So the gear sets we will be using are all focused around boosting our groups damage with a simple strong Tank setup.
For the monster set we are using Encratis’s Behemoth. This will add both a group DPS buff for Magicka Damage Dealers and will increase survival against Fire attacks. If you are in a group with Stamina players you can switch this to Tremorscale to help them reach the penetration cap.
The main Tank set we are going to utilise is the Claw of Yolnahkriin which is my number 1 Tank set in the game. It’s great for you as a Tank, its great for the group, it provides a great group buff with basically no effort and so we have to use this. Yolnahkriin gives your group about a 3% increase to their DPS just by taunting so it’s a must have set. All of the extra stats plus Minor Aegis make this set great for us also.
If you are doing Trials and you are not the Main Tank, then Yolnahkriin could be switched to Powerful Assault or potentially other sets like Drakes Rush, Frozen Watcher or others depending on your groups requirements. So this is a great Off Tank build also, just by switching the Yolnahkriin set to something more beneficial since the Main Tank will always use this.
The next set we are using is Elemental Catalyst. The reason why we are using this is because the Sorcerer Tank is very well equipped to use this set, not only in single target situations but in area of effect with many enemies also.
Elemental Catalyst is a set that applies a debuff onto the enemy, and you have to cause damage with Shock, Fire and Frost. When you do this the enemy gains a Weakness to each element which makes them receive 5% more Critical Damage for each Weakness they have applied to them. Sorcerers are well built already with Shock damage and Frost Damage is easy to access via a Frost Staff. Then we have Flame damage which comes from the Mage Guild skill Scalding Rune, and the Sorcerer is one of the few classes who can utilise all of these elements as an AoE.
Our final piece of gear is the Asylum Ice Staff – the Concentrated Force Frost Staff. Since we are already built up to cause a lot of elemental effects we use this staff because Yolnahkriin only needs to be on 1 bar and ideally the front bar, then we can utilise this weapon to guarantee a Chilled and Minor Brittle proc when we are on our back bar. And the skill needed to use this also procs the elemental weaknesses for Elemental Catalyst so it all fits together really well.
Brittle is great to have because this provides group members with another 10% Critical Damage to enemies who have Minor Brittle applied to them.
We are using a 5 Heavy and 2 Light setup. The only reason for this is because I wanted to front bar Yolnahkriin but also make sure Elemental Catalyst was able to proc at all times from all of our element skill so I use 2 body pieces of EC to accommodate the use of a different back bar weapon set.
The Armor traits are all Sturdy since this is by far the most efficient trait for Tank gear currently. I use full Prismatic enchants with 64 point into Health. If you don’t have the gold for the Hakeijo runes then alternating Stamina/Magicka glyphs should be ok.
For the Jewellery we are using Triune, this is to just maximise all of our stats, and Magicka Recovery on all 3 pieces as its great for our sustain. You could use Infused if you really want to but I prefer Triune.
On the one handed weapon you can use whatever trait and glyph you want really, I’ve gone with Infused/Absorb Stamina, and for the back bar you want to be using an Infused/Crusher for the group buff.
Where to Obtain:
Encratis’s Behemoth – Veteran Black Drake Villa Dungeon, Urgarlag Chief-bane
Claw of Yolnahkriin – Sunspire Trial or Veteran Sunspire (Perfected Version)
Elemental Catalyst – Stone Garden Dungeon
Asylum Ice Staff – Asylum Sanctorium Trial or Asylum Sanctorium Hardmode (vAS+2 – Perfected)
Other notable sets that you could use:
Powerful Assault – Imperial City Tel Va Merchant, Guild Traders.
More ESO Tank Sets