Pierce Armor: Melee aggro skill w/major & minor breach. This is a must have for tanks as it is your primary melee taunt plus enemy debuff

Heroic Slash: quick attack which gives minor maim and minor heroism reducing enemy damage and giving you additional ultimate for 12s

Polar Wind: minor heal for you and allies based off of your max health while dealing frost damage over time to enemies around you

Shimmering Shield[flex]: Projectile damage shield absorbing damage from 3 projectiles.  Also gain major heroism granting ultimate

(note: I will flex these out for additional skills if needed.)

Enchanted Growth[flex]: heal plus minor intellect and endurance increasing stam and mag regen. You can flex this out, but I prefer to keep this as a healing slot.  So Budding Seeds, or Living Trellis would be a good alternative)

Ult: Shield Discipline[flex] Automatically block all attacks at no cost for 8 seconds as well as free shield abilities during effect.  (You can flex this out as needed.  Barrier or Enchanted Forest would be good alternates)

Inner Rage: Ranged aggro skill plus damage.  This is your main ranged aggro skill so this is a must have for your back bar.

Elemental Blockade: AOE damage absorb for projectiles plus frost damage and a way to apply your backbar enchantment. This is for you and your group so keep this up as much as you can.

Expansive Frost Cloak: Damage reduction for you and allies for 20 seconds

Bull Netch: Summonable Netch pet that restores stamina to you and removes 1 negative effect.  Keep it up at all times

Silver Leash: ranged chain ability pulling a mob to you. can interrupt as well as soft taunt (2 second aggro)

Ult: Aggressive Horn[Flex]: 10% boost to your and your group members' Magicka and Stamina resources, and gives + 20% Critical Damage to all allies in a 20m area for 10 seconds.

Aggressive horn is flexed out in case you are using Saxhleel Champion as it gives the same buff on ultimate.  You can swap this out for Barrier, Shield Wall, Enchanted Forrest, or any other ultimate that can be used regularly

Aegis of Galenwe

Lord Warden

it is understandable that you will not have all of these skills & passives opened as you level...these are the goals to be able to base Tank.  Some skills can be swapped out for damage skills if you are soloing or leveling specific lines.  Open your passives as you can.  Get your undaunted line opened as soon as you can to get your inner Rage as it is a primary ranged taunt for tanking.

There are alternatives if you are having issues with crafted sets.  Plague Doctor and Bog Raider are good alternative sets if you cannot craft, but if you can build an optimized crafting set you will be in great shape.

There are a few different builds you can do for beginner sets.  This set worked very well for leveling through dungeons until getting up to CP160 and getting higher end gear.

Recommend going 7 heavy

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I actually have multiple sets of tanking gear for different trials/dungeons but this is my go to for a lot of my tanking. Claw of Yolnahkriin is your goal. It comes from Normal Sunspire so you do have to get into Trials to acquire it, but the trial is run pretty often by pug groups and not extremely difficult to complete.

It is a taunt based set bonus so it applies the buff regularly which buffs the weapon and spell damage of your group. 

Crimson Oath is a newer set that came out with Waking Flame in Q3 of 2021.  It effectively replaces Roar of Alkosh with a higher benefit.  This is my recommended go to

Saxhleel is another raid set from Rockgrove, and this set is a good one because of ultimate regen.

Effectively you can replace Aggressive Horn for another ultimate like reanimate if you have this build as the ultimate use provides the same buff. For some instances, such as off-tank, you can run Saxhleel and Arkasis for even faster ultimate regen and fire off your ultimates more often.

Encratis’s Behemoth is a very good set for dungeons where flame damage is primary, but even if it isn’t, the set is still strong because it increases enemies flame damage taken as well. An alternative would be Earthgore but it can be difficult to acquire. If Earthgore is out of your reach, The Troll King can be a good alternative as it is similar, but instead of removing effects and creating a direct heal, Troll King increases the health recovery of the target. Smaller heal, but still helpful.

For powerful assault: make note that you will have to have an assault skill up on your bar.  Recommendation is Resolving Vigor

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Warden Tank
"Ice Wall"

The Warden tank is a rather diverse tank due to the fact that you can spec in a multitude of ways to help your group as well as yourself.  Shields and healing support for yourself and your group help give buffs as well as self-sustain, netch to help your resources, and ability to survive make this tank very enjoyable

Beginner/Level Tank

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Additional Sets

Plague Doctor

Fortified Brass

Green Pact

Hatchling's Shell

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For Warden I tend to go full health.  If you find you are having regen issues in the beginning, you can take a portion from health and move it towards whichever attribute is giving you trouble, however, train yourself to manage your resources so you can move back to 64 health.

Mundus stone: The Lady or The Lord

Passives:

Animal Companions: Bond With Nature | Savage Beast | flourish

Green Balance: Accelerated Growth | Nature's Gift | Maturation

Winter's Embrace: All

Heavy Armor: All

Sword and Shield: All

Destruction staff: all

Fighter's Guild: intimidating | Banish |

Undaunted: Command | Mettle

                          

Dungeon/WIP Trial
Tank

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Alternate Sets

Crimson Twilight

Leeching Plate

Arkasis Genius

Dragon's Defilement

Ebon is my choice because the dungeon you need is one you can run with a fairly simple group. Leeching would be second as it is a bit less useful to the group but easy to obtain. Crafted tank sets are also an option. Ebon is not as useful to group as it has been in the past but it is still a useful beginner tanking set that can help you move into additional sets

Leeching would be a good second as the dungeon is not overly difficult on normal and the set allows you to do some damage via the 5 set bonus. Arkasis and Crimson would be my last choices as the armor sets are very good for beginner and even intermediate tanking, the dungeons are a bit more difficult for beginner groups and longer for gear farms. Keep in mind that Crimson/Leeching are sets that you want to replace as they offer nothing to your group

Trial Tank

There are many different trial builds when it comes to end game.  At this time, this build is focused on normal trials and not as much Vet Hard Mode.  I have posted what have felt is an optimal build for me and have completed majority of the trials with this build.  There may be situations where you swap out set pieces and you should do that, but this post is an overall tank build that will handle many if not most situations.

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Additional Sets:

Drake's Rush

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Worm's Raiment

Food: Bewitched Sugar Skills 

Vestment of Olorime

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Powerful Assault

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Warfare:

Unassailable - 50

Ironclad - 50

Enduring Resolve - 50

Duelist's Rebuff - 50

Fitness:

Boundless Vitality - 50

Expert Evasion - 50

Bloody Renewal- 50

Expert Evasion - 50

Craft:

Use whatever you like in this tree

Champion Points

Skills/Attributes

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