Dragonhide – Dragon Knight Tank PvE Build (Meta)

Build Written By: Dottz Gaming, Pelle412 & Kevin G – PC NA

Role: Tank

Patch: Dragon Bones

Table of Contents

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


Welcome to DottzGaming.com’s Dragon Knight Tank Build, Dragonhide, for the Elder Scrolls Online! This build is intended for all types of PvE: Trials, veteran dungeons and general PvE.

This build is your standard meta Dragon Knight tank. It is the tried and tested build used by many of Elder Scrolls Online’s Trials tanks, although each individual person has their own variances and spin to the build to make it work for themselves.  This build is DottzGaming.com’s version of the meta Dragon Knight tank!



Dragon Knight Tank PvE Build
Gear Slot Set Weight Trait Enchant Acquisition
Head Lord Warden Heavy Infused Prismatic Vet Imperial City Prison
Shoulders Lord Warden Heavy Sturdy Prismatic Undaunted Chest
Gloves Ebon Armory Heavy Sturdy Prismatic Crypt of Hearts
Legs Ebon Armory Heavy Infused Prismatic Crypt of Hearts
Chest Ebon Armory Heavy Infused Prismatic Crypt of Hearts
Belt Roar of Alkosh Medium Sturdy Prismatic Maw of Lorkhaj
Boots Ebon Armory Heavy Sturdy Prismatic Crypt of Hearts
Necklace Ebon Armory Jewelry Healthy Reduced Block Cost Crypt of Hearts
Ring Roar of Alkosh Jewelry Robust Reduced Block Cost Maw of Lorkhaj
Ring Roar of Alkosh Jewelry Robust Magicka Recovery Maw of Lorkhaj
Weapon 1 Roar of Alkosh 1h Weapon Infused Crusher Maw of Lorkhaj
Shield 1 Roar of Alkosh Shield Sturdy Prismatic Maw of Lorkhaj
Weapon 2 Roar of Alkosh 1h Weapon Infused Weakening Maw of Lorkhaj
Shield 2 Roar of Alkosh Shield Sturdy Prismatic Maw of Lorkhaj

NOTE: If you’re in the process of farming Alkosh or want an alternative playstyle, Torug’s Pact is a good substitute.


Magicka: 10
Health: 39
Stamina: 15



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Main Bar – Sword & Shield: Igneous Shield, Absorb Magic, Hardened Armor, Pierce Armor, Heroic Slash, Magma Shell

Back Bar – Sword & Shield: Choking Talons, Igneous Weapons, Green Dragon Blood, Inner Rage, Unrelenting Grip, Aggressive Warhorn

NOTE: Igneous Weapons is a flex spot in the build, and can be replaced with other abilities as you situationly need them.

Vampire vs. Mortal

For this build we recommend playing as a vampire.  The regeneration and undeath passives bonuses you gain from being a vampire greatly outweigh the cons.

Champion Points



  • Blessed – 100
  • Elfborn – 100
  • Physical Weapons Expert – 40


  • Shadow Ward – 100
  • Tumbling – 37
  • Arcanist – 75
  • Warlord – 28


  • Bastion – 44
  • Hardy – 43
  • Elemental Defender – 43
  • Thick Skinned – 44
  • Ironclad – 66

Other Important Info

Buff Food

Longfin Pasty with Melon Sauce: Increased max health, stamina and magicka


Atronach – Increased Magicka Recovery


Argonian (Recommended)


Tri-Stat (Bugloss, Columbine and Mountain Flower) (Recommended)
Regular Stamina or Magicka restoration potions


Class (all), Heavy Armor (all), Medium Armor (all except the ones that require you to wear 5 pieces), Light Armor (all except the ones that require you to wear 5 pieces), 1h & Shield (all), Fighter’s Guild (Banish the Wicked), Vampire (all except Blood Ritual and Savage Feeding), Undaunted (all), Racial (all), Alchemy (Medicinal Use)

Tips & Misc.

Tanking is all about awareness and knowledge of the dungeon/trial. Use shards as your healer drops them to restore resources, use your pots whenever you need to to maintain resources. This is why Argonian is recommended: the sustain through the potions is fantastic. Before going into a fight, pop your Hardened armor and absorb magicka, try to keep hardened armor up at all times. Constantly use Igneous shield to convert your Mag into stamina with the helping hands passive and to provide yourself and your team with some extra damage mitigation.

You want to do your best to maintain Igneous Weapons so your party members are getting their major brutality/sorcerery.  If they are running builds that give them those buffs already, feel free to sub out Igneous Weapons for another ability!


If you have any questions about the build, join our discord server and ask @Dottz, @pelle412 or @Kevin G about the build!

Update Log

11/16/2017 – Build created.
2/26/2018 – CP and gear updated