The Thief

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Essence of Health (Resistances)


Many people have asked if a heavy attack Arcanist is viable. It certainly is but it has its own challenges unique to the class itself when it comes to a heavy attack spec. Due to the fact that the Arcanist's Fatecarver skill makes up a huge chunk (~42%) of its DPS, substituting the skill out for channeled heavy attacking makes the already DPS-fluctuating class a little bit more difficult to maintain.

The usage of Fatecarver in combination with a heavy attack spec doesn't pan out well either as most of your damage as a heavy attack build comes from your item sets and the actual action of heavy attacking. So a 5+ Global Cooldown (GCD) Fatecarver skill means you essentially lose out on damage.

This build can be used for a variety of content including overland, solo Arenas such as Veteran Maelstrom Arena & Vateshran Hollow, veteran dungeons and Veteran Trials.

Recommended race: Altmer (High Elf) or Dunmer (Dark Elf); for solo or 4-man content Khajiit will have an advantage.

Recommended food will be a bi-stat Health and Magicka food. For parsing or for fights where you don't need that extra health, you can  use purely single-stat Max Magicka food! For soloing veteran dungeons, you may need to invest into a tri-stat food (Max Health, Max Stamina, Magicka)!

Recommended Mundus will be The Thief (for group content like Trials) or The Lover (for solo content and overland).

Potions can be your basic tri-stat restoration potions, however if you'd like to invest further into the build, you could go with Resistance Potions that restore 9206 Health immediately & gives Major Fortitude (30% Health Recovery), grants a unique 5280 Spell and Physical Resistances!

You should have about 25,000 resistances, making you basically a tank with around 30,000 Health (includes Minor Toughness if in group with a Warden).

The potion can be made using the following reagents: Mudcrab Chitin, Mountain Flower, Bugloss

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