• StamDK Venom Build PvE

Stamina Dragonknight Build PvE for Elder Scrolls Online

“Venom”

Murkmire DLC, Summerset 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 are in a good spot right now, their damage is high and they can be used for most content in the game. We are running Relequen which is one of the best Single Target damage sets out there, along with Berserking Warrior. Relequen drops in Cloudrest and applies a huge DoT on the enemy. Berserking Warrior (aka Advancing Yokeda) is a Heavy Armor set that adds weapon critical to us, we use this on the front bar only, the set drops in Hel Ra Citadel. With the introduction to jewelry crafting, we also went away from Robust, as you can see in the gear setup below. I will also showcase different Tier gear setups including beginner setup for everyone.

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

Changes from the previous version

  • Updated Champion Points to 810 CP and added 600 CP Setup.
  • Added Blackrose Prison Arena setup section
  • Weapon Enchantments order changed and traits of weapons changed. Also changed to 7 medium now that we use blue food.

Resource Management

We are using normal blue Health and Stamina Food. Absorb Stamina Enchantment on the off hand gives us a lot of sustain. 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 (optional)
  • Artaeum Takeaway Broth Food (Optional)
  • Vicious Serpent Set (optional)
  • Redguard (if available)

Special Sustain Tip “Venomous Claw”

In case you keep having sustain issues, you can also use Venomous Claw as a spammable instead of Rending Slashes. You will only loose a bit of damage and your sustain will improve by a big jump. The reason why Venomous Claws deals good damage despite it being a DoT, it has a instant damage tick at the start and the first damage over time tick comes at 0.5s. So even if you spam it you will always get the instant damage tick and one damage over time tick which ads up to good damage. Once you do the rest of your rotation the Skill will simply keep going because it is a 10s damage over time effect.

You can also find a showcase of that in the Skeleton Parse section of this build.

Trials & Dungeons Setup

  • Buffed: Weapon Damage Enchantment, Advancing Yokeda and Weapon Power Potion were active in the screenshot.
  • Unbuffed: Raw stats when not in combat.

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
NecklaceBerserking WarriorJewelryBloodthirsty/ InfusedWeapon Damage
RingBerserking WarriorJewelryBloodthirstyWeapon Damage
RingBerserking WarriorJewelryBloodthirstyWeapon Damage
Weapon 1 DWBerserking WarriorDaggerInfusedPoison Damage Enchant
Weapon 1 DWBerserking WarriorDaggerInfusedAbsorb 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 DWBriarheartDaggerInfusedPoison Damage Enchant
Weapon 1 DWBriarheartDaggerInfusedAbsorb 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 RageDaggerInfusedAbsorb Stamina Enchant
Weapon 1 DWHunding's RageDaggerInfusedWeapon Damage Enchant
Weapon 2Hunding's RageBowInfusedPoison Damage Enchant

Where can I get the gear?

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

  • Deadly Cloak: You can still run this if you want to get more damage mitigation
  • Noxious Breath: Only use this on AoE fights.
  • Silver Leash: This is only here to get the 3% extra Weapon Damage, you can also help the Tank pull mobs with this leash.
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: Silver LeashSlot 5: Flames of Oblivion
Ultimate: Flawless DawnbreakerUltimate: Standard of Might

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 CP]

The Ritual
56 Mighty, 56 Thaumaturge, 61 Precise Strikes, 28 Piercing
The Attronarch
66 Master-at-Arms, 3 Physical Weapon Expert
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 CP]

The Ritual
44 Thaumaturge, 49 Mighty, 48 Precise Strikes, 28 Piercing
The Attronarch
28 Master at Arms, 3 Physical Weapon Expert
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 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)

If you have sustain issues I recommend using Artaeum Takeaway Broth (Max Health, Max Stamina, Health Recovery and Stamina Recovery)

Artaeum Takeaway Broth

Mundus Stone

To reach the maximum penetration level in a raid, you want to use the Lover Mundus Stone.

The Lover (Increased Physical Penetration)

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.

Redguard (Recommended)
Khajiit
Imperial
Orc

Potions

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

Weapon Power Potions

Passives

Attributes

All into Stamina


Rotation

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

Endless Hail > LA > Razor Caltrops > LA > Poison Injection > Weapon Swap > (Or drop Standard if you have it ready)
LA > Venomous Claw > LA > Noxious Breath > LA > 4x Rending Slashes (with LA) > Rearming Trap > LA > Weapon Swap >
Restart

LA = Light Attack

Skeleton Parse

I am going to standardize most of my dps tests and therefore will include, the uptimes can vary a bit:

  • Minor Vulnerability (8% more damage while enemy is concussed) has an average uptime of around 99%.
  • Off Balance (10% more damage by Exploiter Perk in CP is active) had a 15% uptime on this parse.
  • Energy Orbs to showcase the sustain of the class in a trial
  • Minor Berserk (8% more overall damage) from Combat Prayer
  • Major Fracture was provided by Reaper’s Mark and Noxious Breath.
  • Minor Savagery buff active from the Nightblade Healer which gives me 6% extra weapon critical.

Stamdk Venom PvE


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 SerpentDaggerInfusedPoison Damage Enchant
Weapon 1 DWVicious SerpentDaggerInfusedAbsorb 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 The Master's Bow.

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.


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

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 SerpentDaggerInfusedPoison Damage Enchant
Weapon 1 DWVicious SerpentDaggerInfusedAbsorb Stamina Enchant
Weapon 2The Maelstrom's BowBowInfusedWeapon Damage Enchant

Skills


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

20.10.2018 Updated Build for MURKMIRE DLC, Summerset Chapter Stamina Dragonknight Build PvE
02.11.2018 Updated the build, changed some abilities & adjusted CP and made rotation and sustain easier.