ESO Sunspire Main Tank Build

Updated: Waking Flame (September 2021)

Sunspire Information

Welcome to The Tank Club: ESO Sunspire Main Tank Build.

Sunspire is a DLC 12-person trial located in Northern Elsweyr. It was the eight trial that was introduced into The Elder Scrolls Online with the Elsweyr Chapter in June 2019.

This trial has 3 Dragon bosses each with their own Hardmode and a range of different add pulls in between the boss areas.

These Main Tank Builds are tried and tested setups used for Sunspire on standard veteran, used in hardmode and even used for Godslayer runs.

We have skill and gear options for all classes, platforms and experience levels.

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

Mundus

The Atronach

Attributes

64 Health

Food

Bewitched Sugar Skulls

Potions

Essence of Health Potion More Info

Sunspire Gear

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
NecklaceElemental CatalystJewelleryTriuneMagicka Recovery
RingElemental CatalystJewelleryTriuneMagicka Recovery
RingElemental CatalystJewelleryTriuneMagicka Recovery
Main HandElemental CatalystAny 1HInfusedFlame / Absorb Stamina
Off HandElemental CatalystShieldSturdyPrismatic Defence
Main Hand BackupElemental CatalystIce StaffInfusedShock / Crusher
  • If using EC then you might need to use a Shock Glyph so Off Tank or Healer will need Crusher.
  • Flame Glyph might be needed to proc Encratis if you don’t have a Flame skill.
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
NecklaceCrest of Cyrodiil / The Worm’s RaimentJewelleryTriuneBracing
RingCrest of Cyrodiil / The Worm’s RaimentJewelleryTriuneMagicka Recovery
RingCrest of Cyrodiil / The Worm’s RaimentJewelleryTriuneMagicka Recovery
Main HandCrest of Cyrodiil / The Worm’s RaimentAny 1HInfusedAbsorb Stamina
Off HandCrest of Cyrodiil / The Worm’s RaimentShieldSturdyPrismatic Defence
Main Hand BackupCrest of Cyrodiil / The Worm’s RaimentIce StaffInfusedCrusher
  • Yolnahkriin for the stats and Minor Aegis, Engine Guardian for the huge sustain and healing, then Crest of Cyrodiil for extra self healing if you really need it or Worm for your own sustain.
  • Worm and Yolnahkriin would be best since they provide the group with buffs as well as you but if you are suffering from a lack of healing then Crest is the best option for this situation.
PieceSetWeightTraitEnchantment
HeadEncratis’s BehemothHeavySturdyPrismatic Defence
ShoulderEncratis’s BehemothHeavySturdyPrismatic Defence
ChestDragon’s DefilementHeavySturdyPrismatic Defence
HandsDragon’s DefilementHeavySturdyPrismatic Defence
WaistDragon’s DefilementHeavySturdyPrismatic Defence
LegsDragon’s DefilementHeavySturdyPrismatic Defence
FeetDragon’s DefilementHeavySturdyPrismatic Defence
NecklaceCrimson Oath’s RiveJewellerySwiftMagicka Recovery
RingCrimson Oath’s RiveJewellerySwiftMagicka Recovery
RingCrimson Oath’s RiveJewellerySwiftMagicka Recovery
Main HandCrimson Oath’s RiveIce StaffChargedFrost
Main Hand BackupCrimson Oath’s RiveIce StaffInfusedFlame
  • Use Frozen Watcher for easy AoE Brittle if you can’t maintain the Brittle with Impulse spamming. When using Frozen Watcher you don’t need a Frost Glyph so switch to Crusher.
PieceSetWeightTraitEnchantment
HeadBloodspawn / Baron ZaudrusHeavyInfusedPrismatic Defence
ShoulderStormfist / Baron ZaudrusHeavySturdyPrismatic Defence
ChestClaw of YolnahkriinHeavyInfusedPrismatic Defence
HandsElemental CatalystLightSturdyPrismatic Defence
WaistElemental CatalystLightSturdyPrismatic Defence
LegsClaw of YolnahkriinHeavyInfusedPrismatic Defence
FeetClaw of YolnahkriinHeavySturdyPrismatic Defence
NecklaceElemental CatalystJewelleryInfusedReduce Feat Cost
RingElemental CatalystJewelleryTriuneMagicka Recovery
RingElemental CatalystJewelleryTriuneMagicka Recovery
Main HandClaw of YolnahkriinAny 1HInfusedAbsorb Stamina
Off HandClaw of YolnahkriinShieldSturdyPrismatic Defence
Main Hand BackupAsylum Ice StaffIce StaffInfusedCrusher
  • This build is for range Tanking.
  • You don’t need to Block in this fight, just Defensive Stance to reflect ALL damage back at the boss. This is why we use 1 Bloodspawn and 1 Stormfist for Stamina Recovery. If your sustain is fine then use Baron Zaudrus.
  • Asylum Ice Staff back bar because you will need to be casting Crushing Shock regularly in between Defensive Stances already to proc EC, so you can get a great Minor Brittle uptime at the same time.
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
NecklaceElemental CatalystJewelleryTriuneMagicka Recovery
RingElemental CatalystJewelleryTriuneMagicka Recovery
RingElemental CatalystJewelleryTriuneMagicka Recovery
Main HandElemental CatalystAny 1HInfusedFlame / Absorb Stamina
Off HandElemental CatalystShieldSturdyPrismatic Defence
Main Hand BackupElemental CatalystIce StaffInfusedShock / Crusher
  • If using EC then you might need to use a Shock Glyph so Off Tank or Healer will need Crusher.
  • Flame Glyph might be needed to proc Encratis if you don’t have a Flame skill.
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
NecklaceCrimson Oath’s Rive / Drake’s RushJewelleryTriuneMagicka Recovery
RingCrimson Oath’s Rive / Drake’s RushJewelleryTriuneMagicka Recovery
RingCrimson Oath’s Rive / Drake’s RushJewelleryTriuneMagicka Recovery
Main HandCrimson Oath’s Rive / Drake’s RushAny 1HInfused / DecisiveFlame / Absorb Stamina
Off HandCrimson Oath’s Rive / Drake’s RushShieldSturdyPrismatic Defence
Main Hand BackupCrimson Oath’s Rive / Drake’s RushIce StaffInfusedCrusher
  • The most important part of this fight is the add phase which is why Crimson Oath’s Rive is good here. You will be overpen on the Boss but the adds are usually what make or break this fight aside from the Portal which you cant control.
  • If you don’t want/need Crimson Oath then Drake’s Rush is another great option – using this can increase your individual Aggressive Horn output from 4 per fight up to a huge 12 per fight!
  • Using Elemental Catalyst on the Main Tank is not advised here as most classes cannot do AoE Catalyst very well so it’s better left to a Damage Dealer.

Sunspire Skills

Dragonknight

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Range Tanking

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  • Frost Staff, Shock Glyph, Engulfing Flames.
  • Use Burning Embers if you don’t need AoE Fire and if you have another DK using Engulfing Flames.
  • On Lokkestiiz you only need to use Crushing Shock for EC.
  • See more: Elemental Catalyst.

Necromancer

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  • Frost Staff, Shock Glyph, Scalding Rune.
  • You could also use a Lightning Staff, Frost Damage from Boneyard and Fire from Scalding Rune.
  • On Lokkestiiz you only need to use Crushing Shock for EC.
  • See more: Elemental Catalyst.

Nightblade

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  • Frost Staff, Shock Glyph, Scalding Rune.
  • On Lokkestiiz you only need to use Crushing Shock for EC.
  • See more: Elemental Catalyst.

Sorcerer

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Range Tanking

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  • Frost Staff, Boundless Storm, Scalding Rune.
  • On Lokkestiiz you only need to use Crushing Shock for EC.
  • See more: Elemental Catalyst.

Templar

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Range Tanking

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  • Frost Staff, Shock Glyph, Scalding Rune.
  • On Lokkestiiz you only need to use Crushing Shock for EC.
  • See more: Elemental Catalyst.

Warden

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  • Frost Staff, Shock Glyph, Scalding Rune.
  • Lightning Staff, Gripping Shards, Scalding Rune.
  • On Lokkestiiz you only need to use Crushing Shock for EC.
  • See more: Elemental Catalyst.

Sunspire Champion Points

You should follow the standard Champion Point chart for this trial and then consider the following Red slottable CP which will help you in Sunspire specifically.

Fitness

Expert Evasion
When a Dragon is doing their Dragon Breath mechanic, you should always get hit for 2 seconds and the roll dodge backwards to avoid some of the damage. For this reason it’s worth using Expert Evasion for a free roll dodge every 30 seconds when fighting Yolnahkriin and Nahviintaas.

Shield Master
This is a vital CP to use when range Tanking Lokkestiiz. This slottable CP will reduce the cost of your Defensive Stance skill by 10%.

Bracing Anchor
This could be really useful for newer Tanks, ideally only use it on the Boss fights as they are quite stacking and don’t require much movement but this will help reduce your incoming damage a lot.

Sustained by Suffering
This is useful for sustain because these fights have a lot of regular negative effects so it will be active consistently.

Celerity
This is a useful slottable for add pulls as the areas around Sunspire are large and as a Tank you need to be able to maintain the pace with your group.

Sunspire Videos

Guildless | Sunspire Hardmode Godslayer | Elder Scrolls Online
Serenity: Immortal Meemers | Sunspire: Godslayer | Elder Scrolls Online
Sunspire - Lokkestiiz Range Tanking Guide | Elder Scrolls Online
Sunspire - Yolnahkriin Tank Guide & Atro Chaining | Elder Scrolls Online

Sunspire Notes

Class

Any class can be used for Tanking this trial but Dragonknights are usually preferred due to their unique group buffs. Classes such as Necromancers can struggle with range Tanking due to their main healing skill Hungry Scythe requiring you to be in melee range.

Race

Any race can be used.

Imperial for the overall sustain and lower cost Ultimate.

Redguard for the Stamina sustain if this is something you struggle with.

Nord for the additional resistances, Ultimate gain, Health and Stamina.

Mundus

The best Mundus Stone to use here is The Atronach for the extra Magicka Recovery, there is a lot of Magicka casting for the Tanks in this trial so this is important to help with sustain. The only other potential useful Mundus is The Lady if you are struggling with the incoming damage and you have really low resistances (under 25k) or you are low champion points.

Attributes

You want to have a good amount of max Health for this trial because some of the bosses can hit hard, so we go for 64 Health along with the Triune Jewellery and Prismatic enchants we should be over 40k Max Health but still have great amounts of Max Stamina and Magicka.

Food

As standard we use the Bewitched Sugar Skulls which gives Max Health, Magicka and Stamina plus more Health Recovery because all resources are very important here.

Potions

You can use regular Tri-Stat potions here, there are no special requirements. You could use Immovable Potions for emergency situations when you are inside a Time Stop AoE mid-mechanic and can’t get out if you are not using the skill Immovable.