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A Dunmer Dragonknight.

Not to be confused with Knights of the Dragon.
For other classes in Online, see Classes (Online).
"These skillful masters-at-arms use the ancient Akaviri martial tradition of battle-spirit, and wield fearsome magic that pounds, shatters and physically alters the world around them."
―Official description[1]

The Dragonknight is one of seven playable classes in The Elder Scrolls Online.


The origin of the Dragonknights is traced to the first Akaviri invasion in 1E 2700, when the Akaviri met Reman at Pale Pass. Surrendering in service to Emperor Reman, the elite Akaviri under his command eventually became the Dragonguard, acting as the personal honor guard of the Reman Dynasty. While protecting the Remans, the Dragonguard were said to have been using powers and magic learned directly from the Dragons, native arts in their homeland of Akavir. After the assassination of Reman Cyrodiil III, however, the Dragonguard was officially disbanded out of shame until Versidue Shaie reinstated them, this time serving as secret intelligence rather than an honor guard directly, losing their capacity for Dragon magic. Even so, a former Grandmaster of the Dragonguard made sure that this martial art survived into the Second Era, and instructed his disciples to teach this art and spread it themselves. The disciples came to be known as the Dragonknights, masters of magic mirroring that of Dragons.[2]

Skill Lines[]

The Dragonknight, like all classes, has three unique skill lines only available for Dragonknights: Ardent Flame, Draconic Power and Earthen Heart. Each of these skills are more suited to specific roles. For example, Draconic Power is more suited towards survivability, while Ardent Flame is more suited towards dealing damage. The arrows are used to signify a skill's morph choices, e.g. one morph choice for Fiery Grip is Empowering Chains.

Official Builds[]

These are the builds officially recommended by Online's Skill Advisor.

Name Description Primary Stat Recommended Equipment Role Skills
Dragonknight Initiate Learn to channel your inner dragon through the mastery of Dragonknight abilities. Magicka N/A This build is recommended for New Players. Obsidian Shard, Burning Embers, Burning Talons, Flame Lash, Volatile Armor, Standard of Might, Magma Shell, Unrelenting Grip, Inhale, Dragon Blood, Molten Weapons, Obsidian Shield, All Class Passives.
Inferno Dragon Set your enemies ablaze in an inferno of destructive magic. Magicka Light Armor, Destruction Staff Damage Lava Whip, Searing Strike, Molten Weapons, Dragonknight Standard, Fiery Breath, Dark Talons, Dragon Blood, Inferno, Ash Cloud, Wall of Elements, Combustion, Searing Heat, World in Ruin, Battle Roar, Mountain's Blessing, Grace, Evocation, Penetrating Magic.
Venomous Dragon Control the field of battle with lethal poisons and furious strikes. Stamina Medium Armor, Bow Damage Noxious Breath, Take Flight, Venomous Claw, Igneous Shield, Igneous Weapons, Battle Roar, Flames of Oblivion, Corrosive Armor, Eternal Mountain, Combustion, World in Ruin, Helping Hands, Searing Heat, Bloodthirst, Twin Slashes, Slaughter, Controlled Fury, Dual Wield Expert, Endless Hail, Poison Injection, Accuracy, Ranger, Vigor, Dexterity, Wind Walker, Agility.
Stoneskin Dragon Channel your fury and charge into the fray like a raging, heavily-armored dragon. Health Heavy Armor, One Hand and Shield Tank Fiery Grip, Igneous Shield, Magma Shell, Spiked Armor, Heroic Slash, Absorb Missile, Choking Talons, Green Dragon Blood, Puncture, Inner Fire, Shield Wall, Guard, Iron Skin, Warmth, Eternal Mountain, Scaled Armor, Helping Hands, Elder Dragon, Mountain's Blessing, Burning Heart, Battle Roar, Juggernaut, Resolve, Rapid Mending, Constitution, Fortress, Sword and Board, Deadly Bash, Deflect Bolts, Battlefield Mobility.
Elder Dragon Safeguard your allies by granting them powerful boons such as shields, health, and power. Magicka Light Armor, Restoration Staff Healer Stonefist, Igneous Weapons, Magma Shell, Igneous Shield, Cauterize, Battle Roar, Eternal Mountain, Scaled Armor, Regeneration, Healing Springs, Ward Ally, Blessing of Protection, Force Siphon, Panacea, Essence Drain, Restoration Expert, Cycle of Life, Absorb, Restoration Master, Recovery, Evocation, Spell Warding, Prodigy, Concentration.

Ardent Flame[]

Active Skills:

Passive Skills:

Draconic Power[]

Active Skills:

Passive Skills:

Earthen Heart[]

Active Skills:

Passive Skills:

Skill books[]


  • The Dragonknight's skill set creates a strong tank; Unrelenting Grip, Dragon Blood and Obsidian Shield prove very useful. In addition, Stone Giant's unique and powerful debuff separates the class from others in terms of damage support.
  • Though primarily a close range character, the Dragonknight is prepared from a low level to close the distance between themselves and enemies with the Fiery Grip ability.
  • Dunmer, Altmer and Bretons make effective Dragonknights utilizing spell damage for fire damage abilities, which are passive buffs endemic to their race.