“Venom”

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

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 Arenas. You can also find plenty of other Stamina Dragonknight content on the website such as:

Other Stamina Dragonknight Guides:

Stam DKs have high damage and they can be used for all content in the game. They also have an unique skiill that applies Stagger to the enemy, increasing the damage of all your group members.

  • Medium Armor
  • Dual-Wield & Bow setup
  • High Single Target (ST) damage
  • High area of effect (AoE) damage
  • Good sustain
  • Maximum damage
  • Trials, Dungeons & Arenas

Changes from the previous version

  • Updated the Gear and Skill Setup with vBlackrose Prison Dual Wield Weapons.
  • Added character screenshots.
  • Updated resource management section.

Resource Management

Battle Roar activates whenever we use either one of our Ultimates.

Combustion procs whenever you apply a poisoned status effect on the enemy, for example from our Venomous Claw skill.

Energy Orb will always be present in a good group. When you get close to the Orb you can activate its synergy to regain resources.

Potions should always be used on cooldown to gain the maximum benefit from them.

Heavy Attacks help you restore Stamina, if you drop low on resources do a few Heavy Attacks between skills to refill your Stamina.

  • Battle Roar passive
  • Combustion
  • Orb Synergy
  • Potions
  • Heavy Attacks

Trials & Dungeons Setup

5x Perf Relequen, 5x Perf Lokkestiiz, 2x vBRP on an Orc with Artaeum buff food.

  • Unbuffed: Out of combat
  • Buffed: Target Dummy buffs, Weapon Damage Enchantment, Weapon Power Potion, Sething Fury 3x and Minor Brutality were 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

GearSetWeightTraitEnchantment
ChestPerfect Arms of RelequenMediumDivineStamina
BeltPerfect Arms of RelequenMediumDivineStamina
ShoesPerfect Arms of RelequenMediumDivineStamina
PantsPerfect Arms of RelequenMediumDivineStamina
HandsPerfect Arms of RelequenMediumDivineStamina
HeadPerfected Tooth of LokkestiizMediumDivineStamina
ShoulderPerfected Tooth of LokkestiizMediumDivineStamina
NecklacePerfected Tooth of LokkestiizJewelryBloodthirstyWeapon Damage
RingPerfected Tooth of LokkestiizJewelryBloodthirstyWeapon Damage
RingPerfected Tooth of LokkestiizJewelryBloodthirstyWeapon Damage
Weapon 1 DWPerfect Spectral CloakAxeNirnhonedDamage Health Poisons IX
Weapon 1 DWPerfect Spectral CloakDaggerSharpenedDamage Health Poisons IX
Weapon 2The Maelstrom's BowBowInfusedWeapon Damage Enchant

Gear Setup 2

This setup is for those that did not have the chances yet to step into a trial.

  • Briarheart Dagger: There is an unique Dagger “Materre’s Bodkin” that you can get fairly easy, instead of buying it expensive in the store.
GearSetWeightTraitEnchantment
ChestHunding's RageMediumDivineStamina
BeltHunding's RageMediumDivineStamina
ShoesHunding's RageMediumDivineStamina
PantsHunding's RageMediumDivineStamina
HandsHunding's RageMediumDivineStamina
HeadVelidrethMediumDivineStamina
ShoulderVelidrethMediumDivineStamina
NecklaceBriarheartJewelryBloodthirstyWeapon Damage
RingBriarheartJewelryBloodthirstyWeapon Damage
RingBriarheartJewelryBloodthirstyWeapon Damage
Weapon 1 DWBriarheartAxeNirnhonedDamage Health Poisons IX
Weapon 1 DWBriarheartDaggerSharpenedDamage Health Poisons IX
Weapon 2The Maelstrom's BowBowInfusedWeapon Damage Enchant

Gear Setup 3 Beginner

This setup is dedicated to people that have not had the chance to farm the necessary gear for the maximum damage potential. 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 if you want.

GearSetWeightTraitEnchantment
ChestHunding's RageHeavyDivineHealthy
BeltNight Mother's GazeMediumDivineStamina
ShoesNight Mother's GazeMediumDivineStamina
PantsHunding's RageMediumDivineStamina
HandsHunding's RageMediumDivineStamina
HeadNight Mother's GazeMediumDivineStamina
ShoulderNight Mother's GazeMediumDivineStamina
NecklaceAgilityJewelryRobustWeapon Damage
RingAgilityJewelryRobustWeapon Damage
RingAgilityJewelryRobustWeapon Damage
Weapon 1 DWHunding's RageAxeNirnhonedDamage Health Poisons IX
Weapon 1 DWHunding's RageDaggerSharpenedDamage Health Poisons IX
Weapon 2Hunding's RageBowInfusedPoison Damage Enchant

Where can I get the gear?

PerfectTooth of Lokkestiiz: Sunspire veteran
Perfect Arms of Relequen: Cloudrest
Perfect Spectral Cloak: vBlackrose Prison Arena
Maelstrom Bow: Maelstrom Arena
Velidreth: vCradle of Shadows
Selene: vSelene’s Web, Glirion
Twice-Fanged Serpent: Sanctum Ophidia
Hunding's Rage: Craftable
Night Mother's Gaze: Craftable
Agility: Guildstore
Briarheart: Wrothgar, Guildstore
Vicious Serpent: Aetherian Archive, Sanctum Ophidia, Hel Ra Citadel

Skills

Barbed Trap Deadly Cloak Stone Giant Noxious Breath Whirling Blades Flawless Dawnbreaker
Endless Hail Venomous Claw Flames of Oblivion Resolving Vigor Molten Whip Standard of Might
Dual Wield MainbarBow-second bar
Slot 1: Barbed TrapSlot 1: Endless Hail
Slot 2: Deadly CloakSlot 2: Venomous Claw
Slot 3: Stone GiantSlot 3: Flames of Oblivion
Slot 4: Noxious BreathSlot 4: Resolving Vigor
Slot 5: Whirling BladesSlot 5: Molten Whip
Ultimate: Flawless DawnbreakerUltimate: Standard of Might
  • Barbed Trap: Deals damage and gives you Minor Force, increasing your Critical Damage by 10%.
  • Deadly Cloak: Deals AoE damage, procs the BRP Spectral Cloak Weapons and gives us 25% AoE damage mitigation.
  • 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.
  • Whirling Blades: Your execute ability after 25%.
  • 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.
  • Venomous Claw: Strong damage over time effect.
  • 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.
  • Resolving Vigor: Your heal.
  • Molten Whip: Just passively slotted, gives you Seething Fury buff when you activate Flames of Oblivion.
  • Standard of Might: Your main Ultimate, increases all your damage and also decreases incoming damage.

Champion Points

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
56 Mighty, 44 Thaumaturge, 56 Precise Strikes, 61 Piercing
The Atronach
40 Master-at-Arms, 13 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 Spellshield

Champion Points [600]

The Ritual
34 Thaumaturge, 56 Mighty, 34 Precise Strikes, 29 Piercing
The Atronach
34 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
16 Thaumaturge, 27 Mighty, 18 Precise Strikes, 12 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

Important Info

Buff-food

Depending on what race you have choose one of these two buff foods. If you do not have the money for Artaeum Takeaway Brooth, then you can also use Dubious Camoran Throne Drink.

Braised Rabbit with Spring Vegetables (Max Health+Max Stamina)
or
Artaeum Takeaway Brooth (Max Health+Max Stamina+Stamina Recovery+Health Recovery)

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 my Race Guide which explains everything in detail.

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.

Prebuff with: 3x Flames of Oblivion to proc Seething Fury (Molten Whip extra Weapon Damage)

Endless Hail > LA > Venomous Claw > LA > Flames of Oblivion > Weapon Swap

LA > Noxious Breath > LA > Barbed Trap > LA > 9x Stone Giant (with LA)

Restart

  • LA = Light Attack
  • Reapply Deadly Cloak on cooldown.
  • At 25% Use Whirling Blades instead of Stone Giant. If you want to keep Stone Giant Stagger up, use it after every 3rd Whirling Blade cast.

Area of Effect Setup

This setup here is focusing on an AoE setup, this way you can be more effective when fighting trash packs or just a large amount of monsters.

Gear Setup

GearSetWeightTraitEnchantment
ChestNew Moon AcolyteMediumDivineStamina
BeltNew Moon AcolyteMediumDivineStamina
ShoesNew Moon AcolyteMediumDivineStamina
PantsNew Moon AcolyteMediumDivineStamina
HandsNew Moon AcolyteMediumDivineStamina
HeadPerfected Tooth of LokkestiizMediumDivineStamina
ShoulderPerfected Tooth of LokkestiizMediumDivineStamina
NecklacePerfected Tooth of LokkestiizJewelryInfusedWeapon Damage
RingPerfected Tooth of LokkestiizJewelryInfusedWeapon Damage
RingPerfected Tooth of LokkestiizJewelryInfusedWeapon Damage
Weapon 1 DWPerfect Spectral CloakDaggerNirnhonedDamage Health Poisons IX
Weapon 1 DWPerfect Spectral CloakDaggerSharpenedDamage Health Poisons IX
Weapon 2The Maelstrom's BowBowInfusedWeapon Damage Enchant

Skills

Deadly Cloak Venomous Claw Stone Giant Noxious Breath Whirling Blades Flawless Dawnbreaker
Endless Hail Channeled Acceleration Flames of Oblivion Resolving Vigor Molten Whip Standard of Might

Maelstrom Arena

I also recommend reading the in depth Maelstrom Arena Guide.

Gear

GearSetWeightTraitEnchantment
ChestHunding's RageMediumDivineStamina
BeltVicious SerpentMediumDivineStamina
ShoesVicious SerpentMediumDivineStamina
PantsHunding's RageMediumDivineStamina
HandsHunding's RageMediumDivineStamina
HeadVelidrethMediumDivineStamina
ShoulderVelidrethMediumDivineStamina
NecklaceVicious SerpentJewelryRobustWeapon Damage
RingVicious SerpentJewelryRobustWeapon Damage
RingVicious SerpentJewelryRobustWeapon Damage
Weapon 1 DWHunding's RageAxeNirnhonedDamage Health Poisons IX
Weapon 1 DWHunding's RageDaggerSharpenedDamage Health Poisons IX
Weapon 2Hunding's RageBowInfusedWeapon Damage Enchant

Skills

Whirling Blades Venomous Claw Stone Giant Noxious Breath Resolving Vigor Flawless Dawnbreaker
Endless Hail Barbed Trap Flames of Oblivion Channeled Acceleration Molten Whip Standard of Might

Gameplay

Please keep in mind, these videos are from old previous patches so the build will not be the same as here!

Worlds First TICK-TOCK TORMENTOR by Hodor

Halls of Fabrication with Stamina DK - Morrowind ESO

Hel Ra Citadel 143133 Score 18:23min - Morrowind ESO

Halls of Fabrication 190494 Score with Hodor - Morrowind ESO

 


Update Log

11.08.2019 Updated Build for the SCALEBREAKER DLC, Elsweyr Chapter, Stamina Dragonknight Build PvE.
20.10.2019 Updated the Build for the DRAGONHOLD DLC.
19.02.2020 Updated the Build for the Harrowstorm DLC.
23.05.2020 Updated the Build for the GREYMOOR CHAPTER.

Tags: Stamina Dragonknight Build PvE, Stamina DK Build, Stam DK Build PvE.