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9 Jan 2016
An Iron-clad tank is designed for disrupting foes and controlling the pace of a battle. Whether large-scale, small-scale, having an Iron-clad on your side is typically advantageous. If you enjoy rendering rival healers useless, harassing enemy backlines and forcing them out of position, all while being as sturdy as a brick wall, then this may be just the build you were in search of.

For starters, let’s establish the armor set and weapon of choice utilized in this build.

1) Medium Plate Helmet

2) Heavy Cloth Chest

3) Heavy Cloth Boots

4) Iron-clad Staff

Choosing medium helmet may come as a surprise, but bear with me as there is good reasoning for the decision. Let’s discuss the skills we will want to forge onto our armor and weapon before heading out into the open world.

Medium Helmet Skill:

Medium Helmet is a personal favorite in Albion, as it offers a multitude of skills that are very useful on most builds, depending on what form of PvP you are involved in. For most intents and purposes, your choice of skill for this build would be Meditation – a versatile skill which reduces all currently active cooldowns by 10 seconds. This essentially means that your skills will be available again faster so you can do your job even more effectively.

Although you will usually want to have meditation for most team fights to increase your availability of crowd control (CC) cooldowns, another option primarily for small-scale ganking would be Defenseless Rush. This skill offers a 72% movement increase that will allow you to catch and hold your opponents in place, while your allies catch up to finish them off.

Medium Helmet Passive:

Since your job is to be the primary crowd control player in your group, the best passive to take would be Authority, which increases all CC duration by 5%, furthering your disruption capabilities.

Heavy Chest Skill:

The primary skill we will want to take for this build would be Root Prison – you guessed it, another CC oriented skill that roots any opponents surrounding you for 4 seconds. Root prison is one of the strongest CC skills in the game, and often times sets up your team to land critical area of effect (AoE) damage on your opponents.

Although the cooldown of root prison is rather extensive (30 seconds), this is one area where meditation comes into play with Albion Online Gold, and effectively reduces the cooldown of root prison by 10 seconds. You’ll have it off cool-down and ready to go before you even realize it.  

Heavy Chest Passive:

The passive we will want to take here would be Toughness – increasing your armor and magic resistance by a considerable amount. This is the bread and butter of your survivability, and will allow you to rampage behind enemy lines for extended periods of time while mitigating the damage you receive.

Heavy Boots Skill:

For our heavy boots, the skill we will want to grab is Defensive Sprint – increasing your movement speed by 100%, like most sprints, while also increasing your armor and magic resistances tremendously for 3 seconds. The effectiveness of this skill is self-explanatory; simply rush into enemy lines with defensive sprint, receiving a huge bonus to your resistances that make you nearly un-killable. In the case that your enemy tries to focus-fire you down, it is highly unlikely that you will die with such high resistances and a competent healer on your side.


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