PvE Tank – Warden Class Set up – Elder Scrolls Online

If you decided to play as a Warden, congrats! You have picked one of my favorites of the game. This is because you harness the power of wildlife, which is awesome! Then you decided to be a Tank. The life of the Tank is a tough one. You take all the damage and reap none of the glory of a DPS.

In this article, we will look at just one single build. Check our other articles for other build types!


PvE Tank Build – Warden


I. Preferred Races
II. Weapons
II.1 Main Weapon
II.2 Alternate Weapon
III. Abilities
III.1 Main Bar
III.2 Alternate Bar
III.3 Passives
IV. Gear
V. Champion Point Allocation

I. Preferred Races to use for this build

o Imperial
o Nord
o Argonian

Imperial is one of the best classes in the game overall. This class can be in any alliance without the Any Race, Any Alliance coupon. They also receive great base health and stamina as well as shield proficiency.
Nords tanks in their own minds. They start with great health and resistance bonuses.
Argonians have great base health and magicka. Making them great options for this build as well.
Other races can certainly excel as well, but these are the first tier I would recommend.



I went back and forth trying to decide which weapons are the best for this build. Mostly, which destruction staff was best for the alternate. Either is really viable, but for this build – I am recommending Frost Staff here. The main hand will be best done with sword or dagger. Your job is to soak damage, so quick chops are your friend.

Main Hand – Sword
Alternate Hand – Shield

Back Up Main Hand – Destruction Frost Staff


Main & Alternate

MainPolar WindShimmering ShieldSubterranean AssaultPierce ArmorSpell SymmetryEnchanted Forest
AlternateLeeching VinesBull NetchIce FortressInner RageElemental BlockadeEnchanted Forest
Abilities for tank build ESO

Skill Explanation – Bull netch may be one of the most important. Mainly because you should have everything attacking you for the most part. They will hit you with all kinds of negative effects. Well, bull netch removes a negative effect every 5 seconds. Plenty of heals and buffs to go around as well here.


Animal Companion: Bond with Nature, Savage Beast, Flourish, Advanced Species
Green Balance: Accelerated Growth, Nature’s Gift, Emerald Moss, Maturation
Winter’s Embrace: Glacial Presence, Frozen Armor, Icy Aura, Piercing Cold
One Hand and Shield: Fortress, Sword and Board, Deadly Bash, Deflect Bolts, Battlefield Mobility
Destruction Staff: Tri Focus, Penetrating Magic, Elemental Force, Ancient Knowledge, Destruction Expert
Heavy Armor: Resolve, Constitution, Juggernaut, Revitalize, Rapid Mending

Which brings me to armor. Gear


HeadEbonHeavyAcquired from Crypt of Hearts
ChestFortified BrassHeavyCraftable in Clockwork City
ShoulderEbonHeavy(2 items) Adds 1206 Maximum Health
PantsEbonHeavy(3 items) Adds 1206 Maximum Health
FeetFortified BrassHeavy(2 items) Adds 1206 Maximum Health
HandsFortified BrassHeavy(3 items) Adds 1487 Armor
BeltEbonHeavy(4 items) Adds 4% Healing Taken
NecklaceEbon(5 items) Increases your Max Health by 1000 for you and up to 11 other group members within 28 meters of you.
Ring 1Fortified Brass(4 items) Adds 1487 Armor
Ring 2Fortified Brass(5 items) Adds 3460 Armor
Gear guide PvE Warden – ESO


Champion Point Allocation

Craft (50)Warfare (60)Fitness (50)
Breakfall +10, Wanderer +15, Steadfast Enchantment +10, Rationer +10, Professional Upkeep +5Eldritch Insight +10, Quick Recovery +20, Resilience +10, Elemental Aegis +10, Enduring Resolve +10Fortified +50
Champion Skill Point Allocation – Warden Tank – ESO

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