ESO Necromancer build guide: ESO builds for the new Elsweyr class

Raise the dead and create new corpses for your undead army with our selection of the best ESO Necromancer builds

build for ESO Necromancer

Looking to try out some new Elder Scrolls Online builds for the Necromancer class? With the release of Elsweyr, the newest expansion to The Elder Scrolls Online, players have got their hands on a shiny new class; the perfidious and morbid Necromancer, master of life and death. The Necromancer’s skillsets are based around leeching life from enemies, reanimating diabolic minions from beyond the grave, and using the corpses of enemies as fuel for devastating magic.

In typical ESO fashion, this class is extremely flexible, with a huge range of possible ESO builds. Necromancers can fill any party role – tank, healer, or DPS – and can be viable with almost any weapon and skill-set. There are three main Necromancer skill lines – Bone Tyrant, which manipulates remains to create powerful armour and barriers, Living Death, which allows you to sap life from your enemies and grant it to your allies, and Grave Lord, which unleashes elemental magic and hordes of ravenous undead on your foes.

To help you get started with this new class, here’s a rundown of three basic ESO Necromancer builds, one for each of the Necromancer skills.

The Goliath Necromancer build (Tank)

Necromancers have a nice skill-set for tanking, with a wide range of self-heals and debuffs, and a strong focus on Ultimates. It has impressive survivability and can fight constantly without running out of resources. Did we mention that you also turn into a big swole bone man? Because that’s an important detail.

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Stat Distribution

Around 35-40 Health, 10-12 Magicka, and 14-18 Stamina. Make sure that Stamina is higher than Magicka.


One-handed weapon and shield, with a frost or lightning staff as an off-hand. Frost gives extra damage mitigation, but lightning can improve party damage. Make sure not to activate the Tri-Focus passive, as that’ll cause your Magicka reserves to plummet.

Useful Skills

  • Spirit Guardian – try and keep this up as much as possible, as it heals you and soaks a portion of incoming damage. It also creates a corpse when it drops, which are utilised by other Necromancer spells.
  • Agony Totem – applies a buff to your party, decreasing damage taken, and a debuff to your opponents, increasing their damage taken. Can also be used for crowd control in a pinch.
  • Necrotic Potency – an extremely useful skill which grants you Health and Ultimate regen for each nearby corpse in the cast area. Synergises particularly nicely with Spirit Guardian.
  • Beckoning Armor – good damage mitigation, and allows you to pull ranged opponents into close combat range.


  • Ravenous Goliath – just call us Skeletor because it’s swole Bone Man time. A useful cooldown for intense moments, this Ultimate gives you a truckload of health and a health leech effect on all nearby enemies.
  • Aggressive Warhorn – this is simply a big buff to resource generation and damage for the whole party. It ain’t fancy or exciting like the big bone boy, but unless you need the survivability, this should be your go-to Ultimate for most situations.

Champion Constellations

The Lady and The Steed have the bulk of your essential passive damage reduction, but there’s healing and blocking buffs to be picked up in The Apprentice and The Shadow as well.

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The Shaper ESO Necromancer build (Healer)

Functionally Necromancer healers don’t operate very differently from other healers, but they do offer a bit more in the way of sustainability and debuffing. This ESO Necromancer build also packs a fair amount of utility as well, with the ability to resurrect and buff allies.

Stat Distribution

All Magicka, all the time.


Restoration staff, with a lightning destruction staff as an off-hand. The destruction staff gives access to Elemental Blockade, which can hugely improve party damage.

Useful Skills

  • Resistant Flesh – your default skill for dealing with damage spikes. It also provides the target with a nice damage soaking buff for a few seconds. It applies a debuff to you, but this can be removed with the skill Expunge and Modify
  • Spirit Guardian – adds tons of extra healing, and improves your sustainability by granting Magicka recovery.
  • Summoner’s Armor – improves your survivability, and reduces the cooldown of your Spirit Guardian, making it easier to keep active.
  • Unnerving Boneyard – provides some AoE DPS, but more importantly allows your party to use the Grave Robber synergy, dealing extra damage, and healing you.


  • Renewing Animation – an extremely powerful Ultimate that can completely save an encounter from disaster. When used, it can resurrect up to three of your party members, restoring your Health and Magicka for each ally resurrected. If you’re the final survivor of a 4-person group, you can save the entire squad in a flash.
  • Aggressive Warhorn – as with The Goliath build, this isn’t stylish but it’s useful, providing a big buff to your allies and overall damage output for ten seconds.

Champion Constellations

The Apprentice and The Lover are your core constellations, providing buffs to healing and sustainability. The Lady and The Steed can also make life easier by increasing your survivability.

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The Defiler ESO Necromancer build (Damage)

So we’ve taught you how to be a team player, how to take the brunt of the assault, and how to heal your allies wounds, but that’s not where the glory is. We know that there’ll always be those players who can’t be satisfied unless they’re maxing out the DPS meters. Never fear, because the Necromancer has a wide range of damage builds. For this one, however, we’re going to focus on good old fashioned black magic – spells and sorcery, and a wide variety of reanimated minions to boot.

Stat distribution
All Magicka – got to keep your fuel reserves high for all that spell slingin’.

Two fire staffs. Here weapon switching will mostly be used to allow access to a second bar of skills, so equipping a different type of weapon isn’t necessary.

Core Skills

  • Stalking Blastbones – think of this spell like a grenade… a grenade attached to a reanimated corpse. Powerful against both single and multiple targets, this spell also creates corpses, a valuable additional resource that other Necromancer spells make use of.
  • Ricochet Skull – your bread-and-butter damage ability for when other spells are on cooldown. Every third cast of this spell causes the projectile to deal more damage and bounce to additional enemies, which is a nice bonus.
  • Skeletal Arcanist – a handy undead mage that deals solid AoE damage, and with the appropriate passives provides extra Magicka Recovery and Spell Penetration.
  • Shocking Siphon – this is your standard, run-of-the-mill corpse eating buff, as it requires one to be targeted. Deals high damage to all enemies around the corpse, and also restores your Magicka.


  • Glacial Colossus – summons a big meaty lad to deal heavy AoE damage, an area stun, and a massive debuff to anyone caught in his wake.
  • Shooting Star – deals heavy damage to an area, stuns targets, and leaves a damage over time debuff on the floor. In addition, for each enemy you kill with this skill you generate more Ultimate, so it’s a good idea to use it against mobs of weaker enemies.

Champion Constellations

The Apprentice and The Lover are your core damage buff constellations, but you’ll want to also put points into The Lady to improve survivability. At higher levels, putting points into The Steed, The Ritual, and the Atronach is a good move.

More help with the Elsweyr expansion below:
ESO Elsweyr Skyshards
ESO Necromancer skills
ESO Elsweyr review

And there you have it, our collection of ESO builds for the Necromancer. We’ve got all the basic combat roles covered, whether you prefer to tank damage, help your teammates, or decimate mobs with high DPS spells.

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