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Arcanist Tank

Kthanid is a strong Arcanist Tank PVE Build in ESO! The Arcanist is a Class of Eldritch Horror, that relies on Magic Damage and the Crux system to destroy its enemies! A superb Support Class that offers several buffs and shields to its group, as well as multiple debuffs against your targets. A flexible Tank Build with several alternative sets you can use. If you are a new player, you can take a look at my Arcanist Beginner Guide. If you are looking for a different setup, you can find more Arcanist Builds in the Arcanist Builds page.

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Arcanist Tank Build Setup

Below you can find different Setups for harder but also easier group content. The Setups will help you tank Trials or Dungeons and allow you to assist Stamina or Magicka(Encratis’s Behemoth) based Groups! A few good alternative Sets you can use include Claw of Yolnahkriin, Pearlescent Ward, Nazaray, Archdruid Devyric.

Trials Build

This is a Tank setup for harder Group content.

HeadTremorscaleMediumDivinesPrismatic Defense
ShouldersTremorscaleLightDivinesPrismatic Defense
HandsTurning TideHeavyDivinesPrismatic Defense
LegsTurning TideHeavyDivinesPrismatic Defense
ChestTurning TideHeavyDivinesPrismatic Defense
WaistTurning TideHeavyDivinesPrismatic Defense
FeetTurning TideHeavyDivinesPrismatic Defense
NecklacePowerful AssaultJewelHarmonyPrismatic Recovery
RingPowerful AssaultJewelHarmonyPrismatic Recovery
RingPowerful AssaultJewelHarmonyPrismatic Recovery
One Handed WeaponPowerful AssaultSwordInfusedWeakening
Off-HandPowerful AssaultShieldDivinesPrismatic Defense
StaffPowerful AssaultLightning/Ice/FireInfusedCrusher

Easier Group Content

A Tank setup for easier Group content and less organized parties.

HeadLord WardenHeavy/Medium/LightDivinesPrismatic Defense
ShouldersLord WardenHeavy/Medium/LightDivinesPrismatic Defense
HandsDrake’s RushHeavyDivinesPrismatic Defense
LegsDrake’s RushHeavyDivinesPrismatic Defense
ChestDrake’s RushHeavyDivinesPrismatic Defense
WaistDrake’s RushHeavyDivinesPrismatic Defense
FeetDrake’s RushHeavyDivinesPrismatic Defense
NecklacePowerful AssaultJewelHarmonyPrismatic Recovery
RingPowerful AssaultJewelHarmonyPrismatic Recovery
RingPowerful AssaultJewelHarmonyPrismatic Recovery
One Handed WeaponPowerful AssaultSwordInfusedWeakening
Off-HandPowerful AssaultShieldDivinesPrismatic Defense
StaffPowerful AssaultIce/LightningInfusedCrusher

Armor Sets for Arcanist Tank Build

Skills for Arcanist Tank Build

The Arcanist has a few very interesting abilities for Tanking! Its own unique taunt as well as a “passive” debuff, skills that protect you and debuff enemies when you take damage! The following skills will help you hold your ground with success and support your group.

Runic SunderSilver LeashCruxweaver ArmorImpervious RunewardDefensive StanceAggressive Horn
Unstable Wall of ElementsReconstructive DomainRuneguard of FreedomRune of the Colorless PoolRazor CaltropsGibbering Shelter
  • Runic Sunder(Runic Jolt): Taunts, debuffs and generates Crux.
  • Silver Leash(Silver Bolts): Pulls enemies closer and assist with Crowd Control.
  • Cruxweaver Armor(Fatewoven Armor): Generates Crux, protects you and debuffs enemies.
  • Impervious Runeward(Runespite Ward): Provides a shield, deals damage and consumes Crux to heal you.
  • Defensive Stance(Defensive Posture): Essential skill for tanking. Provides a shield, increases the amount of damage you can block and reduces the cost of blocking.
  • Aggressive Horn(War Horn): Main Ultimate. Use this mostly against strong enemies, Bosses, to buff your team.
  • Unstable Wall of Elements(Wall of Elements): Use this ability to deal damage and apply the Crusher debuff to your targets.
  • Reconstructive Domain(Arcanist’s Domain): AOE ability that Heals and buffs your group.
  • Runeguard of Freedom(Runic Defense): Defensive skill that also heals you.
  • Rune of the Colorless Pool(Rune of Eldritch Horror): Debuffs and fears enemies.
  • Razor Caltrops(Caltrops): Debuffs enemies and triggers Powerful Assault.
  • Gibbering Shelter(Gibbering Shield): Powerful defensive Ultimate that shields your group as well.

Passive Skills for Arcanist Tank Build

Very important passive skills that can help you maximize the potential of your Arcanist Tank Build.

  • All Passive Skills from your Class’ Lines
  • All Passive Skills from Weapon Lines you are using
  • Passive Skills from Armor Lines you are using
  • Passive Abilities from Guild lines(Fighters Guild, Mages Guild, Psijic Order) that affect your skills/Build
  • Undaunted Passives
  • Your Racial Passives
  • Medicinal Use Passive from Alchemy to boost the effectiveness of Potions

Champion Points for Arcanist Tank Build

Below you will find the best Champion Points setup for the Build. If you would like to learn more about Champion Points and how they work, you can read my ESO Champion Points Guide.


  • Slottable Stars: Unassailable, Bulwark, Reinforced, Duelist’s Rebuff
  • Passive: Eldritch Insight, Tireless Discipline, Piercing, Flawless Ritual, War Mage, Battle Mastery, Mighty, Quick Recovery, Hardy, Elemental Aegis, Preparation, Precision, Blessed


  • Slottable Stars: Rationer, Liquid Efficiency, Master Gatherer, Steed’s Blessing
  • Passive: Gilded Fingers, Fortune’s Favor, Wanderer, Steadfast Enchantment, Treasure Hunter(slottable, required for path)


  • Slottable Stars: Fortified, Strategic Reserve, Rejuvenation, Boundless Vitality
  • Passive: Sprinter, Hasty, Tireless Guardian, Fortification, Hero’s Vigor, Mystic Tenacity, Tumbling, Defiance, Nimble Protector, Savage Defense, Bashing Brutality

Consumables for Arcanist Tank Build

We are using Longfin Pasty with Melon Sauce or Bewitched Sugar Skulls and crafted Tri-Stat Essence of Health or other Tri-Stat Potions.

Info for Arcanist Tank Build

Several important info for the Arcanist Tank PVE Build. What Mundus to use, the best race for the build and how to assign your attribute points.

Attribute Points

22-24 points to Magicka, 6 to Health and 34-36 to Stamina

Mundus Stone

The Atronach for better Magicka Recovery.

What Race is Best for Arcanist Tank Build

Nord – Imperial – Orc – Argonian is the best race for a Tank Build. You can find more about the playable races in my ESO Race Guide!

Vampire or Werewolf

Neither is necessary.

Rotation for Arcanist Tank Build

The gameplay of a tank is pretty easy. Taunt your target with Runic Sunder and block. Pull enemies closer with Silver Leash. Your main concern is applying your crusher debuff with Unstable Wall of Elements and keeping it up all the time. When necessary Bash your target to trigger Turning Tide! Buff yourself with Cruxweaver Armor, Impervious Runeward, Runeguard of Freedom and cast Reconstructive Domain for buffs and heals. Razor Caltrops to debuff enemies and trigger Powerful Assault, along with Rune of the Colorless Pool for more debuffs! Activate Defensive Stance(optional) to give yourself a shield. Use your Aggressive Horn ultimate when dealing with bosses and your Gibbering Shelter to protect your group.

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