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Templar Tank

Lifegiver is a Paladin-like Templar Tank PVE Build in ESO. The Build is focusing on strong resistances and passively healing you and your group. A flexible Templar Tank Build with different setups for harder and easier group content. Lifegiver can support the healer of your group if necessary and save your team in an emergency.

If you are a new player, you can take a look at my Templar Beginner Guide. If you are looking for a Solo PVE Build for Arenas like the Maelstrom Arena and Vateshran Hollows, take a look at my Stamina Templar Solo Build. You can find more Builds in the Templar Builds page.

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Templar 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 (Perfected)Claw of Yolnahkriin, (Perfected)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 Paladin-like Tank setup for easier Group content and less organized parties.

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

Armor Sets for Templar Tank Build

Skills for Templar Tank Build

The following Skills will allow you to hold aggro and Tank effectively almost every PVE content.

Pierce ArmorInner RageSilver LeashBreath of LifeDefensive StanceAggressive Horn
Unstable Wall of ElementsExtended Ritual/Ritual of RetributionRestoring FocusBlazing Shield/RepentanceRazor CaltropsRemembrance
  • Pierce Armor(Puncture): Our main Taunt attack that also debuffs enemies.
  • Inner Rage(Inner Fire): Our Taunt for enemies far away.
  • Silver Leash(Silver Bolts): Our only crowd control ability. Use it to pull enemies to you.
  • Breath of Life(Rushed Ceremony): Our emergency heal. Try not to spam this skill.
  • Defensive Stance(Defensive Posture): Essential skill for tanking. It gives us a shield, increases the amount of damage we can block and reduces the cost of blocking.
  • Aggressive Horn(War Horn): Our main Ultimate. We use this mostly against strong enemies, Bosses, to buff our team.
  • Unstable Wall of Elements(Wall of Elements): We use this ability to deal damage and apply the Crusher debuff to our 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 our 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.

Passive Skills for Templar Tank Build

Very important passive skills that can help you maximize the potential of your Templar 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
  • 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

Champion Points for Templar 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 Templar Tank Build

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

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

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 Templar Tank Build

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. Use your Ultimates when ready, appropriately.

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