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Warden Tank

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.

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Warden 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

Frost Tank

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

HeadNunatakHeavy/Medium/LightDivinesPrismatic Defense
ShouldersNunatakHeavy/Medium/LightDivinesPrismatic Defense
HandsFrozen WatcherHeavyDivinesPrismatic Defense
LegsFrozen WatcherHeavyDivinesPrismatic Defense
ChestFrozen WatcherHeavyDivinesPrismatic Defense
WaistFrozen WatcherHeavyDivinesPrismatic Defense
FeetFrozen WatcherHeavyDivinesPrismatic Defense
NecklaceSystres' ScowlJewelHarmonyPrismatic Recovery
RingSystres' ScowlJewelHarmonyPrismatic Recovery
RingSystres' ScowlJewelHarmonyPrismatic Recovery
One Handed WeaponSystres' ScowlSwordInfusedWeakening
Off-HandSystres' ScowlShieldDivinesPrismatic Defense
StaffSystres' ScowlFrostInfusedCrusher

Armor Sets for Warden Tank Build

Skills for Warden Tank Build

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

Pierce ArmorInner RagePolar WindDefensive StanceDeceptive PredatorAggressive Horn
Unstable Wall of ElementsFrozen DeviceBull NetchIce FortressRazor CaltropsNorthern Storm
  • Pierce Armor(Puncture): Our main Taunt attack that also debuffs enemies.
  • Inner Rage(Inner Fire): Our Taunt for enemies far away.
  • Polar Wind(Arctic Wind): Our emergency heal. Can also assist the group’s healer under pressure.
  • 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.
  • Deceptive Predator(Falcon’s Swiftness): Great defensive ability that reduces our damage taken from AOE attacks.
  • 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. It also works very well with Frozen Watcher, freezing already Chilled enemies and provides a shield to your group.
  • Frozen Device(Frozen Gate): Our main Crowd Control ability. Pulls enemies to you and applies Major Maim to them.
  • Bull Netch(Betty Netch): Very important self-buff. Restores our Stamina but also boosts our Weapon and Spell Damage.
  • Ice Fortress(Frost Cloak): Great self and group buff that increases our resistances and reduces incoming damage.
  • Razor Caltrops(Caltrops): Debuffs enemies and triggers Powerful Assault.
  • Northern Storm(Sleet 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(Inner Fire) instead of Inner Rage(Inner Fire) and Silver Leash(Silver Bolts) instead of Frozen Device(Frozen Gate). You can try different combinations to find the right balance for you.

Passive Skills for Warden Tank Build

Very important passive skills that can help you maximize the potential of your Warden 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 Warden 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 Warden Tank Build

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

Info for Warden Tank Build

Several important info for the Warden Tank PVE Build. What Mundus to use, the best race for the build and how to assign your attribute points.

Attribute Points

22 points to Magicka, 8 to Health and 34 to Stamina

Mundus Stone

The Atronach for better Magicka Recovery.

What Race is Best for Warden 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 Warden Tank Build

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.

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