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ESO Poison DPS Build

A Poison based DPS PVE Build for ESO! The Build is using a combination of various Status effects to achieve good damage but is focusing on Poison damage skills and Armor Sets to create a fun gameplay! “Toxin” is designed to complete both Solo and Group PVE content, as it is! Our Class of choice is the Stamina Dragonknight because of the strong Poison active and passive skills it has.

If you are a new player, you can take a look at my Dragonknight Beginner Guide. You can find more Builds in the Dragonknight Builds page. For more Elemental and Status Effects Builds you can take a look at ESO Elemental Builds!

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ESO Poison DPS Build Setup

The Build is focusing on Poison damage based effects, Sets and skills to deal the best damage possible in Solo and Group gameplay!

HeadVelidrethMediumDivinesMax. Stamina
ShouldersVelidrethMediumDivinesMax. Stamina
HandsVenomous SmiteMediumDivinesMax. Stamina
LegsVenomous SmiteMediumDivinesMax. Stamina
ChestVenomous SmiteMediumDivinesMax. Stamina
WaistVenomous SmiteMediumDivinesMax. Stamina
FeetVenomous SmiteMediumDivinesMax. Stamina
NecklaceScavenging DemiseJewelBloodthirstyWeapon Damage
RingScavenging DemiseJewelBloodthirstyWeapon Damage
RingScavenging DemiseJewelInfusedStamina Recovery
One Hand WeaponScavenging DemiseDaggerPrecisePoison
One Hand WeaponScavenging DemiseDaggerChargedFire
Two Handed Weapon(Perfected)Merciless Charge/Scavenging DemiseGreatswordInfusedWeapon Damage

Armor Sets for ESO Poison DPS Build

Skills for ESO Poison DPS Build

The following Skills will help you achieve great DPS for Group and Solo content.

Front BarBack Bar
Skill 1Venomous ClawStampede
Skill 2Rapid StrikesCarve
Skill 3Noxious BreathBarbed Trap
Skill 4Deadly CloakHardened Armor
Skill 5Camouflaged HunterCauterize
Ultimate SkillFlawless DawnbreakerStandard of Might
  • Venomous Claw(Searing Strike): Great poison DOT and direct damage skill.
  • Rapid Strikes(Flurry): Powerful spammable.
  • Noxious Breath(Fiery Breath): It debuffs the enemy and deals great poison direct and DOT damage.
  • Deadly Cloak(Blade Cloak): Deals damage and Buffs.
  • Camouflaged Hunter(Expert Hunter): Slotted for the Passives.
  • Flawless Dawnbreaker(Dawnbreaker): Our secondary Ultimate. It buffs our weapon damage and deals great direct and DOT damage.
  • Stampede(Critical Charge): Powerful AOE damage skill.
  • Carve(Cleave): Great Bleed damage skill that applies a shield.
  • Barbed Trap(Trap Beast): Very good DOT damage and a boost to our Critical Damage.
  • Hardened Armor(Spiked Armor): Boosts defense and provides a Shield.
  • Cauterize(Inferno): Great self heal ability.
  • Standard of Might(Dragonknight Standard): Our main strong Ultimate.

Bow Back-Bar

If you wish to play with Bow as your Back-Bar Weapon, replace Stampede and Carve with Endless Hail(Volley) and Poison Injection(Poison Arrow). You can also add more Poison damage based skills like Acid Spray(Arrow Spray) and Lethal Arrow(Snipe).

Passive Skills for ESO Poison DPS Build

Very important passive skills that can help you maximize the potential of your Poison DPS Build.

  • All Passive Skills from your Class’ Lines
  • All Passive Skills from Weapon Lines you are using
  • Passive Skills from Armor Lines you are using
  • Passive Abilities from Guild lines(Fighters Guild, Mages Guild, Psijic Order) that affect your skills/Build
  • Fighters Guild Passives: Intimidating Presence, Slayer, Banish the Wicked, Skilled Tracker
  • Mages Guild Passives: Mage Adept, Everlasting Magic, Magicka Controller, Might of the Guild
  • Undaunted Passives
  • Your Racial Passives
  • Medicinal Use Passive from Alchemy to boost the effectiveness of Potions

Champion Points for ESO Poison DPS Build

Below you will find the best Champion Points setup for the Build. If you would like to learn more about Champion Points and how they work, you can read my ESO Champion Points Guide.


  • Slottable Stars: Deadly Aim, Master-at-Arms, Wrathful Strikes/Fighting Finesse, Backstabber
  • Passive: Tireless Discipline, Piercing, Battle Mastery, Mighty, Quick Recovery, Hardy, Elemental Aegis, Preparation, Precision, Blessed, Eldritch Insight


  • Slottable Stars: Rationer, Liquid Efficiency, Master Gatherer, Steed’s Blessing
  • Passive: Gilded Fingers, Fortune’s Favor, Wanderer, Steadfast Enchantment, Treasure Hunter(slottable, required for path)


  • Slottable Stars: Bloody Renewal/Celerity, Fortified, Rejuvenation, Boundless Vitality
  • Passive: Sprinter, Hasty, Tireless Guardian, Hero’s Vigor, Mystic Tenacity, Tumbling, Defiance

Consumables for ESO Poison DPS Build

We are using Artaeum Takeaway Broth as Food and Essence of Weapon Power as Potions.

Info for ESO Poison DPS Build

Several important info for the Poison DPS Build. What Mundus to use, the best race for the build and how to assign your attribute points.

Attribute Points

All points to Stamina

Mundus Stone

The Thief Mundus to boost Critical Chance.

What Race is best for Poison DPS Build

Dark Elf – Orc – Khajiit is the best race for a DPS focused Build. Any Race with Stamina bonuses can work well though. You can find more about the playable races in my ESO Race Guide!

Vampire or Werewolf

Neither is necessary.

Rotation for ESO Poison DPS Build

Drink a potion, buff yourself with Hardened Armor, Cauterize, set Barbed Trap, attack with Stampede, Carve x3 and switch bars. Continue with Deadly Cloak, Noxious Breath, Venomous Claw, Rapid Strikes as your Spammable. Keep attacking with Rapid Strikes and re apply the other skills when necessary. Use your Ultimates when ready and always Light Attack before every skill/action to boost damage!

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