Dragonhide – Dragon Knight Tank PvE Build

Build Written By: Pelle412 – PC NA

Role: Tank

Patch: Wolfhunter

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 Harmony Reduced Block Cost Crypt of Hearts
Ring Roar of Alkosh Jewelry Infused Reduced Potion Cooldown Maw of Lorkhaj
Ring Roar of Alkosh Jewelry Infused Reduced Potion Cooldown 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 Lightning Staff Infused Crusher 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.

Gear Choices

  • If you are not comfortable running a lightning staff on your back bar, use double sword and shield until you are ready to take the next step.
  • Ebon Armory is a really good tank set. Lots of health for you and a bit extra for your group. In a 12-player trial, this is even more valuable. If that extra health saves only 1 DPS from dying, that is quite a bit of damage saved for the team (one dead and one rezzing doing no damage).
  • Roar of Alkosh is probably the best group support set there is. Each time you activate a synergy you debuff enemies in front of you significantly. If your group is stacked with synergy sources you can keep this debuff up almost always (shards, conduits, orbs, etc.). A caveat is, if you are running in a 4-man group with little or no synergies available, the effectiveness of Alkosh goes down.
  • We use a lightning staff on the back bar to keep a shock blockade going all the time. Using an infused staff with a crusher glyph helps us keep the crusher effect up as well as use it on groups of enemies. One more benefit of a lightning staff is to concuss enemies and proc off-balance.  Enemies that are off-balance takes more damage from your whole group if they use the Exploiter CP passive. In addition, enemies that are off-balance gives more resources to your team when they heavy attack.
  • As you see in this gear setup we use 6 pieces of heavy armor and 1 piece of medium. Why no light piece for a full 5/1/1 setup? The extra resists you get from 6 heavy pieces provides you with damage mitigation that outweighs the small amount of extra max resources you get from fully utilizing your undaunted mettle. The use of a medium belt (as belt is the lowest value armor piece) does provide us with some undaunted mettle at a minor loss of resists. If you use crafted gear, by all means use a 5/1/1 setup. You can also go with light shoulders to get 5/1/1 and if that works well, and you like the results, use it.
  • For jewelry traits we use 1 harmony for improved resource gain when using synergies. If you are a race other than Argonian, you may want to consider using 2 pieces with harmony for improved sustain. We also use 2 infused pieces with potion cooldown. If you are an Argonian you can use stamina trash potions for most content but other races you probably want tri-stat potions and they can become expensive. It is also perfectly fine to leave the jewelry traits as their defaults on the gear.

Alternative Gear Choices

Set Acquisition Notes
Blood Spawn Vet Spindlecluth 2 This set lets you generate ultimate faster as well as receive a resist boost when it procs. It’s a bit more selfish than Lord Warden and not ideal in a 12-man trial but does well in 4-man dungeons.
Akaviri Dragonguard Eastmarch This set lowers the cost of your ultimates and provides more magicka recovery. Ideally use this only if you need more magicka sustain and the group can afford to lose Ebon Armory buff.
Torug’s Pact Crafted This set enhances the value of your weapon enchantment (i.e. crusher) providing even more resist debuffs as well as reduces the cooldown which lets you maintain a higher crusher uptime easier. Use only if there is a second tank using Ebon Armory in the group.
Plague Doctor Deshaan This set boosts your health by a large amount. Use if you need more health situationally such as off-tanking vSO or tanking vHoF.
Powerful Assault Tel Var Use as off-tank in trials to buff your group whenever you use an Assault skill such as Vigor.


Magicka: 10
Health: 39
Stamina: 15

NOTE: This attribute setup isn’t a magic solution. Adjust them as you see fit to give you the health, stamina, and magicka pools that work well for you.



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Skill Skill Tree Notes
Heroic Slash [FLEX SLOT] One Handed & Shield This skill applies the minor maim debuff on the target and grants you minor heroism which increases your ultimate generation. Keep this up as your stamina pool can sustain it.
Pierce Armor One Handed & Shield This is our primary taunt for enemies in front of us. It also debuffs with major fracture and breach.
Green Dragon Blood Draconic Power This is your primary self-heal. It is very powerful and boosted by CP points into Blessed and Elfborn.
Absorb Magic [FLEX SLOT] One Handed & Shield This skill increases the amount of damage your block mitigates and reduces your block cost just by having it slotted. Its active use is only useful in some places. Notable ones are Veteran Imperial City Prison and Veteran Maw of Lorkhaj while fighting Rakkhat. See FLEX SLOT options for skills to use instead as the need calls for.
Igneous Shield Earthen Heart Provides a damage shield for yourself and nearby allies. Also restores stamina to you and buffs your group with Minor Brutality. Additionally, grants you a brief period of Major Mending so you can use a self-heal right after for a nice boost.
Elemental Blockade Destruction Staff This is an AoE shock DoT you should keep active at all times. It will damage enemies with shock damage which can lead to them becoming off-balance. An enemy that is off-balance takes more damage from your group and provides more resources when hit with a heavy attack.
Inner Rage Undaunted This is your ranged taunt.
Hardened Armor Draconic Power Provides you with Major Ward and Resolve as well as a short damage shield.
Unrelenting Grip [FLEX SLOT] Ardent Flame Pull enemies towards you. This lets you group enemies so your DPS can kill multiple enemies faster. This can also be used to close portals in White Gold Tower.
Engulfing Flames Ardent Flame Slot and use this skill if your DPS uses fire damage as it will boost it by 10%.
Aggressive War Horn Alliance War Assault Provides your group with 9.5 seconds of major force and 30 seconds of increased max resources. Without doubt the best ultimate for a tank.
Magma Shell Earthen Heart This is your oh-shit ultimate. 9 seconds of near god-mode invulnerability. Use sparingly.
Flex Options
Shielded Assault One Handed & Shield Use when you need a fast gap closer such as Assembly General or Refabrication Committee in vHoF.
Efficient Purge Alliance War Support Cleanse yourself and your group to remove some negative effects. A must-have for Halls of Fabrication and Asylum Sanctorium.
Crushing Shock Destruction Staff Longer range interrupt ability.
Energy Orb Undaunted Provides healing and synergies for your group.
Deep Thoughts Psijic Order Slot this skill if you need a way to recover resources fast. Keep in mind to only use it if you are not in danger of getting one-shot to death so learn first which situations are safe. You will not be blocking while channeling but you will have major protection via skill line passives.
Deep Breath Draconic Power This is an AoE interrupt. Use when you need to interrupt multiple channeling enemies such as Maw of Lorkhaj or Hel Ra Citadel.
Choking Talons Draconic Power This is an AoE root with minor maim applied. Use when you have grouped up enemies and want them to stay put.
Igneous Weapons Earthen Heart Slot and use if you want to save your group from using expensive weapon power and spell power potions as you can grant them some of those buffs.
Dragon Fire Scale Draconic Power Excellent skill to reflect damage. Use on bosses which throws ranged attacks at you such as Valariel in vAA or Domihaus in Falkreath Hold.
Sanguine Altar Undaunted If you need extra healing for you and your group and you have a moment where it’s safe to put this down, use it. A great example is vAS right after Ohlms does his steam attack.
Balance Mage’s Guild This skill gives you magicka back at the expense of your health plus it provides major ward and resolve. This skill can completely replace Hardened Armor. Be careful with this skill because for a few seconds after using it, your own healing and damage shield efficiency is reduced but if you have an excellent healer you will be just fine.

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 – 31
  • Staff Expert – 19
  • Thaumaturge – 10

NOTE: If you want to get the Tactician perk to force enemies off-balance by dodging, take points out of Elfborn


  • Shadow Ward – 82
  • Tumbling – 40
  • Arcanist – 75
  • Warlord – 44
  • Bashing Focus – 19


  • Heavy Armor Focus – 12
  • Hardy – 56
  • Elemental Defender – 56
  • Thick Skinned – 48
  • Ironclad – 81
  • Quick Recovery – 7



  • Blessed – 100


  • Warlord –18
  • Arcanist –27
  • Tumbling – 15
  • Shadow Ward – 40


  • Ironclad –  34
  • Hardy – 23
  • Elemental Defender – 23
  • Thick Skinned – 20

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), Destruction Staff (all), Psijic Order (all)

Tips & Misc.

Tanking is all about awareness and knowledge of the dungeon/trial. Use shards & orbs 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 try to keep it up at all times. Regularly 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 as well as buffing them with minor brutality.

You want to do your best to maintain Engulfing Flames so your party members are able to deal 10% extra fire damage to targets!


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

Update Log

11/16/2017 – Build created.
2/26/2018 – CP and gear updated
4/11/2018 – Engulfing flames swapped in for igneous weapons
5/23/2018 – Build overhauled for Summerset Isles
8/20/2018 – Jewelry traits/enchants changed, and writeup updated for Wolfhunter