“Serpent”

Updated: Scalebreaker DLC, Elsweyr 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.

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. Having access to Psijic Order also allows us to run Crushing Weapon which is cheaper and deals more damage than for example Wrecking blow, plus it also heals us for a small amount. We also get access to a 5k Shield when we have that on the bar.

  • 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 from the previous version

Updated the sets, we are using an 2H Axe now and a Master’s Bow for single target. Also added an AoE setup to the build.


Resource Management

If you have issues you could swap to Artaeum Takeaway Brooth, but then you have to make sure to get a Health Glyph otherwise your health will fall too low. You also want to make sure that your healers use Spears and Orbs to increase your sustain. I recommend being a Redguard because you will get the best sustain. Otherwise you can also do heavy attacks to return stamina, that is the easiest option. Battle Roar passive and potions also help a lot.

  • Artaeum Takeaway Brooth
  • Orbs or Spears from Healers
  • Heavy Attacks resource return
  • Redguard (if available)
  • Battle Roar
  • 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
HeadVelidrethMediumDivineStamina
ShoulderVelidrethMediumDivineStamina
NecklacePerfected Tooth of LokkestiizJewelryBloodthirstyWeapon Damage
RingPerfected Tooth of LokkestiizJewelryBloodthirstyWeapon Damage
RingPerfected Tooth of LokkestiizJewelryBloodthirstyWeapon Damage
Weapon 1Perfected Tooth of Lokkestiiz2H AxeSharpenedDamage Health Poisons IX
Weapon 2Caustic ArrowBowInfusedWeapon 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 2Caustic ArrowBowInfusedWeapon 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?

Tooth of Lokkestiiz: Sunspire veteran
Perfect Arms of Relequen: Cloudrest
Velidreth: Cradle of Shadows
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

Venomous Claw Carve Noxious Breath Reverse Slice Flames of Oblivion Flawless Dawnbreaker
Arrow Barrage Barbed Trap Poison Injection Soul Splitting Trap Resolving Vigor Standard of Might
Two Hander MainbarBow-second bar
Slot 1: Venomous ClawSlot 1: Arrow Barrage
Slot 2: CarveSlot 2: Barbed Trap
Slot 3: Noxious BreathSlot 3: Poison Injection
Slot 4: Reverse SliceSlot 4: Soul Splitting Trap
Slot 5: Flames of OblivionSlot 5: Resolving Vigor
Ultimate: Flawless DawnbreakerUltimate: Standard of Might/ Ballista

Stampede is also a nice skill that deals really good damage. However, it works kinda wonky and re-positions you if you fight against big monsters, that can lead to you being pushed back into AoEs etc, so if you want to use it, be careful.

Championpoints

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

Championpoints [810]

The Ritual
56 Mighty, 44 Thaumaturge, 56 Precise Strikes, 32 Piercing
The Atronach
66 Master-at-Arms, 16 Physical Weapon Expert
The Apprentice
The Shadow
48 Shadow Ward, 48 Tumbling
The Lover
49 Tenacity, 100 Mooncalf
The Tower
23 Warlord
The Lord
The Lady
49 Hardy, 49 Elemental Defender, 48 Thick Skinned
The Steed
81 Ironclad, 43 Spellshield

Championpoints [600]

The Ritual
44 Thaumaturge, 49 Mighty, 48 Precise Strikes, 28 Piercing
The Atronach
28 Master at Arms, 3 Physical Weapon Expert
The Apprentice
The Shadow
20 Shadow Ward,  31 Tumbling
The Lover
49 Tenacity, 100 Mooncalf
The Tower
The Lord
The Lady
49 Hardy, 49 Elemental Defender, 23 Thick Skinned
The Steed
61 Ironclad, 18 Spell Shield

Championpoints [300]

The Ritual
31 Thaumaturge, 27 Mighty, 28 Precise Strikes
The Atronach
13 Master at Arms, 1 Physical Weapon Expert
The Apprentice
The Shadow
The Lover
49 Mooncalf, 49 Tenacity
The Tower
2 Warlord
The Lord
The Lady
23 Hardy, 23 Elemental Defender, 23 Thick Skinned
The Steed
31 Ironclad

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 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.

We only have Flames of Oblivion that does not really fit into the rotation perfectly. Reapply Flames of Oblivion whenever it runs out, it is important to let it run out, because the longer it lasts the more damage it does.

Arrow Barrage > LA > Barbed Trap > LA > Poison Injection > LA > Soul Splitting Trap > Weapon Swap
LA > Venomous Claw > LA > Carve > 4x Noxious Breath (with LA) > Weapon Swap
Restart

  • If you have to reapply Flames of Oblivion, use 3x instead of 4x Noxious Breath.
  • Execute: Once you reach 25-30% Boss HP make sure to use Reverse Slice instead of Noxious Breath

AoE Setup

This setup is made for AoE damage, it is meant for trash packs. During trash packs you can usually not debuff the monsters as good as on boss fights, therefore we are using Twice-Fanged Serpent to get more physical penetration and the Titanic Cleave for a huge AoE damage boost thanks.

GearSetWeightTraitEnchantment
ChestTwice-Fanged SerpentMediumDivineStamina
BeltTwice-Fanged SerpentMediumDivineStamina
ShoesTwice-Fanged SerpentMediumDivineStamina
PantsTwice-Fanged SerpentMediumDivineStamina
HandsTwice-Fanged SerpentMediumDivineStamina
HeadPerfected Tooth of LokkestiizMediumDivineStamina
ShoulderPerfected Tooth of LokkestiizMediumDivineStamina
NecklacePerfected Tooth of LokkestiizJewelryInfusedWeapon Damage
RingPerfected Tooth of LokkestiizJewelryInfusedWeapon Damage
RingPerfected Tooth of LokkestiizJewelryInfusedWeapon Damage
Weapon 1Titanic Cleave2H SwordSharpenedAbsorb Stamina Enchant
Weapon 2The Maelstrom's BowBowInfusedWeapon Damage Enchantment

Master's Greatsword: Dragonstar Arena vet
Maelstrom Bow: Maelstrom Arena vet
TFS: Sanctum Ophidia
Perf. Tooth of Lokkestiiz: Sunspire vet

Instead of Barbed Trap we are using Channeled Acceleration to prebuff us with Minor Force before we attack the trash packs.

Venomous Claw Carve Noxious Breath Reverse Slice Flames of Oblivion Flawless Dawnbreaker
Arrow Barrage Channeled Acceleration Poison Injection Soul Splitting Trap Resolving Vigor Standard of Might

Update Log

15.04.2019 Updated Build for the Elsweyr Chapter. Stamina Dragonknight 2H Build PvE.