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Stamina Classes - Which has more survivability when playing solo

Iziquiel
Iziquiel
I mainly play the game solo and I want to create a new Stamina character.

I'm looking for some advice on which one of the classes has more survivability, in particular in PvE but I may do some PvP as well. I have been looking mostly at DK, Sorc and also Nightblade which I know is the highest DPS, but I don't know if that also equals survivability.

If it makes a difference I want this character to be 2H & Bow.

Thanks for any advice you can give
  • Banana
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    DK Brawler Rally Vigor Corrosive Armour. Although I find my mdk is much easier to keep alive.
  • LordTareq
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    Offense is the best defense in ESO.
  • Morgul667
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    Stamsorc and stamplar have good survivability

    Stamblade not so much
  • Lightspeedflashb14_ESO
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    Any stamtoon with brawler and rally.
  • Iziquiel
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    Thanks! So it sounds like there is generally not much between them in terms of survivability.

    Will I experience that much difference in play style between them, as from what I've seen it looks like StamSorc and StamDK rely mainly on weapon skills and StamBlade and Stamplar have a few more class abilities to use

    I've looked at a couple of videos of the StamWarden and I'm not sure how long I could stand the animations used for its class abilities
  • UppGRAYxDD
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    Stamblade cause cloak... works in PvE and PvP...
    "Stendarr's mercy be upon you, for the vigil has none to spare."
  • firedrgn
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    Stamplar. Stamsorc would be my choices for solo stam.
  • SodanTok
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    StamSorc for Surge (healing), hurricane (armor, speed), hardened ward (yes, ~6k shield can be useful from time to time), Bound Armor (block damage reduction) with 2H for Brawler (more shield, yay) with additional stuff like Shuffle (AoE dmg reduction), Vigor (on demand heal), Crushing weapon spammable (for Psijic Shield and healing on dmg) will make you more tanky than average vet dungeon tank
    Edited by SodanTok on February 9, 2019 11:53PM
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  • SoLooney
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    Stam sorc for sure, hurricane gives huge defense buff along with crit surge for heals and damage

    Other stam classes can survive decently well with vigor and if they use class specific abilities for more durability
  • Squidgaurd
    Stamsorc doesnt need vigor and with 2h with forward momentum and reverse slice and vo you wont die to anything short of a one shot. Thats for solo dw works too but stam sorc synergizes so well with 2h you just get so much aoe dmg and recovery due to the passives its really cool.
  • barshemm
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    Stam sorc for both pve and pvp. Besides crit surge you also have an aoe stun in streak and the ability to convert magicka to Stam and get a burst heal out of it with dark deal.
  • Daus
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    Stam sorc easily.
  • Iziquiel
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    Great thanks! How would you set your bars up at 50? Something like:

    2H: Brawler/Forward Momentum (or Rally?), Wrecking Blow, Reverse Slice, Hurricane, Bound Armaments/Streak/Vigour
    Bow: Endless Hail, Poison Injection, Razor Caltrops/Rearming Trap, Dark Deal, Critical Surge
    Edited by Iziquiel on February 10, 2019 11:23AM
  • Anoregon
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    Iziquiel wrote: »
    Great thanks! How would you set your bars up at 50? Something like:

    2H: Brawler/Forward Momentum (or Rally?), Wrecking Blow, Reverse Slice, Hurricane, Bound Armaments/Streak/Vigour
    Bow: Endless Hail, Poison Injection, Razor Caltrops/Rearming Trap, Dark Deal, Critical Surge

    You'd get even more survivability if you pick up Crushing Weapon from the psijic line and use that instead of Wrecking Blow. It has a 25% heal, and slotting it gives you access to the 5k shield while blocking passive if you go far enough in the psijic line.
  • Iziquiel
    Iziquiel
    Anoregon wrote: »
    Iziquiel wrote: »
    Great thanks! How would you set your bars up at 50? Something like:

    2H: Brawler/Forward Momentum (or Rally?), Wrecking Blow, Reverse Slice, Hurricane, Bound Armaments/Streak/Vigour
    Bow: Endless Hail, Poison Injection, Razor Caltrops/Rearming Trap, Dark Deal, Critical Surge

    You'd get even more survivability if you pick up Crushing Weapon from the psijic line and use that instead of Wrecking Blow. It has a 25% heal, and slotting it gives you access to the 5k shield while blocking passive if you go far enough in the psijic line.

    OK great, I will look to get that as well!

    Another question, out of Forward Momentum and Rally, which is likely to be of more use to me? Would I see much benefit from the immunity to snares from Forward Momentum in PvE, or is this more use in PvP?
  • danno8
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    Iziquiel wrote: »
    Anoregon wrote: »
    Iziquiel wrote: »
    Great thanks! How would you set your bars up at 50? Something like:

    2H: Brawler/Forward Momentum (or Rally?), Wrecking Blow, Reverse Slice, Hurricane, Bound Armaments/Streak/Vigour
    Bow: Endless Hail, Poison Injection, Razor Caltrops/Rearming Trap, Dark Deal, Critical Surge

    You'd get even more survivability if you pick up Crushing Weapon from the psijic line and use that instead of Wrecking Blow. It has a 25% heal, and slotting it gives you access to the 5k shield while blocking passive if you go far enough in the psijic line.

    OK great, I will look to get that as well!

    Another question, out of Forward Momentum and Rally, which is likely to be of more use to me? Would I see much benefit from the immunity to snares from Forward Momentum in PvE, or is this more use in PvP?

    For PvE, Rally. FM is more suited to PvP where you are snared all the time.
  • xAk_MoRRoWiNdx
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    Survivability =/= Sustain

    I'm lol'ing at the people saying Stamsorc and Stamplar but saying Stamblade can't.
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  • Lord_Dexter
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    Morgul667 wrote: »
    Stamsorc and stamplar have good survivability

    Stamblade not so much

    Stam Sorc excellent survivability,

    Get Vigor and you will survive odds
  • Brrrofski
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    Survivability =/= Sustain

    I'm lol'ing at the people saying Stamsorc and Stamplar but saying Stamblade can't.

    But he's asking for the one with the MOST survivability. Sure, any can stay alive, but there's no denying that stam sorc is the easiest to survive on. Use one skill every 33 seconds and you don't really need to heal at all - it's all covered for you.
  • Ciovala
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    Warden. If you use class spammables you get passive heals, class has multiple heal options, even as stamina. When running you can spam Netch for free, albeit small, heals too. Your self heals give you 10% extra hit points. Huge burst damage.
    Edited by Ciovala on February 12, 2019 10:55AM
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  • Uryel
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    Class is somewhat irrelevant when it comes to stamina. Very few class abilities even have a stamina morph.

    But for the record, here are my stamina characters, all of them pretty good at staying alive.

    - Bosmer nightblade thief.

    Build around awesome stealth, she can sneak past pretty much everything and only hit selected target... Or everyone if the hallway is really tight. Uses a bow, a two handed weapon, and dual wield. Yeah, I switch bars and gear situationaly, but that's mostly for diversity. For strict survival, you'll want 2-handed and dual wield.

    Use Rally's morph, Momentum, to get minor berserk and a HoT. Keep it up at all time. Morph Flurry to Bloodthirst and Twin Slashes to Bloodcraze. All those skills will provide you with some decent healing over time, and help keeping the damage decent. For the class skills, Teleport Strike's morph Ambush provides mobility, which can be useful to get in or out of the fight (out implies you can target something away, like some random 1HP critter, or a weaker mob somewhere). If you really need, Dark Cloak will provide some healing and costs magicka, so you can heal somewhat with your secondary ressource, should stamina be depleted. Siphoning's ultimate, Soul Tether, is also a pretty cool survival tool that deals some damage.

    With this, my medium armor wearing, less than 20k HP with food character can decently take some world boss without too much fuss. Not all of them, the really heavy hitters or those who summon a zillion adds are not really an option, but she's able to survive your average world boss. Takes a while to whittle them down, though, emphasis is on a balance between survival and damage, not on damage.

    With the next update, stealth won't be an option anymore for her, so... Might want to go khajiit if you want to try this one.

    - Imperial stamina warden

    Not much detail needed there. Warden has more stamina skills than most classes. Animal line provides a heal each time one of your pet is unsummoned, and you even get the only stamina heal of the whole game (that doesn't require PvP to get, that is). Imperial means she regains some HP when attacking, which isn't bad either :)

    - Nord stamsorc

    Built as a brick wall, with more bricks around. Capped on the resists when Hurricane is up, Nord racial passive (soon to become useless in his case) adding more mitigation, werewolf (want more resists, here, have some), fighter's guild protection circle, hatchling's shell and shield charge providing damage shields, Psijiic skill line providing additional damage shield when blocking... You can't make them any tougher than that, really. Nothing gets through. I don't think he's ever died of anything but lag or my own stupidity. Now, it's best we don't talk about his damage... You probably deal more damage when scratching your own butt.
    Edited by Uryel on February 12, 2019 12:01PM
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    Bosmers sneaking past all the dangers in the woods. Come upon a cultist doing a ritual? Sneak past. Come upon a brigand ambush? Sneak past. Come upon a mighty beast? Sneak past. The feeling of “yesssss” when you can squeeze by in tight spaces unnoticed. Sometimes I’m able to take what I need from right under their noses.
  • Jabbs_Giggity
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    Morgul667 wrote: »
    Stamsorc and stamplar have good survivability

    Stamblade not so much

    This is completely false. I play all three and would rank them best to worst as:
    1. Stamblade - can literally sit there in heavy and take dmg with no change to healthbar.
    2. Stamsorc - better movement but can be squishy.
    3. Stamplar - one hit and done lol
  • Icy_Waffles
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    Stam warden. Easily
  • SodanTok
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    Morgul667 wrote: »
    Stamsorc and stamplar have good survivability

    Stamblade not so much

    This is completely false. I play all three and would rank them best to worst as:
    1. Stamblade - can literally sit there in heavy and take dmg with no change to healthbar.
    2. Stamsorc - better movement but can be squishy.
    3. Stamplar - one hit and done lol

    Something factual cant be completely false. Your ranking is completely false because you dont know what you are comparing :D If your stamblade is barely taking damage in heavy armor stamsorc will be more tanky in the same setup.
    Edited by SodanTok on February 12, 2019 6:55PM
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  • Toc de Malsvi
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    Personally for general PVE I think:
    1. StamSorc/Warden
    2. Stam DK
    3. Stam NB
    4. Stam Templar

    For PVP its more tricky as there are a variety of different builds to do different things.
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  • Iziquiel
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    Thanks! StamSorc appeals to me the most at the moment and I'm going to start there. I will give it a go and see if I enjoy it or not.

    Maybe when I have more time to dedicate to the game I may try a class that does better in trials

    I've seen a few replies saying StamWarden but from the videos I've seen I think I would not enjoy the class animations and I could see myself not enjoying the experience.

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