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Frozen Steel – A Warden Tank Build

The ESO Warden tank Build has a nice combination of hots and burst heals, sitting it nicely between the Nightblade (HOTS) and Dragonknight (Burst Heals) tank play styles.

  1. Overview
    • Race
    • Mundus
    • Attributes
    • Consumables
  2. Gear
  3. Skills
  4. Rotation
  5. Passives
  6. Champion Points

OVERVIEW

  • Race: Imperial or Nord
    • For other great alternatives see our race guide here.
  • Mundus: Atronach
  • Attributes:
    • Magicka: 0
    • Health: 64
    • Stamina: 0
  • Consumables

GEAR

In this section, we will cover both the starter gear and veteran gear for the Warden Tank build.

SLOTSETWEIGHTTRAITENCHANTMENT
HeadEngine GuardianMediumSturdyPrismatic Defence
ShoulderEngine GuardianMediumSturdyPrismatic Defence
ChestYolnahkriinHeavyReinforcedPrismatic Defence
BeltYolnahkriin HeavySturdyPrismatic Defence
ShoesYolnahkriin HeavySturdyPrismatic Defence
HandsYolnahkriin HeavySturdyPrismatic Defence
PantsYolnahkriin Heavy InfusedPrismatic Defence
NecklacePowerful AssaultJewelryInfusedReduce potion cooldown
Ring 1Powerful AssaultJewelry InfusedReduced Block Cost
Ring 2Powerful AssaultJewelry InfusedReduced Block Cost
S+B (Sword + Board)Powerful AssaultSword + ShieldS – Decisive / B – InfusedS – Reduce Target Weapon Damage
B – Multi-Effect
Back BarPowerful AssaultIce StaffInfusedCrusher

  • Engine Guardian drops in Darkshade Caverns II
  • Encratis’ Behemoth drops in Black Drake Villa
  • Yolnahkriin drops in Sunspire (Trial)
  • Powerful Assault can be purchased from Guild Traders (frost staff is EXPENSIVE feel free to use fire or lightning staff until you can afford it)
    • Cast vigor once every 10 seconds to proc PA
  • And of course, once you get to Vet Trials grab the Monster sets requested by your raid lead!

STARTER TANK GEAR

NOTE: Starter does not mean it is bad, it just means that it is obtainable earlier in the game!

SLOTSETWEIGHTTRAITENCHANTMENT
HeadEngine GuardianMediumSturdyMaximum Health Enchantment
ShoulderEngine GuardianMediumSturdyMaximum Health Enchantment
ChestCrest of CyrodiilHeavySturdyMaximum Health Enchantment
BeltCrest of CyrodiilHeavySturdyMaximum Health Enchantment
ShoesCrest of CyrodiilHeavySturdyMaximum Health Enchantment
HandsCrest of CyrodiilHeavySturdyMaximum Health Enchantment
PantsCrest of CyrodiilHeavy InfusedMaximum Health Enchantment
NecklaceTorug’sJewelryHealthyMagicka Recovery Enchant
Ring 1Torug’sJewelry HealthyMagicka Recovery Enchant
Ring 2Torug’sJewelry HealthyMagicka Recovery Enchant
S+B (Sword + Board)Torug’sSword + ShieldS – Infused / B – InfusedS – Hardening
B – Multi-Effect
Back BarTorug’sIce StaffInfusedCrusher Enchant

  • Engine Guardian drops in Darkshade Caverns II
  • Crest of Cyrodiil can be purchased from Vlastarus, Elite Gear Vendor in Cyrodiil (or guild traders anywhere)
  • Torug’s is a crafted set


SKILL LINEAGE

SKILL (MORPH)BASE ABILITYSKILL TREE
ESO Skills Polar Wind Polar WindEso Skills Arctic Wind Arctic WindWarden > Winter’s Embrace
ESO Skills Heroic Slash Heroic SlashESO Skills Low Slash Low SlashWeapon > One Hand and shield
ESO Skills Pierce Armor Pierce ArmorESO Skills Puncture PunctureWeapon > One Hand and Shield
ESO Skills Gripping Shards Gripping ShardsESO Skills Impaling Shards Impaling ShardsWarden > Winter’s Embrace
ESO Skills Fetcher Infection Fetcher InfectionESO Skills Swarm SwarmWarden > Animal Companions
ESO Skills Reviving Barrier Reviving BarrierESO Skills Barrier BarrierAlliance > Support
ESO Skills Elemental Blockade Elemental BlockadeESO Skills Wall of Elements Wall of ElementsWeapon > Destruction Staff
ESO Skills Bull Netch Bull NetchESO Skills Betty Netch Betty NetchWarden > Animal Companions
ESO Skills Inner Rage Inner RageESO Skills Inner Fire Inner Fire Guild > Undaunted
ESO Skills Balance BalanceESO Skills Equilibrium EquilibriumGuild > Mages Guild
Frozen Device Eso Skills Frozen Gate Frozen GateWarden > Winter’s Embrace
ESO Skills Aggressive Horn Aggressive HornESO Skills War Horn War HornAlliance War > Assault

SITUATION + STRATEGY

  1. Bull Netch provides stamina regeneration even while blocking! Keep it up at ALL times (it also acts as a free purge)


  2. For Trials:
    • Replace Gripping Shards with Shimmering Shield
    • Replace Frozen Device with Leeching Vines

Work in heavy attacks on the front bar any time you are able to in order to regain stamina. Use Balance to restore Magicka.
ESO Skills Balance


PASSIVES

  • CLASS
    • All passives
  • WEAPON
    • One Hand + Shield: All Passives
    • Staff: All Passives
  • ARMOR
    • Light Armor:
    • Medium Armor: All
    • Heavy Armor: All
  • GUILDS
    • Mages Guild: All Passives except Might of the Guild
    • Fighters Guild: Banish the wicked
    • Psijic Order: Concentrated Barrier, Deliberation
    • Undaunted Guild: All Passives
  • Racial: All Passives
  • Alchemy: Medicinal Use

CHAMPION POINTS

In this section, we will go over the Warden Tank champion point setup 2.0.

Warfare Tree

CP LevelPerkPoints
Eldritch Insight20
Tireless Discipline20
Quick Recovery20
Preperation20
Elemental Aegis20
Hardy20
Duelist’s Rebuff (slot)50
Enduring Resolve (slot)50
Unassailable (slot)50
Bulwark (slot)50
Blessed20
Piercing10
Battle Mastery40
Flawless Ritual20
Mighty30
War Mage30
Precision20

Fitness Tree

CP LevelPerkPoints
0-150Boundless Vitality (slot)50
150-300Ironclad (slot)50
300-450Rejuvenation (slot)50
Tireless Guardian20
Fortification30
Hasty16
Hero’s Vigor20
Tumbling30
Defiance20
Nimble Protector6
Mystic Tenacity10
Expert Evasion (Slot)50
Savage Defense30
Bashing Brutality20
Sprinter20
Piercing Gaze30
Tempered Soul50

Craft Tree

CP LevelPerkPoints
0-150Steed’s Blessing (slot)50
150-300Breakfall50
300-345Wanderer15
345-375Steadfast Enchantment10
375-465Rationer (slot)30
465-690Liquid Efficiency (slot)75
690-870Wanderer60
870-990Steadfast Enchantment40
990-1140Fortune’s Favor50
1140-1290Gilded Fingers50
1290-1380Out of Sight30
1380-1500Fleet phantom40
1500-1599Soul Reservoir33
1599-1749Treasure Hunter (slot)50
1749-1884Inspiration Boost45
1884-2034Meticulous Disassembly50
2034-2259Master Gatherer75

Contributors

Special thanks to Gofure for contributions and insight into putting this build together