Top 9 Tank Monster Sets in The Elder Scrolls Online
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In ESO, Monster Sets are unique sets that drop from specific dungeons, and they consist of two pieces: a helm and a shoulder piece. These sets provide powerful bonuses that can greatly enhance your character's abilities and survivability. Here are some of the best Monster Sets in The Elder Scrolls Online:
- Arch Druid
- Spot of Ruin
- Lord Warden
- Engine Guardian
- Bahraha's Curse
Location: Volleyball Dungeon in Alaker Desert
Effect: When you taunt an enemy, a Dion Repair will burst out of the ground dealing damage and reducing their armor by 8% of your armor for 15 seconds. It has a cooldown of 10 seconds and will provide up to 3120 penetration at max armor.
You need to actually taunt something and not just use a taunting ability, otherwise it won't proc.
Location: Erden Root Enclave Dungeon in High Isle (requires Low Steps DLC)
Effect: Causes a behemoth to appear after 1.2 seconds, dealing damage and applying major vulnerability to up to 6 enemies for 7 seconds. It has a cooldown of 15 seconds and will provide up to 47 uptime.
Great for fights with a steady influx of new ads, like in Raw Growth, and for trash if your Necromancer can't get their curses ready in time. It is also one of the best monster sets to run on a tank in dungeons.
Location: Black Teeth with a dungeon located in Gold Coast (requires Flames of Ambition DLC)
Effect: When you activate it, a 12-meter aura will be created dealing fire damage and reducing incoming fire damage by 5%. It has a cooldown of 15 seconds and will increase your group's dps by a decent amount. It is very useful for both trials and dungeons and is great for trash fights.
Spot of Ruin
Type: Mythic shoulder piece that cannot be used with a two-piece monster set
Effect: Activating it will create a 12-meter aura that grants 260 weapon and spell damage and reduces health, magicka, and stamina recovery by 70 for every ally benefiting from the aura. It is a great option for both trials and dungeons and can be paired with a single piece of Magma Incarnate to offset its debuff.
It can be obtained by digging up 5 Antiquity Leads, Oreo Armor Glaze (which drops from Shivering Shrine world boss and Stonefalls Clanfield), Glorified Petrified Age of Horn (which drops from Abomination Cradle world boss in Deadlands), Alloy Lane Plates (which drop from Strongboxes in Blackwood) and Alloy Rivets (which drop from any Dramora).
Location: Shipwreck Cove dungeon located in Rivenspire (requires Ascended Sleepers DLC)
Effect: When you use an ultimate ability, it will extend the duration of all major and minor debuffs on the closest 6 enemies within 12 meters by one second for every 20 ultimate points spent. This effect can only happen once every 30 seconds per target.
Great for extending major vulnerability provided by Necromancer's Colossus ultimate and extending major brittle provided by the Nun Attack monster set.
Location: Imperial City Prison
Effect: 50% chance to summon a Shadow Orb for 10 seconds when you take damage, which increases the armor of everyone within 8 meters by 3180. This effect can occur once every 10 seconds.
Lord Warden is a fantastic Monster Set for improving your group's survivability. With its 50% proc chance, it's a great option for non-Nord characters who would otherwise struggle to reach the armor cap. The set also provides 1500 armor with its one-piece bonus, which provides around 6% damage mitigation to your group.
Effect: 6% chance to generate 13 Ultimate and increase your Armor by 3731 for 5 seconds when you take damage. This effect can occur once every 5 seconds.
Bloodspawn is a great Monster Set for tanks who are using Alkosh instead of Magma Shell to get around some one-shot mechanics. It provides a nice boost to your Ultimate generation, making it safer to take on harder content.
Location: Direfrost Keep
Effect: 25% chance to summon a Dwemer Automaton to restore 550 Stamina or Magicka or 1955 Health every half second for 6 seconds when you use an ability that costs resources. This effect can occur once every 10 seconds.
Engine Guardian is one of the best selfish Monster Sets when you need to focus on your own survival. It provides a lot of sustain, but it can be a bit inconsistent. Assuming average luck, it will provide 601 Health, 169 Stamina, and 169 Magicka per second.
Location: Moon Hunter Keep
Effect: When you bash an enemy you've taunted, you apply Major Maim for 8 seconds, which reduces their Weapon and Spell Damage by 430, approximately 11% Damage Reduction. It has a cooldown of 15 seconds.
Bahraha's Curse is situational but can help a lot with group survivability. Major Maim can be a game-changer in group content like Cloudrest or Maelstrom Arena. However, if you have Unstable Clannfear support in your group, Betnikh's Aspect of Terror is a much better source of Major Maim. But if you don't have access to that, Bahraha's Curse is still a good option.
In conclusion, choosing the right Monster Set can make a big difference in your group's performance in PvE content in ESO. Lord Warden, Bloodspawn, Engine Guardian, and Bahraha's Curse are some of the best options available. Remember to choose a Monster Set that complements your playstyle and the content you're doing.
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