Stamina Dragonknight Build PvE for Dragon Bones, Elder Scrolls Online ESO

Stamina DK PvE Build

Stamina Dragonknight Build “Venom” – Dragon Bones DLC

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Welcome to the Stamina Dragonknight Build PvE “Venom” for Elder Scrolls Online. Make sure to bookmark the link as I will keep updating the build for each new Update of ESO. The “Venom” build is made for PvE Trials, Dungeons and Maelstrom Arena. There will be different sections, with small adjustments so you can use the build both in a group or solo.

Stamina Dragonknights have one of the highest single target dps setups, due to their class specific damage over time effects like Venomous Claw. On top of that we have one of the best AoE damage and sustained setups with this specific playstyle. Dualwield & Bow setups both offer great single target damage and area of effect damage, plus good damage mitigation through skills like Deadly Cloak. To maximize damage, we are running a heavy attack build with Dualwield being our mainbar. This means we basically do a heavy attack between each DoT that we apply. Each heavy attack also returns a lot of stamina, as we have a lot of points in the CP Perk Tenacity which increases resource returns from heavy attacks, plus passives like Battle Roar and Helping hands also help us sustain! Also, Dual Wield Heavy Attacks are twice as fast as other weapon types which menas the rotation is quite fast paced.

  • Medium armor
  • Dualwield & Bow setup
  • Highest single target (ST) damage
  • High area of effect (AoE) damage
  • Heavy Attack rotation
  • Unlimited sustain
  • Maximum damage
  • Trials, Dungeon & Maelstrom

Changes from the previous version

Optimized the CP for this setup and added the new extra CP. Changed the mainsetup to Acuity and Twice Fanged Serpent combo, changed traits and type of Weapons and added a huge variety of good Stamina sets, also updated the Maelstrom and passive Section.

Resource Management

The only really important tool to get good sustain is Heavy Attacks for this build. They restore quite a huge amount of stamina. It also helps if you are a Redguard as they are still the best race in terms of overall sustain! If you think you still struggle then I recommend using either a Cost Reduction or Recovery Glyph, in this case a Cost Reduction Glyph will be better as we have pretty overall low Stamina Recovery.

  • Heavy Attacks resource return
  • Reducest Cost/ Recovery Glyph
  • Redguard (Best for sustained setup)

Trials & Dungeons Setup

Stamina DK PvE Build

Weapon Power Potion, Weapon dmg Enchantment and Mechanical Acuity were active when I took this screenshot. I am using an Outfit here that is why you can not see Velidreth Monster Set.


There is a lot of good Stamina Sets available, the Gear Setup 1 will represent the best setup for most situations when you are playing as the lone stamina setup in your group. I also have a list with a huge variety of combos here in the Stamina Optimization Article. Here are some good Stamina Sets:

Gear Setup 1

We are running 1 Heavy and 6 Medium. This will give us enough Health and better sustain. You can also run a 1 Heavy, 1 Light, 5 Medium Setup if you want to.

ChestMechanical AcuityHeavyDivineStamina
BeltTwice-Fanged SerpentMediumDivineStamina
ShoesTwice-Fanged SerpentMediumDivineStamina
PantsMechanical AcuityMediumDivineStamina
HandsMechanical AcuityMediumDivineStamina
NecklaceTwice-Fanged SerpentJewelryRobustWeapon Damage
RingTwice-Fanged SerpentJewelryRobustWeapon Damage
RingTwice-Fanged SerpentJewelryRobustWeapon Damage
Weapon 1 DWMechanical AcuityAxeNirnhonedPoison Damage
Weapon 1 DWMechanical AcuityDaggerInfusedWeapon Damage
Weapon 2The Maelstrom's BowBowNirnhoned/PreciseDamage Health Poisons

Gear beginner

This setup is dedicated to people that have not had the chance to farm the necessary gear for the maximum damage potential of the Venom build. All the gear here is either craftable or cheap to get in a guildstore. Make sure to ask a friend to craft Hunding’s Rage and Night Mother’s Gaze. Agility jewelry can be obtained in the Guildstores. I do recommend having around 18k health (with buff-food). You can buy cheap Agility jewelry with healthy trait to reach this value.

ChestHunding's RageHeavyDivineStamina
BeltHunding's RageMediumDivineStamina
ShoesHunding's RageMediumDivineStamina
PantsHunding's RageMediumDivineStamina
HandsHunding's RageMediumDivineStamina
HeadNight Mother's GazeMediumDivineStamina
ShoulderNight Mother's GazeMediumDivineStamina
NecklaceAgilityJewelryRobustWeapon Damage
RingAgilityJewelryRobustWeapon Damage
RingAgilityJewelryRobustWeapon Damage
Weapon 1 DWNight Mother's GazeDaggerNirnhonedPoison Damage
Weapon 1 DWNight Mother's GazeDagger/ AxePreciseWeapon Damage
Weapon 2Night Mother's GazeBowNirnhonedDisease Damage

Where can I get the gear?

Twice-Fanged Serpent: Sanctum Ophidia
Mechanical Acuity: Craftable
Hunding's Rage: Craftable
Night Mother's Gaze: Craftable
Agility: Guildstore
Velidreth: Cradle of Shadows
Maelstrom Bow: Maelstrom Arena


Dualwield MainbarBow-second bar
Slot 1: Venomous ClawSlot 1: Endless Hail
Slot 2: Deadly CloakSlot 2: Rearming Trap
Slot 3: Noxious BreathSlot 3: Poison Injection
Slot 4: Rending SlashesSlot 4: Razor Caltrops
Slot 5: Flames of OblivionSlot 5: Molten Armaments
Ultimate: Flawless DawnbreakerUltimate: Standard of Might


Championpoints [720 CP]

The Ritual
56 Mighty, 61 Thaumaturge, 61 Precise Strikes, 22 Piercing
The Attronarch
40 Master-at-Arms
The Apprentice
The Shadow
40 Shadow Ward, 40 Tumbling
The Lover
76 Tenacity, 49 Mooncalf
The Tower
35 Warlord
The Lord
The Lady
49 Hardy, 49 Elemental Defender, 48 Thick Skinned
The Steed
81 Ironclad, 13 Spellshield

Championpoints [300 CP]

The Ritual
31 Thaumaturge, 27 Mighty, 28 Precise Strikes, 14 Piercing
The Attronarch
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


Braised Rabbit with Spring Vegetables (Max Health+Max Stamina)

Mundus Stone

The Warrior (Increased Weapon Damage)


Redguard (Recommended)


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


Damage Health Posion
(Damage Poison, Damage Poison)
(Fleshly Larva, Blessed Thistle, Nightshade)

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


You will need the following passives:
Ardent Flame, Draconic Power, Earthen Heart, Medium Armor, Bow, Dual Wield, Fighters Guild, Racial, Werewolf (optional), Vampire (optional), Undaunted,  Alchemy: Medicinal Use

  • Ardent Flame: All passives
  • Draconic Power: All passives
  • Earthen Heart: All passives
  • Dual Wield: All passives
  • Bow: All passives
  • Heavy Armor: Juggernaunt Passive
  • Medium Armor: All Passives
  • Fighters Guild: All
  • Undaunted: All
  • Racial: All
  • Alchemy: Medicinal Use


Stamina DKs have a pretty straight forward rotation. On the frontbar we do Heavy Attacks and on the backbar we use Light Attacks. Start off with Activating Abilities like Deadly Cloak, Flames of Oblivion and Molten Armaments prefight.

Rearming Trap > Light Attack > Endless Hail > Light Attack > Poison Injection > Light Attack > Razor Caltrops > Weapon Swap

Heavy Attack > Noxious Breath > Heavy Attack > Venomous Claw > Heavy Attack > Rending Slashes > Light Attack > Deadly Cloak > Weapon Swap > restart rotation

When Flames of Oblivion is about to run out, I do Flames of Oblivion > Light Attack > Skill……… instead of a Heavy Attack.

Maelstrom Arena

We have to adjust some things to be able to successfully complete veteran Maelstrom Arena. I highly recommend farming Vicious Serpent as it gives the best sustain in Maelstrom arena. I also recommend being at least 500+ CP, if you are lower it will get pretty difficult for stamina setups.


ChestMechanical AcuityHeavyDivineStamina
BeltVicious SerpentMediumDivineStamina
ShoesVicious SerpentMediumDivineStamina
PantsMechanical AcuityMediumDivineStamina
HandsMechanical AcuityMediumDivineStamina
NecklaceVicious SerpentJewelryRobustWeapon Damage
RingVicious SerpentJewelryRobustWeapon Damage
RingVicious SerpentJewelryRobustWeapon Damage
Weapon 1 DWMechanical AcuityAxeNirnhonedPoison Damage
Weapon 1 DWMechanical AcuityDaggerInfusedWeapon Damage
Weapon 2The Maelstrom's BowBowNirnhoned/PreciseDamage Health Poisons




Update Log

03.02.2018 Added Build for Dragon Bones DLC Stamina Dragonknight Build PvE
07.03.2018 Added Build Video for Stamina Dragonknight Build PvE
04.05.2018 Updated Gear list for Stamina Dragonknight Build PvE

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