ESO Kyne’s Aegis Main Tank Build

Updated: Flames of Ambition (March 2021)

Information

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

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 simple 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.

Race

Nord
Imperial
Redguard

Mundus

The Atronach
The Lady

Attributes

64 Health

Food

Bewitched Sugar Skulls

Potions

Essence of Health Potion More Info

Equipment

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
NecklaceThe Worm's Raiment / Aegis of Galenwe / Bani's TormentJewelleryTriuneBracing
RingThe Worm's Raiment / Aegis of Galenwe / Bani's TormentJewelleryTriuneMagicka Recovery
RingThe Worm's Raiment / Aegis of Galenwe / Bani's TormentJewelleryTriuneMagicka Recovery
Main HandThe Worm's Raiment / Aegis of Galenwe / Bani's TormentAny 1HInfusedFlame
Off HandThe Worm's Raiment / Aegis of Galenwe / Bani's TormentShieldSturdyPrismatic Defence
Main Hand BackupThe Worm's Raiment / Aegis of Galenwe / Bani's TormentIce StaffInfusedCrusher
PieceSetWeightTraitEnchantment
HeadVykosaHeavySturdyPrismatic Defence
ShoulderVykosaHeavySturdyPrismatic 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 1HInfusedWeakening / Absorb Stamina
Off HandBani's TormentShieldSturdyPrismatic Defence
Main Hand BackupBani's TormentIce StaffInfusedCrusher
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
NecklaceFrozen WatcherJewellerySwiftMagicka Recovery
RingFrozen WatcherJewellerySwiftMagicka Recovery
RingFrozen WatcherJewellerySwiftMagicka Recovery
Main HandFrozen WatcherIce StaffChargedFlame
Main Hand BackupFrozen WatcherIce StaffInfusedFrost
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
NecklaceDrake's Rush / The Worm's Raiment / Aegis of GalenweJewelleryTriuneBracing
RingDrake's Rush / The Worm's Raiment / Aegis of GalenweJewelleryTriuneMagicka Recovery
RingDrake's Rush / The Worm's Raiment / Aegis of GalenweJewelleryTriuneMagicka Recovery
Main HandDrake's Rush / The Worm's Raiment / Aegis of GalenweAny 1HInfusedFlame
Off HandDrake's Rush / The Worm's Raiment / Aegis of GalenweShieldSturdyPrismatic Defence
Main Hand BackupDrake's Rush / The Worm's Raiment / Aegis of GalenweIce StaffInfusedCrusher
PieceSetWeightTraitEnchantment
HeadScourge Harvester / VykosaHeavyWell-FittedHealth
ShoulderScourge Harvester / VykosaHeavyWell-FittedHealth
ChestClaw of YolnahkriinHeavySturdyPrismatic Defence
HandsClaw of YolnahkriinHeavySturdyPrismatic Defence
WaistClaw of YolnahkriinHeavySturdyPrismatic Defence
LegsClaw of YolnahkriinHeavySturdyPrismatic Defence
FeetClaw of YolnahkriinHeavySturdyPrismatic Defence
NecklaceThe Worm's Raiment / Aegis of Galenwe / Bani's TormentJewelleryTriuneBracing
RingThe Worm's Raiment / Aegis of Galenwe / Bani's TormentJewelleryTriuneMagicka Recovery
RingThe Worm's Raiment / Aegis of Galenwe / Bani's TormentJewelleryTriuneMagicka Recovery
Main HandThe Worm's Raiment / Aegis of Galenwe / Bani's TormentAny 1HInfusedWeakening / Absorb Stamina
Off HandThe Worm's Raiment / Aegis of Galenwe / Bani's TormentShieldWell-FittedPrismatic Defence
Main Hand BackupThe Worm's Raiment / Aegis of Galenwe / Bani's TormentIce StaffInfusedCrusher

Abilities

Dragonknight

Static

Pierce Armor Heroic Slash Igneous Shield Green Dragon Blood Stone Giant Barrier
Inner Rage Unrelenting Grip Elemental Blockade Balance Deep Breath Aggressive Horn

Necromancer

Static

Pierce Armor Heroic Slash Unnerving Boneyard Hungry Scythe Empowering Grasp Barrier
Inner Rage Silver Leash Elemental Blockade Balance Spirit Guardian Glacial Colossus

Nightblade

Static

Pierce Armor Heroic Slash Swallow Soul Dark Cloak Leeching Strikes Barrier
Inner Rage Silver Leash Elemental Blockade Mirage Sap Essence Aggressive Horn

Sorcerer

Static

Pierce Armor Heroic Slash Dark Deal Summon Unstable Clannfear Bound Aegis Barrier
Inner Rage Silver Leash Elemental Blockade Summon Unstable Clannfear Balance Aggressive Horn

Templar

Static

Pierce Armor Heroic Slash Radiant Aura Radiant Ward Purifying Light Barrier
Inner Rage Silver Leash Elemental Blockade Restoring Focus Extended Ritual Aggressive Horn

Warden

Static

Pierce Armor Heroic Slash Enchanted Growth Polar Wind Fetcher Infection Barrier
Inner Rage Frozen Device Elemental Blockade Expansive Frost Cloak Bull Netch Aggressive Horn

Tank Guides

Build Video

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Notes

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.

Race

The best Race’s to use here are:

  1. Nord, in vKA the Nord is extremely helpful because being at the resistance cap is very beneficial for this trial.
  2. Imperial for the overall sustain and lower cost Ultimate, this is a very sustain heavy trial especially the last boss.
  3. 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.
  4. Argonian would be useful also for the potion passive to help with sustain.

Mundus

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.

Attributes

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.

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.