ESO Templar Tank Guide
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ESO Templar Tank Introduction
The Templar is a capable Tank in The Elder Scrolls Online, but commonly not used due to their lack of crowd control, sustain and group buffs.
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ESO Templar Tank Class Skills and Passives
Use it for solo situations to do some damage.
Topping Charge→ Morph of Focused Charge
This can be used alongside the Tormentor set to do AoE Taunting but this is not something that is advised for most content but could be useful for beginner Tanks in dungeons.
Luminous Shards → Morph of Spear Shards
This is a damage skill that provides a synergy to 1 person in your group that restores Magicka and Stamina. One use for this skill as a Tank is to place Olorime on your group from range. So, in situations where you stand out of group, you can provide a great group buff while at the back of a room or not close to your group.
Radiant Ward → Morph of Sun Shield
This is a huge damage shield that scales with Max Health and costs Magicka. Templars have access to a number of healing over time skills but no health scaling burst heal. By using this in combination with those skills you can absorb damage with your damage shield while healing missing health via your healing over time. This is a great survival tool and fortunately it costs Magicka so you can use it a lot. When you do use it, it will also proc the Spear Wall passive that gives you extra mitigation from Minor Protection.
Increased damage passive, not that useful for Tanks but you can use it if you occasionally play as a Hybrid Tank.
When using an Aedric Spear ability you gain Minor Protection which will work nicely alongside the use of Radiant Ward to reduce your incoming damage.
Another damage passive that should proc automatically from Shards or Ward. If you never use Shards or Ward then you’ll never proc the damage but if you want to do some extra free damage then this passive will do that.
Extra resistances, always nice for a Tank.
This causes Major Maim to enemies which can be achieved easily with Frost Clench instead.
Vampire’s Bane → Morph of Sun Fire
You would potentially use this skill if you are Tanking using Encratis’s Behemoth.
Power of the Light → Morph of Backlash
This is not as essential as it used to be since you can now get Minor Breach from using your taunt Pierce Armor. It is still useful however in situations where you are at range, the Main Tank is at range, or you’re taunting with Inner Fire or Frost Clench. So in Sunspire if the Main Tank is range tanking Lokkestiiz you would use this on the Main Boss so your group doesn’t miss 3k penetration. It also procs the Illuminate passive which is the main reason a Templar is needed in a group. If you don’t need the Minor Breach, then use the other morph.
Purifying Light → Morph of Backlash
You could use this in situations where Power of the Light is not needed. You need to be using at least one Dawn’s Wrath skill and this will do a little bit of healing so it’s an option if you don’t have any other skill to use and this morph is better if you don’t need the Minor Breach because it costs Magicka so it will be better for your sustain.
Living Dark → Morph of Eclipse
When dealing with multiple enemies it’s actually a very good heal because it will tick every half a second, so if you are in an add pull and taking a lot of damage, you can pop this for a 3 second heal that will heal you potentially 6 times and so it’s good when you are taking damage and moving.
Only really worth using if you have Living Dark, it will increase the duration of this. If you don’t this skill then its a bit pointless.
A good passive to increase Ultimate gain. It will give you Ultimate every 6 seconds so it works well with keeping up Power of the Light when casting that skill, it will return the Ultimate from this passive.
This is the main Templar group buff and the main reason you would even use a Templar. It adds around 2k DPS to each of your Magicka DD’s, won’t help Stamina DDs. It’s easily maintained while you keep the uptime of Power of the Light or any of the Dawn’s Wrath skills.
Important passive to help the sustain on a Templar, very useful passive.
Rite of Passage
This is basically your burst heal. Not worth using because the heal is so low as it scales with Spell Damage and Max Magicka so it has a really high cost and real low healing potential. It can also heal someone else and not you so its a very bad option for a self heal. It’s better to rely on Radiant Ward along with your healing over time abilities that do scale with Max Health.
Hasty Prayer → Morph of Healing Ritual
You could use this to provide your group with Minor Expedition.
Radiant Aura → Morph of Restoring Aura
You cast this to provide your group with Minor Fortitude, Minor Endurance and Minor Intellect so it’s a useful group sustain tool, you gain those benefits just by having it slotted. This would likely be the better morph for Trials as it helps your group sustain and you don’t really need the heal from Repentance, the Stamina from the other morph is nice but hard to benefit from in Trials.
Repentance → Morph of Restoring Aura
This gives you the same recovery passives as Radiant Aura but not the group recoveries. It will give you 3000 Stamina and you and your group 3000 health for each nearby corpse you absorb. This would be a great way to heal and sustain but the issue is that it’s usually boss fights where sustain becomes more difficult and you are unlikely to have any corpses available to repent on a boss fight. This morph would be excellent for 4-Man content as you’ll get a group heal plus Stamina for yourself.
Extended Ritual → Morph of Cleansing Ritual
This is one of the primary skills for a Templar Tank. It provides a group synergy to purge and cleanses negative effects. You can also use this to proc gear sets like Symphony of Blades and more because it covers a huge area and has a long duration you just place it on the ground and leave it to proc the sets. The heal will be a small heal over time but it works really well combined with other healing over time, and because it’s such a large hea