The Storm Ballista – Stamina Sorcerer PvE Build

Build Written By: D_Ho – PC NA

Role: Damage Dealer

Patch: Dragon Bones

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Setup
    1. Gear
    2. Attributes
    3. Skills
    4. Champion Points
    5. Other Important Info (Food, Mundus, Race, Potions, Passives)
  3. Resource Management & Rotation
  4. Veteran Maelstrom Arena
  5. Tips & Misc.
  6. Contact
  7. Update Log

Introduction

Welcome to DottzGaming.com’s Stamina Sorcerer DPS PvE Build, the Storm Ballista, for the Elder Scrolls Online!

The Storm Ballista is a PVE Stamina Sorcerer build intended for Vet PVE content, but can also be used for solo play. The idea is to make you the center of damage dealing monster AOE damage and above par single target while being extremely self sufficient being able to maintain self buffs and monster self healing.

The piece of this puzzle that grants such satisfying single target damage is, believe it or not, the bow ultimate, Ballista! Combine this with the hawk eye passive in the bow line makes for huge single target damage! Just squeeze off a few quick light attacks before dropping this bad boy and you can multiply its damage by a whopping 25%!!

A fair warning, the biggest downfall of the stam sorc is sustain. You can counter this by making use of the dark deal morph trading magicka for stamina, however, dark deal is useful but it is also a crutch. I highly reccomend using it for beginners but you will need to find a way to self sustain without it because you sacrifice a good chunk of dps.

Ever since the Clockwork City patch, I no longer use the ability crit surge.  I’ll only use it if I am playing solo, like doing vma or questing, or Ill use it if I pug content and do not have a good healer.  I have changed up the build to be a heavy attack build and no longer use rapid strikes, and have instead replaced it with shrouded daggers.

Setup

Gear

Stamina Sorcerer PvE Build – Final
Gear Slot Set Weight Trait Enchant Acquisition
Head Storm Fist Heavy Divines Stamina Vet Tempest Island
Shoulders Storm Fist Light Divines Stamina Undaunted Chest
Gloves Hunding’s Rage Medium Divines Infused Crafted
Legs Hunding’s Rage Medium Divines Stamina Crafted
Chest Hunding’s Rage Medium Divines Stamina Crafted
Belt Hunding’s Rage Medium Divines Stamina Crafted
Boots Hunding’s Rage Medium Divines Stamina Crafted
Necklace Vicious Ophidian Jewelry Robust Weapon Damage Hel Ra Citadel, Aetherian Archive, Sanctum Ophidia
Ring Vicious Ophidian Jewelry Robust Weapon Damage Hel Ra Citadel, Aetherian Archive, Sanctum Ophidia
Ring Vicious Ophidian Jewelry Robust Weapon Damage Hel Ra Citadel, Aetherian Archive, Sanctum Ophidia
Weapon 1 Vicious Ophidian 1h Sword Infused Weapon Damage Hel Ra Citadel, Aetherian Archive, Sanctum Ophidia
Off-hand 1 Vicious Ophidian 1h Dagger Precise Poison Hel Ra Citadel, Aetherian Archive, Sanctum Ophidia
Weapon 2 Vicious Ophidian Bow Sharpened Crusher Hel Ra Citadel, Aetherian Archive, Sanctum Ophidia
Stamina Sorcerer PvE Build – Beginner
Gear Slot Set Weight Trait Enchant Acquisition
Head Storm Fist Heavy Divines Stamina Vet Tempest Island
Shoulders Storm Fist Light Divines Stamina Undaunted Chest
Gloves Hunding’s Rage Medium Divines Infused Crafted
Legs Hunding’s Rage Medium Divines Stamina Crafted
Chest Hunding’s Rage Medium Divines Stamina Crafted
Belt Hunding’s Rage Medium Divines Stamina Crafted
Boots Hunding’s Rage Medium Divines Stamina Crafted
Necklace Spriggans Jewelry Robust Weapon Damage Bangkorai or Guild Trader
Ring Spriggans Jewelry Robust Weapon Damage Bangkorai or Guild Trader
Ring Spriggans Jewelry Robust Weapon Damage Bangkorai or Guild Trader
Weapon 1 Spriggans 1h Sword Infused Weapon Damage Bangkorai or Guild Trader
Off-hand 1 Spriggans 1h Dagger Precise Poison Bangkorai or Guild Trader
Weapon 2 Spriggans Bow Sharpened Crusher Bangkorai or Guild Trader

Attributes

All points into Stamina.

Skills

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Main Bar – Dual Wield: Shrouded Daggers, Rending slashes, Deadly Cloak, Hurricane, Bound Armaments, Dawnbreaker of Smiting

Back Bar – Bow: Poison Injection, Endless Hail, Rearming Trap, Razor Caltrops (Flex Spot), Bound Armaments, Ballista

NOTE: For more survivability and solo play, swap Razor Caltrops out for Crit Surge.

Champion Points

CHAMPION POINT 720 SETUP

Feel free to move points around as needed. No CP set ups are ever “end all be all” – this is just a guideline.

THE MAGE (BLUE)

  • Mighty – 64
  • Thaumaturge – 64
  • Precise Strikes – 56
  • Piercing – 26
  • Master-at-Arms – 20
  • Physical Weapon Expert – 10

THE THIEF (GREEN)

  • Mooncalf – 75
  • Tenacity – 75
  • Tumbling – 45
  • Warlord – 45

THE WARRIOR (RED)

  • Hardy – 64
  • Elemental Defender – 64
  • Thick Skinned – 40
  • Ironclad – 44
  • Quick Recovery – 19
  • Expert Defender – 9

Other Important Info

Buff Food

I use Braised Rabbit with Spring Vegetables (Max Health+Max Stamina) but you can also use Dubious Camoran Throne for a bit more recovery

Mundus

Warrior

Race

There is a few races that this build would shine on. The best would be between Orc, Khajiit and Redguard

  • Orc gets a speed advantage along with health and damage making him a bit more tanky.
  • Redguard is probably the best choice for newer players due to the bonus to stam recovery.
  • Khajit will do the most consistant damage because of the bonus to crit.
  • Other races that could work are wood elf and imperial.

In case you were wondering, I play a Orc because I like the tankiness, speed and damage! Plus I play him in PVP as well.

Potions

I personally use trash stam pots most of the time but a good potion to use has the following effects- Essence of Weapon Crit-Major savagery/ Restore health-Major Fortitude/ Restore Stamina-Major Endurance. You will not need pots with weapon power because you are getting major brutality from crit surge!

Passives

All sorc passives except for rebate and expert summoner under the daedric summoning skill line, All Racial passives, All dual wield and Bow passives, Heavy armor- Resolve/ Constitution/ Juggernaut, Light armor- Recovery/ Evocation/ Spell warding, All medium armor passives, Fighters guild- Slayer/ Banish the wicked/ Skilled tracker, All unduanted passives, Alchemy – medicinal use

Resource Management & Rotation

Rotation- single target (no crit surge)
Start off with deadly cloak and hurricane up then go into rotation of_Razor caltrops>light
attack>Rearming trap>light attack>Poison injection>Endless hail>Barswap>Heavy attack> Rending Slashes>Heavy attack>Shrouded Daggers>Heavy attack>Shrouded Daggers>Heavy attack>deadly cloak>Barswap>Razor caltrops>Rearming trap>light attack>poison injection>light attack>Endless hail>Barswap>hurricane>Heavy attack>Rending Slashes>Heavy attack>Shrouded Daggers >Heavy attack>Shrouded Daggers>Heavy attack>Deadly cloak>>Barswap>Rinse and repeat!

Be sure to animation cancel the heavy attacks with Rapid strikes and cancel Endless hail with Barswap! If you are struggling with sustain you can swap Steel tornado with Dark deal since you wont be using

Steel tornado in single target situations. Also use Ballista as ultimate in pure single target if you need some extra AOE use Dawnbreaker

Rotation- AOE situations
NOTE: Swap rending slashes for steel tornado if possible
Same as before; make sure deadly cloak and hurricane are up then proceed into Razor caltrops>Endless hail>barswap>Steel tornado>Steel tornado>Steel tornado>Steel tornado…….. repeat steel tornado until endless hail falls off (we call this spin to win) Re apply buffs and ground aoe as needed

Veteran Maelstrom Arena

Gear: I use 5 VO (Vicious Ophidian), 5 TFS (two fanged snake) and 2 Storm Fist.  Make sure VO is on your weapons so you don’t lose the buff from tfs

Abilities: There are some slight changes to the abilities from the base setup.

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Main Bar – Dual Wield: Shrouded Daggers, Rending slashes, Resolving vigor, Deadly cloak, Hurricane, Dawnbreaker of Smiting
Back Bar – Bow: Poison injection, Endless hail, Rearming trap, Dark Deal, Crit Surge, Ballista

Now proceed to beat face against keyboard and learn VMA, you can gather alot of info on it but you just need to get in there and learn it. Bring lots of soul gems!

Tips & Misc.

  • Be sure not to re apply hurricane too early, it does most damage near the end of its effect.
  • If you are having trouble getting spriggans or velidreth gear you can use nights silence crafted weapons,
    helm and shoulder with agility jewelry.
  • Try to fire off 5 quick light attacks before you use Ballista to proc Hawk Eye passive for the extra 25% damage.
  • If you are still struggling with sustain you can change one of your jewelry enchants to Stam Recovery.
  • For more survivability you can swap rapid strikes morph to bloodthirst ore rending slashes morph to blood craze for more self healing, but you shouldn’t need it, it is helpful for solo play and VMA, however, you will lose a good bit of dps.

Contact

If you have any questions about the build, join our discord server and ask @D_Ho about the build!

Update Log

9/7/2017 – Build created.
11/22/2017 – Updated for CWC. VMA setup added, CP updated, abilities changed, rotation changed, Stormfist added in place of Velidreth for 2 piece monster set.
2/25/2018 – CP updated, final gear setup added, beginner setup is old final setup

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