“Venom”

Elsweyr Chapter

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. There will be different sections, with small adjustments so you can use the build both in a group or solo.

Stam DKs have high damage and they can be used for all content in the game. We are running Perfect Arms of Relequen which is one of the best Single Target damage sets out there, along with some other nice sets that you can choose from. Relequen drops in Cloudrest and applies a huge DoT on the enemy. Stamina Dragonknight shines because it has so many poison abilities and most of them do not cost much so the sustain is really good.

  • 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

  • Changed gear and skill setup
  • Added a AoE setup

DK Changes with Elsweyr:

  • Fiery Breath: Increased the damage of the initial hit of this ability by 200% to be on par with our PBAoE standards.
  • Molten Whip (morph): Reworked this ability so it no longer grants a passive bonus to Weapon and Spell Damage while slotted. Instead, this passive grants access to Seething Fury, a 33% damage bonus to your next Molten Whip cast and increase of 125 Weapon and Spell Damage every time you activate an Ardent Flame ability that isn’t Molten Whip. This bonus can stack up to 3 times, lasts 5 seconds, and will refresh in duration every time it is applied to you.
  • Searing Strike: Adjusted this ability and its morphs to follow our standardized Damage Over Time ruleset. Decreased the total duration to 8 seconds from 8.5 seconds, and increased the damage per tick by approximately 12.5% to make up for the loss of the first tick. This will result in roughly the same overall DPS, but with less burst damage.

These are the biggest changes to the Dragonknight this patch. This makes Noxious Breath a viable spammable and a good AoE skill and with our passive it will also not cost a lot and therefore our resource management gets a lot better. We also do now have the choice to passively slot Molten Whip to gain extra Weapon Damage for a brief period.


Resource Management

There is a few ways on how we improve our sustain, one would be the Absorb Stamina glyph on the off hand. You also want to make sure that Spears or Orbs are used by your healers to activate the synergy for resources. I also recommend activating potions on cooldown so you keep getting the huge Stamina boost as well as damage boost. Being a Redguard also helps because you will get the best sustain from their racial passives. You also have other optional choices, if you feel that sustain is tricky you could always choose Artaeum Takeaway Broth Food which will give you a lot of extra Stamina Recovery, your health will be a bit lower so you might want to invest some points into health attribute. You can also use Stormfist as main Monster Set to gain another Stamina Recovery bonus or Vicious Serpent set which is the best sustain set for stamina setups.

  • Absorb Stamina Enchantment
  • Orbs or Spears from Healers
  • Potions
  • Heavy Attacks resource return
  • Artaeum Takeaway Broth Food (or Dubious)
  • Redguard (if available)

Trials & Dungeons Setup

  • Unbuffed: Out of Combat stats
  • Buffed: Potion, Weapon Damage Enchantment and all buffs from the new raid dummy.

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 1 DWPerfected Tooth of LokkestiizDaggerNirnhonedPoison Damage Enchant
Weapon 1 DWPerfected Tooth of LokkestiizDaggerSharpenedAbsorb Stamina Enchant
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
Head Stormfist/ VelidrethMediumDivineStamina
Shoulder Stormfist/ VelidrethMediumDivineStamina
NecklaceBriarheartJewelryBloodthirsty/ InfusedWeapon Damage
RingBriarheartJewelryBloodthirstyWeapon Damage
RingBriarheartJewelryBloodthirstyWeapon Damage
Weapon 1 DWBriarheartDaggerNirnhonedPoison Damage Enchant
Weapon 1 DWBriarheartDaggerSharpenedAbsorb Stamina Enchant
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 RageDaggerNirnhonedAbsorb Stamina Enchant
Weapon 1 DWHunding's RageDaggerSharpenedWeapon Damage Enchant
Weapon 2Hunding's RageBowInfusedPoison Damage Enchant

 

Where can I get the gear?

Tooth of Lokkestiiz: Sunspire veteran
Berserking Warrior: Hel Ra Citadel
Perfect Arms of Relequen: Cloudrest
Arms of Relequen: Cloudrest
Maelstrom Bow: Maelstrom Arena
Velidreth: Cradle of Shadows
Twice-Fanged Serpent: Sanctum Ophidia
Hunding's Rage: Craftable
Night Mother's Gaze: Craftable
Agility: Guildstore
Briarheart: Wrothgar, Guildstore
Selene: Selene’s Web
Stormfist: Tempest Island
Vicious Serpent: Aetherian Archive, Sanctum Ophidia, Hel Ra Citadel

Skills

  • Noxious Breath: This skill is both used as Single Target spammable and as AoE spammable.
Rearming Trap Venomous Claw Rending Slashes Noxious Breath Molten Whip Flawless Dawnbreaker
Endless Hail Rearming Trap Razor Caltrops Poison Injection Flames of Oblivion Standard of Might
Dual Wield MainbarBow-second bar
Slot 1: Rearming TrapSlot 1: Endless Hail
Slot 2: Venomous ClawSlot 2: Rearming Trap
Slot 3: Rending SlashesSlot 3: Razor Caltrops
Slot 4: Noxious BreathSlot 4: Poison Injection
Slot 5: Molten WhipSlot 5: Flames of Oblivion
Ultimate: Flawless DawnbreakerUltimate: Standard of Might/ Ballista

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, 61 Thaumaturge, 56 Precise Strikes, 60 Piercing
The Atronach
37 Master-at-Arms
The Apprentice
The Shadow
52 Shadow Ward, 52 Tumbling
The Lover
49 Tenacity, 100 Mooncalf
The Tower
17 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, 31 Piercing
The Atronach
28 Master at Arms
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, 14 Piercing
The Atronach
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

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

Passives

Attributes

All into Stamina


Rotation

Rotation

Activate buffs like Flames of Oblivion before you engage. Drop the Rearming Trap and then start with Endless Hail.

Endless Hail > LA > Poison Injection > LA > Razor Caltrops > LA > Flames of Oblivion (every second rotation) > Weapon Swap > (Drop Standard if you have it ready)
LA > Venomous Claw > LA > Rending Slashes > LA > 4x Noxious Breath (with LA) > Rearming Trap > LA > Weapon Swap >
Restart

  • LA = Light Attack
  • Flames of Oblivion should be activated every second rotation.

Note: You can also do the Maelstrom Rotation with Maelstrom Weapons. This will result in more dps but make the rotation way more complicated.


Blackrose Prison Arena

This section of the build is dedicated to the Blackrose Prison Arena, it is a bit different compared to the usual Trial and Dungeon setup due to how the Arena works and because you fight such a huge amount of enemies each wave.

  • Gear Setup
  • Alternative Gear Setups
  • Skill Setup

Gear Setup

  • Vicious Serpent is the perfect set to increase your sustain by a lot and allows us to easily run blue max Health and max Stamina food.
  • Twice-Fanged-Serpent is needed because the tank can not debuff all monsters all the time so the extra penetration from that set really helps to increase the overall damage.
  • Stormfist Monster Set is a very good choice in Blackrose Prison Arena as it increases your sustain and deals really nice AoE and Single Target damage.
  • We run full Robust jewelry to help with the overall sustain in the arena. If you want you can run Infused but it will make sustain tougher.
GearSetWeightTraitEnchantment
ChestTwice-Fanged SerpentMediumDivineStamina
BeltTwice-Fanged SerpentMediumDivineStamina
ShoesTwice-Fanged SerpentMediumDivineStamina
PantsTwice-Fanged SerpentMediumDivineStamina
HandsTwice-Fanged SerpentMediumDivineStamina
HeadStormfistMediumDivineStamina
ShoulderStormfistMediumDivineStamina
NecklaceVicious SerpentJewelryRobustWeapon Damage
RingVicious SerpentJewelryRobustWeapon Damage
RingVicious SerpentJewelryRobustWeapon Damage
Weapon 1 DWVicious SerpentDaggerNirnhonedPoison Damage Enchant
Weapon 1 DWVicious SerpentDaggerSharpenedAbsorb Stamina Enchant
Weapon 2The Maelstrom's BowBowInfusedWeapon Damage Enchant

Alternative Gear Setups

As Bow Backbar Weapon you should optimally choose the The Maelstrom's Bow, if you do not have access to it I can also recommend the Caustic Arrow.

A lot of good combos that work elsewhere also work in the Blackrose Prison Arena, most important is that you have enough sustain to kill off all those trash pack waves that get thrown at you.

Skills

Because of the huge amount of trash monsters that gets thrown at you, you need to make sure to have a AoE damage Setup. We are using Shrouded Daggers instead of Rending Slashes because it deals good single target and AoE damage at the same time. For Single Target make sure to use Rending Slashes as spammable.

Like in the rotation before, make sure to keep up your back bar DoTs, especially Endless Hail and Razor Caltrops.

Venomous Claw Shrouded Daggers Rending Slashes Deadly Cloak Flames of Oblivion Flawless Dawnbreaker
Endless Hail Rearming Trap Poison Injection Razor Caltrops Resolving Vigor Standard of Might

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+ Champ Points, if you are lower it will get pretty difficult for stamina setups.

Gear

GearSetWeightTraitEnchantment
ChestHunding's RageMediumDivineStamina
BeltHunding's RageMediumDivineStamina
ShoesHunding's RageMediumDivineStamina
PantsHunding's RageMediumDivineStamina
HandsHunding's RageMediumDivineStamina
Head Stormfist/ SeleneMediumDivineStamina
Shoulder Stormfist/ SeleneMediumDivineStamina
NecklaceVicious SerpentJewelryRobustWeapon Damage
RingVicious SerpentJewelryRobustWeapon Damage
RingVicious SerpentJewelryRobustWeapon Damage
Weapon 1 DWVicious SerpentDaggerNirnhonedPoison Damage Enchant
Weapon 1 DWVicious SerpentDaggerSharpenedAbsorb Stamina Enchant
Weapon 2The Maelstrom's BowBowInfusedWeapon Damage Enchant

Skills

Venomous Claw Deadly Cloak Rending Slashes Noxious Breath Resolving Vigor Flawless Dawnbreaker
Endless Hail Rearming Trap Poison Injection Razor Caltrops Flames of Oblivion Standard of Might

Gameplay

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

15.05.2019 Updated Build for the Elsweyr Chapter, Stamina Dragonknight Build PvE.