necromancer tank pve

Necromancer Tank PVE Build ESO

Necromancer Tank PVE

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Goliath is a Necromancer Tank PVE Build with strong resistances and many utility spells to assist your group with.

Thanks to its transformation Ultimate, this Necromancer Tank can have an insane amount of Health with very strong resistances at the same time.

The Necromancer skills and the Armor Sets we have chosen also provide Goliath with the ability to crowd control enemies easily and buff the rest of your group, making their job easier.

If you are a new player, you can take a look at my Necromancer 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 Necromancer Solo Build.

You can find more Builds in the Necromancer Builds page.

Armor Sets

Tremorscale: Best overall Monster Set for Tanking. You can replace with Encratis’s Behemoth if your group relies on Fire damage or facing a strong fire damage based enemy.

Lord Warden is a great alternative to boost your party’s defense.

(Perfected)Claw of Yolnahkriin: Great Tank Set that grants Minor Courage to you and your group when taunting an enemy.

Powerful Assault: Grants extra Weapon and Spell Damage when casting an Assault Ability.

Ebon Armory: A nice alternative if you wish to boost your party’s Health.

Drake’s Rush: Great set to boost Ultimate Generation. Arkasis’s Genius is a nice alternative set.

Sets Location

Tremorscale: Veteran Volenfell, Glirion the Redbeard

Encratis’s Behemoth: Veteran Black Drake Villa, Urgarlag Chief-Bane

Lord Warden: Veteran Imperial City Prison, Urgarlag Chief-bane

(Perfected)Claw of Yolnahkriin: (Veteran)Sunspire Trial

Powerful Assault: Imperial City, Tel Var Vendor

Ebon Armory: Crypt of Hearts I & II, Normal and Veteran

Drake’s Rush: Black Drake Villa Dungeon

Trials Build

This is a Tank setup for harder Group content.

ShouldersTremorscaleHeavy/Medium/LightSturdyMax. Health
Hands(Perfected)Claw of YolnahkriinHeavySturdyMax. Health
Legs(Perfected)Claw of YolnahkriinHeavyInfusedMulti-Effect ( Tri-Stat )
Chest(Perfected)Claw of YolnahkriinHeavyInfusedMulti-Effect ( Tri-Stat )
Waist(Perfected)Claw of YolnahkriinHeavySturdyMax. Health
Feet(Perfected)Claw of YolnahkriinHeavySturdyMax. Health
NecklacePowerful AssaultJewelHealthyBracing
RingPowerful AssaultJewelHealthyBracing
RingPowerful AssaultJewelHealthyBracing
One Handed WeaponPowerful AssaultSwordInfusedWeakening
Off-HandPowerful AssaultShieldSturdyMax. Stamina
StaffPowerful AssaultLightning/Ice/FireInfusedCrusher

Easier Group Content

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

HeadLord WardenHeavy/Medium/LightInfusedMulti-Effect ( Tri-Stat )
ShouldersLord WardenHeavy/Medium/LightSturdyMax. Health
HandsEbon ArmoryHeavySturdyMax. Health
LegsEbon ArmoryHeavyInfusedMulti-Effect ( Tri-Stat )
ChestEbon ArmoryHeavyInfusedMulti-Effect ( Tri-Stat )
WaistEbon ArmoryHeavySturdyMax. Health
FeetEbon ArmoryHeavySturdyMax. Health
NecklaceDrake's RushJewelHealthyBracing
RingDrake's RushJewelHealthyBracing
RingDrake's RushJewelHealthyBracing
One Handed WeaponDrake's RushSwordInfusedWeakening
Off-HandDrake's RushShieldSturdyMax. Stamina
StaffDrake's RushLightning/IceInfusedCrusher


 Front BarBack Bar
Skill 1Pierce ArmorUnstable Wall of Elements
Skill 2Heroic SlashInner Rage
Skill 3Agony TotemGhostly Embrace
Skill 4Deaden PainBeckoning Armor
Skill 5Defensive StanceRazor Caltrops
Ultimate SkillRavenous GoliathAggressive Horn

Pierce Armor: Our main Taunt attack that also debuffs enemies.

Heroic Slash: Debuffs our target with Minor Maim but also helps us generate Ultimate faster.

Agony Totem: Gives us Minor Protection, fears the enemy and provides the group with the Pure Agony synergy that applies Minor Vulnerability to our targets.

Deaden Pain: Heals us and generates Ultimate. Reduces damage taken when slotted.

Defensive Stance: Essential skill for tanking. It gives us a shield, increases the amount of damage we can block and reduces the cost of blocking.

Ravenous Goliath: One of our two Ultimates. Great to use against groups of enemies.

Unstable Wall of Elements: We use this ability to deal damage and apply the Crusher debuff to our targets. It also sets concussed enemies off balance, increasing our damage to them.

Inner Rage: Our Taunt for enemies far away.

Ghostly Embrace: Great crowd control skill that can also apply Minor Maim.

Beckoning Armor: Defensive ability that increases our resistances but also pulls ranged enemies to us, assisting in crowd control.

Razor Caltrops: Debuffs enemies and triggers Powerful Assault.

Aggressive Horn: Our main Ultimate. We use this mostly against strong enemies, Bosses, to buff our team.

Passive Skills

  • 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


Slottable Stars: Unassailable, Bulwark, Reinforced, Last Stand

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, Plentiful Harvest

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


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


Attribute Points

24 points to Magicka, 6 to Health and 34 to Stamina

Mundus Stone

The Atronach for better Magicka Recovery.


Nord – Imperial – Orc – Argonian

Vampire or Werewolf

Neither is necessary.


Buff yourself with Beckoning Armor and activate your Agony Totem.

Use Ghostly Embrace to immobilize and debuff enemies and your Unstable Wall of Elements to apply the Crusher debuff.

Attack with Heroic Slash to build up your Ultimate faster and use Deaden Pain to heal yourself. Use Razor Caltrops to debuff enemies and trigger Powerful Assault. Activate Defensive Stance to get a shield if necessary.

Use your Aggressive Horn ultimate when dealing with bosses and your Ravenous Goliath when dealing with trash mobs.

More Necromancer Builds

Hades – Magicka Necromancer PVE Build

Harbinger – Stamina Necromancer PVE Build

Charon – Magicka Necromancer Solo PVE Build

Stamina Necromancer Solo PVE Build

Undertaker – Magicka Necromancer PVP Build

Plaguecaller – Stamina Necromancer PVP Build

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