Elden Ring Tank Builds Guide

If your focus is on building an unstoppable tank in Elden Ring, look no further. The following guide will talk...

If your focus is on building an unstoppable tank in Elden Ring, look no further. The following guide will talk about how you can become a brick wall against the toughest enemies in the game.

Elden Ring Tank Builds

These builds will help you defend with authority and attack while preserving your HP as well.

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Melee Tank Build

Healer Tank Build

Melee Tank Build

Class: Hero.

Stat: Strength (Primary), Endurance (Primary)

Flask Spread: HP

Weapon: Sacred Butchering Knife, Cold Great Stars +24.

Armor: Veteran’s Armor

Talisman: Godskin Swaddling Cloth, Dragon Shield Talisman +2.

Skills: Barricade Shield (Ash of War), Sacred Blade (Ash of War)

Healer Tank Build

Stat: Strength (Primary), Endurance (Primary)

Flask Spread: Mostly HP.

Weapon: A Sacred seal with a one-handed weapon of your choice.

Armor: Twinned Armor

Talisman: Dragoncrest Greatshield Talisman, Erd Tree’s Favor +1.

Skills: Barricade Shield (Ash of War), Golden Vow (Ash of War)

Best Class for Tank Builds

For Melee Tank Build, Elden Ring has a beginner class called Hero. The hero has great strength and vigor, as well as some arcane abilities. Elden Ring’s classes actually set the player’s beginning Stats and Equipment; as the game proceeds, players can adjust their build to suit their desired style of play. The Hero is a class that is based on strength-based equipped with an axe at the start of the game.

You can use any class for Healer Tank Build as long as you invest points in Strength and Endurance.

Best Stats for Tank Builds

The stats for Melee Tank Build are focused mainly on Strength and Endurance. Having a high Endurance stat allows you to equip heavy armaments and weapons while staying agile. Strength will be used to push the damage numbers of any weapons you use. Below you can find stats in the list form.

  • Vigor: 46
  • Mind: 10
  • Endurance: 34
  • Strength: 48
  • Dexterity: 14
  • Intelligence: 9
  • Faith: 9
  • Arcane: 34

The stats requirement for the Healer Tank Build is quite like Melee’s build with some increase in Faith. Faith is more important than Strength since it increases your damage and healing buffs.

Use Strength exclusively to satisfy weapon and shield requirements. Below you can find stats in the list form.

  • Vigor: 48
  • Mind: 10
  • Endurance: 37
  • Strength: 50
  • Dexterity: 12
  • Intelligence: 9
  • Faith: 26
  • Arcane: 32

Best Weapons for Tank Builds in Elden Ring

Your weapon selection is important in both builds. Therefore, choosing the right weapon can lead you to victory in any battle.

Using a weapon like Sacred Butchering Knife for Melee Tank Build can seriously cause mayhem as it allows you to increase your weapon’s overall Strength, making it capable of performing combo attacks.

In addition to that, for Melee Tank Build you can also wield a GreatHammer called Great Stars. This weapon will break through the opponent’s Armor and stance. The Great Stars hammer scales well on STR, making it perfect for your build. You can attune it with Ice to deal with some frost damage as well.

With the Healer Tank Build, one-handed weapons like the Rotten Crystal Sword or any other normal sword, you can perform Spinning Slash attacks, dealing an incredible amount of damage to the opponent, mainly bosses.

Best Armor for Tank Builds

Veteran’s Armor is one of the most suitable sets for Melee Tank Build as it provides both defense and resistance to the player. It is the heaviest armor in the game but also has exceptional robustness, poise, and overall damage negation.

For Healer Tank Build, Twinned Armor, a part of the Twinned Set can be extremely helpful for both defensive and resistance increases. This armor is not heavy armor, and it will not weigh you down.

Best Talismans for Tank Builds

For the Melee Tank Build, you can use Godskin Swaddling Cloth as the talisman which is dropped by the Godskin Apostle & Godskin Noble, and it is used for successively restoring the HP of attacks.

Another Talisman that can help you greatly in the Melee Tank Build is the Dragon shield Talisman, found in Crumbling Farum Azula as it increases 10-15% of your physical damage negation.

For Healer Tank Build, the most important Talisman will be the Dragoncrest Greatshield Talisman, which allows you to take 20% less damage from all incoming physical attacks, making you an even more effective tank.

Best Skills for Tank Builds

For the Melee Tank Build, Barricade Shield is an Ash of War skill used in this build that helps you block any attack performed by the opponent, making it a useful defensive skill. When battling difficult opponents or bosses, use Barricade Shield to tank while your friends burn them down

Dropped by Night’s Cavalry at Weeping Peninsula, the Ash of War Barricade Shield is probably one of the best Skills in the Healer Tank build. It provides additional protection to your shield, helping It deflect lethally attacks with ease.

For the Healer Tank build, Golden Vow is another Ash of War skill that enhances your attack and defense.

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