The Elder Scrolls Online: Warden Skills – Winter’s Embrace

SkillsClassWardenAnimal CompanionsGreen BalanceWinter's Embrace

Warden Abilities
Ultimate AbilitiesActive AbilitiesPassive Abilities

Winter’s Embrace is one of three class skill lines available to Wardens. Abilities in this line focus on dealing frost damage, and shielding you and your group from damage. Winter’s Embrace has an associated skill line that is revealed through leveling up your character, while using that class. Known abilities are listed below.


Ultimate Abilities
These abilities must be activated manually, for a cost of Ultimate.

Skill Skill Type Unlock Cost Cast Time
(Duration)
Range/Radius
(Target)
Sleet Storm Ultimate Winter’s Embrace
Rank 12
200 Ultimate Instant
(8s)
10m radius
(Area)
Sleet Storm

  • Twist a Violent Storm around you, causing nearby enemies to take 971 Frost Damage every 1 second for 8 seconds and have their Movement Speed reduced by 70%. Nearby allies gain Major Protection, reducing incoming Damage by 30%.
Skill Morph Northern Storm (Sleet Storm Rank IV) 200 Ultimate Instant
(8s)
10m radius
(Area)
Northern Storm (Morph)

  • Twist a Violent Storm around you, causing nearby enemies to take 999 Frost Damage every 1 second for 8 seconds and their Movement Speed is reduced by 70%. Nearby allies gain Major Protection, reducing incoming Damage by 30%. While slotted your Maximum Magicka is increased by 8%.
  • Increase Maximum Magicka while slotted.
Skill Morph Permafrost (Sleet Storm Rank IV) 200 Ultimate Instant
(8s)
10m radius
(Area)
Permafrost (Morph)

  • Twist a Violent Storm around you, causing nearby enemies to take 999 Frost Damage every 1 second for 8 seconds and their Movement Speed is reduced by 70%. Nearby allies gain Major Protection, reducing incoming Damage by 30%. Enemies damaged 3 times are Stunned for 3 seconds.
  • Damaging nearby enemies will stun them.


Active Abilities
These abilities must be activated manually, for a cost.

Skill Skill Type Unlock Cost Cast Time
(Duration)
Range/Radius
(Target)
Frost Cloak Active Winter’s Embrace
Rank 1
4050 Magicka Instant
(21s)
8m radius
(Area)
Frost Cloak

  • Wrap a thick Cloak of Ice around you and nearby allies. Affected targets gain Major Resolve, increasing Physical Resistance by 5280, and Major Ward, increasing Spell Resistance by 5280 for 21 seconds.
Skill Morph Expansive Frost Cloak (Fungal Growth Rank IV) 3240 Magicka Instant
(24s)
28m radius
(Area)
Expansive Frost Cloak (Morph)

  • Wrap a thick Cloak of Ice around you and nearby allies. Affected targets gain Major Resolve, increasing Physical Resistance by 5280, and Major Ward, increasing Spell Resistance by 5280 for 24 seconds.
  • Reduced cost and larger radius.
Skill Morph Ice Fortress (Fungal Growth Rank IV) 4050 Magicka Instant
(24s)
8m radius
(Area)
Ice Fortress (Morph)

  • Wrap a thick Cloak of Ice around you and nearby allies. Affected targets gain Major Resolve, increasing Physical Resistance by 5280, and Major Ward, increasing Spell Resistance by 5280 for 24 seconds. You gain Minor Protection, reducing incoming Damage by 8% for 24 seconds.
  • Caster Gains Minor Protection.
Impaling Shards Active Winter’s Embrace
Rank 4
3780 Magicka Instant
(12s)
6m radius
(Area)
Impaling Shards

  • Skewer enemies with Icy Shards, dealing 175 Frost Damage in the area every 1 second over 12 seconds and reducing Movement Speed by 30% for 3 seconds. Damage done is based on your Maximum Health.
Skill Morph Gripping Shards (Impaling Shards Rank IV) 3320 Magicka Instant
(12s)
6m radius
(Area)
Gripping Shards (Morph)

  • Skewer enemies with Icy Shards, dealing 175 Frost Damage in the area every 1 second over 12 seconds and reducing Movement Speed by 30% for 3 seconds. On cast, enemies in the area also become Immobilized for 3 seconds. Damage done is based on your Maximum Health.
  • Immobilizes enemies.
Skill Morph Winter's Revenge (Impaling Shards Rank IV) 3589 Magicka Instant
(12s)
28m range
6m radius
(Ground)
Winter’s Revenge (Morph)

  • Skewer enemies with Icy Shards, dealing 486 Frost Damage at a targeted location every 1 second for 12 seconds and reducing Movement Speed by 30% for 3 seconds.
  • Summons at targeted location instead of around you. Damage scales on Maximum Magicka and Spell Damage.
Arctic Wind Active Winter’s Embrace
Rank 20
4591 Magicka Instant
(10s)

(Self)
Arctic Wind

  • Envelop yourself in Winter Winds, healing for 10% of Maximum Health instantly and an additional 2% Health every 2 seconds over 10 seconds.
Skill Morph Polar Wind (Arctic Wind Rank IV) 4321 Magicka Instant
(10s)
8m radius
(Area)
Polar Wind (Morph)

  • Envelop yourself in Winter Winds, healing for 10% instantly and an additional 2% Health every 2 seconds over 10 seconds. Heals a nearby ally for 10% of your Maximum Health.
  • Heals a nearby ally.
Skill Morph Arctic Blast (Arctic Wind Rank IV) 4321 Magicka Instant
(10s)
8m radius
(Area)
Arctic Blast (Morph)

  • Envelop yourself in Winter Winds, healing for 10% of Maximum Health instantly and an additional 2% Health every 2 seconds over 10 seconds. Enemies in the area will take 350 Frost Damage every 2 seconds over 10 seconds.
  • Deals Frost Damage to nearby enemies.
Crystallized Shield Active Winter’s Embrace
Rank 30
2971 Magicka Instant
(6s)

(Self)
Crystallized Shield

  • Spin a Shield of Ice around you, absorbing up to 13116 Damage from 3 projectiles. Each time you absorb a projectile you restore 578 Magicka.
Skill Morph Crystallized Slab (Crystallized Shield Rank IV) 2701 Magicka Instant
(6s)

(Self)
Crystallized Slab (Morph)

  • Spin a Shield of Ice around you, absorbing up to 13116 Damage from 3 projectiles. Each time you absorb a projectile you restore 578 Magicka and launch an Icy Bolt back at the enemy, dealing 971 Frost Damage.
  • Absorbing projectiles launches an icy bolt back at the enemy.
Skill Morph Shimmering Shield (Crystallized Shield Rank IV) 2432 Magicka Instant
(6s)

(Self)
Shimmering Shield (Morph)

  • Spin a Shield of Ice around you, absorbing up to 13116 Damage from 3 projectiles. Each time you absorb a projectile you restore 578 Magicka and gain Major Heroism for 6 seconds, granting you 3 Ultimate every 1.5 seconds.
  • Absorbing projectiles grants you Major Heroism.
Frozen Gate Active Winter’s Embrace
Rank 42
2971 Magicka Instant
(30s)
28m range
5m radius
(Ground)
Frozen Gate

  • Summon an Ancient Portal. An enemy that runs over it is Teleported to you and Rooted for 3 seconds. You can only have 1 Portal at a time and it is removed after being activated.
Skill Morph Frozen Device (Frozen Gate Rank IV) 2701 Magicka Instant
(36s)
28m range
5m radius
(Ground)
Frozen Device (Morph)

  • Summon an Ancient Portal. An enemy that runs over it is Teleported to you and Rooted for 3 seconds. Teleported enemy is afflicted with Major Maim, reducing their damage by 30% for 4 seconds. You can only have 1 Portal at a time and it is removed after being activated.
  • Enemy deals reduced damage.
Skill Morph Frozen Retreat (Frozen Gate Rank IV) 2701 Magicka Instant
(36s)
28m range
5m radius
(Ground)
Frozen Retreat (Morph)

  • Summon an Ancient Portal. An enemy that runs over it is Teleported to you and Rooted for 2 seconds. An ally can activate the Frozen Retreat Frozen Retreat Synergy to move to you. You can have 3 Portals at a time, each is removed after being activated.
  • Grants allies in the area a synergy that moves them to you.


Passive Abilities
Passive abilities are active all the time.

Name Line Rank Skill Rank Description
Glacial Presence
Glacial Presence
8 I Increase chance of applying Chilled to enemies with Winter’s Embrace abilities by 100%.
18 II Increase chance of applying Chilled to enemies with Winter’s Embrace abilities by 200%.
Frozen Armor
Frozen Armor
14 I Increases your Physical Resistance and Spell Resistance by 250 for each Winter’s Embrace ability slotted.
27 II Increases your Physical Resistance and Spell Resistance by 500 for each Winter’s Embrace ability slotted.
Icy Aura
Icy Aura
22 I Reduce the effectiveness of Snares applied to you by 7%.
36 II Reduce the effectiveness of Snares applied to you by 15%.
Piercing Cold
Piercing Cold
39 I Increases your Magic Damage and Frost Damage by 3%.
50 II Increases your Magic Damage and Frost Damage by 6%.
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