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ESO Nightblade Leveling Build

Build Written By: Dottz Gaming – PC NA

Role: Damage Dealer, Tank, and/or Healer

Patch: Waking Flame

  1. Video
  2. Introduction
  3. Setups
    1. Magicka DPS
    2. Stamina DPS
    3. Tank
    4. Healer
  4. Contact Info

Welcome to DottzGaming.com’s Nightblade Leveling Build for the Elder Scrolls Online! This build is intended to act as a framework for someone to follow while leveling a Nightblade, whether it be a magicka damage dealer, a stamina damage dealer, a tank or a healer.  This is not a traditional “leveling build”, but rather a framework that shows you some of the most commonly used setups for each role.  This enables you to pick and choose from a list and mix and match how you like, thus preventing you from feeling like you have a static leveling progression! You will be able to experiment with different abilities as you level up, and come end game, you’ll not only have a lot (if not all) of the most commonly used abilities leveled up and morphed, but you’ll know which of these you like the most and works best for you.

Nightblades are the masters of stealth and life-stealing magic, and boast high mobility and damage. Even though nightblades are primarily used as damage dealers, they can still fit into the tank and healer roles with their unique play style.  Nightblades can be a little difficult as a first character for newer players due to having a bit of a higher skill cap than some of the other classes, but when built correctly, easy and effective builds can be made which will make the leveling process much easier.

Once you are level 50, you become CP 10 and will be able to use the Champion Point system. For basics on the CP system, click here.

For the some extra explanation on the guide’s format, please check the above video.

Magicka DPS

RACE

  • High Elf
  • Breton
  • Dark Elf
  • Khajiit

GEAR

  • 5 light
  • 1 medium
  • 1 heavy
  • Destruction Staffs (Front/Back Bar) OR Destro/Resto (for PvP)
    • Note: The gear weight spread is a recommendation, not a strict rule for leveling. If you get better pieces as you level, feel free to replace them (just try to have more of the main gear weigh than the others)!

ATTRIBUTES

All in magicka

VAMPIRE vs WEREWOLF vs MORTAL

Vampire or Mortal: Totally preferential to your build. If you want to use Vampire for some of the skills, feel free to pick it up! Just keep in mind you’ll have some drawbacks associated with it such as higher skill costs, weakness to fire and less health regeneration. If you dont want any of the skills from the skill line, just remain mortal. Werewolf serves no purpose for magicka dps.

MUNDUS

Apprentice

POTIONS AND FOOD

Potions: Magicka

Food: Not mandatory, but if you can find some, try to get stuff that increases either your health, magicka, and/or magicka recovery.

ABILITIES

You want to do your best to have 1 ability from each class tree on both your front and back bar. When you gain experience, whether it be from killing monsters or quests, the abilities on your active bar are the ones that gain experience as well as their respective skill lines. Another cool trick is if you have abilities on a skill bar you want to level up, you can switch to that bar when handing in a quest or completing a dungeon to give them and their skill lines a surge of experience. You’re going to notice i frequently recommend the first skill of a skill tree as a choice, just to obviously help you start getting that skill line leveled. If you want to level another weapon or skill tree without using that weapon or skill, simply placing a skill from that tree on your ability bar helps it gain experience when you gain experience on that bar. You dont have to use it!

Abilities – PVE

  • Assassination -> Assassin’s Blade -> Impale
  • Assassination -> Grim Focus -> Merciless Resolve
  • Shadow -> Veiled Strike -> Concealed Weapon
  • Siphoning -> Strife -> Swallow Soul
  • Siphoning -> Cripple -> Crippling Grasp
  • Siphoning -> Siphoning Strikes -> Siphoning Attacks
  • Siphoning -> Drain Power -> Sap Essence
  • Light Armor -> Annulment -> Harness Magicka
  • Soul Magic -> Soul Trap -> Soul Splitting Trap
  • Mage’s Guild -> Entropy -> Degeneration
  • Mage’s Guild -> Fire Rune -> Scalding Rune
  • Destruction Staff -> Destructive Touch -> Destructive Reach
  • Destruction Staff -> Wall of Elements -> Unstable Wall of Elements
  • Destruction Staff -> Weakness to Elements -> Elemental Drain
  • Psijic Order -> Accelerate -> Channeled Acceleration
  • Fighter’s Guild -> Trap Beast -> Barbed Trap
  • Additional abilities for PVP Include:
    • Assassination -> Blur -> Phantasmal Escape
    • Assassination -> Mark Target -> Piercing Mark
    • Shadow -> Shadow Cloak -> Shadowy Disguise
    • Shadow -> Aspect of Terror -> Mass Hysteria
    • Shadow -> Summon Shade -> Shadow Image
    • Restoration Staff -> Regeneration -> Rapid Regeneration
    • Restoration Staff -> Steadfast Ward -> Healing Ward

Ultimates

  • Assassination -> Death Stroke -> Soul Harvest
  • Siphoning -> Soul Shred -> Soul Tether
  • Destruction Staff -> Elemental Storm -> Elemental Rage
  • Mage’s Guild -> Meteor -> Shooting Star
  • Restoration Staff -> Panacea -> Either Morph

PASSIVES

  • Assassination
  • Shadow
  • Siphoning
  • Racial
  • Light Armor
  • Destruction Staff
    • Optional: Restoration Staff passives for pvp
  • Vampirism Passives (except Savage feeding and blood ritual)
  • Alchemy – Medicinal Use
  • Mages Guild
  • Fighter’s Guild – Banish the Wicked
  • Undaunted
  • Psijic Order
  • Once these are acquired, get the passives from the other armor skill lines except for the ones that require you to wear 5 pieces of that gear type.

ROTATION

  1. Try to use any abilities that give you a buff first so they make any abilities you use afterwards stronger or help you stay alive longer.
  2. You optimally want to use any dots in your build first, so use each dot you have on your enemies weaving a light attack in between each of them
  3. You should have 1 spammable ability in your build to use when all your dots are up and you dont need to buff yourself. In this case, that would be Swallow Soul!
  4. Use any CC, shields and heals as needed. You want to optimally make sure you have a few of these at your disposal when making a build for general playing.

SETS

While making gear for leveling is not mandatory, some people like to make gear for alts or have gear made when created a new character! These are some good crafted options you can create (I recommend the “Training” trait for all pieces):


Stamina DPS

RACE

  • Redguard
  • Khajiit
  • Wood Elf
  • Orc
  • Dark Elf

GEAR

  • 1 light
  • 5 medium
  • 1 heavy
  • Dual Wield / Bow
    • If your main focus is to PvP eventually, use a 2h instead of dual wielding.
    • Note: The gear weight spread is a recommendation, not a strict rule for leveling. If you get better pieces as you level, feel free to replace them (just try to have more of the main gear weigh than the others)!

ATTRIBUTES

All in stamina

VAMPIRE vs WEREWOLF vs MORTAL

  • Werewolf: Worth choosing if you’re going to be making a PvP focused werewolf build, or if your PvP build only needs 1 ultimate (you can then backbar the ult for the extra stamina recovery).
  • Vampirism: Doesnt give that much benefit for stamina DPS outside of niche situations.
  • Mortal: Choose this if you don’t want to be a werewolf.

MUNDUS

Warrior

POTIONS AND FOOD

Potions: Stamina

Food: Not mandatory, but if you can find some, try to get stuff that increases either your health, stamina, and/or stamina recovery.

ABILITIES

You want to do your best to have 1 ability from each class tree on both your front and back bar. When you gain experience, whether it be from killing monsters or quests, the abilities on your active bar are the ones that gain experience as well as their respective skill lines. Another cool trick is if you have abilities on a skill bar you want to level up, you can switch to that bar when handing in a quest or completing a dungeon to give them and their skill lines a surge of experience. You’re going to notice i frequently recommend the first skill of a skill tree as a choice, just to obviously help you start getting that skill line leveled. If you want to level another weapon or skill tree without using that weapon or skill, simply placing a skill from that tree on your ability bar helps it gain experience when you gain experience on that bar. You dont have to use it!

Abilities

  • Assassination -> Assassin’s Blade -> Killer’s Blade
  • Assassination -> Grim Focus -> Relentless Focus
  • Assassination -> Mark Target -> Either Morph
  • Shadow -> Veiled Strike  -> Surprise Attack
  • Siphoning -> Strife -> Dont Morph
  • Siphoning -> Siphoning Strikes -> Leeching Strikes
  • Siphoning -> Drain Power -> Power Extraction
  • Fighter’s Guild -> Trap Beast -> Barbed Trap
  • Medium Armor -> Evasion -> Either Morph
  • Bow -> Poison Arrow -> Poison Injection
  • Bow -> Volley -> Arrow Barrage
  • Dual Wield -> Twin Slashes -> Either Morph
  • Dual Wield -> Whirlwind -> Either Morph
  • Dual Wield -> Blade Cloak -> Either Morph
  • Dual Wield -> Flurry -> Rapid Strikes
  • Assault -> Vigor -> Resolving Vigor
  • Soul Magic -> Soul Trap -> Soul Splitting Trap
  • Additional abilities for PVP include:
    • Assassination -> Teleport Strike -> Ambush
    • Shadow -> Summon Shade -> Shadow Image
    • Shadow -> Shadow Cloak -> Shadowy Disguise
    • Shadow -> Aspect of Terror -> Mass Hysteria
    • Two Handed -> Momentum -> Either Morph

Ultimates

  • Fighter’s Guild -> Dawnbreaker -> Either Morph
  • Assassination -> Death Stroke -> Incapacitating Strike
  • Siphoning -> Soul Shred -> Soul Tether
  • Bow -> Rapid Fire -> Ballista

PASSIVES

  • Assassination
  • Shadow
  • Siphoning
  • Racial
  • Medium Armor
  • Dual Wield
    • Or 2h if you plan on going the pvp route
  • Bow
  • Vampirism Passives (except Savage feeding and blood ritual)
  • Alchemy – Medicinal Use
  • Fighters Guild
  • Undaunted
  • Psijic Order
  • Once these are acquired, get the passives from the other armor skill lines except for the ones that require you to wear 5 pieces of that gear type.

ROTATION

  1. Try to use any abilities that give you a buff first so they make any abilities you use afterwards stronger or help you stay alive longer.
  2. You optimally want to use any dots or aoe in your build first, so use each dot you have on your enemies weaving a light attack in between each of them
  3. You should have 1 spammable ability in your build to use when all your dots are up and you dont need to buff yourself, which will be surprise attack.
  4. Use any CC, shields and heals as needed. You want to optimally make sure you have a few of these at your disposal when making a build for general playing.

While making gear for leveling is not mandatory, some people like to make gear for alts or have gear made when created a new character! These are some good crafted options you can create (I recommend the “Training” trait for all pieces):


Tank

RACE

GEAR

  • 1 light
  • 1 medium
  • 5 heavy
  • 1h/shield (both bars) OR 1h shield/Destruction Staff (lightning/ice)
    • Note: The gear weight spread is a recommendation, not a strict rule for leveling. If you get better pieces as you level, feel free to replace them (just try to have more of the main gear weigh than the others)!

ATTRIBUTES

Magicka: 15
Health: 28
Stamina: 21

VAMPIRE vs WEREWOLF vs MORTAL

Mortal: Vampire/Werewolf dont give us a whole lot of benefits for this role, so we just remain mortal.

MUNDUS

Lord or Atronach

POTIONS AND FOOD

Potions: Health, Magicka, or Stamina

Food: Not mandatory, but if you can find some, try to get stuff that increases either your attributes or give you recovery

ABILITIES

You want to do your best to have 1 ability from each class tree on both your front and back bar. When you gain experience, whether it be from killing monsters or quests, the abilities on your active bar are the ones that gain experience as well as their respective skill lines. Another cool trick is if you have abilities on a skill bar you want to level up, you can switch to that bar when handing in a quest or completing a dungeon to give them and their skill lines a surge of experience. You’re going to notice i frequently recommend the first skill of a skill tree as a choice, just to obviously help you start getting that skill line leveled. If you want to level another weapon or skill tree without using that weapon or skill, simply placing a skill from that tree on your ability bar helps it gain experience when you gain experience on that bar. You dont have to use it!

Abilities

  • Assassination -> Assassin’s Blade -> Killer’s Blade
  • Assassination -> Blur -> Mirage
  • Shadow -> Veiled Strike  -> Surprise Attack
  • Shadow -> Shadow Cloak -> Dark Claok
  • Shadow -> Path of Darkness  -> Refreshing Path
  • Siphoning -> Strife -> Swallow Soul
  • Siphoning -> Siphoning Strikes -> Leeching Strikes
  • Siphoning -> Drain Power -> Sap Essence
  • 1h/Shield -> Puncture -> Pierce Armor
  • 1h/Shield -> Low Slash -> Heroic Slash
  • 1h/Shield -> Defensive Posture -> Absorb Magic
  • 1h/Shield -> Shield Charge -> Shielded Assault
  • Destruction Staff -> Wall of Elements -> Elemental Blockade
  • Undaunted -> Inner Fire -> Inner Rage
  • Undaunted -> Bone Shield -> Bone Surge
  • Undaunted -> Blood Altar -> Overflowing Altar
  • Assault -> Vigor -> Resolving Vigor
  • Support -> Purge -> Efficient Purge
  • Psijic Order -> Meditate -> Deep Thoughts
  • Fighter’s Guild -> Silver Bolts -> Silver Leash

Ultimates

  • 1h/Shield -> Shield Wall -> Shield Discipline
  • Assassination -> Death Stroke -> Soul Harvest
  • Assault -> War Horn -> Aggressive Horn
  • Shadow -> Consuming Darkness -> Bolstering Darkness

PASSIVES

  • Assassination
  • Shadow
  • Siphoning
  • Racial
  • Heavy Armor
  • 1h/Shield
    • Optional: Destruction Staff
  • Vampirism Passives (except Savage feeding and blood ritual)
  • Alchemy – Medicinal Use
  • Fighter’s Guild (Banish the Wicked)
  • Undaunted
  • Once these are acquired, get the passives from the other armor skill lines except for the ones that require you to wear 5 pieces of that gear type.

ROTATION

Tanks dont have set rotations like DPS, use things in your kit as you need them.

SETS

While making gear for leveling is not mandatory, some people like to make gear for alts or have gear made when created a new character! These are some good crafted options you can create (I recommend the “Training” trait for all pieces):


Healer

RACE

GEAR

  • 5 light
  • 1 medium
  • 1 heavy
  • Destruction Staff (Shock) and Restoration Staff
    • Note: The gear weight spread is a recommendation, not a strict rule for leveling. If you get better pieces as you level, feel free to replace them (just try to have more of the main gear weigh than the others)!

ATTRIBUTES

All in magicka

VAMPIRE vs WEREWOLF vs MORTAL

Mortal: Vampire/Werewolf dont give us a whole lot of benefits for this role, so we just remain mortal.

MUNDUS

Atronach

POTIONS AND FOOD

Potions: Magicka

Food: Not mandatory, but if you can find some, try to get stuff that increases either your health, magicka, and/or magicka recovery.

ABILITIES

You want to do your best to have 1 ability from each class tree on both your front and back bar. When you gain experience, whether it be from killing monsters or quests, the abilities on your active bar are the ones that gain experience as well as their respective skill lines. Another cool trick is if you have abilities on a skill bar you want to level up, you can switch to that bar when handing in a quest or completing a dungeon to give them and their skill lines a surge of experience. You’re going to notice i frequently recommend the first skill of a skill tree as a choice, just to obviously help you start getting that skill line leveled. If you want to level another weapon or skill tree without using that weapon or skill, simply placing a skill from that tree on your ability bar helps it gain experience when you gain experience on that bar. You dont have to use it!

Abilities

  • Assassination -> Assassin’s Blade -> Impale
  • Shadow -> Veiled Strike  -> Dont Morph
    • If you want to morph it use concealed weapon
  • Shadow -> Path of Darkness -> Refreshing Path
  • Siphoning -> Strife -> Funnel Health
  • Siphoning -> Siphoning Strikes -> Siphoning Strikes
  • Siphoning -> Drain Power -> Sap Essence
  • Mages Guild -> Magelight -> Inner Light
  • Destruction Staff -> Force Shock -> Crushing  Shock
  • Destruction Staff -> Wall of Elements -> Elemental Blockade
  • Destruction Staff-> Weakness to Elements -> Elemental Drain
  • Restoration Staff -> Grand Healing -> Healing Springs
  • Restoration Staff -> Regeneration -> Radiating Regeneration
  • Restoration Staff -> Blessing of Protection -> Combat Prayer
  • Restoration Staff -> Steadfast Ward -> Healing Ward
  • Light Armor -> Annulment -> Harness Magicka
  • Undaunted -> Necrotic Orb -> Energy Orb
  • Undaunted -> Blood Altar -> Overflowing Altar

Ultimates

  • Assault -> War Horn -> Aggressive Warhorn
  • Restoration Staff -> Panacea -> Light’s Champion
  • Siphoning -> Soul Shred -> Soul Siphon
  • Shadow -> Consuming Darkness -> Veil of Blades

PASSIVES

  • Assassination
  • Shadow
  • Siphoning
  • Racial
  • Light Armor
  • Destruction Staff
  • Restoration Staff
  • Vampirism Passives (except Savage feeding and blood ritual)
  • Alchemy – Medicinal Use
  • Mages Guild
  • Fighter’s Guild (Banish the Wicked)
  • Undaunted
  • Once these are acquired, get the passives from the other armor skill lines except for the ones that require you to wear 5 pieces of that gear type.

ROTATION

Healers dont have set rotations like DPS, use things in your kit as you need them.

SETS

While making gear for leveling is not mandatory, some people like to make gear for alts or have gear made when created a new character! These are some good crafted options you can create (I recommend the “Training” trait for all pieces):

If you have any questions about the build, join our discord server and ask @Dottz about the build!

Sours: https://dottzgaming.com/build/eso-nightblade-leveling-build/

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They think their build is good just because they picked some good stats and items that they hear are good.

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If you’re serious about maximizing your characters full potential, you will need to spend hours testing and tweaking your build until you prefect it.

Well today I’m going to give you a few short cuts that will allow you to greatly improve the effectiveness of your builds by showing you the important things we have learned by doing hundreds of hours of testing for our ESO character builds guide. (More info & link at the end of this post)

 

I. Best Race Choices for a Sorcerer

Race Choices For Stamina Builds:

The best choice at the moment is Redguard for PvE DPS. Especially with the change to Siphoning Attacks, the extra Sustain really helps in long encounters.

The Thieves Guild patch finally fixed the Khajiit passive which makes them another top contender for maximum DPS now.

For players who mainly PvP, Bosmer is the best option because of their stealth passive. If you plan to tank occasionally, Imperial is also a solid choice.

 

Race Choices For Magicka Builds:

The best choice for maximizing your magicka DPS is Dunmer because all your elemental damage is fire damage.

Altmer is a more well-rounded choice that gets more max magicka and regen but you will be losing out on DPS. Breton offers the highest sustain, but is the lowest in overall DPS.

 

II. Prioritize The Right Stats/Attribute Points

Stats For Stamina DPS Builds: To do end game content you will want around 18k HP so you don’t get one shot. After you make sure you have 18k HP you should dump all your extra stats from attribute points and enchants into stamina. If you are still leveling up just make sure you keep putting some points into health, if you start getting one or two shot that means you are putting to many points into stamina.

You should prioritize your stats in this order for optimal Stamina DPS Builds:

  • Armor Penetration
  • Weapon Damage
  • Weapon Critical
  • Max Stamina
  • Reduced Stamina Cost
  • Stamina Recovery

Stats For Magicka DPS Builds: You will also want about 18k HP for magicka builds if you are planning to do end game content and if you are still leveling just make sure you are putting enough points into health so you don’t get one or two shot by packs of mobs.

You should prioritize your stats in this order for optimal Magicka DPS Builds:

  • Spell Damage
  • Spell Critical
  • Spell Penetration
  • Max Magicka
  • Reduced Magicka Cost
  • Magicka Recovery

Find out how to get the perfect stats for your Sorcerer builds in our —-> ESO Mastery Builds Guide

III. Pick The Right Mundus Stone

Stamina Based Mundus Stones: Most characters should run the Thief mundus stone for maximum DPS but Khajiit nightblades with a high critical strike chance should run Shadow.

Magicka Based Mundus Stones: The Thief is defiantly the way to go for magicka builds.

If you want to know where to find each Mundus Stone is checkout our: Mundus Stones Location Guide

IV. Optimal Champion Points For Your Build

Your Champion points are going to vary based on your exact build, game content you are doing, whether you are going for single target or AoE damage, and group setup. Below we have put together some basic templates for you to start with and modify based on your needs.

Stamina Based DPS Templates:

Template for 90 Champion Points:

  • Green – The Tower: 30 Warlord
  • Red – The Lady: 14 Hardy, 14 Elemental Defender, 2 Thick Skinned
  • Blue – The Ritual: 20 Mighty, 3 Precise Strikes, 7 Thaumaturge, 0 Piercing

Template for 225 Champion Points:

  • Green – The Tower: 45 Warlord // The Lover: 30 Mooncalf
  • Red – The Lady: 35 Hardy, 35 Elemental Defender, 5 Thick Skinned
  • Blue – The Ritual: 49 Mighty, 8 Precise Strikes, 16 Thaumaturge, 2 Piercing

Template for 315 Champion Points:

  • Green – The Tower: 75 Warlord // The Lover: 30 Mooncalf
  • Red – The Lady: 50 Hardy, 50 Elemental Defender, 5 Thick Skinned
  • Blue – The Ritual: 66 Mighty, 12 Precise Strikes, 21 Thaumaturge, 6 Piercing

Template for 501 Champion Points:

  • Green – The Tower: 100 Warlord // The Lover: 53 Mooncalf // The Shadow: 13 Tumbling, 1 Shadow Ward
  • Red – Lady: 78 Hardy, 78 Elemental Def, 11 Thick Skinned
  • Blue – The Ritual: 100 Mighty, 22 Precise Strikes, 32 Thaumaturge, 13 Piercing

Magicka Based DPS Templates:

  • Green – The Tower: 100 Magician // The Lover: 67 Arcanist
  • Red – The Lady: 100 Elemental Defender, 67 Hardy
  • Blue – The Apprentice: 100 Elemental Expert, 26 Elfborn, 29 Spell Erosion // The Ritual: 12 Thaumaturge

Find out how to modify the above templates to fit your goals and playstyle in our —> ESO Mastery Builds Guide

V. Use The Best Combo of Gear Traits, Enchantments, & Item Sets

Your gear traits and enchants are going to change slightly based on what game content you want to do, who’s in your group, and various other factors. If you Get Our ESO Mastery Builds Guidewe will show you what you need to change based on your situation. It covers group content, raids, and solo gameplay.

Basic Stamina Based Template:

Item SlotSet BonusItem TypeTraitEnchant
HelmSpawn of MephalaMediumDivinesStamina
ShouldersSpawn of MephalaMediumDivinesStamina
ChestNight Mother’s GazeMediumDivinesStamina
WaistNight Mother’s GazeMediumDivinesStamina
FeetNight Mother’s GazeMediumDivinesStamina
HandsNight Mother’s GazeMediumDivinesStamina
LegsNight Mother’s GazeMediumDivinesStamina
NeckAgilityJewelryRobustWeapon Damage
Ring OneAgilityJewelryRobustWeapon Damage
Ring TwoAgilityJewelryRobustWeapon Damage
MainhandMaelstormDagger/AxeSharpenedCruel Flurry
OffhandMaelstormDaggerSharpenedCruel Flurry
2nd WeaponMaelstormBowSharpenedThunderous Volley

Basic Magicka Based Template:

Item SlotSet BonusItem TypeTraitEnchant
HelmMolag KenaHeavyDivinesMagicka
ShouldersMolag KenaMediumDivinesMagicka
ChestTwice Born Star / Scathing MageLightDivinesMagicka
WaistTwice Born Star / Scathing MageLightDivinesMagicka
FeetTwice Born Star / Scathing MageLightDivinesMagicka
HandsTwice Born Star / Scathing MageLightDivinesMagicka
LegsTwice Born Star / Scathing MageLightDivinesMagicka
NeckWillpowerJewelryArcaneSpell Damage
Ring OneWillpowerJewelryArcaneSpell Damage
Ring TwoWillpowerJewelryArcaneSpell Damage
MainhandTorug’s PactInferno StaffSharpenedIncrease Spell Damage
OffhandTorug’s Pact/MaelstormInferno StaffSharpenedFire/Daedric/Maelstorm

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If you would rather skip all the work and just get a huge list of perfect build templates for all roles and playstyles, you should get our Character Builds Guidewhere we walk you through step-by-step how to copy the best builds within minutes and you can become one of the top Sorcerers in The Elder Scrolls Online.

The builds we offer in our guides are constantly updated and proven to maximize your characters performance in any role or playstyle. We have builds for PvE, PvP, Tanking, Healing, DPS, and builds for characters still leveling up.

 

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Choosing to be a Nightblade in ESO can make you a formidable opponent. Here are the best builds to choose for this class.

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There are many builds that you can create in The Elder Scrolls Online, which leads to many players having multiple characters for PVE and PVP. There are six different classes in this MMO, and the Nightblade class is one of the original classes within the game.

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Nightblade builds can be created for PVE and PVP, and they're usually considered a damage class as opposed to a tank or healer. There's a lot of variation within these four builds and opportunities for unique customization of skills and equipment sets, but the following entries will give both veteran players and beginners all of the information you need to start creating your Nightblade character.

Should You Play The Nightblade Class?

Every class in The Elder Scrolls Online has its advantages - however, what makes the Nightblades class stand out is that it's incredibly versatile for DPS builds, especially in PVP environments.

Nightblades aren't the best class for a healer or tank build, but they're a good choice for damage builds.Overall, Nightblades are one of the best damage classes, and they get even stronger with each Champion Point you unlock.

Are Nightblades Better For PVE Or PVP?

PVE and PVP builds are both important for most players, although you may prefer to prioritize one of these two types of gameplay over the other. The Nightblade class is a solid choice for a PVE DPS build, but where the class really shines is in PVP.

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There are a lot of different ways that you can build a PVP Nightblade character, including with stealth elements, area-of-effect damage, and as a regular damage build. Although Nightblades are powerful regardless of gameplay type, they're more famous for their PVP stealth element, which isn't as important in difficult PVE content such as dungeons and trials.

PVE Magicka DPS: For Trials And Dungeons

  • Weapon: Destruction Staff
  • Armor Sets: Zaan Monster Set, Law Of Julianos Set, Medusa Set
  • Race: Breton, High Elf
  • Essential Skills: Shooting Star Ultimate, Inner Light, Harness Magicka, Unstable Wall Of Elements, Merciless Resolve, Impale, Elemental Weapon, Mystic Orb
  • Stone: The Shadow Stone

The Magicka Nightblade DPS is the perfect choice for you if you want a less conventional DPS build for trials. This build usesdestruction staves, and doesn't incorporate melee or restoration at all.

Bretons and High Elves are the best race for a PVE Magicka Nightblade since they have many Magicka-related bonuses that you can unlock through their skill-lines. However, you can choose any race that has Magicka bonuses, even though Bretons and High Elves are top-tier in this department. You can choose this build if you want to play as a Nightblade but don't want to create a stamina-based character.

PVE Stamina DPS: For Trials And Dungeons

  • Weapons: Daggers, One-Handed Swords, Bow
  • Armor Sets: Selene Monster Set, Kinras's Wrath Set, Hunding's Rage Set
  • Race: Redguard, Orc
  • Essential Skills: Incapacitating Strike Ultimate, Shrouded Daggers, Endless Hail, Deadly Cloak, Barbed Trap, Resolving Vigor, Killer's Blade
  • Stone: The Thief Stone

Stamina DPS builds are essential to finishing a Veteran Trial, so every trials team needs a few of these builds. The Stamina Nightblade is great because of its versatility. You can use both melee weapons and bows in this build, which makes it more varied than the Magicka Nightblade DPS.

The best races to choose for a PVE Stamina Nightblade are Orcs and Redguards, although there are a few other races that are also optimal such as Wood Elves. Stamina equipment sets vary a lot, so you have a lot of options for what types of set bonuses you can customize your character with. A few of the best sets for a Stamina Nightblade are highlighted above.

PVP Magicka DPS

  • Weapons: Destruction Staff, Restoration Staff (Varies Based On Your Preferences)
  • Armor Sets: Valkyn Skoria Monster Set, Law Of Julianos Set, Shacklebreaker Set
  • Race: Breton, High Elf
  • Essential Skills: Shooting Star Ultimate, Swallow Soul, Mass Hysteria, Elemental Drain, Rapid Regeneration, Siphoning Attacks, Healing Ward
  • Stone: The Mage Stone

There are a few different types of builds for a PVP Magicka Nightblade character. One of the most popular builds is known as a "Bomber", which is a type of character that uses stealth to sneak up on large groups of enemies and surprise them with high amounts of area-of-effect damage. While this build is effective, it's hard to master and doesn't always work, which is why a lot of PVP players prefer to use a regular Magicka Nightblade build for more conventional gameplay. Although, it's important to note that the Bomber build is one of the strongest PVP builds in the game if you manage to master it.

The regular PVP Magicka Nightblade pairs best with the Breton and High Elf races, primarily because of their unique Magicka passive abilities. You can either use two destruction staves or one destruction staff and a restoration staff, which depends heavily on your personal play style. Magicka Nightblades deal a lot of single-target and area-of-effect damage, and the restoration skills can give you the boost you need to stay alive even while battling multiple enemies.

PVP Stealth Stamina DPS

  • Weapons: Daggers, Bow
  • ​​Armor Sets: Velidreth Monster Set, Eternal Hunt Set, Shield Breaker Set
  • Race: Wood Elf, Redguard
  • Essential Skills: Incapacitating Strike Ultimate, Poison Injection, Resolving Vigor, Surprise Attack, Shadowy Disguise, Ambush, Camouflaged Hunter, Rally
  • Stone: The Warrior Stone

Similar to other PVP classes, there are multiple ways to build a PVP Stamina Nightblade. Firstly, you can use a standard approach that doesn't incorporate stealth. However, stealth is one of the Nightblade's main advantages, especially for stamina builds. You can use stealth to quickly defeat unsuspecting solo PVP players that aren't with a group, which is especially powerful in locations such as the Imperial City Sewers. This build is fun to use, especially once you get used to the stealth mechanics.

Regardless of if you create a stealth or standard DPS Nightblade, you should use a race like Wood Elves or Redguards to get the most out of your stamina-based abilities. There are a lot of different stamina equipment sets and monster sets that grant strong stamina-related bonuses and high critical hit protection, so be sure to consider all of your options. Some of your best choices for equipment sets are detailed above this text.

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Nightblade Beginner Guide

Nightblade is the Class of Shadow and Stealth in The Elder Scrolls Online and the closer to an assassin/rogue like class in the game! One of the ESO Classes, available with the base game, can help you create strong damage dealers for Magicka or Stamina gameplay, decent healers but not the best tanks in ESO.

What makes Nightblades unique is the ability to cloak themselves and hide from enemies. This allows you to avoid NPC or player attacks in PVE and PVP. The ability to cloak also makes them a great class for Thief builds!

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Why Choose Nightblade

The Nightblade is one of the most popular classes in The Elder Scrolls Online, exactly because of its similarities to rogue/assassin gameplay from other games and the ability to cloak. It is also one of the hardest classes to master and the least beginner friendly to choose. It requires a lot of practice to learn how to play a Nightblade properly and take advantage of its unique gameplay.

The class relies a lot on triggering extra skills and on animation canceling. Having basic gameplay knowledge is necessary to get the most out of your Nightblade. In general Nightblade can reach a high damage output in PVE but is not recommended for brand new players.

In PVP Nightblade is somewhat easier to play, thanks to the ability to cloak and hide from enemy players.

Both Magicka and Stamina Nightblade can deal significant damage in PVE and be an asset to every group. You can set them up in any way you like but they work best with single target, direct damage attacks. They are an excellent class against strong Boss like targets but also quite good against groups of enemies.

The class lacks class skills to work as a good Tank so it is best to avoid that role, if you are playing a Nightblade. They can be a decent Healer though but again you will have to practice a lot to make a build like that work well in harder content.

Nightblades are very common in PVP because of their cloak ability. Their stealth allows them to remain hidden and strike at the right time to get the kill. This type of PVP Builds is called a Gank Build and the Nightblade excels at using it. It is possible to make brawler type, sturdy Nightblade Builds but hard hitting, glass cannon like builds are a better fit.

Finally the Nightblade is the number one option if you are interested in stealing and Thief Builds in ESO. The ability to stealth, will help you remain hidden from NPC and steal/pickpocket everything in the area.

Overall, Nightblades make great Damage Dealers and Thieves, decent healers but poor Tanks.

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Important Skills

Before we go through the most important Nightblade skills, you have to decide what kind of Nightblade you wish to create! A Magicka based or Stamina based one. This will determine the type of gameplay and the morphs of skills you should choose as you level up.

To create a Magicka based Nightblade(DD or Healer) allocate all your available attribute points to Magicka. To create a Stamina one, allocate your points to Stamina. You can also mix them up if you wish to make a Tank character.

Leveling a Nightblade and its skills is similar to leveling any other class in the game. There are several methods you can follow to level up fast and efficiently, like grinding XP at specific locations, clearing Dolmens and completing group content. You can find a lot more info on how to level up a character fast and efficiently in my ESO Leveling Guide.

There are several important skills you should unlock and level up as soon as possible. Class, Weapons and Guild Skills that will help you create the build of your dreams! To level up skills and skill-lines, always have one or more of their skills in your active bar, even if you are not using them. More info on unlocking and leveling up skills and their lines here.

So let’s start with the most important Nightblade Class skills.

Class Skills

The Nightblade has three unique skill lines with abilities suitable for every role in the game. Both Magicka and Stamina Nightblades benefit from the Class’ skills and can use them to create strong DPS builds along with other abilities.

The Nightblade Skill lines are:

  • Assassination, with several offensive skills
  • Shadow, that puts emphasis on stealth and support skills
  • Siphoning, with more support and healing focused skills

Assassination

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Very important line for Nightblades with some of their strongest skills! Death Stroke is a powerful Ultimate that offers two different morphs for Stamina and Magicka Nightblades. Incapacitating Strike and Soul Harvest increase the damage you deal to enemies and they are very important for your Nightblade.

Assassin’s Blade and its two morphs, Killer’s Blade and Impale are also a must have for every Nightblade DPS Build. A powerful execute ability that will allow you to kill anything faster. Teleport Strike and its morphs are mostly used in PVP to close the distance to enemies while Blur and morphs offer extra defense and PVP utility.

Mark Target reduces enemies’ resistances and can be a good Solo PVE ability to use but is not very important to focus on from early on.

Grim Focus on the other hand is a skill you should unlock as soon as possible. Its two morphs Relentless Focus and Merciless Resolve boost your damage/healing done when active but also activate an extra skill/spectral arrow after five Light/Heavy attacks that deals significant damage and heals you.

Death Sroke, Assassin’s Blade and Grim Focus and their appropriate Morphs, should be your number one priority if you are making a damage dealer Nightblade!

Shadow

Consuming Darkness and Morphs are mostly support skills that you can avoid if you are focusing on DPS gameplay. Veiled strike on the other hand offers a potent Stamina Nightblade spammable, Surprise Attack. Its other Morph, Concealed Weapon, allows you to move faster when cloaked and can be an asset for Thief/Gank PVP builds.

Shadow Cloak is the skill that makes Nightblade unique. The Shadowy Disguise morph is your stealth ability that also boosts your next attack. Invaluable for PVP and Thief Builds.

Path of Darkness offers two strong AOE abilities, one that deals great damage and another one that heals you. Aspect of Terror is a fear ability that will help you mostly in PVP, while Summon Shade, summons a shadow to assist you in combat. Dark Shade is a melee shadow, helpful in PVE while Shadow Image works mostly as an escape in PVP environments.

Siphoning

Swallow Soul(Strife Morph) is a valuable skill for Solo gameplay since it can deal damage and heal you at the same time. Malevolent Offering offers two healing focused morphs while Cripple give you access to an amazing DOT PVE skill, Crippling Grasp. Crippling Grasp can be useful in PVP as well, immobilizing enemies.

Siphoning Strikes, like Grim Focus from the Assassination line, is also a must have ability for every Nightblade build. Its two morphs, Leeching Strikes and Siphoning Attacks, heal you with every Light or Heavy attack and restore Stamina or Magicka.

Drain Power and Morphs deal damage and boost your damage while Soul Shred and Morphs absorb Health from nearby enemies.

Swallow Soul and the two Siphoning Strikes morphs are quite important from this skill line and some of the skills that you should focus on from early in the game.

Weapon Skills

Both Magicka and Stamina Nightblades rely mostly on their Class abilities to create strong DPS Builds. There are of course a few Weapon Skills they can also utilize.

From the Destruction Staff line the Wall of Elements and its morphs are important for AOE attacks for Magicka Nightblades while Elemental Drain(Weakness to Elements morph) will assist in solo gameplay. Finally the Elemental Storm Ultimate and its two morphs are strong enough to use in PVE or PVP.

For Stamina Nightblade some weapon skills can be useful as well. Depending on you favorite Weapon, Dual Wield, Two Handed or Bow, you can use a few of their skills as a spammable or to further boost your damage.

One Hand and Shield is your weapon of choice if you wish to play a Tank role and Restoration Staff for Healers.

Dizzying Swing for PVP and Wrecking Blow for PVE are going to be your spammables if you are using a Two Handed Weapon. Cleave and its morphs are great for dealing with lots of enemies while Reverse Slash and its morphs are an amazing execute ability.

Rapid Strikes or Whirling Blades can be a strong spammable if you are using Dual Wield. Deadly Cloak and Shrouded Daggers will also assist you if you wish to focus more on the Dual Wield play style.

Finally Endless Hail(Volley’s Morph) from Bow is important for every build that is using the bow as a support weapon along with Poison Injection(Poison Arrow Morph).

If you wish to play as a Tank, then you will also need the Pierce Armor Taunt skill(Puncture Morph) to draw aggro and Heroic Slash( Low Slash Morph) to boost your Ultimate generation.

For Healers, Grand Healing, Regeneration, Blessing of Protection and their morphs are very important to fulfill their role successfully. The Light’s Champion Ultimate(Panacea Morph) from this line can also be helpful when healing in PVE or PVP gameplay.

Guilds Skills

There are also several Guild lines in the game that offer strong and important abilities. Fighters Guild, Mages Guild, Undaunted and Psijic Order skills can be quite helpful.

Barbed Trap(Trap Beast Morph) is the skill you must unlock as soon as possible from the Fighters Guild, for your Nightblade, Stamina or Magicka. The reason for this is because it provides the Minor Force buff, increasing your Critical Damage done. It is mostly a PVE skill. The alternative to this would be Accelerate and its Morphs from the Psijic Order line but this is harder to get and unlock.

Dawnbreaker is a powerful Ultimate with morphs for PVE and PVP gameplay while Camouflaged Hunter is helpful for Stamina DPS. Silver Leash(Silver Bolts Morph) is rather important for Tank Builds, since it can pull enemies to you.

The Mages Guild offers a few potent skills for Magicka Nightblade, including a powerful Ultimate, Meteor. Inner Light can boost Spell Critical and Max Magicka while Entropy and Fire Rune offer great offensive spells with their morphs.

The Undaunted skill line offers mostly support spells for all roles but also two powerful passives. The two passives should be your priority from this line. Inner Fire offers two ranged aggro abilities that are a must have for Tanks.

Finally the Psijic Order has the best Spammable in the game for Magicka Characters in general, the Elemental Weapon(Imbue Weapon Morph) ability, which is strictly a PVE skill.

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Vigor and Morphs are great healing abilities for Stamina characters while Razor Caltrops(Caltrops Morph) can debuff enemies when solo and make it easier to kill them. The Continuous Attack passive will provide Major Gallop when mounted, making travel easier and faster.

Skills Priority

Unlocking and leveling up your Class active skills and passives, should be your number one priority. This will unlock the potential of your Class and allow you to combine them for better results. Weapon and Guild Skills should follow after. Of course everything depends on your goals and preferred play style.

Getting a strong spammable and a good AOE ability early will allow you to level up faster and more efficiently.

Regarding Passives, i always recommend getting everything from skill lines you are using. Again Class Passives, along with Racial ones, should come first, followed by Weapon and Guild ones.

Mundus Stones

Mundus Stones offer strong buffs to your character that can help you complete content faster. They are located all around Tamriel and based on their offered buff are more suitable for PVE or PVP gameplay.

When you are leveling up you should get the Atronach Mundus that boosts Magicka Recovery or the Serpent Mundus that boosts Stamina Recovery. This will assist you with sustain and will allow you to use your skills for longer.

As you are getting more experienced and can sustain better, switch to the Lover Mundus. The Lover boosts your Physical and Spell Penetration, making it easier to kill enemies. A great option for early gameplay but also Solo content.

For group PVE you want to switch to the Thief (better Critical Chance) or the Shadow(better Critical Damage). For PVP get the Warrior(more Weapon Damage) or the Apprentice(more Spell Damage).

Tank characters can benefit from the Atronach Mundus while Healers can use the Atronach, the Apprentice or even the Ritual(better Healing).

Champion Points

After level 50 you will start earning Champion Points. These allow you to unlock Passive and Slottable Stars in the Champion Points tab, that can further empower your character. You can earn Champion Points by simply playing the game and leveling up.

In total there are three constellations in the Elder Scrolls Online:

Each constellation offers different Stars that can help with different roles and activities. Warfare is the constellation that is focusing more on combat and provides bonuses to Damage Dealers, Tanks and Healers. Allocating your Champion Points appropriately and unlocking the right Stars for the role you wish to fulfill is rather important.

You can find more info on Champion Points and the right Passive and Slottable Stars for every Role in my Champion Points Guide.

Vampire or Werewolf

Being a Vampire or Werewolf is not necessary to fully enjoy your Nightblade. You can find a lot more info on Vampires and Werewolves in my ESO Vampire vs Werewolf Guide.

Build Examples

There are more than one ways you can setup your Magicka or Stamina Nightblade. It all depends on your favorite play style and the content you wish to complete. Some setups are better for Solo PVE, other for Group Trials content and other for Battlegrounds or Open World PVP. Here are some Builds you can use, depending on gameplay.

Magicka Nightblade PVE Build – Shadowfire

Melee Magicka Nightblade PVE Build – Spellblade

Stamina Nightblade PVE Build(Dual Wield) – Brawler

Stamina Nightblade PVE Build(Two Handed) – Shadowfury

Stamina Nightblade PVE Build(Bow) – Arrowsong

Magicka Nightblade Solo PVE Build – Setup

Stamina Nightblade Solo PVE Build – Setup

Nightblade Tank Build – Defender

Nightblade Healer Build – Mender

Magicka Nightblade PVP Build – Lifestealer

Stamina Nightblade PVP Build – Elusive Warrior

Magicka Nightblade Gank PVP Build – Shadowstrike

Stamina Nightblade Melee Gank PVP Build – Kunoichi

Stamina Nightblade Bow Gank PVP Build – Arbalest

Nightblade Thief Build – Cloak and Dagger

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Elder Scrolls Online: 15 Best Nightblade Builds, Ranked (For 2021)

The Nightblade gives players of The Elder Scrolls Onlinethe ability to become one with the shadows. In their escapades, the Nightblade relies on their nimbleness and skill with their blades to eliminate opponents swiftly and quietly. As such, fans of The Elder Scrollswith a knack for stealth games will definitely enjoy this class.

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Nightblades don't rely on chance, and instead become an agent of chaos, taking advantage of missteps and wrong moves to eliminate opponents when they least expect it. Their health-draining skills and stealth-oriented playstyle makes them primed for powerful DPS and single-target builds. Players of ESO should try their stealth with some of the best Nightblade builds the game has to offer.

Updated on 21 August 2021 by Rhenn Taguiam: The Nightblade Class in Elder Scrolls Online remain masters of stealth and subterfuge. At the right hands, Nightblades can obliterate foes faster before they can notice them. And thanks to their flexible toolkit, Nightblades can approach combat from a wide range of offensive and mobile options.

In turn, Nightblades can easily devastate opponents with huge damage numbers or capitalize on bursts to kill off multiple foes. As a result, Nightblade builds remain technically diverse depending on a gamer's play style of choice and raid requirements. For instance, other Nightblade builds specialize in dealing with deadly poisons, devastating blood magic, or even siphon life off enemies as they deal their killing blows.

15 Toxic Raider

Nightblades who want to build a reputation for mastery over damage-over-time would appreciate the sheer firepower of the Toxic Raider build. This build capitalizes on the use of the Bow and the debilitating qualities of the Nightblade’s skillset. To maximize damage, the Toxic Raider can use a two-bar setup, both assigned for Bows.

For a solo-bar rotation, the Toxic Raider should buff themselves with Relentless Focus and then follow up with Poison Injection, Lightweight Beast Trap, Lethal Arrows, and Relentless Focus. In the case of a two-bar rotation, the Nightblade should use Poison Injection, Arrow Barrage, and Lightweight Beast Trap before swapping. Afterward, they should use their Lethal Arrows, Relentless Focus, and once again a bar swap.

When it comes to equipment, it’s Swamp Raider that buffs the majority of the Toxic Raider’s attacks. Combined with Kinra’s Wrath and Harpooner’s Wading Kilt, the Toxic Raider gets a much-needed damage buff with Major Berserk and additional Critical potency.

14 Death Star*

If there’s a need for speed, then the Death Star build definitely takes the cake. This Nightblade build capitalizes on the class’s innate potential for high-speed, high-damage attacks. With the right toolkit, the build slowly increases Spell and Weapon Damage and Penetration, as well as Critical Chance to maximize damage buildup.

To capitalize this setup, the Death Star build relies on a two-bar rotation, one with Dual Wield and another with the Bow. The Dual Wield buffs with Camouflaged Hunter and Inner Light, followed by Sap Essence, Silver Leash, and Whirling Blades. The Soul Harvest Ult is a harsh finisher for this bar. Likewise, the Bow bar starts with Poison Injection and Channeled Acceleration, followed by Barbed Trap, Endless Hail, Siphoning Attacks, and a Shooting Star Ult.

Given its toolkit, the Death Star relies on both the New Moon Acolyte set and the Dead-Water’s Guile. This pair should increase the Nightblade’s overall damage while giving substantial boosts to Stamina and Health. When paired with Balorgh, players can theoretically remove the time counter on buffs, courtesy of faster Ult casts.

13 Siphoner*

The Nightblade strikes fear in the hearts of enemies with its uncanny ability to sap life. Mechanically, players can do the same with the Siphoner build. This one-bar killing machine capitalizes on the Nightblade’s AOE potential with a dash of self-healing. As a result, the Siphoner becomes a decent asset in both solo and team-based encounters.

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Its one-bar setup needs the Lightning Staff and builds damage via Lotus Fan, Unstable Wall of Elements, Twisting Paths, and Merciless Resolve. If fighting a single enemy, the Siphoner can use Swallow Soul and Soul Harvest Ult for maximum damage. Alternatively, the Siphoner can use Sap Essence and Soul Tether Ult to finish off mobs.

In terms of items, the Mother’s Sorrow set helps the Siphoner sustain the high-Magicka costs for its rotations. Likewise, the Bahraha’s Curse can boost overall resources and comes with a handy magic-based lifesteal attack. Lastly, the Iceheart Monster Set can give the Siphoner much-needed defensive boosts through its damage shielding.

12 Blood Mage*

Players looking for a decently-balanced Nightblade can use the thematic Blood Mage to suit their all-around needs. This build boasts decent damage potential and great sustains via self-healing. With its toolkit, the Blood Mage can hold off on its own in PVP or support teams in PVE.

With the Inferno Staff, the Blood Mage can easily dish out both attacks and healing magic without much interruption. They can do this with Inner Light, Impale, Swallow Soul, and Merciless Resolve. Depending on the situation, the Blood Mage can use Sap Essence for the nifty lifesteal or Dampen Magic for the debuff. Likewise, the Soul Harvest Ult is a massive damage dealer, whereas the Temporal Guard Ult provides decent sustain.

Items-wise, the Blood Mage relies on the War Maiden to sustain its Magicka-reliant damage. Combined with Innate Axiom, the Blood Mage gets a much-needed healing and damage boost. Iceheart becomes a great asset for defenses, as its damage shielding can add sustain when going solo.

11 Catalyst*

Players who want a Nightblade that boasts a solid offense and defense could rely on the hybrid Catalyst PVE build. At its core, this build combines the best qualities of Blood and Shadow Magic to create a potent fighter in both PVE and PVP setups. At its core, the rotation heavily relies on certain buffs and debuffs to capitalize both lifesteal and damage.

With an Inferno Staff back bar, players should start their rotations with damage-over-time via Endless Hail and Debilitate. After that, they can swap to their Dual Wield main bar with Blood Craze, Sap Essence, Deadly Cloak, and three Surprise Attacks. All the while, players should maintain buffs via Leeching Strikes and Merciless Resolve. And with these, they should also debuff enemies with Dark Shade and Elemental Drain.

In terms of items, the Catalyst Nightblade can use the Clever Alchemist and New Moon Acolyte to get that great boost to Spell and Weapon Damage. When paired with Balorgh, the Catalyst Nightblade can also enjoy decent buffs to Weapon and Spell Damage.

10 Azure Nightblade

The Azure Nightblade boasts great damage output thanks to Incapacitating Strike as well as handy sustain and healing with Siphoning Attacks. This Magicka build by AlcastHQ begins its rotations by activating Channeled Acceleration, Merciless Resolve, and Siphoning Attacks.

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Its front bar skills debuffs enemies with Degeneration and Elemental Drain, with Impale providing a handy finisher. Moreover, Soul Harvest grants increased damage while reducing enemy healing.

Meanwhile, its secondary skillset provides buffs with Harness Magicka and Twisting Path, with Elemental Blockade and Consuming Trap serving as AOE. Lastly, the ult Elemental Rage deals massive damage.

9 Rampage Nightblade

The Rampage Nightblade works well as an AOE setup but unleashes devastating attacks on single targets. Nightblades take full advantage of their light attacks with buffs from Leeching Strikes and Incapacitating Strike.

This build from AlcastHQ has a dual wield main bar that incapacitates enemies with Barbed Trap, and buffs attacks with Relentless Focus. Deadly Cloak and Surprise Attack boost damage, with Killer's Blade serving as a great finisher.

Meanwhile, the bow secondary bar buffs the Nightblade with Resolving Vigor, with Endless Hail and Dark Shades picking off enemies. Consuming Trap serves as a great lifesteal for weak foes, with Flawless Dawnbreaker providing massive damage as an ult.

8 Focus Nightblade

The Focus Nightblade serves as a hybrid ranged/melee build for players, with Killer's Blade and Incapacitating Strike serving as emergency melee maneuvers. This build from AlcastHQ can rotate between two bows, as all its skills can be used at maximum range.

The bow main bar rotation buffs attacks with Lethal Arrow and Relentless Focus, with Leeching Strikes providing adequate lifesteal. This rotation also uses Acid Spray for decent AOE. Meanwhile, the secondary bow skillset uses Endless Hail for its AOE damage, with Shadow Image and Mirage providing defense. Poison Injection buffs attacks with poison, and Resolving Vigor giving the Nightblade significant heals. Lastly, this secondary skillset unleashes a hail of arrows with its ult Ballista.

7 Werewolf Nightblade

Werewolves bring an entirely new powerset to ESO characters, as their wolf form empowers them with ravaging strikes and buffs. The Nightblade benefits from this the most, as their werewolf form can save them in tight situations, especially when ambushed. And as ordinary humans, Nightblades have the full versatility of their build.

In essence, AlcastHQ's Werewolf Nightblade can have alternating Dual Wield and Bow skills to accommodate multiple combat situations. Their Dual Wield skills tap into stunning targets and stealing their health, with a Werewolf Berserker to finish them off. Meanwhile, the Bow skillset deals immense damage from afar, coupled with some immobilizing spells plus an Incapacitating Strike if they get too near.

6 Bomb Magicka Nightblade

The Bomb Magicka Nightblade takes after its namesake, as this build relies on "bombing" stacks of enemies.

This build's dual-wield skillset relies on Camouflaged Hunter and Inner Light to reveal and debuff hidden opponents. Concealed Weapon gives damage boost, Sap Essence provides lifesteal, while ult Soul Tether ravages multiple opponents.

Meanwhile, the Restoration Staff secondary set lets Radiating Regeneration and ult Light's Champion give massive heals. Moreover, Dampen Magic and Channeled Acceleration gives added buffs, Shadow Image lets a mirror image provide extra damage, and Proximity Detonation releases AOE damage around the player.

5 Silencium Nightblade

The Silencium Nightblade from AlcastHQ focuses on high-damage ranged combat.

Its bow main bar buffs the Silencium Nightblade with Relentless Focus and Slimmering Frenzy. Invisible enemies get debuffed with Camouflaged Hunter, and receive devastating damage with Silver Shards, Focused Aim, and ult Ballista.

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Meanwhile, its 2H secondary skillset helps the Nightblade be invisible with Shadowy Disguise. Forward Momentum, Resolving Vigor, and Channeled Acceleration provide damage buffs with Concealed Weapon dealing damage. Temporal Guard resets health, stamina, and Magicka to their value four seconds ago, which helps with emergencies.

4 Siphoner Nightblade Tank

Siphoner Nightblades rely on damage dispersion (Mirage), health recovery (Dark Cloak), and soaking damage to tank for dungeons. This build from AlcastHQ easily grants survivability. Moreover, Leeching Strikes and Spell Symmetry handle resource recovery.

Their S&B build aims to disrupt enemy focus with relentless attacks. Heroic Slash and Pierce Armor debuff enemy defenses, with Incapacitating Strike giving additional Reave benefits. Meanwhile, their Destro Staff set bolsters allied defenses, with the Aggressive Warhorn giving buffs for additional damage.

3 Illusion Nightblade Healer

Illusion Nightblades make great support in teams thanks to their healing abilities. Moreover, they compensate for their light armor with resource management and healing potential. Illusion Nightblades get a massive boost in their abilities with the Atronach Mundus Stone and the Magicka Recovery Glyph.

In this build, Illusion Nightblades have a healing-oriented toolbar for the Restoration Staff, which contains the bread and butter of the Illusion Nightblade's gift of healing. This skill set has most of their healing and healing-over-time.

Meanwhile, the Shock Staff build guarantees bolstered defense with Elemental Blockade and Elemental Drain.

2 Solo Magblade Nightblade

The Solo Magblade Nightblade build is specifically designed to solo dungeons with its buffs and regeneration abilities. For instance, Swallow Soul and Sap Essence lifesteals from single and AOE targets, respectively. This build also benefits from shields from the Iceheart Monster Set, with Harness Magicka capable of providing emergency shields.

The Destruction Staff main bar uses Merciless Resolve for damage mitigation, with Dark Shade providing AOE damage thanks to an ally specter. Moreover, the ult Incapacitating Strike provides a damage buff. Meanwhile, the Destruction Staff secondary bar uses Unstable Wall of Elements for its major AOE damage, with Twisting Path providing the party with decent buffs. Lastly, Elemental Drain and the ult Soul Tether provide Magicka steal and lifesteal.

1 Solo Stamblade Nightblade

The Solo Stamblade Nightblade enables players to solo play dungeons with damage reduction and mitigation benefits. Unlike the Solo Magblade, this build relies on stamina-based skills. For instance, both Dark Shade and Mirage can increase damage mitigation, with Leeching Strikes capable of massive stamina recovery.

The 2H main bar relies on Relentless Focus and Echoing Vigor for buffing attacks, with Brawler, Surprise Attack, and Reverse Slice capable of devastating opponents. Additionally, Incapacitating Strike serves as a great ult for stuns. Meanwhile, the bow secondary skillset makes use of Razor Caltrops for light damage and speed reduction, which makes it a perfect partner for Endless Hail's AOE. Lastly, the Soul Tether ult serves as a great lifesteal choice ult for the party.

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