Updated: Blackwood Chapter
Type: Grinding for Champion Points & EXP
Class: All Classes (Nightblade, Sorcerer, Templar, Dragonknight, Necromancer, Warden)

Welcome to the Grind Build for Stamina Setups. Below you will find an universal grind setup for gear as well as a skill layout for each individual class in ESO. The gear, buff-food, attributes, potions for the build are always the same like shown below. The only difference between the classes is the skill layout.

Please also make sure to check out the ESO Grind Guide for the top 10 grind spots as well as very useful tips on how to increase your EXP gains (up to 358% extra EXP).

  • All Classes (Nightblade, Sorcerer, Templar, Dragonknight, Necromancer, Warden)
  • Up to 358% extra EXP gains
  • Best Grind Setup
  • Great Damage
  • Great Sustain

Grind Setup for Stamina Builds

Below you can see two screenshots, the first picture is unbuffed out of combat and the second picture is buffed in combat. That should give you a good idea on what stats you can reach. The stats may slightly vary depending on class. Gear used in the screenshot: 5x Vicious Serpent, 5x Hunding’s Rage, 2x Stormfist.

  • Unbuffed: Out of Combat, Buff-food active.
  • Buffed: In Combat, Buff-food active, Weapon Damage Glyph & Potion active.

You will see three different gear grind setups below. Most important is that you use gear with the Training trait to increase your overall EXP gain. You can pretty much use any set to grind, the gear below is not necessary, but recommended.

  • Setup 1 Most Optimal Setup
  • Setup 2 Easy to get Gear
  • Setup 3 Beginner Setup

Gear Quality

  • Armor: Try to get to at least epic quality (purple) for the 10% exp bonus per armor piece. Which will result in a total of 70% extra EXP from your armor.
  • Jewelry: Your jewelry can be green quality, it doesn’t matter whether you use fine, superior, epic or legendary quality. Green jewelry is also a lot cheaper to buy in the guild stores!
  • Weapon: Try to get either epic or legendary quality (purple or gold). This is important because you will deal a lot more damage as well as an extra 7-8% extra EXP gain.

Pale Order Mythic Item

The Pale Order Mythic item is also a very good option, it basically takes care of all the healing that you need.

Gear Setup 1

Monster Set: Any Monster Set works for the setup. We picked Stormfist because it is easy to get and deals good AoE damage.

GearSetWeightTraitEnchantment
ChestHunding’s RageMediumTrainingStamina
BeltHunding’s RageMediumTrainingStamina
ShoesHunding’s RageMediumTrainingStamina
PantsVicious SerpentMediumTrainingStamina
HandsVicious SerpentMediumTrainingStamina
HeadStormfistMediumTrainingStamina
ShoulderStormfistMediumTrainingStamina
NecklaceVicious SerpentJewelryRobustWeapon Damage
RingVicious SerpentJewelryRobustWeapon Damage
RingVicious SerpentJewelryRobustWeapon Damage
Weapon 1 DWHunding’s RageDaggerTrainingAbsorb Stamina
Weapon 1 DWHunding’s RageDaggerTrainingPoison
Weapon 2Thunderous VolleyBowInfusedWeapon Damage

 

Where can I get the gear?

Stormfist: vTempest Island, Undaunted Enclave
Vicious Serpent: Aetherian Archive, Hel Ra Citadel, Sanctum Ophidia
Hunding’s Rage: Craftable
Thunderous Volley: Maelstrom Arena
Perfected Thunderous Volley: vMaelstrom Arena

Gear Setup 2

Instead of the Vicious Serpent set (which can be hard to get because you need 12 players to do the normal trial) we are going to use Spriggan as a replacement.

GearSetWeightTraitEnchantment
ChestHunding’s RageMediumTrainingStamina
BeltHunding’s RageMediumTrainingStamina
ShoesHunding’s RageMediumTrainingStamina
PantsSprigganMediumTrainingStamina
HandsSprigganMediumTrainingStamina
HeadStormfistMediumTrainingStamina
ShoulderStormfistMediumTrainingStamina
NecklaceSprigganJewelryRobustWeapon Damage
RingSprigganJewelryRobustWeapon Damage
RingSprigganJewelryRobustWeapon Damage
Weapon 1 DWHunding’s RageDaggerTrainingAbsorb Stamina
Weapon 1 DWHunding’s RageDaggerTrainingPoison
Weapon 2Thunderous VolleyBowInfusedWeapon Damage

 

Where can I get the gear?

Stormfist: vTempest Island, Undaunted Enclave
Spriggan: Bangkorai Overland, Guildstores
Hunding’s Rage: Craftable
Thunderous Volley: Maelstrom Arena
Perfected Thunderous Volley: vMaelstrom Arena

Gear Setup 3 Beginner

Join a guild and ask someone to craft you Hunding’s Rage with the Training trait. The Agility jewelry can be bought in the guildstores for a cheap price. And the Trainee set can also be bought in the guildstores for a cheap price, it also drops in several starter locations such as. Bal Foyen, Betnikh, Bleakrock Isle, Khenarthi’s Roost, Stros M’Kai.

Any gear works, I would just recommend that you go for the training trait on the gear to increase EXP gains.

GearSetWeightTraitEnchantment
ChestHunding’s RageMediumTrainingStamina
BeltHunding’s RageMediumTrainingStamina
ShoesHunding’s RageMediumTrainingStamina
PantsHunding’s RageMediumTrainingStamina
HandsHunding’s RageMediumTrainingStamina
HeadFree Slot for random gearMediumTrainingStamina
ShoulderTraineeMediumTrainingStamina
NecklaceAgilityJewelryAny TraitWeapon Damage
RingAgilityJewelryAny TraitWeapon Damage
RingAgilityJewelryAny TraitWeapon Damage
Weapon 1 DWTraineeDaggerTrainingAbsorb Stamina
Weapon 1 DWTraineeDaggerTrainingPoison
Weapon 2TraineeBowAny TraitWeapon Damage

 

Where can I get the gear?

Agility: Guildstores
Hunding’s Rage: Craftable
Trainee: Guildstores or Starter Zones (Bal Foyen, Betnikh, Bleakrock Isle, Khenarthi’s Roost, Stros M’Kai)


Skill Layout Classes

In this section of the build we are going to take a look at the skill layout for each class. In general we want to use a very strong AoE (Area of Effect) setup to kill multiple enemies at the same time.

Nightblade Skills

Always keep Dark Shade and Deadly Cloak active and activate Arrow Barrage on enemies and then spam Power Extraction.

We placed the Soul Harvest Ultimate on the frontbar to gain faster ultimate regeneration, we only use the backbar ulti for damage. We always use the Flawless Dawnbreaker as ultimate. Or alternatively Shooting Star as it gives good AoE damage and also returns ultimate points on hits.

We get Major Brutality from Power Extraction and Major Savagery from Camouflaged Hunter. Therefore we can use normal cheap Stamina Potions.

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Dual Wield FrontbarBow Backbar
Slot 1: Deadly CloakSlot 1: Arrow Barrage
Slot 2: Relentless focusSlot 2: Leeching Strikes
Slot 3: Power ExtractionSlot 3: Dark Shade
Slot 4: Echoing VigorSlot 4: Channeled Acceleration (Flex Spot)
Slot 5: Camouflaged HunterSlot 5: Camouflaged Hunter
Ultimate: Soul HarvestUltimate: Flawless Dawnbreaker (or Shooting Star)

 

Sorcerer Skills

Keep up Deadly Cloak and Hurricane and drop Arrow Barrage on enemies and then spam Steel Tornado.

We use Flawless Dawnbreaker as our Ultimate. Alternatively you can also use Shooting Star as it gives good AoE damage and also returns ultimate points on hits.

We get Major Brutality from Critical Surge and Major Savagery from Camouflaged Hunter. Therefore we can use normal cheap Stamina Potions.

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Dual Wield FrontbarBow Backbar
Slot 1: Deadly CloakSlot 1: Arrow Barrage
Slot 2: Critical SurgeSlot 2: Hurricane
Slot 3: Steel TornadoSlot 3: Dark Deal
Slot 4: Echoing VigorSlot 4: Channeled Acceleration (Flex Spot)
Slot 5: Camouflaged HunterSlot 5: Camouflaged Hunter
Ultimate: Flawless DawnbreakerUltimate: Flawless Dawnbreaker

 

Templar Skills

Keep up Deadly Cloak and drop Arrow Barrage on enemies and then spam Steel Tornado.

We get Major Brutality from Shrouded Daggers and Major Savagery from Camouflaged Hunter. Therefore we can use normal cheap Stamina Potions.

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Dual Wield FrontbarBow Backbar
Slot 1: Deadly CloakSlot 1: Arrow Barrage
Slot 2: Shrouded DaggersSlot 2: Repentance
Slot 3: Steel TornadoSlot 3: Restoring Focus
Slot 4: Echoing VigorSlot 4: Channeled Acceleration (Flex Spot)
Slot 5: Camouflaged HunterSlot 5: Camouflaged Hunter
Ultimate: Empowering SweepUltimate: Flawless Dawnbreaker

 

Dragonknight Skills

Keep up Deadly CloakFlames of Oblivion and drop Noxious BreathArrow Barrage on enemies and then spam Steel Tornado.

You can use the Take Flight ultimate as a gap closer.

We get Major Brutality from Igneous Weapons and Major Savagery from Camouflaged Hunter. Therefore we can use normal cheap Stamina Potions.

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Dual Wield FrontbarBow Backbar
Slot 1: Deadly CloakSlot 1: Arrow Barrage
Slot 2: Noxious BreathSlot 2: Flames of Oblivion
Slot 3: Steel TornadoSlot 3: Igneous Weapons
Slot 4: Echoing VigorSlot 4: Channeled Acceleration (Flex Spot)
Slot 5: Camouflaged HunterSlot 5: Camouflaged Hunter
Ultimate: Take FlightUltimate: Flawless Dawnbreaker

 

Necromancer Skills

Keep up Skeletal Archer and drop Arrow Barrage on enemies and then spam Steel Tornado in combination with Blighted Blastbones.

We get Major Brutality from Shrouded Daggers and Major Savagery from Camouflaged Hunter. Therefore we can use normal cheap Stamina Potions.

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Dual Wield FrontbarBow Backbar
Slot 1: Shrouded DaggersSlot 1: Arrow Barrage
Slot 2: Blighted BlastbonesSlot 2: Skeletal Archer
Slot 3: Steel TornadoSlot 3: Necrotic Potency
Slot 4: Echoing VigorSlot 4: Channeled Acceleration (Flex Spot)
Slot 5: Camouflaged HunterSlot 5: Camouflaged Hunter
Ultimate: Flawless DawnbreakerUltimate: Pestilent Colossus

 

Warden Skills

Keep up Deadly Cloak and drop Arrow Barrage on enemies and then spam Steel Tornado in combination with Subtarranean Assault.

We get Major Brutality from Bull Netch and Major Savagery from Camouflaged Hunter. Therefore we can use normal cheap Stamina Potions.

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Dual Wield FrontbarBow Backbar
Slot 1: Deadly CloakSlot 1: Arrow Barrage
Slot 2: Subterranean AssaultSlot 2: Shimmering Shield
Slot 3: Steel TornadoSlot 3: Bull Netch
Slot 4: Echoing VigorSlot 4: Channeled Acceleration (Flex Spot)
Slot 5: Camouflaged HunterSlot 5: Camouflaged Hunter
Ultimate: Flawless DawnbreakerUltimate: Permafrost

 

Champion Points for the Stamina Grind Setup

Below you can find the Champion Points setup for this build. Work your way from top to bottom of the list depending on how many Champion Points you already have. For more information on Champion Points, please visit the Champion Points Overview Page on ESO-Hub.com.

Preset used for this allocation: https://eso-hub.com/en/champion-points/calculator?preset=99b95181-0aab-4aff-93c9-b6193a31230d

Table Explanation:

  • Points Needed: Implies how many Champion Points you will need to make it to that perk.
  • Perk: Hoover over it to see what the perk does. For more information click on it to get redirected to ESO-Hub.com
  • Points Invested: Amount of points that you have to place in the perk at that time.

Warfare Tree Points Allocation

The Warfare Champion Point tree is by far the most important to increase your damage and damage mitigation.

Points NeededPerkPoints Used
0-120Precision40
120-270Fighting Finesse (Slottable)50
270-390Piercing40
390-540Deadly Aim (Slottable)50
540-690Thaumaturge (Slottable)50
690-840Biting Aura (Slottable)50
840-960Tireless Discipline40
960-1020Battle Mastery20
1020-1110Mighty30
1110-1170Battle Mastery20
1170-1200Quick Recovery10
1200-1320Preparation40
1320-1440Elemental Aegis40
1440-1560Hardy40
1560-1650Quick Recovery30
1650-1770Blessed40
1770-1890Eldritch Insight40
1890-2010Flawless Ritual (Only if you have magic damage)40
2010-2100War Mage (Only if you have magic damage)30

 

Fitness Tree Points Allocation

The Fitness Champion Points tree has useful health and recovery perks.

Points NeededPerkPoints Used
0-150Boundless Vitality (Slottable)50
150-300Rejuvenation (Slottable)50
300-345Tumbling15
345-375Mystic Tenacity10
375-495Hero’s Vigor40
495-645Bloody Renewal (Slottable)50
645-795Ironclad (Slottable)50
795-885Tumbling30
885-1005Defiance40
1005-1029Hasty8
1029-1149Tireless Guardian40
1149-1284Fortification45
1284-1356Hasty24
1356-1476Sprinter40
1476-1521Nimble Protector15
1521-1656Savage Defense45
1656-1776Bashing Brutality40
1776-1806Survival Instincts10
1806-2181Tempered Soul125

 

Craft Tree Points Allocation

The Craft Champion Point tree is almost entirely optional, there is not really anything useful for combat itself. Follow the list or spend points however you want.

Points neededPerkPoints used
0-150Steed’s Blessing (Slottable)50
150-180Breakfall10
180-225Wanderer15
225-255Steadfast Enchantment10
255-345Rationer (Slottable)30
345-570Liquid Efficiency (Slottable)75
570-690Breakfall40
690-870Wanderer60
870-990Steadfast Enchantment40
990-1140Fortune’s Favor50
1140-1290Gilded Fingers50
1290-1380Out of Sight30
1380-1500Fleet Phantom40
1500-1599Soul Reservoir33
1599-1749Treasure Hunter (Slottable)50
1749-1884Inspiration Boost45

 


Important Info for the Stamina Grind Build

Below you can find some of the important information such as Buff-food, Potions, Mundus Stones, Passives, Attributes and Race.

Buff-food

We use the Dubious Camoran Throne Drink which can be bought in the Guildstores for a cheap price. This gives us a good mix of max stats as well as extra stamina recovery to increase our sustain.

Beginner Guide Dubious Camoran Throne

Mundus Stone

The extra Spell Penetration will increase our damage output by a lot, therefore we want to pick the Lover Mundus Stone.

The Lover Mundus (Increased Spell Penetration)

Race

All stamina based races work for this build.

Orc
Dark Elf
Redguard
Nord
Imperial
Khajiit
Wood Elf

Potions

All classes already have Major Brutality and Major Savagery, therefore we can simply use normal Essence of Stamina potions that are very cheap in the Guildstores, I would recommend stacking as many as possible so you can constantly drink them to regain stamina and increase stamina recovery. It is also recommended to have the Medicinal Use passive active, to increase the duration of the potion.

Essence of Stamina Potion
(Stamina)
(Bought in Guild Stores, fairly cheap)

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Passives

Attributes

64 Stamina, 0 Health, 0 Magicka


Stamina Grind Example for ESO

To showcase you an example of the Stamina Sorcerer version of the build, here I was in the Forgotten Wastes Public Dungeon which is showcased in the Grind Spots Guide and managed to get  around 3-3.5 Million experience per hour. This was with approximately 339% exp boost active.

EXP grind per hour example Stamina Build

  • 150% EXP Scroll/Potion
  • 100% Event Buff
  • 79% from Gear & Weapon
  • 10% 2 Player Group

I didn’t have the 10% Ring of Mara and ESO Plus buff. With these two buffs we could have made another extra 20% boost.

Stamina Grind Video Example


Grind Tips for Stamina Grind Builds

Here are a few tips that can help you increase your efficiency while grinding experience for Champion Points. For a full overview of grind tips, please check out the ESO Grind Guide which explains all the grinding tips in detail.

Time spent Grinding

Killing monsters results in experience gain. That means whenever you don’t kill monsters, you lose experience. Looting monsters, or going back to the town to sell loot to make money means you will generate less experience but you will gain gold. Therefore, you have to decided whether you want to just ignore all the loot to make more experience, or actually go sell the items.

Preparation

Before you start grinding, buy Repair Kits, EXP Potions/Scrolls, Stamina Potions and Buff-food. Your gear will constantly break because it breaks due to experience gained and when the gear is broken, you won’t benefit from the training trait anymore. Therefore, buy as many Repair Kits as you can afford. You also want to make sure to not run out of EXP Potions/Scrolls while grinding. And make sure to have enough Potions and Buff-food ready to keep going for multiple hours.

ESO Grind Spots

Thanks to scaling in ESO, you can grind pretty much anywhere. Places where you can pull multiple enemies together usually work best. Even better if you have enemies that are Undead or Daedra to increase Ultimate regen thanks to the Banish The Wicked passive. You can find plenty of grind spots in the ESO Grind Guide, which has around 10 different grind spots listed.


Build Video