Welcome to the Stamina DPS Sets article. We will discuss some of the best stamina sets that are available at the moment and why they are most commonly used, also talking about pros and cons if there are any.
Please keep in mind, this isn’t a list from best to worst, more important is that you do understand in what situations you need these sets, every group is different. It is always recommeded to talk to your group/raid leader and ask what setups he wants you to run, communication matters.
Kinras’s Wrath is a set that drops in the Black Drake Villa Dungeon from the Flames of Ambition DLC. The set is very powerful because it applies Major Berserk which increases your overall damage by 10% and you can get a 100% uptime on the buff if you stay in combat. It also applies Minor Berserk to you and friendlies as long as they stay in the circle.
Arms of Relequen
Arms of Relequen comes in two different versions, Arms of Relequen and Perfected Arms of Relequen. The perfect version has an additional stamina bonus, the unique five piece bonus is exactly the same on both sets. Relequen drops in Cloudrest which is located in Summerset.
Arms of Relequen has both pros and cons. Technically it is the best set to increase your dps single target wise due to the strong damage bonus you get from the five piece bonus and even further so when you have the perfect version which gives you an addition stamina bonus. However, the set has one big disadvantage if you face several targets. Basically, as long as you can stay on one target Arms of Relequen will be the best choice to go to. The problem comes when you have downtime on damaging the enemy or you have to fight several targets. The damage ticks on the enemy can fall off, resulting in loosing all your stacks. Like mentioned before, it only works on one enemy, so if you fight against several enemies it is not the best set.
Berserking Warrior (Advancing Yokeda)
Berserking Warrrior drops in Hel Ra Citadel which is located in Craglorn and is part of the base game. The set is originally a heavy armor set, but with the introduction of transmuting gear we can use jewelry and weapons to get the full benefits of the set for stamina setups. The good thing about this set is that you can front bar it only and you will still almost get a 100% uptime on the five piece bonus. That is a lot of extra weapon critical, more or less the best deal you can get anywhere actually. On top of that like mentioned above, it is both active on the front and back bar. Even if it falls off for a second, once you swap back to your front bat it will reapply and get to maximum stacks within less then a second. You need to have a clean rotation to get the most out of it, if your rotation is sloppy and slow you will loose more uptime on the front bar, because if you are too slow the buff will fall off while you are reapplying your DoTs on the backbar.
War Machine drops in Halls of Fabrication, which is located in Morrowind and is part of the Morrowind base game. War Machine applies Major Slayer to yourself and five group members when you activate an ultimate. The buff will affect you and five other people. The higher the Ultimate usage, the longer the effect will last, therefore you should possibly use this on setups with a lot of Ultimate cost.
The difficulty with this set is that you manage to give the Major Slayer buff to the right targets. When you activate an ultimate, it will give the Major Slayer buff to the five closest group members. You have to make sure to not stand next to a tank or a healer, otherwise the buff is wasted. If several people use this set, make sure to assign positions, otherwise you might end up buffing the same people twice and it will just override the old buff, thus resulting in one player missing out on the Major Slayer buff.
Twice-Fanged Serpent drops in Sanctum Ophidia, which is located in Craglorn and part of the base game. Physical penetration is one of the most important if not the most important factor to increase your dps. Optimized groups are usually already at the penetration cap without this set, thus you will not see this used often. However, in certain places like the Blackrose Prison Arena or Dragonstar Arena, where you can not provide such an high penetration through group members, it can come in very handy and provide you with the necessary physical penetration that you need to reach the cap of around 18200.
The unique five piece bonus is very easy to apply, if you have several different damage abilities on the enemy it will reach the maximum stack in less then one second because it procs on any damage dealt. So you could technically front bar this only and still have a very high uptime, tho it tends to fall off when you stay too long on your backbar because the buff only lasts for 3 seconds.
Vicious Serpent drops in Aetherian Archive, Sanctum Ophidia and Hel Ra Citadel, which is located in Craglorn and is part of the base game. This is one of the best all-rounder sets in the game. It is often used to make sustain easier because of its unique five piece bonus 8% cost reduction and also often used on trashfights, because when a monster dies it returns around 2000 stamina to you, this effect has a one second cooldown, but you will barely notice the cooldown anyway. On top of that it also applies Major Expedition to you, increase your movement speed by a lot for a certain amount of time.
Tooth of Lokkestiiz
Tooth of Lokkestiiz comes in two different versions, Perfected Tooth of Lokkestiiz and Tooth of Lokkestiiz. The perfect version has one additional Weapon Critical bonus, the unique five piece bonus is the exact same on both sets. Lokkestiiz drops in Sunspire, which is located in Elsweyr. The set applies Major Slayer to you for 16 seconds which increases your overall damage against Dungeon/Trial monsters, but you need to trigger a synergy for the set to activate.
Hunding’s Rage is a craftable set and is part of the base game. The crafting locations are in Bangkorai, Reaper’s March and The Rift. Hunding’s Rage is one of the most common used stamina dps sets. It gives the player around 300 weapon damage which can be increased by modifiers and the two, three and four piece bonus are also really good. So if you are new to eso or you do not have access to any of the best in slot sets, then this is the set you want to go to.
Morag Tong is obtainable in Cyrodiil or from the Guildtraders. The set has a very niche use, it is buffing all poison abilties by 10%. For example, if you have a lot of stamina Dragonknights in the group, then this set will be worth it because you will have quite a bit of poison damage in your group. Other then that it is usually not used that often because apart from the niche use, there are better alternatives.
Strength of the Automaton
Strength of the Automaton drops in Darkshade Caverns 1 & 2 and is part of the base game. This set also has a very niche use, it is usually used on stamina Sorcerers, as they mostly have physical damage in their toolkit. This set is comparable to Hunding’s Rage if used on any other class then a Sorcerer.
Spriggan’s Thorn drops in Bangkorai or you can buy it from a Guildtrader, it is part of the base game. This set is often used if you do not have access to Twice-Fanged-Serpent yet, it is slightly weaker then Twice-Fanged-Serpent but a lot easier to obtain. Many players use this set while they are trying to farm sets like the Twice-Fanged-Serpent.
Briarheart drops in Wrothgar and is part of the Orsinium DLC. Briarheart is a very good set, it provides you with a lot of weapon damage and also applies small but constant heals on top of that, which can come in handy sometimes. It performs about the same as Hunding’s Rage. The weapon damage that is applied to you can once again be increased with other modifiers like Major Brutality 20% weapon damage buff.
Leviathan drops in Crypts of Hearts 1 & 2 and is part of the base game. This set is often used if you do not have access to Berserking Warrior yet. It provides around the same weapon critical bonus, but with the con of having to full bar it as the effect does not carry over like with the Berserking Warrior set. Overall the set performs good and can be used in most situations.
Deadly Strikes is available in Cyrodiil at the PvP Vendor in Bruma. The set is a very good alternative to Lokkestiiz. It increases the damage of your Physical, Bleed, Poison, and Disease damage over time abilities do by 20%.
Tzogvin’s Warband drops in the Frostvault Dungeon which is part of the Wrathstone DLC from the Elsweyr Chapter. This is one of the top tier sets if it comes to damage. The set also makes it a lot easier to keep up the Minor Force buff that you usually have to get from the Barbed Trap. On most bossfights you usually have around 80-90% uptime of Minor Force with Rearming Trap, now with the Tzogvin’s Warband you can get a 100% uptime easily. On top of that it will also make your rotation easier as you need to cast Barbed Trap less or you can even remove it from your bars if you have better abilities to slot.
New Moon Acolyte
New Moon Acolyte is a craftable set from the Dragonhold DLC and can be crafted in the Fur-Forge Cove in Southern Elsweyr. This is a very powerful craftable set, giving you a astonishing 400 Weapon Damage and Spell Damage. However, because it is so powerful it comes with a downside, because it increase the cost of your active abilities by 5%. To reduce the extra 5% cost, you can front bar the set, you will loose the damage on the back bar, but most builds have expensive damage over time effects on the back bar. In addition, many builds are very front bar focused, so you do not spend a lot of time on the back bar where your damage buff is not applied. The set is very powerful, but you have to manage your sustain more.
Aegis Caller drops in the Unhallows Grave Dungeon which is part of the Harrowstorm DLC from the Greymoor Chapter. The set does a lot of AoE damage and the Single Target damage is also decent. The nice thing about this set is that you can frontbar it only, and it will still have a very good overall uptime because it procs on cooldown.
Ability Altering Sets
Thunderous Volley (Maelstrom Bow)
Perfected Thunderous Volley and Thunderous Volley drop in the Maelstrom Arena but only in the veteran mode. This is a must have for every endgame player, this weapon will increase your dps by around 3-5k. This is a huge overall buff to your single target damage and even more so AoE damage. The Maelstrom Bow is usually used in combination with Volley on the backbar. The damage buff is applied to the whole duration of the skill.
Caustic Arrow (Master’s Bow)
Perfected Caustic Bow and Caustic Bow drop in the Dragonstar Arena. The set works in combination with the skill Poison Arrow. Once you apply the skill you gain a lot of weapon damage against targets affected with the debuff.
Spectral Cloak (Blackrose Dual Wield)
Stinging Slashes (Dragonstar Dual Wield)
Executioner’s Blade (Vateshran Dual Wield)
Perfected Executioner’s Blade and Executioner’s Blade drop in the Vateshrans Hollows arena. The set works in combination with the Hidden Blade ability and boosts the damage of the skill by up to 250% depending on the health of the enemy. You also restore some stamina if the enemy has lower health already.
There are various good Stamina dps Monster Sets available that you can choose from.
Velidreth Monster Set drops in Cradle of Shadows and is part of the Shadows of the Hist DLC. The one piece bonus is really strong and the unique two piece bonus that shoots 3 spores out deal a lot of damage. The Monster Set procs on cooldown as the only requirement to proc it is to deal damage. The only downside with Velidreth Monster Set is that each spore has to hit a different target. It is impossible to land all three spores on one enemy.
Maarselok Monster Set drops in the Lair of Maarselok and is part of the Scalebreaker DLC. The set is a very popular dps Monster Set. The one piece bonus gives you extra stamina and the unique two piece bonus deals damage when you bash an enemy, therefore the set is very easy to control, but also harder to use because you can’t forget to bash.
Selene Monster Set drops in Selene’s Web in Reaper’s March and is part of the base game. Selene is a bit hard to proc as it only procs when you deal direct damage. So you have a 15% chance to proc it on Light Attacks and whatever ability has a direct damage component.
Kra’gh Monster Set drops in Fungual Grotto 1 in Stonefalls and is part of the base game. This set is not used that much because the range of the attack is quite short and sometimes it is hard to hit the enemy even if the enemy is infront of you. The one piece bonus is very strong as it adds a lot of extra penetration to your setup, if you are not already at the penetration cap. The two piece bonus can do good damage, but like I mentioned before, the range is very short and there seem to be hitbox issues with this set.
Stormfist Monster Set drops in Tempest Island in Malabal Tor and is part of the base game. This set is commonly used amongst Stamina dps setups, especially when fighting a lot of monsters at the same time. It deals really good AoE and Single Target damage and the once piece bonus that gives extra Stamina Recovery is also great because it improves your resource management by a lot. The only downside to this set is that if the enemies move around a lot it is quite hard to get a hit. The fist pops up under ground and it takes about 3 second till the final hit that deals physical damage goes off. The set is also very easy to proc as you only need to deal any damage to activate it.