Updated: Markarth DLC, Greymoor Chapter
Type: Dungeon, Trials & Overland

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Welcome to the Sorcerer Tank Build PvE “Capacitor” for Elder Scrolls Online. Make sure to bookmark the link as I will keep updating the build for each new Update of ESO.

The Sorcerer Tank Build Capacitor is optimized for Dungeons & Trials. Keep in mind there is a huge variety of different tank builds out there that synergize well depending on your group setup.

Other Tank Guides:

The Sorcerer Tank Build Capacitor has great self sustain and healing. With Spell Symmetry we have endless Magicka sustain and Dark Deal covers the Stamina sustain. Those abilities synergize really well together and can basically be used infinitely. Just keep in mind, when you use Dark Deal, you drop block for a split second! Dark Deal also heals you for approx. 10’000 per cast.

On top of that we also have the Summon Unstable Clannfear that heals us for 35% of our maximum Health, which is around 22’000 Health non-crit. And the heal from the Clannfear can actually critical hit and you end up with a 36k heal boost if timed correctly. Using Lord Warden and Ebon Armory also lets us support our group members with extra Health and resistance.

Clannfear heal sorcerer tank build

  • Dungeon Build
  • Tank/Support Build
  • Heavy Armor
  • Great Sustain
  • Easy survivability
  • Good Shielding
  • Insane Healing
  • Insane Resource Management
  • Concuss enemies for 8% more dmg

Changes to the previous Version

Update 28 Markarth DLC brings the following changes to the build:

Major Breach:

  • Increased to 5948, up from 5280.
  • Major Breach now affects both Physical and Spell Resistance equally.

Resource Management

Spell Symmetry returns Magicka and Dark Deal returns Stamina, basically enabling unlimited sustain for us.

Energy Orb is a skill that Healers use to throw into the group. You can use the synergy this skill provides to regain around 4000 resources. Our max Stamina is a bit higher than our Max Magicka, that is because you will get resources depending on your higher max Stamina or Magicka. And because we are a tank, Stamina is definitely more important.

Heavy Attacks restore a big amount of stamina, if you hit an off-balanced enemy it gives twice the amount back. You don’t need to permablock, try to find time to do Heavy Attacks in your rotation.

Potions are also a key to manage your resources well, I recommend using Tri-Stat potions to regain all three resources at the same time. Further below you will learn how to craft the right potions.

  • Dark Deal
  • Spell Symmetry
  • Orbs (Undaunted skill)
  • Heavy Attacks
  • Potions

Choosing an Argonian as a race for your tank will also increase sustain due to the Resourceful racial passive.

Trials & Dungeon Setup

5x Ebon Armory, 5x Plague Doctor, 2x Lord Warden on a Nord with Bewitched Sugar Skulls food.

  • Unbuffed: Out of combat
  • Buffed: Raid Target Dummy buffs, Boundless Storm and Tri-Stat potions were active.


You can find more good sets for tanking in the “Must Have Tanking Sets” Article. To be fully ready I recommend trying to get most of these sets and confirm with your raid leader what combinations you need them in.

Gear Setup

Lightning vs Frost Staff: You can use both options, a frost staff is better if you want to go the save route and get all the block mitigation on the backbar as well. The Lightning Staff is used in combination with Elemental Blockade to apply Off-Balance to the enemy, that way you can support your group and increase the overall damage output.

  • Set allocation: It does not matter what gear sets you wear where, as long as you use those two combos, you should be fine.
ChestPlague DoctorHeavyReinforcedTri Stat Enchantment
BeltEbon ArmoryHeavySturdyHealth Enchantment
ShoesEbon ArmoryHeavySturdyHealth Enchantment
PantsPlague DoctorHeavyInfusedTri Stat Enchantment
HandsPlague DoctorHeavySturdyHealth Enchantment
HeadLord WardenLightInfusedTri Stat Enchantment
ShoulderLord WardenMediumSturdyHealth Enchantment
NecklaceEbon ArmoryJewelryInfusedReduce Prismatic Cost Enchant (Idenko Glyph)
RingEbon ArmoryJewelryInfusedReduce Prismatic Cost Enchant (Idenko Glyph)
RingEbon ArmoryJewelryInfusedBracing Enchantment
Weapon 1 S&BPlague Doctor1H-WeapDecisiveWeakening Enchantment
Weapon 1 S&BPlague DoctorShieldSturdyTri-Stat Enchantment
Weapon 2 DestroPlague DoctorLightning StaffInfusedCrusher Enchantment

Beginner Gear Setup

This beginner setup is here for people that do not have access to the other setup now. You can ask a friend to craft Fortified Brass and Torug’s Pact for you. You could also use Plague Doctor instead of Torug’s Pact as it is very cheap available in the Guild Stores.

ChestFortified BrassHeavyReinforcedStamina Enchantment
BeltFortified BrassLightSturdyHealth Enchantment
ShoesFortified BrassMediumSturdyHealth Enchantment
PantsTorug’s PactHeavyInfusedStamina Enchantment
HandsTorug’s PactHeavySturdyHealth Enchantment
HeadNight’s SilenceHeavyInfusedStamina Enchantment
ShoulderNight’s SilenceHeavySturdyHealth Enchantment
NecklaceTorug’s PactJewelryInfusedMagicka Recovery Glyph
RingTorug’s PactJewelryInfusedReduce Prismatic Cost Enchant (Idenko Glyph)
RingTorug’s PactJewelryInfusedBracing Enchantment
Weapon 1 S&BFortified Brass1H-WeapDecisiveWeakening Enchantment
Weapon 1 S&BFortified BrassShieldSturdyStamina Enchantment
Weapon 2 DestroFortified BrassLightning StaffInfusedCrusher Enchantment

Where can I get the gear?

Ebon Armory: Crypts of Hearts
Lord Warden: vImperial City Prison
Plague Doctor: Deshaan, Guildstore
Torug’s Pact: Craftable
Roar of Alkosh: Maw of Lorkhaj
Bloodspawn: vSpindleclutch 2
Swarm Mother: vSpindleclutch 1
Sentinel of Rkugamz: vDarkshade Cavern 1
Fortified Brass: Craftable
Torug’s Pact: Craftable
Night’s Silence: Craftable
Plague Doctor: Deshaan, Guildstore


Make sure to adjust your skills to your needs, this setup is not maced into stone, make sure to adjust skills depending on the situation of a fight.

  • Silver Leash can be used if you need something to pull monsters to you.
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S&B MainbarDestro Staff bar
Slot 1: Defensive StanceSlot 1: Boundless Storm
Slot 2: Heroic SlashSlot 2: Dark Deal
Slot 3: Pierce ArmorSlot 3: Elemental Blockade
Slot 4: Spell SymmetrySlot 4: Inner Rage
Slot 5: Unstable ClannfearSlot 5: Unstable Clannfear
Ultimate: Shield Discipline/ Temporal GuardUltimate: Aggressive Warhorn


Skills explanation:

  • Defensive Stance: Applies a shield to you and increases the amount you can block by 10% and reduces block cost by 10%.
  • Heroic Slash: Debuffs the enemy with a 5% damage reduction debuff and also gives you Minor Heroism, increasing your Ultimate generation.
  • Pierce Armor: Your main taunt, also debuffs the enemy with Major Breach, reducing Spell and Physical Resistance by 5948.
  • Spell Symmetry: One of the most important skills for this setup. If you use Spell Symmetry you restore 3000 Magicka and your next magicka ability that you use gets a reduced cost of 25% this lasts 5 seconds. Therefore, before you use the Unstable Clannfear, make sure to use this skill to basically “gain” magicka on cast of the other abilities.
    IMPORTANT: Be aware that when you use the skill, that all shields and healing will be cut in half for the next 4 seconds.
  • Unstable Clannfear: This pet is insane, the heal when you activate your pet scales of your maximum Health. We have around 46k-50k health and the pet heals for 35% of that and it actually can crit. On top of that, even if you use Spell Symmetry you can still heal yourself for a good amount. While we have a pet active, we also gain 8% more overall Health due to the Expert Summoner passive.
  • Shield Discipline: Only use this Ultimate when you have no resources available, otherwise I always recommend using the Horn. You could also slot Temporal Guard here to gain free 5% damage mitigation.
  • Boundless Storm: Keep this ability up all the time, it gives you Major Ward and Resolve to increase Physical and Spell Resistance by 5948, plus you actually can concuss enemies. And you get Major Expedititon Speed buff.
  • Dark Deal: Restores a lot of Stamina for the cost of Magicka. Be careful tho, you will drop block for half a second. This in combination with Spell Symmetry allows you to have endless sustain.
  • Elemental Blockade: The Lightning Blockade needs to be on the ground all the time, it is here to keep our crusher enchantment up a 100%. The crusher enchantment will even proc while you are on the frontbar, you just have to make sure to keep the blockade up.
  • Inner Rage: This is your ranged taunt, in case you can not get to a mob fast enough.
  • Aggressive Warhorn: Your main Ultimate, to buff the group with 10% more max resources and crit damage boost.

Other good skills:

  • Empowered Ward: The main point of this skill is so your group members receive Minor Intellect, increasing their Magicka Recovery. It is also a well sized shield that you can use to shield hard hitting abilities.
  • Energy orb: This skill helps to support your other group members with better sustain when they activate the Synergy, usually Healers already run those.
  • Temporal Guard: This is the new Psijic Order Ultimate. You could slot this on the front bar to gain 5% free damage mitigation.
  • Flex Spot: If you want more Shock abilities that concuss enemies to gain 8% damage for your group members, you could swap out the Clannfear to open up two spots, one for Liquid Lightning and the other one with something else.

Champion Points

If you need optimized defensive Champion Points for a specific trial I recommend checking out my Maximize Damage Mitigation in Trials Article.

Champion Points [810]

The Ritual
40 Thaumaturge, 34 Precise Strikes, 43 Mighty
The Atronach
2 Physical Weapons Expert, 31 Master-at-Arms
The Apprentice
75 Blessed, 44 Elfborn, 1 Spell Erosion
The Shadow
81 Shadow Ward, 61 Tumbling
The Lover
43 Tenacity
The Tower
56 Warlord, 21 Bashing Focus, 8 Sprinter
The Lord
18 Bastion, 12 Heavy Armor Focus
The Lady
56 Hardy, 56 Elemental Defender, 56 Thick Skinned
The Steed
72 Ironclad

Championpoints [600]

The Ritual
27 Precise Strikes, 26 Thaumaturge, 43 Mighty
The Atronach
26 Master-at-Arms, 2 Physical Weapon Expert
The Apprentice
49 Blessed, 26 Elfborn, 1 Spell Erosion
The Shadow
100 Shadow Ward, 50 Tumbling
The Lover
The Tower
50 Warlord
The Lord
The Lady
56 Hardy, 49 Elemental Defender, 23 Thick Skinned
The Steed
72 Ironclad

Champion Points [300]

The Ritual
The Atronach
The Apprentice
100 Blessed
The Shadow
44 Shadow Ward
The Lover
43 Arcanist
The Tower
13 Warlord
The Lord
The Lady
27 Hardy, 27 Elemental Defender, 2 Thick Skinned
The Steed
44 Ironclad

Champion Points 2.0 Setup

Below you can find the Champion Points setup for this build. Work your way from top to bottom of the list depending on how many Champion Points you already have. For more information on Champion Points, please visit the Champion Points Overview Page on ESO-Hub.com.

Preset used for this allocation: https://eso-hub.com/en/champion-points/calculator?preset=9d2e9051-fbe3-48ee-8e6c-aa64ecf87c38

Table Explanation:

  • Points Needed: Implies how many Champion Points you will need to make it to that perk.
  • Perk: Hoover over it to see what the perk does. For more information click on it to get redirected to ESO-Hub.com
  • Points Invested: Amount of points that you have to place in the perk at that time.

Warfare Tree Points Allocation

The Warfare Champion Point tree is by far the most important to increase your damage and damage mitigation.

Points neededPerkPoints Used
0-120Eldritch Insight40
120-240Tireless Discipline40
240-360Quick Recovery40
480-600Elemental Aegis40
720-870Duelist’s Rebuff (Slottable)50
870-1020Enduring Resolve (Slottable)50
1020-1170Unassailable (Slottable)50
1170-1320Bulwark (Slottable)50
1560-1680Battle Mastery40
1680-1800Flawless Ritual40
1890-1980War Mage30


Fitness Tree Points Allocation

The Fitness Champion Points tree has useful health, recovery perks and more damage mitigation.

Points neededPerkPoints Used
0-150Boundless Vitality (Slottable)50
150-300Ironclad (Slottable)50
300-450Rejuvenation (Slottable)50
450-570Tireless Guardian40
729-849Hero’s Vigor40
1104-1149Nimble Protector15
1149-1299Expert Evasion (Slottable)50
1299-1434Savage Defense45
1434-1554Bashing Brutality40
1746-1776Mystic Tenacity10
1776-1806Survival Instincts10
1806-2181Tempered Soul125


Craft Tree Points Allocation

The Craft Champion Point tree is almost entirely optional, there is not really anything useful for combat itself. Follow the list or spend points however you want.

Points neededPerkPoints used
0-150Steed’s Blessing (Slottable)50
225-255Steadfast Enchantment10
255-345Rationer (Slottable)30
345-570Liquid Efficiency (Slottable)75
870-990Steadfast Enchantment40
990-1140Fortune’s Favor50
1140-1290Gilded Fingers50
1290-1380Out of Sight30
1380-1500Fleet Phantom40
1500-1599Soul Reservoir33
1599-1749Treasure Hunter (Slottable)50
1749-1884Inspiration Boost45

Important Info for Sorcerer Tank Build PvE


You can buy both of these foods in the guild stores.

Longfin pasty with Melon Sauce (Max Health+Max Stamina+Max Magicka)

Longfin pasty with melon sauce

Bewitched Sugar Skulls

This is a slightly more advanced version that has a bit higher stats and also includes health recovery. Though it also costs more.

bewitched sugar skills food

Mundus Stone

The Lord is a good Mundus Stone to increase maximum Health. However, you can also use other available Mundus Stones if you don’t need the extra Health.

The Lord (Max Health)


You can find more about racial passives in the ESO Race Overview page.

Nord (Fast ultimate generation, extra resistances)
Argonian (Best sustain)
Dark Elf


For hard content I recommend using crafted or crown store Tri-Stat potions.

Tri-Stat Potion
(Health, Stamina, Magicka)
(Bugloss, Columbine, Mountain Flower)

Tri-Stat Potions new ESO

Tri-Stat Crown Potions ESO



You have to make sure to have a bit more Stamina than Magicka. Because of the Synergies you pick up give you back whatever stat is higher. You can change this to your liking, if you do not need that much health, get more stamina.

10 Magicka, 44 Health, 10 Stamina

Update Log

11.08.2019 Updated the Build for the SCALEBREAKER DLC, Elsweyr Chapter, Sorcerer Tank Build PvE.
20.10.2019 Updated the Build for the DRAGONHOLD DLC, Elsweyr Chapter.
20.02.2020 Updated the Build for the HARROWSTORM DLC, Greymoor Chapter.
08.05.2020 Updated the Build for the GREYMOOR CHAPTER.
20.08.2020 Updated the Build for the STONETHORN DLC, Greymoor Chapter.
29.10.2020 Updated the Build for the MARKARTH DLC, Greymoor Chapter.

Tags: Sorcerer Health Tank, Sorc Tank Build PvE.

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