One Bar Devastation from the Arcanist with our
ARCANE FURY build
200K sustained on trial dummies x 8
Welcome to the Arcane Fury build from Skyrim Red Shirts. This build utilises the Oakensoul Ring for tremendous power, survivability, and ease of use. It uses skills from the Herald of the Tome skill line and the Soldier of Apocrypha skill line. The main attack is the Pragmatic Fatecarver skill, sometimes called the Bible Beam as it originates from the Arcanist's Book of the Arcane, it is a potent beam-like weapon that does Area of Effect damage (AoE) as well as single target damage, trash mobs vanish before your eyes on overland and normal dungeons and don't take much longer on veteran content and trials. The build isn't the best for target dummies or trial bosses, it will hold its own but is designed for clearing away adds and trash. For example, a Trial Target Dummy parse for this build is around 40K DPS but on 8 target skeletons, it holds 240K. A single target arcanist build will be added in the future. Oh, and this build is straightforward and a huge amount of fun to use, it's like god mode on all but the toughest enemies.
Skills Used - Click image to learn more
The Tide King's Gaze
Now you can slaughter with ease taking advantage once again of the Oakensoul Ring. Yes, this is a one-bar build and is perfectly suited to the Arcanist. The key thing to remember about the Arcanist is that its power depends on Crux. These are the three triangles you see floating around your body. There are lots of ways to generate crux, in this build they are generated from the armour, Inspired Scholarship and the Flail. Each crux will give you an increase in damage and a reduction in the cost of that damage. For example with all three Crux points your Fatecarver deals 33% more damage and uses 16% fewer resources. So Crux generation is critical, as is keeping crux up as much as possible. But, don't worry this is easy peasy with this build. Let's go through it.
Cruxweaver Armour will generate a Crux once every 5 seconds if your armour is struck.
Inspired Scholarship will generate a Crux if you don't have any when you strike an enemy with your weapon. So on this build a light attack with the daggers is crucial not only for generating ultimate but to increase and maintain Crux.
Cephaliarch's Flail generates Crux every time it hits a target.
So using those three Crux Generators is critical for any Arcanist build.
Armour - Inspired Scholarship - Rune - Flail (once or twice depending if you already have three Crux) - Light Attack (LA) - Fatecarver - Fatecarver - LA- Rune
Repeat - Use the flail if you are getting low on Crux
NOTE: The Flail is also an execute on enemies below 50% health, so you may want to use the Flail more when the target's health is lower (deals up to 100% more damage)
Gear (click to see info)
Deadly Strike Set (medium) Armcops, Jack, Belt, Ring, Necklace
Pillars of Nirn (medium) boots, guards, bracers, daggers
Slimecraw Head (Heavy)
Armour should be medium to maximise critical damage (all divine), this build already has 6000 pen and in dungeons, you are going to pick up more from your teammates. The build is 49% Critical Damage and 49% Critical Chance (above base loading of 50%).
Slimecraw is the best one-piece bonus in the game to critical strike so you need that. You could go with Deadly Daggers but the cost is very high on the guild markets. Deadly comes from Cyrodill or guild traders. Pillars comes from Falkreath hold and you can farm it on normal. Remember to get as many pieces from all the sets in Falkreath or any dungeon you are farming to reduce the cost of transmutation and to increase the chance of the final boss dropping the weapon you want. These weapons are curated so you won't get them twice.
Weapon - Pillars of Nirn Daggers - Precise - Poisoned Weapon Enchantment
Armour - All max stamina
Ring and necklace - Bloodthirsty
Oakensoul - Leave as it is (multi-effect and Triune)
Here are the slottables for the Champion Points:
For ease of use go with the Longfin Pasty with Melon Sauce for food (there are better options but the cost is not worth the marginal difference. Tri-stat potions as shown, no need for weapon potions as the Oakensoul already gives you all the buffs.
This gives 24K health, 16.5K Magicka and 30K Stamina. Stamina recovery is around 1240, Health 607, and Magicka 1000. When buffed armour resists are both at 24K.a
To make the potion, you will need Lorkhan’s Tears and any one of the combinations listed below
Columbine, Bugloss, Mountain Flower
Columbine, Bugloss, Dragon’s Blood
Columbine, Bugloss, Dragonthorn
Columbine, Mountain Flower, Dragon Rheum
Columbine, Mountain Flower, Lady’s Smock