ESO Aetherian Archive Main Tank Build

Updated: Flames of Ambition (March 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 AssaultJewelleryTriuneBracing
RingPowerful AssaultJewelleryTriuneMagicka Recovery
RingPowerful AssaultJewelleryTriuneMagicka Recovery
Main HandPowerful AssaultAny 1HInfusedFlame
Off HandPowerful AssaultShieldSturdyPrismatic Defence
Main Hand BackupCrushing WallIce StaffInfusedCrusher
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
NecklaceAegis of GalenweJewelleryInfusedBracing
RingAegis of GalenweJewelleryInfusedMagicka Recovery
RingAegis of GalenweJewelleryInfusedMagicka Recovery
Main HandAegis of GalenweAny 1HInfusedAbsorb Stamina
Off HandAegis of GalenweShieldSturdyPrismatic Defence
Main Hand BackupAegis of GalenweIce StaffInfusedCrusher
PieceSetWeightTraitEnchantment
HeadEncratis's BehemothHeavySturdyPrismatic Defence
ShoulderEncratis's BehemothHeavySturdyPrismatic Defence
ChestRoar of AlkoshMediumSturdyPrismatic Defence
HandsRoar of AlkoshMediumSturdyPrismatic Defence
WaistRoar of AlkoshMediumSturdyPrismatic Defence
LegsRoar of AlkoshMediumSturdyPrismatic Defence
FeetRoar of AlkoshMediumSturdyPrismatic Defence
NecklacePowerful AssaultJewelleryTriuneBracing
RingPowerful AssaultJewelleryTriuneMagicka Recovery
RingPowerful AssaultJewelleryTriuneMagicka Recovery
Main HandPowerful AssaultAny 1HInfusedFlame
Off HandPowerful AssaultShieldSturdyPrismatic Defence
Main Hand BackupPowerful AssaultIce StaffInfusedCrusher
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 AssaultJewelleryInfusedPotion Boost
RingPowerful AssaultJewelleryInfusedPotion Boost
RingPowerful AssaultJewelleryInfusedPotion Boost
Main HandPowerful AssaultAny 1HInfusedFlame
Off HandPowerful AssaultShieldSturdyPrismatic Defence
Main Hand BackupCrushing WallIce StaffInfusedCrusher
PieceSetWeightTraitEnchantment
HeadEncratis's BehemothHeavyDivinesStamina
ShoulderEncratis's BehemothMediumDivinesStamina
ChestPowerful AssaultMediumDivinesStamina
HandsPowerful AssaultMediumDivinesStamina
WaistPowerful AssaultMediumDivinesStamina
LegsPowerful AssaultMediumDivinesStamina
FeetPowerful AssaultMediumDivinesStamina
NecklacePerfected Claw of YolnahkriinJewelleryInfusedMagicka Recovery
RingPerfected Claw of YolnahkriinJewelleryInfusedWeapon Damage
RingPerfected Claw of YolnahkriinJewelleryInfusedWeapon Damage
Main HandPerfected Claw of YolnahkriinDaggerInfusedFlame
Off HandPerfected Claw of YolnahkriinDaggerChargedShock
Main Hand BackupPerfected Thunderous VolleyBowInfusedCrusher

Abilities

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

Tank Guides

Build Video

For more guides please see our Tank Guide section and our YouTube channel.

Coming Soon

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Notes

Main Tank Gear

Console/Static: This is the standard Tank setup. These bosses have no cleave attacks so you can stand in the group and activate Powerful Assault easily. Encratis is a must have set for Magicka Groups and then Yolnahkriin provides a great DPS boost also. PA only needs to be on one bar, you can use whatever you like on the back bar but the Maelstrom Staff will give you a little DPS.

Last Boss Gear: The only real difference between the Standard Tanking gear and last boss is the jewellery. By using this jewellery setup along with Immovable potions, using the potions on cooldown would mean every 32.7 seconds out of 45 you cannot get stunned. You should Tank the axes next to the main boss so you can stay inside healing and have access to sustain and synergies. If you keep taunting the main boss you won’t lose aggro of the axes, and since you cannot be stunned it means you won’t lose the taunt of the axes even when you don’t have any of them taunted.

With this setup you are safe to heavy attack, drop block, bar swap, use skills that drop block such as Stone Giant and Dark Deal. You do need to be aware of your potions with this setup, for the last 12 seconds of your potion timer you CAN be stunned so try to perform all actions you need to during the 32 seconds of Immovable and then hold block until your potion is ready again.

Hybrid Tank Gear: vAA has very little damage until the last boss. This means you can setup as a DD/Tank Hybrid and easily pull 40k+ DPS if setup correctly and with the ability to perform a good rotation. While doing this you also maintain all your Tank debuffs and buffs. When you reach the last boss its a good idea to switch to the Last Boss setup.

Since you’ll be missing Pierce Armor while using this setup, you could use Alkosh. If you have a Templar applying Power of the Light this might not be necessary, in which case use Powerful Assault. Yolnahkriin is still needed for the group buff so we use this on the Weapons and Jewellery so we can benefit from the additional damage from Medium Armor sets like Alkosh and PA.

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.