passives
Racial Passives

Bar Swaps (and skills):

Dual Wield:

Blade Cloak – morph to preference
Veiled Strike – morph to Surprise Attack
Twin Slashes – morph to Rending Slashes
Assassin’s Blade – morph to Killer’s Blade
Grim Focus – morph to Relentless Focus
Flurry – morph to preference
Dawn Breaker (Ultimate)

Bow:

Volley – morph to Endless Hail
Trap Beast – morph to Rearming Trap
Poison Arrow – morph to Poison Injection
Caltrops – morph to preference
Siphoning Strikes – morph to Leeching Strikes
Incapacitating Strike (Ultimate)

Champion Points:

The Warrior:

The Lord: N/A
The Lady:

- Thick Skinned
- Elemental Defender
- Hardy

The Steed:

- Medium Armor Focus
- Iron Clad

The Mage:

The Ritual:

- Precise Strikes
- Piercing
- Thaumaturge
- Mighty

The Apprentice: N/A
The Atronach:

- Master At Arms

The Thief:

The Tower:

- Sprinter
- Bashing Focus
- Warlord

The Lover:

- Healthy
- Mooncalf
- Tenacity

The Shadow:

- Shadow Ward
- Tumbling

Sets:

Eternal Hunt – Craft able in Hew’s Bane
Vampire’s Kiss - Eastmarch
Hunding’s Rage – Craft able in Bangkorai
Nightmother’s Embrace - Deshaan
Twice Fanged Serpent – Sanctum Ophidia
Bone Pirate’s Tatters – Black Heart Haven
Gryphon’s Ferocity – Summerset
Hircine’s Veneer – Selene’s Web
Jail Breaker- Banished Cells
Spriggan’s Thorns – Bangkorai
Twin Sisters – Auridon

Traits:

Armor: Divines
Jewelry: Robust
Weapons: Nirnhoned and Precise

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