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The Storm Ballista – Stamina Sorcerer PvE Build

The Storm Ballista – Stamina Sorcerer PvE Build

Build Written By: D_Ho – PC NA

Role: Damage Dealer

Patch: Dragonhold

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

Video

The following video goes over the beginner setup for The Storm Ballista; a video for the final setup will be up at some point as well!

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.

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 back to a light attack build and am using rapid strikes again.

Setup

Gear

Stamina Sorcerer PvE Build – Final
Gear Slot Set Weight Trait Enchant Acquisition
Head Stormfist Heavy Divines Stamina Vet Tempest Island
Shoulders Stormfist Light Divines Stamina Undaunted Chest
Gloves Arms of Relequen Medium Divines Stamina Cloudrest
Legs Arms of Relequen Medium Divines Stamina Cloudrest
Chest Arms of Relequen Medium Divines Stamina Cloudrest
Belt Arms of Relequen Medium Divines Stamina Cloudrest
Boots Arms of Relequen Medium Divines Stamina Cloudrest
Necklace Tooth of Lokkestiiz Jewelry Infused Weapon Damage Sunspire
Ring Tooth of Lokkestiiz Jewelry Bloodthirsty Weapon Damage Sunspire
Ring Tooth of Lokkestiiz Jewelry Bloodthirsty Weapon Damage Sunspire
Weapon 1 Tooth of Lokkestiiz 1h Dagger Nirnhoned Poison Sunspire
Off-hand 1 Tooth of Lokkestiiz 1h Dagger Sharpened Disease Sunspire
Weapon 2 Thunderous Volley Bow Infused Absorb Stamina Veteran Maelstrom Arena
Stamina Sorcerer PvE Build – Beginner
Gear Slot Set Weight Trait Enchant Acquisition
Head Night Mother's Gaze Heavy Divines Stamina Crafted
Shoulders Night Mother's Gaze Light Divines Stamina Crafted
Gloves Hunding's Rage Medium Divines Stamina 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 Agility Jewelry Robust Weapon Damage Imperial City or Guild Trader
Ring Agility Jewelry Robust Weapon Damage Imperial City or Guild Trader
Ring Agility Jewelry Robust Stamina Recovery Imperial City or Guild Trader
Weapon 1 Night Mother's Gaze 1h Dagger Nirnhoned Poison Crafted
Off-hand 1 Night Mother's Gaze 1h Dagger Sharpened Absorb Stamina Crafted
Weapon 2 Night Mother's Gaze Bow Infused Weapon Damage Crafted

NOTE: I still am recommending a monster set setup over the Maelstrom DW setup since I feel it is more versatile for a practical trials environment.

Attributes

All points into Stamina.

Skills

Rapid Strikes Rending Slashes Deadly Cloak Hurricane Bound Armaments Flawless Dawnbreaker
Poison Injection Arrow Barrage Barbed Trap Soul Splitting Trap Bound Armaments Ballista

Main Bar – Dual Wield: Rapid Strikes, Rending Slashes, Deadly Cloak, Hurricane, Bound Armaments, Flawless Dawnbreaker

Back Bar – Bow: Poison Injection, Arrow Barrage, Barbed Trap, Soul Splitting Trap, Bound Armaments, Ballista

NOTE: Ballista is a bit better for dungeons while the Greater Storm Atronach is a bit better for trials. Use whichever ult you prefer on the back bar or based on the content you’re running!

Champion Points

CHAMPION POINT 810 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 – 60
  • Master-at-Arms – 26

THE THIEF (GREEN)

  • Mooncalf – 75
  • Tenacity – 75
  • Tumbling – 44
  • Warlord – 56
  • Shadow Ward – 20

THE WARRIOR (RED)

  • Hardy – 64
  • Elemental Defender – 64
  • Spell Shield – 27
  • Thick Skinned – 40
  • Ironclad – 56
  • Quick Recovery – 19

CHAMPION POINT 300 SETUP

THE MAGE (BLUE)

  • Thaumaturge – 31
  • Precise Strikes – 28
  • Mighty – 27
  • Piercing – 14

THE THIEF (GREEN)

  • Mooncalf – 43
  • Tenacity – 43
  • Warlord – 12

THE WARRIOR (RED)

  • Hardy – 23
  • Elemental Defender – 23
  • Thick Skinned – 23
  • Ironclad – 31

Other Important Info

Buff Food

Dubious Camoran Throne – Increased Health, Stamina and Stamina Recovery

Mundus

Shadow – Increased Critical Damage

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

Weapon Power Potions (Weapon Damage, Weapon Critical and Stamina.)
Requires Blessed Thistle, Dragonthorn and Wormwood to create.

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

  • BA: Bound Armaments
  • AB: Arrow Barrage
  • LA: Light Attack
  • SST: Soul Splitting Trap
  • BT: Barbed Trap
  • PI: Poison Injection
  • BS: Bar Swap
  • HA: Heavy Attack

Activate Bound Armaments pre-fight and refresh as needed.

AB-LA-SST-LA-BT-LA-PI-BS-HA-BA-LA-Rending-LA-Rapid-LA-Rapid-LA-BA-LA-Cloak-LA-Hurricane-BS-LA-AB-LA-BA-LA-SST-LA-BT-LA-PI-BS-HA-BA-LA-Rending-LA-Rapid-HA-Cloak-HA-BA

Rinse repeat, use more heavy if needed. Use storm atronach/ballista on cooldown.

Veteran Maelstrom Arena

Gear: I use 5 VO (Vicious Ophidian), 5 TFS (two fanged snake) and 2 Storm Fist.

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

Shrouded Daggers Rending Slashes Resolving Vigor Deadly Cloak Hurricane Flawless Dawnbreaker
Poison Injection Arrow Barrage Barbed Trap Dark Deal Critical Surge Ballista

Main Bar – Dual Wield: Shrouded Daggers, Rending slashes, Resolving vigor, Deadly cloak, Hurricane, Dawnbreaker of Smiting or Flawless Dawnbreaker
Back Bar – Bow: Poison injection, Arrow Barrage, Barbed 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 (or @Dottz) 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
7/9/2018 – Build overhauled for Summerset
9/10/2018 – CP Updated for Wolfhunter
11/7/2018 – CP updated for Murkmire
3/1/2019 – Mundus changed to Lover
5/22/2019 – Mundus, CP, and ravager changed to tooth of lok, gear weapon traits changed
5/30/2019 – updated beginner setup and added video for it
8/15/2019 – Skills/rotation updated for scalebreaker
10/27/2019 – Rotation updated for dragonhold

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