ESO Aetherian Archive Main Tank Build

Updated: Blackwood (June 2021)

Information

Welcome to The Tank Club: ESO Aetherian Archive Main Tank Build.

We have a few different builds for this Trial; we have a conventional Tank build, we have an experienced Hybrid Tank build, and we have a very important Last Boss build. Aetherian Archive is one of the very first Veteran Trials you are likely to encounter and one of the first to be created. The mechanics are very simple and this is typically an easy trial for a Tank until they reach the last boss.

The biggest challenge here for a Main Tank is sustaining on the last boss fight when you have to keep hold of multiple Axes, our tried and tested last boss setup will resolve that problem for you and hopefully bring you and your team success in Veteran Aetherian Archive!

Tank Guides for this Trial will be available soon in the Tank Guide section and on our YouTube channel.

Race

Orc
Redguard
Imperial

Mundus

Tank – The Atronach
Hybrid – The Shadow

Attributes

Tank – 64 Health
Hybrid – 24 Health, 40 Stamina

Food

Bewitched Sugar Skulls

Potions

Essence of Health Potion Essence of Weapon Power Essence of Immovability More Info

Equipment

PieceSetWeightTraitEnchantment
HeadEncratis’s BehemothHeavySturdyPrismatic Defence
ShoulderEncratis’s BehemothHeavySturdyPrismatic Defence
ChestClaw of YolnahkriinHeavySturdyPrismatic Defence
HandsClaw of YolnahkriinHeavySturdyPrismatic Defence
WaistClaw of YolnahkriinHeavySturdyPrismatic Defence
LegsClaw of YolnahkriinHeavySturdyPrismatic Defence
FeetClaw of YolnahkriinHeavySturdyPrismatic Defence
NecklacePowerful Assault / Saxhleel ChampionDrake’s RushJewelleryTriuneBracing
RingPowerful Assault / Saxhleel ChampionDrake’s RushJewelleryTriuneMagicka Recovery
RingPowerful Assault / Saxhleel ChampionDrake’s RushJewelleryTriuneMagicka Recovery
Main HandPowerful Assault / Saxhleel ChampionDrake’s RushAny 1HInfusedFlame
Off HandPowerful Assault / Saxhleel ChampionDrake’s RushShieldSturdyPrismatic Defence
Main Hand BackupPowerful Assault / Saxhleel ChampionDrake’s RushIce StaffInfusedCrusher
  • If your group are well organised and stacked use PA.
  • If you are a Necro or the solo Tank with 1-2 Healers, you could use Saxhleel to increase the duration of Major Force.
  • You could use Drake’s Rush to push more Ultimate casts because you only have 3 supports so the Horn uptime will be lower than other Trials.
PieceSetWeightTraitEnchantment
HeadEngine GuardianHeavySturdyPrismatic Defence
ShoulderEngine GuardianHeavySturdyPrismatic Defence
ChestClaw of YolnahkriinHeavySturdyPrismatic Defence
HandsClaw of YolnahkriinHeavySturdyPrismatic Defence
WaistClaw of YolnahkriinHeavySturdyPrismatic Defence
LegsClaw of YolnahkriinHeavySturdyPrismatic Defence
FeetClaw of YolnahkriinHeavySturdyPrismatic Defence
NecklaceGalenweJewelleryTriuneBracing
RingGalenweJewelleryTriuneMagicka Recovery
RingGalenweJewelleryTriuneMagicka Recovery
Main HandGalenweAny 1HInfusedAbsorb Stamina
Off HandGalenweShieldSturdyPrismatic Defence
Main Hand BackupGalenweIce StaffInfusedCrusher
PieceSetWeightTraitEnchantment
HeadEncratis’s BehemothHeavySturdyPrismatic Defence
ShoulderEncratis’s BehemothHeavySturdyPrismatic Defence
ChestPowerful AssaultMediumSturdyPrismatic Defence
HandsPowerful AssaultMediumSturdyPrismatic Defence
WaistPowerful AssaultMediumSturdyPrismatic Defence
LegsPowerful AssaultMediumSturdyPrismatic Defence
FeetPowerful AssaultMediumSturdyPrismatic Defence
NecklacePowerful AssaultJewellerySwiftMagicka Recovery
RingRoar of AlkoshJewellerySwiftMagicka Recovery
RingRoar of AlkoshJewellerySwiftMagicka Recovery
Main HandRoar of AlkoshIce StaffInfusedFlame
Main Hand BackupRoar of AlkoshIce StaffChargedFrost
  • Use Frozen Watcher for easy AoE Brittle or use Alkosh if you are able to maintain Brittle with Impulse spamming. When using Frozen Watcher you don’t need a Frost Glyph so switch to Crusher.
PieceSetWeightTraitEnchantment
HeadEncratis’s BehemothHeavyDivinesStamina
ShoulderEncratis’s BehemothMediumDivinesStamina
ChestPowerful AssaultMediumDivinesStamina
HandsPowerful AssaultMediumDivinesStamina
WaistPowerful AssaultMediumDivinesStamina
LegsPowerful AssaultMediumDivinesStamina
FeetPowerful AssaultMediumDivinesStamina
NecklaceClaw of YolnahkriinJewelleryInfusedMagicka Recovery
RingClaw of YolnahkriinJewelleryInfusedWeapon Damage
RingClaw of YolnahkriinJewelleryInfusedWeapon Damage
Main HandClaw of YolnahkriinDaggerInfusedFlame
Off HandClaw of YolnahkriinDaggerSharpenedAny
Main Hand BackupMaelstrom BowBowInfusedCrusher

Abilities

SKILLS NOT YET UPDATED

Dragonknight

Static

Pierce Armor Heroic Slash Igneous Shield Resolving Vigor Stone Giant Barrier
Inner Rage Overflowing Altar Elemental Blockade Balance Unrelenting Grip Aggressive Horn

Necromancer

Static

Pierce Armor Heroic Slash Unnerving Boneyard Resolving Vigor Empowering Grasp Barrier
Inner Rage Overflowing Altar Elemental Blockade Balance Silver Leash Glacial Colossus

Nightblade

Static

Pierce Armor Heroic Slash Lotus Fan Resolving Vigor Refreshing Path Incapacitating Strike
Inner Rage Overflowing Altar Elemental Blockade Phantasmal Escape Silver Leash Aggressive Horn

Sorcerer

Static

Pierce Armor Heroic Slash Dark Deal Resolving Vigor Silver Leash Barrier
Inner Rage Overflowing Altar Elemental Blockade Boundless Storm Empowered Ward Aggressive Horn

Templar

Static

Pierce Armor Heroic Slash Radiant Aura Resolving Vigor Power of the Light Barrier
Inner Rage Extended Ritual Elemental Blockade Restoring Focus Silver Leash Aggressive Horn

Warden

Static

Pierce Armor Heroic Slash Budding Seeds Resolving Vigor Fetcher Infection Barrier
Inner Rage Overflowing Altar Elemental Blockade Expansive Frost Cloak Frozen Device Aggressive Horn

Notes

Class

The class you choose in this trial makes no real difference and this trial can be tanked comfortably with all classes.

Race

The best Races for this trial would be Orc if you are a Hybrid as this will give you more damage. Redguard for extra DPS and sustain or Imperial for sustain.

Mundus

Pretty simple choices here, you go with The Atronach as a general Tank for more Magicka Recovery.
If you are a Hybrid Main Tank then use The Shadow for extra DPS.

Attributes

For this trial 64 Health works fine for general Tanking.
For Hybrid Tanking 24 Health and 40 Stamina should put you at just under 30k Health but will a good Stamina pool for DPSing with.

Food

Whether you are a standard Tank or a Hybrid Tank, you should use Bewitched Sugar Skulls for the food. You always need all 3 resources, in this trial you still need to be able to use the occasional Magicka ability even as a Hybrid Tank so it’s safer to use this food.

Potions

Standard Tri-Stat potions for all bosses and adds other than the final boss. Final boss Immovable Potions are extremely good to use to prevent being stunned by the Axes, especially with this build. If you are a Hybrid Main Tank then Weapon Power Potions should be used.