ESO Kyne’s Aegis Main Tank Build

Updated: Blackwood (June 2021)

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 Behemoth / Malubeth / VykosaHeavySturdyPrismatic Defence
ShoulderEncratis’s Behemoth / Malubeth / VykosaHeavySturdyPrismatic Defence
ChestClaw of YolnahkriinHeavySturdyPrismatic Defence
HandsClaw of YolnahkriinHeavySturdyPrismatic Defence
WaistClaw of YolnahkriinHeavySturdyPrismatic Defence
LegsClaw of YolnahkriinHeavySturdyPrismatic Defence
FeetClaw of YolnahkriinHeavySturdyPrismatic Defence
NecklaceElemental Catalyst / Bani’s TormentJewelleryTriuneBracing
RingElemental Catalyst / Bani’s TormentJewelleryTriuneMagicka Recovery
RingElemental Catalyst / Bani’s TormentJewelleryTriuneMagicka Recovery
Main HandElemental Catalyst / Bani’s TormentAny 1HInfusedFlame / Absorb Stamina
Off HandElemental Catalyst / Bani’s TormentShieldSturdyPrismatic Defence
Main Hand BackupElemental Catalyst / Bani’s TormentIce StaffInfusedShock / Crusher
  • If using EC then you might need to use a Shock Glyph so Off Tank or Healer will need Crusher.
  • Flame Glyph might be needed to proc Encratis.
  • Main setup is EC/Encratis, Vykosa & Banis for extra safety if needed, Malubeth for last boss but don’t use it with Bani’s.
PieceSetWeightTraitEnchantment
HeadEngine Guardian / VykosaHeavySturdyPrismatic Defence
ShoulderEngine Guardian / VykosaHeavySturdyPrismatic 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 BehemothHeavySturdyPrismatic Defence
ShoulderEncratis’s BehemothHeavySturdyPrismatic Defence
ChestDragon’s DefilementHeavySturdyPrismatic Defence
HandsDragon’s DefilementHeavySturdyPrismatic Defence
WaistDragon’s DefilementHeavySturdyPrismatic Defence
LegsDragon’s DefilementHeavySturdyPrismatic Defence
FeetDragon’s DefilementHeavySturdyPrismatic Defence
NecklaceRoar of AlkoshJewellerySwiftMagicka Recovery
RingRoar of AlkoshJewellerySwiftMagicka Recovery
RingRoar of AlkoshJewellerySwiftMagicka Recovery
Main HandRoar of AlkoshIce StaffChargedFrost
Main Hand BackupRoar of AlkoshIce StaffInfusedFlame
  • Use Frozen Watcher for easy AoE Brittle if you can’t maintain the Brittle with Impulse spamming. When using Frozen Watcher you don’t need a Frost Glyph so switch to Crusher.
PieceSetWeightTraitEnchantment
HeadEncratis’s BehemothHeavySturdyPrismatic Defence
ShoulderEncratis’s BehemothHeavySturdyPrismatic Defence
ChestClaw of YolnahkriinHeavySturdyPrismatic Defence
HandsClaw of YolnahkriinHeavySturdyPrismatic Defence
WaistClaw of YolnahkriinHeavySturdyPrismatic Defence
LegsClaw of YolnahkriinHeavySturdyPrismatic Defence
FeetClaw of YolnahkriinHeavySturdyPrismatic Defence
NecklaceElemental CatalystJewelleryTriuneBracing
RingElemental CatalystJewelleryTriuneMagicka Recovery
RingElemental CatalystJewelleryTriuneMagicka Recovery
Main HandElemental CatalystAny 1HInfusedFlame / Absorb Stamina
Off HandElemental CatalystShieldSturdyPrismatic Defence
Main Hand BackupElemental CatalystIce StaffInfusedShock / Crusher
  • Glyphs are all situational depending on class – see the skill section for more information.
  • If using EC then you might need to use a Shock Glyph so Off Tank or Healer will need Crusher.
  • Flame Glyph might be needed to proc Encratis.
PieceSetWeightTraitEnchantment
Head MalubethHeavyWell-FittedHealth
Shoulder MalubethHeavyWell-FittedHealth
ChestYolnahkriinHeavySturdyPrismatic Defence
HandsYolnahkriinHeavySturdyPrismatic Defence
WaistYolnahkriinHeavySturdyPrismatic Defence
LegsYolnahkriinHeavySturdyPrismatic Defence
FeetYolnahkriinHeavySturdyPrismatic Defence
NecklaceThe Worm’s Raiment / Elemental CatalystJewelleryTriuneBracing
RingThe Worm’s Raiment / Elemental CatalystJewelleryTriuneMagicka Recovery
RingThe Worm’s Raiment / Elemental CatalystJewelleryTriuneMagicka Recovery
Main HandThe Worm’s Raiment / Elemental CatalystAny 1HInfusedWeakening / Absorb Stamina
Off HandThe Worm’s Raiment / Elemental CatalystShieldWell-FittedPrismatic Defence
Main Hand BackupThe Worm’s Raiment / Elemental CatalystIce StaffInfusedCrusher
  • Use Bani’s if you need it here but you’ll also need to switch Monster Set.
  • Worm is good here since it’s a very long fight or EC if you are more experienced.
  • If using EC then you might need to use a Shock Glyph so Off Tank or Healer will need Crusher.

Kyne’s Aegis Skills

Dragonknight

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  • Use Cinder Storm in place of Engulfing if you have another DK in group.
  • Frost Staff, Shock Glyph, Engulfing Flames.
  • Use Burning Embers if you don’t need AoE Fire and if you have another DK using Engulfing Flames.
  • See more: Elemental Catalyst.

Necromancer

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  • Frost Staff, Shock Glyph, Scalding Rune.
  • You could also use a Lightning Staff, Frost Damage from Boneyard and Fire from Scalding Rune.
  • See more: Elemental Catalyst.

Nightblade

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Sorcerer

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Templar

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Warden

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  • Frost Staff, Shock Glyph, Scalding Rune.
  • Lightning Staff, Gripping Shards, Scalding Rune.
  • See more: Elemental Catalyst.

Kyne’s Aegis Champion Points

Fitness

Slippery (Slottable)
This is particularly useful on Boss 2 during the Fog mechanic.

Expert Evasion (Slottable)
You need to dodge quite often especially on Boss 1 when it does the cleave attack and on Last Boss Hardmode.

Shield Master (Slottable)
If you are on a DK or Templar you could use this to reduce the cost of your shields so you can cast them more often.

You should follow the standard Champion Point chart for this trial and then consider the following Red slottable CP which will help you in Kyne’s Aegis specifically.

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 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.

Don’t ignore your other stats however because you also need a good amount of Stamina and Magicka is useful also.

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.