Beginner’s Dragonknight Magicka DPS Build for The Elder Scrolls Online

Welcome to the Beginner’s Dragonknight Magicka DPS Build/Guide for Elder Scrolls Online (ESO). This guide will teach you the basics of building a Dragonknight Magicka DPS and provide you with the necessary tools to start your journey as a powerful damage dealer in ESO.

This build is designed for players new to the damage dealing role and focuses on easy rotation, good survivability, and easy gear acquisition.

Race Selection:

While any race can be a Dragonknight Magicka DPS, the following races have passives that make them more suitable for the role:

  • High Elf: Max Magicka, Spell Damage, and Magicka Recovery
  • Dark Elf: Max Magicka, Max Stamina, and Spell Damage
  • Breton: Max Magicka, Spell Resistance, and Magicka Recovery

Attribute Points:

Allocate all 64 points into Magicka to maximize damage output. This can be changed later as you adapt and get better gear and stats.

Mundus Stone:

  • The Apprentice (Spell Damage) or The Mage (Max Magicka)

Food and Potions:

  • Food: Bi-stat food (Max Health and Magicka)
  • Potions: Essence of Spell Power or basic Magicka potions


The skill setup for a beginner Dragonknight Magicka DPS is as follows:

Bar 1 – Destruction Staff (Flame):

  1. Molten Whip – Morph of Flame Lash
  2. Engulfing Flames – Morph of Fiery Breath
  3. Burning Embers – Morph of Searing Strike
  4. Eruption – Morph of Ash Cloud
  5. Inner Light – Morph of Magelight
  6. Ultimate: Shooting Star – Morph of Meteor

Bar 2 – Destruction Staff (Flame):

  1. Elemental Blockade – Morph of Wall of Elements
  2. Elemental Drain – Morph of Weakness to Elements
  3. Harness Magicka – Morph of Annulment
  4. Flames of Oblivion – Morph of Inferno
  5. Mystic Orb – Morph of Necrotic Orb
  6. Ultimate: Standard of Might – Morph of Dragonknight Standard

Champion Points:

Assuming 1800 CP available:

Craft (Green):

  1. Slot 1: Steed’s Blessing – 50 points
  2. Slot 2: Breakfall – 50 points
  3. Slot 3: Wanderer – 50 points

Warfare (Red):

  1. Slot 1: Boundless Vitality – 50 points (Slot Unlock at 1200 CP)
  2. Slot 2: Piercing – 50 points
  3. Slot 3: Deadly Aim – 50 points
  4. Slot 4: Eldritch Insight – 50 points (Slot Unlock at 1800 CP)

Spend remaining points in:

  • Elemental Aegis (up to 50 points)
  • Hardy (up to 50 points)
  • Quick Recovery (up to 50 points)

Fitness (Blue):

  1. Slot 1: Tumbling – 50 points
  2. Slot 2: Mystic Tenacity – 50 points
  3. Slot 3: Hero’s Vigor – 50 points
  4. Slot 4: Defiance – 50 points (Slot Unlock at 1200 CP)
  5. Slot 5: Hasty – 50 points (Slot Unlock at 1800 CP)

Spend remaining points in:

  • Sprinter (up to 50 points)
  • Tireless Discipline (up to 50 points)
  • Relentless Focus (up to 50 points)


  • Destruction Staff: All passives
  • Light Armor: All passives
  • Heavy Armor: Juggernaut passive
  • Medium Armor: Wind Walker and Athletics passives
  • Dragonknight: All passives in Ardent Flame, Draconic Power, and Earthen Heart
  • Mages Guild: All passives
  • Undaunted: Undaunted Command and Undaunted Mettle
  • Racial: All passives for your chosen race


As a beginner, your priority should be to acquire easy-to-obtain gear that provides good bonuses. Here’s a beginner-friendly gear setup:

  • 5x Julianos (Crafted set)
  • 5x Mother’s Sorrow (Deshaan overland or Guild Traders)
  • 2x Monster Set: Grothdarr (Vaults of Madness) or Ilambris (Crypt of Hearts I)

Traits and Enchantments:

  • Armor: Divines (all pieces) with Magicka enchantments
  • Weapons: Infused (main hand) and Precise (off-hand) with Flame Damage and Absorb Magicka enchantments
  • Jewelry: Arcane with Spell Damage enchantments

This beginner’s Dragonknight Magicka DPS build is designed to help you learn the basics of dealing damage in ESO. As you progress, you’ll be able to experiment with different sets, skills, and playstyles to find the perfect DPS build for your playstyle.

Remember to communicate with your group, adapt to different situations, and always strive to improve your gameplay. Damage dealing is a crucial role in ESO, and with practice and patience, you’ll become a powerful and effective Dragonknight Magicka DPS.

As you gain experience, explore more advanced builds and strategies to further optimize your damage output. Happy adventuring!

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