“Frostbite”

Wrathstone DLC, Elsweyr Chapter

Table of Contents


Introduction

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 Dungeons & Trials!

Warden Tanks have amazing group support. You have access to pretty good sustain and tons of support abilties. 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 groupmembers, small heal over time. And passives like Natures Gift make sustain also pretty easy as long as you can heal your groupmates! Overall the Warden has really good tanking options with a lot of class skills to choose. We focus on debuffing the boss as much as possible with Sets like Torug's Pact combined with Crusher and Weakening Enchant. And we use Ebon Armory to boost the health of all our group members. The Blood Spawn also gives us a boost to ultimate regeneration, increasing our ultimate regeneration even further in combination with Shimmering Shield.

  • Dungeon & Trial Build
  • Warden Class
  • Tank/ Support Setup
  • S&B + Frost Staff setup
  • Huge resources
  • Good sustain
  • High group support
  • Good healing

Changes from the previous version

Due to the 1H enchant changes, we are now running a S&B/Frost Staff setup. That way we can still get a full crusher enchantment uptime as long as we have the frost blockade on the ground.

Changed the Champion Points setup slightly and also added a disclaimer to Nord because of the extra resistances that you now get.


Resource Management

Warden has a few good ways to sustain as a Tank. Every time we heal someone 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 5400 Stamina over 24 seconds back, which is nice for blocking in general. With so much Health we also do not always need to perma-block, 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)
  • Resourceful (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 Shimmering Shield before using Deep Thoughts, so you are immune to all ranged attacks for a short time. The Major Protection also reduces the incoming damage on your Shimmering Shield.

Tank Guide


Trials & Dungeons Setup

Gear

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 1

  • 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
ChestTorug's PactHeavyReinforcedTri Stat Enchantment
BeltEbon ArmoryHeavySturdyHealth Enchantment
ShoesEbon ArmoryHeavySturdyHealth Enchantment
PantsTorug's PactHeavyInfusedTri Stat Enchantment
HandsTorug's PactHeavySturdyHealth Enchantment
HeadBlood SpawnLightInfusedTri Stat Enchantment
ShoulderBlood SpawnMediumSturdyHealth Enchantment
NecklaceEbon ArmoryJewelryTriuneSpell Cost Reduction
RingEbon ArmoryJewelryTriuneBlock Cost Reduction
RingEbon ArmoryJewelryTriuneBlock Cost Reduction
Weapon 1 S&BTorug's Pact1H-WeapInfusedWeakening Enchantment
Weapon 1 S&BTorug's PactShieldInfusedTri-Stat Enchantment
Weapon 2 DestroTorug's PactFrost 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-WeapInfusedWeakening Enchantment
Weapon 1 S&BFortified BrassShieldInfusedStamina Enchantment
Weapon 2 DestroFortified BrassFrost StaffInfusedCrusher Enchantment

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

Skills

  • Polar Wind: Can be used to support heal on this tank, both for you and a group member.
  • Shimmering Shield: When you absorb a Projectile, you gain Major Heroism, increasing your Ultimate generation by a lot.
  • Pierce Armor: Your main taunt, also debuffs the enemy with Major Fracture and Major Breach, reducing Spell and Physical Resistance by 5280.
  • Heroic Slash: Debuffs the enemy with a 15% damage reduction debuff and also gives you Minor Heroism, increasing your Ultimate generation.
  • 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%.
  • 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.
  • Leeching Vines: Keep this up all the time, very strong heal over time for you and your group.
  • Bull Netch: Your most important stamina resource management tool, it is free cast and is active for a long time.
  • 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.
  • Elemental Blockade: The Frost 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.
  • Aggressive Warhorn: Your main Ultimate, to buff the group with 10% more max resources and crit damage boost.
S&B MainbarFrost Staff bar
Slot 1: Polar WindSlot 1: Leeching Vines
Slot 2: Shimmering ShieldSlot 2: Bull Netch
Slot 3: Pierce ArmorSlot 3: Ice Fortress
Slot 4: Heroic SlashSlot 4: Inner Rage
Slot 5: Deep ThoughtsSlot 5: Frost Blockade
Ultimate: Enchanted ForestUltimate: Aggressive Horn

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 CP]

The Ritual
40 Precise Strikes, 10 Piercing
The Attronarch
47 Physical Weapons Expert, 73 Master-at-Arms
The Apprentice
100 Blessed
The Shadow
81 Shadow Ward, 60 Tumbling
The Lover
43 Tenacity
The Tower
56 Warlord, 21 Bashing Focus, 9 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 CP]

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 CP]

The Ritual
The Attronarch
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 Warden Tank Build PvE

Buff-food

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

Longfin pasty with melon sauce

Mundus Stone

The Lord (Max Health)

Race

Nords: Please keep in mind, if you are a Nord you have more resistances than on other races because of your passives.

Nord (Recommended, fastest ultimate generation)
Argonian (Recommended, best sustain)
Imperial
Orc
Redguard

Potions

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

Tri Stat Potion

Passives

Note: Make sure to NOT activate the Tri-Focus passive from the Destruction Staff, because we want blocking to cost stamina and not magicka. And that passive would convert blocking to magicka on the Destruction Staff bar.

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.

18 Magicka, 0 Health, 46 Stamina

Related Topics


Build Video

New Video will be released with the Elsweyr Chapter release.


Update Log

22.02.2019 Updated Build for WRATHSTONE DLC, Elsweyr Chapter Warden Tank Build PvE
03.03.2019 Added Destro Passives to the list of all the passives. Warden Tank Build PvE