Sorcerers in ESO are one of the most versatile classes, because they are extremely good DPS in both PvE and PvP content. Sorcerers also make good healers and decent tanks.Sorcerers in ESO can use conjuration and destruction spells to hurl lightning bolts, wield dark magic to snare and stun, and summon Daedric combat followers from Oblivion. The horrors of Oblivion and the power of lightning itself are yours to command with the ESO Sorcerer Class. As a Sorcerer, unlimited power is at your fingertips, allowing you to call powerful lightning strikes from above, support your allies, suppress your enemies, or overwhelm your foes with Daedric monsters.
Since the Sorcerer class is available with the ESO (Elder Scrolls Online) base game, you can play the class from the get-go if you want. If you want to learn more about all classes that you can play in ESO please visit the Classes Overview Page.
Sorcerer Class Introduction
Sorcerers are one of the most popular classes in-game. They are pretty easy to play and with the support of their pets they also have a pretty easy time dealing damage passively. They have strong skills in regards to survival and are great for solo play thanks to the size of their magic shields that absorb big amounts of damage. Sorcerers are also good healers and decent tanks, below you can find a list of the pros and cons of the Sorcerer class in ESO.
General Sorcerer Pros and Cons
Sorcerers are the most played class in ESO, most commonly played as a Magicka Sorcerer damage dealer (DPS) setup. However, Sorcerer healers, Stamina Sorcerer damage dealers (DPS) and Sorcerer tanks are also used but are more niche, you can create viable builds with all different specs in ESO.
- very beginner friendly
- great for solo play
- strong damage dealers (DPS)
- has pets for support/damage
- huge magic shield size
- insane mobility
- great healing
- stamina damage dealer (DPS) difficult to master
- tanking specs aren't very common
Let's take a look at the specific Sorcerer roles in order to show you the pros and cons of each spec.
DPS Sorcerer Pros and Cons
The Sorcerer class is most commonly played as a Magicka Sorcerer damage dealer (DPS), but you can also find Stamina Sorcerer damage dealers (DPS) in the game, they are harder to master but also very fun to play.
- easy rotation
- pets play a high factor in dealing damage passively
- stamina builds are fast and fun to play
- deals a lot of damage while being easy to play
- great healing capabilities while dealing damage
- one of the best solo specs
- some players dislike pets in their group because they block the line of sight
Healer Sorcerer Pros and Cons
Sorcerers are good healers, they have a pet that has a big burst heal and they can also utilize the restoration staff to further boost their heals. However, Sorcerer healers are not that common, they are mostly used in niche situations.
- great healing output
- burst heal with their Summon Twilight Matriarch pet
- can use Lightning Splash skill to provide conduit synergy support to the group
- not many class specific heals available
- pet heals can be unreliable because the pet can die and you have to resummon it again
Tank Sorcerer Pros and Cons
Sorcerers can be decent tanks, but they aren't very common because they are harder to master and less rewarding to play compared to other tanking specs.
- good resource management
- strong pet heal
- easy survivability
- great defensive capabilities
- good magic shield
- pet heal can be unreliable because the pet can die
- no unique class based tanking skills
Sorcerer Class Skill Lines explained
Next we are going to take a look at the three class skill lines that the Sorcerer has. Of course you can use any skill line available in the game to create your own playstyle. Most if not all builds do use a mix between class and non class skill lines.
You can find a full list of all the Sorcerer class skill lines on the Sorcerer Skills Overview Page.
Dark Magic Skill Line
Daedric Summoning Skill Line
Storm Calling Skill Line
Its Ultimate base ability is Overload. This ability replaces your Light and Heavy Attacks with a new, stronger ability. Its first morph, Energy Overload additionally restores Magicka while casting it, the other morph Power Overload increases the range of Light Attacks and radius of Heavy Attacks. It also increases the damage.
Sorcerer Class Builds for ESO
Below you can find a full list of common Sorcerer builds. If you are a new player we do recommend starting with the beginner guides. However, you can also go take a look at the endgame builds to see what the class can look like when you reach endgame.
Beginner Sorcerer Class Guides & Builds
The Beginner Sorcerer guides and builds are meant for new players. They introduce you to the Sorcerer class and give you a good starting point for your adventure in ESO.
- Magicka Sorcerer Guide
- Magicka Sorcerer Beginner 160CP Build
- Stamina Sorcerer Guide
- Stamina Sorcerer Beginner 160CP Build
PvE Solo Sorcerer Class Builds
- Magicka Grind Build
- Stamina Grind Build
- Solo Magicka Sorcerer Build
- One Bar Magicka Sorcerer Build
- Solo Stamina Sorcerer Build
PvE Dungeon & Trial META Sorcerer Class Builds
- Magicka Sorcerer DPS
- Stamina Sorcerer DPS DW/Bow
- Stamina Sorcerer DPS 2H/Bow
- Sorcerer Healer
- Sorcerer Tank
- Magicka Sorcerer Heavy Attack Pet Build
- Werewolf Build
Is the Sorcerer Class Beginner Friendly?
The Sorcerer class is one of the most beginner friendly classes in ESO. It is often recommended to players that need help with picking a starter class to start out in ESO. That might also be the reason why you see so many Magicka Sorcerers running around with their pets. But why, what makes the Magicka Sorcerer so beginner friendly?
The pets that you can summon are very strong and the Summon Unstable Familiar is one of the first skills that you can unlock. Enemy monsters often attack the pets instead of you, therefore you won't take any damage even if you forget to slot a heal. Pets automatically deal damage even if you don't activate their special attack. This also gives quite a damage boost to your character, because new players often lack damage, the pet kinda takes care of that. Later on you also get a second pet called Summon Winged Twilight and one of the morphs called Summon Twilight Matriarch provides you with a powerful heal.
In addition to that, Sorcerers also get a more powerful shield than most other classes have, the Conjured Ward. They also get a very powerful damage ability early game called Crystal Shard. And later in the game you will also be able to unlock the Surge skill that provides you with a lot of heals as long as you deal damage.
If you are a new player we do recommend checking out the Sorcerer Beginner Guide.
Magicka Sorcerer Damage Dealer Showcase
Magicka Sorcerers are very powerful magicka users which benefit a lot from class abilities and passives. Powerful passives such as Energized and Amplitude already boost your damage sky high. Class damage abilities such as Crystal Fragments, Daedric Prey, Summon Volatile Familiar, Summon Twilight Tormentor and Greater Storm Atronach are also beneficial to the overall high damage of a Magicka Sorcerer Build.
The video below shows the Solo Magicka Sorcerer Build in action, clearing the Unhallowed Grave dungeon which is meant for 4 players alone.
Stamina Sorcerer Damage Dealer Showcase
The video below shows the Solo Stamina Sorcerer Build in action, clearing the famous Vateshran Hollows Solo Arena on veteran.
Healer Sorcerer Showcase
Magicka Sorcerers have very strong burst heals thanks to the Summon Twilight Matriarch pet. You can also support your group with Minor Intellect (Increased Magicka Recovery) through the Empowered Ward skill and Minor Prophecy (Increased Spell Critical) through the Exploitation passive.
For more information on the Sorcerer Healer I do recommend checking out the Sorcerer Healer Build.
Tank Sorcerer Showcase
For more information on the Sorcerer Tank I do recommend checking out the Sorcerer Tank Build.
Frequently asked questions
What race is best for Sorcerer in ESO?It all depends on how you want to play your character. For tanking, Nords, Argonians and Imperials are great. For healing, Bretons, Altmer and Argonians bring a lot to the table. As DPS, Orc, Khajiit, Dunmer and Altmer are really good!
Is Sorcerer a good class ESO?Sorcerers are one of the top classes in ESO. It all depends on your personal playstyle and whether you choose PvE or PvP. Generally speaking, it's a very good class, especially at tanking.
Is a Breton Sorcerer good?A Breton is really good at magicka DPS or healing, as their passives support these builds the most.
Is Nord good for Sorcerer?A Nord is exceptionally good at tanking, as their passives support these kind of builds the best.
Is Imperial good for Sorcerer?An Imperial is exceptionally good at tanking, as their passives support these kind of builds the best.
Is Altmer good for Sorcerer?An Altmer (High Elf) is really good at magicka DPS, as their passives support these builds the most.
Is Dunmer good for Sorcerer?Dunmer (Dark Elf) are pretty versatile and good at basically everything, even if they aren't really specialized. Especially their fire damage passive is pretty great!
Is Khajiit good for Sorcerer?Khajiit are pretty versatile and good at basically everything, even if they aren't really specialized. Their strongest capability is possibly their crit passive.
Is Argonian good for Sorcerer?Argonians have great passives when it comes to tanking and healing, so that they make great tanks and healers, even in PvP.
Is Bosmer good for Sorcerer?A Bosmer's (Wood Elf) racial passives are more targeted towards DPS, especially Stamina DPS. Which makes them not necessarily ideal for tanks or healers.
Is Redguard good for Sorcerer?Redguard's racial passives are more targeted to either tanks or Stamina DPS. Even though their skills are even better for tanking.
Is Orc good for Sorcerer?Orcs are exceptionally good at dealing damage. Their passives are especially targeted at Stamina DPS, but they can also be a good choice for Magicka DPS.
What is the best tank race in ESO?Nords, Imperials and Argonians are really great as tanks in ESO. All of them have great racial passives that support a tanking role.
What is the best healer race in ESO?Breton, Altmer and Argonians are really great as healers in ESO. All of them have great racial passives that support a healing role.
What is the best DPS race in ESO?For Stamina, Orcs, Bosmer and Khajiit are the best. For Magicka, Altmer, Khajiit and Breton are really great!
Can Sorcerer use magic?Yes, every class can use magic. It is called Magicka in ESO and is a stat that every race and class has. Sorcerers have three specific class skill lines called Daedric Summoning, Dark Magic and Storm Calling.
What weapon should a Sorcerer use?It all depends on your playstyle. Tanks usually wield a shield and one-hand weapon, whereas Stamina DPS use either daggers or axes and Magicka DPS use destruction staves, and healers use restorations staves.
What's the best class in ESO?It all depends on your playstyle and what you want to achieve in ESO. There's no "one class is the best" as it all depends on the build and whether you want to play it in PvE or PvP.
Is Sorcerer a good class ESO?Every class can be a good class in ESO. It all depends on your personal playstyle and whether you choose PvE or PvP. Generally speaking, it's a very good class, especially at DPSing.
Sorcerer Fashion Showcase
Lets take a look at a few cool Sorcerer outfits that you can create ingame.
Magicka Sorcerer Outfit
|Arcane Blue Alik'r Lapis Wisp Blue
|Alik'r Lapis Wisp Blue
|Ancestral High Elf Sash
|Moongrave Fane Guards
|Arcane Blue Alik'r Lapis Wisp Blue
|Arcane Blue Alik'r Lapis Wisp Blue
|Abnur Tharn's Staff
|Arcane Blue Alik'r Lapis Wisp Blue
Stamina Sorcerer Outfit
Healer Sorcerer Outfit
Tank Sorcerer Outfit
Background Story of the Sorcerer Class in ESO
Below you can find information about the story of the Sorcerers in ESO. There is not much known, often information can be found in lorebooks that are found all over Tamriel.