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Warden Tank PVE Build ESO

Warden Tank

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Protector is a Warden Tank PVE Build, that is using frost damage-based skills and effects to immobilize enemies, protect your group and assist with DPS.

Protector is basically a Warden Frost Tank PVE Build focusing on strong Crowd Control skills and appropriate Armor Sets. Abilities that immobilize targets and make the life of your group easier. A sturdy and fun Warden Tank PVE Build capable of tanking some of the hardest bosses in the game with ease.

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

You can find more Builds in the Warden 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.

Nunatak: Frost damage based Set that deals damage and applies Major Brittle.

(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.

Frozen Watcher: A great Tanking Set that deals Frost Damage while blocking.

Systres’ Scowl: Boosts resources and adds extra frost damage to light attacks.

Sets Location

Tremorscale: Veteran Volenfell, Glirion the Redbeard

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

Nunatak: Imperial City – Nunatak, Tel Var Merchant

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

Powerful Assault: Imperial City, Tel Var Vendor

Frozen Watcher: Depths of Malatar, Normal & Veteran mode

Systres’ Scowl: High Isle, Overland

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

Frost Tank

A Tank setup focusing on frost damage based effects and Armor Sets.

ShouldersNunatakHeavy/Medium/LightSturdyMax. Health
HandsFrozen WatcherHeavySturdyMax. Health
LegsFrozen WatcherHeavyInfusedMulti-Effect ( Tri-Stat )
ChestFrozen WatcherHeavyInfusedMulti-Effect ( Tri-Stat )
WaistFrozen WatcherHeavySturdyMax. Health
FeetFrozen WatcherHeavySturdyMax. Health
NecklaceSystres' ScowlJewelHealthyBracing
RingSystres' ScowlJewelHealthyBracing
RingSystres' ScowlJewelHealthyBracing
One Handed WeaponSystres' ScowlSwordInfusedWeakening
Off-HandSystres' ScowlShieldSturdyMax. Stamina
StaffSystres' ScowlFrostInfusedCrusher


 Front BarBack Bar
Skill 1Pierce ArmorUnstable Wall of Elements
Skill 2Inner RageFrozen Device
Skill 3Polar WindBull Netch
Skill 4Defensive StanceIce Fortress
Skill 5Deceptive PredatorRazor Caltrops
Ultimate SkillAggressive HornNorthern Storm

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

Inner Rage: Our Taunt for enemies far away.

Polar Wind: Our emergency heal. Can also assist the group’s healer under pressure.

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.

Deceptive Predator: Great defensive ability that reduces our damage taken from AOE attacks.

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. It also works very well with Frozen Watcher, freezing already Chilled enemies and provides a shield to your group.

Frozen Device: Our main Crowd Control ability. Pulls enemies to you and applies Major Maim to them.

Bull Netch: Very important self-buff. Restores our Stamina but also boosts our Weapon and Spell Damage.

Ice Fortress: Great self and group buff that increases our resistances and reduces incoming damage.

Razor Caltrops: Debuffs enemies and triggers Powerful Assault.

Northern Storm: Our secondary Ultimate. It boosts damage but also deals good damage to enemies and reduces incoming damage.

Some good alternative skills you can use in case you are struggling with Magicka management are Inner Beast instead of Inner Rage and Silver Leash instead of Frozen Device.

You can try different combinations to find the right balance for you.

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 Orzorga’s Smoked Bear Haunch or Bewitched Sugar Skulls and crafted Tri-Stat Essence of Health.


Attribute Points

22 points to Magicka, 8 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 Bull Netch and Ice Fortress. Taunt your targets with Pierce Armor or Inner Rage and block their attacks. Pull enemies to you with your Frozen Device skill.

Use Unstable Wall of Elements to apply the Crusher debuff and reduce enemies’ resistances. Use Razor Caltrops to debuff enemies and trigger Powerful Assault. Activate Defensive Stance to provide yourself with a shield if you have to.

Use your Ultimates when ready and appropriately. Aggressive Horn to boost your group’s damage or Northern Storm to protect them.

Reapply your buffs, taunt and Crusher debuff when necessary.

More Warden Builds

Ice Queen – Magicka Warden PVE Build

Force of Nature – Stamina Warden PVE Build

Claymore – 2H Stamina Warden PVE Build

Magicka Warden Solo PVE Build

Stamina Warden Solo PVE Build

Frozen – Magicka Warden PVP Build

Destroyer – Stamina Warden PVP Build

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