Builds

While not a build guru I do have a few that work for me. These are builds that are used under specific circumstances and are not suitable for general content.

BATTLEGROUND STAMINA SORCERER

This build is suitable for both battlegrounds and small group PvP in overland Cyrodiil (no-CP campaigns). It is a variation on a snipe build and designed for high penetration. The DPS focus is bow damage with poison. The back bar can be swapped between dual-wield or healing staff, depending on group composition and situation. Note the healing staff passives are mostly combined with Vigor for healing. These sets used would also work for a Nightblade sniper.

Basic Gear

Use these if the advanced gear is not available to you. Substitute monster helms if needed

Sets

5 piece Spriggan's Thorns (Medium)

  • Drops in Bangkorai or can be found in Guild Traders
  • Max Stam, Max Stam, Weapon Dam, Physical Penetration

5 piece Leviathan (Medium)

  • Drops Crypt of Hearts Dungeon
  • Max Stam, Weapon Crit, Weapon Crit, Double Weapon Crit

2 Piece Stormfist (Monster Helm)

  • Help drops Vet Tempest Island Dungeon, Shoulder from Giliron's Undaunted chest
  • Stam recovery, 10% chance to call thunderfist dealing shock dam every sec for 3 sec to all within 4m and final physical damage, every 8 sec

Armour

5 medium, 1 light shoulder, 1 heavy helm (assuming Undaunted passives unlocked) otherwise 7 medium.

Infused on 2 of Helm, Chest, or Legs. Impenetrable on 3 of Shoulders, Waist, Hands, or Boots. Divines on remainder.

Max Stamina enchants on armour with max Health enchants on Infused pieces as required.

Jewellery

Max weapon damage enchants.

Weapons

Main-hand Bow with Infused trait and Oblivion Damage enchant.

AND

Off-hand Dual-wield Axe and dagger with Infused traits and poison and disease enchants.

OR

Off-hand Healing staff with Powered trait and crushing enchantment.

OR

Off-hand Bow with Infused trait and crushing enchantment.

Advanced Gear

These sets are harder to farm. Subsitute monster helms if needed

Sets

5 piece Twice-Fanged Serpent (Medium)

  • Drops in the Sanctum Ophidia Trial
  • Weapon Dam, Max Stam, Weapon Crit, When you deal damage your Physical Penetration is increased for 3 sec, stacking up to 5 times

5 piece Tzovgin's Warband (Medium)

  • Drops in the Frostvault DLC Dungeon
  • Weapon Crit, Weapon Crit, Physical Penetration, When you deal damage you gain a stack of Precision, increasing Weapon Crit for 10 sec, up to 10 stacks max. At max stacks gain Minor Force

2 piece Velidreth (Monster Helm)

  • Helm drops Vet Cradle of Shadows DLC Dungeon, Shoulder from Urgalarg's Undaunted chest
  • Weapon Dam, 20% chance to spawn 3 disease spores every 9 sec

Armour

medium, 1 light shoulder, 1 heavy helm (assuming Undaunted passives unlocked) otherwise 7 medium.

Infused on 2 of Helm, Chest, Legs. Impenetrable on 3 of Shoulders, Waist, Hands, Boots. Divines on remainder.

Max Stamina enchants on armour with max Health enchants on Infused pieces as required.

Jewellery

Max weapon damage enchants, 1 bloodthirsty trait.

Weapons

Main-hand Bow with Infused trait and Oblivion Damage enchant.

AND

Off-hand Dual-wield Axe and dagger with Infused traits and poison and disease enchants.

OR

Off-hand Healing staff with Powered trait and crushing enchantment.

OR

Off-hand Bow with Infused trait and crushing enchantment.

Skills

Most of these skills are required. Flexible spots are marked, but do experiment and find what works for you

Main-hand Bow

  1. Razor Caltrops (Alliance War morph Caltrops)
  2. Acid Spray (Bow morph Arrow Spray)
  3. Lethal Arrow (Bow morph Snipe)
  4. Poison Injection (Bow morph Poison Arrow)
  5. Camouflaged Hunter (Fighter's Guild morph Expert Hunter)
  6. Flawless Dawnbreaker (Fighter's Guild morph Dawnbreaker)

Off-hand Dual-Wield

  1. Shrouded Daggers (Dual-Wield morph Hidden Blade)
  2. Whirling Blades (Dual-Wield morph Whirlwind)
  3. Hurricane (Storm Calling morph Lightning Storm)
  4. Crit Surge (Storm Calling morph Surge)
  5. Charging Maneuvers (Alliance War morph Maneuvers)
  6. Flawless Dawnbreaker (Fighter's Guild morph Dawnbreaker)

Off-hand Healing

  1. Rapid Regeneration (Restoration Staff morph Regeneration)
  2. Resolving Vigor (Alliance War morph Vigor)
  3. Hurricane (Storm Calling morph Lightning Storm)
  4. Crit Surge (Storm Calling morph Surge)
  5. Charging Maneuvers (Alliance War morph Maneuvers)
  6. Flawless Dawnbreaker (Fighter's Guild morph Dawnbreaker)

Mundus Stone

Focus on your crit

Depending on your racial passives, you may either need the Thief Stone to push your total critical rating above 60% or the Shadow Stone if your natural critical is already above 60%.

Champion Points

While this build is designed for Battlegrounds/Non-CP campaigns, it can be used in CP Cyrodiil. This CP allocation is unsuitable for high level PvE such as Trials

Tower - Warlord 23, Sprinter 21, Siphoner 23

Lover - Mooncalf 75, Healthy 45

Shadow - Befoul 43, Tumbling 40

Atronach - Master-at-Arms 56

Ritual - Thaumaturge 56, Precise Strikes 66, Piercing 17, Mighty 75

Steed - Ironclad 51, Spell Shield 12, Medium Armour Focus 12, Resistant 48

Lady - Hardy 43, Thick Skinned 61, Elemental Defender 43

Food

Never go into battle without your food

Eat your food. Don't have less than 22K health in Cyrodiil/battlegrounds. Recommend any food that gives you Max Health and Stamina Regen, or Max Health and Max Stamina.

How to play

Never go into battle without your food

Cast Hurricane and Crit Surge buffs before approaching combat.

Cast Rapid Regen or Vigor as needed before heading in into combat, if on the healing bar.

Switch to the bow bar and use Caltrops and Acid Spray as needed, then Tab-target a healer or low health player, then fire Lethal Arrow followed by Poison Injection (which has an execute component).

If using Dual-Wield, close to melee range while re-casting buffs, throw Shrouded Daggers, and follow up with Whirling Blades.

If using a healing back bar, re-cast buffs but attempt to stay at range.