“Capacitor”

Updated: Dragonhold DLC, Elsweyr Chapter
Type: Dungeon, Trials & Overland

Table of Contents


Introduction

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.

If you are NEW to ESO, I also recommend checking out the Beginner’s Tanking Guide and the Advanced Tanking Guide which have a lot of important information about tanking!

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 Clannfear that heals us for 35% of our maximum Health, which is about 16’000 Health non-crit, when we add Major Vitality to the mix it ends up being about 25’000. And the heal from the Clannfear can actually critical hit and you end up with a 40’000 heal boost if timed correctly. Using Lord Warden and Ebon Armory also lets us support our group members with extra health and Resistance.

  • 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 from the previous version

No major changes to the build in the Dragonhold DLC, Elsweyr Chapter.


Resource Management

Sorcerers have very easy ways to sustain, Spell Symmetry returns Magicka and Dark Deal returns Stamina, basically allowing us infinite sustain. Healers can also support you with Energy Orb and Luminous Shards (Templar) to give you around 4000 Stamina back, that is also the reason why we have more Stamina than Magicka, because you gain resources depending on your higher resource stat. So our Stamina should be about 2000 higher than our Magicka pool, which means we will always get Stamina back from the Spears or the Orbs! Also, you do not always need to permablock, so when you have time, do some heavy attacks to restore some resources! Potions are also a key to manage your resources well, use the right potions to really get the edge on your resources!

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

I usually recommend tanks to go with an Argonian due to the Resourceful racial passive, it is by far the best race to manage your resources easily.


Trials & Dungeon Setup

Gear

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.
  • Monster Sets: There are various Monster sets that you can wear along with this combination. You can also use Mighty Chudan, Pirate Skeleton, Bloodspawn etc.
  • Swarm Mother: This set is very good for Dungeons, it automatically pulls almost all type of enemies to you without any cooldown.
GearSetWeightTraitEnchantment
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 ArmoryJewelryTriuneBlock Cost Reduction
RingEbon ArmoryJewelryTriuneBlock Cost Reduction
RingEbon ArmoryJewelryTriuneBlock Cost Reduction
Weapon 1 S&BPlague Doctor1H-WeapDecisiveWeakening Enchantment
Weapon 1 S&BPlague DoctorShieldInfusedTri-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.

GearSetWeightTraitEnchantment
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 PactJewelryHealthyBlock Cost Reduction
RingTorug's PactJewelryHealthyBlock Cost Reduction
RingTorug's PactJewelryHealthyBlock Cost Reduction
Weapon 1 S&BFortified Brass1H-WeapDecisiveWeakening Enchantment
Weapon 1 S&BFortified BrassShieldInfusedStamina Enchantment
Weapon 2 DestroFortified BrassLightning StaffInfusedCrusher Enchantment

Where can I get the gear?
Ebon Armory: Crypts of Hearts
Lord Warden: Imperial City Prison
Plague Doctor: Deshaan
Torug's Pact: Craftable
Roar of Alkosh: Maw of Lorkhaj
Bloodspawn: Spindleclutch
Swarm Mother: Spindleclutch 1
Sentinel of Rkugamz: Darkshade Cavern 1
Fortified Brass: Craftable
Torug's Pact: Craftable
Night's Silence: Craftable
Plague Doctor: Deshaan, Guildstore

 Skills

Sorcerer Tank Build PvE

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.

Bone Surge Heroic Slash Pierce Armor Spell Symmetry Summon Unstable Clannfear Shield Discipline
Boundless Storm Dark Deal Elemental Blockade Inner Rage Summon Unstable Clannfear Aggressive Horn
S&B MainbarDestro Staff bar
Slot 1: Bone SurgeSlot 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:

  • Bone Surge: Using Bone Surge gives us access to Major Vitality, increasing our healing received by 30%, which boosts our own heals by a huge amount, as you can see in the picture. If someone activates the Surge synergy you and 3 other members will gain a shield that absorbs 100% damage of their current health, in our case around 46’000.
  • Heroic Slash: Debuffs the enemy with a 15% damage reduction debuff and also gives you Minor Heroism, increasing your Ultimate generation.
  • Pierce Armor: Your main taunt, also debuffs the enemy with Major Fracture and Major Breach, reducing Spell and Physical Resistance by 5280.
  • 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 8% 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 5280, 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 by 10%. 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 8% 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.

In case you don’t know what what weaving light attacks is, make sure to check out the “Weaving Beginner Guide” which explains how to weave light attacks between abilities, aka animation canceling.

Championpoints

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

Championpoints [810]

The Ritual
40 Precise Strikes, 10 Piercing
The Atronach
47 Physical Weapons Expert, 73 Master-at-Arms
The Apprentice
100 Blessed
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
26 Precise Strikes, 1 Piercing
The Attronarch
73 Master-at-Arms
The Apprentice
100 Blessed
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

Championpoints [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

Important Info for Sorcerer Tank Build PvE

Buff-food

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 (Max Health)

Race

Argonian (Recommended, best sustain)
Nord (Fastest ultimate generation, extra resistances)
Imperial
Orc
Redguard

Potions

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

Tri Stat Potion

Passives

Attributes

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.

20 Magicka, 0 Health, 44 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.

Tags: Sorcerer Health Tank, Sorc Tank Build PvE.

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