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


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