Here is the first guide dedicated to classes in The Elder Scrolls Online! Today we're looking at the dragon knight and a possible way to ride it, which is proving to be fun in both PvE and PvP. So I will present this guide to you in different stages, approximately every 10 levels, in order to show you the progress of this flaming dragon knight. I would like to point out that this is only one of the many ways to build your character, the game leaving a lot of freedom on this point.
- Breed : Dark Elf - For his passives which grant both stamina and magic, and most importantly for the 7% bonus to high level fire damage.
- Armor : Intermediate - light (5/2) at low level, then inversion at high level (2/5)
- Arms : Two-Handed Weapon (Single Target) - Staff of Destruction (Multi)
- Points distribution at level 50 : 30 Magic - 4 Health - 15 Stamina
The beginning of the adventure
It's time to start our great Tamriel adventure. Before starting the first quests, you must equip yourself a minimum. If you don't have any resources in the bank, I advise you to go kill some critters and collect some plants to equip yourself with leather and cloth armor and a 2-handed weapon. When you get to level 6, your skill bar should look like this:
Let's take a look at the skills:
- Critical load : your skill to make contact and do the first damage.
- Incendiary Strike : an attack that does little damage on the first hit, but adds a dowry (damage over time) of fire.
- Fiery grip : not used here, it is only put in the bar to increase your Burning Flame skill more (the more skills of a branch in your bar, the faster the branch goes up).
- Spiky armor : Increased armor and reflected physical damage to attackers. Useful if you face several monsters.
At this level, the technique is quite simple, you rush at the target using critical charge, an incendiary strike blow, then a big two-handed weapon blow to finish off your target. You can then move on to the next one.
At this stage, invest all your points in force, at least up to level 15. You can then invest the points in Magic and a little in Health.
Small will become big
Well, here we are at the gates of level 15. Your skill lines should be between 20 and 30, which gives you a little more leeway regarding your skills. Your skill bar should now look like this:
Let's review the bar:
- Trampling : the critical charge evolution which adds immobilization of your target for 3,5 seconds (you will see later why we choose this specialization).
- Flaming embers : the evolution of incendiary strike which heals you at the end of the dowry.
- Dragon blood : Heals you for 33% of your missing health and increases your health regeneration, handy if your health drops sharply.
- Ravage : evolution of Uppercut. This attack takes a second to complete, but does massive damage, while still knocking the target out for 3,5 seconds and increasing the damage of your next attack.
- Volatile armor : evolution of the spiky armor, which adds damage in area when you activate it.
- Standard of the Dragon Knights : a quick ultimate that, in addition to a dowry in an area, reduces the healing received by targets by 50%.
Explanation on the bar: at this stage of the game, it is not uncommon to see groups of 2 enemies appear, sometimes 3, which changes your approach a bit. As before, we start the fight by Trampling, which will sound your first target. If there's a second enemy, inflict Flaming Embers on them and chain up with Volatile Armor. By the time you finish your first target (mages in priority), Burning Embers will give you healing and your second target will have taken damage with your volatile armor. Finish your first target with your 2-handed weapon (heavy attack or Ravage), then deal with the second with a Ravage followed by a new trample.
Dragon Blood is there to help heal yourself when needed, and the ultimate will be useful for groups of 3 enemies. As this bar is a mix of vigor and magic, you will normally never be short of power until the end of the fight.
2 weapons, for twice the fun
From level 15, your second weapon slot becomes available, which we will therefore use with a fire destruction staff. Forget ice and lightning, you will swear by fire!
It's a bit difficult part of the game, because you have to climb several skill bars, and therefore several associated lines. The high-level Fire Staff specialization will require you to level up the Staff of Destruction line to level 50, so you'll need to get up to speed fairly quickly. However, up to level 25, I advise you to finalize your first two-handed weapon specialization on difficult fights and keep the fights and easy quests for your second specialization. At this point, you have to invest your points massively in magic while keeping your armor mostly in the middle.
At level 25, your bars should collect at this:
It's starting to get interesting and you're going to be able to move forward at a steady pace with these bars. Let's detail all this:
Bar 1 - Two-handed weapon
- Trampling : the load already used previously
- Tongue of fire High damage fire attack that knocks down and deals bonus damage to pinned or stunned targets. That's good, our trampling immobilizes!
- Green dragon blood : Heals for 33% of your missing health and increases your stamina and health regeneration for 20 seconds, yum.
- Ravage : as before and sounds the target (who said tongue of fire?).
- Executioner : An increased damage attack against low health targets, which grants a bonus to all 2-handed weapon skills.
- Standard of power : The evolution of our last previous which increases the damage inflicted and reduces the damage suffered.
Bar 2 - Staff of Destruction (Fire)
- Devouring flames : AoE (AoE attack) in a cone in front of you dealing damage plus a dowry of fire for 6 seconds. In addition, it boosts fire damage by 10% during this period.
- Burning greenhouses : Immobilizes enemies around you for 4 seconds, inflicting physical damage and fire dowry over time.
- Elemental Bulwark : an area of fire damage over 3.5 seconds
- Green dragon blood : seen above.
- Volatile armor : Not necessarily useful, but helps raise the Draconic Power skill line.
- Standard of power : the same as in the first bar.
Let's move on to the explanations. The first bar is at its peak and will allow you excellent DPS on small groups of enemies and bosses while maintaining very good survival. Attack the first enemy with a trampling then follow on a tongue of fire. If the enemy is not dead, finish him off with Executioner. Chain the next enemy with Ravage (or Trample if he has moved away) and again tongue of fire / executioner. Green Dragon Blood is handy for increasing your health and stamina regeneration while healing you. As you will be more specialized in high level magic, it will prove to be very useful to switch from a Multicast phase to a Single target phase. In the meantime, on bosses, mainly use your weapon skills and keep magic to heal yourself and regenerate your stamina. The tongue of fire spell is simply huge, especially when paired with Ravage or Trample.
The second bar is far from what it will end up being, and at this point you will quickly run out of magic. For the moment, set aside fairly easy fights. This bar does not use stamina, so you can sprint towards your targets to start the fight. Devouring flames from the start for fire enhancement, then searing talons to trap your enemies, reposition yourself and set up your elemental bulwark. Finish off enemies with staff attacks or repeat the Talon / Rampart operation.
For the following levels, you will have to think slowly about reversing your pieces of armor to gradually move to a majority of fabric pieces, to promote your magic. Around level 35, you should have enough magic and magic regeneration to upgrade the Multi specialization to primary.
Yes, level 100!
Or more precisely the veteran levels and the long quest for the famous rank 10 (already soon obsolete with the arrival of Raidelorn). At this point, you ideally have 5 pieces of light armor and 2 of medium armor, with bonuses in magic 3/7, life 2/7, and stamina 2/7. Jewels will grant you magic and stamina regeneration buffs or spell cost reductions if you've reached the regeneration soft capes.
Let's move on to our level 50 bar:
As you can see, the first bar has not changed, only the second bar has changed.
Bar 2 - Staff of Destruction (Fire)
- Burning greenhouses : immobilizes enemies around you for 4 seconds, inflicting physical damage and fire dowry over time
- Gasoline capture : Absorbs health from 3 enemies around you, then deals damage to all nearby enemies. 20% of damage dealt is returned as magic.
- Green dragon blood : 33% health healed, health and stamina regeneration increased.
- Devouring flames : Cone damage in front of you dealing damage plus a dot of fire for 6 seconds plus a 10% boost to fire damage during that time.
- Elementary circle : Fire damage area around you that adds an extra dowry for 8 seconds and applies the flaming effect.
- Standard of power : the same as before.
Here is our bar for the finalized area damage which will allow you to do big damage on large packs of monsters. Here, no need to rush on the targets, a flaming stick on different groups will make them come towards you. Rush over enemies that strike from a distance and prepare to welcome all these little worlds with devouring flames. Then immediately launch gasoline capture, which must be restarted every 3 seconds (capture, spell, spell, spell, capture ...). This is what will keep you afloat alive and in magic (especially in magic). Once your targets are gathered, it's time to imprison them with Searing Talons and char them with 2 elemental circle hits. After this first cycle, some healing may be necessary, so Green Dragon Blood, then again Essence Capture, Elemental Circle until the end.
Capture essence will allow you not to run out of magic too quickly, while the spell of the staff "Elemental Circle", coupled with the level 50 passive "Expertise in destruction" will ensure constant regeneration as you go. of the death of enemies. With this specialization, groups of 12-15 standard enemies are easily successful. For elite enemy groups, such as Giants or Trolls, I suggest replacing Searing Talons with Volatile Armor for better resistance to hits. On groups like this, your best bet is to stay planted in the middle, put your essence back on right after your magic regeneration, and regenerate yourself with green dragon blood. A few strokes of the Elemental Circle and you're done.
What about PvP?
This template is quite valid in PvP with a few modifications. For the single target, no change to make, the sequence Trampling, Tongue of fire, Ravage then Executioner will overcome almost any enemy, by never leaving him the possibility of getting up. You still have to attack first!
For the multi-target, Burning Talons will be useful in preventing enemies from fleeing. On the other hand, you can consider replacing Devouring Flames with Tongue of Fire, just to quickly end a more resistant player. The additional effect will be triggered precisely by the immobilization of the Searing Talons.
Here we are at the end of this guide, I hope you enjoyed it. Feel free to suggest variations or other guides, we will be happy to publish them.