ESO Classes in Elder Scrolls Online are pre-made character roles equipped with skills that players are free to gear out towards their intended purpose within an adventuring party. Most traditional MMOs have restrictive class skills, which are a subset of your weapon choice, but ESO provides a lot more freedom for players to tailor their builds for any role with any class. The game also features Skill Points, allowing for the player to create specific builds  around specific attributes.

If you need a detailed guide for beginners, please see this article.

  • A fifth class, called the Warden was added with the Morrowind Chapter on June 6th, 2017.
  • A sixth class, the Necromancer, was added with the Elsweyr Chapter on June 4th, 2019.

How to pick your ESO class

All classes in ESO are viable in all roles, although some classes have an innate capacity for excellence in certain scenarios. Since all classes can equip any light / medium or heavy Armor Set, and upgrade the skill lines for any Weapon, Class Skills are the main differentiator for builds and roles.

When making a build, you will generally select to be

  • Magicka (typically ranged heals or dps),
  • Stamina (melee or bows dps or tank) or
  • Health (tanking) class.

You could want to become a magicka tank, which becomes harder to accomplish and thus the class you select will determine your performance. The specific skill lines associated for every class are then the deciding factor when making your build. Make sure to also think of the right Races to match your desired bonuses.

ESO Class Roles

These are some suggested roles / focus for the classes. These are subjective observations and players can make any class/role work, however we have looked at the most unique abilities of a class to determine what role that class is naturally more inclined to. Templars, for example, have powerful healing skills in their class line. Dragon Knights have high survivability so they are naturally tankier. 

  Stam DPS Magicka DPS Tanking Healing
Dragonknight Good Good Excellent Poor
Necromancer Excellent Good Excellent Good
Nightblade Good Excellent Good Poor
Sorcerer Good Excellent Poor Good
Templar Good Excellent Poor Excellent
Warden Good Good Good Excellent




ESO Classes


Use the ancient Akaviri martial arts tradition of battle-spirit to gain powerful buffs and deal fire damage



Use stealth, luck and cunning to deal devastating criticals and master physical and magic damage



Master the elements and protect yourself with flesh and bone from the fallen





Control fearsome summons and deal devastating magic, lightning and fire damage.



Use the power of radiance to deal powerful light-based attacks or heal your allies



Become one with nature and harvest its powers for healing and damage with unique frost abilities



Class Role Suggestions

Magicka Sorcerer, Nightblade, Necromancer, Dragonknight Sorcerer, Nightblade, Necromancer, Dragonknight Templar, Necromancer, Warden Templar, Dragonknight, Warden
Stamina Sorcerer, Nightblade, Warden Sorcerer, Nightblade, Warden, Dragonknight Warden, Necromancer Templar, Dragonknight, Necromancer, Warden
Health n/a n/a n/a Dragonknight, Templar, Necromancer, Warden


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    • Anonymous

      24 Aug 2020 10:58  

      Tank NB isn't "poor". Is "good". Templar tank is "poor". Stamina warden is "good" not "excellent". Stam NB dps is poor for me. Not good heal, problems with survivability and resources. Magicka is better than "good", maybe "excellent" in good hands. Magicka templar is also "excellent" not "good".

      • Anonymous

        03 Aug 2020 08:38  

        I would honestly but Nightblade to "Good" as a tank (most hardcore vSS HM main tanks are nightblades) and templar to Poor (good mitigation, but lacks health scaling healing ability that could be used as an effective self heal).

        • Anonymous

          23 May 2019 05:09  

          Everyone who reads this article, read it and leave, because comments are usually useless on a trusted source, and you should ignore all this and play the freaking game. So please ignore this comment unless you understand what I'm telling you, because you would be going to actually experience the game for yourself.

          • Anonymous

            03 Jul 2017 18:28  

            You guys are retarded. Suggestions are to ease the game for scrubs that can only play games that the playerbase can offer them guides to using a class the most effective way. Not everyone is a curious cat and good at mmos. I play with guide junkies. So you guys and your "I'm offended" post can shove one up your... You snowflakes.

            • Anonymous

              22 Dec 2016 12:55  

              Wow this is the worst wiki!! I want to know about the classes in detail, not what you think I should choose!!

              • Anonymous

                24 Nov 2016 15:46  

                im building bosmer (wood elf) nightblade destruction staff/bow (just for cripling attacks) wielder wearing light armour and doing just fine. those suggestions are nonsense.

                • Anonymous

                  race advise09 Jul 2016 22:21  

                  please remove those suggestions every one should play what ever he/she wants and every class can be the best with each race

                  • Anonymous

                    Class Roles and Suggestions01 Jun 2016 20:26  

                    Class Roles and Race Suggestions should be removed due to the nature of the skills/builds in this game. Every class can play every role with every race well if not better than some of the suggestions here i.e. Breton Dragon Knight Healer would be a VERY good character.

                    • Anonymous

                      This game is worse than Spongebobs Wild Hunt30 May 2016 15:17  

                      I played that game in the third grade and cried after i shot sandy, and this game is still worse

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