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

Warden Tank Build PvE

Warden Tank Build “Frostbite” Dragon Bones DLC

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Welcome to the Warden Tank Build PvE “Frostbite” for PvE Elder Scrolls Online. Make sure to bookmark the link as I will keep updating the build for each new Update of ESO. The Warden Tank Build is optimized for 4-Man Dungeons & Trials!

Warden Tanks have amazing group support. You have access to pretty good sustain and tons of support abilities. Ice Fortress gives everyone Major Ward and Major Resolve increasing their Armor & Spell resistance by 5280 which is a lot of extra damage mitigation for the whole group! Leeching Vines add some extra heals for you or your group members, small heal over time. And passives like Natures Gift make sustain also pretty easy! Overall the Warden has really good tanking options with a lot of class skills to choose. We focus on de-buffing the boss as much as possible with Sets like Torug's Pact or Roar of Alkosh combined with Crusher and Weakening Enchant.

  • Dungeon & Trial Build
  • Warden Class
  • Tank/ Support Setup
  • Double Sword & Board setup
  • Huge resources
  • Good sustain
  • High group support
  • Good healing

Changes from the previous version

Added extra CP, changed the skill setup a bit and edited the gearsetup. I chose to run Torugs and Ebonsetup for people that are new to Dungeons & Trials, as it is way easier to get compared to Alkosh Swords and Shields. The optimal setup would be Alkosh & Ebon for Trials and Dungeons. Keep in mind, there is a lot of other good combos. I also changed the build to sustain off Spell Symmetry, so we do not have the need for Magicka Recovery anymore, thats why I chose the Lord Mundus for more max Health.

Resource Management

Warden has a few good ways to sustain as a Tank. Every time we heal someone or ourself we proc the Natures Gift passive which gives a lot of resources back. On top of that we do have the Bull Netch which gives us about 4000 Stamina over 20 seconds back, which is nice for blocking in general. With so much Health we also do not always need to permablock, once you get used to fights you will know when you can drop block and use a few heavy attacks now and then to restore stamina. A Templar can also support you with Spears to give you about 4000 Stamina back, that is also the reason why we have more Stamina than Magicka. The Spear, and same thing goes for the Orbs from the Undaunted Skill-line, it restores your higher resource pool. So our Stamina is about 2k higher than our Magicka pool, which means we will always get Stamina back from the Spears or the Orbs! And as you can see we have overall pretty high Magicka Recovery which means we can use a lot of support abilities. Shimmering Shield also restores a bit of Magicka when you get hit by a projectile, on top of that you gain Major Heroism increasing your Ultimate regeneration by a lot!

  • Natures Gift passive
  • Bull Netch
  • Heavy Attacks
  • Spears (Templar ability)
  • Orbs (Undaunted skill)

Trials & Dungeons Setup

Warden Tank Build PvE


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


  • Polar Wind: Can be used to support heal on this tank, both for you and a group member.
    Leeching Vines: Keep this up all the time, very strong heal over time for you and your group
  • Pierce Armor: Your main taunt, also debuffs the enemy with Major Fracture and Major Breach, reducing Spell and Physical Resistance by 5280.
  • Bull Netch: Your most important stamina resource management tool, it is free cast and is active for a long time.
  • 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.
  • Enchanted Forest: Only use this Ultimate in case your group drops very low on health. Huge burst heal while ppl stand in that healing AoE.
  • Shimmering Shield: When you absorb a Projectile, you gain Major Heroism, increasing your Ultimate generation by a lot.
  • Heroic Slash: Debuffs the enemy with a 15% damage reduction debuff and also gives you Minor Heroism, increasing your Ultimate generation.
  • Ice Fortress: Provided you with Major Ward and Resolve, increasing your Physical and Spell Resistance by 5280 plus another 8% damage mitigation from Minor Protection.
  • Inner Rage: This is your ranged taunt, in case you can not get to a mob fast enough.
  • Energy orb: This is here to support your other group members with better sustain when they activate the Synergy.
  • Aggressive Warhorn: Your main Ultimate, to buff the group with 10% more max resources and crit damage boost.
S&B MainbarS&B second bar
Slot 1: Polar WindSlot 1: Shimmering Shield
Slot 2: Leeching VinesSlot 2: Heroic Slash
Slot 3: Pierce ArmorSlot 3: Ice Fortress
Slot 4: Bull NetchSlot 4: Inner Rage
Slot 5: Spell SymmetrySlot 5: Energy Orb
Ultimate: Enchanted ForestUltimate: Aggressive Horn


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 Warden 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, 0 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 


  • Animal Companions: All passives
  • Green Balance: All passives
  • Winter’s Embrance: 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 passives
  • Mages Guild: All passives
  • Undaunted: All passives
  • Racial: All passives
  • 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

29.01.2017 Added Build for Dragon Bones DLC Warden Tank Build PvE
02.02.2018 Added more Tank set gear options & Added more skill descriptions.
12.02.2018 Fixed typo on the Spell Symmetry skill
09.03.2018 Added Buildvideo for Warden 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 Warden Tank Build PvE

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