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Dragonknight

Build 1: Hybrid Melee

Applicable for: CP Cyrodiil, CP Imperial City, Duels & Battlegrounds

Updated for: Firesong

Character

  • Race: Dark Elf
    • Alternatives: High Elf, Breton, Nord
  • Attributes: 44 Magicka, 20 Health, 0 Stamina

Buffs

  • Mundus: The Atronach
  • Vampire Stage 3

Consumables

  • Food: Orzoga’s Smoked Bear Haunch
  • Potions: Magicka+Minor Heroism+Stamina, or regular tristat potions

Stats (Unbuffed)

Note: this gives an estimate of what kind of stats this build ends up with. Small differences can occur due to a different item quality, missing traits etc.

Gear Slot Set Type Trait Enchantment
Head
Medium
Impenetrable
Prismatic
Shoulders
Medium
Impenetrable
Prismatic
Chest
Heavy
Reinforced
Prismatic
Hands
Medium
Well-Fitted
Prismatic
Waist
Light
Impenetrable
Prismatic
Legs
Medium
Impenetrable
Prismatic
Feet
Medium
Impenetrable
Prismatic
Necklace
Infused
Weapon Damage
Ring
Infused
Weapon Damage
Ring
Infused
Weapon Damage
Weapon 1
Dual Wield Maces
Nirnhoned & Charged
Shock & Absorb Stamina
Weapon 2
Ice Staff
Defending
Berserker

The CP stars for this build are listed from most important (1) to least important (2,3,…). This is in case you don’t have enough CP to get all stars yet.

Warfare

Active Stars

  1.  Deadly Aim
  2.  Focused Mending
  3.  Exploiter
  4.  Ironclad
 

Passive Stars

  1.  Eldritch Insight
  2.  Piercing
  3.  Flawless Ritual
  4.  War Mage
  5.  Quick Recovery
  6.  Elemental Aegis
  7.  Hardy
  8.  Blessed
  9.  Tireless Discipline
  10.  Precision
Fitness

Active Stars

  1.  Sustained by Suffering
  2.  Pain’s Refuge
  3.  Survival Instincts
  4.  Celerity
 

Passive Stars

  1.  Tumbling
  2.  Defiance
  3.  Hero’s Vigor
  4.  Hasty
  5.  Sprinter
  6.  Tireless Guardian
  7.  Fortification
  8.  Nimble Protector
  9.  Piercing Gaze
  10.  Tempered Soul
  11.  Savage Defense
  12.  Bashing Brutality
  13.  Mystic Tenacity
Craft

Active Stars

  1.  Steed’s Blessing
  2.  Gifted Rider
  3.  War Mount
  4.  Rationer

Passive Stars

  1.  Breakfall
  2.  Out of Sight
  3.  Fleet Phantom
  4.  Steadfast Enchantment
  5.  Soul Reservoir
  6.  Gilded Fingers
  7.  Fortune’s Favor
  8.  Inspiration Boost
  • Alternative damage sets that replace Mara’s Balm or Daedric Trickery include Burning Spellweave, Stuhn’s Favor and Kynmarcher’s Cruelty
  • This is a slow-paced brawler build. To make it more mobile, change out Cinder Storm to Race Against Time or Protective Plate and Sea-Serpent’s Coil to Markyn Majesty.

Build 2: No-CP Melee

Applicable for: No-CP Cyrodiil, No-CP Imperial City
Updated for Firesong

Character

  • Race: Dark Elf
    • Alternatives: High Elf, Breton, Nord
  • Attributes: 40 Magicka, 24 Health, 0 Stamina

Buffs

  • Mundus: The Atronach
  • Vampire Stage 3

Consumables

  • Food: Orzorga’s Smoked Bear Haunch
  • Potions: Stamina + Magicka + Minor Heroism or regular tripots (Stamina + Magicka + Health)

Stats (Unbuffed)

Note: this gives an estimate of what kind of stats this build ends up with. Small differences can occur due to a different item quality, missing traits etc.

Gear Slot Set Type Trait Enchantment
Head
Medium
Impenetrable
Prismatic
Shoulders
Heavy
Impenetrable
Prismatic
Chest
Heavy
Reinforced
Prismatic
Hands
Light
Impenetrable
Prismatic
Waist
Light
Impenetrable
Prismatic
Legs
Heavy
Impenetrable
Prismatic
Feet
Heavy
Impenetrable
Prismatic
Necklace
Infused
Weapon Damage
Ring
Infused
Weapon Damage
Ring
Infused
Weapon Damage
Weapon 1
Dual Wield Maces
Nirn & Charged
Shock & Absorb Stamina
Weapon 2
Ice Staff
Defending
Berserker
  • Cinder Storm is great for healing while fighting in close quarters, but for more mobility in open field it can be changed out to Race Against Time or Protective Plate
  • Corrosive Armor is also a good main ultimate to use, especially in outnumbered situations, but then it’s best to switch out Spinner to another set of preference.