Aspis – Dragon Knight Tank PvE Build (non-Meta)

Build Written By: SlyCatSparraticus and DoctorSarge – PS4 NA

Role: Tank

Patch: Dragon Bones

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Setup
    1. Gear
    2. Attributes
    3. Skills
    4. Champion Points
    5. Other Important Info (Food, Mundus, Race, Potions, Passives)
  3. Resource Management & Rotation
  4. Tips & Misc
  5. Contact Info
  6. Update Log

Introduction

Welcome to DottzGaming.com’s Dragon Knight PvE Tank Build, Aspis, for the Elder Scrolls Online!  This build is aimed at players who primarily run veteran dungeons. It allows you to be very tanky while also dealing out some damage, as well as having good self-sustain. Also, all the gear except the monster sets can be acquired very easily, allowing you to get up and running with it very quickly. As with all the builds on this website, we will update it after each patch, so please come back often!

NOTE: This is a unique take on the Dragon Knight tank! If you are looking for a “standard” tank setup, click here to view the “Dragonhide” build by Dottz Gaming and Kevin G.

Setup

Gear

Dragon Knight Tank PvE Build
Gear Slot Set Weight Trait Enchant Acquisition
Head Bloodspawn Light Reinforced Health Vet Spindleclutch 2
Shoulders Bloodspawn Medium Reinforced Magicka or Health Undaunted Chest
Gloves Green Pact Heavy Reinforced Magicka Grahtwood/Guild Trader
Legs Green Pact Heavy Reinforced Stamina Grahtwood/Guild Trader
Chest Green Pact Heavy Reinforced Magicka Grahtwood/Guild Trader
Belt Green Pact Heavy Reinforced Magicka Grahtwood/Guild Trader
Boots Green Pact Heavy Reinforced Stamina Grahtwood/Guild Trader
Necklace Warrior-Poet Jewelry Healthy Stamina Recovery Vvardenfell/Guild Trader
Ring Warrior-Poet Jewelry Healthy Magicka Recovery Vvardenfell/Guild Trader
Ring Warrior-Poet Jewelry Healthy Magicka Recovery Vvardenfell/Guild Trader
Weapon 1 Warrior-Poet 1h Sword Defending Absorb Magicka Vvardenfell/Guild Trader
Off-hand 1 Warrior-Poet Shield Reinforced Health Vvardenfell/Guild Trader
Weapon 2 Warrior-Poet Lightning Defending Absorb Stamina Vvardenfell/Guild Trader
Weapon 2 Alternate Warrior-Poet Restoration Defending Absorb Stamina Vvardenfell/Guild Trader

Attributes

  • Magicka: 30
  • Health: 9
  • Stamina: 25

Skills

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Main Bar – 1h/Shield

  • Inner Rage
  • Hardened Armor
  • Bone Surge
  • Resolving Vigor
  • Deep Breath
  • Magma Shell

Back Bar – Lightning Staff

  • Igneous Weapons
  • Eruption
  • Burning Talons
  • Green Dragon Blood
  • Elemental Blockade
  • Sturdy Horn
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Main Bar Alt – 1h/Shield

  • Pierce Armor
  • Hardened Armor
  • Igneous Shield
  • Deep Breath
  • Heroic Slash
  • Magma Shell

Back Bar Alt – Restoration Staff

  • Inner Rage
  • Unrelenting Grip
  • Burning Talons
  • Green Dragon Blood
  • Combat Prayer
  • Aggressive Horn

Champion Points

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The Mage (Blue)

  • Blessed: 64
  • Elfborn: 28
  • Elemental Expert: 32
  • Spell Erosion: 2
  • Staff Expert: 31
  • Physical Weapon Expert: 31
  • Master-at-Arms: 18
  • Shattering Blows: 18
  • Precise Strikes: 16

The Thief (Green)

  • Warlord: 9
  • Tenacity: 7
  • Tumbling: 2
  • Mooncalf: 32
  • Arcanist: 64
  • Healthy: 23
  • Shadow Ward: 100
  • Bashing Focus: 3

The Warrior (Red)

  • Ironclad: 13
  • Spell Shield: 62
  • Thick Skinned: 9
  • Hardy: 19
  • Elemental Defender: 23
  • Expert Defender: 11
  • Bastion: 23
  • Quick Recovery: 19
  • Heavy Armor Focus: 61

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The Mage (Blue)

  • Blessed: 32
  • Elfborn: 9
  • Elemental Expert: 15
  • Staff Expert: 16
  • Physical Weapon Expert: 16
  • Master-at-Arms: 9
  • Shattering Blows: 7

The Thief (Green)

  • Warlord: 3
  • Mooncalf: 11
  • Arcanist: 32
  • Healthy: 11
  • Shadow Ward: 48

The Warrior (Red)

  • Spell Shield: 21
  • Thick Skinned: 3
  • Hardy: 7
  • Elemental Defender: 11
  • Expert Defender: 3
  • Bastion: 9
  • Quick Recovery: 7
  • Heavy Armor Focus: 30

Other Important Info

Buff Food

Any max-level purple tri-buff food (Ex: Capon tomato-beet casserole)

Mundus

Atronach

Race

  1. Argonian
  2. Dark Elf
  3. Imperial
  4. Nord/Orc

Potions

  • Essence of Health
    • Restore health and health recovery
    • Restore magicka and magicka recovery
    • Restore stamina and stamina recovery
    • Ingredients:
      • Lorkhan’s Tears
      • Columbine
      • Lady’s Smock
      • Mountain Flower

Passives

  • Ardent Flame: all
  • Draconic Power: all
  • Earthen Heart: all
  • One Hand and Shield: all
  • (for Main Bar) Destruction Staff: all
  • (for Main Bar Alt) Resto Staff: all
  • Heavy Armor: all
  • Light Armor
    • Recovery
    • Evocation
    • Spell Warding
  • Fighters Guild
    • (optional) Intimidating Presence
    • Banish the Wicked
  • Mages Guild
    • (optional) Persuasive Will
  • Undaunted: all
  • Race Skills: all
  • (optional) Soul Magic
    • Soul Summons
    • Soul Lock
  • (optional) Vampire
    • Supernatural Recovery
    • Undeath
    • Unnatural Resistance
  • (optional) Provisioning
    • Gourmand
    • Connoisseur
  • (optional) Alchemy
    • Medicinal Use

Resource Management & Rotation

As a tank, there really isn’t a set rotation like DPS characters have, but we recommend:

  1. Igneous Weapons
  2. Green Dragon Blood
  3. Hardened Armor
  4. Taunt (Inner Rage or Pierce Armor)
  5. Igneous Shield/ Bone Surge
  6. Then keep those active while using the other skills as needed to help control adds, sustain, heal, and damage.

Tips & Misc.

The difference between the Destruction Staff and the Restoration Staff comes down to a matter of preference of playstyle. Using a Destruction Staff gives you more damage and AOEs while using a Restoration Staff gives you more healing. We recommend you try both to see which one you like better.

The vampire passives are optional due to the disadvantages that come with being a vampire. If you can play well with them, definitely be a vampire. But if you struggle with them, being a vampire isn’t a necessity.

Contact

If you have any questions about the build, join our discord server and ask @DoctorSarge or @SlyCatSparraticus about the build!

Update Log

9/19/2017 – Build created.
11/17/2017 – CP Updated for CWC
3/19/2018 – CP Updated for Dragon Bones, Resto staff playstyle abilities updated

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