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

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Welcome to the 2H Stamina Dragonknight Build for ESO. This build is optimized for group content such as dungeons, trials & arenas and has a very glass-cannon approach. The 2H Stamina Dragonknight build is optimized for maximum damage. The build works best in a group but with some minor adjustments can also be played as a solo setup if necessary.

Stamina Dragonknights are very powerful two-hander users which benefit a lot from Dragonknight passives and skills. Passives such as Battle Roar, World in Ruin and Combustion increase our sustain and skills such as Venomous Claws and Noxious Breath and Stone Fist are powerful damage abilities.

  • Two Hander & Bow Setup
  • Insane Single Target (ST) Damage
  • Insane Area of Effect (AoE) Damage
  • Crazy Splash Damage
  • Dungeon, Trial & Arena Build

It is also recommended to read the Stamina Dragonknight Beginner Guide if you are a new player. You can find more Dragonknight Builds & Guides in the Dragonknight category of the website.


Group Setup – 2H Stamina Dragonknight Build

5x Perf Relequen, 5x Berserking Warrior, 2x Selene on an Orc with Artaeum buff-food.

  • Unbuffed: Out of combat, buff-food active.
  • Buffed: In Combat, buff-food, raid target dummy buffs, Weapon Power Potion, Weapon Damage Enchant, Berserking Warrior active.

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

Perfected vs Imperfect Gear: Both the perfected and imperfect gear are viable for the build.

GearSetWeightTraitEnchantment
ChestPerfected Arms of RelequenMediumDivineStamina
BeltPerfected Arms of RelequenMediumDivineStamina
ShoesPerfected Arms of RelequenMediumDivineStamina
PantsPerfected Arms of RelequenMediumDivineStamina
HandsPerfected Arms of RelequenMediumDivineStamina
HeadSeleneMediumDivineStamina
ShoulderSeleneMediumDivineStamina
NecklaceBerserking WarriorJewelryBloodthirstyWeapon Damage
RingBerserking WarriorJewelryBloodthirstyWeapon Damage
RingBerserking WarriorJewelryBloodthirstyWeapon Damage
Weapon 1Berserking Warrior2H AxePreciseDamage Health Poisons IX
Weapon 2Perfected Thunderous VolleyBowInfusedWeapon Damage Enchantment

Gear Setup 2

GearSetWeightTraitEnchantment
ChestLeviathanMediumDivineStamina
BeltLeviathanMediumDivineStamina
ShoesHunding’s RageMediumDivineStamina
PantsHunding’s RageMediumDivineStamina
HandsHunding’s RageMediumDivineStamina
HeadSeleneHeavyDivineHealth
ShoulderSeleneMediumDivineStamina
NecklaceLeviathanJewelryBloodthirstyWeapon Damage
RingLeviathanJewelryBloodthirstyWeapon Damage
RingLeviathanJewelryBloodthirstyWeapon Damage
Weapon 1Hunding’s Rage2H AxePreciseDamage Health Poisons IX
Weapon 2Thunderous VolleyBowInfusedWeapon Damage Enchant

Gear Setup 3 Beginner

This setup is for new players. You want to craft or ask someone to craft 5x Hunding’s Rage and 4x Night Mother’s Gaze. 3x Agility jewelry can be bought in the guildstores for little money.

GearSetWeightTraitEnchantment
ChestNight Mother’s GazeHeavyDivineStamina
BeltNight Mother’s GazeMediumDivineStamina
ShoesNight Mother’s GazeMediumDivineStamina
PantsNight Mother’s GazeMediumDivineStamina
HandsHunding’s RageMediumDivineStamina
HeadHunding’s RageMediumDivineHealth
ShoulderHunding’s RageMediumDivineStamina
NecklaceAgilityJewelryRobustStamina Cost Reduction
RingAgilityJewelryRobustWeapon Damage
RingAgilityJewelryRobustWeapon Damage
Weapon 1Hunding’s Rage2H AxePreciseAbsorb Stamina Enchant
Weapon 2Hunding’s RageBowInfusedWeapon Damage Enchant

 

Where can I get the gear?

Berserking Warrior: Hel Ra Citadel
Perfected Arms of Relequen: vCloudrest
Arms of Relequen: Cloudrest
Selene: vSelene’s Web, Glirion
Perfected Thunderous Volley (Maelstrom Bow): vMaelstrom Arena
Thunderous Volley (Maelstrom Bow): Maelstrom Arena
Hunding’s Rage: Craftable
Agility: Guildstore
Night Mother’s Gaze: Craftable
Leviathan. Crypts of Hearts 1 & 2
Perfected Titanic Cleave (Master’s Two Hander): vDragonstar Arena
Titanic Cleave (Master’s Two Hander): Dragonstar Arena
New Moon Acolyte: Craftable
Mechanical Acuity: Craftable

Skills

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Two Hander MainbarBow-second bar
Slot 1: Barbed TrapSlot 1: Endless Hail
Slot 2: Venomous ClawSlot 2: Barbed Trap
Slot 3: Stone Giant/ Wrecking BlowSlot 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 – 2H Stamina Dragonknight Build

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.

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

Champion Points 2.0 Setup

Below you can find the Champion Points setup for this build. Work your way from top to bottom of the list depending on how many Champion Points you already have. For more information on Champion Points, please visit the Champion Points Overview Page on ESO-Hub.com.

Preset used for this allocation: https://eso-hub.com/en/champion-points/calculator?preset=99b95181-0aab-4aff-93c9-b6193a31230d

Table Explanation:

  • Points Needed: Implies how many Champion Points you will need to make it to that perk.
  • Perk: Hoover over it to see what the perk does. For more information click on it to get redirected to ESO-Hub.com
  • Points Invested: Amount of points that you have to place in the perk at that time.

Warfare Tree Points Allocation

The Warfare Champion Point tree is by far the most important to increase your damage and damage mitigation.

Points NeededPerkPoints Used
0-120Precision40
120-270Fighting Finesse (Slottable)50
270-390Piercing40
390-540Deadly Aim (Slottable)50
540-690Thaumaturge (Slottable)50
690-840Biting Aura (Slottable)50
840-960Tireless Discipline40
960-1020Battle Mastery20
1020-1110Mighty30
1110-1170Battle Mastery20
1170-1200Quick Recovery10
1200-1320Preparation40
1320-1440Elemental Aegis40
1440-1560Hardy40
1560-1650Quick Recovery30
1650-1770Blessed40
1770-1890Eldritch Insight40
1890-2010Flawless Ritual (Only if you have magic damage)40
2010-2100War Mage (Only if you have magic damage)30

 

Fitness Tree Points Allocation

The Fitness Champion Points tree has useful health and recovery perks.

Points NeededPerkPoints Used
0-150Boundless Vitality (Slottable)50
150-300Rejuvenation (Slottable)50
300-345Tumbling15
345-375Mystic Tenacity10
375-495Hero’s Vigor40
495-645Bloody Renewal (Slottable)50
645-795Ironclad (Slottable)50
795-885Tumbling30
885-1005Defiance40
1005-1029Hasty8
1029-1149Tireless Guardian40
1149-1284Fortification45
1284-1356Hasty24
1356-1476Sprinter40
1476-1521Nimble Protector15
1521-1656Savage Defense45
1656-1776Bashing Brutality40
1776-1806Survival Instincts10
1806-2181Tempered Soul125

 

Craft Tree Points Allocation

The Craft Champion Point tree is almost entirely optional, there is not really anything useful for combat itself. Follow the list or spend points however you want.

Points neededPerkPoints used
0-150Steed’s Blessing (Slottable)50
150-180Breakfall10
180-225Wanderer15
225-255Steadfast Enchantment10
255-345Rationer (Slottable)30
345-570Liquid Efficiency (Slottable)75
570-690Breakfall40
690-870Wanderer60
870-990Steadfast Enchantment40
990-1140Fortune’s Favor50
1140-1290Gilded Fingers50
1290-1380Out of Sight30
1380-1500Fleet Phantom40
1500-1599Soul Reservoir33
1599-1749Treasure Hunter (Slottable)50
1749-1884Inspiration Boost45

Important Info for 2H Stamina Dragonknight Build

Buff-food

I do recommend using the Artaeum Takeaway Broth or the Dubious Camoran Throne buff-food. Buff-food is very important because it boosts your overall resources by a lot.

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

(or Dubious Camoran Throne Drink)
(Max Health, Max Stamina, Stamina Recovery)

Food buff dubious camoran throne

Mundus Stone

The Shadow (Increased Critical Damage)

Race

If you want to learn more about the different racial passives that each race offers, check out the Race Guide which explains everything in detail. If you want a complete overview of all races and racial passives, then I recommend checking out the ESO Races Overview page.

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

Potions

Potions are an important part of the 2H Stamina Dragonknight build, they apply very powerful buffs and extra resources to your character. Potions benefit from the Alchemy passive Medicinal Use, make sure to always have that passive active.

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

Essence of Weapon Power Potion new ESO

Poisons

Poisons increase your overall damage, therefore they are also an important part of the build. However, they are less important than potions.

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

double health poisons

Passives

Attributes

All into Stamina


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

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 – 2H Stamina Dragonknight Build

The AoE setup of the 2H Stamina Dragonknight Build is more straight forward. Trash packs don’t live for a very long time, anything that provides us with extra burst damage is useful, therefore we use sets like Mechanical Acuity and New Moon Acolyte as well as the very powerful Perfected Titanic Cleave.

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 1Perfected Titanic Cleave2H SwordPreciseAbsorb Stamina Enchant
Weapon 2Perfected Thunderous VolleyBowInfusedWeapon Damage Enchantment

 

Skills

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

Related Content

Other Stamina Dragonknight Guides:

Other 2H Stamina Builds:


Update Log & Changes

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.
26.10.2020 Updated the Build for the MARKARTH DLC, Greymoor Chapter.

Changes to the previous Version

Changed the frontbar weapon trait to precise from sharpened because it is easier to reach the penetration cap now. No other changes in U28 Markarth DLC.


Tags. Stamina 2H Stamina Dragonknight BUild, Dragonknight 2H Build, Stamina DK 2H Build, Stam DK 2H Build, Serpent Build Alcast.