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The Destroyer – A Dragonknight Tank Build

This ESO DragonKnight Tank build is capable of taking on all content in the game. Its a strong choice, and by far the most meta option available in elder scrolls online today.

  1. Overview
    • Race
    • Mundus
    • Attributes
    • Consumables
  2. Gear
  3. Skills
  4. Rotation
  5. Passives
  6. Champion Points


  • Race: Nord
    • Fantastic passive resistances and Ult regen. For other great alternatives see our race guide here.
  • Mundus: The Lord
  • Attributes:
    • Magicka: 20
    • Health: 24
    • Stamina: 20
  • Consumables
    • Food: Bewitched Sugar Skulls
    • Potion: Essence of Health (Tri-Stat)


HeadMighty ChudanMediumSturdyMaximum Health Enchantment
ShoulderMighty ChudanLightSturdyMaximum Health Enchantment
Chest Yolnahkriin HeavyReinforcedMulti-Effect Enchantment
Belt Yolnahkriin HeavySturdyMulti-Effect Enchantment
Shoes Yolnahkriin HeavySturdyMulti-Effect Enchantment
Hands Yolnahkriin HeavySturdyMulti-Effect Enchantment
Pants Yolnahkriin Heavy InfusedMulti-Effect Enchantment
NecklaceAlkoshJewelryHealthyMagicka Recovery Enchant
Ring 1AlkoshJewelry HealthyMagicka Recovery Enchant
Ring 2AlkoshJewelry HealthyMagicka Recovery Enchant
S+B (Sword + Board)AlkoshSword + ShieldS – Infused
B – Infused
S – Hardening Enchant
B – Multi-Effect Enchant
Back BarAlkoshLightning StaffInfusedCrusher Enchant


NOTE: Starter does not mean it is bad, it just means that it is obtainable earlier in the game!

HeadBloodspawnMediumSturdyMaximum Health Enchantment
ShoulderBloodspawnLightSturdyMaximum Health Enchantment
ChestEbonHeavyReinforcedMaximum Health Enchantment
BeltEbonHeavySturdyMaximum Health Enchantment
ShoesEbonHeavySturdyMaximum Health Enchantment
HandsEbonHeavySturdyMaximum Health Enchantment
PantsEbonHeavy InfusedMaximum Health Enchantment
NecklaceTorug’sJewelryHealthyMagicka Recovery Enchant
Ring 1Torug’sJewelry HealthyMagicka Recovery Enchant
Ring 2Torug’sJewelry HealthyMagicka Recovery Enchant
S+B (Sword + Board)Torug’sSword + ShieldS – Infused
B – Infused
S – Hardening
B – Multi-Effect Enchant
Back BarTorug’sLightning StaffInfusedCrusher Enchant

  • Bloodspawn drops in Spindleclutch II
  • Ebon drops in Crypt of Hearts I and II
  • Torug’s is a crafted set

*NOTE about Ebon – A five-piece Ebon set not only gives you awesome red orbs floating around you, but it increases your Max Health by 1118 for you and up to 11 people, giving everyone in your party (dungeon, trial or arena) a huge health buff.


Green Dragon BloodHeroic SlashPierce Armor Igneous ShieldDefensive StanceAggressive Horn
Resolving VigorElemental BlockadeInner RageUnrelenting GripChoking TalonsMagma Shell
ESO Skills Elemental Blockade

Honorable mentions:
Use Igneous Shield and then Green Dragon Blood for self heals
ESO Skills Igneous Shield >

Magma Shell is OP and great for getting back resources

Balance is a great skill that allows you to swap Health for Magicka. (This is when those Mages guild passives come in handy!)
ESO Skills Balance

Elemental Blockade creates an elemental barrier dealing damage to enemies and setting them off balance
ESO Skills Elemental Blockade

Reviving Barrier is a good alternative Ult for health and protection for you and your party (handy in no-death runs)


Green Dragon Blood Dragon BloodDragonknight > Draconic Power
ESO Skills Heroic Slash Heroic Slash Low SlashWeapon > One Hand and Shield
ESO Skills Pierce Armor Pierce Armor PunctureWeapon > One Hand and Shield
ESO Skills Igneous Shield Igneous Shield Obsidian ShieldDragonknight > Earthen Heart
ESO Skills Defensive Stance Defensive Stance Defensive PostureWeapon > One Hand and Shield
ESO Skills Aggressive Horn Aggressive Horn War HornAlliance War > Assault
ESO Skills Resolving Vigor Resolving Vigor VigorAlliance War > Assault
ESO Skills Elemental Blockade Elemental Blockade Wall of ElementsWeapon > Destruction Staff
ESO Skills Inner Rage Inner Rage Inner FireGuild > Undaunted
Unrelenting Grip Fiery GripDragonknight > Aredent Flame
Choking Talons Dark TalonsDragonknight > Draconic Power
Magma Shell Magma ArmorDragonknight > Earthen Heart


Tanking in ESO is situational. You have a lot of flexibility when it comes to skills and gear, depending on the fight, your raiding party or the achievement you’re going for. In this build, I have a few go-to skills for self-sustain and some flex spots where I can switch out certain skills as needed.

My tank strategy is pretty simple:

  1. Grab the boss (always turn away from the DPS)
  2. Chain in ads
  3. Lock with talons (keep everything tight so DPS can stack their dots)

  • Melee Taunt:
    Pierce Armor
    ESO Skills Pierce Armor
    Next, chain in ads with Unrelenting Grip > Lock down with Choking Talons

  • Range Taunt:
    Inner Rage
    ESO Skills Inner Rage

*TIPHeavy Attack with a frost or ice staff for a free taunt (with the tri-focus passive)

Remember: As a tank, self-sustain is key. A good tank doesn’t rely on the healer to stay alive.

  • Self-Sustain:
    Ingenious Shield > Green Dragon Blood
    ESO Skills Igneous Shield >
    Magma Shell

My favorite skill (and in my opinion, the most underrated one as a tank) is Shield Discipline. In general, the tank is THE LAST to rez. That being said… there will be times when your party wipes and you’re the last one alive. That’s when this Ulti comes in handy and can save the run.

  • Shield Discipline allows you a free block, giving you just enough time to rez someone without getting interrupted. Lazer boss in Frostvault anyone?? I’d say it’s for more experienced tanks, but one I highly recommend!
    ESO Skills Shield Discipline


    • All passives
    • 1 H + S: All Passives
    • Staff: All Passives
    • Light Armor: Grace, Evocation
    • Medium Armor: Dexterity, Wind Walker, Improved Sneak Athletics
    • Heavy Armor: All Passives
    • None
    • Mages Guild: All Passives except Might of the Guild
    • Undaunted Guild: All Passives
  • Racial: All Passives
  • Alchemy: Medicinal Use


    • Precise Strikes: 100
    • Thaumaturge: 20
    • Blessed: 100
    • Elf Born: 50
    • Bashing Focus: 11
    • Sprinter: 16
    • Warlord: 56
    • Shadow Ward: 72
    • Tumbling: 51
    • Arcanist: 64
    • Ironclad: 81
    • Elemental Defender: 49
    • Hardy: 49
    • Thick Skinned: 61
    • Heavy Armor Focus: 11
    • Quick Recovery: 19