The Elder Scrolls Online: Weapon Skills – Destruction Staff

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Destruction Staff Abilities
Ultimate AbilitiesActive AbilitiesPassive Abilities

Destruction Staff is one of the six weapon skills available in Elder Scrolls Online. You can advance through this skill line by equipping a Destruction type staff. Each staff has an elemental type associated with it:

  • an Ice Staff will only deal frost damage.
  • a Lightning Staff will only deal shock damage;
  • an Inferno Staff will only deal fire damage;

All staves use the same skills, and the effects of those skills vary based on the type of staff being used. One example of this is the skill Destructive Touch, which always deals damage, but also applies an effect based on the type of staff. A Fire Staff causes an enemy to be knocked back, a Frost Staff causes an enemy to be stunned and a Shock Staff causes disorientation. Destruction Staves have an associated skill line that is revealed through use of a Destruction Staff. Known abilities are listed below.


Ultimate Abilities
These abilities must be activated manually, for a cost of Ultimate.

Skill Skill Type Unlock Cost Cast Time
(Duration)
Range/Radius
(Target)
Elemental Storm Ultimate Destruction Staff
Rank 50
250 Ultimate Instant
(7s)
28m range/10m radius
(Ground)
Elemental Storm

  • Create a Cataclysmic Storm at the target location that builds for 2 seconds then lays waste to all enemies in the area, dealing 1456 Magic Damage every 1 second for 7 seconds.
Skill Morph Elemental Rage (Elemental Storm Rank IV) 250 Ultimate Instant
(7s)
28m range/10m radius
(Ground)
Elemental Rage (Morph)

  • Create a Cataclysmic Storm at the target location that builds for 2 seconds then lays waste to all enemies in the area, dealing 1898 Magic Damage every 1 second for 7 seconds. Fiery Rage increases the damage by 10%. Icy Rage Immobilizes enemies for 3 seconds. Thunderous Rage increases the duration by 2 seconds.
  • Increases the damage and gains a new effect depending on your staff type.
Skill Morph Eye of the Storm (Elemental Storm Rank IV) 250 Ultimate Instant
(7s)

(Self)
Eye of the Storm (Morph)

  • Create a Cataclysmic Storm above you that builds for 2 seconds then lays waste to all enemies nearby, dealing 7508 Magic Damage every 1 second for 7 seconds.
  • The storm is cast above you instead, and follows you wherever you move.


Active Abilities
These abilities must be activated manually, for a cost.

Skill Skill Type Unlock Cost Cast Time
(Duration)
Range/Radius
(Target)
Force Shock Active Destruction Staff
Rank 14
2700 Magicka Instant 28m range
(Enemy)
Force Shock

  • Focus all the Elemental Energies with your Staff and blast an enemy for 526 Flame Damage, 526 Frost Damage, and 526 Shock Damage.
Skill Morph Crushing Shock (Force Shock Rank IV) 2700 Magicka Instant 28m range
(Enemy)
Crushing Shock (Morph)

  • Focus all the Elemental Energies with your Staff and blast an enemy for 542 Flame Damage, 542 Frost Damage, and 542 Shock Damage. Enemies hit while casting are Interrupted, set Off Balance and Stunned for 3 seconds.
  • Interrupts spells, putting the caster Off Balance.
Skill Morph Force Pulse (Force Shock Rank IV) 2700 Magicka Instant 28m range
(Enemy)
Force Pulse (Morph)

  • Focus all the Elemental Energies with your Staff and blast an enemy for 579 Flame Damage, 579 Frost Damage, and 579 Shock Damage. Up to 2 nearby enemies will take 728 Magic Damage if they were already afflicted with Burning, Chilled, or Concussed status effects.
  • Deals increased damage, and damages nearby enemies that are burning, chilled, or concussed.
Wall of Elements (Frost) Active Destruction Staff
Rank 4
3510 Magicka Instant
(6s)
18m range
(Area)
Wall of Elements (Shock)
Wall of Elements (Fire)
Wall of Elements

  • Slam your staff down to create an Elemental Barrier in front of you, dealing 471 Magic Damage to enemies in the target area every 1 second. Wall of Fire deals additional damage to Burning enemies. Wall of Frost reduces enemy Movement Speed and Immobilizes Chilled enemies. Wall of Storms sets Concussed enemies Off Balance.
Skill Morph Unstable Wall of Elements (Wall of Elements Rank IV) 3150 Magicka Instant
(6s)
18m range
(Area)
Unstable Wall of Elements (Morph)

  • Create an unstable Elemental Barrier in front of you, dealing 471 Magic Damage to enemies in the target area every 1 second before Exploding for an additional 754 Magic Damage. Unstable Wall of Fire deals additional damage to Burning enemies. Unstable Wall of Frost reduces enemy Movement Speed and Immobilizes Chilled enemies. Unstable Wall of Storms sets Concussed enemies Off Balance.
  • The wall explodes when it expires, dealing additional damage.
Skill Morph Elemental Blockade (Wall of Elements Rank IV) 3150 Magicka Instant
(8s)
18m range
(Area)
Elemental Blockade (Morph)

  • Slam your staff down to create an Elemental Barrier in front of you, dealing 471 Magic Damage to enemies in the target area every 1 second. Blockade of Fire deals additional damage to Burning enemies. Blockade of Frost reduces enemy Movement Speed and Immobilizes Chilled enemies. Blockade of Storms sets Concussed enemies Off Balance.
  • Increases the size and duration of the wall.
Destructive Touch (Frost) Active Destruction Staff
Rank 2
Instant 4050 Magicka 17m range
(Enemy)
Destructive Touch (Shock)
Destructive Touch (Fire)
Destructive Touch

  • Devastate an enemy with an Enhanced Charge from your Staff, dealing 1131 Magic Damage and an additional 1460 Magic Damage over 8 seconds. Flame Touch knocks the enemy back. Frost Touch Immobilizes the enemy. Shock Touch Stuns the enemy.
Skill Morph Destructive Clench (Destructive Touch Rank IV) Instant 3802 Magicka 17m range
(Enemy)
Destructive Clench (Morph)

  • Devastate an enemy with an Enhanced Charge from your Staff, dealing 1131 Magic Damage and an additional 1499 Magic Damage over 8 seconds. Flame Clench knocks the enemy back and deals additional damage over time. Frost Clench Immobilizes the enemy for longer. Shock Clench Stuns the enemy and deals damage to other nearby enemies.
  • Each element gains additional effects.
Skill Morph Destructive Reach (Destructive Touch Rank IV) Instant 3802 Magicka 28m range
(Enemy)
Destructive Reach (Morph)

  • Devastate an enemy with an Enhanced Charge from your Staff, dealing 1131 Magic Damage and an additional 1499 Magic Damage over 8 seconds. Flame Touch knocks the enemy back. Frost Touch Immobilizes the enemy. Shock Touch Stuns the enemy.
  • Increases the range.
Weakness to Elements Active Destruction Staff
Rank 20
Instant
(21s)
28m range
(Enemy)
Weakness to Elements

  • Send the elements to Sap an enemy’s defenses and afflict them with Major Breach for 21 seconds, reducing their Spell Resistance by 5280.
Skill Morph Elemental Susceptibility (Weakness to Elements Rank IV) Instant
(24s)
28m range
(Enemy)
Elemental Susceptibility (Morph)

  • Send the elements to Sap an enemy’s defenses and afflict them with Major Breach for 24 seconds, reducing their Spell Resistance by 5280. Any damage you deal to the enemy refreshes this effect to its maximum duration.
  • Any damage you deal to the enemy refreshes the effect to its maximum duration.
Skill Morph Elemental Drain (Weakness to Elements Rank IV) Instant
(24s)
28m range
(Enemy)
Elemental Drain (Morph)

  • Send the elements to Sap an enemy’s defenses and afflict them with Major Breach for 24 seconds, reducing their Spell Resistance by 5280. Also applies Minor Magickasteal to the enemy for 24 seconds, causing you and your allies to restore 300 Magicka every 1 second when damaging them.
  • Also applies Minor Magickasteal to the enemy.
Impulse (Frost) Active Destruction Staff
Rank 38
3240 Magicka Instant 6m radius
(Area)
Impulse (Shock)
Impulse (Fire)
Impulse

  • Release a surge of Elemental Energy, dealing 1167 Magic Damage to nearby enemies.
Skill Morph Elemental Ring (Impulse Rank IV) 3240 Magicka Instant 28m radius
(Ground)
Elemental Ring (Morph)

  • Release a surge of Elemental Energy, dealing 1201 Magic Damage to enemies at the target location.
  • Deals damage at a target location instead of around you.
Skill Morph Pulsar (Impulse Rank IV) 3240 Magicka Instant 6m radius
(Area)
Pulsar (Morph)

  • Release a surge of Elemental Energy, dealing 1167 Magic Damage to nearby enemies and afflicting them with Minor Mangle, reducing their Maximum Health by 10% for 33 seconds.
  • Applies Minor Mangle to enemies, reducing their Maximum Health.


Passive Abilities
Passive abilities are active all the time.

Skill Skill Type Rank Description Unlock
Tri Focus
Tri Focus
Passive Rank
I
  • Gain bonus effects based on your staff type: Fully-charged Flame Heavy Attacks deal 6% additional damage. Shock Heavy Attacks damage nearby enemies for 50% of the damage done. Fully-charged Frost Heavy Attacks Taunt the enemy to attack you for 15 seconds and grant a Damage Shield that absorbs 350 Damage. While a Frost Staff is equipped, Blocking costs Magicka instead of Stamina.
Destruction Staff
Rank 5
Rank
II
  • Gain bonus effects based on your staff type: Fully-charged Flame Heavy Attacks deal 12% additional damage. Shock Heavy Attacks damage nearby enemies for 100% of the damage done. Fully-charged Frost Heavy Attacks Taunt the enemy to attack you for 15 seconds and grant a Damage Shield that absorbs 699 Damage. While a Frost Staff is equipped, Blocking costs Magicka instead of Stamina.
Destruction Staff
Rank 34
Penetrating Magic
Penetrating Magic
Passive Rank
I
  • Your Destruction Staff abilities ignore 5% of the enemy’s Spell Resistance.
Destruction Staff
Rank 10
Rank
II
  • Your Destruction Staff abilities ignore 10% of the enemy’s Spell Resistance.
Destruction Staff
Rank 25
Elemental Force
Elemental Force
Passive Rank
I
  • Increases your chance to apply the Burning, Concussion, and Chilled status effects by 50% while you have a Destruction Staff equipped.
Destruction Staff
Rank 17
Rank
II
  • Increases your chance to apply the Burning, Concussion, and Chilled status effects by 100% while you have a Destruction Staff equipped.
Destruction Staff
Rank 28
Ancient Knowledge
Ancient Knowledge
Passive Rank
I
  • Gain bonus effects based on your Staff Type while you have a Destruction Staff ability slotted: Flame Staff increases your damage done with single target abilities by 4%. Lightning Staff increases your damage done with area of effect abilities by 4%. Frost Staff reduces the cost of Blocking by 15% and increases the amount of damage you Block by 10%.
Destruction Staff
Rank 30
Rank
II
  • Gain bonus effects based on your Staff Type while you have a Destruction Staff ability slotted: Flame Staff increases your damage done with single target abilities by 8%. Lightning Staff increases your damage done with area of effect abilities by 8%. Frost Staff reduces the cost of Blocking by 30% and increases the amount of damage you Block by 20%.
Destruction Staff
Rank 46
Destruction Expert
Destruction Expert
Passive Rank
I
  • You restore 1800 Magicka when you kill an enemy with a Destruction Staff ability.
Destruction Staff
Rank 41
Rank
II
  • You restore 3600 Magicka when you kill an enemy with a Destruction Staff ability.
Destruction Staff
Rank 50
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