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Dragonknight Tank

Dragonborn is a sturdy Dragonknight Tank PVE Build. A flexible Dragonknight Tank Build with different setups for harder and easier group content. The Dragonknight is a strong Tank Class and perfect for new players to learn the role!

If you are a new player, you can take a look at my Dragonknight Beginner Guide. If you are looking for a Solo PVE Build for Arenas like the Maelstrom Arena and Vateshran Hollows, take a look at my Stamina Dragonknight Solo Build. You can find more Builds in the Dragonknight Builds page.

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Dragonknight Tank Build Setup

Below you can find different Setups for harder but also easier group content. The Setups will help you tank Trials or Dungeons and allow you to assist Stamina or Magicka(Encratis’s Behemoth) based Groups! A few good alternative Sets you can use include (Perfected)Claw of Yolnahkriin, (Perfected)Pearlescent Ward, Nazaray, Archdruid Devyric.

Trials Build

This is a Tank setup for harder Group content.

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 Tank setup for easier Group content and less organized parties.

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

Armor Sets for Dragonknight Tank Build

Skills for Dragonknight Tank Build

The following Skills will allow you to hold aggro and Tank effectively almost every PVE content.

Pierce ArmorInner RageHeroic SlashHardened ArmorDefensive StanceAggressive Horn
Unstable Wall of ElementsUnrelenting GripGreen Dragon BloodChoking TalonsRazor CaltropsMagma Shell
  • Pierce Armor(Puncture): Our main Taunt attack that also debuffs enemies.
  • Inner Rage(Inner Fire): Our Taunt for enemies far away.
  • Heroic Slash(Low Slash): Debuffs our target with Minor Maim but also helps us generate Ultimate faster.
  • Hardened Armor(Spiked Armor): Increases our resistances and serves as a shield.
  • Defensive Stance(Defensive Posture): Essential skill for tanking. It gives us a shield, increases the amount of damage we can block and reduces the cost of blocking.
  • Aggressive Horn(War Horn): Our main Ultimate. We use this mostly against strong enemies, Bosses, to buff our team.
  • Unstable Wall of Elements(Wall of Elements): We use this ability to deal damage and apply the Crusher debuff to our targets. It also sets concussed enemies off balance, increasing our damage to them.
  • Unrelenting Grip(Fiery Grip): One of our crowd control skills. Use it to pull enemies to you.
  • Green Dragon Blood(Dragon Blood): Our emergency heal.
  • Choking Talons(Dark Talons): Our other great crowd control skill. Use it to immobilize groups of enemies.
  • Razor Caltrops(Caltrops): Debuffs enemies and triggers Powerful Assault.
  • Magma Shell(Magma Armor): Our secondary Ultimate. Great to use against groups of enemies and to replenish our stats faster.

Passive Skills for Dragonknight Tank Build

Very important passive skills that can help you maximize the potential of your Dragonknight Tank Build.

  • All Passive Skills from your Class’ Lines
  • All Passive Skills from Weapon Lines you are using
  • Passive Skills from Armor Lines you are using
  • Passive Abilities from Guild lines(Fighters Guild, Mages Guild, Psijic Order) that affect your skills/Build
  • Undaunted Passives
  • Your Racial Passives
  • Medicinal Use Passive from Alchemy to boost the effectiveness of Potions

Champion Points for Dragonknight Tank Build

Below you will find the best Champion Points setup for the Build. 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

Consumables for Dragonknight Tank Build

We are using Longfin Pasty with Melon Sauce or Bewitched Sugar Skulls and crafted Tri-Stat Essence of Health.

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

Nord – Imperial – Orc – Argonian is the best race for a Tank Build. You can find more about the playable races in my ESO Race Guide!

Vampire or Werewolf

Neither is necessary.

Rotation for Dragonknight Tank Build

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.

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