[PVE] Templar Healer 'Dawnbringer'

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    A Templar Healer build focused on end game trial content. Perfectly viable for 4-man content (vDLC, vDSA), advised is to switch out some support for some damage skills.
    I will post several suggestions on notable skills and gear to use and whatnot; do keep in mind that a healer build is never the same, identical loadout. A healer should always take note of what kind of support the party needs and adjust to it accordingly.

    The Templar is an amazing class to heal with, if you are new to healing in general I would recommend to pick up this class for the rather forgiving learning curve. The class has several skills and passives that supplements the performance of you and the group.

    The distinction between an average and a good healer is that the latter keeps the party alive whilst offering increased sustain to his comrades, debuffing the enemies, buffing his allies and apply some damage of his own (4 man content). This role requires situational awareness, tabs on positioning and incoming damage come to mind.

    A Templar healer is a must have in a trial group, they match just about with any healer build but they synergise best with a fellow Templar or the exotic Warden healer.

    I. RACE
    V. GEAR
    X. OUTRO

    I. RACE

    Argonian, Breton or Altmer; all bring solid advantages to a healer in ESO.
    In my opinion an Argonian is best as a pure healer in PvE group content, Breton as a PvP healer and the Altmer as a healer with dps served on the side (vDSA, vDLC dungeons).


    The ‘Resourceful’ has been changed for Argonian, however I could not find an updated spreadsheet. Resource return is now scaling on max level and has been slightly buffed as such.



    I have healed with all three of these races and I like the Argonian most.
    Argonians were solid pre-Morrowind, with the recent adjustments they prosper even more. The hit to raw healing power and sustain is definitely noticeable. The racial bonuses work really well to soften this decrease; max magicka, max health to counteract a type of food I love to use, healing done, healing recieved and the recovered resources by ‘Resourceful’ are the most effective racial perks you can have as a healer (adding ~205 magicka, stamina and health regen as a flat amount). Our lizard tail is a nice roleplay bonus and disregards the need for a broom to clean our Templar house.


    Due to our 9% max health passive we can fully dedicate to our magicka attribute, resulting in a bigger pool and stronger heals.

    For personal buff food/drink I prefer the Witchmother’s Potent Brew, this drink will buff the three stats we need the most (Health, Magicka and Magicka regen). Affected by the Connoisseur perk.

    For personal potion chugging I prefer the Spell Power potions. Upon activation it restores a good amount of magicka, increases magicka regeneration and increases your spell damage and spell critical. With relevant alchemy perks this can have a 100% uptime. Due to our Argonian passive it has the added benefit of an additional tri-stat restore effect.

    Another personal buff I make use of is being a vampire. Being a vampire nets you an increased 10% magicka and stamina recovery and a noticeable damage reduction when your health drops below 50% (up to 33%). However, your health will recover 75% more slowly and you will take 25% more damage from fire based attacks. This is a minor price to pay for the pros it will bring.


    I prefer to use the Thief, increasing the critical rating. The Thief is such a strong boon for a healer at this moment because of the CP adjustments. Blessed has its cap reduced by a whopping 40%, from 25% to 15% increased healing, whereas Elfborn has been unchanged. Another notable mundus is the Atronach for additional magicka regen which may be more handy if you are new to healing and tend to run out of magicka faster (overusage of certain skills, positioning of team).

    V. GEAR

    Depending on the group and content you will have several gear options to choose from as a Templar Healer. A healer can opt for 2 full set pieces whilst foregoing a monster set. Monster sets for healers are as of now quite lackluster; this is why I opt for 2 full sets with a master restoration staff. It is also an option to use 2 staves of a 5piece set, and wear a 1p monster set for the 1p bonus. This is a good option if you are not able to obtain a Master staff.

    I run divines trait on the small pieces, infused on the big. Magicka enchant on small and Tri-stat on the big pieces. The Tri-Stat compensates HP-wise for the usage of Witchmothers Potent Brew, still adds some magicka and some extra stamina, useful for some situations where you require regular blocking or break-free.

    I run three Magicka Cost Reductions glyphs on the jewelry. They can double the Magicka Regen glyphs in their efficiency as long as you are casting spells all the while. If you find yourself not casting a spell every 2 seconds, opt for Magicka Regen.


    Below I’ll summarise the most notable sets a healer can wear, this however does not exclude other sets; they simply appeal to me more in terms of efficiency or group support.

    Spell Power Cure

    Spell Power Cure is the set you will put on and never take off; it offers an incredible damage buff up to 6 group members. Triggers on overhealing, more healing ticks when players are at full health means a higher uptime. Aim for an uptime of 80% or higher.
    Farmed in the DLC dungeon White Gold Tower.


    Mending is a set that debuffs the enemies (10 meter radius) by lowering their damage output; increasing the survivability of your group by a noticeable amount. Some bosses have such an high weapon damage stat that this set will not make a difference, or use attacks that do not scale with their stats (for example: vMOL Rakkhat). The debuff has a 10 meter radius, which is something you should account for in your positioning.
    Farmed in Aetherian Archives.


    Sanctuary is a set that will increase all the healing recieved for your entire group by a whopping 12%. This is immense, considering you are not only buffing your own heals but rather the entirety of heals for your group. This set compensates for the big healing output reduction in Morrowind (Blessed CP, Major Mending removal) rejuvenating group members just as much rapidly as before and allowing the healers to spend more time providing sustain/buffs/debuffs. The buff has a 10 meter radius, which is something you should account for in your positioning.
    Farmed in Banished Cells I & II.


    Worm’s Raiment is a set that will reduce the cost of all magicka spells cast by 4% for your entire group. Has it’s uses for a magicka based dps trial group. I am not a fan of this set because there is an increase in stamina DPS in the current meta, reducing the group utility of this set. Furthermore, typical Magicka DPS setups in general maintain a rotation where they (nearly) self sustain by including a heavy attack in their rotation, available synergies top them up just fine. Spam builds not incorporating a heavy attack in their rotation may have to drop a heavy attack every ~40 seconds or use a synergy more often because of this. In other words, check the group composition and gauge what they need. Worm’s is definitely not a mandatory equip for every raid and carries more weigth in fights that last longer. Adapt to your group.
    Farmed in Vaults of Madness.

    Master Architect

    Master Architect is a set you can utilise to boost the group dps a bit further. It is arguably better on low cost ultimates to proc the set bonus. Has more place in smaller groups which lessen the pro’s of aforementioned sets (plus in 4man  content you will utilise more damage yourself as a healer), if you are not running a damage spec MA 5 set piece bonus is already being reduced 33.3% in its effectiveness in my opinion. However it still can be a great boon to a trained trial group when other sets prove to be lackluster. Be mindful of your positioning, give the buff to 2 nearby DD’s.

    Special setup:  ‘Battery’

    Lich set

    This particular setup dubbed ‘Battery‘ makes use of the Shroud of the Lich set. Utilise 3 jewelry spots, 1 armor piece and a (lightning) destruction staff for this specific setup. This way we will be able to proc the 5th piece bonus on our backbar whilst still benefitting from the Master Restoration staff on the frontbar. We also can utilise a 1p monster piece for the set bonus. For this I recommend to fill up your last slot with either Chokethorn/Shadowrend (magicka recovery) or Molag Kena (spell damage). Utilise this build in resource heavy situations where you’d rather want to put out sustain/purges without pause, or in situations where commonly used sets might not so be beneficial.

    Other notable sets that have it’s niche purposes is Twilight Remedy (in situations where your group can and will use synergies you provide) and Eyes of Mara (in situations where you can use the Restoration ultimate in an unique way, still testing if this is actually viable). I deem these sets too weak or niché to be a part of my daily arsenal.


    In a trials an efficient setup for both healers might be SPC+Mending-SPC+Worms /SPC+Mending-SPC+Sanctuary /SPC+Worms-SPC+Sanctuary. Incorporate the ‘Battery’ build where you deem it beneficial (dependent on content and group).


    Restoration staff

    I prefer to run a Master Restoration staff on my frontbar, allowing for strong heals due to Restoration staff passives as well as utilising the skill tree. The Master Restoration staff grants stamina restoration when using springs, helpful for the group in situations where mechanics require you to block or dodge regularly (and one of the few tools to restore stamina to tanks that are holding down block). I switch out traits depending on the group; Precise for raw power healing, Decisive for comfortable content allowing to pump out more ultimate, Defending if you are lower CP to compensate for the max stat loss/loss in defensive CP’s. The remaining traits have no significant value over these according to my own testing.

    The enchantment does not get stripped if you use a poison with this, so I can highly recommend this. I prefer to run a Magicka Drain poison, giving you a strong source of extra magicka recovery. Other relevant poisons: Minor Breach, Minor Fracture.

    Destruction staff

    I prefer to run a infused lightning destruction staff with the crusher glyph. Together with a tank running this, you will be able to keep crusher up 100% of the time allowing for the dps roles to spec less into penetration. It will proc of your backbar light weaves and Wall of Elements, take heed of this. Depending on how the fight is set up, the other healer can also opt for this (multi boss fights in trials).

    Another option is to run a infused lightning destruction staff with the spell damage glyph. Out of my testing this allows for the most efficient way to gain extra spell damage to make your heals stronger and raise your damage output. It outperforms an infused Maelstrom / Master Lightning (in terms of average spell damage) if you have a decent uptime of the spell damage glyph. You will likely see an uptime of 60% to 75% depending on your weaves/offdps rotation.

    You are also able to help the group by keeping up the concussion uptime by running an infused/charged lightning staff with a shock enchant. In a well balanced trial group, you will have no need for this. Typically, you will have several sorcerers in the group that are just the greatest at applying concussion to the target. Out of my own testing, infused and charged are on par in terms of applying concussion íf you are good with your backbar weaves/wall uptime. The latter is less punishing for healers that dont handle this concept very well, whereas the former allows for almost double the damage output this enchant does on itself.

    If you decide to run a Maelstrom/Master staff opt for Decisive. The decisive trait allows for more ultimate generation and, coupled with the innate enchantment, is a well balanced choice (although I find the former options more appealing).


    This is a generic loadout I typically run for most content. However I do switch out skills a lot depending on content, who my co-healer is, et cetera. Get all passives associated with the skill trees.

    Frontbar: Restoration Staff

    Breath of Life 
    Useful burst heal that can crit for immense amounts. The first healing effect needs to be directed at the target, the second effect can trigger on the next lowest health party member in a 28m radius. It is costly, inefficient in terms of utility and long term selfsustain but serves as a potent emergency heal. I have actually remorphed this skill to Honor the Dead morph, refunding 60% of the skill cost every 8 seconds. I do not recommend this if you run with inexperienced group, but when you barely touch this panic button I actually prefer this.

    Healing Springs
    A low cost AoE Heal over Time. It stacks with itself, so it can be spammed. Due to the nature of the cost regain this is a really cheap way to convert your magicka into heal for the group. It has a target cap of 6. Illustrious healing is also a very potent morph, however the sheer effectiveness of springs makes it a more unique addition to our healing arsenal. Restores an amount of stamina on the first heal tick when utilising a Master Restoration staff.

    Combat Prayer
    A potent, cone burst heal that buffs a maximum of 6 party members in one cast. Try to maintain a healthy 80%-90% uptime on these buffs, try to estimate when you really need to panic heal with BOL or springs or rather just can solve it with a Combat prayer burstcast. 100% uptime buffs are nice to see on a combat analysis, but the reality is that if you are overcasting Combat Prayer you or your group is gonna suffer for it in different ways.

    Energy Orb
    Hands down the strongest (potential) healing spell in the game. It heals a target twice a second, has a cap of 6 and can be synergised for a 7K heal and 4k max resource stam or mag restore. Great healing, great way to maintain a high SPC uptime and offers great sustain to the group. The synergy can be a bit tricky to catch, I however do not experience a lot of issue with this (I noticed that pressing the synergy key before the screen notification actually shows up helps a lot).
    Can be replaced by shards for a more reliable synergy in certain situations. Combined with the Undaunted passive it restores an additional 4% of the three resources on synergy activation.

    Quick Siphon
    Applies minor lifesteal instantly for 20 seconds, giving a reliable heal every second for most of our party members. A very cheap, potent way of healing. The minor lifesteal heal can crit and procs SPC (ticks are between 1K-2K HPS dependent on buffs active and per group member attacking). This underrated skill should be maintained by at least one of the healers in a trial group.

    Ultimate: Barrier
    Barrier can be used as a panic button ultimate, but basically you never should. It only affects 6 targets maximum and the shield is easily mitigated in trials. Basically slot this for the passive 10% magicka regeneration boost from the support passive. If you have not PVP’ed that much, Meteor from the Mages Guild skill line is a notable placeholder providing 2% max magicka and 2% max magicka regeneration. Radial sweep can also be slotted (Aedric spear) instead for 10% increased critical damage and 15% extra block mitigation if you do not run shards.
    Some trial situations might require some hardcore damage mitigation depending on group survivability or group dps – this is where Nova is the ultimate damage mitigation king or queen (whichever you prefer).

    Backbar: Destruction Staff

    Elemental Drain
    A zero magicka cost skill to cast that buffs and debuffs in one button. Applies major breach and minor magickasteal. Essential to have 100% uptime on this. It does not aggro adds, inflict the debuff on all trash that is not being taunted by the tank before the fight starts.

    Purifying Light
    This light shines brighter than the dawn! It is a cheap DOT and HOT. We use this for the ultimate generation and the minor sorcery buff to the group. The extra damage and decent AoE HoT is a bonus.

    Elemental Blockade
    An AoE skill that triggers concussed targets to go off balance. This will majorly increase the dps of your group if specced right. It also is a skill that reliably procs our backbar enchantment and minor magicka steal for our own self sustain. Try to maintain a 100% uptime on this.

    Channeled Focus
    The inner circle of our Templar house. A very cheap skill that gives us 26 seconds of major ward/resolve and 480 magicka regen to boot. Boosts own survivability and sustain, also gives minor mending if you are not using ritual.

    Extended Ritual
    The outer circle of our Templar house. It is essentially a 12 meter radius heal over time for 24 seconds that ticks every 2 seconds. It cleanses yourself of up to 5 debuffs on cast, it provides a cleanse synergy to the group which also heals. Use the other morph, Ritual of Retribution, if you feel comfortable with managing your magicka (it lasts only 12 seconds, but adds some dps and a bigger heal tick). The ritual helps with SPC uptime and provides minor mending if you are not using Channeled Focus. Inflicts a 30% snare on enemies in the ritual and combined with the Undaunted passive it restores an additional 4% of the three resources on synergy activation.

    Ultimate: War Horn
    Very effective ultimate that supports the group. A 30 second max resource (hp, mag, stam) buff of 10% and Major Force for 9.5 seconds. As a group, try to maintain a 100% uptime. If specced correctly, ultigen tanks and decisive staff wearing healers can pop War Horns on cooldown- allowing a much higher uptime on Major Force.


    As said before, I switch skills depending on content. I do not have a designated flex skill because it depends on several factors. I take out Purifying light if I feel the group cannot properly utilise the extra dps by a warhorn off cooldown. I take out Elemental drain if the other healer wants to run it. Etc.

    • Puncturing Sweeps
      AoE DoT and selfheal, for offdps
    • Spear Shards
      One morph offers a strong DoT, the other a better group synergy which is easy to target and pick up
    • Radiant Oppression
      Execution skill, offdps
    • Restoring Aura
      One morph inflicts a AoE minor magickasteal, the other a free heal to party and self stamina restore on a corpse. Passively gives 10% extra resource regeneration. Not a fan of the first, Elemental drain is practically always superior.
    • Force Shock
      One morph does more damage, the other brings utility. I prefer to use the utility variant (Crushing Shock) in some dungeon or specific trial content because it can be a nifty ranged interrupt that also sets the targets offbalance.
    • Steadfast Ward
      One morph gives a small heal on cast and after the shield expires, the other shields the caster aswell. I opt for the latter, Ward Ally, because in some content I can replace harness magicka with it and provide more group survivability this way. Good utility when there is a healing debuff being applied.
    • Harness Magicka
      A strong shield utilised to protect you from harm. Gives back magicka when hit with spells, almost negating its cost. Essential in some harder content.
    • Inner Light
      Mages guild, boosts max magicka by 7%, magicka regen by 2% and gives Major Prophecy.
    • Inner Fire
      Undaunted, ranged taunt with a powerful synergy. Yes, as a healer you can help out with positioning. Notable utility in vDSA, vAA, vHRC come to mind.
    • Bone Surge
      Undaunted, stamina dump skill that provides a small shield to self. The power lies in it’s synergy, shielding 4 nearby group members for two-thirds of their max health and providing them Minor Vitality (8% more healing recieved) for 10 seconds. Depending on how stamina intensive mechanics are (block, dodge) you can provide this synergy on cooldown.
    • Purge
      An AoE cleanse for the party with a cap of 6. One morph heals targets when cleansed and the other reduces the cost. The healing is pretty weak whereas the cost reduction is pretty significant so I opt for Efficient Purge. Needs to be equipped in vMOL(twins, trash)/vHOF


    For pure heals

    Arcanist 75
    Tenacity 75
    Warlord 31
    Tumbling 23
    Shadow Ward 6

    Blessed 100
    Elfborn 100
    Spell Erosion 1
    Staff Expert 9

    Elemental Defender 43
    Hardy 43
    Thick Skinned 51
    Ironclad 51
    Spell Shield 22

    For off dps (can significantly increase your dps output at a marginal cost of reduced healing)

    Arcanist 75
    Tenacity 75
    Warlord 31
    Tumbling 23
    Shadow Ward 6

    Blessed 56
    Elfborn 72
    Spell Erosion 4
    Elemental Expert 37

    Master at Arms 18
    Thaumaturge 23

    Elemental Defender 43
    Hardy 43
    Thick Skinned 51
    Ironclad 51
    Spell Shield 22


    Should be around 17K buffed only with food and gear enchants

    Should be around 35K buffed only with food and gear enchants

    Should be be around 11K buffed only with gear enchants

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    Thank you for reading. Special thanks to @SamwiseGanja420 (made sure I got as addicted to raiding as he is), @Mrclyde (for late night roleplay and theorycraft conversations) and @mAxYz (for using his house as a testing grounds from time to time, which he may or may not have realised because he is too busy trying for #1 vDSA).

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    The layout and organisation are very good. Just a few things at first glance.

    On race, the potion effect of Resourceful (Argonian) had been changed for 3.0.

    Nick5262 said on June 18, 2017 :

    Blessed has its cap reduced by a whopping 10%, from 25% to 15% increased healing, whereas Elfborn has been unchanged.

    Shouldn’t this be a 40% reduction?

    Nick5262 said on June 18, 2017 :

    I switch out traits depending on the group; Precise for raw power healing,

    As opposed to Powered?

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    Thanks Latin, has been adjusted.

    Regarding Precise vs Powered, due to the adjustments it is actually on par in terms of average HPS. I prefer Precise over Powered because it does empowers multi tick heals like Energy Orbs more in the end. Even more so, a semi coordinated raid group will have an uptime of 33% at least on Major Force (further strengthening the critical healing by ~25%).

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    Great build guide! Very thorough.. rockin’ healer! ;)

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    Well decorated post,easy understandable build,top :)

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    Now added an extra option for CP setup

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    Dunmer Dragonknight

    I noticed you didn’t mention the gossamer set at all. Don’t you think it is a viable option in some kind of contents like vMoL Hard Mode, where the dodge chance (of the little orbs coming from the middle platform for example) could possibly outperform some other sets such as the worms or the mending (in that particular situation)?

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    Gossamer has great potential, but in general it is counterproductive to the magnificent Spell Power Cure set (which is the uncontested best support set for the group). Gossamer procs on actual healing instead of overheals. In addition to that Gossamer scales better with fast hitting attacks, instead of the harder (and slower) hitting ones we generally see in hard end game content.

    A very good combination to help your group survive is Mending + Sanctuary, but seeing Mending is kind of redundant in vMOL HM, I’d rather go for Worm’s (either people play it safe, shield up a lot in their rotation or go for more burst damage with spammables which are more reliant on Worm’s this patch compared to the previous). To be honest all support setups are a bit lackluster in one way or another (sanctuary for example is reliant on a small radius, worm reliant on magicka heavy party etc) so you might want to opt for the ‘Battery’ setup for pushing out more group support in a different way or Master Architect in terms of raw damage buffing.


    EDIT: Now added an additional setup dubbed the ‘Battery‘ setup

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    As a healer main this is such a great read Nick! Will definently try out some changes in my build and see if i get better results in our group performance.


    The enchantment does not get stripped if you use a poison with this, so I can highly recommend this. I prefer to run a Magicka Drain poison, giving you a strong source of extra magicka recovery. Other relevant poisons: Minor Breach, Minor Fracture.

    ^Had no idea of this, just tested it and still works. Is this intended? :p

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    Thank you @Arvebrink, hope it did help a little bit.

    Currently I’m not playing ESO due to IRL stuff meaning this write-up is not ideally optimised for this patch- nonetheless it should still provide a solid idea of my view on a scrolls healer ^^

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    Nord Dragonknight

    Still waiting HotR update and your return buddy ^^

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