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ESO Stamina Dragonknight Poison DPS Build

ESO Poison DPS Build

A Poison based DPS PVE Build for The Elder Scrolls Online! 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!

Table of Contents


Velidreth: Although a Disease based Monster Set, it fits well with the Build and deals good damage.

Venomous Smite: Strong Poison Set for single targets or groups of enemies.

Scavenging Demise: Another strong Poison Set that also debuffs enemies.

(Perfected)Merciless Charge: Powerful Ability Altering Set that can boost damage.

Other good Poison based Damage sets alternatives include Defiler, Poisonous Serpent, Swamp Raider and Viper’s Sting.

Sets Location

Velidreth: Veteran Cradle of Shadows, Urgarlag Chief-Bane

Venomous Smite: Western Skyrim, Overland

Scavenging Demise: Depths of Malatar Dungeon

(Perfected)Merciless Charge: (Veteran) Maelstrom Arena

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


 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: Great poison DOT and direct damage skill.

Rapid Strikes: Powerful spammable.

Noxious Breath: It debuffs the enemy and deals great poison direct and DOT damage.

Deadly Cloak: Deals damage and Buffs.

Camouflaged Hunter: Slotted for the Passives.

Flawless Dawnbreaker: Our secondary Ultimate. It buffs our weapon damage and deals great direct and DOT damage.

Stampede: Powerful AOE damage skill.

Carve: Great Bleed damage skill that applies a shield.

Barbed Trap: Very good DOT damage and a boost to our Critical Damage.

Hardened Armor: Boosts defense and provides a Shield.

Cauterize: Great self heal ability.

Standard of Might: 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 and Poison Injection. You can also add more Poison damage based skills like Acid Spray and Lethal Arrow.

Passive Skills

  • 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


Slottable Stars: Deadly Aim, Master-at-Arms, 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, Plentiful Harvest

Passive: Gilded Fingers, Fortune’s Favor, Wanderer, Steadfast Enchantment, Treasure Hunter(slottable, required for path)


Slottable Stars: Bloody Renewal, Strategic Reserve, Rejuvenation, Boundless Vitality

Passive: Sprinter, Hasty, Tireless Guardian, Hero’s Vigor, Mystic Tenacity, Tumbling, Defiance


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


Attribute Points

All points to Stamina

Mundus Stone

The Thief


Dark Elf – Orc – Khajiit

Vampire or Werewolf

Neither is necessary.


Drink a potion, buff yourself with Hardened Armor, Cauterize, set Barbed Trap, attack with Stampede, Carve x2 and switch bars.

Continue with Deadly Cloak, Noxious Breath, Venomous Claw, Rapid Strikes x6, switch bars. Stampede, Carve, Barbed Trap, switch bars and continue. Re apply Hardened Armor and Cauterize when necessary.

Use your Ultimates when ready and always Light Attack before every skill/action to boost damage!

More Elemental Builds

Bleed – Stamina Warden Bleed DPS Build

Pyromancer – Magicka Dragonknight Fire DPS Build

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