ESO Solo Dragonknight Stamina Build for PvE

This guide explains how to use the best Elder Scrolls Online (ESO) Solo Dragonknight Stamina PvE Build, skills, gear, champion points, and more!

ESO Stamina DragonKnight Solo PvE World Boss

This build has been updated for the Update 41 patch of the Elder Scrolls Online.

Why Should You Play ESO Solo Dragonknight Stamina Build for PvE?

Welcome to our ESO Solo Dragonknight Stamina Build for PVE. The Dragonknight relies heavily on damage over time effects and buffs and has good survivability and mobility. Consider this a hard-to-play stamina-based melee damage dealer because there are many buffs and a complex rotation.

In ESO, the Stamina Dragonknight is perfect for everyone looking for a simple-rotation survival class with a complete set of tools for solo PvE gameplay. So, if the fire, dragons, and damage over time are what you are looking for, this build is for you!

ESO Solo Dragonknight Stamina Build for PvE Playstyle

Use the following rotation as the starter point. After, apply your buffs and cast the DoT skills on cooldown for the best, highest DPS. The Damage over Time skills (DoTs) do more damage than your main spammable. Thus, they need to be cast less often and are easier to maintain, for example, The Degeneration from Mages Guild or the Barb Trap from Fighters Guild. Maintain DoTs and use your spammable skill as filler until you reapply the DoTS.

At certain percentages, replace your spammable with your in-class or weapon execute if you have one in this build. Executes are the skills that deal more damage and lower the opponent’s health. Ideally, these will replace your main spammable skill at anywhere between 35% (Radiant Oppression) and 20% (Mages’ Fury). At a high level, execute skills become so strong that the lower the enemy’s health, the fewer DoTs you maintain because it does so much damage.

Use the healing skill when your health drops below 50% or the shield skill when you anticipate damage. Also, always use the suggested food and potions as they significantly increase your damage, survivability, and resource sustain.

If you run out of resources, do a heavy attack and return to your rotation. Remember that a heavy attack on off-balance enemies will return double the resources. Additionally, if you are a beginner or struggle with sustain, you can flex in the Consuming Trap skill instead of a DoT skill. The Consuming Trap floods both resources when a target dies.

ESO Solo Dragonknight Stamina PvE Build Features and Mechanics

Below are some of the features found using the PvE Solo Dragonknight Stamina in the Elder Scrolls Online:

  • Class – Dragonknight
  • Weapon One – Dual Wield
  • Weapon Two – Lightning Staff
  • Armor Types – 5 Medium, 2 Light
  • MythicPale Order
  • Race – Dark Elf
  • Attributes – 64 Stamina
  • Mundus Stone – Thief

Skills

Dual Wield (Daggers)

Front Bar Weapon choice options:

  • Dual Wield
  • Two Handed
  • Bow

Molten Whip (Morph of Lava Whip | Skill Line : Ardent Flame) – Mainly used to buff our bar with weapon damage but can use as spammable.

Engulfing Flames (Morph of Fiery Breath | Skill Line : Ardent Flame) – Deals burst Flame Damage and as a DoT. Affected enemies also take more damage from all Flame Damage attacks.

Flames of Oblivion (Morph of Inferno | Skill Line : Ardent Flame) – Great damage over time and works up to three stack whip for big DPS. Switch this to Bloodthirst if you need super survivability.

Venomous Claw (Morph of Searing Strike | Skill Line : Ardent Flame) – Stamina morph causes poison damage in initial burst and as a DoT. Also applies the Poisoned status effect.

Draw Essence (Morph of Inhale | Skill Line : Draconic Power) – Initial breath does damage and heals you based on damage caused. Exhale does burst damage.

Standard of Might (Morph of Dragonknight Standard | Skill Line : Ardent Flame) – Massive AoE nuke increasing your damage and reducing damage taken. Make sure the boss is stationary when you drop. An ally can activate the synergy for additional damage and to immobilize all targets inside the Standard.

Lightning Staff

Back Bar Weapon choice options:

  • Lightning Staff
  • Two Handed
  • Dual Wield
  • Bow

Blockade of Storms (Morph of Wall of Elements | Skill Line : Destruction Staff) – Provides strong AoE damage and acts as a good single target DoT that can be cast on the back bar.

Razor Caltrops (Morph of Caltrops | Skill Line : Assault) – Huge AoE deals Physical damage and slows movement speed. Applies Major Breech to enemies.

Hardened Armor (Morph of Spiked Armor | Skill Line : Draconic Power) – Gain an immediate damage shield after casting. Also gain Major Resolve for 20 seconds.

Igneous Weapons (Morph of Molten Weapons | Skill Line : Earthen Heart) – Increases your Weapon and Spell Damage by 20% for one minute.

Resolving Vigor (Morph of Vigor | Skill Line : Assault) – Strong heal over time costing stamina, can use Coagulating Blood if low on stamina.

Corrosive Armor (Morph of Magma Armor | Skill Line : Earthen Heart) – Deal poison damage and limit incoming damage to just 3% of your max health. Additionally, this ability and your direct damage attacks ignores enemy Physical and Spell Resistance

Passives Skills

Below are the passive skills lines that add power without requiring a skill slot while playing the ESO Solo Dragonknight Stamina Build for PvE. Consider taking all the skill passives in the skill tree listed below:

  • Earthen Heart (class skill line)
  • Draconic Power (class skill line)
  • Ardent Flame (class skill line)
  • Duel Wield (weapon skill line)
  • Destruction Staff (weapon skill line)
  • Light Armor
  • Medium Armor
  • Undaunted
  • Fighter’s Guild
  • Racial
  • Alliance War Support
  • Alliance War Assault
  • Crafting, Alchemy Medicinal Use

Gear – Best in Slot

The gear chart below represents the best gear for ESO Solo Dragonknight Stamina Build for PvE:

SlotTypeSetTraitGlyph
HeadLightPerfected Whorl of the DepthsDivinesStamina
ShouldersLightValkyn SkoriaDivinesStamina
ChestMediumTzogvin’s WarbandDivinesStamina
LegsMediumTzogvin’s WarbandDivinesStamina
GlovesMediumTzogvin’s WarbandDivinesStamina
BootsMediumTzogvin’s WarbandDivinesStamina
BeltMediumTzogvin’s WarbandDivinesStamina
Weapon OneDaggerPerfected Whorl of the DepthsChargedFlame
SecondaryDaggerPerfected Whorl of the DepthsChargedPoison
Weapon TwoLightning StaffPerfected Merciless ChargeInfusedWeapon Damage
NecklacePerfected Whorl of the DepthsBloodthirstyWeapon Damage
Ring 1MythicPale OrderBloodthirstyWeapon Damage
Ring 2Perfected Whorl of the DepthsBloodthirstyWeapon Damage
ESO Solo Dragonknight Stamina Build for PvE
Monster Helms and Mythic

Valkyn Skoria: obtained in City of Ash II veteran. Gives a mighty one-piece bonus for penetration. Alternative: Slimecraw.

Ring of the Pale Order: Mythic obtained by collecting five pieces. This gives great healing for doing damage and allows you to focus on pure damage.

FLEX OPTIONS (if you switch to monster setup, drop the ring and replace it with Vicious or flex piece)

  1. Stormfist – always works, easy to obtain and  AoE DPS set.
  2. Balorgh = is incredible for boss burns in Veteran Maelstrom Arena saving up ultimate for 500 burns.
  3. Kra’gh – one piece is great for a pen, two-piece does good single-target damage
  4. Iceheart = is great for survivability.
  5. Perfected Merciless Charge = must change out Unstable Blockade for Stampede, good damage but requires melee skills.
  6. Perfected Thunderous Volley = good alternative to play at range with back bar. Swap out Unstable Blockade for Endless Hail bow skill.
  7. Agility = Base game set that gives you extra damage.
  8. Velothi Ur-Mage’s Amulet: new mythic that is incredible damage if you have good survivability and don’t require Pale Order.
  9. Mora’s Whisper = set and forget high critical mythic but requires a collection of Mages Guild books.
  10. Death Dealer’s Fete = high max stats and requires no effect but in combat.
Gear Sets

Perfected Whorl of the Depths: Found in Dreadsail Reef trial, part of High Isle chapter. Light attack and create AoE summon once every 18 seconds.

Tzogvin’s Warband: Dungeon set that drops in Frostvault, part of Wrathstone DLC. Boosts Critical chance and critical damage.

Perfected Crushing Wall: from Veteran Maelstrom Arena in Orsinium. Increase your overall DPS due to the ability of the wall of elements and more damage.

FLEX OPTIONS

  1. Vicious Serpent = Best sustain set for stamina along with movement speed.
  2. Perfected Coral Riptide = god tier damage if you run low stamina (dodge roll a bit before pull)
  3. Perfected Sul-Xan = insane damage if you can reliably pick up the essence/soul (blue orb) left behind
  4. Briarheart = (OVERLAND) Overland can be bought from traders great option for healing and weapon damage boost
  5. Order’s Wrath = (CRAFTING)Best overall crafting damage option
  6. Pillar of Nirn = (DUNGEON) great overall proc set damage.
  7. Spriggan’s Thorns =  (OVERLAND) Base game and decent penetration on the front perfect for a beginner offensive set
  8. Mechanical Acuity = (CRAFTING) the highest burst combined with Balorgh for VMA boss nukes

Gear – Beginner Build

This setup is for someone who just started and doesn’t have access to Monsters, Mythics, Trials Gear:

SlotTypeSetTraitGlyph
HeadMediumHunding’s RageDivinesStamina
ShouldersMediumHunding’s RageDivinesStamina
ChestMediumSpriggan’s ThornsDivinesStamina
LegsMediumSpriggan’s ThornsDivinesStamina
GlovesMediumSpriggan’s ThornsDivinesStamina
BootsMediumSpriggan’s ThornsDivinesStamina
BeltMediumSpriggan’s ThornsDivinesStamina
Weapon OneDaggersAgilityPreciseFlame
SecondaryDaggersAgilityChargedPoison
Weapon Two2H SwordAgilityInfusedWeapon Damage
NecklaceHunding’s RageRobustWeapon Damage
Ring 1Hunding’s RageRobustWeapon Damage
Ring 2Hunding’s RageRobustWeapon Damage
Beginner Build for ESO Dragonknight Solo Stamina PvE
  • Hunding’s Rage: Craftable set, base game. Easy to increase overall damage can also do Order’s Wraith.
  • Spriggan’s Thorns: Adds penetration base game set dropping in Bangkorai.
  • Agility: Adds max stamina base game from Dungeon Finder.

Race

The best racial choice for the Solo Stamina Dragonknight is below:

  1. Dark Elf: Gain max magicka, stamina, and weapon and spell damage. The flame resistance is also helpful and considered the strongest overall PVE DPS race.
  2. Orc: Gain weapon damage and max stamina, though no magicka bonus exists.
  3. Khajiit: This race gets recovery, max stats, and critical damage and healing. Consider the Khajiit a great option if you aren’t over the critical cap of 125%.

Attributes

The best choice is 64 stamina, which increases damage, healing, and DoTs.

Mundus Stone

The Thief is the best Mundus Stone for PvE Builds because it gives Increases Weapon and Spell Critical Strike a chance.

Champion Points – ESO Solo Dragonknight Stamina Build for PvE

Warfare Constellation Champion Points

ESO Warfare Champion Tree

Below is a step-by-step method for slotting your champion points in the Warfare tree (blue).  We have used the minimum possible to reach 4 slottable selections all maxed out.  If you have more CP, consider taking more in the passives for optimal performance.

Below are recommended Warfare Champion Point selections for the ESO Solo Dragonknight Stamina Build for PvE:

  1. Precision 10
  2. Wrathful Strikes (slottable) 50
  3. Fighting Finesse (slottable) 50
  4. Extended Might – sub constellation – piercing 10
  5. Thaumaturge (slottable) 50
  6. Master – at- Arms (slottable) 50

This would be the bare minimum setup, spending 220 CP (660 total required). The next step is to max out passives, that do not require a slottable but increase performance.

  1. Precision 10
  2. Piercing 10
  3. Tireless discipline 20
  4. Eldritch insight 20
  5. Blessed 20
  6. Quick recovery 20
  7. Flawless ritual 40
  8. War mage 30
  9. Battle mastery 40
  10. Mighty 30
  11. Elemental aegis 20
  12. Hardy 20
  13. Preparation 20

This would max out the Warfare tree with all active and passive champion points at 520 spent 1,560 total spent.

Fitness Constellation Champion Points

ESO Fitness Champion Tree

Below are recommended Fitness Champion Point selections for the ESO Solo Dragonknight Stamina Build for PvE:

  1. Fortified (slottable) 50
  2. Boundless vitality (slottable) 50
  3. Rejuvenation (slottable) 50
  4. Sprinter 10
  5. Winder chaser – sub con – hasty 8
  6. Hero’s Vigor 10
  7. Bloody Renewal (slottable) 50

This would be the bare minimum setup, spending 228 CP (684 total required). The next step is to max out passives, that do not require a slottable but increase performance. 

  1. Hero’s Vigor 10
  2. Tumbling 30
  3. Sprinter 10
  4. Defiance 20
  5. Hasty 8
  6. Tireless guardian 20
  7. Fortification 30
  8. Nimble 6
  9. Mystic tenacity 50
  10. Tempered soul 50
  11. Piercing gaze 30
  12. Savage defense  30
  13. Bashing brutality 20

This would max out the fitness tree with all active passive champion points at 542 cp spent and 1,626 total spent.

Craft Constellation Champion Points

ESO Craft Champion Tree

Below are recommended Craft Champion Point selections for the ESO Solo Dragonknight Stamina Build for PvE:

  1. Steed’s blessing (slottable) – 50
  2. Breakfall 10 
  3. Wanderer 15
  4. Steadfast 10
  5. Treasure hunter 50 (slottable)
  6. rationer (slottable) 30
  7. liquid efficiency (slottable) 75

This would be the bare minimum setup, spending 240CP (720 total required). The next step is to max out passives, that do not require a slottable but increase performance.

  1. Steadfast enchantment 40cp
  2. Breakfall 40 cp
  3. Wanderer 60
  4. Fortunes favor 50
  5. Friends in low places 25
  6. Out of sight 30
  7. Fleet of Phantom 40
  8. Soul’s Reservoir 33
  9. Gilded fingers 50
  10. Fortunes favor 40
  11. Inspiration boost 45
  12. Infamous 30

This would max out the crafting tree with all active passive champion points at 723 cp spent 2,169 total spent.

Consumables

Food

Artaeum Takeaway Broth

OVERALL: Increase Max Health by 3326 and Health Recovery by 406 and Max Stamina by 3080 and Stamina Recovery by 338 for 2 hours.

Dubious Camoran Throne

CHEAP: Increase Stamina Recovery by 319 and Max Stamina and Max Health by 3192 for 2 hours

Lava Foot Soup-And-Saltrice

INSANE GOOD AND EXPENSIVE: Restores magicka, stamina and provides Major Heroism buff for 47.6 if you have the medical use passive. Ingredients Columbine, Dragon’s Blood and Dragon Rheum.

Potions

Essence of Weapon Power

USE FOR UPTIME ON BUFFS: Grants major brutality with increases weapon damage by 20% for 47.6 seconds. Grants major savagery which grants you 2191 weapon critical rating for 47.6 seconds. Restore 7582 stamina immediately. Grants you major endurance which increases your stamina recovery by 20% for 47.6. Potions have a 45 second cool down and make sure you have three points into medicinal use passive in alchemy crafting.

Build Summary – ESO Solo DragonKnight Stamina PvE Build

Class: Dragonknight

Race: Dark Elf

Attributes: 64 Stamina

Mundus Stone: Thief

Weapon One: Dual Wield

Weapon Two: Lightning Staff

Armor Set 1: Perfected Whorl of the Depths

Armor Set 2: Tzogvin’s Warband

Monster Helm: Valkyn Skoria

Mythic: Pale Order

Armor Weight: 5 Medium, 2 Light

Skill Bar 1

  • Molten Whip
  • Engulfing Flames
  • Flames of Oblivion
  • Venomous Claw
  • Draw Essence
  • Standard of Might (Ultimate)

Skill Bar 2

  • Elemental Blockade
  • Razor Caltrops
  • Hardened Armor
  • Igneous Weapons
  • Resolving Vigor
  • Corrosive Armor (Ultimate)

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