“Serpent”

Updated: Stonethorn DLC, Greymoor Chapter
Type: Dungeon, Trial, Arena & Overland

Table of Contents


Introduction

Welcome to the Stamina Dragonknight 2H Build PvE “Serpent” for Elder Scrolls Online. Make sure to bookmark the link as I will keep updating the build for each new Update of ESO. The Stamina Dragonknight DPS 2H Build “Serpent” is optimized for Dungeons, Arenas & Trials. You can also find plenty of other Stamina Dragonknight content on the website such as:

Other Stamina Dragonknight Guides:

This build is made for a Dragonknight Two Hander setup. Dragonknights have nice passives and abilities that fit well into a Two Hander setup. Like always we run a pretty standard Stamina setup with the addition of skills like Venomous Claw, Noxious Breath, Flames of Oblivion and Standard of Might. I will present you three different gear setups. The Tier 1 will be with trial gear, Tier 2 with Dungeon gear and the Tier 3 will be the beginners gear setup. Like always, Two Handers have a lot of AoE damage if you play them correctly and the shield you gain from Brawler makes you almost invincible during such fights.

  • Two Hander & Bow setup
  • High single target (ST) damage
  • High area of effect (AoE) damage
  • Crazy splash damage
  • Shield on trash fights
  • Dungeon, Arena  & Trial Build

Changes to the previous Version

Stonethorn DLC U27, changed the gear setups and Champion Points.


Resource Management

Using the Artaeum Buff Food already gives us a lot of extra stamina recovery that we need. Battle Roar also helps a lot giving resources back every time you active an ultimate. During the fight healers or tanks will throw Energy Orb that you can synergize to get back resources, these are very important! Other than that you have to use potions on cooldown to give you a huge amount of stramina back and you can always perform some heavy attacks throughout the fight to restore stamina. If you have all these things you should be fine with sustain, just don’t forget to do heavy attacks when you drop low on stamina.

  • Artaeum Takeaway Brooth
  • Battle Roar
  • Orbs or Spears from Healers
  • Heavy Attacks resource return (optional)
  • Potions

Dungeons & Trial Setup

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 is with Trial Gear
  • Setup 2 is without Trial Gear
  • Setup 3 is for Beginners

There are a lot of good Stamina Sets available, you can find more viable stamina dps sets in this Stamina DPS Sets Article. I also elaborate on specific sets that are often used in this article to give you a bit more insight as to why they are used.

Gear Setup 1

GearSetWeightTraitEnchantment
ChestPerfect Arms of RelequenMediumDivineStamina
BeltPerfect Arms of RelequenMediumDivineStamina
ShoesPerfect Arms of RelequenMediumDivineStamina
PantsPerfect Arms of RelequenMediumDivineStamina
HandsPerfect Arms of RelequenMediumDivineStamina
HeadSeleneMediumDivineStamina
ShoulderSeleneMediumDivineStamina
NecklaceBerserking WarriorJewelryBloodthirstyWeapon Damage
RingBerserking WarriorJewelryBloodthirstyWeapon Damage
RingBerserking WarriorJewelryBloodthirstyWeapon Damage
Weapon 1Berserking Warrior2H AxeSharpenedDamage Health Poisons IX
Weapon 2The Maelstrom's BowBowInfusedWeapon Damage Enchantment

Gear Setup 2

If you struggle with sustain I recommend running Dubious Camoran Throne with this setup. Make sure to use 1 Health Glyph otherwise your overall Health will be very low.

GearSetWeightTraitEnchantment
ChestHunding's RageHeavyDivineStamina
BeltHunding's RageMediumDivineStamina
ShoesHunding's RageMediumDivineStamina
PantsHunding's RageMediumDivineStamina
HandsHunding's RageMediumDivineStamina
HeadVelidrethMediumDivineStamina
ShoulderVelidrethMediumDivineStamina
NecklaceLeviathanJewelryBloodthirstyWeapon Damage
RingLeviathanJewelryBloodthirstyWeapon Damage
RingLeviathanJewelryBloodthirstyWeapon Damage
Weapon 1Leviathan2H AxeSharpenedDamage Health Poisons IX
Weapon 2The Maelstrom's BowBowInfusedWeapon Damage Enchantment

Gear Setup 3 Beginner

This setup is for new players. You want to craft 5x Hundings Rage with the weapon that you can later on use again, 4x Night Mother’s because it has nice stats and then Agility set for more max stamina and weapon damage, all of those are either craftable or cheap to find in the guildstores.

GearSetWeightTraitEnchantment
ChestHunding's RageHeavyDivineStamina
BeltHunding's RageMediumDivineStamina
ShoesHunding's RageMediumDivineStamina
PantsNight Mother's GazeMediumDivineStamina
HandsNight Mother's GazeMediumDivineStamina
HeadNight Mother's GazeMediumDivineHealth
ShoulderNight Mother's GazeMediumDivineStamina
NecklaceAgilityJewelryRobustStamina Cost Reduction
RingAgilityJewelryRobustWeapon Damage
RingAgilityJewelryRobustWeapon Damage
Weapon 1Hunding's Rage2H AxeSharpenedDamage Health Poisons IX
Weapon 2Hunding's RageBowInfusedWeapon Damage Enchantment

Where can I get the gear?

Berserking Warrior: Hel Ra Citadel
Perfect Arms of Relequen: Cloudrest
Velidreth: vCradle of Shadows
Selene: vSelene’s Web, Glirion
Berserking Warrior: Hel Ra Citadel
Hunding's Rage: Craftable
Agility: Guildstore
Night Mother's Gaze: Craftable
Leviathan: Crypts of Hearts 1 & 2
Maelstrom Bow: Maelstrom Arena
Master's Greatsword: Dragonstar Arena
Caustic Arrow (Master's Bow): Dragonstar Arena

Skills

Barbed Trap Venomous Claw Stone Giant Noxious Breath Reverse Slice Flawless Dawnbreaker
Endless Hail Barbed Trap Flames of Oblivion Molten Whip Resolving Vigor Standard of Might
Two Hander MainbarBow-second bar
Slot 1: Barbed TrapSlot 1: Endless Hail
Slot 2: Venomous ClawSlot 2: Barbed Trap
Slot 3: Stone GiantSlot 3: Flames of Oblivion
Slot 4: Noxious BreathSlot 4: Molten Whip
Slot 5: Reverse SliceSlot 5: Resolving Vigor
Ultimate: Flawless DawnbreakerUltimate: Standard of Might
  • Barbed Trap: Deals damage and gives you Minor Force, increasing your Critical Damage by 10%.
  • Venomous Claw: Strong damage over time effect.
  • Stone Giant: Your main spammable, also applies Stagger, increasing overall group dps.
  • Noxious Breath: Strong damage over time effect for both Single Target and AoE damage.
  • Reverse Slice: Your execute ability after 30%.
  • Flawless Dawnbreaker: Only here for the passive from Fighters Guild. You could swap this out with another Ultimate if you want!
  • Endless Hail: Your main backbar damage over time effect.
  • Barbed Trap: Flex Spot, this is only here to get the passive bonus from Fighters Guild.
  • Flames of Oblivion: Strong damage ability, we use this every rotation once. Prebuff with this before the fight to get extra Weapon damage from Seething Fury buff Molten Whip.
  • Molten Whip: Just passively slotted, gives you Seething Fury buff when you activate Flames of Oblivion.
  • Resolving Vigor: Your heal.
  • Standard of Might: Your main Ultimate, increases all your damage and also decreases incoming damage.

Champion Points

If you need optimized defensive Champion Points for a specific trial I recommend checking out my Maximize Damage Mitigation in Trials Article.

Champion Points [810]

The Ritual
64 Mighty, 48 Thaumaturge, 66 Precise Strikes, 6 Piercing
The Atronach
72 Master-at-Arms, 14 Physical Weapon Expert
The Apprentice
The Shadow
48 Shadow Ward, 48 Tumbling
The Lover
49 Tenacity, 100 Mooncalf
The Tower
23 Warlord, 2 Sprinter
The Lord
The Lady
49 Hardy, 49 Elemental Defender, 48 Thick Skinned
The Steed
81 Ironclad, 43 Spell Shield

Please note that the Piercing perk in the Champion Points Ritual Tree depends on your group setup. Always ask your raid/group leader how much points you should place in Piercing. This depends on many factors such as debuffs and buffs, some raids may have more and therefore need less points in piercing, or the other way around.

In optimized group setups it may also be better to run Nirnhoned instead of Sharpened because you might have already reached the penetration cap of 18200.

Champion Points [600]

The Ritual
40 Thaumaturge, 64 Mighty, 40 Precise Strikes, 5 Piercing
The Atronach
37 Master at Arms, 13 Physical Weapon Expert
The Apprentice
The Shadow
25 Shadow Ward,  26 Tumbling
The Lover
49 Tenacity, 75 Mooncalf
The Tower
23 Warlord, 2 Sprinter
The Lord
The Lady
49 Hardy, 49 Elemental Defender, 37 Thick Skinned
The Steed
37 Ironclad, 28 Spell Shield

Champion Points [300]

The Ritual
18 Thaumaturge, 32 Mighty, 18 Precise Strikes, 5 Piercing
The Atronach
16 Master at Arms, 11 Physical Weapon Expert
The Apprentice
The Shadow
13 Tumbling, 13 Shadow Ward
The Lover
32 Mooncalf, 27 Tenacity
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 Stamina Dragonknight Build PvE 2H

Buff-food

As a Redguard/ Woodelf you can use the blue food, for all other races I would recommend the Artaeum Takeaway Brooth to get better sustain.

Braised Rabbit with Spring Vegetables (Max Health, Max Stamina)
or
Artaeum Takeaway Brooth Food (Max Health, Max Stamina, Stamina Recovery)

Food buff

Mundus Stone

The Shadow (Increased Critical Damage)

Race

Orc (with Artaeum Food)
Redguard (with Blue Food)
Wood Elf (with Blue Food)
Khajiit (with Artaeum Food)
Dark Elf (with Artaeum Food)
Imperial (with Artaeum Food)

Potions

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

Weapon Power Potions

Poisons

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

double health poisons

Passives

Attributes

All into Stamina


Rotation

In case you don’t know 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.

Prebuff with: 3x Flames of Oblivion to proc Seething Fury (Molten Whip extra Weapon Damage)

Endless Hail > LA > Flames of Oblivion > Weapon Swap

LA > Noxious Breath > LA > Venomous Claw > LA > Barbed Trap > LA > 9x Stone Giant (with LA)

Restart

  • LA = Light Attack
  • At 30% Use Reverse Slice instead of Stone Giant. If you want to keep Stone Giant Stagger up, use it after every 3rd Reverse Slice cast.

There are skills on the backbar such as Barbed Trap and Molten Whip, we never use them, they are just there for the extra benefits that we get passively.


AoE Setup

The AoE setup is more straight forward. Trash packs don’t live for a very long time, anything that provides super burst damage will be useful!

GearSetWeightTraitEnchantment
ChestMechanical AcuityMediumDivineStamina
BeltMechanical AcuityMediumDivineStamina
ShoesMechanical AcuityMediumDivineStamina
PantsMechanical AcuityMediumDivineStamina
HandsMechanical AcuityMediumDivineStamina
HeadNew Moon AcolyteMediumDivineStamina
ShoulderNew Moon AcolyteMediumDivineStamina
NecklaceNew Moon AcolyteJewelryInfusedWeapon Damage
RingNew Moon AcolyteJewelryInfusedWeapon Damage
RingNew Moon AcolyteJewelryInfusedWeapon Damage
Weapon 1Titanic Cleave2H SwordSharpenedAbsorb Stamina Enchant
Weapon 2The Maelstrom's BowBowInfusedWeapon Damage Enchantment

Master's Greatsword: Dragonstar Arena
Maelstrom Bow: Maelstrom Arena
Mechanical Acuity: Craftable
New Moon Acolyte: Craftable

Brawler Venomous Claw Stone Giant Noxious Breath Reverse Slice Flawless Dawnbreaker
Endless Hail Channeled Acceleration Flames of Oblivion Molten Whip Resolving Vigor Standard of Might

Update Log

15.04.2019 Updated Build for the Elsweyr Chapter. Stamina Dragonknight 2H Build PvE.
20.10.2019 Updated the Build for the Dragonhold DLC.
19.02.2020 Updated the Build for the Harrowstorm DLC.
17.05.2020 Updated the Build for the GREYMOOR CHAPTER.
20.08.2020 Updated the Build for the STONETHORN DLC, Greymoor Chapter.
03.09.2020 Updated the Champion Points 810, 600, 300.

Tags. Stamina Dragonknight 2H Build, Stamina DK 2H Build, Stam DK 2H Build.