Stamina Dragonknight Build PvE for Clockwork City, Elder Scrolls Online ESO

Stamina Dragonknight BUild PvE

Stamina Dragonknight Build “Venom” – Clockwork City

Table of Contents

Introduction

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

We are now using a Nirnhoned Dagger on the Mainhand instead of Infused because it will give us overall a bit more damage, very small difference tho. On the backbar we are now using a Nirnhoned or Precise Bow with Double Drain Health Poisons as they give us the most DPS. Gear otherwise stays the same, I also recommend checking out the Article about Stamina Optimization in Raids, so you can see what kind of gear you have available.

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

Weapon Power Potion and Weapon dmg Enchantment were active when I took this screenshot. I used a 5 1 1 Setup instead of the 6 1 Setup.



Gear

Gear Setup 1

  • Twice Fanged vs Spriggan: In case you do not have access to Twice Fanged Serpent set, you could also run Spriggan, all the armor and weapon pieces can be bought via Guildstore, so it is easier to get, especially the weapons!
  • What pieces? It does not matter how you allocate the pieces, as long as you manage to get 5x Twice Fanged Serpent, 5x Vicious Serpent, 2x Mephala or Velidreth with a Maelstrom Bow on the backbar.
  • Vicious ophidian? If you want better sustain, you could use Vicious Serpent set.
  • Briarheart vs Hundings? Briarheart might actually be slightly stronger then Hundings Rage if you are using those sets on Weapon pieces. Very small difference tho so Hundings Rage is definitely easier accessible due to it being craftable.
Gear Set Weight Trait Enchantment
Chest Hunding’s Rage Heavy Divine Stamina
Belt Hunding’s Rage Medium Divine Stamina
Shoes Hunding’s Rage Medium Divine Stamina
Pants Twice Fanged Serpent Medium Divine Stamina
Hands Twice Fanged Serpent Medium Divine Stamina
Head Velidreth Medium Divine Stamina
Shoulder Velidreth Medium Divine Stamina
Necklace Twice Fanged Serpent Jewelry Robust Weapon Damage
Ring Twice Fanged Serpent Jewelry Robust Weapon Damage
Ring Twice Fanged Serpent Jewelry Robust Weapon Damage
Weapon 1 DW Hunding’s Rage Dagger Nirnhoned Poison Damage
Weapon 1 DW Hunding’s Rage Dagger/ Axe Precise Weapon Damage
Weapon 2 Maelstrom Bow Nirnhoned/Precise Damage Health Poison

Gear Setup 2

  • Not enough sustain? In case you do think you lack sustain, make sure to use 1x Glyph of reduced skillcost on your jewelry. That should be enough to gain enough sustain.
  • Damage? This setup gets very close to the damage of the Best in Slot setup. The only thing is that you will not boost your group members dps.
Gear Set Weight Trait Enchantment
Chest Hunding’s Rage Heavy Divine Stamina
Belt Hunding’s Rage Medium Divine Stamina
Shoes Hunding’s Rage Medium Divine Stamina
Pants Spriggan’s Thorns Medium Divine Stamina
Hands Spriggan’s Thorns Medium Divine Stamina
Head Velidreth Medium Divine Stamina
Shoulder Velidreth Medium Divine Stamina
Necklace Spriggan’s Thorns Jewelry Robust Weapon Damage
Ring Spriggan’s Thorns Jewelry Robust Weapon Damage
Ring Spriggan’s Thorns Jewelry Robust Weapon Damage
Weapon 1 DW Hunding’s Rage Dagger Nirnhoned Poison Damage
Weapon 1 DW Hunding’s Rage Dagger/ Axe Precise Weapon Damage
Weapon 2 Maelstrom/ Random Bow Bow Nirnhoned Damage Health Poison

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.

Gear Set Weight Trait Enchantment
Chest Hunding’s Rage Heavy Divine Stamina
Belt Hunding’s Rage Medium Divine Stamina
Shoes Hunding’s Rage Medium Divine Stamina
Pants Hunding’s Rage Medium Divine Stamina
Hands Hunding’s Rage Medium Divine Stamina
Head Night Mothers Gaze Medium Divine Stamina
Shoulder Night Mothers Gaze Medium Divine Stamina
Necklace Agility Jewelry Robust Weapon Damage
Ring Agility Jewelry Robust Weapon Damage
Ring Agility Jewelry Robust Weapon Damage
Weapon 1 DW Night Mothers Gaze Dagger Nirnhoned Poison Damage
Weapon 1 DW Night Mothers Gaze Dagger/ Axe Precise Weapon Damage
Weapon 2 Night Mothers Gaze Bow Nirnhoned Damage Health Poison/ Disease Damage

Where can I get the gear?

Twice Fanged Serpent: Sanctum Ophidia
Vicious Serpent: Aetherian Archive, Sanctum Ophidia, Hel Ra Citadel
Hunding’s Rage: Craftable
Night Mothers Gaze: Craftable
Agility: Guildstore
Spriggans Thorn: Bangkorai
Velidreth: Cradle of Shadows
Sunderflame: City of Ash 1 & 2
Morag Tong: PvP Cyrodiil Vendor or Guildtraders

Skills

  • Why Blood Craze over Rending Slashes: The heal over time effect from this ability is nice, and with Morrowind you want to gain some extra survivability with stamina builds. If you think you do not need the extra healing, then go with Rending Slashes.

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Dualwield Mainbar Bow-second bar
Slot 1: Venomous Claw Slot 1: Endless Hail
Slot 2: Deadly Cloak Slot 2: Rearming Trap
Slot 3: Noxious Breath Slot 3: Poison Injection
Slot 4: Blood Craze/ Rending Slashes Slot 4: Caltrops
Slot 5: Flames of Oblivion Slot 5: Molten Armaments
Ultimate: Flawless Dawnbreaker Ultimate: Standard of Might

Championpoints

Championpoints [690 CP]

The Ritual
49 Mighty, 66 Thaumaturge, 66 Precise Strikes, 49 Piercing
The Attronarch
The Apprentice
The Shadow
The Lover
100 Tenacity, 65 Mooncalf
The Tower
65 Warlord
The Lord
The Lady
49 Hardy, 49 Elemental Defender, 48 Thick Skinned
The Steed
31 Ironclad, 53 Spell Shield

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

Buff-food

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

Mundus Stone

The Warrior (Increased Weapon Damage)

Race

Redguard (Recommended)
Khajiit
Imperial
Orc

Potions

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

Poisons

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.

Passives

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

Rotation

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 > Heavy 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.

Gear

Gear Set Weight Trait Enchantment
Chest Hunding’s Rage Heavy Divine Stamina
Belt Vicious Serpent Medium Divine Stamina
Shoes Hunding’s Rage Medium Divine Stamina
Pants Vicious Serpent Medium Divine Stamina
Hands Hunding’s Rage Medium Divine Stamina
Head Velidreth Medium Divine Stamina
Shoulder Velidreth Medium Divine Stamina
Necklace Vicious Serpent Jewelry Robust Weapon Damage
Ring Vicious Serpent Jewelry Robust Weapon Damage
Ring Vicious Serpent Jewelry Robust Weapon Damage
Weapon 1 DW  Hunding’s Rage Dagger Nirnhoned Poison Damage
Weapon 1 DW  Hunding’s Rage Axe  Precise Weapon Damage
Weapon 2 Random/Maelstrom Bow Nirnhoned Damage Health Poison

Skills

Why Corrosive Armor over Standard? Our main damage ultimate is Dawnbreaker, it is pretty cheap and it refills quickly so we can use it a lot. In difficult situations where we have a lot of incoming damage, you can use Corrosive armor as a “Panic Ultimate” which basically makes you damage immune for like 10seconds.

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Buff-Food

Longfin pasty with Melon Sauce (Max Health+Max Stamina+Max Magicka)

We need the tristat food to get some more max magicka, as this is important so we can use Igneous Shield more often!

Gameplay



Update Log

16.10.2017 Added Build for Clockwork City

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