Updated: Blackwood Chapter
Type: Overland, Dungeons, Maelstrom & Vateshran Arena
Buildname: Solo Slam DK

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Welcome to the Solo Sword and Shield Dragonknight Build for ESO. This unique build is designed to be a bit more tanky than normal stamina damage dealer builds but still push very good damage like you can see in this example here where Vateshran Hollows is cleared on veteran mode without a single death. To achieve the power of the build we are utilizing Sword & Shield/Bow weapon mix with Medium Armor.

This is one of the best builds for a Dragonknight that wants to be both tanky and deal damage. Dragonknights have a huge advantage due to a key ability like Noxious Breath which can be used as a spammable (Not a lot of players are aware of this), it also applies a damage over time effect and debuffs the enemies with Major Fracture, decreasing their resistance by a lot. And all that is area of effect (AoE) damage.

In addition, passives such as Helping Hands and Battle Roar supply us with extra stamina and Mountain’s Blessing boosts our weapon damage even higher.

  • Overland, Dungeon
  • Maelstrom & Vateshran Hollows Arena
  • Medium Armor
  • One Hand and Shield & Bow
  • Great Damage
  • Great Defensive
  • Good Healing

Solo Setup Sword and Shield Dragonknight

Now lets take at the gear setup of the Solo Sword and Shield Dragonknight Build. You will find several setups. The tier 1 setup being the most optimal one, but the gear can be hard to get. That is why we also have a tier 2 and a beginner setup.

5x Vicious Serpent, 5x Briarheart, 1x Ring of the Pale Order, 1x Maelstrom Bow, 1x Stonekeeper on a Dark Elf with Dubious Camoran Drink buff food.

  • Unbuffed: Out of combat, buff food active
  • Buffed. In combat, buff food active, weapon damage enchantment, Briarheart, Weapon Power Potion active.

Gear

I have chosen to go 6 medium and 1 heavy pieces, that way we get extra resistances and benefit from the Undaunted Mettle passive. I also use one health enchantment on the chest to increase our health a bit further.

Gear Setup with Mythic Item

  • Vicious Serpent helps a lot with sustain, you can also use it on the body and use Briarheart on the front bar, that is also a good choice.
  • You can arrange the sets placement however you want.
GearSetWeightTraitEnchantment
ChestBriarheartMediumDivineHealth
BeltBriarheartMediumDivineStamina
ShoesBriarheartMediumDivineStamina
PantsVicious SerpentMediumDivineStamina
HandsVicious SerpentMediumDivineStamina
HeadVicious SerpentMediumDivineStamina
ShoulderStonekeeper or any other Monster SetHeavyDivineStamina
NecklaceVicious SerpentJewelryBloodthirstyWeapon Damage
RingVicious SerpentJewelryBloodthirstyWeapon Damage
RingRing of the Pale OrderJewelryBloodthirstyWeapon Damage
Weapon 1 S&BBriarheart1H WeapNirnhonedDamage Health Poisons IX
Weapon 1 S&BBriarheartShieldDivineStamina
Weapon 2Perfected Thunderous VolleyBowInfusedWeapon Damage Enchant

Gear Setup without Mythic item

Here we basically have the same setup as the first one, but without the Mythic item.

GearSetWeightTraitEnchantment
ChestBriarheartMediumDivineHealth
BeltBriarheartMediumDivineStamina
ShoesBriarheartMediumDivineStamina
PantsVicious SerpentMediumDivineStamina
HandsVicious SerpentMediumDivineStamina
HeadBloodspawnMediumDivineStamina
ShoulderBloodspawnHeavyDivineStamina
NecklaceVicious SerpentJewelryRobustWeapon Damage
RingVicious SerpentJewelryRobustWeapon Damage
RingVicious SerpentJewelryRobustWeapon Damage
Weapon 1 S&BBriarheart1H WeapNirnhonedDamage Health Poisons IX
Weapon 1 S&BBriarheartShieldDivineStamina
Weapon 2Thunderous VolleyBowInfusedWeapon Damage Enchant

Beginner Setup

This is your secondary option, Vengeance Leech is a good set and also returns a lot of resources every time you kill something.

GearSetWeightTraitEnchantment
ChestHunding’s RageHeavyDivineHealth
BeltSpriggan’s ThornMediumAny TraitStamina
ShoesHunding’s RageMediumDivineStamina
PantsHunding’s RageMediumDivineStamina
HandsSpriggan’s ThornMediumAny TraitStamina
HeadSpriggan’s ThornMediumAny TraitStamina
ShoulderSpriggan’s ThornMediumDivineStamina
NecklaceVengeance LeechJewelryRobustWeapon Damage
RingVengeance LeechJewelryRobustWeapon Damage
RingVengeance LeechJewelryRobustWeapon Damage
Weapon 1 S&BHunding’s Rage1H WeapNirnhonedDamage Health Poisons IX
Weapon 1 S&BHunding’s RageShieldDivineStamina
Weapon 2Hunding’s RageBowInfusedWeapon Damage Enchant

Where can I get the gear?

Hunding’s Rage: Craftable
Perfected Thunderous Volley: vet Maelstrom Arena
Thunderous Volley: Maelstrom Arena
Vicious Serpent: Aetherian Archive, Sanctum Ophidia, Hel Ra Citadel
Bloodspawn: vet Spindleclutch 2
Vengeance Leech: Cyrodiil, Guildstores
Spriggan’s Thorn: Bangkorai Overland
Stonekeeper: vet Frostvault

Skills for the Sword and Shield DK Build

You might think that Noxious Breath is a weird choice for a spammable. However, it applies both a lot of direct damage and damage over time plus it debuffs the enemies with Major Fracture, decreasing their resistance by a lot. And all that is area of effect (AoE) damage.

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S&B MainbarBow-second bar
Slot 1: Defensive StanceSlot 1: Endless Hail
Slot 2: Venomous ClawSlot 2: Barbed Trap
Slot 3: Noxious BreathSlot 3: Shuffle
Slot 4: Fragmented ShieldSlot 4: Cauterize
Slot 5: Echoing VigorSlot 5: Consuming Trap
Ultimate: Spell WallUltimate: Standard of Might

Skill explanation:

  • Defensive Stance: Lets us block more and mitigate additional damage.
  • Venomous Claw: Powerful damage over time effect
  • Noxious Breath: Applies Major Breach, reducing enemy resistance, deals direct damage and damage over time. This is also our main spammable.
  • Fragmented Shield: Applies Minor Brutality through the passive Mountain’s Blessing. Also increases our healing by 16% for a short duration and gives Stamina back through the Helping Hands passive.
  • Echoing Vigor: Strong heal over time that lasts for 10 seconds. We prefer this morph because the heal is already strong enough and the 10 seconds is more beneficial, more time to deal damage! Compared to the other morph which only lasts for a very short duration.
  • Spell Wall: Any ultimate can go here, Spell Wall is nice because you perma block for a while and reflect all attacks back to the caster.
  • Endless Hail: Your AoE damage over time effect, drop it on the ground, can it several enemies.
  • Consuming Trap: Apply this on the enemy, deals a lot of damage and gives 7000 stamina back when you kill the enemy while affected by this skill.
  • Shuffle: Reduces AoE damage by 20%.
  • Barbed Trap: Deals insane damage and gives Minor Force to us, increasing Critical Damage by 10%.
  • Cauterize: Powerful extra heal. (You can also use the other morph Flames of Oblivion if you want more damage instead of extra heal).
  • Standard of Might: Your main ultimate, increase all of your damage.

Champion Points

Below you can find the Champion Points setup for this build. Work your way from top to bottom in your allocation. For more information on Champion Points, please visit the Champion Points Overview Page on ESO-Hub.com.

Hovering over each perk will give you insights on what it does. Presets are also provided for each of the allocations below.

Click the tab below to open the allocation.

180 Champion Point Allocation

Preset used for this allocation: https://eso-hub.com/en/champion-points/calculator?preset=a67ad29d-6a88-4537-bf83-8c166fc33ea5

Warfare Tree Points Allocation

Fitness Tree Points Allocation

Craft Tree Points Allocation

300 Champion Point Allocation

Preset used for this allocation: https://eso-hub.com/en/champion-points/calculator?preset=b7f844d4-cae0-427f-9f48-8674602958b6

Warfare Tree Points Allocation

Fitness Tree Points Allocation

Craft Tree Points Allocation

600 Champion Point Allocation

Preset used for this allocation: https://eso-hub.com/en/champion-points/calculator?preset=c21d2407-851f-4d35-b9b3-c55d45f33bba

Warfare Tree Points Allocation

Fitness Tree Points Allocation

Craft Tree Points Allocation

900 Champion Point Allocation

Preset used for this allocation: https://eso-hub.com/en/champion-points/calculator?preset=84ad8e7b-7fe1-4d87-a5ed-183732addafe

Warfare Tree Points Allocation

Fitness Tree Points Allocation

Craft Tree Points Allocation

1230 Champion Point Allocation

Preset used for this allocation: https://eso-hub.com/en/champion-points/calculator?preset=88bdab3b-9d15-4426-8b8f-6ac2b2cf9af1

Warfare Tree Points Allocation

Fitness Tree Points Allocation

Craft Tree Points Allocation

1560 Champion Point Allocation

Preset used for this allocation: https://eso-hub.com/en/champion-points/calculator?preset=28b93701-6e6b-4a5b-99c8-277e85068d21

Warfare Tree Points Allocation

Fitness Tree Points Allocation

Craft Tree Points Allocation


Important Info

Buff-food

Artaeum Takeaway is the expensive buff-food version, if you want to save money you can use Dubious Camoran Throne, which can be bought at guild stores for a cheap price.

Artaeum Takeaway Broth
(Max Health, Max Stamina, Stamina Recovery, Health Recovery)

Artaeum Takeaway Broth
(Max Health, Max Stamina, Stamina Recovery)

Food buff

Mundus Stone

The Lover Mundus Stone provides us with extra penetration, which increases our damage. For more information on Mundus Stones please visit the Mundus Stone Overview Page.

The Lover Mundus Stone (Increased Penetration)

Race

All stamina based races work with this setup. More about each race can be found on the racial overview page.

Dark Elf
Khajiit
Orc
Redguard
Imperial
Wood Elf
Nord
Argonian
High Elf

Potions

Always make sure to active potions on cooldown, to really get the 100% uptime on the buffs and extra stamina.

Weapon Crit Potions 
(Weap dmg, Weap Crit, Stamina)
(Blessed Thistle, Dragonthorn, Wormwood)

Essence of Weapon Power Potion ESO

Poisons

I recommend front baring these poisons, they deal a good amount of damage.

Damage Health Poison
(Damage Poison, Damage Poison)
(Fleshfly Larva, Nightshade, Nirnroot)

double health poisons

Passives

Attributes

64 Stamina, 0 Health, 0 Magicka


Resource Management

Heavy Attacks work well on S&B, they are faster and return a lot of resources. Use your potions on cooldown to regain a lot of stamina at once. Your main resource tool is Consuming Trap, if you kill an enemy while that skill is on the enemy, you regain 7000 stamina, yes that is a lot.

Consuming Trap sustain check


Rotation

There is not a real rotation with this setup, you always have to prioritize survival, aka healing and defense. Once that is taken care of, apply damage over time effects and use your spammable on the enemy till your damage over time effects fall off, reapply them and repeat the whole process.

In case you don’t know what what weaving light attacks is, make sure to check out the “Weaving Beginner Guide” which explains how to weave light attacks between abilities, aka animation canceling.


Gameplay

Maelstrom Arena Run

Full veteran Maelstrom Arena run. If you want to learn more about the Maelstrom Arena, you can check out the Maelstrom Arena overview page.

🔔Maelstrom Arena ONE HAND & SHIELD + BOW full run🔔 - Elder Scrolls Online ESO

Vateshran Hollows Arena Run

Full veteran Vateshran Hollows Arena run. If you want to learn more about the Vateshran Hollows Arena, you can check out the Vateshran Hollows overview page.


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