The Maelstrom’s Bow drops in the Maelstrom Arena but only in the veteran mode. This is a must have for every endgame player, the weapon will increase your dps by around 3-5k. This is a huge overall buff to your single target damage and even more so AoE damage. The arena is difficult and it will take you some time to complete it, but it will definitely be worth it. Maelstrom Bow is usually used in combination with Endless Hailon the backbar. You have to be aware of one important thing, if you weapon swap too early after applying Endless Hail, the buff from the Maelstrom Bow will not apply. Therefore you have to make sure to use Endless Hail > Ability > Ability > Weapon Swap. Because once you cast the second ability, Endless Hail will start dealing damage, once Endless Hail deals damage the Maelstrom Bow buff is permanently applied till you have to recast the ability.
Tooth of Lokkestiiz
Tooth of Lokkestiiz comes in two different versions, Perfected Tooth of Lokkestiiz and Tooth of Lokkestiiz. The perfect version has one additional Weapon Critical bonus, the unique five piece bonus is the exact same on both sets. Lokkestiiz drops Sunspire, which is located in Elsweyr.
The Tooth of Lokkestiiz is one of the strongest sets available in combination with Relequen. The reason is because you can frontbar the set only and still get crazy high Major Slayer uptime. However, you need to make sure that you have enough Synergies at your disposal. If you play in a small group then maybe Berserking Warrior might be the better option, because you might not get enough Synergies to get a decent uptime.
Arms of Relequen
Arms of Relequen comes in two different versions, Perfect Arms of Relequen and Arms of Relequen. The perfect version has an additional stamina bonus, the unique five piece bonus is exactly the same on both sets. Relequen drops in Cloudrest which is located in Summerset.
Arms of Relequen has both pros and cons. Technically it is the best set to increase your dps single target wise due to the strong damage bonus you get from the five piece bonus and even further so when you have the perfect version which gives you an addition stamina bonus. However, the set has one big disadvantage if you face several targets. Basically, as long as you can stay on one target Arms of Relequen will be the best choice to go to. The problem comes when you have downtime on damaging the enemy or you have to fight several targets. The damage ticks on the enemy can fall off, resulting in loosing all your stacks. Like mentioned before, it only works on one enemy, so if you fight against several enemies it is not the best set.
Berserking Warrior (Advancing Yokeda)
Berserking Warrior drops in Hel Ra Citadel which is located in Craglorn and is part of the base game. The set is originally a heavy armor set, but with the introduction of transmuting gear we can use jewelry and weapons to get the full benefits of the set for stamina setups. The good thing about this set is that you can front bar it only and you will still almost get a 100% uptime on the five piece bonus. That is a lot of extra weapon critical, more or less the best deal you can get anywhere actually. On top of that like mentioned above, it is both active on the front and back bar. Even if it falls off for a second, once you swap back to your front bat it will reapply and get to maximum stacks within less then a second. You need to have a clean rotation to get the most out of it, if your rotation is sloppy and slow you will loose more uptime on the front bar, because if you are too slow the buff will fall off while you are reapplying your DoTs on the backbar.
War Machine drops in Halls of Fabrication, which is located in Morrowind and is part of the Morrowind base game. War Machine applies Major Slayer to yourself and two group members when you activate an ultimate. it is often used in combination with low cost ultimates, especially on stamina Nightblade setups with Incapacitating Strike. This set should be present in every raid group. Whether it is War Machine or Master Architect (magicka version) that provides the Major Slayer buff.
The difficulty with this set is that you manage to give the Major Slayer buff to the right targets. When you activate an ultimate, it will give the Major Slayer buff to the two closest group members. You have to make sure to not stand next to a tank or a healer, otherwise the buff is wasted. If several people use this set, make sure to assign positions, otherwise you might end up buffing the same people twice and it will just override the old buff, thus resulting in one player missing out on the Major Slayer buff.
Twice-Fanged Serpent drops in Sanctum Ophidia, which is located in Craglorn and part of the base game. Physical penetration is one of the most important if not the most important factor to increase your dps. Optimized groups are usually already at the penetration cap without this set, thus you will not see this used often. However, in certain places like the Blackrose Prison Arena or Dragonstar Arena, where you can not provide such an high penetration through group members, it can come in very handy and provide you with the necessary physical penetration that you need to reach the cap of around 18200.
The unique five piece bonus is very easy to apply, if you have several different damage abilities on the enemy it will reach the maximum stack in less then one second because it procs on any damage dealt. So you could technically front bar this only and still have a very high uptime, tho it tends to fall off when you stay too long on your backbar because the buff only lasts for 3 seconds.
Vicious Serpent drops in Aetherian Archive, Sanctum Ophidia and Hel Ra Citadel, which is located in Craglorn and is part of the base game. This is one of the best all-rounder sets in the game. It is often used to make sustain easier because of its unique five piece bonus 8% cost reduction and also often used on trashfights, because when a monster dies it returns around 2000 stamina to you, this effect has a one second cooldown, but you will barely notice the cooldown anyway. On top of that it also applies Major Expedition to you, increase your movement speed by a lot for a certain amount of time.
Hunding’s Rage is a craftable set and is part of the base game. The crafting locations are in Bangkorai, Reaper’s March and The Rift. Hunding’s Rage is one of the most common used stamina dps sets. It gives the player around 300 weapon damage which can be increased by modifiers and the two, three and four piece bonus are also really good. So if you are new to eso or you do not have access to any of the best in slot sets, then this is the set you want to go to.
The Morag Tong is obtainable in Cyrodiil or from the Guildtraders. The set has a very niche use, it is buffing all poison abilties by 10%. For example, if you have a lot of stamina Dragonknights in the group, then this set will be worth it because you will have quite a bit of poison damage in your group. Other then that it is usually not used that often because apart from the niche use, there are better alternatives.
Strength of the Automaton
Strength of the Automaton drops in Darkshade Caverns 1 & 2 and is part of the base game. This set also has a very niche use, it is usually used on stamina Sorcerers, as they mostly have physical damage in their toolkit. This set is comparable to Hunding’s Rage if used on any other class then a Sorcerer.
Spriggan’s Thorns drops in Bangkorai or you can buy it from a Guildtrader, it is part of the base game. This set is often used if you do not have access to Twice-Fanged-Serpent yet, it is slightly weaker then Twice-Fanged-Serpent but a lot easier to obtain. Many players use this set while they are trying to farm sets like the Twice-Fanged-Serpent.
Sunderflame drops in City of Ash 1 & 2 and is part of the base game. This set applies Minor Fracture and Minor Breach. The only other place where you can get this buff is from a Templar with Power of the Light. This set is often used in Trial groups to increase the overall dps of the group, if the group is not yet on the penetration cap of 18200.
Briarheart drops in Wrothgar and is part of the Orsinium DLC. Briarheart is a very good set, it provides you with a lot of weapon damage and also applies a small heal on top of that, which can come in handy sometimes. It performs about the same as Hunding’s Rage. The weapon damage that is applied to you can once again be increased with other modifiers like Major Brutality 20% weapon damage buff.
Leviathan drops in Crypts of Hearts 1 & 2 and is part of the base game. This set is often used if you do not have access to Berserking Warrior yet. It provides around the same weapon critical bonus, but with the con of having to full bar it as the effect does not carry over like with the Berserking Warrior set. Overall the set performs good and can be used in most situations.
Armor of the Veiled Heritance
Armor of the Veiled Heritance drops in Auridion and is part of the base game. This set is also often used on stamina damage dealers as it gives an overall good uptime of around 90% and more due to its easy requirement of activating. It is usually comparable to sets like Hunding’s Rage. The one advantage that this set has is that you can front bar it only and the effect will carry over to the back bar.
Deadly Strike is available in Cyrodiil at the PvP Vendor in Bruma. The set is a very good alternative to Berserking Warrior. It increases the damage of your Physical, Bleed, Poison, and Disease damage over time abilities do by 14%. That is a lot and especially noticeable on a Dragonknight which has access to more DoTs.
Tzogvin’s Warband drops in the Frostvault Dungeon which is part of the Wrathstone DLC from the Elsweyr Chapter. This is one of the top tier sets if it comes to damage. The set also makes it a lot easier to keep up the Minor Force buff that you usually have to get from the Rearming Trap. On most bossfights you usually have around 80-90% uptime of Minor Force with Rearming Trap, now with the Tzogvin’s Warband you can get a 100% uptime easily. On top of that it will also make your rotation easier as you need to cast Rearming Trap less or you can even remove it from your bars if you have better abilities to slot.