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DK End-Game Main Tanking Guide and Build for HotR

Hey everyone ! Welcome to my DK Main Tanking Build for Update 15 , Horns of the Reach ! This is a build that you can use everywhere . I completed every single content in this game with this setup and pretty happy with it :) It has crazy sustain if you want it to , pretty good tankiness and lots of group support . Let's start !

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lz1Zfmzf1Ms

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Advantages :

- Lots of Health .

- A lot of sustain but only if you want to .

- Being able to spam anything . We have unlimited Magicka and Stamina .

- A lot of DPS boosting skills .

 

Disadvantages :

- No heals for group . Due to low Stamina pool and low Weapon Damage , our Vigor is almost useless .

- Healer dependant . A lot . If your healer is down , you gonna have a bad time . This is why we are running as DK .

 

RACE CHOICE

I am Dunmer and happy . BUT , Imperial is simply the best for Max Stats . Argonian is best for sustain . Max Health is really important for this build . I don't race change because I like Dunmers ^^

Secondary choices are Orc and Nord .

STATS

All to Health .

I have around 48.3k Health , 15.4k Magicka and 14.7k Stamina . Should be higher if Imperial .

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ITEMS

5 Ebon Armory : This set is really , really useful . I have seen so many people recovering from under 1000 Health during trials . Without Ebon , they would die . A necessity .

Hands (Heavy/Sturdy) : Health

Waist (Heavy/Sturdy) : Health

Jewelry x3 (Healthy) : Shield-Play

 

5 Torug's Pact : This set is very reliable and easy compared to Alkosh . Sadly , synergies are not very good so I run with Torug's .

Chest (Heavy/Sturdy) : Health

Legs (Heavy/Sturdy) : Health

Feet (Heavy/Sturdy) : Health

1h/s on front bar (Infused/Sturdy) : Crusher/Health

Lightning Staff back bar (Charged) : Shock Damage

 

2 Blood Spawn/Lord Warden : Only set that increases group DPS . More Warhorns = more group DPS . Simple as that . Lord Warden if there is high incoming damage to the group .

Head (Heavy/Sturdy) : Health

Shoulder (Heavy/Sturdy) : Health

 

SKILLS

 

1.Bar :

1- Pierce Armor : Melee taunt . Applies Major Fracture and Major Breach . Necessity .

2- Heroic Slash : Applies Minor Maim . Gives Minor Heroism . Less damage taken for group and more Ultimate for you .

3- Igneous Shield : Gives nearly 10k shield to allies . Spam this during heavy incoming damage to group . 1st boss vMoL shield phase , Warrior Starfall attack etc. Restores 5% stamina back and gives 3 Ultimate every 6 seconds .

4- Balance : This is where it gets interesting . This skill is considered the most useless by almost everyone . Definitely not . It steals your Health and gives you Magicka . This is how we are able to sustain through everything and spam whatever we want , however we want . Also , this is our resource of Major Ward and Major Resolve .

5- Green Dragon Blood : Increases our Healing Taken by 20% thanks to Minor Vitality and Burning Heart passives and a huge burst heal .

Ultimate- Aggressive Horn : Best Ultimate for tanks and healers . Gives 10% Max Magicka , Max Health and Max Stamina to whole group . More shield size and damage for your Magicka DDs and more pool to block , dodge for Magicka DDs , more damage for Stamina DDs . Even after Major Force nerf , this Ultimate is still the best .

 

2.Bar :

1- Flex Spot

2- Flex Spot

3- Engulfing Flames : Since Magicka DKs are non-existant in end-game raiding , we need to make sure Engulfing Flames debuff is there .

4- Inner Rage : Ranged taunt . You don't even have to morph this but if you do , choose the Magicka one .

5- Blockade of Storms : Necessary for proccing both Shock enchant and Crusher . When you use Blockade , you will proc Concussion with 88% chance and when you switch to front bar , your Crusher will proc from it . Need to keep it up as much as we can .

Ultimate- Magma Shell : Saves your ass during emergencies .

 

Flex Spot skills : You just choose according to the fight .

1- Unrelenting Grip : Good old chains . Use wherever it is necessary .

2- Choking Talons : AOE Minor Maim and root . Has some use in trials and pledges .

3- Dragon Fire Scale : Has only one use . Ghost boss in AA . You don't even have to block there . You can just reflect everything with this . Does around 10k DPS ^^

4- Ring of Preservation : 20 seconds of AOE Minor Protection and 20% roll dodge cost reduction .

5- Energy Orb : Really useful skill for Magicka sustain of DDs .

6- Bone Surge : Your off-tank can use the synergy to proc Alkosh while giving lots of shield to your allies .

7- Sanguine Altar : 46 seconds of 750 Healing per second to every DD .

8- Retreating Maneuver : Speed Buff . Necessary in speed runs and certain situations .

9- Echoing Vigor : Even though our Vigor is almost useless , I will definitely try this with using Powerful Assault instead of Alkosh .

10- Efficient Purge : Purges the negative effects from your allies .

11- Stalwart Guard : Make sure you keep this on both bars if you gonna use it . Increases damage of an ally by giving them Minor Force and protects them .

CHAMPION POINTS

RED

66 Ironclad , 49 Elemental Defender , 49 Hardy , 56 Thick Skinned

GREEN

13 Warlord , 75 Tenacity , 51 Tumbling , 81 Shadow Ward .

BLUE

56 Elemental Expert , 44 Spell Erosion , 31 Thaumaturge , 31 Precise Strikes , 26 Piercing , 32 Mighty . Since we have almost no healing , I decided to get Major Heroism . It procs time to time .

That is all for now . I will update this guide according to the changes incoming . If you have any questions , you can mail me in-game @LiofaTR (PC EU) or just leave a comment here . Thanks for reading !

Cheers ,

Liofa

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161 Replies
  1. #1

    Latin

    Member1308 Posts

    Looks pretty solid (no pun intended). Is 7/0/0 always preferable to 5/1/1 for your build and playing style?

    Just a minor note, I am certain that Minor Lifesteal only restores 600 health per second at c160, as opposed to the 750 that you have quoted. Could you have a look to see if that is a mistake or an oversight on my part?

    e pluribus unum

  2. #2

    Liofa

    Member197 Posts

    Yep . 7 Heavy is what I prefer for max mitigation and getting max out of Constitution passive .

    Minor Lifesteal can be boosted with Blessed CP . That is why I have 750 instead of 600 .

    My Channel – Tanking Videos , Guides and Build

  3. #3

    Gaimers

    Member1 Posts

    Dear Lee-iofa,

    FITE ME

    What about engine guardian?

    More sustain - more skills to use - more support.

    Simple as that.

     

    With friendly regards,

    Benji :)

  4. #4

    mrowmrif2

    Moderator4609 Posts

    You mean coag not GDB morph - minor vitality is only on coag.  GDB is the lolstamina regen morph :)

    unless they changed something on pts i am not aware of...

  5. #5

    Liofa

    Member197 Posts
    mrowmrif2 wrote on February 7, 2017

    You mean coag not GDB morph – minor vitality is only on coag. GDB is the lolstamina regen morph

    unless they changed something on pts i am not aware of…

    They moved Minor Vitality to Green Dragon Blood . Our off-tank is using Stalwart Guard so only way of getting Minor Vitality for me is Green Dragon Blood .

    My Channel – Tanking Videos , Guides and Build

  6. #6

    mrowmrif2

    Moderator4609 Posts

    Sons of bitches... now i have to respec for one damn skill lol.

  7. #7

    Liofa

    Member197 Posts

    Added video guide to OP for those who don't want to read . Enjoy !

    My Channel – Tanking Videos , Guides and Build

  8. #8

    Joycee501

    Member13 Posts

    Can't wait to see some videos of you Tanking with this build. Imagine the look of people's faces when you say you DONT slot absorb magic for Rakkhat Machine Gun attack!!

  9. #9

    Liofa

    Member197 Posts
    Joycee501 wrote on February 8, 2017

    Can’t wait to see some videos of you Tanking with this build. Imagine the look of people’s faces when you say you DONT slot absorb magic for Rakkhat Machine Gun attack!!

    :D I already did tank Rakkhat HM without using Absorb Magic and there is a video on my channel :) It was still slotted though .

    My Channel – Tanking Videos , Guides and Build

  10. #10

    Joycee501

    Member13 Posts
    Liofa wrote on February 8, 2017

    Joycee501 said on February 8, 2017 :

    Can’t wait to see some videos of you Tanking with this build. Imagine the look of people’s faces when you say you DONT slot absorb magic for Rakkhat Machine Gun attack!!

    I already did tank Rakkhat HM without using Absorb Magic and there is a video on my channel It was still slotted though .

    Crikey I must have missed that video. I'll go find now!!

  11. #11

    Liofa

    Member197 Posts

    Here you go :

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8R2hf-4EutY

    vMoL HM tanked without using/slotting Absorb Magic . Easy . Sorry about that terrible vitality bonus ^^ First time in HM in 2 months ^^

    Note : This video is also in the original post .

    My Channel – Tanking Videos , Guides and Build

  12. #12

    chaomera888

    Member121 Posts

    This looks awesome, thanks! :D

    I was also looking for a reason to divest some points from defensive stance, so thanks for that too! Now I can finish levelling vamp :P

  13. #13

    TheUnmighty

    Member20 Posts

    Hey, I realy want to use this build, but I am still farming this ebon armory and this alkosh sets. Powerfull assault i have jewelry, legs and belt. But never got shield and weapon (what i would rather use).

    What can you recomend until i get these? I thought of green pact and lunar bastion (only blue jewelry though)? And does the last boss in COH 2 drop shields?

  14. #14

    Liofa

    Member197 Posts
    TheUnmighty wrote on March 5, 2017

    Hey, I realy want to use this build, but I am still farming this ebon armory and this alkosh sets. Powerfull assault i have jewelry, legs and belt. But never got shield and weapon (what i would rather use).

    What can you recomend until i get these? I thought of green pact and lunar bastion (only blue jewelry though)? And does the last boss in COH 2 drop shields?

    Ebon is really easy to get . Just farm normal Crypt of Hearts 1 or 2 . You will get it in no time . For alkosh , again , you can run nMoL runs with PUGs . I can understand that Alkosh can be still hard to get so I recommend using Tava's Favor + Ebon (with jewelry) until you get it . I am not sure about shield drop .

    My Channel – Tanking Videos , Guides and Build

  15. #15

    TheUnmighty

    Member20 Posts

    Thx. Got ebon now and yesterday even alkosh (not best traits though). Now.... I need to lvl vamp (totally forgot that).  Thx for sharing this build!

     

    Ps: shield drop from last boss in coh. Got two of the lich set.

  16. #16

    Chico

    Member6 Posts

    How does this build do running powerful assault and alkosh?

  17. #17

    Liofa

    Member197 Posts
    Chico wrote on March 20, 2017

    How does this build do running powerful assault and alkosh?

    Put out Ebon and equip Powerful Assault . Stop using Entropy/Drain and use Vigor . Vigor is not a strong heal in this build so better use it just for the buff . That's all :)

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  18. #18

    Chico

    Member6 Posts

    Im really trying to decide weather I should use this build or the traditional tank build. Im really enjoying the idea of applying a 10k shield to the group everytime I spam igneous shield especially for vmolhm and get a little more max mg and recovery from mages guild passives. But as of right now everyone on console doesn't support high health tanks and believes there more of a hinderince rather than a support. But the only thing I Dont want to do is farm mages guild books.

  19. #19

    Liofa

    Member197 Posts
    Chico wrote on March 22, 2017

    Im really trying to decide weather I should use this build or the traditional tank build. Im really enjoying the idea of applying a 10k shield to the group everytime I spam igneous shield especially for vmolhm and get a little more max mg and recovery from mages guild passives. But as of right now everyone on console doesn’t support high health tanks and believes there more of a hinderince rather than a support. But the only thing I Dont want to do is farm mages guild books.

    In PC , it is the same . I complete vMoL HM with this build and the comment I get is ''45k Health tank lol'' . I tanked with 24k Health , 30k Health , 45k Health and 52k Health . All kinds of builds . I have experience in all kinds of tanking . This is working better . Especially when cost reduction CPs are gone , this build will shine even more because current tank builds depend on those a lot .

    Only reason tanks go with High Stamina is boosting their Vigor heals . Other than that , there is absolutely nothing that is related to group support . Going with High Stamina builds' main reason to go like that is kind of selfish . It is about boosting their personal sustain . Helping Hands becomes stronger and they have more pool to block/use skills . As I said before , while I get unlimited resources and can give much more support unlike traditional tank build ; only thing traditional tank build does is doing more healing with Vigor . I don't even see that as a disadvantage to be honest . During raids , people die mostly because of one-shots . Do you know what saves them ? Shields . Not Vigor heals . There are 2 healers and 1 off-tank with strong Vigors already . Is there anyone giving shield support ? No .

    When I say I give more support , it is like this . I am using a Charged Lightning Staff with Shock Enchant on my back bar (gonna update build soon) right now . I was using Resto Staff for Combat Prayer spamming before this whole Lightning procs Concussion stuff . Rakkhat HM , Warrior HM , hardest hitting every boss whatever , I use Lightning Blockade to proc the Off-Balance bonus . I can keep it up at least 90% in every fight , except axes of course . I don't use any selfish set while tanking axes because I don't need to . I keep close enough to the team to make sure everyone gets the Ebon bonus and I can hit boss with Alkosh procs . I can use Cleanse after every cast of Reflective Light while fighting twins . I don't get/need Guard while tanking Warrior in HM . I can drop my block without fearing death and use Invigorating Drain to get my Ultimate even faster than Tava's Favor tanks . On right side (not only boss) Hel Ra , we don't have a Magicka DK so I use Engulfing Flames for the Flame damage taken bonus . I give a very big shield right before big hits so my teammates doesn't get one-shot . In a community where tanks are afraid to bar-swap , I do all these things . I basically play like a DD , bar swapping every 7-8 seconds . Sorry if I sound harsh but , I watch a Youtube video and the guy says this in comments . I am copy pasting right now , this is real . '' if you bar swap during boss fights like hm vmol or hm hel ra... you die. no one bar swaps during those fights.'' This person has Dro-m'Athra Destroyer and uses ''meta'' build . This must be a joke . What I am saying is , I couldn't care less about what people think . If you know this is a good tanking setup , use it . I know it is . My team knows it is . So I use it . That's all .

    My Channel – Tanking Videos , Guides and Build

  20. #20

    Chico

    Member6 Posts

    I fully support this build and will probably end up throwing gear on one of my dks that already has maxed mages guild! I know alot of the people ill be tanking for will be questioning the build but I believe this will be the new meta! Great build! Great response!

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