Sturdy Templar Tank Build for ESO – Lifegiver

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Templar Tank Build ESO

Lifegiver is a Sturdy Paladin-like, Templar Tank Build for every Group PVE Gameplay in ESO. The Build offers strong defense and passive heals for you and your party. A flexible Templar Tank Build with various setups that you can use in harder or easier group content. Lifegiver can work as a healer support for your group if necessary. Like this you can assist the Healer of the party or even save your team in case of an emergency. To learn more about the Templar Class, you can take a look at my Templar Beginner Guide. To challenge yourself in harder Solo Content, take a look at my Stamina Templar Solo Build.

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Best Templar Tank Build Setup ESO

Lifegiver is a sturdy but flexible Templar Tank Build that offers different Setups for harder or easier group content. These Setups will help you tank Trials or Dungeons and allow you to assist Stamina and Magicka based Groups! A few good alternative Sets you can use with the Build include:

Trials Build

This setup is for harder PVE Group content, is using Trial Gear and will help you aggro tough Bosses. If you wish to use this setup, you should focus on getting the gear below.

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 more forgiving Tank Setup for easier PVE Group content that resembles a Paladin Build in ESO! You can use this setup for easier Group content with less organized parties and in general a more relaxed approach to Group Gameplay.

HeadNightflameHeavy/Medium/LightDivinesPrismatic Defense
ShouldersNightflameHeavy/Medium/LightDivinesPrismatic Defense
HandsEbon ArmoryHeavyDivinesPrismatic Defense
LegsEbon ArmoryHeavyDivinesPrismatic Defense
ChestEbon ArmoryHeavyDivinesPrismatic Defense
WaistEbon ArmoryHeavyDivinesPrismatic Defense
FeetEbon ArmoryHeavyDivinesPrismatic Defense
NecklaceBattalion DefenderJewelHarmonyPrismatic Recovery
RingBattalion DefenderJewelHarmonyPrismatic Recovery
RingBattalion DefenderJewelHarmonyPrismatic Recovery
One Handed WeaponBattalion DefenderSwordInfusedWeakening
Off-HandBattalion DefenderShieldDivinesPrismatic Defense
StaffBattalion DefenderIce/LightningInfusedCrusher

Best Armor Sets for Templar Tank Build ESO

These are the Best Armor Sets you can use with the Templar Tank Build for harder or easier Group Gameplay and a few good alternative options.

Best Skills for Templar Tank Build ESO

The skills of this Paladin-like Templar Tank Build will help you taunt enemies and keep aggro easily. The Templar is a flexible and support oriented ESO Class that offers access to several heals and utility skills. The purpose of the Build is to protect yourself and your party while also providing valuable support with Buffs and heals!

Pierce ArmorInner RageSilver LeashBreath of LifeDefensive StanceAggressive Horn
Unstable Wall of ElementsExtended Ritual/Ritual of RetributionRestoring FocusBlazing Shield/RepentanceRazor CaltropsRemembrance
  • Pierce Armor(Puncture): Main Taunt attack that also debuffs enemies.
  • Inner Rage(Inner Fire): Ranged Taunt skill.
  • Silver Leash(Silver Bolts): Crowd control ability. Use it to pull enemies to you.
  • Breath of Life(Rushed Ceremony): Emergency heal. Try not to spam this skill.
  • Defensive Stance(Defensive Posture): Essential skill for tanking. It gives 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 Bosses.
  • Unstable Wall of Elements(Wall of Elements): Use this ability to deal damage and apply the Crusher debuff to targets.
  • Extended Ritual(Cleansing Ritual): Removes Harmful effects and heals. Replace with Ritual of Retribution(Cleansing Ritual) for more damage.
  • Restoring Focus(Rune Focus): Greatly increases resistances, recovers stamina and heals.
  • Blazing Shield(Sun Shield): Provides a shield and deals damage.Replace with Repentance(Restoring Aura) for more heals and better sustain.
  • Razor Caltrops(Caltrops): Debuffs enemies and triggers Powerful Assault.
  • Remembrance(Rite of Passage): Powerful healing ability.

Best Passive Skills for Templar Tank Build ESO

Passive skills are always important for every character and can help you maximize the potential of your Templar Tank Build. Try to unlock them as fast as possible, so you can become stronger and tackle harder content faster. These are the Passive Skills you should unlock for the Templar Tank PVE 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
  • Fighters Guild Passives: Intimidating Presence, Slayer, Banish the Wicked, Skilled Tracker
  • Undaunted Passives
  • Your Racial Passives
  • Medicinal Use Passive from Alchemy to boost the effectiveness of Potions

Best Champion Points for Templar Tank Build ESO

Below you will find the best Champion Points setup for the Build. When allocating Champion points to Slottable and Passive Stars your primary goal is to create paths! Allocate the minimum required points to stars along your path in order to reach your desired Slottable Stars faster. Once you have unlocked all Stars, start allocating more Champion Points to them to fill them out. Focus on Slottable Stars first, then Passive Stars. 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

Best Food and Potions for Templar Tank Build

Bewitched Sugar Skulls is the Best Food for the Build while crafted Tri-Stat Essence of Health is the best option as Potions.

Info for Templar Tank Build

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

Attribute Points

26 points to Magicka, 6 to Health and 32 to Stamina.

Mundus Stone

The Atronach for better Magicka Recovery.

What Race is Best for Templar Tank Build

The Best Race for the Templar Tank Build in ESO is Nord. Imperial, Orc, Argonian are good alternative Races for a Tank Build. You can find more about the playable races in my ESO Race Guide!

Vampire or Werewolf

Neither is necessary.

Best Rotation for Templar Tank Build ESO

Taunt and drop your Restoring focus, Ritual of Retribution/Extended Ritual and Unstable Wall of Elements. Just block and let your Sets do their job. Use your Inner Rage, Silver Leash to control enemies farther away. Use Razor Caltrops to debuff enemies and trigger Powerful Assault. Activate Defensive Stance if you have to and make sure your Unstable Wall of Elements is always up to apply the crusher debuff. Use Blazing Shield to protect yourself and damage enemies but avoid spamming it! If your healer is struggling, assist with Breath of Life but also try not to spam it. Finally use your Ultimates when ready.

Best Companion for Templar Tank Build ESO

If you wish to play Solo with the Templar Tank Build, you can bring along a mighty Companion! Companions in ESO are helpful allies that can assist you in combat. Every Companion can fulfill every role in the game and help you enjoy ESO more by clearing content faster or by simply interacting with them and their charming personality! There are various Builds you can use for every available ESO Companion!

As a Tank focused character my recommendation is to bring along a DPS Companion! To find out which ESO Companion is the Best in every role you can take a look at my ESO Best Companion Guide! To further maximize the potential of your chosen Companion, you can wear the Telvanni Efficiency Set! A Crafted Set that reduces the cooldown of your Companions abilities, improving their damage and overall effects and assisting you further in combat.

ESO Templar Tank PVE Build Summary

Lifegiver is a sturdy Templar Tank Build for every type of Group PVE Gameplay in ESO! A flexible but strong Tank Build that can assist your party with heals and other utility skills. The Templar is the only Class in ESO that can resemble a Paladin Build, thanks to its AOE Support skills. This Templar Tank Build is perfect for players that enjoy tanking and providing additional support in the form of Heals to their party!

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