Step 1 – BLOCKING:
This is your number 1 tool for mitigation. With the passives in 1 hand and shield skill line and draconic power you will be practically invincible. Remember you can block and cast spells simultaneously. It may prove a bit more difficult in single target encounters when you are using your 1 hander more often. But the general rule of thumb here is to block as many attacks as possible
Step 2 – PUNCTURE, RANSACK, AND PIERCE ARMOR:
A MUST HAVE on both hotbars. This is your taunt! This is what will keep your group happy! when choosing a morph pierce armor should be considered more so for the multiple targets due to its synergy with the idea of an offensive tank. However, if you are taking burning talons in place of choking talons and feel that a little armor boost is necessary, then by preference feel free to choose ransack. For single target if you are opting for green dragon blood: (stamina > armor and spell resist) instead of coagulating then ransack may also be a better choice.
Step 3 – LOW SLASH & DEEP SLASH
Our single target build is built around debuffing the opponent and buffing ourselves. This is just a continuation of that idea.
Step 4 – NOTE ABOUT SINGLE TARGET ROTATION:
If you feel it necessary to have a spell reflect/ absorb on your hotbar then you can substitute either shield charge or deep slash for Reflective scale in the draconic power tree or Defensive posture in 1 hand shield tree. Reflective scale has a morph that offers spell resistence and increased dmg, I would suggest the spell resistence. Defensive posture has a nice passive ability while its on the hotbar that aids your blocking. It also has a morph with a self heal or a stun. I generally don’t recommend going to stun morphs due to the fact that we will mainly be fighting bosses and I am afraid they may have an immunity to stuns.
Step 5 – ARMOR:
I recommend a 5 heavy / 1 light / 1 medium armor build to maximize the effectiveness of the Undaunted passive that gives you 2% extra health, magicka, and stamina for each armor type you are using.
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