“Catalyst”

Updated: Greymoor Chapter
Type: Dungeon, Trials & Overland

Table of Contents for the Dragonknight Tank Build PvE


Introduction to the Dragonknight Tank Build PvE

Welcome to the Stamina Dragonknight Tank Build PvE “Catalyst” for Elder Scrolls Online. Make sure to bookmark the link as I will keep updating the build for each new Update of ESO.

The Dragonknight Tank Build Catalyst is optimized for Dungeons, Arenas & Trials. Keep in mind there is a huge variety of different tank builds out there that synergize well depending on your group setup. Remember, each Trial, Dungeon or Arena needs some small adjustments to the build. So if you for example need more health, then go for it!

Other Tank Guides:

Dragonknights are by far the most popular tanking class. Naturally because of their skills and passives Dragonknights are just truly made for tanking. They have a lot of good shields that they can apply to themselves and the group which helps with survival.

They also have strong self healing and very good resource management through passives, which I will explain in more detail in the resource management section. More resistances and increased amount of damage that you can block are also included in the passives. If you go through the Draconic Power & Earthen Heart Class skill line you will notice that fairly quickly. Dragonknights also have a very unique skill called Unrelenting Grip that they can use to pull enemies towards the groups.

  • Trial, Dungeon & Arena
  • Tank/ Support Build
  • Heavy Armor
  • Great Sustain
  • Great Survivability
  • Great Self Healing
  • Great Shielding

Changes to the previous Version

  1. Changed the gear setup. Instead of Alkosh I placed Claw of Yolnahkriin as the base setup, overall easier to use. Remember, there is a lot of viable tank sets. This is just one of the possible setups.
  2. Removed Vampire from the build. Vampire gets a permanent cost increase on all your skills, that we don’t want.
  3. Updated the Screenshots.
  4. Updated the resource management section.

Resource Management

Dragonknights have insane resource management compared to other tank classes.

Battle Roar returns resources when we use an Ultimate and Helping Hands passive returns Stamina when we use the Igneous Shield skill. These two mechanics alone already outperform other tank classes by a huge margin.

Energy Orb is a skill that Healers use to throw into the group. You can use the synergy this skill provides to regain around 4000 resources. Our max Stamina is a bit higher than our Max Magicka, that is because you will get resources depending on your higher max Stamina or Magicka. And because we are a tank, Stamina is definitely more important.

Heavy Attacks restore a big amount of stamina, if you hit an off-balanced enemy it gives twice the amount back. You don’t need to permablock, try to find time to do Heavy Attacks in your rotation.

Potions are also a key to manage your resources well, I recommend using Tri-Stat potions to regain all three resources at the same time. Further below you will learn how to craft the right potions.

This build has very low Magicka Recovery, because we use Balance to manage our Magicka resources and additionally boost our resistances.

Choosing an Argonian as a race for your tank will also increase sustain due to the Resourceful racial passive.


Trials & Dungeons Setup

5x Ebon Armory, 5x Perf. Claw of Yolnahkriin, 2x Lord Warden with Bewitched Sugar Skills on a Nord.

  • Unbuffed: Out of combat.
  • Buffed: Raid Target Dummy buffs.

Gear

You can find more good sets for tanking in the “Must Have Tanking Sets” Article. To be fully ready I recommend trying to get most of these sets and confirm with your raid leader what combinations you need them in.

Gear Setup

Lightning vs Frost Staff: You can use both options, a frost staff is better if you want to go the safe route and get all the block mitigation on the backbar. Frost staff heavy attack also taunts enemies on top of the usual benefits. The Lightning Staff is used in combination with Elemental Blockade to apply Off-Balance to the enemy, that way you can support your group and increase the overall damage output.

GearSetWeightTraitEnchantment
ChestEbon ArmoryHeavyReinforcedTri Stat Enchantment
BeltEbon ArmoryHeavySturdyHealth Enchantment
ShoesEbon ArmoryHeavySturdyHealth Enchantment
PantsEbon ArmoryHeavyInfusedTri Stat Enchantment
HandsEbon ArmoryHeavySturdyHealth Enchantment
HeadLord WardenLightInfusedTri Stat Enchantment
ShoulderLord WardenMediumSturdyHealth Enchantment
NecklacePerfected Claw of YolnahkriinJewelryInfusedReduce Prismatic Cost Enchant (Idenko Glyph)
RingPerfected Claw of YolnahkriinJewelryInfusedReduce Prismatic Cost Enchant (Idenko Glyph)
RingPerfected Claw of YolnahkriinJewelryInfusedBracing Enchantment
Weapon 1 S&BPerfected Claw of Yolnahkriin1H-WeapDecisiveWeakening Enchantment
Weapon 1 S&BPerfected Claw of YolnahkriinShieldSturdyTri-Stat Enchantment
Weapon 2 DestroPerfected Claw of YolnahkriinLightning StaffInfusedCrusher Enchantment

Beginner Gear Setup

This beginner setup is here for people that do not have access to the other setup now. You can ask a friend to craft Fortified Brass and Torug’s Pact for you. You could also use Plague Doctor instead of Torug’s Pact as it is very cheap available in the Guild Stores.

GearSetWeightTraitEnchantment
ChestFortified BrassHeavyReinforcedStamina Enchantment
BeltFortified BrassLightSturdyHealth Enchantment
ShoesFortified BrassMediumSturdyHealth Enchantment
PantsTorug's PactHeavyInfusedStamina Enchantment
HandsTorug's PactHeavySturdyHealth Enchantment
HeadNight's SilenceHeavyInfusedStamina Enchantment
ShoulderNight's SilenceHeavySturdyHealth Enchantment
NecklaceTorug's PactJewelryHealthyReduce Prismatic Cost Enchant (Idenko Glyph)
RingTorug's PactJewelryHealthyReduce Prismatic Cost Enchant (Idenko Glyph)
RingTorug's PactJewelryHealthyBracing Enchantment
Weapon 1 S&BFortified Brass1H-WeapDecisiveWeakening Enchantment
Weapon 1 S&BFortified BrassShieldSturdyStamina Enchantment
Weapon 2 DestroFortified BrassLightning StaffInfusedCrusher Enchantment

Where can I get the gear?

Ebon Armory: Crypts of Hearts
P. Claw of Yolnahkriin: Sunspire
Bloodspawn: Spindleclutch 2
Claw of Yolnahkrin: Sunspire
Lord Warden: Imperial City Prison
Mighty Chudan: Ruins of Mazzatun
Fortified Brass: Craftable
Torug's Pact: Craftable
Night's Silence: Craftable
Plague Doctor: Deshaan, Guildstore

 Skills

Make sure to adjust your skills to your needs, this setup is not maced into stone, make sure to adjust skills depending on the situation of a fight.

Green Dragon Blood Absorb Missile Pierce Armor Igneous Shield Heroic Slash Magma Shell
Sanguine Altar Elemental Blockade Inner Rage Unrelenting Grip Balance Aggressive Horn
S&B MainbarDestro bar
Slot 1: Green DragonbloodSlot 1: Sanguine Blood Altar
Slot 2: Absorb MissileSlot 2: Elemental Blockade/ Choking Talons
Slot 3: Pierce ArmorSlot 3: Inner Rage
Slot 4: Igneous ShieldSlot 4: Unrelenting Grip
Slot 5: Heroic SlashSlot 5: Balance
Ultimate: Magma ShellUltimate: Aggressive Warhorn

Skills explanation:

  • Green Dragon Blood: While active, you receive a 12% healing received due to the Burning Heart passive. Also gives you an insane burst heal if needed.
  • Absorb Missile: Gives you a big shield, plus if you get hit by a projectile you also get some health back!
  • Pierce Armor: Your main taunt, also debuffs the enemy with Major Fracture and Major Breach, reducing Spell and Physical Resistance by 5280.
  • Igneous Shield: Big Shield that can Absorb a lot of damage and also gives you Major Mending, increasing your healing by 25% for the next 2,5s. You could also choose the other morph if you want an extended Major Mending uptime (Fragmented Shield)!
  • Heroic Slash: Debuffs the enemy with a 15% damage reduction debuff and also gives you Minor Heroism, increasing your Ultimate generation.
  • Magma Shell: Basically godmode for the next 10 seconds.
  • Sanguine Blood Altar: Should be placed on the ground all the time, gives option for a nice Synergy and also heals.
  • Elemental Blockade: If you are using a Shock staff, this can proc off balance on the enemies which increases the damage output of your group.
  • Inner Rage: This is your ranged taunt, in case you can not get to a mob fast enough.
  • Unrelenting Grip: This is your chain to pull enemies to you, very reliable and helps killing mobs faster.
  • Balance: One of the most important skills for this setup. If you use Balance you restore 3000 Magicka and you gain Major Resolve increasing your physical and spell resistance by 5280. IMPORTANT: Be aware that when you use the skill, that all shields and healing will be cut in half for the next 4 seconds.

Why no Volatile Armor? The Balance skill gives you the same armor buffs as Volatile Armor, it is also very essential to the build, as it literally gives you INFINITE sustain.

Championpoints for DK Tank Build PvE

If you need optimized defensive Champion Points for a specific trial I recommend checking out my Maximize Damage Mitigation in Trials Article.

Championpoints [810]

The Ritual
40 Precise Strikes, 10 Piercing
The Attronarch
47 Physical Weapons Expert, 73 Master-at-Arms
The Apprentice
100 Blessed
The Shadow
81 Shadow Ward, 63 Tumbling
The Lover
43 Tenacity
The Tower
83 Warlord
The Lord
18 Bastion, 12 Heavy Armor Focus
The Lady
56 Hardy, 56 Elemental Defender, 56 Thick Skinned
The Steed
72 Ironclad

Championpoints [600]

The Ritual
26 Precise Strikes, 1 Piercing
The Attronarch
73 Master-at-Arms
The Apprentice
100 Blessed
The Shadow
100 Shadow Ward, 50 Tumbling
The Lover
The Tower
50 Warlord
The Lord
The Lady
56 Hardy, 49 Elemental Defender, 23 Thick Skinned
The Steed
72 Ironclad

Championpoints [300]

The Ritual
The Attronarch
The Apprentice
100 Blessed
The Shadow
44 Shadow Ward
The Lover
43 Arcanist
The Tower
13 Warlord
The Lord
The Lady
27 Hardy, 27 Elemental Defender, 2 Thick Skinned
The Steed
44 Ironclad

Important Info for Dragonknight Tank Build PvE “Catalyst”

Buff-food

Longfin pasty with Melon Sauce (Max Health+Max Stamina+Max Magicka)

Longfin pasty with melon sauce

Bewitched Sugar Skulls

This is a slightly more advanced version that has a bit higher stats and also includes health recovery. Though it also costs more.

bewitched sugar skills food

Mundus Stone

The Lord is a good Mundus Stone to increase maximum Health. However, you can also use other available Mundus Stones if you don’t need the extra Health.

The Lord (Max Health)

Race

Nord (Fast ultimate generation, extra resistances)
Argonian (Best sustain)
Imperial
Orc
Redguard

Potions

Tri-Stat Potion
(Health, Stamina, Magicka)
(Bugloss, Columbine, Mountain Flower)

Tri Stat Potion

Passives

Attributes

You have to make sure to have a bit more Stamina than Magicka. Because of the Synergies you pick up give you back whatever stat is higher. You can change this to your liking, if you do not need that much health, get more stamina.

10 Magicka, 54 Health


Blackrose Prison Arena

Make sure to check out the full Blackrose Prison Arena Guide where I also talk about tank specific tips for the Arena.

Your main job in the Arena is to position the monsters correctly so your damage dealers can focus on AoE damage. Therefore you will need your Spell Symmetry and Unrelenting Grip a lot. Spell Symmetry helps regain magicka quickly and reduces the cost of your next chain cast. (Please keep in mind in the normal setup we use Balance, so you might want to change to this morph in this arena)

To optimize the time that you can spend on using Spell Symmetry and chaining, we are using the Mighty Chudan Monster Set. Having permanent Major Ward and Major Resolve (Increased Spell and Physical Resistance by 5280) is good, because that way we do not need to use another skill (such as Volatile Armor like usually) that costs magicka to keep those two very important buffs up. Therefore you can focus more on chaining. In addition, Mighty Chudan also gives you even more resistances (2975 extra Spell & 2975 Physical Resistance and another health bonus (1206 extra health).

Ebon Armory is the standard set that you should use in the Blackrose Prison Arena to boost overall health of you and your group members. The second set is up to you. I can recommend Battalion Defender which really boosts your overall heals for the whole group or Akaviri Dragonguard to get reduced ultimate cost or sets like War Machine or Powerful Assault. You might wonder if Alkosh is a good choice for the Arena, I can not recommend it as with a team of four players, synergies are rare and it is hard to keep up the Alkosh debuff on the bosses, therefore War Machine or Power Assault are the better choices.

GearSetWeightTraitEnchantment
ChestEbon ArmoryHeavyReinforcedTri Stat Enchantment
BeltEbon ArmoryHeavySturdyHealth Enchantment
ShoesEbon ArmoryHeavySturdyHealth Enchantment
PantsEbon ArmoryHeavyInfusedTri Stat Enchantment
HandsEbon ArmoryHeavySturdyHealth Enchantment
HeadMighty ChudanLightInfusedTri Stat Enchantment
ShoulderMighty ChudanMediumSturdyHealth Enchantment
NecklaceBattalion DefenderJewelryInfusedSpell Cost Reduction Enchant
RingBattalion DefenderJewelryInfusedStamina Cost Reduction Enchant
RingBattalion DefenderJewelryInfusedBracing Enchant
Weapon 1 S&BBattalion Defender1H-WeapDecisiveWeakening Enchantment
Weapon 1 S&BBattalion DefenderShieldSturdyTri-Stat Enchantment
Weapon 2 DestroBattalion DefenderShock StaffInfusedCrusher Enchantment

Skills

  • If you are using Mighty Chudan as Monster Set make sure to use Spell Symmetry instead of Balance to benefit from the cost reduction to use more chains.
  • If you want you can also slot a Destruction Staff on the backbar to interrupt enemies from far away.
Green Dragon Blood Absorb Missile Pierce Armor Igneous Shield Heroic Slash Magma Shell
Sanguine Altar Choking Talons Inner Rage Unrelenting Grip Spell Symmetry Aggressive Horn

Update Log

11.08.2019 Updated Build for SCALEBREAKER DLC, Elsweyr Chapter for the Dragonknight Tank Build PvE.
20.10.2019 Updated the Build for the DRAGONHOLD DLC, Elsweyr Chapter.
20.02.2020 Updated the Build for the HARROWSTORM DLC, Greymoor Chapter.
07.05.2020 Updated the build for the GREYMOOR CHAPTER.

Tags: Health Dragonknight Tank, Dragonknight Tank Build, DK Tank Build PvE.

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