Templar Tank Build PvE for Dragon Bones, Elder Scrolls Online ESO

Templar Tank PvE Build

Templar Tank Build PvE “Paladin” Dragon Bones DLC

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

The Templar Tank Build Paladin is optimized for Dungeons. Keep in mind there is a huge variety of differnt tank builds out there that synergize well depending on your group setup. Remember, each Dungeon needs some small adjustments to the build. So if you for example feel that you need more health, then go for it!

We are still using some sort of a Health build, as you really want to make sure to have enough health to absorb those hard hiting Boss hits. We focus on debuffing the boss as much as possible with Sets like Torugs Pact or Alkosh combined with Crusher and Weakening Enchant. Having a lot of health also increases our Radiant Ward tremendously, we can get up to a 16k shield if there are a lot of enemies around us. We also have the possibilities to cleanse most debuffs from us and provide off-healing if necessary.

  • Dungeon Build
  • Tank/Support Build
  • Heavy Armor
  • Great sustain
  • Easy survivability
  • Great self healing
  • Insane shielding

Changes from the previous version

This build was added with the Dragon Bones DLC. Currently this build is being tested in Dungeons, thus why its optimized for dungeons. This also works in trials, but has not been yet tested, that is why I did not mention Trials.

Resource Management

Templar can support you with Spears to give you about 4000 Stamina back, or any other healer that can use Orbs that have the same effect. that is also the reason why we have more Stamina than Magicka. The Spear and Orbs restores your higher resource pool. So our Stamina is about 1-2k 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! Most bosses do not require to permablock, thus you have enough time to actually recover. Repentance is another big thing, on trashfights you will basically always sit at 100% if you use this and during bossfights sometimes there are adds that you can use Repentance on. If you still have troubles with sustain, you could also utilize Sentinel of Rkugamz, if you keep Extended Ritual on the ground it basically activates on cooldown and makes your stamina sustain a lot easier.

  • Repentance
  • Heavy Attacks
  • Spears (Templar ability)
  • Orbs (Undaunted skill)
  • Sentinel of Rkugamz
  • Argonian passive

Being an Argonian helps immensly with sustain, because everytime you activate a Potion, you get a ton of extra resources back, basically going from zero to full with one potion.

Dungeon Setup

Templar Tank PvE Build
Gear Setup 1, I am using an outfit here, that is why you can not see the Monster Set.


Remember that there is a ton of good Tank sets to choose from. I decided to make the mainsetup a combo from Ebon Armory and Torugs pact, as this setup is optimized for Dungeons and most people might not have access to Alkosh. However, I will also have a Gear Setup 2 where Alkosh and Ebon Armory will be combined.

Here are a few good sets to list them up:

Gear Setup 1

  • Set allocation: It does not matter what gearsets 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. I usually use two more seperate health bonus from 1 piece Malubeth & Valkyn. 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.
ChestTorug's PactHeavyReinforcedTri Stat Enchantment
BeltEbon ArmoryHeavySturdyHealth Enchantment
ShoesEbon ArmoryHeavySturdyHealth Enchantment
PantsTorug's PactHeavyInfusedTri Stat Enchantment
HandsTorug's PactHeavySturdyHealth Enchantment
HeadSwarm MotherLightInfusedTri Stat Enchantment
ShoulderSwarm MotherMediumSturdyHealth Enchantment
NecklaceEbon ArmoryJewelryHealthyBlock Cost Reduction
RingEbon ArmoryJewelryHealthyBlock Cost Reduction
RingEbon ArmoryJewelryHealthyBlock Cost Reduction
Weapon 1 S&BTorug's Pact1H-WeapInfusedWeakening Enchantment
Weapon 1 S&BTorug's PactShieldInfusedTri-Stat Enchantment
Weapon 2 S&BTorug's Pact1H-WeapInfusedCrusher Enchantment
Weapon 2 S&BTorug's PactShieldInfusedTri-Stat Enchantment

Gear Setup 2

This here would be the most optimal setup, if you get enough Synergies to proc Alkosh. I chose Torugs over Alkosh because I know most People will have a lot easier access to Torugs rather than Alkosh.

ChestEbon ArmoryHeavyInfusedTri Stat Enchantment
BeltEbon ArmoryHeavySturdyHealth Enchantment
ShoesEbon ArmoryHeavySturdyHealth Enchantment
PantsEbon ArmoryHeavyInfusedTri Stat Enchantment
HandsEbon ArmoryHeavySturdyHealth Enchantment
HeadSwarm MotherLightInfusedTri Stat Enchantment
ShoulderSwarm MotherMediumSturdyHealth Enchantment
NecklaceRoar of AlkoshJewelryRobustBlock Cost Reduction
RingRoar of AlkoshJewelryRobustBlock Cost Reduction
RingRoar of AlkoshJewelryRobustBlock Cost Reduction
Weapon 1 S&BRoar of Alkosh1H-WeapInfusedWeakening Enchantment
Weapon 1 S&BRoar of AlkoshShieldInfusedTri-Stat Enchantment
Weapon 2 S&BRoar of Alkosh1H-WeapInfusedCrusher Enchantment
Weapon 2 S&BRoar of AlkoshShieldInfusedTri-Stat Enchantment

Where can I get the gear?

Ebon Armory: Crypts of Hearts
Roar of Alkosh: Maw of Lorkhaj
Bloodspawn: Spindleclutch
Swarm Mother: Spindleclutch 1
Torug's Pact: Craftable
Sentinel of Rkugamz: Darkshade Cavern 1

Crusher and Weakening Enchantment

This is with Torugs Pact and Infused Weapons. the Weakening and Crusher Enchantment have a base cooldown of 10 seconds. With Infused alone, so without Torugs you go down to 5 seconds. With Torugs and Infused you go down to 3.5 seconds. Which is not really needed but you will still get the extra stats for enchantments, which is the mainreason we are using it. Woeler has some cool graphs showing Torugs vs Alkosh, make sure to go check them out for more clarification. Basically Torugs is easier to use, Alkosh will only be worth it if you have a certain uptime of the set.

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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.

  • Radiant Ward: With a base Health of 37k the Radiant Ward will be 11k big. Now this can go up to 16k depending on how many enemies are around you, so its a very powerful defensive ability that you can use to absorb hard hitting attacks without loosing health.
  • Power of the Light: This skill is used to debuff the enemy with Minor Fracture and Breach, reducing Spell and Physical Resistance by 1320. You have to be careful, as this costs stamina.
  • Pierce Armor: Your main taunt, also debuffs the enemy with Major Fracture and Major Breach, reducing Spell and Physical Resistance by 5280.
  • Honor the Dead: This is used as a lifesafer heal, quite big burstheal and you will get the 60% of the cost back if you heal a target below 75%. You can also use the other morph.
  • 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. IMPORTANT: Be aware that when you use the skill, that all shields and healing will be cut in half for the next 4 seconds.
  • Shield Discipline: Only use this if you really have no stamina anymore, so you can basically “free” block for 7 seconds and do heavy attacks to restore stamina.
  • Extended Ritual: Cleanses up to 5 debuffs on you and also has a small heal over time.
  • Heroic Slash: Debuffs the enemy with a 15% damage reduction debuff and also gives you Minor Heroism, increasing your Ultimate generation.
  • Repentance: Can absorb dead bodies and will give you a ton of resources back. Plus it is free cast.
  • Inner Rage: This is your ranged taunt, in case you can not get to a mob fast enough.
  • Restoring Focus: Make sure to keep this ability active all the time. It gives you Major Ward and Resolve, increasing both Armor and Spell Resistance by 5280, plus an extra 8% healing and damage mitigation.
  • Aggressive Warhorn: Your main Ultimate, to buff the group with 10% more max resources and crit damage boost.
  • Flex Spot: Extended Ritual can be swapped out with any skill you want.
S&B MainbarS&B bar
Slot 1: Radiant WardSlot 1: Extended Ritual/ Luminous Spear
Slot 2: Power of the LightSlot 2: Heroic Slash
Slot 3: Pierce ArmorSlot 3: Repentance
Slot 4: Honor the DeadSlot 4: Inner Rage
Slot 5: Spell SymmetrySlot 5: Restoring Focus
Ultimate: Shield DisciplineUltimate: Aggressive Warhorn


Championpoints [720 CP]

The Ritual
40 Precise Strikes
The Attronarch
47 Physical Weapons Expert, 73 Master-at-Arms
The Apprentice
76 Blessed, 4 Spell Erosion
The Shadow
81 Shadow Ward, 44 Tumbling
The Lover
43 Tenacity, 19 Arcanist
The Tower
11 Warlord, 21 Bashing Focus, 21 Sprinter
The Lord
9 Bastion, 13 Heavy Armor Focus
The Lady
49 Hardy, 49 Elemental Defender, 48 Thick Skinned
The Steed
66 Ironclad, 6 Spellshield

Championpoints [300 CP]

The Ritual
The Attronarch
The Apprentice
76 Blessed, 23 Elfborn, 1 Spell Erosion
The Shadow
75 Shadow Ward, 25 Tumbling
The Lover
The Tower
The Lord
The Lady
23 Hardy, 23 Elemental Defender, 23 Thick Skinned
The Steed
31 Ironclad

Important Info for Templar Tank Build PvE


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.

18 Magicka, 31 Health, 46 Stamina


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

Mundus Stone

The Lord (Max Health)


Argonian (Recommended)


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

In case you are still unsure on how to mix the ingredients together, you can check out a alchemy simulator here: Alchemy Simulator 


  • Aedric Spear: All passives
  • Dawns Wrath: All passives
  • Restoring Light: All passives
  • One Hand and Shield: All passives
  • Heavy Armor: All passives
  • Medium Armor: Wind Walker
  • Light Armor: Recovery, Evocation, Spell Warding
  • Vampire: Supernatural Recovery, Undeath, Dark Stalker
  • Fighters Guild: All
  • Mages Guild: All
  • Undaunted: All
  • Racial: All
  • Alchemy: Medicinal Use

I highly recommend being a Vampire. Vampire provides you higher Magicka and Stamina recovery and makes you tankier on low health like I explain in the Vampire Mechanics Video.

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Update Log

27.01.2018 Added Build for Dragon Bones DLC Templar Tank Build PvE
02.02.2018 Added more Tank set gear options & Added more skill descriptions.
03.02.2018 Fixed a typo in the Skill Description
04.02.2019 Added Buildvideo for Templar Tank Build PvE
16.03.2018 Updated Red CP (removed Expert Defender as it is not working anymore in PvE since Dragon Bones Update, put the other in thick skinned and spell shield)
04.05.2018 Updated Gear Description for Templar Tank Build PvE

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