The Swamp Raider PVE
Main Role: Damage
Health, Magicka, Stamina
Weapon 1: Bow
Bow SkillPoison Injection
Warden SkillSubterranean Assault
Undaunted SkillShadow Silk
Bow SkillAcid Spray
Warden SkillGrowing Swarm
Warden SkillEternal Guardian
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Gear and Item Set Info
5 Swamp Raider
3 Agility Set
2 Velidreth, Molag Kena or Slimecraw (Ditch Bird Of Prey for another skill if picking Slimecraw)
1 Master Bow
1 Sword and Shield of Draugr's Heritage (for the 4% healing recieved bonus)
This build is all about Swamp Raider set and getting the most out of it. I feel it suits Warden the best due to you being able to have 100% uptime on the 5 piece bonus thanks to your Growing Swarm and Eternal Guardian. As you can see it is a themed build and that is why I chose Argonian. Argonians will benefit nicely from the healing passives and also push the Growing Swarm damage a little bit. The Eternal Guardian will deal Magic Damage but since Ults scale with your max stat it is a non issue especially when we look at our CP passives later. Master Bow will boost weapon damage further thanks to its bonus. Put weapon damage glyphs on your jewellery and they should ideally be Robust but Healthy if you don't have 3 Robust.
Standard rotation: Green Lotus, Bird of Prey, Bull Netch, Growing Swarm, Poison Injection, Shadow Silk, Subterranean Assault, Acid Spray, Acid Spray, Shadow Silk, Subterranean Assault, Acid Spray, Poison Injection. Repeat.
The nice thing about this rotation is that Shadow Silk and Subterranean Assault should explode at around the same time for burst.
The Bear will constantly be attacking too giving you extra damage all the while.
The proc from Swamp Raider lasts 10 seconds which is exactly how long Growing Swarm lasts, but after you first cast Growing Swarm it will spread to 6 other targets giving you another 10 seconds hence why we do not need to cast it as often. Along with the bear you will never have to worry about Swamp Raider bonus not being active. Growing Swarm does a lot of AOE DOT damage even on a Stamina build.
Velidreth fits this build perfectly due its bug based them, but Slimecraw is a crocodile so that works too, but in this case there is no need for Bird of Prey so you may switch it out for another skill (I recommend Leeching Vines for theme or Rearming Trap for DPS.) Kena is also viable due to the buff it will give your Swarm.
This is a very effective build and can be used in vMA and vet dungeons successfully. For vet trials it is not optimal but the damage is not that much lower so it can be run. Just don't expect to top those leaderboards. For PVP I would not really run this, but if you wish you can do.
This is a bug themed build made all the better if someone synergises some spiders for more bug based fun.
Champion Point Tips
We want to put points into Mighty to boost our Poison DPS, but points into Thaumaturge are a must to help our poison DOT's and our Growing Swarm. Put some points into Master-At-Arms to help out bear damage a little bit and put some points into Blessed to improve the healing done with Vigor and Soothing Spores.
Argonians lack in the Stamina Recovery area expect when chugging a potion so put points into Mooncalf.
Your red CP should be the usual Hardy, Elemental Defender etc but some points into Quick Recovery will also help out your healing recieved.