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Necromancer Tank PvE Build ESO – Anubis

Necromancer Tank PvE Build ESO – Anubis

Build Written By: DoctorSarge – PS4 NA

Role: Tank

Patch: Scribes of Fate

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Setup
    1. Gear
    2. Attributes
    3. Skills
    4. Vampire vs. Mortal
    5. Champion Points
    6. Other Important Info (Food, Mundus, Race, Potions, Passives)
  3. Resource Management & Rotation
  4. Contact Info
  5. Update Log


Welcome to Dottz Gaming’s Anubis PvE Necromancer tank build for The Elder Scrolls Online! This build is great for all kinds of content: vet dungeons, off-tank or main tank for normal trials, and main or off-tank for veteran trials. Tankros have a ton of self-healing as well as a ton of ultimate generation through smart corpse play. Mix that with Nord and a Decisive 1H, and you can be popping off ultimates in no time!



Necromancer Tank PvE Build – Dungeon Gear
Gear Slot Set Weight Trait Enchant Acquisition
Head Magma Incarnate Heavy Sturdy Prismatic Vet Dread Cellar
Shoulders Magma Incarnate Heavy Sturdy Prismatic Undaunted Chest
Gloves Saxhleel Champion Heavy Sturdy Prismatic Vet Rockgrove
Legs Saxhleel Champion Heavy Sturdy Prismatic Vet Rockgrove
Chest Saxhleel Champion Heavy Sturdy Prismatic Vet Rockgrove
Belt Saxhleel Champion Heavy Sturdy Prismatic Vet Rockgrove
Boots Saxhleel Champion Heavy Sturdy Prismatic Vet Rockgrove
Necklace Powerful Assault Jewelry Infused Magicka Recovery Imperial City or Guild Trader
Ring Powerful Assault Jewelry Infused Magicka Recovery Imperial City or Guild Trader
Ring Powerful Assault Jewelry Infused Magicka Recovery Imperial City or Guild Trader
Weapon 1 Puncturing Remedy 1 hand Decisive Absorb Stamina Vet Dragonstar Arena
Shield 1 Puncturing Remedy Shield Sturdy Prismatic Vet Dragonstar Arena
Weapon 2 Powerful Assault Ice Staff Infused Crusher Imperial City or Guild Trader

Gear Explanation

  • Magma Incarnate 
    • Gives the same buff as Yolnahkriin at a good enough uptime that allows us to free up that 5 slot set.
  • Saxhleel
    • Allows for a longer burst phase from warhorns as well as still giving offensive buffs when you use a defensive ultimate.
  • Powerful Assault
    • A very powerful buff set that’s easy to use and gives you great stats as well.
  • Master’s SnB
    • Powerful Assault can be one barred if you’re comfortable keeping it up that way, so this is basically just free healing.
Necromancer Tank PvE Build – Trial Gear
Gear Slot Set Weight Trait Enchant Acquisition
Head Engine Guardian Heavy Sturdy Prismatic Vet Darkshade Caverns 2
Shoulders Engine Guardian Heavy Sturdy Prismatic Undaunted Chest
Gloves Claw of Yolnahkriin Heavy Sturdy Prismatic Vet Sunspire
Legs Claw of Yolnahkriin Heavy Sturdy Prismatic Vet Sunspire
Chest Claw of Yolnahkriin Heavy Sturdy Prismatic Vet Sunspire
Belt Claw of Yolnahkriin Heavy Sturdy Prismatic Vet Sunspire
Boots Claw of Yolnahkriin Heavy Sturdy Prismatic Vet Sunspire
Necklace Crimson Oath’s Rive Jewelry Infused Magicka Recovery Dread Cellar
Ring Crimson Oath’s Rive Jewelry Infused Magicka Recovery Dread Cellar
Ring Crimson Oath’s Rive Jewelry Infused Magicka Recovery Dread Cellar
Weapon 1 Crimson Oath’s Rive 1 hand Decisive Absorb Stamina Dread Cellar
Shield 1 Crimson Oath’s Rive Shield Sturdy Prismatic Dread Cellar
Weapon 2 Crimson Oath’s Rive Ice Staff Infused Crusher Dread Cellar

Gear Explanation

  • Crimson Oath’s Rive
    • With the changes to Alkosh, this will generally be better on a typical tank build if your group needs the penetration.
  • Claw of Yolnakhriin
    • Only source with 100% uptime of Minor Courage (as well as the only source that’s able to proc on a full trial group at once), really easy to proc as a tank, and a really nice spread of stats. Perfected would obviously be best, but non-perfected is just fine.
  • Engine Guardian 
    • A little unreliable in specific scenarios but gives great sustain in the long run.

Alternative Gear (Regular Sets)

  • Ebon – Great set for supporting your allies, but may not be necessary with how high health is this patch.
  • Worm’s Raiment – Great if you have magicka DPS and/or healers that need help with sustain.
  • Morag Tong – Great support set if you have lots of stamina DPS.
  • Pearlescent Ward – Must have for non-top end trial groups. Either provides a decent weapon and spell damage buff if everything is going good or a massive damage debuff if everything *isn’t* going good. Could get pushed out for other debuff sets if your group is not dying at all or is very quick at recovering, but most groups will want this
  • Turning Tide – Alternate way to provide Major Vulnerability to the group. Staple set that will often be wanted on at least one tank in trials.

Alternative Gear (Monster Sets)

  • Bloodspawn – Good for ultimate generation and for keeping resistances up.
  • Symphony of Blades – Great set to help allies’ sustain if you swap in a skill that can heal others. Best used on a healer now that Blood Altar no longer procs it, but you can still use it as long as you can actively keep up other skills, such as Energy Orb. 
  • Stonekeeper – Amazing self-sustain. Really good in situations where you need to block a lot.
  • Lady Thorn – Mainly used as a self-synergy for Alkosh. The Major Maim *can* be nice if you time it correctly, but the uptime on the debuff is very short and the cooldown for being affected by it is very long.
  • Tremorscale – Necessary for stamina-heavy groups due to the powerful penetration debuff it gives.
  • Vykosa – Good set to use if you need to temporarily reduce the incoming damage of a boss, such as the breath in vSS or Olms jumping/sending out storms in vAS.
  • Encratis’s Behemoth – Great set for magicka groups and easy to proc. Just throw on a flame skill or inferno staff.
  • Nazaray – Good set if you can coordinate it with your group. Mainly used to extend the duration of Major Vulnerability.

NOTE ON JEWELRY TRAITS: These are what work for me. You can play just fine with the default traits or with a different setup.

Beginner Gear

  • Armor: Torug’s Pact
  • Jewelry & Weapons (SnB/ice staff) : Akaviri Dragonguard
  • Monster set: Bloodspawn
  • Traits
    • Armor: All Sturdy
    • Jewelry: Healthy
    • Weapons: Decisive front, infused back
  • Enchants
    • Armor: Health big, stamina small
    • Jewelry: 1 shield-play, 2 mag recovery
    • Weapons: Absorb Stam front, Crusher back

Note about Gear Weights & Traits

With the armor changes this patch and the CP changes, 5-1-1 and infused on the big pieces lost some value. Full heavy and sturdy will give you the best sustain and survivability, but 5-1-1 and infused on big pieces is still fine as well.


What your attribute distribution is going to look like is based on the race you choose. You should have at least 30k health, but no more than 45k health unless you’re in a fight that needs high health. After that, dump the rest into stamina and magicka (just make sure to have more stamina than magicka). I personally try for around 38-40k health depending on the setup and situation.


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Main Bar – 1h/Shield

  • Pierce Armor
  • Unnerving Boneyard
  • Hungry Scythe
  • Mortal Coil/Flex
  • Deaden Pain
  • Ultimate: Ravenous Goliath

Back Bar – Ice Staff

  • Elemental Blockade
  • Inner Fire
  • Agony Totem
  • Summoner’s Armor
  • Spirit Guardian
  • Ultimate: Aggressive Horn

Skill Explanations

  • Pierce Armor
    • Our main taunt. With the nerf to Minor Protection and the buff to this skill and the debuffs it provides (just under 9k penetration!!), this is now a must have and way better than Ransack.
  • Unnerving Boneyard
    • Applies Major Breach on all enemies in the area, making this an amazing skill for add pulls. The synergy also heals you so it helps you as well.
  • Mortal Coil/Flex
    • Mainly just used as a passive slot 
  • Spell Symmetry
    • Helps with magicka sustain and can get it back to you immediately in a pinch. If you’re fine with just the recovery, you can replace this with another skill. 
  • Deaden Pain
    • Small HoT, unique damage reduction, gives ultimate from the skill for using a corpse, gives us a source of Major Protection for added defense, and uses a corpse so you can proc the Corpse Consumption passive. Amazing skill that is a big factor of your high ultimate generation. Especially good in places like vBRP where you can often max out the duration. With the nerfs to Major Protection, this may not be worth it to your group. If you find the Major Protection doesn’t make a big difference to you or you need to maximize your ultimate gen, swap to Necrotic Potency.
  • Ravenous Goliath
    • Only use in a pinch, but makes you basically invincible and gives you more healing from the Healing Avarice passive. Also is one of the coolest animations in the game.
  • Elemental Blockade
    • Makes keeping up crusher easy since it will proc even on our front bar. When using a lightning staff, it has a chance to apply off-balance to enemies, which is a huge damage boost to stamina DPS and some magicka DPS.
  • Inner Fire
    • Range taunt if you need it.
  • Agony Totem
    • Minor Protection for anyone in it, a pulsing fear for adds, and a synergy for AoE Minor Vulnerability. Overall a great skill.
  • Summoner’s Armor
    • Creates a corpse for us to use, gives us our Major Resistances, and reduces the cost of our Spirit Guardian. Because we use this over the other morph, make sure to slot in Silver Leash if you need to chain in adds
  • Spirit Guardian
    • Gives us 200 extra magicka recovery while active through the Undead Confederate passive, gives us a small HoT that can also heal an ally, gives a unique damage reduction effect, and creates a corpse for us to use.
  • Aggressive Warhorn
    • Our main ultimate, and for good reason. It increases ally’s magicka and stamina pools by 10% for 30 seconds and gives Major Force for 9 seconds, which is a big DPS boost.

Alternative Skills

  • Glacial Colossus
    • This ultimate is the only non-set source of Major Vulnerability in the game, which is one of the most powerful debuffs. Due to the changes to it though, only 3-4 need to be present in a group to get the max uptime. Less if you coordinate Turning Tide and/or Nazaray.
  • Renewing Animation
    • I don’t use this a lot since it can lead to bad habits (should be using Warhorn as much as possible instead of holding on to a lot of ultimate waiting for people to die). But it can be really powerful if used right. 
  • Spell Symmetry
    • Alternative source of magicka management
  • Silver Leash
    • Needed for chaining adds
  • Heroic Slash
    • Consistent source of Minor Maim as well as Minor Heroism. Great skill if you have the bar space for it.
  • Invasion
    • Good if you need a gap closer
  • Shield Discipline
    • Good for tanking the axes in vAA if you need a guaranteed point where you can heavy attack. I wouldn’t recommend it anywhere else though
  • Elemental Drain
    • Healers should be running this but it’s nice to have just in case
  • Ring of Preservation
    • AoE Minor Protection, AoE Minor Endurance, and a small bit of healing. Good in places where your team stacks and needs the extra protection.
  • Overflowing Altar
    • Heals all allies attacking enemies in the radius and provides a great synergy if someone drops to low health. No longer procs sets such as Symphony though, so be weary if that’s what you want to use it for.
  • Shadow Silk
    • Great synergy if DPS are far enough away from the placement
  • Bone Surge
    • Mainly used for the synergy
  • Energy Orb
    • Would mainly be used for the option to heal others as the synergy should already be present from healers and magicka DPS
  • Efficient Purge
    • Necessary in some fights
  • Mystic Guard
    • Can be good in some strats where one person is taking a lot of damage.
  • Reviving Barrier
    • Would mainly be for a passive slot for the magicka recovery, but it can also help group survivability if they need it.

Minor Brittle

If you’re in charge of keeping up Minor Brittle, then you have two options for setups. The “purely focused on maximizing uptime on Minor Brittle” setup is to double bar ice staves, have your back bar be infused with a frost enchant, have your front bar be charged, and to fit in some extra frost damage skills if you can. This has some drawbacks though, such as losing the debuffs from Pierce Armor (probably the biggest drawback with the debuffs it now gives), less movement speed while blocking, slightly less block mitigation than with a SnB, and giving up an infused Crusher enchant (may not be a big deal if another support can make up for it but it’s a group-by-group case). This means it’s likely not worth it if you’re in a trial situation where you’ll be taunting and holding important enemies as you’ll want the debuffs from Pierce Armor and likely Crusher as well as at all in 4-man content. The more practical, although arguably really annoying and possibly not worth it, setup is to just have your infused frost enchant frost staff on your back bar and keep your SnB on your front bar. You still lose Crusher, so likely still too much of a loss in 4-man content, but you can still keep a SnB. On the flipside of this, you have to either constantly swap to your back bar to reapply it or you lose a lot of uptime on it, potentially not making it worth it to build for it at all. What setup is up to you and your group, so make sure to have this discussion with them beforehand and know what you and them are comfortable with.

Vampire vs. Mortal

Neither vampire nor werewolf is recommended for this build, as they do not give us any benefits that we need.

Champion Points

Champion points were updated in the recent Flames of Ambition patch. The list below showcases the order in which the points should be acquired, the number of points you need to place into that perk and whether or not it needs to be slotted in the new CP bar. The Warfare CP perks increase your damage and mitigation and are the most important, the Fitness tree has some miscellaneous sustain and defensive perks and the Craft tree has crafting and non-combat bonuses. The Craft CP points are entirely customizable to however you want, or you can follow the list below.


  • Tireless Discipline (10)
  • Quick Recovery (10)
  • Preparation (20)
  • Hardy (10)
  • Elemental Aegis (10)
  • Duelist’s Rebuff (50) (Slotted)
  • Enduring Resolve (50) (Slotted)
  • Unassailable (50) (Slotted)
  • Ironclad (50) (Slotted)
  • Hardy (10)
  • Elemental Aegis (10)
  • Tireless Discipline (10)
  • Eldritch Insight (20)
  • Quick Recovery (10)
  • Blessed (20)
  • Piercing (10)
  • Flawless Ritual (40)
  • Precision (20)
  • Focused Mending (50) (Flex Slot)
  • Preference past this point


  • Boundless Vitality (50) (Slotted)
  • Fortified (50) (Slotted)
  • Rejuvenation (50) (Slotted)
  • Sprinter (10)
  • Hasty (8)
  • Tireless Guardian (10)
  • Fortification (30)
  • Tireless Guardian (10)
  • Hasty (8)
  • Hero’s Vigor (20)
  • Strategic Reserve (50) (Slotted)
  • Nimble Protector (6)
  • Sprinter (10)
  • Tumbling (30)
  • Defiance (20)
  • Expert Evasion (50) (Flex Slot)
  • Mystic Tenacity (10)
  • Survival Instincts (10)
  • Tempered Soul (25)
  • Spirit Mastery (50) (Flex Slot)
  • Tempered Soul (25)
  • Preference after this point


  • Gilded Fingers (10)
  • Fortune’s Favor (10)
  • Wanderer (15)
  • Steadfast Enchantment (50)
  • Rationer (30) (Slotted)
  • Steed’s Blessing (50) (Slotted)
  • Professional Upkeep (50) (Slotted)
  • Liquid Efficiency (75) (Slotted)
  • Breakfall (50)
  • Soul Reservoir (33)
  • Gilded Fingers (40)
  • Fortune’s Favor (40)
  • Wanderer (60)
  • Preference past this point

Other Important Info

Buff Food

Bewitched Sugar Skulls – a ton of stats in all 3 resources, which is just what we need


Health is already really high this patch, so I recommend using the Atronach for a significant boost in our magicka recovery. The Steed is also nice if you need the speed.


  1. Nord is #1 for sure. Nice health + Stam stats, ultimate regeneration, and 2.6k resistances combined are amazing. Resistances aren’t exactly needed, but make hitting the cap easier and you don’t have to spend as many resources to get there.
  2. Orc is amazing too. Again nice health + stamina stats, the Sprint passives are great, and a little passive healing.
  3. Imperials are good too. Highest health + stam and some sustain help. The stat difference between them and Nords are 1k health though, and the resistances and ult gen out match the sustain.
  4. Argonian is ok. They have some extra healing and sustain help through their potion passive. Great for beginners but other races are better for higher skill players.


Essence of Health (Restore Stamina, Magicka and Health)
(Bugloss, Columbine and Mountain Flower)


  • Class (all)
  • One Hand and Shield (all)
  • Destruction Staff
    • All EXCEPT Tri-Focus (if using ice staff)
  • Heavy Armor (all)
  • Fighter’s Guild
    • Slayer
    • Banish the Wicked
  • Mages Guild (if using spell symmetry)
    • All EXCEPT Might of the Guild
  • Undaunted (All)
  • Racial (All)

Resource Management & Rotation

Because it’s a tank build, there really isn’t a rotation. You’ll just want to make sure you keep up your buffs up, taunt on bosses and dangerous adds, and Elemental Blockade up and positioned correctly to proc Crusher on priority targets. Use corpses smartly to generate ultimate fast. After Beckoning Armor and Spirit Guardian are halfway done, you can recast them and still get a corpse so take advantage of that when you can. Also, you pretty well always use Warhorn. Only use Ravenous Goliath if absolutely necessary.


If you have any questions about the build, join our discord server and ask @DoctorSarge about the build!

Update Log

5/23/2019 – Build created.
7/5/2019 – Skills overhauled and some other minor changes
8/15/2019 – No updates for scalebreaker
10/22/2019 – no updates for dragonhold
2/25/2020 – skills, gear and food changed
6/1/2020 – removed vampire from build
8/27/2020 – dungeon gear changed, CP changed, alternative sets added
11/18/2020 – ransack changed to pierce armor, skill descriptions updated, minor brittle discussion added
3/23/2021 – build updated for flames of ambition
6/10/2021 – cp updated
9/14/2021 – changed gear/cp
11/9/2021 – removed vamp
3/29/2022- changed description for Encratis
6/27/2022- alt sets changed
9/5/2022 – no changes for lost depths
11/13/2022- no changes
3/28/2023- no changes needed