The Harvester – ESO Stamina Templar Leveling Guide

Welcome to The Harvester – ESO Stamina Templar Leveling Guide.  Yes, I deleted a Veteran Rank 14 so I could start all over with a stamina Templar on Daggerfall Covenant faction.  This guide series will cover everything from level 1 to VR14 (16) with end game PvE and PvP builds.  Bookmark this sucker!


Table of Contents


The idea behind this build, race and combination of skills is to create a high damage Stamplar (stamina Templar) capable of completing any dungeon, trial or DSA with high damage.  The Biting Harvester is PvE centric first but can do some serious jabbing in PvP.  I’ll have leveling builds complete with end game setup to help you throughout the leveling process and end game.  Here’s some general leveling tips to help you reach 10 asap (CLICK HERE).

Should you play this build?


+ Insane single target and AoE Damage

+ Good self heals even for stamina

– Lacks mobility

– One dimension until end game

Non Vet Leveling

Video Link

Priority Skills

  • Aedric Spear – The mega ability for the Stamplar is Biting Jabs but once you get this continue to level the skill line for important passives.
  • Dawn’s Wrath – Power of the Light is the only ability we’re really after in this skill line, but Reflective Light is great early on until you get armor passives.
  • Restoring Light – We prioritize this skill line only until we get access to Repentance (unmorphed Radiant Aura).  This ability will change your life!
  • Bow – Leave the bow alone until Veteran Ranks.  However, if you’re having trouble the bows distance makes leveling easy mode.
  • Two-Handed – Obtaining Momentum than Rally is our number one focus for this leveling build.  Once we get that than we switch to Dual Wielding.
  • Dual Wield –  We want two abilities Steel Tornado for AoE and Quick Cloak for speed and later to proc Ravager gear then remaining skill points use towards passives.


Harv at 10


Harv at level 25

25 to VR 1

harv vr1

Important Passives

Harvester Passives

  • Aedric Spear – BURNING LIGHT, this procing makings Biting Jabs the hardest hitter in Update 7 (please don’t nerf).  Then Balance Warrior for 5% more weapon power!
  • Dawn’s Wrath – This line isn’t too important for stamina but extra ultimate via Prism and lower cost via Restoring Spirit is worth maxing it early.
  • Restoring Light – The only worth while passive is Mending early on though I don’t put any points into this until Aedric Spear is maxed.
  • Bow – Leave until end game, it’ll matter.
  • Two-Handed – We’re not really using Two-Handed for damage but a major buff for weapon damage, so I only prioritize Balance Blade (2x).
  • Dual Wield – Eventually we’ll want to take all of these, but Controlled Fury for cost than Twin Blade and Blunt for damage.

Tips and Miscellaneous

  • Race – 1) Imperial for max stamina and health 1a) Redguard for better sustained, 2) Bosmer for massive regeneration
  • Attributes – All stamina, keep it easy.
  • Vamp/WW – In the update I don’t won’t have room for this on my bar so I won’t be using it.  If you play a WW/Vamp that will be your own build.
  • Mundus – Warrior for more weapon damage.
  • Weapons – Two-Hander first, at level 15 Dual Wield, end game Bow.
  • Armor – All medium for max regeneration and reduced cost.
  • Gear – Three piece Ashen Grip and five piece Hunding’s Rage (craftable).
  • Food – Bi-stat for max stamina.
  • Health needed – Since you’ll be in the middle of the enemies, try to get around 18-20,000 health which shouldn’t be a problem running Imperial.

Champion Points

Harvester Champ


Consider this picture has 300 champion points to use (100 in each tree) and the numbers equal percentages of what you have.  So if you have 150 CP, focus 75% on Might FIRST.

  • Blue (the Mage) – Mighty first for more Biting Jab damage and we can get into Thaumaturge later for more Burning Light Damage (thanks FearTurbo for tip).
  • Red (the Warrior) – I just do a 50/50% split between Elemental Defender and Hardy.
  • Green (the Serpent) – I do a 60/40% split between reduced cost and regeneration though this could change drastically depending on race and content (PvP/PvE).

Gameplay Video

Maelstrom Build

No Death VMA Video (Flawless Conqueror)


The Harvester Vet Maelstrom Skill loadout

Two Handed – Main damage bar

  • Critical Rush (morph of Critical Charge | Two-handed skill line) – A gap closer that procs a DoT with our Maelstrom Maul.
  • Rally (morph of Momentum | Two-handed skill line) – Self heal and our Major Brutality buff.
  • Repentance (morph of Restoring Aura | Restoring Light) – Passive resource regeneration and heals off of corpses for resources.
  • Biting Jabs (morph Puncturing Sweeps | Aedric Spear skill line) – Our single target damage ability that also gives us Major Savagery.
  • Executioner (morph of Reverse Slash | Two-handed skill line) – Execute ability meant for targets at 25% or lower.
  • Flawless Dawnbreaker (morph of Dawnbreaker | Fighters Guild skill line) – Passive 8% weapon damage and a decent ultimate if you need to kill something.

Bow – Buffs and AoE

  • Purifying Ritual (morph of Cleansing Ritual | Restoring Light skill line) – A cheap heal over time with the benefit of removing negative effects AND increasing our healing done by 25% (major mending).  I can’t tell you how great this ability is for survival and a most have for independent game play like VMA.
  • Arrow Barrage (morph of Volley | Bow skill line) – Who knew this ability rocks as an AoE?  After getting Maelstrom bow and trying it with the next ability, it’s powerful.
  • Razor Caltrops (morph of Caltrops | Alliance War Assault skill line) – A true must have for stamina builds even though you need to PvP to get it.  Massive AoE DoT and snare.
    • FLEX – Evil Hunter (morph of Expert Hunter | Fighters Guild skill line) – Major Savagery just for having it slotted but also effective against undead and daedroth.  I slot here for round 1, 6, 8 and 9.
  • Binding Javelin (morph of Piercing Javelin | Aedric skill line) – A ranged DPS ability with a stun that can be useful control ability.
  • Resolving Vigor (morph of Vigor | Alliance War Assault skill line) – An extra heal ability that also requires PvP.
  • Shooting Star (morph of Comet | Mages Guild skill line) – I like this instead of Nova for low cost though both are good to use.
    • FLEX – Solar Prison (morph of Nova | Dawn’s Wrath skill line) – When going for no death or Flawless Conquer I do substitute in Nova purely for damage mitigation.


Maelstrom Harvester Gear Chart

STATS GOAL = 18 to 19k health (I go 20k on no death runs), 35k stamina if Imperial and 4k weapon damage buffed.

  • Engine Guardian – Great for resources, healing and corpses can be repentance.   Head can be farmed in Darkshade Cavern, shoulders through Undaunted Pledges.  A substitute could be a 3 piece combo for Night Silence (helm, shoulders, weapons).
    • For speed runs I swap this in for Valkyin Skoria for a lot more damage with my DoTs.
  • Hunding’s Rage – Crafted set that is simply a must have for nearly all stamina builds.
  • Agility Set – Found in Imperial City or guild traders, a good substitute can be Endurance for much cheaper.

Champion Points

Maelstrom Harvester Champion Points

The Champion Points system has been updated and I use a new formula for my Blue or damage layout.


Asarye’s CP layout here has worked for me.  Try that or a simple split between Thuamaterg, Mighty and Precise Strikes.


End Game PvE Build

Video Link Soon

Published for ESO Update 2.2 on October 20, 2015

Skills and Passives

Biting Harvester Picture

Dual Wield – Damage bar besides executes

  • Flying Dagger (morph of Hidden Blade | Dual Wield skill line) – Give us needed range for double melee and can be used for 10 seconds of Major Brutality.
  • Rending Slash (morph of Twin Slashes | Dual Wield skill line) – Buff, DoT, Spam and it works great.  This thing can tick for 5k damage and can increase our DPS.  Though if you want to keep it ultra simple, just jabs.
  • Repentance (morph of Restoring Aura | Restoring Light skill line) –  The usual zapping corpses is great, but just having this sucker slotted gives us 10% stamina recovery
  • Biting Jabs (morph of Puncturing Strikes | Aedric Spear skill line) – Our one button win.  Click this, and press it extra hard for extra damage (that’s a joke).
  • Steel Tornado (morph of Whirlwind | Dual Wield skill line) – Best AoE in the game, but only use when facing more than 3 enemies as Jabs is generally better.

Two-Handed – Execute, buffs and self healing.

  • Toppling Charge (morph of Focus Charge | Aedric Spear skill line) – Consider this a flex spot BUT you need at least one Aedric Spear skill due to Piercing Spear passive.  I like this for movement speed but Spear Shards is great for group utility.
  • Rally (morph of Momentum | Two-Handed skill line) – Our main source of Major Brutality that last over 30 seconds and can be used for a self heal.
  • Resolving Vigor (morph of Vigor | Alliance War Assault skill line) – Big time self heals but it uses your main resource, stamina.  Swap this out for Breath of Life if don’t have the skill (PvP skill line).
  • Evil Hunter (morph of Expert Hunter | Fighters Guild skill line) – Critical bonus for having it slotted (Jabs gives us that on first bar) and procs off any mob as well.
  • Executioner (morph of Reverse Slash | Two-Handed skill line) – Our finisher which should be used at or around 25% health, specifically on bosses.
  • Ice Comet (morph of Meteor | Mages Guild skill line) – Probably the best ultimate for pure DPS and it can be used often as a Templar.


Biting Harvester Gear Chart Biting Harvester Gear Picture

Gear idea from Essa

  • 5 Hunding’s Rage craftable set with everything we need for DPS.
  • 4 Night Mother’s on Dual Wield set for more critical and weapon damage.
  • 3 Agility for huge damage even with healthy.


Champion Points

Biting Harvester Champion Points Picture

501 Champion Point Setup

  • The Tower | Warlord – PvE I focus on reduced cost as Templar’s can use Repentance to restore stamina or Spear Shards for 25% max stamina.
  • The Lover | Mooncalf – Stamina recovery for maximum sustained for the rest of the Thief tree.
  • Atronach | Blade Expert – A small amount of points goes a long way doing medium weaves in between jabs.
  • The Ritual | Thamagturge – This pumps up our Evil Hunter and Burning Light procs and goes a long way.
  • The Ritual | Precise Strikes – Another boost to our critical strike damage that synergies well with our gear.
  • The Ritual | Mighty – All weapon attacks, all damage, pump this up.
  • The Steed | Spell Shield – Helps keep us in the fight especially with a lot of spell damage.
  • The Steed | Medium Armor Focus – More armor and spell resist adds up.
  • The Lady | Hardy – Poison and magic damage are prevalent in the new dungeon and this helps mitigate it.
  • The Lady | Elemental Defender – A must have for White Gold Tower.


  • Race Choice – 1) Redguard for best sustained 2) Imperial for something tankier 3) Orc for burst and speed.
  • Werewolf or Vampire – None if strictly PvE.
  • Attributes – Reach 18,000 health for the new content, 20,000 if you’re unfamiliar with the dungeons.  Rest go all stamina so 64 points.
  • Mundus Stone –  Shadow or more critical damage with all divines gives us 18.3% critical damage, combined with CP, we hit EXTREMELY hard.
  • Food and Drink – Go bi-stat stamina and health for max stats.

End Game PvP Build

Skills and Passives

Harvester PvP Skills




Same as PvE.

Champion Points

Harvester PvP Update 7 champion points

Thieves Guild UPDATED ESO 2.3


Biting Harvester Thieves Guild Skills



Biting Harvester Gear for Thieves Guild


Champion Points

Asarye’s Stamina Setup

Elemental Expert 6
Melee Weapon Expert 0
Mighty 15
Piercing 29
Precise Strike 31
Thaumathurge 86


Old Harvester (Prior to ESO 2.2)

The Biting Harvester

The idea behind this build is to allow people to complete the latest Dungeons in Update 7 without acquiring any new gear

Build Video


Harvester PvP 7 Skills

Two Handed (Sword)

  • Critical Rush (morph of Critical Charge | Two Handed skill line) – A solid gap closer that hits very hard. Combine this with Quick Cloak for very fast speed.
  • Rally (morph of Momentum | Two Handed skill line) – The main source of Major Brutality that must be kept up at all times (or via potion).  Recast for a powerful self heal.
  • Evil Hunter (morph of Expert Hunter | Fighters Guild skill line) – Our main source of Major Savagery and a chance to do damage on every mob (extra on daedric).
  • Blazing Spear (morph of Spear Shards | Aedric Spear skill line) – Each bar needs to have an Aedric Spear skill on its bar for the passive Piercing Spear. This is a great choice for synergy, stun and range.
  • Repentance (morph of Restoring Aura | Restoring Light skill line) – Use this ability if you 1) do not have the Master Greatsword or 2) do not have a Templar using it.  A true most have for any Templar.
    • Executioner (morph of Reverse Slash | Two Handed skill line) – If you have 1 and 2, go with Executioner as a stamina based finisher that should be used around 25% health.
  • Ice Comet (morph of Meteor | Mages Guild skill line) – I use this over Nova for pure damage and it looks like Update 7 gives Ice Comet a damage boost over Shooting Star.

Dual Wield (Daggers)

  • Flying Dagger (morph of Hidden Blade | Dual Wield skill line) – A nasty range damage ability that comes with a Major Brutality buff in Update 7.  This is how we get around NOT using the bow for double melee setup.
  • Quick Cloak (morph of Blade Cloak | Dual Wield skill line) – Speed, AoE reduction and a good source of damage makes Quick Cloak a must have buff to maintain.  It also procs Ravager gear too.
  • Evil Hunter (morph of Expert Hunter | Fighters Guild skill line) – Same as above.
  • Biting Jabs (morph of Puncturing Strikes | Aedric Spear skill line) – The MONSTER source of damage!  Learn to cast this with a medium weave for our main source of damage.
  • Steel Tornado (morph of Whirlwind | Dual Wield skill line) – The best AoE in the game is back and still useful for this build.
  • Flawless Dawnbreaker (morph of Dawnbreaker | Fighters Guild skill line) – 8% Weapon Damage is too good to pass up on our main DPS bar.


Harvester PvE7 pasives

Most Important

  • Aedric Spear – Piercing Spear and Balanced Warrior
  • Dawn’s Wrath – Restoring Spirit
  • Restoring Light – Mending
  • Two Handed – Heavy Weapons, Balanced Blade and Battle Rush
  • Dual Wield – All
  • Medium Armor –  All
  • Heavy Armor – Everything but Bracing
  • Fighters Guild – Slayer, Banished the Wicked and Skilled Tracker
  • Mages Guild – Everlasting Magic  and Might of the Guild
  • Undaunted – Undaunted Command and Mettle VERY IMPORTANT
  • Racial – All
  • Crafting – Alchemy Medicinal Use VERY IMPORTANT


Harvester PvE DPS Gear Gear Chart for Harvester PvE

Champion Points

Harvester PvP Update 7 champion points

Parses and Performance

Spindleclutch Single Target
Spindleclutch Single Target
Hel Ra long fight
Hel Ra long fight
Veteran DSA final boss
Veteran DSA final boss


  • Attributes – all stamina
  • Race – 1) Redguard (better sustained) 2) Imperial (tougher) 3) Khajiit (burst and sustained)
  • Vampire/Werewolf – I’m a Vampire for PvP reasons though I DO NOT recommend it for strictly PvE.  Werewolf is useless if you don’t slot ultimate so no to that either.
  • Mundus Stone – Warrior

Check my video for more detailed rotations and gameplay.

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