Stamina Dragonknight Beginner Level 1-10 Guide of Elder Scrolls Online

The Start

This Stamina Dragonknight Beginner Guide is here to help you with understanding how the class works and getting used to playing with both bars which is essential for all classes. I will help you guide through the first 10 levels.

We will utilize the Dual Wield weapon tree in this guide, but alternatively you can also use a Two Handed weapon.

Level 2 (Attributes & Skill)

  • The first attribute point is assigned at level 2 and goes into Stamina. All other points will go into this attribute as well, as you don’t have to worry about Health or Magicka. You might be tempted to put them into Magicka because your first skills will be Magicka based, but you will soon be able to change them into Stamina based abilities. Your healing skills will also be Magicka based, but your Magicka should be enough to use them whenever you need to.
  • The first skill point should go into Lava Whip in the Ardent Flame tree in your Class skill line and will be your first “spammable”, meaning that you can use this skill repeatedly in any rotation. It’s a Single Target ability, so always read the tooltip carefully how many targets are actually afflicted.

Don’t worry about the passive abilities yet. They are nice to have while you are leveling, but you want to maintain a good balance between skills you are using, and passive abilities that help you with resource management, survival or damage.

  • You will also most likely not be able to constantly cast a skill and will use a lot of light attacks. That is perfectly fine.
  • Try making a Light Attack and then a skill. You might find that this is a good way to inflict damage, and it will help you in the long run (a lot!).
  • If you run out of Stamina use a Heavy Attack, as this will restore your resources.
Attribute Point & Skill

Level 3 (Gear & Skills)

In the tutorial you can already find lots of random gear and other items by looking into urns, cupboards, chests and any container you can find. You want two One Handed weapons which you can both wield, as these are your main weapon, but you can use your class skills even without the ideal weapons.

With level 3 you will receive a reward box that contains gear and other goodies which we can utilize for this Stamina Dragonknight Beginner Guide.

  • You will receive buff food for the first time. It will increase your primary stats and is an essential part of the game as an always available buff. Double click on it, or hover with your mouse over the item and press E.
  • You will also receive some training gear and weapon. It increases the experience you gain per enemy killed. You can find more information on how to increase experience gain in the Power Leveling Grind Guide.
  • Upon reaching level 3, you will also receive 2 additional skill points, 1 should go into Stonefist in the Earthen Heart tree and 1 into Spiked Armor into your Class skill line Draconic Power.  You should now have the following skills on your first skill bar:
    • Lava Whip
    • Stonefist
    • Spiked Armor

For every ability slotted you will receive experience in their respective skill lines/trees. Which means it is imperative to have an ability for every skill line on your skill bar that you intend to level. The more skills, the faster the skill line levels, but that just as a side note. There is no reason to rush any first.

Level 3 Rewards

Level 5 (First Milestone, Skills, Weapons & Gear)

You want to morph your first skill now, which is going to be Lava Whip into Molten Whip (Ardent Flame skill line).

Morphing is the further stage of a skill and changes the way it is being used. You don’t have to morph a skill because we only need the base skill in order to level the skill lines, but usually you morph a skill to get the more advanced version. You can also check the Morphing Beginner Guide if you want to know more about it!

Now you probably see why it is important to have a skill on your bar, as you need to reach and fill Rank 4 of each skill in order to be able to morph it.
Simply select the icon next to the skill and choose between two options. This will make you consume a skill point.

  • Lava Whip (Draconic Power) into Molten Whip. It will automatically replace the skill on the action bar
  • Spend 1 more skill point into morphing Spiked Armor into Hardened Armor
  • 1 skill point should also go into Flurry (or Uppercut if you are using a Two Handed weapon)

With level 5 you should have found two One Handed weapons (or one Two Handed) by now, or, if you didn’t find one, buy them from a Weaponsmith. You can find them in towns and villages, and they will sell you a One Handed weapon for 300 (480). I recommend the Iron Daggers and an Iron Greatsword, as they provide the best Passive bonuses.
You will also need a Bow for later use. You can buy a Maple Bow from a Woodworker for 480 gold if you haven’t found any in the tutorial, but it is also a quest reward for completing the tutorial.
Don’t forget to equip it and kill an enemy with it either, as that will unlock the skill line.

You can also ask in zone chat if someone has the time to quickly craft you both (type /z in the chat and hit enter to write in zone chat). It isn’t guaranteed that you will find someone that has the time or knowledge to craft you one, but that is at least an option.

If you have unlocked the Bow skill line don’t be tempted to put a skill point in it yet. You would be leveling the skill line faster, but at this point it isn’t necessary. Keeping the weapon equipped will level the skill line, too. Just kill a few enemies until you have reached Level 2 in the skill line. We will need that later. After that you can swap back to your One or Two Handed weapons.

Dual Wield, Bow and Two Handed Skill Lines
A more advanced tip on Buff Food and Training Gear

Level 6 (Weapon Skill Line Leveling)

  • 1 skill point goes into Snipe (Bow) in the Weapon tree

We have five skills now on the bar. You will notice that you can’t use Snipe with your two One Handed weapons, or Flurry with a Bow. These skills are weapon bound and can be utilized fully when we get two weapon bars with Level 15 and you follow this Stamina Dragonknight Beginner Guide.

Level 7 (Passives)

  • 1 skill point goes into your first Passive ability called Combustion in the Ardent Flame skill line.

Passive Abilities are secondary to skills in the beginning. You want to acquire a skill in order to level that tree and the skill itself first. The more you play the game though, the more you want to look into helping you inflict more damage, survive longer or help you control your resources.

Try to always prioritize an active skill over a passive while leveling.

Level 8 (Skill)

  • 1 skill point into Twin Slashes (Dual Wield)

Ignore Flurry now and concentrate on the next skill as soon as possible, namely Twin Slashes. This is your go-to Dual Wield skill and will even be used at later levels. Also replace Flurry with Twin Slashes on your weapon bar.

Level 9 ( Skill morph & Reward)

  • Choose the Passive Ability Dexterity in the Medium Armor skill line

Also choose the Prophet’s Dagger from the rewards and continue choosing this reward, unless you find something better, of course, or get something crafted/craft something yourself.

Level 10

Congratulations, you have reached your first game changing milestone with the Stamina Dragonknight Beginner Guide!
We have to cover some ground now, so read carefully.

These are the things you will receive and get access to:

  • 3 Skill Points
  • 3 Attribute Points
  • Horse
  • Dungeon Finder that also includes Player versus Player (PvP), namely Battlegrounds (arena) and Cyrodiil (open world)
Level 10 Reward


First off, the skill points:

  • 1 point into morphing Stonefist (Earthen Heart) to Obsidian Shard
  • 1 into Iron Skin Passive in the Draconic Power skill tree
  • 1 point into Rending Slashes (Dual Wield tree)

Your bar should look like something like this now:

Stamina Stamina Beginner Guide Level 10 Bar

You will probably want to assign a hotkey to the horse. Mine is H (default). You can do so in the keybindings. You also have to activate it from your mount collection under U (default). Now, every day you are able to, feed the horse at the stable master. This increases either the speed, stamina or weight capacity. My recommendation is speed first.

Dungeon Finder:
The Dungeon Finder (default key is P to open it) is a tool to help you find a group regardless of whether you ask around, or have a guild or friends to ask. It will queue you randomly with other people that are looking to run the same dungeon. The first random dungeon of the day will reward you with a lot of EXP upon completion and I recommend you do that every day.

Player versus Player:
Battlegrounds and Cyrodiil will let you best yourself against other players, and the first successful Battleground of the day will award you with a lot of EXP, too. You can do it, but you don’t have to. It is a good way to get a lot of experience points, but it is not guaranteed that you can get either first or second place with your group in order to complete the quest.

Another important mechanic of the game are Mundus Stones and Guilds.

Mundus Stones:
A Mundus Stone will increase your stats by a lot. I recommend to get this as early as possible, as you will notice the difference. They are spread all over the world and you can decide between 13 different Mundus Stones.

I recommend either The Lover or The Tower. The first increases your Physical and Spell Penetration and makes you inflict more damage, whereas the second increases your Maximum Stamina so that you can use more abilities.

Location of The Lover & The Tower Mundus Stones


There are three important guilds in the game, the Fighters Guild, Mages Guild and Undaunted. It is imperative to start with all three of them early on, especially Fighters Guild as you will need a couple of skills from there, so start with running dungeons early on or kill Undead and Daedra. In the Fighters Guild, Mages Guild, Undaunted Video it is showcased how to get those skill lines.

Fighters and Mages Guild will let you sign up after talking to a specific NPC, for Undaunted you will have to do a little quest.
Each skill line is leveled up in a different way.

  • Fighters Guild: Kill Undead and Daedra or complete a daily quest
  • Mages Guild: Collect lore books or complete a daily quest
  • Undaunted: Complete dungeon achievements or daily quests

You will not need any Mages Guild skills with this guide, but if you, for whatever reason, want to change to a Magicka build later on, it will be more of a pain collecting lore books instead of collecting them while you level.