ESO Stamina Necromancer PvE Build

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

ESO Stamina Necromancer PvE Build

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

Why Should You Play the ESO Stamina Necromancer PvE Build?

ESO Stamina Necromancer PvE Build is for players looking to complete solo or small group content with a well-rounded class. The ESO Stamina Necromancer PVE build shines in single-target and AOE attacks, and the damage output is insane! Necromancers can be a bit tougher for beginners than other classes because some of their moves depend on corpses on the ground and keeping buffs up, but it is doable!

ESO Stamina Necromancer PvE Build 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 need to 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 the lower the health of the opponent becomes. Ideally, these are meant to replace your main spammable skill at anywhere between 35% (Radiant Oppression) all the way to 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 Stamina Necromancer PvE Build Features and Mechanics

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

  • Class – Necromancer
  • Weapon One – Dual Wield
  • Weapon Two – Flame Staff
  • Armor Types: 6 Medium, 1 Light
  • Mythic: Velothi Ur-Mage’s Amulet
  • Race: Dark Elf
  • Attributes: 64 Stamina
  • Mundus Stone: Thief


Front Bar – Dual Wield

Front Bar Weapon choice options:

  1. Dual Wield
  2. Two-handed
  3. Bow

Grave Lords Sacrifice (Morph of Blastbones | Skill Line : Grave Lord) – 15% increase in damage done with class abilities and damage over time effects for 20 seconds.

Venom Skull (Morph of Flame Skull | Skill Line : Grave Lord) – A stamina ability where the skull bomb now does Poison damage. Moreover, every third cast increases damage and any Necro ability will count towards that third cast.

Ruinous Scythe (Morph of Death Scythe | Skill Line : Bone Tyrant) – AoE main spammable

Detonating Siphon (Morph of Shocking Siphon | Skill Line : Grave Lord) – Uses a corpse for crazy AoE DoT.

Camouflaged Hunter (Morph of Expert Hunter | Skill Line : Fighters Guild) – Use for critical damage buff and minor berserker.

Flawless Dawnbreaker (Morph of Dawnbreaker | Skill Line : Fighters Guild) – The performance of Dawnbreaker is very good now that it grants a massive spell damage boost of 300 for 20 seconds. Not to mention added spell damage from Fighters guild, Slayer passive. This is a great ultimate to use that’s low cost.

Back Bar – Flame Staff

Back Bar Weapon choice options:

  1. Destruction Staff
  2. Two Handed
  3. Dual Wield
  4. Bow

Blockade of Fire (Morph of Wall of Elements | Skill Line : Destruction Staff) – AoE deals magic damage plus additional effect depending on type of staff

Unnerving Boneyard (Morph of Boneyard | Skill Line : Grave Lord) – AoE frost damage applies Major Breech to enemies. Consumes a corpse to deal 30% more damage.

Skeletal Archer (Morph of Skeletal Mage | Skill Line : Grave Lord) – Hard hitting DoT. Swap in spammable here and move to back bar if needed.

Anti Cavalry Caltrops (Morph of Caltrops | Skill Line : Assault) – Causes physical damage, movement reduction, and stamina drain.

Camouflaged Hunter (Morph of Expert Hunter | Skill Line : Fighters Guild) – Use for critical damage buff and minor berserker. Can use this slot to switch for a heal if needed.

Glacial Colossus (Morph of Frozen Colossus | Skill Line : Grave Lord) – Colossus summon deals Frost damage in three smashes, and stuns enemies for 4 seconds in final blow. Also applies Major Vulnerability to all enemies hit for 17 seconds.

Rotation and Parse

Running Weapon Power Potions in content. If you don’t want to, I would swap out Caltrops for Degeneration.

Necromancer is completely new territory with this patch, as Blastbones is completely reworked. If you still want to play the old playstyle, where you cast Blastbones every third skill, you can technically still use Blighted Blastbones, but that will be a damage loss from last patch.

If you’re running Grave Lord’s Sacrifice, Stamina Necromancer is the way to go because of the changes to Flame Skull. With the Venom Skull morph, every third skull cast with the Grave Lord’s Sacrifice ability now procs aoe damage around your target. Venom Skull extends that counter to every Necro ability, not just Venom Skull casts.

That means you can deal continuous aoe damage by using Ruinous scythe twice, and every third skill cast using Venom Skull. Ruinous Scythe also procs Off-Balance, so using Scythe>Scythe>Skull will keep Off-Balance up on your targets. With this setup, your group can run the Exploiter cp, giving a huge damage boost while your target has Off-Balance.

Rotation Explained

To start an encounter, begin by pre-buffing Skeletal Archer. Then, cast Grave Lord’s Sacrifice as soon as the ecounter begins, Ruinous Scythe to apply Off-Balance>Bar Swap>Glacial Colossus>Blockade>Boneyard>Bar Swap>Venom Skull (Scythe if you have multiple targets)>Venom Skull>Detonating Siphon>Bar Swap>Anti-Cavalry Caltrops>Bar Swap>then continue your three-skill rhythm with Venom Skull and applying your DoTs as needed.

If you start to run into sustain issues, you can always cast Detonating Siphon once every three skill casts as it is free to cast, and you’ll deal a burst of aoe damage around the corpse you target.

Passives Skills

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

  • Bone Tyrant (class skill line)
  • ‎Grave Lord (class skill line)
  • Living Death (class skill line)
  • Dual Wield (weapon skill line)
  • Two-Handed (weapon skill line)
  • Light Armor
  • Medium Armor
  • Undaunted
  • Fight’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 Pve Stamina Necromancer Build:

HeadMediumAegis CallerDivinesStamina
ChestMediumPerfected Ansuul’s TormentDivinesStamina
LegsMediumPerfected Ansuul’s TormentDivinesStamina
GlovesMediumPerfected Ansuul’s TormentDivinesStamina
BootsMediumPerfected Ansuul’s TormentDivinesStamina
BeltMediumPerfected Ansuul’s TormentDivinesStamina
Weapon OneDaggerAegis CallerChargedFire
SecondaryDaggerAegis CallerChargedPoison
Weapon TwoFlame StaffPerfected Crushing WallInfusedWeapon Damage
NecklaceVelothi Ur-Mage’s AmuletBloodthirstyWeapon/Spell Damage
Ring 1Aegis CallerBloodthirstyWeapon/Spell Damage
Ring 2Aegis CallerBloodthirstyWeapon/Spell Damage
ESO Stamina Necromancer PvE Build
Monster Helms and Mythic

Velothi Ur-Mages Amulet: Mythic item requiring the Antiquies system and Necrom Chapter. Requires five leads; find them here. Incredibly strong passive damage in the current meta.

Slimecraw: Obtained in Wayrest Sewers I Veteran Dungeon and Maj Undaunted Vendor. Gives us the highest critical chance for a one-piece item.


  1. Harpooner’s Wading Kilt Set = Great mythic if avoiding damage and can keep the stacks up.
  2. Mora’s Whisper = This provides up to 10% critical chance but requires collections of Mages Guild Books on your specific character.
  3. Death Dealer’s Fete = Is a great option because it boosts max stats with zero downsides.
Gear Sets

Aegis Caller: Dungeon set that drops in Unhallowed Grave, Harrowstorm DLC. Passive Bleed damage and good bonuses for a martial melee build.

Perfected Ansuul’s Torment: Obtained in Sanity’s Edge, Necrom Chapter Trial. It is the best overall damage-dealing set that comes in medium armor. If you struggle with resources, you can swap to a light armor setup, but it will be less 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.


  1. Pillar of Nirn: Obtained in Falkreath Hold dungeon, Horns of the Reach DLC.
  2. Perfect Whorl of the Depths: Trial set found in Dreadsail Reef, High Isle chapter.
  3. Kinra’s Wrath = Dungeon set that drops in Black Drake Villa, Flames of Ambition DLC.
  4. Perfected Arms of Relequen = the bust pure damage set in the game.
  5. Perfected Coral Riptide = god tier damage if you run low stamina (dodge roll a bit before pull)
  6. Order’s Wrath = great craftable option though watch for too much critical damage (125% cap)
  7. Leviathan = easy base game dungeon set with high critical

Gear – Beginner

Starter setup for someone just starting ESO.

ChestmediumHunding’s RageDivinesStamina
LegsmediumHunding’s RageDivinesStamina
GlovesmediumHunding’s RageDivinesStamina
BootsmediumHunding’s RageDivinesStamina
BeltmediumHunding’s RageDivinesStamina
Weapon OneDaggerAgilityPrecise or SharpenedDamage Health Poison
SecondaryDaggerAgilityPrecise or SharpenedDamage Health Poison
Weapon Two2H GreatswordAgilityInfusedWeapon & Spell Damage
NecklaceBriarheartRobustStamina Recovery
Ring 1BriarheartRobustWeapon Damage
Ring 2BriarheartRobustWeapon Damage
Beginner Build for ESO Stamina Necromancer


  • Briarheart: obtained in overland Wrothgar (Orsinium DLC) or from traders. WHY? great burst damage and nice healing and easy to obtain set.
  • Hunding’s Rage: craftable 6 traits, crafting stations found in Bangkorai, Reaper’s March, The Rift. WHY? Craftable set that has well-balanced stats.
  • Agility: found in Imperial City with keys or Dungeon Finder via random dungeons and or traders sell. WHY? easy to obtain with massive stats as a two-piece set.


The best racial choice for the ESO Stamina Necromancer PvE Build 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 max stamina, health, and weapon and spell damage. Also reduces the cost of sprint and increases your movement speed.
  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%.


The best Attribute point choice for the ESO Stamina Necromancer PvE Build is 64 points into Stamina. This will increase your damage, healing, and shields.

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 Stamina Necromancer PvE Build

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 Stamina Necromancer PvE Build:

  1. Precision 10
  2. Wrathful Strikes (slottable) 50
  3. Fighting Finesse (slottable) 50
  4. Extended Might – sub constellation – piercing 10
  5. Deadly Aim (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 Stamina Necromancer PvE Build:

  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 Stamina Necromancer PvE Build:

  1. Steed’s blessing (slottable) – 50
  2. Breakfall 10 
  3. Wanderer 15
  4. Steadfast 10
  5. Treasure hunter 50 (slottable)
  6. Master gatherer 15
  7. Gifted rider (slottable) 100
  8. Rationer 10
  9. Liquid Efficiency (slottable) 75

This would be the bare minimum setup, spending 370CP (1110 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 10
  5. Rationer 10
  6. Friends in low places 25
  7. Out of sight 30
  8. Fleet of Phantom 40
  9. Soul’s Reservoir 33
  10. Gilded fingers 50
  11. Fortunes favor 40
  12. Inspiration boost 45
  13. Infamous 30

This would max out the crafting tree with all active passive champion points at 823 cp spent 2,469 total spent.



Lava Foot Soup-And-Saltrice

SUSTAIN but NO HEALTH: Increase Max Stamina by 4575 and Stamina Recovery by 457 for 2 hours. (effects are scaled based on your level)

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. (effects are scaled based on your level)

Dubious Camoran Throne

CHEAP: Increase Stamina Recovery by 319 and Max Stamina and Max Health by 3192 for 2 hours. (effects are scaled based on your level)


Essence of Weapon Power

BEST DAMAGE: Grants major brutality with increases weapon damage by 20% for 47.6 seconds. 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 45sec cooldown. IMPORTANT: make sure you have three points into medicinal use passive in alchemy crafting. (INGREDIENTS: Blessed Thistle, Dragonthorn and Wormwood)

Build Summary – ESO PvE Stamina Necromancer

Class: Necromancer

Race: Dark Elf

Attributes: 64 Stamina

Mundus Stone: Thief

Weapon One: Dual Wield

Weapon Two: Flame Staff

Armor Set 1: Aegis Caller

Armor Set 2: Ansuul’s Torment

Monster Helm: Slimecraw

Mythic: Velothi Ur-Mage’s Amulet

Armor Weight: 6 Medium, 1 Light

Skill Bar 1

  • Grave Lord’s Sacrifice
  • Venom Skull
  • Ruinous Scythe
  • Detonating Siphon
  • Camouflage Hunter
  • Flawless Dawnbreaker (Ultimate)

Skill Bar 2

  • Elemental Blockade
  • Unnerving Boneyard
  • Skeletal Archer
  • Anti-Cavalry Caltrops
  • Camouflage Hunter
  • Pestilent Colossus (Ultimate)

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