ESO Arcanist PvE Tank Build

The ESO Arcanist PvE Tank Build is an incredible class to play in the group. This build has many shields. As a result, great survivability. Arcanist’s Crux system makes a unique playstyle with three well-equipped skill trees and complete tools for good damage, healing, and survivability.

This build has been updated for the Update 40 patch of the Elder Scrolls Online.

Why Should You Play Arcanist Tank Build?

In ESO, the Arcanist Tank PvE is perfect for everyone looking for a unique playstyle with a complete set of tools for group gameplay. If powerful tomes of Hermaeus Mora and following what you are looking for, this build is for you! The most important tank responsibility is to survive while enduring the enemy’s damage. Sometimes independently from a healer.

Second, a significant responsibility is to provide buffs and debuffs to your group. The ESO Arcanist PvE Tank Build has everything that you need to be successful in tanking. We will also give different gear options in case you lack the necessary gear whether beginner or hardcore tank in the Elder Scrolls Online.

ESO Arcanist PvE Tank Build Features and Mechanics

Below are some of the features found using the ESO Arcanist PvE Tank Build in the Elder Scrolls Online:

  • Class – Arcanist
  • Weapon One – Sword and Shield
  • Weapon Two – Frost Staff
  • Armor Types: 5 Heavy, 1 Medium, ! light
  • Race: Nord
  • Attributes: 64 Health
  • Mundus Stone: Atronach

Skills

Skills Bar One: Sword and Shield

Two options in tanking:

  • Sword and Shield (preferred front bar)
  • Frost Staff (preferred back bar)

Pierce Armor (Morph of Puncture | Skill Line : One Hand and Shield) – Single target taunt with massive armor debuff making DPS do more damage. Most mobs have 18,200 resistances, the lower, the more damage your group does. Use this on your priority target like a boss, mini boss or something you want to kill fast. If you’re using Master’s Sword and Shield this will heal you as well.

Rune of Uncanny Adoration (Morph of Rune of Eldritch Horror | Skill Line : Soldier of Apocrypha) – A range stun and powerful debuff

Silver Leash (Morph of Silver Bolts | Skill Line : Fighters Guild) – pulls mob in to quickly clear out trash. Downside it cost stamina and can be a burden to cast multiple times. Can be useful to have Void Bash two piece gear set instead.

Recuperative Treatise (Morph of Tome Bearer’s Inspiration | Skill Line : Herald of the Tome) – This skill provides resource sustain

Runeguard of Still Waters (Morph of Runic Defense | Skill Line : Soldier of Apocrypha) – Major Protection and another shield for you and your team.

Reviving Barrier (Morph of Barrier | Skill Line : Support) – AoE massive shield that helps get heal over time.

Bar Two: Destruction staff – Ice staff

The Ice staff passives provide block mitigation and defence.

Cruxweaver Armor (Morph of Fatewoven Armor | Skill Line : Soldier of Apocrypha) – Gives you extra resistance and reduces resistance of your enemies.

Destructive Clench (Morph of Destructive Touch | Skill Line : Destruction Staff) – Your Range Taunt, that applays Major Maim

Zenas’ Empowering Disc (Morph of Arcanist’s Domain | Skill Line : Curative Runeforms) – Another great utility skill, applies Minor Courage, Fortitude, Intellect and Endurance to you and your allies.

Elemental Susceptibility (Morph of Weakness to Elements | Skill Line : Destruction Staff) – This skill adds so much damage via the major breach debuff and the three status effects. It’s single target and doesn’t cost anything to cast with a long duration. Consider this a flex skill in group play, with Razor Caltrops from Alliance War being a strong choice.

Impervious Runeward (Morph of Runespite Ward | Skill Line : Soldier of Apocrypha) – Strong shield that absorbs damage

War Horn (Skill Line : Assault) – Massive stat and damage increase to the group, rotate with other players.

Passives Skills

Consider taking all of the passives in the below skill trees to increase your builds performance without slotting any skills:

  • The Herald of the Tome (class skill line)
  • Apocryphal Soldier (class skill line)
  • Curative Runeforms (class skill line)
  • Destruction staff (weapon skill line)
  • Restoration Staff (weapon skill line)
  • Light Armor
  • Medium Armor
  • Heavy Armor
  • Undaunted
  • Fighters Guild
  • Psjiic Order
  • Racial
  • Alliance War Support
  • Alliance War Assault
  • Crafting, Alchemy Medicinal Use

Main Tank Trial Gear

SlotTypeSetTraitGlyph
HeadmediumNazaraySturdyPrismatic
ShoulderslightNazaraySturdyPrismatic
ChestheavyPerfected Pearlescent WardReinforcedPrismatic
LegsheavyPerfected Pearlescent WardSturdyPrismatic
GlovesheavyPerfected Pearlescent WardSturdyPrismatic
BootsheavyPerfected Pearlescent WardSturdyPrismatic
BeltheavyPerfected Pearlescent WardSturdyPrismatic
Weapon OneSwordPerfected Puncturing RemedyDecisiveWeakening
SecondaryShieldPerfected Puncturing RemedySturdyHealth
Weapon TwoIce StaffCrimson Oath’s RiveInfusedCrusher
NecklaceCrimson Oath’s RiveInfusedMagicka Recovery
Ring 1Crimson Oath’s RiveTriuneMagicka Recovery
Ring 2Crimson Oath’s RiveTriuneMagicka Recovery
Strongest Possible Gear Setup for The Arcanist PvE Main Tank for Trial
Monster Helm and Arena Set

Nazaray: obtained in Shipwright’s Regret DLC Ascending Tide.

  • Why? considered best in slot due to extending all the important debuffs adding huge damage to your group.

FLEX OPTIONS

Perfected Puncturing Remedyobtained in Veteran Dragonstar Arena in Craglorn though can do normal and get a lesser version.

  • Why? perfect set to front bar which adds a ton of resistances and amazing self-healing for something we are doing anyway, taunting!

FLEX OPTIONS

  • Void Bash  = great if you want to pull trash in easily
Gear Sets

Crimson Oath’s Rive: obtained in the Veteran Dread Cellar, Waking Flame DLC.

  • Why? Similar to Tremorscale, this set adds massive damage if you’re using heavily focused meta stamina builds.

FLEX OPTIONS BACK BAR

Off Trials Tank

The below gear setup is intended for 12-player trials when you are the secondary tank ESO Arcanist PvE Tank Build:

SlotTypeSetTraitGlyph
HeadmediumTremorscaleSturdyPrismatic
ShoulderslightTremorscaleSturdyPrismatic
ChestheavyPerfected PearlescentReinforcedPrismatic
LegsheavyPerfected PearlescentReinforcedPrismatic
GlovesheavyPerfected PearlescentSturdyPrismatic
BootsheavyPerfected PearlescentSturdyPrismatic
BeltheavyPerfected PearlescentSturdyPrismatic
Weapon OneSwordPerfected Puncturing RemedyDecisiveWeakening
SecondaryShieldPerfected Puncturing RemedySturdyHealth
Weapon TwoIce StaffCrimson Oath’s RiveInfusedCrusher
NecklaceCrimson Oath’s RiveInfusedMagicka Recovery
Ring 1Crimson Oath’s RiveInfusedMagicka Recovery
Ring 2Crimson Oath’s RiveInfusedReduced Block Cost
Strongest Possible Gear Setup for The Arcanist PvE Off Tank for Trial

Dungeons and Arenas

The below gear setup is designed for four-player arenas and dungeons including hard modes:

SlotTypeSetTraitGlyph
HeadmediumMagma IncarnateSturdyPrismatic
ShoulderslightSpaulder of RuinSturdyHealth
ChestheavyDrake’s RushReinforcedPrismatic
LegsheavyDrake’s RushSturdyPrismatic
GlovesheavyDrake’s RushSturdyHealth
BootsheavyDrake’s RushSturdyHealth
BeltheavyDrake’s RushSturdyHealth
Weapon OneSwordPerfected Puncturing RemedyDecisiveWeakening
SecondaryShieldPerfected Puncturing RemedySturdyHealth
Weapon TwoIce StaffPowerful AssaultInfusedCrusher
NecklacePowerful AssaultTriuneMagicka Recovery
Ring 1Powerful AssaultTriuneMagicka Recovery
Ring 2Powerful AssaultTriuneMagicka Recovery
Strongest Gear Setup for the Arcanist PvE tank in Dungeons and Arenas
  • Magma Incarnate: Provides resource sustain to you. Obtained in The Dread Cellar Waking Flame DLC.
  • Spaulder of Ruin: Gives group power weapon and spell damage buff. Apart of Mythic system.
  • Drake’s Rush: Used for ultimate generation. Obtained in Black Drake Villa, Flames of Ambition DLC.
  • Perfected Puncturing Remedy: Heals you and grants resistance. Obtained in Dragonstar Arena base game 4-player arena.
  • Powerful Assault: Adds group weapon and spell damage buff. Found in Imperial City Sewers, base game DLC.

Beginner

This setup is designed for someone who just started ESO or is sub 300 champion points and doesn’t have access to monster sets. 

SlotTypeSetTraitGlyph
HeadheavyGrace of GloomSturdyHealth
ShouldersheavyGrace of GloomSturdyHealth
ChestheavyEbon ArmoryReinforcedHealth
LegsheavyEbon ArmorySturdyHealth
GlovesheavyEbon ArmorySturdyHealth
BootsheavyEbon ArmorySturdyHealth
BeltheavyEbon ArmorySturdyHealth
Weapon OneSwordEnduranceDecisiveWeakening
SecondaryShieldEnduranceSturdyHealth
Weapon TwoIce StaffEnduranceInfusedCrusher
NecklaceGrace of GloomHealthyReduce Bracing Cost
Ring 1Grace of GloomHealthyMagicka Recovery
Ring 2Grace of GloomHealthyMagicka Recovery
Best Gear setup for Beginners on The Arcanist PvE Tank
  • Grace of Gloom: Gives user reduce AOE damage and healing. Found in Summerset overland, Summerset DLC.
  • Ebon Armory: Provides max health to you and others. Found in base game dungeon, Crypt of Hearts I, Crypt of Hearts II.
  • Endurance: Simple health buff set. Found in Imperial City Sewers, base game DLC.

Race

Best Choice

Nord

Great resistance passives for players who want more defensive gameplay and high stamina resource pool.

Secondary Choice

Imperial

The best overall stat pool for tanking and skill cost reduction in cost makes it

Attributes

Health

Stamina

Magicka

6400

Mundus Stone

Atronach – Increases Magicka recovery by 310

Champion Points – ESO Arcanist PvE Tank Build

Warfare Constellation Champion Points

ESO Warfare Champion Tree

Below is a step-by-step method for slotting your champion points in the Warfare tree (blue).  We have used the minimum possible to reach 4 slottable selections all maxed out.  If you have more CP, consider taking more in the passives for optimal performance.

Below are recommended Warfare Champion Point selections for the ESO Dragonknight PvE Tank Build:

  1. Tireless discipline 10
  2. Staving death – sub con – Quick recovery 10 
  3. Staving death – sub con – ironclad  (slottable)– 50
  4. Duelist rebuff  (slottable) – 50
  5. Enduring resolve (slottable) – 50
  6. Unassailable (slottable) – 50

This would be the bare minimum setup, spending 220 CP (660 total required). The next step is to max out passives, that do not require a slottable but increase performance.

  1. Precision 20
  2. Piercing 20
  3. Tireless discipline 10
  4. Eldritch insight 20
  5. Blessed 20
  6. Quick recovery 10
  7. Flawless ritual 40
  8. War mage 30
  9. Battle mastery 40
  10. Mighty 30
  11. Elemental aegis 20
  12. Hardy 20
  13. Preparation 20

This would max out the Warfare tree with all active and passive champion points at 520 spent 1,560 total spent.

Fitness Constellation Champion Points

ESO Fitness Champion Tree

Below are recommended Fitness Champion Point selections for the ESO Dragonknight PvE Tank Build:

  1. Fortified (slottable) 50
  2. Boundless Vitality (slottable) 50
  3. Rejuvenation (slottable) 50
  4. Sprinter 10
  5. Winder chaser – sub con – hasty 8
  6. Tireless guardian 10
  7. Walking Fortress – sub con – Nimble Protectors 3
  8. Walking fortress – sub con – Bracing anchor (slottable) 50 

This would be the bare minimum setup, spending 231 CP (693 total required). The next step is to max out passives, that do not require a slottable but increase performance.  

  1. Hero’s Vigor 10
  2. Tumbling 30
  3. Sprinter 10
  4. Defiance 20
  5. Hasty 8
  6. Tireless guardian 10
  7. Fortification 30
  8. Nimble 3
  9. Mystic tenacity 50
  10. Tempered soul 50
  11. Piercing gaze 30
  12. Savage defense  30
  13. Bashing brutality 20

This would max out the fitness tree with all active passive champion points at 552 cp spent and 1,656 total spent.

Craft Constellation Champion Points

ESO Craft Champion Tree

Below are recommended Craft Champion Point selections for the ESO Dragonknight PvE Tank Build:

  1. Steed’s blessing (slottable) – 50
  2. Breakfall 10 
  3. Wanderer 15
  4. Steadfast 10
  5. Treasure hunter 50 (slottable)
  6. rationer (slottable) 30
  7. liquid efficiency (slottable) 75

This would be the bare minimum setup, spending 240CP (720 total required). The next step is to max out passives, that do not require a slottable but increase performance.

  1. Steadfast enchantment 40cp
  2. Breakfall 40 cp
  3. Wanderer 60
  4. Fortunes favor 50
  5. Friends in low places 25
  6. Out of sight 30
  7. Fleet of phantom 40
  8. Soul’s Reservoir 33
  9. Gilded fingers 50
  10. Fortunes favor 40
  11. Inspiration boost 45
  12. Infamous 30

This would max out the crafting tree with all active passive champion points at 723 cp spent 2,169 total spent.

Consumables

Food

Bewitched Sugar Skulls

GOOD MAX STATS: Increase Max Health by 4620, Max Stamina and Max Magicka by 4250, and Health Recovery by 462 for 2 hours. (effects are scaled based on your level) Ingredients: Scrib Jelly (2), Flour (5), Columbine (2), Bervez Juice (2), Honey (5)

Longfin Pasty With Melon Sauce

CHEAPER: Increase Max Health by 4462, Magicka by 4105, and Stamina by 4105 for 120 minutes. Ingredients Fish Fruit, Melon Vegetable, Greens and Frost Mirriam

Potions

Tri-Restoration Potion or Essence of Health (tri-stat)

Restore 7329 Health, 6618 Magicka, and 6618 Stamina immediately. Grants Major Fortitude, Major Intellect, and Major Endurance which increase your Health Recovery, Magicka Recovery, and Stamina Recovery by 20% for 31.7 seconds. (effects are scaled based on your level) Ingredients: Bugloss, Columbine, Mountain Flower

Build Summary – ESO Arcanist PvE Tank Build

Class: Arcanist

Race: Nord

Attributes: 64 Health

Mundus Stone: Atronach

Weapon One: Sword and Shield

Weapon Two: Frost Staff

Armor Set 1: Perfected Pearlescent Ward

Armor Set 2: Crimson Oath’s Rive

Monster Helm: Nazaray

Armor Weight: 5 Heavy, 1 Medium, 1 Light

Skill Bar 1

  • Pierce Armor
  • Rune of Uncanny Adoration
  • Silver Leash
  • Recuperative Treatise
  • Runeguard of Still Waters
  • Reviving Barrier (Ultimate)

Skill Bar 2

  • Cruxweaver Armor
  • Destructive Clench
  • Zenas’ Empoering Disc
  • Elemental Susceptibility
  • Impervious Runeward
  • Aggressive Warhorn (Ultimate)

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