Strain – Stamina Sorcerer PvP Build

Build Written By: GandTheImpaler – PC NA

Role: Damage Dealer

Patch: Murkmire

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Setup
    1. Gear
    2. Attributes
    3. Skills
    4. Vampire vs. Werewolf vs. Mortal
    5. Champion Points
    6. Other Important Info (Food, Mundus, Race, Potions, Passives)
  3. Tips & Misc
  4. Contact Info
  5. Update Log


Welcome to’s Stamina Sorcerer PVP Build, Strain, for the Elder Scrolls Online! This build is meant for dueling, open world, small group play, as well as battlegrounds. This build highlights pressure as your main source of dps that turns into high burst when your window of opportunity presents itself for a surprise most people wouldn’t see coming from a tanky pressure build. This build combines high damage and high mitigation in a unique way that is sure to take you and the enemy off guard.



Stamina Sorcerer PvP Build
Gear Slot Set Weight Trait Enchant Acquisition
Head Balorgh Medium Impenetrable Stamina Vet March of Sacrifices
Shoulders Balorgh Medium Impenetrable Stamina Undaunted Chest
Gloves Clever Alchemist Medium Well-Fitted Stamina Crafted
Legs Spriggan's Thorns Medium Impenetrable Prismatic Bangkorai or Guild Trader
Chest Clever Alchemist Heavy Well-Fitted Prismatic Crafted
Belt Clever Alchemist Medium Well-Fitted Stamina Crafted
Boots Spriggan's Thorns Medium Impenetrable Stamina Bangkorai or Guild Trader
Necklace Spriggan's Thorns Jewelry Infused Stamina Recovery Bangkorai or Guild Trader
Ring Spriggan's Thorns Jewelry Robust Weapon Damage Bangkorai or Guild Trader
Ring Spriggan's Thorns Jewelry Robust Weapon Damage Bangkorai or Guild Trader
Weapon 1 Clever Alchemist 2h Axe Infused Weapon & Spell Damage Crafted
Weapon 2 The Master’s Sword 1h Sword Nirnhoned Oblivion Vet Dragonstar Arena
Offhand 2 The Master's Axe 1h Axe Sharpened Disease Vet Dragonstar Arena


All points into Stamina.



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Main Bar – Two Handed: Critical Rush/Stamped, Shuffle, Hurricane, Dark Deal, Rally, Temporal Guard

Back Bar – Dual Wield:  Rending Slashes, Quick Cloak, Steel Tornado, Streak, Vigor, Dawnbreaker of Smiting

Vampire vs. Werewolf vs. Mortal

For this build I play as a mortal.  The benefits or playing as a vampire as a werewolf do not out-weigh the drawbacks for this build.

Champion Points



  • Blessed – 27
  • Physical Weapons Expert – 19
  • Master-at-Arms – 66
  • Thaumaturge – 44
  • Piercing – 50
  • Mighty – 64


  • Warlord – 44
  • Sprinter – 53
  • Mooncalf – 64
  • Tenacity – 43
  • Tumbling – 66


  • Ironclad – 61
  • Resistant – 52
  • Thick Skinned – 44
  • Hardy – 43
  • Elemental Defender – 43
  • Quick Recovery – 27

Other Important Info

Buff Food

I use Capon Tomato Beet Caserole (Max Health, Max Stamina, Max Magicka) to tune my 3 resource pools since I use them all and sustain is mostly done through heavy attacks and dark deal/sprinting. You could also use Dubious Camoran Throne (Max Heatlh, Stamina and Stamina Recovery) if you need more sustain.


Warrior – Increased Weapon Damage (Recommended)

Serpent – Increased Stamina Recovery




Immovable + Health + Stam


Class (all), Heavy Armor (all), Light Armor (all except the ones that require you to wear 5 pieces), Medium Armor (all except the ones that require you to wear 5 pieces), Dual Wield (all), Two Handed (all), Fighter’s Guild (all except intimidation passive), Mage’s Guild (all except persuasive passive), Psijic Order (all – if Psijic skill is slotted), Undaunted (all), Racial (all), Alchemy (Medicinal Use), Assault (all), Support (all except the first)

Tips & Misc.

This build is incredibly tanky and still deals a ton of damage, though in order to do so, healing can feel lack luster. Use Deep Thoughts and Dark deal to make up for that when you have breathing room. Despite it’s tankiness, you are not a god, you can shrug off immense amount of damage but your lack of healing during a fight will catch up to you eventually without some help. Your bleeds and enchants will deal a ton of unavoidable damage that you need to use to bring the enemy to a lower threshold of health in order to use your db/reverse slice combo at max effect. The flex spots in this build are listed in order of which I find more important but feel free to substitute them for more sustain or healing as need be.


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

Update Log

2/25/2018 – Build created.
6/8/2018 – Build overhauled for Summerset Isles
9/24/2018 – Gear overhauled for Wolfhunter and CP updated
11/24/2018 – Gear, skills and cp updated for Murkmire