“Adroit Dragonknight”

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Welcome to the Stamina Dragonknight Beginner Build PvE “Adroit Dragonknight”. This build is balanced for 160 Champion Points. It should be your next step to work on this setup after completing the Stamina Dragonknight Beginner Guide. The focus on this setup will be to get you ready for veteran dungeons with basic gear and to make sure that you have enough sustain and good survivability. With this setup you can start farming your gear for the end game Trial & Dungeon Builds on this website.

It will also explain some more advanced game mechanics which you don’t have to master right away, but should be aware of.

If you have more questions, you can also ask someone in our community partner discord about this Stamina Dragonknight Beginner Guide.

  • Basic Gear Setup
  • 160 Champion Points
  • Good Sustain
  • Good Survivability
  • How to play Stamina Dragonknight

The Stamina Dragonknight Beginner Build Details

Resource Management

Resource management is one of the most important things for all builds, you need to learn how to be able to sustain yourself. I will give you a list of things you can do to deal with this issue, but using synergies will also help you with regaining Stamina, such as Energy Orb or Spear Shards. Additionally, you will have Battle Roar available to you as Stamina Dragonknight, which will help you regain a lot of resources every time you cast an Ultimate!

Dubious Camoran Throne

This drink is one of the key things that Stamina setups use to increase Stamina recovery and thus their sustain. It gives Max Health, Max Stamina and Stamina Recovery as stats. You can obtain this for a quite cheap price in most guild stores. Always make sure that you have this drink active. It scales with your level, so you can even use this while you are low level.

Beginner Guide Dubious Camoran Throne

Heavy Attacks

Heavy attacks (hold attack button) restore a huge amount of resources when you successfully hit the target. Make sure to do a heavy attack from time to time when you drop low on Stamina. Also, when an enemy is off balanced, you will get twice the amount of Stamina back from a heavy attack.

Absorb Stamina Enchantment

Using an Absorb Stamina Enchantment on our frontbar will also increase sustain. Every time the stamina damage enchantment damages an enemy, we also get a small junk of stamina back. Having an infused weapon even increases the effect and shortens the cooldown.

Absorb Stamina Glyph CP 160

Stamina Recovery Glyphs (optional)

I do recommend running one stamina recovery glyph on your jewelry, if you want you can also use a second one if you still think your sustain is too low.

Stamina Recovery Glyph CP 160

Gear Setup CP 160

Here you will find three basic Stamina Dragonknight Beginner Build Guide Setups. As soon as you hit CP 160 it would be good if you get a Monster Set, the headpiece is a guaranteed drop when you finish a veteran dungeon, in our case Selene’s Web (base game dungeon).

You can try to queue into the dungeon yourself. However, I recommend joining a guild as soon as possible via the Guild Finder tool and ask some people to help you, the dungeon is fairly easy to complete.

If you do not have a Monster Set yet, just use some random gear pieces there.

Shoulders drop from the reward chests you can buy at each of the Undaunted enclaves in every major city of the base game. Depending on where the monster sets drop, it also drops from the chest from whom you received the quest. Just go into their shop and look for the Monster Set’s name.

  • I will also explain down below what other sets that you should start farming, sets that can always be handy to have somewhere in the bank.
  • We are using a 6 Medium and 1 Heavy setup because of the Undaunted Mettle passive that you want to unlock as fast as possible, so you receive 4% more overall resources (Stamina, Health, Stamina).
  • Additionally, Divine is the ideal trait for body pieces, but if you can’t find/afford it, don’t worry about it too much. You can still find a Divine piece at a later time or transmute it to your desired trait!

Beginner Setup 1

This would be the ideal setup, but it takes some time and requires you to spend some time farming dungeons.

ChestHunding’s RageMediumAny TraitHealth
BeltHunding’s RageMediumAny TraitStamina
ShoesHunding’s RageMediumAny TraitStamina
PantsHunding’s RageMediumAny TraitHealth
HandsHunding’s RageMediumAny TraitStamina
HeadMonster SetMediumAny TraitHealth
ShoulderMonster SetMediumAny TraitStamina
NecklaceLeviathanJewelryRobustStamina Recovery
RingLeviathanJewelryRobustPhysical Dmg
RingLeviathanJewelryRobustPhysical Dmg
Weapon 1LeviathanTwo-HandedPreciseWeapon Damage Enchant
Weapon 2LeviathanBowInfusedAbsorb Stamina Enchant


If you have help or gold

This setup is without a Monster Set, but requires you to either know someone that can craft this, or have the spare money to buy these parts in a guild store.

ChestHunding’s RageMediumAny TraitHealth
BeltHunding’s RageMediumAny TraitStamina
ShoesHunding’s RageMediumAny TraitStamina
PantsHunding’s RageMediumAny TraitHealth
HandsHunding’s RageMediumAny TraitStamina
HeadNightmother’s GazeMediumAny TraitHealth
ShoulderNightmother’s GazeMediumAny TraitStamina
NecklaceAgilityJewelryRobustStamina Recovery
RingAgilityJewelryRobustPhysical Dmg
RingAgilityJewelryRobustPhysical Dmg
Weapon 1Nightmother’s GazeTwo-HandedPreciseWeapon Damage Enchant
Weapon 2Nightmother’s GazeBowInfusedAbsorb Stamina Enchant


If you want to farm it yourself

This one is without a Monster Set and you can find all these pieces in Overland content

ChestSpriggan’s ThornsMediumAny TraitHealth
BeltSpriggan’s ThornsMediumAny TraitStamina
ShoesSpriggan’s ThornsMediumAny TraitStamina
PantsSpriggan’s ThornsMediumAny TraitHealth
HandsSpriggan’s ThornsMediumAny TraitStamina
HeadDarkstrideMediumAny TraitHealth
ShoulderDarkstrideMediumAny TraitStamina
NecklaceWitchman ArmorJewelryRobustStamina Recovery
RingWitchman ArmorJewelryRobustPhysical Dmg
RingWitchman ArmorJewelryRobustPhysical Dmg
Weapon 1Witchman ArmorTwo-HandedPreciseWeapon Damage Enchant
Weapon 2Witchman ArmorBowInfusedAbsorb Stamina Enchant


Where can I get the gear?

Hunding’s Rage: Craftable, Guildstore
Agility: Guildstore
Nightmother’s Gaze: Craftable, Guildstore
Spriggan’s Thorns: Bangkorai, Guildstore
Witchman Armor: The Rift, Guildstore
Darkstride: Rivenspire, Guildstore
Leviathan: Crypt of Hearts I, Crypt of Hearts II

Monster Sets (Recommended)

Stormfist: vet Tempest Island (Head), Undaunted Pledges (Shoulder, Glirion)
Selene: vet Selene’s Web (Head), Undaunted Pledges (Shoulder, Glirion)

Sets that you should also farm

In addition to the basic setup that is listed up there you should also farm some other sets that you will need sooner or later.

Arms of Relequen Trial Set

Arms of Relequen Your Light and Heavy attacks apply a stack of harmful winds to your target for 5 seconds. Harmful winds deal 200 Physical Damage every 1 second. 20 stacks max. You can find it in a DLC Trial called Cloudrest in the Summerset DLC.


This skill layout will be very close to the normal skill setup that we use in endgame builds like the Stamina Dragonknight Cleave Build. You might not have all the necessary skills yet, but I suggest that you start working on obtaining those specific skills as soon as possible.

Reverse Slice Venomous Claw Barbed Trap Stone Giant Noxious Breath Flawless Dawnbreaker
Endless Hail Barbed Trap Molten Whip Flames of Oblivion Green Dragon Blood Standard of Might
Two-Handed MainbarBow Backbar
Slot 1: Reverse SliceSlot 1: Endless Hail
Slot 2: Venomous ClawSlot 2: Barbed Trap
Slot 3: Barbed TrapSlot 3: Molten Whip
Slot 4: Stone GiantSlot 4: Flames of Oblivion
Slot 5: Noxious BreathSlot 5: Green Dragon Blood
Ultimate: Flawless DawnbreakerUltimate: Standard of Might

Skills Explanation

  • Venomous Claw: A very strong DoT (Damage over Time), it does even more damage the longer it lasts on the target. So don’t recast it too soon!
  • Brawler: This skill will not only deal damage, but also give you a shield that absorbs incoming damage. It grows stronger the more often you receive damage!
  • Stone Giant: Your so-called “spammable”, a skill you want to recast multiple times in your rotation. Very strong Single Target skill!
  • Reverse Slice: With this animation you spin around and also deal damage to nearby enemies, but this comes in extremely handy during execute phase!
  • Barbed Trap: When this trap is triggered, it will deal damage immediately, as well as over time. as well as increase your Critical Damage by 10% for as long as it’s up.
  • Noxious Breath: This is a DoT as well, but also afflicts enemies with Major Fracture, reducing their Physical Resistance.
  • Endless Hail: An AoE skill that will deal damage over time (DOT).
  • Flames of Oblivion: Needs to be recast only every second round of rotation, but otherwise a very powerful skill, increasing your Weapon and Spell Critical by 12%!
  • Green Dragon Blood: This self-heal is a bit tricky. Use it when you are low on health, not when only a bit is missing. The less health you have, the more it will heal!
  • Flawless Dawnbreaker: Compared to Standard of Might, this Ultimate is cheap! Use it whenever you feel you don’t have the time to cast the other Ultimate or it would be a waste of Ultimate points!
  • Standard of Might: An incredibly strong Ultimate, but also extremely expensive! It deals a lot of AoE damage, increaese your damage done and reducing the damage you take. Also, an ally can use a synergy to cause even more damage!


Skill lines you have to work on

You want to make sure to max out all the following Skill lines and grind up all the skills and morphs of:

All Dragonknight Class Skill-lines


Medium Armor

Heavy Armor (Because of Juggernaut passive)

Fighters Guild

Undaunted (Passives only)

Provisioning (Gourmand & Connoisseur)

Alchemy (Medicinal Use)

Yes, that is a lot of Skill-lines, it will take a fair bit of time to completely level up all of those, but it will be worth it. If you want more information about each of the skill lines, make sure to visit ESO-Hub.com. The website has all the skill lines up to date for Elder Scrolls Online.

Champion Points

Below you can find the Champion Points setup for this build. Work your way from top to bottom in your allocation. For more information on Champion Points, please visit the Champion Points Overview Page on ESO-Hub.com.

Hovering over each perk will give you insights on what it does. Presets are also provided for each of the allocations below.

Click the tab below to open the allocation.

180 Champion Point Allocation

Preset used for this allocation: https://eso-hub.com/en/champion-points/calculator?preset=98f9b9a3-7ad4-47f0-a25d-51c1e119a3c5

Warfare Tree Points Allocation

Fitness Tree Points Allocation

Craft Tree Points Allocation

300 Champion Point Allocation

Preset used for this allocation: https://eso-hub.com/en/champion-points/calculator?preset=1da8dc0f-1278-44c9-949b-73341ff60ece

Warfare Tree Points Allocation

Fitness Tree Points Allocation

Craft Tree Points Allocation

600 Champion Point Allocation

Preset used for this allocation: https://eso-hub.com/en/champion-points/calculator?preset=66a2086c-088c-4d6d-bb67-314e35035544

Warfare Tree Points Allocation

Fitness Tree Points Allocation

Craft Tree Points Allocation

900 Champion Point Allocation

Preset used for this allocation: https://eso-hub.com/en/champion-points/calculator?preset=a2c64c04-3cb8-4988-93b6-ff5e4f518d72

Warfare Tree Points Allocation

Fitness Tree Points Allocation

Craft Tree Points Allocation

1200 Champion Point Allocation

Preset used for this allocation: https://eso-hub.com/en/champion-points/calculator?preset=05f5aa54-7bbe-4ddd-a0d3-2cc5333de991

Warfare Tree Points Allocation

Fitness Tree Points Allocation

Craft Tree Points Allocation

2200 Champion Point Allocation

Preset used for this allocation: https://eso-hub.com/en/champion-points/calculator?preset=e16c6c3d-0e47-465f-bfd7-c7ac7230e9c1

Warfare Tree Points Allocation

Fitness Tree Points Allocation

Craft Tree Points Allocation

Important Info for Stamina Dragonknight Beginner Build PvE


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

Food buff

This Drink is scaling with your level, so you can use it with any level!

Mundus Stone

The Lover (Increased Physical Penetration)


If you want to learn more about the races, you can check out the Racial Passives article. In general, all stamina based races will work for a stamina based setup. Orc is usually the preferred choice for most people due to the highest damage output.

Wood Elf
Dark Elf


You can use those potions, they drop from Monsters, so you should have plenty of them. You can also buy those potions in the guildstore, they are very cheap.

Essence of Stamina

In case you are still unsure on how to mix the ingredients together, you can check out a alchemy simulator here: Alchemy Simulator.


In the end you want to have all these passives active with this build:


All Attributes go into Stamina


The “Weaving Beginner Guide” explains how to weave Light Attacks between abilities, which is also called Animation Canceling. It enables you to deal more damage and a lot of other perks – just check it out!


Endless Hail > Light Attack > Flames of Oblivion > Weapon Swap

Light Attack > Noxious Breath > Light Attack > Venomous Claw > Light Attack > Barbed Trap > Light Attack > 9x Stone Giant (with Light Attacks)


at 30% you can use Reverse Slice, but still make sure to use Stone Giant every 5 seconds, to keep the debuff on the enemy.

This is the ideal rotation. Don’t worry if you can’t get it spot on in the beginning. It’s something to work up to and learn!

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.



So, what do you need to do when you have read this Stamina Dragonknight Beginner Build? Aside from farming gear, you will also need to level skill lines. If you haven’t yet maxed your class skill lines, now would be a good time.

Also, you will need to maximize Fighter’s Guild and Undaunted and start working on it as soon as possible, as you will need that for future builds.

For Fighter’s Guild you need to either complete Dolmens orkill Daedra and Undead. For Undaunted you need to complete dungeon achievements or do the Daily Quests at the Undaunted Enclave in the major cities.

In case you want the Psijic Skill line you need to start the Summerset Main Quest until the point you get to Arteum and then do a questline until Level 10.

If you want to know more, you can check out the Fighters Guild, Mages Guild and Undaunted Video.

You really should start with Undaunted Pledges as soon as possible, which is usually at Level 45. You will receive keys for every Pledge which in turn will grant you access to receive the Monster Shoulder pieces, just make sure to save the keys till you hit level 50 and Champion Point level 160, because that is the maximum level gear cap.

Gear is the most important thing that you can get now and if you don’t want to spend hundreds of Transmutation Crystals on transmuting your gear, you will want them in the ideal trait. This can take a while.

If you want to deal the most damage possible, you will want to consider learning everything about weaving. Especially with Dragonknights, Light Attack weaving is essential. It basically means that you cancel the Light Attack animation with a skill. In theory you make a Light Attack and then almost immediately afterwards you cast a skill. Since this is depending on your latency, it will take you some time to figure out when exactly this “almost immediately” is. If you want to know more, I wrote a “How To Weave” Guide!

You might also want to get involved with guilds, in order to get easier and more regular access to trials (especially for veteran trials later on), crafters and even a guild store. Since you can have up to 5 guilds, no guild needs to fulfill every requirement. You can even have a guild for just chatting. Still, having a guild for each purpose is a good idea and will cover all your bases.

Getting Skill Points are also very important, depending how thorough you were with Skyshards, quests and dungeons.

Leveling a character is more than just reaching Level 50 and oftentimes requires you to get more than by just grinding your way up, which is why grinding levels as a beginner is usually a bad idea.
If you should find yourself in need of more skill points I suggest you complete the group events of the Public Dungeons that you can find in ESO. If you need help in finding out where to get skill points and which you are still missing, try out Urich’s Skill Point Finder!

Another important thing is Crafting (Crafting Professions). Sure, depending on how social you are, you can always find someone to craft you gear, or depending on how skilled you are at earning gold you can also just what you need, but the true power and also getting rich in-game is by learning how to craft and learning all the traits. You might sometimes hear people saying how important it is to do you writs and it is true, it is easy money and gets you a lot resources.

The only thing it requires though is for you to not throw away what you loot and of course most ideal would be if you had the endless crafting bag of ESO Plus, but you can also get around that by storing all crafting materials on characters meant solely for storing.

Learning how to craft yourself will make it way cheaper for you to upgrade your gear, craft your own supplies and learning the traits will help you when you find gear with not so ideal traits because you can just transmute them into the trait of your choice.

PvP can also be a very powerful tool. It doesn’t only help you with getting better at avoiding things and survival, you can also make a lot of money with Alliance Points or even Tel’var Stones. At the end of every campaign you can receive a Transmutation Geode which holds 50 Transmutation Gems if you have gained at least 25000 Alliance Points in that Cyrodiil campaign.
Since you are still very low in Champion Points I would suggest choosing the non CP campaigns.
If you want to make as much AP as possible though, I recommend playing Battlegrounds.

It is advisable to get a daily routine of things to do, if you want to gain Champion Points quickly without actually farming them. Try using EXP boosts such as scrolls or drinks when doing these.
A way to establish one could be this:

  • Daily Dungeon queue
  • Daily Battleground queue
  • Crafting Writs
  • Undaunted Daily quests


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