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Dragonknight Tank PVE Build – Dragonborn

Dragonknight Tank PVE Build

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Dragonborn is a sturdy Dragonknight Tank PVE Build. A flexible Dragonknight Tank Build with different setups for harder and easier group content.

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.

Armor Sets

Tremorscale: Best overall Monster Set for Tanking. You can replace with Encratis’s Behemoth if your group relies on Fire damage or facing a strong fire damage based enemy.

Lord Warden is a great alternative to boost your party’s defense.

(Perfected)Claw of Yolnahkriin: Great Tank Set that grants Minor Courage to you and your group when taunting an enemy.

Powerful Assault: Grants extra Weapon and Spell Damage when casting an Assault Ability.

Drake’s Rush: Great set to boost Ultimate Generation

Akaviri Dragonguard: Reduces the cost of Ultimates. Good for easier content.

Ebon Armory and Arkasis’s Genius are good alternative sets.

Sets Location

Tremorscale: Veteran Volenfell, Glirion the Redbeard

Encratis’s Behemoth: Veteran Black Drake Villa, Urgarlag Chief-Bane

Lord Warden: Veteran Imperial City Prison, Urgarlag Chief-bane

(Perfected)Claw of Yolnahkriin: (Veteran)Sunspire Trial

Powerful Assault: Imperial City, Tel Var Vendor

Drake’s Rush: Black Drake Villa Dungeon

Akaviri Dragonguard: Eastmarch, Overland

Trials Build

This is a Tank setup for harder Group content.

ShouldersTremorscaleHeavy/Medium/LightSturdyMax. Health
Hands(Perfected)Claw of YolnahkriinHeavySturdyMax. Health
Legs(Perfected)Claw of YolnahkriinHeavyInfusedMulti-Effect ( Tri-Stat )
Chest(Perfected)Claw of YolnahkriinHeavyInfusedMulti-Effect ( Tri-Stat )
Waist(Perfected)Claw of YolnahkriinHeavySturdyMax. Health
Feet(Perfected)Claw of YolnahkriinHeavySturdyMax. Health
NecklacePowerful AssaultJewelHealthyBracing
RingPowerful AssaultJewelHealthyBracing
RingPowerful AssaultJewelHealthyBracing
One Handed WeaponPowerful AssaultSwordInfusedWeakening
Off-HandPowerful AssaultShieldSturdyMax. Stamina
StaffPowerful AssaultLightning/Ice/FireInfusedCrusher

Easier Group Content

A Tank setup for easier Group content and less organized parties.

HeadLord WardenHeavy/Medium/LightInfusedTri-Stat
ShouldersLord WardenHeavy/Medium/LightSturdyMax. Health
HandsDrake's RushHeavySturdyMax. Health
LegsDrake's RushHeavyInfusedMulti-Effect ( Tri-Stat )
ChestDrake's RushHeavyInfusedMulti-Effect ( Tri-Stat )
WaistDrake's RushHeavySturdyMax. Health
FeetDrake's RushHeavySturdyMax. Health
NecklaceAkaviri DragonguardJewelHealthyBracing
RingAkaviri DragonguardJewelHealthyBracing
RingAkaviri DragonguardJewelHealthyBracing
One Handed WeaponAkaviri DragonguardSwordInfusedWeakening
Off-HandAkaviri DragonguardShieldSturdyMax. Stamina
StaffAkaviri DragonguardLightning/IceInfusedCrusher


 Front BarBack Bar
Skill 1Pierce ArmorUnstable Wall of Elements
Skill 2Inner RageUnrelenting Grip
Skill 3Heroic SlashGreen Dragon Blood
Skill 4Hardened ArmorChoking Talons
Skill 5Defensive StanceRazor Caltrops
Ultimate SkillAggressive HornMagma Shell

Pierce Armor: Our main Taunt attack that also debuffs enemies.

Inner Rage: Our Taunt for enemies far away.

Heroic Slash: Debuffs our target with Minor Maim but also helps us generate Ultimate faster.

Hardened Armor: Increases our resistances and serves as a shield.

Defensive Stance: 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: Our main Ultimate. We use this mostly against strong enemies, Bosses, to buff our team.

Unstable 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: One of our crowd control skills. Use it to pull enemies to you.

Green Dragon Blood: Our emergency heal.

Choking Talons: Our other great crowd control skill. Use it to immobilize groups of enemies.

Razor Caltrops: Debuffs enemies and triggers Powerful Assault.

Magma Shell: Our secondary Ultimate. Great to use against groups of enemies and to replenish our stats faster.

Passive Skills

  • 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


Slottable Stars: Unassailable, Bulwark, Reinforced, Last Stand

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, Plentiful Harvest

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


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


Attribute Points

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

Mundus Stone

The Atronach for better Magicka Recovery.


Nord – Imperial – Orc – Argonian

Vampire or Werewolf

Neither is necessary.


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.

More Dragonknight Builds

Venomous – Stamina Dragonknight PVE Build

Fireheart – Magicka Dragonknight PVE Build

Baneful – 2H Stamina Dragonknight PVE Build

Swordflame – Magicka Dragonknight Solo PVE Build

Stamina Dragonknight Solo PVE Build

Infernum – Magicka Dragonknight PVP Build

Unbroken – Stamina Dragonknight PVP Build

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