ESO Necromancer PvE Tank Build

This guide focuses on the best explaining how to play an ESO Necromancer PvE Tank Build, including skills, gear, champion points, and more!

Necromancer PvE Tank

This build has been updated for the Update 41 patch, Scions of Ithelia for the Elder Scrolls Online.

Why Should You Play ESO Necromancer PvE Tank Build?

TextThe ESO Necromancer PvE Tank Build has amazing self-healing, survivability, and one of the best group oriented ultimates in the game. 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 Templar 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 Necromancer PvE Tank Build Features and Mechanics

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

  • Class – Necromancer
  • Weapon One – Sword and Shield
  • Weapon Two – Frost Staff
  • Armor Types: Heavy
  • Race: Nord
  • Attributes: 64 Health
  • Mundus Stone: Atronach


Skills Bar One: Sword and Shield

Two options in tanking:

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

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.

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.

Necrotic Potency (Morph of Bitter Harvest | Skill Line : Bone Tyrant) – great healing and ultimate generation tool. If not using recommended gear sets, consider swaping for something else.

Hungry Scythe (Morph of Death Scythe | Skill Line : Bone Tyrant) – A very useful AoE damage and healing spammable that cost magicka. Make sure to block cast it if you need a massive burst heal on front bar.

Mortal Coil (Morph of Restoring Tether | Skill Line : Living Death) – Useful self/group heal and primarily used for resource sustain. Consider flexing to Heroic Slash from Sword and Shield.

Renewing Animation (Morph of Reanimate | Skill Line : Living Death) – AoE resurrection 3 players and incredible for survival.

Bar Two: Destruction staff – Ice staff

The Ice staff passives provide block mitigation and defence.

Balance (Morph of Equilibrium | Skill Line : Mages Guild) – infinite magicka sustain with an armor buff that last a very long duration.

Destructive Clench (Morph of Destructive Touch | Skill Line : Destruction Staff) – Range taunt that debuffs the enemy’s damage. Slot Inner Rage here in very long fights where you can’t reach the target.

Spirit Guardian (Morph of Spirit Mender | Skill Line : Living Death) – Great single target healing along with passive, corpse generation and oh yeah 10% damage reduction that stacks on major and minor protection.

Elemental Blockade (Morph of Wall of Elements | Skill Line : Destruction Staff) – use for AoE shield and immobilize and chance to proc brittle status effect adding damage to your team.

Echoing Vigor (Morph of Vigor | Skill Line : Assault) – strong heal over time that procs out 5 piece gear set and heals allies.

Glacial Colossus (Morph of Frozen Colossus | Skill Line : Grave Lord) – the best bursting ultimate in the game paired with our gear to absolutely melt healthbars. You’ll want to save 500 ultimate if using Saxheel champion for the most burst possible.

Passives Skills

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

  • Bone Tyrant (class skill line)
  • Grave Lord  (class skill line)
  • Living Death (class skill line)
  • Sword and Shield (weapon skill line)
  • Destruction Staff (weapon skill line)
  • Light Armor
  • Medium Armor
  • Heavy Armor
  • Undaunted
  • Mage’s Guild
  • Fighters Guild
  • Racial
  • Alliance War Support
  • Alliance War Assault
  • Crafting, Alchemy Medicinal Use

Main Tank Trials Gear

This is the setup for Trials and the hardest content in the game

ChestheavyPerfected Claw of YolnahkriinReinforcedPrismatic
LegsheavyPerfected Claw of YolnahkriinReinforcedPrismatic
GlovesheavyPerfected Claw of YolnahkriinSturdyPrismatic
BootsheavyPerfected Claw of YolnahkriinSturdyPrismatic
BeltheavyPerfected Claw of YolnahkriinSturdyPrismatic
Weapon OneSwordPerfected Puncturing RemedyDecisiveWeakening
SecondaryShieldPerfected Puncturing RemedySturdyHealth
Weapon TwoIce StaffPerfected Saxhleel ChampionInfusedCrusher
NecklacePerfected Saxhleel ChampionInfusedReduce Spell Cost
Ring 1Perfected Saxhleel ChampionInfusedMagicka Recovery
Ring 2Perfected Saxhleel ChampionInfusedMagicka Recovery
Strongest Possible Gear Setup for The Necromancer 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.


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!


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

Perfected Saxhleel Champion: obtained in Veteran Rockgrove Trial in Blackwood zone.

  • Why? Can combine major force with major vulnerability for a huge group damage increase.


Claw of Yolnhakriin: obtained in Sunspire trial Elsweyr zone.

  • Why? best in slot due to minor courage and high uptime on the buff.


Off Trials Tank Gear

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

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 RiveInfusedReduced Block Cost
Ring 1Crimson Oath’s RiveInfusedMagicka Recovery
Ring 2Crimson Oath’s RiveInfusedMagicka Recovery
Strongest Possible Gear Setup for The Necromancer PvE Off Tank for Trial

Dungeons and Arenas

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

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 Necromancer PvE tank in Dungeons and Arenas


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

HeadheavyGrace of GloomSturdyHealth
ShouldersheavyGrace of GloomSturdyHealth
ChestheavyEbon ArmoryReinforcedHealth
LegsheavyEbon ArmorySturdyHealth
GlovesheavyEbon ArmorySturdyHealth
BootsheavyEbon ArmorySturdyHealth
BeltheavyEbon ArmorySturdyHealth
Weapon OneSwordEnduranceDecisiveWeakening
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 Necromancer 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.


The best race choices for the Necromancer PvE Tank:

  1. Nord: Great resistance passives for players who want more defensive gameplay and high stamina resource pool.
  2. Imperial: The best overall stat pool for tanking and skill cost reduction in cost makes it.
  3. Argonian: It’s a powerful defensive tank race all around.


The best choice is 64 health, which increases your survivability.

Mundus Stone

The Atronach is the best Mundus Stone for PvE Healer Builds because it increases increases Magicka recovery.

Champion Points – ESO Dragonknight 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 Necromancer 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 Necromancer PvE Tank Build:

  1. Fortified (slottable) 50
  2. Rejuvenation (slottable) 50
  3. Sprinter 10
  4. Winder chaser – sub con – hasty 8
  5. Tireless guardian 10
  6. Walking Fortress – sub con – Nimble Protectors 3
  7. Walking fortress – sub con – Bracing anchor (slottable) 50 
  8. Hero’s Vigor 10
  9. Shield master 10
  10. Bastion (slottable) 50

This would be the bare minimum setup, spending 251 CP  (753 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 Necromancer 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.



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


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 Necromancer PvE Tank Build

Class: Necromancer

Race: Nord

Attributes: 64 Health

Mundus Stone: Atronach

Weapon One: Sword and Shield

Weapon Two: Frost Staff

Armor Set 1: Perfected Saxhleel Champion

Armor Set 2: Perfected Claw of Yolnahkriin

Monster Helm: Nazaray

Armor Weight: 5 Heavy, 1 Medium, 1 Light

Skill Bar 1

  • Silver Leash
  • Pierce Armor
  • Necrotic Potency
  • Hungry Scythe
  • Mortal Coil
  • Renewing Animation (Ultimate)

Skill Bar 2

  • Balance
  • Destructive Clench
  • Spirit Guardian
  • Elemental Blockade
  • Echoing Vigor
  • Glacial Colossus (Ultimate)

Looking For More ESO Builds?

Thank you for reading the ESO Templar PvE Tank Build Guide. We provide the latest news and create guides for ESO. Also, watch me play games on Twitch or visit my YouTube channel!