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Elder Scrolls Online: 10 Best Templar Builds, Ranked (For 2021)

By Rhenn TaguiamUpdated


With the right build, Templars can be powerful juggernauts or stalwart defenders of the battlefield.

Templars in The Elder Scrollsuniverse call forth the power of the light to bless allies, heal the weak, and burn their enemies. In The Elder Scrolls Online, Templars serve as champions that use their faith to vanquish foes.

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Templars have access to Aedric Spear skills to deal magic damage to foes, with Dawn's Wrath granting them the power of holy fire to eliminate unholy threats. Lastly, their Restoring Light skills enable them to empower and heal allies to last with them in battle. With the right build, Templars can be powerful juggernauts or stalwart defenders of the battlefield.

Updated June 27th, 2021 by Erik Petrovich: The Templar class is a unique one to The Elder Scrolls Online, combining the traditional support and tank roles into one player character. It is a great class for most of the content in the game and can easily pick up any role for party play – however, each build has its own particular strengths and weaknesses, and before diving into a build, it's a good idea to get a feel for the class in general. It's not a good idea to try to solo a dungeon when accidentally specced as a Support Templar, after all.

Templar Playstyle Overview

The Templar in The Elder Scrolls Online is a multi-faceted class with a particular focus on taking and healing damage. Templars tend to stay in close combat, using tanking-specific skills from weapon and armor trees to mitigate damage, though they can be played effectively at a range too – these Templars usually play the support role.

All things considered, it's, unfortunately, one of the least mobile classes, so be prepared to spec into heavy armor and focus on timing parries and interrupting enemies in a group.

Templar Skill Trees

There are three skill trees specific to the Templar: Aedric Spear, Dawn's Wrath, and Restoring Light. While Templars, of course, have access to a variety of other abilities that aren't class-specific, these abilities make the Templar more distinct from the Dragonknight. Even if you plan to follow a build exactly, it's good to understand the different focuses of each skill tree – just in case that build needs some personalization down the line.

  • Aedric Spear: The Templar's DPS-focused skill tree. These abilities include a variety of AoE attacks like Biting Jabs, stuns and debuffs like Binding Javelin, and the Ultimate Radial Sweep, a powerful AoE attack.
  • Dawn's Wrath: A Support and DPS hybrid skill tree for the Templar. It includes direct debuffs like Power of the Light and AoE dps and debuffs like Reflective Light. The Ultimate ability Nova is a powerful AoE ability that comes with a stunning synergy.
  • Restoring Light: The Templar's Support-focused skill tree. These abilities include direct, AoE, and passive healing abilities like Breath of Life as well as buffing and debuffing abilities such as Hasy Prayer. The Ultimate ability Rite of Passage is a simple powerful healing skill.

Choosing Weapon Skill Lines

Templars thrive when on the front lines of a battle, able to take blows for their teammates as they command the party from the fray. They have amazing self-sustaining skills, good damaging skills, and plenty of ways to keep themselves alive. When it comes to skills outside of the Templar-specific trees, though, there's a bit more nuance – even in some of these builds. Out of the major weapons in the game, Templars tend to use One-Hand and Shield skills, Two-Handed skills, and Restoration Staff skills the most.

  • One-Handed and Shield: A great tanking tree for Templars in The Elder Scrolls Online. The One-Hand and Shield tree has lots of threat-generating skills, like Ransack, as well as powerful self-buffs to fight even more effectively. The Ultimate ability Shield Wall is a go-to ultimate for some Tanking builds.
  • Two-Handed: A good go-to DPS tree for Templars. Two-Handed weapons grant a swathe of hard-hitting abilities, including the off-balancing Dizzying Swing and the Ultimate Berserker Strike, which deals huge damage to nearby enemies and buffs the player.
  • Restoration Staff: The default healing weapon tree for Templars. The Restoration Staff tree houses a variety of must-slot abilities like Radiating Regeneration and Combat Prayer. The Ultimate ability for this tree, though, is rarely used.

10 Warrior Templar

  • Resource: Stamina
  • Strengths: Damage output paired with Support skills
  • Weaknesses: Reliance on rotation, lots of stamina consumption

The Warrior Templar build takes full advantage of a 2H setup with a simple rotation designed to dish out moderate damage. As a stamina-based build from AlcastHQ, this focuses on keeping Restoring Focus to constantly replenish stamina. The 2H skillset uses Camouflaged Hunter to detect enemies and increase crit.

This boost, coupled with the immobilizing Barbed Trap, and the damage from Power of the Light, Biting Jabs, and Reverse Slice, work great against mobs. Finally, Flawless Dawnbreaker serves as a great finisher. The bow secondary skillset relies on Endless Hail for additional AOE. This build gives significant healing and buffs to allies with Ritual of Retribution, Repentance, and Restoring Vigor, too.

9 Jabsmania Templar

  • Resource: Stamina
  • Strengths: Close and long-ranged attacks, evasion
  • Weaknesses: Relies on Power of the Light ability constantly in rotation

The Jabsmania Templar from AlcastHQ offers a dual-wield and bow-based DPS to dungeon parties. They rely on the ability Power of the Light to debuff enemies. Its skillsets are lifted directly from the Warrior Templar build. As a stamina build, its rotation relies on releasing multiple light attacks and activating the Power of Light.

Likewise, Templars should activate their Deadly Cloak to increase their evasive potential. The ideal rotation would be Endless Hail, a light attack, Ritual of Retribution, followed by a weapon swap. For the second rotation, it should be a light attack, the Barbed Trap, eight Biting Jabs, and then another weapon swap.

8 Werewolf Templar

  • Resource: A bit of both Stamina and Magicka
  • Strengths: Very high DPS paired with tanky-ness, good AoE damage
  • Weaknesses: Build depends entirely on Werewolf Form

Werewolf Templars become one of the most powerful DPS builds for Werewolves. In AlcastHQ's build, they gain extra damage while in Werewolf form. Their main bar lets the Werewolf Templar deal massive damage while Barbed Trap, Power of the Light, Biting Jabs, and Rending Slashes debuffs opponents.

Meanwhile, Repentance gives massive heals, and Werewolf Berserker gives that added attack boost. The second skillset increases buffs to the Werewolf Templar. Ritual of Retribution, Restoring Focus, and Echoing Vigor grants the Templar a damage boost. Meanwhile, Poison Injection and Endless Hail deal moderate damage. The Ult Empowering Sweep gives decent AOE.

7 Beamplar Templar

  • Resource: Magicka
  • Strengths: Single-target damage, self-sustain
  • Weaknesses: Extreme resource usage, relatively low AoE

The Beamplar Templar offers great DPS with its high single-target and AOE damage skills. Moreover, their Magicka shield and sustain grant this Alcast HQ build great survivability. This build relies on Channeled Focus for resource replenishment. Its Fire Staff main bar buffs the Beamplar Templar with Mystic Orb, Blood for Blood, and Purifying Light.

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Afterward, they unleash damage with Blazing Spear, Radiant Oppression, and ult Elemental Rage. The Fire Staff secondary skillset provides the Beamplar Templar with better survivability with Harness Magicka, Channeled Acceleration, and Channeled Focus. Lastly, they can unleash AOE with Unstable Wall of Elements, Solar Barrage, and Crescent Sweep.

6 Solo Magicka Templar

  • Resource: Magicka
  • Strengths: Great for solo play, self-sustain, defense, and damage good all around
  • Weaknesses: Not optimized for party play (though it will likely serve just fine in all but the highest difficulty content)

Solo Magicka Templars are built for solo play thanks to their self-heals that directly affect their damage output. This build from Alcast HQ boasts shields that complement their self-heals plus decent AOE. Its Destruction Staff main bar provides lifesteal and buffs with Consuming Trap, Elemental Drain, and Harness Magicka.

Meanwhile, Reflective Light, Puncturing Sweeps, and the ultimate Elemental Rage deal great AOE. The Destruction Staff secondary skillset buffs the Templar with Channeled Focus and Ritual of Retribution. With this skillset, the Templar can unleash Unstable Wall of Elements, Blazing Spear, Solar Barrage, and ult Crescent Sweep to eliminate mobs.

5 Solo Stamplar

  • Resource: Stamina
  • Strengths: Great for solo play and party play alike thanks to a variety of healing, buffs, and AoE damage options
  • Weaknesses: Single-target damage, lots to memorize in rotation

The Solo Stamplar build from Alcast HQ makes soloing dungeons easy. Restoring Focus bolsters the Templar's stamina and resistance, making this a stamina build. This build allows the Templar to spam Biting Jabs, with Burning Light and Spear Wall serving as great passives. Lastly, Ritual of Retribution and Repentance can provide healing.

The 2H main bar buffs the Templar with Brawler and Echoing Vigor. These buffs help the Templar devastate opponents quickly with Power of the Light, Biting Jabs, Reverse Slice, and ult Flawless Dawnbreaker. Meanwhile, the bow secondary skillset buffs the Stamplar with Ritual of Retribution, Restoring Focus, and Repentance. It also offers Endless Hail and Razor Caltrops for decent AOE, with the Ult Empowering Sweep enough to cull weakened opponents.

4 Blazeplar Templar

  • Resource: Magicka
  • Strengths: Crowd control, AoE damage, defense
  • Weaknesses: Single-target damage, a resource-hungry build

The Blazeplar Templar is a build that enables Templars to take on PvP. Like with other Templar builds, this setup from Alcast HQ relies on Channeled Focus to replenish Magicka reserves. The Shock Staff main bar relies on dishing damage to opponents with Radiant Glory, Purifying Light, Puncturing Sweeps, and Toppling Charge.

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This skill set also allows them to bind enemies with Degeneration and finish them with Crescent Sweep. Meanwhile, the S&B secondary skillset heals allies with Honor The Dead while providing buffs with Living Dark and Ritual of Retribution. Moreover, Reflective Light dishes out decent AOE damage, while ult Spell Wall bolsters defenses.

3 Paladin Templar Tank

  • Resource: Magicka
  • Strengths: Self-sustain, party Support paired with decent damage overall
  • Weaknesses: Not focused on one aspect, focused on party over enemies

The Paladin Templar sets up the Templar as an efficient tank. With their shield and healing abilities, Paladin Templars using Alcast HQ's build can maximize shields with Radiant Ward, mitigate damage with Brands of Imperium, and remove debuffs with Extended Ritual.

The Paladin Templar's S&B build sets up attacks with Radiant Ward followed by Heroic Slash and Pierce Armor. Ritual of Rebirth, Spell Symmetry, and Remembrance can grant heals and buffs. The Destruction Staff skillset uses Extended Ritual, Repentance, Restoring Focus, and ult Aggressive Warhorn to remove debuffs and buff allies. Meanwhile, Elemental Blockade and Inner Rage stops opponents.

2 Reliever Templar Healer

  • Resource: Magicka
  • Strengths: High healing, great group support
  • Weaknesses: Terrible damage output, typically dons Light Armor

The Reliever Templar build from Alcast HQ makes full use of the Templar's Restoring Light skill tree to provide maximum healing. Breath of Life and Extended Ritual removes debuffs and grants powerful heals. For instance, their Restoration Staff skillset relies on Breath of Life, Illustrious Healing, and Radiating Regeneration for heals.

Meanwhile, Combat Prayer empowers allies, with Solar Prison granting debuffs. Purifying Light deals decent damage to foes. The Shock Staff skillset buffs the Templar through Channeled Focus and Aggressive Warhorn while healing with Extended Ritual. Moreover, Elemental Drain debuffs opponents, which leaves them vulnerable to Luminous Shards.

1 Ritualist Templar

  • Resource: Stamina and Magicka alike
  • Strengths: Tanking and healing in one role, good self-sustain, and party buffs
  • Weaknesses: Low damage output, reliance on Elusive Mist for maneuvering

Alcast HQ's Ritualist Templar build enables players to take on dungeons with a full tank/heal setup to take on bosses while supporting their allies as well. This build can help tanks become nigh-invulnerable provided they continuously heal stamina and Magicka with Channeled Focus.

The S&B main bar primarily serves as buff skills, with Breath of Life, Extended Ritual, and Repentance giving heals. Meanwhile, Radiant Magelight reveals hidden opponents, while Elusive Mist allows the Ritualist to escape sticky situations. Its ult Spell Wall bolsters the Templar's defense. The Restoration Staff secondary skillset uses Mutagen and ult Remembrance to provide additional heals. Lastly, Blazing Spear and Radiant Oppression provide much-needed AoE to enemies.

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Table of Contents

Magicka Templar PvE Build ESO – Radiant Justice

Build Written By: Pelle412 & Dottz Gaming – PC NA

Role: Damage Dealer

Patch: Waking Flame

  1. Introduction
  2. Setup
    1. Gear
    2. Attributes
    3. Skills
    4. Champion Points
    5. Other Important Info (Food, Mundus, Race, Potions, Passives)
  3. Rotation & Resource Management
  4. Tips & Misc.
  5. Contact Info
  6. Update Log

Welcome to’s Magicka Templar Build PvE, Radiant Justice, for the Elder Scrolls Online! This build is meant for PvE dungeons, trials and solo play. This Magicka Templar build has recommendations for end game gear as well as alternatives that are easier to acquire.  The rotations are not overly difficult but may need some practice time in front of a target dummy. This build works well in groups and also shines in solo play because of the amount of self-healing available for Magicka Templars, as well as minor sorcery group buffs and faster resurrection times for fallen group members.


Magicka Templar DPS PvE Build – Final
Gear SlotSetWeightTraitEnchantAcquisition
HeadZaanHeavy/LightDivinesMagickaVet Scalecaller Peak
ShouldersZaanLightDivinesMagickaUndaunted Chest
GlovesMother’s SorrowLightDivinesMagickaDeshaan or Guild Trader
LegsMother’s SorrowLightDivinesMagickaDeshaan or Guild Trader
ChestMother’s SorrowLightDivinesMagickaDeshaan or Guild Trader
BeltMother’s SorrowLightDivinesMagickaDeshaan or Guild Trader
BootsMother’s SorrowLightDivinesMagickaDeshaan or Guild Trader
NecklaceMedusaJewelryBloodthirstySpell DamageArx Corinium
RingMedusaJewelryBloodthirstySpell DamageArx Corinium
RingMedusaJewelryBloodthirstySpell DamageArx Corinium
Weapon 1MedusaFlamePreciseFireArx Corinium
Weapon 2Perfected Crushing WallFlameInfusedWeapon DamageVet Maelstrom Arena

Gear Set Explanation

Zaan: This set deals an incredible amount of single target damage, connecting a beam of flame between us and our target that deals 100% more damage every time it ticks! This offers a huge boost to our single target pressure when it fires off, and is a staple magicka dps set!

Medusa: This set has quickly become a magicka dps staple, giving us permanent uptime on minor force, allowing us more flexibility with our skill bar since we dont need to get this buff from Channeled Acceleration anymore!

Mother’s Sorrow: With all the critical damage modifiers you get in a trials group, Mother’s Sorrow is an amazing front bar DPS set for magicka characters!

Crushing Wall: Increases the damage of our light attacks against enemies inside of our wall of elements, which boosts our DPS significantly. If you don’t have this weapon, use any staff that gives you extra spell critical for the 2 piece bonus!


All points into Magicka.


Main Bar – Inferno Staff

1: Blazing Spear (Aedric Spear’s line morph of Spear Shards)
2: Purifying Light (Dawn’s Wrath line morph of Backlash)
3: Puncturing Sweeps (Aedric Spear’s line morph of Puncturing Strikes); If you prefer to play primarily a ranged DPS, go with Elemental Weapon here from the Psijic Order skill line.
4: Radiant Oppression (Dawn’s Wrath line morph of Radiant Destruction)
5: Inner Light (Mage’s Guild line morph of Magelight)
Ultimate: Shooting Star (Mages Guild line morph of Meteor)

Back Bar – Inferno Staff

1: Unstable Wall of Elements (Destruction Staff line morph of Wall of Elements)
2: Solar Barrage (Dawn’s Wrath line morph of Solar Flare)
3: Channeled Focus (Restoring Light line morph of Rune Focus)
4: Harness Magicka (Light Armor line morph of Annulment)
5: Mystic Orb (Undaunted line morph of Necrotic Orb)
Ultimate: Crescent Sweep (Aedric Spear line morph of Radial Sweep

Skill Explanation

  1. Blazing Spear– Our other bread and butter AoE DoT. It’s range is smaller than Elemental Blockade. Also having it slotted increases our critical damage done for all skills on the front bar.This skill is very expensive so do not overcast it but at the same time don’t let it lapse. Each second it ticks it can proc the Burning Light passive.
  2. Purifying Light – Applies a time based damage soaker on your target, keep this up always and enjoy the final hit as a function of how much damage you could make target soak up during its duration.
  3. Puncturing Sweeps – Your bread and butter spammable. It’s close range only but each hit also heals you.
    1. ALT: Elemental Weapon– We use this skill to greatly empower our next light attack. It also applies a random status effect on our target (burning, concussed, or chilled).
  4. Radiant Oppression– This is our execute.
  5. Inner Light- We have a free slot on our front bar now that we run Medusa, so this fills the slot perfectly, giving us a boost to our damage via increased maximum magicka!
  6. Shooting Star–  Our primary ultimate. Having this slotted also passively increases your max magicka and recovery.
  7. Unstable Wall of Elements– Your bread and butter wide area AoE DoT. The fire blockade does more damage to an already Burning target.
  8. Solar Barrage This skill creates a short range AoE burst around you but its true power is in that it empowers all your light attacks. Practice your light attack weave and watch your damage go up by leaps and bounds.
  9. Channeled Focus– This skill provides us extra resistances as well as magicka return over time. Keep this up as much as possible.
  10. Harness Magicka– This is our shield. Use it as needed in situations where you might get hit hard and can’t always block.
  11. Mystic Orb– Damages all targets in the orb’s path and allows group members to synergize for resources.
  12. Crescent Sweep– We don’t typically use this ultimate but having it slotted increases our critical damage done for all skills on that bar.

Alternative Skills:

  1. If you do not have the Psijic Order skills, you can use Force Pulse or Crushing Shock for your spammable attack. Crushing Shock has slightly lower damage but very high group utility in dungeons and trials in that you can interrupt enemies from a distance. This is equivalent to doing a bash from melee range.

Champion Points

The list below showcases the order in which champion points should be acquired, the number of points you need to place into that perk and whether or not it needs to be slotted in the CP bar. The Warfare CP perks increase your damage and mitigation and are the most important, the Fitness tree has some miscellaneous sustain and defensive perks and the Craft tree has crafting and non-combat bonuses. The Craft CP points are entirely customizable to however you want, or you can follow the list below.


  • Precision – 20
  • Fighting Finesse – 50 (Slotted)
  • Piercing – 20
  • Deadly Aim – 50 (Slotted)
  • Master-at-Arms – 50 (Slotted)
  • Backstabber – 50 (Slotted)
  • Eldritch Insight – 20
  • Battle Mastery – 40
  • Mighty – 30
  • Quick Recovery – 20
  • Preparation – 20
  • Elemental Aegis – 20
  • Hardy – 20
  • Blessed – 20
  • Tireless Discipline – 20


  • Boundless Vitality – 50 (Slotted)
  • Rejuvenation – 50 (Slotted)
  • Tumbling – 30
  • Mystic Tenacity – 10
  • Hero’s Vigor – 20
  • Siphoning Spells – 50 (Slotted)
  • Fortified – 50 (Slotted)
  • Defiance – 20
  • Tireless Guardian – 20
  • Fortification – 30
  • Hasty – 16
  • Sprinter – 20
  • Nimble Protector – 6
  • Savage Defense – 30
  • Bashing Brutality – 20
  • Piercing Gaze – 30


  • Steed’s Blessing – 50 (Slotted)
  • Breakfall – 50
  • Wanderer – 15
  • Steadfast Enchantment – 50
  • Rationer – 30 (Slotted)
  • Liquid Efficiency – 75 (Slotted)
  • Treasure Hunter – 50 (Slotted)
  • Fortune’s Favor – 50
  • Gilded Fingers – 50
  • Soul Reservoir – 33

Other Important Info

Buff Food

Clockwork Citrus Filet (Health+Magicka+Health Recovery+Magicka Recovery Gold Food) or Witchmother’s Potent Brew (Health+Magicka+Magicka Recovery Purple Drink).


Thief – Increased Critical Chance


  1. High Elf (Altmer): This is the archetypical damage dealer. If you want to squeeze the most of this build, go with this, but sustaining a fast paced rotation will need some practice. If you want to also play PvP, this race offers some benefits to stamina sustain as well.
  2. Dark Elf (Dunmer): This race is also a very strong damage dealer, but also comes with the huge benefit of being able to switch between a magicka templar and a stamina templar without changing race since Dunmer is a very strong choice for Stamina DPS race. The Dunmer is an excellent choice as a PvP race due to its stamina bonuses and flame resistance.
  3. Breton (recommended): This race can produce great results as well but lacking a bit of spell damage the elven races offer. However, it does offer resistance buffs and a pretty significant boost to magicka sustain making it that much easier to sustain fast paced rotations without running out of resources.


High Performance: Essence of Spell Power (Corn Flower + Lady’s Smock + Water Hyacinth)

Everyday Play: Essence of Magicka (game drops or vendor)


All class passives, all destruction staff passives, all light armor passives, all heavy armor passives, mages guild passives (magicka controller), all undaunted passives, all racial passives, alchemy (medicinal use), all psijic order

Use Channeled Focus before the fight begins.

Light Attack > Wall of Elements > Light Attack > Solar Barrage > Light Attack > Mystic Orb > Weapon Swap > Light Attack > Blazing Spear > Light Attack > Purifying Light > (Light Attack > 5x Puncturing Sweeps) > Light Attack > Purifying Light > Weapon Swap

  • Use Shooting Star whenever you have enough ultimate to use it.
  • Keep Channeled Focus up always.
  • When target reaches 25% health, keep blazing spear and unstable wall of elements up and then use radiant oppression. When target reaches 10% health, only use radiant oppression.
  • You’ll want to spend time in front of a target dummy practicing this. Configure S’rendarr addon (if on PC) to show various timers on your screen so you can monitor your DoT timers. Allowing DoTs to expire is usually one of the reasons some struggle to maximize their DPS output. The rotation sequence described above isn’t a magical recipe for success. You often need to tailor it to your specific needs and the speed at which you weave a rotation. Use it as a template for developing your own rotation.
  • ADVANCED: If you want to squeeze out more damage, try to recast purifying light as soon as it expires (but not before). This needs a bit of a dynamic rotation.
  1. Whether you want to play as a vampire or not is totally up to you.
  2. When a situation gets rough, be sure to cast Harness Magicka to be able to survive. A dead dps does no dps.
  3. As a templar, you resurrect people quickly and bring them back with full health instead of half health. When someone in your group goes down, be sure to be the one to go and pick them up.
  4. If you play solo or in a group with ineffective heals, slot Ritual of Retribution. It can cleanse harmful effects and is a heal over time for you and your friends as well as a DoT for your enemies. If you prefer big heals without cleansing harmful effects and damage to enemies, slot Breath of Life instead.
  5. Helpful Addons:
    1. Combat Metrics
    2. Light Attack Helper
      1. The Light Attack Helper addon keeps track of your light attack per second ratio. You’ll want to practice to get this number as high as you can.

If you have any questions about the build, join our discord server and ask @Pelle412 or @Dottz about the build!

9/14/2017 – Build created.
10/23/2017 – CP adjusted for the new 690 cap (CwC Patch) and gear sets were changed.
2/12/2018 – New build author – build write up overhauled
5/31/2018 – Build updated for Summerset Isles
8/20/2018 – Gear & CP Updated for Wolfhunter
10/22/2018 – Gear, CP and rotation updated for Murkmire
3/4/2019 – Beginner/Intermediate setups added
4/24/2019 – Advanced setup overhauled, skills changed, CP changed, Mundus changed
5/22/2019 – Buff food and 1 5 piece set changed
8/25/2019 – Skills/Rotation updated for scalebreaker
10/22/2019 – Skills, monster set, rotation, cp and buff food updated for dragonhold
2/24/2020 – No update for Harrowstorm
5/29/2020 – changed back bar glyph, 1 skill, and made minor clean ups to the writeup.
8/24/2020 – monster helm on advanced setup changed
11/6/2020 – cp updated
3/9/2021 – cp and gear updated
6/2/2021- cp updated
8/23/2021 – skills, gear and rotation updated

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I. Best Race Choices for a Warden

Race Choices For Stamina Builds:

  • Stamina DPS: The best choice at the moment is Redguard for PvE DPS. Since the Khajiit critical passive was fixed they have become a top contender for maximum Stam DPS.
  • Tank: Nord is the best race for tanking because of their reduction to incoming damage and increase to stamina and health.
  • Balanced: If you want a more well-rounded race so you can switch between multiple roles, you can pick Imperial.

Race Choices For Magicka Builds:

  • Magicka DPS & PvP: We recommend picking a Dark Elf (7% Fire Damage, 9% Max Magicka, 6% Stamina & Fire Resistance), as it gives bonus Fire Damage for your fire DoTs and some protection to help you survive if you choose to go as a vampire, However the differences between Dark and High Elf is really minimal, if you want a bit more sustain or also PvP on the side High Elf might be a better choice for you
  • Healer: Breton, the reduced spell cost and high magicka pool is essential for efficient healing. Second best choice will be High Elf.

II. Prioritize The Right Stats/Attribute Points

Stats For Stamina Builds: To do end game content you will want around 18k HP (for non-tanks) so you don’t get one shot. After you make sure you have 18k HP you should dump all your extra stats from attribute points and enchants into stamina. If you are still leveling up just make sure you keep putting some points into health, if you start getting one or two shot that means you are putting to many points into stamina.

You should prioritize your stats in this order for optimal Stamina DPS Builds:

  • Armor Penetration
  • Weapon Damage
  • Weapon Critical
  • Max Stamina
  • Reduced Stamina Cost
  • Stamina Recovery

You should prioritize your stats in this order for optimal Stamina Tanking Builds:

  • 28k to 30k Health (Fully Buffed)
  • Dodge Chance
  • Reduced Cost of Blocking
  • Reduced Stamina Cost
  • Stamina Recovery
  • Physical/Spell Resistance
  • Maximum Stamina

Stats For Magicka Builds: You will also want about 18k HP for magicka builds if you are planning to do end game content and if you are still leveling just make sure you are putting enough points into health so you don’t get one or two shot by packs of mobs.

You should prioritize your stats in this order for optimal Magicka DPS Builds:

  • Spell Damage
  • Spell Critical
  • Spell Penetration
  • Max Magicka
  • Reduced Magicka Cost
  • Magicka Recovery

You should prioritize your stats in this order for optimal Healing Builds:

  • Max Magicka
  • Reduced Magicka Cost
  • Magicka Recovery
  • Spell Damage
  • Spell Critical

Find out how to get the perfect stats for your Templar builds in our —-> ESO Mastery Builds Guide

III. Pick The Right Mundus Stone

Stamina Based Mundus Stones:

  • Maximum DPS: Most characters should run the Thief mundus stone for maximum DPS but Khajiit Templars with a high critical strike chance should run Shadow.
  • Optimal Tanking: The Lord is the best stone for tanking unless you have almost 30k HP fully buffed without it, then you should switch to the Tower for the extra stamina.

Magicka Based Mundus Stones:

  • Maximum DPS: The Thief is defiantly the way to go for magicka DPS builds, the Thief increases your critical chance which boosts your damage more than any other stone and allows you to use your ultimate more often.
  • Optimal Healing: For healing builds you should swap mundus stones to the Atronach, the ability to consistently heal is way more important than your damage output.

If you want to know where to find each Mundus Stone is checkout our: Mundus Stones Location Guide

IV. Optimal Champion Points For Your Character Build

Your Champion points are going to vary based on your exact build, game content you are doing, whether you are going for single target or AoE damage, and group setup. Below we have put together some basic templates for you to start with and modify based on your needs.

Stamina Based DPS Templates:

The Ritual (Blue)

  • Mighty: 100 points
  • Precise Strikes: 40 points
  • Piercing: 27 points

The Tower (Green)

The Lover (Green)

The Shadow (Green)

  • Tumbling: 13 points
  • Shadow Ward: 1 points

The Lady (Red)

  • Hardy: 78 points
  • Elemental Defender: 78 points
  • Thick Skinned: 11 points

Magicka Based DPS Templates:

The Apprentice (Blue)

  • Elemental Expert : 96 points
  • Elfborn : 71 points

The Tower (Green)

The Lover (Green)

The Steed (Red)

The Lady (Red)

  • Hardy : 60 points
  • Elemental Defender : 80 points

For Tanking & Healing champion point templates download our Templar Builds mini guide by clicking the link below, we didn’t include them in this post because it would be too long but we did add them to the guide you can get below.

Find out how to modify the above templates to fit your goals and playstyle in our —-> ESO Mastery Builds Guide

V. Use The Best Combo of Gear Traits, Enchantments, & Item Sets

Your gear traits and enchants are going to change slightly based on what game content you want to do, who’s in your group, and various other factors. If you Get Our ESO Mastery Builds Guide we will show you what you need to change based on your situation. It covers group content, raids, and solo gameplay.

**Note** We didn’t include item builds for tanking and healing in this post because it would be way too long, however we did include them in the downloadable Templar guide you can get by clicking the link above.

Basic Stamina Based DPS Template:

Item SlotSet BonusItem TypeTraitEnchant
HelmSpawn of MephalaMediumDivinesStamina
ShouldersSpawn of MephalaMediumDivinesStamina
ChestNight Mother’s GazeMediumDivinesStamina
WaistNight Mother’s GazeMediumDivinesStamina
FeetNight Mother’s GazeMediumDivinesStamina
HandsNight Mother’s GazeMediumDivinesStamina
LegsNight Mother’s GazeMediumDivinesStamina
NeckAgilityJewelryRobustWeapon Damage
Ring OneAgilityJewelryRobustWeapon Damage
Ring TwoAgilityJewelryRobustWeapon Damage
MainhandMaelstormDagger/AxeSharpenedCruel Flurry
OffhandMaelstormDaggerSharpenedCruel Flurry
2nd WeaponMaelstormBowSharpenedThunderous Volley

Basic Magicka Based DPS Template:

Item SlotSet BonusItem TypeTraitEnchant
HelmMolag KenaHeavyDivinesMagicka
ShouldersMolag KenaMediumDivinesMagicka
ChestTwice Born StarLightDivinesMagicka
WaistTwice Born StarLightDivinesMagicka
FeetTwice Born StarLightDivinesMagicka
HandsTwice Born StarLightDivinesMagicka
LegsTwice Born StarLightDivinesMagicka
NeckWillpowerJewelryArcaneSpell Damage
Ring OneWillpowerJewelryArcaneSpell Damage
Ring TwoWillpowerJewelryArcaneSpell Damage
MainhandTorug’s PactInferno StaffSharpenedIncrease Spell Damage
OffhandTorug’s Pact/MaelstormInferno StaffSharpenedFire/Daedric/Maelstorm

Copy Our Top Performing Warden Builds

If you would rather skip all the work and just get a huge list of perfect build templates for all roles and playstyles, you should get our Character Builds Guidewhere we walk you through step-by-step how to copy the best builds within minutes and you can become one of the top Wardens in The Elder Scrolls Online.

The builds we offer in our guides are constantly updated and proven to maximize your characters performance in any role or playstyle. We have builds for PvE, PvP, Tanking, Healing, DPS, and builds for characters still leveling up.


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Templar Class Builds For The Elder Scrolls Online

20 BEST Templar Builds For ESO!

Looking for the best Templar Class Builds for The Elder Scrolls Online? This list is gathered from the ESO community’s top players and creators and is frequently updated. This list includes several build types for the Templar Class including Healers, Tanks, DPS, Solo, PVE and PVP Builds!

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Hack The Minotaur offers incredibly FUN and UNIQUE Templar class builds for The Elder Scrolls Online. Great Templar Builds for Beginner, Solo, Group, PVE and PVP Content is here!



Magicka Templar Solo PVE ONE BAR Build for ESO. The Ultra powerful and EASY Templar build for The Elder Scrolls Online.

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The SLAYER Build is an EASY One Bar set up for the Stamina Templar class in The Elder Scrolls Online. And no difficult rotations or Trials gear is needed to be successful! Plus you can add a second skill bar for even more damage!

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The MERCILESS Stamina Templar PVP Build is an easy to start with Beginner focused set up for Battlegrounds and Cyrodiil in The Elder Scrolls Online. The Stamina Templar has amazing versatility, making it one of my favorite classes for PVP in ESO. Damage, Healing, Defense, Sustain - we have it all! Not to mention this build works extremely well at any level, even under level 50!

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The WARLORD Build combines Crafted and Overland Sets, along with the Right Skills and Passives to EASILY top 10K Weapon Damage! The massive damage output on this build is GREAT for Solo and even Group play in The Elder Scrolls Online! This is a Member’s Only Video.

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The THRASSIAN Build is a Magicka Templar Damage Dealer Build for Solo or Group content in The Elder Scrolls Online. Thanks to the use of the Thrassian Strangler Mythic, this build can also reach over 10,000 Spell Damage quite easily! This is a Member’s Only Video.

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The LAW BRINGER Build is an incredibly EASY one bar build for The Elder Scrolls Online, great for beginners and experienced players alike! This powerful Magicka Templar build comes with amazing AOE damage potential as well as self-healing, making you unkillable in most situations if played correctly.

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THE GRYPHON Build is a fantastic choice for a Solo build in The Elder Scrolls Online. With great damage and impressive speed, this build can quickly explode through content including Overland zones, Delves and Public Dungeons. This build is ideal for Grinding Champion Points as well!

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Magicka Templar VAMPIRE Build for ESO. A unique look at a Vampire/Templar Crossover build. This build can work for Solo or Group PVE in ESO.

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