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The Dragon Seducer

Author: somners

Class: DRAGONKNIGHT

Race: ImperialImperial

Main Role: Tank

Health, Magicka, Stamina

HEALTH MAGICKA STAMINA
30,000 14,000 24,000

 

Skills

 

Bar 1

Weapon 1: One Handed And Shield

Volatile Armor

Dragonknight Skill

Volatile Armor

Spiked Armor

 

Inner Rage

Undaunted Skill

Inner Rage

Inner Fire

 

Green Dragon Blood

Dragonknight Skill

Green Dragon Blood

Dragon Blood

 

Ring of Preservation

Fighters Guild Skill

Ring of Preservation

Circle of Protection

 

Defensive Stance

One Hand And Shield Skill

Defensive Stance

Defensive Posture

 

Aggressive Horn

Assault Skill

Aggressive Horn

War Horn

 

Bar 2

Weapon 2: One Handed And Shield

Igneous Shield

Dragonknight Skill

Igneous Shield

Obsidian Shield

 

Pierce Armor

One Hand And Shield Skill

Pierce Armor

Puncture

 

Unrelenting Grip

Dragonknight Skill

Unrelenting Grip

Fiery Grip

 

Retreating Maneuver

Assault Skill

Retreating Maneuver

Rapid Maneuver

 

Defensive Stance

One Hand And Shield Skill

Defensive Stance

Defensive Posture

 

Magma Armor

Dragonknight Skill

Magma Armor

 

Armor Types

Light Armor Medium Armor Heavy Armor
0 1 6

 

Gear and Item Set Info

 

All your armour should be glyphed to Health for this build.

4 Piece Footman

Momento of the Footman (Shield Play Enchant)
Momento of the Footman (Shield play Enchant)
Locket of the Footman (Reduce Spell Cost Enchant)
Guantlets of the Footman (Max Health Enchant)

4 Piece Seducer Set
Girdle of the Seducer (Reinforced) (Max Health Enchant)
Greaves of the Seducer (Reinforced) (Max Health Enchant)
Boots of the Seducer (Reinforced) (Max Health Enchant)
Sword of the Seducer (Defending) (Max Health Enchant) (Both Bars)

2 Piece Hist Bark
Shield of the Hist Bark (Reinforced) (Max Health Enchant) (Both Bars)
Cuirass of the Hist Bark (Reinforced) (Max Health Enchant)

2 Piece Undaunted Helm Set

Helm
Shoulder

This set can vary greatly.  I rotate between Blood Spawn and engine guardian sets.

Either one of these (or any other) Undaunted sets will work for you as they all give unique bonus as long as they are either both heavy or one medium, one heavy.

Footmans sets gives you great armour resistance bonuses, health bonus. Perfect for a tank.

The Seducer Set is great for a DK because DK’s have some really great Magicka abilities that cost a lot. The Seducer will let you cast a lot more of these.

The two piece Hist bark is very beneficial because it gives you one more armor bonus to help us get closer to the Resistance Cap.
The Undaunted Helm set are just really fun to use and offer unique bonuses, so i switch them out depending on the situation.

 

 

General Info

 

WIth the above class/race/gear/skills you should be sitting at around 30k Health and 24k Stamina, which is sufficient for Tanking.  I use purple tri stat food to give me large resource pools. This gives you a lot of resources to play with throughout the Fight.

RESOURCE MANAGEMENT: This is now a big thing as a tank. This build excels at resource management and does not rely on other players (such as Templars shards or repentence) for stam regen. Battle Roar is an awesome passive that gives you back large amounts of resouces when you cast an ultimate. When using the blood spawn helm you regen ultimate extremely quickly and can fill youre resources pools easily. Another source of stamina is casting Igneous Shield. This has a passive that regenerates 5% of your max stamina on every cast. it is a good way to convert extra magicka throughout the fight to Stamina. By using the seducer set you can also do most of your taunting with Inner Beast, so you don’t have to cast any stam abilities, you can save it all for blocking. Additionally, the Engine Guardian set is also great for getting resouces back.

The defensive stance ability reduces block cost and the two shield play enchantments coupled with the champion point reduction (which we’ll cover later) make it so your blocking costs so little you’ll never run out of stamina.

The important thing about tanking is mitigating damage away from your group members. With 30k+ armour and spell resist while using your Razor Armour this shouldn’t be a problem.  You are also getting 10% block mitigation from a One Hand and Shield passive, 10% block mitigation from a DK passive, 12% block mitigation from the Footman set, and 8% block mitigation from the Fefensive Stance slotted passive. This caps you at 50% blocking damage mitigation.

Another important aspect of tanking is CC.  I get people saying wow you made that fight easy all the time.  I pick a spot in the room, start taunting the melee npcs and using the Extended Chains to pull in range npc.  This puts all the trash in one part of the room so that the DPS can AOE them down in half the time.  This is where the seducer set make a difference, you can cast your Chains a lot with this setup rather than just 2 or 3 times without it.

The last part of tanking, is support.  I like to use abilities that support my teamates. That is why I put War Horn on my bar.  If you choose the Aggressive War Horn morph you can nearly increase your groups dps by 10% for 30 seconds. That’s just stupid helpful.  Additionally I choose the Pierce Armour taunt because ti does a major debuf to armour AND spell resist. with 30k+ armour buffed i feel the major debuff to enemies is better than the minor buff to myself.

Lastly, this is a build I use for tanking trials including the hardest one, sanctum ophidia. That is the reason why I have added ring of preservation. During some boys fights there are parts where the entire group will need to stand in this ring for an 8% damage mitigation. It will take practice and excellent resource management to be able to do this, very few tanks are able to pull this off and it will set you above the rest and allow your dps players to focus on dps.

 

Champion Point Tips

 

The Champion System can be used to tweak your own playstyle but there is one thing that i find really important. Under The Thief and specifically The Lover tree, put 15 points into Mooncalf and 15 points into Arcanist.  This buffs your regen even more AND unlocks the 30 point passive in this tree which gives you 2 Ultimate every time you activate a synergy.  This is so powerful because as a tank most of the synergizable spells will be cast on your feet so you get to take advantage of this. I always hit every synergy and can pop War Horns left and right boosting dps and finishing bosses quicker.

Another good one is under The Warrior and then The Steed line. Put ten points at minimum into Block Expertise so that you get the 10 point passive Invigorating Bash. This passive gives you a chance when you bash to heal you. As a tank you bash almost constantly sometimes so healing while interrupting other enemies spells is a huge plus. Off you can put 75 points into block expertise you unlock a passive that buffs your shield armor and spell resist rating which it’s very beneficial. So if you have the CP, do it. A few points into the Heavy Armour expertise will also give a noticeable boost to your armour, but don’t put more than 5 CP into that line beacause it has a very quick diminishing return and with the CP cap your points are better spent elsewhere.

 

 

 

 

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12 Comments

  • Eric
    May 14, 2015

    This is an interesting build, I have an Imperial DK at VR10, so I might try this out soon. Just a couple of questions:

    Would it benefit you to use 1 piece of light armor for the Undaunted Mettle passive, or is the mitigation from more heavy armor just a better choice?

    Also, I notice you use a Flame Resist enchant on your Footman necklace – is this all the time or situational? I notice many builds use the Flame Resist only in certain scenarios like Veteran City of Ash, last round of VDSA, etc.

    Reply
    • somners
      May 14, 2015

      It could benefit you to go one piece light. If you do this, I would suggest using the Girdle light as it offers the least amount of armor anyways. However as an imperial you can still stack enough health and stamina with your passives to go all heavy.

      You’re exactly right with the necklace. I have a secondary one in my bag for other situations. Appropriate glyphs for this could be: Reduce Spell Cost, Shield Play, or Reduce Feat Cost. Any of those would be good.

      Reply
      • Eric
        May 15, 2015

        Thanks for the tips!

        Reply
  • Tiny Mr.Man
    Jun 23, 2015

    Would you have any tips on how to modify your build to be Two Handed?

    Reply
    • somners
      Jul 17, 2015

      Is the two hander going to be for leveling? or End-game PvE?

      Reply
  • Gunny
    Jul 15, 2015

    Can this build be ran with a Dark Elf?

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    • somners
      Jul 17, 2015

      Yes it definitely could, you would probably have to put more attribute points into Health, but it would definitely work. And it could also double as a nice PvP character too.

      Reply
  • Aramis Alvarez
    Jul 17, 2015

    I want to echo Gunny’s question. I was thinking of making it with a Dunmer Vampire and having a set of five Medium Armor (for the Stamina) and two Heavy.

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    • somners
      Jul 17, 2015

      The Build I’ve posted is strictly a PvE Tank Build. If you want to modify it to swap out for Medium Armour for PvE, I really don’t suggest it. The extra armour from Heavy, and the passives are essential to the builds success in end game content like Vet CoA and Vet DSA.

      If you’re modifying that for PvP however, I have done some playing around with it with much success.

      Reply
  • Masterlionfist
    Sep 8, 2015

    I just got to VR1 and was looking to respec to an actual tank class. Would this class work with a Kahjit DK?

    Reply
  • Zombiarmageddon
    Dec 14, 2015

    I like your build and am looking for one for my orc v16. With orsinium out now, would you change up any of the armor you use?

    What about skills that would change based on the change to blocking/tanking that came out with imperial city?

    Also, how many points would you put into each of the stats: health, stam, magicka?

    Thanks for answering these questions!

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    • somners
      Dec 14, 2015

      I have updated this to my current build that I use for end game dungeons such as Imperial City Prison and White Gold Tower. THis is also the trials build I use for Aetherian Archive, Hel Ra Citadel, and Sanctum Ophidia.

      What I have updated and outlined will allow you to sustain your stamina without relying on the other party members for buffs such as repentance/shards.

      Create your armour first with all health glyphs, then eat your tri stat food, after that, put points in health until you reach 30,000 hit points. Put the rest of your attribute points into stamina.

      I will try to update this with a video of some Sanctum Ophidia Tanking.

      Reply

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