ESO Kyne’s Aegis Main Tank Build

Updated: Ascending Tide (April 2022)

Kyne’s Aegis Information

Welcome to The Tank Club: ESO Kyne’s Aegis Main Tank Build.

Kyne’s Aegis is a DLC 12-person trial located in Western Skyrim. It was the ninth trial that was introduced into The Elder Scrolls Online with the Greymoor Chapter in June 2020.

This is the Main Tank build which covers both Veteran and Hardmode Kyne’s Aegis and we have gear options for both progression level groups and for advanced level groups. The experience of both your group and your Tank will impact what sort of setup you should use in this trial.

vKA is quite a simple trial mechanically but with very punishing amounts of damage taken by the Main Tank from start to finish. This trial has some of the most difficult and hardest hitting add pulls of any trial with very little room for error.

The bosses have very basic mechanics and are quite simple to learn but everything hits really hard and you will spend a lot of time blocking.

There are three bosses in this trial and each one has it’s own Hardmode. The Hardmodes on boss one and two are not vastly different mechanically from the regular veteran modes, but do hit harder and it’s a good idea to have an Off Tank guard you.

The last boss Hardmode is very punishing and the Main Tank alone will take more damage in this one fight than in any other full trial in the game.

Mundus

The Atronach
The Lady

Attributes

64 Health

Food

Bewitched Sugar Skulls

Potions

Essence of Health Potion More Info

Kyne’s Aegis Gear

PieceSetWeightTraitEnchantment
HeadEncratis’s BehemothHeavy/MedSturdyPrismatic Defence
ShoulderEncratis’s BehemothHeavy/LightSturdyPrismatic Defence
ChestTurning TideHeavySturdyPrismatic Defence
HandsTurning TideHeavySturdyPrismatic Defence
WaistTurning TideHeavySturdyPrismatic Defence
LegsTurning TideHeavySturdyPrismatic Defence
FeetTurning TideHeavySturdyPrismatic Defence
NecklaceClaw of YolnahkriinJewelleryTriuneMagicka Recovery
RingClaw of YolnahkriinJewelleryTriuneMagicka Recovery
RingClaw of YolnahkriinJewelleryTriuneMagicka Recovery
Main HandClaw of YolnahkriinAny 1HInfused/ChargedAbsorb Stamina/Poison
Off HandClaw of YolnahkriinShieldSturdyPrismatic Defence
Main Hand BackupClaw of YolnahkriinIce StaffInfusedCrusher
PieceSetWeightTraitEnchantment
HeadEngine Guardian / VykosaHeavy/MedSturdyPrismatic Defence
ShoulderEngine Guardian / VykosaHeavy/LightSturdyPrismatic Defence
ChestClaw of YolnahkriinHeavySturdyPrismatic Defence
HandsClaw of YolnahkriinHeavySturdyPrismatic Defence
WaistClaw of YolnahkriinHeavySturdyPrismatic Defence
LegsClaw of YolnahkriinHeavySturdyPrismatic Defence
FeetClaw of YolnahkriinHeavySturdyPrismatic Defence
NecklaceBani’s TormentJewelleryTriuneBracing
RingBani’s TormentJewelleryTriuneMagicka Recovery
RingBani’s TormentJewelleryTriuneMagicka Recovery
Main HandBani’s TormentAny 1HInfusedAbsorb Stamina
Off HandBani’s TormentShieldSturdyPrismatic Defence
Main Hand BackupBani’s TormentIce StaffInfusedCrusher
  • Use Engine Guardian if you need sustain or Vykosa to reduce Boss damage.
PieceSetWeightTraitEnchantment
HeadEncratis’s BehemothMediumSturdyPrismatic Defence
ShoulderEncratis’s BehemothLightSturdyPrismatic Defence
ChestTurning TideHeavySturdyPrismatic Defence
HandsTurning TideHeavySturdyPrismatic Defence
WaistTurning TideHeavySturdyPrismatic Defence
LegsTurning TideHeavySturdyPrismatic Defence
FeetTurning TideHeavySturdyPrismatic Defence
NecklaceDragon’s DefilementJewellerySwiftMagicka Recovery
RingDragon’s DefilementJewellerySwiftMagicka Recovery
RingDragon’s DefilementJewellerySwiftMagicka Recovery
Main HandDragon’s Defilement1HInfused/ChargedAbsorb Stamina/Poison
Off HandDragon’s DefilementShieldSturdyPrismatic Defence
Main Hand BackupDragon’s DefilementIce StaffChargedAny
  • This add setup is assuming the Off Tank is using Crimson Oath’s Rive & Yolnahkriin.

Kyne’s Aegis Skills

Kyne’s Aegis Videos

Kynes Aegis Tank Guide - Add Pulls | Elder Scrolls Online | Greymoor
Kynes Aegis Hardmode Tank Guide - Boss 1 - Yandir the Butcher | Elder Scrolls Online | Greymoor
Sanguinare Slayer - Veteran Kyne's Aegis Main Tank Build | Elder Scrolls Online | Greymoor

Kyne’s Aegis Notes

Class

Realistically the Dragonknight will work best for a Main Tank here looking at it from a sustain and survival point of view by being able to block and spam Igneous Shield and using Ultimates for sustain.

The Sorcerer also works great here, but generally you can Tank this on any class but you’ll need a higher level of Tank experience to do it with other classes.

Race

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.

Mundus

The Atronach is the best Mundus to use here because you have to cast a lot of skills often.

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.

Attributes

64 Health is advised here as you want 45k+ Health along with 20k+ Magicka and 27k+ Stamina

Food

As standard we use the Bewitched Sugar Skulls which gives us Max Health, Magicka and Stamina plus more Health Recovery which is helpful here.

Potions

There are no special requirements on Potions here, standard Tri-Stat potions will work perfectly.