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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 Inferno Staff will only deal fire damage;
an Ice Staff will only deal frost damage;
a Lightning Staff will only deal shock 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. An Inferno Staff causes an enemy to be knocked back, an Ice Staff immobilizes an enemy, and a Lightning Staff causes an enemy to be stunned.

Learning[edit]

The Destruction Staff skill line is granted the first time you kill an enemy with a destruction staff equipped. You can increase your skill by engaging in combat with a destruction staff equipped, or by having Destruction Staff skills slotted. The more skills you have slotted, the faster your skill will increase. In addition, you can earn free levels in the skill line by reading Skill Books, which may be found randomly on bookshelves anywhere. The skill books which increase Destruction Staff are:

  • Note that some of these books were likely intended to be for Restoration Staff, which currently has only 1 skill book.

Skill Perks[edit]

Destruction Staves have an associated skill line that is revealed through use of a Destruction Staff. Known abilities are listed below. Notes

  • The numbers displayed here are the base values for the skills. Magicka/Stamina Cost is based on a character of Level 50 Champion Points160. Damage values are based on Max Magicka/Stamina 7958, Max Health 8744, and Weapon/Spell Damage 1037. The actual numbers you see in the game may depend on a variety of factors, including skill line rank, your equipped weapons and armor, other skills, enchantments, etc. As such, they should only be used as a comparative reference.
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Skills with this icon may need to be updated following changes in Update 18.

Ultimate Abilities[edit]

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

Name Line Rank Cast Time Target Range Radius Duration Cost
ON-icon-skill-Destruction Staff-Elemental Storm.png Elemental Storm 50 Instant Ground 28 meters 8 meters 7 seconds 250 Ultimate
Create a cataclysmic storm at the target location that builds for 2 seconds then lays waste to all enemies in the area, dealing [1413 / 1428 / 1444 / 1460] Magic Damage every 1 second for 7 seconds.
Morph ON-icon-skill-Destruction Staff-Elemental Rage.png Elemental Rage Increases the damage and gains a new effect depending on your staff type.
Create a cataclysmic storm at the target location that builds for 2 seconds then lays waste to all enemies in the area, dealing [1844 / 1865 / 1885 / 1906] Magic Damage every 1 second for 7 seconds. Fiery Rage increases the damage by 10%. Icy Rage immobilizes enemies hit for 3 seconds. Thunderous Rage increases the duration by 2 seconds.
ON-icon-skill-Destruction Staff-Eye of the Storm.png Eye of the Storm The storm is cast above you instead, and follows you wherever you move.
Target: Area.
Create a cataclysmic storm above you that builds for 2 seconds then lays waste to all enemies nearby, dealing [1459 / 1476 / 1491 / 1508] Magic Damage every 1 second for 7 seconds.

Active Abilities[edit]

These abilities must be activated manually, while a destruction staff is equipped, for a cost.

Name Line Rank Cast Time Target Range Radius Duration Cost
ON-icon-skill-Destruction Staff-Force Shock.png Force Shock 2 Instant Enemy 28 meters 2700 Magicka
Focus all the elemental energies with your staff and blast an enemy for [511 / 516 / 522 / 527] Flame Damage, [511 / 516 / 522 / 527] Frost Damage, and [511 / 516 / 522 / 527] Shock Damage.
Morph ON-icon-skill-Destruction Staff-Crushing Shock.png Crushing Shock Interrupts spells, putting the caster Off Balance.
Focus all the elemental energies with your staff and blast an enemy for [528 / 533 / 539 / 544] Flame Damage, [528 / 533 / 539 / 544] Frost Damage, and [528 / 533 / 539 / 544] Shock Damage. Enemies hit while casting are interrupted, set Off Balance and stunned for 3 seconds.
ON-icon-skill-Destruction Staff-Force Pulse.png Force Pulse Deals increased damage, and damages nearby enemies that are burning, chilled, or concussed.
Focus all the elemental energies with your staff and blast an enemy for [562 / 568 / 574 / 580] Flame Damage, [562 / 568 / 574 / 580] Frost Damage, and [562 / 568 / 574 / 580] Shock Damage. Up to 2 nearby enemies will take 728 Magic Damage if they were already afflicted with Burning, Chilled, or Concussed status effects.
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Wall of Elements 4 Instant Area 18 meters 6 seconds 3510 Magicka
Cost: [3510 / 3690 / 3600 / 3510] Magicka.
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.
Morph ON-icon-skill-Destruction Staff-Unstable Wall of Elements.png Unstable Wall of Elements The wall explodes when it expires, dealing additional damage.
Cost: [3510 / 3420 / 3330 / 3240] Magicka.
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 753 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.
ON-icon-skill-Destruction Staff-Elemental Blockade.png Elemental Blockade Increases the size and duration of the wall.
Cost: [3240 / 3420 / 3330 / 3240] Magicka, Duration: 8 seconds.
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.
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Destructive Touch 14 Instant Enemy 17 meters 4050 Magicka
Devastate an enemy with an enhanced charge from your staff, dealing 1131 Magic Damage and an additional [1412 / 1425 / 1442 / 1456] Magic Damage over 8 seconds. Flame Touch knocks the enemy back. Frost Touch immobilizes the enemy. Shock Touch stuns the enemy.
Morph ON-icon-skill-Destruction Staff-Destructive Clench.png Destructive Clench Each element gains additional effects.
Cost: 3802 Magicka.
Devastate an enemy with an enhanced charge from your staff, dealing 1131 Magic Damage and an additional [1460 / 1476 / 1493 / 1507] 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.
ON-icon-skill-Destruction Staff-Destructive Reach.png Destructive Reach Increases the range.
Cost: 3802 Magicka, Range: 28 meters.
Devastate an enemy with an enhanced charge from your staff, dealing 1131 Magic Damage and an additional [1460 / 1476 / 1493 / 1507] Magic Damage over 8 seconds. Flame Reach knocks the enemy back. Frost Reach immobilizes the enemy. Shock Reach stuns the enemy.
ON-icon-skill-Destruction Staff-Weakness to Elements.png Weakness to Elements 20 Instant Enemy 28 meters 21 seconds free
Duration: [18 / 19 / 20 / 21] seconds.
Send the elements to sap an enemy's defenses and afflict them with Major Breach for [18 / 19 / 20 / 21] seconds, reducing their Spell Resistance by 5280.
Morph ON-icon-skill-Destruction Staff-Elemental Susceptibility.png Elemental Susceptibility Any damage you deal to the enemy refreshes the effect to its maximum duration.
Duration: [21 / 22 / 23 / 24] seconds.
Send the elements to sap an enemy's defenses and afflict them with Major Breach for [21 / 22 / 23 / 24] seconds, reducing their Spell Resistance by 5280. Any damage you deal to the enemy refreshes this effect to its maximum duration.
ON-icon-skill-Destruction Staff-Elemental Drain.png Elemental Drain Also applies Minor Magickasteal to the enemy.
Duration: [21 / 22 / 23 / 24] seconds.
Send the elements to sap an enemy's defenses and afflict them with Major Breach for [21 / 22 / 23 / 24] seconds, reducing their Spell Resistance by 5280. Also applies Minor Magickasteal to the enemy for [21 / 22 / 23 / 24] seconds, causing you and your allies to restore 300 Magicka every 1 second when damaging them.
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Impulse 38 Instant Area 6 meters 3240 Magicka
Release a surge of elemental energy, dealing [1133 / 1145 / 1158 / 1170] Magic Damage to nearby enemies.
Morph ON-icon-skill-Destruction Staff-Elemental Ring.png Elemental Ring Deals damage at a target location instead of around you.
Range: 28 meters, Target: Ground.
Release a surge of elemental energy, dealing [1170 / 1183 / 1196 / 1209] Magic Damage to enemies at the target location.
ON-icon-skill-Destruction Staff-Pulsar.png Pulsar Applies Minor Mangle to enemies, reducing their Max Health.
Release a surge of elemental energy, dealing 1170 Magic Damage to nearby enemies and afflicting them with Minor Mangle, reducing their Max Health by 10% for [30 / 31 / 32 / 33] seconds.

Passive Abilities[edit]

Passive abilities are active all the time, so long as a destruction staff is equipped.

Name Line Rank Skill Rank Description
ON-icon-skill-Destruction Staff-Tri Focus.png Tri Focus 5 1 Fully-charged Flame Staff Heavy Attacks deal 6% additional damage. Shock Staff Heavy Attacks damage nearby enemies for 50% of the damage done. Fully-charged Frost Staff 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.
34 2 Fully-charged Flame Staff Heavy Attacks deal 12% additional damage. Shock Staff Heavy Attacks damage nearby enemies for 100% of the damage done. Fully-charged Frost Staff 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.
ON-icon-skill-Destruction Staff-Penetrating Magic.png Penetrating Magic 10 1 (With Destruction Staff Equipped) Your Destruction Staff abilities ignore 5% of the enemy's Spell Resistance.
17 2 (With Destruction Staff Equipped) Your Destruction Staff abilities ignore 10% of the enemy's Spell Resistance.
ON-icon-skill-Destruction Staff-Elemental Force.png Elemental Force 25 1 (With Destruction Staff Equipped) Increases your chance to apply the Burning, Concussion, and Chilled status effects by 50%.
30 2 (With Destruction Staff Equipped) Increases your chance to apply the Burning, Concussion, and Chilled status effects by 100%.
ON-icon-skill-Destruction Staff-Ancient Knowledge.png Ancient Knowledge 28 1 (With Destruction Staff Equipped) Equipping a Flame Staff increases your damage done with single target abilities by 4%. Equipping a Lightning Staff increases your damage done with area of effect abilities by 4%. Equipping a Frost Staff reduces the cost of blocking by 18% and increases the amount of damage you block by 10%.
46 2 (With Destruction Staff Equipped) 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 36% and increases the amount of damage you block by 20%.
ON-icon-skill-Destruction Staff-Destruction Expert.png Destruction Expert 41 1 (With Destruction Staff Equipped) When you kill an enemy with a Destruction Staff ability, you restore 1800 Magicka.
50 2 (With Destruction Staff Equipped) When you kill an enemy with a Destruction Staff ability, you restore 3600 Magicka.