Main Tank Gear
Console/Static: Yolnahkriin is a must have set and you would pair this with Galenwe if you don’t have a Necromancer Support using Empowering Grasp, you could use Worm for group sustain but it is not really needed anymore, Bani’s is great for survival and finally you could use Drakes Rush for the group Ultimate gain. Encratis’s Behemoth buffs your Magicka Damage Dealers flame damage but also, there is fire damage taken in this trial so it will reduce the Fire damage taken by 5% for anyone stood inside.
Beginner: There is a lot of damage in this trial so for beginners you’ll want to reduce the incoming damage as much as possible. You really want to keep at least 1 good group buff set with Yolnahkriin, but then pair this with Bani’s Torment to reduce the Bosses damage and increase your incoming healing. When you also use Vykosa to go along with it, that should debuff the boss even more and reduce the damage again.
Adds: Double Ice Staff, full AoE Debuff setup, this works amazingly well. You will typically be pulling add pulls solo/running ahead or in joint add pulls you take melee/most adds. Those adds get ranged taunted in, when then hit you they proc Defiled Dragon for Minor Breach, you then either block or at least press block for 1 second to proc Frozen Watcher which activates AoE Minor Brittle on all the adds nearby. When you are chaining in any small adds this will proc the Encratis’s Behemoth which increases the fire damage all the nearby enemies take. If you also throw down Razor Caltrops for the AoE Major Fracture, you are heavily debuffing all the adds so the Damage Dealers can kill them faster. The Off Tank will use Yolnahkriin/Alkosh/Lady Thorn, this is because they will usually run into the add pull after you so they can run at the enemies, proc Lady Thorn, use synergy to proc Alkosh and then taunt a small add or help you by taking one of your adds to proc Yolnahkriin.
Bosses: For Boss fights you’ll be blocking a lot so if you don’t have a Necro Support using Grasp then Galenwe gets a really high uptime here. If you don’t need that then Worm for sustain or you can use Drakes Rush since you spend a lot of time close to your group so it will activate on them a lot for more Ultimate. Yolnahkriin and Behemoth are pretty much must have sets for most things.
Last Boss Hardmode: This is a very high damage fight for the Main Tank so it’s perfectly acceptable to use Bani’s Torment for this. You can again use Galenwe/Worm/Drakes if you don’t need Bani’s. For the Monster Set, switch Behemoth to the Off Tank so you can use Malubeth Scourge Harvester for the extra healing and Major Vitality. You’ll be losing a lot of Health very often so you need to use this to make it easier for your healers. If you are using Bani’s then Malubeth won’t do anything so you should use Vykosa instead to reduce the incoming damage even more.
Stamina Groups: If you are using any Stamina Damage Dealers in your group then you will need to use Tremorscale and Alkosh on all Bosses.
The best Race’s to use here are:
- Nord, in vKA the Nord is extremely helpful because being at the resistance cap is very beneficial for this trial.
- Imperial for the overall sustain and lower cost Ultimate, this is a very sustain heavy trial especially the last boss.
- Redguard for the Stamina sustain if this is something you struggle with, this will be good for roll dodging the last boss and the long block phases.
- Argonian would be useful also for the potion passive to help with sustain.
The Atronach is the generic Mundus to use here.
If you are not at the resistance cap of 33k because you are not a Nord then you could use The Lady, there are not many places where 33k resistances is necessary but this is one place where it is, especially on Hardmode. It’s not 100% vital but it will help a lot to reduce the incoming damage, the only problem is you will lose a lot of Magicka sustain by dropping The Atronach.
We go with 64 Health as we need as high Max Health as possible in this trial as the incoming damage is higher than anything else in ESO. You should aim to have around 50k Max Health, especially for Hardmode.
As standard we use the Bewitched Sugar Skulls which gives us Max Health, Magicka and Stamina plus more Health Recovery which is helpful here.
There are no special requirements on Potions here, standard Tri-Stat potions will work perfectly.