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Arcanist Class in ESO - Everything you need to know! header

Arcanist Class in ESO - Everything you need to know!

Arcanist Class in ESO - Everything you need to know!

The Arcanist is the newest class in ESO (Elder Scrolls Online), added in the Necrom chapter in 2023. If you are looking for Arcanist builds please visit the ESO Arcanist Builds Page.

ESO Arcanist Class Introduction

The Arcanist is a powerful new class which can channel destructive, restorative or protective magic using ancient arcane runes and lost tomes of power. 

Arcanists are empowered with the secrets of Apocrypha and the forbidden knowledge of the Daedric Prince Hermaeus Mora. They will carry their own personal Tome, containing arcane knowledge gleaned from the Prince of Fates that they can use to damage enemies, defend themselves or heal and support their allies.

It's expected that the Arcanist class will be fairly versatile in terms of how it can be used, possessing options that allow you to easily fit into a DPS, Tank or Healer role if you are playing as this class. 

We will be updating this page with further information about the Arcanist class as it becomes available, including skill lines, skills, passives and more.

The Arcanist Class - Necrom Chapter ESO
The Arcanist Class - Necrom Chapter ESO

Arcanist Class Skill Lines in ESO

The Arcanist class in the Elder Scrolls Online will have three skill lines. Each skill line for the Arcanist class specializes in abilities which aid specific roles in ESO, namely DPS, tank and healer/support. 

The three Arcanist skill lines are:

  • Herald of the Tome: Manipulate arcane energies to bombard your foes with damaging blasts, beams, and more. This will be the main offensive skill line for the Arcanist and you'll probably be using it a lot if you're playing as a DPS role. 
  • Curative Runeforms: Make use of healing runes to keep yourself and your group healthy and shield your allies from damage. This skill line is primarily focused on support and healing, so it will probably see the most use by healers and tanks. 
  • Apocryphal Soldier: This skill line helps you to play defensively and protect your allies, and also allows you to dominate your foes' attentions and buff yourself and your group's defensive capabilities. It is likely that this skill will contain a taunt ability and be used mostly by tanks. 
Arcanist Runes in ESO
Arcanist Runes in ESO

Arcanist Class Skills in ESO

We currently know about four skills for the Arcanist Class in ESO. We don't have any info about the tooltip values of these skills yet, such as damage, cost or duration values, but we do know roughly how the skills will function and what their purpose is going to be.

The currently known Arcanist skills are:

  • Runeblades: This is a skill from the Herald of the Tome skill line. It will launch lethal projectiles at your foes, and will generate Crux. 
  • Apocryphal Gate: This is from the Curative Runeforms skill line, and will allow you to summon a gateway to a nearby location (within line of sight). This gateway then allows you or an ally to teleport to the other side. 
  • Runespite Ward: This is from the Apocryphal Soldier skill line. Runespite Ward conjures a damage shield which will explode after some time, damaging nearby enemies. This skill can be empowered by consuming Crux. 
  • Abyssal Impact: Infuses your armour with unstable magic, transforming it into a tentacular weapon which can then be used to attack enemies. We don't yet know which skill line this skill belongs to. 

There are also a couple of other skills that were briefly seen during the Global Reveal of Necrom and the Arcanist Class, but we don't know anything about these yet, not even their names. 

Arcanist Armor Skill in ESO
Arcanist Armor Skill in ESO
Arcanist Apocryphal Gate Skill in ESO
Arcanist Apocryphal Gate Skill in ESO
Arcanist Apocryphal Gate Skill in ESO
Arcanist Apocryphal Gate Skill in ESO
Arcanist Abyssal Impact Skill in ESO
Arcanist Abyssal Impact Skill in ESO
An Arcanist Skill
An Arcanist Skill
Arcanist AoE Skill in ESO
Arcanist AoE Skill in ESO

The Arcanist class is a playable class in the Elder Scrolls Online, added in the Necrom Chapter. 

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