Sturdy Dragonknight Tank Build for ESO – Dragonborn

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Dragonknight Tank Build ESO

Dragonborn is a sturdy Dragonknight Tank Build for every Group PVE Gameplay in ESO. The Build offers strong defense that will help you aggro and tank even the hardest Bosses in The Elder Scrolls Online! The Dragonknight is an amazing Class for Tanking in ESO and very Beginner friendly for that specific role. Dragonborn is a flexible Dragonknight Tank Build with various setups for harder or easier group PVE content.

The Dragonborn Build is great for veteran Tanks in ESO but can also help you learn the ropes if you are just starting out as a Tank! To learn more about the Dragonknight Class, you can take a look at my Dragonknight Beginner Guide. To challenge yourself in harder Solo Content, take a look at my Stamina Dragonknight Solo Build.

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Best Dragonknight Tank Build Setup ESO

Dragonborn is a sturdy Dragonknight Tank Build with superb Crowd Control capabilities and different Setups for harder or easier group content. These Setups will help you tank Trials or Dungeons and allow you to assist Stamina and Magicka based Groups! A few good alternative Sets you can use include:

Trials Build

This setup is for harder PVE Group content, is using Trial Gear and will help you aggro and tank tough Bosses. If you wish to use this setup, you should focus on getting the gear below.

HeadTremorscaleMediumDivinesPrismatic Defense
ShouldersTremorscaleLightDivinesPrismatic Defense
HandsTurning TideHeavyDivinesPrismatic Defense
LegsTurning TideHeavyDivinesPrismatic Defense
ChestTurning TideHeavyDivinesPrismatic Defense
WaistTurning TideHeavyDivinesPrismatic Defense
FeetTurning TideHeavyDivinesPrismatic Defense
NecklacePowerful AssaultJewelHarmonyPrismatic Recovery
RingPowerful AssaultJewelHarmonyPrismatic Recovery
RingPowerful AssaultJewelHarmonyPrismatic Recovery
One Handed WeaponPowerful AssaultSwordInfusedWeakening
Off-HandPowerful AssaultShieldDivinesPrismatic Defense
StaffPowerful AssaultLightning/Ice/FireInfusedCrusher

Easier Group Content

A more forgiving Tank Setup for easier PVE Group content that revolves around building Ultimate fast. Dragonknights can replenish their resources with the use of Ultimate abilities, thanks to their Battle Roar Passive skill! You can use this setup for easier Group content with less organized parties and in general a more relaxed approach to Group Gameplay.

HeadLord WardenHeavy/Medium/LightDivinesPrismatic Defense
ShouldersLord WardenHeavy/Medium/LightDivinesPrismatic Defense
HandsDrake's RushHeavyDivinesPrismatic Defense
LegsDrake's RushHeavyDivinesPrismatic Defense
ChestDrake's RushHeavyDivinesPrismatic Defense
WaistDrake's RushHeavyDivinesPrismatic Defense
FeetDrake's RushHeavyDivinesPrismatic Defense
NecklaceAkaviri DragonguardJewelHarmonyPrismatic Recovery
RingAkaviri DragonguardJewelHarmonyPrismatic Recovery
RingAkaviri DragonguardJewelHarmonyPrismatic Recovery
One Handed WeaponAkaviri DragonguardSwordInfusedWeakening
Off-HandAkaviri DragonguardShieldDivinesPrismatic Defense
StaffAkaviri DragonguardLightning/IceInfusedCrusher

Best Armor Sets for Dragonknight Tank Build ESO

These are the Best Armor Sets you can use with the Dragonknight Tank Build for harder or easier Group Gameplay and a few good alternative options.

Best Skills for Dragonknight Tank Build ESO

The skills of the Dragonborn Tank Build will help you taunt enemies and keep them aggroed easily! The Dragonknight has the Best Tank oriented Crowd Control abilities in ESO, which makes it an easy Class to Tank with. The goal of the Build is to hold aggro and keep enemies off your party!

Pierce ArmorInner RageHeroic SlashHardened ArmorDefensive StanceAggressive Horn
Unstable Wall of ElementsUnrelenting GripGreen Dragon BloodChoking TalonsRazor CaltropsMagma Shell
  • Pierce Armor(Puncture): Main Taunt attack that also debuffs enemies.
  • Inner Rage(Inner Fire): Ranged Taunt ability.
  • Heroic Slash(Low Slash): Debuffs the target with Minor Maim but also helps you generate Ultimate faster.
  • Hardened Armor(Spiked Armor): Increases resistances and serves as a shield.
  • Defensive Stance(Defensive Posture): Essential skill for tanking. It gives a shield, increases the amount of damage you can block and reduces the cost of blocking.
  • Aggressive Horn(War Horn): Main Ultimate. Use this mostly against strong Bosses.
  • Unstable Wall of Elements(Wall of Elements): Use this ability to deal damage and apply the Crusher debuff to your targets.
  • Unrelenting Grip(Fiery Grip): Crowd control skill. Use it to pull enemies to you.
  • Green Dragon Blood(Dragon Blood): Emergency heal.
  • Choking Talons(Dark Talons): Another crowd control skill.
  • Razor Caltrops(Caltrops): Debuffs enemies and triggers Powerful Assault.
  • Magma Shell(Magma Armor): Secondary Ultimate.

Best Passive Skills for Dragonknight Tank Build ESO

Passive skills are always important for every character and can help you maximize the potential of your Dragonknight Tank Build. Try to unlock them as fast as possible, so you can become stronger and tackle harder content faster. These are the Passive Skills you should unlock for the Dragonknight Tank PVE Build.

Best Champion Points for Dragonknight Tank Build ESO

Below you will find the best Champion Points setup for the Build. When allocating Champion points to Slottable and Passive Stars your primary goal is to create paths! Allocate the minimum required points to stars along your path in order to reach your desired Slottable Stars faster. Once you have unlocked all Stars, start allocating more Champion Points to them to fill them out. Focus on Slottable Stars first, then Passive Stars. If you would like to learn more about Champion Points and how they work, you can read my ESO Champion Points Guide.


  • Slottable Stars: Unassailable, Bulwark, Reinforced, Duelist’s Rebuff
  • Passive: Eldritch Insight, Tireless Discipline, Piercing, Flawless Ritual, War Mage, Battle Mastery, Mighty, Quick Recovery, Hardy, Elemental Aegis, Preparation, Precision, Blessed


  • Slottable Stars: Rationer, Liquid Efficiency, Master Gatherer, Steed’s Blessing
  • Passive: Gilded Fingers, Fortune’s Favor, Wanderer, Steadfast Enchantment, Treasure Hunter(slottable, required for path)


  • Slottable Stars: Fortified, Strategic Reserve, Rejuvenation, Boundless Vitality
  • Passive: Sprinter, Hasty, Tireless Guardian, Fortification, Hero’s Vigor, Mystic Tenacity, Tumbling, Defiance, Nimble Protector, Savage Defense, Bashing Brutality

Best Food and Potions for Dragonknight Tank Build

Bewitched Sugar Skulls is the Best Food for the Build while crafted Tri-Stat Essence of Health is the best option as Potions.

Info for Dragonknight Tank Build

Several important info for the Dragonknight Tank PVE Build. What Mundus to use, the best race for the build and how to assign your attribute points.

Attribute Points

24 points to Magicka, 6 to Health and 34 to Stamina.

Mundus Stone

The Atronach for better Magicka Recovery.

What Race is Best for Dragonknight Tank Build in ESO

The Best Race for the Dragonknight Tank Build in ESO is Nord. Imperial, Orc, Argonian are good alternative Races for a Tank Build. You can find more about the playable races in my ESO Race Guide!

Vampire or Werewolf

Neither is necessary.

Best Rotation for Dragonknight Tank Build ESO

The gameplay of a tank is pretty easy. Taunt your target and block. Your main concern is applying your crusher debuff and keeping it up all the time. Buff yourself with Hardened Armor, taunt and control your targets with Pierce Armor, Inner Rage, Unrelenting Grip and Choking Talons. Use Unstable Wall of Elements to apply the Crusher debuff and weaken your enemies, Heroic Slash to generate Ultimate faster.

Razor Caltrops to debuff enemies and trigger Powerful Assault. Activate Defensive Stance to give yourself a shield. Heal if you have to with Green Dragon Blood. Use your Aggressive Horn ultimate when dealing with bosses and your Magma Shell when dealing with groups of enemies.

Best Companion for Dragonknight Tank Build ESO

If you wish to play Solo with the Dragonknight Tank Build, you can bring along a mighty Companion! Companions in ESO are helpful allies that can assist you in combat. Every Companion can fulfill every role in the game and help you enjoy ESO more by clearing content faster or by simply interacting with them and their charming personality! There are various Builds you can use for every available ESO Companion!

As a Tank focused character my recommendation is to bring along a DPS Companion! To find out which ESO Companion is the Best in every role you can take a look at my ESO Best Companion Guide! To further maximize the potential of your chosen Companion, you can wear the Telvanni Efficiency Set! A Crafted Set that reduces the cooldown of your Companions abilities, improving their damage and overall effects and assisting you further in combat.

ESO Dragonknight Tank PVE Build Summary

Dragonborn is a sturdy Dragonknight Tank Build for every type of Group PVE Gameplay in ESO! A powerful Tank Build in ESO with superb Crowd Control capabilities thanks to the Dragonknight Class skills. Dragonborn is an easy Tank you can use as a Veteran or New player. Forgiving and strong enough to tank the hardest Bosses in the game. An excellent Support Build for players that enjoy the role of Tanking.

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