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Useful Tank Sets

Writer: xGamx
Patch: Flames of Ambition

Welcome to the Useful Tank Sets guide for Elder Scrolls Online! There are so many different sets in ESO and sometimes it can seem a little overwhelming. Here, you will find a variety of sets from Crafted to Trial and everything in between. Each category is only listed alphabetically and should not be mistaken for a ranking of effectiveness of each set. When playing a support role such as Tank, it is best to gather as many sets as possible for maximum compatibility with any group.

Each listed set will include a link to the set tooltip, where to obtain it, which pieces it drops in, and a short description on the effectiveness. The link for the set card will be color coded displaying how difficult the set is to obtain. Difficulty is a subjective matter. The chart can be found below:

Very Easy | Easy | Challenging | Hard | Very Hard

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Crafted Sets

Set: Fortified Brass
Location: The Clockwork City or Player Homes.
Weight: Any.
Gear Pieces: All.
Traits Required: 4
Description:
Fortified Brass is a great set for starting out. However, as you continue to progress as a Tank, you may find that it provides much more armor than you need. Other sets that grant your entire group benefits and not just yourself would be better option.

Set: Torug’s Pact
Location: Deshaan, Stormhaven, Grahtwood, or Player Homes.
Weight: Any.
Gear Pieces: All.
Traits Required: 3
Description:
Torug’s Pact is a good replacement for Roar of Alkosh for beginner Tanks. While using a Crusher enchantment on your Destruction Staff, Torug’s Pact will further amplify the effect, getting you closer to Roar of Alkosh levels of resistance shredding.

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Overland Sets

Set: Akaviri Dragonguard
Location: Eastmarch or Guild Stores.
Weight: Heavy.
Gear Pieces: All.
Description:
Akaviri Dragonguard is a great option for beginner Tanks that are looking to start replacing crafted gear. The massive reduction in Ultimate cost will help you keep up more group buffs, such as Aggressive Horn, Pestilent Colossus, etc.

Set: Plague Doctor
Location: Deshaan or Guild Stores.
Weight: Heavy.
Gear Pieces: All.
Description:
Plague Doctor will increase your Health significantly but offers no benefit to your group members. Only use it if you feel like you absolutely must to survive. Being a Tank is not only about having high Health and blocking, it is about supporting your group with buffs and debuffing your enemies.

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Dungeon Sets

Set: Arkasis’s Genius
Location: Stone Garden
Weight: Heavy.
Item Pieces: All.
Description:
Arkasis’s Genius is the perfect support set for a Tank in Dungeons. Every time you drink a potion while in combat, whether it be a random potion that you found on a corpse or a crafted one, you will give your entire group 44 Ultimate. This will allow everyone to use their Ultimate more frequently throughout the Dungeon, resulting in faster clears. Pair this with three Reduce Potion Cooldown enchantments on your jewelry pieces and you will have a much easier time sustaining as well. Be aware that any more than 15 seconds cut from your potion cooldown will cause your potion to recharge faster than the cooldown on Arkasis, meaning that you may lose out on the Ultimate when you drink a potion too quickly. You MUST be in combat before drinking a potion or you and your group will not receive Ultimate.

Set: Ebon Armory
Location: Crypt of Hearts I and II
Weight: Heavy.
Item Pieces: All.
Description:
Ebon Armory is a great Tank set for both Dungeons and Trials that can be easily obtained early on. When wearing 5 pieces of the set, you grant yourself and all group members within range 1,000 additional base Max Health. The added Health will increase survivability for everyone, allowing them to focus more on their own stats, whether it be offensive or healing.

Set: Hircine’s Veneer
Location: Selene’s Web
Weight: Medium.
Item Pieces: All.
Description:
Hircine’s Veneer is a less commonly used set, but is also an option for the Off Tank in a Trial if your group is heavily Stamina based and require help with sustaining. Since it is a Medium Armor set, you should wear it on your Weapons and Jewelry.

Set: The Worm’s Raiment
Location: Vaults of Madness
Weight: Light.
Item Pieces: All.
Description:
The Worm’s Raiment is great to use in Trials by an Off Tank if your group is heavily Magicka based and requires help with sustaining. Since it is a Light Armor set, you should wear it on your Weapons and Jewelry.

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Monster Sets

Set: Bloodspawn
Location: Head: Veteran Spindle Clutch II | Shoulders: Maj al-Ragoth’s Undaunted Chest
Weight: Any.
Item Pieces: Head and Shoulders.
Description:
Bloodspawn increases your own Physical and Spell Resistances and Ultimate regeneration. Even though the chance to activate this set has been lowered to 6% over the years, it is still very viable for a beginner Tank.

Set: Encratis’s Behemoth
Location: Head: Veteran Black Drake Villa | Shoulders: Urgalarg Chief-bane’s Undaunted Chest
Weight: Any.
Item Pieces: Head and Shoulders.
Description:
Encratis’s Behemoth will increase group Flame Damage output as well as Flame Damage reduction for the duration. The radius is fairly large and easy to see, promoting good group stacking for you and your group. Some Classes will be able to activate this set much easier than others.

Set: Lady Thorn
Location: Head: Veteran Castle Thorn | Shoulders: Urgalarg Chief-bane’s Undaunted Chest
Weight: Any.
Item Pieces: Head and Shoulders.
Description:
Lady Thorn summons a blood ball upon activating a skill that costs Health on a cooldown of 10 seconds. The blood ball provides a synergy that you or a group member can activate to apply Major Maim to all enemies within range. However, Major Maim can only be applied to enemies from this source every 20 seconds. Because of this, the main reason to use Lady Thorn is to easily provide yourself with a synergy to activate Roar of Alkosh. Doing so allows you to be more self-sufficient in groups that may not be reliably supplying you with synergies or if you are standing away from the group and do not get many throughout the fight.

Set: Lord Warden
Location: Head: Veteran Imperial City Prison | Shoulders: Urgalarg Chief-bane’s Undaunted Chest
Weight: Any.
Item Pieces: Head and Shoulders.
Description:
Lord Warden spawns an orb upon taking damage that increases the Physical Resistance and Spell Resistance for you and your group members while standing within the radius of it. Because this bonus is not a named Minor or Major Buff, it will stack with them.

Set: Sentinel of Rkugamz
Location: Head: Veteran Darkshade Caverns I | Shoulders: Maj al-Ragoth’s Undaunted Chest
Weight: Any.
Item Pieces: Head and Shoulders.
Description:
Sentinel of Rkugamz is a great Monster Set for any Tank fresh out of the gates at CP160. Activating a self-heal will summon a dwemer spider to your location, aiding in your own resource sustain. If you were to use a group heal, it could help heal your group members as well as restore their resources. It is easy to acquire and will help you with learning to self-sustain.

Set: Stonekeeper
Location: Head: Veteran Frostvault | Shoulders: Urgalarg Chief-bane’s Undaunted Chest
Weight: Any.
Item Pieces: Head and Shoulders.
Description:
Stonekeeper offers great self-sustain for no effort. While you should not solely rely on this set for your sustain, it can help immensely in an encounter that requires you to be split off from the rest of the group such as Off-tanking the dragons in Veteran Sunspire.

Set: Thurvokun
Location: Head: Veteran Fang Lair | Shoulders: Urgalarg Chief-bane’s Undaunted Chest
Weight: Any.
Item Pieces: Head and Shoulders.
Description:
Thurvokun is best used in Dungeon content, particularly add fights. The bile you create underneath you applies Minor Maim to all enemies in the Area of Effect (AoE) as well as the Diseased status effect, which in turn has a chance to apply Minor Defile. Tanks that can easily apply Minor Maim already in an AoE will not get much use from this set, like Dragonknights, Necromancers, and Nightblades.

Set: Tremorscale
Location: Head: Veteran Volenfell | Shoulders: Glirion Redbeard’s Undaunted Chest
Weight: Any.
Item Pieces: Head and Shoulders.
Description:
Tremorscale is best used with a heavily Stamina based group if you can properly manage the uptime. If neither Tank has Roar of Alkosh or would rather not use it in the Dungeon or Trial in place of other sets, this is a decent substitute. DPS may need to adjust CP to reach the recommended penetration value if the Tanks are not using Roar of Alkosh.

Set: Vykosa
Location: Head: Veteran Moon Hunter Keep | Shoulders: Urgalarg Chief-bane’s Undaunted Chest
Weight: Any.
Item Pieces: Head and Shoulders.
Description:
Vykosa is useful when you must reduce the Weapon and Spell Damage of an enemy temporarily. Commonly used in Veteran Sunspire against the Fire Breath from the dragon bosses.

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Trial Sets

Set: (Perfected) Claw of Yolnahkriin
Location: (Veteran) Sunspire.
Weight: Heavy.
Item Pieces: All.
Description:
(Perfected) Claw of Yolnahkriin is a must have set for any Tank that plans to fulfill the Main Tank role during a Trial. It is the most simple way of providing your entire group with Minor Courage due to only needing to taunt an enemy, and as the Main Tank, you will always have an enemy to taunt. The set also provides you with the Minor Aegis buff. While 5% damage mitigation may not seem like a lot, in the end it could make all the difference. There are two versions of this set, Perfected and non-Perfected. The bonus gained from the Perfected version is small, granting only an extra 1,206 base Max Health. While this increase is certainly a good benefit, do not feel like you can not Main Tank without it.

Set: Roar of Alkosh
Location: Maw of Lorkhaj.
Weight: Medium.
Item Pieces: All.
Description:
Roar of Alkosh is a required set for all Tanks to reduce enemy resistances to zero in Dungeons and Trials. However, if you are not receiving synergies from your group, it is completely useless. To avoid this, you could combine it with Lady Thorn. Combining these two sets allows you to easily provide yourself with a synergy every 10 seconds. Keep in mind that the shockwave only hits enemies in front of you, so be sure to aim it properly. The lower you get the resistances of your enemies, the more DPS your group will do. If your group consists of Magicka DPS, Roar of Alkosh should be swapped for another set and the DPS can adjust Champion Points accordingly to reach the required Spell Penetration. Since it is a Medium Armor set, you should wear it on your Weapons and Jewelry.

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PvP Sets

Set: Powerful Assault
Location: Imperial City Sewers or Guild Stores.
Weight: Medium.
Item Pieces: All.
Description:
Powerful Assault offers a considerable increase to group Weapon and Spell Damage that stacks well with other sets such as Spell Power Cure (SPC), which is often used by Healers. This is because it is a standalone buff whereas SPC is a named buff called Major Courage, meaning that other sets that provide Major Courage will not work. Any skill from the Assault skill line will proc this set, but there are a few that stand out above the rest for various reasons. Be aware that some Healers will also use this set from time to time, so be sure to communicate with your group. Since it is a Medium Armor set, you should wear it on your Weapons and Jewelry.

Set: Battalion Defender
Location: Rewards of the Worthy or Guild Stores.
Weight: Heavy.
Item Pieces: All.
Description:
Battalion Defender is a great set to use while first learning how to Tank. However, you should look for other options as soon as you can. Being a Tank is more than having high Health and keeping yourself alive, you must be able to support your group with damage buffs as well. You can also use this set in Dungeons while Iron Man tanking with an organized group if you require more active healing.

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Mythic Sets

Set: Bloodlord’s Embrace
Location: Antiquities.
Weight: Heavy.
Item Pieces: Chest.
Description:
Bloodlord’s Embrace is a very situational set that could be used when you require much more Magicka sustain and can not risk the short comings of Balance. It also works well when you are split off from the group and need to largely rely on yourself. Much like Stonekeeper, you should not solely rely on this for your Magicka sustain. One example of where this set makes sense is the boss encounters in vSS as the Main Tank.

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Arena Sets

Set: Void Bash
Location: Vateshran Hollows.
Weight: None.
Item Pieces: One Hand and Shield.
Description:
Void Bash works well in Dungeons with an organized group and some trials. The set pairs very well with Powerful Assault since you don’t need to have it double slotted. It requires you to slot Power Bash or a morph of the skill for the effect to trigger. You could slot this skill in place of the other skill you would use for pulling in enemies. Be sure to activate it early in combat because the effect will not work if the enemies are already CC locked.