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SKILL LINE

DESTRUCTION STAFF

DESTRUCTION STAFF

Category: Weapon
Other skill lines in Weapon : Bow, Dual Wield, One Hand and Shield, Restoration Staff and Two Handed

The Destruction Staff skill-line is part of the "Weapons" category in the Elder Scrolls Online. The Destruction Staff skill-line has active skills that you can activate during combat and passive skills that are always active as long as you have a Destruction Staff weapon slotted. The skill-line is also often referred to as Destro Staff or Destro.

How do you unlock the Destruction Staff skill-line?


The Destruction Staff skill-line is granted to you after killing an enemy with a Destruction Staff weapon (Flame, Shock, Frost Staff). You can use any random Destruction Staff weapon that you bought or picked up from a monster to uncover the Destruction Staff skill-line. 

How do you level up the Destruction Staff skill-line?


To level up the Destruction Staff skill-line in the Elder Scrolls Online you have to either equip a Destruction Staff weapon or slot skills from the Destruction Staff skill-line. Having more Destruction Staff skills slotted on your active bar will increase the amount of experience that you gain towards the skill-line. To level up the Destruction Staff skill-line, you can simply kill monsters or complete quests to gain experience points. Reading books from bookshelves in the Elder Scrolls Online can also sometimes increase your level in the Destruction Staff skill-line.

The damage numbers of the skills that you see below are used for comparison. The numbers are based on a naked level 50 character without any skills, passives, attributes and champion points allocated. Your damage numbers will change depending on what gear, skills, attributes, champion points, enchantments or buffs your character has.
Ultimate abilities
Icon Elemental Storm Elemental Storm
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Create a cataclysmic storm at the target location that builds for 2 seconds then lays waste to all enemies in the area, dealing 2292 Magic Damage every 1 second for 7 seconds.
arrow Icon Elemental Rage Elemental Rage
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Create a cataclysmic storm at the target location that builds for 2 seconds then lays waste to all enemies in the area, dealing 2960 Magic Damage every 1 second for 7 seconds. Fiery Rage increases the damage by 15%. Icy Rage immobilizes enemies hit for 3 seconds. Thunderous Rage increases the duration by 2 seconds.

Increases the damage and gains a new effect depending on your staff type.
arrow Icon Eye of the Storm Eye of the Storm
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Create a cataclysmic storm above you that builds for 2 seconds then lays waste to all enemies nearby, dealing 2368 Magic Damage every 1 second for 7 seconds.

The storm is cast above you instead, and follows you wherever you move.
Active abilities
Icon Force Shock Force Shock
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Focus all the elemental energies with your staff and blast an enemy for 695 Flame Damage, 695 Frost Damage, and 695 Shock Damage.
arrow Icon Crushing Shock Crushing Shock
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Focus all the elemental energies with your staff and blast an enemy for 696 Flame Damage, 696 Frost Damage, and 696 Shock Damage. Enemies hit while casting are interrupted, set Off Balance, and stunned for 3 seconds.

Interrupts spells, putting the caster Off Balance.
arrow Icon Force Pulse Force Pulse
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Focus all the elemental energies with your staff and blast an enemy for 696 Flame Damage, 696 Frost Damage, and 696 Shock Damage. Up to 2 nearby enemies will take 2399 Magic Damage if they were already afflicted with Burning, Chilled, or Concussed status effects.

Damages nearby enemies that are burning, chilled, or concussed.
Icon Wall of Elements Wall of Elements
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Slam your staff down to create an elemental barrier in front of you, dealing 306 Magic Damage to enemies in the target area every 1 second. Wall of Fire deals additional damage to Burning enemies. Wall of Frost deals less damage but grants damage shields and immobilizes Chilled enemies. Wall of Storms sets Concussed enemies Off Balance.
arrow Icon Elemental Blockade Elemental Blockade
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Slam your staff down to create an elemental barrier in front of you, dealing 316 Magic Damage to enemies in the target area every 1 second. Blockade of Fire deals additional damage to Burning enemies. Blockade of Frost deals less damage, but grants damage shields and immobilizes Chilled enemies. Blockade of Storms sets Concussed enemies Off Balance.

Increases the size and duration of the wall.
arrow Icon Unstable Wall of Elements Unstable Wall of Elements
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Create an unstable elemental barrier in front of you, dealing 316 Magic Damage to enemies in the target area every 1 second before exploding for an additional 1799 Magic Damage. Unstable Wall of Fire deals additional damage to Burning enemies. Unstable Wall of Frost deals less damage, but grants damage shields and immobilizes Chilled enemies. Unstable Wall of Storms sets Concussed enemies Off Balance.

The wall explodes when it expires, dealing additional damage.
Icon Destructive Touch Destructive Touch
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Devastate an enemy with an enhanced charge from your staff, dealing 1161 Magic Damage and an additional 2310 Magic Damage over 10 seconds.
arrow Icon Destructive Clench Destructive Clench
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Devastate an enemy with an enhanced charge from your staff, dealing 1161 Magic Damage. Flame Clench also knocks the enemy back. Frost Clench also immobilizes and taunts the enemy. Shock Clench converts the attack into an area of effect explosion.

Converts the damage over time into a new effect based on your staff type.
arrow Icon Destructive Reach Destructive Reach
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Devastate an enemy with an enhanced charge from your staff, dealing 1161 Magic Damage and an additional 2315 Magic Damage over 10 seconds.

Increases the range. Reduces the cost as the ability ranks up.
Icon Weakness to Elements Weakness to Elements
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Send the elements to sap an enemy's defenses and afflict them with Major Breach for 20 seconds, reducing their Physical and Spell Resistance by 5948.
arrow Icon Elemental Drain Elemental Drain
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Send the elements to sap an enemy's defenses and afflict them with Major Breach for 23 seconds, reducing their Physical and Spell Resistance by 5948. Also applies Minor Magickasteal to the enemy for 23 seconds, causing you and your allies to restore 168 Magicka every 1 second when damaging them.

Also applies Minor Magickasteal to the enemy.
arrow Icon Elemental Susceptibility Elemental Susceptibility
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Send the elements to sap an enemy's defenses and afflict them with Major Breach for 20 seconds, reducing their Physical and Spell Resistance by 5948. Any damage you deal to the enemy refreshes this effect to its maximum duration.

Increases the range. Any damage you deal to the enemy refreshes the effect to its maximum duration.
Icon Impulse Impulse
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Release a surge of elemental energy, dealing 1742 Magic Damage to nearby enemies. Fire Impulse deals additional damage to Burning and low health enemies. Frost Impulse also provides Minor Protection. Shock Impulse's damage increases based on the number of enemies hit.
arrow Icon Elemental Ring Elemental Ring
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Release a surge of elemental energy, dealing 1799 Magic Damage to enemies at the target location. Fire Ring deals additional damage to Burning and low health enemies. Frost Ring also provides Minor Protection. Shock Ring's damage increases based on the number of enemies hit.

Deals damage at a target location instead of around you.
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Release a surge of elemental energy, dealing 1742 Magic Damage to nearby enemies and afflicting them with Minor Mangle, reducing their Max Health by 10% for 10 seconds. Fire Pulsar deals additional damage to Burning and low health enemies. Frost Pulsar also provides Minor Protection. Storm Pulsar's damage increases based on the number of enemies hit.

Applies Minor Mangle to non-boss enemies, reducing their Max Health. Triples the innate chance to apply the respective status effect.
Passive abilities
Icon Tri Focus Tri Focus
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Fully-charged Inferno Staff Heavy Attacks deal 12% additional damage. Lightning Staff Heavy Attacks damage nearby enemies for 100% of the damage done. Fully-charged Ice Staff Heavy Attacks grants you a damage shield that absorbs 4000 damage. While an Ice Staff is equipped, blocking costs Magicka instead of Stamina.
Icon Penetrating Magic Penetrating Magic
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Your Destruction Staff abilities ignore 10% of the enemy's Spell Resistance.
Icon Elemental Force Elemental Force
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Increases your chance to apply elemental status effects by 100%.
Icon Ancient Knowledge Ancient Knowledge
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Equipping an Inferno Staff increases your damage done with single target abilities by 8%. Equipping a Lightning Staff increases your damage done with area of effect abilities by 8%. Equipping an Ice Staff reduces the cost of blocking by 36% and increases the amount of damage you block by 20%.
Icon Destruction Expert Destruction Expert
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When you kill an enemy with a Destruction Staff ability, you restore 3600 Magicka. When you absorb damage using a Destruction Staff Damage Shield, you restore 1800 Magicka. This effect can occur once every 10 seconds.

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