Stamina Dragonknight Tank Build PvE for Horns of the Reach, Elder Scrolls Online ESO

Dragonknight Tank Build PvE

Stamina Dragonknight Tank Build PvE “Catalyst” Horns of the Reach

Table of Contents

Introduction

Welcome to the Stamina Dragonknight Tank Build “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 Stamina Dragonknight Build Catalyst is optimized for Dungeons & Trials. Keep in mind there is a huge variety of differnt tank builds out there that synergize well depending on your group setup. Remember, each Trial or Dungeon needs some small adjustments to the build. So if you for example feel that you need more health, then go for it! I also do recommend checking out Woelers Tanking Website, which has a ton of information about tanking for both Trials/ Dungeons!

We are still using some kind of Healthbuild, as you really want to make sure to have enough health to absorb those hard hiting Boss hits. I do like to run Crusher Enchantment combined with Torgus Pact set and an Infused Weapon to give us a huge penetration advantage for the whole group. Battleroar or Helping Hands passive are not affected by your resources anymore, but are based on your character level, which means no matter how low your resources go, you will always get the same amount of resources back. Stacking Health also makes your Igneous Shield stronger.

    • Tank/Support Build
    • Heavy Armor
    • Torugs Pact & Plague Doctor
    • Great sustain
    • Easy survivability
    • Great self healing
    • Insane shielding

Resource Management

Dragonknights have insane resource management compared to other setups. Battleroar and Helping Hands passive outperform other classes already by a huge margin. A Templar can also support you with Spears to give you about 4000 Stamina back, that is also the reason why we have more Stamina than Magicka. The Spear, and same thing goes for the Orbs from the Undaunted Skill-line, it restores your higher resource pool. So our Stamina is about 2k higher than our Magicka pool, which means we will always get Stamina back from the Spears or the Orbs! Also, you do not always need to permablock, so when you have time, do some heavy attacks to restore some resources!

  • Battle Roar Passive
  • Helping Hands Passive
  • Heavy Attacks
  • Spears (Templar ability)
  • Orbs (Undaunted skill)
  • Argonian passive

Being an Argonian helps immensly with sustain, because everytime you activate a Potion, you get a ton of extra resources back.

Trials & Dungeons Setup

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Torugs Pact & Plague Doctor with Tri-Stat food.


Gear

Gear Setup

There is a lot of good options for tanks. I do think it is important to have Torugs pact because it boosts the crusher and weakening enchantment by quite a bit. Other sets you could choose are Ebon Armor, Alkosh, Tavas Favor and so on.

  • Set allocation: It does not matter what gearsets you wear where, as long as you use those two combos, you should be fine.
  • Well-Fitted? You can also run Well Fitted trait on the small pieces as you might have to dodgeroll quite a lot.
  • Monster Sets: There are various Monster sets that you can wear along with this combination. I usually use two more seperate health bonus from 1 piece Malubeth & Valkyn. You can also use Mighty Chudan, Pirate Skeleton, Bloodspawn etc.
Gear Set Weight Trait Enchantment
Chest Torug’s Pact Heavy Infused Tri Stat Enchantment
Belt Plague Doctor Heavy Sturdy Health Enchantment
Shoes Plague Doctor Heavy Sturdy Health Enchantment
Pants Torug’s Pact Heavy Infused Tri Stat Enchantment
Hands Torug’s Pact Heavy Sturdy Health Enchantment
Head BloodspawnMalubeth Light Infused Tri Stat Enchantment
Shoulder BloodspawnValkyn Medium Sturdy Health Enchantment
Necklace Plague Doctor Jewelry Healthy Block Cost Reduction
Ring Plague Doctor Jewelry Healthy Block Cost Reduction
Ring Plague Doctor Jewelry Healthy Block Cost Reduction
Weapon 1 S&B Torug’s Pact 1H-Weap Infused Weakening Enchantment
Weapon 1 S&B Torug’s Pact Shield Infused Tri-Stat Enchantment
Weapon 2 S&B Torug’s Pact 1H-Weap Infused Crusher Enchantment
Weapon 2 S&B Torug’s Pact Shield Infused Tri-Stat Enchantment

Crusher and Weakening Enchantment

This is with Torugs Pact and Infused. The Weakening and Crusher Enchantment have a base cooldown of 10 seconds. With Infused alone, so without Torugs you go down to 5 seconds. With Torugs and Infused you go down to 3.5 seconds. Which is not really needed but you will still get the extra stats for enchantments, which is the mainreason we are using it. If you do think its overkill then go for Alkosh for example. Woeler has some cool graphs showing Torugs vs Alkosh, make sure to go check them out for more clarification.

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Gear alt

This setup is is built to help out your group with some extra health, which can come handy in more difficult dungeons!

Gear Set Weight Trait Enchantment
Chest Plague Doctor Heavy Infused Tri Stat Enchantment
Belt Plague Doctor Heavy Infused/ Sturdy Health Enchantment
Shoes Plague Doctor Heavy Infused/ Sturdy Health Enchantment
Pants Plague Doctor Heavy Infused Tri Stat Enchantment
Hands Plague Doctor Heavy Infused/ Sturdy Health Enchantment
Head BloodspawnMalubeth Light Infused Tri Stat Enchantment
Shoulder BloodspawnValkyn Medium Infused/ Sturdy Health Enchantment
Necklace Ebon Armory Jewelry Healthy Block Cost Reduction
Ring Ebon Armory Jewelry Healthy Block Cost Reduction
Ring Ebon Armory Jewelry Healthy Block Cost Reduction
Weapon 1 S&B Ebon Armory 1H-Weap Infused Weakening Enchantment
Weapon 1 S&B Ebon Armory Shield Infused Tri-Stat Enchantment
Weapon 2 S&B Ebon Armory 1H-Weap Infused Crusher Enchantment
Weapon 2 S&B Ebon Armory Shield Infused Tri-Stat Enchantment

Where can I get the gear?

Ebon Armory: Crypts of Hearts
Plague Doctor: Deshaan
Green Pact: Grahtwood
Roar of Alkosh: Maw of Lorkhaj
Bloodspawn: Spindleclutch
Shadowrend: Banished Cells 1
Chockethorn: Elden Hollow 1
Valkyn: City of Ash 2
Malubeth: Wayrest 2
Mighty Chudan: Ruins of Mazzatun

 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.

  • Magma Armor vs Spell Discipline: I prefer the Sword & Board Ultimate because it is very cheap and allows you to do heavy attacks while autoblock is on you, plus your Sword & Board skills are almost cost free!
  • 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 INFINTE sustain.

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S&B Mainbar S&B bar
Slot 1: Green Dragonblood Slot 1: Chocking Talons
Slot 2: Absorb Magic Slot 2: Heroic Slash
Slot 3: Pierce Armor Slot 3: Inner Rage
Slot 4: Igneous Shield Slot 4: Unrelenting Grip
Slot 5: Balance Slot 5: Energy Orb
Ultimate: Shield Discipline Ultimate: Aggressive Warhorn

Championpoints

Championpoints [660 CP]

The Ritual
The Attronarch
29 Physical Weapons Expert, 9 Master-at-Arms
The Apprentice
100 Blessed, 81 Elfborn, 1 Spell Erosion
The Shadow
100 Shadow Ward, 44 Tumbling
The Lover
56 Tenacity
The Tower
20 Warlord
The Lord
4 Expert Defender, 31 Bastion
The Lady
49 Hardy, 49 Elemental Defender, 48 Thick Skinned
The Steed
37 Ironclad, 2 Spell Shield

Championpoints [300 CP]

The Ritual
The Attronarch
The Apprentice
100 Blessed
The Shadow
100 Shadow Ward
The Lover
The Tower
The Lord
The Lady
23 Hardy, 23 Elemental Defender, 23 Thick Skinned
The Steed
31 Ironclad

 

Important Info

Attributes

20 Magicka, 0 Health, 44 Stamina

You can change this to your liking, if you do not need that much health, get more stamina. It is important that you have more Stamina then Magicka. Because when you pick up a Spearshard or a Bubble from a Healer, the higher stat will get restored. So if you have more max Stamina then you will always get Stamina back. This is important as when you drop low on Stamina this can save your live.

Buff-food

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

Mundus Stone

The Lord (Max Health)

Race

Imperial
Argonian (Recommended)
Orc
Nord
Redguard
Khajiit

Potions

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

In case you are still unsure on how to mix the ingredients together, you can check out a alchemy simulator here: Alchemy Simulator 

Passives

Ardent Flame, Draconic Power, Earthen Heart, Medium Armor (Cost Reduction), Heavy Armor, Light Armor (Cost Reduction), Sword & Shield, Fighters Guild, Racial, Vampire, Mages Guild: Might of the Guild, Undaunted, Alchemy: Medicinal Use

I highly recommend being a Vampire. Vampire provides you higher Magicka and Stamina recovery and makes you tankier on low health like I explain in the Vampire Mechanics Video.

Update Log

13.08.2017 Added build for Horns of the Reach
03.09.2017 Added Attributes in the Important Info section
12.09.2017 Changed Attributes in the Important Info Section to match the picture

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