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Change note: We replaced the Ravager set with the Warrior's Fury set.
The VENOMWALKER build by DTStromfox is a powerful PVP build. The build is compatible with Scalebreaker Chapter & Update 23 (v5.1.8). This Stamina Dragonknight is great for small scale PVP and Battlegrounds. The VENOMWALKER will reach up to 5K Weapon Damage and greatly increase your Damage over Time Damage.
The Dragonknight excels in both Magicka and Stamina setups. However most of its abilities actually favor a combination of the two. This build mainly focusses on Stamina abilities, but also features some Flame Damage to restore Magicka. This Magicka is needed for buffing and removing snares and immobilizations, and to Buff our stats. The VENOMWALKER mainly focusses on high Damage over Time damage, combined with an occasional bursting moment.
The best suited race for this build is Orc. The Dragonknight is the only class that has access to Minor Brutality and Major Brutality without the need for potions. This is achieved by the Earthen Heart Passive: Mountain's Blessing. Casting an Earthen Heart Ability will grant Minor Brutality for 20 seconds. Orcs have Increased Weapon Damage by 258 from the Swift Warrior racial Passive.
Other races suitable for this build are Nords for the extra Ultimate Regeneration; Imperial for extra sustain and reduced Ability Cost; and, Khajiit for extra Critical Damage.
Front bar (Dual Wield):
Back bar (Two Handed)
The VENOMWALKER deals most of its damage using Damage over Time. Blood Craze, Noxious Breath and Venomous Claw are the spammable Abilities for dealing damage. Steel Tornado is by far the best Execute Abiltiy for this build. However, with some shuffeling around, one can also run Reverse Slice or Executioner on the Back bar (in the Elsweyre patch this option is prefered over Steel Tornado). VENOMWALKER buffs using Volatile Armor (resistances), Rally (Major Brutality) and Shattering Rocks (Minor Brutality). Reflective Plate is used by VENOMWALKER to reduce incoming damage and remove snares and immobilizations. Healing is achieved by applying Blood Craze (HoT), Resolving Vigor (HoT) and Rally (HoT+Burst Heal). VENOMWALKER can also Debuff their enemies using Noxious Breath (Major Fracture) to boost damage. Flames of Oblivion gives us a passive buff (Major Savagery) and deals Flame Damage.
Lastly the Ultimate Abilities are Dawnbreaker of Smithing and Corrosive Armor. VENOMWALKER prefers Dawnbreaker of Smithing over Take Flight because Dawnbreaker of Smithing deals Damage over Time. For more Weapon Damage you could run Flawless Dawnbreaker instead. Corrosive Armor is another Poison Damage Damage over Time and ignores aal Physical Resistance of enemies.
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The gear used by the VENOMWALKER explains the focus on Damage over Time abilties. The Monster Helm Set of choice is Blood Spawn. This gives extra Ultimate Regeneration, needed to sustain longer fights. The first Item Set is the Warrior's Fury Set. This Heavy Armor is available in Cyrodiil and gives a great Weapon Damage Buff. The second Item Set is Deadly Strike. This set received an update in the Wrathstone DLC update. This set now increases Physical, Bleed and Poison Damage over Time Abilities by 14%. Most of the Dragonknight Abilities are either Physical, Bleed or Poison Damage over Time. This set is also available in Cyrodiil.
The VENOMWALKER body setup:
The jewelry contains the remaining three items for the 5-piece Armor Set Deadly Strike.
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The weapons contain the remaining two items for the 5-piece Armor Set Warrior's Fury. VENOMWALKER uses two Axes on the Front bar for the Twin Blade and Blunt Passive in the Dual Wield Skill Tree. On the Back bar the VENOMWALKER uses a Battle Axe for the Heavy Weapons Passive in the Two Handed Skill Tree. The Axes are enchanted with the Glyph of Foulness and Glyph of Fire. The former gives access to Minor Defile, the latter gives acces to the Burning Status Effect and procs Combustion in the Ardent Flame Skill Tree. This returns Magicka back into our resource pool every 5 seconds thanks to the Charged trait on the weapon. The Battle Axe mostly functions as an extra Weapon Damage Buff. This gives 435 extra Weapon Damage (Epic weapon).
VENOMWALKER also needs to eat. The best option for Dragonknights in general is Tri-stat Food. Tri-stat Food increases all primary stats.
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