“Solo StamDK”

Updated: Stonethorn DLC, Greymoor Chapter
Type: Dungeon, Solo Dungeons, Overland and Maelstrom Arena

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Welcome to the Solo Stamina Dragonknight Build for Elder Scrolls Online.This build is optimized for solo play. Make sure to bookmark the link as I will keep updating the build for each new Update of ESO. If you are new to the game I would also recommend checking out a few other guides:

Other Stamina Dragonknight Guides:

Dragonknights have a good kit to play solo, abilities such as Volatile Armor and Cauterize both increase damage mitigation and healing by a lot. Dragonknights have powerful passives such as Battle Roar, Helping Hands, World in Ruin and Combustion that boost our sustain tremendously. Passives such as Scaled Armor and Iron Skin increase damage mitigation further.

Damage is also easily covered due to the Noxious Breath spammable applying Major Fracture, reducing the enemies physical resistance by 5280 and we have plenty of damage over time effects that deal good damage such as: Venomous Claw, Consuming Trap, Endless Hail, more on these skills in the skill section.

  • Two Hander & Bow setup
  • Optional Dual Wield & Bow Setup
  • Powerful Damage
  • Good Sustain
  • Powerful Healing
  • Big Shields
  • Solo Dungeons, Overland & Maelstrom

Solo Setup

Gear: 5x Tzogvin, 5x Briarheart, 2x Thurvokun on an Orc with Lava Foot Soup-and-Saltrice buff-food.

  • Unbuffed: Out of combat
  • Buffed: Briarheart buff (450 Weap dmg), Weapon Damage Glyph (452 Weap Dmg), Essence of Weapon Crit (10% Weap crit, 20% Stam Rec), Tzogvin Buff, Major Brutality (20% Weapon damage buff), Minor Brutality (10% Weapon damage buff), Major Resolve (5280 resistance buff).


You will find 3 different setups here. Setup 1 is the preferred setup. For people that do not have all the gear yet can use the Setup 2 which is easier to obtain and beginners can use Setup 3.

  • Setup 1 – Best Setup
  • Setup 2 – Advanced Gear
  • Setup 3 – Beginner Gear

Monster Sets

There are a few good Monster Sets that you can use with this setup. In general you can use any Monster Set of your choice, but there are clear favorites:


If you manage to complete the Fang Lair vet dungeon, you can use Thurvokun. The Monster Set is nice because it applies Minor Maim to all enemies, reducing their overall damage done to you by 15%. This is huge and the debuff will almost be up all the time.


Bloodspawn is a good alternative if you don’t have access to Thurvokun. It increases our ultimate regeneration and more importantly gives us higher resistances to absorb more damage.


If you want to go for a more damage based Monster Set, then I recommend Selene. However, Velidreth, Maarselok or Stormfist are also nice choices.

Gear Setup 1

  • Which sets you put in which slot is not that important, the only thing that matters is that you get two full five piece sets and a Monster Set.
  • One Piece Heavy Armor gives us some extra resistances and health.
ChestTzogvin's WarbandMediumDivineHealth
BeltTzogvin's WarbandMediumDivineStamina
ShoesTzogvin's WarbandMediumDivineStamina
PantsTzogvin's WarbandMediumDivineStamina
HandsTzogvin's WarbandMediumDivineStamina
NecklaceBriarheartJewelryRobustWeapon Damage
RingBriarheartJewelryRobustWeapon Damage
RingBriarheartJewelryRobustWeapon Damage
Weapon 1Briarheart2H Axe (or Sword)SharpenedDamage Health Poisons IX
Weapon 2The Maelstrom's BowBowInfusedWeapon Damage Enchantment

Gear Setup 2

ChestHunding's RageHeavyDivineHealth
BeltHunding's RageMediumDivineStamina
ShoesHunding's RageMediumDivineStamina
PantsHunding's RageMediumDivineStamina
HandsHunding's RageMediumDivineStamina
NecklaceBriarheartJewelryRobustWeapon Damage
RingBriarheartJewelryRobustWeapon Damage
RingBriarheartJewelryRobustWeapon Damage
Weapon 1Briarheart2H Axe (or Sword)SharpenedDamage Health Poisons IX
Weapon 2The Maelstrom's Bow or BriarheartBowInfusedWeapon Damage Enchant

Gear Setup 3 Beginner

If you haven’t access to the gear above, you can ask a friend or somoene in a trade guild to craft you these sets.

ChestHunding's RageHeavyDivineHealth
BeltHunding's RageMediumDivineStamina
ShoesHunding's RageMediumDivineStamina
PantsHunding's RageMediumDivineStamina
HandsHunding's RageMediumDivineStamina
HeadMonster Set of your choiceMediumDivineHealth
ShoulderMonster Set of your choiceMediumDivineStamina
NecklaceAncient DragonguardJewelryRobustWeapon Damage
RingAncient DragonguardJewelryRobustWeapon Damage
RingAncient DragonguardJewelryRobustWeapon Damage
Weapon 1Ancient Dragonguard2H Axe (or Sword)SharpenedAbsorb Stamina Enchant
Weapon 2Ancient DragonguardBowInfusedWeapon Damage Enchant

Where can I get the gear?

Briarheart: Wrothgar, Guildstores
Tzogvin's Warband: Frostvault
Ancient Dragonguard: Craftable
Bloodspawn: vSpindleclutch II, Maj Undaunted Chest
Thurvokun: vFang Lair, Urgarlag Undaunted Chest
Hunding's Rage: Craftable
Selene: vSelene’s Web, Glirion Undaunted Chest
Maelstrom Bow: vMaelstrom Arena


Brawler Venomous Claw Noxious Breath Reverse Slice Echoing Vigor Take Flight
Endless Hail Molten Armaments Consuming Trap Volatile Armor Cauterize Standard of Might
Two Hander MainbarBow-second bar
Slot 1: BrawlerSlot 1: Endless Hail
Slot 2: Venomous ClawSlot 2: Molten Armaments
Slot 3: Noxious BreathSlot 3: Consuming Trap
Slot 4: Reverse SliceSlot 4: Volatile Armor
Slot 5: Echoing VigorSlot 5: Echoing Vigor
Ultimate: Take FlightUltimate: Standard of Might

Skills explanation:

  • Brawler: Your most important survival ability. Use this on a single or several enemies to gain a huge shield that will bolster your health on top of the nice damage it does.
  • Venomous Claw: Powerful Single Target damage over time effect that you can place on the enemy (Flexspot, you could swap this out with something else).
  • Noxious Breath: This is your main spammable. It deals good upfront damage and also applies Major Fracture, reducing the enemies physical resistance by 5280, increasing your overall damage by a lot on the enemy.
  • Reverse Slice: Your execute ability that also deals nice splash damage.
  • 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. If you drop low on health make sure to activate this and also use Brawler to gain a shield to bolster your health.
  • Take Flight: Powerful burst damage Ultimate and also low cost.
  • Endless Hail: This is your DoT that you need to constantly keep up on the enemies. Very powerful both in Single Target and AoE.
  • Molten Armaments: This ability gives you major Brutality, increasing your Weapon Damage by 20% and your Heavy Attacks deal more damage too. Also procs the Helping Hands and Mountain's Blessing passive giving you sustain and another 10% extra Weapon Damage.
  • Consuming Trap: Strong Single Target damage over time effect that also returns a lot of resources once an enemy is killed. Place this on a weak mob to regain resources fast.
  • Volatile Armor: Applies Major Resolve, increasing both your resistances by 5280. Also keeps the Burning Heart passive active.
  • Cauterize: Powerful heal over time, you can also activate it again even if it is already running to get an instant burst heal.
  • Standard of Might: Your main Ultimate, increases all your damage by 15% and also decreases incoming damage by 15%.

Champion Points

Calculator: In case you need help distributing your Champion Points, make sure to check out the Champion Points Calculator!

Champion Points [810]

The Ritual
64 Mighty, 40 Thaumaturge, 52 Precise Strikes, 53 Piercing
The Atronach
61 Master-at-Arms
The Apprentice
The Shadow
31 Shadow Ward, 61 Tumbling
The Lover
43 Tenacity, 56 Mooncalf
The Tower
56 Warlord, 23 Bashing Focus
The Lord
32 Quick Recovery
The Lady
49 Hardy, 49 Elemental Defender, 48 Thick Skinned
The Steed
61 Ironclad, 31 Spellshield

Champion Points [600]

The Ritual
56 Mighty, 34 Thaumaturge, 34 Precise Strikes, 42 Piercing
The Atronach
34 Master at Arms
The Apprentice
The Shadow
25 Shadow Ward,  57 Tumbling
The Lover
43 Tenacity, 49 Mooncalf
The Tower
23 Warlord, 3 Bashing Focus
The Lord
The Lady
49 Hardy, 49 Elemental Defender, 37 Thick Skinned
The Steed
37 Ironclad, 28 Spell Shield

Champion Points [300]

The Ritual
16 Thaumaturge, 27 Mighty, 18 Precise Strikes, 23 Piercing
The Atronach
16 Master at Arms
The Apprentice
The Shadow
13 Tumbling, 13 Shadow Ward
The Lover
27 Tenacity, 32 Mooncalf
The Tower
15 Warlord
The Lord
The Lady
27 Hardy, 27 Elemental Defender, 28 Thick Skinned
The Steed
16 Ironclad, 2 Spell Shield

Important Info for Solo Dragonknight Build


It is very important that you use the Lava Foot Soup-and-Saltrice Buff-food. This will enhance our Max Stamina and Stamina Recovery by a huge margin. You can buy the food in the guild stores for a very cheap price, or craft it yourself if you have the recipe.

Lava Foot Soup-and-Saltrice
(Max Stamina, Stamina Recovery)

Food buff

Mundus Stone

The Lover Mundus Stone is the best choice for our setup, it will increase our overall damage the most as penetration is the most valuable damage increase stat.

The Lover (Increased Physical Penetration)


Any stamina based race works. If you want to learn more about the different racial passives that each race offers, check out my Race Guide which explains everything in detail.

Wood Elf
Dark Elf


We are using Essence of Weapon Crit Potions with this setup, most important are the Major Savagery 10% Weapon Crit buff and the Major Endurance 20% Stamina Recovery buff + 7582 Stamina return from these potions, the Health boost is just a nice extra.

We don’t need the Major Brutality buff from the potion because we already get that through the skill Molten Armaments.

Essence of Weapon Crit
(Health, Stamina, Weapon Crit)
(Dragonthorn, Columbine, Water Hyacinth)

essence of weapon crit potion

You can also use normal potions that drop from monsters. However, you might want to get the Major Savagery buff from somewhere else then. For example you could replace Venomous Claw with Camouflaged Hunter to gain the Major Savagery buff and an extra 8% overall damage.


We are using Poisons to increase our damage output. If you don’t have poisons, you can just use another enchantment on your weapon.

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

double health poisons



Your end goal should be to get around 19000 Health on this setup. If you have different gear or lower Champion Points, you might want to adjust the attributes.

20 Health, 44 Stamina

Resource Management

Our setup has a lot of resource management options, some already directly built in via Stamina Recovery and some more options that you can use whenever you need it.

Stamina Recovery

Lava Foot Soup-and-Saltrice buff-food is key to our sustain. The buff-food gives you Max Stamina and Stamina Recovery, a lot of it. You have to make sure to use this specific buff-food. You can buy it in the guild stores for a very cheap price or craft it yourself, if you have the recipe.

The Battle Rush passive from the Two Hander skill-line gives you another 30% Stamina Recovery for 10 seconds while you have a Two Handed weapon slotted.

Potions are another very important part of resource management. We are preferably using Essence of Weapon Crit potions to gain another 20% Stamina Recovery boost, 10% Weapon Critical and a Health boost. This both increases our sustain and also damage, I highly recommend using these potions. The ingredients are listed in the potion section of the build.


Dragonknights have a few very unique passives that help them with sustain.

The passive World in Ruin helps reduce the cost of our poison abilities, such as Venomous Claw or Noxious Breath.

The passive Battle Roar gives us a big boost in resources every time we activate an Ultimate.

The passive Helping Hands returns resources every time we activate Molten Armaments.

The passive Combustion returns stamina whenever the poison status effect procs from stuff like Venomous Claw, Noxious Breath or Poisons.


Before we start with the rotation, you always have to make sure to weave Light Attacks between each ability. This is important because the Light Attacks deal very good damage and proc your Weapon Enchantments and Poisons. You can find a guide here on that subject: “Weaving Beginner Guide”.

Your first priority has to always be to stay alive. Therefore healing, shielding and dodging has to be prioritized over damage.

  1. Brawler is your survival skill, every time you hit one or several enemies you will gain a shield. Most of the times that is already enough to stay alive.
  2. Echoing Vigor is your main healing ability that lasts 10 seconds alongside Cauterize which also functions as a burst heal if needed. The Briarheart set is usually enough to keep you alive as long as it is active and you keep your DoTs up.
  3. Keep up your most important skills: Cauterize, Volatile Armor and Molten Armaments.
  4. Keep up all your DoTs on the enemy such as Endless Hail, Consuming Trap and Venomous Claw.
  5. Once that is taken care of, you want to use your spammable on the front bar such as: Noxious Breath and and Reverse Slice.

Heavy Attacking is a good option on this build because your Heavy Attacks get boosted by the Molten Armaments skill.

Bad Habits

  1. Not keeping up your healing abilities such as Cauterize and defense abilities such as Volatile Armor is the main reason why you die on this setup.
  2. Not keeping up your damage over time effects on the backbar will result in a huge loss in overall damage.
  3. Not using Brawler enough to bolster your health with the huge shield that the skill gives. Always before you swap to the backbar you should use Brawler first to gain a shield that will help you while you are on the backbar.
  4. Not using the right buff-food as listed will also result in sustain issues.

Dual Wield Setup

You can also play this build with a Dual Wield Setup. Here is the recommended Dual Wield skill setup. Whirling Blades is our AoE ability, Bloodthirst our spammable that also heals us at the same time.

Whirling Blades Venomous Claw Bloodthirst Noxious Breath Echoing Vigor Take Flight
Endless Hail Molten Armaments Consuming Trap Volatile Armor Cauterize Standard of Might

Build Video

Echoing vs Resolving Vigor

Quick video talking about why I use Echoing Vigor over Resolving Vigor for my Solo PvE Stamin Builds.

Update Log

18.03.2020 Added the Solo Stamina Dragonknight build for the Harrowstorm DLC.
16.05.2020 Updated the Build for the GREYMOOR CHAPTER.
17.08.2020 Updated the Build for the STONETHORN DLC, Greymoor Chapter.

Tags: Solo Stamina Dragonknight Build, Solo Stam DK Build ESO.