“Claws”

Updated: Dragonhold DLC, Elsweyr Chapter
Type: Dungeon, Trial, Arena & Overland

Table of Contents


Introduction

Welcome to the Werewolf Build PvE “Claws” for Elder Scrolls Online. Make sure to bookmark the link as I will keep updating the build for each new Update of ESO. This build is optimized for Dungeons & Trials gameplay!

If you are looking for a complete SOLO Build, check out the Solo Werewolf.

This page here is designed to hold the Werewolf PvE Build “Claws” for all classes. You will find different sections for each class, as you can see in the table of contents. You will see that the Gear is the same for all classes for a Werewolf setup, same for Champion Points. The main thing that changes with a different class is the human form aspects. Which means obviously each class has different skills and passives at their disposal, which I will showcase in the class section, so you know how to set your character up in human form. Werewolves are very powerful creatures, Werewolves got a major overhaul in the Wolfhunter DLC, making them a very viable option for damage setups in PvE. One of the biggest changes comes from the passive “Blood Rage” which now increases your time in Werewolf when you deal damage to an enemy. The biggest issue was always that we could not stay in Werewolf for long enough in PvE, this issue now got fixed with the change to the “Blood Rage” passive.

  • Werewolf DPS Build for ALL Classes
  • Optimized for Dungeons & Trials
  • Dualwield, Bow and Sharp Claws
  • Medium Armor
  • High Damage
  • Good Healing
  • Good Survivability

Changes from the previous version

No direct changes to the build itself, there were some minor changes to skills and sets though:

  • Infectious Claws:
    • This ability and its morphs now immediately apply the Diseased status effect to enemies hit, and do Disease Damage rather than a hybrid of Physical and Disease Damage.
    • Decreased the damage per tick of these abilities by approximately 10%.
      • Claws of Life (morph): This morph now heals for 100% of the damage caused, instead of 50%. This will still result in an overall reduction, since the base damage has been reduced.
  • Werewolf Transformation: Fixed many issues where this ability could persist without meeting the proper requirements.
    • Werewolf Berserker (morph): Decreased the damage per tick of the bleed applied from this morph by approximately 24%.

Blood Moon:

  • Increased the Light Attack damage bonus of this set to 55%, up from 30%.
  • Reduced the cooldown to 15 seconds, down from 18.
  • Your melee Light Attacks no longer need to be Critical Damage in order to generate a stack.

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

Selene vs Kena Monster Set: Molag Kena will result in slightly more dps as a Werewolf. However, the set is hard to sustain in human form, therefore you can also use Selene which both works in Werewolf and Human form and you only loose about 500 dps.

GearSetWeightTraitEnchantment
ChestPerfect Arms of RelequenMediumDivineStamina
BeltPerfect Arms of RelequenMediumDivineStamina
ShoesPerfect Arms of RelequenMediumDivineStamina
PantsPerfect Arms of RelequenMediumDivineStamina
HandsPerfect Arms of RelequenMediumDivineStamina
HeadSelene / Molag KenaMediumDivineStamina
ShoulderSeleneMolag KenaMediumDivineStamina
NecklaceBlood MoonJewelryBloodthirstyWeapon Damage
RingBlood MoonJewelryBloodthirstyWeapon Damage
RingBlood MoonJewelryBloodthirstyWeapon Damage
Weapon 1Blood MoonAxeNirnhonedDamage Health Poison IX
Weapon 1Blood MoonDaggerPreciseDamage Health Poison IX
Weapon 2Caustic ArrowBowInfusedWeapon Damage Enchantment

Gear Setup 2

This setup is for people that do not have access to Trial gear.

GearSetWeightTraitEnchantment
ChestHunding's RageMediumDivineStamina
BeltHunding's RageMediumDivineStamina
ShoesHunding's RageMediumDivineStamina
PantsHunding's RageMediumDivineStamina
HandsHunding's RageMediumDivineStamina
HeadSeleneMolag KenaMediumDivineStamina
ShoulderSeleneMolag KenaMediumDivineStamina
NecklaceBlood MoonJewelryBloodthirstyWeapon Damage
RingBlood MoonJewelryBloodthirstyWeapon Damage
RingBlood MoonJewelryBloodthirstyWeapon Damage
Weapon 1Blood MoonAxeNirnhonedDamage Health Poison IX
Weapon 1Blood MoonDaggerPreciseDamage Health Poison IX
Weapon 2Caustic ArrowBowInfusedWeapon Damage Enchantment

Gear Setup 3 Beginner

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 RageAxeNirnhonedPoison Damage Enchant
Weapon 1 DWHunding's RageDaggerPreciseDisease Damage Enchant
Weapon 2Hunding's RageBowInfusedWeapon Damage Enchantment

Where can I get the gear?

Perfect Arms of Relequen: Cloudrest
Blood Moon: March of Sacrifices
Selene: Selene’s Web
Molag Kena: White Gold Tower
Maelstrom Bow: Maelstrom Arena
Master's Bow: Dragonstar Arena
Arms of Relequen: Cloudrest
Hunding's Rage: Craftable
Night Mother's Gaze: Craftable


Champion Points

If you need help distributing your Champion Points, make sure to check out the Champion Points Calculator!

Championpoints [810]

The Ritual
64 Mighty, 20 Thaumaturge, 52 Precise Strikes, 24 Piercing
The Attronarch
66 Master-at-Arms, 44 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]

The Ritual
49 Mighty, 16 Thaumaturge, 28 Precise Strikes, 22 Piercing
The Attronarch
48 Master-at-Arms, 37 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
37 Mighty, 15 Piercing
The Attronarch
48 Master-at-Arms
The Apprentice
The Shadow
The Lover
19 Tenacity, 49 Mooncalf
The Tower
32 Warlord
The Lord
The Lady
23 Hardy, 23 Elemental Defender, 23 Thick Skinned
The Steed
31 Ironclad


Werewolf Setup & Skills

Here you can find the Werewolf skills, keep in mind that the more Werewolves around you the better, because that will basically make your Werewolf timer run forever. Also, remember the main attack tool of Werewolves are Light Attacks, therefore you do not really use a lot of stamina and should have no sustain issues at all.

Skills

Brutal Pounce Hircine's Rage Howl of Despair Deafening Roar Claws of Life Werewolf Berserker
Werewolf
Slot 1: Brutal Pounce
Slot 2: Hircine’s Rage
Slot 3: Howl of Despair
Slot 4: Deafening Roar
Slot 5: Claws of Life
Ultimate: Berserker

Skill Explanation

  • Light Attacks: Light Attacks are your main damage tool as a Werewolf, they do immense damage and also apply bleeding on the target.
  • Brutal Pounce: Only use this as a gap closer, other than that the damage is pretty weak.
  • Hircine’s Rage: This is your primary heal, the skill also applies Major Brutality to you, in case you do not want to use potions.
  • Howl of Agony: Only use this skill when enemies are set off balance, Light Attacks deal more damage in normal situations, if you use this too much you will loose too much stamina.
  • Deafening Roar: This ability fears up to 6 targets and applies Major Fracture.
  • Claws of Life: This is a very strong damage over time effect and also heals you. If you apply this to 3 or more enemies, you will gain a lot of healing on you.
  • Berserker: We choose this morph because the bleed we get deals a lot of damage.

Resource Management

As you only do Light Attacks most of the times to get as much damage output as possible, you do not use that much stamina. Now if you drop low, make sure to use a Heavy Attack once a while to regain a lot of stamina at once. Other than that you can also use Potions to increase the sustain.

  • Heavy Attacks
  • Heavy Attacks extra sustain Werewolf
  • Potions

Rotation

The rotation is fairly simple, you just spam Light Attacks and reapply Claws of Life when it runs out. Also do NOT use the ability while the Blood Moon frenzied status is active, otherwise you will loose a bit of dps.

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.


Class Skills & Passives

Here you can find the different Classes and how your skill layout should look like. You can always adjust it to your needs. I will also showcase you what type of class bonus will be active while you are in Werewolf form.

All Classes have a similar dps range. With Sorcerer and Templar being the slightly stronger once ahead of the other classes, but only by a very small margin.

Nightblade

Nightblades make pretty good Werewolves, not only can they sustain better than all other classes in human form, they also have better sustain in Werewolf form. Here you can find the Nightblade Werewolf build layout with both skills and passives.

  • +15% Health Recovery
  • +15% Stamina Recovery
  • +15% Magicka Recovery

Skills

Barbed Trap Soul Splitting Trap Surprise Attack Killer's Blade Relentless Focus Werewolf Berserker

Arrow Barrage Dark Shade Poison Injection Leeching Strikes Resolving Vigor Flawless Dawnbreaker
Dual Wield MainbarBow-second bar
Slot 1: Barbed TrapSlot 1: Arrow Barrage
Slot 2: Soul Splitting TrapSlot 2: Dark Shades
Slot 3: Surprise AttackSlot 3: Poison Injection
Slot 4: Killer’s BladeSlot 4: Leeching Strikes
Slot 5: Relentless FocusSlot 5: Resolving Vigor
Ultimate: Werewolf BerserkerUltimate: Flawless Dawnbreaker

Passives

Sorcerer

Sorcerers have the strongest Werewolf dps due to the good class passives. They get 5% overall more physical damage from their passives. On top of that the Werewolf transformation costs less because of the Ultimate cost reduction and the abilities are slightly cheaper. Here you can find the Sorcerer Werewolf build layout with both skills and passives.

  • -5% cost on Stamina and Magicka abilities
  • -15% cost on Ultimate abilities
  • +10% Magicka Recovery
  • +5% Physical Damage
  • After blocking an attack, your next Health, Magicka, or Stamina Ability costs 15% less
  • Increases your damage done against enemies by 1% for every 10% current Health they have

Skills

Hurricane Barbed Trap Rapid Strikes Soul Splitting Trap Bound Armaments Werewolf Berserker

Arrow Barrage Ring of Preservation Poison Injection Critical Surge Bound Armaments Greater Storm Atronach
Dualwield MainbarBow-second bar
Slot 1: HurricaneSlot 1: Arrow Barrage
Slot 2: Barbed TrapSlot 2: Ring of Preservation
Slot 3: Rapid StrikesSlot 3: Poison Injection
Slot 4: Soul Splitting TrapSlot 4: Crit Surge
Slot 5: Bound ArmamentsSlot 5: Bound Armaments
Ultimate: Werewolf BerserkerUltimate: Greater Storm Atronach

Passives

Templar

Templars are also one of the top dps setups for Werewolves. They gain 6% extra weapon damage in Werewolf form and also have reduces Ultimate and ability cost. On top of that Werewolf Templars gain extra spell resistance and also can resurrect friendly players faster. Here you can find the Templar Werewolf build layout with both skills and passives.

  • +6% Weapon Damage
  • +2640 Spell Resistance
  • -4% Stamina, Magicka and Ultimate cost
  • +20% increased resurrection speed. Resurrected allies revive with 100% more health.

Skills

Barbed Trap Power of the Light Biting Jabs Rending Slashes Repentance Werewolf Berserker

Arrow Barrage Ritual of Retribution Poison Injection Restoring Focus Resolving Vigor Empowering Sweep
Dual Wield MainbarBow-second bar
Slot 1: Barbed TrapSlot 1: Arrow Barrage
Slot 2: Power of the LightSlot 2: Ritual of Retribution
Slot 3: Biting JabsSlot 3: Poison Injection
Slot 4: Rending SlashesSlot 4: Restoring Focus
Slot 5: Repentance/ Flex SpotSlot 5: Echoing Vigor
Ultimate: Werewolf BerserkerUltimate: Empowering Sweep

Passives

Dragonknight

Dragonknights make the tankiest Werewolves. You gain 10% extra block mitigation and extra spell resistance. When you transform into a Werewolf you also benefit from the “Battle Roar” passive, instantly giving you resources back. And when you have a poison damage enchant on your weapons, you can also proc the “Combustion” passive to return extra stamina for you. Here you can find the Dragonknight Werewolf build layout with both skills and passives.

  • +10% Block Mitigation
  • +3300 Spell Resistance
  • Replenish 13,800 Stamina, Health and Magicka when transforming
  • Increases the damage of your Burning and Poisoned status effects by 50%. When you apply Burning to an enemy, you restore 500 Magicka. When you apply Poisoned to an enemy, you restore 500 Stamina. (Combustion Passive)
  • Elder Dragon increases Light Attack range by 2 meters

Skills

Barbed Trap Venomous Claw Stone Giant Noxious Breath Soul Splitting Trap Werewolf Berserker

Arrow Barrage Barbed Trap 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: Barbed Trap
Slot 3: Stone GiantSlot 3: Poison Injection
Slot 4: Noxious BreathSlot 4: Echoing Vigor
Slot 5: Soul Splitting TrapSlot 5: Flames of Oblivion
Ultimate: Werewolf BerserkerUltimate: Standard of Might

Passive

Warden

Wardens make good Werewolfs, even tho they do not have many passives that help them out. Werewolf Wardens are only slightly weaker than other classes (1-2k dps less). And the “Maturation” passive also helps your team mates, increasing the health of everyone by 10%. Here you can find the Warden Werewolf build layout with both skills and passives.

  • -15% snare effectiveness
  • +10% HP if maturation passive procs

Skills

Barbed Trap Growing Swarm Rapid Strikes Soul Splitting Trap Subterranean Assault Werewolf Berserker

Arrow Barrage Bull Netch Poison Injection Echoing Vigor Bird of Prey
Dual Wield MainbarBow-second bar
Slot 1: Barbed TrapSlot 1: Arrow Barrage
Slot 2: Growing SwarmSlot 2: Bull Netch
Slot 3: Rapid StrikesSlot 3: Poison Injection
Slot 4: Soul Splitting TrapSlot 4: Echoing Vigor
Slot 5: Subterranean AssaultSlot 5: Bird of Prey / Vigor
Ultimate: Werewolf BerserkerUltimate:

Passives

Necromancer

Necromancers do good damage as Werewolf and they have some nice passives that work along with it. However, most of the damage focused passives of the Necromancer will not be active in the Werewolf form because they require Necromancer abilities slotted. You could also slot Pummeling Goliath on the back bar so you can either decide to transform into a Werewolf or a Goliath which is pretty cool!

  • 10% more damage with damage over time effects.
  • Whenever an enemy you are in combat with dies within 28 meters of you, restore 200 Magicka and Stamina.
  • 1250 Max Health.
  • While you have a negative effect on you, your Healing Done is increased by 8%.

Skills

Blighted Blastbones Barbed Trap Venom Skull Detonating Siphon Soul Splitting Trap Werewolf Berserker

Arrow Barrage Skeletal Archer Poison Injection Ring of Preservation Resolving Vigor Pestilent Colossus
Dual Wield MainbarBow-second bar
Slot 1: Blighted BlastbonesSlot 1: Arrow Barrage
Slot 2: Barbed TrapSlot 2: Skeletal Archer
Slot 3: Venom SkullSlot 3: Poison Injection
Slot 4: Detonating SiphonSlot 4: Ring of Preservation
Slot 5: Soul Splitting TrapSlot 5: Vigor
Ultimate: Werewolf BerserkerUltimate: Pestilent Colossus

Passives


Important Info for Werewolf Build PvE

Buff-food

As a Redguard/ Woodelf you can use the blue food, for all other races I would recommend the Artaeum Takeaway Brooth to get better sustain.

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

Orc
Redguard
Khajiit
Imperial
Woodelf

Potions

If you want to fully focus on dps you need to use these potions here, so you have a 100% uptime on Major Savagery and Brutality.

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

Weapon Power Potions

Poisons

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

double health poisons

Attributes

All into Stamina

Werewolf Guide

If you are interested in more Werewolf basics & advanced mechanics, all you need to know about Werewolf you can check out my in depth guide for Werewolves.

The Werewolf Guide contains:

  • Part 1
    • Werewolf Basics
    • Werewolf Ultimate
    • Werewolf Skills
    • Werewolf Passives
    • Strengths & Weaknesses
    • How to stay in Werewolf Form
  • Part 2
    • Best Werewolf Race & Class
    • Active Effects in Werewolf
    • Werewolf Champion Points
    • Werewolf good Sets
  • Part 3
    • How to become a Werewolf
    • How to remove Lycanthropy
    • How to level Werewolf fast level 1 to 10 in 20 Minutes
    • Tips and Tricks
    • Werewolf Builds

Update Log

11.08.2019 Updated the Build for the SCALEBREAKER DLC, Elsweyr Chapter, Werewolf Build PvE “Claws”.
07.10.2019 Updated the passives of certain classes to match the current patch.
20.10.2019 Updated the build for the DRAGONHOLD DLC, Elsweyr Chapter.