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Beginner’s Dragonknight Stamina DPS Build for The Elder Scrolls Online

Welcome to the Beginner’s Dragonknight Stamina DPS Build/Guide for Elder Scrolls Online (ESO). This guide will teach you the basics of building a Dragonknight Stamina DPS and provide you with the necessary tools to start your journey as a powerful damage dealer in ESO.

This build is designed for players new to the Stamina DPS role and focuses on damage output, resource management, and easy gear acquisition.

Race Selection:

While any race can be a Dragonknight Stamina DPS, the following races have passives that make them more suitable for the role:

  1. Redguard: Max Stamina, Stamina Recovery, and Cost Reduction
  2. Orc: Max Stamina, Max Health, and Weapon Damage
  3. Khajiit: Max Stamina, Max Health, and Critical Chance
  4. Wood Elf: Max Stamina, Stamina Recovery, and Penetration

Attribute Points:

Allocate all 64 points into Stamina to maximize damage output. This can be changed later as you adapt and get better gear and stats.

Mundus Stone:

  • The Warrior (Weapon Damage) or
  • The Lover (Physical Penetration)

Food and Potions:

  • Food: Bi-stat food (Max Health and Stamina)
  • Potions: Essence of Weapon Power or basic stamina potions


The skill setup for a beginner Dragonknight Stamina DPS is as follows:

Bar 1 – Dual Wield:

  1. Rending Slashes – Morph from Twin Slashes
  2. Rapid Strikes – Morph from Flurry
  3. Venomous Claw – Morph from Searing Strike
  4. Noxious Breath – Morph from Fiery Breath
  5. Deadly Cloak – Morph from Blade Cloak
  6. Ultimate: Flawless Dawnbreaker – Morph from Dawnbreaker

Bar 2 – Bow:

  1. Poison Injection – Morph from Poison Arrow
  2. Endless Hail – Morph from Volley
  3. Caltrops – Morph from Caltrops (Alliance War Assault skill line)
  4. Rearming Trap – Morph from Trap Beast
  5. Resolving Vigor – Morph from Vigor (Alliance War Assault skill line)
  6. Ultimate: Standard of Might – Morph from Dragonknight Standard

Champion Points:

As a beginner, focus on the following CP allocation to improve your DPS abilities. Keep in mind that these allocations may change as you progress and experiment with different playstyles. Note that the CP cap is 3600, but this guide assumes you have 1800 CP available.

Craft (Green):

  1. Slot 1: Steed’s Blessing – 50 points
  2. Slot 2: Breakfall – 50 points
  3. Slot 3: Wanderer – 50 points

Warfare (Red):

  1. Slot 1: Boundless Vitality – 50 points (Slot Unlock at 1200 CP)
  2. Slot 2: Precision – 50 points
  3. Slot 3: Piercing – 50 points
  4. Slot 4: Deadly Aim – 50 points (Slot Unlock at 1800 CP)

Spend remaining points in:

  • Preparation (up to 50 points)
  • Quick Recovery (up to 50 points)
  • Elemental Aegis (up to 50 points)
  • Hardy (up to 50 points)

Fitness (Blue):

  1. Slot 1: Tumbling – 50 points
  2. Slot 2: Mystic Tenacity – 50 points
  3. Slot 3: Hero’s Vigor – 50 points
  4. Slot 4: Tireless Discipline – 50 points (Slot Unlock at 1200 CP)
  5. Slot 5: Hasty 50 points (Slot Unlock at 1800 CP)

Spend remaining points in:

  • Sprinter (up to 50 points)
  • Fortification (up to 50 points)
  • Piercing Gaze (up to 50 points)
  • Relentless Focus (up to 50 points)


  • Dual Wield: All passives
  • Bow: All passives
  • Heavy Armor: Juggernaut passive
  • Light Armor: Grace, Evocation, and Spell Warding passives
  • Medium Armor: All passives
  • Dragonknight: All passives in Ardent Flame, Draconic Power, and Earthen Heart
  • Undaunted: Undaunted Command and Undaunted Mettle
  • Racial: All passives for your chosen race
  • Fighters Guild: Intimidating Presence, Slayer, Banish the Wicked, and Skilled Tracker
  • Assault: Continuous Attack, Reach, and Combat Frenzy


As a beginner, your priority should be to acquire easy-to-obtain gear that provides good bonuses. Here’s a beginner-friendly gear setup:

  1. 5x Hunding’s Rage (Crafted set)
  2. 5x Spriggan’s Thorns (Bangkorai overland or Guild Traders)
  3. 2x Monster Set: Selene (Selene’s Web) or Kra’gh (Fungal Grotto I)

Traits and Enchantments:

  • Armor: Divines on all pieces with Stamina enchantments
  • Weapons: Sharpened or Precise for Dual Wield weapons with Weapon Damage and Absorb Stamina enchantments; Infused or Precise for Bow with Weapon Damage enchantment
  • Jewelry: Robust with Weapon Damage enchantments

This beginner’s Dragonknight Stamina DPS build is designed to help you learn the basics of dealing damage in ESO. As you progress, you’ll be able to experiment with different sets, skills, and playstyles to find the perfect DPS build for your playstyle.

Remember to maintain your damage over time abilities, weave light or heavy attacks between skills, and always strive to improve your gameplay. Stamina DPS is a rewarding and essential role in ESO, and with practice and patience, you’ll become a reliable and effective Dragonknight Stamina DPS.

As you gain experience, explore more advanced builds and strategies to further optimize your damage-dealing capabilities. Happy adventuring!