Frost Warden DPS
Main Role: Damage
Health, Magicka, Stamina
|20k Approx||30k+||No Investment|
Weapon 1: Destruction Staff
Destruction Staff SkillForce Pulse
Destruction Staff SkillDestructive Clench
Destruction Staff SkillElemental Blockade
Warden SkillFletcher Infection
Warden SkillArctic Blast
Warden SkillNorthern Storm
|Light Armor||Medium Armor||Heavy Armor|
Gear and Item Set Info
5 Spider Cultist or 5 Scathing Mage or Mantle of Siroria. (recommended)
2 Ice Heart, Illambris or Zaan
2 Ice Staves
Spider Cultist will give more consistent damage but the downside is that it will not affect non Destro Staff abilities. This is not so much a problem for most skill baring Winter's Revenge as most of our damage is coming from Destro staff anyway. It is easier to acquire than Scathing Mage.
Scathing Mage offer more potential damage as it will buff all DPS, however it has to proc and so is a gamble unless you invest heavily into Spell Crit. It pairs nicely with Ice Heart as this monster set also boost Spell Crit. I recommend this set over Spider Cultist when you reach high CP.
Mantle is the best by far, since you are using Force Pulse often once your ground abilities are down. But bear in mind it is hard to farm and is for higher rank players.
Ice Heart is obviously to match the theme and will get a nice buff from Ysgrammor and Scathing or Mantle if you have these sets, it also offers Spell Crit which a lot of monster sets do not.
Illambris will do more damage if you can get Force Pulse to proc both storms and Zaan is also great due to our usage of Force Pulse often.
*Note I put Inner Light as a skill on second bar, BUT I should stress that Channeled Acceleration will prove to be better as you can get your Savagery from pots and Acceleration will give you Minor Force which is such a boon.
Do not worry about Infection, apart from Degen it is our only Magic Damage and does decent damage anyway.
The rotation is fairly simple, Buff with Bird, Degen and Acceleration then switch. Lay down Winter's, Infection, Wall, Clench then hit with about 3 or 4 Force Pulse then repeat. You can miss out on 1 Infection every other rotation unless hitting a single target (note you can pick other morph for more single target damage, I preferred AOE).
Netch can be substituted for Degen if resources become an issue.
You will want to try and get lucky with Infused or Bloodthirsty Jewellery as both will boost DPS with Spell Damage Glyphs. Infused will give more sustained DPS through fights, where as Bloodthirsty gives you a massive boost once a target reaches 25% health. This is the preferred Jewellery for high health targets, but you can communicate with your group as it is advised that a mix of Infused and Bloodthirsty is better than all having one or the other. Discuss with your group on preferences.
Champion Point Tips
Arcanist is a must as it helps with Magicka Regen as is Spell Resistance and Hardy.
Put points into Elfborn and Elemental Expert and some into Spell Erosion.
For Mundus Stone you can't beat The Apprentice, but The Lover is a substitute if your group lacks Penetration.
Theif is also an option but questionable in the current build of the game, and only really good with Nirnhoned Traits (you will need to Transmute to get this on these sets).
I recommend all Divines for your traits on armor with all having Max Magicka Glyphs.
Your weapons should be either Sharpened or Precise and I personally like Frost Glyphs but Spell and Weapon Damage are also great.
Charged should get a special mention here as you can add a Shock Glyph and apply Concussed often to help with your DPS.
Noone is ever gonna surpass a Mag Sorc for DPS but this is the best I could come up with for a PURE Frost based DPS build.