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Sorcerer Tank PVE Build ESO

Sorcerer Tank

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Guardian is a Sorcerer Tank PVE Build for The Elder Scrolls Online. The Build has several tools to Crowd Control, damage enemies and heal your group.

A flexible Tank Build with different setups for harder and easier group content. It also offers several buffs to your group, depending on its composition.

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

You can find more Builds in the Sorcerer 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.

Leeching Plate: Good support Tank Set that deals damage and heals you. Crimson Oath’s Rive as an 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

Leeching Plate: Imperial City Prison, Normal and Veteran

Crimson Oath’s Rive: Dread Cellar Dungeon, 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
NecklaceLeeching Plate/Crimson Oath's RiveJewelHealthyBracing
RingLeeching Plate/Crimson Oath's RiveJewelHealthyBracing
RingLeeching Plate/Crimson Oath's RiveJewelHealthyBracing
One Handed WeaponLeeching Plate/Crimson Oath's RiveSwordInfusedWeakening
Off-HandLeeching Plate/Crimson Oath's RiveShieldSturdyMax. Stamina
StaffLeeching Plate/Crimson Oath's RiveLightning/IceInfusedCrusher


 Front BarBack Bar
Skill 1Pierce ArmorUnstable Wall of Elements
Skill 2Inner RageSilver Leash
Skill 3Heroic SlashHurricane
Skill 4Bound AegisCritical Surge
Skill 5Defensive StanceRazor Caltrops
Ultimate SkillAggressive HornAbsorption Field

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

Inner Rage: Our Taunt for enemies far away.

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

Bound Aegis: Use this skill to get a boost to Magicka and resistances. No need to activate it when fighting.

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.

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

Unstable Wall of Elements: We use this ability to deal damage and apply the Crusher debuff to our targets.

Silver Leash: Use it to pull enemies to you.

Hurricane: Increases your defenses and is constantly hurting your targets with its AOE-DOT damage.

Critical Surge: Activate to boost your Weapon/Spell Damage and get heals for every critical hit.

Razor Caltrops: Debuffs enemies and triggers Powerful Assault.

Absorption Field: Secondary Ultimate for extra CC and group heals.

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

26-28 points to Magicka, 6 to Health and 30-32 to Stamina

Mundus Stone

The Atronach for better Magicka Recovery.


Nord – Imperial – Orc – Argonian

Vampire or Werewolf

Neither is necessary.


Buff yourself with Hurricane, Critical Surge, taunt enemies with Pierce Armor, Inner Rage and attack with Unstable Wall of Elements to apply Crusher.

Keep enemies taunted and use Heroic Slash to build up Ultimate. Silver Leash to pull enemies to you and Razor Caltrops to debuff enemies and trigger Powerful Assault.

Activate your Ultimates when ready, Aggressive Horn to boost your group’s Critical Damage or Absorption Field to CC and assist with heals.

More Sorcerer Builds

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Tempest – Stamina Sorcerer PVE Build

1 Bar Magicka Sorcerer Solo PVE Build

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Nemesis – Magicka Sorcerer PVP Build

Reaper – Stamina Sorcerer PVP Build

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