ESO Sorcerer

DPS Build for the TESO Sorcerer

Update: This article contains only a brief introduction. If you want something more detailed and in-depth, this manual is for you. If you want to level up the Sorcerer as fast as possible with the best build, I recommend the first thing to do is head over and get yourself a copy. Not only does it have a much more detailed and up-to-date strategies on the Sorcerer, but an amazing leveling guide as well (see my review). I could have saved myself a lot of trial and error with this.


A DPS Sorcerer has a few options when it comes to choosing the best build. If you prefer to use a pet, you will want to put some points into the Deadric Summoning skill line. If not, you will want to focus more on the Storm Calling skill line which is purely offensive. The third skill line is supportive in nature. Here are some of the best skills and abilities you should consider taking from all three sorcerer skill lines:

Storm Calling

The Storm Calling skill line is focused on dealing lightning damage. For active abilities, you will want Mage’s Fury,  the damage dealing skill all sorcerer should have,  and Surge. Lightning Form and Lightning Splash are more situated for fights with a high amount of adds to kill. Bolt Escape is an optional stun.

For passive abilities, you will want to grab Capacitor, Energized, Disintegrate and Expert Mage. All are important. In most cases, you will want to use the Ultimate from this tree, as it will increase your damage significantly.

lightning spells

Dark Magic

The Dark Magic skill line is full of supportive abilities. Most are optional, but some can be very handy. Dark Exchange is probably the most useful active ability as it allows you to regenerate both Health and Magicka. It means that you could heal yourself without having to group with the eso templar class. The other active abilities are crowd control abilities that are optional.

For passives, you will probably want Unholy Knowledge at least. The rest are focused more for players who use a lot of CC abilities. The Ultimate ability in this tree isn’t nearly as useful as your other two options, but may be beneficial for certain fights where an offensive dispel is needed.

Daedric Summoning

If you love playing a pet class, you will want to invest quite a few points into the Deadric Summoning skill line. Daedric Curse is a damage-over-time ability that will be useful for all DPS specs during longer fights. Unstable Familiar and Summon Winter Twilight are your pet-summoning abilities. Conjured Word is decent for gameplay survivability, but optional.

All DPS Sorcerers may find that Power Stone is quite useful, as it reduces the Ultimate cost of abilities. Other passive abilities in this tree are for players who have chosen to use a pet. This tree’s Ultimate is also pet-focused.

Sorcerers have many options when it comes to choosing a build that does maximum DPS. You should first consider how heavily you wish to utilize a pet in combat then choose your point placement based on that decision. Pets can deal decent damage, but can also be a liability at times.

Update: This article contains only a brief introduction. If you want something more detailed and in-depth, this guide is for you. If you want to level up the Sorcerer as fast as possible with the best build, I recommend the first thing to do is head over and get yourself a copy. Not only does it have a much more detailed and up-to-date strategies on the Sorcerer, but an amazing leveling guide as well (see my review). I could have saved myself a lot of trial and error with this.


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