You might wonder what are the best tank sets in ESO? In this article I will talk about some of the best tank sets in the game, basically a must have for every player that plans to tank in the Elder Scrolls Online! These sets here are most commonly used in the endgame of ESO, please make sure to read all the information so you do understand in what situations you need these sets!
Please keep in mind, this is not a list from best to worst, more important is that you do understand in what situations you need these sets, every group is different, therefore always communicate with your group if you have the chance to, that way you can optimize your sets better!
Ebon Armory drops in the Crypt of Hearts 1 & 2 dungeon. One of the must have sets for every tank, for both 4 man and 12 man groups! Increases the health of your whole group by 1000. That might not sound like a lot but it can really make a difference reducing overall deaths. The set is easy to spot because it has an unique animation giving you 3 red orbs that float around you.
Roar of Alkosh
Roar of Alkosh drops in the Maw of Lorkhaj Trial. This is a medium armor set that is most commonly used on a tank to debuff the boss, it is basically a must have for every group in a trial. The debuff from the set is unique and very powerful, but you need to make sure that you have a constant supply of synergies to keep the set activated. The set proc holds 10 seconds, but every synergy has a 20 second cooldown, therefore you need at least two different synergies to really get a high uptime on the set. That might sound easy, but whenever movement is necessary it can get tricky, plus damage dealers usually tend to steal the synergies that are meant for the tank, so it can be tricky to get a good uptime.
Battalion Defender drops in Cyrodiil from Rewards of the Worthy Boxes. This is a very powerful 4 man group set. It is often used in the Blackrose Prison Arena to counter the huge amount of incoming damage. The heal of the set can also be easily increased, up to a maximum of about 7900 like shown in the video here. That means you can easily push out 4000 healing every 1 second by simply holding block.
Torug's Pact is a crafted set and requires 3 researched traits to craft it. This set is used in progression trial groups for tanks that have to apply the Crusher Enchantment on a boss, to increase the groups overall penentration values. Torug’s is usually combined with an Infused trait on the weapon, to increase the penetration value even further. To make it worth on a tank you have to run a two handed weapon on the backbar (Destro Staff), because that way you will maintain the full value of the enchantment (One-handed weapons have their enchantment effect cut in half).
Plague Doctor drops in the Deshaan Zone. This set is often used to boost the health of a tank by a huge margin. Sometimes it can be easier for a tank to survive if you boost the amount of health above 50-60k, with the right setup you can also still easily sustain. The set is also fairly easy to get as you can buy it from the guild stores, especially if you pick non best in slot traits.
Powerful Assault drops in the Imperial City Sewers, it can be obtained via the special boxes at the Imperial City Vendor. This is another medium set that is often used by a Tank to buff the groups spell or weapon damage. The set effect can be applied to yourself and three other group members, each of them get 164 weapon or spell damage. It is not the best set but it is another option you have to buff your group. To proc it you need to cast an Assault ability, therefore it could also be fairly cost heavy if you want to keep up the buff a 100%.
Akaviri Dragonguard drops in the Eastmarch Zone. The set gives you a 15% cost reduction on your ultimate which is very powerful if you plan to reduce high cost ultimates such as Aggressive Horn. The set is also fairly easy to get as you can buy it via the guild store, especially if you buy non best in slot traits. The nice thing about this set is that you can front or back bar it, that way you can run a more optimized setup and still get your cost reduction on the expensive ultimate.
Claw of Yolnahkriin
Claw of Yolnahkriin comes in two different versions, Claw of Yolnahkriin and Perfected Claw of Yolnahkriin. The perfect version adds one extra health bonus, but the five piece unique bonus is the same on both sets. This set is another nice option that you can use, especially since it gives Minor Courage, giving your group 129 spell and weapon damage and it stacks together with the Major Courage of the Perfect Vestment of Olorime set.
Beekeeper's Gear drops in the Greenshade Zone. This is a very niche set, mostly used to push for a build specialized in really high health recovery.
Alessian Order can be purchased in Cyrodiil from the Vlastarus Elite Gear Vendor. This is also a very niche set, slightly stronger than Beekeeper if you have enough resistances to push for really high health recovery like in the Solo Werewolf build for example. That way, even if you forget to use healing abilities, the health recovery will carry you for a while.
Eternal Warrior drops in the the base game trials Hel Ra Citadel, Aetherian Archive, Sanctum Ophidia. This set is like failsafe, when you drop below 25% health you gain a huge healthboost and on top of that you also get 100 ultimate points. The set can potentially lead to a crazy ultimate regen amount if you manage to proc the set on cooldown.
Brands of the Imperium
Brands of Imperium drops in the White Gold Tower. The set has a small chance to give you and your group a pretty big shield for a short duration. The only downside to this is that it has a long cooldown. The set is often used in 4 man dungeons to protect allies from incoming damage. You can also one bar the set if you want.
Lunar Bastion drops in the Maw of Lorkhaj Trial. When you activate a synergy, a big circle will spawn on the ground and apply small shields to your allies every two seconds. This can be a nice health bolster for the group.
Leeching Plate drops in the Imperial City Prison. When the set procs it places a poison field on the ground, the poison field heals you for the amount of damage it causes. This can be powerful, if several enemies get hit at the same time.
The Worm’s Raiment
The Worm's Raiment drops in the Vaults of Madness dungeon. This set is often used in magicka based groups in 4 or 12 man groups and can be used on a tank. 4% cost reduction doesn’t sound like a lot, but it can really make a difference. if you have a full magicka group I can definitely recommend this set, obviously if your group members have no sustain issues, then this set becomes kinda irrelevant.
The set also has a fairly unique animation, you can recognize it by the blue orbs floating around your character.
Hircine's Veneer drops in the Selene’s Web dungeon. This set functions the same as Worm’s Raiment set. It provides a 4% stamina cost reduction to the whole party. it is mostly used in stamina based trial groups. If your group has stamina sustain issues, then this set can definitely help!
The set also has a fairly unique animation, you can recognize it by the green orbs floating around your character.
The Morag Tong drops from Cyrodiil at the Bruma Elite Gear Vendor. This set can also be used on a tank to support poison damage abilities from damage dealers. It is fairly easy to keep up as it only requires a direct damage ability to get it to proc.
Lord Warden head drops in the Imperial City Prison dungeon and the shoulder comes from the Urgarlag undaunted chest. The extra resistance from this set is very powerful and it can reduce damage taken for the group by a lot.
Bloodspawn head drops in the Spindleclutch II and the shoulder comes from the Maj undaunted chest. This is a very popular set as it increases ultimate regen by a lot and also increases your overall resistances almost permanently as long as you keep getting hit.
Mighty Chudan head drops in the Ruins of Mazzatun dungeon and the shoulder comes from the Urgarlag undaunted chest. Most of the time tanks already have access to the Major resistance buffs, but sometimes you have no time to reapply too many buffs which also cost resources. Then Chudan is the right set to pick, plus it also gives you an extra health bonus and the extra resistances.
Swarm Mother head drops from the Spindleclutch I dungeon and the shoulder comes from the Maj undaunted chest. This is more of a niche set if you do not have access to any ability that chains enemies. With this set you can automatically let enemies get pulled to you.
Vykosa head drops from the Moon Hunter Keep dungeon and the shoulder comes from the Urgarlag undaunted chest. This is also a very niche set, only really used to reduce incoming damage for a very short duration. The duration of the debuff is very short and the cooldown of the set is very long, so you really have to time it right to get it right.
Thurvokun head drops from the Fang Lair dungeon and the shoulder comes from the Urgarlag undaunted chest. This set can be used on trash fights because it has such a big area it covers. If an enemy stands in the desecrated bile they get debuffed with Minor Maim & Minor Defile, reducing their damage and healing by 15%. And 15% is a lot of damage reduction that can be very helpful, granted you could get Minor Maim also from skills like Heroic Slash or Choking Talons, but when wearing Thurvokun, you can focus on other stuff and then you don’t have to worry about Minor Maim.
Earthgore helmet drops in the Bloodroot Forge dungeon and the shoulder comes from the Urgarlag undaunted chest. When an ally drops below 50% health and you heal him, a pool of blood will drop and heal for 30000 over 6 seconds. This set can function as sort of a “failsafe” proc, you just have to make sure that you have some sort of healing on your tank and then the Earthgore proc will proc automatically, even if you do not currently see the player. The proc only affects one player though, keep that in mind.