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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    • Anonymous

      12 May 2021 18:55  

      I have a level 50 DK and she is great for self healing and gaining ultimate really fast. Her DPS is nothing to shake a fist at either. I tend to move around a lot with my characters to avoid being hit when possible which in general reduces the damage I take but also increases the time it takes to take an enemy down. In general with my DK I rarely have to heal. I also have a night blade who deals nice dps but I find she needs to heal more because I can't steal health from enemies and she also does not gain ultimate like my DK does. I can go a really long time before I have enough ultimate to use an attack where as with my DK I seem to be able to use an ultimate attack multiple times in a boss fight (and I am only doing delves and quests solo so short fights).

      • Anonymous

        02 Nov 2020 23:24  

        why putting necromancer exellent for stamina dps on top but at the bottom not putting in any stamina dps?

        • Anonymous

          24 Aug 2020 04:58  

          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 02:38  

            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

              22 May 2019 23:09  

              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 12:28  

                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.

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