“Solo Stam Sorc”

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

Table of Contents

Introduction

Welcome to the Solo Stamina Sorcerer 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 Sorcerer Guides:

The Solo Stam Sorcerer build is optimized for solo play. You will find three different gear setups, the first one being best in slot, the second one advanced and a very easily obtainable beginner setup. However, understanding the mechanics of the build is more important than the gear itself. By mechanics I mean the abilities that we use and what functions they have and how to sustain this setup and most importantly, how to stay alive with timed dodge rolls, blocks and heals. Sorcs have a very unique ability called Critical Surge, it provides us with the Major Brutality buff (20% Weapon Damage) and also gives us constant healing, which is very powerful.

Another key ability is the Dark Deal ability which gives us the possibility to transfer Magicka into Stamina and Health. These two skills are the most important ones in our setup, but obviously there is more, you can find an explanation of all the skills below.

The most important set to this build is Briarheart, because this will give you so much overall extra healing that you barely have to worry about your health anymore. It also boosts your Weapon Damage by a huge margin.

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

Solo Setup

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

  • Unbuffed: Out of combat
  • Buffed: Briarheart buff (450 Weap dmg), Critical Surge (20% Weap dmg), Weapon Damage Glyph (452 Weap Dmg), Essence of Weapon Crit Potion (10% Weap crit, 20% Stam Rec), Tzogvin Buff, Hurricane skill (Major Resolve Buff), Battle Rush Passive (30% Stam Rec) were activate.

Gear

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:

Bloodspawn

Our primary Monster Set is the Bloodspawn. It increases our ultimate regeneration and more importantly gives us more resistances to absorb more damage.

Thurvokun

If you managed to complete the Fang Lair vet dungeon, you can also 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 be up constantly, very reliable!

Selene

If you want to go for a more damage based Monster Set, then I recommend Selene. However, Velidreth, Maarselok, Maw of the Infernal 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.
GearSetWeightTraitEnchantment
ChestTzogvin's WarbandMediumDivineHealth
BeltTzogvin's WarbandMediumDivineStamina
ShoesTzogvin's WarbandMediumDivineStamina
PantsTzogvin's WarbandMediumDivineStamina
HandsTzogvin's WarbandMediumDivineStamina
HeadBloodspawnHeavyDivineHealth
ShoulderBloodspawnMediumDivineStamina
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

GearSetWeightTraitEnchantment
ChestHunding's RageHeavyDivineHealth
BeltHunding's RageMediumDivineStamina
ShoesHunding's RageMediumDivineStamina
PantsHunding's RageMediumDivineStamina
HandsHunding's RageMediumDivineStamina
HeadBloodspawnMediumDivineHealth
ShoulderBloodspawnMediumDivineStamina
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

GearSetWeightTraitEnchantment
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: Maelstrom Arena

Skills

Brawler Reverse Slice Wrecking Blow Resolving Vigor Bound Armaments Flawless Dawnbreaker
Endless Hail Hurricane Razor Caltrops Critical Surge Dark Deal Greater Storm Atronach
Two Hander MainbarBow-second bar
Slot 1: BrawlerSlot 1: Endless Hail
Slot 2: Reverse SliceSlot 2: Hurricane
Slot 3: Wrecking BlowSlot 3: Razor Caltrops
Slot 4: Resolving VigorSlot 4: Critical Surge
Slot 5: Bound ArmamentsSlot 5: Dark Deal
Ultimate: Flawless DawnbreakerUltimate: Greater Storm Atronach

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.
  • Reverse Slice: Your execute ability that also deals nice splash damage.
  • Wrecking Blow: Your main spammable, when all your DoTs are up you want to use this to deal high impact direct damage on the enemy.
  • Resolving Vigor: When you drop low on health activate this crazy burst heal and dodge roll once afterwards, you will jump right back up to full health.
  • Bound Armaments: This is here to passively gain 8% Max Stamina and 10% extra Light Attack damage. You can also use the ability once you have 4 daggers activated.
  • Flawless Dawnbreaker: Your main ultimate, both powerful for AoE and Single Target. In addition, it also boosts your Weapon Damage once activated.
  • Endless Hail: This is your DoT that you need to constantly keep up on the enemies. Very powerful both in Single Target and AoE.
  • Hurricane: This ability gives you Major Resolve (5280 extra Spell and Physical Resistance) and Minor Expedition (10% Speedbuff). In addition, it also deals good damage, you must keep this up all the time!
  • Razor Caltrops: Razor Caltrops is another Single Target and AoE Dot that you need to keep up all the time because it debuffs the enemies with Major Fracture, reducing their Physical Resistance by 5280, resulting in us dealing way more damage!
  • Critical Surge: This is another key ability that needs to be up all the time. The reason for that is because it gives us a lot of extra heals constantly and also boosts our Weapon Damage by 20%.
  • Dark Deal: When you drop low on Stamina you can activate this ability to transfer Magicka into Health and Stamina. Once activated, it will immediately give you 3600 Stamina and additionally restore 2400 Stamina over 20 seconds.
  • Greater Storm Atronach: You can use this Ultimate on Single Target or just slot it passively to gain benefits from the Daedric Protection passive on the backbar.

Champion Points

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 Sorc Build

Buff-food

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)

Race

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.

Orc
Redguard
Wood Elf
Khajiit
Dark Elf
Imperial

Potions

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

essence of weapon crit potion

Poisons

We are using Poisons to increase our overall 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

Passives

Attributes

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.

30 Health, 34 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 Sorcerer Daedric Protection passive gives us another 20% Stamina Recovery boost, as long as we have a Daedric Summoning ability slotted, in our case on the frontbar Bound Armaments and on the backbar Greater Storm Atronach.

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.

Skills

The Dark Deal skill is our main resource management tool that we activate ourselves. When you drop low on Stamina you can activate this ability to transfer Magicka into Health and Stamina. Once activated, it will immediately give you 3600 Stamina and additionally restore 2400 Stamina over 20 seconds. So you could spam this ability till you are back to full Stamina. The nice thing about this skill is, that you also get 8090 Health every time you activate the ability, functioning as a nice heal while you are restoring your resources!

Heavy Attacks are another way to restore resources. You can do Heavy Attacks from time to time to also regain resources.


Rotation

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. Critical Surge has to be up ALL THE TIME. Without this, you have no passive heals and you will also lose out on power.
  2. Constantly rotate your damage over time effects every 14 seconds: Endless Hail, Hurricane, Razor Caltrops
  3. Once that is taken care of, you want to use your spammable on the front bar such as: Wrecking Blow, Brawler and Reverse Slice.

When you need sustain activate Dark Deal and when you need a burst heal activate Resolving Vigor.


Bad Habits

  1. Not keeping up your healing abilities such as Critical Surge and defense abilities such as Hurricane 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 and a damage over time ability called Blood Craze that also heals us while it deals damage.

Whirling Blades Blood Craze Bloodthirst Resolving Vigor Bound Armaments Flawless Dawnbreaker
Endless Hail Hurricane Razor Caltrops Critical Surge Dark Deal Greater Storm Atronach

Video

Here is an example video from the Solo Stam Sorc Build. Soloed City of Ash 2 veteran with Hardmode on the last boss. I was still experimenting on this run, so I might have swapped some stuff out etc.


Update Log

05.03.2020 Added the Solo Stamina Sorcerer build for the Harrowstorm DLC, Greymoor Chapter.

Tags: Solo Stamina Sorcerer Build, Solo Stam Sorc Build ESO.