Arcanist Class Builds For The Elder Scrolls Online
Empowered by the secrets of Apocrypha and the forbidden knowledge of Hermaeus Mora, The Arcanist is a powerful new Class capable of destructive, restorative, or defensive magic by channeling the arcane, ancient runes and lost tomes of power.
Check out our Arcanist Class Guide for everything you need to know about the powerful Arcanist Class!
ESO Arcanist Builds
Ready to manipulate arcane energies and take your Arcanist Build to the next level in ESO? Then you are in the right place! We’ve put together the BEST ESO Arcanist Builds for players of all skill levels, including Beginner Builds, Solo Builds, Group Builds, and much more! All the Arcanist builds on this list are extremely powerful, so let’s get started!
The CRUX CANNON Build is a POWERFUL Stamina Arcanist Build you can play in ESO for both Solo and Group Content! With a flexible and EASY One Bar Rotation and No Trials Gear needed this is the ultimate starter build for the Arcanist Class!
This PVP build for the Stamina Arcanist class in The Elder Scrolls Online focuses on applying powerful status effects to your enemies, leaving them severely weakened and ripe for the picking!
The BOW-CANIST Build is a simple yet POWERFUL Build option for the Arcanist class in ESO, great for Solo and Group content!
This build is nearly UNKILLABLE with Massive Damage Reduction, Armor, Self-Healing, and Shields – the perfect Arcanist Build for Solo Content! This is a Member Only Build.
The RUNE KNIGHT Arcanist Tank build for The Elder Scrolls Online is a beast! With access to many powerful buffs and debuffs this build will be an outstanding addition to any dungeon or trials group in ESO!
The FATE LORD Build is a POWERFUL Stamina Arcanist DPS option, capable of massive damage numbers, even without Trials gear! Plus, the rotation is simple to learn, making this build a great option for players at all skill levels looking to boost their damage.
The RUNE WALKER Build is the EASIEST Arcanist Build you can play in ESO for both Solo and Group Content! With a flexible and EASY One Bar Rotation and No Trials Gear needed this is the ultimate starter build for the Arcanist Class!
This beginner build for the Stamina Arcanist class in The Elder Scrolls Online is a great place to get started! This build has amazing damage and survivability making it great for all players!
This beginner build for the Magicka Arcanist class in The Elder Scrolls Online is a great place to get started! This build focuses on powerful damage abilities to melt your enemies!
What Skills Are Best For The Arcanist?
The best Arcanist Skill is Pragmatic Fatecarver from the Herald Of The Tome skill line. Also known as just “The Beam,” this arcanist skill can do massive damage to all enemies in front of you, especially when empowered by a full stack of three Crux.
For more information on Arcanist Skills, explore the Arcanist Skill Lines: Herald Of The Tome, Soldier Of Apocrypha, and Curative Runeforms, or review all three skill lines here: Arcanist Skill Lines.
What Armor Should an Arcanist Wear?
The best armor for the Arcanist class in ESO is light armor, which provides bonuses to Critical Chance, Offensive Penetration, Magicka Recovery, and Magicka Cost Reduction.
There are some exceptions to this rule, particularly if you prefer melee weapons and stamina-based skills. In this case, you will want to prioritize medium armor instead which boosts your Critical Damage, Stamina Recovery, and Stamina Cost Reduction. Medium armor can be the best choice in the end game due to the abundance of penetration available in group content.
Tanks as well as players interested in PVP will also want to invest in some solid Heavy Armor sets for extra protection.
For more information on Armor Types in ESO check out our full guide here
What Is The Best Race For The Arcanist?
The best race for an ESO Arcanist Build is High Elf due to their bonus Max Magicka, increased Weapon and Spell Damage, and damage reduction while channeling.
For a beginner build on the Arcanist Class, Khajiit is recommended due to their increased recovery and Critical Damage. Dark Elf is another great option, particularly at end-game with their max stat bonuses making it easy to switch between a Stamina Arcanist Build and Magicka Arcanist Build.
It is important to note that sometimes other races can be preferred depending on what particular build you are trying to optimize for. For more details be sure to review our ESO Race Guides for each role.
How To Create Powerful ESO Builds
Crafting the Perfect Build for you in The Elder Scrolls Online can be frustrating. Which skills are best for each class? What about passives? The best race? The best armor type and weapons? The best trait and glyphs? There are literally THOUSANDS of different options!
This is why we created the ESO Zero To Hero Build Academy – A Simple, yet Powerful build system that teaches the fundamentals of ESO Theorycrafting, step-by-step.
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