“Venom”

Updated: Scalebreaker DLC, Elsweyr 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. 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

  • Updated sets, skills, rotation and added an AoE setup for the Scalebreaker DLC.

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

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 DWCruel FlurryAxeNirnhonedDamage Health Poisons IX
Weapon 1 DWCruel FlurryDaggerSharpenedDamage Health Poisons IX
Weapon 2Caustic ArrowBowInfusedWeapon 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 2Caustic ArrowBowInfusedWeapon 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?

Tooth of Lokkestiiz: Sunspire veteran
Berserking Warrior: Hel Ra Citadel
Perfect Arms of Relequen: Cloudrest
Maelstrom Bow: Maelstrom Arena
Caustic Arrow (Master's Bow): vet Dragonstar Arena
Cruel Flurry (Maelstrom DW): vet 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
Vicious Serpent: Aetherian Archive, Sanctum Ophidia, Hel Ra Citadel

Skills

Barbed Trap Venomous Claw Rapid Strikes Rending Slashes Soul Splitting Trap Flawless Dawnbreaker
Arrow Barrage Noxious Breath Poison Injection Echoing Vigor Flames of Oblivion Standard of Might
Dual Wield MainbarBow-second bar
Slot 1: Barbed TrapSlot 1: Arrow Barrage
Slot 2: Venomous ClawSlot 2: Noxious Breath
Slot 3: Rapid StrikesSlot 3: Poison Injection
Slot 4: Rending SlashesSlot 4: Echoing Vigor
Slot 5: Soul Splitting TrapSlot 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]

The Ritual
56 Mighty, 61 Thaumaturge, 56 Precise Strikes, 60 Piercing
The Atronach
37 Master-at-Arms
The Apprentice
The Shadow
48 Shadow Ward, 48 Tumbling
The Lover
49 Tenacity, 100 Mooncalf
The Tower
23 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

Poisons

Damage Health Poison
(Damage Poison, Damage Poison)
(Fleshfly Larva, Nightshade, Nirnroot)

double health poisons

Passives

Attributes

All into Stamina


Rotation & Target Dummy

Rotation

Prebuff with Flames of Oblivion

Arrow Barrage > LA > Noxious Breath > LA > Poison Injection > LA > Flames of Oblivion (every 2nd rotation) > Weapon Swap

LA > Rapid Strikes > LA > Barbed Trap > LA > Venomous Claws > LA > Soul Splitting Trap > LA > 2x Rapid Strikes > LA > Rending Slashes > LA > Weapon Swap

  • If you are reapplying Flames of Oblivion, only do 1x Rapid Strikes instead of 2x before Rending Slashes

Target Dummy

This video is from LIKO’S Youtube Channel, he does a full 21 million Target Dummy Parse on the Raid Dummy. The video is a fully optimized Target Dummy Setup, so it will be different from the Raid/Dungeon build here!

ESO – Stamina Dragonknight vMA Dagger PVE Build (103k+) – Scalebreaker


Area of Effect Setup

GearSetWeightTraitEnchantment
ChestTwice-Fanged SerpentMediumDivineStamina
BeltTwice-Fanged SerpentMediumDivineStamina
ShoesTwice-Fanged SerpentMediumDivineStamina
PantsTwice-Fanged SerpentMediumDivineStamina
HandsTwice-Fanged SerpentMediumDivineStamina
HeadVelidrethMediumDivineStamina
ShoulderVelidrethMediumDivineStamina
NecklaceVicious SerpentJewelryRobustWeapon Damage
RingVicious SerpentJewelryRobustWeapon Damage
RingVicious SerpentJewelryRobustWeapon Damage
Weapon 1 DWVicious SerpentDaggerNirnhonedDamage Health Poisons IX
Weapon 1 DWVicious SerpentDaggerSharpenedDamage Health Poisons IX
Weapon 2The Maelstrom's BowBowInfusedWeapon Damage Enchant

Skills

Noxious Breath Whirling Blades Rending Slashes Deadly Cloak Flames of Oblivion Flawless Dawnbreaker
Arrow Barrage Barbed Trap Poison Injection Soul Splitting Trap Echoing Vigor 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

Venomous Claw Deadly Cloak Rending Slashes Noxious Breath Resolving Vigor Flawless Dawnbreaker
Arrow Barrage Barbed Trap Poison Injection Soul Splitting Trap 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

11.08.2019 Updated Build for the SCALEBREAKER DLC, Elsweyr Chapter, Stamina Dragonknight Build PvE.