In ESO all classes can fulfill all roles, but if you want to maximize your results and performance, then picking the right one is important. This guide will teach you what each class is good at, and their strengths & weaknesses.
Defining Character Roles
We can define character roles as being the following:
- Damage Dealer
- Support & Buffs (mostly in PVP).
Support & Buffs role can be played in PVE as well, since these classes can also heal, but it is generally more popular in PVP, while in PVE healers that can also provide buffs are more common.
There is a distinction here between these two setups, a support & buffs build is a build that focuses mostly on this, while a healer build that also happens to provide a bit of buffs & support, is still a healer build primarily.
Damage dealers can also further be defined as:
- Magicka (or magically) oriented damage dealers.
- Stamina (or physically) oriented damage dealers.
Both of these can be either melee or ranged, meaning that they’re either doing damage from a distance, or not. Or both combined.
Strongest Tank Class
Dragonknight is the strongest tank class, with a lot of utility, crowd control and sustain options.
They mitigate the most damage passively and they have the best self-sustain while tanking, blocking and so on.
Alternatively other classes can be great tanks too, but if you want to focus primarily on tanking, then the dragonknight should be your class.
Strongest Healer Class
Templars with their strong instant as well as healing over time effects, buffs and resource management, take the lead here.
Alternatively wardens, sorcerers & nightblades are great at healing too, but templars are better in the end.
If you want to build a pure healer character, templar should be your choice.
Strongest Buffs & Support for PVP
An interesting setup to play in PVP, even more so if you’re playing with a group of players that often play together.
Wardens are a great support & buffs class that can also be very good at healing, and somewhat decent at everything else.
If you’re a PVP player and you’d like to focus on being a supportive type of a character, go with the warden class.
Strongest Melee Magicka Damage Dealer
Dragonknights win here hands down, with a lot of fire damage and skills that also inflict additional damage over time, burning effects and even heal them in certain circumstances.
If you want a melee fire mage that burns everything to ashes, dragonknight should be your class.
Strongest Ranged Magicka Damage Dealer
This is where the sorcerer class performs the best.
A lot of mobility, burst skills that are also unblockable, decent AOE options as well as self-preservation, sorcerer has it all.
Close second option is a nightblade, but in PVE & PVP sorcerers simply play better at range in most cases.
The only case where a nightblade will outperform a sorcerer, is when those two are matched up against each other.
Strongest Melee & Ranged Stamina Damage Dealer
Perhaps not the best at magicka damage dealing from range, nightblades are certainly the best when it comes to physical damage dealing, from both range & melee.
Access to debuffs, utility, stealth, awesome single target skills and an ultimate that decimates players, NBs perform extremely well as both ranged and melee stamina damage dealers, especially in PVP.
Whatever class that you go with, rest assured that you will still perform well at any of these roles.
It’s uncommon to see a dragonknight healer, but then again most players that opt-in to go with this class, aren’t really interested in healing in the first place.
So, if there’s a class that you really want to try out, don’t worry too much about whether it performs very well at any of these roles, go for it and have fun!
You can always make another character in the future, and all experience from before will come in handy as well.