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Forcefire – A Magicka Dragonknight Build / MagDK


This ESO Magicka Dragonknight build melts packs of enemies with its emphasis on AOE fire damage while still parsing in the 87k+ DPS range. It is an absolute BEAST on the battlefield. From normal dungeons to vet DLC HM content, this build has proven itself capable of all content in the game. Let’s light it up!

  1. Overview
    • Race
    • Mundus
    • Attributes
    • Consumables
    • Vampire / Werewolf
  2. Gear
  3. Skills
  4. Rotation
  5. Passives
  6. Champion Points
  7. Parse Time


  • Race: High Elf
    • I choose High Elf for its high damage, Magicka sustain was just improved so there really isn’t a need to go Breton for DPS right now! Find out what other alternatives you can choose on our race guide here.
  • Mundus: Shadow
  • Attributes:
    • Magicka: 64
    • Health: 0
    • Stamina: 0
  • Consumables
    • Food: Artaeum Pickled Fish Bowl
      • Less Expensive alternative: Solitude Salmon-Millet Soup
    • Potion: Essence of Spell Power
  • Vampire
    • No, not this patch


HeadZaans (or Domihaus)LightDivinesMagicka
ShoulderZaans (or Domihaus)LightDivinesMagicka
ChestElf BaneHeavyDivinesMagicka
BeltMother’s SorrowLight Divines Magicka
ShoesMother’s SorrowLight Divines Magicka
HandsMother’s SorrowLight DivinesMagicka
PantsElf BaneHeavy Divines Magicka
NecklaceElf BaneJewelryBloodthirstySpell Damage
Ring 1Elf Bane Jewelry BloodthirstySpell Damage
Ring 2Elf Bane Jewelry Bloodthirsty Spell Damage
Weapon 1Mother’s SorrowInferno StaffPreciseFire Enchant
Weapon 2MaelstromInferno StaffInfusedWeapon Damage Enchantment

  • Domihaus drops in veteran Falkreath Hold.
  • Mother’s Sorrow drops in Deshan (dolmen, chests, delves, public dungeons, world bosses) Mother’s Sorrow Chest Farm Guide here.
  • Zaan’s drops in Veteran Scalecaller Peak
  • False God’s drops in Sunspire (Trial) (if not vamp replace MS with FG)
  • Elf Bane is found in Cyrodiil at the Vlastarus Elite Gear Vendor


HeadMaw of the InfernalLightDivinesMagicka
ShoulderMaw of the InfernalLightDivinesMagicka
ChestBurning SpellweaveLightDivinesMagicka
BeltBurning SpellweaveLight Divines Magicka
ShoesBurning SpellweaveLight Divines Magicka
HandsBurning SpellweaveLight DivinesMagicka
PantsBurning SpellweaveLight Divines Magicka
NecklaceMother’s SorrowJewelryBloodthirstySpell Damage
Ring 1Mother’s SorrowJewelry BloodthirstySpell Damage
Ring 2Mother’s SorrowJewelry Bloodthirsty Spell Damage
Weapon 1Mother’s SorrowInferno
PreciseFire Enchant/ Damage Health Poison IX
Weapon 2Mother’s SorrowInferno StaffInfusedWeapon Damage Enchantment

  • Maw of the Infernal is dropped in Banished Cells II
  • Burning Spell Weave is dropped in City of Ash I and II
  • Mother’s Sorrow is dropped in Deshan (dolmen, chests, delves, public dungeons, world bosses)
    • Mother’s Sorrow Chest Farm Guide here.


Flames of OblivionMolten WhipMystic OrbScalding RuneInner LightShooting Star
ESO skills flames of oblivionESO Skills Molten WhipESO Skills Mystic OrbESO Skils Inner LightESO Skills Shooting Star
Elemental BlockadeEngulfing FlamesChanneled Acceleration / Barbed TrapBurning EmbersEruptionStandard of Might
ESO Skills Elemental BlockadeESO Skills Channeled AccelerationESO Skills Burning EmbersESO Skills Standard of Might

Honorable Mentions:
Coagulating Blood replaces Scalding Rune when you need self heals (can also use Harness Magicka instead for added defense if you have a healer with you)

Barbed Trap can be a great substitute for Channeled Acceleration

Burning Talons can be a substitute for Mystic Orb if no one else in the group is running them


ESO skills flames of oblivion Flames of Oblivion InfernoDragonknight > Ardent Flame
ESO Skills Molten Whip Molten Whipeso skills lava whip Lava WhipDragonknight > Ardent Flame
ESO Skills Mystic Orb Mystic Orb Necrotic OrbGuild > Undaunted
Scalding Rune Fire RuneGuild > Mages Guild
ESO Skils Inner Light Inner Light MagelightGuild > Mages Guild
ESO Skills Shooting Star Shooting Star MeteorGuild > Mages Guild
ESO Skills Elemental Blockade Elemental Blockade Wall of ElementsWeapon > Destruction Staff
Engulfing Flames Fiery BreathDragonknight > Ardent Flame
ESO Skills Channeled Acceleration Channeled Acceleratioin AccelerateGuild > Psijic Order
Burning Embers Searing StrikeDragonknight > Ardent Flame
Eruption Ash CloudDragonknight > Earthen Heart
ESO Skills Standard of Might Standard of Might Dragonknight StandardDragonknight > Arden Flame


This Rotation is dynamic, but don’t let that scare you! Essentially, what we’ve done is put our long-lasting dots on the back bar. We apply them all, then move to the front bar to apply all of those dots.

Any time all dots are ticking we are using our spammable aka Molten Whip.
ESO Skills Molten Whip

Swap to back bar to reapply all your dots back there when they start dropping.

  • Step 1: Start with
    Flames of Oblivion > Channeled Acceleration
    ESO skills flames of oblivion > ESO Skills Channeled Acceleration

  • Step 2: Begin Dynamic Rotation On back bar
    Elemental Blockade > Engulfing Flames > Burning Embers > Eruption
    ESO Skills Elemental Blockade > > >

  • Step: 3 Swap to Front Bar
    Scalding Rune > Mystic Orb > Spammable until back bar dots begin to drop
    ESO Skills Scalding Rune > ESO Skills Mystic Orb
    -Return to Step 2-


    • All passives
    • Staff: All Passives
    • Light Armor: All Passives
    • Medium Armor: First 3 Passives (we are 5-1-1 when not wearing elf bane)
    • Heavy Armor: First 3 Passives
    • Mages Guild: All Passives
    • Fighters Guild: First Four Passives
    • Undaunted Guild: All Passives
  • Racial: All Passives
  • Alchemy: Medicinal Use


    • Thaumaturge: 75
    • Master-at-Arms: 56
    • Staff Expert: 19
    • Elf Born: 51
    • Elemental Expert: 49
    • Spell Erosion: 20 (adjust as necessary)
    • Shadow Ward: 31
    • Tumbling: 56
    • Arcanist: 64
    • Tenacity: 45
    • Bashing Focus: 18
    • Warlord: 56
    • Quick Recovery: 32
    • Ironclad: 56
    • Spell Shield:62
    • Thick Skinned: 56
    • Elemental Defender: 64


  • Equip Siroria and Elfbane
  • Replace Orb with Burning Talons
  • Youre Ready!

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