Templar Tank Build PvE for Summmerset, Elder Scrolls Online ESO

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Templar Tank Build PvE “Paladin” – Summerset Chapter

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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 PvE “Paladin” 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. 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!

This particular setup that we are using is focusing on shields and healing. We can get up to a 16’000 shield with the Radiant Ward, if there are a lot of enemies around us. In addition, we are also running Brands of the Imperium to assist our group members with additional shielding to mitigate more incoming damage. We also have the possibilities to cleanse most debuffs from us with Extended Ritual and provide our allies with a nice synergy that also allows them to cleanse negative effects. Ritual Rebirth is a healing ability that heals your group in a 10 meter radius, in case you need some more burst heals, keep in mind tho, it is very expensive to use. We also make use of the new Psijic Order Skill-line in this build, as you will see below. With this setup, we can reach a very high amount of damage mitigation through buffs and debuffs. Our Restoring Rune gives us 5280 Physical and Spell Resistance and 8% damage mitigation, while we are channeling Deep Thoughts we get another 30% damage mitigation, if we have Empowering Sweep we can get another 20%+ damage mitigation. In addition to that, Thurvokun applies Minor Maim on enemies, reducing their damage by 15%. All those modifiers also apply to our big shields!

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

Changes from the previous version

Updated Champion Points. Changed Jewelry traits to Triune with two block cost reduction and 1 Magicka cost reduction. To make the Build more unique, I am listing up Ebon Armory + Brands of Imperium as the main setup. Also, if you want you can go three times Potion Cooldown Reduction which will give you the most insane sustain boost but at a very costly price because you will be using Potions every 21 seconds.

  • I added a separate section about the triple Infused Potion Cooldown setup below the Resource Management section of the build.
  • You can find out in this Jewelry Crafting Article where the specific Jewelry traits drop.

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 perma-block, so when you have time, do some heavy attacks to restore some resources! Most bosses do not require to perma-block, thus you have enough time to actually recover. Repentance is another big thing, on trash fights you will basically always have enough resources if you use this and during boss fights 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.

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

Now that we have access to Psijic Order abilities, we are using “Deep Thoughts” that restore a huge amount of Magicka and Stamina per second. On top of that it also heals us every second. While we are channeling Psijic order abilities, we also gain 30% damage mitigation through the Deliberation passive that gives us Major Protection. Activate Radiant Ward before using Deep Thoughts, so you have a shield that the enemy needs to get through before they can touch your health. The Major Protection also reduces the incoming damage on your Shield.

Infused Jewelry with Potion Cooldown

This is by far the best way to sustain, but it comes at a price. Your potions will have a 21 second cooldown, therefore you will drink twice as much potions as normal, which means you need a lot of gold to sustain your “potion addiction”. With this tactic, you can for example also use two different potions at the same time, which means you can have more different effects on you!

This is especially powerful on an Argonian, because of their “Resourceful” passive, like you can see in the picture below. You get resources more often because you use more potions and because the Resourceful passive will activate more often.

I decided to not directly implement it into the build but leave it as an option, because it is very expensive to choke potions every 21 seconds, especially if we are talking about tri-stat potions.

Dungeon Setup

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Remember that there is a ton of good Tank sets to choose from. Here are a few good sets to list them up:

Gear Setup

  • 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: 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.
  • Thurvokun: We use this set to apply Minor Maim to most enemies, therefore they will deal 15% less damage to you and the group.
Gear Set Weight Trait Enchantment
Chest Brands of Imperium Heavy Reinforced Tri Stat Enchantment
Belt Ebon Armory Heavy Sturdy Health Enchantment
Shoes Ebon Armory Heavy Sturdy Health Enchantment
Pants Brands of Imperium Heavy Infused Tri Stat Enchantment
Hands Brands of Imperium Heavy Sturdy Health Enchantment
Head Thurvokun Light Infused Tri Stat Enchantment
Shoulder Thurvokun Medium Sturdy Health Enchantment
Necklace Ebon Armory Jewelry Triune Reduced Spell Cost
Ring Ebon Armory Jewelry Triune Block Cost Reduction
Ring Ebon Armory Jewelry Triune Block Cost Reduction
Weapon 1 S&B Brands of Imperium 1H-Weap Infused Weakening Enchantment
Weapon 1 S&B Brands of Imperium Shield Infused Tri-Stat Enchantment
Weapon 2 S&B Brands of Imperium 1H-Weap Infused Crusher Enchantment
Weapon 2 S&B Brands of Imperium Shield Infused Tri-Stat Enchantment

Where can I get the gear?

Ebon Armory: Crypts of Hearts
Brands of Imperium: White Gold Tower
Thurvokun: Fang Lair
Roar of Alkosh: Maw of Lorkhaj
Torug's Pact: Craftable
Bloodspawn: Spindleclutch
Swarm Mother: Spindleclutch 1
Sentinel of Rkugamz: Darkshade Cavern 1

Crusher and Weakening Enchantment

Torug’s Pact and Infused trait combination is another possible choice that you can use. The Weakening and Crusher Enchantment have a base cooldown of 10 seconds. With Infused alone, so without Torug’s you go down to 5 seconds. With Torug’s 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 main reason we are using it. If you do think its overkill then go for Alkosh for example. Woeler has some cool graphs showing Torugs vs Alkosh, make sure to go check them out for more clarification.

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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 16’000 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.
  • Repentance: Can absorb dead bodies and will give you a ton of resources back. Plus it is free cast.
  • Pierce Armor: Your main taunt, also debuffs the enemy with Major Fracture and Major Breach, reducing Spell and Physical Resistance by 5280.
  • Ritual of Rebirth: Huge burstheal, heals the whole group. Very costly, so keep track of your Magicka and only use it in tough situations.
  • Deep Thoughts: Channeled ability that returns a lot of Health, Stamina and Magicka. You can not block while you are channeling this skill. Major Protection is applied to you while this is active, reducing your incoming damage by 30%.
  • Aggressive Warhorn: Your main Ultimate, to buff the group with 10% more max resources and crit damage boost.
  • Extended Ritual: Cleanses up to 5 debuffs on you and also has a small heal over time. Also places a synergy on the ground for your allies.
  • Heroic Slash: Debuffs the enemy with a 15% damage reduction debuff and also gives you Minor Heroism, increasing your Ultimate generation.
  • Silver Leash: This morph now chains enemies towards you. Be careful when you use it, because it costs Stamina.
  • 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.
  • Empowering Sweep: Only costs 72 Ultimate Points, adds a flat 15% damage mitigation to you and an additional 4% for each extra enemy hit.
  • Flex Spot: Extended Ritual can be swapped out with any skill you want.
S&B Mainbar S&B bar
Slot 1: Radiant Ward Slot 1: Extended Ritual
Slot 2: Repentance Slot 2: Heroic Slash
Slot 3: Pierce Armor Slot 3: Silver Leash
Slot 4: Ritual of Rebirth Slot 4: Inner Rage
Slot 5: Deep Thoughts/ Spell Symmetry Slot 5: Restoring Focus
Ultimate: Aggressive Warhorn Ultimate: Empowering Sweep

Other optional Skills:

  • Spell Symmetry: 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.
  • Honor the Dead: This is used as a life safer heal, quite a big burst heal and you will get the 60% of the cost back if you heal a target below 75%. You can also use the other morph.
  • Shield Discipline (Ultimate): 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.


Championpoints [750 CP]

The Ritual
The Attronarch
47 Physical Weapons Expert, 73 Master-at-Arms
The Apprentice
75 Blessed, 52 Elfborn, 3 Spell Erosion
The Shadow
81 Shadow Ward, 40 Tumbling
The Lover
43 Tenacity
The Tower
56 Warlord, 21 Bashing Focus, 9 Sprinter
The Lord
32 Quick Recovery
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.

24 Magicka, 0 Health, 40 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
  • Psijic Order: Concentrated Barrier, Deliberation

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

10.05.2018 Added Build for Summerset Chapter Templar Tank Build PvE
11.05.2018 Fixed a typo in the Resource Management Section of the Templar Tank Build PvE
13.05.2018 Adjusted skill bar slightly, swapped ultimates, this way we benefit from Spear Wall passive on both bars, increasing amount we can block from melee attacks by 15%.

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