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The Templar is considered a tank class drawing in the energy of the sun to strengthen himself, help his allies and destroy enemies on a whim. The class is based on equipping heavy armory and a shield to defend the weak against the undead.
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The Templars are warriors and healers. They are the only one of the four playable characters in the Elder Scrolls Online who can perform multiple roles. Templars derive their powers from the sun and from light. They can use these powers to attack their enemies, or to heal their friends and allies. Templars can belong to different races as well.
Templars’ appearance and build can be customized by players. The look and abilities of the character really appeal to players. Players can choose spells and weapons to make Templars healers or warriors, or both. There is a large range of armor, weapons and skills to choose from. Attacking spells are good for destroying large numbers of enemy fighters; protective spells tied to healing powers are good for Templars in a tank role. Ultimate weapons and skills like Nova and Radial Sweep make Templars some of the most formidable warriors in The Elder Scrolls Online.
Templars have a large variety of healing powers and spells. They practice restoration magic, which can also be used to alter the build of the players being healed. There is no cooldown period for the healing, so Templars can restore large groups of friends quickly. Templars are upholders of order and justice. They protect their allies from the occult forces of the mage, daedra and undead. Their skill lines are the Aedric Spear, Dawn’s Wrath and Restoring Light.
The Aedric Spear is a magical spear of light, giving the player offensive and defensive powers. The ultimate active skill is the Radial Sweep, dealing magical damage to large numbers of enemy fighters. Other active skills are Spear Shards, Piercing Javelin, Puncturing Strikes and Focused Charge. The Sun Shield absorbs enemy strikes and maintains the Templar at maximum health. It also damages nearby enemies. Passive skills like Piercing Spear, Burning Light, Spear Wall, and Balanced Warrior increase the power of the Templar’s weapons and shielding.
Dawn’s Wrath channels the Sun’s power to damage and destroy enemies. Active skills are the ultimate Nova; there are also Eclipse, Backlash, Solar Flare, Sun Fire and Blinding Light. Passive skills like Prism and Enduring Rays magnify the power of Dawn’s Wrath weapons; Illuminate limits damage from incoming enemy attacks and Restoring Spirit restores a small amount of Magicka, the energy used to cast spells, each time an ability is used.
Restoring Light channels positive energy, helping Templars heal themselves and allies. This skill path emphasizes the holy warrior archetype, making the Templar the paladin of The Elder Scrolls Online. The ultimate active skill is the Rite of Passage, which channels a healing aura, restoring nearby allies and the spell caster. Active healing skills are the Rune Focus, Rushed Ceremony, Cleansing Ritual, Healing Ritual and Restoring Aura. They regenerate and heal the Templar and nearby allies. Passive healing skills are Light Weaver, Master Ritualist, Focused Healing and Mending. They increase the magnitude and speed of healing. Templars are unique in their ability to heal during combat, rather than needing a place of safety to channel healing energy.
Armed with these skills and abilities, Templars can undertake magical quests, rescue prisoners, explore continents, search for buried treasure, defend villages from invading forces, and turn the tide on the battlefield.
The article above is just a basic introduction to the templar. For something more advanced, written by pros and a fantastic templar guide, my recommendation would be this Elder Scrolls Online Templar Guide. I could not find any other guide that comes even close in terms of the impact it had on me.