Ice & Easy – Warden Tank PvE Build

Build Written By: Wigglytooth – PC NA

Role: Tank (staff)

Patch: Dragon Bones

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Setup
    1. Gear
    2. Attributes
    3. Skills
    4. Champion Points
    5. Other Important Info (Food, Mundus, Race, Potions, Passives)
  3. Tips & Misc
  4. Contact Info
  5. Update Log


Welcome to’s Warden Staff Tank PvE Build, Ice & Easy, for the Elder Scrolls Online! This build is intended for veteran dungeons and general PvE.

This is an informal guide that I wanted to share with the ESO community. It represents a unique “for fun” tank build that is capable of tanking veteran pledges.

After healing on my Dragon Knight for so long, I decided that it was time to see the other side of the coin.  I wanted a tank that was different, yet viable to run veteran pledges if I needed to.  Since ice staff tanking was frowned upon and considered difficult by some, I decided that this would be the perfect starting point.

I knew I wanted to wear Heavy Armor due to all the good passives it gives, but I knew I wanted to be different.  Ebon/Alkosh was too mainstream for this guy. So I decided that I would make a Health Recovery tank.  Something that could take the damage and not put undue strain on a healer.



Warden Tank Build – Final
Gear Slot Set Weight Trait Enchant Acquisition
Head Earthgore Heavy Divines Health Vet Bloodroot Forge
Shoulders Earthgore Heavy Divines Health Undaunted Chest
Gloves Sanctuary Light Divines Health Banished Cells
Legs Beekeeper Heavy Divines Health Greenshade or Guild Trader
Chest Beekeeper Heavy Divines Health Greenshade or Guild Trader
Belt Sanctuary Light Divines Health Banished Cells
Boots Beekeeper Heavy Divines Health Greenshade or Guild Trader
Necklace Sanctuary Jewelry Healthy Magicka Recovery Banished Cells
Ring Sanctuary Jewelry Arcane Magicka Recovery Banished Cells
Ring Sanctuary Jewelry Arcane Magicka Recovery Banished Cells
Weapon 1 Beekeeper Frost Staff Charged Crusher Greenshade or Guild Trader
Weapon(s) 2 Personal Choice Personal Choice Personal Choice Personal Choice Varies

NOTESNow here you might be saying, wait a sec Wiggly, why not go for the 5pc bonus on Beekeeper? Because Wiggly needs to be different and use Earthgore.  This gives me all the 5pc Heavy Armor bonuses that will needed to protect myself as well as a great way to heal myself if I wind up getting too low because I am not going to be blocking much.

I originally went with the Troll King helm to give me more Health Recovery, but Earthgore was a superior choice.  Earthgore on a tank is kind of odd, since most healers covet this set, but I needed REAL odd and decided to fill out my gear with Sanctuary.

Ahh, that looks like a Wiggly build to me.  Green orbs on a tank?  Aren’t they supposed to be red? Not this time.  This set provides me with Health, Magicka, and a whopping 16% incoming healing bonus, perfect for someone who is not going to be blocking.  In the future I may replace Sanctuary with Spell Power Cure, but we will see.

While leveling, grab any heavy armor to start.  Go to an enchanter (found in main cities) and buy yourself some white magicka and health enchants.  As you get new heavy gear, enchant with whatever stats you feel you need to survive.  I always tried to stay above the 25,000 hp range. Use the bear if you are solo questing.


Magicka – 32
Health – 32



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  1. Elemental Blockade: Using the Ice staff and casting this will cause the mobs to become Chilled, which debuffs them with Minor Maim, reducing their damage by 15%. Use this first because of the nice area it covers.
  2. Arctic Blast: This skill will cast cold in a 360 degree arc around you, ensuring mobs will target you instead of your group.  It will also heal you over time which will proc Earthgore if you are under 50% health.
  3. Winter’s Revenge: A targeted snare that will aggro those pesky archers that you don’t get with the first two skills.
  4. Leeching Vines: This little gem is just so amazing.  Cast this on yourself before the pull and any group member that hits the boss and is lower than 50% health will trigger Earthgore.  I cannot tell you the number of zealous DPS I have saved just using this.  If your healer has this, it’s double the fun since from what I have tested, it will only trigger one, so you can proc both within the 35 second cooldown.
  5. Ice Fortress: Another 8% damage reduction and Major Resolve and Ward for your group.  Keep this up at all times.
  6. Ultimate: Northern Storm: Use this in a pinch to reduce damage even further.  While slotted it gives 8% more Magicka which helps your ice spells hit harder.

So now for the backbar… It doesn’t matter what the backbar is.  If you go resto and want to have a safety net, use Light’s Champion in a pinch. Go destro and throw Elemental Drain everywhere and drop an Ice Comet on their heads, totally up to you.  Hell, I have even double barred Eternal Guardian when my group needs a little DPS boost.  This build is REALLY flexible.

Champion Points



  • Blessed – 49
  • Elemental Expert – 43
  • Staff Expert – 16
  • Master-at-arms – 16
  • Spell Erosion – 44
  • Thaumaturge – 72


  • Warlord – 34
  • Sprinter – 13
  • Arcanist – 75
  • Healthy – 75
  • Tenacity – 43


  • Ironclad – 31
  • Spell Shield – 23
  • Hardy – 23
  • Elemental Defender – 23
  • Thick Skinned – 20
  • Quick Recovery – 75
  • Heavy Armor Focus – 45

Other Important Info

Buff Food

Orzorga’s Blood Price Pie – Health and Health Recovery


The Steed – Health Recovery and Run Speed

(To keep your Health Recovery up, works great with Divines.)


Nord – +9% health, +20% Health Recovery, +6% Damage Reduction


Various Magicka, Stamina and Health trash pots. Use them as you need them.


All class passives, Heavy armor (all), Undaunted (all), Destruction staff (all), Light armor (first 3), Resto staff (if applicable), Racial (all)

Tips & Misc.

  1. Before pulling, cast Ice Fortress and Leeching Vines on yourself. Always start out with a Heavy attack. It will taunt your main target.  Then use skills in order, 1, 2, and 3.  Rinse and repeat until everything is dead.
  2. Always use Heavy attack on mobs that aren’t hitting you. It will taunt them and regenerate your mana to cast spells.
  3. Always face bosses away from your group.

Remember, this is a build guide to help others.  Using these strategies work for ME.  Please use what works for you as you see fit.  ESO is a game about choices.

“Be different, but be the best you that you can be.”  -Wiggly


If you have any questions about the build or any other options with the warden tank, join our discord server and ask @Wiggly about the build in the PvE theorycrafting channel!

Update Log

3/12/2018 – Build created.