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
(10s)
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 [x] Magic Damage every 1 second for 10 seconds.
Skill Morph Elemental Rage (Elemental Storm Rank IV) 250 Ultimate Instant
(10s)
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 [x] Magic Damage every 1 second for 10 seconds.
  • Gains a new effect type depending on your staff type:
  • Flame increases the damage and always applies Burning
  • Frost reduced the cost and always applies Chilled
  • Lightning increases the duration and always applies Concussed.
  • Gains a new effect type depending on your staff type.
Skill Morph Eye of the Storm (Elemental Storm Rank IV) 250 Ultimate Instant
(10s)
28m range/10m radius
(Ground)
Eye of the Storm (Morph)

  • Create a cataclysmic storm above you that builds for 2 seconds then lays waste to all enemies in the area, dealing [x] Magic Damage every 1 second for 10 seconds.
  • The storm is cast above you, 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)
Destructive Touch (Frost) Active Destruction Staff
Rank 2
Instant 4050 Magicka 17m range
(Enemy)
Destructive Touch (Shock)
Destructive Touch (Fire)
Destructive Touch

  • Devastate enemy with an enhanced charge from your staff, dealing [x] Magic Damage and [y] Magic Damage over 8 seconds.
  • Also applies an effect based on your staff’s attack element:
  • Flame Touch knocks back the enemy.
  • Frost Touch immobilizes the enemy.
  • Shock Touch stuns the enemy.
Skill Morph Destructive Clench (Destructive Touch Rank IV) Instant 4050 Magicka 17m range
(Enemy)
Destructive Clench (Morph)

  • Devastate enemy with an enhanced charge from your staff, dealing [x] Magic Damage and [y] more over 8 seconds.
  • Also applies an effect based on your staff’s attack element:
  • Flame Clench knocks back the enemy and deals more damage over time.
  • Frost Clench immobilizes the enemy for longer.
  • Shock Clench stuns the enemy and deals damage to nearby enemies.
  • Adds additional elemental effects.
Skill Morph Destructive Reach (Destructive Touch Rank IV) Instant 4050 Magicka 28m range
(Enemy)
Destructive Reach (Morph)

  • Devastate enemy with an enhanced charge from your staff, dealing [x] Magic Damage and [y] more over 8 seconds.
  • Also applies an effect based on your staff’s attack element
  • Flame Reach knocks back the enemy.
  • Frost Reach immobilizes the enemy.
  • Shock Reach stuns the enemy.
  • Has increased range.
Wall of Elements (Frost) Active Destruction Staff
Rank 4
Instant 3150 Magicka
(6s)

(Self)
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 [x] Magic Damage to enemies in the target area every 1 second.
  • Also applies an effect based on your staff’s attack element:
  • Wall of Fire deals extra 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) Instant 3150 Magicka
(6s)

(Self)
Unstable Wall of Elements (Morph)

  • Create an unstable elemental barrier in front of you, dealing [x] Magic Damage to enemies in the target area every 1 second then explodes for [y] Magic Damage.
  • Also applies an effect based on your staff’s attack element:
  • Unstable Wall of Fire deals extra 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.
  • Wall explodes when it expires, damaging enemies in the area.
Skill Morph Elemental Blockade (Wall of Elements Rank IV) Instant 3150 Magicka
(8s)

(Self)
Elemental Blockade (Morph)

  • Slam your staff down to create an elemental barrier in front of you, dealing [x] Magic Damage to enemies in the target area every 0.5 seconds.
  • Also applies an effect based on your staff’s attack element:
  • Blockade of Fire deals extra damage to burning enemies.
  • Blockade of Frost reduces enemy Movement Speed and immobilizes chilled enemies.
  • Blockade of Storms sets concussed enemies off balance.
  • Increased size and duration.
Force Shock Active Destruction Staff
Rank 14
Instant 2700 Magicka 28m range
(Enemy)
Force Shock

  • Focus all the elemental energies with your staff and blast an enemy for [x] Flame Damage, [x] Cold Damage, and [x] Shock Damage.
Skill Morph Crushing Shock (Force Shock Rank IV) Instant 2700 Magicka 28m range
(Enemy)
Crushing Shock (Morph)

  • Focus all the elemental energies with your staff and blast an enemy for [x] Flame Damage, [x] Cold Damage, and [x] 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) Instant 2700 Magicka 28m range
(Enemy)
Force Pulse (Morph)

  • Focus all the elemental energies with your staff and blast an enemy for [x] Flame Damage, [x] Cold Damage, and [x] Shock Damage.
  • Up to 2 nearby enemies will take [y] 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.
Weakness to Elements Active Destruction Staff
Rank 20
Instant 28m range
(Enemy)
Weakness to Elements

  • Send the elements to sap an enemy’s defenses, afflicting them with Major Breach, which reduces Spell Resistance by [x] for 21 seconds.
Skill Morph Elemental Susceptibility (Weakness to Elements Rank IV) Instant 28m range
(Enemy)
Elemental Susceptibility (Morph)

  • Send the elements to sap an enemy’s defenses, afflicting them with Major Breach, which reduces Spell Resistance by [x] for 24 seconds.
  • Any damage you deal to the enemy refreshes the effect’s duration.
  • Duration is refreshed on damage.
Skill Morph Elemental Drain (Weakness to Elements Rank IV) Instant 28m range
(Enemy)
Elemental Drain (Morph)

  • Send the elements to sap an enemy’s defenses, afflicting them with Major Breach, which reduces Spell Resistance by [x] for 21 seconds.
  • While the effect is active, attacks with Flame, Shock or Frost Damage restore [y] Magicka to the attacker.
  • Restores Magicka.
Impulse (Frost) Active Destruction Staff
Rank 38
Instant 3240 Magicka 6m radius
(Area)
Impulse (Shock)
Impulse (Fire)
Impulse

  • Release a surge of elemental energy to deal [x] Magic Damage to nearby enemies.
Skill Morph Elemental Ring (Impulse Rank IV) Instant 3240 Magicka 6m radius
(Area)
Elemental Ring (Morph)

  • Release a surge of elemental energy to deal [x] Magic Damage to nearby enemies and an additional [y] Magic Damage over 10 seconds.
  • Adds damage over time.
Skill Morph Pulsar (Impulse Rank IV) Instant 3240 Magicka 6m radius
(Area)
Pulsar (Morph)

  • Release a surge of elemental energy to deal [x] Magic Damage to nearby enemies and afflict them with Minor Mangle, which reduces their Maximum Health by 10% for 33 seconds.
  • Reduces enemy’s Max Health.


Passive Abilities
Passive abilities are active all the time.

Skill Skill Type Rank Description Unlock
Tri Focus
Tri Focus
Passive Rank
I
While using a Destruction Staff heavy attack:

  • Grants bonus effects based on the element used:
  • Fully charged heavy fire attacks deal 6% additional damage.
  • Fully charged heavy frost attacks grant a damage shield that absorbs [x] damage.
  • Fully charged heavy shock attacks damage nearby enemies for 50% of the damage done.
Destruction Staff
Rank 5
Rank
II
While using a Destruction Staff heavy attack:

  • Grants bonus effects based on the element used:
  • Fully charged heavy fire attacks deal 12% additional damage.
  • Fully charged heavy frost attacks grant a damage shield that absorbs 2[x] damage.
  • Fully charged heavy shock attacks damage nearby enemies for 100% of the damage done.
Destruction Staff
Rank 34
Penetrating Magic
Penetrating Magic
Passive Rank
I
With Destruction Staff equiped:

  • Allows your Destruction Staff spells to ignore 5% of an enemy’s Spell Resistance.
Destruction Staff
Rank 10
Rank
II
With Destruction Staff equiped:

  • Allows your Destruction Staff spells to ignore 10% of an enemy’s Spell Resistance.
Destruction Staff
Rank 25
Elemental Force
Elemental Force
Passive Rank
I
With Destruction Staff equiped:

  • Increases your chance of afflicting enemies with Burning, Concussion, and Chilled status effects by 50%.
Destruction Staff
Rank 17
Rank
II
With Destruction Staff equiped:

  • Increases your chance of afflicting enemies with Chilled, Concussion, and Burning status effects by 100%.
Destruction Staff
Rank 28
Ancient Knowledge
Ancient Knowledge
Passive Rank
I
With Destruction Staff equiped:

  • Reduces the time it takes to charge a heavy attack by 5%.
Destruction Staff
Rank 30
Rank
II
With Destruction Staff equiped:

  • Reduces the time it takes to charge a heavy attack by 10%.
Destruction Staff
Rank 46
Destruction Expert
Destruction Expert
Passive Rank
I
With Destruction Staff equiped:

  • Restores [x] Magicka when you kill a target with a Destruction Staff spell or Weapon attack.
Destruction Staff
Rank 41
Rank
II
With Destruction Staff equiped:

  • Restores 2[x] Magicka when you kill a target with a Destruction Staff spell or Weapon attack.
Destruction Staff
Rank 50
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