“Guardian”

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

Table of Contents


Introduction

Welcome to the Stamina Warden Build PvE “Guardian” for Elder Scrolls Online. Make sure to bookmark the link as I will keep updating the build for each new Update of ESO. The Stamina Warden Guardian Build is optimized for Trials, Dungeons, Blackrose Prison Arena and Maelstrom Arena. You can also find plenty of other Stamina Warden content on the website such as:

Other Stamina Warden Guides:

Stamina Wardens are good damage dealers in its current form. We are using a Dualwield and Bow setup to achieve the best results as you will see below. The gameplay for this build is very fast paced and fun. Resource management is good due to the available skills Wardens have, which you will find out more about in the resource management section of this build. On this page you will find out setups for Trials, Dungeons, Maelstrom Arena

  • Warden Class
  • Medium Armor Build
  • Dual Wield & Bow Setup
  • High Single Target Damage
  • Good AoE Damage
  • Good Sustain
  • Trials, Arena & Dungeon

Changes to the previous Version

Stonethorn DLC U27, updated the gear setup and Champion Points.


Resource Management

Bull Netch is the Wardens best friend, it restores a lot of Stamina, make sure to keep it up all the time.

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.


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
HeadSeleneMediumDivineStamina
ShoulderSeleneMediumDivineStamina
NecklaceBerserking WarriorJewelryBloodthirstyWeapon Damage
RingBerserking WarriorJewelryBloodthirstyWeapon Damage
RingBerserking WarriorJewelryBloodthirstyWeapon Damage
Weapon 1 DWBerserking WarriorAxeNirnhonedDamage Health Poisons IX
Weapon 1 DWBerserking WarriorDaggerSharpenedDamage 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 RageHeavyDivineStamina
BeltHunding's RageMediumDivineStamina
ShoesHunding's RageMediumDivineStamina
PantsHunding's RageMediumDivineStamina
HandsHunding's RageMediumDivineStamina
HeadSelene/ VelidrethMediumDivineStamina
ShoulderSelene/ VelidrethMediumDivineStamina
NecklaceBriarheartJewelryBloodthirstyWeapon Damage
RingBriarheartJewelryBloodthirstyWeapon Damage
RingBriarheartJewelryBloodthirstyWeapon Damage
Weapon 1 DWBriarheartAxeNirnhonedDamage Health Poisons IXt
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 RageHeavyDivineStamina
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 RageAxeNirnhonedPoison Damage Enchant
Weapon 1 DWHunding's RageDaggerSharpenedAbsorb Stamina Enchant
Weapon 2Hunding's RageBowInfusedWeapon Damage Enchant

Where can I get the gear?

Berserking Warrior: Hel Ra Citadel
Perfect Arms of Relequen: vCloudrest
Perfect Spectral Cloak: vBlackrose Prison Arena
Velidreth: vCradle of Shadows
Selene: vSelene’s Web, Glirion
Caustic Arrow (Master's Bow): vet Dragonstar Arena
Maelstrom Bow: Maelstrom Arena
Twice-Fanged Serpent: Sanctum Ophidia
Vicious Serpent: Aetherian Archive, Sanctum Ophidia, Hel Ra Citadel
Briarheart: Wrothgar, Guildstore
War Machine: Halls of Fabrication
Hunding's Rage: Craftable
Night Mother's Gaze: Craftable
Agility: Guildstore

Skills

You can also use Cutting Dive instead of Rapid Strikes.

Whirling Blades Growing Swarm Rapid Strikes Subterranean Assault Deadly Cloak Wild Guardian
Endless Hail Bull Netch Barbed Trap Resolving Vigor Bird of Prey Wild Guardian
Dual Wield MainbarBow-second bar
Slot 1: Whirling BladesSlot 1: Endless Hail
Slot 2: Growing SwarmSlot 2: Bull Netch
Slot 3: Rapid StrikesSlot 3: Barbed Trap
Slot 4: Subterranean AssaultSlot 4: Resolving Vigor
Slot 5: Deadly CloakSlot 5: Bird of Prey
Ultimate: Wild GuardianUltimate: Wild Guardian

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
64 Mighty, 48 Thaumaturge, 66 Precise Strikes, 6 Piercing
The Atronach
72 Master-at-Arms, 14 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 Spell Shield

Please note that the Piercing perk in the Champion Points Ritual Tree depends on your raid setup. Always ask your raid/group leader how much points you should place in Piercing. This depends on many factors such as debuffs and buffs, some raids may have more and therefore need less points in piercing, or the other way around.

In optimized group setups it may also be better to run Nirnhoned/Precise instead of Nirnhoned/Sharpened because you might have already reached the penetration cap of 18200.

Champion Points [600]

The Ritual
40 Thaumaturge, 64 Mighty, 40 Precise Strikes, 5 Piercing
The Atronach
37 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
18 Thaumaturge, 32 Mighty, 18 Precise Strikes, 5 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 for Stamina Warden Build PvE

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)
Dubious Camoran Throne (2nd option if Artaeum is too expensive)

Food buff

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 Power Potions 
(Weapon damage, Weapon critical, 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.

Endless Hail > Barbed Trap > Weapon Swap

LA > SA > LA > Growing Swarm > LA > Rapid Strikes > LA > SA > LA > 2x Rapid Strikes (with LA) > SA > LA > 2x Rapid Strikes (with LA) > SA > LA > 2x Rapid Strikes (with LA) > Weapon Swap

Restart

  • LA = Light Attack
  • SA = Sub Assault
  • Reactivate the Bull Netch whenever it runs out
  • Reactive Deadly Cloak whenever it runs out

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
HeadMechanical AcuityMediumDivineStamina
ShoulderMechanical AcuityMediumDivineStamina
NecklaceMechanical AcuityJewelryInfusedWeapon Damage
RingMechanical AcuityJewelryInfusedWeapon Damage
RingMechanical AcuityJewelryInfusedWeapon 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

Whirling Blades Growing Swarm Rapid Strikes Subterranean Assault Deadly Cloak Flawless Dawnbreaker
Endless Hail Bull Netch Channeled Acceleration Resolving Vigor Bird of Prey Flawless Dawnbreaker

Note: You can also check out the Two Hander version of the AoE setup in case you want to run Dual Wield for Single Target and Two Hander for AOE like most players do.


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 Resolving Vigor Rapid Strikes Subterranean Assault Bird of Prey Wild Guardian
Endless Hail Bull Netch Barbed Trap Growing Swarm Green Lotus Wild Guardian

Gameplay

Full Blackrose Prison run with Stamina Warden. Please keep in mind this video is from an older patch update.

Stamina Warden Beast Mode activated! Blackrose Prison

Greymoor Character Screenshot

This screenshot is from the Greymoor Chapter.

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, Bull Netch were active.

Update Log

11.08.2019 Updated the Build for the SCALEBREAKER DLC, Elsweyr Chapter, Stamina Warden 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.
20.08.2020 Updated the Build for the STONETHORN DLC, Greymoor Chapter.
03.09.2020 Updated the Champion Points 810, 600, 300.

Tags: Stamina Warden PvE Build, Stamina Warden Build, Dual Wield Stamina Warden Build, StamWarden Build PvE.