Easy Tank - Dragonknight PVE Tank Build


Most popular tank builds require you to have lowish HP’s (about 10k more than a dps) along side very high stamina so you can block for ages.
I fully understand that this game is different from other MMORPG’s but with my 20 years experience in the genre, I like to think of a tank as a “TANK!”, something that can be smacked about like hell and not care.
Some people like this approach, other people like the “perma-block” run out of stamina and die approach…
This build does can suit BOTH styles of play. Not only do you have MASSIVE stamina to block with (which is desirable for perma-blockers), but you have HUGE health AT THE SAME TIME!!meaning you are “tough as old boots!”

The Dragon knight skill lines (specifically Earthen Heart and Draconic Power) actually focus on healing received and MAX health. Green Dragon Blood heals based on the % of “missing health”, meaning the more hps you have missing, the bigger the heal and this scales not just to low HP tanks but BIG ONES too. The more health you have, the lower you can go and save resources for that huge heal.
ALSO igneous shields (and bone shield) are based off of % of your max health (30% to be exact for bone shield depending on bastion champion points). This is also taken into consideration because the bigger your hps the bigger the shield and the more protection you supply to YOU and your TEAM!
With the above in mind, it only makes sense that tanks SHOULD have high HPS.
BUT! you do need to block. Some experienced capable tanks can read the fight and survive on low stamina by managing their own resources with heavy attacks, potions and timing their ultimate…others not so much and need the extra pool of stamina to hold that shield up for longer….that is NORMALLY a problem, however with this build…PROBLEM SOLVED! Huge HP pool, huge stam pool and remember those heavy attacks for your sustain!:)

The plague doctor set focuses on giving us massive health, and the Leki gives us high stamina and 25% reduction to ALL area of affect damage!, so we have BOTH required resources at the same time + huge mitigation, making this an incredibly powerful tank.
What’s best too is that it requires ZERO trial loot to get the gear. Yes there is some grinding involved but you can do it in a very small group!

This has been stress tested in many situations both in dungeons and trials and performs VERY well. 5+ axes in AA, no problem.. the warrior in Hel Ra..NO PROBLEM! and the list goes on. Skill set wise this is very similar to what I traditionally use on my other builds but the style is different. You CAN block as much as you like and the more igneous you use, the more you shield and the more stamina you get back. This is the cookie cutter tank for all levels ESPECIALLY beginners! Just remember if you DO run low on stamina, HEAVY ATTACK! it gives you resources back. Be sure to block the big heavy attack stuff coming in at you, and use the gaps in the bosses attacks to take advantage of it and hit back. You have so much health you can take a decent amount of damage with your guard down if you need to. Just dont get stunned:)

Things to remember:-

  • Igneous shield is for you AND your group, the bigger your HPS the bigger the shield, keep that shield coming and spam it as much as you “comfortably” can, to protect you AND the group!

  • Understand your earthen heart passives, every time you press igneous shields you get 990 stamina back!

  • Bone surge stacks with igneous shield, use them both and take a lot less damage (but watch your resources)

  • Block ulti is your “oh sh*t” button, it is cheap and ridiculously powerful! Use a Warhorn as much as possible but if you are REALLY in a jam, hit that sword n board ulti and watch enemies attacks just ping off you with free blocking power!

  • Advanced tip, IF you see a window of opportunity…do a heavy attack…heavy attack gives you stamina back, you don’t have to “RUN OUT” of resources. And of course because you have loads of health, you can get away with it so long as you time it right between the bosses big hits.

  • Invigorating drain…if you are off tanking, spam this between buffs the ulti regen is insane, keep those Warhorns coming!

  • keep Green Dragon Blood active as much as possible, it Isn’t just a heal, it’s a buff too…which makes your heals you receive, larger!

  • Igneous shield first, heal second! Remember igneous shield comes with major mending…25% increased healing DONE! So, hit igneous first, you get a 3 second buff, use that window to heal inside of. Dragon Blood can heal you to full from almost nothing if you apply your skills correctly.

  • Food, max health and max stam is very standard for this and works REALLY WELL. BUT, if you are comfortable with about 20k stam, switch to max health and magicka recover food, this will allow for more spamming of those igneous shields since your recovery will go through the roof, especially with a potion.

  • VAMPIRE ALL THE WAY!!!! Too powerful, don’t leave home without it. 10% recovery for magicka and stamina and then up to 33% less damage taken while under 50% health! The lower your health the bigger your heals and the lower your health the less damage you take…no brainer!



1 hand and shield

1) Igneous Shields
2) Green Dragon Blood
3) Piece Armour
4) Absorb Magicka
5) Bone Shield
Ultimate – Shield Discipline

1 hand and shield

1) Unrelenting Grip – Can switch to circle of protection
2) Heroic Slash
3) Inner Rage
4) Can swap for Invigorating Drain
5) Choking Talons – Can switch for Elusive Mist
Ultimate – Aggressive Warhorn

Champion points

  • 75 Blessed
  • 56 Elfborn
  • 100 Mighty
  • 20 Piercing
  • 19 Physical Weapons Expert
  • 64 Tenacity
  • 75 Arcanist
  • 51 Warlord
  • 14 Tumbling
  • 66 Shadow Ward
  • 19 Quick recovery
  • 11 Heavy Armour Focus
  • 56 Hardy
  • 56 Elemental defender
  • 56 Thick skinned
  • 72 Ironclad

Lower Champion Points

If you are lower than maximum champion points do NOT worry! This will work no matter what and of course the more cps you get the more effective it will be, however some hints on what to do at lower cps. I get questions about 300cps, 401 cps, 12 cps? we could be here all day but here are somethings i personally would recommend to prioritize in your damage areas..

Firstly be sure to get 30 points into Blessed, this will allow you access to the 9% critical chance passive and give you a push to your dragon blood heal. Then get push to finish blessed and elfborn evenly. Fionally evenly split Thaumaturge and Mighty to boost the strength of the leeching so your heals from it are stronger.

As far as the resists are concerned (red trees) get 11 points into Heavy Armour Focus asap for the res bonus passive and then from there BALANCE your resists between hardy, elemental defender and thick skinned until you have a good even base and just drip them in boosting it as you go until you are maxed.

For the green trees be sure to spread tenacity and Arcanist as evenly as possibly and boost them both to 75, then after work on block costs before pushing to break free and dodgeroll.

Poisons, Potions & Food

Potions really are up to you but they do offer recovery/sustain while give a burst of stamina/mag/health back at the same time depending on the choice of potion. I would highly recommend using Tripots if you can afford them BUT you can of course use trash magicka or stamina pots depending on how comfortable you are with your resources.

Food is very simple, in stressful high block situations you can use HIGH max stat food (max health and max stam). The rest of the time if you can manage your sustain you can go with max health and mag recovery food in order to keep up HIGH mag recovery and more ability to spam your shields to protect the group and get back stamina.

Poisons – Alkahest + Columbine + Blessed Thistle + Mountain flower

Tri-pots – Columbine + Mountain Flower + Bugloss + Lorkhan’s​ Tears

Max health and max stam
          Sticky Pork And Radish Noodles – White Meat(1) + Radish(2) + Flour(3)
          Garlic Cod with Potato Crust – Fish(1) + Potato(2) + Garlic(3)
          Braised Rabbit with Spring Vegetables – Small Game(1) + Greens(2) + Seasoning(3)

Max health and mag recovery
            Orzoga’s Red Frothgar  – Clear Water(1) + Comberry(1) + Honey(1) + Mint(1)

Gear Setup

We are using the Atronach mundus stone and 64 points into Max Health…however if you are struggling with your sustain you can split the attributes more into stamina, but bare in mind your heals from your procs and all round shielding for you AND the group will take a hit since everything is based off of “max hps”. But whatever suits you best.

We are An Imperial but other races are also usable. Orc, Argonian or Nord are good substitutes.

Optimal Setup

Gear Locations