Updated for Stonethorn Chapter Expansion

Frozen Steel – A Warden Tank Build

Updated for Stonethorn aka Update 27

The Warden tank 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: Nord
    • Alternatives can be found in our race guide here
  • Mundus: The Lord
  • Attributes:
    • Magicka: 9
    • Health: 46
    • Stamina: 9
  • Consumables
    • Food: Bewitched Sugar Skulls
    • Potion: Essence of Health (Tri-Stat)

GEAR

SLOTSETWEIGHTTRAITENCHANTMENT
HeadBloodspawnMediumInfusedMulti- Effect Enchantment
ShoulderBloodspawnLightSturdyMaximum Health Enchantment
ChestYolnahkriinHeavyReinforcedMulti-Effect Enchantment
BeltYolnahkriin HeavySturdyMulti-Effect Enchantment
ShoesYolnahkriin HeavySturdyMaximum Health Enchant
HandsYolnahkriin HeavySturdyMulti-Effect Enchantment
PantsYolnahkriin Heavy InfusedMulti-Effect Enchantment
NecklaceAlkoshJewelryInfusedReduce potion cooldown
Ring 1AlkoshJewelry InfusedReduced Block Cost
Ring 2AlkoshJewelry InfusedReduced Block Cost
S+B (Sword + Board)AlkoshSword + ShieldS – Decisive / B – InfusedS – Reduce Target Weapon Damage
B – Multi-Effect
Back BarAlkoshLightning StaffInfusedCrusher Enchantment

  • Bloodspawn drops in Spindleclutch II
  • Yolnahkriin drops in Sunspire (Trial)
  • Alkosh Drops in the Maw of Lorkhaj (Trial)

STARTER TANK GEAR

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

SLOTSETWEIGHTTRAITENCHANTMENT
HeadBloodspawnMediumSturdyMaximum Health Enchantment
ShoulderBloodspawnLightSturdyMaximum Health Enchantment
ChestEbonHeavyReinforcedMaximum Health Enchantment
BeltEbonHeavySturdyMaximum Health Enchantment
ShoesEbonHeavySturdyMaximum Health Enchantment
HandsEbonHeavySturdyMaximum Health Enchantment
PantsEbonHeavy 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’sLightning StaffInfusedCrusher Enchant

  • Bloodspawn drops in Spindleclutch II
  • Ebon drops in Crypt of Hearts I and II
  • 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: Grace, Evocation
    • Medium Armor: Dexterity, Wind Walker, Improved Sneak Athletics
    • Heavy Armor: All Passives
  • WORLD
    • Vampire: All Passives except Savage Feeding
  • 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

  • THE RITUAL
    • Precise Strikes: 20
    • Thaumaturge: 100
  • THE ATRONACH
    • Staff Expert
      • 27
      • Master at arms 23
  • THE APPRENTICE
    • Blessed: 100
  • THE TOWER
    • Warlord: 26
  • THE SHADOW
    • Shadow Ward: 72
    • Tumbling: 72
  • THE LOVER
    • Tenacity: 100
  • THE STEED
    • Ironclad: 72
    • Spell Shield: 3
  • THE LADY
    • Elemental Defender: 56
    • Hardy: 56
    • Thick Skinned: 51
  • THE LORD
    • Quick Recovery: 32

Contributors

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