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Nightblade Tank PVE Build ESO

Nightblade Tank

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Defender is a Nightblade Tank PVE Build for The Elder Scrolls Online. The build is sturdy and flexible enough to complete every PVE content. Defender has many tools to protect your group, crowd control enemies and even heal you. Based on the secondary Armor Set you are using you can offer to your group different kind of support.

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

You can find more Builds in the Nightblade 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.

Drake’s Rush: Great set to boost Ultimate Generation

Crimson Oath’s Rive: Reduces enemies’ armor when applying a Major or Minor Buff to yourself or allies. Brands of Imperium is a nice defensive alternative.

Ebon Armory and Arkasis’s Genius are good alternative sets.

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

Drake’s Rush: Black Drake Villa Dungeon

Crimson Oath’s Rive: The Dread Cellar Dungeon, Normal and Veteran

Brands of Imperium: Imperial City Prison, Normal and Veteran

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/LightInfusedTri-Stat
ShouldersLord WardenHeavy/Medium/LightSturdyMax. Health
HandsDrake's RushHeavySturdyMax. Health
LegsDrake's RushHeavyInfusedMulti-Effect ( Tri-Stat )
ChestDrake's RushHeavyInfusedMulti-Effect ( Tri-Stat )
WaistDrake's RushHeavySturdyMax. Health
FeetDrake's RushHeavySturdyMax. Health
NecklaceCrimson Oath's RiveJewelHealthyBracing
RingCrimson Oath's RiveJewelHealthyBracing
RingCrimson Oath's RiveJewelHealthyBracing
One Handed WeaponCrimson Oath's RiveSwordInfusedWeakening
Off-HandCrimson Oath's RiveShieldSturdyMax. Stamina
StaffCrimson Oath's RiveLightning/IceInfusedCrusher


 Front BarBack Bar
Skill 1Pierce ArmorUnstable Wall of Elements
Skill 2Inner RageSilver Leash
Skill 3MirageDark Cloak
Skill 4Defensive StanceLeeching Strikes
Skill 5Razor CaltropsTurn Evil
Ultimate SkillBolstering DarknessSoul Tether

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

Inner Rage: Our Taunt for enemies far away.

Mirage: Defensive buff to boost resistances.

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.

Razor Caltrops: Debuffs enemies and triggers Powerful Assault.

Bolstering Darkness: Your Primary Ultimate that provides Major Protection.

Unstable Wall of Elements: Use this ability to deal damage and apply the Crusher debuff to enemies.

Silver Leash: Use it to pull enemies to you.

Dark Cloak: Defensive buff that provides Minor Protection and heals.

Leeching Strikes: Our second self-buff, essential for our sustain.

Turn Evil: Crowd Control ability that also provides Minor Protection.

Soul Tether: Secondary Ultimate to deal damage or use as an additional CC ability.

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
  • 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


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 Mirage, Dark Cloak, Leeching Strikes.

Taunt enemies with Pierce Armor, Inner Rage and attack with Unstable Wall of Elements to apply the Crusher debuff. Use Razor Caltrops to debuff enemies and trigger Powerful Assault.

Use Silver Leash to pull enemies to you and Turn Evil to CC them.

Activate your Ultimates when ready. Bolstering Darkness to provide Major Protection and Soul Tether to deal damage, crowd control.

More Nightblade Builds

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Shadowfire – Magicka Nightblade PVE Build

Spellblade – Melee Magicka Nightblade PVE Build

Brawler – Stamina Nightblade PVE Build

Magicka Nightblade Solo PVE Build

Stamina Nightblade Solo PVE Build

Lifestealer – Magicka Nightblade PVP Build

Elusive Warrior – Stamina Nightblade PVP Build

Shadowstrike – Magicka Nightblade Gank PVP Build

Arbalest – Stamina Nightblade Bow Gank PVP Build

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